Today’s water supply announcement from the federal Central Valley Project shows the resiliency of nature and the limitations of California’s water supply system, according to the president of the California Farm Bureau Federation. After a wintertime recovery in precipitation, CFBF President Paul Wenger said “it’s a shame” the CVP can’t assure full water supplies to all of its customers.

“Just look at the numbers,” Wenger said. “The Sierra snowpack stands at 186 percent of average. Most key reservoirs hold higher-than-average supplies for the time of year. If the CVP can’t assure full supplies to all of its customers this year, what would be needed for that to happen?

“We understand this is a fish-first system now,” he continued, “because federal fisheries agencies have the first and last call on CVP water. We know the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act that Congress passed last year will help. But we obviously need to take further action to modernize our water system, our laws and our policies.

“One wet year won’t erase our long-term surface water deficit, and the current fish-first policies have also harmed groundwater supplies—an impact that is both serious and inexcusable.

“Farm Bureau remains committed to achieving a water system that benefits both our environment and our economy. We believe that can be achieved and we believe we can learn from wet years such as this one as well as from dry years. We will continue to work with elected representatives and agency officials with that goal in mind.”

The California Farm Bureau Federation works to protect family farms and ranches on behalf of more than 48,000 members statewide and as part of a nationwide network of more than 6.2 million Farm Bureau members.

San Francisco, Ca.

While recreational marijuana cannot be sold in California until January 2018, existing medical marijuana growers and future recreational marijuana growers will be eligible as of March 1 for PG&E’s agricultural energy rate.

The passage of Proposition 64 in November 2016 allows the state to license and regulate recreational marijuana cultivation and businesses.

“Cannabis is a legal crop in our state, like almonds and tomatoes. Agricultural growers now will be eligible for the same rate and energy efficiency programs as farmers of other crops,” said Deborah Affonsa, vice president of Customer Service at PG&E.

PG&E customers are eligible for agricultural energy rates if they have received a permit from their local jurisdiction for the cultivation of cannabis and if 70 percent or more of the annual energy use on the meter is for agricultural end-uses such as growing crops, pumping water for agricultural irrigation or other uses that involve agricultural production for sale which do not change the form of the product. The agricultural energy rate applies both to customers who grow cannabis outdoors and those who grow indoors in commercial greenhouses.

The agricultural energy rate does not apply to residential customers who can legally grow up to six marijuana plants inside a private residence per the state Adult Use of Marijuana Act.

Previously, medical marijuana was not considered an agricultural product by PG&E, and growers were not eligible for the agricultural energy rate. Because medical marijuana can be grown and sold in California currently, licensed growers of medical marijuana are immediately eligible for the agriculture energy rate.

Cannabis growing operations can use an extremely large amount of electricity and are considered to be equivalent to other energy-intensive operations such as data centers.

“We’ve met with representatives of the emerging legal cannabis industry and listened to their needs. We are here to help our customers make smart, efficient and affordable energy choices. Now that cannabis is in California’s future, our next step is to work with these new agricultural customers and make this industry as energy efficient as possible,” said Affonsa.

PG&E’s agricultural rates are under the jurisdiction of the California Public Utilities Commission and the state of California.

Agricultural customers with questions about rates, rules and energy efficiency programs can learn more at pge.com/ag or contact PG&E’s dedicated Agricultural Customer Service Center at 1-877-311-3276.

chico women  3 1 17Once again, the Chico California Federation Republican Women stepped up in “Caring for America” a local community program associated with the National Federation of Republican women.

At the annual membership meeting February 11, 2017 Larry Wahl Butte Co. Supervisor accepted a check on behalf of VECTORS, from Chico Republican Women Troop Chair, Dee Oliver.

The monies are collected at each monthly luncheon meeting by placing “Troop Jars” on the tables and at the Chico Republican Women’s yearly fund raiser “Holiday Elegance”.

VECTORS, a transitional housing for veterans is free to use the donation as needed.

This is just one of many local organizations the Chico Republican Women support, throughout the year.

Membership is open to all Republican Women, 530-343-8843, for information.

Charles S. Poulos   3 1 17Chuck Poulos, a Marysville resident with a law office in Yuba City, California has been elected as the President of the Yuba Sutter Bar Association for 2017. Poulos is a graduate of California State University, Chico and King Hall School of Law at the University of California, Davis. He was admitted to the California Bar in 1975 and has maintained an office in the local area since 1977. Poulos has also been on the adjunct faculty at Chico State, Cal Northern Law School and other colleges and universities. He was the Yuba County Grand Jury Foreperson in 2014-2016. His law practice is now limited to family law.

Courtney Gengler has been elected Vice-President/President-Elect of the Bar Association for 2017. She maintains an office in Yuba City with her father, Robert Gengler, practicing in the areas of estate planning, guardianship, family law and juvenile law.

Melissa Poulos has been elected as the Secretary of the Bar Association. She is a graduate of Yuba City High School, California State University, Northridge and King Hall School of Law at the University of California, Davis. She is the Family Law Facilitator/Self Help Services Coordinator with the Sutter County Superior Court.

Jessica Hiller of California Rural Legal Assistance in Marysville, California has been elected at the Treasurer. She graduated from the University of California at Davis and from King Hall School of Law.

There is a decidedly King Hall flavor to the Bar Association officers as three of the four officers graduated from King Hall over a forty year span.

tea party Jake  3 1 17Yuba City, Ca.

The Sutter Buttes Tea Party Patriots announced Jake MacAulay, Chief Operating Officer for the Institute on the Constitution (IOTC), will be the Special Guest Speaker for their Monday, March 6, 2017 meeting.

Jake leads strategic plan implementation, provides programmatic leadership and speaks to groups across the country about the U.S. Constitution training classes. Jake established the American Club, a youth outreach program designed to support students to study The American View of Law & Government in public and private schools and colleges. IOTC has produced thousands of graduates in all 50 states with a full understanding of the Biblical principles on which America’s founding documents are based.

Jake was the former co-host of the syndicated talk show, The Sons of Liberty, he is an ordained minister and has spoken to audiences nation-wide, including college and high school campuses.

Jake has written over 43 articles and has been seen on Yahoo News, Fox News, The Blaze, AP, CBS, NBC, The Weekly Standard, and more...

Don’t forget – Our regular feature In The News with Paul Preston will follow our Special Guest Speaker. Paul will discuss issues of the day.

The meeting will be at the Church of Glad Tidings, 1179 Eager Road, Yuba City. Everyone is welcome to attend. There is no membership requirement and no charge. Doors open at 6:00 pm; come early to socialize with like-minded neighbors, enjoy the refreshments, and get a front-row seat.

Contact Larry Virga at (530) 755-4409.

Visit the Sutter Buttes Tea Party online www.SutterButtesTeaParty.org

By Richard Cristdahl, OMD, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

You’ve probably seen children, even toddlers on Television talking on a cellphone; they’re in advertisements smiling and having fun. So how old do you think your child should be to have a cellphone? Do you think cellphones are safe for children? Before you answer these questions let’s discuss some preliminary questions that you might not ask or know about like: How cellphones are tested for safety? What are they testing for? And why they use these tests?

 

Federal Communications Commissions (FCC) allows two different methods for certifying cellphones, Specific Anthropomorphic Mannequin (SAM) and Finite-Difference Time-Domain (FDTD). Testing a cellphone with SAM they use a plastic head, patterned from a 6’ 2” 180 pound man, representing about 3% of the U.S. population. A homogenized liquid containing 40 tissue samples of the head is poured into a hole at the top of this head and an electric probe is positioned within the hole. The cellphone to be certified is clamped to SAM approximately one-half-inch away from its head. They’re testing electric field intensities for Specific Absorption Rate (SAR), or how much radiation is absorbed into the soup within the head. If the maximum absorption is at or below the exposure limit of 1.6 W/kg, a threshold for heating the body, the phone is certified for sale. There is a ±30% tolerance of the SAM certification process. SAM doesn’t test for any specific organ, gland, or tissue just the soup. SAM doesn’t differentiate between men, women or children and is the only test ever used for cellphone certification.

 

FDTD testing is a computer algorithm and for decades has been the best way to simulate the amount of absorbed microwave radiation in tissues. In 1997 the FCC stated, “Currently, the finite-difference time-domain algorithm is the most widely accepted computational method for SAR modeling”. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) uses FDTD for testing medical microwave treatment devices. FDTD tests using the “Virtual Family” and can test for: any age either male or female, even pregnant with fetus; any body part or organ, eyes wearing glasses with or without metal frames; breasts in a bra with or without metal stays; glands and different tissues. FDTD costs less than SAM, and has never been used to certify cellphones. So why does the TCI choose a more expensive testing, one that is less accurate, can’t test the difference between men, women or children, and can’t test tissue, organs or glands? There’s no way to know for sure so I can only speculate trying to use common sense and some facts.

The TCI’s choice of size, inaccuracy, and SAM representing only large males, it’s reasonable to think they would rather test something that can absorb more radiation so their phones can be more powerful and still pass testing. Having a more powerful cellphone means better reception, less dead zones, and fewer dropped calls, creating a more desirable product.

 

If the TCI used FDTD and tested children and women, there could be cellphones that would not be certified or would have to have warning labels for these population groups that have higher absorption rates than large men. If organs, glands and tissue were tested especially brain tissue and parotid glands warning labels might be required stating how close a phone is to be held to your head. It’s reasonable to conclude that they’re cellphones being sold today that couldn’t pass the FCC “Safety Guidelines” if the FDTD testing was used. TCI uses the FCC “Safety Guidelines”, which allows cellphone certification if radiation intensities don’t heat your body within six-minutes of use.

May 30, 2011 The World Health Organization classified EMF/RF radiation a Class 2B Possible Carcinogen. May 27, 2016 our Governments National Toxicology Program completed $25 million rodent study initiated by the FDA that connected cell phone use to cancer. All this coupled with the TCI’s resistance to put warning labels on their cellphones denoting safe usage and in light of all the studies showing adverse health effects; it’s now time to educate yourselves and take action for your children’s safety. If you feel your child absolutely needs a cellphone please consider a 3G cellphone used only on an as needed basis. These phones radiate only when you’re talking, texting when sending or receiving, whereas a 4G phone radiates constantly. Cellphones are not safe for children and parents should wait one year after menarche or voice change before getting your teenager a 3G cellphone and monitor their use.

No Disruption in Service Anticipated

 

Brownsville, Ca.

 

A new breach in the Forbestown Ditch was discovered 2/7/17. Approximately 200 feet of the ditch has washed out, about 230 feet downstream of the previous breach that occurred on January 11. No residents or structures are in the vicinity of the breach.

 

The ditch feeds the NYWD treatment pond, the source of water for approximately 2500 residents. The treatment pond stores enough water for 10-14 days of potable water production, and this current storm is producing enough runoff below the breach to extend this timeframe. While no disruption in service is anticipated at this time, customers are again being asked to conserve water. A call with this new information went to customers of NYWD 2/8/17.

 

“Again we are asking our customers to avoid all unnecessary water-related activates until the ditch is repaired,” said Jeff Maupin, NYWD Manager. “The contractors have been out there, but it’s just not safe to begin any work until this storm passes. It’s hard to express how saturated the ground is in that area.”

 

Northstar Engineering of Chico and Duke Sherwood Contracting Inc. of Oroville are again performing the work. The previous January breach was repaired ahead of schedule and below budget. As with the previous breach, the affected area will be piped as the repair method.

 

“Piping the entire Forbestown Ditch is really what’s needed,” said Maupin, “until that is accomplished, we will always be dealing with an open ditch, exposed to the environment and subject to complications like this.”

 

The NYWD Board of Directors voted in December to pursue a $500,000 State grant to begin planning and engineering to pipe the Forbestown Ditch. Moving to a piped Ditch would lower the possibility of breaches like those experienced over the past month. A piped Ditch would also save a significant amount of water lost from seepage and evaporation, increase the amount of water available for irrigation customers and eliminate a vast majority of dirt, trash and contamination from entering the treatment pond.

Additional calls will go to NYWD customers as updates on the breach become available.

Congressman McClintock delivered the following remarks on the House floor

 

Our nation has come to a crossroads between two competing visions of the future that don’t easily reconcile. At such times as these, emotions run high.

 

The good news is that our institutions are the best ever designed to resolve such political disputes. In other countries, the government is the sovereign and rights flow from it to the people. In America, the people are sovereign.

 

But in America, the sovereign doesn’t govern. It hires help to govern during an election. In-between elections, the sovereign people debate how the hired help is doing. That’s the real debate: the one that goes on every day wherever Americans gather. And after that family discussion, we decide whether to fire the hired help or keep it for another cycle.

As long as we are TALKING WITH each other and not SHOUTING AT each other, our system works well.

 

Once in our history, we stopped talking with each other. That was the election of 1860.

 

That election was marked not by reconciliation, but by rioting in those regions where the opposition dominated. The opposition party refused to accept the legitimacy of the election itself. Political leaders pledged resistance to the new administration by any means necessary. They asserted the doctrine of nullification, the notion that any dissenting state or city that opposed federal laws could simply refuse to obey them. Finally came the secession movement – the ultimate rejection of our Constitution and the rule of law.

Have we not started down that road once again?

 

Even before this election, we saw violent mobs carrying foreign flags, physically attack Americans for the sole reason that they wanted to attend a political rally for the candidate of their choice. The violence in Berkeley last week warns us that this behavior is rising.

 

Some prominent elected officials are again asserting nullification by declaring their jurisdictions “sanctuaries” where federal immigration laws will simply be ignored. And in California, a formal secession movement is supported by nearly a third of the population of my own suffering state.

 

I have held more than a hundred town hall meetings in my district throughout the last eight years spanning the entire life of the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street movements. Through all those heated debates, the police have never had to intervene. Until this weekend, in Roseville, when the Roseville Police Department determined that the size and temper of the crowd required a police escort to protect me as I left the venue.

 

The vast majority of the people attempting to attend the meeting were peaceful, decent and law abiding folks sincerely opposed to President Trump, wanting to make their views known to their elected representative. But there was also a well-organized element that came to disrupt – and disrupt they did.

 

In the last four elections, our country has turned dramatically away from the left. The Democrats have lost 67 House Seats, 12 Senate Seats, 10 Governors, more than 900 state legislative seats and now the Presidency. That happened in large part because those who opposed their policies talked with their neighbors about the future of our country.

Instead of pursuing that successful example, the radical left seeks not to persuade their fellow citizens by reason, but rather to impose its views by bullying, insulting, intimidating -- and, as in Berkeley, by physically attacking -- their fellow citizens.

 

This is not a tactic likely to change minds, but if it persists, it could tear down the very institutions of democracy that have served us so well for so long.

 

I would ask the many sincere citizens who have been caught up with this disruptive element, do you object because the President is breaking his promises? Or do you object because he is keeping them? And if your objection is because the President is keeping the promises he made, is that not because the sovereign people – your neighbors and fellow countrymen – directed these changes over the last four elections?

 

If your love of our Constitution is greater than your hatred of our President, I implore you to engage in a civil discussion with your fellow citizens. That is what true democracy looks like.

tea party  2 15 17Gun Owners of California

Yuba City, Ca.

 

The Sutter Buttes Tea Party Patriots announced Sam Paredes, Executive Director, Gun Owners of California will be the Special Guest Speaker for their Monday, February 20, 2017 meeting.

 

Sam Paredes has been with Gun Owners of California (GOC) for over 35 years. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Gun Owners of America and Treasurer of Gun Owners Foundation.

 

GOC is a non-profit lobbying organization formed to protect and preserve our Second Amendment rights in California. Sam is a registered lobbyist, has testified in hundreds of legislative committee hearings and has advocated on behalf of the gun community before the California Fish and Game Commission, the Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the Department of Justice.

 

Mr. Paredes is a frequent speaker before conservative groups and has given workshops on “Confrontational Politics” in Missouri, Nevada and throughout California. He also serves as co-host of the “Just Guns” radio show, which is heard twice weekly on Money 105.5 FM in Sacramento.

 

GOC is the oldest pro-gun political action committee in the United States of America, having been at the forefront of the battle since assaults on the 2nd Amendment began. GOC functions as a 501(c)4 non-profit and operates exclusively from membership contributions and donations, utilizing funds to actively educate on issues and candidates.

Don’t forget – Our regular feature In The News with Paul Preston will follow our Special Guest Speaker. Paul will discuss issues of the day.

 

The meeting will be at the Church of Glad Tidings, 1179 Eager Road, Yuba City. Everyone is welcome to attend. There is no membership requirement and no charge. Doors open at 6:00 pm; come early to socialize with like-minded neighbors, enjoy the refreshments, and get a front-row seat.

 

Contact Larry Virga at (530) 755-4409.

 

Visit the Sutter Buttes Tea Party online www.SutterButtesTeaParty.org

by Dottie van Eckhardt

Watching the grimace on the former President’s face at the inauguration speech as newly sworn in President Trump recited his laundry list of failed policies of the past eight years was unsettling. As President Trump used such strong words as “carnage of the past” “trapped in poverty” and “rusted out factories” one was reminded of why Trump was elected to the highest office in the land. The people were tired of pandering to a President who remained in absentia during his presidency and never quite realized the opportunities before him as the nation’s first black President. Even those of us who did not vote for Obama in 2008 were wishing him well and hoping for a successful term. Why would we wish for anything less?

 

One of the problems that we (the forgotten people) had expected from our new black President was a better relationship between the races. For too long our nation had experienced a great divide among the blacks and whites. The blacks felt that they were not getting their fair share of the “pie” and the whites thought the blacks should be patient and let time resolve our differences. Unfortunately, a stand-off developed between the two major races in this country, and from that, the militant blacks (Black Lives Matter) arose from the chaos, and they became the spokespersons for their cause. Our new black President did not have the experience nor wherewithal to handle this delicate situation, so he went with the militants whom he had always supported when he was a “Community Organizer” in Chicago. For instance, when a young, black 300 pound bully took on a young white police officer in Ferguson, Mo., the President sided with the young black bully and even sent his AG to be his emissary at the thug’s funeral. He remained silent as the black population expressed their anger by destroying the city and causing millions of dollars in damages. He continued to show his naiveté by repeating the same curious behavior when Baltimore exploded. All through his presidency, he sided against law enforcement while taking the side of the anarchists. As a result, cities like Chicago (the murder capital of the world) run amok with lawlessness and passive law enforcement. He could have taken drastic measures such as declaring Marshall Law, but chose to sit idly by and let it happen. One could hardly call that “Presidentiual”.

 

Another one of Obama’s blurred ideologies was his claim to be a Christian. He was quite adamant during the campaign mode that all of the nation should consider him a Christian – at least, long enough to win the election and then show his true colors. All religious scholars know that Christianity and Islam are diametrically opposed in their beliefs. In truth, Islam is out to destroy Christianity and Judaism. It wasn’t until he won the election did he start claiming to be the first Muslim President at various functions. His “handlers” reminded him that he claimed to be a Christian during the campaign and might confuse the population by suddenly making the switch. He decided (wisely) to follow their advice, however, removed all Christian artifacts from the White House and replaced them with Islamic artifacts, adding a prayer room for his Muslim cabinet. These facts were confirmed by the Trump Administration upon moving into the White House on January 20th.

 

Did it ever occur to Obama that if he had been honest with the American people from the beginning regarding his religious beliefs, that we would have accepted him as our First Muslim President? Most of us don’t have a problem with the Islamic religion if that is what the Muslims want – with the exception of the Jihad which calls for the annihilation of all Christians and Jews. If the female members want to belong to a male dominated belief system, and subjugate themselves to their “superiors” who am I to object? We have Freedom of Religion in this country and that means all Religions are welcome unless they promote the destruction of our nation and society. As long as they do not insist on making Sharia law the law of the land, they should be welcome here. However, the main problem with our general acceptance of Muslims and their Islamic religion is that there is no clear line which defines the “good” Muslim from the “bad” Muslim. Vetting at their source (Syria and 6 other countries) appears to be the only means we have of defining the differences. President Trump’s main duty as our President is to keep us safe from foreign entities who would do harm to us, and that includes radical Islamists. For the Press and the Democrats to take President Trump to task for this duty is ludicrous and borders on treason! Donald J. Trump is our President now – duly elected – and doing his best to Make America Great Again. The Liberals and naysayers should soften their tone and get behind this President who wants only the best for our country. As Ronald Reagan once said “If you’re afraid of the future, then get out of the way, stand aside. The people of this country are ready to move again”.

When state snow surveyors visit the Sierra Nevada, they will find a snowpack well above average for the date—and California agricultural organizations say they hope that translates into improved water supplies for the state’s farmers and ranchers.

 

“You would think that a snowpack in the range of 175 percent of average would assure plentiful water supplies, but that link has long ago been severed,” said Tom Nassif, president of the Western Growers Association. “Wildlife agencies often hold the key to determining how much water is available, because endangered-species laws reserve water for protected fish.”

 

Nassif noted the passage of federal legislation called the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act, which included short-term provisions to increase flexibility of the state’s water system.

 

“Among its provisions, the WIIN Act allows water agencies to capture more water during winter storms and requires them to maximize supplies consistent with law. This winter will be a good test of how agencies adhere to that law,” said Paul Wenger, president of the California Farm Bureau Federation.

 

The WIIN Act also invests in California water storage and desalination projects, complementing the investments California voters made when they passed the Proposition 1 water bond in 2014.

 

“We’ve had to let too much water run out to sea this winter, because we didn’t have any place to store it,” said Bill Diedrich, president of the California Farm Water Coalition. “We should be doing everything we can to save today’s rain and snow for use tomorrow.”

 

The California Water Commission will decide later this year on water projects to be funded through the bond.

 

“We will continue to urge the commission to put that money to work as quickly as possible to build new storage facilities that can capture more water during future winters such as we’ve seen in 2017,” Diedrich said.

nate blackNathan Black – Sutter County Auditor - Controller

The Sutter-Yuba Republican Women are honored to have Nathan Black Sutter County Auditor-Controller as guest speaker at their February 16, 2017 11:30am luncheon. To make your reservation for lunch please call 671-4972. Lunch is $16.00 per Person. The Plaza Room, 216 Julie Drive, Yuba City.

Marysville, Ca.

 

California Water Service (Cal Water) supports an array of local organizations throughout the year as part of its ongoing commitment to improving the quality of life in the communities it serves. The company donated a total of $17,930 to local charitable organizations in 2016, with recipients ranging from community centers to homeless shelters, to health and educational foundations.

 

Cal Water’s Marysville District made a number of contributions either during the year or as part of Operation Gobble, the company’s Thanksgiving effort. The Marysville Elks Lodge, Twin Cities Rescue Mission, Saint John's Episcopal Church, Salvation Army, and Yuba County Senior Center each received contributions to make the holidays brighter for local residents in need.

 

Cal Water selected many local charities to support throughout 2016, including the Allyn Scott Youth & Community Center, Rideout Health Foundation, Hands of Hope, and Alzheimer’s Association. Sponsorship of community events included participation and contributions to the Yuba Sutter United Way River Run, City of Marysville Christmas Parade, and Mary Aaron Museum Historic Faire, among others. The funds were donated by the company’s shareholders as part of the company’s philanthropic giving program and not paid for by ratepayers.

 

In addition to providing monetary contributions, the leadership of Cal Water Marysville served the community through membership in local service organizations such as the American Water Works Association, Kiwanis Club, and the Rotary Club of Marysville. The company also contributed necessities to Yuba County’s 14 Forward program to help the homeless.

 

“Cal Water has a proud tradition of community involvement and contributing to strengthen and improve the communities we work to support all year long,” said Cal Water District Acting Manager Rosanna Marino. “I am pleased to continue this tradition in Marysville.”

 

Cal Water serves about 12,000 people through 3,700 service connections in Marysville. The company, which has provided water service in the area since 1930, was ranked “Highest in Customer Satisfaction among Water Utilities in the West” in 2016 by J.D. Power in its inaugural Water Utility Residential Customer Satisfaction Study. Additional information may be obtained online at www.calwater.com.

Marysville, Ca.

 

The Yuba County Board of Supervisors approved funds to repair a number of washed out foothill roads, but actual work is on hold until Public Works gets approval from environmental regulatory agencies.

 

On Tuesday the Board approved the use of $370,000 in contingency money from the county’s general fund to pay for the needed repairs.

 

Yuba County Public Works Director Mike Lee said six roads in the Bullards Bar region washed out during the early January storms and require significant repairs. Federal law requires the county to consult with environmental resource agencies before proceeding with construction. Lee said a biologist hired by the county is currently performing tests to determine the potential for impacts to endangered species. The results will be submitted to agency regulators, after which it will be a matter of waiting for approval to begin repairs.

 

Yuba County officials are hopeful much of the repair costs will eventually be covered by state and federal disaster assistance funds. Should the President declare a disaster as a result of the storms, Federal-aid reimbursement monies will become available to local agencies such as Yuba County. The county must adhere to federal environmental laws or risk jeopardizing the opportunity to receive federal reimbursement.

 

“We want to assure our residents who rely on these roads that we are ready to begin the repairs, as soon as we get the word,” Lee said. “The environmental requirements cannot be bypassed and unfortunately the repairs will be delayed until we get a green light from the regulators.”

 

The six roads washed out by the storms include Oregon Hill Road, Indiana Ranch Road, Weeds Point Road, Pendola Road, Fountain House Road and Celestial Valley Way.

by George Runner, Member, California State Board of Equalization

 

This month, I had the honor of attending the State of the State Address. During his speech, Governor Brown spoke of the need for bi-partisanship when it comes to solving our state’s toughest problems.

 

Unfortunately, he didn’t stop there.

 

Brown continued his calls for a 42 percent gas tax hike, plus an additional $65 vehicle registration fee that includes hybrids and electric vehicles. He claims the increases are needed because repairing California’s highways can’t be funded with existing revenues. I disagree.

 

I called on the governor to use existing revenues to repair our roads. Budgets are about priorities. If our leaders have failed to properly prioritize and manage our existing tax dollars, is it really wise to give them more?

Marysville, Ca.

A first of its kind community conference designed to bring more clarity to the realities of homelessness in the Yuba-Sutter region will take place beginning February 16 in Marysville.

 

The two day Regional Conference on Homelessness, hosted by the Sutter Yuba Homeless Consortium, is intended to help attendees learn more about the challenges involved in addressing homelessness and also to participate in coming up with solutions. Topics include the homeless stigma, healthcare, culture, housing, obstacles, and solutions.

The conference will take place February 16 from 1 to 5 p.m. and February 17 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Yuba County Government Center, 915 Eighth Street in Marysville. Members of the community are invited to attend and participate.

 

The conference, which carries a “Building Bridges, Closing Gaps” theme, will feature several regional specialists, including:

· Jennifer Loving and Ky Le, Destination: Home in Santa Clara County

·Doug Zeck, CEO of Fourth & Hope in Woodland

·Mark Schlutsmeyer, Psychologist with Yuba Sutter Behavioral Health

* Jen Douglas, Marysville Veterinary Hospital

· Dave Kugelman, Adventure Church in Yuba City

·Doctor Orchard, Rideout Health Emergency Department

· Ryan Loofburrow, CEO of Sacramento Steps Forward

 

Conference attendees will be able to tour local agencies, including The Salvation Army Depot Family Crisis Center, Twin Cities Rescue Mission, 14Forward and Hands of Hope. Participants may also register to help prepare dinner at the Twin Cities Rescue Mission. A special “Farm to Homeless Fork” lunch, prepared by John Nicoletti and the Yuba College Culinary Program, will be served on Friday. Each $15 lunch purchase includes a second lunch for a homeless person.

To register and for a complete schedule, go to www.syhomelessconsortium.org.

Yuba City, Ca.tea party  2 1 17

 

The Sutter Buttes Tea Party Patriots announced Brad Dacus, Founder and President of the Pacific Justice Institute will be the Special Guest Speaker for their Monday, February 6, 2017 meeting.

 

Brad Dacus served as Legislative Assistant to U.S. Senator Phil Gramm, and went on to receive his Juris Doctorate from the University of Texas, School of Law. For the next five years, Mr. Dacus coordinated religious freedom and parental rights cases throughout the Western states. In 1997, he founded the Pacific Justice Institute, where he serves as President and continues to defend religious liberties and parental rights. The Pacific Justice Institute has a network of hundreds of volunteer affiliate attorneys across the U.S. and handles more cases on the West Coast than any other organization of its kind.

 

Mr. Dacus will discuss many of the insane laws coming out of Sacramento. The Pacific Justice Institute handles cases addressing religious freedom including church and private school rights issues, curtailments to evangelism by the government, harassment because of their religious faith, employers attacked for their religious-based policies, students and teachers rights to share their faith at public schools. They also work hard to defend the rights of parents including their right to homeschool, review and have notice of public school curriculum and presentations, and opt out their children from objectionable material.

 

Don’t forget – Our regular feature In The News with Paul Preston will follow our Special Guest Speaker. Paul will discuss issues of the day.

 

The meeting will be at the Church of Glad Tidings, 1179 Eager Road, Yuba City. Everyone is welcome to attend. There is no membership requirement and no charge. Doors open at 6:00 pm; come early to socialize with like-minded neighbors, enjoy the refreshments, and get a front-row seat.

Contact Larry Virga at (530) 755-4409.

 

Visit the Sutter Buttes Tea Party online www.SutterButtesTeaParty.org

FARM BUREAU SEEKS IMPROVED AGRICULTURAL TRADE

 

Calling for continued efforts to break down barriers to agricultural trade, the California Farm Bureau Federation expressed disappointment today in President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement.

 

“Trade in food and farm products benefits both rural and urban areas of California,” CFBF President Paul Wenger said. “For example, farm products represent the top export from the Port of Oakland, and agreements such as the TPP would allow us to reach more potential customers in key Pacific Rim markets.”

 

Wenger said he hopes the administration will follow up with policies aimed at opening foreign markets for American farm products.

 

“We operate in a world where it’s much easier for crops from other nations to enter the U.S. than for American farm goods to be sold elsewhere,” he said. “We will encourage the administration to work on smaller-scale agreements that would allow American farmers to trade with other nations on an equal basis.”

 

Wenger noted the administration has also discussed reopening the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico.

 

“If NAFTA is reopened, its agricultural provisions should be left alone,” he said. “We don’t want successful agricultural trade to be caught in any conflict about other portions of the agreement.”

Applications are now being accepted for the California State Senate Fellowship program, one of the oldest and most distinguished of its kind in the country. Established in 1973, the program is a one-year, full-time internship that pays $2,627 per month and provides benefits as well as graduate credit from the Center for California Studies at California State University, Sacramento. Applicants must be 20 years of age by the beginning of the fellowship, have completed their undergraduate degree by September of the fellowship year, and be prepared for full-time employment. Senate Fellows work directly with a state Senator or a Senate policy committee and get to see first-hand how California laws are made. Their work includes researching and analyzing legislation, responding to constituent concerns, and writing news releases and speeches. Applications are due by February 13, 2017. For more information, visit the Capital Fellows Program at http://www.csus.edu/calst/programs/.

By Stephen Frank

 

Great news for drivers. Guv Brown is “proposing to eliminate the suspension of driver’s licenses for Californians who fail to pay traffic tickets and related court fees, according to the $179.5 billion budget plan released Tuesday.” In the real world what does this mean? Without the suspension of your driver's license, there is NO penalty for breaking our traffic laws. He is not proposing anything in its place. So, get a ticket in California and throw it away—no big deal anymore, if Brown gets his way.

 

“The controversial move could benefit motorists who can’t afford to pay hefty traffic fines and lose the ability to legally drive as a result, which advocates say pushes them deeper into poverty. Critics of the plan say it will remove a major incentive for ticketed drivers to pay fines that fund the state’s cash-strapped courts and other programs.

 

At least 600,000 motorists have their licenses currently revoked because of failure to pay traffic fines or to appear in court, according to the California Department of Motor Vehicles.

 

Yes, those that cannot pay will be “protected”. But get serious. There are 600,000 who currently have their licenses suspended for nonpayment of tickets. Have you noticed fewer cars on the roads? The funny part is that citizens that don’t pay their tickets get their drivers licenses suspended—but violate our immigration laws, lie on applications, illegally hold a job—and you get a driver's license. As someone once said, “the law is an ass.”