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.

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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.”

By Stephen Frank , California Political News and Views

 

UC Davis is so homophobic it would not allow a gay Republican to speak on campus. The State of California is till promoting a $200 billion scam called High Speed Rail—based on phony cost estimates, ridership and speeds—it is a slow train to San Fran—five hours or more—not the 2.5 hours they claimed. This is a State where the governors signs treaties with foreign nations on environmental issues—and the largest school districts in the State are segregated—LAUSD has 9% white students and San Fran has 13%. Oh, LAUSD is proud the June real graduation rate was 54%–but demands more money.

 

California is a State that gives needed water to fish, not people. The State hates cheap energy and prefers criminals on the streets not in prison. It is as bigoted a State as possibly—with a governor begging for unvetted people from the middle east and drug cartel, sex traffickers and assorted criminals from the neighboring countries to partake in free education, health care, welfare, free from Federal immigration laws.

California is the “alt-left” State. You want crazy, brain fried laws and attitudes, the former Golden State is the right place to headquarter the ALT-LEFT.

 

“Equally contentious will be a concerted attempt to block Trump’s overturning of President Obama’s climate change agenda. In recent years Gov. Jerry Brown has gone full “Moonbeam,” imposing ever more stringent environmental policies on state businesses and residents. The most recent legislation signed by Brown would boost California’s carbon reductions far beyond those agreed to by the U.S. in the Paris accord (which Trump has said he will withdraw from). All of this is being done along with a virtual banning of nuclear power, which, as the Breakthrough Institute’s Michael Shellenberger notes, remains the largest and most proven source of clean energy.

California’s draconian climate policies have been oft-cited by Obama and environmentalists as a role model for not only America but the world. However, they will not be widely emulated in the rest of the country during the next four years. Instead, California may be opting for a kind of virtual secession, following the narrative portrayed in Ernest Callenbach’s 1975 novel, “Ecotopia,” where Northern California secedes from the union to create a more ecologically perfect state.”