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National Public Works Week
April 30, 2010
Each year the American Public Works Association (APWA) sponsors National Public Works Week. National Public Works Week is a means to recognize the efforts of Public Works and help the public understand the many ways this dedicated staff provides service to the community.

The Sutter County Director of Public Works and Public Works Department, located at 1130 Civic Center Blvd., invites employees and the public to participate in National Public Works Week. A department overview and tour of the Engineering Division are scheduled for Wednesday, May 19, 2010 starting at 2:00 p.m. and again on Friday, May 21, 2010, at 9:00 a.m.

The Engineering Division staff will be on hand to provide information on our Annual Road Plan, Facilities Design Projects and Global Positioning System.

The Department will also have displays and provide information on Road and Facilities Maintenance operations on Wednesday, May 19, 2010 from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. and again on Friday, May 21, 2010, from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.

Road Maintenance equipment will be displayed at the County Corporation Yard on 275 Samuel Drive, with personnel on hand to explain the operation and uses of the equipment.

The Facilities Services Division will have a static display at the 146 Garden Highway offices detailing facilities work and projects.

Personal Portraits and Stories Tell the Legacy of Holocaust Survivors
April 22, 2010
“Multiply by Six Million: Portraits and Stories of Holocaust Survivors” presents a visually arresting and powerful first-person history of one of the defining events of the 20th century through photographic portraits and personal stories of Holocaust survivors. The Sutter County Memorial Museum presents “Multiply by Six Million” from June 11 to through August 1.

The exhibition showcases contemporary photographer Evvy Eisen’s 15-year-long project to create portraits of survivors living in California and to collect their personal histories. Critically lauded, the project works are included in the archives of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC, the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles, and the Centre de Documentation Juive Contemporaine in Paris, France.

By featuring individual survivor portraits and stories, “Multiply by Six Million” offers viewers a personal perspective on the Holocaust. Survivors tell their stories in hopes that the seeds of today’s intolerance and bigotry are recognized in time to prevent tomorrow’s genocides. The exhibition describes the horrors that the survivors experienced in Europe during the Holocaust and how they then come to the United States to create meaningful lives and contribute to society in their adopted county. Survivor Frank Roubicek shares, “The horror years of the wartime taught me how to appreciate the basic values of life and to fully appreciate the good things it has to offer.”

“Multiply by Six Million” includes 37 stunning black and white photographs and is accompanied by a stunning 24-minute DVD and an album of additional survivor portraits. Interpretive text allows visitors to understand historical events in Europe leading up to the Holocaust and contemplate current concerns about intolerance and genocide. The exhibition will be on display at the Sutter County Memorial Museum from June 11 to through August 1.

The “Multiply by Six Million: Portraits and Stories of Holocaust Survivors” exhibition tour was organized by the California Exhibition Resources Alliance (CERA), with support from photographer Evvy Eisen. CERA is a network of professionally operated museums and cultural organizations that collaborate to create and tour smaller, affordable, high quality exhibitions that enhance civic engagement and human understanding. CERA is generously supported by The James Irvine Foundation, The William Randolph Hearst Foundation, and the California Council for the Humanities.

Image credit: Ernie Levy and Erwin Levy. ©2007 Evvy Eisen.

SBFCA Board Authorizes Balloting for Proposed Assessment District
April 19, 2010
Ballots will be sent on or about May 1 to owners of 34,000 properties in Butte and Sutter Counties

The Sutter Butte Agency Flood Control Agency (SBFCA) Board of Directors unanimously authorized balloting for a property assessment for levee repairs.

Assessment revenues would provide the local cost share for $250 million in levee improvements along the west bank of the Feather River, from Thermalito Afterbay south to the Sutter Bypass.

Assessment ballots will be sent on or about May 1 to owners of 34,000 properties in Butte and Sutter Counties that receive a special benefit from levee improvements. In this case, properties will benefit from stronger flood protection and the avoidance of water damage to structures, their contents, and land.

Health Reform
April 16, 2010
Legislative Update - Health Care Reform: A First Look.

See the Legislative Update for a brief overview of provisions related to health care reform that may have an impact on the health care of our community.