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I Want the Wide American Earth Exhibit and Program at Community Memorial Museum
June 30, 2015

In the first exhibit of its kind, the Smithsonian Institute celebrates Asian Pacific American history across a multitude of diverse cultures and explores how Asian Pacific Americans have shaped and been shaped by the course of our nation’s history. This exhibit illuminates the immigration history of many of the cultures that make up our very diverse community including Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Pacific Islanders, Filipinos and East Indian immigrants. Rich with compelling stories and images, the exhibition takes a sweeping look at this history, from the very first Asian immigrants centuries ago to the complex challenges facing Asian Pacific American communities today. The Community Memorial Museum is delighted to bring this unique exhibit from the Smithsonian Institute’s Asian Pacific American Center to the Yuba-Sutter area.

I Want the Wide American Earth opens with a reception Friday, July 10th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m and continues through August 22nd. A short program and book signing by Molly Miyako Kimura and Karen Wilson, subject and author of An Immigrant’s Daughter, a Biography of Molly Miyako Kimura will start at 6:30 p.m. A Marysville native, Molly’s enthusiasm for life is infectious – take the opportunity to meet this wonderful woman and her biographer, Karen Wilson.

The Community Memorial Museum is located at 1333 Butte House Road in Yuba City. Regular open hours are Wednesday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 4:00 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call the Museum at (530) 822-7141.

Sutter County earns national achievement award for Community Awareness Campaign
June 11, 2015
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sutter County’s chronic disease awareness campaign has been recognized with an Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties (NACo). The awards honor innovative, effective county government programs that enhance services for residents.

NACo recognized Sutter County’s Creating a Healthier Sutter- Community Awareness Campaign which was designed to increase public awareness of underlying causes of chronic disease and to promote policy, systems and environmental changes which could have an effect on chronic disease rates. The low-cost, comprehensive campaign included developing innovative communication tools including fact sheets and DVDs, engagement of youth advocates, hosting community forums for local leaders and residents, and providing self-management classes for community members currently living with chronic disease.

Amerjit Bhattal, Sutter County Public Health Director, said, “The acknowledgement of the great work of our Public Health staff especially in the area of encouraging and educating our residents to adopt healthier lifestyles is very rewarding. Every day our staff work to maintain disease prevention and health promotion efforts within the context of constrained budgets. Investments in prevention and wellness have proven to have positive long term effects for communities. A critical component of creating and sustaining resilient counties is making the healthy choice the easy choice. Creating a Healthier Sutter- Community Awareness Campaign is one step towards creating a healthier Sutter County.”

NACo President Riki Hokama, council member, Maui County, Hawaii, said, “The National Association of Counties applauds county governments that are embracing innovative and more effective ways to serve their constituents. The Achievement Awards recognize counties’ outstanding efforts to strengthen services and deliver results for residents across the country.”

Nationally, awards are given in 21 different categories that reflect the vast, comprehensive services counties provide. The categories include children and youth, criminal justice, county administration, environmental protection, information technology, health, civic engagement and many more.

The awards will be presented at NACo’s 2015 Annual Conference and Exposition July 10–13 in Mecklenburg County, N.C.

Started in 1970, NACo’s annual Achievement Award Program is designed to recognize innovative county government programs. Each nominee is judged on its own merits and not against other applications received.

Sutter County Open Budget Site Goes Live
June 10, 2015
It just got a lot easier to figure out how much money Sutter County is budgeting for mental health services, or what percentage of the General Fund budget is for public safety.

New software that opens a big window into the Sutter County budget went live this morning, and now you can find out the worker’s compensation insurance or salary costs of an individual department from your smart phone or desktop computer.

Sutter County is the first local government agency in Yuba and Sutter counties to use such an application.

"Sutter County is committed to making it easier for residents to understand what we do, why we do it, and just how much it costs," said Board Chairman Ron Sullenger. "This application will make it much easier for people to get real-time budget information in a useful format, and it should make it easier for them to participate in our budgeting process. Not everyone is going to want to know that the anticipated cost this year of Foster Care in Sutter County is $5.6 million, or 2 percent of the overall budget, but if they wanted to know those numbers they can now go online and, with just a few clicks, get the information they desire.

"In this day and age, people want access to information very quickly. This software immediately provides access to anyone with a computer to the same real-time budget information County staff has. Everyone is looking at the same numbers."

The application, Socrata Open Budget, is designed for quick deployment and citizen empowerment. The software is integrated with the County’s information, financing and accounting software, where budget information is stored.

Currently, only the Fiscal Year 2015-2016 Recommended Budget, which was sent to the Board of Supervisors yesterday, is available in Socrata Open Budget. The County’s Information Technology Division is currently working on importing the historical data into the system, and is expected to be available in a few weeks. In the fall, when the Auditor-Controller presents the adopted 2015-2016 budget, the Socrata Open Budget software will provide access to five full years of budget information for research and comparison.

Visit the Sutter County Open Budget website at:

Sutter County Recommended 2015-2016 Budget Shows Signs Of Stability
June 08, 2015
After five straight years of consolidations and staff reductions, and despite the slow recovery from the dramatic downturn in the economy, the County Administrative Officer Friday submitted a recommended Fiscal Year 2015-2016 budget to the Sutter County Board of Supervisors that includes no layoffs.

“Many of the difficult decisions the Board of Supervisors has made over the past years, in terms of consolidation of services and departments, is making a difference in this year,” CAO Jim Arkens said in his budget message to the Board of Supervisors. “Expenses that were reduced in prior years are expenses that the County does not need to find revenues to cover in this year.”

Although the total recommended budget of $258 million is an increase of 6.8 percent ($16.4 million) increase over 2014-2015, it includes a General Fund budget of $57.86 million that is a reduction of one tenth of one percent from last year’s General Fund budget. Accounting for the increase in the overall budget are increases in state and federally funded programs, such as Bi-County Mental Health (8.8 percent), Mental Health Services Act prevention programs (7.9 percent), Health Services (4.3 percent), and Welfare/Social Services (4.2 percent).

The CAO’s office is estimating a 4.6 percent increase in all combined property tax revenue sources for Fiscal Year 2015-2016. Here’s the link:

2015-16 Recommended Budget