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Holiday Closure
December 18, 2017
Most county offices will be closed in observance of the holidays listed in the schedule below.
  • Christmas Day: December 22 and 25, 2017
  • New Year's Day: January 1, 2018
Citizens Advisory Committee
November 21, 2017

The County of Sutter is now accepting applications for the Citizens Advisory Committee which will review and recommend homeless shelter options to the Sutter County Board of Supervisors.

Holiday Closure
November 17, 2017
On Thursday and Friday, November 23rd and 24th, most county offices will be closed in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday.
Portraits of Veterans Program
November 07, 2017

The Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County has partnered with Yuba Sutter Arts for a continuation of their Portraits of Veterans program. The program organizes photography sessions for veterans to have their portraits taken. The portraits are then displayed with a short bio of the veteran. Over 300 local veterans participated in the photo sessions.

Approximately 60 portraits will be on display in the Museum November 11-26. A reception is being held at the Community Memorial Museum on Saturday November 11th at 1pm. Please join us to help celebrate our local veterans!

Portraits will also be displayed at the Sutter County Library, the Yuba County Library, the Chamber of Commerce in Marysville, Yuba College, Wheatland High School, and the Broadway Lounge in Live Oak.

Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday, November 5 at 2:00 a.m.
November 04, 2017

Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday, November 5 at 2:00 a.m.

In the U.S., clocks change at 2:00 a.m. local time. In spring, clocks spring forward from 1:59 a.m. to 3:00 a.m. In fall, clocks fall back from 1:59 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. The phrase "Spring Forward, Fall Back" is used to help people remember how to reset their clocks.

Move your clocks back one hour at the resumption of Standard Time.

Contrary to popular belief, no federal rule mandates the observance of daylight saving time. Daylight Saving time and Time zones are regulated by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Holiday Closure
November 03, 2017
On Friday, November 10th, most County offices will be closed in observance of Veterans Day.
Help For Those Coping With Wildfire Related Emotional Issue
October 20, 2017

Those who have lost homes, property, pets, livestock, or need help coping with the evacuation and the devastation in the Yuba County foothills can receive professional assistance for emotional issues through Sutter-Yuba Behavioral Health Services. In addition to providing assistance during normal working hours, Behavioral Health Services operates a 24-hour crisis line.

Visit the following website for contact information:

Yuba County Fire Evacuees Allowed To Return
October 16, 2017

All road closures in the Cascade Fire area were lifted on Friday, according to CalFire and the Yuba County Sheriff’s Office. There is full access to the fire impacted areas in the communities of Loma Rica, Browns Valley, and Rackerby. Evacuees were advised to return safely and be cautious of potential hazards.

The Yuba-Sutter Fairgrounds, located in Yuba City, remains open at this time as an emergency shelter for impacted families and residents.

For more information on the fire in the Yuba County foothills, which was listed at about 10,000 acres with nearly full containment as of last night, visit:

Sutter County Public Health Walk-in Flu Shot Clinic
October 15, 2017

Sutter County Public Health is holding a walk-in influenza (flu) shot clinic. Only injectable flu vaccine will be given at the walk-in clinic for healthy people six months of age and up.

Flu vaccine remains the single most effective way to prevent the flu and it is very important to get your flu vaccine in addition to washing your hands, covering your cough and staying home when you are sick.

The CDC recommends that everyone six months of age and older get an influenza vaccine each year. Getting a flu vaccine is the first and most important step in protecting against this serious disease. Protect yourself from influenza.

The walk-in flu shot clinic be held at the Live Oak Community Center:

Thursday, October 26, 2017
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Live Oak Community Center
10200 O Street, Live Oak

Sutter County Public Health asks the community to be prepared for the walk-in flu shot clinic by understanding the following information about the clinic:

  • Injectable flu vaccine is available for persons six months of age and older.
  • Wear clothing that quickly bares the upper arm near the shoulder for the injection.
  • Vaccine information and the screening and consent forms are available online on the Sutter County Public Health Immunization Program page and may be completed beforehand and brought with you to the walk-in flu shot clinic. Forms will also be available at the walk-in clinic.
  • $5.00 donation accepted.
Fire Victims Who Lost Documents
October 11, 2017

Sutter County Recorder Donna Johnston announced today that fire victims who have lost their birth, death, and marriage documents as a result of the wildfires can obtain free certified copies of their documents if they were issued in Sutter County.

Governor Brown issued emergency proclamations for several California counties which allows for this fee exemption.

For more information, call 530-822-7134.

Sutter County Assisting Yuba County Any Way It Can During Fire - UPDATE
October 11, 2017

In response to the Loma Rica area fire in Yuba County, Sutter County is supporting our neighbors any way we can. Sutter County staff (including Sutter County Fire Chief, Sutter County Emergency Management Officer, and others) are working closely with Yuba County and State officials to ensure Sutter County is providing as much assistance as possible.

The Yuba-Sutter Fairgrounds, located in Yuba City, is serving as an emergency shelter for impacted families and residents.

Sutter County will continue to share official information from CalFire, Yuba County Office of Emergency Management, and others on our Social Media feeds (Facebook and Twitter). Sutter County fire and emergency management personnel remain prepared to dispatch mutual aid to any of 29 fires currently burning in California.

Please call Yuba County’s Public Information Office at (530) 749-7700 for information about providing donations, serving as a volunteer, shelter information, etc. The Yuba-Sutter Fairgrounds and American Red Cross has specifically requested donations of toiletries (soap, shampoo, conditioner, toothbrushes, toothpaste, etc.) and new socks and undergarments (for all genders, ages, and sizes). No other donations are being sought and there is no ability to store donations which are not needed. These donations should be dropped off at Expo Hall, 442 Franklin Avenue, Yuba City.

For the latest information on Yuba County fires, evacuation status, and shelters, please follow Yuba County Office of Emergency Management at, or CalFire at

Devastated By Rain And High Winds, Prune Losses Contribute To Overall Drop In 2016 Sutter County Crop Values
September 20, 2017

A tough year for prunes led to a 4.4 percent drop in Sutter County’s crop values from 2015 to 2016, according to Sutter County Agricultural Commissioner Lisa Herbert.

The Agricultural Commissioner issued the 2016 Sutter County Agricultural Report to County Supervisors on Tuesday, reporting agricultural production at $514 million, down 4.4 percent from the $544 million reported in 2015.

Rice remains the top ranking crop in 2016 with a total value of $127 million. Though still in a drought, water allocations increased in 2016 attributing to a rise in acreage by 27 percent. The total value of walnuts increased 53% in 2016 due to higher acreage and yields, rising to $118 million after crashing to $77 million in 2015.

Prunes were hit the hardest by inclement weather in March. The prune crop was devastated, leading to a 54% loss in production and 55% loss of total value. At a total production value of $24 million for 2016, prunes dropped from third to seventh place after a total production value of $54 million in 2015, Herbert said.

Processing peaches ($56 million), nursery products ($35 million) and processing tomatoes ($34 million), and almonds ($31 million) rounded out the top crops.

For an online copy of the report visit this link:
Board of Supervisors Directs Preparation Of Emergency Moratorium Ordinance On Commercial Trucking Operations In Unincorporated Sutter County
September 13, 2017

The Sutter County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, September 12, voted to direct staff to draft an urgency ordinance establishing a moratorium on new commercial trucking operations in the unincorporated areas of Sutter County.

An urgency ordinance would put existing applications on hold and restrict County staff from accepting new applications for 45 days. The Board could vote to extend the moratorium if necessary.

The Board will consider the draft ordinance at its meeting on October 10.

Supervisors have received multiple complaints about the impacts commercial trucking operations are having on residential neighborhoods, particularly in and around the intersection of Oswald Road and Highway 99. Residents say they fear increasing truck traffic and other impacts. They also complain about the noise of trucks being worked on late into the night.

Commercial trucking is an important job creator. Truck drivers told the Board there are between 1,500 and 2,000 people in Sutter County working in the trucking industry.

On August 22, the Board of Supervisors formed an Ad Hoc Commercial Trucking Committee of Supervisor Dan Flores and Supervisor Ron Sullenger. The purpose of the committee is to review the county’s policies and procedures regarding the location, permitting, and enforcement of conditions associated with the operation of commercial truck yards.

A moratorium would allow the Ad Hoc Committee and staff time to complete their work before any new trucking operations are allowed, and allow the County time to study potential improvements at the intersection of Highway 99 and Oswald Road.

There are six pending applications for either new trucking operations, conversion of agricultural trucking operations to commercial operations, or expansion of existing commercial trucking operations.

It will take a 4/5 vote for the draft ordinance to be adopted and go into effect immediately.

Residents asked how they can contact a code enforcement officer when trucking operations create noise, or dust, or other nuisances. The phone number for Development Services is 530-822-7400. An anonymous complaint form is available online on the Sutter County website.

Drive-thru Flu Clinic
September 12, 2017

Drive-thru flu clinic and prescription drug drop-off will be held on Sunday, September 24th, from noon to 2:00 pm at River Valley High School, 801 El Margarita Road, Yuba City.

Shots are for persons age 14 and over. Please wear loose clothing that quickly bares the upper arm.

Preseciption medications that are no longer needed can be dropped off also for free disposal.

Find further vaccine information and forms online on the Sutter County Public Health Immunization Program page.

Donna Johnston, Sutter County Clerk Recorder achieves CERA designation
August 31, 2017

Donna Johnston, Sutter County Clerk Recorder has achieved the designation of Certified Elections/Registration Administrator (CERA) the highest professional achievement in her field.

CERA designation is achieved only through a multi-year course of study conducted by The Election Center’s Professional Education Program and completion of twelve core courses taught by the Master's in Public Administration faculty of Auburn University (Auburn, Alabama) ranging from ethics, to voter registration and elections law, planning, communications, and voter participation, among others. The intent of the program is to professionalize the management of voter registration and elections administration in promoting and preserving public trust in the democratic process.

"This is the highest designation available to elections and voter registration officials," said Tim Mattice, director of the Center. "This is an outstanding accomplishment."

"Sutter County is indeed fortunate to have Donna as one of the top designated professionals in America. Obtaining and maintaining CERA status means that she has committed to a career long process of continuing education to improve the electoral process in California and the nation," he stated.

The Professional Education Program is sponsored by The Election Center, a non-profit association of voter registrars and elections administrators throughout America. Its membership is comprised of township, city, county and state elections officials and other election related corporations. The Center’s primary purpose is education for local and state voter registrars and elections officials to promote and improve the democratic process. Professional Education Program participants receive continuing education credit from Auburn University as well as professional training credits from The Election Center.

First WNV Case Reported in Sutter County in 2017
August 30, 2017

A Sutter County adult has been confirmed with the neuroinvasive form of West Nile Virus (WNV) illness and is recovering at home.

This is the first report of a case of WNV illness in Sutter County for 2017. In 2016, a total of 12 cases were reported with 1 death from WNV. There have been a total of five WNV-related deaths in Sutter County since WNV appeared in California, occurring in 2012, 2014 and 2016. The Sutter-Yuba Mosquito and Vector Control District continues to be active with mosquito control and monitoring mosquito activity and will continue until cold weather.

Risk for WNV infection from mosquito bites continues into late fall for humans, horses, and other mammals. It is very important to make sure to always take the simple precautions that reduce the risk of mosquito bites and becoming infected with West Nile virus whether at home, participating in outdoor activities, or traveling. The 4 “D”s is an easy way to remember how to prevent mosquito bites:

  • D – DEET – use DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR3535. These are the EPA approved mosquito repellents to prevent bites; be sure to follow package instructions for age of person and how to apply
  • D – Dawn and Dusk – avoid going outdoors at dawn and dusk when the mosquitoes that carry WNV are most active
  • D – Doors and windows – make sure that the screens on your doors and windows are not broken or torn
  • D – Drain all standing water around the outside of your house – gutters, jar lids, tires, flower pot trays are some common places

Most persons who become infected with WNV do not become ill, but develop immunity to WNV. Approximately one in five people who are infected with WNV will develop symptoms, such as fever, headaches, body aches, joint pain, vomiting, diarrhea or rash. Symptoms typically develop from 3 to 14 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito. Less than one percent of infected people will develop the neuroinvasive WNV infection which is a serious neurologic illness with encephalitis or meningitis (inflammation of the brain and surrounding tissues).

The State of California West Nile virus webpage has information about WNV activity around the state by county, how to report dead birds, and how to protect against WNV. Visit

For more information about the work that the Sutter County Mosquito and Vector Control District is doing to reduce numbers of mosquitoes, visit

Holiday Closure
August 28, 2017
On Monday, September 4, most county offices will be closed for Labor Day.
9/80 Work Schedule Begins July 24 In Sutter County Offices
July 25, 2017

Effective Monday, July 24, hours at some County offices may change as Sutter County implements a new 9/80 work schedule.

On July 11, 2017, the Board of Supervisors approved a 9/80 work schedule for some County departments. The public will continue to be served at all County offices during their posted business hours. Please visit the specific department’s website for more information. The first office closure is schedule for August 4 and all departments will eventually be closed on the same Friday as they begin their 9/80 schedule. Here’s a list of when the departments will begin their 9/80 schedule:

July 24, 2017
Board of Supervisors
County Administrator's Office
County Counsel
Human Resources

August 7, 2017
Child Support Services
Development Services

August 21, 2017
Public Health

September 4, 2017

September 18, 2017
General Services

June is the Start of Fire Season
July 11, 2017

June is the start of fire season, which typically extends into October. California's climate dries out during the summer, especially in lower elevations where temperatures continue to rise and vegetation turns into fuel sources for fast-moving flames. Increasing heat and more frequent drought will likely make summer fires more common. Please see the attached flyers for tips and reminders on how handle exposure to wildfire smoke. County officials will continue to monitor air quality in Sutter County and provide updates as needed. For current information, go to the Feather River Air Quality Management District at or check the Sutter County and Sutter County Public Health Facebook pages.

Holiday Closure
July 03, 2017
On Tuesday, July 4th, most county offices will be closed in observance of Independence Day.
Heat Of The Day, Cold Of The River A Deadly Mix
June 14, 2017

Sutter Fire Department Loans Life Jackets

Area residents are reminded that if they seek relief from the extreme heat at a river, they need to be extremely cautious.

Rivers, streams and creeks are very cold due to snow melt. In a manner of minutes, even experienced swimmers can experience loss of muscle control.

With the first 100-plus degree days of the season, waterways could get crowded. Be aware of who and what is around you when you operate watercraft or enter the water. Always wear life jackets.

The Sutter Fire Department, 7530 Barrow Street, Sutter, has life jackets for loan during normal operating hours.

The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat and is advising residents to expect a prolonged period of hot temperatures. Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors. The mall, a movie theatre, or the library are all good sources of air conditioning during the hottest part of the day.

The Weather Service is predicting hot temperatures Friday into next week, with temperatures exceeding 100 degrees. From Sunday through Wednesday, temperatures in the Central Valley are expected to range between 103 and 107 degrees.

Residents should consider rescheduling outdoor activities to avoid heat related illnesses for those exposed to prolonged outdoor heat, especially the elderly, children, and other sensitive groups.

Stay hydrated. Because your body loses fluids through sweat, you can become dehydrated during times of extreme heat.

  • Drink more water than usual.
  • Don't wait until you're thirsty to drink more fluids.
  • Drink from two to four cups of water every hour while working or exercising outside.
  • Avoid alcohol or liquids containing high amounts of sugar.
  • Remind others to drink enough water.

Cold Water Can Be Deadly
It Just Got Easier To Find Your Evacuation Route In An Oroville Dam Emergency
June 05, 2017

Sutter County Development Services staff, which created the Sutter County Oroville Dam Emergency Evacuation map, has made it easier to find your evacuation route in the event of a future problem with the spillway or the dam that requires evacuation.

A field has been added to the map that allows individuals to look up evacuation routes for specific addresses in Sutter County, including the incorporated cities of Yuba City and Live Oak. View the searchable Oroville Dam Emergency Evacuation Route Map for Sutter County.

Depicted in the map are the intended evacuation routes for an emergency involving Oroville Dam only. Evacuation routes are subject to change depending on actual conditions at the time of the evacuation.

Note that this map does not depict evacuation routes for any other emergency, including a potential or actual levee failure when local roads and highways can be flooded or threatened. Evacuation routes will be determined at the time of the emergency based on what roads are available.

A searchable map as well as a PDF download of the Oroville Dam Flood Evacuation Route Map for Sutter County are linked below. This map was originally designed to be 3 feet by 4 feet. To see detail, please zoom in while viewing the map.

Clerk-Recorder Opens Office Four Hours This Saturday To Meet Demand For Passports
May 09, 2017

Sutter County Clerk-Recorder Donna Johnston announced today the Clerk-Recorder's Office will be open from 8 a.m. to noon this Saturday to accommodate growing demand for passports.

"We normally process 40 to 50 passports a week," Johnston said. "We now see that many in a day."

The Clerk-Recorder cited several possible factors in the increase in passport applications arriving at her office: some people are concerned they will need a passport to board a domestic flight; some people seek passports to document their legal status or the legal status of their children; and long lines in other locations are causing some to seek out smaller counties to apply for passports.

Under federal law, a California driver's license currently is acceptable identification to board a domestic airline flight. However, the state's driver's licenses do not currently meet new standards for security established by the federal government after 9-11. The deadline for all states to comply is in 2020, but California has been relying on the federal government to grant it temporary extensions. If it is not granted more extensions, California may be forced to comply as early as next year.

The Sutter County Clerk-Recorder's office is a passport acceptance agent. The office accepts and verifies all the information needed, and forwards applications to the Passport Agency. The passport is mailed from the Passport Agency. Applications are typically processed Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

A passport is an internationally recognized travel document attesting to the identity and nationality of the bearer. A passport indicates that its bearer is entitled to receive the protection and assistance of the diplomatic and consular officer of their country while abroad. In essence, it is a request on the part of the issuing government that officials of foreign governments permit the bearer to travel or sojourn (take temporary residence) in their territories and afford them all lawful aid and protection.

A U.S. passport may be issued to a citizen or national of the United States.

For information what to bring when you apply for a passport, visit

The Clerk-Recorder's Office is located at 433 Second Street, Yuba City.

Evacuation Feedback Forum Responses
April 25, 2017

On March 14, 2017, a forum for residents of Sutter and Yuba counties was conducted at the Veterans Hall in Yuba City to allow questions and concerns about the circumstances which led to the no-notice evacuation of Butte, Yuba, and Sutter counties as a result of the threat of a catastrophic failure of the emergency spillway at Oroville Dam, and the manner in which the evacuation was conducted. In addition to the forum, Sutter County has received feedback through email, an online survey, and written surveys turned into the Community Memorial Museum and the Sutter County Library.

Sutter County Public Meeting May 9 With Department of Water Resources Regarding Oroville Dam
April 18, 2017

The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) is hosting seven public meetings in multiple locations to update communities in the region about the ongoing Oroville spillway recovery effort. The meetings will be opportunities for members of the public to hear from DWR leadership and experts about the status of the Oroville spillway and to ask questions and provide comments about the recovery process. The meetings will have a similar agenda, format and content.

May 9, 2017
Info Session begins at 5:30 P.M.
Presentation at 6:30 P.M. followed by Q&A
Yuba-Sutter Fairgrounds
Franklin Hall
442 Franklin Ave
Yuba City, CA 95991

May 3, 2017
Info Session begins at 5:30 P.M.
Presentation at 6:30 P.M. followed by Q&A
CA Department of Transportation (Caltrans) District 3
Sierra Nevada Room
703 B St
Marysville, CA 95901

April 27, 2017
Info Session begins at 5:30 P.M.
Presentation at 6:30 P.M. followed by Q&A
Butte County Fairgrounds
Butte Hall Room
199 E Hazel St
Gridley, CA 95948

May 2, 2017
Info Session begins at 5:30 P.M.
Presentation at 6:30 P.M. followed by Q&A
Oroville Municipal Auditorium
1200 Myers St
Oroville, CA 95965

May 4, 2017
Info Session begins at 5:30 P.M.
Presentation at 6:30 P.M. followed by Q&A
Oroville Church of the Nazarene
Fellowship Hall
2238 Monte Vista Ave
Oroville, CA 95966

May 11, 2017
Info Session begins at 5:30 P.M.
Presentation at 6:30 P.M. followed by Q&A
Chico Masonic Family Center
1110 W East Ave
Chico, CA 95926

May 15, 2017
Info Session begins at 1:30 P.M.
Presentation at 2:30 P.M. followed by Q&A
Tsakopoulos Library Galleria
828 I Street
Sacramento, CA 95814


Meeting facilities are accessible for persons with disabilities. All requests for reasonable accommodations and/or language services must be made three working days (72 hours) in advance of the scheduled meeting date. Please call 800-248-7026 for assistance.

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Board Supports Coalition Letter Regarding Future Operation of Oroville Dam, Seeks To Make Safety The Priority Going Forward
April 12, 2017

The Sutter County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday, April 11, to add its support to a letter being circulated among communities downstream from Oroville Dam that expresses certain concerns and asks several questions about the operation of the dam and its spillways.

Following the damage to the main spillway at Oroville Dam and the evacuation of large parts of three downstream counties when the Department of Water Resources informed them of an imminent threat of failure of the emergency spillway, a loose coalition of downstream individuals and organizations has been forming.

Two meetings, guided by Assemblyman James Gallagher and State Senator Jim Nielsen, have occurred and the result is the draft letter to California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., and Natural Resources Agency Secretary John Laird.

The letter acknowledges the flood control benefits of Oroville Dam, but expresses the concern that those of us in communities immediately downstream of the dam have little to no say in how it is operated and maintained. The letter asks a number of questions and makes a number of requests. The letter seeks:

  • Additional flood storage in the reservoir, noting that reservoir operations do not account for climate change and there is too much water left in the reservoir during times when we have a large snowpack. (This is the same request made by Sutter County after the 1997 flood).
  • Better communication and greater transparency from the Department of Water Resources.
  • Understanding that the safety of those who live downstream from the dam--not fisheries protection, State Water Contractor priorities, politics, or other issues—be the top priority in the design of the repair projects for the spillways.
  • Modernization of the infrastructure at the dam, and an expansion of the use of remote sensors and other technology to improve forecasting of reservoir levels.
  • Full and thorough reviews of the way the dam has been designed, constructed, operated and maintained, including Legislative oversight hearings.
  • Public discussion and consideration of who should operate the dam going forward, and how it should be operated.
  • Improved downstream flood protection, including addressing constrictions in the river channel; critical levee repairs in District 10 in Yuba County, south of Yuba City, and south of Nicolaus; and an assessment of the magnitude of (and a plan to mitigate) debris entering and remaining in the river channel as a result of the operation of the reservoir.
  • A discussion about how business and property losses, lost wages, and damages to public and private property can be compensated.

(Photo: Contractors from Syblon Reid continue concrete work around the Lake Oroville emergency spillway in Butte County, California. Photo taken April 3, 2017.)

Holiday Closure
March 24, 2017
On Friday, March 31st, most county offices will be closed in observance of Cesar Chavez Day.
The Advisory Evacuation Has Been Lifted

The storm and evacuation information has moved to a new page. A video of the evacuation feedback session, a link to the evacuation feedback survey as well as current and past information can be found on the new page.

State, Local Leaders Host Oroville Dam Spillway Incident & Evacuation Feedback Session
March 09, 2017

State and local officials will gather to listen, learn and document input from residents. The public is encouraged to attend, share their experiences and make suggestions to their elected representatives.

When:  Tuesday, March 14th, 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Where:  Sutter County Veterans Memorial Building
 1425 Veterans Memorial Circle, Yuba City, CA 95993

Elected Representatives from the Following Jurisdictions Have Been Invited:

  • Assemblyman James Gallagher
  • Senator Jim Nielsen
  • Sutter County
  • Yuba County
  • City of Yuba City
  • City of Live Oak
  • City of Marysville
  • City of Wheatland
New Survey Finds Alcohol and Tobacco Products Still More Available than Milk and Fresh Fruit
March 08, 2017

New research shows that in Sutter County 80% of all stores that sell tobacco products have advertising for unhealthy products on the outside of stores while only 12% have healthy product advertising, such as milk or fruit and vegetables. These findings are part of new research released today on the availability and marketing of tobacco products, alcohol, condoms and healthy and unhealthy food options in California stores that sell tobacco.

Today, throughout California, health advocates held 13 press events to release results of the scientific survey, which is the largest of its kind. It builds upon an initial research released three years ago in March 2014 and provides insights into changes in the availability and marketing of the studied products during this time. Information was collected in the summer of 2016 from more than 7,100 stores in all 58 California counties including pharmacies, supermarkets, delis, convenience and liquor stores as well as tobacco-only stores.

“Overall, the findings show a continuing and worrisome discrepancy in our county in the accessibility and marketing between products that promote a healthy lifestyle, and those that push unhealthy products,” said Dr. Lou Anne Cummings, Sutter County Health Officer. “Stores play a critical role on our community’s health, and this survey shows offerings and messaging are out of balance, tipping heavily toward unhealthy options. Our goal is to help re-calibrate the balance toward health.”

Tobacco use in Sutter County continues to be a concern for local health officials. According to the California Health Interview Survey and the California Student Tobacco Survey, Sutter County adult smoking rate is 13.7% compared to the statewide rate of 12.7% and youth smoking rate is 22.7% compared to the statewide rate of 13.8% (California Health Survey, 2012-2014; California Student Tobacco Survey, 2016).

E-cigarettes saw a significant increase in Sutter County in stores from the last time this survey was conducted, up more than 11%. “The expanded availability of e-cigarettes are of particular concern and reflect the spike in use by teens and young adults in the last three years,” said Dr. Cummings.

Additional survey Sutter County findings include:

  • 29% of stores sell non- or low-fat milk, but NEARLY 91% sell alcohol
  • More than 68% of stores place tobacco products and/or ads near candy
  • More than 78% of stores place alcohol ads near candy
  • 89% of stores sell flavored non-cigarette tobacco products, which often have kid-appealing flavors, such as grape, watermelon, chocolate, gummy candies and even breakfast cereals. Similarly, all of the stores near schools also sell flavored tobacco products.
  • 70% of stores near schools have tobacco marketing in kid-friendly locations

Sutter County Public Health is committed to continuing to work with local health advocates and partners to provide accurate information and help make the healthy choice the easy choice for Californians.

Healthy Stores for a Healthy Community is a statewide campaign formed by tobacco prevention, nutrition, alcohol abuse prevention and STD prevention partners collaborating to improve the health of Californians by informing them about the impact of unhealthy product availability and marketing in the retail environment.

For state and county-specific data and more information on Healthy Stores for a Healthy Community, please visit



Daylight Saving Time Begins on March 12
March 07, 2017
Don't forget to move your clocks forward this weekend! Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday, March 12 at 2:00 a.m.

In the U.S., clocks change at 2:00 a.m. local time. In spring, clocks spring forward from 1:59 a.m. to 3:00 a.m.; in fall, clocks fall back from 1:59 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. The phrase "Spring Forward, Fall Back" is used to help people remember how to reset their clocks.

Holiday Closure
February 15, 2017
On Monday, February 20th, most county offices will be closed in observance of Washington's Birthday.
Sutter-Yuba Behavioral Health Newsletter
January 26, 2017
Sutter-Yuba Behavioral Health is excited to present their third edition, quarterly e-newsletter. We hope you enjoy learning more about Sutter-Yuba Behavioral Health and the services and programs that are offered to the local community.

Please also visit the Sutter-Yuba Behavioral Health web page for further information.

46 Homeless Receive Temporary Housing In Pilot Sutter County Homeless To Housing Project
January 20, 2017

A total of 46 homeless individuals and their animals have been provided temporary housing in area motels in a pilot program implemented while they were forced to evacuate encampments along the banks of the rising Feather River last week.

Sutter County Sheriff's Department and Health and Human Services personnel assisted in transporting the individuals and their pets on Thursday morning, January 12, from public property south of Yuba City along the Feather River. The move came less than 24 hours after the Board of Supervisors approved a budget amendment to spend up to $100,000 on a pilot project proposed by Human Services Director Nancy O'Hara.

Health and Human Services staff obtained food from a local food bank and from other sources over the weekend. While the plan is to provide for a second week of motel rooms, the County is planning for a relocation strategy. Those who are making good progress and are closer to receiving permanent housing at the end of two weeks will continue to receive temporary shelter.

"We are looking at this project for those who have low barriers for transition to permanent housing and then we will look at a project for those who have higher barriers to permanent housing," O'Hara told the Board of Supervisors on January 10. She said the pilot program is aimed at those who have been homeless for less than a year, have an income, or who have medical needs that might qualify them for additional government assistance.

Behavioral Health Services staff are assessing individuals to determine if some qualify for housing services for the seriously mentally ill. Two homeless veterans may qualify for housing services through the Veterans Services Office and the Veterans Stand Down. Clean and sober living facilities have also been contacted regarding capacity.

O'Hara said the idea is to provide temporary shelter while encouraging and guiding individuals to be responsible for their everyday living needs other than shelter. She said some individuals may not want the assistance of temporary housing, and where that is the case, the County can use Code Enforcement to enforce the ban on camping along the river.

"I do think we need to have this (pilot program) alternative in place in order to enact that code enforcement," she said.

Board Chairman Jim Whiteaker noted that the County has been looking for successful models of how to assist the homeless from throughout the United States, and have found communities have tried many different programs with mixed results. "There's no one set program we can look at," he said. "This will be a start, but we have a lot of work ahead of us."

General Services staff were able to assist homeless individuals to save and store belongings that they could not take to the hotels.

The recent storms have resulted in garbage and debris collecting in the river bottoms. Clean-up efforts have begun to remove debris and garbage in the area near the levee and the river.

Holiday Closure
January 09, 2017
On Monday, January 16th, most county offices will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
Free Sandbags And Sand Available To Sutter County Residents And Business Owners
January 06, 2017

The County of Sutter operates its sandbag distribution sites throughout the winter months in anticipation of continuous and extended heavy rainfall events during which widespread flooding may occur.

Sand and sandbags are available to property owners and local businesses on a self-serve basis. Property owners and businesses are requested to take no more than 25 sandbags. These sandbags are not intended for commercial ventures or builders involved in new construction or development. Additional sandbags and sand are available, inexpensively, at most hardware and home improvement stores.

Visit the sandbag locations and policy page.

Sand and sandbags are available to the public at the following locations:

  • Live Oak: Sand and sandbags are available at the City Corporation Yard on N Street in Live Oak.
  • Meridian: Sand and sandbags are available at the Meridian Fire Department located at 1100 Third Street.
  • Oswald-Tudor area: Sand and sandbags are available at the Oswald-Tudor Fire Department located at 1280 Barry Rd.
  • Pleasant Grove: Sand and sandbags are available at the Pleasant Grove Fire Department located at 3100 Howsley Road. (24-hr)
  • Robbins: Sand and Sandbags are available at the Community Center at the End of Del Monte in the town of Robbins.
  • Sutter: Sand and sandbags are available at the County Sign Yard located at Pass Road and Acacia Road. The address is 3098 Acacia Avenue.
  • Trowbridge: Sand and sandbags are available at the Road Maintenance Yard located at 2560 Pacific Avenue. (24-hr)
  • Yuba City: The City of Yuba City makes sand and sandbags available at its Corporation Yard located at 1185 Market Street. (24-hr)   Additional information available at the Yuba City Floodplain Management page.

Visit our weather page for links to current river information.

By U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Rhonda Burke [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Rhonda Burke [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Board Hires Scott Mitnick As New Sutter County CAO
January 04, 2017

Following a lengthy strategic planning and recruitment process, Scott Mitnick, who managed the City of Thousand Oaks for 11 years and currently works as a senior investment banker with a public finance company in Los Angeles, was appointed County Administrative Officer of the County of Sutter.

The Board of Supervisors voted 4-0 Tuesday night to approve a contract with Mitnick, whose 27 years in senior leadership positions in local government include a three-year stint as the Assistant City Manager of Yuba City in the late 1990s. The new CAO reported to work on Wednesday.

"Scott’s knowledge, experience and professionalism will benefit Sutter County tremendously," said Supervisor Dan Flores in recommending Mitnick’s hiring. "We were very impressed with his accomplishments and his directness, as were members of the citizen’s panel that interviewed him as part of the hiring process."

"Scott has a solid grasp on public financing, budgeting, labor relations, relations with elected leadership, relations with the public, and on the concept of team building," said Supervisor Jim Whiteaker, who joined Flores in making the recommendation to the full Board of Supervisors. "He helped a divided City Council in Thousand Oaks become stable, productive, and forward thinking. He sees the big picture and that is what you need in a CAO."

Mitnick emerged as the top candidate out of 26 who sought the position previously held by James Arkens, who was informed in October of 2015 his contract would not be renewed. Curtis Coad is the current interim CAO.

Mitnick’s career in public employment began as a Budget Analyst with the City of Brea in 1986. He worked for the City of Burbank for seven years as a Financial Analyst, Project Manager, Assistant to the City Manager, and Budget Officer.

From November of 1996 to December of 1999, Mitnick worked as the Administrative Services Director of Yuba City, where he functioned as the Assistant City Manager and the Finance Director.

He was hired as Deputy City Manager in Thousand Oaks in January of 2000, and served as Assistant City Manager from 2003 until his appointment as City Manager in 2005, a position he held until the City Council terminated his contract in July of 2016.

He is currently employed as a Managing Director in Public Finance in the Downtown Los Angeles office of St. Louis-based Stifel, Nicolaus and Company, Incorporated.

After a series of City Managers came and went in Thousand Oaks, Mitnick stepped in as interim. Recognizing an improved environment at City Hall, the City Council suspended a search for a City Manager and gave the full-time job to Mitnick. He helped a divided Thousand Oaks City Council work more efficiently, and guided the City of Thousand Oaks through the recession with a series of budget reductions that did not materially reduce public services. Mitnick is especially proud of the first-rate Executive Team he built over the past decade, along with the high-performance overall City organization that is well-respected throughout California

"After many years of working for cities, and the past few months in the private sector, I welcome this new and exciting opportunity to broaden my leadership abilities. I look forward to working with all County employees to implement Sutter County Board of Supervisors’ policies and goals. In addition, I embrace working collaboratively with other local governments, special districts, non-profits, private businesses, service clubs, residents, and others to improve the overall quality of life throughout Sutter County."

Supervisors Jim Whiteaker, Dan Flores, Larry Munger and Ron Sullenger voted to approve a contract with Mitnick. Supervisor Mat Conant, who was attending his first meeting as a new Board member and who was not involved in the recruitment process, abstained from voting.