Sutter County has adopted an ordinance allowing local prosecution and administrative fines for those who use, possess, store, sell, or display dangerous fireworks as defined by the state of California’s Health and Safety Code, Sections 12500-12728.
Those who violate the ordinance, and those who allow the use, possession, storage, sale or display of dangerous fireworks on their property, can now be cited by Sutter County authorities for a misdemeanor and fined up to $1,000 for each instance.
The following are some of the more common “Dangerous Fireworks” already outlawed by the Health and Safety Code, and their possession, use, storage, sale, or display could get you convicted of a misdemeanor: firecrackers; skyrockets and rockets, including any and all devices which employ any combustible or explosive material and which rise in the air during discharge; Roman candles, including all devices which discharge balls of fire into the air; chasers, including all devices which dart or travel about the surface of the ground during discharge; sparklers more than 10 inches in length or one-fourth of one inch in diameter; and all fireworks designed and intended by the manufacturer to create the element of surprise upon the user, including autofoolers, cigarette loads, exploding golf balls, and trick matches.
The ordinance does not prohibit the use of “Safe and Sane” fireworks bearing the seal of the California State Fire Marshal and purchased from June 28 through noon on July 6.
The Board of Supervisors adopted the ordinance as an emergency measure at its June 12 meeting, in advance of Fourth of July. The use or possession of dangerous or illegal fireworks poses a serious risk to the public health, safety and welfare, given the potential for personal bodily injury, property damage, the unknown material composition of the fireworks, and the lack of safeguards.
The ordinance addresses several complaints from residents about the large number of dangerous and illegal fireworks that are fired, particularly around the Fourth of July and the New Year’s. Animals are spooked by the constant explosions. Some military veterans have also complained the percussions are triggering symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
In 2016, 11,100 trips to emergency rooms in the United States were the result of fireworks-related injuries, compared to 7,000 in 2008, according to data from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. The bulk of these injuries occurring during the month-long period around Independence Day—June 18 through July 18.
The ordinance, impacting unincorporated areas of the County, can be enforced by the Sheriff’s Department, Sutter County Fire Department, Sutter County Code Enforcement, and the Director of Development Services. The ordinance is similar to one adopted by the City of Yuba City and enforced within the city limits.
The current unofficial count for the Election Results will be posted and updated periodically after the Polls close at 8:00 p.m. on June 5, 2018.
The Sutter County General Services Department is actively pursuing security enhancements at three of the four boat ramps it operates.
General Services Director Megan Greve said the plan is to install security fencing, on-line or credit card payments, and a gate lock system to reduce vandalism and thefts at boat ramps at Boyd's Pump and the Yuba City Boat Dock on the Feather River, and at Tisdale Weir on the Sacramento River.
Improvements are expected to be in place this fall, Greve said.
In the interim, Greve said, boaters will not be required to pay the daily use fee. The County is removing the cash boxes used to collect boat ramp use fees because the boxes have been destroyed a multitude of times and money from the boat fees stolen. The enhancements will allow for the safe and secure collection of fees that are to be used to provide annual maintenance of the docks. Over the past two years, the revenue collected has been reduced by over $10,000 due to theft and vandalism.
"These security enhancements are what many boaters have been asking Sutter County to provide," Greve said. "We'll provide a more secure parking lot while boaters are out on the water."
No changes are planned at Live Oak Park boat ramp, where there is a park attendant on duty.
The Sutter County Public Health - Tobacco Control Program applauds the Sutter County Board of Supervisors for designating all County owned, leased, and operated facilities and campuses as Smoke and Tobacco-Free. The new policy, approved by the Board of Supervisors on April 10, 2018, will include all enclosed and unenclosed areas, including buildings, grounds, parks, and parking lots. Implementation of the new policy will begin on World No Tobacco Day, May 31, 2018.
The Smoke and Tobacco-Free Campus policy declares that the use of any tobacco product, or use of any product that mimics smoking or produces smoke be prohibited. This policy applies to all staff, campus visitors, clients, vendors, contractors and volunteers. The policy designation promotes the health and well-being of all Sutter County employees and the community they serve by decreasing risk of secondhand smoke inhalation. Sutter County facilities and campuses will be a place where we can all practice health. “This is a great step forward in providing a healthier place to live and work for Sutter County employees and for the people that they serve,” stated Dr. Lou Anne Cummings, Sutter County Health Officer.
According to the California Department of Public Health, about 13% of Sutter County adults smoke and 10% of high school aged youth smoke. This means roughly 77% of Sutter County residents DO NOT smoke. In a public opinion survey of Sutter
County residents, 78% reported they would prefer to visit a business that prohibited smoking on the property. In Sutter County, 1 in 5 deaths each year is attributed to smoking (Max et al., 2014). According to Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention, secondhand smoke is a preventable factor of numerous health problems in infants and children, including asthma attacks, respiratory infections, ear infections, and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Some of the health conditions caused by secondhand smoke in adults include coronary heart disease, stroke, and lung cancer. According to researchers, the annual cost of smoking in Sutter County is estimated at more than $56 million, more than $30 million of that in direct health care costs (Max et al., 2014).
For more information on “Creating a Healthier Sutter” and adopting a voluntary policy for a Smoke and Tobacco-Free Campus call Sutter County Public Health Tobacco Control staff at (530) 822-7215. Residents are encouraged to visit the Sutter County Library (750 Forbes Avenue) from 1pm to 5pm on May 31, 2018 to celebrate with us, learn more, and pick up a free tobacco cessation “quit kit.”
With the Statewide Direct Primary Election coming up soon on June 5th, visit the Sutter County Elections page to find election guides and voter information for vote by mail status, polling place locator, and more.
Be informed and vote!
The County of Sutter filed a lawsuit against the opioid manufacturers and distributors for creating the opioid epidemic in Sutter County, joining a consortium of 30 California counties to do so. The Sutter County Board of Supervisors has retained the national law firm of Baron & Budd and a joint venture of law firms to represent its interests, seeking an abatement remedy in addition to legal damages for taxpayer money spent providing social resources in response to the crisis. The lawsuit was filed in the Eastern District of California.
The California Opioid Consortium includes 30 counties, representing approximately 10.5 million residents. All 30 counties are filing suit in federal court and expect their cases to be transferred into the Multi-District Litigation in Ohio, where over 500 public entities have filed similar suits.
“The County seeks to recover taxpayer funds used to respond to the opioid epidemic,” said Assistant Sutter County Counsel William J. Vanasek. “Local government services have been subsidizing the impact of the opioid epidemic, created by irresponsible multi-billion-dollar corporations, which have placed profits over public safety.”The California Opioid Consortium and its counsel have developed evidence that many of the nation’s largest drug manufactures misinformed doctors about the addictiveness and efficacy of opioids. The manufacturer Defendants include Purdue Pharma; Teva Ltd; Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson); Endo Health Solutions, Inc.; Allergan PLC; and Mallinckrodt. Drugs manufactured by these companies include, but are not limited to: OxyContin, Actiq, Fentora, Duragesic, Nucynta, Nucynta ER, Opana/Opana ER, Percodan, Percocet, Zydone, Kadian and Norco.
The lawsuit also names the nation’s largest drug distributors – Cardinal Health, AmerisourceBergen, and McKesson Corp. – which failed to monitor, identify and report “suspicious” opioid shipments to pharmacies, in violation of the federal Controlled Substances Act. The lawsuit also names other large national distributor/retailers.
The County’s entire legal team includes the law firms of Baron & Budd; Levin, Papantonio, Thomas, Mitchell, Rafferty & Proctor; Powell & Majestro; Greene Ketchum Bailey Farrell & Tweel; Hill, Peterson, Carper, Bee & Deitzler; McHugh Fuller Law Group. The firms currently represent over 300 cities and counties throughout the United States.
For more information, please contact John Fiske at [email protected] or at 619-261-4090.
To help facilitate the Building Permit process for customers, Sutter County Development Services Department has released an online application that now allows contractors and owner-builders to apply and pay for certain fast-track building permits. A temporary permit is immediately issued. The customer will be notified once an official building permit is available for pick-up from the Development Services Customer Service Counter. An official building permit will need to be in-hand before a building inspection can be scheduled.
Eligible fast-track building permits include the following:
It is important to note that the physical location for the work to be performed must be in the jurisdiction of Sutter County and not located within the City of Yuba City or the City of Live Oak.
Links to the fast-track building permits are under the Online Building Permits section on the Building Services page. You can also find on the Building Services page additional information about building permit requirements.
The Sutter County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved contracts for an asphalt overlay of three sections of Pleasant Grove Road in southern Sutter County, as well as a 500-foot section of guard rail on a curve along Pass Road in the Sutter Buttes.
The Board awarded a contract to Teichert Construction Co. of Roseville for $833,751. Teichert was the lowest of nine responsible bidders, coming in $180,000 below the highest bidder, Escheman Construction. The contract is for an asphalt overlay on three segments of Pleasant Grove Road, for a total of 3.3 miles of overlay: from Sankey Road to Keys Road, from Howsley Road to Catlett Road, and from Kempton Road to Betz Road.
The Board awarded a contract to Highway Specialty Company Inc. of Redding, for $22,900, the lowest of four bids, for 500 feet of guardrail in a curve on Pass Road in the Sutter Buttes, about a mile from Lemenager Road. The highest bid was for $146,650 by Swierstok Enterprise Inc.
For the third time, the Sutter County Board of Supervisors and the Active 20-30 Club of Yuba City-Marysville hosted the Public Business From The Floor High School Speech Contest. Seventeen students from five high schools participated in the Wednesday, March 28 event in the Board Chambers at the 19th century Hall of Records in Yuba City.
Under both the United States Constitution and California law, members of the public are allowed to petition their local government (as well as the state and federal government). At every local public agency meeting, the public has an opportunity to address the elected representatives about issues that are on the agenda, and any items they wish to discuss that are under the jurisdiction of the local government agency.
“This contest is specifically designed to introduce high school students to the opportunity of speaking up about issues of public importance,” said Board Chairman Dan Flores. “We’ve learned from the teachers at the various schools that students who have participated in this contest have remained engaged in civic matters. I believe this contest is not only unique, but valuable, in that it is an exercise in democracy, and the Board members really appreciate the input from the youth of the community. We don’t get enough of that.”
This contest, which will occur again in 2019, requires speakers to exhibit their general public speaking skills while addressing the Board of Supervisors about matters under the county’s jurisdiction, making a clear request of the Board of Supervisors, using facts and examples of their research, and adhering to the three-minute clock rule adopted by the Board of Supervisors (courts have determined that local public agencies are required to provide only a limited opportunity for public input during meetings, and therefore have the right to place a time limit on public comments so that public agencies can proceed with their noticed agenda in an efficient manner).
East Nicolaus High School’s Sophia Dunlap won first place and $500 for a speech on homeless issues. Sutter Union High School’s Harpreet Mahi won second place and $300 for a speech on mental health funding. Sophia Garcia of Yuba City High School, and Orrin Jones of Live Oak High School, tied for third place and won $200 each. Sophia gave a speech on recreation funding and Orrin gave a speech on future evacuations in the event of flooding.
Speech topics student safety at schools, speeding cars, use of fracking in extracting oil, expansion of food banks, expansion of public transportation to rural communities, drug addiction, and consumer education.
The 20-30 Club donated $1,200 in cash prizes. They have sponsored the cash prizes in each of the three contests so far.
High schools participating were Yuba City, River Valley, East Nicolaus, Sutter, and Live Oak. All high school aged students in Sutter County, including those at charter schools, were invited to participate.
Creating a Healthier Sutter
WHEN: Monday April 2nd
WHERE: Veterans Hall
1425 Veterans Memorial Cir.
Yuba City, CA
WHEN: Tuesday April 3rd
WHERE: Public Health Building
1445 Veterans Memorial Cir.
Yuba City, CA
WHEN: Thursday April 5th
WHERE: Veterans Hall
1425 Veterans Memorial Cir.
Yuba City, CA
For more information call (530) 822-7215
Event: Passport Day
Date: Saturday, March 10, 2018
Time: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Where: Sutter County Clerk Recorder
433 Second Street
Yuba City, CA 95991
The Sutter County Clerk Recorder is hosting a special event in Yuba City, California on Saturday, March 10, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., to provide passport information to U.S. citizens and to accept passport applications. Applications will be accepted by appointment only. Avoid the $10 increase in Passport Acceptance Fees by coming in before Monday, April 2, 2018. Please contact Sutter County Clerk-Recorder to schedule your appointment by calling 530-822-7134.
U.S. citizens must present a valid passport book when entering the United States by air. U.S. citizens entering the United States from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda at land borders and sea ports of entry must present a passport book, passport card, or other travel documents approved by the U.S. government.
To help our customers who may not be able to visit our office during our normal business hours, additional services such as certified copies of Birth, Death and Marriage Certificates, Fictitious Business Name Statements, Passport photos, issuance of Marriage Licenses and performing Marriage Ceremonies (by appointment only) will be available on this Saturday.
Information on the cost and how to apply for a U.S. passport is available at travel.state.gov. U.S. citizens may also obtain passport information by phone, in English and Spanish, by calling the National Passport Information Center toll-free at 1-877-487-2778.
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) today announced that flu activity in California is widespread and at levels usually seen at the peak of the influenza season. Health officials encourage Californians to get vaccinated.
“With the increase in influenza impacting many communities across the entire state, it is important to get a flu shot now if you have not done so already,” said CDPH Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith. “Although influenza season usually peaks between December and February, flu activity can occur as late as May, which means it is not too late to get vaccinated.”
It takes about two weeks after vaccination for the body to respond fully. Vaccine effectiveness does vary for the different strains and year by year. Data will be available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in February about vaccine effectiveness.
“Vaccination will prevent infection in a large number of cases. If disease does occur after vaccination, the vaccine can reduce the severity of flu symptoms,” said Dr. Smith. "Getting the flu shot is still the best way to protect yourself and others from flu.”
Come see the latest exhibit at the Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County, Tattooed and Tenacious: Inked Women in California’s History. The exhibit opens January 13th, 2018, and is on display through March 11th. We’re holding an opening reception Friday, January 12th at 6pm. We’ll have wine, beer and nibbles, and it’s open to the public.
Some further information on the exhibit:
While many may think of tattoos as a recent trend, inked women have a long history in California. From the working-class Tattooed Ladies who performed in circus sideshows to the upper-class inked women who helped popularize the tattoo craze; visitors will discover the largely unknown history of women and tattoos through photographs, personal histories, and artifacts.
Inked women who come to see the exhibit will have the opportunity to add their own tattoos to the exhibit on our ‘Locally Inked’ wall, using an instant camera provided by the Museum. Just let our staff know that you want to add your ink to the exhibit!
The exhibit will also feature artworks from contemporary tattoo artists from Yuba City and Marysville, juxtaposing tattooing of the past with the inked women of today. Artists included work at To the Grave Tattoo, Heart n Soul, Righteous Ink, and Artistic Social Club.
Tattooed and Tenacious: Inked Women in California’s History is a traveling exhibition from Exhibit Envoy in partnership with the Hayward Area Historical Society and History San Jose.
Facilities that have a permit to operate anywhere in Sutter County–whether they are in the City of Live Oak, Yuba City, or the unincorporated area–are routinely inspected for criteria that meets health and safety codes by Sutter County Environmental Health. These inspection reports are published on the Sutter County website at www.suttercounty.org/facilityinspection.
The goal of providing inspection reports online is to allow potential patrons to review conditions that may exist at a food facility prior to visiting the establishment.
Currently, food facilities are required to keep a copy of their last inspection report at the facility and make it available to customers upon request. As the community continues to grow we are seeing more health conscious individuals who are interested in knowing a little more about where they eat.