With the air quality poor, hot and dry north winds, and red flag warning, it is a reminder that fire season is upon us. Sutter County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is monitoring the fires in surrounding counties and are poised, ready to help! We are working with our community and response partners to provide evacuation centers if needed.
The time is now to get a flu shot
Getting vaccinated against influenza has always been important, but never so important as it is right now. COVID-19 is still in our community and shares many of the same symptoms. The "Twindemic" of having both illnesses present can be a dangerous combination that also has the potential if overwhelming out hospital and clinics.
Get your flu shot as soon as possible. You can go to your own doctor or visit a local pharmacy offering the service. Here is a list of options:
Sutter County Flu Shot InformationCVS Pharmacy, Butte House Road, Yuba City
Yuba County Flu Shot InformationCVS Pharmacy (Marysville)
Pharmacy WebsitesWalgreens: www.walgreens.com/topic/pharmacy/seasonal-flu.jsp
Yuba-Sutter Health Officer Dr. Phuong Luu is one of the first recipients of a new Public Health award named after Butte County’s former Health Officer.
Dr. Luu – along with Shasta County Health Officer Dr. Karen Ramstrom – was awarded the Andy Miller, MD, Public Health Excellence Award via Zoom on Wednesday, Aug. 19. The award was presented by Healthy Rural California, a new nonprofit associated with the Butte-Glenn Medical Society.
“I nominated Dr. Luu for the award for the energy, leadership and effectiveness in which she has exhibited in her new position from minute one,” said Placer Nevada County Medical Society & Yuba Sutter Colusa Medical Society Executive Director Quinn Gregory said. “The region had been waiting for someone since the departure of our beloved former member Dr. Quick and Dr. Luu has been an incredible choice.”
Healthy Rural California’s first award was presented to Dr. Andy Miller – who retired as Butte County Health Officer this summer – in July. The nonprofit’s Board decided to dedicate the award to Dr. Miller’s namesake after his community leadership during emergencies like the Oroville Spillway, Camp Fire, and COVID-19 pandemic, Gregory said, as well as a measles outbreak. The purpose of the award is to recognize other public health officers in rural counties.
“Dr. Luu was faced with a significant public health emergency just two months into her tenure with Yuba and Sutter counties,” Yuba County Administrator Kevin Mallen said. “Her wealth of knowledge and expertise in communicable diseases, as well as public health emergency preparedness and response, has made her an incredible asset during this time. We’re proud that she has been acknowledged with this Public Health Excellence Award.”
“I believe Dr. Luu has done excellent work for our area, considering she has tried to be cognizant of primarily health but also mindful of the local economic difficulties from a nearly complete shutdown and collapse as ordered by the Governor,” Sutter County Board Chairman Ron Sullenger said. “She understands the health impacts of the stress caused by loss of work, and the disconnection of family and friends. She is an extremely bright physician and has been a wonderful acquisition for both Sutter and Yuba counties.”
Dr. Luu became the bi-county Health Officer in mid-January and was quickly charged with heading the public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic. She is also a member of the Yuba-Sutter-Colusa Medical Society and California Medical Association. She temporarily served as interim Butte County Health Officer after the retirement of Dr. Miller.
“I am humbled and honored to have received this award. Though I was only able to work with Dr. Miller for a short time, he was a great colleague and mentor for me during these trying public health times,” Dr. Luu said. “Public health work is tough work, but it is also very rewarding to play an integral role in maintaining the health and safely of the community.”
Updated 9/18/2020. Health Officer's September 18 Update. Free COVID-19 Testing (Register Online or by Phone). Call Center: (530) 749-7700 (M-F, 8am - 5pm) Updates are posted on our BePreparedSutter.org page.
HELP YOUR COMMUNITY BE HAZARD-READY!
Sutter County is partnering with the Cities of Yuba City and Live Oak, and several special districts, to develop an update to their 2013 Local Hazard Mitigation Plan. Floods, drought, wildfires, and severe weather are just a few of the hazards of concern to Sutter County. While natural hazards such as these cannot be prevented, a Hazard Mitigation Plan forms the foundation for a community's long-term strategy to reduce disaster losses by breaking the repeated cycle of disaster damage and reconstruction. Additionally, only communities with a FEMA-approved Hazard Mitigation Plan are eligible to apply for both pre- and post-disaster mitigation grant funding and for lower costs of flood insurance to residents through the National Flood Insurance Program’s (NFIP) Community Rating System (CRS).
The people most aware of potential hazards are the people that live and work in the affected community. In addition to plan participation by local, state and federal agencies, the community is seeking enthusiastic, community members to be part of our Local Hazard Mitigation Planning project.
We encourage attendance and participation from the general public at our upcoming planning team and public meetings to kick off the project; please select the time and location that works best for you: September 9, 2020 (Wednesday) September 9, 2020 (Wednesday) Planning Committee Meeting 1:30 - 4:00 pm Public Information Meeting 5:30 pm-7:00pm Zoom Meeting Zoom Meeting
For more information on this project and to obtain the Zoom links for the meetings, please visit:
If you are interested in volunteering as a Planning Committee member or for additional information, please contact Zach Hamill, Emergency Operations Manager, at [email protected]. If you have questions, feel free to call Zach at (530) 822-4575.
Governor's Executive Order ALL Eligible Voters Will Be Mailed A Ballot
Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and the Governor’s Executive Order N-64-20, every eligible registered voter in Sutter County will receive a ballot in the mail for the November 3, 2020 Presidential General Election.
Sutter County will be utilizing Voter Service Centers designed to help voters as needed instead of traditional polling places. Part of this requirement is this public notice with the proposed Voter Service Center locations. There is a public comment period which is August 15-24, 2020.
If you have any comments regarding these sites, please email us at [email protected] or call us at 530-822-7122.
August 10, 2020
Child Support Awareness Month in Sutter, Colusa, and Yolo Counties
(Woodland, CA) - The counties of Sutter, Colusa, and Yolo want to share the importance of August as Child Support Awareness Month, whose theme this year is “Families have changed a lot. So has child support.”
Child Support Awareness Month is recognized nationwide. Child support programs across the country work to raise awareness for services that help parents and families, such as establishing legal orders for financial or medical child support and parentage and helping to enforce or modify current court orders for support. Services are free for parents receiving Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) and cost only $35.00 a year for parents who are not. Families of Colusa, Sutter and Yolo are served by Child Support Professionals who are working diligently on their behalf during these difficult times.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has changed lives and routines, especially for families,” said Director of Colusa, Sutter, and Yolo County Child Support offices Natalie Dillon. “We know that co-parenting isn’t always easy in the best of times but COVID-19 complicates things, from visitation and shared custody to changes in jobs and financial resources as well as distance learning and modified school schedules.”
The three counties have implemented the following enhancements during the COVID-19 pandemic: the self-service portal, Customer Connect, is now more mobile-compatible and allows parents to e-mail their case managers directly; staff can now text individually with parents to streamline communication; and health and safety provisions have been implemented in offices. From working remotely to wearing face coverings, staff have been working diligently to help parents support their families.
Parents are encouraged to reach out to child support staff with questions or concerns.
The Annual Sutter County Surplus Auction is just a few days away!
This is an online auction and it can be accessed using the link below:
Saturday, August 1st
Tuesday, August 4th
Monday, August 3rd
10 am to 2 pm
146 Garden Highway, Yuba City, CA 95991
A collaboration between the Sutter County Board of Supervisors and the Active 20-30 Club of Yuba City-Marysville has resulted in national recognition for the annual Public Business From The Floor High School Speech Contest. Out of 541 entries in 18 categories, Sutter County was named "Best In Category" for Civic Engagement and Public Education by the National Association of Counties (NACO) in its 2020 Achievement Award program.
From the website announcing the award:
"Five years ago, the Sutter County Board of Supervisors created a novel program to engage high school students in local government affairs. The annual “Public Business From The Floor” high school speech contest encourages high school students to research county issues and advocate a position from the lectern at a real Board of Supervisors meeting. The contest stresses the right of an individual to petition their government and gives students an opportunity to learn how to address locally elected leaders with their point of view while generating widespread interest in what the students have to say.
With the press in attendance and the event streamed live on the internet, each participant gets three minutes at the lectern—the same amount of time allotted to speakers at Board meetings—to argue a position on a topic that falls under the jurisdiction of the County. Participants are encouraged to visit the County’s website to learn what the County does and are judged, among other things, on how relevant the topic is to County business. County Supervisors and members of a local service club which provides cash prizes are the judges. In 2019, 17 students from seven public and private high schools participated."
That service club is the Active 20-30 Club of Yuba City-Marysville. The Board of Supervisors appreciates their support of a nationally recognized event that promotes participation of local youth in the governance of their community.
Sadly, there was no speech contest this year due to COVID-19, but supervisors look forward to continuing the event when it is safe to assemble.
For 50 years, NACO has recognized innovation in county government operations. For more about the awards, visit the website below.
The Boards of Supervisors of Yuba County and Sutter County today authorized a combined $20,000 contribution to a community organized effort to assist chronically ill seniors with grocery and prescription shopping, and restocking the shelves of the area’s food banks.
In separate actions, the Boards of Supervisors each authorized $10,000 to seed the efforts of the Yuba-Sutter COVID-19 Relief Task Force, a group of local volunteers who will work with the United Way to coordinate efforts, and with Health and Human Services Departments from both counties to identify and assist those 65 years of age and older with chronic health conditions, so they can remain at home and still have food and prescription needs met.
The group conducted an online meeting Monday night to discuss the mission and structure of the organization. Practicing social distancing, some two dozen attended the meeting in person in the chambers of the Yuba County Board of Supervisors.
Replenishing supplies at local food banks is critical. Food banks lean quite heavily on oversupplies at grocery stores. Mass purchases of canned food items and other items with long shelf lives by anxious shoppers has put increased pressure on the grocery store supply chain and food bank donations have dropped precipitously.
“There are a number of food banks that are out of food. They are zero and they can’t provide service to our communities,” said Yuba County Supervisor Randy Fletcher, who was among those at Monday night’s meeting.
“This is an important step to help immediately replenish the food banks and pantries,” said Sutter County Board Chair Ron Sullenger.
Organizers of the Yuba-Sutter COVID 19 Relief Task Force said that once they are satisfied they are meeting the needs of the chronically ill seniors, they will then focus on seniors who are not chronically ill, and, with time, the needs of the general community.
For information about joining the community effort to assist financially, as a volunteer, or with donations of canned goods during the ‘stay at home’ order, contact the Yuba-Sutter COVID-19 Relief Task Force at 530-682-5348.
The current unofficial count for the Election Results will be posted and updated periodically after the Polls close at 8:00 p.m. on March 3, 2020.
Sutter County holds five seats on the Board of Directors of a non-profit agency that conserves land to protect plant and animal species in south Sutter County and north Sacramento, in mitigation of urban development.
Four of the seats are currently vacant, however the Sutter County Board of Supervisors is soliciting candidates for appointment from among Sutter County residents, particularly those with a background or interest in environmental sciences, nature conservation, engineering, finance, or agriculture. The only qualification is that a person be willing to serve.
The Natomas Basin Conservancy was established in 1994 to implement the Natomas Basin Habitat Conservation Plan on behalf of the City of Sacramento and the County of Sutter. Under the plan, developers of the Natomas Basin in south Sutter County and north Sacramento are required to set aside one acre of land for nature conservation for every two acres they develop.
Developers do this by paying fees to the conservancy used to acquire and maintain habitat for 22 plant and animal species. Those species are the:
Several developments have already occurred in the Natomas Basin in north Sacramento, and some are expected to begin soon in southern Sutter County.
The Board of Directors of the Conservancy meets on the first Wednesday in February, April, June, August, October, and December. Board members are compensated at a rate of $100 per meeting. Board members must be willing to file a State of California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) Statement of Economic Interests-Form 700.
Applications for this, and a number of other boards and commissions, can be obtained from the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors, 1160 Civic Center Boulevard, Yuba City, CA 95993, or from the county website at: https://www.suttercounty.org/doc/government/depts/cr/cob/cr_cob_bc
Photo of white faced ibis, one of several species which benefit from the Natomas Basin Conservancy, by By Alan Vernon - White faced Ibis, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=8824384
You don't need a stamp to cast a mail-in ballot
No postage stamp is needed when you are returning your mail in ballot in the envelope provided by the Sutter County Elections Office.
Sutter County Clerk Recorder/Registrar of Voters Donna Johnston reminds voters that postage is pre-paid.
Here are the steps for successfully voting by mail:
Once you’ve mailed the ballot, you can also track it with the Secretary of State’s “Where’s My Ballot?” application. Voters can sign-up at WheresMyBallot.sos.ca.gov to receive notifications about their vote-by-mail ballots by email, SMS (text), or voice call.
Voters who sign up for the “Where’s My Ballot?” tool receive automatic updates when:
Yuba and Sutter County voters can now sign up for the Secretary of State’s “Where’s My Ballot?” tool to receive automatic updates on the status of their vote-by-mail ballots. Voters can sign-up at WheresMyBallot.sos.ca.gov to receive notifications about their vote-by-mail ballots by email, SMS (text), or voice call.
Terry Hansen, Yuba County Registrar of Voters and Donna Johnston, Sutter County Registrar of Voters want to make sure that Yuba-Sutter voters are aware of this valuable tool to help ensure the integrity of Vote by Mail ballots.
Voters who sign up for the “Where’s My Ballot?” tool receive automatic updates when:
Voters signed up for “Where’s My Ballot?” will also receive communications from Yuba and Sutter County Election offices about important election deadlines and critical updates such as polling place closures.
The County of Sutter’s Development Services Department will provide a display of the proposed changes at the intersection of Highway 99 at Oswald Road south of Yuba City for the public. The display will in the Sutter County Development Services main lobby on February 18, 2020 from 9 am until 4 pm.
The open house is designed to acquire additional community input on the proposed alternatives, particularly the possibility of a roundabout. This is the first time a roundabout has been seriously considered on a state highway in Sutter County. Sutter County ultimately would make a recommendation to California Department of Transportation. County engineering staff and an engineering consultant will be available to answer questions about the three options.
Sutter County has been seeking a traffic control alternative at the intersection, which has seen an increase in both truck traffic and accidents. Options to improve safety include a $4-$5 million stoplight, a $10-$12 million roundabout, or a $30-$40 million interchange.
Government and private company studies have concluded that roundabouts provide more safety for drivers than stoplights on a high-speed corridor. According to the Federal Highway Administration, roundabouts reduce the types of crashes where people are seriously hurt or killed by 78-82 percent when compared to conventional stop-controlled and signalized intersections. A study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety of 19 high-speed rural intersections (speed limits of 40 mph or higher) that originally had stop signs on the minor approaches and were converted to roundabout found a 62 percent reduction in all crashes and an 85 percent reduction in injury crashes.
Sutter County Development Services is located at 1130 Civic Center Blvd., Yuba City.
An open house is planned for 2 p.m.-3 p.m. on Tuesday, January 21, at Ettl Hall, 1333 Butte House Road, Yuba City, to provide information on proposed tri-color placard program that would provide visual indication at point of sale of a commercial food facility’s latest food safety inspection. Green is pass, yellow is pass with conditions, red is closed due to immediate health threat.
Sutter County Development Services is recommending the Board of Supervisors create a program which requires all retail food establishments to post a color-coded placard indicating compliance with state environmental health laws.
Why a placard program?
The placarding system is designed to minimize occurrence of the five most critical risk factors for foodborne illness in the United States as identified by the Center for Disease Control which are:
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in six, or 48 million, Americans contract a foodborne illness each year. (Fewer than one percent are hospitalized; and less than one in 1,000 die from the illness.)
Who enforces these laws?
Sutter County enforces state law by inspecting and filing reports on conditions of commercial food establishments in Live Oak, Yuba City, and the unincorporated areas of the County. Retail food establishments are already required to have a copy of their most recent inspection report available for customer review upon request, and Sutter County Environmental Health Division posts its inspection reports on the County’s website athttps://www.suttercounty.org/FacilityInspection
Is this happening elsewhere?
Food Facility Placarding Programs are becoming more common in many jurisdictions and are designed to provide customers with a quick visual indication of the overall results of the food facilities most recent inspection.
What would the placard program look like?
This program would require all retail food establishments to post a color-coded placard indicating the compliance status of their most recent routine inspection or re-inspection. A green placard indicates the establishment passed the inspection. A yellow placard indicated two or more major violations were discovered. And a red placard indicates the establishment is closed due to an imminent health hazard.
Where can I find out more information?
This matter was scheduled for a public hearing in front of the Board of Supervisors on October 22, but based on the response to letters the County mailed to commercial kitchen operators, there were a lot of questions about the program. Consequently, consideration of the proposal was postponed and, in cooperation with the Chamber of Commerce, we will be providing an opportunity for retail food providers and members of the public to learn more about the proposed program, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday, January 21 at Ettl Hall, 1333 Butte House Road, Yuba City.