Week of 02/20/23

My Recent Activities

Tuesday was a Yuba Water Agency Board meeting. The agenda was fairly light with two discussion items, including an item to approve loan agreements with the County of Yuba to fund five settlement agreements with developers due reimbursements from Levee Impact Fees and a review of board policies.  Additional meetings last week included an agenda review for the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) Land Use and Natural Resources Committee, a Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC) legislative review call, and a meeting with Caltrans to discuss safety improvements/concerns at Oakley & Hwy 65.  The meeting with Caltrans went well, and they will review the area’s accident statistics to see if it qualifies for any safety improvements.
There were two important transportation-related community meetings on Thursday night. The first was a meeting about the East Wheatland Expressway project, a planned local roadway from Sheridan to east Wheatland.  The purpose of the expressway is to eliminate some traffic from Hwy 65 through Wheatland, including : traffic between Beale and Placer County; traffic between CFW and Placer County; and traffic between East Wheatland and Placer County, including the thousands of homes planned for the area in coming decades.  It’s also designed to become the southern portion of a future Wheatland Bypass.  You can learn more about the project at yuba.org/ewx.   The other community meeting on Thursday was for the North Valley Rail project, which would to connect Yuba-Sutter, with Chico, Sacramento, and beyond, via commuter rail.  Stations are planned for Plumas Lake and Marysville.  The meeting was be conducted via Zoom a recording will be posted on the project webpage.  Due to a conflict with the East Wheatland Expressway meeting, I wasn’t able to attend, but I’m looking forward to watching the recording.  The Chico Enterprise-Record published an article on the North Valley Rail meeting.
I participated in a Beale AFB Honorary Commander and Civic Leader Tour on Friday afternoon, followed by a reception. The weekend was full of Bok Kai festivities, including a walk/run, a parade, a reception in honor of Marysville’s sister city, a lion dance, and a fireworks show.

Looking ahead to this week

This week is a Yuba County Board of Supervisors meeting.  The agenda isn’t too long and include appointments of residents to committees, pedestrian and parking access improvements at the Health & Human Services facility, efforts to address homelessness, a public hearing on YCSO’s interaction with ICE, several budget change requests, a presentation from Yuba County Public Works on the drainage program, and other items.
Additional meetings on my calendar this week include a special OPUD meeting about regional wastewater, an OPUD park committee meeting to speak in favor of a series of community events, a Wheatland City Council meeting, an agenda review meeting for Yuba Water Agency, a LAFCO meeting to discuss the return of a portion of the horseshoe levee to RD817 from RD2103, a Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) meeting on travel model/travel forecasting, and a SACOG Land Use and Natural Resources (LUNR) Committee meeting.
There are several Northern California Water Association (NCWA) meetings on my calendar this week, including a bi-weekly dry year task force meeting, a bi-monthly board of directors meeting, and the all-day annual meeting in Chico.
The Blue Zones Plumas Lake Park Cleanup is at Eufay Wood Park on Tuesday from 12-1 and I hope to participate if the Board of Supervisors meeting ends in time.  There is also a chance I may have jury duty this week, and if that is the case, it could impact my ability to attend some or all of these meetings.

*Picture is a collage of various things from my week:  Orchards in bloom near Plumas Lake taken by Branka Hartley, Neva’s Place Speakeasy (event space) in Downtown Marysville, Board of Supervisors at the Bok Kai Parade, Yuba Water Agency at Bok Kai Parade, Royal Court and Marysville Sister City delegation at Bok Kai, the project need slide from East Wheatland Expressway meeting, a selfie with Lt. Col. Stapler commander of the 9th Engineering Squadron at Beale and my partner in the honorary commander program, East Wheatland Expressway community meeting in Sheridan, 1 Million Cups Yuba Sutter meeting in Marysville, South Yuba County Sunrise Rotary at the Bok Kai run/walk, and our guest speaker talking about groundwater at the South Yuba Sunrise Rotary meeting.


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