Weeks of 04/17/23 + 04/24/23

My Recent Activities

As I was out of town for Cap-to-Cap last weekend and didn’t have time to write an update, this week’s updates will cover the last two weeks.

The 18th was a Yuba Water Agency board meeting.  The agenda included considering a $6M grant to Yuba County to cover the drainage component of a $29M project to design and construct new sidewalks, bicycle lanes, improved transit stops, and drainage facilities in Olivehurst.  The County will apply to the State for a grant to cover most of the additional funding needed. We’ll also receive a presentation on the power systems at Yuba Water Agency.  The 25th was a Board of Supervisors meeting, but I could not attend due to Cap-to-Cap.  Some key items from the agenda included:  the advertisement of bids for multiple County Service Areas (CSA’s) in the communities of Dobbins, Browns Valley, Smartsville, and Camp Far West for Grading and Road Repair; presenting a certificate of recognition to Yuba County Public Guardian’s Office; receiving an update from First Five Yuba Commission; adopting a resolution declaring April 23rd – April 29th, 2023 Crime Victims’ Rights Week; approving an agreement with Yuba County Office of Education for the abatement of the opioid epidemic in California; and introducing an ordinance amending Chapter 7.42 of the Yuba County Ordinance Code relating to the cultivation of industrial hemp.   You can watch the meeting here.

Additional meetings on my calendar the week of the 17th included:  a meeting with the City of Marysville on the Goldfields Parkway project, a National Association of Counties (NACo) Broadband Mapping Working group meeting, a farewell ceremony for Beale Vice Commander Col Eckberg, coffee with Director Bishop, a mega-region (Sacramento area, Bay Area, San Joaquin County) Lobby Day with various state agencies and legislators with the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG), a SACOG board meeting, a Yuba Sutter Economic Development Corporation (YSEDC) Executive Committee Meeting, a Blue Zones celebration at Yuba Water Agency, and an Olivehurst Public Utility District (OPUD) board meeting.

On the 21st, I left for Washington DC, with 400+ business leaders and elected officials from the Sacramento region for the annual Cap-to-Cap regional advocacy trip.  I served on the flood protection and transportation teams and met with congressional and federal government representatives to help advance our regional priorities in those subject areas.  You can dive into the specific flood protection and transportation we advocated for.  I participated in flood protection meetings with Congressman Bera, Congresswoman Matsui, Congressman Kiley’s office staff, and FEMA.  I met with Congresswoman Matsui, Congressman Bera, and Congressman LaMalfa’s staff on the transportation side.  In addition, Yuba Water Agency staff was in DC, and I joined them for a meeting with Congressman Kiley’s office.

After returning from DC on Wednesday, I finished off the week with several meetings/events on Thursday and Friday, including:  a North Valley Rail Project Development Team Meeting, a Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC) Legislative Update Call, a Yuba Sutter Chamber Business Connection Breakfast on “The State of Yuba County”, a tour of the new Tri-County Juvenile Hall in Marysville, a Yuba County Community Health Improvement Plan Built Environments Workshop, a SACOG Meganregion Working group meeting, and a Sacramento Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Salud! Awards Gala.

Looking ahead to this week

This week is a Yuba Water Agency board meeting.  The agenda is light and includes an overview of Agency Administration functions.  Later that morning, I have a Yuba Water POD Committee Meeting.  The agenda for that committee includes recommending approval of grants and/or loans for up to $5.4 million under the Community Impact Grant and Loan Program.  Additional board and committee meetings on my calendar this week include the Northern California Water Association (NCWA), Yuba LAFCO, Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) Land Use and Natural Resources (LUNR) Committee,  Yuba-Sutter Economic Development Corporation (YSEDC), and OPUD/County Liason.   I also have a Yuba Water Chair/Vice-Chair breakfast and a SACOG presentation on Bikeshare and Innovative Mobility in the Sacramento Region.

I also have multiple community-related events on my calendar, including an event at North Yuba Water District celebrating the May 1st release of irrigation water, the National Day of Prayer Breakfast, the LEAD Yuba Sutter Dinner, and Dinner in the Orchard.  I’m honored to be a sponsor of both Wheatland Little League and Plumas Lake Little League and I’m going to watch the Wheatland Hatch take on the Plumas Lake Braves.

*Picture is a collage of various things from my week:   US Capitol Selfie, Farwell Lunch with Beale Vice Commander Col Jason Eckberg, Sacramento Hispanic Chamber Solud! Awards at Cesar Chavez Plaza, Yuba-Sutter Dinner at Cap-to-Cap, Full Delegation Photo at Cap-to-Cap, Megaregion Advocacy Day at the State Capitol, Selfie at Congressman Kiley’s Office in DC, State of Yuba County Presentation at Yuba Sutter Chamber Business Connection Breakfast, and Cap-to-Cap Transportation Team Meeting with Congressman Bera in DC.

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