Week of 06/12/23

My Recent Activities

Tuesday was a Board of Supervisors meeting, and there was a significant agenda which included approval of the draft FY 23/24 budget, approval of ABC licenses for the Costco in Linda and the Chevron in Plumas Lake, a presentation from Yuba Sutter Arts & Culture, and the quarterly updated from our public safety departments.  You can watch the budget presentation (starts at 1:40:00) from the meeting and view the budget and overview.  On Thursday, I attended the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) monthly board meeting in Sacramento, and a few highlights from the agenda included authorizing an RFP for Trails Plan Implementation, review of the proposed strategy for federal Carbon Reduction Program funding for the six-county region, and a presentation on 2025 Blueprint Pathways: Transportation Assumptions and Evaluation.  I gathered informally over Zoom for a virtual bi-weekly “coffee caucus” with supervisors from Tuolumne, Mariposa, Modoc, Tulare, and Fresno to touch base on various issues.  There was a Wheatland City Council meeting on Tuesday evening, and a few highlights from the agenda included an agreement with Bill Zenoni for City Manager Services, FY 23/24 budget, an MOU between the City and Bishops, and awarding a contract for the City of Wheatland 2023 Pavement Maintenance Projects.  Thursday was an OPUD board meeting.  I was unable to attend the Wheatland City Council meeting and the OPUD meeting due to conflicts, but I try and attend them when available.

Additional meetings and events on my calendar included a Yuba County Strategic Plan Ad Hoc committee meeting and a Yuba Water Agency agenda review meeting.

The 2025 Blueprint is the Sacramento region’s plan for building a thriving future and focuses on transportation, affordable housing, and equitable investments.  I attended a SACOG Blueprint workshop event on June 16 at the Folsom Community Center. Several hundred community leaders from across the region attended and we discussed regional transportation and land use choices, and associated impacts, through 2050.   You can provide your input at https://www.sacog.org/survey.  After the workshop, I stuck around for the SACOG Youth Leadership Academy (YLA) luncheon, celebrating the fifth anniversary of the program.  It was great to have multiple participants from Yuba County this year and I hope that tradition continues next year.  Look for sign-ups to happen in the fall.

I participated in a Bluezones Yuba-Sutter Walking Moai in downtown Marysville on Monday evening.  The event happens every Monday, starting at 7 pm from the Brick.  You can come early and enjoy beer, wine, appetizers, and live music before heading out on the walk.  On Thursday night I was at the Sutter County Museum for “An Evening With the Otter!”.  You can learn more about this new interactive exhibit at https://www.suttercountymuseum.org/exhibits.  On Tuesday morning before the Board of Supervisors meeting, I joined supervisors Messick and Blaser and local business owners for a Yuba Sutter Chamber Rise & Shine Breakfast at the Brick in downtown Marysville.

Looking ahead to this week

Tuesday is a Yuba Water Agency Board meeting and a few highlights from the agenda include the FY 23/24 Budget and approval of additional funding to send all 4th graders in Plumas Lake & Wheatland on The South Yuba River Citizens League Salmon Expedition tours this fall on the lower Yuba River.

Additional meetings on my calendar include a meeting with Enterprise Rancheria, Hard Rock, and the US National Whitewater Center to talk about the potential of a location here in Yuba County; a Northern California Water Association (NCWA) Executive Committee meeting; a National Association of Counties (NACo) Telecommunications and Technology (T&T) Policy Steering Committee Meeting; a planning meeting for the SACOG board meeting that will be held here in Yuba County in August; a CERF collaborative meeting; a follow-up with Caltrans District 3 on Highway 65 safety concerns; a Central Valley Rail Working Group meeting; and a Clean Air Partnership luncheon in Davis with the director of the UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies on transforming transportation.  The Yuba-Sutter Fair starts on the 22nd and I’ll be attending a kick-off event.

*Picture is a collage of various things from my week:   An Evening with the Otter at the Sutter County Museum, a new information sign at the Yuba County Library, supporting a local winery (Munger in Sutter) with Supervisor Flores, SACOG Blueprint Workshop, SACOG Board Meeting, honoring Senior Deputy Probation Officer Richard Horak Jr at our board meeting, enjoying the Yuba Sutter Chamber Rise & Shine Breakfast at the Brick, Bluezones Walking Moai, great shot of the sunset in Plumas Lake taken by my daughter.

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