Week of 05/20/24

My Recent Activities

Tuesday was a Yuba Water Agency Board of Directors meeting  and the agenda contained an item I think the public will be interested in :

  •  Receive an update on the South County Infrastructure Project and give direction on proceeding with developing an interim financing plan and preparing for the Phase I RFP. (Note: The South County Infrastructure Project is critical for employment, entertainment, services, and housing for Yuba County and I’m excited that we voted unanimously to continue moving the project forward, including making an additional $5M investment).

Following the Board of Directors meeting, we had a special meeting to receive information from legal counsel regarding the Yuba Water Agency Act spending authority and authorizations.  Two other meetings in the 4th District that the community might want to consider attending this week are the PLESD special meeting to appoint someone to the vacant board position and a Wheatland General Plan Ad-Hoc Committee meeting.  I attended the PLESD meeting where the candidates were interviewed and selected. We are fortunate that three well-qualified individuals stepped up to serve our students and the community by applying to fill the seat.  Congratulations to Cody Hess for receiving the appointment.

Additional meetings on my calendar included a strategic plan discussion with a sheriff’s deputy, a discussion about safe and sane fireworks with a local TNT representative, and a Hard Rock Development Update meeting.  The Development Update meeting included Enterprise Rancheria, Hard Rock, Yuba County, Yuba Water, OPUD, and the City of Wheatland, and the primary focus included updates and discussion on wastewater and transportation projects in south Yuba County.

Community-related meetings and events I attended this week include the 2024 Yuba City Mayor’s Bus tour, an Ellis Lake Ribbon Cutting, a meet and greet with the new Beale AFB chief of community engagement, and a kick-off event to learn about Yuba College’s Strengthening Community efforts.

On Thursday two Yuba City High School students came by my office to interview me for a school project.  The topic was homelessness and we talked about the strong partnership between local government and non-profits here in Yuba-Sutter to get people the services they need and get them off the street and into housing. We also talked about the need for much more affordable housing and an increased ability to do enforcement.


Looking ahead to this week

This Tuesday is a Yuba County Board of Supervisors meeting  and the agenda contains an item I think the public will be interested in :

  • Three public hearings for updates to three different ordinances:
    – Property Maintenance Ordinance
    – Building Standards and Construction Code
    – Abandoned, Wrecked, Dismantled or Inoperative Vehicles
    The updates are to to remove the requirement that an administrative law judge preside over appeal hearings related to violations of those ordinances and instead allow the County Hearing Officer.

Additional meetings on my calendar include a meeting with some constituents to talk about concerns around Gray’s Beach, a Yuba Water Agency agenda review meeting; and a Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC) Legislative Call-in session.

Community-related meetings and events I plan to be at this week include a Memorial Day Walk to Remember in Plumas Lake, a Memorial Day Service at Wheatland Cemetary, a Yuba-Sutter Chamber of Commerce event at the Sutter Theater, a farewell open house for Col Church at Beale AFB, and a grand opening and ribbon cutting for Holligans Bar & Bistro in Yuba City.


Announcements & Events

*Picture is a collage of various things from my week:  Mayor’s Bus Tour with Yuba City Mayor Shon Harris; Development Update Meeting at Hard Rock; Campaign for Yuba College Kick Off; Interviewed by two high school students about homelessness; ribbon cutting for adopt-a-park at Ellis Lake; meet and greet for the new Chief of Community Engagement at Beale AFB; and swearing in of the new PLESD school board member, Cody Hess.

Thank you for allowing me to serve you!