Week of 06/24/24

My Recent Activities

Tuesday was a Yuba County Board of Supervisors meeting and the agenda contained multiple items I think the public will be interested in :

  • The first was an ordinance to restrict specific activities within the Feather River Setback Area, including off-road vehicles. There is an immediate need for action to protect public safety, protect public and private property, and provide safe recreational access to the Feather River at Gray’s Beach. The board voted to introduce the ordinance, which would be considered for formal adoption in two weeks at our next meeting. The board also established an ad-hoc committee made up of myself and Supervisor Messick to meet with 530 Recovery, Sheriff Anderson, and County staff to discuss the possibility of a managed off-road vehicle area in that vicinity.  You can watch the presentation and listen to public comment and board discussion  here (starts at 1:00:38). You can read the ordinance and staff report here.
  • The board also voted to extend the development agreements for three previously approved development projects in the Plumas Lake area. In exchange for the extensions, developers agreed to construct bike path segments adjacent to their developments and pay 50% of PLSP traffic impact fees before the typical requirement. Board discussion for these items focused on infrastructure funding (including for schools and large transportation projects) and the desire to work with the community to update the Plumas Lake Specific Plan to facilitate more 21st-century development concepts like walkability, distributed commercial, and a mix of housing types. You can watch the board presentation and discussion at here (starts at 2:04:27)

Additional meetings on my calendar included a meeting with Enterprise Rancheria and Hard Rock to get an update on the master planning effort in the Sports and Entertainment zone and a discussion about broadband and AB 2797.

Community-related meetings and events I attended to be at this week include the 3rd Annual “Together We’re Better” fundraiser golf tournament for Yuba Sutter Colusa United Way and the Plumas Lake Bike Path Ribbon Cutting.

From Wednesday afternoon through Friday evening, I was in Denver with fellow Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG)  board members to learn about regional transportation and land use in the Denver area.  The Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) hosted us and some highlights include:

  • A presentation from the Colorado Department of Transportation on their tolling efforts in the region.
  • Presentations from developers on affordable housing projects, and redevelopment of infill areas in the region like Steam on the Platte and the Lowry Airforce Base.
  • Connecting with the Regional Transit District, Denver’s transit provider, to learn about their projects and bus rapid transit corridor in Colfax.
  • Opportunities to connect with elected officials throughout the trip and a special dinner with DRCOG board members sponsored by SMUD.


Looking ahead to this week

This Tuesday is a Yuba Water Agency board of directors  meeting and the agenda, while short, has an extremely significant item: “Consider approval of a non-binding initial financing plan for the South County Infrastructure Project, a collaborative project with the City of Wheatland, Olivehurst Public Utility District, and the County of Yuba.”  This is the most significant infrastructure project in Yuba County since the building of New Bullards Bar Dam and the $400M+ south County levee projects.  This project is incredibly important for the economic future of the County. It’s already been approved by the OPUD Board of Directors and the Wheatland City Council. and it will:

  •  Create a regional wastewater system for Olivehurst, Plumas Lake, and Wheatland. (A future effort to connect OPUD and Linda Water would result in one system for all of urbanized Yuba County).
  • Save existing Wheatland residents the $250M cost of replacing their aging wastewater treatment plan (about $65k per resident).
  • Lay the foundation for future commercial, industrial, and residential growth, resulting in over 40,000 new permanent jobs in south Yuba County in the coming decades.
  • Support Beale AFB and national defense by providing an option for wastewater redundancy and improving the quality of life for airmen and their families through additional housing, amenities, and jobs for military spouses.

Due to the holiday, my schedule is light this week but there are a few additional meetings on my calendar, including a tour of the new Yuba Water Agency Power System HQ building under construction in Oregon House, A California Caucus Briefing for the annual National Association of Counties Conference, a meeting to discuss OHV access, a regional transportation discussion with Chico Councilmember Winslow, and a Water Education Ad Hoc Committee meeting.

Community-related meetings and events I plan to be at this week include the Plumas Lake 4th of July Parade and the Wheatland 4th of July BBQ.


Announcements & Events

  •  Plumas Lake Bike 4th of July Trike, Wheelchair, and Wagon Parade at Eufay Wood Park at 9 am on July 4th
  • Wheatland 4th of July BBQ & Community Picnic at C St Park from 10 am to 3 pm on July 4th
  • Yuba Sutter Fireworks Show at Riverfront Park in Marysville on July 4th at 9:30 pm
  • The Plumas Lake Block Party will be held on August 17th
  • Plumas Lake Walking Moai – Monday’s 6:30 am at Eufay Wood Park (north parking lot), except on Memorial Day when we will meet at Walgreens at 7 am.

*Picture is a collage of various things from my week: 2nd Place at the Together We’re Better Golf Tournament for Local Charity, Dinner with the Denver Mayor and fellow SACOG board members, Meeting at Hard Rock to talk about Sports & Entertainment Zone Master Plan, SACOG Meeting Pop-Up Mobility Hub in Yuba City, and Ribbon Cutting for the new Bike Path segment in Plumas Lake.

Thank you for allowing me to serve you!