Supervisor Bradford’s Week in Review

I try and write a post each weekend detailing the activities from the previous week and providing some details of my planned activities for the upcoming week.  See below for the most recent update and visit supervisorbradford.org/newsletter to receive email updates.

My Recent Activities

Tuesday the 6th was a  Yuba Water Agency Board of Directors meeting.  A few highlights from the agenda include the purchase of some property near Colgate and the consideration of a staff recommendation to staff to limit the Community Impact Grant and Loan Program’s March 2024 application window to only a few grant categories.  The staff report for the agenda item summarizes that since June of 2021, Yuba Water has approved $52.4M in community impact grants, $57.2M in loans, and $34.2M in grants to Yuba County, primarily to leverage additional state and federal dollars.  I also had a Three Rivers Levee Improvement Authority (TRLIA) meeting and one of the items on the agenda was to approve four encroachment permit applications with the Central Valley Flood Protection Board (CVFPB) for the Climate Resiliency Project, a project to ensure levees protecting Linda, Olivehurst, Arboga, and Plumas Lake exceed a 300-year level of protection.

Additional meetings on my calendar included a Northern California Water Association (NCWA) special board meeting to review 2024 priorities, a Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) Strategic Planning Meeting to approve board rules and discuss opportunities and challenges in the year ahead, and a touch-base with Yuba County Public Works on several things they are working on for me on behalf of constituents.   I also attended a community meeting on Wednesday evening hosted by PLESD on Measures VWX.  On Wednesday, I joined Councilmember Teeter and the City Manager from the City of Wheatland for a tour of Beale AFB.

On Friday the 9th through Wednesday the 14th, I was in DC for the National Association of Counties (NACo) 2024 Legislative Conference.  On Saturday, I’spent all day in a  NACo Telecommunications and Technology Committee (T&T) Policy Steering Committee Meeting,   In addition to informational sessions at the conference, I participated in thein Rural Action Caucus and California Caucus meetings.  Finally, while in DC with Congressman Kiley and staff from Congressman LaMalfa’s office about several items of importance to Yuba County, including: A Community Project Funding Request, Radio Upgrade Project for Yuba Sheriff; Reconnecting Communities Grant; East & West Linda / Erle Rd; South Yuba County Transportation Projects; North Valley Rail; AT&T Carrier of Last Resort; Affordable Connectivity Program; Updates to Water Control Manuals at New Bullards Bar Dam and Oroville Dam; Victim Services Funding; and a Plumas Lake ZIP Code.

After returning from DC on Wednesday, I had a SACOG board meeting on Thursday in Sacramento where we received a presentation on the status of The Blueprint, the 25-year land use and transportation plan for the six-county region, required under Federal and State law to receive transportation dollars.   The challenge with the plan is that it must be constrained by anticipated (transportation) funding during the planning horizon and comply with state greenhouse reduction targets. This limits what can be included in the plan.  More info on the blueprint can be found at https://www.sacog.org/planning/blueprint. While local jurisdictions, not SACOG, have land use authority, SACOG will use the land use plan it develops to drive what transportation projects should receive the limited funding available.  You can watch the presentation at https://www.youtube.com/live/UCHyCWNWnNU?si=UAZgzIFp4Z0alFrr&t=5890 (presentation starts at ~1:38:00)

I attended the OPUD board meeting on Thursday night to receive an update on the resolution of the odor at the lift station near Eufay Wood Park in Plumas Lake.  The contractor is actively working on confirming what the issue and designing a solution.  It’s expected that OPUD might receive the results as soon as a week or two and can then begin the process of going out to bid to have it fixed.   On Friday, I attended a bi-monthly development meeting at Hard Rock with key stakeholders to talk status of infrastructure and commercial development in the Sports & Entertainment Zone.  I was back at Hard Rock on Friday evening for the annual Yuba Sutter Chamber of Commerce Gala.

 

Looking ahead to this week

This week is a Yuba Water Agency Board of Directors Meeting.  A few of the items from the agenda that I’m excited about include considering approval of a letter of support for the City of Yuba City Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) Conversion Project and a presentation on a two-year collaborative research project between the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) at UC Berkeley and the Yuba Water Agency using new monitoring and sensing technologies on levees.

I have multiple Yuba Water Agency related meetings on my calendar this week including a meeting with SBFCA to discuss the habitat benefits of a dredging project; a south county infrastructure ad-hoc meeting; a Nothern California Water Association (NCWA) executive committee meeting; a non-profit steering committee kick-off meeting; and NCWA Legislative Advocacy meetings with Senator Laird, Assemblyman Patterson, Senator Ashby, and Assemblywoman Aguiar-Curry. Additional meetings on my calendar include a Blue Zones Project steering committee and a community health improvement plan quarterly meeting.

I plan to attend a Chamber of Commerce Business Connection Breakfast about MJUSD & YCUSD plus the 9th Reconnaissance Wing Annual Awards Banquit at Beale AFB.

 

Announcements

 

*Picture is a collage of various things from my week:   Briefing and Tour at Beale AFB with Wheatland Leadership; Plumas Lake Elementry Community meeting discussing the middle school design; bi-monthly Sports & Entertainment Zone development meeting at Hard Rock; at the US Capitol with California Supervisors for a press conference supporting the extension of the Affordable Connectivity Plan; Meeting with Congressman Kiley in DC to discuss issues important to Yuba County; US Capitol Selfie; National Association of Counties (NACo) Telecommunications and Technology Committee meeting; Supervisor Askew (Monterey Co),  Supervisor Cottrell (Napa Co), and me at the White House; Picture with NACo President Mary Jo McGuire; Yuba Sutter Chamber Gala with my daughter; and the monthly SACOG board meeting.

 

Thank you for allowing me to serve you!

My Recent Activities

As this week contained the fifth Tuesday of the month, there was neither a regular Board of Supervisors Meeting nor a Yuba Water Agency Board meeting.  However, we did have a Special Board of Supervisors meeting related to property negotiations (agenda).  I attended a Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) Transportation Committee Meeting (agenda).  I’m honored to chair that committee this year and we discussed several important regional transportation topics, including:  unmet transit needs findings, a regional funding found framework, and federal funding grant prioritization methodology.  I also had a Yuba Sutter Economic Development Corporation (YSEDC) board of directors meeting but was unable to attend due to a conflict with a Yuba Water Agency related meeting.

Additional meetings on my calendar included meeting with a constituent to talk about Yuba Water Agency, an agenda review for the SACOG transportation committee, an agenda review for the Yuba Water Agency, a Yuba Water Chair/Vice-Chair breakfast, an RCRC Roadway Infrastructure Ad Hoc Committee, and a community input meeting for the Regionally Coordinated Homelessness Action Plan.  At the RCRC committee, several rural county supervisors brought up policy concerts related to the State and transportation infrastructure.  My concern is the growing opposition at the State level to fund capacity-increasing projects.  Projects like the East Wheatland Expressway and the Goldfileds Parkway are critical for growing counties like Yuba.  Both projects are important for congestion mitigation and emergency evacuation and the the East Wheatland Expressway is also important to national defense and Yuba’s ability to help the State meet it’s new housing goals.

Tuesday evening was the Yuba Sutter Candidate Forum at the Yuba County Government Center.  The forum featured candidates in contested races for Yuba County Supervisor, Sutter County Supervisor, and Yuba Water Agency. (each forum is linked to a live stream recording on YouTube).  I also attended a Yuba-Sutter Chamber of Commerce Lunch Mob at Rolling Stone Pizza on Tuesday.

 

Looking ahead to this week

This week is a Yuba Water Agency Board of Directors meeting.  A few highlights from the agenda include the purchase of some property near Colgate and the consideration of a staff recommendation to staff to limit the Community Impact Grant and Loan Program’s March 2024 application window to only a few grant categories.  The staff report for the agenda item summarizes that since June of 2021, Yuba Water has approved $52.4M in community impact grants, $57.2M in loans, and $34.2M in grants to Yuba County, primarily to leverage additional state and federal dollars.  I also have a Three Rivers Levee Improvement Authority (TRLIA) meeting on Tuesday and one of the items on the agenda is to approve four encroachment permit applications with the Central Valley Flood Protection Board (CVFPB) for the Climate Resiliency Project, a project to ensure levees protecting Linda, Olivehurst, Arboga, and Plumas Lake exceed a 300-year level of protection.

Additional meetings on my calendar include a Northern California Water Association (NCWA) special board meeting to review 2024 priorities, a Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) Strategic Planning Meeting to approve board rules and discuss opportunities and challenges in the year ahead, and a touch-base with Yuba County Public Works on several things they are working on for me on behalf of constituents.   I also plan to attend a community meeting on Wednesday evening hosted by PLESD on Measures VWX at Riverside at 6 pm and a PLESD board meeting on Thursday at the District Office at 6 pm to discuss the same thing.  Also on Wednesday, I’ll join Councilmember Teeter and the City Manager from the City of Wheatland for a tour of Beale AFB.

On Friday morning I head to DC for the National Association of Counties (NACo) 2024 Legislative Conference.  On Saturday, I’ll spend all day in a  NACo Telecommunications and Technology Committee (T&T) Policy Steering Committee Meeting,   In addition to informational sessions at the conference (including how to get funding from future service transportation legislation and the inflation reduction act), I’ll participate in Rural Action Caucus, Western Region, and California Caucus meetings.  Finally, while in DC I’m trying to meet with Congrasmen LaMalfa and Kiley about several items of importance to Yuba County.

 

Announcements

  • Yuba County is looking for community input on our Local Road Safety Plan; learn more at yubacountysafetyplan.com
  • Do you walk or bicycle in Olivehurst, Linda, or Plumas Lake?  If so, the County wants to hear from you at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/L5HDNLR
  • The North Valley Rail Strategic Plan, which includes a station in Plumas Lake, was recently released.  Review the plan and find information about providing comments at northvalleyrail.org
  • The Yuba Sheriff Department’s Citizens Academy is taking signups for the next 12-week session.  The academy teaches residents about the sheriff’s department.  Learn more and sign up at sheriff.co.yuba.ca.us

 

*Picture is a collage of various things from my week:   Chairing the SACOG Transportation Committee meeting; volunteering with WUHSD board members Ryan Bellflower and Greg Forest to judge the impromptu speech contest at the Future Business Leaders of America; two shots of a beautiful sunrise in Plumas Lake; and hanging out with Supervisor Messick and others at the Yuba-Sutter Chamber of Commerce Lunch Mob at Rolling Stone Pizza.

 

Thank you for allowing me to serve you!

My Recent Activities

This week was a Yuba County Board of Supervisors Meeting.  A few highlights from the agenda include Board of Supervisor Committee Appointments for 2024 and a board workshop (at 1 pm) to receive an update on the Yuba County Strategic Plan.  My committee assignments are generally the same as 2023, except that I will no longer serve on Yuba LAFCO.  You can see my assignments here and the assignments for the full board here.  You will find the Yuba County strategic plan and the presentation from the workshop here.
There was also a Wheatland City Council meeting on Tuesday night (agenda) that I attended

Additional meetings on my calendar this week included: speaking with other local supervisors at a Yuba-Sutter Bar Association luncheon, a discussion with SACOG about Beale AFB, A San Joaquin Join Powers Authority board meeting in Sacramento, and a Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) Mega Region Working Group Meeting (agenda).  At the SACOG Megan Region Working Group meeting we talked about tolling lanes across the 16-county Mega Region and received updates on the Mega Region Dozen; 12 important projects for improving connectivity between the Bay Area, the Sacramento Region, and San Joaquin County.  Two of the projects in our region are Valley Rail and the Yolo 80 project.

 

Looking ahead to this week

As this week contains the fifth Tuesday of the month, there is neither a regular Board of Supervisors Meeting nor a Yuba Water Agency Board meeting.  However, we do have a Special Board of Supervisors meeting related to property negotiations (agenda).  I also have several board and committee meetings on my calendar, including a SACOG Transportation Committee Meeting (agenda) and a Yuba Sutter Economic Development Corporation (YSEDC) board of directors meeting.

Additional meetings on my calendar include meeting with a constituent to talk about Yuba Water Agency, an agenda review for the SACOG transportation committee, an agenda review for the Yuba Water Agency, a Yuba Water Chair/Vice-Chair breakfast, and a community input meeting for the Regionally Coordinated Homelessness Action Plan.

Tuesday evening is the Yuba Sutter Candidate Forum at the Yuba County Government Center.  The forum will feature candidates in contested races for Yuba County Supervisor, Sutter County Supervisor, and Yuba Water Agency.

 

Announcements

  • Yuba County is looking for community input on our Local Road Safety Plan; learn more at yubacountysafetyplan.com
  • Do you walk or bicycle in Olivehurst, Linda, or Plumas Lake?  If so, the County wants to hear from you at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/L5HDNLR
  • The North Valley Rail Strategic Plan, which includes a station in Plumas Lake, was recently released.  Review the plan and find information about providing comments at northvalleyrail.org
  • The Yuba Sheriff Department’s Citizens Academy is taking signups for the next 12-week session.  The academy teaches residents about the sheriff’s department.  Learn more and sign up at sheriff.co.yuba.ca.us

 

*Picture is a collage of various things from my week:   At the Brick for a meeting in Downtown Marysville; Dry Creek near Wheatland after significant rainfall; Board of Supervisors Strategic Plan Workshop; at SACOG for the Mega Region Working Group; a relevant mural in downtown Sacramento to the meetings I was there for, uniting the mega-region; enjoying the open space around Plumas Lake; and hanging out at a crab feed in American Canyon with Supervisor Ramos from Napa County.

 

Thank you for allowing me to serve you!

My Recent Activities

This week was a Yuba Water Agency Board of Directors meeting (agenda).  Several other board meetings on my calendar included a Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC) board meeting on Wednesday (agenda), followed by the annual RCRC Rural Leadership Reception,  and a Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) board meeting on Thursday. The SACOG agenda includes the establishment of a Regional Tolling Authority to oversee toll lanes planned for the Yolo Causeway and other regional freeways.   Both the SACOG and RCRC meetings included 2024 committee appointments and I’m honored I was appointed to chair the SACOG transportation committee, serve on the SACOG Mega Region Working Group, serve on the SACOG strategic planning committee, and serve on the RCRC Roadway Infrastructure Ad-Hoc committee.   I attended the OPUD meeting on Thursday (agenda) via Zoom so I could be informed about the latest status of efforts to reduce the smell at the Eufay Wood Lift Station.

Additional meetings on my calendar this week included:  a meeting with the clerk-recorder to talk about the upcoming election, a touch base lunch with Yuba County community development, a Yuba-Sutter Economic Development Corporation executive committee, a few meetings with Hard Rock, and a Northern California Water Association (NCWA) board meeting to discuss strategic priorities for 2024, an NCWA Conservation Task Force planning meeting, and a NACo West Region Monthly Meeting.   I also had NACo Telecommunications and Technology and NACo Rural Action Caucus meetings, but they conflicted with RCRC and SACOG and I was unable to attend.  There was also a Yuba County Planning Commission on Wednesday (agenda).

Looking ahead to this week

This week is a Yuba County Board of Supervisors meeting.  A few highlights from the agenda include Board of Supervisor Committee Appointments for 2024 and a board workshop (at 1 pm) to receive an update on the Yuba County Strategic Plan.  There is a Wheatland City Council meeting on Tuesday night (agenda).

Additional meetings on my calendar this week include: an agenda review for Yuba Water Agency, speaking with other local supervisors at a Yuba-Sutter Bar Association luncheon, a discussion with SACOG about Beale AFB, and a SACOG Mega Region Working Group Meeting (agenda).

Announcements

  • Yuba County is looking for community input on our Local Road Safety Plan; learn more at yubacountysafetyplan.com
  • Do you walk or bicycle in Olivehurst, Linda, or Plumas Lake?  If so, the County wants to hear from you at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/L5HDNLR
  • The North Valley Rail Strategic Plan, which includes a station in Plumas Lake, was recently released.  Review the plan and find information about providing comments at northvalleyrail.org
  • The Yuba Sheriff Department’s Citizens Academy is taking signups for the next 12-week session.  The academy teaches residents about the sheriff’s department.  Learn more and sign up at sheriff.co.yuba.ca.us

*Picture is a collage of various things from my week:   A Plumas Lake sunrise shot; sunset near a new development in Plumas Lake; three pictures from the RCRC Board Meeting and Rural Leadership reception, including one with Supervisor Ed Valenzuela from Siskiyou County and one with Monterey County Supervisor (and 2024 RCRC chair) Chris Lopez and Speaker Rivas from the California Assembly; two pictures from the SACOG Board of Directors meeting, including one with 2024 chair Michael Saragosa (Placerville City Council) and 2024 vice-chair Darren Suen (Elk Grove City Council).

Thank you for allowing me to serve you!

My Recent Activities

This week was a Yuba County Board of Supervisors meeting.  The agenda contained several items of particular interest to District 4 residents including:  Agreements between Hard Rock, Live Nation, and the Yuba County Sheriff’s Department for supplemental law enforcement at the casino and amphitheater; an amendment to the agreement with Wood Rodgers, Inc. for the Plumas Lake Boulevard/SR 70 Interchange Phase II Project; and approval of plans, specifications, and estimate for the Plumas Lake Bike Path Project, and authorize advertisement of bids.  We also voted on chair and vice chair for 2024.  Supervisor Blaser will serve as chair, and Supervisor Fuhrer will serve as vice chair.  There was a Wheatland City Council meeting on Tuesday evening and you can find the agenda here.

Additional meetings on my calendar this week included:  a CERF Sub Regional (Yuba-Sutter) Roundtable meeting to provide a space for community discussion about Yuba-Sutter’s job economy, and will also feature Valley Vision’s presentation on preliminary research of Yuba-Sutter’s economic analysis; a SACOG Transportation Committee (agenda) to discuss the creation of a regional tolling authority; a meeting to discuss pedestrian safety in the Sports & Entertainment Zone; a Yuba Water Agency agenda review; a meeting with the Sheridan Municipal Advisory Council (MAC) to update them on the East Wheatland Expressway project; a tour of the Pottery World factory in Wheatland; and a meeting regarding the upcoming Cap-to-Cap trip.  You can find the presentation on the East Wheatland Expressway here.

On Saturday morning, I was honored to participate in the 25th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community event.  The event occurs the Saturday before MLK Jr day and includes a march from Yuba City across the 5th St Bridge to Marysville and a program to remember and honor Dr. King after the march.  The event focused on love and unity and I shared one of my favorite quotes from MLK Jr, which is “I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality.  That is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.”.

Looking ahead to this week

This week is a Yuba Water Agency Board of Directors meeting (agenda).  Several other board meetings on my calendar include a Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC) board meeting on Wednesday (agenda) and a Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) board meeting on Thursday. The SACOG agenda includes the establishment of a Regional Tolling Authority to oversee toll lanes planned for the Yolo Causeway and other regional freeways.   There is a Yuba County Planning Commission meeting on Wednesday (agenda) and an OPUD meeting on Thursday evening (agenda).

Additional meetings on my calendar this week include:  a meeting with the clerk-recorder to talk about the upcoming election, a touch base lunch with Yuba County community development, a Yuba-Sutter Economic Development Corporation executive committee, a few meetings with Hard Rock, and a Northern California Water Association (NCWA) board meeting to discuss strategic priorities for 2024.  I also have NACo Telecommunications and Technology and NACo Rural Action Caucus meetings, but they conflict with RCRC and SACOG and I’ll be unable to attend.

Announcements

*Picture is a collage of various things from my week:  Touring the Pottery World factory in Wheatland, a collage from the Yuba Sutter MLK Jr Event, the “new” Algodon Rd in Plumas Lake, a presentation on the East Wheatland Expressway at a Sheridan Community Meeting (MAC), a collage of Yuba-Sutter Law Enforcement in honor of Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, and a new fence added to a court in east Plumas Lake after requests from residents.

Thank you for allowing me to serve you!

My Recent Activities

Due to the Christmas and New Year holidays, my schedule was lighter than usual during the period covered in this post.

December 19th was a Yuba Water Agency Board of Directors meeting.  We had a longer-than-usual agenda and one of the items was to consider almost $25M in grants to local agencies, including over $11M for flood risk reduction and public safety in Arboga, Plumas Lake, and Wheatland. In addition, there is a $600k grant request from Yuba County to restore the existing boat ramp at Star Bend by dredging out approximately 1,800 cubic yards of material that is currently impeding boat traffic.  January 2nd was also a Yuba Water Agency board meeting (agenda) and we received an update from summer interns, approved a $30M grant from the State for a Nature-like Fishway around Daguerre Point Dam on the Yuba River, and elected our chair and vice chair for 2024.   The board unanimously voted for Supervisor Messick to serve as chair and for me to serve as vice-chair.  I’m honored my fellow board members provided an opportunity for me to remain in board leadership.  There was no Board of Supervisors meeting on December 26th due to the holiday.

Other meetings over the three weeks included:  One-on-one meetings with our auditor/controller, a fellow supervisor, and a pastor from Wheatland;  a Northern California Water Association (NCWA) executive committee, a National Association of Counties (NACo) Telecommunications and Technology Policy Steering Committee;  a Yuba Water Agency agenda review meeting; a Yuba Water Agency chair/vice-chair breakfast; an OPUD Wastewater committee to get an update on the Eufay Wood lift station; and a Yuba LAFCO meeting.

I was fortunate to play Santa several times the week before Christmas including for Cub Scout Pack 513 on Monday, at Rio Del Oro Elementary on Wednesday morning, and on the Fire Truck in Plumas Lake on Thursday evening.

Looking ahead to this week

This week is a Yuba County Board of Supervisors meeting.  The agenda contains several items of particular interest to District 4 residents including:  Agreements between Hard Rock, Live Nation, and the Yuba County Sheriff’s Department for supplemental law enforcement at the casino and amphitheater; an amendment to the agreement with Wood Rodgers, Inc. for the Plumas Lake Boulevard/SR 70 Interchange Phase II Project; and approval of plans, specifications, and estimate for the Plumas Lake Bike Path Project, and authorize advertisement of bids.  There is a Wheatland City Council meeting on Tuesday evening and you can find the agenda here.

Additional meetings on my calendar this week include:  a CERF Sub Regional (Yuba-Sutter) Roundtable meeting to provide a space for community discussion about Yuba-Sutter’s job economy, and will also feature Valley Vision’s presentation on preliminary research of Yuba-Sutter’s economic analysis; a SACOG Transportation Committee (agenda) to discuss the creation of a regional tolling authority; a meeting to discuss pedestrian safety in the Sports & Entertainment Zone; a Yuba Water Agency agenda review; a meeting with the Sheridan Municipal Advisory Council (MAC) to update them on the East Wheatland Expressway project; and a informal virtual “Coffee Caucus” meeting other supervisors.

Announcements

*Picture is a collage of various things from my week:  Christmas greetings and playing Santa (at Rio Del Oro, at Cub Scout Pack 513, on the fire truck with Linda Fire), some beautiful south Yuba County sunrises, and Happy New Year (including from Hard Rock).

Thank you for allowing me to serve you!

My Recent Activities

This week was a Yuba County Board of Supervisors meeting [agenda].  Other board meetings on my calendar included a Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) monthly meeting [agenda], a SACOG Strategic Planning Committee [agenda], and a Greater Sacramento Economic Council (GSEC) Board meeting [agenda].  There was also a Wheatland City Council meeting this week [agenda].

The SACOG board includes a representative (supervisor) from each of the six counties in our region (El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, Sutter, Yolo, Yuba) and a representative (mayor/councilmember) from each of the 22 cities in those counties.  SACOG is an important regional body for transportation and land use, and our mission statement is “SACOG convenes and connects the region to advance an equitable, sustainable, and prosperous future.” I appreciate the opportunity to represent Yuba County at this important regional organization, and I was honored to chair the SACOG Land Use and Natural Resource (LUNR) committee this year.

Other meetings I have attended this week included Yuba Water Agency Agenda Setting, a virtual community meeting for North Valley Rail, a meeting with a fellow supervisor, a constituent meeting to talk about committee openings, and an RCRC/CSAC meeting with PG&E.  I’ attended several holiday open house events with various vendors and organizations and the Olivehurst VFW Ribbon Cutting on Thursday evening.

Looking ahead to this week

This week is a Yuba Water Agency Board of Directors meeting.  We have a longer-than-usual agenda and one of the items is to consider almost $25M in grants to local agencies, including over $11M for flood risk reduction and public safety in Arboga, Plumas Lake, and Wheatland. In addition, there is a $600k grant request from Yuba County to restore the existing boat ramp at Star Bend by dredging out approximately 1,800 cubic yards of material that is currently impeding boat traffic.

I have several one-on-one meetings scheduled for the week, including with our auditor/controller, a fellow supervisor, and a pastor from Wheatland.   Additional meetings on my calendar include a Northern California Water Association (NCWA) executive committee, a National Association of Counties (NACo) Telecommunications and Technology Policy Steering Committee, a NACo Rural Action Caucus, a NACo West Region meeting, and an informal virtual discussion with several other California supervisors.  There is also an OPUD board meeting this week (the agenda will be posted here).

I look forward to playing Santa several times this week including for Cub Scout Pack 513 on Monday, on the Fire Truck in southern Plumas Lake on Tuesday evening, at Rio Del Oro Elementary on Wednesday morning, and on the fire truck in west-central Plumas Lake on Thursday evening.

Announcements

  • Santa will visit central and southern Plumas Lake on a Fire Truck on December 19-21 (more info)

*Picture is a collage of various things from my week:  I celebrated a birthday this (thanks  Sharron Bradshaw for the birthday message), representing Yuba County at the monthly Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) meeting, Cleaner Air Partnership winter social, and the Board of Supervisors proclamation thanking Costco for their investment in Yuba County.

Thank you for allowing me to serve you!

My Recent Activities

This week was a Yuba Water Agency board meeting (agenda).  A few key items from the agenda included the annual audit, a grant for North Yuba Water District, and a CEQA item related to a proposed nature-like fishway around Daguerre Point Dam.  Following the board meeting, I had a Yuba Water POD committee where we reviewed community impact grants (agenda and materials).  Several grants are on the agenda for agencies that serve Plumas Lake & Wheatland, including Linda Fire, RD784, RD817, and RD2103.  Overall, we recommended the board approve almost $25M in grants to local agencies, with over $11M going to south county agencies.

I had several other board meetings this week including:  Three Rivers Levee Improvement Authority (TRLIA) [agenda], South Yuba Transportation Improvement Authority (SYTIA) [agenda], and Rural Couty Representatives of California (RCRC) [agenda].  At SYTIA we received an update on the East Wheatland Expressway Project and approved an agreement with Caltrans to continue progress on the South Beale Rd Interchange project.

Additional meetings on my calendar included a call with a potential developer of a solar and battery storage facility, a North Valley Rail project development team meeting, and a Bicycle and Pedestrian Mobility Plan Workshop.  If you didn’t get a chance to attend the workshop, you can still provide input by taking the survey at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LZ3LRT6 and marking areas of concern at: http://Streetsory.edu

I was in southern California on Thursday and Friday at the California Foundation on the Environment and Economy (CFEE) Water Conference.  Yuba Water General Manager Willie Whittlesey and I were invited to participate on a panel discussing harnessing the energy-water nexus.   The format of the conference was very unique with everyone seated around a large table with frank questions and discussions after each presentation.  What makes it even more valuable is that the event is invite only and includes state legislators, state and federal government leaders, business leaders, labor leaders, and water leaders.

Community-related events I attended this week included a Christmas Party or the Civil Engineering Squadron at Beale AFB and the Plumas Lake Christmas parade!  I participated in ringing the Salvation Army Bell at Walmart from 1:30 pm to 3 pm on Saturday.

Looking ahead to this week

This week is a Yuba County Board of Supervisors meeting [agenda].  The meetings are no longer available via Zoom but you can watch the live-stream at https://www.yuba.org/video/index.php.  Other board meetings on my calendar include a Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) monthly meeting [agenda], a SACOG Strategic Planning Committee [agenda], and a Greater Sacramento Economic Council (GSEC) Board meeting [agenda].  There is also a Wheatland City Council meeting this week [agenda].

Other meetings I have this week include Yuba Water Agency Agenda Setting, a virtual community meeting for North Valley Rail, a meeting with a fellow supervisor, a constituent meeting to talk about committee openings, and an RCRC/CSAC meeting with PG&E.  I’ll be attending several holiday open house events with various vendors and organizations and the Olivehurst VFW Ribbon Cutting on Thursday evening.

Announcements

  • North Valley Rail is holding a virtual community meeting on December 13th at 5 pm.  Register here.
  • Santa will visit Wheatland on a Fire Truck on December 12th (see map)
  • Upcoming Community Event 12/15:  Plumas Lake Night of Lights (6 pm-8 pm, get a map at Riverside Meadows)
  • Voting in the South Yuba Bright Light Battle goes until December 18th (more info)
  • Santa will visit central and southern Plumas Lake on a Fire Truck on December 19-21 (more info)

*Picture is a collage of various things from my week:  Ringing the bell for the Salvation Army, Plumas Lake Christmas Parade, Rural Counties Board Meeting, Yuba County Bicycle & Pedestrian Mobility Plan Workshop, CFEE Conference in SoCal, Honoring outgoing Yuba City Mayor Wade Kirchner and incoming Mayor Shon Harris, Beale Civil Engineering Squadron Christmas Party, Fall Sunrise in Plumas Lake, and Beers with Supervisor Valenzuela (Siskiyou County) at Red Hill in Wheatland.

I’m excited to announce that the candidate filling period closed Friday and I’m running unopposed for my third term. 🎉
I appreciate all the support I’ve received and I’m honored to have the opportunity to continue doing what I love for another four years; representing the people of Arboga, Plumas Lake, and Wheatland, and continuing my focus on livability, opportunity, and transparency in Yuba County!

Thank you for allowing me to serve you!

My Recent Activities

This week was a Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday at 9 am (agenda).  There were several items on the agenda that I think the public will be most interested in, including requests from Plumas Lake Elementary School District, Wheatland Union High School District, and Marysville Joint Unified School District ordering School Bond Elections in consolidation with statewide primary election to be held on March 5, 2024.

I was unable to participate in the Board of Supervisors meeting as I  was out of town representing the Yuba Water Agency at the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) fall conference most of the week.  While at the conference, I participated in a Yuba Water Agency agenda review meeting and after returning home  I attended a prep call for a panel I’ll be on at the CFEE Water Conference this week.  I stopped by Yuba County elections and completed the final paperwork to ensure I’m on the ballot for re-election in March.

The community-related events I  attended or participated in this week include the Wheatland Christmas Street Fair, Pancakes with Sanda at Arboga Elementary, and the Plumas Lake Christmas Tree lighting.  I want to thank everyone who supported me by attending my Whiskey & Wildgame campaign event.  We had a great time!

Looking ahead to this week

This week is a Yuba Water Agency board meeting (agenda).  A few key items from the agenda include the annual audit, a grant for North Yuba Water District, and a CEQA item related to a proposed nature-like fishway around Daguerre Point Dam.  Following the board meeting, I’ll have a Yuba Water POD committee where we review community impact grants (agenda and materials).  There are several grants on the agenda for agencies that serve Plumas Lake & Wheatland, including Linda Fire, RD784, RD817, and RD2103

I have several other board meetings on my calendar this week including:  Three Rivers Levee Improvement Authority (TRLIA) [agenda], South Yuba Transportation Improvement Authority (SYTIA) [agenda], and Rural Couty Representatives of California (RCRC) [agenda].

Additional meetings on my calendar include a meeting with a potential developer of a solar and battery storage facility, a North Valley Rail project development team meeting, and a Bicycle & Pedestrian Mobility Plan Workshop.  In addition, I’ll be out of town on Thursday and Friday to present at the CFEE Water Conference on behalf of Yuba Water Agency.

Community-related events I plan to attend or participate in this week include a Christmas Party or the Civil Engineering Squadron at Beale AFB and the Plumas Lake Christmas parade!  I’ll also be ringing the Salvation Army Bell at Walmart from 1:30 pm to 3 pm on Saturday.

Announcements

  • Yuba County is hosting a Bicycle & Pedestrian Mobility Plan Workshop from 5:30 pm to 7 pm at the Yuba County Library in Marysville.  The purpose of the workshop is to gather community input.  Please take this opportunity to share yours.
  • Upcoming Community Event on 12/8 & 12/9:  Plumas Lake Christmas Parade
  • Upcoming Community Event on 12/9:  Outdoor Living Nativity at Wheatland Baptist (6 pm and 6:45 pm)
  • North Valley Rail is hosing a virtual community meeting on December 13th at 5 pm.  Register here.
  • Upcoming Community Event 12/15:  Plumas Lake Night of Lights (6 pm-8 pm, get a map at Riverside Meadows)

*Picture is a collage of various things from my week: Pancakes with Santa at Arboga Elementary, some grumpy people at the Wheatland Christmas Street Fair, finalizing my paperwork to run for re-election, a shot from my Whiskey & Wild Game event, representing Yuba Water Agency at the ACWA conference,  the Plumas Lake Christmas Tree Lighting, two pictures from the Wheatland Christmas Street Fair with Mayor West (Wheatland) and Col Bartran (Beale AFB).

Thank you for allowing me to serve you!

My Recent Activities

Given the Thanksgiving holiday, my schedule was light this week.  We had a Yuba Water Agency meeting on Tuesday (agenda).  There were several items on the agenda that I think the public would be most interested in, including: updates to the sponsorship and reserve policies as well as a grant to the Yuba Sheriff’s Department to replace patrol vehicles used in the vicinity of New Bullards Bar.

I participated in a collaboration meeting with the City of Wheatland and Beale AFB about several important infrastructure projects for the City, the County, and the Base; primarily the regional wastewater line and the East Wheatland Expressway.  It’s important for us to all work together to move these projects forward.  I also attended an onsite tour with a few representatives from North Valley Rail to ensure they understand the concerns expressed by some community members about emergency evacuation in east Plumas Lake to make sure the proposed train station at the start of the Bear River Habitat Trail off Algodon Rd has no impact on evacuation routes.   In addition, I had a touch-base lunch with several leaders from Yuba County Community Development.

Community-related events I attended or participated in this week include a Yuba Sutter Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting for Costco on Wednesday.  I’m very happy to see Costco invest in Yuba County and believe it will be a catalyst for re-development, not only of the former Peach Tree Mall but for that entire commercial corridor.  Thank you to everyone who came out to Llamas & Lattes: A Meet & Greet with Supervisor Bradford on Saturday morning! It was a great turnout and I enjoyed talking with everyone.  Special thanks to 2Talls Sweet Treats Bus – Plumas Lake for keeping everyone fed and caffeinated and Lee Beringsmith for bringing out Kissey the Llama!

Looking ahead to this week

This week is a Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday at 9 am (agenda).  There are several items on the agenda that I think the public will be most interested in, including requests from Plumas Lake Elementary School District, Wheatland Union High School District, and Marysville Joint Unified School District ordering School Bond Elections in consolidation with statewide primary election to be held on March 5, 2024  Note: BOS meetings are no longer available via zoom but you can watch a video livestream at https://www.yuba.org/video/index.php and comments on agenda items can be made in person at the meeting or prior to the meeting by emailing [email protected].

I will be unable to participate in the Board of Supervisors meeting as I’ll be out of town representing the Yuba Water Agency at the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) fall conference most of the week.  I may miss several other meetings while out of town, including a Wheatland City Council meeting on Tuesday (agenda), a Nother California Water Association (NCWA) Task Force, and a Rural Representatives of California (RCRC) SB 1383 discussion.  After returning from the conference, I will attend a Yuba Water Agency chair/vice-chair/general manager monthly meeting, a prep call for a panel I’ll be on at the CFEE Water Conference the following week, and an OPUD/County Liason meeting.

Community-related events I plan to attend or participate in this week include the Wheatland Christmas Street Fair, Pancakes with Sanda at Arboga Elementary, and the Plumas Lake Christmas Tree lighting.  You can find more information about these events, in addition to my Whiskey & Wild Game event in the announcements section,

Announcements

  • Upcoming Event on 12/1:  Whiskey & Wild Game – Indulge in the perfect combination of whiskey and wild game while supporting Supervisor Bradford’s re-election campaign.  Info and tickets at whiskey.vote4bradford.org.
  • Upcoming Event on 12/2:  I’ll have a booth at the Wheatland Christmas Street Fair on Front St from 5 pm-9 pm on December 2nd.  Come by and chat!  I also plan to stop by Pancakes with Santa at Arboga Elementary for breakfast sometime between 9 am and 11 am that morning.
  • Upcoming Event on 12/3:  I’ll see you at the Plumas Lake Christmas Tree Lighting on Sunday at 6 pm at Eufay Wood Park

*Picture is a collage of various things from my week:   A few pictures from the Costco ribbon cutting & grand opening, my family on Thanksgiving, a reminder about Whiskey & Wild Game this Friday (info and tickets at whiskey.vote4bradford.org), my new social media profile picture, a few pictures from my Llamas & Lattess Meet & Greet (one with my wife and one with Supervisor Baines from Sutter County), and a collaboration meeting with the City of Wheatland & Beale AFB to talk about important infrastructure projects.

Thank you for allowing me to serve you!

My Recent Activities

This week was a Yuba County Board of Supervisors meeting (agenda).  There were several items on the agenda that I think the public will be most interested in, including: adopting a resolution approving the creation of a Yuba County Yes to Start-Ups program in partnership with California Capital Financial Development Corporation (CA Capital) and Sacramento Valley Small Business Development Center, approve the sale of tax-defaulted properties at public auction, approve a memorandum of understanding with San Joaquin District Attorney for assistance with a habeas case, approve amendment No. 1 to an agreement with R&F Engineering Inc. for Star Bend Sediment Removal project, Adopt a resolution authorizing the filing and execution of applications to Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for land patent and lease of Hammon Grove and Yuba Goldfields, and Hold public hearing, waive first reading, and introduce Ordinance creating Chapter 2.41 of the Yuba County Ordinance Code, establishing the Office of the County Hearing Officer.

Additional meetings on my calendar included:  a Capital Region CEFT Collaborative Research Presentation, a steering committee meeting for the Yuba-Sutter Blue Zones project, a WUHSD CTE Advisory meeting, a NACo Telecommunications & Technology Policy Steering Committee Meeting, a tobacco education (CHAT) meeting, agenda review for the Yuba Water Agency, the Mountain Counties Water Resources Association (MCWRA) Fall Water Forum, a Hard Rock Development update, and a meeting to discuss funding for EV charging.

Community-related events I  participated in this week include a Salmon Expedition on the Yuba River with Bear River School.  Yuba Water paid to send over 1000 Yuba County 4th graders on this amazing field trip this year and I was happy to join Bear River on their adventure.  We rafted down the Yuba River from Parks Bar Bridge to Sycamore Ranch Park and learned about topics such as the Yuba River watershed, hydraulic mining, Native Americans, water quality, and salmon.  The expedition includes several stops and multiple hands-on activities to teach students about the history of the watershed and habitat restoration.

Looking ahead to this week

This week is a Yuba Water Agency meeting on Tuesday at 9 am (agenda).  There are several items on the agenda that I think the public will be most interested in, including: updates to the sponsorship and reserve policies as well as a grant to the Yuba Sheriff’s Department to replace patrol vehicles used in the vicinity of New Bullards Bar.

Additional meetings on my calendar include:  an East Wheatland Expressway discussion and a North Valley Rail meeting,  I also have a touch-base lunch meeting scheduled with Yuba County Community Development leadership.  My schedule is very light this week due to the holiday.

Community-related events I plan to attend or participate in this week include a Yuba Sutter Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting for Costco on Wednesday morning at 7am.  There is also a planning meeting for Wheatland’s 150th Birthday Celebration that I may attend on Monday evening.  On Saturday the 25th from 8:30am to 10:30am, I’m hosting a meet and greet in Plumas Lake, complete with a llama and a coffee truck; learn more on Facebook or at vote4bradford.org.

Announcements

  • Upcoming Event:  Whiskey & Wild Game – Indulge in the perfect combination of whiskey and wild game while supporting Supervisor Bradford’s re-election campaign.  Get tickets at whiskey.vote4bradford.org (ticket sales end 11/25).

*Picture is a collage of various things from my week:   Annual WUHSD CTE Advisory Meeting, Salmon Expedition on the Yuba River with Bear River School, Mountian Counties Water Resources Association Fall Water Forum, Team Yuba Water attending the Causeway Classic (GoAgs!), It’s Begining to Look a Lot like Christmas at Hard Rock, and information on two upcoming events (see vote4bradford.org for more info and tickets).

Thank you for allowing me to serve you!

My Recent Activities

It’s been three weeks since I’ve posted one of these weekly updates.  That is because I started having some medical issues the week of 10/23 and ended up spending some time in the hospital and then a few days recovering once I was home before slowly resuming regular activities.  The good news is that I’m feeling fine now.  The bad news is that I don’t have a lot to report from the week of 10/23, although I did attend the 10/24 Board of Supervisors meeting (agenda) via Zoom.  After taking it easy for a few days, I did attend multiple meetings the week of 10/30 including a Northern California Water Association (NCWA) board meeting in Roseville along with a tour of a groundwater recharge well in the City, an agenda review meeting for Yuba Water Agency, a Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) Land Use and Natural Resources (LUNR) Committee meeting (agenda), a town hall meeting in Lincoln hosted by Supervisor Landon (Placer) to talk about traffic mitigation efforts in south Placer County, a Yuba-Sutter Economic Development Corporation (YSEDC) Board meeting, and a discussion with Yuba County Public works about a meeting they had with Union Pacific Railroad about Links Parkway crossing the tracks between Wheeler Ranch Phase 1 & Phase 2.  I attended the town hall with Supervisor Landon because so many of my constituents are impacted by traffic on Hwy 65 in Placer County and I wanted to ensure I was aware of efforts they are taking to address the congestion.

This week was a Yuba Water Agency Board Meeting and you can find the agenda here.  Key items on the agenda included a grant to RD10 for levee work and a loan to the south member units for Ostrom Rd associated with the sinkhole caused by the south canal.   I was not able to attend the meeting as I was out of town attending the Association of Defense Communities (ADC) Installation Innovation Conference.  I attended with representatives from Beale AFB, Yuba County, and Yuba Water Agency, and we learned how bases and communities can increase partnerships and how we can support Beale’s mission as well as our local airmen, guardians, and their families.

Additional meetings on my calendar included:  a joint SACOG Board of Directors meeting with SMUD, Sacramento Regional Transit, and the Sac Metro Air Quality District to discuss opportunities for collaboration; a Yuba Water Agency POD committee to discuss minor changes to our community impact grant program; a Yuba Water Agency chair/vice-chair/general manager meeting, and an informal coffee caucus zoom meeting to touch base with other county supervisors.

Community-related events I attended or participated in during this period included the Pinktober event at Hard Rock, a Meet & Greet in Wheatland, the Salvation Army Red Kettle Kick-off, the Yuba Sutter Veterans Parade, and a ceremony at the State Capitol honoring veterans from around the Sacramento region.

Looking ahead to this week

This week is a Yuba County Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday at 9 am (agenda).  There are several items on the agenda that I think the public will be most interested in, including: adopting a resolution approving the creation of a Yuba County Yes to Start-Ups program in partnership with California Capital Financial Development Corporation (CA Capital) and Sacramento Valley Small Business Development Center, approve the sale of tax-defaulted properties at public auction, approve a memorandum of understanding with San Joaquin District Attorney for assistance with a habeas case, approve amendment No. 1 to an agreement with R&F Engineering Inc. for Star Bend Sediment Removal project, Adopt a resolution authorizing the filing and execution of applications to Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for land patent and lease of Hammon Grove and Yuba Goldfields, and Hold public hearing, waive first reading, and introduce Ordinance creating Chapter 2.41 of the Yuba County Ordinance Code, establishing the Office of the County Hearing Officer.

Additional meetings on my calendar include:  a Capital Region CEFT Collaborative Research Presentation, a steering committee meeting for the Yuba-Sutter Blue Zones project, a WUHSD CTE Advisory meeting, a NACo Telecommunications & Technology Policy Steering Committee Meeting, a tobacco education (CHAT) meeting, agenda review for the Yuba Water Agency, the Mountain Counties Water Resources Association (MCWRA) Fall Water Forum, a Hard Rock Development update, and a meeting to discuss funding for EV charging.

Community-related events I plan to attend or participate in this week include a Salmon Expedition on the Yuba River with Bear River School and a ribbon cutting for the Highway 70 Safety and Passing Lanes Project.

Announcements

  • Upcoming Event:  Whiskey & Wild Game – Indulge in the perfect combination of whiskey and wild game while supporting Supervisor Bradford’s re-election campaign.  Get tickets at whiskey.vote4bradford.org

*Picture is a collage of various things from my week:   Joint board meeting with SACOG, SMUD, SAC RT, and Sac Metro Air District; Special guest at the Wheatland Meet & Greet; Salvation Army Red Kettle Event; Halloween Celebration in Plumas Lake; Yuba Sutter Veteran’s Day Parade; Ceremony Honoring Veterans at the State Capitol; Team Beale at the Association of Defense Communities Conference; Welcoming Blue Tulip Coffee to Plumas Lake; Wheatland Meet & Greet; selfie with Roseville City Councilmember while touring a groundwater recharge well as part of an NCWA board meeting; attending a town hall in Lincoln hosted by Supervisor Landon about traffic relieve plans in south Placer County; and getting to meet the Lakota Women Warriors at Hard Rock along with Col Church and Chief Oliver.

Thank you for allowing me to serve you!

My Recent Activities

This week was a Yuba Water Agency Board Meeting and you can find the agenda here.  I had a Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) Board of Directors meeting this week (agenda).  It will be at the La Famillia Maple Neighborhood Center in south Sacramento and was followed by a board tour of the neighborhood.   There was an OPUD board meeting this week (agenda).  Unfortunately, I was unable to attend due to a conflict, which was also the case with NACo Rural Action Caucus, NACo West Region, NACo Telecommunications and Technology Committee meetings this week, and a Yuba Sutter Economic Development Corporation (YSEDC) Executive Committee Meeting,

Additional meetings on my calendar included:  a meeting with the North Valley Rail team about emergency evacuation from east Plumas Lake, a Yuba Water Agency board development workshop, a webinar hosted by the CPUC on rail safety, a Northern California Water Association Executive Committee (NWCA) meeting, and a California State Association of Counties (CSAC) Intergovernmental Relations Platform Review Meeting,

Community-related events I attended or participated in this week include the Plumas Lake Community Walking Moai on Monday morning, the Northern California Water Association (NCWA) Sac Valley Celebration on Thursday evening, a Yuba Sutter Chamber State of Beale Breakfast, the 4th Annual Plumas Lake Halloween Parade, and Pinktober at Hard Rock.

Looking ahead to this week

This week is a Yuba County Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday at 9 am (agenda) and there is a Wheatland City Council meeting (agenda) on Tuesday evening.

Additional meetings on my calendar include:  A Northern California Water Association (NCWA) Conservation Task Force meeting, the Water Education Foundation’s Annual Water Summit, a SACOG LUNR Agenda Review, a County Supervisor Coffee Caucus collaboration call, and (hopefully) a meeting with Union Pacific to discuss a railroad crossing between Wheeler Ranch Phase 1 and Wheeler Ranch Phase 2.

Community-related events I plan to attend or participate in this week include a presentation on the History of Gas & Electricity in Yuba-Sutter at the Sutter County Museum, the Plumas Lake Trunk or Treat, the Wheatland Cruise Trunk or Treat, and a Supervisor Bradford Meet and Greet in Plumas Lake.

Announcements

Some important announcements:

  • I’ll be having a “Coffee Meet & Greets” with 2 Talls Sweet Treat Bus on Saturday, October 28th from 8 am to 10 am at the south parking lot at Eufay Wood Park in Plumas Lake AND on Saturday, November 4th from 8 am to 10 am at Spruce Ave Park in Wheatland.  Mark your calendar for an opportunity to grab your morning coffee from a local business and talk with me about what’s on your mind.
  • I’m seeking re-election in 2024.  Please visit www.vote4bradford.org for additional information.

*Picture is a collage of various things from my week:   NCWA Sac Valley Celebration at Matchbook Winery, Headless Horseman at the Plumas Lake Halloween Parade, SACOG Board Meeting in south Sacramento, Yuba County & Enterprise Rancheria at the CSAC Tribal Relations Platform Review Meeting, grabbing coffee from 2 Talls Sweet Treat Bus & a pastry from Bear Creek Sourdough, and Yuba Sutter Chamber’s State of Beale Breakfast.

Thank you for allowing me to serve you!

My Recent Activities

This week was a Board of Supervisors Meeting.  The agenda is light but we received the  Quarterly Development Update from the Community Development and Service Departments.   Additional meetings on my calendar included an update on service from Bi-County Ambulance,  a meeting about legislative changes impacting Sutter Yuba Behavioral Health, a meeting about Hard Rock, and a meeting with a few constituents.  I also attended a West Water Forum about water needs and water markets.

Other events participated in include the Plumas Lake Community Walking Moai on Monday morning, a Beale Fire Department parade on base, the annual Yuba County Employee BBQ,   the Rio Del Oro Harvest Festival, the OPUD 75th Anniversary Celebration, and the Plumas Lake Oktoberfest & Safety Fair.

Looking ahead to this week

This week is a Yuba Water Agency Board Meeting and you can find the agenda here.  I have a SACOG Board of Directors meeting this week (agenda).  It will be at the La Famillia Mapa Neighborhood Center in south Sacramento and followed by a board tour of the neighborhood.   There is an OPUD board meeting this week and you will find the agenda here.  Unfortunately, I’ll be unable to attend due to a conflict, which is also the case with NACo Rural Action Caucus, NACo West Region, and NACo Telecommunications and Technology Committee meetings this week.

Additional meetings on my calendar include:  a meeting with the North Valley Rail team about emergency evacuation from east Plumas Lake, a Yuba Water Agency board development workshop, a webinar hosted by the CPUC on rail safety, a Northern California Water Association Executive Committee (NWCA) meeting, a California State Association of Counties (CSAC) Intergovernmental Relations Platform Review Meeting, and a Yuba Sutter Economic Development Corporation (YSEDC) Executive Committee Meeting,

Community-related events I plan to attend or participate in this week include the Plumas Lake Community Walking Moai on Monday morning (new time 7am at Eufay Wood), the Northern California Water Association (NCWA) Sac Valley Celebration on Thursday evening, a Yuba Sutter Chamber State of Beale Breakfast, the 4th Annual Plumas Lake Halloween Parade, and Pinktober at Hard Rock.

Announcements

Some important announcements:

  • I’ll be having a “Coffee Meet & Greet” with 2 Talls Sweet Treat Bus on Saturday, October 28th from 8 am to 10 am at the south parking lot at Eufay Wood Park in Plumas Lake.  Mark your calendar for an opportunity to grab your morning coffee from a local business and talk with me about what’s on your mind.
  • Re-Election Announcement:  I formally announced that I’m seeking re-election in 2024.  Please visit www.vote4bradford.org for additional information.

*Picture is a collage of various things from my week:   The Beale AFB Fire Department Parade; Beale Recce Connect Day, South Yuba County Sunrise Rotary meeting at Hard Rock; the Plumas Lake Oktoberfest & Safety Fair; the Board of Supervisors & the Clerk of the Boards office dressed as M&Ms for the Yuba County employee appreciation BBQ;  talking to voters at the Rio Del Oro Harvest Festival; hanging out with OPUD directors, the Yuba County Health & Services team and painting a community mural at the OPUD 75th Anniversary celebration; and a beautiful Yuba County sunrise.

Thank you for allowing me to serve you!

My Recent Activities

This week was a Yuba Water Agency Board of Directors meeting (agenda here).  Additional meetings on my calendar included a discussion about how to improve safe access to the river bottoms, a Yuba LAFCo board meeting (agenda), a meeting with Placer County Supervisor Shanti Landon to discuss the East Wheatland Expressway, a SACOG Land Use and Natural Resources Committee meeting (agenda), and a Yuba Water Agency chair/vice-chair breakfast.  Three Rivers Levee Improvement Authority (TRLIA) and South Yuba Transportation Improvement Authority (SYTIA) meetings scheduled for this week were canceled.

Other events I participated in include the Plumas Lake Community Walking Moai on Monday morning and the annual Yuba Water Agency Employee BBQ.  On Tuesday morning, I had the honor to speak to the Early Risers Kiwanis about all the great things going on in south Yuba County.

On Wednesday I rode Yuba-Sutter Transit from Plumas Lake to downtown Sacramento ($9 round-trip!) to attend a Mobility Bus Tour hosted by the Clean Air Partnership.  Prior to the tour, I attended a ribbon-cutting celebration for some protected bike paths in midtown Sacramento and a celebration for the groundbreaking of the future Valley Rail Midtown Station.  As part of the mobility tour, we visited a Mobility Hub in Del Paso Heights and California Mobility Center.

Looking ahead to this week

This week is a Board of Supervisors Meeting.  The agenda is light but I’m excited about the  Quarterly Development Update from the Community Development and Service Departments.  I’ll make sure and include the video from the presentation on Facebook and in the next “week in review”.  There is a Wheatland City Council meeting on Tuesday at 6pm (agenda).  Additional meetings on my calendar include an update on service from Bi-County Ambulance, a meeting with Senator Niello to discuss North Valley Rail, a meeting about legislative changes impacting Sutter Yuba Behavioral Health, an agenda review meeting for Yuba Water Agency, a meeting about Hard Rock, and a meeting with a few constituents.  I’ll also be attending a West Water Forum about water needs and water markets.

Other events I plan to participate in include the Plumas Lake Community Walking Moai on Monday morning (new time 7am at Eufay Wood), a Beale Fire Department parade on base, the annual Yuba County Employee BBQ, a Fire Prevention BBQ at Beale, the Rio Del Oro Harvest Festival, and the Plumas Lake Oktoberfest & Safety Fair.

Announcements

Some important announcements:

  • Mark your Calendar for a Plumas Lake Emergency Preparedness Fair with Yuba Sheriff, OES, Linda Fire, RD784 and Yuba Water.  The focus will be on flood risk and will be in conjunction with Plumas Lake Oktoberfest at Eufay Wood on 10/14 (the event will be 4pm-8pm, with the safety fair from 4-6).
  • Re-Election Announcement:  I formally announced that I’m seeking re-election in 2024.  Please visit www.vote4bradford.org for additional information.
  • If you’d like a chance to talk with me informally, you can find me at these three events this week:  Plumas Lake Walking Moai on Monday at 7am (north parking lot at Eufay Wood), Rio Del Oro Harvest Festival on Friday evening (I’ll have a booth), and the Oktoberfest on Saturday from 4-8 (I’ll just be walking around).

*Picture is a collage of various things from my week:   Kiwanis presentation, Yuba Water Agency employee appreciation BBQ at Narrows 2 Powerhouse near Englebright Dam, California Mobility Center tour, meeting with Mayor West from Wheatland and Supervisor Landon from Placer County to discuss the East Wheatland Expressway, Yuba-Sutter Transit dropping me off in Plumas Lake after a trip to downtown Sacramento on their commuter service, a reminder about Plumas Lake Oktoberfest this Saturday, and a selfie with former Sacramento City Councilman (and current Mayoral Candidate) Steve Hansen plus Dan Leavitt and Michael Hanebutt from the San Joaquin Valley Rail Authority in downtown Sacramento at the protected bike patch and Midtown Station celebration.

Thank you for allowing me to serve you!

My Recent Activities

This week was a Yuba County Board of Supervisors meeting and the agenda was fairly light.  We received a presentation on the Fiscal Year 2022-23 Annual Report from Measure K Citizens’ Oversight Committee.  You can find the report here and a link to the video here (starting at 4:00).

Additional meetings on my calendar included a Nothern California Water Association (NCWA) Conservation Task Force meeting, a “Coffee Caucus” information-sharing session with several of my supervisor colleagues from around the State, an agenda review for the SACOG Land Use & Natural Resources Committee, an agenda review for Yuba Water Agency, a SACOG Mega Region Working group meeting with supervisors and councilmembers from the Sacramento area & the Bay Area, and a tour of the PG&E Gas Safety Academy in Winters, a meeting with residents to discuss challenges in the river bottoms near Gray’s Beach, and a planning meeting for the Oktoberfest / Safety Fair coming up on October 14th.   This week was also a Wheatland City Council meeting and you can find the agenda here.

I led a Plumas Lake Community Walking Moai on Monday morning.  Additional community-related events that I participated in include  Bridging Hope – a Walk for Suicide Awareness and Prevention, the National Pumpkin Weigh-Off, and the Yuba-Sutter Brewfest.

Looking ahead to this week

This week is a Yuba Water Agency Board of Directors meeting and you can find the agenda here.  Additional meetings on my calendar include a discussion about how to improve safe access to the river bottoms, a Yuba LAFCo board meeting (agenda), a meeting with Placer County Supervisor Shanti Landon to discuss the East Wheatland Expressway, a SACOG Land Use and Natural Resources Committee meeting (agenda), and a Yuba Water Agency chair/vice-chair breakfast.  Three Rivers Levee Improvement Authority (TRLIA) and South Yuba Transportation Improvement Authority (SYTIA) meetings scheduled for this week were cancelled.

Other events I plan to participate in include the Plumas Lake Community Walking Moai on Monday morning and the annual Yuba Water Agency Employee BBQ.  On Tuesday Morning, I have the honor to speak to the Early Risers Kiwanis about all the great things going on in south Yuba County.

Announcements

Some important announcements:

  • Mark your Calendar for a Plumas Lake Emergency Preparedness Fair with Yuba Sheriff, OES, Linda Fire, RD784 and Yuba Water.  The focus will be on flood risk and will be in conjunction with Plumas Lake Oktoberfest at Eufay Wood on 10/14 (the event will be 4pm-8pm, with the safety fair from 4-6).
  • Re-Election Announcement:  I formally announced that I’m seeking re-election in 2024.  Please visit www.vote4bradford.org for additional information, including a list of 50+ key accomplishments.

*Picture is a collage of various things from my week:   National Pumpkin Weigh-Off at Bishop’s, Bridging Hope – a walk for suicide, awareness and prevention, touring the PG&E Gas Safety Academy in Winters, Plumas Lake Community Walking Moai, Yuba-Sutter Chamber Lunch Mob at Lakeside Indian Cuisine in Marysville, Board of Supervisors receiving the annual Measure K Citizens Oversight Committee report, with Supervisor Zeigenmeyer at the Slice of Respect Fundraiser, having a good time at the Yuba-Sutter Brewfest!

Thank you for allowing me to serve you!

My Recent Activities

This week was a Yuba Water Agency Board of Directors meeting and you can access the agenda and board packet here.

The majority of the week (Tuesday afternoon through Friday), I participated in the Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC) annual meeting.  We heard from various speakers about key issues impacting rural counties in California and the conference ended with an RCRC board of directors meeting on Friday morning.  It was a great opportunity to learn and network with my supervisor colleagues from the rest of rural California.

Additional meetings on my calendar included a discussion with the director of Caltrans District 3 about additional access to Hwy 70 from east Plumas Lake in the case of an emergency evacuation and the monthly SACOG Board of Directors meeting, which I joined via Zoom from the RCRC conference.  At the meeting with Caltrans, we inquired about options for a northbound onramp or the emergency exit at Maggie Ct.  Unfortunately, we were told that neither would meet state regulations (see Section 501.3 and page 17-29).  I did connect with a Nevada County supervisor at RCRC who faced a similar challenge and I’m setting up a meeting to discuss their solutions further.  I am hopeful their experience may show us another path to explore.

I led a Plumas Lake Community Walking Moai on Monday morning and attended the Harvest the Arts fundraiser for Yuba Sutter Arts on Saturday evening.

Looking ahead to this week

This week is a Yuba County Board of Supervisors meeting and the agenda is fairly light.  We’ll receive a presentation on the Fiscal Year 2022-23 Annual Report from Measure K Citizens’ Oversight Committee and I’ll make sure and share a link to the video of the presentation, as well as the report.

Additional meetings on my calendar include a Nothern California Water Association (NCWA) Conservation Task Force meeting, a “Coffee Caucus” information-sharing session with several of my supervisor colleagues from around the State, an agenda review for the SACOG Land Use & Natural Resources Committee, an agenda review for Yuba Water Agency, a meeting with Supervisor Landon from Placer County to discuss the East Wheatland Expressway, an RCRC legislative call to review the latest actions from the State Legislature, a SACOG Mega Region Working group meeting with supervisors and councilmembers from the Sacramento area & the Bay Area, and a tour of the PG&E Gas Safety Academy in Winters.  This week is also a Wheatland City Council meeting and you can find the agenda here.

I will lead a Plumas Lake Community Walking Moai on Monday morning.  It’s getting a bit brisker and darker at 6:30 am but is still a great time to build community and get exercise.  See you Monday at 6:30 am in the north parking lot at Eufay Wood Park.  I also plan to attend Bridging Hope, a Walk for Suicide Awareness and Prevention at Veterans Park in Marysville on Saturday morning at 8:30 am.

Announcements

Some important announcements:

  • Mark your Calendar for a Plumas Lake Emergency Preparedness Fair with Yuba Sheriff, OES, RD784 and Yuba Water.  The focus will be on flood risk and will be in conjunction with Plumas Lake Picnic in the Park at Eufay Wood on 10/14.
  • Re-Election Announcement:  I formally announced that I’m seeking re-election in 2024.  Please visit www.vote4bradford.org for additional information, including a list of 50+ key accomplishments.

*Picture is a collage of various things from my week:   The first picture is of this week’s group at the Plumas Lake Walking Moai on Monday morning.  The remaining pictures are from the RCRC annual conference:  closing dinner with the Sutter County crew,  Supervisor Hoek from Nevada County, Supervisor Valenzuela from Siskiyou County, Supervisor Mashburn from Solano County, Supervisor Cottrell from Napa County, Speaker Rivas from the California Assembly, Supervisor Zanger from San Benito County, Yuba Water Agency Representing at RCRC including Supervisor Blaser and Yuba Water Watershed Manager JoAnna Lessard, JoAnna speaking at an RCRC panel on forest management, the RCRC board meeting to closed the conference.

Thank you for allowing me to serve you!

My Recent Activities

This week was a Yuba County Board of Supervisors meeting and a few key items from the agenda included a proclamation recognizing September 10-16, 2023 as National Suicide Prevention Week, a quarterly update from Public Safety Departments, and approval of the final budget for fiscal year 2023-2024.  You can watch the public safety update here (starts at 23:40) and the budget update here (starts at 2:13:40)

The majority of the week (Tuesday afternoon through Friday), participated in the Water Education Foundation’s Eastern Sierra Tour.  We learned about important topics such as the Geology & history of the Eastern Sierra, the Public trust doctrine, the History & operations of the LA Aqueduct, the Mono Lake ecosystem, the City of Los Angeles’ water supply, and the Bureau of Reclamation’s earliest projects. We visited and learned about the challenges in several eastern sierra watersheds including the Truckee, Carson, Walker, Mono, and Owens.

While I was out of town for much of the week, I before leaving I attended a demo of a tool to simulate evacuations in emergencies.  The demo was attended by various Yuba County departments including OES, the sheriff’s department, and community development.

Looking ahead to this week

This week is a Yuba Water Agency Board of Directors meeting and you can access the agenda and board packet here.

The majority of the week (Tuesday afternoon through Friday), I’ll be participating in the Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC) annual meeting.  We’ll hear from various speakers about key issues impacting rural counties in California and the conference with end with an RCRC board of directors meeting on Friday morning.

Additional meetings on my calendar include a discussion with the director of Caltrans District 3 about additional access to Hwy 70 from east Plumas Lake in the case of an emergency evacuation and a regular status meeting with Yuba County Community Development to talk through ongoing initiatives.  In addition, I’ll be participating in the monthly SACOG Board of Directors meeting from down at the RCRC conference.

I will lead a Plumas Lake Community Walking Moai on Monday morning.  It’s getting a bit brisker and darker at 6:30 am but is still a great time to build community and get exercise.  See you Monday at 6:30 am in the north parking lot at Eufay Wood Park.

Announcements

Some important announcements:

  • Mark your Calendar for a Plumas Lake Emergency Preparedness Fair with Yuba Sheriff, OES, RD784 and Yuba Water.  The focus will be on flood risk and will be held in conjunction with Plumas Lake Picnic in the Park at Eufay Wood on 10/14.
  • Re-Election Announcement:  I formally announced that I’m seeking re-election in 2024.  Please visit www.vote4bradford.org.

*Picture is a collage of various things from my week:   Water Education Foundation Eastern Sierra Tour group picture in the Owens Valley, Plumas Lake Community Walking Moai, Marysville Stampede, three pictures from Mono Lake, pictures of the Walker River and the Owens River, and Mt. Whitney.

Thank you for allowing me to serve you!

My Recent Activities

This week was a Yuba Water Agency Board of Directors meeting.  A few key items from the agenda included a grant to Yuba County for up to $400,000 in additional funding for storm drainage infrastructure along North Beale Road (bringing the total grant funding for the project to $3.9M), and a presentation on the history and current status of the Bill Shaw Rescue and Training Grant Program. It was great to review all the benefits of the Bill Shaw Grant Program and the impact it’s had on our local fire districts and law enforcement agencies. You can check out the presentation here (starts at 3:23).

Additional meetings on my calendar included a Three Rivers Levee Improvement Authority (TRLIA) Meeting (agenda here), a Yuba Water Agency Water Education Ad Hoc Committee Meeting, a planning meeting for a Yuba County Emergency Preparedness Fair in Plumas Lake, a Northern California Water Association (NCWA) Board Meeting at Conant Farms in Rio Oso, a tour of the San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority (SLDMWA), and a Bus Tour and Lunch with MJUSD.   It was great to get a tour of all the recent (and upcoming) facility upgrades in MJUSD.

The best part of the SLDMWA tour was hearing firsthand how water from Yuba Water Agency, via the Lower Yuba River Accord, impacts the lives of farmers in the San Joaquin Valley and residents and businesses in the Silicon Valley.  I knew how important the Accord was to protecting the water supply for our local farmers, supporting salmon in the Yuba River, and providing revenue for Yuba Water to invest in our community, but I had no idea how important it is to the food supply and economy outside of Yuba County.

From a community meeting and event standpoint, I led the weekly Plumas Lake Community Walking Moai on Monday morning at 6:30 and volunteered to oversee the Wine Shed at the United Way Golden Autumn Wine Festival at Bishop’s Pumpkin Farm.

Looking ahead to this week

This week is a Yuba County Board of Supervisors meeting and a few key items from the agenda include a proclamation recognizing September 10-16, 2023 as National Suicide Prevention Week, a quarterly update from Public Safety Departments, and approval of the final budget for fiscal year 2023-2024.

The majority of the week (Tuesday afternoon through Friday), I’ll be participating in the Water Education Foundation’s Eastern Sierra Tour.  We’ll be learning about important topics such as the Geology & history of the Eastern Sierra, the Public trust doctrine, the History & operations of the LA Aqueduct, the Mono Lake ecosystem, the City of Los Angeles’ water supply, and the Bureau of Reclamation’s earliest projects.

Additional meetings on my calendar include a demo of a tool to simulate evacuations in emergencies..  Also, Tuesday evening is a Wheatland City Council meeting and you can find the agenda here.

I will lead a Plumas Lake Community Walking Moai on Monday morning.  It’s getting a bit brisker and darker at 6:30 am but is still a great time building community and getting exercise.  This week marks the end of our 10-week commitment to Blue Zones Project Yuba Sutter but the group decided to continue as long as daylight and weather cooperate.

See you next Monday at 6:30am in the north parking lot at Eufay Wood Park

Announcements

Some important announcements:

  • Mark your Calendar for a Plumas Lake Emergency Preparedness Fair with Yuba Sheriff, OES, RD784 and Yuba Water.  The focus will be on flood risk and will be held in conjunction with Plumas Lake Picnic in the Park at Eufay Wood on 10/14.
  • Re-Election Announcement:  I formally announced that I’m seeking re-election in 2024.  Please visit www.vote4bradford.org.

*Picture is a collage of various things from my week:   Flying back from a tour of the San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority with Supervisor Messick and Willie Whittlesey, Bishop’s Pumpkin Farm on opening weekend, View of Plumas Lake from the air, Supervisor Messick and I at San Luis Reservoir,  Volunteering at the Wine Shed at  the 8th Annual United Way Golden Autumn Wine Festival at Bishop’s, Plumas Lake Community Walking Moai,  Yuba Water Agency Directors with local public safety leaders honoring Bill Shaw for his service to Yuba Water and inspiration of the Bill Shaw Grant program, tour of Marysville Joint Unified School District Facilities, Norther California Water Agency board meeting and tour of Conant Farms in Rio Oso, and the Taco Festival at Hard Rock.

Thank you for allowing me to serve you!

My Recent Activities

Because this Tuesday is the 5th Tuesday of the month, there is neither a Board of Supervisors Meeting nor a Yuba Water Agency meeting.  I took advantage of that rare opportunity to speak to the Sutter Yuba Association of Realtors about what is going on in South Yuba County.  I’ve been asked to speak to the group several times, but I’m always unable to do so as their meetings conflict with our Board of Supervisor and Yuba Water Agency meetings.

Additional meetings on my calendar include a discussion with a reporter from the Appeal Democrat about the North Valley Rail Project, both a planning meeting and a post-discussion meeting for the east Plumas Lake emergency evacuation town hall, agenda review meetings for Yuba Water Agency and the SACOG Land Use and Natural Resource (LUNR) committee, a meeting with Senator Dahle to discuss North Valley Rail, a Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC) legislative update call, a Yuba Water Agency chair/vice-chair meeting, a Yuba Sutter Economic Development Corporation (YSEDC) executive committee meeting, a discussion with Bi-County Ambulance, a meeting with an MJUSD board member to discuss traffic concerns around Arboga Elementary and an OPUD/Yuba County Liason Committee meeting.

From a community meeting and event standpoint, I led the weekly Plumas Lake Community Walking Moai on Monday morning, attended a retirement celebration for Yuba County Probation Chief Jim Arnold, attended a Ribbon Cutting for the new AG Mechanics and AG Building at Wheatland Union High School, attended a Blue Zones Historic Walking Tour in Yuba City, and hosted a townhall for east Plumas Lake residents to discuss concerns about the emergency evacuation of their neighborhood.

Looking ahead to this week

This week is a Yuba Water Agency Board of Directors meeting.  The agenda can be found here and key items include a a grant to Yuba County for up to $400,000 in additional funding for storm drainage infrastructure along North Beale Road bringing the total grant funding for the project to $3.9M and a presentation on the history and current status of the Bill Shaw Rescue and Training Grant Program. I’m really looking forward to the presentation on the Bill Shaw Grant Program. We’ll be hearing about the benefits the programs had for our local fire districts and law enforcement agencies. I’ll make sure and share a recording of it afterward for those who can’t attend.

Additional meetings on my calendar include a Three Rivers Levee Improvement Authority (TRLIA) Meeting (agenda here), a Yuba Water Agency Water Education Ad Hoc Committee Meeting, a Northern California Water Association (NCWA) Board Meeting, a meeting with and tour of the San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority (SLDMWA), and a Bus Tour and Lunch with MJUSD.  There is also a SACOG Land Use and Natural Resource Committee meeting, but I’ll miss it due to a conflict with the SLDMWA tour and meeting.

From a community meeting and event standpoint, I will lead the weekly Plumas Lake Community Walking Moai on Monday morning at 6:30 starting at Eufay Wood Park.  I may also attend the Nicolaus Labor Day Parade.

Announcements

Some important announcements:

  • Picnic in the Park is Saturday the 9th in Plumas Lake from 6 pm-10 pm.  Come out to Eufay Wood Park to enjoy food trucks, live music, a beer garden, and local vendors.
  • Re-Election Announcement:  I formally announced that I’m seeking re-election in 2024.  Please visit www.vote4bradford.org.

*Picture is a collage of various things from my week:   Retirement ceremony for Yuba County Chief Probation Officer Jim Arnold, Plumas Lake Community Walking Moai, Ribbon Cutting for the new Ag Science Building at Wheatland Union High School, meeting with Senator Dahle to discuss North Valley Rail project, speaking to the Sutter Yuba Association of Realtors about development and infrastructure improvements in south Yuba County, and a picture from the announcement of a Town Hall Meeting with East Plumas Lake residents.

Thank you for allowing me to serve you!

My Recent Activities

This week was a Yuba County Board of Supervisors Meeting.  The items of greatest interest to the public on the agenda are likely the special presentations from Yuba-Sutter Transit, the Homeless Consortium (link to video starts at 27:00), and Yuba County Elections (link to video starts at 1:20:20).

Additional meetings on my calendar included a Blue Zones Project Yuba Sutter Steering Committee, a Supervisor Coffee Caucus, a meeting with Yuba County Public Works to discuss multiple concerns I’m tracking, a strategic planning session with district attorney leadership, and an all-day C-SFSR/FFPS Stakeholder Event at Yuba County HHS.  I had several North Valley Rail Project meetings this week including a project development team meeting and stakeholder meetings with Yuba County, the City of Marysville, Yuba Sutter Transit, and Blue Zones.  There was also a Wheatland City Council Meeting on Tuesday evening and you can find the agenda here.

From a community meeting and event standpoint, I led the weekly Plumas Lake Community Walking Moai on Monday morning at 6:30 starting at Eufay Wood Park, attended a BMLC golf tournament social, a grand opening of Didar S Bains Park, the Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting for Adventure Church, and the biggest event of the year in Plumas Lake, the annual Plumas Lake Block Party.

Looking ahead to this week

Because this Tuesday is the 5th Tuesday of the month, there is neither a Board of Supervisors Meeting nor a Yuba Water Agency meeting.  I’ll be taking advantage of that rare opportunity to speak to the Sutter Yuba Association of Realtors about what is going on in South Yuba County.  I’ve been asked to speak to the group several times, but I’m always unable to do so as their meetings conflict with our Board of Supervisor and Yuba Water Agency meetings.

Additional meetings on my calendar include a discussion with a reporter from the Appeal Democrat about the North Valley Rail Project, a planning meeting for the east Plumas Lake emergency evacuation town hall, agenda review meetings for Yuba Water Agency and the SACOG Land Use and Natural Resource (LUNR) committee, a meeting with Senator Dahle to discuss North Valley Rail, a Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC) legislative update call, a Yuba Water Agency chair/vice-chair meeting, a discussion with Bi-County Ambulance, a webinar about Biomass Utilization in the Sacramento Region, and an OPUD/Yuba County Liason Committee meeting.

From a community meeting and event standpoint, I will lead the weekly Plumas Lake Community Walking Moai on Monday morning at 6:30 starting at Eufay Wood Park, attend a Ribbon Cutting for the new AG Mechanics and AG Building at Wheatland Union High School, attend a Blue Zones Historic Walking Tour in Yuba City, and host a townhall for east Plumas Lake residents to discuss concerns about emergency evacuation of their neighborhood.

Announcements

Some important announcements:

  • East Plumas Lake Townhall:  Due to concerns expressed by Plumas Lake residents on the east side of Hwy 70 about emergency evacuation, I’ll be hosting a virtual town hall with Yuba County OES, the Yuba County Sheriff, Yuba County Community Development, and potentially the Linda Fire Chief.  The purpose of the meeting is to address resident concerns about evacuations of that area in the case of an emergency.  The meeting will be held at 7pm on August 30th and the Zoom link is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81636465827?pwd=VVE1bkRGMXJwbTVKQWJiUTRxcFVKZz09
  • Re-Election Announcement:  I formally announced that I’m seeking re-election in 2024.  Please visit www.vote4bradford.org.

*Picture is a collage of various things from my week:   Plumas Lake Community Walking Moai, Picture Booth from the Plumas Lake Block Party, Grand Opening of Didar S Bains Park in Yuba City with Supervisor Baines, Plumas Lake Block Party, Grabbing a Coffee from 2 Talls after my morning walk, Early Morning Picture of the Bear River Habitat Trail in Plumas Lake, and the Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting for Adventure Church of Yuba City.

Thank you for allowing me to serve you!

My Recent Activities

This week was a Yuba County Water Agency Board of Directors meeting.  The agenda included approval of the revised Yuba Water Agency Energy Risk Management Policy, an update on the Watershed Resilience Program, and a presentation from an intern on projects completed during the 2023 Summer Intern Program.

Other meetings on my calendar included a SACOG Board of Directors Meeting, a NACo West Region Meeting, an overview and feedback session for rural counties on the California Water Commission’s Water Resilience Portfolio, and a Yuba County Employee Service Awards Luncheon.

From a community meeting and event standpoint, I led the weekly Plumas Lake Community Walking Moai on Monday morning at 6:30 starting at Eufay Wood Park, toured the new Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Feather River Temple in Yuba City, attended a town hall meeting with Congressman LaMalfa in Marysville, and attended Summer Rock Fest at Beale AFB.

The SACOG board meeting was held in Yuba County and we hosted a walking tour of downtown Marysville before the board meeting at the Yuba County HHS facility in Wheatland.   I had an opportunity to welcome the Board of Staff to Yuba County by giving a presentation about Yuba County.  My welcome was followed by  Yuba County staff and Blue Zones giving a presentation titled “Improving Public Health and Safety in Yuba County’s Disinvested Communities”.  You can watch the presentation here.

Looking ahead to this week

This week is a Yuba County Board of Supervisors Meeting.  The items of greatest interest to the public on the agenda are likely the special presentations from Yuba-Sutter Transit, the Homeless Consortium, and Yuba County Elections. For those unable to attend the meeting in person or via Zoom, I’ll share the recording of the presentations.

Additional meetings on my calendar include a Nothern California Water Association (NCWA) Conservation Task Force, a Blue Zones Steering Committee, a Supervisor Coffee Caucus, a meeting with Yuba County Public Works to discuss multiple concerns I’m tracking, a Capital Region CEFT Learning Meeting, and an all-day C-SFSR/FFPS Stakeholder Event at Yuba County HHS.  I have several North Valley Rail Project meetings this week including a project development team meeting and stakeholder meetings with Yuba County, the City of Marysville, Yuba Sutter Transit, and Blue Zones.  There is also a Wheatland City Council Meeting on Tuesday evening and you can find the agenda here.

From a community meeting and event standpoint, I will lead the weekly Plumas Lake Community Walking Moai on Monday morning at 6:30 starting at Eufay Wood Park, attend a BMLC golf tournament social, the Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting for Adventure Church, and the biggest event of the year in Plumas Lake, the annual Plumas Lake Block Party.

Announcements

Some important announcements:

  • Plumas Lake Block Party:  The biggest event of the year in Plumas Lake is on August 26th from 3:30 – 8:00 at Eufay Wood Park.  Come out to enjoy live music, food, a beer garden, kids activities, cornhole, and vendors.
  • East Plumas Lake Townhall:  Due to concerns expressed by Plumas Lake residents on the east side of Hwy 70 about emergency evacuation, I’ll be hosting a virtual town hall with Yuba County OES, the Yuba County Sheriff, Yuba County Community Development, and potentially the Linda Fire Chief.  The purpose of the meeting is to address resident concerns about evacuations of that area in the case of an emergency.  The meeting will be held at 7pm on August 30th and the Zoom link is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81636465827?pwd=VVE1bkRGMXJwbTVKQWJiUTRxcFVKZz09
  • Re-Election Announcement:  I formally announced that I’m seeking re-election in 2024 and released the following statement:
    • It’s a privilege and an honor to represent you, and we’ve achieved a lot together in the last 7 years. But there’s more to be done, and I’m committed to continuing to represent you, focusing on livability, opportunity, and transparency for Plumas Lake, Wheatland, and all of Yuba County.  That’s why I’m excited to announce I’m seeking re-election in 2024. I’m committed to facing our challenges and capitalizing on our opportunities to make Yuba County a great place to live, work, and play. For more information, please visit www.vote4bradford.org. #Bradford2024 #Vote4Bradford

*Picture is a collage of various things from my week:   Touring the new Feather River Temple in Yuba City, beautiful sunrise in Plumas Lake, Grabbing Donuts and Espresso Horchata from 2 Talls Sweet Treat Bus, a T-38 at Sunset on the Flightline during Summer Rockfest at Beale, Picture with Yuba City Mayor Wade Kirchner at Congressman LaMalfa’s Town Hall in Marysville, Welcoming the SACOG Board to Yuba County, and a luncheon to honor Yuba County Employees with 35 and 20 years of service to our community.

Thank you for allowing me to serve you!

My Recent Activities

This week was a Yuba County Board of Supervisors Meeting.  A few highlights from the agenda included a memorandum of understanding with Yuba City for a Dispatch Services Consolidation Feasibility Study, a quarterly update from Health and Human Services, and a presentation of service awards to County employees.  The Tuesday morning board meeting was followed by the annual budget workshop that will continue through the day on Wednesday.  At the workshop, each department presented to the board their requested budget and how their goals for the next year align with the Yuba County Strategic Plan.

Additional meetings on my calendar included a Yuba Water Agency Agenda Review, a meeting with AT&T to discuss their desire to stop providing traditional landline service in areas that have alternatives, a meeting with Amazon Web Services, a meeting to discuss the status of the effort to bring water and regional wastewater service to the Hwy 65 corridor, and a SACOG Strategic Planning Committee meeting.  The SACOG committee agenda included a discussion of pricing and toling strategies for the region and an update on the 2025 regional blueprint.

On Friday, had the opportunity to join the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) for a tour of the Geysers Geothermal area in Sonoma and Lake Counties to explore the connections between watersheds and power generation; something Yuba Water Agency is extremely familiar with.  Some interesting information about the geothermal generation that occurs there: it encompasses 45 square miles, it generates 700+ megawatts (almost double Yuba Water, and enough for 700k homes), it’s made up of 13 separate power plants, and it uses a steam reservoir that exists between 4K to 15k below the surface.

From a community meeting and event standpoint, I led the Plumas Lake Community Walking Moai on Monday morning at 6:30 starting at Eufay Wood Park, attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Tri-County Juvenile Hall in Marysville, and attended the grand opening celebration of the Yuba City Holiday Inn.  On Thursday morning, I spoke about the North Valley Rail Project to my Rotary Club.   I also had an opportunity to attend the Wheatland Cruise Night and the Plumas Lake Picnic in the Park on Saturday.

Looking ahead to this week

This week is a Yuba County Water Agency Board of Directors meeting.  The agenda includes approval of the revised Yuba Water Agency Energy Risk Management Policy, an update on the Watershed Resilience Program, and a presentation from an intern on projects completed during the 2023 Summer Intern Program.

Meetings on my calendar include a SACOG Board of Directors Meeting, a NACo West Region Meeting, an overview and feedback session for rural counties on the California Water Commission’s Water Resilience Portfolio, and a Yuba County Employee Service Awards Luncheon.  I’m not sure if I’ll be attending, but there is an OPUD meeting (agenda) on Thursday evening and a Yuba County Planning Commission meeting (agenda) on Wednesday evening.

From a community meeting and event standpoint, I’ll be leading the Plumas Lake Community Walking Moai on Monday morning at 6:30 starting at Eufay Wood Park, a tour of the Feather River Temple in Yuba City, and possibly Third Thursday at River Highlands Ranch in Smartsville.

The SACOG board meeting will be held in Yuba County and it’s a great opportunity for the public to attend if they are interested.  The agenda and board packet can be found here.  I’m going to get an opportunity to welcome the SACOG board and staff to Yuba County and Yuba County staff and Blue Zones will be giving a presentation titled “Improving Public Health and Safety in Yuba County’s Disinvested Communities”.

Announcements

I made two important announcements this week:

  • East Plumas Lake Townhall:  Due to concerns expressed by Plumas Lake residents on the east side of Hwy 70 about emergency evacuation, I’ll be hosting a virtual town hall with Yuba County OES, the Yuba County Sheriff, Yuba County Community Development, and potentially the Linda Fire Chief.  The purpose of the meeting is to address resident concerns about evacuations of that area in the case of an emergency.  The meeting will be held at 7pm on August 30th and additional details will be forthcoming.
  • Re-Election Announcement:  I formally announced that I’m seeking re-election in 2024 and released the following statement:
    • It’s a privilege and an honor to represent you, and we’ve achieved a lot together in the last 7 years. But there’s more to be done, and I’m committed to continuing to represent you, focusing on livability, opportunity, and transparency for Plumas Lake, Wheatland, and all of Yuba County.  That’s why I’m excited to announce I’m seeking re-election in 2024. I’m committed to facing our challenges and capitalizing on our opportunities to make Yuba County a great place to live, work, and play. For more information, please visit www.vote4bradford.org. #Bradford2024 #Vote4Bradford

*Picture is a collage of various things from my week:   Wheatland Cruise, Plumas Lake Picnic in the Park, Ribbon Cutting for the Yuba City Holiday Inn, Plumas Lake Community Walking Moai, Honoring Yuba County Employees with 20 Years of Service, Ribbon Cutting for the Tri-County Juvenile Hall, Presentation to South Yuba Sunrise Rotary about the North Valley Rail Project, Pavement Overlay in Arboga/North Plumas Lake, and ACWA Tour of the Geysers Geothermal Power Production Site.

Thank you for allowing me to serve you!

My Recent Activities

Tuesday was a Yuba Water Agency board of directors meeting and the agenda was fairly light.  Later that afternoon I had a Three Rivers Levee Improvement Authority (TRLIA) meeting and on the agenda was approval of the 2023/2024 CFD 2006 annual tax reports.  I had two other board meetings this week including a monthly Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) Land Use and Natural Resources (LUNR) committee and a quarterly Yuba-Sutter Economic Development Corporation (YSEDC) quarterly board meeting, a YSEDC executive committee meeting, and a Yuba Sutter Chamber of Commerce Executive committee.  The SACOG LUNR agenda included a presentation from Yuba City on infill development and a Public Health Performance Evaluation related to the 2025 Blueprint Pathways.  I also attended a SACOG presentation about defining disadvantaged communities.

I attended all of these meetings remotely, as unfortunately, I spent my week at home with COVID.  I’m thankful that AB 2994 allows board members to attend meetings remotely up to twice a year for things like illness or when you are out of town on agency-related business.  Unfortunately, it’s limited to just twice per year, as my constituents deserve my attendance whenever I’m physically unable to attend a meeting in person due to travel or illness, but available.  Being quarantined at home, I did have to miss multiple in-person events I had planned for the week including the Plumas Lake Community Walking Moai on Monday morning, National Night Out on Tuesday in Wheatland, and the United Way Service Awards on Thursday (where Yuba Water Agency received a Yuba Water received the non-profit’s “President’s Award” for our service shown through our core missions, local partnerships, Community Impact Grant and Loan Program, and more.

I participated in a discussion on Plumas Lake Social Media about the condition of maintained landscaping in various areas of Plumas Lake.  Due to confusion about what areas the County, through our contractor Elite, maintain and what areas property owners are responsible for, I put together some maps to help the community identify county responsibility areas.  I also described how to report county-maintained areas that need additional focus or have irrigation issues and what to do if private homeowners are not maintaining their property and creating health and safety concerns.  As I’m sure the topic will come up again, I created a blog post that can be shared in the future.

Looking ahead to this week

This week is a Yuba County Board of Supervisors Meeting.  A few highlights from the agenda include: a memorandum of understanding with Yuba City for a Dispatch Services Consolidation Feasibility Study, a quarterly update from Health and Human Services, and a presentation to of service awards to County employees.  The Tuesday morning board meeting will be followed by the annual budget workshop that will continue through the day on Wednesday.  As you can see from the schedule, the workshop provides each major department in the County an opportunity to address the board and talk about their accomplishments for the last fiscal year and their goals and challenges for the next fiscal year.  The workshop is open to the public.

Additional meetings on my calendar include a Yuba Water Agency Agenda Review, a meeting with AT&T, a meeting with Amazon Web Services, a meeting to discuss the status of the effort to bring water and regional wastewater service to the Hwy 65 corridor, and a SACOG Strategic Planning Committee meeting.  The SACOG committee agenda includes a discussion of pricing and toling strategies for the region and an update on the 2025 regional blueprint.

On Friday, I’ll be participating in an Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) regional tour of The Geysers in Lake County to learn about the connection between the watershed and power generation.

From a community meeting and event standpoint, I’ll be leading the Plumas Lake Community Walking Moai on Monday morning at 6:30 starting at Eufay Wood Park, a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Tri-County Juvenile Hall in Marysville, and potentially the grand opening celebration of the Yuba City Holiday Inn on Monday evening.  I’m also excited to be the speaker at my Rotary Club this Thursday morning and will be talking about the North Valley Rail Project.  If you’d like to join us, we meet over breakfast at 7 am at Tracey’s Diner in Marysville.

*Picture is a collage of various things from my week:   Infrastructure going in for the final subdivision in Rio Del Oro (285 homes), progress on the River Oaks Family Apartments (48 units), fresh overlay on Arboga Rd, maps of where Yuba County/Elite maintain landscaping, fresh overlay on Plumas Arobga near Wheeler Ranch, infrastructure complete for a new subdivision (162 lots) across from the fire station, and infrastructure going in for Wheeler Ranch phase 2 (434 homes). [all pictures in the Plumas Lake area]

Thank you for allowing me to serve you!

My Recent Activities

Tuesday was a Board of Supervisors meeting and highlights from the agenda included approving the updated Yuba County Strategic Plan; holding a public hearing to approve gating of Hammonton Road in the Goldfields; and presenting certificates and proclamations to multiple county employees for their service.  Tuesday evening was a Wheatland City Council Meeting and the agenda included several items of interest iincluding the swearing-in of the new police chief (Brian Wittmer) and the 2023 Bishop’s Pumpkin Farm traffic management plan.

Other items on my calendar included a tour of the PG&E Hazzard & Warning Center and Applied Technology Services Center in San Ramon to learn about all they are doing to reduce wildfires, an agenda review meeting for Yuba Water Agency, a “Coffee Caucus” Zoom meeting to touch base with several supervisors across California, a Yuba Water Agency chair/vice-chair/general-manager breakfast, a meeting with a commercial developer to discuss Plumas Lake opportunities, and a meeting with Hard Rock and the Tribe for an update on development in the Sports & Entertainment Zone.  I also participated on a panel at the California State Association of Counties (CSAC) New Supervisors Institute with supervisors from Nevada, Napa, and El Dorado talking about “when the unexpected occurs” with respect to natural disasters.

I participated in two community-related events this week, both on Saturday morning. The first was my Rotary Club’s (South Yuba County Sunrise Rotary) annual Back-to-School shopping spree event for children in south Yuba County. This year, with the generous help of the Masons of Yuba-Sutter, Over 40 students from south Yuba County elementary schools were invited to receive shopping sprees.   The second was the Community Cleanup (aka free dump day) at Bishop’s Pumpkin Farm.  Special thanks to Recology Yuba-Sutter, the City of Wheatland, Yuba County, and Bishop’s Pumpkin Farm for making the event possible.

Looking ahead to this week

This Tuesday is a Yuba Water Agency board of directors meeting and the agenda is fairly light.  Later that afternoon I have a Three Rivers Levee Improvement Authority (TRLIA) meeting and on the agenda is approval of the 2023/2024 CFD 2006 annual tax reports.  I have two other board meetings this week including a monthly Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) Land Use and Natural Resources (LUNR) committee and a quarterly Yuba-Sutter Economic Development Corporation (YSEDC) quarterly board meeting.  The SACOG LUNR agenda includes a presentation from Yuba City on infill development and a Public Health Performance Evaluation related to the 2025 Blueprint Pathways.  I’ll also be attending a virtual presentation and discussion with SACOG board members about defining disadvantaged communities.

There are multiple community-related events on my calendar starting with the Plumas Lake Community Walking Moai on Monday morning starting at 6:30am at Eufay Wood (north parking lot).  Tuesday evening is National Night Out from 7pm-9pm at 111 C St in Wheatland and on Thursday morning I’m attending the United Way Service Awards.  I’m also excited to be the speaker at my Rotary Club this Thursday morning and will be talking about the North Valley Rail Project.  If you’d like to join us, we meet over breakfast at 7am at Tracey’s Diner in Marysville.

*Picture is a collage of various things from my week:   Swearing-in of Wheatland Police Chief Brian Wittmer, CSAC New Supervisor Institute panel on “Expecting the Unexpected”, picking up some goodies from Salle Orchards in Wheatland for the Yuba County basket to be auctioned off for charity at the Rural County Representatives of California annual conference, honoring Deputy Chacartegui at the Board of Supervisors meeting for his actions that helped save the life of a one-year-old child, Supervisors (and fellow SACOG board members) from across the Sacramento region at the CSAC New Supervisor Institute dinner, the Plumas Lake / Wheatland Community Cleanup, at Hard Rock to talk about infrastructure and master planning in the Sports & Entertainment Zone, and a selfie with a Pelton Wheel at PG&E in San Ramon.

Thank you for allowing me to serve you!

My Recent Activities

Tuesday was a Yuba Water Agency meeting and a few highlights from the agenda included approving additional grant funding to Yuba County by $2,373,000 as local cost share leveraging funds for a comprehensive drainage project in Olivehurst (if approved, the total amount of the Yuba Water grant funds would be increased from $7,565,000 to $9,938,000 to leverage up to $38,540,000 in state funding for the project) and approval of a grant for up to $487,000 to the Linda County Water District for impacts to district infrastructure in relation to Yuba County’s grant-funded Cedar Lane Safe Routes to School Project.

Additional meetings on my calendar included an input session related to the Yuba County Office of Education (YCOE) Superintendent search, a town hall related to the election of officers for the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA), a meeting about tobacco use in Yuba County.  Monday morning at 6:30am, I led the weekly Plumas Lake Community Walking Moai starting from the north parking lot at Eufay Wood Park.  I also met with public works to talk about multiple items I’m trying to move forward.

I headed to Austin on Thursday for the National Association of Counties (NACo) annual conference.  In addition to networking with my supervisor/commissioner colleagues from across the nation and learning about issues that affect us all, I attended an all-day Telecommunications & Technology (T&T) Policy Committee meeting.  At the policy committee, we spent a lot of time discussing broadband access and setting formal policy direction that NACo will use to advocate on behalf of counties to Congress and federal agencies.  In addition, I’ll cast Yuba County’s vote for the future leadership of the NACo organization from 2024-2026 and approval of the policy advocacy platform for the organization.  A highlight of the conference was an optional tour I signed up for; we toured Community First Village, a 51-acre master-planned community that provides affordable, permanent housing and a supportive community for men and women coming out of chronic homelessness.

Looking ahead to this week

Tuesday is a Board of Supervisors meeting and highlights from the agenda include executing a grant agreement with the Federal Highway Administration related to Safe Streets and Roads for All; awarding a contract for Engineering and Construction Support Services for the West Linda Comprehensive Safe Routes to School Project; approving the updated Yuba County Strategic Plan and 2023-2026 milestones, deliverables, and priorities; holding a public approving gating of Hammonton Road in the Goldfields; and presenting certificates and proclamations to multiple county employees for their service.

Tuesday evening is a Wheatland City Council Meeting and the agenda includes several items I believe the community will be interested in including the swearing in of the new police chief (Brian Wittmer) and the 2023 Bishop’s Pumpkin Farm traffic management plan.  Other items on my calendar include a tour of the PG&E Hazzard & Warning Center and Applied Technology Services Center in San Ramon, agenda review for Yuba Water Agency, and a meeting with Hard Rock and the Tribe for an update on development in the Sports & Entertinment Zone.  This week I’ll also be participating on a panel at the California State Association of Counties (CSAC) New Supervisors Institute with supervisors from Nevada, Napa, and El Dorado talking about “when the unexpected occurs” with respect to natural disasters.

*Picture is a collage of various things from my week:   Me and newly elected NACo 2nd VP JD Clark from Wise County TX, voting at the Telecommunications and Technology Committee, me with Dr. Drew at a NACo California reception, group shot from the Plumas Lake Community Walking Moai, me with Supervisor Valenzuela from Siskiyou and Supervisor Peters from Mono at NACo, attending the NACo Rural Action Caucus with Supervisor Coe from Modoc and Supervisor Menetrey from Mariposa, collage from tour of Community First Village in Austin, and a few California Supervisors and CSAC staff at NACo.

Thank you for allowing me to serve you!

My Recent Activities

Week of July 3rd…

Due to the holiday, I had a light schedule the week of July 3rd and I took advantage of that to go on an overnight trip to Yosemite Valley.  Given the large snowpack this year the waterfalls and river in the valley were exceptionally stunning.  It was great to get away, relax, and recharge.  One of the few things on my calendar that week was a call with fellow NACo Telecommunications and Technology (T&T) committee members to review policy resolutions we’ll be voting on at the upcoming national conference.  I have a proposed policy resolution related to allowing the use of federal BEAD funding to expand open-access broadband networks for pockets of served/underserved customers within larger unserved areas.  I also met with Recology to talk about additional community involvement in the District, met with a potential Plumas Lake commercial developer, and I met with the Yuba County landscape coordinator to understand the landscape budget for Plumas Lake.  There was no Water Agency Board Meeting that week due to the holiday.

I had a few community-related events I attended including the Yuba County Sheriff’s Association K9 Demo, the Plumas Lake 4th of July Kids Parade, the Wheatland 4th of July Community BBQ, and a 1st Friday social event at Beale AFB.

Week of July 10th…

Tuesday the 11th was a Board of Supervisors meeting with a light agenda.  We had two presentations on the agenda, including one from MJUSD on the status of the school district (link to video here, starts at 4:25).  The other presentation was the quarterly development update (link to video here, starting at 47:07 and presentation here).

I also had a Rural County Representatives (RCRC) board meeting and a Northern California Water Association  (NCWA) board meeting.  Additional meetings and events on my calendar included a broadband mapping working group, lunch with the SACOG executive director, a Yuba Water Agency agenda review, an MJUSD executive facilities committee, a National Association of Counties (NACo) Zoom with fellow California supervisors to meet candidates for NACo VP, a lunch & learn webcast on new campaign contribution limits, and a swearing-in and awards ceremony at the Sheriff’s Department.

In addition to attending the kickoff of the Adventist Health weekly farmers market in Marysville, I attended multiple peach festival-related events including the festival itself, the peach festival 5k, the peach festival pub crawl, and the peaches and pancakes breakfast.

Looking ahead to this week

This Tuesday is a Yuba Water Agency meeting and a few highlights from the agenda include approving additional grant funding to Yuba County by $2,373,000 as local cost share leveraging funds for a comprehensive drainage project in Olivehurst (if approved, the total amount of Yuba Water grant funds would be increased from $7,565,000 to $9,938,000 to leverage up to $38,540,000 in state funding for the project) and approval of a grant for up to $487,000 to the Linda County Water District for impacts to district infrastructure in relation to Yuba County’s grant-funded Cedar Lane Safe Routes to School Project.

Additional meetings on my calendar include an input session related to the Yuba County Office of Education (YCOE) Superintendent search, a town hall related to the election of officers for the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA), a meeting about tobacco use in Yuba County.  Monday morning at 6:30am, I’ll be leading the weekly Plumas Lake Community Walking Moai starting from the north parking lot at Eufay Wood Park and on Thursday evening there is a monthly OPUD board of directors meeting.

On Thursday I head to Austin for the National Association of Counties (NACo) annual conference. In addition to networking with my supervisor/commissioner colleagues from across the nation and learning about issues that affect us all, I will be attending an all-day Telecommunications & Technology (T&T) Policy Committee meeting.  At the policy committee, we will spend a lot of time discussing broadband access and setting formal policy direction that NACo will use to advocate on behalf of counties to Congress and federal agencies.  In addition, I’ll be casting Yuba County’s vote for the future leadership of the NACo organization from 2024-2026.

*Picture is a collage of various things from my week:   Plumas Lake 4th of July Bike & Trike Parade, Bingo at the Wheatland 4th of July Community BBQ, Yubba Sheriff’s K-9 Association Demo in Plumas Lake, an overnight getaway to Yosemite, Second Saturday Picnic in the Park in Plumas Lake, Blue Zones Walking Moai Kick-off in Plumas Lake, Yuba Sheriff’s Searing In and Awards Ceremony, Overlay on Arboga Rd & Plumas Arboga Rd, Adventist Health Farmer’s Market Kick-off, Marysville Peach Festival opening night, and Peach Festival 5k.

Thank you for allowing me to serve you!

My Recent Activities

Tuesday was a Board of Supervisors meeting and a few highlights from the agenda include a development agreement for the Riverside Meadows subdivision in Plumas Lake, an ABC license for Frenchtown Inn in Oregon House, an updated landscape management contract with Elite Services, a cash-flow loan from Yuba Water Agency for the annual CalPERS unfunded liability payment, some budget amendments, and appointment of community members to various boards/commissions.  The Riverside Meadows development agreement included a requirement for the builder to put in the portion of the planned Plumas Lake Bike Path Network that runs along the eastern edge of their development.  On a related note, the developer across the street from the fire station just put in the portion of the bike path network adjacent to their development.  Tuesday evening was a Wheatland City Council meeting. The agenda included this year’s SB-1 (gas tax) project list, an MOU between the City and Bishop’s Pumpkin Farm, and an agreement between the City and  Wheatland High School for a School Resource Officer.

Additional meetings on my calendar included a Coffee Caucus with supervisors from other counties (we discussed fire insurance and forest management), a webinar on artificial intelligence in local government, a call with the NACo Telecommunications & Technology committee lead staff to discuss a policy resolution proposed by Yuba County, a meeting and tour with Cresleigh in Rocklin to discuss multi-family projects and density, a Rural County Representatives Legislative call-in session, and a meeting with Enterprise Rancheria to discuss the North Valley Rail Project and the benefit to Hard Rock and the Sports & Entertainment Zone. The tribe was very interested in the project as a way to transport people from outside the area to Hard Rock, the Amphitheater, and future entertainment venues in that area and mitigate traffic impacts.  I was also honored to attend a Change of Command Ceremony for the 9th Civil Engineer Squadron at Beale AFB, where I’m privileged to serve as honorary commander of the 9th CES.   I want to thank Lt Col Sean Stapler for his service to our nation and Beale and wish him and his family the best as they move onto their next assignment.  I want to welcome Lt Col Brennan Howell to Yuba County and Beale AFB and I look forward to getting to know him and working together for the benefit of the mission and our community

Looking ahead to this week (and next)

Due to the holiday, I have a light schedule the week of July 3rd and I’m going to take advantage and get away to Yosemite Valley for a day or two.  One of the things on my calendar is a call with fellow NACo Telecommunications and Technology (T&T) committee members to review policy resolutions we’ll be voting on at the upcoming national conference.  I have a proposed policy resolution related to allowing the use of federal BEAD funding to expand open-access broadband networks for pockets of served/underserved customers within larger unserved areas.  I also have a meeting with a constituent about how to get more involved in the community and with a potential commercial developer in Plumas Lake.  There is no Water Agency Board Meeting this week due to the holiday.

I have a few community-related events I’ll be attending including the Yuba County Sheriff’s Association K9 Demo, the Plumas Lake 4th of July Kids Parade, and the Wheatland 4th of July Community BBQ.

Week of July 10th…

Tuesday the 11th will be a Board of Supervisors meeting but the agenda hasn’t been posted yet. You can find it here once it’s published. Did you know you could sign up to receive email notifications each time a new meeting agenda is released?  The 11th is also a Wheatland City Council meeting and the agenda will be here.  I also have a Rural County Representatives (RCRC) board meeting and a Northern California Water Association  (NCWA) board meeting.  Additional meetings and events on my calendar include a broadband mapping working group, lunch with the SACOG executive director, a groundbreaking celebration for the new Yuba Water Agency Power Systems Headquarters in Oregon House, Yuba Water Agency agenda review, an MJUSD executive facilities committee, and a Yuba County community health improvement plan workgroup.

*Picture is a collage of various things from my week:   the view from the patio at the Brick in Historic Downtown Marysville, a new portion of the Plumas Lake Bike Path Network completed, the change of command ceremony for the 9th Civil Engineering Squadron at Beale, Board of Supervisor’s Meeting on Tuesday, a Cresleigh development I toured in Rocklin, the Plumas Lake 76 Station under construction, and a Yuba-Sutter Chamber of Commerce Lunch Mob at the Brick.

Thank you for allowing me to serve you!

My Recent Activities

Tuesday was a Yuba Water Agency Board meeting, and a few highlights from the agenda included 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 included 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 started on the 22nd and I attended a kick-off event.  I also attended a retirement reception for Yuba County Superintendent of Schools Francisco Reveles, an OPUD ribbon cutting for Riverside Meadows Park in Plumas Lake, and a Yuba Sutter Chamber of Commerce double ribbon cutting for Legacy Lending / Sahota, Bracket & Associates.

Looking ahead to this week

Tuesday is a Board of Supervisors meeting and a few highlights from the agenda include a development agreement for the Riverside Meadows subdivision in Plumas Lake, an ABC license for Frenchtown Inn in Oregon House, an updated landscape management contract with Elite Services, a cash-flow loan from Yuba Water Agency for the annual CalPERS unfunded liability payment, some budget amendments, and appointment of community members to various boards/commissions.  Tuesday evening is a Wheatland City Council meeting. The agenda includes this year’s SB-1 (gas tax) project list, an MOU between the City and Bishop’s Pumpkin Farm, and an agreement between the City and  Wheatland High School for a School Resource Officer.

Additional meetings on my calendar include a NACo Broadband Mapping Working Group, Coffee Caucus with supervisors from other counties, a webinar on artificial intelligence in local government, a call with the NACo Telecommunications & Technology committee lead staff to discuss a policy resolution proposed by Yuba County, a meeting and tour with Cresleigh in Rocklin to discuss multi-family projects and density, a Rural County Representatives Legislative call-in session, and a meeting with Enterprise Rancheria to discuss the North Valley Rail Project and the benefit to Hard Rock and the Sports & Entertainment Zone.  I’m also attending a change of command ceremony at Beale AFB and a retirement open house for Keith Martin of Yuba-Sutter Transit.

*Picture is a collage of various things from my week:   Attending a Marysville Drakes game with Supervisor Flores, the Yuba-Sutter Fair Kickoff event, Ribbon Cutting for Riverside Meadows Park in Plumas Lake with the OPUD Board of Directors, meeting at Caltrans to discuss Hwy 65 safety improvements, and Yuba Sutter Chamber of Commerce Business Connection Breakfast.

Thank you for allowing me to serve you!

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.

Thank you for allowing me to serve you!

My Recent Activities

This week was a  Yuba Water Agency board meeting with a light agenda.  After the regular board meeting, we had a special board workshop focused on board development that included analyzing the strength development inventory of directors and executive staff.  Later that afternoon, was a Three Rivers Levee Improvement Authority (TRLIA) meeting and a South Yuba Transportation Improvement Authority (SYTIA) board meeting.  The TRLIA agenda included budget approval and the next step in the 500-year flood protection effort. The SYTIA agenda included updates on the East Wheatland Expressway and South Beale Rd Interchange projects.  Both projects continue to move through the Project Study Report phase and should be ready to move to the environmental phase later this year or early next year.  The other board meeting I had this week was Yuba LAFCO, and the agenda contains primarily administrative items.

Additional items on my calendar included a coffee meeting with a constituent, a meeting with Sheriff Anderson, the National Association of Counties (NACo) Broadband Mapping Working Group, lunch with the Yuba County assistant community development director, the Greater Sacramento Economic Council (GSEC) board retreat, and the Together We’re Better Golf Tournament to raise money for the United Way and other local charities.

Looking ahead to this week

Tuesday is a Board of Supervisors meeting, and there is a significant agenda which includes 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.  There is a Wheatland City Council meeting on Tuesday evening, and a few highlights from the agenda include 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.  On Thursday, I’ll be attending the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) monthly board meeting in Sacramento, and a few highlights from the agenda include 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.  Thursday evening is an OPUD board meeting that I cannot attend due to a conflict.

Additional meetings and events on my calendar include a Yuba County Strategic Plan Ad Hoc committee meeting, a Yuba Wate Agency agenda review meeting, and a National Association of Counties (NACo) West Region 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’ll be attending a SACOG Blueprint workshop event on June 16 at the Folsom Community Center, and you can also register to attend.

*Picture is a collage of various things from my week:   Greater Sacramento Economic Council Board Retreat in Truckee, Together We’re Better Golf Tournament at Plumas Lake Country Club, Plumas Lake Picnic in the Park, sheep and goats reducing weeds in Plumas Lake, and the Plumas Lake Farmers Market (Tuesday & Friday near Walgreens).

Thank you for allowing me to serve you!

My Recent Activities

I spent most of the week in Charlotte NC, participating in the Congress for New Urbanism (CNU) conference.  SACOG suggested I attend due to my position as chair of the SACOG Land Use and Natural Resources Committee.  I learned more about new urbanism concepts like mixed-use, walkability, and placemaking, which I believe are essential to improving the quality of life in our communities.

I participated in two off-site tours on the first day of the conference.  The first was at the US National Whitewater Center. I’d love to see something like this in the Yuba County Sports & Entertainment Zone near Hard Rock and Toyota Amphitheater.  Next, we toured Davidson NC, a small town on the northern edge of the Charlotte metro area.  The town has a form-based development code focusing on community design and placemaking rather than traditional 20th-century segmented land use zoning.  A few of the requirements from their code include:  buildings must be a minimum of two stories, off-street parking lots must be in the rear, building access must be provided from the street, and buildings are up close to the sidewalk rather than set far back.  We visited a newer neighborhood with a mix of uses (including commercial with residential above) and a mix of housing types, including single-family homes, townhomes, and even small garage apartments.  The design included narrow streets, and many garages were behind the homes on alleys to promote safety and walkability.  We also visited a new “second main street” in the town that contained retail on the lower floor and residential units on higher floors.

I attended sessions over the next few days, and a few stood out.  One was called “Surbaban Main Streets: a new era of opportunity and Imperative.”  The session provided data on the changing demographics of households (the number of households with kids in the home is dropping) and the increasing desire for many on both ends of the age spectrum to live in a walkable community with services nearby.  Based on these trends, we are underbuilding mixed-use walkable communities, which are needed in all communities, not just dense urban cores.  While in Charlotte, I also had a chance to experience the “sound end” area along the light rail line south of downtown (which they call uptown).  The line has a trail for walking/biking along it, a decent amount of transit-oriented residential development, and a lot of bars and restaurants.  I noticed in the evening many people were out enjoying the trail, the bars, and the restaurants.

Looking ahead to this week

This Tuesday is a Yuba Water Agency board meeting with a reasonably light agenda, and after the regular board meeting, we are having a special board workshop.  Later that afternoon, is a Three Rivers Levee Improvement Authority (TRLIA) meeting and a South Yuba Transportation Improvement Authority (SYTIA) board meeting.  The TRLIA agenda includes budget approval and the next step in the 500-year flood protection effort. The SYTIA agenda includes updates on the East Wheatland Expressway and South Beale Rd Interchange projects.  The other board meeting I have this week is Yuba LAFCO, and the agenda contains primarily administrative items.

Additional items on my calendar include a coffee meeting with a constituent, the National Association of Counties (NACo) Broadband Mapping Working Group, lunch with the Yuba County assistant community development director, the Greater Sacramento Economic Council (GSEC) board retreat, and the Together We’re Better Golf Tournament to raise money for the United Way and other local charities.

*Picture is a collage of various things from my week:   Dusk over the Uptown Charlotte skyline from a 22nd-floor rooftop bar, a view of the Charlotte light rail line through the south end area looking toward uptown with an adjacent walking/biking path and adjacent transit-oriented development [in the evening tons of people using the path and visiting restaurants and bars along the path], touring a new suburban mixed-use main street in Davidson NC, touring the National Whitewater Center, and touring a 21st-century development in Davison NC with a mix of housing types.

Thank you for allowing me to serve you!

My Recent Activities

Tuesday was a Yuba County Board of Supervisors Meeting.  A few highlights from the agenda included: awarding a contract for the County Service Area Grading Project; presenting proclamations to 2022 Peace Officer of the Year Miles Lewis, and Probation Officer of the Year Kevin Bisby; adopting a resolution approving the expansion of the service area of the Yuba County Business Façade Grant Program to commercial corridors of Olivehurst; awarding a contract for the Cedar Lane Safe Routes to School Improvements Project; and adopting a resolution approving a proposed list of Fiscal Year 2023-2024 projects funded by Road Maintenance and Rehabilitation Account (RMRA) portion of SB1. (aka Gas Tax).  Thanks to Live Streaming Yuba-Sutter, you can watch a meeting recording if interested.

Additional meetings that I attended included a Yuba Water Agency Foothills Community Meeting, a Yuba County Public Works Corp Yard Grand Opening, a SACOG Land Use & Natural Resources (LUNR) committee agenda review meeting, a National Association of Counties (NACo) Telecommunications and Technology Policy Steering Committee meeting, and a Yuba County Community Health Improvement Plan meeting to talk about Safe Neighborhoods and Built Environments. Tuesday night was a Wheatland City Council Meeting.

With respect to community involvement and engagement, I participated in several great events this week including:  discussing what an Elected Official/County Supervisor does at McKenney Intermediate School’s Career Day; helping place flags and crosses on veteran’s graves at Wheatland Cemetary for Memorial Day; and sponsoring and attending The Event (aka Tyler Rich Concert) at Hard Rock, a fundraiser for the Enterprise Community Fund.

Looking ahead to this week

Tuesday is the 5th Tuesday of the month, and usually, there isn’t a Board of Supervisors or a Yuba Water Agency meeting on a 5th Tuesday.  However, there is a special Yuba Water Agency meeting scheduled for 9am at the Yuba Water Offices on F St.  The agenda contains to presentations to the board, one on the Lower Yuba River Accord and the other on the Resource Planning Division.

Unfortunately, I will miss that meeting as I’ll be out of town attending the Congress for New Urbanism (CNU) conference.  SACOG suggested I attend due to my position as chair of the SACOG Land Use and Natural Resources Committee.  I look forward to learning more about new urbanism concepts like mixed-use, walkability, and placemaking.  I believe these concepts are important to improving quality of life in our communities.

*Picture is a collage of various things from my week:   Tyler Rich at Hard Rock (a fundraiser for the Enterprise Community Fund), me and my daughter assisting other community members in placing flags and crosses at Wheatland Cemetary for Memorial Day, McKenny Intermediate School Career Day, Board of Supervisor’s Presentation to the Yuba County Sheriff’s Deputy of the year and the Yuba County Probation Officer of the Year, Ribbon Cutting at the new Yuba County Public Works Corp Yard at the Airport, a Blue Zones inspired meal at the Brick in Historic Downtown Marysville, Memorial Day Flags along River Oaks Blvd in Plumas Lake, and Willie Whittlesey giving a presentation at a Yuba Water Agency Community meeting in the foothills.

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My Recent Activities

Tuesday was a Yuba Water Agency board of directors meeting.  The agenda contained multiple significant items, including approval of grants and/or loans for a total amount up to $3.6 million under the Community Impact Grant Program,  approval of emergency contract actions to repair the South Canal crossing at Ostrom Road ($2.9M), and approval of a budget of $39.46M for construction of the new Power System Headquarters in Oregon House.

Two significant Yuba Water Agency events also occurred on Tuesday.  First, a press conference with Governor Newsom to announce a framework agreement between Yuba Water Agency and state and federal agencies for one of California’s most ambitious watershed recovery efforts, which will include a unique project to help salmon, and other threatened fish get around Daguerre Point Dam in the lower Yuba River and safeguard water supplies from the Yuba River for decades to come.  Second, an MOU signing to bring cutting-edge research to Yuba County, thanks to a new partnership formed by Yuba Water Agency, the City of Wheatland, and the UC Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS). 

Additional board meetings included a Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) meeting where the agenda included approval of the awards for the 22/23 funding round.  Over $24M was awarded to the Yuba-Sutter region, and you can read more about the specifics in this Appeal–Democrat article.  Speaking of transportation, I met with Yuba County Public Works and the Caltrans District 3 Safety Leadership to discuss potential safety improvements on Hwy 65 both north and south of Wheatland. As a result of the input I’ve received from the community and our meeting, they are investigating the funding and feasibility of the following safety improvements: Flashing warning signs entering town from both sides warning of congestion/stopped traffic (at times when it exists); Preventing left turns from NB Oakley to NB 65 and NB 65 to SB Oakley; and Investigating whether a signal is warranted at Hwy 65 & Dairy.

I also attended a SACOG lunchtime presentation on the Yolo Managed Lanes Project,  a Yuba County Strategic Plan Ad Hoc Committee meeting, a Yuba Water Agency chair/vice-chair breakfast, a meeting to introduce Hard Rock leadership to the North Valley Rail project, had coffee with OPUD Director Lacey Nelson, and participated in a Yuba Water Agency Forest Health Tour.

The Community events I attended include the 97th Annual Sacramento Host Breakfast, Third Thursday at River Highlands Ranch in Smartsville, the Beale Bash, and the 99th Annual Wheatland Pet Parade.

Looking ahead to this week

Tuesday is a Yuba County Board of Supervisors Meeting.  A few highlights from the agenda include:  Reappoint Terri Lindsey to Plumas Lake Specific Plan Design Review Committee; Approve Child Care Planning Council of Yuba and Sutter Counties Local Planning Council County Priorities Report; Award contract for the County Service Area Grading Project; Present proclamations to 2022 Peace Officer of the Year Miles Lewis, and Probation Officer of the Year Kevin Bisby; Receive Yuba County Grand Jury update; and Adopt resolution approving a proposed list of Fiscal Year 2023-2024 projects funded by Road Maintenance and Rehabilitation Account (RMRA) portion of SB1. (aka Gas Tax).

Additional items on my calendar include: a Yuba Water Agency Foothills Community Meeting, a Yuba County Public Works Corp Yard Grand Opening, a Northern California Water Association (NCWA) Conservation Task Force meeting, a SACOG Land Use & Natural Resources committee agenda review meeting, a National Association of Counties (NACo) Telecommunications and Technology Policy Steering Committee meeting, a Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC) Legislative Call-in session, and a Yuba County Community Health Improvement Plan meeting to talk about Safe Neighborhoods and Built Environments. I’m excited to spend Thursday morning at McKenny Intermediate School Career Day discussing what an Elected Official/County Supervisor does.  Tuesday night is a Wheatland City Council Meeting.

*Picture is a collage of various things from my week:   Plumas Lake Picnic in the Park; Yuba County rice field sunset; Third Thursday at Highlands Ranh in Smartsville; Pictures (3) of the Press conference with the governor at Daguerre Point Dam on the lower Yuba River; Representatives from UC CITRIS, City of Wheatland, Yuba Water, and AKT at the MOU signing for a research center in Wheatland; giving comments at the MOU signing; 99th Annual Wheatland Pet Parade; Yuba-Sutter delegation at monthly SACOG meeting; Coffee with OPUD Director Lacey Nelson; New Bullards Bar spilling, rice field seeding; and Daguerre Point Dam.

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My Recent Activities

This week was a Yuba County Board of Supervisors meeting I attended remotely as I was out of town at a conference.  A few key items from the agenda included amending the Plumas Lake Specific Plan to require a conditional use permit for gas stations and truck terminals/yards, banning the cultivation of industrial hemp, awarding a contract for the 2023 Overlay Project, which includes multiple roads in the Arboga area, and an agreement with Jacobs for professional electrical engineering and consulting services for the Yuba County Electric Vehicle Master Plan.

I spent the first half of the week representing Yuba Water Agency at the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) Spring Conference in Monterey.  I arrived early to participate in the ACWA JPIA board meeting on Monday.  I left on Wednesday to head to Butte County for a Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC) tour and board meeting on Thursday and Friday.  The RCRC board meets every other month, and it’s customary to hold one of those meetings in the chair’s home county.  This year, the RCRC chair is Butte County Supervisor Doug Teeter.  In conjunction with the RCRC board meeting on Friday morning, I’ll also represent Yuba County at board meetings for the RCRC-affiliated organizations Golden State Finance Authority (GSFA) and Golden State Connect Authority (GSCA).  We toured Oroville Dam, Hyatt Powerhouse, Gorrill Ranch on Butte Creek, and Magalia Community Park on Thursday.  Two of the three stops were closely tied to water management, and it was almost like I was still at ACWA.  Networking with my colleagues from the other 39 rural California counties is always valuable.

In addition to the Board of Supervisors meeting, I participated in several other meetings remotely while out of town, including a National Association of Counties Broadband Mapping Working Group and a Yuba Water Agency special board meeting.

Before heading out of town on the 7th, I attended Dinner in the Orchard on Saturday evening.  After returning, I attended a social event hosted by the Beale Military Liason Council (BMLC) on Friday night with the base commander, Col Church, and his leadership team.   On Saturday, I received a tour of The Untz Festival at Sycamore Ranch in Browns Valley.  County staff and the organizer always invite the board to stop by and see the setup.  I attended the inaugural Plumas Lake Picnic in the Park event on Saturday night.

Looking ahead to this week

This Tuesday is a Yuba Water Agency board of directors meeting.  The agenda contains multiple significant items, including approval of grants and/or loans for a total amount up to $3.6 million under the Community Impact Grant Program,  approval of emergency contract actions to repair the South Canal crossing at Ostrom Road ($2.9M), and approval of a budget of $39.46M for construction of the new Power System Headquarters in Oregon House.

Additional board and committee meetings include a Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) meeting where the agenda includes approval of the awards for the 22/23 funding round, a SACOG lunchtime presentation on the Yolo Managed Lanes Project, a National Association of Counties (NACo) West Region meeting, a Yuba County Strategic Plan Ad Hoc Committee meeting, and a Yuba Water Agency chair/vice-chair breakfast.  Due to conflicts, I’ll need to miss two reoccurring board/committee meetings: the monthly OPUD board meeting and the monthly NACo Rural Action Caucus (RAC) meeting.

A few of the other meetings on my calendar are a follow-up meeting with Caltrans staff on Highway 65 safety concerns, a meeting to introduce Hard Rock leadership to the North Valley Rail project, a CITRIS MOU signing in Wheatland, and a Yuba Water Agency Forest Health Tour.

The Community events I plan to attend include the 97th Annual Sacramento Host Breakfast on Thursday and the 99th Annual Wheatland Pet Parade on Saturday.

*Picture is a collage of various things from my week:   The ACWA Conference in Monterey, the Untz Festival in Browns Valley on the Yuba River, Dinner in the Orchard, participating in the Board of Supervisors Meeting from Monterey, and the Rural County Representatives County of the Chair Meeting and tour in Butte County, including Oroville Dam.

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My Recent Activities

This week was a Yuba Water Agency board meeting.  The agenda was light and included an overview of Agency Administration functions.  Later that morning, I had a Yuba Water POD Committee Meeting, where we approved grants and loans for up to $5.4 million under the Community Impact Grant and Loan Program.  Additional board and committee meetings on my calendar last week included the Northern California Water Association (NCWA), Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) Land Use and Natural Resources (LUNR) Committee, and Yuba-Sutter Economic Development Corporation (YSEDC).   I also attended a SACOG presentation on Bikeshare and Innovative Mobility in the Sacramento Region and a Yuba-Sutter Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee.

I also had multiple community-related events on my calendar, including an event at North Yuba Water District (NYWD) 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 sponsor both Wheatland Little League and Plumas Lake Little League, and I watched the Wheatland Hatch take on the Plumas Lake Braves.  In addition, I had lunch with William Franco (commander of the Veterans Affiliated Council), stopped by First 5 Yuba to take my picture with the Blue Dot to spread awareness about maternal mental health, and stopped by the Hanger Food Truck Park at the Yuba County airport for their Cinco de Mayo celebration.

Looking ahead to this week

This week is a Yuba County Board of Supervisors meeting, and I’ll be attending remotely as I’ll be out of town at a conference.  A few key items from the agenda include amending Plumas Lake Specific Plan to require a conditional use permit for gas stations and truck terminals/yards, amending Chapter 7.42 of the Yuba County Ordinance Code relating to the cultivation of industrial hemp, awarding a contract for the 2023 Overlay Project which includes multiple roads in the Arboga area, and an agreement with Jacobs for professional electrical engineering and consulting services for the Yuba County Electric Vehicle Master Plan.

For the first half of the week, I’ll be representing Yuba Water Agency at the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) Spring Conference in Monterey.  I’ll arrive early to participate in the ACWA JPIA board meeting on Monday, and I will leave on Wednesday to head to Butte County for a Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC) tour and board meeting on Thursday and Friday.  The RCRC board meets every other month, and it’s customary to hold one of those meetings in the chair’s home county.  This year, the RCRC chair is Butte County Supervisor Doug Teeter.  In conjunction with the RCRC board meeting on Friday morning, I’ll also represent Yuba County at board meetings for the RCRC-affiliated organizations Golden State Finance Authority (GSFA) and Golden State Connect Authority (GSCA).

In addition to the Board of Supervisors meeting, I’ll participate in several other meetings remotely while in Monterey, including a National Association of Counties Broadband Mapping Working Group and agenda review for the Yuba Water Agency.  There is also a Wheatland City Council Meeting this week that I’m unable to attend, but here is the agenda.

*Picture is a collage of various things from my week:   Picture with members of the Yuba City and Marysville City council at the LEADership Yuba Sutter Farm to Fork dinner in Marysville, celebrating the release of irrigation water with NYWD, downtown Marysville decked out for the LEADership Yuba Sutter dinner, Hanger Food Truck Park Cinco de Maya selfie, Plumas Lake & Wheatland Little League Sponsorships, Blue Dot, Lunch with William Franco, National Day of Prayer Breakfast, and a beautiful morning in the Yuba County foothills.

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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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My Recent Activities

This week was a Yuba County Board of Supervisors meeting.  Some highlights from the agenda included: Community Committee Appointments; Acquisition of rights of way for the Cedar Lane Safe Routes to School Improvements Project; Release RFP for surveillance upgrades for Marysville Joint Unified School District through Yuba County Sheriff’s COPS 2020 School Violence Prevention Program; Approve Yuba County Consolidated Fee Ordinance Code for Fiscal Year 2023-2024; Present proclamation to Casa de Esperanza recognizing April 2023 as Child Abuse Prevention Month; Receive annual Public Health Officer Update; and Receive Quarterly Development Update from Community Development and Services.

Additional meetings on my calendar included:  a meeting at SACOG with Congressman Bera, Congressman Garamendi, and Fed Railroad Administrator Amit Bose to discuss megaregion rail projects, including the extension of ACE/San Joaquin passenger rail to Elk Grove, Sacramento, Plumas Lake, Marysville, and Chico;  a separate discussion about public outreach for the North Valley Rail project; and agenda review for the Yuba Water Agency.  I also attended a Yuba Sutter Chamber of Commerce Rise and Shine Breakfast networking event at Hard Rock.

Looking ahead to this week

This week is a Yuba Water Agency board meeting.  The agenda includes 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.

Additional meetings on my calendar include:  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 Friday, I leave for Washington DC, with almost 400 leaders from the Sacramento region for the Cap-to-Cap regional advocacy trip.  I’ll be meeting with federal agencies and regional congressional representatives on flood protection and transportation issues.

*Picture is a collage of various things from my week:   Selfie in front of the California Capitol in between meetings, Congressmen Bera and Garamendi with the Federal Railroad Administrator at SACOG to discuss regional rail projects,  beautiful view from a conference room on the 19th floor of the US Bank before a meeting, Yuba Water presentation on forest health improvement efforts at South Yuba County Sunrise Rotary, Board of Supervisors supported Casa de Esperanza by officially recognizing the month of April as Child Abuse & Neglect Awareness Month and raising awareness by wearing pinwheel headbands, Yuba-Sutter Chamber of Commerce Rise & Shine Breakfast at Hard Rock, pinwheel selfie to raise awareness about child abuse and neglect, and a picture of the Bear River levee patrol road railroad crossing in east Plumas Lake.

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My Recent Activities

This week was a Yuba Water Agency Board of Directors meeting.  Some key items from the agenda included a CEQA Notice of Exemption for the Power Systems Headquarters Project in Oregon House, a presentation providing an overview of the power grid, balancing authorities, and how Yuba Water provides wholesale power to the grid through CAIS, and a presentation about the Yuba Water Supply Mission.

Additional meetings on my calendar included a Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) Land Use and Natural Resources (LUNR) Committee meeting, a Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee, a Yuba Water Agency chair/vice-chair/general-manager breakfast, and a meeting with the public works director and community development director for the City of Marysville. Key agenda items from the SACOG LUNR meeting include a presentation on City of Auburn Planning Efforts: Form-based Codes and the Domes Redevelopment Area and 2025 Blueprint Pathways: Pavement Cost Estimates.

Looking ahead to this week

This week is a Yuba County Board of Supervisors meeting.  Some highlights from the agenda include :Community Committee Appointments; Acquisition of rights of way for the Cedar Lane Safe Routes to School Improvements Project; Release RFP for surveillance upgrades for Marysville Joint Unified School District through Yuba County Sheriff’s COPS 2020 School Violence Prevention Program; Approve Yuba County Consolidated Fee Ordinance Code for Fiscal Year 2023-2024; Present proclamation to Casa de Esperanza recognizing April 2023 as Child Abuse Prevention Month; Receive annual Public Health Officer Update; and Receive Quarterly Development Update from Community Development and Services.  Tuesday evening is also a Wheatland City Council meeting; you can find the agenda here.

Additional meetings on my calendar include:  a meeting at SACOG with Congressman Bera and Fed Railroad Administrator Amit Bose to discuss megaregion projects, including the extension of ACE/San Joaquin passenger rail to Elk Grove, Sacramento, Plumas Lake, Marysville, and Chico;  a separate discussion about public outreach for the North Valley Rail project; and agenda review for the Yuba Water Agency.

*Picture is a collage of various things from my week:   Springtime in Plumas Lake as seen from my (almost) daily walks, including both goats and Yuba County Public Works performing weed management, and a shot of a future subdivision covered in water, green grass, and mustard with the Sutter Buttes and the snow-capped snow range in the background.

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My Recent Activities

This week was a Yuba County Board of Supervisors Meeting.  Some highlights from the agenda included: approving and awarding the 2023 Yuba County Park and Landscape Maintenance Agreement to Elite Service Experts for park and landscape maintenance (this includes landscape maintenance in Plumas Lake); approving an agreement with R&F Engineering for Star Bend Boat Ramp Sediment Removal Project; received a presentation from City of Marysville regarding Momentum of Marysville; and received a Code Enforcement Department Update.  Tuesday at 6 pm was a Wheatland City Council meeting, and you can find the agenda here.

Additional meetings on my calendar included a National Association of Counties (NACo) Broadband Mapping Working Group, a Nothern California Water Association (NCWA) Dry Year Task Force, a Yuba County Community Health Improvement Process Kick-Off, a Yuba Water Agency Agenda Review, a meeting with Blue Zones Yuba Sutter, and a meeting with representatives from the Northstate Building Industry Association (BIA).  One common theme from the Blue Zones and BIA meetings was the importance of the built environment, including trails and walkability.  I also attended an Easter Pop Up at Eufay Wood Park in Plumas Lake on Saturday.

Looking ahead to this week

This week is a Yuba Water Agency Board of Directors meeting.  Some key items from the agenda include a CEQA Notice of Exemption for the Power Systems Headquarters Project in Oregon House, a presentation providing an overview of the power grid, balancing authorities, and how Yuba Water provides wholesale power to the grid through CAIS, and a presentation about the Yuba Water Supply Mission.

Additional meetings on my calendar include a Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) Land Use and Natural Resources (LUNR) Committee meeting. an OPUD Park Committee Meeting, a Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee, a Yuba Water Agency chair/vice-chair/general-manager breakfast, and possibly an OPUD Liason Committee meeting.  Key agenda items from the SACOG LUNR meeting include a presentation on City of Auburn Planning Efforts: Form-based Codes and the Domes Redevelopment Area and 2025 Blueprint Pathways: Pavement Cost Estimates.

*Picture is a collage of various things from my week:   Getting ready for a meeting at Constant Grind at Hard Rock, meeting with Blue Zones Yuba Sutter at the Brick in Downtown Marysville, Easter Bunny Picture at Eufay Wood Park in Plumas Lake, and Community Health Improvement Process Meeting at the Yuba County Government Center.

Thank you for allowing me to serve you!

My Recent Activities

This week was a Yuba Water Agency meeting. Some highlights from the agenda include a review of the financial statements from January, consideration of position changes, approval of a new energy marketing agreement, a state legislative update, and a review of the Agency Act and the Brown Act.  I had several Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) meetings this week, including an agenda review meeting for the Land Use and Natural Resource committee, where I serve as chair, and a certification review meeting.  SACOG hosted a pop-up to gather input from Yuba-Sutter on what our six-county region should look like in 2050 and what residents value in terms of transportation, community growth, equity, and housing.  You can click here to provide your input.  I had two prep meetings for the upcoming Capitol-to-Capitol regional advocacy trip, one with the transportation team and one with the flood risk reduction team.  We’ll go to DC to advocate for the entire Sacramento region at various federal agencies and with various federal representatives.  I attended the Plumas Lake Elementary School Board meeting on Wednesday evening, where they discussed the community input they received regarding solutions to school overcrowding.  I provided input to update the Yuba County strategic plan and meet with a constituent.  In addition, I attended a lunch meeting with the Greater Sacramento Economic Council and Enterprise Rancheria Tribal Leadership at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. I also met with several constituents at the Brick in Marysville.

Looking ahead to this week

This week is a Yuba County Board of Supervisors Meeting.  Some highlights from the agenda include: approving and awarding the 2023 Yuba County Park and Landscape Maintenance Agreement to Elite Service Experts for park and landscape maintenance from April 1, 2023, through March 31, 2025 (this includes landscape maintenance in Plumas Lake); approving an agreement with R&F Engineering for Star Bend Boat Ramp Sediment Removal Project; receive a presentation from City of Marysville regarding Momentum of Marysville; and receive a Code Enforcement Department Update.  Tuesday at 6 pm is a Wheatland City Council meeting, and you can find the agenda here.

Additional meetings on my calendar include a National Association of Counties (NACo) Broadband Working Group, a Nothern California Water Association (NCWA) Dry Year Task Force, a Yuba Sutter Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee, a Yuba County Community Health Improvement Process Kick-Off, a Yuba Water Agency Agenda Review, a Cap-to-Cap Flood Protection Team Meeting, and a meeting with representatives from the Northstate Building Industry Association.

*Picture is a collage of various things from my week:   SACOG Public Input Popup at the North Beale Transit Center, grabbing some dinner at The Hanger Food Truck Park at the Yuba County Airport, a beautiful shot of a rainbow near Wheatland (photo credit Leash & Lather Grooming), Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, and park cleanup at Eufay Wood Park in Plumas Lake.

Thank you for allowing me to serve you!

My Recent Activities

Last week was a Yuba County Board of Supervisors meeting.  A few highlights from the agenda include a quarterly update from the District Attorney, Probation, and Sheriff’s departments; an item to approve plans, specifications, and estimate, and authorize advertisement of bid for the 2023 Overlay Project (which includes streets in Arboga/North Plumas Lake); an item to approve plans, specifications, estimate and authorize advertisement for bid for the Cedar Lane Safe Routes to School Improvements Project; and an item to approve a letter of support for Senate Bill 14 by Senator Shannon Grove.

Additional meetings on my calendar included an Assembly Transporation Committee hearing to voice support for AB 350, a Northern California Water Association (NCWA) Dry Year Task Force call, a National Association of Counties (NACo) Telecommunications and Technology (T&T) Steering Committee meeting, agenda review for Yuba Water Agency, a Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) Board Meeting, a Sacramento Region Cleaner Air Partnership lunch to discuss the SACOG Blueprint 2025, a meeting with Caltrans to talk about local transportation projects, and a SACOG dinner with our monthly workshop presenter.  At the monthly SACOG board meeting, we awarded $45M to pedestrian and bicycle projects for the six-county region and $31M in Green Means Go funding to support infill development in the region.  In addition, we received a presentation on planned toll lanes on I-80 in Yolo County.  The most interesting information from the presentation was that if we added general purpose or even carpool lanes, they would likely experience congestion on opening day. Adding toll lanes gives those who want (or need) to avoid congestion in that area the opportunity to do so.   You can watch the presentation here.  I held an introduction meeting between Community Resource Project (CRP) and Yuba County staff in Community Development and Health & Human Services to ensure staff knew about opportunities to partner with CRP to serve our residents.    I also had an opportunity to have lunch with a Yuba County student who is participating in the SACOG Youth Leadership Academy program.

Looking ahead to this week

This week is a Yuba Water Agency meeting. Some highlights from the agenda include a review of the financial statements from January, consideration of position changes, approval of a new energy marketing agreement, a state legislative update, and a review of the Agency Act and the Brown Act.  I have several Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) meetings this week, including an agenda review meeting for the Land Use and Natural Resource committee, where I serve as chair, and a certification review meeting.  SACOG is hosting a pop-up to gather input from Yuba-Sutter on what our six-county region should look like in 2050 and what residents value in terms of transportation, community growth, equity, and housing.  Stop by the North Beale Rd Transit Center (at Walmart) from 6:00 am-9:30 am on Tuesday to provide your input.  I’ll be there for part of that time as well.  I have two prep meetings for the upcoming Capitol-to-Capitol regional advocacy trip, one with the transportation team and one with the flood risk reduction team.  We’ll go to DC to advocate for the entire Sacramento region at various federal agencies and with various federal representatives.  I plan to attend the Plumas Lake Elementary School Board meeting on Wednesday evening, where they will discuss the community input they received regarding solutions to school overcrowding.  I’ll also provide input to update the Yuba County strategic plan and meet with a constituent.

*Picture is a collage of various things from my week:  California Capitol Selfie after a SACOG-related dinner on Wednesday, St. Patricks Day Meal complete with a Green Farmers Light at Silver Dollar on Friday, a shot of a fuller than usual Yuba River this week taken by Marysville Councilman Stuart Gilchrist, a sunset shot I snagged in downtown Marysville on Friday, SACOG staff giving a presentation on the 2025 Blueprint effort to the Clear Air Partnership luncheon on Friday, and a Public Safety Presentation at this week’s Board of Supervisors meeting.

Thank you for allowing me to serve you!

My Recent Activities

This week was a Yuba Water Agency Board meeting.  The agenda, included a presentation from the Director of Water Resources and Flood Risk Reduction about the Yuba Water Flood Risk Management Plan.  Later that day, there was a Three Rivers Levee Improvement Authority Meeting with multiple items on the agenda related to flood risk reduction projects.   I was in Sacramento on Wednesday for a Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC) board meeting, in addition to board meetings for affiliated organizations, including the Golden State Finance Authority (GSFA) and the Golden State Connect Authority (GSCA).  I also had a Greater Sacramento Economic Development Council (GSEC) board of directors meeting this week.   Several additional Yuba Water Agency related meetings were on my calendar this week, including a chair/vice-chair/general manager meeting and an employee recognition event.  Concerning broadband activities, I had several meetings with the CPUC this week and a meeting with the Capital Region Coalition for Digital Equity.  Finally, I had a constitutent meeting and a meeting with Yuba County staff to talk about a future SACOG board meeting in Yuba County.  On Saturday evening, I had the opportunity to attend a Farm to Fork Dinner at the Frenchtown Inn in Oregon House.  These dinners are an opportunity to showcase and promote the Yuba County foothills and local agriculture.

Looking ahead to this week

This week is a Yuba County Board of Supervisors meeting.  There are a few exciting items on the agenda, including a presentation from the City of Marysville regarding Momentum of Marysville; a quarterly update from the District Attorney, Probation, and Sheriff’s departments; an item to approve plans, specifications, and estimate, and authorize advertisement of bid for the 2023 Overlay Project (which includes streets in Arboga/North Plumas Lake); an item to approve plans, specifications, estimate and authorize advertisement for bid for the Cedar Lane Safe Routes to School Improvements Project; and an item to approve a letter of support for Senate Bill 14 by Senator Shannon Grove.

Additional meetings on my calendar include an Assembly Transporation Committee hearing to voice support for AB 350, a Northern California Water Association (NCWA) Dry Year Task Force call, a National Association of Counties (NACo) Telecommunications and Technology (T&T) Sterring Committee meeting, agenda review for Yuba Water Agency, a Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) Board Meeting, a Sacramento Region Cleaner Air Partnership lunch to discuss the SACOG Blueprint 2025, a meeting with Caltrans to talk about local transportation projects, a SACOG dinner with our monthly workshop presenter, and meetings with several constituents.  Thursday is the monthly OPUD board meeting, but I don’t plan to attend due to a conflict with another event.

*Picture is a collage of various things from my week:  RCRC Board Meeting in Sacramento, Spillway at New Bullards Bar starting to spill on Wednesday, Spillway at 5000 CFS later in the day on Wednesday, Yuba Water Employee Recognition Lunch, Plumas Lake with snow covered coast range in the background on Friday, and a snowy Camptonville in the rain on Saturday.

Thank you for allowing me to serve you!

My Recent Activities

This week was a Yuba County Board of Supervisors meeting.  The agenda wasn’t t too long and included 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, and a presentation from Yuba County Public Works on the drainage program, and other items.
Additional meetings on my calendar this week included 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, a SACOG Land Use and Natural Resources (LUNR) Committee meeting, and a meeting with Hard Rock and Regional Housing Authority to talk about the Affordable Housing project in Plumas Lake.  I also visited Beale AFB to renew my base access and attended a lunch meeting with Supervisor Fuhrer, MJUSD Superintendent Fal Asrani, and MJUSD board president Randy Davis.
There were 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.
On Saturday, I served on a panel with Sacramento County Supervisor Patrick Kennedy at the SACOG Youth Leadership Academy. The group comprises high school students across the six-county region, including Yuba County.  We answered questions about transit, climate change, regional planning, and the uniqueness of our individual jurisdictions.

Looking ahead to this week

This week is a Yuba Water Agency Board meeting.  Several items are on the agenda, including a presentation from the Director of Water Resources and Flood Risk Reduction about the Yuba Water Flood Risk Management Plan.  Later that day, there is a Three Rivers Levee Improvement Authority Meeting with multiple items on the agenda related to flood risk reduction projects.   I’ll be in Sacramento all day on Wednesday for a Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC) board meeting, in addition to board meetings for affiliated organizations, including the Golden State Finance Authority (GSFA) and the Golden State Connect Authority (GSCA).  I have a Greater Sacramento Economic Development Council (GSEC) board of directors meeting this week and a GSEC reception for Azra Games.   Several additional Yuba Water Agency related meetings are on my calendar this week, including a chair/vice-chair/general manager meeting and an employee recognition event.  Concerning broadband activities, I have several meetings with the CPUC this week and a meeting with the Capital Region Coalition for Digital Equity.  Finally, I have a constitutent meeting and a meeting with Yuba County staff to talk about a future SACOG board meeting in Yuba County.

*Picture is a collage of various things from my week:  SACOG Youth Leadership Academy, a U2 at Beale AFB with the Sutter Buttes and the snow-capped coastal range in the background, SACOG Chief Executive Officer James Corless speaking about regional planning at South Yuba Sunrise Rotary Club, Col Church from Beale AFB speaking at the Wheatland City Council meeting, LAFCO board meeting, NCWA Annual Meeting.

Thank you for allowing me to serve you!

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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My Recent Activities

I was in DC for the National Association of Counties (NACo) Legislative Conference from February 10th – February 14th, so I decided to make this post cover multiple weeks.  I spent all day on the 11th at the NACo Telecommunications and Technology (T&T) policy committee meeting.  The committee focuses on expanding the accessibility and availability of broadband and shapes NACo advocacy to the federal government in that policy area.  I successfully presented a policy resolution to encourage the federal government to allow the use of federal funding for creating open access networks in areas where they don’t exist, even in areas considered “served” on federal broadband maps.  I attended multiple educational sessions covering various topics, including broadband and EV infrastructure, and rural and California caucus meetings.  There was an opportunity to chat with staff from various federal agencies, so I took the time to express my concerns to FEMA over the impact of Risk Rating 2.0 on flood insurance purchases in our community.

Tuesday the 7th was a Yuba Water Agency Board meeting.  A few highlights from the agenda include cash flow loans for local agencies for water supply and flood protection projects, a grant to the sheriff’s posse for a new well, and an update on the Agency’s Flood Risk Reduction division.  On Tuesday afternoon, I had a TRLIA board meeting where we approved several actions to advance the Yuba River North Training Wall Project and a few other items.   That week, other board and committee meetings included a SACOG Strategic Planning Committee, where we looked at opportunities and challenges for the year ahead in addition to other agenda items.  On Tuesday evening, from 5 pm-7 pm, the South Yuba Transportation Improvement Authority (SYTIA) held a community meeting at the Wheatland Community Center (101 C Street) to talk about the East Wheatland Expressway Project and receive community feedback.  The meeting was well attended, with lots of questions and feedback.

Additional items on my calendar that week included an Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) Leadership Listening session, a Dry Year Task Force meeting with the Northern California Water Association (NCWA), an auto tour of underserved areas with Community Resource Project,  and a Blue Zones Workshop at Yuba Water Agency titled “do you know your purpose?”.
After returning from DC earlier this week, I participated in an NCWA Executive Committee meeting, a Yuba Water Agency agenda review, a Yuba-Sutter Transit NextGen Study workshop, and a monthly Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) monthly board meeting,  One of the main items on the SACOG agenda was a board workshop overview of the “what” and “why” of scenario planning as it relates to the long-range regional land use and transportation planning SACOG is undertaking with our Pathways effort to inform the 2025 Blueprint.  I had an introductory lunch with Lt. Col Stapler, of the 9th Engineering Squadron at Beale AFB and attended the Yuba Sutter Chamber of Commerce Gala at Hard Rock.

Looking ahead to this week

Tuesday is a Yuba Water Agency Board meeting. The agenda is 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 this week include 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, a meeting with Enterprise Rancheria and the Greater Sacramento Economic Council (GSEC),  a meeting with Caltrans to discuss safety improvements/concerns at Oakley & Hwy 65, and several other meetings to sync up with constituents and community leaders.
I’ll participate in a Beale AFB Honorary Commander and Civic Leader Tour on Friday afternoon, followed by a reception. The weekend will be full of Bok Kai festivities, including a walk/run and a parade.
There are two important transportation-related community meetings on Thursday night from 5pm-7pm.  The first is a meeting about the East Wheatland Expressway project, a planned local roadway from Sheridan to east Wheatland.  The purpose is to remove 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.  The meeting will be held at 6005 Camp Far West Rd and you can learn more about the project at yuba.org/ewx.   The other community meeting on Thursday is 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 will be conducted via Zoom and you can register at bit.ly/NorthValleyRailMeeting.

*Picture is a collage of various things from my week:  Presenting a policy resolution at the NACo T&T Committee, SACOG board meeting, View of Washington DC from the Rural Action Caucus reception at NACo, posing with supervisors from Monterey, Napa, and Tuolumne counties at NACo, East Wheatland Expressway Community Meeting in Wheatland, Yuba Sutter Chamber Gala, Blue Zones Purpose Workshop at Yuba Water, Yuba Sutter Transit Next Generation Transit Plan Public Open House, and California Delegation at the NACo Rural/Urban Caucus reception.

Thank you for allowing me to serve you!

My Recent Activities

I spend most of the week on a Beale Military Liason Council (BMLC) Civic Leaders Tour of Nellis and Creech AFBs in the Las Vegas area.  The tour’s purpose was to inform local elected officials and business leaders about the mission at both bases and their connection to Beale.  The more we can understand the mission at Beale and the air force in general, the better we as a community can support that mission.  On Tuesday night, we watched over 50 planes take from Nellis, participating in the Red Flag event.  We returned to Nellis on Wednesday, where we learned more about their missions, including JTAC, witnessed air traffic control, and learned about the Thunderbirds.  On Thursday, we visited Creech AFB and learned about the MQ-9 Reaper.  I even had the opportunity to take a seat in a simulator and fly a mission to locate and destroy a target.
On Monday, before leaving for the tour, county staff and I will meet with the Greater Sacramento Economic Council (GSEC) staff for a community visit and strategy session.  As it’s the fifth Tuesday, there was no Board of Supervisors or Yuba Water Agency board meeting this week.  Due to the tour, I missed a SACOG Land Use and Natural Resource (LUNR) committee meeting,  a Yuba Sutter Economic Development Corporation (YSEDC) board meeting, and an OPUD/County Liason meeting.

Looking ahead to this week

Tuesday is a Yuba Water Agency Board meeting.  A few highlights from the agenda include cash flow loans for local agencies for water supply and flood protection projects, a grant to the sheriff’s posse for a new well, and an update on the Agency’s Flood Risk Reduction division.  On Tuesday afternoon, I have a TRLIA board meeting where we will consider several actions to advance the Yuba River North Training Wall Project and a few other items.   Other board and committee meetings this week include a SACOG Strategic Planning Committee on Monday. We will look at opportunities and challenges for the year ahead in addition to other agenda items.
On Tuesday evening, from 5 pm-7 pm, the South Yuba Transportation Improvement Authority (SYTIA) will host a community meeting at the Wheatland Community Center (101 C Street) to talk about the East Wheatland Expressway Project and receive community feedback.  I have a separate meeting earlier in the week to discuss this project and the bypass with AKT development.
Additional items on my calendar this week include an Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) Leadership Listening session, an auto tour of underserved areas with Community Resource Project, and a lunch meeting.
On Friday, I leave for the National Association of Counties (NACo) Legislative Conference in Washington D.C.  In addition to networking with fellow supervisors from across the country, I’ll be attending informative sessions, connecting with federal agencies, and presenting a draft policy resolution to the NACo Telecommunications and Technology Committee urging support of Universal Open Access Broadband Networks with federal Broadband, Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) funding.

*Picture is a collage of various things from my week:   MQ-9 Reaper at Creech AFB, Thunderbird Hanger at Nellis AFB, BMLC Civic Leader Tour Group Photo at Nellis AFB, Yuba-Sutter Electeds with A-10 at Nellis, Me with an MQ-9 at Creech, and me using an Mq-9 simulator to fly to a target and blow it up.

Thank you for allowing me to serve you!

My Recent Activities

Tuesday, we had a Board of Supervisors Meeting. A few highlights from the agenda include:  appointing community members to various committees, consideration of multiple grants for health & human services, the annexation of new development areas into CSA 66, several items associated with annexation/de-annexation between RD817 & RD2103, creating an expedited permit process for EV chargers, and a presentation from the Yuba-Sutter Film Commission.

I had two Sacramento Area Council of Government (SACOG) related meetings this week, including an agenda review meeting for the Land Use and Natural Resource (LUNR) Committee and a meeting of the Mega Region Working Group, where we met with SACOG’s peer organizations from the Bay Area and San Joaquin County. Some highlights from the Megan Region agenda included updates on transportation-related legislation and twelve important regional road and transit projects.  Other meetings include a Dry Year Taskforce meeting with the Northern California Water Association (NCWA), a community meeting with MJUSD to discuss traffic concerns at Arboga Elementary, a legislative update from Rural County Representatives of California, a Yuba Water Agency Chair/General Manager meeting, an update meeting from Yuba Water’s economic development consultant Lon Hatamiya.
I enjoyed participating in two community events this week, including Bear River Post 789 BINGO night on Thursday and Wheatland FFA Snowflakes and Spurs on Friday night.

 

Looking ahead to this week

I’ll spend most of the week on the Beale Military Liason Council (BMLC) Civic Leaders Tour of Nellis and Creech AFBs in the Las Vegas area.  The tour’s purpose is to inform local elected officials and business leaders about the mission at both bases and their connection to Beale.  The more we can understand the mission at Beale and the air force in general, the better we as a community can support that mission.  On Monday, before leaving for the tour on Tuesday, county staff and I will meet with the Greater Sacramento Economic Council (GSEC) staff for a community visit and strategy session.
As it’s the fifth Tuesday, there is no Board of Supervisors or Yuba Water Agency board meeting this week.  Due to the tour, I’ll miss a SACOG Land Use and Natural Resource (LUNR) committee meeting and a Yuba Sutter Economic Development Corporation (YSEDC) board meeting.

*Picture is a collage of various things from my week:  Unlike most weeks, I didn’t take any great pictures for a collage this week.  As a result, I’m using this space to share about four important upcoming opportunities/events:

  • Do you want to learn more about the East Wheatland Expressway and provide input on some route alternatives under consideration?  Then come to an important community meeting in Wheatland on February 7th or Sheridan on February 23rd.
  • Do you want to provide input on the future of transit service in Yuba-Sutter?  If so, come to the Community Open House on February 16th.
  • Do you want to learn more about the operations of the Yuba County Sheriff’s Department?  Sign up for the Citizens Academy!
  • Do you want to help beautify the most used park in Plumas Lake while at the same time getting outdoors for some exercise?  Join Blue Zones Project Yuba Sutter for their Eufay Wood Park Cleanup on February 28th.

Thank you for allowing me to serve you!

My Recent Activities

This week was one of the busiest I’ve had in quite a while and kicked off with a Yuba Water Agency Board of Directors meeting on Tuesday morning.  Some key items on the agenda included a Bok Kai Sponsorship, Dam Safety Program, 2023 Committee Assignments, and a General Manager Evaluation.  I’ll be serving on the Project Operations and Development (POD) committee and representing Yuba Water at Northern California Water Association (NCWA), Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA), and ACWA Joint Powers Insurance Authority (ACWA JPIA).

Yuba County has a special relationship with The Gambia, and a delegation of elected officials visited the area this week. I had an opportunity to meet with them on Tuesday afternoon for a brief period.  It wasn’t nearly long enough to discuss the differences between our countries and government services. Still, they learned more about Yuba County and Yuba Water Agency through many different meetings and tours.  I have a planning meeting for the 2nd annual We’re Better Together Golf Tournament at Plumas Lake Golf Course.  I also attended a community meeting hosted by PLESD to discuss short-term solutions to school overcrowding, where several community members asked questions and provided input.

On Wednesday, I was in downtown Sacramento all day for Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC), Golden State Finance Authority (GSFA), and Golden State Connect Authority (GSCA) board meetings.  Following the meetings, l attended an RCRC Installation of Officers and Rural Leadership Awards Reception.  On Thursday morning, I was downtown for the monthly Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) board meeting, where we were visited by Congresswoman Matsui and welcomed new board members.  During the meeting, board members and staff recognized the outgoing Chair, City of Sacramento Councilmember Rick Jennings. The gavel was passed to Sacramento County Supervisor and new SACOG Board Chair, Patrick Kennedy, who was sworn in along with City of Placerville Mayor and SACOG Vice Chair, Michael Saragosa.  SACOG committee assignments were announced for 2023. I’m honored to serve as chair of the Land Use and Natural Resources (LUNR) committee and as a member of the Mega Region Working Group.  The working group comprises representatives from SACOG and our sister agencies in the Bay Area and San Joaquin County.  On Thursday afternoon I returned to Yuba-Sutter to join Sutter County Supervisor Nick Micheli, Yuba City Councilman Marc Boomgaarden, and Marysville City Councilman Bruce Buttacavoli on a panel of local elected officials for Lead Yuba Sutter Local Government Day.  We talked about why we ran for office as well as some of our biggest challenges and biggest rewards related to our public service. I finished the week at a Northern California Water Association (NCWA) board meeting in Butte County on Friday afternoon where we talked about our priorities for the upcoming year.

Looking ahead to this week

After a hectic week, the upcoming week looks to be less busy for me.  Tuesday, we’ll have a Board of Supervisors Meeting. A few highlights from the agenda include:  appointing community members to various committees, consideration of multiple grants for health & human services, the annexation of new development areas into CSA 66, several items associated with annexation/de-annexation between RD817 & RD2103, creating an expedited permit process for EV chargers, and a presentation from the Yuba-Sutter Film Commission.

I have two Sacramento Area Council of Government (SACOG) related meetings this week, including an agenda review meeting for the Land Use and Natural Resource (LUNR) Committee and a meeting of the Mega Region Working Group, where we will meet with SACOG’s peer organizations from the Bay Area and San Joaquin County.  Other meetings include a Dry Year Taskforce meeting with the Northern California Water Association (NCWA) and a community meeting with MJUSD to discuss traffic concerns at Arboga Elementary.  There is a Wheatland City Council Meeting on Tuesday night, but I will not be able to attend due to a conflict with Taco Tuesday: Fentanyl and Opioid Awareness.
I’m looking forward to participating in two community events this week, including Bear River Post 789 BINGO night on Thursday and Wheatland FFA Snowflakes and Spurs on Friday night.

*Picture is a collage of various things from my week:  Panel of local elected officials for Lead Yuba Sutter Local Government Day; a view of the snow-capped Sierras with Thermalito Afterbay in the foreground; Supervisors Fuhrer, Messick, and I with visiting council members from Basse Area Council in The Gambia; a quote from MLK day, my first Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC) board meeting; Congresswoman Matsui with the Sacramento Area Council of Government (SACOG) board; SACOG board recognized the outgoing chair, and swore in the 2023 chair and vice-chair.

Thank you for allowing me to serve you!

My Recent Activities

Tuesday was a Board of Supervisors meeting.  A few of the most significant items on the agenda included the quarterly development update, a zoning change for a housing project in Linda, the assignment of committees for 2023, and an appeal of a planning commission decision related to a sign along Hwy 70.

Additional meetings included:  A meeting at Beale to prep for a BMLC Civic Leader trip to Nellis and Creech AFBs, an NCWA Dry Year Task Force meeting with state and local water leaders, a kick-off meeting for the 2023 Cap-to-Cap Transporation Team,  a Yuba Sutter Transit Board meeting to discuss NextGen Transit Plan Alternatives, Yuba Water Agency Agenda setting, a meeting with Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC) to discuss an opt-ed on Flood Protection, and several constituent meetings.

I attended the Sheridan Municipal Advisory Council (MAC) meeting, where we invited council members and the public to meetings about the East Wheatland Expressway project.  The meetings will be held from 5pm-7pm, with the first scheduled for 2/7 at the Community Center in Wheatland and the second scheduled for 2/23 at Stewart Hall in Sheridan.  I also attended a community meeting hosted by PLESD to discuss school overcrowding and potential short-term solutions.  PLESD will hold a second meeting at 4pm on 1/17 at Rio Del Oro.

I participated in the 23rd annual Yuba Sutter MLK Unity March and Program on Saturday.  We marched from the old courthouse in Yuba City, across the 5th Street Bridge, to the New Beginnings Wesleyan Church in downtown Marysville for a program honoring and celebrating the legacy of MLK.  I selected a quote from MLK that resonated with me to share: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.  Hate cannot drive out hate; only live can do that.”.

Looking ahead to this week

This week is one of the busiest I’ve had in quite a while and will kick off with a Yuba Water Agency Board of Directors meeting on Tuesday morning.  Some key items on the agenda include a Bok Kai Sponsorship, Dam Safety Program, 2023 Committee Assignments and General Manager Evaluation.

Yuba County has a special relationship with The Gambia, a delegation of elected officials will be visiting the area this week, and I have an opportunity to meet with them on Tuesday afternoon.  After that, I have a planning meeting for the 2nd annual We’re Better Together Golf Tournament. Then, I’ll finish off the day by attending a community meeting hosted by PLESD to discuss short-term solutions to school overcrowding.

On Wednesday, I’ll be in downtown Sacramento all day for Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC), Golden State Finance Authority (GSFA), and Golden State Connect Authority (GSCA) board meetings.  Following the meetings, I’ll attend an RCRC Installation of Officers and Rural Leadership Awards Reception.  On Thursday morning, I’ll be back in downtown Sacramento for the monthly Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) board meeting before returning to Yuba-Sutter for a meeting with AG Rob Bonta and a presentation to Leadership Yuba-Sutter about being a County Supervisor.  I also have a Yuba Sutter Economic Development Corporation (YS EDC) Executive Committee that afternoon, but I may not be able to attend due to conflicts with the other meetings mentioned.   I’ll close out the week at a Northern California Water Association (NCWA) board meeting in Butte County.

*Picture is a collage of various things from my week:  Yuba-Sutter MLK Unity March, High Water on the Bear River in Plumas Lake, Sheridan MAC Meeting with Supervisor Landon to announce community meetings for East Wheatland Expressway input, Marysville City Council member Stuart Gilchrist and I crashing a breakfast meeting between Supervisor Blaser and Marysville Community Development Director Dan Flores, Reviewing the analysis of the governors budget from Rural County Representatives of California, meeting at Beale AFB with BMLC, and attending the Yuba-Sutter Transit Special Board Workshop on the NextGen Transit Plan.

Thank you for allowing me to serve you!

My Recent Activities

My schedule was relatively light for the last few weeks due to the holidays, so I’ve combined three of my usual weekly updates into one.

There were Yuba Water Agency board meetings on both 12/20 and 1/3.  Key highlights from the meetings included recognizing Director Hastey and Senator Nielsen for their service, adopting of the 2023-2027 strategic plan, increasing a grant to TRLIA for levee improvements in south Yuba County, and election of the chair and vice-chair for 2023.  I’m honored that the board unanimously selected me as chair for a second year and we unanimously selected Director Blaser as vice-chair.

On 1/3, we had a Special Board of Supervisors meeting to swear in newly elected and re-elected supervisors and county officials.  We also selected the 2023 chair and vice-chair for the Board of Supervisors. Congratulations to Supervisors Vasquez and Blaser for their selection to serve in those roles for this year.

I participated in a virtual meeting with the Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC) staff to learn more about the organization since I will be Yuba County’s representative this year.  I also met with the First 5 Executive Director to discuss that organization, attended a Three Rivers Levee Improvement Authority (TRLIA) board meeting, attended a City of Wheatland/Yuba County Liason Committee Meeting, participated in a presentation to MJUSD about Yuba County residential development, and met for coffee with the chair of the North Yuba Water District.

Looking ahead to this week

Tuesday is a Board of Supervisors meeting.  A few of the most significant items on the agenda include the quarterly development update, a zoning change, the assignment of committees for 2023, and an appeal of a planning commission decision related to a sign along Hwy 70.  Tuesday evening is a Wheatland City Council meeting.

Additional meetings include:  A meeting at Beale to prep for a BMLC Civic Leader trip to Nellis and Creech AFBs, an NCWA Dry Year Task Force meeting with state and local water leaders, a Blue Zones Launch Party at Yuba Water Agency, a kick-off meeting for the 2023 Cap-to-Cap Transporation Team,  a Yuba Sutter Transit Board meeting to discuss NextGen Transit Plan Alternatives, a webinar briefing on Federal EV Infrastructure funds for Rural Counties, Yuba Water Agency Agenda setting, a meeting to discuss the annual Together We’re Better Golf Tournament scheduled for May 5th, and a meeting with a constituent to discuss code enforcement concerns.  I also plan to attend the Sheridan Municipal Advisory Council (MAC) meeting, where we will invite council members to public meetings about the East Wheatland Expressway project, and a community meeting hosted by PLESD to discuss school overcrowding.

On Saturday, I plan to attend the Yuba-Sutter Unity March and Program to celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr

*Picture is a collage of various things from my week:  First EV DC Fast Charger in Yuba County (at the Arco in Plumas Lake), Playing Santa on the Firetruck in Plumas Lake (thanks Linda Fire), Congratulating Sutter County Supervisor Karm Baines for being selected as the first Sikh to serve as Chair of the Board, water spilling into the Bear River from Camp Far West Lake, the swearing-in ceremony of re-elected Marysville City Councilmembers Bruce Buttacavoli & Brad Hudson, the 2023/2024 Yuba County Board of Supervisors, and honoring Senator Nielsen at a Yuba Water Agency meeting for his many years of service.

Thank you for allowing me to serve you!

My Recent Activities

I started off the week off by meeting with newly elected Wheatland City Council member Angela Teter followed by a meeting with a constituent from the Plumas Lake area.  Later that day, I participated in a Land Use & Transportation Committee meeting with the California State Association of Counties (CSAC) to discuss updates to our legislative platform.

The only scheduled Board of Supervisors meeting this month occurred on Tuesday.  As a result, the agenda and the board packet were more extensive than usual, with over 70 items and nearly 1600 pages of staff reports and supporting material.  We recognized several community members and Supervisor Fletcher for their service and presented the 2022 Employee Recognition Awards.  While we approved many items at the meeting, a few highlights include an MOU with Sutter County to provide dispatches for the sheriff’s department, expanding the Yuba County Business Facade Grant Program to sections of Feather River Blvd and North Beale Rd, and contributing $10,000 toward the bronze statue of Cotton Rosser in Marysville.  After the Board of Supervisors meeting, I met with Supervisor Vasquez to discuss committee assignments for next year and then met with a vendor to discuss services they could provide Yuba County.

Wednesday was a full day, starting with a tour of PRIDE Industries in Roseville, followed by a National Association of Counties (NACo) Telecommunications and Technology Policy Steering Committee, a Yuba Water Agency Energy Ad-Hoc Committee meeting, a Yuba County Broadband Committee meeting, and a Yuba Water Agency agenda review meeting.  I’ participated in a North Valley Rail project team meeting and a First 5 Commission Meeting on Thursday. The week finished off with the Yuba Water Agency monthly chair/vice-chair/general manager breakfast meeting, a NACo West Regional meeting, and a discussion of Yuba Water Agency committees. 

I played Santa twice this week, once for Cub Scout Pack 513 and once for Rio Del Oro Elementary.  I also made some welcome remarks at the Wheatland Christmas Street Fair on Saturday, and enjoyed the festivities, as well as the Plumas Lake Night of Lights on Friday. 

Looking ahead to this week

My schedule for this week is relatively light for the next two weeks due to the holidays.  On Tuesday, I have a Yuba Water Agency Board Meeting.  The agenda has six items, and one of the most significant items is the consideration of the 2023-2027 Strategic Plan.  In addition, we will honor Senator Nielson and Director Hastey for their service, add some additional positions, and review the current financial report.

Starting in January, I take over as the Yuba County representative to Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC), and I’ll be meeting virtually with the President & CEO, Pat Blacklock, to learn more about the organization before I officially join their board.  I’m also honored to play the role of Santa on the Fire Truck multiple nights the week before Christmas.

*Picture is a collage of various things from my week:  Yuba County Employee Awards, Record Agenda for Board of Supervisors Meeting, Visit to Pride Industries, Meeting with Supervisor-elect Messick, Beale AFB Winterfest, Visited Rio Del Oro Elementary as Santa, Wheatland Christmas Street Fair, Plumas Lake Sunrise, and North Valle Rail project team meeting.

Thank you for allowing me to serve you!

My Recent Activities

Tuesday was a full day of meetings, starting with a regular Yuba Water Agency board meeting followed by a special meeting.  We had an extensive agenda at the regular meeting and approved multiple grant requests to invest in Yuba County.  The special meeting was focused on board development and our strategic plan update.

I participated in a Three Rivers Levee Improvement Authority (TRLIA) meeting on Tuesday afternoon, followed by a South Yuba Transportation Improvement Authority (SYTIA) meeting.  At the SYTIA meeting, we received an update on the design of the South Beale Road Interchange and the East Wheatland Expressway projects.

On Monday evening, I attended a dinner with the head of the Air Combat Command hosted by the Beale Military Liason Council (BMLC).  On Wednesday,  I was in downtown Sacramento most of the day at the Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC) board meeting. On Thursday, I participated in the Yuba-Sutter Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee and Greater Sacramento Economic Council (GSEC) board meeting, followed by a meeting and tour with the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) executive leadership about transportation and land use in Yuba County.  I also listened to a webinar on the State’s new CARE Court initiative.

While many local Christmas festivities were canceled on Saturday due to weather, I did attend Pancakes with Santa at Cobblestone Elementary and ring the bell for the Salvation Army at Sam’s Club in Yuba City.

Looking ahead to this week

I will start the week off by meeting with newly elected Wheatland City Council member Angela Teter followed by a meeting with a constituent from the Plumas Lake area.  I will finish off Monday by participating in a Land Use & Transportation Committee meeting with the California State Association of Counties (CSAC) to discuss updates to our legislative platform.

On Tuesday, we’ll have the only scheduled Board of Supervisors meeting this month.  As a result, the agenda and the board packet are more extensive than usual, with over 70 items and nearly 1600 pages of staff reports and supporting material.  After the meeting, I’ll meet with Supervisor Vasquez to discuss committee assignments for next year and then meet with a vendor to discuss the CSAC financial program.

Wednesday is a full day, starting with a tour of PRIDE Industries in Roseville, followed by a National Association of Counties (NACo) Telecommunications and Technology Policy Steering Committee, a Yuba Water Agency Energy Ad-Hoc Committee meeting, and a Yuba County Broadband Committee meeting, and a Yuba Water Agency agenda review meeting.  I’ll participate in a North Valley Rail project team meeting and a First 5 Commission Meeting on Thursday. I’ll finish off the week with the Yuba Water Agency monthly chair/vice-chair/general manager breakfast meeting, a NACo West Regional meeting, and a discussion of Yuba Water Agency committees. 

I’ll have the opportunity to play Santa twice this week and to make some welcome remarks at the Wheatland Christmas Street Fair on Saturday.  I’m also looking forward to Friday’s Plumas Lake Night of Lights.  For information on local Christmas festivities, check out https://www.supervisorbradford.org/2022/11/28/christmas/

*Picture is a collage of various things from my week:  Yuba County Tour with SACOG Executive Staff, RCRC Board Meeting, Pancakes with Santa at Cobblestone Elementary, Salvation Army Bell Ringing, Picture with General Mark Kelly from Air Combat Command at the BMLC Community Engagement Dinner, and honoring Supervisor Fletchers’s service to Yuba Water Agency.

Thank you for allowing me to serve you!

 

My Recent Activities

I typically post a weekly update, but with the Thanksgiving holiday sandwiched between two conferences, there weren’t as many meetings/activities to update you about.  As a result, this update covers three weeks.

I spent most of the week of November 14th in Anaheim for the annual California State Association of Counties (CSAC) conference.  It was an outstanding opportunity to connect and learn with my colleagues from across the State.  The week of November 21st was the Thanksgiving holiday, and my schedule was extremely light; I attended a special Board of Supervisors meeting to approve an updated labor contract and a Marysville Traffic Town Hall hosted by the City of Marysville.  

The week of November 28th included the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) conference in Indian Wells in addition to several other meetings:  a webinar on the release of the National Broadband Maps and the challenge process, a SACOG Board Meeting where we reflected on the previous year and honored members who are leaving the board, an RCRC meeting with PG&E to discuss vegetation management, and an OPUD/County liaison meeting.

December 2nd kicked off a series of Christmas celebrations and events in the region, and I had a busy weekend participating in them:  Trees & Traditions at the Sutter County Museum, Pancakes with Santa at Arboga Elementary, Marysville Christmas Parade, and the Plumas Lake Tree Lighting.  The previous weekend, I attended Hometown Christmas at the Yuba Feather Museum in Forbstown.  

Looking ahead to this week:

Tuesday is a full day of meetings, starting with a regular Yuba Water Agency board meeting at 9am followed by a special meeting at 11am.  We have an extensive agenda at the regular meeting and will consider multiple grant requests to invest in Yuba County.  The special meeting will be focused on board development and our strategic plan update.

On Tuesday afternoon, I’ll be participating in a Three Rivers Levee Improvement Authority (TRLIA) meeting, where we will consider some updated contracts, followed by a South Yuba Transportation Improvement Authority (SYTIA) meeting, where we will receive an update on the design of the South Beale Road Interchange and the East Wheatland Expressway projects.

On Monday evening, I’ll attend a dinner with the head of the Air Combat Command hosted by the Beale Military Liason Council (BMLC).  I’ll be down in Sacramento all day on Wednesday, most of it at the Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC) board meeting, followed by a Capital Region Climate Readiness Collaborative member forum.  I’ll be remotely participating in the Yuba-Sutter Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee on the way to Sacramento.  I’ll start the day on Thursday with a Greater Sacramento Economic Council (GSEC) board meeting, followed by a meeting and tour with the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) executive leadership about transportation in Yuba County.  Friday is the Yuba Water Agency monthly chair/vice-chair/general manager breakfast meeting.  I’ll be participating in multiple Christmas-related community events over the weekend, and you can get more information at https://www.supervisorbradford.org/2022/11/28/christmas/

*Picture is a collage of various things from my weeks: ACWA conference in Indian Wells, Marysville Christmas Parade, Plumas Lake Tree Lighting, Networking with Supervisors at CSAC conference, Pancakes with Santa at Arboga Elementary,  Hometown Christmas at the Yuba Feather Museum, and Trees and Traditions at the Sutter County Museum.

Thank you for allowing me to serve you!

 

My Recent Activities

Tuesday was a Board of Supervisors meeting, and the agenda was pretty light.   

Additional meetings included an introductory meeting between our new PUC local government liaison and appropriate Yuba County staff, a meeting to discuss the North Valley Rail Study with Dan Leavitt from the San Joaquin Rail Authority, a Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) board meeting, a Yuba Water Agency chair/vice-chair/GM breakfast, and a District 4 Yuba County Community Health Assessment Focus Group.

In addition, I attended a 1 Million Cups Yuba-Sutter, meeting the Marysville Veterans Parade, a retirement celebration for Yolo County Supervisor Don Saylor, a meeting with a school board member regarding a middle school bond, and coffee with a foreign exchange student who needed to meet with an elected official before a trip to Washington DC.

Looking ahead to this week:

I’m headed to Orange County for the 128th annual California State Association of Counties (CSAC) fall conference this week. The following week is Thanksgiving, and the week of the 28th, I’ll attend the Association of California Water Agencies fall conference. I don’t anticipate any weekly updates until early December.  Also, due to conferences and holidays, there will not be a Yuba Water Agency meeting on 11/15 or a Board of Supervisors meeting on 11/22.

*Picture is a collage of various things from my week: Yuba-Sutter delegation at SACOG, Small Business Bash in Plumas Lake, handing out candy at the Marysville Veterans Parade, my house lit up for #ProjectGreenLight to honor and thank our veterans, retirement celebration for Yolo County Supervisor Don Saylor.

Thank you for allowing me to serve you!

 

My Recent Activities

Halloween kicked off the week, and the Board of Supervisors and the Clerk of the Board’s office dressed up as Alice in Wonderland and took first place in the county costume contest.  

Tuesday was a Yuba Water Agency Board meeting where we approved a $9M grant to TRLIA to improve flood protection to the 300-year level in south Yuba County.  Also on Tuesday were a Yuba Water Communications Committee meeting and a TRLIA board meeting.

On Wednesday, I joined Supervisor Blaser and Rachel Downs to give an update on What’s Happening in Yuba County to the Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee, then had a lunch meeting at the Brick with incoming SACOG chair Supervisor Kennedy from Sacramento County. I ended the day with a ribbon cutting at Arboga Elementary and then a LAFCO (Local Agency Formation Committee) meeting.  

Thursday, I was down in Sacramento for a SACOG (Sacramento Area Council of Governments) Transportation Committee meeting, a SACOG lunch presentation about passenger rail in the 16-county mega-region, and a GSEC (Greater Sacramento Economic Council) reception with regional leaders and national site selectors attending a familiarization tour.

I attended a Yuba-Sutter EDC (Economic Development Corporation) meeting Friday morning, followed by the annual Salvation Army Race for the Kettle at Hard Rock that evening.  I attended the REST Fundraiser Dinner on Saturday evening and, on Sunday, the Sikh festival.

Looking ahead to this week:

My schedule is lighter this week, starting with an introductory meeting between Yuba County and our new CPUC representative.  Tuesday is a Board of Supervisors meeting (via Zoom only due to the election) and a Wheatland City Council meeting. I’ll be in Sacramento on Thursday morning for the SACOG Board Meeting and in Wheatland for the District 4 Community Health Assessment Focus Group. Friday is a Yuba Water Agency chair/vice-chair/general manager meeting, followed by the Yuba Sutter Veterans Parade.

Remember that Tuesday is election day; please make sure to turn in your ballot to make your voice will be heard!

*Picture is a collage of various things from my week: Happy Halloween from the Board of Supervisors & Clerk of the Boards office, Salvation Army Race for the Kettle fundraiser, DOCO at Night, my new picture at the Government Center, Arboga Elementary Facility Expansion Groundbreaking, meeting at the Brick, Yuba City Sikh Festival, SACOG Transportation Committee meeting, and GSEC Reception.

Thank you for allowing me to serve you!

 

My Recent Activities

Last week was a Yuba County Board of Supervisors meeting. Two of my favorite items included going out to bid for a consultant to develop an EV Charger Master plan for Yuba County and passing a resolution to honor our veterans by participating in Operation Greenlight during the week of 11/7 – 11/13. 

Other meetings attended included: The annual Unmet Transit Needs Hearing hosted by SACOG and Yuba-Sutter Transit, a portion of the First 5 Yuba Meeting, a Yuba Water Agency agenda review, a Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC) broadband grant kick-off, and the 2022 Water Summit hosted by the Water Education Foundation.  

I also attended a Black Star Fund reception hosted by the Greater Sacramento Economic Council, a Chamber of Commerce Lunch Mob at Bridge Coffee, the Yuba Sheriff’s Citizens Academy graduation ceremony, and the Plumas Lake Halloween Parade.


Looking ahead to this week:

Tuesday is a Yuba Water Agency Board meeting where we will consider a $9M grant to TRLIA to improve flood protection to the 300-year level in south Yuba County and a water sales agreement with Contra Costa Water District and East Bay MUD.  That will be followed by a Yuba Water Communications Committee meeting and a TRLIA board meeting.  On Wednesday, I’ll join Supervisor Blaser and Rachel Downs to give an update on What’s Happening in Yuba County to the Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee, tour the new Bear River Setback Levee near Wheatland, attend a lunch meeting with incoming SACOG chair Supervisor Kennedy from Sacramento County and Mayor Branscum.  I’ll end the day with a ribbon cutting at Arboga Elementary and then a LAFCO meeting.  Thursday, I’ll be down in Sacramento for a SACOG Transportation Committee meeting, a SACOG lunch presentation about passenger rail in the 16-county mega-region, and a GSEC reception.  Friday night is the annual Salvation Army Race for the Kettle at Hard Rock, where I’m honored to collect money for Yuba County.

 

*Picture is a collage of various things from my week: Checking out the new Food Truck Park at the Yuba County Airport, dropping off my ballot at the official Yuba County Elections drop-box in Plumas Lake, attending the graduation ceremony for the Yuba County Sheriff’s Department Citizens Academy, attending a Greater Sacramento Economic Council reception and presentation for Black Star Fund, and a beautiful view of the Sacramento River from the Water Summit.

Thank you for allowing me to serve you!

 

My Recent Activities

Last week was a Yuba Water Agency Board of Directors meeting. Essential items included a presentation on the 2022 California legislative session and approving a loan agreement with OPUD and the City of Wheatland to support wastewater service expansion and regionalization in south Yuba County.  I attended the DWR Drought to Flood Symposium, where speakers and panels discussed building resilience for California’s climate extremes, which we anticipate will oscillate between even more extreme dryer and wetter conditions than we’ve historically experienced.

I spent most of the second half of the week at the CaLAFCO conference, where we discussed the role of local LAFCOs in ensuring local government services provided by counties, cities, and special districts are assigned to the most appropriate local agency for that service. I took a break from the conference to attend the monthly SACOG board meeting, where we adopted a Racial Equity Action Plan and received a presentation on the success of Envision Utah in regional transportation and land use planning in the Salt Lake Valley (https://youtu.be/1h5_R3aj4ks?t=4412)

After returning from the conference on Friday afternoon, I attended multiple community events over the weekend.


Looking ahead to this week

Tuesday is a Board of Supervisors meeting. I’m excited about a few items, including receiving a Quarterly Development Update, releasing a bid to create an EV Charging Master Plan, and adopting a resolution to participate in Operation Green Light in support of our veterans. 

In addition, I’ll be chairing the annual SACOG Unmet Transit Needs Hearing for Yuba-Sutter, attending the 2022 Water Summit hosted by the Water Education Foundation, participating in a First 5 Commission meeting, attending an RCRC kick-off related to broadband grants, attending a Sheriff’s Department Citizens Academy graduation ceremony, and a few additional events/meetings.

*Picture is a collage of various things from my week: CaLAFCO conference, Pinktober at Hard Rock, Rededication of the Arboga Assembly Center Memorial Site, Arboga Elementary Fall Festival, Wheatland Cruise & Trunk-or-Treat, and a DWR Drought to Flood Symposium. 

Thank you for allowing me to serve you!