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Bains Seeks Re-Election to Supervisor Seat

Dec 06, 2023 03:26PM ● By Karm Bains for Sutter County Supervisor

Karm Bains, Sutter County Supervisor District 4. Courtesy photo

YUBA CITY, CA (MPG) - Lifelong District 4 resident, farmer and businessman, Karm Bains, announced that he intends to seek re-election to the Sutter County Board of Supervisors.  First elected in 2020, Bains serves the residents of south-west Yuba City in Sutter County. 

In 2020, Bains ran on a platform of supporting public safety to ensure a safer community, tackling the homeless crisis and economic recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic.  “I genuinely feel that I’ve delivered on the issues that have mattered most to my constituents,” said Bains. “I have felt the immense weight of my responsibility and the importance behind each decision I have made on behalf of Sutter County residents,” he continued.  “I have listened to the residents, sought out opinions, developed solutions and led with integrity, kindness and humility,” said Bains. Since taking office in January 2021, Bains feels his top accomplishments are:

Economic Development: created new position, Director of Economic Development to attract new business to increase our tax base and create well-paying jobs;

Developed Grant-Writing Program: created a comprehensive grant-writing program to leverage greater funding for Sutter County;

Public Safety: SBFCA, the joint powers authority that includes Sutter County completed the West Feather River Levee project, which is providing 200-year flood protection that allows development to continue in most of the Yuba City region, and 100-year flood protection to most of the rest of the county. We continue to seek funding for repairs to the Sutter Bypass that will provide 100-year level protection to the lower end of the Yuba City basin;

Public Safety: Committed more than $3 million from the general fund, CARES Act and ARPA funds to support the special fire district known as CSA-F, which provides 24-hour coverage to the bulk of the Yuba City basin;

Public Safety: Started and completed the construction of a new juvenile hall facility in Marysville that is shared by Yuba and Colusa counties;

Homelessness/Blight: continued to enforce the no-camping ordinance on County property in compliance with federal court decisions which allowed us to clean up a large encampment of people living in disabled and unlicensed vehicles, tents, and temporary wooden structures that lined Second Street near the Little League field;

Fiscal Solvency: The county is on track to increase our reserves to 10%, improving the county’s overall financial health.

During his next term, Bains is committed to prioritizing roadway improvements.  He feels that his district (arguably) has the worst roadways in the county.  While serving as Chairman of the Board, he supported the adoption of the 2023—2024 Roadway Work Plan (June 2023), committing nearly $15.5M to roadway improvements in Fiscal Year 2023-2024.  Taking a regional approach, Bains will work to leverage greater funding for more expansive roadway improvements in both Yuba City and Sutter County.

Among his top objectives will be the development of infrastructure to attract and support business development. “Creating an environment that is desirable to businesses will generate greater opportunities for well-paying jobs and an improved tax base for the county,” said Bains.

According to the National Sikh Campaign and We Are Sikhs – a leading effort to educate people on the Sikh faith and its followers – Supervisor Bains is the first Sikh to serve on a County of Board of Supervisors in the nation.

Bains is a graduate of Sutter Union High School, attended Yuba Community College and Fresno State University and is an alumni of the prestigious California Ag Leadership Program.  He continues to serve as a Governor-appointed Director on the 13th District Agricultural Association (Yuba-Sutter Fair Board), a position he held long before becoming Supervisor.  Karm is married to Harpreet Bains and together they have four children: a son, Barron Bains and daughters Meaghan, Jaya and Devika.

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