County News 2011

December 26, 2011
Ag Commissioner Warns About Unlicensed Pest Control Persons

Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner Marilyn Kinoshita announced today residents should be aware of pest control companies or persons who aren’t properly licensed.

Per State law, pest control businesses must register with the County Agricultural Commissioner where work is performed. The Tulare County Ag Commissioner’s Office investigates violations of the Structural Pest Control Act and related laws and regulations and uses administrative civil penalty actions when violations are found.

“Since serious health risks can arise from the improper use of pesticides indoors, there are stringent regulations for licensing, examining, training, and professional practice standards,” Kinoshita said. “Always ask to see proper certification before agreeing to service.”

December 16, 2011
Warming Centers Open in Tulare County

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December 16, 2011

The Tulare County Office of Emergency Services (OES), in conjunction with local cities and community partners, are urging citizens to prepare for the incoming inclement weather and have released a full list of Tulare County warming centers that are now activated and operational.

December 13, 2011
Public/Private Partnership Benefits Tulare County Agriculture

December 13, 2011

Tulare County’s agriculture community has a tool to use to keep their farms running when an electrical outage occurs during extreme weather conditions or other unforeseen incidents. 

The Electrical Agriculture Wind Machine/Ag-Well Emergency Program provides a 24-hour, on-call service to farmers – Southern California Edison (SCE) and Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) customers – when an electrical outage occurs. The program is a partnership between the two utility companies and the Tulare County Resource Management Agency’s (RMA) Building Department, who issues the appropriate electrical permits when an outage occurs.

December 9, 2011
Tulare County and SEIU Reach Impasse

December 9, 2011

Tulare County and its largest employee union, SEIU, have reached an impasse.

The impasse stems from a decision in September by the Board of Supervisors to suspend a 40-hour furlough program for its employees for Fiscal Year 2011-12. Nine Tulare County bargaining units accepted the furlough suspension with the exception of SEIU. In lieu of the furlough suspension, SEIU representatives made a number of counter proposals which included discontinuing a freeze on merit increases and promotions, among other items.

Tulare County and SEIU were unable to reach an alternate agreement and has reached impasse. The Tulare County Human Resources & Development Department will recommend at the Dec. 13 Board of Supervisors meeting to make no changes to terms and conditions of employment. Approval of the recommendation would mean the 40-hour furlough program would still apply to SEIU for the 2011-12 Fiscal Year.

December 8, 2011
Tulare County Honors Fallen Springville Soldier

December 8, 2011

Tulare County Board of Supervisors Chairman Mike Ennis today requested all United States flags to be flown at half-staff at all County buildings in remembrance of Spc. Thomas J. Mayberry of Springville.

“Our thoughts are prayers go out to the family of Thomas J. Mayberry and all the families who have lost young men and women who died serving our country,” Chairman Ennis said. “Tulare County will fly our flags at half-staff and encourage individuals, businesses, and other organizations to join us in remembrance of Spc. Mayberry for his sacrifice to our Country.”

December 8, 2011
Planning Commission Moves Tulare County General 2030 Update Forward

December 8, 2011

Tulare County’s General Plan 2030 Update moved one step closer to final approval at the December 7 Planning Commission meeting.

By a unanimous 7-0 vote, the Tulare County Planning Commission approved the following recommendations to the Board of Supervisors: approve the certification of the proposed Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) for the proposed General Plan 2030 Update and proposed Climate Action Plan; adoption of the proposed General Plan 2030 Update; and adoption of the proposed Climate Action Plan. The vote was not an approval or certification. The General Plan Update and supporting documents will now be brought to the Board of Supervisors for review and final approval.

The Board of Supervisors will schedule a public hearing in early 2012 to consider the Planning Commission’s recommendations regarding adoption of the proposed General Plan 2030 Update and proposed Climate Action Plan.

November 23, 2011
Tulare County Awarded Grant to Monitor DUI Probationers

November 23, 2011

The Tulare County Probation Department has been awarded a new traffic safety grant for a year-long program aimed at preventing deaths and injuries resulting from driving under the influence (DUI).  The $75,000 grant awarded by the Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) to Tulare County will aid in the county’s ongoing effort to improve traffic safety and the quality of life. Special probation supervision measures will target the high-risk, felony and repeat DUI offenders in Tulare County.  The Probation Department will also work with other local law enforcement agencies on anti-DUI efforts as part of an on-going commitment to keep our roadways safe through both enforcement and education.

"The intent of the Tulare County DUI Probation Supervision Program is to respond quickly and aggressively to felony DUI offenders through the assignment of a full-time Probation Officer," said Janet Honadle, Tulare County Probation Chief. 

November 18, 2011
Tulare County To Honor Ag Museum Donors

November 18, 2011

Tulare County History of Farm Labor & Agriculture Museum officials will recognize Southern California Edison and the Tulare County Office of Education for providing more than $200,000 of in-kind and financial donations. All donations made were used towards creating and providing programming for the museum’s Learning Center.

An event to recognize the two donors will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, November 21 at the Ag Museum at Mooney Grove Park in Visalia. During the event, a fixture honoring the donors will be unveiled above the doors at the museum’s Learning Center. Students from local schools will also view a newly created video featuring the history of the Yokuts Tribe.

“The success of the Ag Museum is not possible without the generous in-kind and monetary support of Southern California Edison, the Tulare County Office of Education and many other community donors,” said Mike Ennis, Chairman of the Tulare County Board of Supervisors. “Tulare County is proud to recognize these two donors by having a permanent fixture placed in the museum.”

November 3, 2011
Court of Appeal Upholds Dismissal of Lawsuit Alleging Brown Act Violations

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November 3, 2011

The California 5th District Court of Appeal in Fresno issued its opinion November 2 regarding a lawsuit filed against the Tulare County Board of Supervisors alleging Brown Act Violations and upheld an August 2010 Tulare County Superior Court ruling to dismiss the case.

Chairman of the Board of Supervisors Mike Ennis issued the following statement:

"The opinion by the 5th District Court of Appeal affirms the position of the Board that no Brown Act violations have ever occurred. The petitioners did not allege one fact that would support a lawsuit. The lawsuit was completely baseless and without any factual foundation."

November 1, 2011
Two Tulare County Branch Libraries to Reopen

November 1, 2011

Tulare County Branch Libraries in Ivanhoe and Earlimart will host grand reopening events this week.

The grand reopening of the Ivanhoe Branch Library will take place at 3 p.m. on Wednesday at 15964 Heather Ave. in Ivanhoe. The grand reopening of the Earlimart Branch Library will take place at 4 p.m. on Thursday at 780 E. Washington St. in Earlimart.

At both library events, refreshments and a tour of the facilities will be provided.