County News 2011

October 28, 2011
Tulare County Museum to Debut New Native American Exhibit

October 28, 2011

Tulare County’s History of Farm Labor & Agriculture Museum will debut a new exhibit in November – The Yokuts Legacy: Celebrating Native American Traditions in Tulare County.

The public is invited to attend a reception to honor the opening of the new exhibit from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Nov. 5 at the museum, located inside of Mooney Grove Park in Visalia. Admission to the park and the museum is free.

October 27, 2011
Tulare County Parking Lot VI Construction Project Complete

October 27, 2011

Residents and employees seeking to park near the Tulare County Superior Courthouse in Visalia should have plenty of parking spaces thanks to the completion of the Parking Lot VI construction project.
 
The Parking Lot VI construction project, located at the corner of Main St. and Woodland St., started in July 2011 and finished this week. The public and employees will have access to the parking lot on Monday, Oct. 31.
 
“Tulare County would like to thank the public, employees and our neighbors for their patience during the construction project,” said Kristin Bennett, Assistant County Administrative Officer. “The added 166 parking spaces and the reconfigured layout will ease the Civic Center parking challenges.”

October 18, 2011
Tulare County Appoints Joe Garcia As New Fire Chief

October 18, 2011

The Tulare County Board of Supervisors today appointed Joe M. Garcia as the Tulare County Fire Department Chief.

Garcia has more than 37 years in the California fire service, starting as a Paid-Call Firefighter in 1974 at the Terra Bella Tulare County station. He also worked with the Porterville State Hospital Fire Department, the Office of the State Fire Marshal, and, more recent, was hired as a Division Chief with the Tulare County Fire Department when it was established by the Board of Supervisors in 2006.

"Joe has had a proven track-record of success throughout his fire service career and has a statewide reputation of being an effective leader," said Mike Ennis, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors. "We are pleased to fill the Fire Chief position with someone of Joe's caliber."

October 11, 2011
Step Up Youth Challenge to Kick Off on Thursday

October 11, 2011

More than 170 youth representing 17 middle and junior high schools from throughout Tulare County will participate in a summit to kick off the Step Up Youth Challenge from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday at the Visalia Convention Center.

The Step Up Youth Challenge is a seven-month program designed to engage a diverse group of junior high students in a service learning-based Challenge Project that impacts their school culture and community. Schools completing a project will compete in a challenge to win grants for their school. The program is sponsored by the Tulare County Gang Prevention Task Force, whose goal is to decrease gang activity and support the growth of positive options for youth throughout Tulare County.

Schools participating in the summit on Thursday will attend various workshops to help them create a plan to implement a Challenge Project to address a theme that is locally important to their school or community. For example, schools might address gangs, drug abuse, peer pressure, bullying, self-esteem, and suicide prevention.

“One of the most important features of Step Up Youth Challenge is that the projects developed for each campus will be youth-designed and youth-driven,” said Tulare County Superintendent of Schools Jim Vidak. "We know from experience that youth-driven projects have a greater potential for success as students take ownership in the process. We are anxious to see what develops and track the positive affects at each school."

October 7, 2011
Tulare County Seeks Professionals to Fill Positions on Two Boards

October 7, 2010

The County of Tulare Clerk of the Board Office is accepting applications from interested and qualified District One and District Four residents to fill two vacancies on the Tulare County Assessment Appeals Board and a District Three resident to fill one vacancy on the Housing Authority of Tulare County Board.

October 5, 2011
Tulare County Deadlines for Nov. 8 Election

October 5, 2011

Rita A. Woodard, Registrar of Voters, is reminding all Tulare County residents that the upcoming Consolidated Districts Election will be held on November 8, 2011. 

September 20, 2011
Tulare County passes balanced budget

September 20, 2011

The Tulare County Board of Supervisors today unanimously approved a $953.8 million balanced spending plan recommended by County Administrative Officer Jean Rousseau for Fiscal Year 2011-12.

“Tulare County will continue to spend within its means and provide a balanced budget,” said Mike Ennis, Chairman of the Tulare County Board of Supervisors. “I want to thank all employees who have continued to provide excellent service through these tough times.”

September 19, 2011
Tulare County Career Fair to be held Sept. 28

September 19, 2011

The Tulare County Employment Connection will host the 20th Annual Tulare County Career Fair on Wednesday, September 28, 2011. The Career Fair is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will be held at the Visalia Holiday Inn and Conference Center.

Businesses and organizations from throughout the Central Valley will have booths and employment information at the Career Fair. Attending the Career Fair gives job seekers the opportunity to discuss their qualifications and experience with local employers. Interviews can be held on the spot while at the Career Fair. Job seekers are encouraged to wear professional attire and bring multiple copies of their resume.

September 12, 2011
Tulare County Honors Fallen Springville Soldier

September 12, 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 Pfc. Douglas J. Jeffries of Springville.

“Our thoughts are prayers go out to the family of Douglas Jeffries 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 in to remember Mr. Jeffries.”

Chairman Ennis said flags will be flown at half-staff through Friday, Sept. 16

September 7, 2011
Fresno and Tulare County employees benefit from SJVIA partnership

September 7, 2011

Fresno and Tulare County government employees will benefit from a health insurance rate pass for the 2012 Plan Year, the San Joaquin Valley Insurance Authority (SJVIA) announced today.

At its most recent meeting, the SJVIA Board of Directors voted to keep health insurance costs neutral, participate in a shared risk program, and approved a partnership with Delta Health Systems to focus on prevention and wellness.

“The SJVIA is proof that well managed collaborative efforts can be effective in controlling and stabilizing costs for our employees,” said Tulare County Supervisor Pete Vander Poel, SJVIA Board of Directors Vice Chairman. “We look forward to continued success and finding ways to keep costs down for all participating entities.”

The SJVIA was formed by the County of Fresno and County of Tulare in October 2009 for the purpose of achieving greater critical mass for health insurance volume purchasing and reduced administrative costs. The SJVIA has a current budget of approximately $66 million and purchases health insurance for more than 8,000 Fresno and Tulare County employees.