County News 2012

December 13, 2012
Fire Department Offers DrivingTips for Fog/Night Conditions

When winter arrives in the Central Valley, so does the Tule fog. This type of fog in the San Joaquin Valley is considered a ground fog. It forms at night and in the early morning when the ground cools, lowering the air temperature near the ground to or below its initial dew point. In the valley, during the late fall and winter months, usually after the first significant rainfall, Tule fog will form and create one of the leading causes of weather-related traffic fatalities in the San Joaquin Valley.

Thick fog can reduce visibility and create extremely dangerous driving conditions. There may be patches of fog that can appear without warning, and are often times so dense that motorists are blinded by the reflection of their own headlights. During the fog season, motorists should expect and prepare for foggy conditions and adjust their driving accordingly.

Motorists are being urged to look for roadside message boards and listen to local radio stations for the up-to-date fog information. Fog conditions may change quickly, and all motorists should slow down and drive with extreme caution.

Probation Department Receives Grant to Combat DUIs
November 26, 2012
Probation Department Receives Grant to Combat DUIs

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 Intensive Probation Supervision for High-Risk Felony and Repeat DUI Offenders 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 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 roadways safe through both enforcement and education.

Tulare County Chief Probation Officer Christie Myer said 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.

“Felony Driving Under the Influence is a serious offense and convicted offenders require close probation supervision to ensure compliance with the terms of their release and immediate consequences for violations - including re-arrest,” Chief Myer said. “Probation Officers have been working DUI checkpoints with local law enforcement agencies for several years.  Involvement by the Probation Department has resulted in the arrest of probation violators, increased program involvement, greater collaboration among law enforcement and safer communities.”

November 19, 2012
County Librarian to Retire in December

Longtime Tulare County Librarian Brian Lewis announced today that he will retire after 39 years of public service. Lewis’ last day will be Saturday, December 29, 2012.

“On behalf of the Board of Supervisors, I would like to thank Brian for his decades of dedicated public service,” said Allen Ishida, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors. "We appreciate that Brian worked tirelessly to bring and maintain critical services to Tulare County and believe the county benefitted under his leadership.”

The County Librarian is responsible for planning, directing and evaluating the operation of Tulare County Library services. The Tulare County Library operates 15 branches countywide and provides library services, including reader’s advisory, information retrieval, and programming. The Library’s collection includes more than 300,000 volumes of books, magazines, newspapers, videos, and audio books.

November 8, 2012
D.A.'s Office Raises Funds, Donates Food to FoodLink

Inspired by Make a Difference Day, the annual call for volunteerism, which takes place on the fourth Saturday in October, the Tulare County District Attorney’s Office raised $1,261 and 530 pounds of food for FoodLink for Tulare County. 

The District Attorney's Office used a lively competition to raise the most funds and food among the individual units and office.  The Family Protection team took top honors by bringing in the most food per person.  The Major Crimes team came in a close second.

November 2, 2012
Teapot Dome Landfill to Operate With Reduced Hours Starting Next Week

Tulare County residents and local agencies that need to dump their solid waste at the Teapot Dome Landfill, located just south of Porterville, will need to use alternate options starting next week due to a reduction in operating hours.

Past operating hours of the Teapot Dome Landfill were 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. Starting next week, the Teapot Dome Landfill will be closed Monday through Wednesday.

The closest location for southeast Tulare County residents and agencies that need to use a solid waste facility is the Woodville Landfill, located on Rd. 152 at Ave. 200. The Woodville Landfill is open 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.

October 29, 2012
Walnut Season to Begin; Tulare County to Crack Down on Nut Thieves

Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner Marilyn Kinoshita announced today the walnut-buying period will begin November 1 and the County’s newly amended nut theft ordinance will be enforced.

“Commercial production and handling of walnuts constitute an important industry here in Tulare County.” Kinoshita said. “Unfortunately, some people steal them from orchards and sell the walnuts illegally on the streets. County staff has been actively enforcing the nut theft ordinance by conducting compliance checks at places where walnuts are sold to ensure that this practice stops.”

October 29, 2012
Tulare County Reports Increase in Registered Voters

Tulare County Registrar of Voters, Rita A. Woodard, would like to announce the success of voter registration collection efforts for the November 6 General Election.

More than 5,000 additional voters registered between the June Primary and the October 22 deadline for the upcoming General Election. Elections’ official say the boost in voters can be attributed to online registration, modified registration hours, and general interest in the upcoming Presidential election.

October 25, 2012
Growing Health Leaders Career Conference Set for Friday

The Health Care Sector Committee of the Workforce Investment Board of Tulare County (WIB), in partnership with the Tulare County Office of Education, College of the Sequoias, and the Central Valley Health Network (CVHN) is hosting the third annual Growing Health Leaders Career Conference on Friday, October 26, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the College of Sequoias.

October 22, 2012
Deadline to Register to Vote is Midnight Tonight

Tulare County Registrar of Voters, Rita A. Woodard, is reminding all Tulare County residents that the upcoming General Election will be held on Tuesday, November 6, 2012. As an accommodation, the Elections Office will be open until midnight on the last day to register, Monday, October 22, 2012.

October 9, 2012
Tulare County District Attorney Announces Retirement at Board of Supervisors Meeting

Tulare County District Attorney Phil Cline today formally announced at the Board of Supervisors meeting his intentions to retire from office on December 15, 2012 and made a recommendation to fill his position for the last two years of his current four-year term.

“I’m very, very proud of all of the people who have worked for me as District Attorney and who I’ve worked with as District Attorney. It’s been something that has made me a success. It’s not due to my efforts as much as it is to their support of me. I honor this Board and thank this Board for supporting me,” said District Attorney Cline as he addressed the Board of Supervisors.

District Attorney Phil Cline’s current term began on January 3, 2011 and was set to expire January 5, 2015. The District Attorney’s position will be up for reelection in 2014. District Attorney Cline began his career in this elected position when he was appointed in 1992 to complete the term of his predecessor, Jerry Sevier.