Tulare County’s Step Up Youth Challenge program will kick into full gear this week with an event that aims to inspire hundreds of youth.
More than 290 youth representing 29 middle, junior, and 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 and high school 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.
Today, Phillip Cline, who has served as District Attorney for the last 20 years, announced that he will retire from office on December 15, 2012, the day after his 65th birthday.
Tulare County Board of Supervisors Chairman Allen Ishida issued the following statement:
“On behalf of the Board of Supervisors, I would like to thank District Attorney Phil Cline for his years of leadership and public service. District Attorney Cline held the position with honor, integrity, and performed at the highest level. We wish him the best upon his retirement.”
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.
Residents who want to have an open dialogue about the services or issues within Tulare County are invited to meet in a group setting with District Three Supervisor Phil Cox at 6 p.m. on Thursday, October 4 at the Visalia Senior Center.
“I want to take the extra step in making myself available during the evening so that District Three constituents have the opportunity to have their voices heard,” Supervisor Cox said. “The doors to my office are always open, but many of my constituents have busy day schedules and are unable to make an appointment from 8 to 5.”
The Tulare County Superior Court announced today Christie Myer has been appointed as Tulare County Chief Probation Officer.
The appointment of Chief Probation Officer is based on recommendations and approval by the Tulare County Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Commission and Tulare County Superior Court Juvenile Presiding Judge.
Tulare County Superior Court Juvenile Court Presiding Judge Juliet Boccone said Myer was selected based on her many years of experience with Tulare County Probation, her work ethic and the many contributions she has made to the community by serving on various boards and committees.
“Christie has worked in the Tulare County Probation Department for over 35 years. Throughout her lengthy career she has worked with many public and private agencies in and around Tulare County. She has built strong professional relationships and is highly regarded by the local justice partners and the Superior Court bench. Christie will do an excellent job in her new role and we look forward to working with her," Judge Boccone said.
Several years of negotiations between Tulare County and the Council of Cities related to land use and the process for the possible collection of development impact fees could wrap up this week.
The Board of Supervisors will hold a special meeting at 10 a.m. on Thursday to consider staff recommendations to review and approve memorandums of understanding (MOU) with seven incorporated cities. The MOU’s cover items such as: future challenges to Tulare County’s 2030 General Plan Update; revenue sharing; and development impact fees. The City of Dinuba has already reached an agreement with the County on the matters to be considered.
The California State Association of Counties (CSAC) honored Tulare County’s 2011 Step Up Youth Challenge program with a Merit Award in the 2012 CSAC Challenge Awards Competition.
The 2012 CSAC awards were announced September 14. The statewide awards program honors innovation in county government. Overall, 18 counties were selected as recipients for 37 awards from 225 entries, which were evaluated by an independent panel of judges.
Tulare County received one of three Merit Awards that were awarded to counties with populations ranging from 200,001 to 700,000 people.
The Tulare County Youth Commission is accepting applications for the 2013 Step Up Youth Activities Grant Program. The grant program provides $100,000 in grants for 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations that operate within Tulare County. Please visit www.stepuptc.com on Monday, Sept. 17 to download all Step Up Youth Activities Grant Program documents.
The Step Up Youth Activities Grant Program is designed to provide financial support for non-profit organizations that provide programs and services aimed at improving the quality of life for at-risk youth under the age of 18. Preference is given to programs working with youth that are in a gang or are exposed to the gang culture in an underserved area, start up programs, programs that leverage other funds, and programs that work with underserved populations.
“The Board is committed to providing positive activities for youth,” said Allen Ishida, Chairman of the Tulare County Board of Supervisors. “This funding empowers our non-profit organizations to provide services to youth that better their lives.”
Tulare County’s Animal Control Shelter will be closed to the public on Monday, September 17, due to a comprehensive technical information system upgrade.
The animal control shelter, located at 14131 Ave. 256 in Visalia, will reopen on September 18. The shelter provides kenneling and holding services for stray, sick, and injured animals that have been picked up or brought into the kennel.
A number of traffic safety tools will begin to be put in place within the next week to ensure that students and parents at Hope Elementary School are safe when crossing a heavily used unincorporated road.
“Public safety is the Board of Supervisors number one priority,” said Mike Ennis, 5th District County Supervisor, who represents the Porterville and surrounding communities. “Installing traffic safety measures is just one way Tulare County strives to meet that goal. We want our children to be as safe as possible at all costs.”
County officials say the Hope Elementary School project is just one of four road safety projects that will be implemented near schools in the unincorporated areas in the next few months.