County News 2012

July 30, 2012
Tulare County HHSA Employee Receives Literacy Advocate Award

Phonemany Lounbandith, a Self Sufficiency Resource Specialist for the Tulare County Health & Human Services Agency's (HHSA) Porterville District Office, received the Literacy Advocate award on July 26.

TulareWORKS Division Manager Donna Ortiz presented the quarterly award on behalf of HHSA and the Library’s Read to Succeed Literacy program. The honor was designed for HHSA counselors and specialists who have referred their clients to a joint program developed by HHSA and the Library Literacy Center.  This is the second time Ms. Lounbandith has received the award.

July 26, 2012
Two indictments for marijuana cultivation on agricultural land

*The below press release was provided by the Office of U.S. Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner, Eastern District of California

FRESNO, Calif. - Two indictments were brought today by a grand jury in Fresno for marijuana cultivation operations in Kings and Tulare Counties, U.S. Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

"These indictments stem from an initiative targeting large-scale rural marijuana growers in six counties in the Central Valley of California," said U.S. Attorney Wagner.

The first indictment charges Jonathan Anthony Meza, 20, of Los Angeles, and Ramon Manjarrez-Del Vaal, 36, of Sinaloa, Mexico, with conspiring to grow, distribute, and possess with intent to distribute marijuana and growing and possessing marijuana with intent to distribute it. Meza is also charged with maintaining drug-related premises.

July 26, 2012
Nike Shoots Portion of an Olympics Commercial in Tulare County
July 24, 2012
2011 Tulare County Annual Crop & Livestock Report Available
Summer Night Lights Attendance Spikes in 2nd Year
July 18, 2012
Summer Night Lights Attendance Spikes in 2nd Year
July 11, 2012
Nomination Papers for Nov. 6 Election Available July 16

Pursuant to section 12112(b) of the California Elections Code, Tulare County Registrar of Voters, Rita A. Woodard, announces that Nomination Papers for offices to be voted on at the November 6, 2012 General Election will be available beginning on Monday, July 16, 2012, and will be available through Friday, August 10, 2012, in the Elections Division, Government Plaza, 5951 South Mooney Blvd., Visalia.

July 11, 2012
County to lower flags in honor of fallen Porterville soldier

Tulare County Board of Supervisors Chairman Allen Ishida today requested all United States flags to be flown at half-staff at all County buildings in remembrance of U.S. Army Pfc. Alejandro J. Pardo of Porterville.

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

July 6, 2012
2011 Crop & Livestock Report to be presented July 24

Tulare County’s 2011 Annual Crop and Livestock Report will be presented to the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, July 24. Copies of the report will be available during the presentation and posted online.

July 3, 2012
Tulare County Urges Residents to Protect Yourself from West Nile Virus

The Tulare County Department of Public Health is advising residents that as we enjoy the celebrations of summer it is important to properly protect yourself from West Nile Virus (WNV). WNV has been found in both mosquito and bird samples in Tulare County, and it is important that the appropriate steps be taken to protect against contracting the virus.

July 3, 2012
Assessor Delivers Property Tax Roll

Tulare County’s property tax roll for fiscal year 2012/13 has been delivered and shows a countywide net assessment of $26,620,080,486, which is .0687 percent less than the prior tax roll, Assessor Roland Hill announced today.

The assessor discovers and assesses all property within the county as required by law. The office must produce an assessment roll by July 1 of each year. Tulare County’s assessment roll was delivered on June 22, 2012. The assessment roll becomes the base upon which local property taxes are levied, collected, and distributed to the cities, county, and special districts to fund government services. A copy of the report is located on the Assessor’s website at: The downloadable pdf file is called “Publication/Report: Tulare County Delivered Roll Values.”

“The continued value decline of the county’s residential properties is the main reason that this year’s tax roll is slightly less than the previous year’s assessment,” Hill said.