County News 2012

June 22, 2012
Tulare County Opens New WIC Location

A bundle of joy in the form of a new Women, Infants & Children (WIC) Clinic arrived today as Tulare County Health & Human Services Agency (HHSA) hosted a grand opening ceremony and ribbon-cutting to commemorate the new location of the Visalia WIC Clinic. With speakers on hand from the Tulare County Board of Supervisors, Tulare County Office of Education, and HHSA, with the ribbon-cutting conducted by the Visalia Chamber of Commerce, the new arrival was met with celebration. VISALIA

"This new WIC Clinic location represents the County's continuing mission to improve access to our constituents," said Pete Vander Poel, Supervisor, District Two and Vice-Chairman, Tulare County Board of Supervisors.

June 14, 2012
Tulare County Museum to Debut New Japanese Exhibit

Tulare County’s History of Farm Labor & Agriculture Museum will debut a new exhibit on Saturday – “Perseverance in Strength – Japanese Experiences 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. at the museum, located inside of Mooney Grove Park in Visalia. Admission to the park and the museum is free.

“Like all immigrants who came to the San Joaquin Valley to farm and earn a decent living, the Japanese played a significant role in agriculture,” said Allen Ishida, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors. “I would like to extend an invitation to the public for this important event.

May 22, 2012
County to Limit Speeds on Kings River

The Tulare County Sheriff’s Department will enforce County Ordinance Section 2-03-1140(f), which limits vessel speeds to 5 miles per hour when water levels in the Kings River are low.

Tulare County Parks Manager Neil Pilegard said the reduced speed limit will be lifted once the flows in the Kings River reach 800 cubic feet per second (cfs), as measured at the Highway 99 bridge crossing.

May 22, 2012
County Seeks Injunctive Relief Against Marijuana Collective

Tulare County this week filed for injunctive relief against a Cutler-based medical marijuana collective.

According to the complaint filed on Monday with Tulare County Superior Court, Tulare County alleges that the medical marijuana collective violates the requirements of County zoning ordinance, which states that marijuana collectives and cooperatives must be located on land zoned for commercial or manufacturing use within the unincorporated county. The collective is located in an agricultural zone. In addition, the complaint states the collective violates county ordinance by not being grown “within a secure, locked, and fully enclosed structure.”

Chairman of the Board of Supervisors Allen Ishida said medical marijuana operations are a threat to the public safety of residents. From October 2010 to October 2011, there were eight homicides linked to marijuana operations. Since September 2011, there have been three attempted homicides linked to marijuana in Tulare County.

“Tulare County will not tolerate illegal medical marijuana operations in our unincorporated areas,” Chairman Ishida said. “We will continue to take the appropriate actions to combat illegal medical marijuana operations.”

May 15, 2012
County Library to Expand Access to Residents

Library patrons in Tulare County will have two more ways to check out their favorite reading materials.

Tulare County Deputy Librarian Jeff Scott said the library is expanding access to residents through making 30 Nook e-readers available this week and by purchasing two additional Lending Library book machines.

May 15, 2012
Elections Announces Dates for Logic & Accuracy Testing

Tulare County Registrar of Voters, Rita A. Woodard, would like to notify the Public and, in accordance with Elections Code 19320, all County Central Committees, of the dates, times, and place, where the logic and accuracy testing of the voting machines will occur.

May 15, 2012
Tulare County to Implement Customer Service Program

Residents who interact with Tulare County government employees can expect an even greater level of customer service in the future thanks to a new program unveiled at Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting.

The County Customer Service Training Program aims to provide customer service training to all County employees through lectures, videos, and interactive sessions. More than 4,000 Tulare County employees will participate in the program over the next two years. Each new hire will be required to take the training.

Fifth District Supervisor Mike Ennis, who pushed for the creation of a countywide customer service program in 2011 while serving as Chairman, said he is pleased that the initiative came to fruition.

 “Customer service is the lifeblood of any successful business, including local government,” Supervisor Ennis said. “Thousands of residents utilize Tulare County services every day. These residents expect and deserve great customer service.”

May 4, 2012
2012 Tulare County Peace Officer Memorial Ceremony - May 9
May 3, 2012
Deadlines for Tulare County Elections

Tulare County Registrar of Voters, Rita A. Woodard, is reminding all Tulare County residents that the upcoming Presidential Primary Election will be held on Tuesday, June 5, 2012.

There are a number of deadlines the public should be aware of.

May 1, 2012
Presentation on changes in Federal, State, and County elections