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County News 2013

 

 

Indian Gaming Committee Seeks to Fill Three Vacancies
January 8, 2014
Indian Gaming Committee Seeks to Fill Three Vacancies

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Tulare County’s Indian Gaming Local Community Benefit Committee (TCLCBC) is seeking interested residents to fill three vacancies. 

The purpose of the committee is to facilitate the distribution of grant funds made from the Indian Gaming Special Distribution Fund. Last year, more than $263,000 was appropriated to the seven-member committee for distribution to eligible entities. Funding allocated for the TCLCBC to administer is mandated by Senate Bill 621 (2003), which makes grant funding available to counties, cities and special districts impacted by tribal gaming from the Indian Gaming Special Distribution Fund. 

Urban Art to Be Featured in Tulare County
January 8, 2014
Urban Art to Be Featured in Tulare County

Three pieces of urban art, inspired by Pro Youth HEART, will be showcased at eleven Tulare County locations through April 2.

Chairman of the Board of Supervisors Phil Cox will unveil the urban art during the "Urban Art Kick-Off Reception" at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 15 at Tulare County's Visalia Branch Library located at 200 West Oak St.

The art will remain on display at the library through January 22 then be moved to the Dinuba Branch Library from Jan. 22-29. Other stops include libraries in Woodlake, Exeter, Lindsay, Strathmore, Porterville, Earlimart, Pixley, and Tulare. The last showing of the art will be at Tulare County Government Plaza located at 5961 South Mooney Blvd in Visalia from March 26 through April 2. This marks the third year urban art will be displayed throughout the county.

Tulare County Urges Residents to Receive Flu Vaccinations
January 7, 2014
Tulare County Urges Residents to Receive Flu Vaccinations

Tulare County residents are strongly encouraged to get their flu vaccinations, as the influenza infection is on the rise, and the H1N1 strain, the pandemic influenza strain, has been detected. This influenza strain is a component of the current seasonal flu vaccine, so vaccination of everyone over six months of age and particularly anyone with high-risk health conditions is critically important.

"Receiving a flu vaccine this season is one of the most important things that you can do for yourself to stay healthy,” said County Health Officer Dr. Karen Haught. Influenza is a respiratory infection that produces fever, chills, sore throat, muscle aches, and cough lasting a week or more.

Vaccination is recommended for everyone over the age of six months, and the vaccination is available at physicians’ offices and local clinics, at many local pharmacies, or through the Health & Human Services Agency (HHSA) immunization program. HHSA immunization program staff can be reached at 559/685-5725. At this time, the vaccine is widely available in the community.

View expanded monthly flu clinic schedule.

Supervisor Phil Cox To Serve As Chairman of the Board of Supervisors
January 7, 2014
Supervisor Phil Cox To Serve As Chairman of the Board of Supervisors

The Tulare County Board of Supervisors elected a new Chairman on Tuesday, selecting District Three Supervisor Phil Cox to the top position.

Supervisor Cox replaces District Two Supervisor Pete Vander Poel, who served as Chairman in 2013. District Four Supervisor Steve Worthley was selected to serve as Vice Chairman. Each member of the Board of Supervisors performs the duties as chairman through a rotation process. The chairman is charged with setting and running weekly meetings and attending functions on behalf of the Board, among other additional duties.

“Pete took the bull by the horns last year and did a fantastic job,” Chairman Cox said. “His leadership was appreciated.”

Tulare County Closer to Receiving $40 Million For New Correctional Facility
December 12, 2013
Tulare County Closer to Receiving $40 Million For New Correctional Facility

Tulare County is one step closer to receiving $40 million in state funds to replace the existing Men’s Correctional Facility and Day Reporting Center located north of Visalia.

A committee of the Board of State and Community Corrections recommended today to allocate $500 million to 15 counties for upgrading local jails to include rehabilitative program space that meets Gov. Jerry Brown’s prison and public safety realignment goals. The recommendations will be considered at the Board of State and Community Corrections meeting on Jan. 16, 2014 in Los Angeles.

“This is very exciting news for Tulare County,” said Pete Vander Poel, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors. “This is a facility that is certainly needed due to the influx of state prisoners as a result of realignment. I would like to commend the Tulare County team that put together the application that will ultimately meet a very important need.”

Tulare County Sheriff Mike Boudreaux said the recommendation is extremely good news for his department.

"I am so pleased with the positive collaborative effort from all of the County partners that made this proposal viable,” Sheriff Boudreaux said. “The future of this department and the County as a whole requires us to actively seek opportunities such as this to improve the infrastructure of our Detention Facilities. Our team has been diligently working on this project, making several trips to Sacramento. I am excited for the project and for the future of our department."

Flags to be Flown at Half Staff in Remembrance of Deputy Meyst
December 26, 2013
Flags to be Flown at Half Staff in Remembrance of Deputy Meyst

Tulare County Board of Supervisors Chairman Pete Vander Poel today requested all United States flags to be flown at half-staff at all County buildings in remembrance of Tulare County Sheriff's Deputy Jeremy Meyst. 

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

Lisa Bertolino Appointed Tulare County Interim Public Defender
December 18, 2013
Lisa Bertolino Appointed Tulare County Interim Public Defender

The Tulare County Board of Supervisors announced today it appointed Lisa Bertolino as interim Public Defender following Michael Sheltzer’s appointment by Governor Jerry Brown to serve a judgeship in Tulare County Superior Court.

Bertolino, who has served as the county’s assistant public defender since 2003, has been with Tulare County since 1989. Prior to her career with Tulare County, Bertolino was a certified public accountant. 

“Based on her experience within the department, the Board is confident Lisa will be able to maintain the integrity of the Public Defender’s Office,” said Pete Vander Poel, Board of Supervisors Chairman.

Tulare County Establishes Fraud Hotline
December 18, 2013
Tulare County Establishes Fraud Hotline

Tulare County Auditor-Controller, Rita A. Woodard, would like to announce the implementation of a new County of Tulare Fraud Hotline: 559-636-5230.

The County has financial and operating controls in place to provide reasonable assurance that fraudulent, illegal or dishonest activity by employees, officers, business contacts or others is prevented or detected. However, the Auditor-Controller recognizes the potential for inappropriate activities and behavior still exists within the County, as it does in any organization.  To ensure our controls are effective, a fraud hotline has been established for whistle-blowers to report improper or inappropriate activities not identified by existing controls.  

Property Taxes Due
December 9, 2013
Property Taxes Due

Tulare County Auditor-Controller/Treasurer-Tax Collector, Rita A. Woodard, would like to remind taxpayers that the first installment of secured property taxes must be paid by December 10, 2013 to avoid additional penalties, and of the convenient payment options available.  

Affordable Care Act Community Forum to be Held in Pixley
December 9, 2013
Affordable Care Act Community Forum to be Held in Pixley

Tulare County Health & Human Services Agency is co-sponsoring a community forum in Pixley to assist with educating the public about health care coverage options under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

During the forum, the Central Valley Health Network, United Way, and a panel of other partner agencies will provide an overview of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and available health care coverage options. Enrollment assistance will be available at this event for those interested.