Tulare County Auditor-Controller/Treasurer-Tax Collector, Rita A. Woodard, would like to remind tax payers that the first installment of secured property taxes is due November 1, 2013, and of the convenient payment options available.
A variety of proposed medical marijuana policy changes will be brought to the Tulare County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday that range from a permanent ban on new dispensaries and cultivation sites to reducing the number of plants an individual can grow.
The proposed policy changes will be presented at 1:30 p.m. on October 22 during a “Marijuana Study Session” at the Board Chambers, located at 2800 W. Burrel Ave. in Visalia.
The study session is in response to a number of State Appellate Court decisions this year that provide clarification of State law regarding the ability of local governments to regulate or ban marijuana activity. For example, in May 2013 the State Appellate Court affirmed the right of cities’ and counties’ powers to regulate and ban medical marijuana operations. (City of Riverside v. Inland Empire Patient’s Health and Wellness Center, Inc.)
Board of Supervisors Chairman Pete Vander Poel said reviewing and strengthening local medical marijuana policy can be an important tool to combating illegal grow sites.
“Illegal medical marijuana grow sites pose a tremendous threat to the safety and well-being of Tulare County’s residents,” Chairman Vander Poel said. “The Board will ensure that our policies provide ample opportunity for County staff to continue to eradicate illegal marijuana.”
A new study by the California Center for Public Health Advocacy (CCPHA) and the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research shows that the overall consumption of sugar sweetened beverages (SSBs) by children here in Tulare County has fallen from 54 to 49 percent.
“Limiting the consumption of SSBs, including sports and energy drinks, will help protect our children and adolescents from rising rates of obesity and early-onset diabetes and will lower the rates of children who must enter the health care system early for these health issues,” said Tulare County Public Health Officer, Dr. Karen Haught.
Waukena residents are invited to attend an informational workshop aimed to educate them of no-cost and low-cost programs that will lower their energy bill.
The workshop is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 10 at Waukena Elementary School, located at 19113 Rd. 28, Tulare, CA 93274. The workshop is being offered by Tulare County, Pacific Gas & Electric, and Proteus, Inc.
The Tulare County Board of Supervisors today appointed Undersheriff Mike Boudreaux as acting Sheriff, effective October 6.
The appointment as acting Sheriff followed the Friday, October 4 announcement from longtime Sheriff Bill Wittman that he is taking a medical leave of absence. A time frame for Sheriff Wittman’s return has not been determined.
Tulare County Registrar of Voters, Rita A. Woodard, is reminding all Tulare County residents that the Consolidated Districts Election will be held on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 and there are a number of important upcoming election-related dates.
The Tulare County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday appointed Rhonda Sjostrom as the Human Resources & Development Director.
Sjostrom has worked for Tulare County for more than 26 years, where she has held management positions with the County Administrative Office and Human Resources & Development. Most recently, Sjostrom served as Assistant Human Resources Director since September 2009.
Chairman of the Board of Supervisors Pete Vander Poel said the Board was pleased to hire an internal candidate out of a pool of 50 applicants.
“Rhonda has been a dedicated employee for 26 years and knows our organization extremely well,” Chairman Vander Poel said. “She is committed to cutting edge improvements within the department to assure it functions at a high level.”
Two Tulare County Library programs have received statewide recognition for providing digital access to teens and more access to books for all residents.
The California State Association of Counties (CSAC) awarded Tulare County’s “Teen Digital Media Lab” with a Challenge Award and the “Your Library in More Places” program also received a Merit Award for its efforts to place book machines in rural, unincorporated communities as part of its annual Challenge Awards program. CSAC staff will attend Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting to present the awards.
“CSAC is validating something that we already knew here in Tulare County: our Library is doing a great job in finding innovative ways to promote their programs and keep the community engaged,” said Pete Vander Poel, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors. “We are extremely honored to receive these accolades and are proud of the Library staff.”
Tulare County Registrar of Voters, Rita A. Woodard, would like to remind residents that September 24, 2013 is National Voter Registration Day.
Voter registration cards are available at libraries, Post Offices and the Department of Motor Vehicles throughout Tulare County. Interested residents can also visit the Elections Office at 5951 S. Mooney Blvd. and pick up a registration card.
Tulare County will begin to put more money into reserves, pay down more debt, and fund one-time projects to improve services thanks to a balanced $1 billion spending plan approved by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.
Board of Supervisors Chairman Pete Vander Poel said for the second straight year Tulare County did not face a General Fund deficit going into the budget process.
“Not facing a budget deficit for the second straight year means we can focus on improving our organization as a whole and continue to provide important services to Tulare County residents,” Chairman Vander Poel said. “I would like to thank all department heads and employees for their excellent work.”