Political Fix (19 October, 2017)

Carlton Jones is a Bully The first time I met Tulare Mayor Carlton Jones it was February 23, 2014 at a meet and greet organized by Ruben Macareno, former chair of the Tulare County Democratic Central Committee. The event was to introduce the newly appointed Tulare County Superior Court Judge Michael Sheltzer and bring together […]

Political Fix (5 October, 2017)

Carole Firstman Speaks at Networking for Women Luncheon I met Carole Firstman around 2002 at the Three Rivers Holiday Bazaar. The bazaar marks the beginning of the holiday craft fair season and is usually a glorious fall day in the foothills. I was selling my beaded ornaments and peach jam and she was scurrying to […]

Political Fix (21 September, 2017)

The Tulare Way Part II A lot has happened since my last Political Fix. Lawyers representing the hospital board argued for a temporary restraining order to prevent HCCA from taking out any more loans, power has been shut off in the unfinished hospital tower, and HCCA claims that the Tulare Local Healthcare District owes them more […]

California Legislators Take Away Cities’ Ability to Determine Tower Placement

To the chagrin of city managers and mayors throughout California, SB649 passed–allowing telecommunication companies, such as Sprint, AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile, to install mini cellular antennas in public rights of way and even in your front yard. According to the League of California Cities (LOCC), which lobbied against the bill, cell antennas will no longer […]

UPDATED: Three Resign from Tulare Cemetery Board

Tulare Public Cemetery District will soon have a brand new board. Long-time board member Patricia Colson submitted her letter of resignation on September 8 and Phil Vandegrift reportedly handed in his resignation to the Tulare County Board of Supervisors on September 11. Antonia Chavez resigned a few days after the contentious July 12 board meeting. […]