Tulare Mayor to host town hall forum in wake of dispute with Ag industry

Tulare Mayor Carlton Jones announced on his personal Facebook page Friday night, he would host a town hall meeting at the Tulare Senior Center, 201 N F St. on Thursday, May 31, from 7-9pm.

The town hall comes after his comments on agriculture gained significant attention, in the community and in the press. In his announcement, he stated he is “pro Ag” and “Anti Cancer, and Anti Valley Fever,” and “pro clean water.”

“I’m pro Ag and that’s why we need to protect bees. Most of my information comes from UC Davis, one of the top Ag Universities in CA. If you are pro prop 68, you support cleaning our drinking water. If I’m wrong about this, I want to hear it from the MJDOA [My Job Depends on Ag] Rep Erik Wilson. If these things are NOT true and I am wrong, we can save money on the Water Bond, The Farm Bíll and Prop 68,” he wrote.

“I was defending Ag in Ca. It is not obliterated. I’ve been attending our World Ag Expo for 15 years and I’ve had my Orange Jacket for 8 years. Every year I see an industry growing and coming up with cleaner and safer ways to farm. I hope MJDOA or their rep isn’t saying these things are no longer concerns of the Ag community. I will be very open about why I think some are making an issue with my comments. I will also be just as open to listen,” he added.

Space will be limited, according to his post.

He requested RSVPs originally to his city email address, cjone[email protected], but subsequently changed it to a personal email address, [email protected]

The Voice intends to attend and stream the forum for its readership.

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  1. Carlton is trying to deflect, he needs to stand before an empty room. Funny he cannot get out of this one as he has said way too much and he DOES NOT WANT ALL THIS SAID AT THE COUNCIL MEETING WHERE HE CANNOT DEFEND HIMSELF DURING CITIZEN COMMENTS! HES FORCED TO LISTEN AND IS NOT ALLOWED TO RESPOND! GOOD TRY MAYOR ON THE TOWN HALL MEETING ANYTHING TO BE HEARD!!! #ISTANDWITHWES
    #MYJOBDEPENDSONAG
    #MAYORISTOAST
    #LOVINEVERYMINUTEOFIT

  2. Carlton is still condemning Ag . When he says he is Anti-Cancer he is implying Ag causes cancer and well of course that is his original comment “ Ag causes cancer “ . Carlton does a terrible job of promoting agriculture and since Tulare is considered the agriculture capital of the world he should not be our spokesperson. Everyone should show up on June 5th

  3. Carlton Jones likes people to believe that he knows most everything even though in reality he knows very little if anything of real substance. He, like most narcissistic types, believes that “truth” is whatever he says it is. When challenged he gets rude and hostile and like most bullies he resorts to belittling those who think differently. He believes he has an absolute right to his own alternative facts and will move the earth to force feed those facts to all who will listen through social media or public forums. Carlton Jones has somehow been able to hang on to his seat and current position on the city council despite his narcissistic abusive in-your-face traits, which he has blatantly shown many times over during years of city council meetings as well as in public and private arenas outside the council chambers. It shouldn’t really surprise anyone that this city continues to support him……… perhaps it is because he reminds folks around here of their favorite President, Donald Trump. They are both birds of a feather ….personality wise. These two have made what was once considered unacceptable behaviors to be viewed as acceptable behavior. It has been said that if you smell a foul odor long enough you become nose-blind to the odor.

  4. Why is it necessary to RSVP to his email address? I certainly don’t want him to have my email address.

    I will be there with a plus one and that is MY RSVP!

  5. This unfortunately is not a town hall meeting in the true since of the word. It has only been set up by one person to feed his ego, as well as to attempt to deflect a likely protest at the next council meeting.
    Yes, seating is certainly limited in the Senior Center, but don’t think that you have to RSVP. That only is feeding into someone’s ego. Given the public outcry over latest remarks, there should have been some foresight to hold it at a larger facility (high school auditorium, stadium, etc), considering the amount of concerned people. Frankly, I don’t think anyone should attend, because again, it only feeds into one person’s ego.
    It would be interesting to know who is going to moderate this so-called town hall meeting? Certainly not the one who called the meeting; where would be the fairness in that? It should be someone neutral and definitely not a crony of the one who called it. Also, how is it going to be assured that Everyone gets a voice and their questions asked? And how will it be assured that their questions are answered and not ignored? What happens at 9:00 if more people’s concerns still need to be brought up? Is it going to be lights out just because it’s 9:00? For anyone who has seen a Council meeting in one form or another, sometimes those go for hours on end. There would have be no reason at all for a “town hall” meeting to be called on agriculture if certain comments had not been made. Rather, a TRUE town hall meeting should be had on our current city council and city attorney, and the utter disgust and lack of faith which the majority of citizens have in them. Unfortunately, I’m sure any of the true issues will either not be allowed to be asked at this meeting, or if they are, they will be ignored under the guise that agriculture is the only topic of the meeting. The idea of not to hold a true, open town hall meeting, was of course done on purpose.

  6. Just wondering if CJ will try to keep out VV from attending or recording the forum claiming he is acting as a private Citizen? Probably won’t work, but it wouldn’t be beyond him to try. Probably talked with city atty friend about it. Personally I’m not going to give him my attendance and I hope others stay away from the Carlton show.

    • We were first told by Mayor Jones that there would not be enough room, then he informed us that he would feel threatened by our presence. I personally responded within 30 minutes of his post going up, and we still intend to live stream the meeting and cover it.

      • Why does that not surprise. If he truly has the facts on his side why feel threatened. For those who are planning to attend, think about walking out of CJ tries to exclude anyone especially the press

  7. Well I don’t know about anyone else but I was sure happy to read we have a mayor who is Anti- Cancer and Anti- Valley fever, I sure feel sorry for the cities who’s Mayors are Pro-cancer and Pro- Valley fever ……. you just can’t make this stuff up.

    • Yeah i love that. But according to him hes Pro-Ag also yet how can he be both since Ag causes cancer and valley fever… Im so confused boy Im glad Tulare has such a smart Mayor to explain to all of us dumb hick welfare recipients whats going on.

  8. Comparing Carlton to Trump is ridiculous. Trump is pro America, pro military , pro veterans, pro police, pro farmers and Ag and against illegals abuse of the system. The only thing they might have in common is speaking before thinking. Let’s stick to the subject at hand which is Tulare’s egotistcal
    and embarrassing mayor

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