Miss California 2023: not your grandmother’s beauty pageant

The Visalia Convention Center hosted the Miss California competition this past weekend, a pageant that challenges the traditional view of beauty with a incredibly diverse group of contestants. On July 1, the pageant assembled 44 contestants representing all body types, ethnicities and abilities. When the top 12 finalists were announced, Miss San Francisco Monroe Lace […]

Attorneys allege retaliation in search and claimed “arrest” of former Kings County DA employee

Attorneys for Julia Patino have alleged that she was targeted for retaliation after filing a hostile workplace complaint against Sarah Hacker — the current Kings County District Attorney — and supporting Keith Fagundes, the prior district attorney, in the 2022 election. On May 10, 2023, Patino, the former director of the Kings County District Attorney […]

Tulare County Groundwater Sustainability Plans deemed inadequate – aquifer risks being taken over by the state

The Department of Water Resources (DWR) today, March 2, announced their decision on the groundwater sustainability plans for 12 critically overdrafted groundwater basins in Central California. Of the 12 basins, DWR declared that six did not submit plans that demonstrate they will reach sustainability by 2040. Two of those basins are in Tulare County and […]

Hostile workplace complaints filed against Kings County District Attorney Sarah Hacker

Warning: this article contains quotes with vulgar and graphic language. Sarah Hacker, the new Kings County District Attorney, is staring down multiple potential lawsuits for creating a hostile work environment and allegedly using homophobic slurs during a meeting with two Kings County peace officers. Multiple complaints of employment discrimination have been filed with California’s Civil […]