Harrell resigns from Tulare Hospital Board

Newly elected Tulare City Councilman Steve Harrell resigned his secondary position as a director of the Tulare Local Health Care District (TLHCD) effective January 31. Resignation Avoids Possible Interest Conflict The date of Harrell’s resignation matches that of a letter protesting his service on two boards from a Visalia-based attorney, who alleges holding both offices […]

DA amends criminal charges in Tulare hospital cases

Amended criminal charges against former Tulare hospital managers and their one-time legal counsel have been filed by the Tulare County District Attorney’s Office in preparation for initial hearings scheduled for mid-February. Streamlining Filings Thirty-eight updates were filed beginning January 25 in the cases against former Tulare Local Health Care District (TLHCD) and Healthcare Conglomerate Associates […]

COVID crisis pushing Tulare County to its limits

Timothy Lutz, director of Tulare County Health and Human Services, needed just one word to frame his reaction to the area’s current COVID situation: “Wow.” ‘Extremely High’ Death Rate He offered that assessment early on the morning of January 21, a day after Tulare County saw 319 new cases and nine deaths. In the brief […]

Former Tulare hospital CEO hires celebrity attorneys to aid criminal defense

The trial of Healthcare Conglomerate Associates (HCCA) CEO Dr. Yorai “Benny” Benzeevi could become a high-profile case garnering nationwide attention, as former attorneys for disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein and Casey Anthony — a Florida woman accused and acquitted of murdering her 2-year-old daughter — join his legal team. Benzeevi’s company managed the Tulare Local […]

Visalia Unified finances solid

Despite the turmoil caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the Visalia Unified School District (VUSD) will see a budget boost of nearly $20 million over the previous school year. According to numbers presented to the school board by Jim Sullivan, administrator of VUSD Family and Community Services, the district’s coffers should contain around $387 million from […]