Ryan’s Place in Visalia to shutter during pandemic

Ryan’s Place, the beloved gathering spot on Mooney Boulevard in Visalia, has closed its doors to diners for the time being as the restaurant’s owners struggle with a labor shortage while the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continues apace. “It’s a temporary thing,” said Amy Rose, who manages Ryan’s Place and a handful of other restaurants founded […]

Visalia council approves deficit budget

A deficit budget covering the next two fiscal years will see the city of Visalia outspending its income by more than $3 million. The plan–which spends $72.9 million in fiscal year 2020-21 with a $1.48 million deficit and $73.9 million in FY 21-22 with a $1.55 million deficit–received unanimous support from the Visalia City Council […]

No word yet on VUSD reopening

Visalia Unified School District (VUSD) leaders are not sure when the city’s schools will reopen, and a continuation of distance learning remains a distinct possibility. Waiting for Guidance With schools on a state-issued order to close their doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Tamara Ravalin says district administrators around the state are waiting for […]

UPDATED: Visalians join nationwide police protests

Third update: Visalia Chief of Police Jason Salazar has released a statement in video form addressing the incident involving a counterprotester striking two demonstrators with his vehicle. Police are in contact with all parties involved and details of the interaction are included below. Second update: The Visalia Police Department have issued a statement regarding the […]

Visalia Council urges return to business

The Visalia City Council–after encouraging Visalians to begin the process of “reopening” the local economy–voted to hold a special meeting this week to discuss how the city can help citizens affected by income loss due to COVID-19.   Call for Caution “I would encourage small businesses to open up, but use common sense,” said Councilman […]

Tulare poised to allow recreational pot sales

In a 3-2 vote, the Tulare City Council approved the final wording for its recreational cannabis sales ordinance. The final draft–approved April 7 as a “pass-to-print” measure that will still require a final OK at the next council meeting–will allow up to five recreational cannabis sales points in the city and cap the city’s portion […]