No cannabis biz in Visalia, for now

Half of the Visalia City Council still feels it’s too risky to allow cannabis-related businesses to operate inside the city limits and asked staff at city hall not continue their exploration of opening the city to the state’s fastest-growing industry.   Plenty of Interest The move comes despite a flow of continuous inquiries from business […]

Civil rights case against TCSO to proceed

The Tulare County Sheriff’s Office and its officers have no immunity for false arrest and assault against a Farmersville couple that occurred during an allegedly botched search warrant service, a Tulare County Superior Court judge has ruled.   Jury Trial Scheduled In a June 18 decision, the Hon. Nathan Ide ruled the department and its […]

No new life for Visalia’s environmental, disability committees

Despite the pleas of residents, experts and committee members, the Visalia City Council opted not to reconsider a decision to eliminate its citizen-staffed Disability Advocacy and Environmental committees. Refusing to Rethink To underscore its decision, three of the four council members present at the June 7 meeting ended the debate by passing a resolution rejecting […]

Judge assigned in Tulare hospital criminal case

Tulare County Superior Court Judge Joseph Kalashian has taken control of the criminal case against the former management team of the Tulare Local Health Care District (TLHCD). He will oversee the first arguments in the case during a hearing of demurrer scheduled for August 2.   Hearing Delayed Until August Facing dozens of felony charges […]

Mathis facing renewed harassment lawsuit

Hearings have been scheduled for November and December in a wrongful dismissal and harassment case against Assemblyman Devon Mathis (R-Visalia) that at one point seemed to be dead in the water. Originally filed in 2018 by a female member of Mathis’ legislative staff who claimed Mathis created and sustained a hostile workplace before firing her […]

Visalia’s environmental, disability advocacy committees get the ax

Visalia City Council voted May 3 to eliminate the city’s Disability Advocacy and Environmental committees. Now soon-to-be former volunteers–as well as at least one city councilman–are concerned about declining citizen participation. Citizen Voices Silenced The move marks a continuation of the Visalia council’s ongoing efforts to reduce the number of committees and the number of […]