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 […]

Visalia Unified nixes fifth high school

The Visalia Unified School District (VUSD) Board of Trustees has halted plans to build a fifth high school in the wake of the failure of Prop. 13 on the March ballot. “The board has decided that we are not moving ahead with the high school at this time and that we need to do more […]

Visalia Unified closures extended to May 1

Visalia Unified School District (VUSD) campuses will remain closed through at least May 1 due to COVID-19, after district trustees voted to extend the current cessation of in-person classes. Should conditions improve so that infection rates are steady and Gov. Gavin Newsom’s shelter-at-home order is lifted, the trustees empowered Superintendent Dr. Tamara Ravalin to reopen […]