Salas seeks fifth Assembly term

After eight years in the legislature, State Assemblyman Rudy Salas (D-32) is ready for at least two more years in Sacramento. First elected in 2012, the same year California voters doubled term limits for lawmakers to 12 years, Salas has gained a reputation as a solid representative. Still, in a deeply red area he faces […]

Assemblyman attempts Tulare hospital history rewrite

With the November 3 general election looming on the horizon and the 26th Assembly District seat up for grabs, incumbent Devon Mathis appears to be trying to polish his image regarding his relationship with the previous management of the Tulare Local Health Care District (TLHCD) and the city’s only hospital.   Wide-Ranging Criminal Conspiracy The […]

Packed slate vies for three VUSD seats

A pair of sitting Visalia Unified School District’s (VUSD) trustees will defend challenges to their incumbencies, and a third trustee’s seat will be filled by one of five newcomers as a slate of nine candidates vie for three positions this fall. Two of the three races on the November 3 ballot will feature sitting trustees […]

Tulare avoids lawsuits with TPD officers

The city of Tulare will pay two of its police officers a total of $40,000 to avoid going to court over an allegedly improper disclosure of information about them by Councilman Carlton Jones. At its meeting August 18, the Tulare City Council voted 4-1–with Jones casting the sole no vote to pay $23,000 to Lt. […]

VUSD’s plan for reopening flexible

Students in the Visalia Unified School District (VUSD) will attend class on a part-time basis when they return to campus next month during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. At a special meeting of the VUSD trustees held Tuesday, July 14, Dr. Tamara Ravalin presented the district’s best guess at what the class schedule for the 2020-21 […]

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 […]