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 […]

Paralympic archer refuses to be left behind

At age 15, Lemoore resident Jeff Fabry lost his right leg and the lower half of his right arm in a nighttime ATV collision. The horrific accident shattered his arm beyond repair, snapped his leg in two leaving no option but amputation, and thankfully it left Fabry’s determination entirely intact. That life-altering event may have […]

Two minor hitches in annual VUSD audit

All is well financially at the Visalia Unified School District, though there were a pair of very minor problems uncovered during the district’s annual audit, and maybe an error in protocol.   Reporting Error According to Charles Raibley–an accountant and senior manager at the accounting firm Crowe LLP who performed the district’s annual audit–the district […]