Landlord says county behind on support payments

A local landlord says the county’s Health and Human Services Agency is at least three months behind on room-and-board payments for some of the mental health patients whose welfare the agency is meant to protect.   Three Months Behind (So Far) Barbara Mathis, who operates three room-and-board homes for at-risk mental health patients transitioning from […]

No football, H2O polo this year for VUSD

There will be no football or water polo programs when Visalia Unified School District students go back to middle- and high-school campuses next week.   Making an Emotional Call While the decision to curtail those two sports traditionally practiced in fall came in February, school board members reaffirmed the district’s decision at its March 9 […]

Tulare’s attention returns to hospital tower completion

Like the first buds of spring, new signs of life are beginning to appear at the partially-complete expansion project at Adventist Health Tulare Hospital.   Tower Advisory Committee Formed The Tulare Local Health Care District (TLHCD) this week announced the appointment of five members to an advisory board intended to aid district leaders in finishing […]

Harrell resigns from Tulare Hospital Board

Newly elected Tulare City Councilman Steve Harrell resigned his secondary position as a director of the Tulare Local Health Care District (TLHCD) effective January 31. Resignation Avoids Possible Interest Conflict The date of Harrell’s resignation matches that of a letter protesting his service on two boards from a Visalia-based attorney, who alleges holding both offices […]

DA amends criminal charges in Tulare hospital cases

Amended criminal charges against former Tulare hospital managers and their one-time legal counsel have been filed by the Tulare County District Attorney’s Office in preparation for initial hearings scheduled for mid-February. Streamlining Filings Thirty-eight updates were filed beginning January 25 in the cases against former Tulare Local Health Care District (TLHCD) and Healthcare Conglomerate Associates […]

COVID crisis pushing Tulare County to its limits

Timothy Lutz, director of Tulare County Health and Human Services, needed just one word to frame his reaction to the area’s current COVID situation: “Wow.” ‘Extremely High’ Death Rate He offered that assessment early on the morning of January 21, a day after Tulare County saw 319 new cases and nine deaths. In the brief […]