Porterville Chamber of Commerce Recognized for Excellence

The California Chamber of Commerce has named 26 local chambers of commerce to receive the President’s Circle Award. Among those honored was the Porterville Chamber of Commerce. The award, first presented in 2009, recognizes chambers for excellence in business advocacy and helping their members comply with California employment laws. President’s Circle Award recipients published vote […]

Visalia Chamber Man and Woman of the Year Finalists Announced

The Visalia Chamber of Commerce announced the 2014 Man, Woman and Emerging Leaders Year finalists. The winners are kept top secret until the Annual Awards Celebration on June 19th at the Visalia Convention Center. The chamber received many nominations for these prestigious awards, which honor those individuals who consistently go above and beyond to support […]

Presidio’s Venture with San Joaquin Valley Homes Adds 732 New Homes to Local Market

Presidio Residential Capital, headquartered in San Diego, working with Visalia-based development company San Joaquin Valley Homes, is investing $23 million to build five new communities in Tulare and Kings counties. The developments will add 732 new homes to the Valley’s rapidly expanding housing market. “The San Joaquin Valley is developing quickly, and this partnership allows […]

Fitch: Extreme California Drought Not Likely to Pressure Financial Ratings

Fitch Ratings expects California water and public power utilities to maintain strong operational and financial performance over the next year, despite the effects of the statewide drought. Fitch expects the statewide call for conservation will lead to a drop in water sales, which could impact water utilities in fiscal year 2015. However, most California utilities […]

Fitch Affirms ‘A’ Rating for Sierra View Local Health Care District

Fitch Ratings has affirmed the ‘A’ rating on two bonds for the Sierra View Local Health Care District: $18.555 million refunding revenue bonds, series 2010; and $51.52 million revenue bonds, series 2007. “The rating outlook is stable,” Fitch stated in an April 7 press release. “The rating affirmation is primarily driven by the district’s strong […]

Farmers Offered Funding to Help Nesting Tricolored Blackbirds in Their Fields

Farmers who have tricolored blackbirds nesting in their fields may be eligible for financial assistance from USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to delay harvesting and allow the birds 35 days to fledge their young. Interested producers have until May 2 to apply for this funding. “This is a unique approach but one that has […]

State Water Resource Control Board Plans to Cut Back Delta Water for Ag

On March 14, Kings County Farm Bureau (KCFB) sent a letter to Tom Howard, executive director of the California State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) demanding that he reconsider the board’s proposal to seize century-long water rights from farmers. “This decision will have grave consequences on Central Valley communities,” reads the letter signed by KCFB […]