New Interim Manager Hired at Tulare Cemetery

The Tulare Public Cemetery District (TPCD) met yesterday to appoint Phyllis Schneider as the interim office manager. This coming after putting office manager Leonor Castaneda on paid leave. Castaneda’s last day will most likely be April 16. Schneider is the current secretary and has 30 years book keeping experience. She was hired by the district […]

Here we go again… drought

Drought. It’s back. California’s water supply levels are slipping very close to those that existed at the beginning of 2014, which was the start of the last drought cycle. Hopes diminish for a Miracle March deluge to fill sinking reservoir and dam levels as April approaches. The state is particularly dry since 2020 was a […]

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 partner at the accounting firm Crowe LLC who performed the district’s annual audit–the district […]

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 […]

Tulare Cemetery board meeting vacillates between chaos, calm; board attempts settlement

Tulare County Supervisor Pete Vander Poel meets with Chair Avila out of concern for disinterments With issues of litigation, firings, and disinterments facing the Tulare Public Cemetery District (TPCD) tensions were running high between a disgruntled constituency and the trustees. Not surprisingly, 20 minutes into their March 25 meeting, Chair Xavier Avila felt it necessary […]