Porterville Looks Forward After Proclamation Debate

Following the last few months of controversy, Porterville’s City Council and those in its LGBT community are looking ahead to the future. Proclamation Debate and Controversy Beginning in June, the council placed itself in the middle of considerable controversy over its LGBT Pride Month proclamation and the actions following it. In June, then-mayor Virginia Gurrola […]

State Officials Poised For Prison Overcrowding Ruling

Lawyers for Gov. Jerry Brown scored a rare legal victory, albeit a small one, in the state’s long-running battle with federal judges over prison overcrowding when a panel of three federal judges agreed to a brief postponement of a looming Dec. 31 deadline for the state. The panel issued a wide-ranging order calling for state officials and inmate attorneys to meet and seek a long […]

Government Shutdown Closes Sequoia and Kings Canyon Parks

Because the shutdown of the federal government caused a lapse in appropriations, the National Park Service (NPS) has closed all 401 national parks, including Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. All visitor facilities including visitor centers, park hotels, campgrounds and roads are closed. The park will remain closed until the government reopens. Woody Smeck, superintendent […]

Governor Brown Signs Bill to Create Snoopy License Plate

On Saturday, October 5, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed Assembly Bill 482, “California Cultural and Historical Endowment,” by Assembly Member Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego). The bill moves the California Cultural and Historical Endowment (CCHE) from the State Library to the Natural Resources Agency and lays the foundation to launch a Snoopy special interest […]

Trauma Conference Set for November 7

The Tulare County Child Abuse Prevention Council (CAPC) is sponsoring the 8th Annual Cynthia Lockhart Mummery Conference on Thursday, November 7, at the Visalia Holiday Inn. The conference, “Shattered – From Tragedy to Triumph, Creating Trauma-Informed Communities” will feature Dr. Lisa Conradi from Rady Childrens’ Hospital, San Diego, and Sharon and Mia Behrens, formally from […]