June 21, 2016
Plainview Celebrates New Park

Play area officially dedicated.It took more than a decade but Plainview finally has a park to call its own. On Monday morning, a crowd of around 50 people attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the park’s completion.“Twelve years ago when I came on the [Tulare County] board of supervisors, I met with the Plainview Mutual Water Company,” said Allen Ishida, who represents the area on the board. “At that time we had a severe water issue here but the other issue that came up was that they wanted a park.”

 

High-Speed Rail moving forward in Tulare County
January 15, 2016
High-Speed Rail moving forward in Tulare County

There are plenty of politicians and others in the Valley who object to California’s high-speed rail projects — but it’s here and more is on the way.

The first 17-mile portion of construction began in Madera County in June, and last week the Tuolumne Street Bridge near downtown Fresno was closed, with plans to demolish it and replace it over the coming year with a taller bridge so high-speed trains can eventually travel under it.

Small Community of Traver Reaps Big Improvements, More to Come
January 5, 2016
Small Community of Traver Reaps Big Improvements, More to Come

For many it is a stop for gas between Visalia and Fresno. For some it is a destination to shop for road trip munchies on the way up north. But, for 700 Tulare County residents, Traver is the place they call home. And their home has seen a lot of improvements lately, thanks to county supervisors and staff, as well as other partnering agencies.

Board of Supervisors Appoints New County Administrative Officer
November 17, 2015
Board of Supervisors Appoints New County Administrative Officer

The Tulare County Board of Supervisors announced today that Michael Spata has been named as the permanent County Administrative Officer (CAO). Spata was appointed Interim CAO on October 6, 2015 following Jean Rousseau's resignation from the position in September 2015.

US EPA Grants Valley Funds to Replace Tractors and Residential Wood Burning Devices
November 11, 2015
US EPA Grants Valley Funds to Replace Tractors and Residential Wood Burning Devices

The Valley Air District will augment its highly successful grant program with an additional nearly $6 million in U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) funding to replace old agricultural tractors and dirty residential wood burning devices.

Walk 'n Bike Tulare County- We want your input!
October 27, 2015
Walk 'n Bike Tulare County- We want your input!

“Walk ‘N Bike Tulare County” plan is to make walking and biking in the county safe and easier. At this point we are looking for your input. We want to hear your concerns and needs related to walking and biking in your area and your ideas and suggestions for improving conditions. Below are the main ways in which you can participate. Your input will be used to recommend high-priority improvements around the County.

County Awarded $2.8 Million for Safe Routes to School
October 26, 2015
County Awarded $2.8 Million for Safe Routes to School

In an effort to increase the number of children who walk or bicycle to school, the California Transportation Committee (CTC), has awarded Tulare County with $2.8 million in grants for Safe Routes to School (SRTS) infrastructure improvement projects.  Over 600 projects from across the state of California were submitted with 90 being selected for funding, including two in Tulare County.

County Approves $1.163 Billion Budget
September 15, 2015
County Approves $1.163 Billion Budget

Tulare County’s largest-ever budget was approved on Tuesday, totaling more than $1.163 billion.

And county Chief Administrative Officer Jean Rousseau said it’s a healthy budget, with some of the biggest costs for the fiscal year including more than $11 million to buy the “Cigna Building” in Visalia, along with $3 million in additional dollars, most of which will be used to renovate the two West Burrel Avenue buildings that the Tulare County Office of Education will vacate by the end of the year.

Research uncovers drought impacts in Valley
September 4, 2015
Research uncovers drought impacts in Valley

Economic and health issues detailed
Two new studies reaffirmed what previous studies have already found: California’s drought is taking a toll on agriculture, but farmers have shown remarkable resiliency.

The two newest studies were done by Fresno State and the Pacific Research Foundation, with the Fresno State study more focused on the Central Valley where agriculture is the No. 1 industry.
 

Hollywood in Our Hills
June 23, 2015
Hollywood in Our Hills

In it's June issue, Lifestyle Magazine showcased the impact of in-county filming on our local economy! Click the added link to read Lifestyle's interview with our County Film Commissioner and to see exclusive behind-the-scenes photos of various film sets!