County News

October 18, 2013
Supervisors to Consider Marijuana Policy Changes

A variety of proposed medical marijuana policy changes will be brought to the Tulare County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday that range from a permanent ban on new dispensaries and cultivation sites to reducing the number of plants an individual can grow.

The proposed policy changes will be presented at 1:30 p.m. on October 22 during a “Marijuana Study Session” at the Board Chambers, located at 2800 W. Burrel Ave. in Visalia.

The study session is in response to a number of State Appellate Court decisions this year that provide clarification of State law regarding the ability of local governments to regulate or ban marijuana activity. For example, in May 2013 the State Appellate Court affirmed the right of cities’ and counties’ powers to regulate and ban medical marijuana operations. (City of Riverside v. Inland Empire Patient’s Health and Wellness Center, Inc.)

Board of Supervisors Chairman Pete Vander Poel said reviewing and strengthening local medical marijuana policy can be an important tool to combating illegal grow sites.

“Illegal medical marijuana grow sites pose a tremendous threat to the safety and well-being of Tulare County’s residents,” Chairman Vander Poel said. “The Board will ensure that our policies provide ample opportunity for County staff to continue to eradicate illegal marijuana.”

October 18, 2013
Study: Tulare County's youth are drinking less sugary drinks

A new study by the California Center for Public Health Advocacy (CCPHA) and the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research shows that the overall consumption of sugar sweetened beverages (SSBs) by children here in Tulare County has fallen from 54 to 49 percent.

“Limiting the consumption of SSBs, including sports and energy drinks, will help protect our children and adolescents from rising rates of obesity and early-onset diabetes and will lower the rates of children who must enter the health care system early for these health issues,” said Tulare County Public Health Officer, Dr. Karen Haught.

The report shows that in 2011-12, 49 percent of Tulare County children ages 2-17 drank at least one or more sugar-sweetened beverage per day. In 2005-07, that number was 54 percent.

October 9, 2013
County, PG&E, Proteus Offer Energy Workshop in Waukena

Waukena residents are invited to attend an informational workshop aimed to educate them of no-cost and low-cost programs that will lower their energy bill.

The workshop is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 10 at Waukena Elementary School, located at 19113 Rd. 28, Tulare, CA 93274. The workshop is being offered by Tulare County, Pacific Gas & Electric, and Proteus, Inc.

October 8, 2013
Board of Supervisors Appoint Mike Boudreaux as Acting Sheriff

The Tulare County Board of Supervisors today appointed Undersheriff Mike Boudreaux as acting Sheriff, effective October 6.

The appointment as acting Sheriff followed the Friday, October 4 announcement from longtime Sheriff Bill Wittman that he is taking a medical leave of absence. A time frame for Sheriff Wittman’s return has not been determined.

October 7, 2013
Important Dates for Upcoming Nov. 5 Elections

Tulare County Registrar of Voters, Rita A. Woodard, is reminding all Tulare County residents that the Consolidated Districts Election will be held on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 and there are a number of important upcoming election-related dates.