- October 24, 2013
- Library Offers "Food for Fines" in November
Tulare County residents who have library fines can get a break on what they owe and help the hungry at the same time.
During the month of November, anyone who brings in non-perishable food items to any branch of the Tulare County Library can have their fines reduced or eliminated. One dollar per food donation will be deducted from existing fines, except for any charges for lost or damaged library items. There is no limit to the amount of fine reduction.
- October 23, 2013
- Food Day Event to Be Held at Traver Market & Gas
Traver celebrates affordable healthy and nutritious food with a celebration at Traver Market & Gas on October 24, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Food Day is a nationwide celebration of healthy, affordable, and sustainably produced food and a grassroots campaign for better food policies. Food Day aims to help people eat real. That means cutting back on sugar drinks, overly salted packaged foods, and fatty, factory-farmed meats in favor of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and sustainably raised protein. Simple changes can help fight obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and other health problems.
- October 21, 2013
- Tulare County Offers Flu Shots
Influenza is a respiratory infection that produces fever, chills, sore throat, muscle aches, and cough lasting a week or more and Tulare County residents are urged to get the flu vaccination.
"Receiving a flu vaccine this fall season is one of the most important things that you can do for yourself and those around you to keep you healthy,” said County Health Officer Dr. Karen Haught. “There are several formulations of the vaccine available this year and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) does not recommend one over the other but recommends that everyone receive a vaccine."
- October 21, 2013
- Secured Property Taxes Due Nov. 1
Tulare County Auditor-Controller/Treasurer-Tax Collector, Rita A. Woodard, would like to remind tax payers that the first installment of secured property taxes is due November 1, 2013, and of the convenient payment options available.
- 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.”