- September 20, 2013
- Tulare County Library Programs Awarded Statewide Recognition
Two Tulare County Library programs have received statewide recognition for providing digital access to teens and more access to books for all residents.
The California State Association of Counties (CSAC) awarded Tulare County’s “Teen Digital Media Lab” with a Challenge Award and the “Your Library in More Places” program also received a Merit Award for its efforts to place book machines in rural, unincorporated communities as part of its annual Challenge Awards program. CSAC staff will attend Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting to present the awards.
“CSAC is validating something that we already knew here in Tulare County: our Library is doing a great job in finding innovative ways to promote their programs and keep the community engaged,” said Pete Vander Poel, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors. “We are extremely honored to receive these accolades and are proud of the Library staff.”
- September 17, 2013
- Supervisors Approve $1 Billion Budget
Tulare County will begin to put more money into reserves, pay down more debt, and fund one-time projects to improve services thanks to a balanced $1 billion spending plan approved by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.
Board of Supervisors Chairman Pete Vander Poel said for the second straight year Tulare County did not face a General Fund deficit going into the budget process.
“Not facing a budget deficit for the second straight year means we can focus on improving our organization as a whole and continue to provide important services to Tulare County residents,” Chairman Vander Poel said. “I would like to thank all department heads and employees for their excellent work.”
- September 19, 2013
- National Voter Registration Day is Sept. 24
Tulare County Registrar of Voters, Rita A. Woodard, would like to remind residents that September 24, 2013 is National Voter Registration Day.
Voter registration cards are available at libraries, Post Offices and the Department of Motor Vehicles throughout Tulare County. Interested residents can also visit the Elections Office at 5951 S. Mooney Blvd. and pick up a registration card.
- September 11, 2013
- County Seeks Residents to Fill Vacancies On Boards, Commissions, and Special Districts
Tulare County residents who want to get more involved in public policy can do so by filling vacancies on various boards, commissions, and special districts.
From agriculture and health care to air pollution and assessment appeals, there are 51 vacancies available on more than 20 boards, commissions, and special districts.
Tulare County Chief Clerk of the Board Michelle Baldwin said there are several vacancies that have been historically tough to fill due to the specific qualifications that certain positions require. The Clerk of the Board Office is charged with accepting and processing applications for appointment.
“All vacancies represent a great opportunity for people to get involved in public policy and their community,” Baldwin said. “However, some have been tougher to fill because of the expertise needed.”
- September 6, 2013
- Tulare County & Local Partners Offer Suicide Prevention Education
Suicide Prevention Week for 2013 is September 8 through 14 and the Tulare County Health & Human Services Agency, along with local partners, want residents to know about prevention resources.
California rates 44th in the nation in its rate of suicide deaths, but has a higher number of suicide deaths than any other state. Nationally, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death with one suicide occurring, on average, every 14.2 minutes. Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death among 15 to 24-year-olds. The elderly make up 12.9% of the population, but comprise 15.9% of all suicides. Additionally, approximately 38,364 Americans died by suicide in 2010, leaving behind friends, family members, or loved ones who are deeply impacted by those suicide deaths.