County News

January 28, 2014
Marilyn Kinoshita Reappointed as Ag Commissioner/Sealer for Four More Years

The Tulare County Board of Supervisors announced today Marilyn Kinoshita has been reappointed to an additional four-year term as Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer. This will be Kinoshita’s second four-year term. Kinoshita was first appointed to the Ag Commissioner position in December 2009.

Board of Supervisors Chairman Phil Cox said Kinoshita’s proven track record as Ag Commissioner was the deciding factor in the reappointment. In her first four years, Kinoshita has led the department in improving technology to enhance operations, bolstered community outreach and education, and focused on specialized training for staff.

“The farming community is pleased with the job Marilyn is doing, as is the Board of Supervisors,” Chairman Cox said. “We look forward to Marilyn’s leadership for another four years.”

January 21, 2014
County Plans Indigent Burial; Encourages Families to Pick Up Loved Ones

Family members or next of kin are encouraged to claim their deceased loved ones prior to a mass burial scheduled for February 28, 2014 at the Tulare County Potter’s Field, just north of Traver.
Kingsburg Cemetery District Superintendent Carmen Rojas said more than 210 indigent cremains are being held at the Kingsburg Cemetery, located at 12782 E. Clarkson Ave. Kingsburg, CA 93631. The last day to claim the cremains is February 25. If the cremains aren’t claimed, they will be included in a mass burial, with a ceremony to follow at 10 a.m. on February 28 at Potter’s Field. A potter’s field is a term for a place for the burial of unknown or indigent people.

The cremains are being held by the Kingsburg Cemetery District as part of Tulare County’s Indigent Burial Program.

Family members or next of kin are encouraged to visit to view a list of indigent cremains being held by the Kingsburg Cemeter

January 16, 2014
Building Permits Surge in Tulare County

Tulare County officials say the number of building permits for both single family homes and commercial buildings increased sharply in 2013. County records show 3,363 building permits were issued in 2013 – up sharply from the 3,023 issued in 2012.

“The value of county building permits issued in 2013 increased by $40 million over the value of permits issued during 2012, “ said Phil Cox, Chairman of the Tulare County Board of Supervisors. “This is one sign the economy is improving in the area.”

Officials say the value of all building permits issued in 2013 increased approximately 32 % - to an estimated overall valuation of $166.3 million. Permits issued for houses increased by 23% while commercial building permits increased by 20%.

January 8, 2014
Indian Gaming Committee Seeks to Fill Three Vacancies

Tulare County’s Indian Gaming Local Community Benefit Committee (TCLCBC) is seeking interested residents to fill three vacancies.

The purpose of the committee is to facilitate the distribution of grant funds made from the Indian Gaming Special Distribution Fund. Last year, more than $263,000 was appropriated to the seven-member committee for distribution to eligible entities. Funding allocated for the TCLCBC to administer is mandated by Senate Bill 621 (2003), which makes grant funding available to counties, cities and special districts impacted by tribal gaming from the Indian Gaming Special Distribution Fund.

January 8, 2014
Urban Art to Be Featured in Tulare County

Three pieces of urban art, inspired by Pro Youth HEART, will be showcased at eleven Tulare County locations through April 2.

Chairman of the Board of Supervisors Phil Cox will unveil the urban art during the "Urban Art Kick-Off Reception" at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 15 at Tulare County's Visalia Branch Library located at 200 West Oak St.

The art will remain on display at the library through January 22 then be moved to the Dinuba Branch Library from Jan. 22-29. Other stops include libraries in Woodlake, Exeter, Lindsay, Strathmore, Porterville, Earlimart, Pixley, and Tulare. The last showing of the art will be at Tulare County Government Plaza located at 5961 South Mooney Blvd in Visalia from March 26 through April 2. This marks the third year urban art will be displayed throughout the county.