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Visalia sprinkles outdoor watering over 3 days per week

City Council votes to ease water restrictions in warmer months but continues ban on outdoor watering during the winter By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – Is watering three days per week for a shorter amount of time just once per day better than watering two days per week for longer durations twice per day? No one […]

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Visalia City Council unanimously votes to ban all commercial cultivation and retail sales of marijuana for recreational use

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – Residents in Visalia will be able to smoke marijuana recreationally, just as long as they keep it inside their house. Visalia became the first city in Tulare County to ban the commercial cultivation and sale of recreational marijuana following a unanimous vote by the Visalia City Council at its Aug. […]

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Ron Bock returns to Visalia with his newest Patio Place location

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN visalia – Ron Bock had quite a homecoming party on Aug. 10. His family grilled tri-tip, drinks were on ice and business owners and local officials all sat on plush couches around fire pits and in rocking chairs beneath umbrellas while members of his favorite band Zzah played in the background. It […]

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Olmos to retire as city manager

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – After a 42-year career in government in which he epitomized the description of the public servant, Visalia city manager Mike Olmos announced his retirement last week. Olmos spent the last 16 years of his public sector career with the City of Visalia, including serving as the city’s top administrator since […]

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Sales tax measure ‘N’ full effect

@TheSunGazette VISALIA – Measure N promised to, among other things, put more officers on the street and fix worn out roads. And as of this month, residents have started to notice these improvements around the city. On Aug. 7, Police Chief Jason Salazar introduced five officers to the Visalia City Council. The officers are the […]

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Visalia Police Log

Friday, Aug. 11 A parolee who had been burglarizing local businesses was caught last week. Visalia Police officers responded to Freedom Towing, 1920 E. Mineral King Ave., where they found 49-year-old Mark Egbert stealing property from the business. During the investigation Property Crimes detectives learned that Egbert was responsible for several other thefts/burglaries in the […]

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Murderer’s parole request shot down

@TheSunGazette soledad, calif. – A Visalia gang member was denied parole last week for his life sentence in the 1995 murder and attempted murder of two teens. Luis Rosa Amador, 44, was denied by the California parole board during an Aug. 4 hearing at the Correctional Training Facility in Soledad, Calif. Amador received a three-year […]

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VUSD’s top educators get raises

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN visalia – The top educators at Tulare County’s largest school district received raises last month. At its July 11 meeting, the Visalia Unified School District Board approved a 2.5% salary increase this school year and a new salary schedule for its superintendent and assistant superintendents. Dr. Todd Oto, superintendent of Visalia […]

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Woman, man hit crossing Mooney Blvd.

@TheSunGazette visalia – A Visalia woman remains in critical condition after being stuck by a car while trying to cross Mooney Boulevard. Brittany Lamb, 31, sustained major injuries while crossing Mooney just north of Orchard Street. She was transported to Kaweah Delta Medical Center before being transferred to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno where […]

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