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City to survey residents on new challenges in housing, marijuana

City Council replaces public opinion survey questions on homelessness with questions on affordable housing, recreational marijuana By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – Homelessness might be the top issue on the minds of Visalia residents but there isn’t much more the city can do to reduce the problem. The city of Visalia has approved emergency shelters, worked […]

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Local leaders help make an ‘Impact’ at leadership conference in Visalia

Visalia Chamber’s Impact Leadership Conference breakout sessions feature local industry experts @TheSunGazette VISALIA – David Carr inspired thousands of Fresno State football fans to believe in the power of hard work by leading the Bulldogs to victories over some of the best teams in college football and being the No. 1 draft pick in the […]

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Visalia Police K-9 hauls in knife-wielding suspect

Ernesto Villegas arrested by VPD after wielding a knife and threatening to stab individuals @TheSunGazette VISALIA – Visalia Police Department’s K9 unit came into play last week when they needed to take down a knife wielding man threatening to stab individuals. According to VPD, on Friday, Feb. 15 at 6:48 a.m. officers responded to the […]

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Visalia Chamber seeks nominations for annual awards

Nominations for Man, Woman, Non-Profit, Businesses of the Year are due by March 1 @TheSunGazette  visalia – So much of business and individual commitment to the community is grinding without the expectation of a thank you. But the Visalia Chamber of Commerce takes one night out of every year to recognize business and individuals that consistently […]

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Former Rawhide owner to be roasted

Sports legends and local dignitaries roast local celebrity Stan Simpson at Inaugural Rotary Club Roast @TheSunGazette VISALIA–The hot seat during a roast is an interesting place to be while your friends and colleagues joke with exaggerated stories of your successes and failures. Former Visalia Rawhide owner Stan Simpson will get that honor after the Rotary […]

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Visalia has most affordable housing in state

Visalia had the best ratio of home prices to household income in state, but none of California is considered affordable By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – California cities with affordable housing are no longer scarce, they are non-existent. But the San Joaquin Valley still maintains the most affordable housing market in the state with Visalia topping […]

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Visalia Medical Clinic CEO retires

Rick Strid helped VMC become largest multi-specialty clinic in the Valley during his 25 years there By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – Twenty five years ago the corner of Hillsdale and Akers was the edge of town, transferring medical files meant handing them from one person to another, and Visalia Medical Clinic hardly had any technological […]

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Babies found in home where mother, aunt were dealing meth, marijuana

Police discover two infants in home used as a drug dealing operation, including guns and ammo @TheSunGazette VISALIA – Two infants were recently rescued from a home that their mother and aunt were dealing drugs out of. At 8 a.m. on Feb. 7, detectives with Tulare County Sheriff’s TAGNET (Tulare Area Gang and Narcotic Enforcement […]

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City shuffles departments and directors

Council approves creation of General Services Department, names new public works director, leaves vacancy at community development director By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – The City of Visalia underwent a reorganization last week.  At its Feb. 4 meeting, the Visalia City Council approved changes to several of its department heads, shifted departments beneath those positions, and […]

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