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Four nonprofits to make their pitch for Visalia SOUP’s pot of funds

Visalia Chamber announces presenters for SOUP crowdfunding event @TheSunGazette  VISALIA – The Visalia Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the four individuals/organizations that will be presenting their ideas at Visalia SOUP on April 11th at ImagineU Interactive Children’s Museum. Presenters were selected from nine proposals that were submitted. The following proposals will be pitched to SOUP […]

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Visalia renews contract to operate Sequoia Shuttle

@TheSunGazette VISALIA – The City Council recently renewed its agreement with the National Park Service to operate the Sequoia Shuttle within the park. The City Council unanimously approved a five-year agreement with the National Park Service to operate the internal shuttle for $1.3 million per year. The Sequoia Internal Shuttle began service in 2007 and […]

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Visalia Unified board member Patricia Griswold, a special education teacher for 19 years, dies at the age of 58

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – The Tulare County education community mourned the loss of long-time educator and recent Visalia Unified School Board member Patricia Griswold last week. Visalia Unified School District administration announced that Griswold, 58, had passed on March 29, following a cancer diagnosis. The family informed the district of Mrs. Griswold’s passing early […]

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Ribbon cutting for giant sequoia project at Acequia and Locust is tentatively planned for Arbor Day, April 28

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – The City of Visalia is hoping to root itself as the official Gateway to the Sequoias by building an information center in downtown around one of the few giant sequoia trees located on the Valley floor. Work around the tree, located at the southeast corner of Acequia Avenue and Locust […]

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Visalia-based San Joaquin Valley Homes plans to develop two new neighborhoods in 2019

@TheSunGazette VISALIA — San Joaquin Valley Homes (SJV Homes) and Presidio Residential Capital have closed on 29 acres (151 lots) and plan to close an additional 19 acres (67 lots) next year in Visalia, Calif. The joint venture partners will build two new residential communities, Greystone and Ashton Park, totaling 218 detached single-family homes priced […]

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Juan Manual Martinez is sentenced to 210 days in jail, to pay $1,700 in restitution for home rental scam

@TheSunGazette VISALIA – A Bakersfield man posing as a real estate agent on Craigslist will have to pay back more than $1,700 in rental deposits he scammed from Visalia residents and serve 210 days in jail. On March 29, Judge Brett Alldredge sentenced Juan Manual Martinez, aka, Eddie Martinez, 35, of Bakersfield, to 210 days […]

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Hilton Home 2 Suites brings pet-friendly, extended stay concept to Visalia business park

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – A new kind of hotel led a long list of commercial, industrial and residential building permits this month. Hilton Hotels & Resorts is planning on bringing its latest concept to Visalia. The Home 2 Suites will be a four-story, 83 room hotel that is both is environment and pet friendly. […]

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Visalia’s tax revenues to outpace projections

Visalia purchases equipment, puts more into reserve fund and into fund for new civic center By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – The City of Visalia is projecting to finish the current fiscal year with more money, lower than expected expenses, new equipment all while adding more to its emergency reserve fund and socking money away for […]

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Parks & Rec Dept. holds April 4 meeting for public input on future community center

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – Future growth in Visalia is expected to happen on the southern end of the city, yet there are no community centers located on that side of town. But there will be and you can decide what types of activities will take place there and what amenities it will offer. The […]

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City of Visalia buys 3 parking lots near Rawhide and Redwood High School

Council members split on use of General Fund money to purchase parking lot on Oak Avenue By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – Parking on the western edge of downtown is difficult when semi-pro sports, high school sports and performing arts all compete for limited space on the streets. The City of Visalia is hoping to change […]

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