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Passenger rail may stop in foothill towns again

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN visalia – Regardless of your politics regarding high speed rail, almost everyone can agree on the need for more mass transit, preservation of rail lines and reducing the amount of emissions on the road. And the California High Speed Rail (HSR) project could bring all of those things despite its multi-billion-dollar […]

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VPD grant to reduce alcohol crimes

@TheSunGazette visalia – Alcohol-related crimes are a major concern in Tulare County, where DUI fatalities outrank its percent of statewide population and where excessive drinking is higher than both the state and national average. In 2013, the most recent numbers available, Tulare County ranked 11 out of 58 counties with 35 fatalities and injuries by those drinking […]

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Working on the homeless

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN visalia – Robert Valencia started his first day of steady work in more than a decade on Monday, but more importantly, the milestone represented the first day of working toward a new life. Valencia was among three people selected to kick off the City of Visalia’s new program to pay homeless […]

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Shopping center coming to Mooney

@TheSunGazette visalia – While news of nationwide retail closures and chain contractions have hit many mid-sized cities hard in the last year, Visalia is not only holing onto its retailers but is adding space for new ones. Devon Jones, economic development manager for Visalia, said the City received a site plan on July 12 for […]

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Elderly pedestrian dies from injuries

An elderly Visalia woman died last week from injuries suffered after being hit by a car last month. Betty Alonzo Minatta, 79, of Visalia was airlifted to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno where she remained in critical condition until she was pronounced dead on July 28. Minatta was struck by a 2017 red Volkswagen […]

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NE Visalia gets two needed schools

@TheSunGazette visalia- As Visalia continues to expand northeast so does its school district. Now, the fastest growing part of town will receive two new schools in the form of an elementary school as well as a charter school. The first ribbon cutting event will be held at Riverway Elementary School which is located near the […]

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Council to consider watering 3 days per week

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN visalia – On Aug. 7, Visalia will become the latest city to consider easing water restrictions to allow outdoor watering three times per week. But at least one councilmember is not happy about it. Vice Mayor Bob Link placed an item on the consent calendar of the Council’s July 17 meeting […]

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Police ID dual homicide victims

@TheSunGazette visalia – Police have identified the two adults whose bodies were found with gunshot wounds on July 22. The woman was identified as 24-year-old Adriana Rose Diaz and the man as 27-year-old Jonathan Pena, both of Visalia, according to the Visalia Police Department. Visalia officers found Diaz and Pena while conducting a check the […]

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