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Driver convicted of killing woman, 87, in hit and run

Richard Navarette was speeding through Vallarta Market parking lot when he struck elderly woman @TheSunGazette VISALIA – A man who left an elderly woman to die after hitting her with his car was sentenced to four years in prison last week. Tulare County Superior Court Judge Brett Alldredge handed down the sentence on Nov. 8, […]

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VUSD Board delays dress code change

Students, ACLU say banning references to “other hate groups” is not enough to address racial tensions on campus, administration’s lack of understanding By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – Four students and an ACLU attorney asked the Visalia Unified School District board not to ban clothing that references hate groups because they say the simple change to […]

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Scammer to repay $5,000 in online rental scheme

Nicholas Vallez rented the same house to 11 tenants on Craigslist @TheSunGazette VISALIA – Most scams leave the victim without some cash, a little embarrassment and a lot of anger. But fraudulent lease agreements can leave families penniless and homeless. That was nearly the case in the aftermath of a Visalia man’s scheme to rent […]

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VUSD considers bond to build 5th high school

Visalia Unified will survey residents later this month on possible $300 million school bond By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – The City Council’s Oct. 16 decision to allow a 200-unit housing complex in northwest Visalia prompted many questions about land use, planning and road maintenance and improvement schedules. But one of the most concerning issues the […]

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Visalia’s old courthouse may become a snazzy hotel

Local developer plans to transform the former courthouse into a 1930s-esque luxury hotel By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – An abandoned building in downtown may became a luxury hotel with an appearance that could have been ripped from the pages of The Great Gatsby. That’s the vision of Matt Ainley, lead developer of Courthouse Square Ventures, […]

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Gang member caught with 3 guns and 3 grams of meth

Joseph Cruz Nunez of Visalia had illegal handguns, 3.3 grams of methamphetamine in apartment @TheSunGazette VISALIA – A known gang member is off the streets following an arrest last week. At 11:15 a.m. on Nov. 3, officers with the Visalia Police Department’s Special Enforcement Unit (SEU) served a narcotics search warrant at an apartment in […]

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Letter to the Editor: Mayor Gubler on Visalians’ coming together

Visalians come together to help ‘Make a Difference’ in their community Dear Editor, On Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, the community of Visalia again came together to help “Make a Difference.”  According to our head count, approximately 300 volunteers turned out to assist the city in freshening up our local parks and city properties, including planting trees […]

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‘SOUP’ feeds innovative ideas at the national level

Visalia Chamber of Commerce crowdfunding event wins National Innovation Award @TheSunGazette VISALIA – No matter the size of the towns Chamber of Commerce they are always looking to have a positive impact on the community. That is why they are always looking for creative ideas for events and programs. At the fourth annual Chamber Innovation […]

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Summit: Solution for homeless is more homes

Experts from Southern California, New Mexico and rural counties say housing first model is least expensive, best practice to end homelessness By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – It shouldn’t surprise anyone that the solution to addressing people who are homeless is more homes. That was the consensus among researchers, analysts, and religious and government leaders who […]

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DA charges attackers with hate crimes

Two white males beat, stabbed and nearly killed a black man following an argument in Goshen @TheSunGazette TULARE COUNTY – A Goshen man was beaten, stabbed and nearly killed earlier this month partly due to the color of his skin. On Oct. 24, the Tulare County District Attorney’s Office announced two men arrested in connection […]

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