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Revisiting Visalia Tourism

Visit Visalia begins larger marketing effort as the result of a 2% district tax intended to help increase hotel stays By Paul Myers @PaulM_SGN VISALIA – Tulare County has been a historical pass through between the urban hubs of Los Angeles and San Francisco. But as of last Thursday, a board of Visalia hotel owners and […]

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Suspect lays down the hammer on city code

Visalia police arrest suspect after he dents code enforcement vehicle with hammer @TheSunGazette VISALIA – Law enforcement tends to throw the book at criminals, but sometimes criminals throw things back: like backpacks and hammers. According to the Visalia Police Department, last Thursday, March 28, at 4:19 p.m. a City of Visalia Code Enforcement Officer attempted […]

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City, County falling behind on affordable housing

Visalia needs to permit 2,500 very low income, 1,500 low income housing units to meet projected needs by 2023 By Reggie Ellis  @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – Housing affordability is at a 10-year low in Tulare County and there may not be enough affordable housing to meet the growing need in the next five years.  At its […]

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Kaweah Delta offers help navigating its emergency dept.

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – Navigating the emergency department at a hospital can seem overwhelming in a time of crisis. Forms seem like a foreign language and the term waiting room takes on a whole new meaning as you advocate for a loved one struggling with a serious illness, injury, or incapacitation. Add a massive […]

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Murderer, molester faces 108 years in prison

@TheSunGazette VISALIA – It’s difficult to know which crime is worse, killing the mother of your child or killing the innocence of someone else’s child by molesting them. Only Hector Gonzalez can answer that question and he has the next 100 years to think about it. On March 19, a Tulare County jury convicted the […]

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Santa-clad man caught breaking into building in Visalia

@TheSunGazette VISALIA – Santa came to Visalia early this year. Unfortunately, he wasn’t supposed to be there, and he wasn’t leaving presents. On March 24, at approximately 3:52 p.m., Visalia Police Officers responded to the area of W. Monte Vista and Woodland, after a witness called police stating a subject, Robert Pope, 28, was attempting […]

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Proposals for Visalia Chamber’s fourth Visalia SOUP are due by April 1

@TheSunGazette VISALIA – In order to take a business from its infancy to maturity, it has to be nourished with interest, cradled by commitment, and fed with funding. And before it can take off on its own, it needs a little spoon feeding to get it going. That’s where Visalia SOUP comes in. Visalia SOUP supports Visalia’s […]

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Employee suffers minor burns, smoke inhalation after dryer catches fire at Lucky Day Laundry

@TheSunGazette VISALIA – For Lucky Day Laundry, March 22 was anything but. The laundromat, located at 3539 W. Noble Ave. in Visalia, began filling up with smoke just after noon. The Visalia Fire Department responded to the report of a structure fire and fire crews entered the business. Once inside, firefighters found smoke coming from […]

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Chief McBee will retire on May 10 after six years with the VFD, 42 years in fire service

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – The quaint San Joaquin Valley of sunny California seemed like a paradise to Doug McBee when he agreed to become the next fire chief of the Visalia Fire Department. The Colorado native and outdoorsman was astounded to find a place that was two and a half hours from the sights […]

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