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New rules to limit homeless camping in Visalia parks

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – A 2018 appellate court decision bars cities from arresting a homeless person for sleeping in a public park, but that doesn’t mean the city can’t regulate when and how they camp. At its July 15 meeting, the Visalia City Council held the first reading or ordinance overhauling its municipal […]

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Satellite, cable viewers still without local stations

@TheSunGazette FRESNO – Three weeks after a contract dispute between DirecTV/AT&T and Nexstar Media group, local satellite and cable viewers in the Fresno-Visalia market still can’t watch local news and programming on two of the four major television networks. On July 5, Nexstar Media Group, which owns KSEE24 and CBS47, announced that AT&T’s DirecTV satellite […]

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Visalia police officers arrest son for stabbing, mother for being getaway driver

@TheSunGazette VISALIA – A mother and son criminal duo is behind bars after the son stabbed a victim and took off with his mother as the getaway driver. Visalia patrol officers responded to the 100 block of E. Paradise last Wednesday, July 10, at 3:50 p.m. for a disturbance. As officers were on the way, […]

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Planning Commission approves 113-room Hilton Garden Inn just north of Highway 198

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – An upscale hotel for business travelers is coming to Plaza Drive in Visalia. At its June 24 meeting, the Visalia Planning Commission unanimously approved a conditional use permit to build a Hilton Grand Inn (HGI) near the corner of Plaza Drive and Crowley Avenue just north of Highway 198. The […]

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Jury nails sledgehammer wielding man for burglary

Visalia man stole $10,000 in jewelry from the Visalia Mall after causing $400 of damage with sledgehammer @TheSunGazette VISALIA – A career criminal is headed back to prison for at least six years, but it probably won’t be enough time to break his 22-year cycle of violent behavior. On Wednesday, June 19, a Tulare County […]

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Rotary Club proposes tiny homes to shelter homeless

By John Lindt Sierra2theSea News Service VISALIA – A local service club is thinking small when it comes to solutions for homelessness, small homes that is. The Visalia County Center Rotary Club is promoting a micro-housing project headed up by architect Sharon Sheltzer. “We are proposing a ‘tiny home village’ of 24 units that would […]

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Coffee lab mixes the right components for Visalia shop

By Paul Myers @PaulM_SGN VISALIA – Visalia’s buzz around Component Coffee Lab is driving people through the door and owner Jon Anderson is welcoming customers with a worthwhile experience. Their offering of coffee, food and atmosphere has made customers turn their heads. So, it is no surprise that Component was nominated for Visalia Chamber of Commerce […]

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Smartphone gets the better of dumb thief

Visalia Police track down residential burglar using victim’s smartphone GPS function @TheSunGazette VISALIA – Smartphones have grown to become tracking devices that we carry around all day long. While that makes some people uneasy, one Visalia resident is relieved. On Saturday, July 6, at 10:26 p.m. Visalia police officers were dispatched to the 2600 block […]

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New home building permits are up 30% in the first half of 2019

By John Lindt Sierra 2 the Sea news service VISALIA– This spring, economist and Beacon Economics founder Chris Thornburg said the Valley is in need of more housing if they want their economic pie to grow. Fortunately, the number of new home building permits is well on the rise. New home building permits in Visalia […]

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