Category: Warren Reports

Citizen Participation

The Visalia City Council makes a lot of routine decisions on behalf of our community. On occasion, however, an individual or neighborhood in the city gets involved. We try to balance their input with staff reports and our own research. Similar to a judge in court, we try to render our final decision based upon the facts and merits, not upon which side has the most in attendance at a council meeting.

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Quiet Progress

During the first few months of 2018, the city of Visalia has been involved in a number of substantial matters that don’t always appear in the local press. That is why I write this monthly article to keep you informed. While other towns and governing boards seem to be filling the printed page lately, Visalia and our City Council continue to quietly make progress and serve our residents.

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Financial Accountability

In January, the Visalia City Council received and reviewed the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for fiscal year July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2017. State law requires a complete set of audited financial statements annually by the city.

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Stay Tuned

Last month, I wrote about the 2017 business and retail developments in Visalia. I ran out of space to describe the many new projects that are coming to Visalia in 2018.

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Eight Years Later

It’s hard to believe that eight years have passed since I was first elected to the Visalia City Council. Back in 2009, we were in the midst of a recession, Mooney Boulevard looked like a ghost town, and consumer confidence had bottomed out. What a difference eight years make!

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We Give Thanks

My family feels especially blessed to live in this great city of Visalia and to call it home. It’s not just the bricks and mortar that make our city great, but the many wonderful people and friends that we have here.

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Visalia City Updates

If you have questions or topics regarding the city that you would like to have addressed in future articles, please email Warren at warren.gubler@visalia.city. For past articles, visit directfromwarren.blogspot.com.

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The Business Of Recreational Marijuana

Issues relating to marijuana usage, cultivation, and retail sales have come before the Visalia City Council a number of times during the eight years that I’ve served. Although medical marijuana was legalized in California a number of years ago, our city council chose not to allow medical marijuana dispensaries within city limits. Now, with the passage of Prop. 64, which the vast majority of Tulare County residents voted against, California has moved to legalize the recreational use of marijuana.

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Terry L. Ommen: Visalia’s Historian Laureate

Now Visalia has its very own “Historian Laureate” in the person of Terry Ommen. Terry is the successor to the wonderful Annie R. Mitchell, who helped preserve so much of Visalia’s history, and who has a room in the local library and a school named after her. The City of Visalia and our council had been working on this special presentation for a few months, but when it was about ready, we learned that the Chamber of Commerce was also in the process of naming Terry the “Man of the Year.”

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Seniors are Winners

It’s a wrap for the 2017 Visalia Senior Games, held for five days over the last two weekends of March. The goal was to double the attendance from the first senior games held in the fall of 2015, which had 239 participants. We exceeded that goal, this time having a total of 513 register and compete. New events that were added included track and field, swimming, disc golf, and trap shooting. About 25 percent of the participants were from Visalia and the Tulare County area. We had competitors from 90 different California cities, including San Diego, Sacramento, Santa Rosa, and some came from as far away as Washington and Texas.

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