Backers To Travel To Washington To Push For Temperance Flat
Members of the San Joaquin Valley Water Infrastructure Authority that include Avenal Mayor Pro Tem Alvaro Preciado, Tulare Supervisor Steve Worthley and Fresno Supervisor Buddy Mendes will travel to Washington October 4 and 5 to push for funding for Temperance Flat reservoir.”We expect to meet with Mike Conners,Deputy Secretary of the Interior, says the Authority Executive Director Mario Santoyo. Mr Conners is considered key to getting his boss Secretary of Interior Sally Jewel to approve the big water project and send it on to Congress ot get funded says Santoyo. Meanwhile Conners is in the middle as two agencies under his wing offer a far different vision for the future of the upper San Joaquin River. The Bureau of Land Management has proposed that 7 miles along the upper San Joaquin watershed to be designated “wild and scenic.”
“Unfortunately that is same 7 miles where we want to build the new dam” argues Santoyo. “We hope Deputy Secretary Conners will support the rival Bureau of Reclamation plan” for the new reservoir “especially since they have already spent $36 million to move the project forward so far.”
Santoyo says the Valley-based board of the Authority voted recently to oppose Prop 53 on the ballot this November. The measure says projects funded with $2 billion of state moneys would be required to get statewide voter approval even if they are regional like Temperance Flat. ”It‘s aimed at Gov Brown’s Twin Tunnel project but it could hurt us ” worries Santoyo.
Lemoore Getting Larger United Health Clinic
United Health Clinics are buying the building at 250 E Hanford Armona Rd, currently leased to Adventist Health’s physical therapy offices. They will remodel it into new clinic for the nonprofit United Health group. So says David Phillips, community development officer for United Health based in Parlier. “We will completely remodel the 7000sf building making it double the size of the 3100sf United Health clinic building in Lemoore now.”We will double the number of patient rooms, add four new providers and offer dental and optometry to Lemoore patients.” They first opened in rented quarters in Lemoore in 2014. The clinic network is on the grow in Huron and adding a new location in Selma, the 14th clinic site, and has an existing location in in Corcoran. Phillips says construction on the Lemoore clinic could start in November and it will opening in the new year some time.
New Housing In Avenal /New Solar Deal
The community of Avenal is getting two new housing projects says city Community Development Director Fernando Santillan. There is new 33 lot subdivision being built near the middle school being built by Panda Koala Inc,a Hanford builder. Secondly there is new 41 unit multi-family project being built as affordable housing by Pacific West Builders. The apartments are ready to open near Corcoran and Fremont Streets that has a long list of interested renters.
Also, ConEdison is building a new 15MW solar farm in the city limits west of Hwy 33 adjacent the old airstrip.Power is being sold to PG&E once it goes on line later this year.
China Moves to Reopen Market to U.S. Beef
Good news for local cattle ranchers. China will once again open its market to US beef says Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “The United States produces the highest-quality beef in the world, and China’s 1.3 billion consumers are an important market for U.S. producers.” Cattle and calves was Kings County’s number two crop in 2015 valued at$226 million as beef prices have been good.