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August 3,2017-

Oregon Pot Grower Could Bring 200 Jobs To Woodlake

Joe Bresni ,a representative of Oregon-based Shango, a cannabis cultivation company, told the Woodlake City Council recently that it is interested in bringing the company to town and could create up to 200 jobs. They currently pay 1.5 million in tax revenues, permits and licensing to the state and city where they have cultivation locations. He adds that security is a big concern and he assures they have only the top of the line security for their cultivation buildings.

Another speaker, Three Rivers attorney Bill Logan, told council that locals are interested in cultivation in the city noting that there are over 100,000 marijuana growers in California.

Woodlake is studying permitting of commercial cultivation and has now approved ballot measure for November. Farmersville,too, has put the issue on their ballot.

Screen Shot 2017-04-25 at 11.50.45 AMSale Of Historic Courthouse Moving Forward 

County administrator John Hess says the Board of Supervisors are expected to approve a RFP August 22 to sell or lease the old county courthouse building on Court St in Downtown Visalia. ”I expect we will get several proposals to develop the historical building” he says, although who the players might be and what the ownership structure could be, is not yet clear. Expect some clarification by October.”There is no way the county can undertake it” he adds. The City of Visalia has indicated interest in bringing the classic building dating from the 1930s, back to life.

Hearing On Controversial Apartment Complex Set

A continued public hearing in Visalia is set for August 28 by the city planning commission on a proposal to build a 200-unit apartment complex.The controversial project is being proposed by Christopher Owhadi to construct the multi-family units at the northeast corner of Shirk Street and Doe Ave, near the industrial park

Cheapest Gas In State Here

Fast Trip Gas in Farmersville has the lowest price in the entire state for gasoline according to Gas Buddy. The station at 101 Farmersville Blvd is selling regular this week for $2.15 per gallon.

Screen Shot 2017-07-31 at 3.45.59 PMGetting Stoked Over Surf Ranch Plan

If you can plop down a critical US Navy base 120 miles from the ocean, why scratch your head when you hear about a 155-acre competitive surfing event center, a ”Surf Ranch” located near Lemoore?

That’s the vision of famed surfer Kelly Slater, who owns a permitted wave generation complex originally built on a man-made lake, 700 yards long and 70 yards wide, designed for water-skiing. With some major upgrades and tweeks to the wave generation options, Slater and his investors now plan to expand the operation year-round, open 6AM to 11PM according to a new conditional use permit application filed with the county this summer.

The application says the ranch will be staffed with 50 employees, who will continue to do development of prototype wave generation systems.

The application says the facility will have a recreational use as well, offering competitive surfing events with outdoor music and camping for visitors. They are asking for a permit to hold large events – attracting as many as 8000 visitors for three day events, six times a year.

Bacon and Eggs

Bacon prices are up 20% this year while wholesale park bellies, where they cure the bacon from, are up 71%. Meanwhile your breakfast eggs prices are a bargain, half the price of what they were in 2015 even though more eggs are now ‘California compliant’ – allowing birds to stretch their wings. Ralphs is selling eggs now for $1 a dozen.

Garlic Farmer Solves Worker Shortage With High Pay

Christopher Ranch — the nation’s largest producer of fresh garlic, has filled all its 600 positions by offering an entry level wage of $13 an hour this year says a San Jose newspaper story. The farm, like many in California, has had trouble  attracting the workforce it needs to bring in and process the crop, at least until now.

Visalia Home Permits Rebounding/Porterville Mixed

New home permits in Visalia in July numbered 62  compared to 59 for the same month a year ago. Numbers this year are still behind last year by 5%. Commercial permits increased for the month but remain 56% lower by valuation than a year ago.

In Porterville, new residential permits are down year-to-date (July 2016 to June 2017) at 33, down 42.1% as compared to the same period last fiscal year (57). New commercial permits issued this fiscal year (9) are up 350% as compared to the same period last fiscal year (2).

Earlimart Could Get Tech School

The farmworker community of Earlimart is in line to get a new Delano Unified Technical school on 17 acres in the town according to an environmental document being processed by Tulare County.

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