Visalia News : Airline Cancels Las Vegas Route
Great Lakes Airlines has canceled its Visalia to Las Vegas flights as of March 31 says airport manager Mario Cifuentes. The flight cancellation coincides with plans by the federal government to halt Essential Air Service flights from Ely Nevada that helped provide a plane to use for Visalia flights.
Cifuentes says he is hopeful the airline will offer Visalia an additional roundtrip flight to LAX soon – a route that has much more importance to Visalia he says. He expects some word in coming weeks. Great Lakes has a AM and noon hour flight to LAX currently.
Visalia City Manager To Retire in Fall
City Manager Steve Salomon has announced his intent to retire from the City of Visalia in the Fall. While he gave no definitive date, he had previously informed the City Council that he would give six month notice if he planned to leave.
“Steve has helped shape this city into truly the best in the Central Valley,” said Visalia Mayor Amy Shuklian. “Through both good and challenging times, Steve always maintained a calm approach to deal with issues. His ability to forge relationships with community stakeholders is unprecedented. It will be difficult to imagine the City of Visalia without Steve Salomon as City Manager.”
In announcing his plans to retire, Mr. Salomon said, “I have had the pleasure and honor of working for the City Councils and the community since 1996, over 16 years. Much has been accomplished and the community’s quality has been enhanced.” Mr. Salomon also acknowledged the hundreds of City employees with whom he has worked. “Visalia, without a doubt, has the finest municipal organization in the State.”
He also thanked the City Council members he has worked with during his tenure. “Visalia has been blessed for decades with elected officials who serve only with the desire to make this place stronger and better. It shows in all facets of the community.”
During his tenure as Visalia’s City Manager, his accomplishments are highlighted with the expansion of services to meet the needs of Visalia citizens. They include: The passage of Measure T, the first sales tax augmentation in the State to fund on-going public safety operations; the opening of two new police substations in north and south Visalia; the addition of two new parking structures to keep up with the demands of a vital, thriving downtown; the opening of Visalia’s sixth fire station on Lovers Lane; the expansion of the Kaweah Delta Medical Center facilities, and; the opening and expansion of the Visalia Transit Center and the Transit Maintenance Facility.