Documenter: Dani Huerta

Here’s what you need to know

  • Supervisor Shuklian returns from having COVID-19. She is vaccinated and this was the first time she has missed a public meeting.

  • Bus driver Karen Pace was recognized for evacuating children off a Central Valley Christian school bus that caught fire.

  • A presentation was given on the implementation of the Cross Valley Corridor. The Cross Valley Corridor is similar to a bus on rails. It would increase the amount of bus service, consume the least amount of acres, and have the least amount of total vehicle miles traveled. People seem to be in favor of this over the other plan but there are some votes for the others.

Board of Supervisors

  • Larry Micari, District One

  • Pete Vander Poel, District Two

  • Amy Shuklian – Chair, District Three

  • Eddie Valero – Vice Chair, District Four

  • Dennis Townsend, District Five

  • Jason T. Britt, County Administrative Officer

  • Jennifer M. Flores, County Council

  • Melinda Benton, Chief Clerk

The Scene

The Tulare County Board of Supervisors meeting was held simultaneously both in-person and streamed via YouTube at 6:30 p.m. on October 12, 2021. Closed session was held at 4 p.m.

The meeting began with the pledge of allegiance and a moment of silence.


  • Board of Supervisors matters

    • Supervisor Vander Poel

      • Upcoming this week is the Tulare County Employees Retirement Association meeting, Tesera investment committee meeting, First Five commission meeting, special event government 101 training, San Joaquin Valley Insurance Authority meeting, Kings-Tulare Area Agency of Aging, and Tulare County Association of Governments

    • Supervisor Townsend

      • Last week was the Tulare County Parks kickoff at Mooney Grove

      • Upcoming is Porterville Exchange Club Treasure Trove fundraiser on Saturday

    • Supervisor Valero

      • Last week he attended the Central Valley Community Foundation meeting, Latino Caucus of California Counties, Parks Investment Press Conference, presented State of the County for the Dinuba Lions Club, spoke at Sequoia Commons Two completion & the unveiling of the Gracelia Martinez community room celebration.. He also participated in the Beans, Beers, & Blues event in Dinuba, spoke at Relay for Life, and attended the Lions Club Classic Car Night Event

      • Upcoming is Good morning Dinuba, a webinar on future of water jobs, a Water Energy Nexus webinar, and a Yettem-Seville town hall meeting next month

    • Supervisor Micari

      • Took a moment to recognize 4 firefighters hurt at Mineral-King during the KNP Complex fire

      • Last week he attend the Strathmore Town Hall

      • This week he will attend the San Joaquin Valley Interest Authority meeting, Woodville cleanup, and KNP complex briefings

    • Supervisor Shuklian

      • Last week she met with City Serve and HHSA for Homekey 2.0 grant, attended the Parks Kickoff, Visalia Chamber of Commerce Leadership Visalia. She MC’d for the 4th annual PPAV Ladies Club christmas tree raffle and for the Cause for Paws (supports Moose’s Meals, Central Valley Rescue Railroad, and the Feral Cat Coalition). Yesterday was the Health Advisory Committee meeting where they received an update on the pending community health assessment and an update regarding schools.

      • Upcoming is the Workforce Investment Board Innovator By Design Awards (virtual), virtual town hall, Animal Services Advisory meeting, San Joaquin Valley Insurance Authority, and Walk for Freedom

      • She said it is nice to be back. Supervisor Shuklian was gone for a few meetings because she tested positive for COVID, although she is vaccinated. This is the first time she has missed a public meeting.

  • Proclamation recognizing Karen Pace for her courageous actions that protected the lives of her students

    • On September 9, 2021 Pace operated a Central Valley Christian school bus that caught fire. Using her training as Tulare County Sheriff’s Office dispatcher, she pulled over and evacuated children, then entered the bus to check that all the students were off. She calmed the students until emergency services arrived.

    • Pace thanked the Board for the proclamation and said “If you see a stop sign out on a bus, please stop”.

  • Consent calendar was approved unanimously

    • Correction to item 18. It should say July 1, 2021, not August 30, 2021

  • Presentation from the Tulare County Association of Governments regarding 2022 Regional Transportation Plan and Sustainable Communities Strategy

    • The Regional Transportation Plan is updated every 4 years and is a 20-year policy approach

    • Had to add lots of different studies including environmental assessments. They look at growth scenarios but the do not tell cities or counties what to do

    • Sustainable Communities Strategies (SGS) is a growth forecast that fosters better coordination of transportation, land use, and house planning and describes the growth of greenhouse gases

    • The presenter noted that Supervisor Townsend is the only Board member who is interested in the specifics of the SGS scenarios

    • Coivid made surveying hard

    • Trend scenario

      • Growth from 2014 with no changes, point of reference

      • Most acres consumed

      • Most total vehicle miles traveled

      • Least transit ridership

    • Blueprint Scenario

      • Based on 2009 Tulare County Regional Blueprint, goal is to increase density by 25%

      • Transit ridership is tied with Cross Valley Corridor

    • Cross Valley Corridor Scenario

      • 5% higher density than Blueprint Scenario applied along future Cross Valley Corridor (like a bus put on track, not like Amtrak)

      • Increase amount of bus service, defacto implementing

      • Least acres consumed

      • Least total vehicle miles traveled

      • Over 16% household GHG reduction by 2035

    • Cross valley corridor is recommended

    • Vander Poel asked what feedback they are getting from presenting this in other places. 

      • Cross valley corridor seems to be winning but there are votes for the others

  • No Board Matter Requests

Next meeting will be held Tuesday October 18, 2021 at 9 a.m.

Public Comment

There was no public comment.

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