March 7, 2023 — Tulare County Board of Supervisors

Documented by Dani Huerta

Here’s what you need to know

  • The Tulare County Board of Supervisors approved a rezone from single-family residential for two parcels in Goshen to allow the development of 11 duplexes.There is concern about the sewer system in the area, however the city of Visalia is evaluating capacities and it does not currently impact this part of the project. 
  • The annual salary for the position of chief probation officer in the amount of $175,000, was approved. This includes a car allowance of $504 monthly.
  • A 5% salary increase for the undersheriff position and for an assistant sheriff position was approved. This item was requested because an assistant sheriff was recently promoted, and the board wanted to keep salaries consistent with their positions.

Follow up Questions

  • Why were there technical difficulties with the livestream? Will the full recording be uploaded at a later time? Why was the partial livestream removed?

Board of Supervisors

  • Larry Micari – vice chair, District One
  • Pete Vander Poel III, District Two
  • Amy Shuklian, District Three
  • Eddie Valero, District Four
  • Dennis Townsend – chair, District Five
  • Jason T. Britt, County Administrative Officer
  • Jennifer M. Flores, County Counsel
  • Melinda Benton,chief clerk

The Scene

The Tulare County Board of Supervisors meeting was held simultaneously in person and streamed via YouTube at 9 a.m. on March 7. There were technical difficulties with the livestream that prevented it from starting on time. The livestream began with approval of the consent calendar and tem 3 at 9:42 a.m. The livestream is not yet available on YouTube.


  • Board of Supervisors matters
    • This item was not available during the livestream because of technical difficulties. 
  • (Approved) Consent Calendar (Items 4-20)
    • Some of the approved items included an agreement with the California Mental Health Services Authority to continue participating in the Medi-Cal Peer Support Specialist Program (Item 12), the revised bylaws of the Tulare County Mental Health Board (Item 17) and the ratification of a Proclamation of Local Emergency Due to Winter Storms and Flooding by the emergency services director on March 1. (Item 18).
    • Approved
  • (Approved) Public Hearing: Request from the Resource Management Agency to adopt an ordinance amending the Tulare County Zoning Ordinance to change the zone district from R-1 (single-family residential) to R-2-MU (two-family residential with a mixed-use overlay combining) for assessor’s parcel numbers (“APNs”): 075-120-047, -048, -049, -051, -052, -053, -055, -056, -057, -058, and -059 to facilitate the construction of 11 two-story duplexes, with one duplex on each of the 11 existing parcels, in the unincorporated Tulare County community of Goshen.
    • Aaron Bock gave the presentation. Everyone within 300 feet of the project was  notified, and no comments were submitted. The projected need for single-family housing is 2,541 homes by 2040, according to the Goshen Community Plan 2018.
    • There is a concern about sewer capacity but it should not affect this item.
    • Supervisor Valero noted that the agenda said the Planning Commission resolution adoption date was Sept. 11, 2023 but should say Jan. 11, 2023
    • Public Comment
      • Nick Bartsch, public works director for Visalia, said the department has consulted with someone to evaluate capacities. He has not taken a stand on the project.
    • Approved
  • (Approved) Request from the Human Resources and Development Department to approve the annual salary for the position of chief probation officer in the amount of $175,000, with the same standard benefits provided to Bargaining Unit 10 employees, and an additional benefit of a car allowance at $504 monthly, effective March 12.
  • Lupe Garza presented the item. There were no questions or comments on this item.
    • Approved
  • (Approved) Request from the Sheriff’s Office to approve a 5% salary increase for the undersheriff position and for one assistant sheriff position, effective March 12, to keep salaries consistent between executive management positions after an assistant sheriff was promoted.
  • There were no Board matter requests

Public Comment

The public comment period was not available during the livestream as a result of technical difficulties. 

The meeting adjourned to a closed session.

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