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t hankfully, still prettyaffordable. And no matter whereyou live in TulareCounty, most cities havevibrant downtowns, filled with quaint shopsand restaurants, thatemploy hundreds ofworkers and attractthousands of visitors. The cities of Visaliaand Tulare have seengreat changes in theirlocal landscapes so farthis year, from business- es large and small thathave had to close upshop to a seeminglyinexplicable surge inothers, such as restau- rants. Real estate expertsare almost unanimousin saying that we mightwell reach the bottomof the housing marketthis year and that buy- ing a home could be apretty smart decisionright now. And, asalways, Tulare Countyboasts some of the mostaffordable housing inthe state. Agriculture, thelargest industry in thecounty, has had its shareof setbacks, from theAsian citrus psyllid thatworked its way overfrom the East Coast tothreaten our citruscrops, to a decrease indemand for butter andcheese that threatensthe dairy industry. Still, the No. 1 and No. 2crops continue to holdtheir positions. So leaf through thepages of this year's Liv- ing Here for more greatideas for living your lifein Tulare County. Cheers! — MelindaMorales, Senior editorWELCOMEContinued from page 3Living hereGETTING STARTEDIf you're newto town, here's someessential infoCITY COUNCIL: Meets 7 p. m. the firstand third Mondays of the month incouncil chambers, 707 W. AcequiaAve., 713- 4300City Web site: www. ci. visalia. ca. usPUBLIC SAFETYPolice: 713- 4257Fire: 713- 4266UTILITIESWater: California Water Service, 624- 1600Sewer: City of Visalia. 713- 4428Trash: City of Visalia, 713- 4500Naturalgas: The Gas Co., ( 800) 427- 2000Power: Southern California Edison, ( 800) 655- 4555MISCELLANEOUSPublic transportation: City of Visalia, 713- 4950Schools: Visalia Unified School Dis- trict, 730- 7300Library: Tulare County library, Visaliabranch, 713- 2700Living hereMay 2009Publisherand presidentAmy PackExecutive editorLinda GreenSenior editorMelinda MoralesAdvertising directorVaughn KesslerWritersGerald CarrollDavid CastellonVictor GarciaValerie GibbonsMike HazelwoodLuis HernandezHillary S. MeeksMelinda MoralesKimberlina RochaBrett WilkisonPhotographersJohanna Coyne Teresa Douglass Steve R. Fujimoto Ron HolmanGraphicsRon ArmstrongADVERTISERS210A la Mode Fashion LoungeAcequia On MainAffordable FurnitureAlejandra's RestaurantAll Seasons Pools, Inc. All- Estates RealtorsAll- Estates Realtors - Suzie AlcoserAll- Estates Realtors - Darlene LooseAll- Estates Realtors - Jackie PemeltonAll- Estates Realtors - Barbara SummersAuto Oil ChangersAvedian PropertiesBeverly's FabricBliss EssentialsCA Turf Equipment & Supply, Inc. California Vein & LaserCasa Grande Senior CareCASAof Tulare CountyCentury 21 Jordan Link & CompanyChoicesInDining. comChrist Lutheran ChurchCreative Stone FlooringDowntown VisaliaEagle Mountain CasinoEasley's Gun ShopElegant ClutterEvans Miller Guinn Exeter ChapelEvergreen ResidenceExeter Public Golf CourseFamily Healthcare NetworkFaria's Ranch MarketFashion EncoreFirst Presbyterian Church of VisaliaFood 4 LessFrank's LiquorGlick's Old Fashion - Meat MarketGrace Community Church of VisaliaGrace Lutheran ChurchHometown EmporiumK- Doll Clothing & AccessoriesKaweah Delta Medical CenterKaweah MarinaKaweah Rental ManagementKaren M. MacKenzie, M. D. Mamma's Fine Dining & SteakhouseMarcela's Home StoreMcCarley DermaspaMike's Quality CamerasMiller Funeral ChapelMiller's Tulare Funeral HomeMiracle EarMorgan & Slates Mfg. New Hope Valley ChurchPacific Coast SupplyPacific Treasures & GourmetPalm Occupational MedicineParadise PoolsPeers Lorentzen Funeral ServicePilar's Golden ShearsKyle Potts, M. D. Quail Park RetirementMark E. Reader, DO, FAOCORealty ExecutivesRestoration ChurchRV ExpressRV MallSequoia Foot CareSierra Performing Arts CenterSierra View District HospitalSpherionSo. Cal. AAA Travel AgencyState Farm Insurance - Elaine RiderSuncrest BankT- N- T BeautyTotal Knowledge ComputerTricia Kirksey RealtyTucoemas Federal Credit UnionTulare County Office of EducationTulare District HospitalTulare Pet CenterV Medical SpaV. I. P. PetVejars on K Visalia Ceramic TileVisalia Community BankVisalia Community Church of ChristVisalia Emergency AidVisalia ImagingVisalia Rescue MissionVisalia Senior Housing, Inc. Weatherby's Furniture GuildWhole Life & FitnessWillis JewelersREAD MOREWhat: The Visalia Times- Delta andTulare Advance Register and the Websites for both newspapers are the bestsource for local news. Choices, whichalso has a Web site, comes out Fridayin the newspapers. It's your weeklyguide to entertainment in Tulare Coun- ty. You'll get the latest each week onwhat's going on. SEE PAGE 8. CLICK FOR MOREiwww. VisaliaTimesDelta. comiwww. TulareAdvanceRegister. comiwww. visaliatimesdelta. com/ choices4| May 21, 2009| LIVING HERE

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