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(Ivanhoe Community Council Online Meeting. Photo: Mayra Becerra/Ivanhoe Community Council)

The Ivanhoe Community Council is a group that has been active in the community for over 20 years. Previously known as the Ivanhoe Community Group, it has always consisted of dedicated individuals (Betty Vickers and Sandy Box were some of the first members)  that care about Ivanhoe and who have worked to bring resources and improvements into our unincorporated town. 

Since the beginning of coming together, they have worked on advocating for Ivanhoe residents and hosting monthly meetings to share news. Some of the accomplishments that they have brought to our town include the Rose Garden, getting a stop sign at the Boys and Girls Club, and the annual Earth Day clean up in Ivanhoe. Currently, the Council consists of Mayra Becerra as Chairperson, Jesse Arellano as Vice Chairperson, Connie Vela-Solorio as Secretary, and Esaul Perez as Treasurer. 

At the last town meeting, the Council happily announced that they were approved as a Non-Profit (501.c3). This is an exciting moment!  They have had help from different organizations and people like Rosemary Caso at United Way,  Mary Bryant from the Mooney Grove Park Project, and the Good Works grant through Eddie Valero. The process to apply was long but definitely worth it. 

How does this benefit Ivanhoe? The Council will continue to work towards bringing more resources into town, advocate for more improvement projects such as sidewalks, more housing, and help with needs as they arise. 

– Pedro Hernandez

 

For many people, spending more time indoors to stay safe from the coronavirus and wildfire smoke has led to more appreciation for green spaces and the outdoors. For years, Ivanheo residents have shown interest in bringing more green space to the community however current efforts face new challenges.

 

The economic recession that the State of California has encountered due to the coronavirus has created a strain on available funding resources for park projects. At last week’s Ivanhoe Community Council meeting Blanca Escobedo, policy advocate with Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability, remarked that she was not sure that the state’s Urban Greening Project will have the same level of funding next year.

 

While the Urban Greening Program was the initial funding program that was considered, an application could not be completed prior to the program deadline. 

 

Two major issues must be addressed before a park is developed in the community. First, a proper site must be located. The final location of the park will be influenced by where Tulare County can locate land that can be purchased. 

 

Secondly, maintenance of the park must be adequately funded to ensure the park remains useful to the community. Often, maintenance is not eligible for state park programs.

 

According to advocates there are three methods to fund a park in Ivanhoe. The first is funding through state grants which has supported many parks. For example, there is a program funded by Proposition 68 with a deadline in December that can fund park projects. Supervisor Eddie Valero confirmed that Tulare County will submit an application.

 

Valero commented, “with our proposition 68 we only apply for one community at a time per year. Last year they applied for Goshen, this round I believe they are applying for Earlimart to go after a grant. Ivanhoe would need to be part of an application with another entity like another nonprofit organization. I know the General Services Agency does not like to do multiple grants for a pot of funds.”

 

Another option to fund a park in Ivanhoe includes local funding from Tulare County’s General Fund. This is an option that is technically available however County representatives have shown hesitancy utilizing these funds even before the economic burden the coronavirus have brought to the area.  

 

Finally, there is the option of creating a community services district which would start a local tax to fund the park. Supervisor Valero remarked, “I know there are opportunities for unincorporated communities can form local Community Service Districts like Ivanhoe has for sewer and water. But this can also be for recreation.” In Ivanhoe’s case, the Ivanhoe Public Utility District is a similar type of arrangement. 

 

As a result, the organization Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability will be conducting a community survey to identify community opinions on the preferred method to fund a new park in Ivanhoe. Escobedo says, “With this survey we hope to collect the method to how Ivanhoe residents would want to establish a park. We hope to receive more input on the conceptual development of the park from the beginning to ensure the community voice is heard”. 

 

These surveys will begin to be conducted via online and paper versions that will be shared at the next Ivanhoe Community Council Meeting on Tuesday October 27th at 6pm on Facebook Live. 

 

For more information our readers can contact Blanca at bescobedo@leadershipcounsel.org . 

Por Reggie Ellis

CONDADO DE TULARE – El Condado de Tulare no ha avanzado en una solicitud para aprobar una moratoria de desalojo local diciendo que tres órdenes estatales recientes ya han cumplido trabajo para ellos. Pero un Supervisor del condado dice que las órdenes de la oficina del gobernador y del sistema judicial no han llegado lo suficientemente lejos.

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Artista: Onnalisa Rivas

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La “Característica de arte comunitario” de Ivanhoe SOl continuará destacando el arte de artistas locales en la comunidad. Su proyecto no se limita al arte dibujado. Si tiene una pieza escrita, letra o cualquier cosa que creía que debería compartir, envíe su arte a theivanhoesol@gmail.com y hacemos todo lo posible para compartirlo con la comunidad.

Por Reggie Ellis

Además de las personas, existen ciertos requisitos concretos para que un lugar en un mapa sea considerado una comunidad. Los niños necesitan una escuela. Las familias necesitan hogares. Las personas de todas las edades necesitan un lugar público para reunirse. Y las personas necesitan sentirse seguras allí y en todos los espacios intermedios. Una gran parte de la seguridad son los lugares donde las personas pueden hacer ejercicio en el camino a la tienda, los niños pueden caminar a la escuela y donde los residentes de mayor edad pueden dar un paseo tranquilo. Las aceras son una parte importante de cada comunidad, sin embargo, muchas comunidades no incorporadas se quedan sin ellas.

By Reggie Ellis

Besides people, there are certain concrete requirements for a place on a map to be considered a community. Children need a school. Families need homes. People of all ages need a public place to gather. And people need to feel safe there and all of the spaces in between. A big part of safety are places where people can get exercise on the way to store, children can walk to school and where the elderly can take a leisurely stroll. Sidewalks are an important part of every community, yet many unincorporated communities go without them.

Por Reggie Ellis

Pocos condados de California cuentan en el censo de EE. UU. Más que el condado de Tulare. La afluencia de casi $ 200 millones en fondos federales proporciona servicios esenciales para una variedad de programas que benefician a sus residentes más pobres.

By Reggie Ellis

Tulare County – Few California counties count on the U.S. Census more than Tulare County. The influx of nearly $200 million in federal funding provides essential services for a variety of programs that benefit its poorest residents. But Tulare County is missing out on even more federal dollars by not having all of its residents accounted for in the decennial census.