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Old 04-13-2010, 05:05 PM
 
Location: ohio
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Me and my husband are transferring to Porterville in the next year and after much research, I STILL don't know where to go... Porterville sounds nice on wikipedia and the city site, but that doesn't really mean anything. I'd hate to move to an area, then have to move AGAIN shortly afterward. We have 2 children and one on the way (so, we'll have 3 by the time we get there).
Any suggestions for a good town/city/area within, say, a 40 minute drive of 190 in Porterville?

Also, extra credit (ha) hows the cultural/arts scene in the area? Are we looking at conservative or liberal, yuppies or crackheads? What are the school systems like? Is there a local music scene? I'm just curious about the area in general, so any input is extremely appreciated...
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Old 04-13-2010, 09:22 PM
 
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cruelkat,

Hi, Porterville is a small town and from my limited experience, there isn't much compared to larger cities like Tulare and Visalia. The San Joaquin Valley is generally conservative, but there are also a good number of liberals as well.

Although I have visited Visalia and Tulare when I lived in Delano for 3 years, I think FresnoFacts and the other posters could brief you about the two cities more than I can.
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Old 04-14-2010, 12:15 AM
 
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Porterville is still small town, conservative. Farming still influences the area, the city has its own country fair, lots of citrus groves around the area, the kind of place where 4-H and FFA are popular, etc. You will hear about rodeos and small town festivals but not a lot of arts or cultural activities.

Porterville does provide nice access to some of the mountain areas for hiking, boating, etc. There is a casino on the reservation located in the foothills above Porterville if you like gambling.

I'm not up on the latest info about areas in Porterville for housing, it has seen a lot of growth. But in the surrounding area a town to look at might be Exeter. That is a nice clean small town.

Visalia or Tulare might also work although a longer commute. Both are larger than Porterville or Exeter. Visalia is the largest city (about 125,000 people) in the county and has more cultural and retail/shopping activity. Visalia has events like concerts, a small music festival, art galleries, etc.

The main thing about commuting from elsewhere is that most of the route to Porterville will be 2 lane highways and country roads. Highway 190 is only 4 lanes thru the city of Porterville, Highway 65 is only 4 lanes from about Lindsay to south of Porterville.
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Old 04-14-2010, 06:41 AM
 
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Wow, thanks, that was really helpful. Small and farm-oriented aren't necessarily bad qualities for me, having spent the last 6 years in a state that is almost completely a farming community comprised of...well, lets just say, it's not really safe to let the neighbors know we're vegetarian..ha! I've come to be very tolerant and even appreciative of the...diversity of opinions.
Tulare doesn't seem to be too far away and also looks to be desirable so I'll give that one some thought as well. Thanks, again.
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Old 04-14-2010, 08:10 AM
 
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Wow, thanks, that was really helpful. Small and farm-oriented aren't necessarily bad qualities for me, having spent the last 6 years in a state that is almost completely a farming community comprised of...well, lets just say, it's not really safe to let the neighbors know we're vegetarian..ha! I've come to be very tolerant and even appreciative of the...diversity of opinions.
Tulare doesn't seem to be too far away and also looks to be desirable so I'll give that one some thought as well. Thanks, again.
The only issue with living away from where you'll be working is the Tule fog, in season, which can be so thick it's unsafe to drive. Perhaps some locals can expand upon that for you. We hit it a few times visiting my ex's family in Tulare and it is scarey.
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Old 04-14-2010, 08:47 AM
 
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I've never lived in the Valley, but have driven home in that Tule Fog. That is scary. I couldn't see passed the front of my car, and people still flew by me like they were driving with telepathy. That's what always amazed me. I've only been to Porterville a few times. The mountains are right there, it's beautiful up there.
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Old 04-14-2010, 12:57 PM
 
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Porterville is conservative (they voted to add "In God We Trust" to their city charter a couple of years ago) but as long as you understand there exists a variety of viewpoints in the world it shouldn't be as bad as having to hide vegetarianism.

Tulare has grown a lot but is still farm oriented too. It is home to the world's largest annual farm equipment expo and a lot of dairy (milk and cheese) related companies.

If you look that far away from Porterville also drive the extra few miles to explore Visalia, it is the largest city in the county and has more to offer in terms of cultural events, services, healthcare, activities, and shopping. I think Visalia may have nearly all of the county's vegetarian restaurants, although it probably takes only a couple of fingers to count them. Visalia would be right at about a 40 minute drive.

Thick fog hits the area about 35 to 40 days a year. Like driving in snow or ice storms in other parts of the country if you are a smart local you learn how to safely drive. The CHP has some good tips at http://www.chp.ca.gov/html/fog-tips.html.

But there are the winter driving crazies in many parts of the country, I've driven in Wisconsin blizzards and Texas ice storms and watched people spinning out or crashing in those conditions. Meantime I just focused on safe driving and had no problems. I just do the same, using safe driving in Valley fog.

I don't know if you had found these links yet, but since you have time before the move maybe reading some of the local news once in a while will give you a feel for the area and maybe help with housing planning.
Porterville newspaper
http://www.recorderonline.com/
Visalia/Tulare newspaper
http://www.visaliatimesdelta.com/
Exeter/Lindsay newspaper
http://www.thesungazette.com/
an independent Tulare County paper
http://www.valleyvoicenewspaper.com/
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Old 04-15-2010, 08:57 AM
 
Location: ohio
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thanks! those links are more informative, on another level, than the city sites. Seriously a big help, it definitely helped add some direction to our plans and possibilities.
As far as road conditions related to weather...ugh. I can relate...I've never had issues getting to and from even in the worst road conditions...unless going at super slow speeds is considered an issue, and obviously it is for some. Some people really scare the **** out of me...not only is it better to be safe than sorry, but it's just insane to drive 65 in a snow storm on slick roads or fog so thick you can't see a stop sign 20 feet in front of you...

I can't wait to live near REAL mountains again. The thought makes me giddy. My kids see the large hills out here and in Kentucky and West Virginia and are completely amazed and in awe, same with my husband. Boy, are they gonna **** their pants...
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Old 04-15-2010, 11:14 AM
 
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thanks! those links are more informative, on another level, than the city sites. Seriously a big help, it definitely helped add some direction to our plans and possibilities.
Media will have some bias too, but at least local news stories can give you a little more view of towns.
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I can't wait to live near REAL mountains again. The thought makes me giddy. My kids see the large hills out here and in Kentucky and West Virginia and are completely amazed and in awe, same with my husband. Boy, are they gonna **** their pants...
LOL, One of the first things I would do after the move is plan a day trip to Sequoia National Park or some of the sequoia groves in the Sierras above Porterville. Show them what real trees look like in California too. Different than those piddly little eastern trees.
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Old 04-16-2010, 09:48 AM
 
Location: ohio
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Oh yeah, the trees are another attraction. What little bit Ohio has is bigger and better and brighter elsewhere...so what that we've got rolling hills, brown, mucky lakes, a crap load of green trees and dirty hillbilly hippies? OTHER places have mountains, blue oceans, bigger and greener trees and dirtier hippies haha..
well, not so sure about the dirtier hippies part, but it sounded good, I guess

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