Singer Chris Brown released a new music video last week, and the Tulare County Film Commission couldn’t be happier about it.
Why? A portion of it was filmed in Tulare County.
The video entitled “Grass Ain’t Greener” was released Monday. Within five days, it had 6.5 million views on YouTube.
“We got a chance to show the world” a slice of Tulare County, said Eric Coyne, the deputy county administrator who interacted with the video’s producer.
“They called in mid-February,” he said. “There was still snow on the ground. They wanted to film by giant sequoia trees.”
The producer wanted a permit as soon as possible, which the county was happy to provide, he said.
The film commission would usually guide a film production crew seeking big trees to Balch Park near Springville, but the county park was closed for winter. The fallback was the Stagg tree near Sequoia Crest, also above Springville, which required a snow plow to get to.
The Stagg tree, reportedly the fifth largest tree in the world, is on private property, but the owner said OK when asked by the county and got a check from the production company.
“That’s our job, bringing local economic value,” Coyne said. Several dancers and production crew also stayed overnight in Porterville, he said. (Brown returned to Los Angeles.)
The scene in which Tulare County trees are most visible can be seen at minute 4:42, but also emerge in spurts between minutes 2:22 to 3:27.
FOSTER FARMS: Foster Farms, the chicken and turkey producer, is expanding its feed mill near Traver.
The company is building an organic feed mill to meet demand in the organic market.
Earlier this year, concrete was poured on a massive 70-by-70-foot pad that is 5 feet deep. That required a continuous pour that took 24 hours and then three months to cure, Tulare County planning director Mike Washam said.
A silo is being built on top of the new pad. The entire project is estimated at $15 million, and permits for about $7 million of work have been issued to date, the county said.
Foster Farms’ feed mill has been operating for years. Travelers on Highway 99 in northern Tulare County can easily see the mill’s silo and the rail yard where grain cars come in.
NEW PHARMACY: Family HealthCare Network, a Visalia-based nonprofit that operates several health clinics in Tulare and Kings counties, opened its new pharmacy in Cutler-Orosi on Wednesday.
The pharmacy is inside the Cutler-Orosi Health Center at 12586 Avenue 408 and is open to network patients weekdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.