Los Angeles, CA: Remembering the 1992 L.A. Riots 25 years ago.

Los Angeles, CA: Remembering the 1992 L.A. Riots 25 years ago.

On Saturday, April 29th, 2017, we remembers the L.A. Riots that occurred 25 years ago following the acquitted of 3 Los Angeles Police Department Officers and a Los Angeles Police Department Sergeant were in the beating of Rodney King that occurred on Sunday, March 3rd, 1991 in Lake View Terrace, California.

The beating of Rodney King, which was captured on camera by a man on his balcony, was shown on local news station which many people across Los Angeles, California were in shocked and angered over what the video showed.

As the video was replayed on news outlets nationally and internationally, the shock and outrage grew larger and larger.

Soon, the Los Angeles District Attorney charged 3 Los Angeles Police Department Officers and a Los Angeles Police Department Sergeant with assault and use of excessive force.

After a 3 month trial and 7 days of deliberations inside a courthouse in Simi Valley, California, the jury delivered on Wednesday, April 29th, 1992 a ‘Not Guilty’ verdict onto Los Angeles Police Department Officers Theodore Briseno, Laurence Powell and Timothy Wind, and on Sergeant Stacey Koon.

The ‘Not Guilty’ verdict angered people outside the courthouse and across the Los Angeles, California where Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley denounced the verdict as “senseless,” declaring, “The jury’s verdict will never blind the world to what we saw on the videotape.”

Soon after, the anger turned to violence and rioting across Los Angeles, California and during the 5 days of mayhem and destruction, more than 60 people died and thousands of people were injured, including the attack on truck driver Reginald Denny at the intersection of Florence Ave and Normandie Ave in Los Angeles, California which was captured on camera by television news helicopters.

The 5 days of mayhem and destruction also caused more than $1 billion in damage, many of them were businesses who where looted and set on fire.

As we remember what the 1992 L.A. Riots 25 years ago today, may we all continue to work together on making sure that problems with law enforcement, the justice system, and race are addressed and fix well being open, honest, and respectful adults.

All law enforcement agencies should never abuse the badge or the law, and should stand up for the people if they witness anybody in any law enforcement agencies abusing their powers; good cops must and need to arrest bad cops.

We should never use hate and violence as a tool in your fight for your cause doesn’t solve nothing and make things worst, not only on the your cause, but also on the community; attacking innocent people who had nothing to do with the real problem only divide more people from your cause as well as build more hatred towards each other.

Looting, or destruction of property as a tool in your fight for your cause doesn’t solve nothing and make things worst, not only on the your cause, but also on the community; destroying the ma and pa business and looting that department store is not going to fix the problem, but will only close that business down for your community and people will be out of a job.

Remembers, “You can’t get peace with violence,” said Arsenio Hall during an interview with KNBC NBC Channel 4 at the First A.M.E. Church during the 1992 L.A. Riots.

We should never judge people as a label of hate; judging every law enforcement officer as being racist or judging every African American person as being a gang member is hateful, wrong, and only makes things worst in fixing the problems that need to be really fix.

May we use our anger and frustration for doing good and not for doing bad; join a group that protects people’s rights, organize to clean up your community, help teach children that hate and violence is wrong and not the answer, or organize a community group that rebuilds the relationship with law enforcement well addressing problems needing to be fix in law enforcement.

Remember what Rodney King said, “Can we all get along? Can we, can we get along? Can we stop making it horrible for the older people and the kids?”

May we keep working towards that day where yes we can “all get along.”

Peace, Love, and God Bless.

** Pictures from NBC News. **

 

Needles, CA: Community prepares to welcome the Run For The Wall 2017.

Needles, CA: Community prepares to welcome the Run For The Wall 2017.

The community of Needles, California is preparing to welcome hundreds of motorcycle riders participating in the Run For The Wall 2017 as they stop on into Needles, California on Wednesday, May 17th, 2017.

Hundreds of motorcycle riders, including veterans of recent wars and those currently on active duty, will be uniting together in a cross country ride from west to east into Washington, District of Columbia.

The Run For The Wall recognizes the sacrifices and contributions made by all veterans who have served our nation.

The organization promotes healing among all veterans and their families and friends, to call for an accounting of all Prisoners of War and those Missing in Action (P.O.W./M.I.A.), to honor the memory of those Killed in Action (K.I.A.) from all wars, and to support our military personnel all over the world.

In a press release sent into ZachNews, the Needles Chamber of Commerce said that this year’s Run For The Wall will feature a panoply of patriotic groups who will present and perform in honor of the veterans who will be welcomed in Needles, California.

** Pictures from the Needles Chamber of Commerce: **

The veteran “Pack” will be greeted by the National Anthem, performed by Cheree Souter while the Fort Mojave Color Guard presents the colors.

A special military honor, the Bronze Star, will then be posthumously bestowed on fallen Needles veteran Robert Gonzales by VFW Post 404 Commander George DeLeon.

The Mohave High School ROTC, under the guidance of USAF (Ret) Major Earl Davis will then perform.

Run For The Wall Central Route Coordinator Jim Sloan (“the Sweep”) will then present certificates of appreciation to the local sponsors and supporters of Run For The Wall.

** Pictures from ZachNews. **

The Fort Mojave Tribal Band and the Needles High School Band will then perform patriotic music as the Run For The Wall riders eat lunch and greet public supporters.

A new component this year will be the presence of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Lake Havasu Chapter.

They will be present to greet the veterans and to thank them for their dedication and service.

The general public is invited to welcome the Run For The Wall “Pack” by lining the streets in Needles, California, including along West Broadway between L Street and G Street.

There will be no food or vendors available to the community at this event.

Lunch will be served to Run For The Wall wall participants with official wristbands only.

The “Pack” will arrive for refueling on the west end of Needles, California at approximately 1:45pm PT, exiting I-40 at River Road, following Old Route 66 into Needles, California.

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Following the fuel stop, they will proceed to Santa Fe Park where G and Front Streets will be closed to through traffic so the expected 400 bikes can park there.

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Time spent in Needles, California is approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes, after which they head east to spend their first night in Williams, Arizona.

In pass Run For The Wall riders through Needles, California, people are seen lining along overpasses and along hillsides along Interstate 40 waving American flags and waving as the hundreds of motorcycle riders participating in the Run For The Wall drive by them, including along Five Mile Road overpass and the Park Moabi Road overpass in Needles, California.

Their trek across the United States will end on Memorial Day in Washington D.C. at the Vietnam Memorial Wall where they will honor those who can’t make the ride, the fallen, the disabled and the still missing.

Their journey can be followed day by day at the following Run For The Wall website address:

https://www.rftw.us/

Please be sure community to show your support for the Run For The Wall.

** Picture above from ZachNews. **

Needles, CA: Needles Unified School District’s Spring Concert 2017.

Needles, CA: Needles Unified School District’s Spring Concert 2017.

The Needles Unified School District held a Spring Concert, directed by Mr. Henken, inside the auditorium at Needles High School in Needles, California on Thursday, April 27th, 2017.

** Needles Unified School District’s Spring Concert 2017 Video: **

ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez was there and captured the performance on camera.

** Pictures of the Needles Middle School Beginning Band: **

** Pictures of the Needles High School Beginning Band: **

** Pictures of the Needles High School Choir: **

** Pictures of the Blue Notes Jazz Band: **

** Pictures of the Advanced Band: **

Great work to everybody at the Needles Unified School District’s Spring Concert 2017.

** All Pictures and Video from ZachNews. **

Traffic Alert!!: Needles, CA: Needles Jam 2: West Broadway and Needles Highway Closed.

Traffic Alert!!: Needles, CA: Needles Jam 2: West Broadway and Needles Highway Closed.

Construction crews have closed West Broadway from Needles Highway to Walnut Street and Needles Highway from L Street to O Street in Needles, California as part of the Interstate 40 / Arizona Highway 95 Connector construction project.

** Closures: **

West Broadway from Walnut Street to Needles Highway is closed.

Needles Highway from L Street to O Street is closed.

Closures as part of the Interstate 40 Arizona Highway 95 Connector construction project.

Closures may last from a few days to a few weeks.

** Detours: **

West Broadway (From Walnut Street): Take Walnut Street East to L Street north back to Needles Highway (At L Street).

Needles Highway (From L Street): Take L Street south to Market Street west to O Street north back onto Needles Highway (At O Street).

** Roads to Avoid: **

If you’re driving tall semi trucks or campers, do not use the North K Street Underpass or North K Street from Walnut Street to Front Street.

The North K Street Underpass has a Clearance Height 8ft and not recommended for tall semi trucks or campers.

Use West Broadway or Interstate 40 as your best detour.

** Businesses in Closure Area: **

Businesses in the closure area are still open so please make sure to stop in and support our local businesses.

**** Stay tuned to ZachNews for the latest information on Needles Jam 2. ****

Needles, CA: Summary and voting results from the Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority Meeting.

Needles, CA: Summary and voting results from the Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority Meeting.

A Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority Meeting was held on Tuesday, April 25th, 2017 inside the Needles City Council Chambers in Needles, California.

Needles City Council Member Robert Richardson M.D. participated via teleconference from Lancaster, California and Needles Vice Mayor Jeff Williams had an excused absence; medical related. 

** Here is a summary and the voting results that occurred during the meeting: **

**** Executive Session: ****

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

– Agenda Item A: Conference with Real Property Negotiator regarding sale of surplus city owned property to Baker Emergency Medical Services pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.8 (Agency negotiator: City Manager Rick Daniels; Negotiating Parties: City of Needles as Seller and Baker Emergency Medical Services as Buyer; Under Negotiation: price and terms of sale) – APN 0186-111-28 located at 633 Front Street (abandoned fire station).

– Agenda Item B: Conference with real property negotiator pursuant to California Government Code S54956.8-real property transaction Negotiating Parties: City Manager Rick Daniels and Joe and Loretta LaCarte – Subject Property: city owned River’s Edge Golf Course pro shop and mutual areas located at 141 Marina – Items(s) for discussion: Lease Terms and Conditions.

 

**** Needles City Attorney Report on Executive Session: ****

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

– Agenda Item A: Needles City Attorney John Pinkney reports “No Reportable Action Taken”.

– Agenda Item B: Needles City Attorney John Pinkney reports “No Reportable Action Taken”.

 

**** Public Appearances: ****

– Public Appearance #1:

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

Reading written comments by David Buckley into the record, Ruth Musser-Lopez read David Buckley’s comments during Public Appearance.

David Buckley, in his written comments, talks about Assistant San Bernardino County Fire Department Chief Tom Marshall and him wrongfully attacking the credibility of a reporter for the San Bernardino County Sentinel who were reporting on the Americas Best Value Inn fire in Needles, California.

The San Bernardino County Sentinel has posted what they said what happened that day on their website.

http://sbcsentinel.com/2017/04/inauspicious-time-for-needles-motel-fire-following-annexation/

ZachNews has received no responses yet from San Bernardino County Fire Department Officials addressing what was said during Public Appearance at the Needles City Council.

 

– Public Appearance #2:

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

Terry Campbell spoke during Public Appearance about a recent cleanup event at the Route 66 Needles Wayside Rest Stop and said that they recently received a grant for the Fort Mojave Indian Tribe.

Terry Campbell then said in response to the grant and with copyright permission, to use the symbol used from the Fort Mojave Indian Tribe and for Route 66, for a sign at the park in the near future.

Terry Campbell then showed members of the Needles City Council the sign that read “Native  Route 66” on top and “Fort Mojave Indian Tribe” below.

 

– Public Appearance #3:

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

Ruth Musser-Lopez spoke during Public Appearance about the recent ruling by the court of a former San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputy who was found guilty on Thursday, March 30th, 2017 in a controversial beaten of a man after a police pursuit near Apple Valley, California.

** Read more about a former San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputy found guilty at the following ZachNews website address: **

https://zachnews.wordpress.com/2017/03/30/breaking-news-san-bernardino-ca-a-former-san-bernardino-county-sheriffs-department-deputy-found-guilty-in-the-beating-of-francis-pusok/

Ruth Musser-Lopez also spoke about another incident involving local deputies with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department regarding a man who was run over by their patrol vehicle as he was jogging in Needles, California.

Ruth Musser-Lopez told members of the Needles City Council that she have put 2 resolutions, for the California Democratic Party to review at their convention in May 2017, which looks at both automated arrest cameras and the reporting of excessive force by law enforcement.

 

**** Presentations: ****

– Agenda Item #1:

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

Needles Downtown Business Alliance (NDBA) Betterment Project for off ramp improvements.

Jan Jernigan spoke about the betterment project for off-ramp improvements in the Needles, California and showed a sketch drawing (Showed Above) to members of the Needles City Council.

 

**** Public Hearings: ****

– Agenda Item #2:

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

Public hearing noticed to consider all evidence and testimony for or against a Conditional Use Permit for a Medical Marijuana Cultivation Facility, comprised of two buildings, in the “General Commercial” (C-2) zone, in the vicinity of the former Taco Bell site off of Columbus Drive, APN 0660-081-30; Applicants Sharon Brown and Cheryl Montanez.

Approve the Findings of Facts

Resolution No. 2017-34 approving a Conditional Use Permit for a Medical Marijuana Cultivation Facility located within APN 0660-081-30 and adoption of a Mitigated Negative Declaration and Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program.

Members of the Needles City Council voted 4-1 to approve Agenda Item #2, adding to the conditions, brick wall and rod iron fencing. Needles City Council Member: Louise Evans voted “No” on Agenda Item #2.

The vote came after a first voted failed to pass and a reconsider vote was done, allowing for another vote on this agenda item.

Also, there was discussion over the old Taco Bell property over what was going to happen to that property, what members want to see go into that property; a retail or fast food place, and if the City of Needles should be telling a business what should or shouldn’t be done to the Taco Bell property.  

 

– Agenda Item #3:

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

Public hearing noticed to consider all evidence and testimony for or against a Conditional Use Permit for a Medical Marijuana Cultivation Facility at 101 E. Spike’s Road, location of an existing Medical Marijuana Dispensary, APN 0650-431-10; Applicant Harry Ezajian.

Approve the Findings of Facts

Resolution No. 2017-32 approving a Conditional Use Permit for a Medical Marijuana Cultivation Facility located at 101 East Spike’s Road, APN 0650-431-10.

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to send the agenda item back to the Needles Planning Commission for further discussion in light of new information.

 

– Agenda Item #4:

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

Public hearing noticed to consider all evidence and testimony for or against a Conditional Use Permit for a Medical Marijuana Manufacturing Facility at 101 E. Spike’s Road, location of an existing Medical Marijuana Dispensary, APN 0650-431-10; Applicant Harry Ezajian.

Approve the Findings of Facts

Resolution No. 2017-33 approving a Conditional Use Permit for a Medical Marijuana Manufacturing Facility located at 101 East Spike’s Road APN 0650-431-10.

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to send the agenda item back to the Needles Planning Commission for further discussion in light of new information.

 

**** Joint Needles Public Utility Authority / Needles City Council: ****

**** Needles Public Utility Authority / Needles City Council Consent Calendar: ****

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

All matters listed on the Consent Calendar are considered to be routine and will be enacted by one motion in the form listed. The Mayor or any member of the Needles Public Utility Authority / Needles City Council may pull an item from the Consent Calendar for discussion. Prior to Needles Public Utility Authority / Needles City Council action, a member of the public may address the Needles Public Utility Authority / Needles City Council on matters Scheduled on the Consent Calendar. A 3 minute time limit per person applies. Recommended Action: Approve items #5 through #6 on the Consent Calendar by affirmative roll call vote.

– Agenda Item #5: NPUA / COUNCIL. Approve the minutes of the joint meeting held April 11, 2017.

– Agenda Item #6: NPUA / COUNCIL: Retroactively approve to January 1, 2017 the 2.82% increase in remuneration for EUS, LLC, which increase is called out in Section 4.1 of the Agreement for Wastewater System Operations.

Members of the Needles Public Utility Authority unanimously voted to approve Agenda Items #5 through #6 on the Consent Calendar.

 

**** Regular Items: (Needles Public Utility Authority / Needles City Council) ****

– Agenda Item #7:

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

NPUA / COUNCIL: Approve a budget increase for electric materials purchase in the amount of $200,000 from developer deposits for Southside electrical improvements.

Members of the Needles Public Utility Authority and the Needles City Council unanimously voted $200,000 budget increase from developer deposits for Southside electrical improvements.

 

– Agenda Item #8:

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

NPUA / COUNCIL: Accept Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) offer to increase a power allocation to 60MW and direct the City Manager/General Manager to execute agreements and direct the system modifications.

Members of the Needles Public Utility Authority and the Needles City Council unanimously voted to accept Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) offer to increase a power allocation to 60MW and direct the City Manager/General Manager to execute agreements and direct the system modifications.

 

 

**** Adjourn Needles Public Utility Authority / Needles City Council and Reconvene Needles City Council: ****

**** Needles City Council Consent Calendar: ****

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

All matters listed on the Consent Calendar are Considered to be routine and will be enacted by one motion in the form listed. The Mayor or any member of the Needles City Council may pull an item from the Consent Calendar for discussion. Prior to Needles City Council action, a member of the public may address the Needles City Council on matters Scheduled on the Consent Calendar. A 3 minute time limit per person applies. Recommended Action: Approve items #9 through #12 on the Consent Calendar by affirmative roll call vote.

– Agenda Item #9: Approve the warrants register through April 25, 2017.

– Agenda Item #10: Approve the minutes of April 11, 2017.

– Agenda Item #11: Waive the reading and adopt Ordinance No. 592-AC approving an amendment to the Needles Municipal Code Section 13-63 removing certain areas of “no parking zones” on the north and south sides of “J” Street to allow additional parking in the vicinity of the Nikki Bunch Ball Field (2nd reading – adopt).

– Agenda Item #12: Waive the reading and adopt Resolution No. 2017-35 authorizing filing of an application for federal funding under FTA Section 5311 (49 U.S.C. Section 5311), the federal program providing assistance to rural transit programs, with the California Department of Transportation.

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve Agenda Items #9 through #12 on the Consent Calendar.

 

**** Regular Items: ****

– Agenda Item #13:

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

Authorize the City Manager, or designee, to enter into Worksite Training Agreements with the MHS Needles Center for Change, Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Youth Program.

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to authorize the Needles City Manager, or designee, to enter into Worksite Training Agreements with the Mental Health Services (M.H.S.) Needles Center for Change, Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Youth Program.

 

**** Needles City Attorney’s Report: ****

Needles City Attorney John Pinkney had nothing to say during Needles City Attorney’s Report.

 

**** Needles City Manager’s Report: ****

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels talked about an upcoming Goal Setting Meeting for Members of the Needles City Council and talks with individuals regarding residential projects. 

 

**** Needles City Council Requests: ****

– Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson:

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson talked about construction items left behind the Dollar General store and for somebody to be contacted to remove those construction items. 

 

– Needles City Council Member Louise Evans:

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

Needles City Council Member Louise Evans raised some constructible issues related to the Needles Bridge over the Colorado River; shifting issues, and have somebody check it out. 

 

– Needles City Council Member Clayton Hazlewood:

Needles City Council Member Clayton Hazlewood had nothing to say during Needles City Council Requests.

 

– Needles City Council Member Tona Belt:

Needles City Council Member Tona Belt had nothing to say during Needles City Council Requests.

 

– Needles City Council Member Robert Richardson, M.D.:

Needles City Council Member Robert Richardson, M.D. had nothing to say during Needles City Council Requests.

 

– Needles Mayor Edward T. Paget M.D.:

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

Needles Mayor Edward T. Paget talked about

 

**** You can view the full Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority Meeting agenda packet at the following City of Needles website address: ****

http://cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/04%20APRIL/Mtg%202/cc_042517-agendaLINKED.pdf

**** You can view other City of Needles meetings agendas at the following City of Needles website address: ****

http://cityofneedles.com/Pages/Departments-Services/Boards/

For more information regarding the Needles City Council Meetings, please contact Dale Jones in the City Clerk’s Office at the City of Needles at: 1 (760) 326-2113 Ext. 345.

 

Traffic Alert!!: Needles, CA: Needles Jam 2: West Broadway between Needles Highway and Walnut Street is closed.

Traffic Alert!!: Needles, CA: Needles Jam 2: West Broadway between Needles Highway and Walnut Street is closed.

Construction crews have closed West Broadway, between Needles Highway and Walnut Street, in Needles, California as part of the Interstate 40 / Arizona Highway 95 Connector construction project.

Motorists are being detoured onto Walnut Street to M Street to Needles Highway.

ZachNews has learned that the closure will last for 2 weeks.

All businesses in the closure area are open.

News Update!!: Los Angeles, CA: Southbound Interstate 5 reopens after major crash and fire.

News Update!!: Los Angeles, CA: Southbound Interstate 5 reopens after major crash and fire.

All southbound lanes of Interstate 5 near Griffith Park, Between State Route 134 and Colorado Street, in Los Angeles, California have reopened after a major crash and fire on Tuesday, April 25th, 2017 killing a person and dog.

According to the California Highway Patrol, at about 11:00am PT, one of the big rigs jumped the center divider and caused the crash and fire that followed.

A tanker truck, van, pickup truck and 2 other vehicles were also involved in the crash.

** Picture from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4: **

Well showing live aerial footage of the fiery crash, at least 2 television stations accidentally showed a scorched dead body near the guard rail on the southbound side of Interstate 5 as 2 firefighters were near by battling the flames from the crash.

** Video from Los Angeles Fire Department Public Information Officer Erik Scott (@PIOErikScott): **

According to the Los Angeles City Fire Department, a triage area was set up just north of the wreck.

At least 9 people were injured; a victim was in critical condition well 8 other people suffered “lesser” injuries.

More than 2 dozen Los Angeles City Fire Department firefighters were assisted by crews from the Glendale Fire Department.

The tanker truck appeared to belong to DDG Transport.

Speaking on behalf of the company, Darrel Green tells NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4 that the tanker was hauling milk and its driver called to report being safe.

The crash had southbound Interstate 5 closed for hours leaving motorists to use other alternate routes to get around the closure, including San Fernando Road and State Route 2 from the east and Riverside Drive and U.S. 101 to the west as a detour.

At around 7:00pm PT on Tuesday, April 25th,2017, all lanes of southbound Interstate 5 were reopened.

News from Needles, California.