Needles, CA: Attempted murder incident at the Route 66 Bar.

February 10, 2016 Leave a comment

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Needles, CA: Attempted murder incident at the Route 66 Bar.

According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, at approximately 11:30pm PT on Saturday, January 31st, 2016, a fight broke out at Route 66 Bar located at 1900 Needles Highway in Needles, California.

During the fight an unknown Hispanic or Indian male struck the victim on the back of the head with a glass bottle.

The victim was knocked unconscious immediately and fell to the floor.

While lying motionless on the floor 41 year old John Garcia of Mohave Valley, Arizona and 39 year old Jacob Knox of Las Vegas, Nevada kicked the victim’s head.

The victim’s girlfriend and friends continually attempted to fend off John Garcia and Jacob Knox, but the 2 continued to kick the victim in the head.

While attempting to protect the victim, one of the friends fell to the floor and John Garcia kicked him several times, rendering him unconscious as well.

The 3 suspects left the bar prior to the deputies arrival.

The victim was flown to Sunrise Medical Center in Las Vegas, Nevada for treatment and is in critical condition.

On Tuesday, February 9th, 2016, Jacob Knox was located by Needles Detectives in Las Vegas, Nevada with the help of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and arrested without incident.

Jacob Knox was booked on a fugitive warrant for attempted murder into the Clark County jail.

John Garcia was located and arrested by Needles Detectives in Needles, California for attempted murder without incident and booked into the Needles, California jail.

The third suspect has not been identified, but is described by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department as a Hispanic or Native Indian male, approximately 38-40 years old, 5’08” to 5’10” tall, and 200 pounds.

He has long black hair, is possibly a truck driver, and identified himself as “Manuel” the night of the incident.

Anyone one with information regarding this incident should contact the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station at: 1 (760) 326-9200, or those who wish to remain anonymous can call: 1 (800) 78-CRIME (27463).

News Update!!: Needles, CA: Meetings and Updates from the City of Needles.

February 10, 2016 Leave a comment

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News Update!!: Needles, CA: Meetings and Updates from the City of Needles.

– More upcoming community meeting discussing proposed water and wastewater rate increases:

There will be more upcoming community meeting to discuss the proposed water and wastewater rate increases in Needles, California.

There will be a community meeting held at 5:00pm PT on Friday, February 19th, 2016 inside the Needles City Council Chambers located on the 1700 block of J Street near the Needles Recreation Center and Bailey Avenue in Needles, California.

Additional community meetings will be held at 5:00pm PT on Wednesday, February 24th, 2016, at 5:00pm PT on Thursday, February 25th, 2016, and at 10:00am PT on Saturday, February 20th, 2016 all being held also inside the Needles City Council Chambers.

The proposed water and wastewater rate increases set to increase by Sunday, May 1st, 2016.

The community meeting is required by law to protect the tax payers for the Proposition 218 process.

If you have any questions and or concerns, please come to the community meeting, or more information or to schedule a presentation for a group or organization, please call: 1 (760) 326-5700 Ext. 19.
– 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, February 9th, 2016 inside the Needles City Council Chamber in Needles, California.

** The following was discussed and voted on during the Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority Meeting: **

** Interviews: **

– Agenda Item #1:

Interview and possible appointment to fill a vacancy on the Board of Public Utilities.

(Action Needles Agenda Item)

** Motions and Votes: **

Members of the Needles City Council voted to appoint Phil LeJeune to fill the vacancy on thr Board of Public Utilities.

Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson: Yes
Needles City Council Member Louise Evans: Yes
Needles City Council Member Tony Frazier: Yes
Needles Vice Mayor Jeff Williams: Yes
Needles City Council Member Tom Darcy: Yes
Needles City Council Member Robert Richardson, M.D.: Yes
** Public Hearing: **

– Agenda Item #2:

Public hearing noticed to consider all evidence and testimony for or against approving eligible activities for Community Development Block Grant Funding in Fiscal Year 2016-2017.

Resolution No. 2016-6 prioritizing and approving the dollar amount of Needles eligible projects for the Community Development Block Grant Funding in fiscal year 2016-2017.

(Action Needles Agenda Item)

** Motions and Votes: **

Members of the Needles City Council voted to approve Resolution No. 2016-6 prioritizing and approving the dollar amount of Needles eligible projects for the Community Development Block Grant Funding in fiscal year 2016-2017.

Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson: Yes
Needles City Council Member Louise Evans: Yes
Needles City Council Member Tony Frazier: Yes
Needles Vice Mayor Jeff Williams: Yes
Needles City Council Member Tom Darcy: Yes
Needles City Council Member Robert Richardson, M.D.: Yes
– Agenda Item #3:

Public hearing noticed to consider all evidence and testimony for or against amending Resolution No. 2014-41 and establishing new fees at the Rivers Edge Golf Course.

Resolution No. 2016-8 amending Resolution No. 2014-41 and establishing new fees at the Rivers Edge Golf Course.

(Action Needles Agenda Item)

** Motions and Votes: **

Members of the Needles City Council voted to approve Resolution No. 2016-8 amending Resolution No. 2014-41 and establishing new fees at the Rivers Edge Golf Course.

Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson: Yes
Needles City Council Member Louise Evans: Yes
Needles City Council Member Tony Frazier: Yes
Needles Vice Mayor Jeff Williams: Yes
Needles City Council Member Tom Darcy: Yes
Needles City Council Member Robert Richardson, M.D.: Yes
**** Recess the Needles City Council Meeting and convene a joint meeting with the Needles Public Utility Authority: ****

– Agenda Item #4:

Approve the Needles Public Utility Authority (N.P.U.A.) minutes of April 28, May 26 and June 9, 2015.

(Action Needles Agenda Item)

** Motions and Votes: **

Members of the Needles Public Utility Authority voted to approve the Needles Public Utility Authority (N.P.U.A.) minutes of April 28, May 26 and June 9, 2015.

– Needles Public Utility Authority Vote:

Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson: Yes
Needles City Council Member Louise Evans: Yes
Needles City Council Member Tony Frazier: Yes
City of Needles Mayor Edward T. Paget, M.D.: Yes
Needles Vice Mayor Jeff Williams: Yes
Needles City Council Member Tom Darcy: Yes
Needles City Council Member Robert Richardson, M.D.: Yes
– Agenda Item #5:

Needles Public Utility Authority Action: Resolution No. 2-9-16-NPUA adopting a Revised Statement of Policies dated January 2016 to guide the overall design of electric rates and recommending the City Council adopt and implement same.

(Action Needles Agenda Item)

Needles City Council Action: Resolution No. 2016-10 adopting a Revised Statement of Policies dated January 2016 to guide the overall design of electric rates.

(Action Needles Agenda Item)

** Motions and Votes: **

Members of the Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority voted to approve Resolution No. 2016-10 adopting a Revised Statement of Policies dated January 2016 to guide the overall design of electric rates.

– Needles Public Utility Authority Vote:

Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson: Yes
Needles City Council Member Louise Evans: Yes
Needles City Council Member Tony Frazier: Yes
City of Needles Mayor Edward T. Paget, M.D.: Yes
Needles Vice Mayor Jeff Williams: Yes
Needles City Council Member Tom Darcy: Yes
Needles City Council Member Robert Richardson, M.D.: Yes

– Needles City Council Vote:

Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson: Yes
Needles City Council Member Louise Evans: Yes
Needles City Council Member Tony Frazier: Yes
Needles Vice Mayor Jeff Williams: Yes
Needles City Council Member Tom Darcy: Yes
Needles City Council Member Robert Richardson, M.D.: Yes
**** Adjourn the joint Needles Public Utility Authority Meeting and reconvene the Needles City Council Meeting: ****

** Consent Calendar Agenda Items: **

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 #6 through #10 on the Consent Calendar by affirmative roll call vote.

(Action Needles Agenda Items)

– Agenda Item #6:

Approve the warrants register through February 9, 2016.

– Agenda Item #7:

Waive the reading and adopt Resolution No. 2016-7 confirming and adopting an itemized
statement of costs for abatement of property located at 1302 Sherman Way, APN 0660-211-19, and file said resolution with the County Recorder placing a lien on the property.

– Agenda Item #8:

Waive the reading and adopt Resolution No. 2016-5 as amended approving a fee increase to the Jack Smith Memorial Park Day Use Fee (Amending Resolution No. 2014–40); Rivers Edge Golf Course Pass increase, eliminate couples rate and implement a Needles resident rate (amending Resolution No. 2014-41) and establishing a fee for the All-Star Youth Basketball Players (amending Resolution No. 2014-45).

– Agenda Item #9:

Waive the reading and adopt Resolution No. 2016-9 rescinding Resolution No. 2016-1 accepting the offer to purchase surplus city owned property submitted by Community Healthcare Partner Inc. in the amount of $50,000; APN 0185-233-57 (5 acres located on Bailey Avenue between the Hospital and Senior Center).

– Agenda Item #10:

Player’s Assistants Policy at Rivers Edge Golf Course.

** Motions and Votes: **

Members of the Needles City Council voted to approve Consent Calendar agenda items #6 to #8 and pull for discussion agenda items #9 and #10.

Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson: Yes
Needles City Council Member Louise Evans: Yes
Needles City Council Member Tony Frazier: Yes
Needles Vice Mayor Jeff Williams: Yes
Needles City Council Member Tom Darcy: Yes
Needles City Council Member Robert Richardson, M.D.: Yes

** Motions and Votes for Agenda Item #9: **

Members of the Needles City Council voted to approve Resolution No. 2016-9 rescinding Resolution No. 2016-1 accepting the offer to purchase surplus city owned property submitted by Community Healthcare Partner Inc. in the amount of $50,000; APN 0185-233-57 (5 acres located on Bailey Avenue between the Hospital and Senior Center).

Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson: Yes
Needles City Council Member Louise Evans: Yes
Needles City Council Member Tony Frazier: Yes
Needles City Council Member Tom Darcy: Yes

Both City of Needles Mayor Edward T. Paget, M.D. and Needles City Council Member Robert Richardson, M.D. recused themselves from this agenda item for conflict of interest working at Colorado River Medical Center.

Needles Vice Mayor Jeff Williams presided over the Needles City Council during this agenda item.

** Motions and Votes for Agenda Item #10: **

Members of the Needles City Council voted to approve the Player’s Assistants Policy at Rivers Edge Golf Course.

Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson: Yes
Needles City Council Member Louise Evans: Yes
Needles City Council Member Tony Frazier: Yes
Needles Vice Mayor Jeff Williams: Yes
Needles City Council Member Tom Darcy: Yes
Needles City Council Member Robert Richardson, M.D.: Yes
** Regular Agenda Items: **

– Agenda Item #11:

Accept the new Little League Ball Field next to Ed Parry Park into the City park system and assume Water Costs.

(Action Needles Agenda Item)

** Motions and Votes: **
Members of the Needles City Council voted to accept the new Little League Ball Field next to Ed Parry Park into the City park system and assume Water Costs.

Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson: Yes
Needles City Council Member Louise Evans: Yes
Needles City Council Member Tony Frazier: Yes
Needles Vice Mayor Jeff Williams: Yes
Needles City Council Member Tom Darcy: Yes
Needles City Council Member Robert Richardson, M.D.: Yes
– Agenda Item #12:

Discuss enforcement responsibility for privately owned mobile home parks and special occupancy parks.

(Discretionary Agenda Item)

** Motions and Votes: **

Members of the Needles City Council voted to approve the bringing the back the agenda item for further review.

Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson: No
Needles City Council Member Louise Evans: Yes
Needles City Council Member Tony Frazier: Yes
Needles Vice Mayor Jeff Williams: Yes
Needles City Council Member Tom Darcy: Yes
Needles City Council Member Robert Richardson, M.D.: Yes
– Agenda Item #13:

Authorize those council member’s interested to attend the Annual City / County Conference scheduled for Thursday, March 31st, 2016 and Friday, April 1st, 2016 at the Lake Arrowhead Resort.

(Action Needles Agenda Item)

** Motions and Votes: **

Members of the Needles City Council voted to approve City of Needles Mayor Edward T. Paget to attend the Annual City / County Conference scheduled for Thursday, March 31st, 2016 and Friday, April 1st, 2016 at the Lake Arrowhead Resort.

Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson: Yes
Needles City Council Member Louise Evans: Yes
Needles City Council Member Tony Frazier: Yes
Needles Vice Mayor Jeff Williams: Yes
Needles City Council Member Tom Darcy: Yes
Needles City Council Member Robert Richardson, M.D.: Yes
– Agenda Item #14:

Authorize Needles Vice Mayor Jeff Williams to attend the Imperial Valley Renewable Energy Summit in Holtville, California on Wednesday, March 9th, 2016 through Friday, March 11th, 2016 and authorize use of budgeted funds (#1011030-414-55-00 mayor/council travel per diem) to cover travel expenses not to exceed $600.

(Action Needles Agenda Item)

** Motions and Votes: **

Members of the Needles City Council voted to approve to authorize Needles Vice Mayor Jeff Williams to attend the Imperial Valley Renewable Energy Summit in Holtville, California on Wednesday, March 9th, 2016 through Friday, March 11th, 2016 and authorize use of budgeted funds (#1011030-414-55-00 mayor/council travel per diem) to cover travel expenses not to exceed $600.

Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson: No
Needles City Council Member Louise Evans: Yes
Needles City Council Member Tony Frazier: Yes
Needles Vice Mayor Jeff Williams: Yes
Needles City Council Member Tom Darcy: Yes
Needles City Council Member Robert Richardson, M.D.: Yes
** Needles City Council Requests: **

– Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson spoke about an upcoming community clean up event. On Saturday, February 20th, 2016, volunteers are wanted to help clean up Jack Smith Memorial Park located at 1001 River Road in Needles, California . The Needles Chamber of Commerce invites everyone to help us prepare for the Needles 8th Annual Hot Boat and Custom Car Show. The clean up will start at 9:00am PT and volunteers are being asked to bring gloves and they will provide bags and water. For more information, please call the Needles Chamber of Commerce at: 1 (760) 326-2050.

**** You can view the full agenda at the following City of Needles website address: ****

** Website Not Available. **

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

http://www.cityofneedles.com/pages/Departments-Services/Boards/1-2015%20COUNCIL.html

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.
**** More additional update information are still coming into ZachNews and will be posted as soon as that information come in. Please check back on this posting. ****

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ZachNews: Computer Devices Crashed.

February 10, 2016 Leave a comment

Hello Everybody, I would like to thank the many people who have commenting and stopping me on the street with their messages of support for ZachNews.

I am still in Needles, California, but in the last 2 weeks, my computer devices I was using crashed and no longer can be use.

I am planning to replace my computer and Android phone, but that may happen at the end of the money as I am trying to save up to purchase them. That could be at the end of the month.

I do have a small camera, but doesn’t capture long video; no longer then an hour on the lowest setting for video.

Currently, I am using a computer that has some problems unloading videos and watching online videos because the computer shuts down after 15 minutes and restarts back up.

I am limited to what I can do on this computer, but I will do what I can do with what I have somewhat working.

ZachNews is working on a news update on what has been happening in Needles, California including what happened at the Needles City Council Meeting, but videos can’t be uploaded as when I up load the videos, the computer turns off and restarts over.

I still have my small camera that I got late last year, but that can only record up to an hour long with on the lowest setting. I am planning to save money to get a better camera too.

I am backing up any video filmed on this camera and trying to use the memory on the small camera when important and necessary, but audio will be from the camera and not from the microphone as used before on the Android phone.

With so much happening kicking off the 6 year of ZachNews, I will still be here and this is just a bump in the road and ZachNews will get over this bump to the road to reporting news and events in our community.

Bear with me everybody and thank you to my many caring and supportive ZachNews Friends.

ZachNews is still here, but just trying to get over this bump in the road.

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Breaking News!!: San Francisco, CA: The 2 remaining escaped inmates have been taken into police custody.

January 30, 2016 Leave a comment

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Breaking News!!: San Francisco, CA: The 2 remaining escaped inmates have been taken into police custody.

According to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, the remaining 2 inmates who escaped from an Orange County Man Jail in Santa Ana, California last week were taken into custody on Saturday, January 30th, 2016.

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** Pictures from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department: **

The 2 remaining escaped inmates, 20 year old Jonathan Tieu and 37 year old Hossein Nayeri, were taken into police custody by the San Francisco Police Department at around 8:50am PT after a civilian spotted a white GMC van associated with the inmates.

According to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Sandra Hutchens, a civilian alerted police after she realized the van parked next to a Whole Foods parking lot near Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, California was the same van she had seen in media reports.

Hossein Nayeri led law enforcement officers on a short foot pursuit before being caught at Waller Street and Stanyan Street.

Jonathan Tieu was found hiding in the van parked at Haight Street and Stanyan Street.

Several rounds of ammunition were also found in the van, however no weapons were recovered.

More information is still coming into ZachNews.

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Lake Havasu City, AZ: Boating accident leaves 3 people injured.

January 30, 2016 Leave a comment

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Lake Havasu City, AZ: Boating accident leaves 3 people injured.

At least 3 people were injured in boating accident on Lake Havasu near Lake Havasu City, Arizona on Friday, January 29th, 2016.

First responders rushed to the scene of the boating accident, including the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department who provided medical aid.

At least 2 victims were transported to Havasu Regional Medical Center for minor injuries.

The boating accident is under investigating and all occupants on board the boat were wearing personal floatation devices at the time of the boating accident.

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Weather on ZachNews:

January 30, 2016 Leave a comment

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Weather on ZachNews:

**** Happening Today!!: ****

News Alert!!: Needles, CA: Community meeting discussing proposed water and wastewater rate increases.

News Alert!!: Needles, CA: Community meeting discussing proposed water and wastewater rate increases.

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**** Weather for Needles, California: ****

– Saturday:

Mostly sunny, high near 74*F.

South wind 8 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph.

– Saturday Night:

Mostly cloudy, low around 49*F.

West southwest wind 6 to 13 mph.

– Sunday:

Showers likely, mainly after 4:00pm PT.

Mostly cloudy, high near 65*F.

Light south wind increasing to 10 to 15 mph in the morning.

Winds could gust as high as 21 mph.

Chance of precipitation is 60%.

– Sunday Night:

Showers likely, mainly before 10:00pm PT.

Mostly cloudy, low around 44*F.

South southwest wind around 14 mph becoming west in the evening.

Winds could gust as high as 21 mph.

Chance of precipitation is 70%.

– Monday:

A 20 percent chance of showers before 10:00am PT.

Partly sunny, high near 55*F.

Breezy, with a north northwest wind 15 to 23 mph, with gusts as high as 33 mph.

– Monday Night:

Mostly clear, low around 37*F.

Breezy.

**** Weather for Mohave Valley, Arizona: ****

– Saturday:

Mostly sunny, high near 74*F.

South wind 11 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph.

– Saturday Night:

Mostly cloudy, low around 46*F.

West wind 7 to 11 mph.

– Sunday:

A 40 percent chance of showers, mainly after 11:00am MT.

Mostly cloudy, high near 65*F.

South wind 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph.

– Sunday Night:

Showers likely, mainly before 11:00pm MT.

Mostly cloudy, low around 41*F.

Southwest wind 7 to 11 mph.

Chance of precipitation is 70%.

– Monday:

A 20 percent chance of showers before 11:00am MT.

Partly sunny, high near 56*F.

Breezy, with a north northwest wind 9 to 14 mph increasing to 17 to 22 mph in the morning.

Winds could gust as high as 33 mph.

– Monday Night:

Mostly clear, low around 36*F.

Breezy.

**** More Weather Information and Weather Radars: ****

– National Weather Service:

http://www.weather.gov/

– National Weather Service Weather Advisories, Watches, and Warnings:

http://alerts.weather.gov/

– National Weather Service Weather Radar:

http://radar.weather.gov/radar.php?rid=ESX&product=N0R&overlay=11101111&loop=yes

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News Update!!: Needles, CA: Latest information on closures, projects, and new businesses.

January 29, 2016 Leave a comment

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News Update!!: Needles, CA: Latest information on closures, projects, and new businesses.

ZachNews has received the latest information from the City of Needles on the status of closures, projects, and new businesses interested in Needles, California.

– Camdan Recycling Closue:

According to Needles City Manager Rick Daniels, “Met with waste collection company/recycler about their interest in providing a buy back center. Awaiting response.”

– Taco Bell Closure:

According to Needles City Manager Rick Daniels, “Discussed reuse potential and development potential of adjoining land with land owner.”

– Amtrak Train Station:

According to Needles City Manager Rick Daniels, “The City has selected a contractor to install timed locks that will open the building at night prior to the scheduled train arrival and locket a preset time when the train normally departs. Expectation is that this will be completed within 3 weeks and the Amtrak can operate their shortly thereafter.”

– New Dollar General:

According to Needles City Manager Rick Daniels, “All plans have been submitted and approved, but for the final Fire Marshal permit. Expectation is the issuance of a building permit by next week and construction shortly thereafter.”

The new Dollar General store is to be build on top of a hill near the intersection of J Street and Hospitality Lane.

– New Hotel:

According to Needles City Manager Rick Daniels, “Developer is in final negotiations for the land purchase. Could become active by the end of the year.”

The new hotel is to be build on Needles Highway just near the Westside Chevron Gas Station.

– Solar Farm Project:

According to Needles City Manager Rick Daniels, “Feasibility is underway. Expectation is a recommendation on progressing the project within 90 days.”

– California Air Resources Board Pilot Project for a “Bump Station”:

According to Needles City Manager Rick Daniels, “Grant application submitted. Awaiting further discussions.”

– New Wal-Mart:

According to Needles City Manager Rick Daniels, “Met with company representatives regarding a Neighborhood Market. Awaiting response.”

– New Aldi Grocery:

According to Needles City Manager Rick Daniels, “Met unsuccessfully, but will reconsider in upcoming rounds of new store openings.”

– New Smart & Final:

According to Needles City Manager Rick Daniels, “Made contact, but they declined due to population size.”

– New Wendy’s:

According to Needles City Manager Rick Daniels, “Made contact. Awaiting response.”

– New Movie Theater:

According to Needles City Manager Rick Daniels, “Assisted in contacting a potential location.”

– New Meat Market:

According to Needles City Manager Rick Daniels, “Contacted owner who expressed serious intent. Facilitating discussion with real estate options for a store front.”

– Federal Promise Zone:

According to Needles City Manager Rick Daniels, “Moving forward with a coalition of San Bernardino cities to create a zone. If selected the zone is provided grant writing services to search and prepare grant requests for job generating, economic development projects.”

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels tells ZachNews that all but the last three were reported by Needles Vice Mayor Jeff Williams at a recent Needles City Council Meeting and I reported on the others at previous Needles City Council Meeting.

ZachNews will be monitoring all of these projects, possible new businesses, and closures happening in Needles, California and will have updates as soon as new information and details come in.

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