Downtown Needles, CA: Elections 2018: Candidates Forum on Wednesday for Needles City Mayor and Needles City Council.

Downtown Needles, CA: Elections 2018: Candidates Forum on Wednesday for Needles City Mayor and Needles City Council.

A candidates forum for Needles City Mayor and Needles City Council will be held on Wednesday, September 26th, 2018 inside the Community Hall at the El Garces Train Depot, located next to Santa Fe Park on the 900 block of Front Street, in Downtown Needles, California.

The doors open at 5:30pm PT and the candidates forum starts at 6:00pm PT.

Current Needles Vice Mayor Jeff Williams is running unopposed for Needles Mayor.

Current Needles Mayor Edward T. Paget M.D. is running for Needles City Council along with incumbent Needles City Council Member Louise Evans and challengers Timothy Terral, Barbara L. Beard and Zachery Longacre; all 5 candidates are running for 3 seats on the Needles City Council.

The Needles Unified School District will not be at the candidates forum because they are not having an election.

The candidates forum is being hosted and organized by the Needles Downtown Business Alliance.

There will be a moderator who will be conducting the candidates forum and be reading off questions to the candidates provided by the public.

Questions for the candidates will be allow from the public in writing on index cards.

The index cards will then be reviewed and the acceptable questions will be allowed to be asked to the candidates well any negative questions will not be asked to the candidates.

The candidates will have all the opening statements followed by addressing questions from the public and closing statements at the end of the candidates forum.

The candidates forum is open to the public and ZachNews will be at the candidates forum, broadcasting live.

Please remember to make sure you’re registered to vote, and go out and vote.

You will be able to vote of the candidates running for Needles City Mayor and Needles City Council during the General Elections being held on Tuesday, November 6th, 2018.

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Needles, CA: Summary and voting results from the Needles Board of Public Utilities Meeting.

Needles, CA: Summary and voting results from the Needles Board of Public Utilities Meeting.

A Needles Board of Public Utilities Meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 18th, 2018 inside the Needles City Council Chambers in Needles, California.

The Needles Board of Public Utilities Meeting was broadcast live at ZachNews on Facebook.

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

** Consent Calendar: **

All matters listed on the Consent Calendar are considered to be routine and will be enacted by one motion in the form listed. The Chairman or any Member of the Board may pull an item from the Consent Calendar for discussion. Prior to Board action, a member of the public may address the Board on matters scheduled on the Consent Calendar. A three-minute time limit per person applies. Recommended Action: Approve Items #1 through #2 on the Consent Calendar by affirmative vote.

– Agenda Item #1:

Minutes of regular meetings held September 4, 2018.

– Agenda Item #2:

Accept the bid of T&R Electric Supply Company Inc. for the purchase of pole mount transformers at a cost not to exceed $24,700.

Members of the Needles Board of Public Utilities voted unanimously to approve Agenda Items #1 through #2 on the Consent Calendar.

** Regular Items: **

– Agenda Item #3:

Discussion regarding the Power Cost Adjustment (PCA) for the quarter ending July 31, 2018 and recommendation to implement a $0.0323 per KWH power cost increase on electric over-hydro usage for the period October through December 2018 based on the PCA calculations.

Members of the Needles Board of Public Utilities voted unanimously to approve no changes to the P.C.A.; leave as is.

This agenda item will be back at the next meeting in October 2018 for a review.

– Agenda Item #4:

Continued review of the 2001 water system evaluation by Boyle Engineering Corp. and list of improvements with priorities and funding.

Agenda Item #4 was information only and no votes was taken by members of the Needles Board of Public Utilities.

**** Reports: ****

– Agenda Item #5:

Western Area Power Administration group power purchase Q2 FY19 (January – March 2019).

– Agenda Item #6:

Monthly activity report for July 2018.

Agenda Items #5 through #6 was information only and no votes was taken by members of the Needles Board of Public Utilities.

** Pending Matters (Not For Discussion At This Time): **

– Agenda Item #A:

Audit suggestions relating to inventory control (meeting of January 16, 2018).

– Agenda Item #B:

Review rate policy relating to customer generators and mandate that all new construction have rooftop solar (meeting of May 15, 2018).

** Needles City Manager’s Report: **

– Agenda Item #A: Incident Report(s):

Needles City Manager spoke about the recent power outage and utility pole that got knocked down near Needles High School in Needles, California by a semi truck which left the scene and has not been found. Spoke about possible signage so that semi trucks know not to go down that street.

Needles City Manager spoke about utility assistance program related to energy efficient appliances replacement and results of the program in numbers.

** Needles Board of Public Utilities Requests: **

**** You can view the full Needles Board of Public Utilities Meeting agenda packet at the following City of Needles website address: ****

http://cityofneedles.com/2018%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/2%20UTILITY%20BOARD/9%20SEPTEMBER/MEETING%202/ub_091818%20-%20agenda-ALL.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 Board of Public Utilities Meetings, please contact Cheryl K. Sallis at the City of Needles at: 1 (760) 326-2113 Ext. 315.

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Needles, CA: Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority Meeting on Tuesday.

Needles, CA: Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority Meeting on Tuesday.

A Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority Meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 25th, 2018 inside the Needles City Council Chambers located off the J Street, next to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station sign and flag pole, at the Needles Civic Center located at 1111 Bailey Avenue in Needles, California.

Parking is located around the Needles Civic Center just off of J Street near the Needles Recreation Center or just off of Bailey Avenue near the San Bernardino County Needles Branch Library building.

The Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority Meeting will start at 6:00pm PT with no Executive Session at 5:30pm PT.

The Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority Meeting will be broadcast live at ZachNews on Facebook starting at 5:30pm and 6:00pm PT.

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**** 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/2018%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/9%20SEPTEMBER/MEETING%202/cc_092518-agendaALL.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.

Lake Havasu City, AZ: Collision on Lake Havasu involving 2 personal watercrafts.

Lake Havasu City, AZ: Collision on Lake Havasu involving 2 personal watercrafts.

According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station, deputies with Marine Enforcement investigated a collision involving 2 personal watercrafts on Lake Havasu near Lake Havasu City, Arizona.

The collision occurred on Saturday, September 22nd, 2018 and there were major injury reported.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station said that lifejacket likely saved the life of one of the operators.

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News Alert!!: California: New state law signed by California Governor bars full service restaurants from automatically handing out plastic straws.

News Alert!!: California: New state law signed by California Governor bars full service restaurants from automatically handing out plastic straws.

People who enjoyed straws with their drinks at their favorite California restaurants will have to ask to have a straw under a new state law that was signed by California Governor Jerry Brown on Thursday, September 20th, 2018.

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The new law bars full service restaurants from automatically giving out single-use plastic straws.

The new law will take affect in 2019 and restaurants in California that don’t comply will get 2 warnings before being fined up to $300.00 per year.

The law will apply only to full service restaurants, not fast food establishments, and doesn’t ban plastic straws outright like some cities have.

Democratic lawmakers in California who support the new law call it a small step toward reducing ocean pollution.

Those opposing the new law say thus is government overreach that won’t significantly improve the environment.

Breaking News!!: Ludlow, CA: Overturned semi truck on fire along westbound Interstate 40.

Breaking News!!: Ludlow, CA: Overturned semi truck on fire along westbound Interstate 40.

There is reports of a overturned semi truck on fire along westbound Interstate 40, between National Trails Highway and Kelbaker Road, east of Ludlow, California.

San Bernardino County Fire Department are responding overturned semi truck on fire, including Medical Engine 44 and Water Tender 44 and Battalion 145.

California Highway Patrol reports several vehicles are pulled to the side of the interstate near the fire.

No details yet if the occupant or occupants of the semi truck exited the vehicle.

ZachNews has contacted the California Highway Patrol for more information and continue to wait for a call back.

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