California: California Governor signs nation’s first statewide ban on single use plastic bags.

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California: California Governor signs nation’s first statewide ban on single use plastic bags.

California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed on Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 the nation’s first statewide ban on single use plastic bags.

The measure, California’s Senate Bill 270 (SB270), will go into effect for large grocery chains and pharmacies beginning Wednesday, July 1st, 2015 and will extend to convenience stores and liquor stores on Friday, July 1st, 2016.

“This bill is a step in the right direction – it reduces the torrent of plastic polluting our beaches, parks and even the vast ocean itself,” said California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. adding, “We’re the first to ban these bags, and we won’t be the last.”

The legislation and authored of California’s Senate Bill 270 (SB270), California State Senator Alex Padilla, the measure prohibits grocery stores and pharmacies from distributing single use plastic bags after July 2015 and enacts the same ban for convenience stores and liquor stores the following year. It will also provide up to $2 million in competitive loans – administered by CalRecycle – to businesses transitioning to the manufacture of reusable bags.

Also under the measure, California’s Senate Bill 270 (SB270), stores will be required to offer customers recycled paper bags or bags made of compostable material at a cost of at least 10 cents. Consumers buying groceries using California’s food assistance program won’t have to pay for bags.

California’s Senate Bill 270 (SB270) is supported by many local governments, businesses, and labor organizations as well as widespread support from community and environmental groups.

“I applaud Governor Brown for signing SB 270 into law. He continues to lead our state forward with a commitment to sustainability. A throw-away society is not sustainable. This new law will greatly reduce the flow of billions of single-use plastic bags that litter our communities and harm our environment each year. Moving from single-use plastic bags to reusable bags is common sense. Governor Brown’s signature reflects our commitment to protect the environment and reduce government costs,” said California State Senator Alex Padilla.

“The California coast is a national treasure and a calling card for the world, helping us attract visitors and business from around the globe. Removing the harmful blight of single-use plastic bags, especially along our coastline and waterways, helps ensure the kind of clean and healthy environment we need to have a stronger economy and a brighter future,” said California Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins.

“SB 270 is a win-win for the environment and for California workers. We are doing away with the scourge of single-use plastic bags and closing the loop on the plastic waste stream, all while maintaining – and growing – California jobs. As we further develop our green economy, SB 270 will be a model for balancing the health of the planet with the preservation of people’s livelihoods,” said Senate President pro Tem-elect Kevin de Leόn, a joint author of the bill.

“For nearly 10 million Californians, life without plastic grocery bags is already a reality. Bag bans reduce plastic pollution and waste, lower bag costs at grocery stores, and now we’re seeing job growth in California at facilities that produce better alternatives,” said Californians Against Waste Executive Director Mark Murray.

“California is the first state in the U.S. to ban the most ubiquitous consumer item on the planet, in an effort to drive consumers towards sustainable behavior change. Data from the over 127 local plastic bag bans has proven that bans are effective at reducing litter and changing consumer attitudes, and have refuted industry’s claims of apocalyptic impacts on jobs and poor communities. A state plastic bag ban saves taxpayers the huge amount of money spent on litter cleanup, and protects the environment,” said Clean Seas Coalition and Seventh Generation Advisors Director Leslie Tamminen.

“SB 270 is a great victory for all of California. We’ve seen locally that plastic bag bans lead to cleaner water and healthier wildlife, keeping trash off our beaches and out of our creeks. The success of bag bans in our local communities has empowered state legislators to make the right decision for the health of California’s waterways. Governor Brown’s signature of this statewide bag ban is an important moment for our state, demonstrating that California is once again willing to take the lead on important environmental issues,” said Save the Bay executive director David Lewis.

The measure, California’s Senate Bill 270 (SB270), aligning state law with ordinances passed by a growing number of local governments in California to reduce plastic waste.

Similar single use plastic bags are already in effect in nearly 100 cities and counties in California including Los Angeles, California which went into affect on Wednesday, January 1st, 2014 and is reportedly the largest city to ban plastic bags.

** You can view the full text regarding California’s Senate Bill 270 (SB270) at the following Official California Legislative Information website address: **

http://leginfo.ca.gov/cgi-bin/postquery?bill_number=sb_270&sess=CUR&house=B&author=padilla_%3Cpadilla%3E

http://leginfo.ca.gov/bilinfo.html

** Community Comments: **

– What do you think of the nation’s first statewide ban on single use plastic bags in California?

– Do you think this will hard or help small businesses?

– If you are using reusable bags when you are going grocery shopping, how has using reusable bags change your way of going grocery shopping?

** Please leave your comments, complaints, and concerns in the comments section on this news story and thank you for participating. **

Needles, CA: Neon Movie Night at Needles High School on Wednesday.

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Needles, CA: Neon Movie Night at Needles High School on Wednesday.

Come out for a night of great movies during Neon Movie Night at Needles High School in Needles, California on Wednesday, October 1st, 2014.

Movies are being played in the Needles High School Auditorium at Needles High School located at 1600 Washington Street in Needles, California.

** Movies playing are the following: **

– “Rio 2” at 1:00pm PT.

– “Captain America – The Winter Solder” at 2:30pm PT.

Tickets for the movies cost $3.00 per person.

Pizza and snacks will be available for purchase at the concession table.

For more information regarding Neon Movie Night, contact Bebe Lopez Fletcher at: 1 (760) 221-7900.

Come and enjoy watching movies for a great price.

Breaking News!!: Dallas, TX: First diagnosed case of Ebola found in the United States of America.

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Breaking News!!: Dallas, TX: First diagnosed case of Ebola found in the United States of America.

According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a patient being treated at a hospital in Dallas, Texas has been confirmed to be the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States of America.

According to United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Doctor Thomas Frieden, the person left Liberia, Africa on Friday, September 19th, 2014 and arrived in the United States of America on Saturday, September 20th, 2014.

At that time, the person did not have symptoms. “But four or five days later,” that person began to show symptoms, Frieden said

According to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Spokesman Stephen O’Brien, the person was a patient at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, Texas.

According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, the adult patient developed symptoms days after returning to Texas from Africa, and was admitted into isolation on Sunday, September 28th, 2014.

A team from United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is heading to Texas to deal with this incident.

The Ebola outbreak has been centered in the African countries of Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia.

According to a World Health Organization, more than 3,000 people have died after being infected with Ebola.

The symptoms might not appear until two to 21 days after one is infected.

According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Ebola causes viral hemorrhagic fever, which can affect multiple organ systems in the body and are often accompanied by bleeding.

Early symptoms include sudden onset of fever, weakness, muscle pain, headaches, and a sore throat, each of which can be easily mistaken early on for other ailments like malaria, typhoid fever, meningitis or even the plague.

** More information is still coming into ZachNews. **

News Update!!: Needles, CA: Latest information on the continuing search to find missing Jason Dulitz.

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News Update!!: Needles, CA: Latest information on the continuing search to find missing Jason Dulitz.

ZachNews continues to report the latest information on the search for still missing 21 year old Jason Dulitz from Austin, Minnesota who hasn’t been hear since Saturday, September 6th, 2014 and whose car was found abandoned inside a shopping center parking lot in Needles, California a week ago.

On Saturday, September 6th, 2014, 21 year old Jason Dulitz of Austin, Minnesota was reported missing. The family of Jason Dulitz hasn’t hear from him since.

On Monday, September 22nd, 2014, according to Jodi Miller, Public Information Officer (P.I.O.) at the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, Jason Dulitz’s vehicle was located abandoned. Jason Dulitz’s vehicle, a 1995 white Ford Aspire with Minnesota license plates, was parked near the southwest corner of the Needles Towne Center parking lot which is located on the 1000 block of East Broadway between Ice Plant Road and Interstate 40 in Needles, California. Found inside Jason Dulitz’s vehicle were bags of clothes, car keys on the dashboard, gas in the car’s tank, and his passport in the glove box, and a basketball in the back area of Jason Dulitz’s vehicle.

On Wednesday, September 24th, 2014, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department issued a local press release with missing person flyer announcing that they are searching for 21 year old Jason Dulitz. Flyers of missing Jason Dulitz were posted around businesses in Needles, California. Businesses in Needles, California all hope that missing Jason Dulitz is found soon and safe. Some residents in the Colorado River Tri-State area began going around their communities passing out flyers continuing to ask the public to help missing Jason Dulitz.

On Thursday, September 25th, 2014, Jason Dulitz’s vehicle still parked inside the Needles Towne Center parking lot in Needles, California. A missing person flyer posted on the driver side window of Jason Dulitz’s vehicle and a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department business card placed in the lower frame of the driver side door area of Jason Dulitz’s vehicle. The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) posted information missing Jason Dulitz on their website.

** You can view the information at the following National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) website address: **

https://www.findthemissing.org/en/cases/26252/0/

NamUs MP # 26252

At 8:25pm PT on Thursday, September 25th, 2014, according to Austin Police Department Chief Brian Krueger, they found 2 financial transaction at a convenience store in Santa Monica, California and authorities have spoken to the employees at the convenience store in Santa Monica, California and they believe it was Jason Dulitz and at this time they are attempting to pick up that video to confirm if it was Jason Dulitz.

At 12:28pm PT on Monday, September 29th, 2014, the Santa Monica Police Department contacted Dawn Vlaicevic, Katie Dulitz’s mother, which saids, “Ms. Vlaicevic, Good morning. We received your request and attached flyers and will circulate them within the police department. We have also been in contact with detectives from the Mower County Sheriff’s Department in Austin, Minnesota who are handling the missing person investigation.”

At 3:42pm PT on Monday, September 29th, 2014, detective from Austin, Minnesota contacted Katie Dulitz, his sister, with the latest information related to missing Jason Dulitz saying that they have 3 still shots from the video of the card usage from the 7-11 Store in Santa Monica, California. They are not able to confirm this is Jason at this time and are waiting for the video to be sent over from the store in California. They are also requesting video from a CVS Pharmacy store that maybe of better quality. Detectives with the Mower County Sheriff’s Department in Austin, Minnesota are handling the missing person investigation. Flyers of missing Jason Dulitz have been shared on social media by people wanting Jason Dulitz to be found and asking people to help find Jason Dulitz. People are also sending the flyers of missing Jason Dulitz to authorities around Santa Monica, California as well as across California in case Jason Dulitz is in their community. Reports that people are posting up flyers of missing Jason Dulitz in communities around Santa Monica, California in case he is found in the area. 

At 3:49pm PT on Monday, September 29th, 2014, Jodi Miller, Public Information Officer (P.I.O.) at the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department tells ZachNews by email, “There was never a traffic stop conducted by our deputies.” There were reports that Jason Dulitz was stopped by authorities in California and had his identification checked during the traffic stop. According to Jodi Miller, Public Information Officer (P.I.O.) at the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, there is no additional information to release.

At 10:12am PT on Tuesday, September 30th, 2014, an email from Santa Monica Police Department’s Public Information Office sent to ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez regarding missing Jason Dulitz states, “Mr.Lopez. I have spoken to Lt. Muir from our Criminal Divison. They are looking into the matter.” Santa Monica Police Department Lieutenant Clinton Muir confirmed the email ZachNews received.

As the search continues for missing Jason Dulitz, a community along the Colorado River are hoping that missing Jason Dulitz is found soon and want to do something to give some hope that Jason Dulitz is found soon and safe.

Lorie and Jodie, both residents of Needles, California, told ZachNews that a candlelight prayer vigil for missing Jason Dulitz will be held at 7:00pm PT on Friday, October 3rd, 2014 in the parking lot of the Needles Towne Center which is located on the 1000 block of East Broadway between Ice Plant Road and Interstate 40 in Needles, California.

People are asked to bring candles and your loving and caring soul to this prayer vigil.

The family of Jason Dulitz is thanking everybody for their support and outreach from complete strangers, and hope the people across the county keep Jason Dulitz on their mind and in their heart.

**** Missing Person Information: ****

– First Name: Jason

– Middle Name: Tyler

– Last Name: Dulitz

– Nicknames or Alias: J.J.

– Date Last Seen: Saturday, September 6th, 2014

– Age Last Seen: 21 Years Old

– Age Now: 21 Years Old

– Race: White

– Sex: Male

– Height (Inches): 5’10” (70.0)

– Weight (Pounds): 140.0

– Hair Color: Sandy Blondish / Red

– Hairstyle: Long Hair, But May Have Been Cut Short

– Color of Eyes: Green

– Body Artwork: At Least 2 Tattoos; Name, “Dulitz” On Left Side Chest Area and Charlie Brown Cartoon On Right Calf Area

Jason Dulitz likes to play basketball, disc golf, and frisbee; loves to listen to music; and making musical beats and raps.

Family and friends of Jason Dulitz say that he was always friendly with everyone, funny, and has a big and bright smile that is contagious; you would smile when he did, and has a good heart; would give you the shirt of his back.

Family and friends of Jason Dulitz is asking everybody, including those in and around the Colorado River Tri-State area of Arizona, California, and Nevada to please help find missing Jason Dulitz.

**** Anyone with information on the whereabouts of missing Jason Dulitz is urged to contact the following authorities: ****

– San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Detective J. Cross or San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputy J. Wagner at the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station in Needles, California at: 1 (760) 326-9200.

– Investigating Agency
Detective Todd Clennon of the Austin Police Department in Austin, Minnesota at: 1 (507) 437-9400. Missing Person Case Number: 14112449.

The public can also contact Katie Dulitz, Jason Dulitz’s Sister, on Facebook if they have any information regarding missing Jason Dulitz.

** You can contact Katie Dulitz, Jason Dulitz’s Sister, at the following Facebook website address: **

https://www.facebook.com/katie.dulitz?fref=ts

More information regarding the search for missing Jason Dulitz is being updated at the Facebook group page, “Bring Home Jason Dulitz.”

** You can follow the Facebook group page, “Bring Home Jason Dulitz” at the following Facebook website address: **

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1529378783945885/

Stay tuned to ZachNews for continuing news coverage on the search for missing Jason Dulitz.

ZachNews will have more news updates with more information as new information comes into ZachNews and ZachNews will be at the candlelight prayer vigil for missing Jason Dulitz and will have pictures and video of the candlelight prayer vigil for missing Jason Dulitz on ZachNews and ZachNews on YouTube.

** New missing person flyer was courtesy of Natalie Tynda, previous missing person flyer was courtesy of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station, pictures of Jason Dulitz were courtesy of both Jodie Leah and Susie Tibbitts, and pictures of Jason Dulitz’s vehicle found abandoned in Needles, California were taken by ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez. **

News Update!!: Needles, CA: More new information regarding still missing Jason Dulitz.

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News Update!!: Needles, CA: More new information regarding still missing Jason Dulitz.

ZachNews has been informed of some more new information regarding still missing 21 year old Jason Dulitz from Austin, Minnesota whose car was found abandoned last week inside a shopping center parking lot in Needles, California.

At 3:49pm PT on Monday, September 29th, 2014, ZachNews received an email from Jodi Miller, Public Information Officer (P.I.O.) at the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department regarding missing Jason Dulitz which reads, “On September 22, 2014 – Jason Dulitz’s vehicle was located abandoned in the 99 cent store shopping center in Needles.  There was never a traffic stop conducted by our deputies.  Detectives from the Colorado River Station/Needles Police Department have been in contact with the detective at Austin PD in Minnesota.  Jason was reported missing with Austin PD – I have no information regarding their missing person case. Also, the detective from the Needles Station has attempted to contact you on your cell phone. There is no additional information to release.”

There were reports that Jason Dulitz was stopped by authorities in California and had his identification checked during the traffic stop.

Just moments ago, ZachNews reported that on Monday, September 29th, 2014, detective from Austin, Minnesota contacted Katie Dulitz, his sister, with the latest information related to missing Jason Dulitz saying that they have 3 still shots from the video of the card usage from the 7-11 Store in Santa Monica, California. They are not able to confirm this is Jason at this time and are waiting for the video to be sent over from the store in California. They are also requesting video from a CVS Pharmacy store that maybe of better quality.

This comes after Austin Police Department found 2 financial transaction at a convenience store in Santa Monica, California and spoken to the employees at the convenience store in Santa Monica, California who believe it was Jason Dulitz and authorities were attempting to pick up that video to confirm if it was Jason Dulitz.

Katie Dulitz, his sister, is hoping to hear some news by Tuesday.

At 12:28pm PT on Monday, September 29th, 2014, the Santa Monica Police Department contacted Dawn Vlaicevic, Katie Dulitz’s mother, which saids, “Ms. Vlaicevic, Good morning. We received your request and attached flyers and will circulate them within the police department. We have also been in contact with detectives from the Mower County Sheriff’s Department in Austin, Minnesota who are handling the missing person investigation.”

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department issued a local press release last week announcing that they are searching for 21 year old Jason Dulitz after his car, a 1995 white Ford Aspire with Minnesota license plates, was found abandoned in the parking lot of the Needles Towne Center in Needles, California with bags of clothes, car keys, a passport, and a basketball in the back area of his car.

Pictures taken by ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez at 3:30pm PT on Thursday, September 25th, 2014, showed his abandoned car still parked near the southwest corner of the Needles Towne Center parking lot which is located on the 1000 block of East Broadway between Ice Plant Road and Interstate 40 in Needles, California with a missing person flyer posted on the driver side window and a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department business card placed in the lower frame of the driver side door area.

Jason Dulitz was reportedly last seen Saturday, September 6th, 2014 in Austin, Minnesota and the family of Jason Dulitz hasn’t hear from him since.

As the search continues for missing Jason Dulitz, a community along the Colorado River are hoping that missing Jason Dulitz is found soon and want to do something to give some hope that Jason Dulitz is found soon and safe.

On Sunday, September 28th, 2014, Lorie and Jodie, both residents of Needles, California, told ZachNews that a candlelight prayer vigil for missing Jason Dulitz will be held at 7:00pm PT on Friday, October 3rd, 2014 in the parking lot of the Needles Towne Center which is located on the 1000 block of East Broadway between Ice Plant Road and Interstate 40 in Needles, California.

People are asked to bring candles and your loving and caring soul to this prayer vigil.

Since the car of missing Jason Dulitz was found abandoned in Needles, California, some residents in the Colorado River Tri-State area have been seen going around their communities passing out flyers continuing to ask the public to help find missing Jason Dulitz and flyers of missing Jason Dulitz have been seen posted around businesses in Needles, California with all of those businesses hoping that missing Jason Dulitz is found soon and safe.

The family of Jason Dulitz is thanking everybody for their support and outreach from complete strangers, and hope the people across the county keep Jason Dulitz on their mind and in their heart.

**** Missing Person Information: ****

– First Name: Jason

– Middle Name: Tyler

– Last Name: Dulitz

– Nicknames or Alias: J.J.

– Date Last Seen: Saturday, September 6th, 2014

– Age Last Seen: 21 Years Old

– Age Now: 21 Years Old

– Race: White

– Sex: Male

– Height (Inches): 5’10” (70.0)

– Weight (Pounds): 140.0

– Hair Color: Sandy Blondish / Red

– Hairstyle: Long Hair, But May Have Been Cut Short

– Color of Eyes: Green

– Body Artwork: At Least 2 Tattoos; Name, “Dulitz” On Left Side Chest Area and Charlie Brown Cartoon On Right Calf Area

Jason Dulitz likes to play basketball, disc golf, and frisbee; loves to listen to music; and making musical beats and raps.

Family and friends of Jason Dulitz say that he was always friendly with everyone, funny, and has a big and bright smile that is contagious; you would smile when he did, and has a good heart; would give you the shirt of his back.

Family and friends of Jason Dulitz is asking everybody, including those in and around the Colorado River Tri-State area of Arizona, California, and Nevada to please help find missing Jason Dulitz.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department – Colorado River Station at: 1 (760) 326-9200.

** Updated information regarding the search for Jason Dulitz is being posted at the following “Bring Home Jason Dulitz” Facebook group page: **

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1529378783945885/

Stay tuned to ZachNews for more news updates with more information regarding this news story.

ZachNews will be at the candlelight prayer vigil for missing Jason Dulitz and will have pictures and video of the candlelight prayer vigil for missing Jason Dulitz on ZachNews and ZachNews on YouTube.

** Missing person flyer was courtesy of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department – Colorado River Station, pictures of Jason Dulitz were courtesy of both Jodie Leah and Susie Tibbitts, and pictures of the abandoned car found in Needles, California were both taken by ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez. **

Election Watch 2014!!: Needles, CA: List of community questions for the candidates.

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Election Watch 2014!!: Needles, CA: List of community questions for the candidates.

On Thursday, July 24th, 2014, ZachNews asked you in the community of Needles, California for questions you would like to ask the candidates running for a seat on the Needles City Council in the General Elections being held on Tuesday, November 4th, 2014.

ZachNews has received and been listening to your questions for the candidates running for Needles City Council.

ZachNews has collected your questions and will send your questions to all of the candidates running for Needles City Council.

ZachNews also received and been listening to your questions for the candidates running for Needles Unified School District Board.

ZachNews has collected your questions and will also send your questions to all of the candidates running for Needles Unified School District Board.

Here are a few of your questions and ZachNews hopes that the list of your questions grow longer and longer for this is your vote, your decision, and your community.

**** Community Questions For Needles City Council Candidates: ****

** Budget, Money, Taxes, and Fees: **

– What do you think of the approved City of Needles Budget?

– Do you think that the cuts in employees and reduction in services were nessesery to help get a balance budget?

– What do you think of the pay of employees working for the City of Needles and is the pay enough?

– What do you think of the current health and benefits for employees working for the City of Needles and are those health and benefits enough?

– What do you think about employees of the City of Needles and unions?

– Do you think employees working for the City of Needles are working too hard or not working hard enough?

– What would you do to help employees working for the City of Needles?

– What do you think of the amount of money being paid to the new Needles City Manager and to the new economic developer consultant and should they be paid that amount when the City of Needles can’t afford to hire or keep employees?

– Do you think that the numbers and information being marketed and promoted to new businesses, industries, and tourists by the new Needles City Manager and to the new economic developer consultant accurate and correct to what is happening in our community?

– Do you think that residents and businesses are paying too much for utilities, fees, and taxes from the City of Needles?

– What would you say to the people in the community who say that they are paying too much for utilities, fees, and taxes from the City of Needles?

– What do you think of the approval of a 2.1% cost-of-Iiving (Cost of Living Adjustment: C.O.L.A.) increase in electric rates as of Saturday, November 1st, 2014 and the approval of the methodology to calculate the annual electric base rate and the power cost adjustment rate based on the spreadsheets prepared by members of the Needles Board of Public Utilities?

– What do you think of the current Transient Occupancy Tax (T.O.T.) in our community?

– Is enough revenue being collected from the current Transient Occupancy Tax (T.O.T.) in our community?

– What to you think of Measure S?

– Will an increase in the Transient Occupancy Tax (T.O.T.) help or hurt our community?

– What happens if Measure S doesn’t pass?

– Do you think that the City of Needles needs to do more to save money and find ways of keeping the City of Needles running?

– How would you help in saving money for the City of Needles and how would you help in find ways of keeping the City of Needles running?

– If the City of Needles can’t save more money and find ways of keeping the City of Needles running, what would you do?

– What would you say to the people in the community who are concern over more cuts, reduce in services, or close things if the City of Needles can’t save more money and find other ways in keeping the City of Needles running?

– What do you think of the increases in fees for youth sports programs related to the Needles Recreation Department?

– Do you think the fees for youth sports programs will help or hurt our community?

– Do you think the youth sports programs are an important need to our community or should the youth sports programs be placed on the chopping block when the City of Needles is trying to find money to save and balance the City of Needles Budget?

– Do you think the Needles Aquatics Center is an important need to our community or should the Needles Aquatics Center be placed on the chopping block when the City of Needles is trying to find money to save and balance the City of Needles Budget?

– What would you say to the people in the community who say that they are paying too much at the boat launching facilities in our community?

– What do you think of the sales tax on the sale of medical marijuana in our community?

– Do you think that the sales tax on the sale of medical marijuana in our community is helping or hurting our community?

** Businesses, Industries, Jobs, Redevelopment, and Education: **

– Did the closing of Bashas grocery store had a big effect to our community?

– What do you think of the handling and preparing for the closing of Bashas grocery store by the City of Needles and members if the Needles City Council?

– Do you think the community of Needles, California can get a new grocery store?

– What do you want to say to the people in our community who say Needles, California can’t get a new grocery store?

– What would you do to help get a new grocery store into our community?

– What do you think of the current state of our local businesses around our community?

– What would you do to help struggling local businesses in our community who aren’t getting enough revenue to stay in business or deciding to close their business?

– Should the City of Needles offer incentives to struggling local businesses in our community?

– Do you think the City of Needles is business friendly?

– What have you done to interact with our all of local businesses?

– What do you think of the current state of bringing in new businesses, industries, and jobs into our community?

– What would you do to help bringing in new businesses, industries, and jobs into our community?

– Should the City of Needles offer incentives to people wanting to bring into our community new businesses, industries, and jobs?

– Do you think the community has the needed resources to attract new businesses, industries, jobs, and new redevelopment into our community?

– What would you do to attract new businesses, industries, jobs, and new redevelopment into our community?

– What is your 4 year plan for new businesses, industries, jobs, and new redevelopment for our community?

– What do you think of the current state of our education system in our community?

– Do you think enough is being done to help give our students the best education they deserve, be ready for college, and for a good career?

– Do you think enough is being done to help give our teachers the best pay they deserve?

– Do you think enough is being done to help improve our schools in our community?

– What would you do to help our students, teachers, and schools get what our students need for a good education, be accepted to the college, and to land a great career, teachers being paid and staying in our community, and that our schools our getting the improvement they need?

** Blight, Code Violations, and Abandonment: **

– What do you think of the amount of abandoned buildings in our community?

– Do you think enough is being done to address the amount of abandonment of buildings still standing in our community?

– What do you think should be done to the old Overland Motel and the old Relax Inn Motel that have sat for years abandon, collecting trash, dust, and junk, and drawing in transient and crime?

– Is enough being done to hold property owners accountable for code violation and abandonment of their buildings and properties?

– Is enough being done to hold property owners accountable for putting people who rent or lease those buildings and properties in danger or in unhealthy conditions?

– Does code enforcement have enough rules, guidelines, resources, staffing, and money to help address issues of community blight, violations, and abandonments in our community?

– What would you do to address issues related to code enforcement, community blight, violations, and abandonments in our community?

** Homelessness and Services: **

– Is enough being done to address the homeless issue in our community?

– Does our community enough affordable housing and programs such as job training, drug and alcoholic prevention programs, and food assistance programs to help the people in need, unemployed, or homeless in our community?

– Do you think enough is being done by charitable organizations and churches to help people in need, unemployed, or homeless?

– What would you say to the people in the community who say that the City of Needles should use some if the many vacant and abandoned buildings in our community and turn them into housing for the homeless?

– What would you do to help the people in need, unemployed, or homeless in our community?

– Is there enough volunteering programs that help the homeless and unemployed receive assistance well working in our community?

– Would you like to see more volunteering programs that help the homeless and unemployed receive assistance well working in our community?

** Preservation, Projects, Improvements, and Transportation: **

– Do you think enough is being done to preserve our historic buildings and our history of Route 66 in our community?

– What do you think of the Route 66 Corridor Management Plan?

– Do you think enough is being done to get grant money and assistance in preserve our historic buildings and our history of Route 66 in our community?

– What would you do to help preserve our historic buildings and our history of Route 66 in our community?

– What do you think of how the El Garce building has been restored?

– Do you think the amount of money spent on the restoring of the El Garces building was spent properly and responsibly?

– What do you think about the concern being raised by people in the community over the issue of the historic design El Garces building, historic preservation of the El Garces building, and the improvements made to the El Garces building related to the windows, doors, and design?

– What do you think of the handling of the process for renting and leasing of the open spaces and community hall inside the El Garces building?

– What do you think should be done regarding the issue of the public restroom inside the El Garces building that businesses surrounding El Garces building and Santa Fe Park repeatedly been asking for to be available and open to the public?

– What do you think about the promoting and marketing of the El Garces building to tourists?

– What would you do to help improve the El Garces building, promote the El Garces building, and making sure that the El Garces building is for the community?

– What would you say to the people in the community who say that the Needles Chamber of Commerce should move into the El Garces building?

– What do you think of the plans for a new Needles Chamber of Commerce building?

– What would you say to the people in the community who say that the Needles Chamber of Commerce shouldn’t build a new building and should reuse existing vacant buildings?

– Should more be done to reuse vacant buildings that are not collapsing or not damaged for new businesses?

– Do you think that the Interstate 40 Connector Project will help or hurt our community?

– Do you think enough money is being spent on repairing and improving our community infrastructures like our sidewalks, streets, highways, and utilities in our community?

– What would you do to make sure that enough money is being spent on repairing and improving our community infrastructures like our sidewalks, streets, highways, and utilities in our community?

– What would you say to the people in the community who say that there isn’t enough transportation services in our community?

– Is enough being done to address the lack of transportation services in our community?

– What would you do to address the lack of transportation services in our community?

– What is your 4 year plan related to transportation services for both passengers and goods for our community?

– Do you think the relationships between the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad and the City of Needles?

– What would do to improve relationships between the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad and the City of Needles?

– Do you think the relationship between the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and the City of Needles over fixing, repairing, improving, and assistance related items?

– What would do to improve relationships between the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and the City of Needles over fixing, repairing, improving, and assistance related items?

– What do you think of our parks, kids recreation areas, and landscaping in our community?

– What would you do to improve our parks, kids recreation areas, and landscaping in our community?

– Is enough being done to fix and improve community signage in our community?

– What would you say to the people in the community who say that the City of Needles needs to stop cutting down trees and plant more trees?

– What do you think should be done to the River Edge Golf Course?

– What would you say to the people in the community who say that the River Edge Golf Course isn’t making money and should be sold?

– What do you think of the Bureau Bay Project?

– What would you do to help make the Bureau Bay Project possible?

– What do you think of the Spike Desert Dog Park?

– What would you do to help improve the Spike Desert Dog Park?

– What would you do to bring in it clean energy related items such as solar power and electric cars to our community?

– Do you think our community should use clean energy?

** Public Safety and Health: **

– What do you think of the decisions made related to the City of Needles Budget regarding the current contracts with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and the San Bernardino County Fire Department?

– What do you say to the community who think the community isn’t getting enough protection and resources from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and the San Bernardino County Fire Department?

– Do you think enough is being done to address the issue of not having a courthouse in our community?

– How do you think the community is being affected by not having a courthouse in our community?

– What would you do to address the issue of our community not having a courthouse?

– Do you think our community has a problem with illegal immigration?

– What would you do to address any current or future illegal immigrations issues in our community?

– What do you think of the current Medical Marijuana Ordinance in our community?

– Do you think that medical marijuana dispensaries and the sale of medical marijuana should be allowed or be stopped in our community?

– What would you say to the people in the community who say that medical marijuana is being more criminal activities into the community?

– What do you think should be done to address the medical marijuana issue that assesses the people who say that medical marijuana helps them and dresses the people who say that medical marijuana is hurting our community?

– Should marijuana be legalized for recreation uses?

– What do you think of the sale of the Colorado River Medical Center and the current status and operations at the Colorado River Medical Center?

– Do you think that Colorado River Medical Center and the people running Colorado River Medical Center is providing the services the community the needs and are taking care of issues that affected the Colorado River Medical Center before such as financial issues,
payment of employees, and the way patients are being diagnosed and treated?

– What would you like the Colorado River Medical Center and the people running Colorado River Medical Center do to help our community get the services the people need and that people are getting the care they deserve?

– What would you say to the people in the community who say that the community needs a mental health facility to help those with mental illness?

– Do you think enough mental health services are being provided in our community?

– What would you do to help bring in more mental health services to help people in our community?

– What would you say to the people in the community who say that our drinking water is contaminated and not safe?

– Do you think our community has any air quality problems?

– What would you do to make sure our drinking water and air is safe for our community?

– Is enough being done to protect our drinking water and utility system from criminal activity and from natural disasters?

– What would you do to help protect our drinking water and utility system from criminal activity and from natural disasters?

– What do you think of the handling by the City of Needles in the aftermath of the damaging microbrust that hit the community of Needles, California at around 4:00pm PT on Tuesday, August 12th, 2014?

– Do you think our community has the needed resources to be ready for a disaster or outbreak?

– What do you think of the current status and operations at the Needles Aminal Shelter?

– What would you do to the Needles Aminal Shelter?

– Do you think the Needles Aminal Shelter is an important need to our community or should the Needles Aminal Shelter be placed on the chopping block when the City of Needles is trying to find money to save and balance the City of Needles Budget?

** Public Relations and Promoting: **

– What would you do to make sure that you as a representative of this community will honor all rules and guidelines that hold that seat, such as Brown Act and Open Meeting Laws, are all followed and are all obeyed?

– What would you do to help improve the notification to our community related to City of Needles agenda items and decisions that affect their community?

– What would you do to help improve the announcements of community events in our community?

– Do you think the relationship between the Fort Mojave Indian Tribe and the City of Needles?

– What would do to improve relationships between the Fort Mojave Indian Tribe and the City of Needles?

– Do you think the relationship between the County of San Bernardino and the City of Needles?

– What would do to improve relationships between the County of San Bernardino and the City of Needles?

– Do you think the relationship between the State of California and the City of Needles over funding and assistance related items?

– What would do to improve relationships between the State of California and the City of Needles over funding and assistance related items?

– Do you think the relationship between the Federal Government of the United States of America and the City of Needles over funding and assistance related items?

– What would do to improve relationships between the Federal Government of the United States of America and the City of Needles over funding and assistance related items?

– What do you think of media relations between all media and the City of Needles?

– What would you do to improve the relationship between all media and the City of Needles?

– Do you think that all meetings happening in the City of Needles be televised and put online?

– What would you do to help improve access to City of Needles codes, agenda items, resolutions, ordinances, and by laws and rules so that the community can access those City of Needles codes, agenda items, resolutions, ordinances, and by laws and rules at anytime, everywhere, and when the people of our community can learn more about how the City of Needles is running and is operates?

– Do you think enough is being done to interact with the community?

– What would you do the improve the relationship with the community and the City of Needles?

**** Community Questions For Needles Unified School District Board Candidates: ****

– Do you think our schools in our community and the education our students have been receiving in the last 4 years?

– What would you do to make sure that our students are receiving the right education that they deserve?

– What would you improve to help students be ready for college and for a new career?

– What do you think of the current pay rate status of our teachers at our schools?

– What would you do to make sure that are current teachers stay teaching in our schools in our community?

– What do you think of the school year schedule for students.

– Do you think the school year schedule for students should be changed?

– If students at our schools are in need of help in their education, what would you do to help provide those services to help students in their education.

– How would you handle truancy by students at our schools in our conmunity?

– How would you handle students who drop out from our schools and preventing other students from dropping out of our schools?

– What would you do to help keep students away from drugs and gangs so that students can stay on the path of having a good education and being good citizens?

– Do you think our schools in our community are prepared for an emergency or threats of harm?

– What would you do to make sure our students, teachers, and faculties are safe during an emergency and protected from harm?

– What do you do to improve our schools infrastructures?

– If tough financial times occur and effects the operations of our schools and teachers, how would you do to handle those financial situation?

– What do you think of Measure P?

– Do you think Measure P will provide funding for the local Palo Verde Community College in Downtown Needles, California?

– What do you think of school lunches, fundraisers related to food sales, and the healthy food initiatives being promoted by United States of America President’s First Lady Michelle Obama in making sure that kids are eating healthy.

– What do you think of the test is that students take to graduate out of our schools?

–  What is your plans for the future of our community schools, our teachers, and our students?

If you have any more questions for the Needles City Council and Needles Unified School District Board candidates, please email back your answers with the questions at:

news.zachnews@gmail.com

Thank you everybody for the questions and for participating.

ZachNews hopes that all of your questions get answered by the candidates running for your Needles City Council in the General Elections on Tuesday, November 4th, 2014.

** Good luck to all the candidates running for your Needles City Council and Needles Unified School District Board in the General Elections on Tuesday, November 4th, 2014.

News Update!!: Santa Monica, CA: New information regarding still missing Jason Dulitz.

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News Update!!: Santa Monica, CA: New information regarding still missing Jason Dulitz.

ZachNews has been informed of some new information regarding still missing 21 year old Jason Dulitz from Austin, Minnesota whose car was found abandoned last week inside a shopping center parking lot in Needles, California.

On Monday, September 29th, 2014, detective from Austin, Minnesota contacted Katie Dulitz, his sister, with the latest information related to missing Jason Dulitz saying that they have 3 still shots from the video of the card usage from the 7-11 Store in Santa Monica, California. They are not able to confirm this is Jason at this time and are waiting for the video to be sent over from the store in California. They are also requesting video from a CVS Pharmacy store that maybe of better quality.

This comes after Austin Police Department found 2 financial transaction at a convenience store in Santa Monica, California and spoken to the employees at the convenience store in Santa Monica, California who believe it was Jason Dulitz and authorities were attempting to pick up that video to confirm if it was Jason Dulitz.

Katie Dulitz, his sister, is hoping to hear some news by Tuesday.

At 12:28pm PT on Monday, September 29th, 2014, the Santa Monica Police Department contacted Dawn Vlaicevic, Katie Dulitz’s mother, which saids, “Ms. Vlaicevic, Good morning. We received your request and attached flyers and will circulate them within the police department. We have also been in contact with detectives from the Mower County Sheriff’s Department in Austin, Minnesota who are handling the missing person investigation.”

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department issued a local press release last week announcing that they are searching for 21 year old Jason Dulitz after his car, a 1995 white Ford Aspire with Minnesota license plates, was found abandoned in the parking lot of the Needles Towne Center in Needles, California with bags of clothes, car keys, a passport, and a basketball in the back area of his car.

Pictures taken by ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez at 3:30pm PT on Thursday, September 25th, 2014, showed his abandoned car still parked near the southwest corner of the Needles Towne Center parking lot which is located on the 1000 block of East Broadway between Ice Plant Road and Interstate 40 in Needles, California with a missing person flyer posted on the driver side window and a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department business card placed in the lower frame of the driver side door area.

Jason Dulitz was reportedly last seen Saturday, September 6th, 2014 in Austin, Minnesota and the family of Jason Dulitz hasn’t hear from him since.

As the search continues for missing Jason Dulitz, a community along the Colorado River are hoping that missing Jason Dulitz is found soon and want to do something to give some hope that Jason Dulitz is found soon and safe.

On Sunday, September 28th, 2014, Lorie and Jodie, both residents of Needles, California, told ZachNews that a candlelight prayer vigil for missing Jason Dulitz will be held at 7:00pm PT on Friday, October 3rd, 2014 in the parking lot of the Needles Towne Center which is located on the 1000 block of East Broadway between Ice Plant Road and Interstate 40 in Needles, California.

People are asked to bring candles and your loving and caring soul to this prayer vigil.

Since the car of missing Jason Dulitz was found abandoned in Needles, California, some residents in the Colorado River Tri-State area have been seen going around their communities passing out flyers continuing to ask the public to help find missing Jason Dulitz and flyers of missing Jason Dulitz have been seen posted around businesses in Needles, California with all of those businesses hoping that missing Jason Dulitz is found soon and safe.

The family of Jason Dulitz is thanking everybody for their support and outreach from complete strangers, and hope the people across the county keep Jason Dulitz on their mind and in their heart.

**** Missing Person Information: ****

– First Name: Jason

– Middle Name: Tyler

– Last Name: Dulitz

– Nicknames or Alias: J.J.

– Date Last Seen: Saturday, September 6th, 2014

– Age Last Seen: 21 Years Old

– Age Now: 21 Years Old

– Race: White

– Sex: Male

– Height (Inches): 5’10” (70.0)

– Weight (Pounds): 140.0

– Hair Color: Sandy Blondish / Red

– Hairstyle: Long Hair, But May Have Been Cut Short

– Color of Eyes: Green

– Body Artwork: At Least 2 Tattoos; Name, “Dulitz” On Left Side Chest Area and Charlie Brown Cartoon On Right Calf Area

Jason Dulitz likes to play basketball, disc golf, and frisbee; loves to listen to music; and making musical beats and raps.

Family and friends of Jason Dulitz say that he was always friendly with everyone, funny, and has a big and bright smile that is contagious; you would smile when he did, and has a good heart; would give you the shirt of his back.

Family and friends of Jason Dulitz is asking everybody, including those in and around the Colorado River Tri-State area of Arizona, California, and Nevada to please help find missing Jason Dulitz.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department – Colorado River Station at: 1 (760) 326-9200.

** Updated information regarding the search for Jason Dulitz is being posted at the following “Bring Home Jason Dulitz” Facebook group page: **

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1529378783945885/

Stay tuned to ZachNews for more news updates with more information regarding this news story.

ZachNews will be at the candlelight prayer vigil for missing Jason Dulitz and will have pictures and video of the candlelight prayer vigil for missing Jason Dulitz on ZachNews and ZachNews on YouTube.

** Missing person flyer was courtesy of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department – Colorado River Station, pictures of Jason Dulitz were courtesy of both Jodie Leah and Susie Tibbitts, and pictures of the abandoned car found in Needles, California were both taken by ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez. **