Needles, CA: Marine Enforcement Operation for Memorial Day 2016.

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Needles, CA: Marine Enforcement Operation for Memorial Day 2016.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station Marine Enforcement Unit conducted it’s 2016 Memorial Day Weekend Operation, starting on Friday, May 27th, 2016 through Monday, May 30th, 2016.

The operation was conducted along the Colorado River from the California/Nevada state line to the Riverside County line.

The majority of the operation was focused on the waterways along with resorts, launch ramps and marinas along the river and lake.

A total of 10 patrol vessels, a Rescue Dive Team, 2 Gang Enforcement Teams, an O.H.V. team, and a Sheriff’s Department helicopter team were deployed throughout the area.

There was a total of 15 arrests made; 3 of which were for Boating Under the Influence.

At least 47 citations were issued for various boating law violations.

The majority of the citations written involved operators not having children under the age of 13 years old in personal floatation devices (P.F.D.) while riding in vessels.

All children under the age of 13 years old must wear an approved personal floatation device while on a vessel underway.

The Colorado River Station Marine Enforcement Unit is dedicated to providing a safe boating atmosphere for the public and urges everyone to boat sober and wear their life jackets.

** Picture from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. **

News Alert!!: Downtown Needles, CA: Victor Valley Transit Authority announces new Needles Link Bus Service coming in June 2016.

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News Alert!!: Downtown Needles, CA: Victor Valley Transit Authority announces new Needles Link Bus Service coming in June 2016.

The Victor Valley Transit Authority has announced that a new weekly bus service from Needles, California to Barstow, California and Victorville, California will begin on Friday, June 17th, 2016.

The new Needles Link Bus Service will pick up people near the El Garces Train Depot in Downtown Needles, California and anybody in the Colorado River Tri-State area can ride this new bus service.

The new Needles Link Bus Service will cost $12.00 per person and up to 3 children per adult fare may ride for free.

Reservations are recommended for the new Needles Link Bus Service and required for curb to curb service to Needles, California residents.

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** Picture from the Victor Valley Transit Authority: **

According to Victor Valley Transit Authority, Route 200 will run from Downtown Needles, California, along Interstate 40, make a stop at the Bartsow Area Transit Bus Stop (Barstow Library near Court House) in Barstow, California where the Bartsow Area Transit Buses 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and Victor Valley Transit Authority Bus 15 pick up passengers, then head along Interstate 15, make a stop at the Victorville Superior Court House in Victorville, California where Victor Valley Transit Authority Bus 32 can be picked up, and make a stop at the Victorville Transfer Point (Costco) in Victorville, California when Victor Valley Transit Authority Buses 15, 22, 31, 32, 41, 45, 45X, 51, 52, and 55 can be picked up.

– Westbound and Southbound Route: The bus will leave Downtown Needles, California at 6:15am PT and arrive at the Bartsow Area Transit Bus Stop (Barstow Library near Court House) at 9:30am PT, arrive at the Victorville Superior Court House at 10:15am PT, and arrive at the Victorville Transfer Point (Costco) at 10:30am PT.

– Northbound and Eastbound Route: The bus will leave the Victorville Transfer Point (Costco) at 2:30pm PT, arrive at the Victorville Superior Court House at 2:45pm PT, arrive at the Bartsow Area Transit Bus Stop (Barstow Library near Court House) at 4:00pm PT, and stop in Downtown Needles, California at 7:15pm PT.

** More information can be found at the following Victor Valley Transit Authority website address: **

http://vvta.org/bus/route-200/

More information for the new Needles Link Bus Service will be announced during a ribbon cutting event being held at 10:30am PT on Tuesday, June 7th, 2016 at the Needles Chamber of Commerce Office located at 100 G Street near Front Street in Downtown Needles, California.

Refreshments will also be available during the ribbon cutting event.

** Flyer from the Needles Chamber of Commerce. **

Needles, CA: San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Gang Team arrested 4 people following probation check at a residence.

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Needles, CA: San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Gang Team arrested 4 people following probation check at a residence.

According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, at approximately 3:45pm PT on Friday, May 27th, 2016, deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Gang Team conducted a probation check at a residence on the 2100 block of Lilyhill Drive in Needles, California.

While at the residence, deputies made contact with 4 people, which the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department identified the 4 people as 55 year old Jay Gardner, 37 year old Christopher Jackson, 31 year old Dana Litchfield, and 29 year old Anna Reyes, all from Needles, California.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department say that Jay Gardner who was found to have an outstanding warrant for possession of drug paraphernalia, Christopher Jackson was found to have a felony no bail warrant for violation of probation, Dana Litchfield was found to have an outstanding warrant for possesssion of drug paraphernalia, and Anna Reyez was found to have 2 outstanding warrants for possession of drug paraphernalia and under the influence.

All 4 people were transported to the Colorado River Station jail where they were booked and held pending court.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with additional information regarding this investigation is urged to contact the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station at: 1 (760) 326-9200.

Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call We-Tip Hotline at: 1 (800) 78-CRIME (27463), or you may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at: http://www.wetip.com.

** Press Release: **

http://cms.sbcounty.gov/sheriff/MediaCenter/SheriffPressReleases/PressReleasesfor2016/May/Needles-4arrestedfollowingProbationCheck.aspx

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Needles, CA: Taco Night at the B.P.O. Elks Lodge 1608.

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Needles, CA: Taco Night at the B.P.O. Elks Lodge 1608.

The B.P.O. Elks Lodge 1608 will be serving to members and their guest delicious tacos on Taco Night starting at 5:00pm PT on Monday, May 30th, 2016 at the B.P.O. Elks Lodge 1608 located at 1000 Lilyhill Drive just south of Interstate 40 in Needles, California.

Enjoy delicious tacos and a clod drink inside the cool indoor building.

For more information, please contact B.P.O. Elks Lodge 1608 at: 1 (760) 326-1608 or 1 (760) 326-4415.

Needles, CA: Memorial Day service at the Needles’ Riverview Cemetery on Monday.

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Needles, CA: Memorial Day service at the Needles’ Riverview Cemetery on Monday.

The community is welcome to come and honor the man and woman who serviced and given their lives protecting and save lives and their country during a Memorial Day service being held at 11:00am PT on Monday, May 30th, 2016 at the Needles Riverview Cemetery located at 1101 Easy Broadway (Also known as Highway 95), near San Clemente Street and Interstate 40, in Needles, California.

** More information on the Memorial Day service at the Needles’ Riverview Cemetery can be found at the following ZachNews on WordPress website address: **

https://zachnews.wordpress.com/2016/04/17/needles-ca-memorial-day-service-at-the-needles-riverview-cemetery/

** ZachNews will have pictures of the Memorial Day service and video of the Memorial Day service will be posted afterwords at ZachNews on YouTube. **

Needles, CA: Needles City Council approved Rivers Edge Golf Course temporary rates.

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Needles, CA: Needles City Council approved Rivers Edge Golf Course temporary rates.

Members of the Needles City Council voted to approved authorizing the Needles City Manager to establish temporary golf rates over the summer to draw additional golfers to increase overall revenue; reduce overall operating costs of the golf course focusing, initially, on the pro shop.

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The vote occurred during the Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority Meeting held on Tuesday, May 24th, 2016 inside the Needles City Council Chambers in Needles, California.

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** Agenda Item #12: Information from the City of Needles: **

– Title:

Rivers Edge Golf Course temporary rates.

– Background:

The River’s Edge Golf Course is about to undergo two construction projects in Summer 2016; Turf Removal and Cart Barn Reconstruction. In order to attract customers during the summer construction months, the summer $22/round daily rate should be reduced to $19 including cart to reflect the construction environment at the course. The construction will last through the fall overseed in September. A temporary summer construction rate was suggested by the Parks and Recreation Commission. Staff has surveyed nearby courses and the proposed rate will be the most competitive of any rates in the region and should attract golfers.

Golf revenue and rounds played have been reducing, in part due to the following; early Easter at which the winter visitors normally return home, fewer numbers and a shorter winter stay by Canadian visitors because of the falling currency exchange rates, poor over seed, the loss of two significant tournaments due to the poor condition, price cutting by other courses and deficient maintenance of the carts and unsatisfactory customer Service.

The golfers during May and for the rest of the summer will be Needles residents and those in the tri-state region for which price is a primary determinant for course selection. The temporary rate will be the best in the area and is projected to draw enough additional golfers to offset the temporary rate reduction.

Upcoming course and management improvements will likely improve the financial performance during the upcoming year,

• The relocated pro in the new cart barn will expand the area for the restaurant creating the opportunity for greater food and beverage services during the upcoming season.

• The turf removal project will noticeably improve the course condition over what it was last year when drought required watering reductions were implemented and the appearance of the revamped course.

• The poor quality overseed will be avoided this year with an earlier scalping/planting.

• The golf pro position that has been vacant since last fall will be filled with an independent contractor as opposed to an employee who will be tasked to recruit and train staff, conduct customer service training, recruit tournaments, conduct special events and other outreach marketing that are designed to increase revenue and improve the golf experience.

Staff is also working with the Parks and Recreation Commission to reduce pro shop operating costs through the use of temporary and contract independent labor which will be reflected in the upcoming budget.

Key performance indicators will be reported to the Council on a monthly basis.

– Fiscal Impact:

Potential increase in revenue during the Summer months over what would have occurred.

– Recommended Action:

Authorize the City Manager to establish temporary golf rates during the upcoming summer in order to draw additional golfers to increase overall revenue. Authorize the City Manager to take necessary actions to reduce the overall operating costs of the golf course focusing initially on the pro shop.

– Submitted By:

Rick Daniels, City Manager

** Needles City Council Motion: **

Approve the agenda item.

** 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 City Council Member Tom Darcy: Yes

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

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.

Venice, CA: Vietnam War memorial mural vandalized ahead of Memorial Day.

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Venice, CA: Vietnam War memorial mural vandalized ahead of Memorial Day.

A Vietnam War memorial mural dedicated to those missing in action in Vietnam was vandalized along the 600 block of Pacific Avenue near Sunset Court in Venice, California just ahead of Memorial Day.

The memorial mural, was painted by a Vietnam veteran in 1992, has 2,273 names on the wall, and has the message “You are not forgotten,” written on top of the wall, was covered up by disgusting graffiti.

The memorial mural has been previously tagged with disgusting graffiti, but the latest vandalism attack is the most extensive as it covers up the bottom half of the memorial mural for much of its length.

Many residents and the community are outraged of this disgusting vandalism attack on this Vietnam War memorial mural.

Senior Prank, Vandalism Lead to Animal Abuse Investigations City Council Member Mike Bonin tells NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4 News that he wanted the memorial mural restored as soon as possible, adding “vandalizing a monument to brave men and women who served our country in a time of war is a disgusting act.” 

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department are investigating this vandalism attack because the memorial mural is painted onto a Metropolitan Transportation Authority building.

 

Investigators with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department were seen on the night of Saturday, May 28th, 2016 assessing the memorial mural and take pictures.

Many residents and the community hope that the memorial mural can be restore and those who did this disgusting vandalism attack are found and arrested soon.

If you have any information regarding this disgraceful vandalism attack, please contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department at: 1 (310) 482-6000.

** Picture above from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4. **