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

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

A Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority Meeting was held on Tuesday, March 14th, 2017 inside the Needles City Council Chambers in Needles, California.

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

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

**** Excused Absences: ****

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve excused absences for Needles City Council Member Clayton Hazlewood and Needles Vice Mayor Jeff Williams.

**** Executive Session: ****

– Agenda Item A: Conference with Legal Counsel – Anticipated/Existing litigation pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.9(d)(1) and/or (2) and/or (3). Name of case (case involving City of Needles et. al. adverse to Andrea Smith (Andrea Zindel Smith) and Catherine Smith (Cat Smith), including case number CIVMS1600082, which has been filed but not served).

– Agenda Item B: Conference With Legal Counsel — Anticipated Litigation pursuant to Government Code 54956.9(d)(2) and/or (3). (One potential case adverse to Ontana Planet Green ‘OPG’).

 

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

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

– Regarding Executive Session Agenda Item A:

Needles City Attorney representative said that members of the Needles City Council voted in favor of the settlement agreement. Members of the Needles City Council who voted in favor were Shawn Gudmundson, Louise Evans, Robert Richardson, M.D., and Tona Belt.

** Executive Session Agenda Item A: Settlement Agreement: **

** Documents regarding Executive Session Agenda Item A were publicly released from the City of Needles. **

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

– Regarding Executive Session Agenda Item B:

Needles City Attorney representative said that members of the Needles City Council voted in favor of the settlement agreement. Members of the Needles City Council who voted in favor were Shawn Gudmundson, Louise Evans, Robert Richardson, M.D., and Tona Belt.

 

**** Public Appearances: ****

– Public Appearance #1:

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

Ruth Musser-Lopez addressed some questions to members of the Needles City Council regarding cannabis operations in Needles, California, asking for more transparency regarding theses cannabis operations.

** Videos of the Needles Board of Public Utilities Meeting on Tuesday, March 7th, 2017 from ZachNews: **

Ruth Musser-Lopez mention a video recorded by ZachNews of the Needles Board of Public Utilities Meeting on Tuesday, March 7th, 2017 discussing about loss harvest at a medical marijuana facility that raised more questions.

Ruth Musser-Lopez would like the City of Needles to be release to the public the information and evidences, including videos, showing that the loss harvest.

 

**** Presentations: ****

– Agenda Item #1:

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

Mayor Paget to present a Proclamation to Coach Manuel Calderon and the Lady Stangs for winning the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association (NIAA) Class 2A State Basketball Championship.

** Picture from ZachNews: **

Needles Lady Stangs Coach Manuel Calderon and the Needles Lady Stangs received a proclamation from City of Needles Mayor Edward T. Paget for winning the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association (N.I.A.A.) Class 2A State Basketball Championship.

The Lady Stangs of Needles High School won the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association (N.I.A.A.) Class 2A State Basketball Championship Final 2017 against Agassi Prep Stars 64 to 54 on Saturday, February 25th, 2017 inside Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas, Nevada.

 

– Agenda Item #2:

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

Doran Sanchez, BLM California Route 66 Program Lead, will introduce Kyle Sullivan, BLM Mojave Trails National Monument Manager, who will make a PowerPoint presentation regarding the Monument.

Background: (See Attachment Pictures Below):

 

– Agenda Item #3:

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

PowerPoint presentation will be given by Isabel Hunt, Executive Director Embrace Me Family Services, titled “Empowering Families to Embrace Children in Foster Care”.

Background:

** Agenda Packet (Agenda Item #3): **

 

**** Public Hearings: ****

– Agenda Item #4:

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

Public hearing noticed to consider all evidence and testimony for or against amendment of City Code Section 96.01 “Table of Permissible Uses” Section 104.17.6 L “Offsite Signs” and Section P”Outdoor Advertising Displays” has been continued by staff to March 28, 2017.

 

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to continue the agenda item to Tuesday, March 28th, 2017.

 

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

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

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

All matters listed on the Consent Calendar are Considered to be routine and will be enacted by one motion in the form listed. The Mayor or any member of the Needles Public Utility Authority / Needles City Council may pull an item from the Consent Calendar for discussion. Prior to Needles Public Utility Authority / Needles City Council action, a member of the public may address the Needles Public Utility Authority / Needles City Council on matters Scheduled on the Consent Calendar. A 3 minute time limit per person applies. Recommended Action: Approve items #5 through #10 on the Consent Calendar by affirmative roll call vote.

– Agenda Item #5: Needles Public Utility Authority / Needles City Council: Approve Fiscal Year 2016 NPUA audit report.

Background: At the Board of Public Utilities meeting on March 7, 2017, the Board recommended for the NPUA to approve the attached NPUA audit report for FY 2016. There were no material weaknesses, significant deficiencies or material noncompliance issues noted.

For your reference, also attached is a copy of the NPUA 2016 Audit Results presentation that was conducted by auditors Vasquez & Company at the March 7, 2017 Utility Board meeting.

Fiscal Impact: None.

Recommended: Approve FY 16 NPUA audit report.

** Agenda Packet (Agenda Item #5): **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/03%20MARCH/Mtg%201/cc_031417-5-audit.pdf

 

– Agenda Item #6: Needles Public Utility Authority / Needles City Council: Approve the transfer of appropriations between the Water Department and the Recreation/JSP Departments for group insurance in the amount of $20,468.

Background: A budget transfer is requested between the above referenced departments due to a change in plan participant from a member of the Water Department to a member of the Recreation/JSP Departments.

Fiscal Impact: $20,468 increase in the Recreation/JSP Dept. budget to cover the participant plan and a like decrease in the Water Department budget.

Recommendation: Approve the transfer of appropriations between the Water Department and the Recreation/JSP Departments.

** Agenda Packet (Agenda Item #6): **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/03%20MARCH/Mtg%201/cc_031417-6-insurance.pdf

 

– Agenda Item #7: Needles Public Utility Authority / Needles City Council: Approve revised project budget for the relocated Bill Yoney Substation (formally known as Bush Street Substation) on NPUA property located between Vine Street and Bush Street, West of R Street.

Background: On July 5, 2016 Board of Public Utilities and on July 12, 2016 the City Council approved the project to relocate an existing substation on NPUA property located between Vine Street & Bush Street, West of R Street.

To date Grading, Fencing, Concrete and Transformers are complete. The remaining item is labor construction to build the Bill Yoney substation. This line item was expected to be complete in 5 weeks however it is taking 8 weeks total, due to material ordering delays. The material line item has an actual expense of $135,729.54 to date which is under estimated $200,000. In order to extend labor construction by 3 weeks funds will need to be moved between line items, showing the saving amount under the labor Construction line item.

Fiscal Impact: This change will reduce the overall project cost. There is a balance of $3,836,392 in the electric asset improvements account. The total estimate project costs with contingency and admin of $1,148,508 will be funded by the electric asset improvements fund, as shown below.

** Estimate — Actual — Difference: **

Grading (Informal bid): $5,000.00 — $7,900.00 —

Fencing: $37,000.00 — $31,513.20 —

Concrete: $21,250.00 — $33,250.00 —

Transformers (2): $400,000.00 — $384,000.00 —

Material: $200,000.00 — $135,729.54 — $64,270.46

Steel For Bracing (Endural Steel): $5,000.00 — $4,574.35 —

Air Brake Switches: $50,000.00 — $50,000.00 —

69kv Av Regulators (6): $60,000.00 — Cost includes in transformers —

Contract Labor (8 Weeks): $200,000.00 — $240,000.00 — ($40,000.00)

City Labor (Minor Wire & Poles): $1470.32 — $1470.32 —

Construction Mgmt.: S422.48 — $422.48 —

Misc. Material Purchases for Substation: $10,000.00 — $7,525.00 —

Totals: $990,142.80 — $896,384.89 — $93,757.91

Recommendation: Approve Revised project budget for the relocated Bill Yoney Substation formally known as Bush Street substation on NPUA property located between Vine Street & Bush Street, West of R Street.

** Agenda Packet (Agenda Item #7): **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/03%20MARCH/Mtg%201/cc_031417-7-yoney.pdf

 

– Agenda Item #8: Needles Public Utility Authority / Needles City Council: Award Lincus Inc. to complete the 2016 AB 32 Green House Gas (GHG) verification services not to exceed proposed quote of $4,206.00.

Background: Lincus Incorporated performed the 2015 GHG verification service for the City of Needles. Air Resources Board applies the six-year rule strictly by calendar date for the use of the same verifier; this would qualify as year two with Lincus Incorporated. The quote received by Lincus incorporated to perform the 2016 verification was $4,206.00. The quote amount does not require an informal or formal bid process.

The deadline for submitting the verification report is September 1, 2016, the City of Needles will submit to meet compliance.

On March 7, 2017 the Board of Public Utilities approved the recommended action.

Fiscal Impact: $4,206.00 is included in the 2016-2017 Electric budget.

Recommended Action: Award Lincus incorporated to complete the 2016 GHG verification Services not to exceed proposed quote of $4,206.00.

** Agenda Packet (Agenda Item #8): **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/03%20MARCH/Mtg%201/cc_031417-8-ab32.pdf

 

– Agenda Item #9: Needles Public Utility Authority / Needles City Council: Authorize staff to move forward with a proposed wastewater public education/outreach program to include a food servicing grease trap pumping and inspection pilot program and residential fats, oil and grease public education flyer.

Background: Fats, Oils & Grease (FOG) is a main issue for our local wastewater system and plant. Large amounts of oil and grease in wastewater can cause sewer lines to clog, Sewer lift station failures, wastewater treatment plant problems and environmental Concerns.

To combat an on-going problem the following programs have been developed to use the Wastewater public Outreach/education funds;

1) Food Servicing Grease Trap Pumping and Inspection Pilot Program:

Rebate a maximum of $100.00 per pumping and grease trap inspection performed by the City for a maximum budget of $10,000.00. A maximum of three (3) rebates can be applied to each food service establishment utility account. A mandatory City inspection of the grease trap is required to obtain the rebate.

2) Residential Fat’s, Oil, and Grease Public Education Flyer:

Provide awareness and prevention of FOG for a household. Estimated printing cost $1,000.00.

The Board of Public Utilities approved the recommended action on March 7, 2017.

Fiscal Impact: The budget for FY 2016-17 is $16,667.00. The proposed projects/materials is estimated to be completed for approximately $11,000.00.

Environmental Impact: FOG which discharged into the sewer it quickly cools and accumulates in Sewer pipelines, resulting in a sewer blockage. These blockages often result in overflows and environmental pollution can occur in our homes, streets, lawns and possibly the Colorado River. Providing an incentive program to food servicing establishments and residential education can reduce the FOG currently being discharges and will lessen the probability of environmental pollution.

Recommended Action: Authorize staff to move forward with proposed Food Servicing Grease Trap Pumping/Inspection Pilot Program and Residential FOG Outreach Program.

** Agenda Packet (Agenda Item #9): **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/03%20MARCH/Mtg%201/cc_031417-9-wastewater.pdf

 

– Agenda Item #10: Needles Public Utility Authority / Needles City Council: Authorize staff to move forward with a proposed water public education/outreach program to include a toilet replacement pilot project and youth outreach program.

Background: In following the Governors, “Making Water Conservation a California Way of Life” goal the City is proposing the use of the FY17 Public Education/Outreach in the following two areas,

1) Toilet Replacement Pilot Project:

Rebates available to customers to replace old inefficient toilets with WaterSense labeled water efficient toilets. Rebate a maximum $100.00 per toilet installation, maximum budget of $8,000.00. Total of 80 applications can be received during the pilot project. Rebate will be applied on Customers’ utility account. Maximum rebate allowed per residential account is $200.00, and $400.00 for commercial accounts.

Note: The City will not be collecting or providing toilet’s for this pilot project. The customer will complete an application and provide proof of purchasing a Water efficient toilet to receive the rebate.

2) Youth Outreach Program:

Water Education Materials for the Youth – Needles School District (Pre-K-12) Materials include water conservation flyer, coloring books, teacher activity guides, and Water education books. Estimated cost $2,000.00.

Free water education material was ordered with the California Department of Water Resources. Items included activity books, water conservation pledges (stickers provided) and parent/student water conservation pledges.

The Board of Public Utilities approved the recommended action on March 7, 2017.

Fiscal Impact: The budget for FY 2016-17 is $16,667.00. The proposed projects/materials is estimated to be completed for approximately $11,000.00.

Environmental Impact: The average family can reduce water used for toilets by 20 to 60 percent-that’s nearly 13,000 gallons of water savings for your home every year. Youth education provides an opportunity to teach students about the significant role Water plays in Our Society and ways they can reduce their impact. The goal is for the message to be relayed to their household to have an impact on the City’s Water Conservation goals.

Recommended Action: Authorize staff to move forward with proposed Toilet Replacement Pilot Project and Water Education Materials for the Youth Outreach Program.

** Agenda Packet (Agenda Item #10): **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/03%20MARCH/Mtg%201/cc_031417-10-water.pdf

Members of the Needles Public Utility Authority unanimously voted to approve agenda items #5 through #10 on the Consent Calendar, and to pull agenda item #8 for discussion. 

** Video regarding Agenda Item #8 from ZachNews on YouTube: **

After discussion, members of the Needles Public Utility Authority unanimously voted to approve agenda item #8 on the Consent Calendar.

 

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

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

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

All matters listed on the Consent Calendar are Considered to be routine and will be enacted by one motion in the form listed. The Mayor or any member of the Needles City Council may pull an item from the Consent Calendar for discussion. Prior to Needles City Council action, a member of the public may address the Needles City Council on matters Scheduled on the Consent Calendar. A 3 minute time limit per person applies. Recommended Action: Approve items #11 through #13 on the Consent Calendar by affirmative roll call vote.

– Agenda Item #11: Approve the warrants register through March 14, 2017.

 

– Agenda Item #12: Approve the minutes of January 24, 2017.

 

– Agenda Item #13: Waive the reading and adopt Ordinance No. 590-AC approving a proposed General Plan Amendment from a Residential Medium Density (RM) designation to a Highway Commercial (CH) designation for the parcel located at 3515 Needles Highway, APN 0660-162-06 (2nd Reading – Publish).

** Agenda Packet (Agenda Item #13): **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/03%20MARCH/Mtg%201/cc_031417-13-ord.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve agenda items #11 through #13 on the Consent Calendar. 

 

**** Regular Items: ****

– Agenda Item #14:

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

Authorize the City Manager to negotiate an intergovernmental agreement to temporarily use the Fort Mojave Indian Tribe Building Inspector until a Building Official can be hired.

BackgroundWhen the City was renovating the El Garces it utilized the Fort Mojave Indian Tribe (FMIT) as a building services contractor because the City did not have a licensed and certified Building Inspector. The enclosed agreement was executed between the FMIT and the City for those services. The City did not have a certified building inspector and in order to meet that obligation for ongoing building services, the City sought proposals and engaged Bureau Veritas (BV) for Building Official, Plans Examination, and Inspection services. BV assigned a person to provide that service to the City however he has left the city for another job. BV is unable to assign a satisfactory person to provide building related services.

During the mid-year budget process Council discussed adding a building official as funding is available to do so. That recruitment should begin this week with a successful candidate On board as soon as possible, but in all likelihood 90 days. In order to Continue to provide builders with good customer service I have returned to the FMIT about reactivating the previous agreement (attached). It will need to be modified to be specific to our immediate needs and the term changed to 90 days.

Fiscal Impact: The previous agreement charged $200/inspection.

Recommendation: Authorize the City Manager to negotiate an intergovernmental agreement to temporarily use the Fort Mojave Indian Tribe Building Inspector until a Building Official can be hired.

** Agenda Packet (Agenda Item #14): **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/03%20MARCH/Mtg%201/cc_031417-14-building.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve the authorizing the city manager to negotiate an intergovernmental agreement to use the Fort Mojave Indian Tribe building inspector until a building official can be hired.

 

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

Needles City Attorney representative had nothing to comment.

 

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

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels talked about a variety of topics, including:

Talking about a meeting he had with an individual who wants to build 50 to 60 homes at River Road near Bureau Road, across the street from Verde Shores, in Needles, California. 

Talking about the new AutoZone that is set to begin construction in 2 weeks at the Needles Towne Center in Needles, California.

Talking about the cleanup work done along J Street and around Duke Watkins Park.

 

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

– Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson:

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson.

 

– Needles City Council Member Louise Evans:

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

Needles City Council Member Louise Evans.

 

– Needles Mayor Edward T. Paget M.D.:

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

Needles Mayor Edward T. Paget talked about a break in incidents that occurred to his vehicle and 4 other vehicles on his street in Needles, California.

The San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department was asked about the break in incidents and if anybody was arrested, and was told that they took several reports from the victims of these vehicle break ins and are looking into the the incidents.

 

– Needles City Council Member Tona Belt:

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

Needles City Council Member Tona Belt talked about an baseball event that happened. 

 

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

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

Needles City Council Member Robert Richardson, M.D.

 

**** 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://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/03%20MARCH/Mtg%201/cc_npua_031417-agendaLINKED2.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.

Sports Update!!: Needles, CA: Needles Lady Stangs receives proclamation from City of Needles Mayor.

Sports Update!!: Needles, CA: Needles Lady Stangs receives proclamation from City of Needles Mayor.

Needles Lady Stangs Coach Manuel Calderon and the Needles Lady Stangs received a proclamation from City of Needles Mayor Edward T. Paget for winning the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association (N.I.A.A.) Class 2A State Basketball Championship.

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

The proclamation was presented to the Needles Lady Stangs was held during the Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority Meeting held on Tuesday, March 14th, 2017 inside the Needles City Council Chambers in Needles, California.

The Lady Stangs of Needles High School won the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association (N.I.A.A.) Class 2A State Basketball Championship Final 2017 against Agassi Prep Stars 64 to 54 on Saturday, February 25th, 2017 inside Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas, Nevada.

** Pictures from ZachNews. **

Sports Update!!: Needles, CA: City of Needles Mayor will be presenting a proclamation to the Needles Lady Stangs on Tuesday.

Sports Update!!: Needles, CA: City of Needles Mayor will be presenting a proclamation to the Needles Lady Stangs on Tuesday.

City of Needles Mayor Edward T. Paget will be presenting a proclamation to Needles Lady Stangs Coach Manuel Calderon and the Needles Lady Stangs for winning the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association (N.I.A.A.) Class 2A State Basketball Championship at the Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority Meeting at 6:00pm PT on Tuesday, March 14th, 2017 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 Lady Stangs of Needles High School won the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association (N.I.A.A.) Class 2A State Basketball Championship Final 2017 against Agassi Prep Stars 64 to 54 on Saturday, February 25th, 2017 inside Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas, Nevada.

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

Needles Mayor Edward T. Paget talked about the Needles Lady Stangs of Needles High School winning the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association (N.I.A.A.) Class 2A State Basketball Championship Final 2017 with ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez after a Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority Meeting was held on Tuesday, February 28th, 2017.

ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez then asked Needles Mayor Edward T. Paget about inviting the Needles Lady Stangs team to the Needles City Council Meeting to thank them for their work and suggested bringing the win home to our community.

ZachNews will be at the Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority Meeting and will have pictures and video from the proclamation presentation.

** Pictures from ZachNews. **

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

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

A Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority Meeting was held on Tuesday, January 10th, 2017 inside the Needles City Council Chambers in Needles, California.

Needles City Council Member Robert Richardson M.D. participated via teleconference from Victorville, California.

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

**** Executive Session: ****

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

– Agenda Item A: Conference with legal counsel regarding existing litigation pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.9(d)(1) – One Case: Esposito & Scappino v. City of Needles et al. Case Number CVDS 1402665.

– Agenda Item B: Conference with Legal Counsel – Consideration of initiating potential litigation pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.9(d)(4) (2 potential cases).

 

**** Executive Session Report: ****

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

– Regarding Agenda Item A:

Needles City Attorney John Pinkney said there was no reportable action taken on this agenda item.

– Regarding Agenda Item B:

Needles City Attorney John Pinkney said there was no reportable action taken on this agenda item.

 

**** Public Appearances: ****

– Public Appearance #1:

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

– Suzanne Shepherd:

 

– Public Appearance #2:

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

– Barbara Beard:

Barbara Beard requested that as new businesses come into the downtown area – as a condition of their C.U.P. (Conditional Use Permit),  that they would be require to add to or modify the outside of their property to apply with the new General Plan design; coming soon.

Barbara Beard then talked about city design under the new General Plan, and showed a picture presentation showing examples of what kind of design the community can have for the downtown area.

– Public Appearance #3:

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

– San Bernardino County Fire Department Thomas Marshall:

Thomas Marshall updated everybody about their community clean up project using inmates and was to start on Tuesday, January 10th, 2017, but due to water issues inside the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station Jail; where they were going to housed the inmates overnight, the project is being reschedule from Tuesday, January 24th, 2017 to Thursday, January 26th, 2017. Mark Richards from the Department of Public Works is working with us in this project and is doing a great job with us. 

 

**** Interviews: ****

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

– Agenda Item #1: Interview(s) to be held and possible appointment(s) made to fill vacancies on various Boards and Commissions.

Background: Per council direction the City Clerk posted and published all vacancies in the Needles Desert Star.

Interviews have been scheduled with the following applicants to date:

Board of Public Utilities: Stephen Moffitt has reapplied; new applicant Tom Darcy

Planning Commission: Linda Kidd has reapplied

Park and Recreation Commission: Bill Darrow, Gabriela Belt and Norma Jean Williams have reapplied, new applicant Adrian Chavez

Cemetery Advisory Commission: new applicant; Robbyn Dundon
and Jacqueline Lykins and Sharon Hartley have reapplied for tenant

Critical Timeline:

Fiscal Impact: None

Recommendation:

Move to (re)appoint to the Board of Public Utilities ____________ and ____________ with terms to expire December 31, 2020.

Move to (re)appoint to the Planning Commission ____________ with a term to expire December 31, 2020.

Move to (re)appoint to the Recreation and Park Commission ____________ and ____________ with terms to expire December 31, 2020.

Move to appoint to the Cemetery Advisory Commission ____________ with a term to expire December 31, 2018 or December 31, 2020.

Move to (re)appoint to the Housing Authority At-Large vacancy ____________ and ____________ with terms to expire December 31, 2020 and appoint ____________ to the Tenant vacancy with a term to expire December 31, 2018.

** Agenda Packet (Agenda Item #1): **

http://cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/01%20JANUARY/Mtg%201/cc_011017-1-interviews.pdf

After questions to the people wanting to fill the vacant seats on the boards and commissions, members of the Needles City Council voted on who would be on those boards and commissions.

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** Picture from ZachNews: **

Members of the Needles City Council voted 5-1 to appointed Steve Moffitt and Tom Darcy to the Board of Public Utilities. Needles City Council Member Louise Evans voted “No”.

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** Picture from ZachNews: **

Members of the Needles City Council voted unanimously voted to appointed Linda Kidd to the Planning Commission.

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** Picture from ZachNews: **

Members of the Needles City Council voted 5-1 to appointed Scott Phillips, Adrian Chavez and Gabriela Belt to the Recreation and Park Commission. Needles City Council Member Tona Belt voted “No”.

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** Picture from ZachNews: **

Members of the Needles City Council voted unanimously voted to appointed Robbyn Dundon to the Cemetery Advisory Commission.

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Members of the Needles City Council voted unanimously voted to appointed Robbyn Dundon and Norma Jean Williams to the Housing Authority as well as Jacqueline Lykins and Sharon Hartley for tenant terms on the Housing Authority.

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** Pictures from ZachNews: **

While interviews where being held for Recreation and Park Commission, a man seating in the back of the Needles City Council Chambers was being disruptive.

The man was asked repeatedly to stop being disruptive, but kept speaking in a slurring way, not happy of what he was hearing from the people speaking.

When the man got more disruptive talk, deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department escorted the man out of the Needles City Council Chambers.

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

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

All matters listed on the Consent Calendar are Considered to be routine and will be enacted by one motion in the form listed. The Mayor or any member of the Needles Public Utility Authority / Needles City Council may pull an item from the Consent Calendar for discussion. Prior to Needles Public Utility Authority / Needles City Council action, a member of the public may address the Needles Public Utility Authority / Needles City Council on matters Scheduled on the Consent Calendar. A 3 minute time limit per person applies. Recommended Action: Approve items #2 through #3 on the Consent Calendar by affirmative roll call vote.

– Agenda Item #2: Needles Public Utility Authority: Approve the minutes of the regular meetings of October 25 and November 8, 2016.

– Agenda Item #3: Needles Public Utility Authority / Needles City Council: Appropriate an additional $55,000 bond payment for the completion of the bond sale.

Background: On December 13, 2016, City Council and the NPUA gave authorization to the City’s Finance Team and financial advisors to proceed with the refunding/refunding of the 1997 NPUA bonds and the 1998 Certificates of Participation bonds. At that time the savings over the next 16 years would be $4.7M.

Based upon the attached memo from the financial advisor, the savings can be increased to $6.1 M with an additional payment of $453,625 in February 2017 or a $5.9M savings with an additional payment of $55,000. It is the opinion of the City Manager and Finance Director that the payment of $453,625 is too stressful to the short term cash flow of the NPUA, and we have instructed the financial advisor to lock in the $5.9M in interest savings with an additional payment of $55,000. This action was taken after consultation with Utility Board and City Council leadership. This agenda item affirms that action.

Both NPUA and C.O.P.S bonds will be refunded, and refinanced at a lower interest rate (approx.4%), with payments due in the same amounts for a shorter period of time.

Fiscal Impact: Overall savings increase from $4.7M to $5.9M.

Recommendation: Appropriate additional $55,000 for the completion of the bond sale.

** Agenda Packet (Agenda Item #3): **

http://cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/01%20JANUARY/Mtg%201/cc_011017-3-bond.pdf

Members of the Needles Public Utility Authority voted 4-2 to approve agenda item: #2: Approve minutes of regular meetings of Oct. 25 and Nov. 8, 2016. Needles City Council Member Tona Belt and Needles City Council Member Clayton Hazlewood both “Abstain” from voting.

But, because of some confusion over if the Needles Public Utility Authority / Needles City Council Consent Calendar was approved or not due to the “Abstain”, members of the Needles Public Utility Authority got to hear Agenda Item #3 then afterwards, voted again on Agenda Item #3.

Members of the Needles Public Utility Authority again unanimously voted to approve agenda item: #3: Appropriate additional $55,000 bond payment for completion of bond sale.

 

– Agenda Item #4:

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Needles Public Utility Authority Action: Resolution Number 1-10-2017-NPUA reducing the equivalent dwelling unit (EDU) for the wastewater religious organizations customer class.

Needles City Council Action: Resolution Number 2017-1 reducing the equivalent dwelling unit (EDU) for the Wastewater religious organizations Customer class.

Background: As directed, staff engaged EES Consulting to analyze the rates and EDU structure for the religious organizations in context with all other user categories. EES concluded that the original EDU consultant overestimated the effluent generation of the churches and proposed a new EDU of 0.0227 instead of 0.03 based upon flow and revenue analysis and based on a per seat basis. This recommendation was accepted by the Board of Public Utilities as per their adoption of Resolution No. 1-3-17 BPU which implemented the reduced EDU of 0.0227 based on a per seat basis and further provided for a credit for any overcharges back to the initial effective date of the new wastewater rates (June 1, 2016).

Fiscal impact: A loss in revenue to the wastewater utility.

Recommendation: Adopt Resolution No. 1-10-2017-NPUA reducing the equivalent dwelling unit (EDU) for the wastewater religious Organizations customer class. Adopt Resolution No. 2017-1 reducing the equivalent dwelling unit (EDU) for the wastewater religious organizations customer class.

** Agenda Packet: **

http://cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/01%20JANUARY/Mtg%201/cc_011017-4-churches.pdf

Members of the Needles Public Utility Authority unanimously voted to Resolution Number 1-10-2017-NPUA.

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to Resolution Number 2017-1.

 

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

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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 #5 through #7 on the Consent Calendar by affirmative roll call vote.

– Agenda Item #5: Approve the warrants register through January 10, 2017.

** Agenda Packet (Agenda Item #5): **

http://cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/01%20JANUARY/Mtg%201/cc_011017-5-warrants.pdf

– Agenda Item #6: Approve the minutes of the regular meetings of October 25 and November 8, 2016.

– Agenda Item #7: Ordinance Number 588-AC amending sections of Ordinance 576-AC, Chapter 12A of the Needles Municipal Code; and amending Section 96.01 of the Needles Zoning Code related to the distribution and transportation of marijuana (2nd reading – publish).

** Agenda Packet (Agenda Item #7): **

http://cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/01%20JANUARY/Mtg%201/cc_011017-7-marijuana.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve agenda item: #5: 

Members of the Needles City Council voted 4-2 to approve agenda items: #6. Needles City Council Member Tona Belt and Needles City Council Member Clayton Hazlewood both “Abstain” from voting on agenda item: #6.

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve agenda item: #7: Ordinance Number 588-AC.

 

**** Regular Items: ****

– Agenda Item #8:

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Accept the bid from Rutt Fence Company in the amount of $54,910 and authorize the city manager to use surplus property sales funds in the amount of $65,880, estimated project cost, for the Public Works Yard Improvements and authorize staff to issue a Notice of Award and Notice to Proceed.

Background: At the City Council meeting August 9, 2016 an item for Public Works Yard Improvements was approved to use restricted fund from the surplus property sales to replace the old dilapidated fence with new privacy fencing. This project was added to the Bush Street Sub Station Fencing as an alternate item.

An invitation to bid was published in the Mohave Daily News on 08/25/2016, and also published in the Needles Star on 08/24/2016 Bid opening was 09/14/2016. We received in response to the advertisement (2) two bids: Coldwater Fence in the amount of $76,377.25 and a bid from Rutt Fence in the amount of $63,863.00.

Recommendation from City Council on October 10, 2016 was for the use of the restricted funds from the surplus property sales of approximately $40,000 based on inquiries with negotiation to take place to reduce the scope to fit the project estimate. No negotiations would reduce the amount so staff chose to put this out to bid again with scope changes seeking bids closer to the informal estimates for this project.

On 11/15/2016 an invitation to bid was published in the Mohave Daily News and on 11/16/2016, it was published in the Needles Desert Star, with a bid opening of December 1, 2016. We received in response to the advertisement (3) three bids:

1) Coldwater Fence $57,318.00

2) Fence Corp $78,682.00

3) Rutt Fence $54,910.00

Fiscal impact: This City Council approved the use of the restricted fund from the surplus property sales of approximately $40,000 based on informal inquiries by the Public Works Director. With new bidding results the estimated project costs are $65,880.

$1,817: Bid Prep and Design

$54,910: Construction 

$3,164: Quality Assurance / Control

$5,989: Contingency

$65,880: Estimated Project Costs

Recommendation: Accept the bid from Rutt Fence Co. in the amount of $54,910 and authorize the City Manager to use surplus property sales in the amount of $65,880 estimated project cost for the Public Works Yard improvements and authorize the staff to issue a Notice of Award and Notice to Proceed.

** Agenda Packet: **

http://cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/01%20JANUARY/Mtg%201/cc_011017-8-fence.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council voted 4-2 to accept $54,910 bid from Rutt Fence Co. from Winchester, California, authorize the city manager to use $65,880 in surplus property sales funds to complete fencing replacement at the Needles Public Works Yard, and authorize staff to issue a notice of award and notice to proceed. Needles City Council Member Louise Evans and Needles Vice Mayor Jeff Williams both voted “No”. 

 

– Agenda Item #9:

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Discussion regarding the red curbs on J Street between Bailey and Morris Street parking and pedestrian safety evaluation.

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Background: In 1959 the city council adopted Ordinance 323-NS which added to section 13-64 of the Needles City Code that there is to be no parking on both sides of J Street from Bailey Ave to a point 275 yards east thereof.

On September 27, 2016 staff presented to City Council an item regarding the painting of Curbs red on J Street between Bailey Ave & Morris Street.

The recommendation was to move forward with a traffic study regarding the no parking zone on both sides of the street.

Staff hired Charles Abbott Associates, Inc. to conduct a traffic study. Included are recommendations from that study as to modify the existing traffic controls per Attachment A or consider modifying parking restrictions per Attachments B and C.

Fiscal Impact: Options presented in Traffic Study.

Recommendation: Move to accept option A, B, C or none at all and direct staff to call for public hearings at the Planning Commission and City Council to consider another Ordinance.

** Agenda Packet: **

http://cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/01%20JANUARY/Mtg%201/cc_011017-9-curb.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to table the agenda item pending clarification. 

 

– Agenda Item #10:

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Resolution Number 2017-2 appointing Council Members as primary and alternate representatives to the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District (M.D.A.Q.M.D.).

Background: Stretched out over almost 20,000 square miles of California’s vast desert expanse, the MDAQMD is geographically the second largest of the state’s 35 air districts.

As the air pollution control agency for San Bernardino County’s High Desert and Riverside County’s Palo Verde Valley, the MDAQMD has primary responsibility for Controlling emissions from stationary sources of air pollution, which can include equipment located at cement facilities, power plants or the corner gas station.

There are over 1,000 such businesses operating under MDAQMD permits.

The District implements air quality programs required by State and Federal mandates and enforces rules and regulations based on air pollution law.

The MDAQMD is committed to protecting the air breathed by more than 500,000 residents living within its boundaries while supporting strong and sustainable economic growth.

This is accomplished through a comprehensive and common-sense program of planning, regulation, Compliance assistance, enforcement, monitoring, and public education.

The meetings are held monthly on the fourth Monday at 10 a.m. in Victorville. The city’s representative will receive $100 stipend per meeting attended plus mileage per the IRS current rate, in addition to hotel accommodations if requested.

The MDAQMD has provided the City with the ability to attend the meetings via teleconference.

Members of the Board must be elected officials and currently Vice Mayor Williams is our representative and Councilmember Evans is the alternate and both have indicated that they would like to continue to represent the City.

Fiscal Impact: No direct cost to the city as MDAQMD pays mileage and stipend.

Environmental Impact: N/A

Recommended Action: I move to adopt Resolution 2017-2 appointing ____________ as primary representative and ____________ as the alternate to the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District (MDAQMD).

** Agenda Packet: **

http://cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/01%20JANUARY/Mtg%201/cc_011017-10-mdaqmd.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to appoint Needles Vice Mayor Jeff Williams as primary and Needles City Council Member Louise Evans as alternate representative to the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District.

 

– Agenda Item #11:

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Resolution Number 2017-3 appointing Council Members as delegate and alternate to the Southern California Association of Governments (S.C.A.G.).

Background: Mayor Paget currently serves as the delegate and Vice Mayor Williams as the alternate. SCAG holds an annual General Assembly every May and in Order to attend the City Council must appoint a delegate and an alternate. This year the assembly will be held May 4 and 5 in Desert Springs.

SCAG’s mission is to facilitate a forum to develop and foster the realization of regional plans that improve the quality of life for Southern Californians.

As the designated Metropolitan Planning Organization, the Association of Governments is mandated by federal and state law to research and draw up plans for transportation, growth management, hazardous waste management, and air quality.

Mayor Paget and Vice Mayor Williams have expressed interest in continuing on this Board.

Fiscal Impact: SCAG provides to the delegate a one night hotel stay, city to reimburse for mileage.

Critical Timeline:

Recommended Action: I move to adopt Resolution No. 2017-3 appointing ____________ as the delegate and ____________ as the
alternate to represent the City of Needles at the Southern California Association of Governments.

** Agenda Packet: **

http://cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/01%20JANUARY/Mtg%201/cc_011017-11-scag.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to appoint Needles Mayor Edward T. Paget M.D. as primary and Needles Vice Mayor Jeff Williams as alternate to the Southern California Association of Governments.

 

– Agenda Item #12:

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Resolution Number 2017-4 appointing a Director and alternates to the California Joint Powers
Insurance Authority (C.J.P.I.A.).

Background: The City is a member of the CJPIA who handles risk
management, claims against the city, etc.

For our city to be eligible to vote on items placed before the California Joint Powers insurance Authority (CJPIA) and in accordance with the Joint Powers Agreement, the City Council needs to appoint a representative and alternate. This representative would be provided the monthly meeting agendas and would attend the annual Board of Directors meeting held in La Palma July 19, 2017.

The Board member must be an elected official; the alternate can be city staff. Councilmember Frazier was the Director and Mayor Paget and City Manager Daniels are the Current alternates and both have expressed interest to continue representing the City.

Fiscal Impact: There is a $100.00 stipend plus travel reimbursement.

Environmental Impact: N/A

Recommended Action: I move to waive the reading and adopt resolution Number 2017-4 appointing ____________ as the City of Needles Director and ____________ as alternates to the California Joint Powers Insurance Authority (CJPIA).

** Agenda Packet: **

http://cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/01%20JANUARY/Mtg%201/cc_011017-12-cjpia.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to appoint Needles City Council Member Tona Belt as director; Needles Mayor Edward T. Paget M.D. and Needles City Manager Rick Daniels as alternates to the California Joint Powers Insurance Authority.

 

– Agenda Item #13:

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Resolution Number 2017-5 appointing a representative and alternate to San Bernardino Associated Governments (S.A.N.B.A.G.).

Background: The City is a member of the CJPIA who handles risk management, claims against the city, etc.

For our city to be eligible to vote on items placed before the California Joint Powers insurance Authority (CJPIA) and in accordance with the Joint Powers Agreement, the City Council needs to appoint a representative and alternate.

This representative would be provided the monthly meeting agendas and would attend the annual Board of Directors meeting held in La Palma July 19, 2017.

The Board member must be an elected official; the alternate can be city staff. Councilmember Frazier was the Director and Mayor Paget and City Manager Daniels are the Current alternates and both have expressed interest to continue representing the City.

Fiscal Impact: There is a $100.00 stipend plus travel reimbursement.

Environmental Impact: N/A

Recommended Action: I move to waive the reading and adopt resolution Number 2017-4 appointing ____________ as the City of Needles Director and ____________ as alternates to the California Joint POWers Insurance Authority (CJPIA).

** Agenda Packet: **

http://cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/01%20JANUARY/Mtg%201/cc_011017-13-sanbag.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to appoint Needles Mayor Edward T. Paget M.D. as representative and Needles Vice Mayor Jeff Williams as alternate to San Bernardino Associated Governments, now to be known as the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority.

 

– Agenda Item #14:

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Resolution Number 2017-6 appointing a primary and alternate representative to the Mojave Desert & Mountain Integrated Waste Joint Powers Authority Board who will also serve on the Solid Waste Advisory Task-Force (S.W.A.T.).

Background: Mojave Desert and Mountain Recycling Authority (the JPA) is a joint powers authority organized under California Government Code Section 6500.

The JPA shares the common powers of its nine members to plan for and implement elements of an Integrated Waste Management Plan within all or any part of its respective boundaries, including solid waste disposal, Composting and recycling facilities, and waste diversion programs deemed necessary to meet state law.

JPA facilities and programs may include: solid-waste transfer facilities, household hazardous waste management, composting facilities, materials collection, marketing and market development, public education, conversion technologies, and material recovery facilities.

As required by the California Integrated Waste Management Act, the Solid Waste Advisory TaskForce (SWAT) of San Bernardino County will carry out the responsibilities mandated by the State of California through AB 939.

SWAT may also consider and make recommendations to the County On Such other Solid waste related matters as they may deem appropriate. In addition to the SWAT itself, it currently has three committees; Technical, Strategic Planning and Membership.

The SWAT and the Technical Committee meets twice annually on the third Wednesday in April and October at 1:30 p.m. in Highland (there is no stipend).

The Strategic Planning and Membership Committees meet on an as-needed basis.

The Mojave Desert & Mountain Recycling Authority meets the second Thursday at 10:00 a.m. in Victorville in February, May, August and November.

The city’s representative will receive $75 stipend per meeting attended plus mileage.

The delegate must be an elected official and due to the November 8, 2016 Election there is a vacancy.

Fiscal Impact: N/A

Recommended Action: I move to waive the reading and adopt Resolution No. 2017-6 appointing ____________ as the primary and ____________ as the alternate to the Mojave Desert & Mountain Integrated Waste Joint Powers Authority Board who will also serve as the delegate and alternate to the Solid Waste Advisory Task-Force (SWAT).

** Agenda Packet: **

http://cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/01%20JANUARY/Mtg%201/cc_011017-14-mojavedesertJPA.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to appoint Needles City Council Member Louise Evans as primary and Tom Darcy as alternate representative to the Mojave Desert and Mountain Integrated Waste Joint Powers Authority Board and the Solid Waste Advisory Task Force.

 

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

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Needles City Attorney John Pinkney talked about new members to receive A.B. 1234; public officials are required to attend ethics training, every few years, and a number of people are up for their training. Next month (February 2017), we’ll be providing that training.

The training is available online at the California’s F.P.P.C. (Fair Political Practices Commission) website at:

http://www.fppc.ca.gov/learn/public-officials-and-employees-rules-/ethics-training.html

Needles City Attorney John Pinkney also talked about what we’ve been working on for the City of Needles, including: 

  • Attending Needles City Council Meetings and Needles Public Utility Authority Meetings as needed or requested at Needles Planning Commission Meetings.
  • Drafted a reimbursement agreement related to a propose electric facilities upgrades and improvements; we represented the City of Needles in connection with Code Enforcement issues.
  • Recently represented the City of Needles in court hearings related to a temporary restraining order and a preliminary injunction that was issued in favor of the City of Needles.
  • Drafted a land donation agreement related to the former Overland Hotel.
  • Assisted City of Needles Staff with pursuing T.O.T. (Transient Occupancy Tax) Reports from delinquent motels operators and prepared a demand letter for payment of T.O.T.’s (Transient Occupancy Tax) fees owned by 2 motel operators in Needles, California. 
  • Represented the City of Needles in efforts to collect from a particular company; a medical marijuana business taxes that were owned and that included a hearing on the matter recently.
  • Assisted the City of Needles in connection with a cell tower lease issues.
  • Advised the City of Needles on labor employment issues as needed.
  • Assisted the City of Needles in connection with a cell tower lease issues.
  • Assisted the City of Needles Staff on some questions related to workman’s comp and CalPERS.
  • Assisted the City of Needles in connection with a license agreement for the use of the El Garces.
  • Our staff spent significant amount time on preparing a staff report and amendment marijuana ordinance; medical marijuana ordinance to permit for distribution and transportation facilities and the other change that was made was we changed some of the language to the geographic distance, that we discussed tonight. We also added language that requires anybody who’s on the facility promises to have identification bag that’s issued by the City of Needles.
  • Assisted the City of Needles with background checks as required as part of the Medical Marijuana Business Regulatory Permitting Process.
  • Represented the Needles finance authority, as council, in connection with the recent N.P.U.A. (Needles Public Utility Authority) bond refunding. 
  • Assisted the City of Needles Staff in responding to Public Records Acts request. 
  • Represented the City of Needles and the Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency (S.A.R.D.A.) in connection with the sale of a former Redevelopment Agency property and assisting in seeking the Department of Finance approval regarding uses of the sales of proceeds. 
  • Prepared recently a form deployment agreement for potential use of medical marijuana business projects as requested by the Needles City Manager Rick Daniels. 
  • Advised the City of Needles in connection with a public bidding contract being questioned.
  • Advised the City of Needles on Brown Act questions as they arose.
  • Advised the City of Needles on N.P.U.A. (Needles Public Utility Authority) rate setting questions.
  • Assisted with Miss Sallis on rapping up the sale of the real property for the hospital (Colorado River Medical Center), which finally closed.
  • Advised the City of Needles in connection with litigation; pending litigation matters. 

 

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

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Needles City Manager Rick Daniels talked about lease matters regarding funding and the new baseball field; known as the Needles Little League Field at Ed Perry Park; and the Bush Street Substation being under construction.

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels then gave good news about the Flit Mendez Golf Tournament.

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels said that thanks to the hard work of Bill Darrel and Dave Hiltabidel, New Golf Pro at River’s Edge Golf Course, the Flit Mendez Golf Tournament is returning back to Needles, California after being played last year elsewhere.

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels then said that he will be meeting on Wednesday, January 11th, 2017 with a second golf tournament to bring back that involving 150 players.

 

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

– Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson:

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Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson talked about the new appointed members of the Mojave Desert and Mountain Integrated Waste Joint Powers Authority Board and the Solid Waste Advisory Task Force; wanting to see if we can makes some connections, and that we need a new recycling center here in Needles, California; rub some elbows and speak to some people to see if anybody is interested.

Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson then talked about cleaning the City’s part of the community, and addressed a problem in front of the City’s Public Work’s Yard.

Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson tells ZachNews that he was talking about the closed business on Broadway across Cibola Street from 105 Broadway.

Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson ended by talking about a long time former employee of the City of Needles, a about a year ago who passed away, who helped all of us in keeping the electricity. What a prefect time for as the City builds a new Bush Street Station, to honor William (Bill) Yoney by naming the substation after him. A couple of the utility employees came up to Shawn Gudmundson with the idea of naming the substation after William (Bill) Yoney and I agreed with them on naming the substation. 

Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson tells ZachNews that William (Bill) Yoney was a lineman for the City of Needles’ Power Department.

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The new Bush Street Substation is located along the 800 block of Bush Street, near a flood control channel, in Needles, California.

 

– Needles City Council Member Clayton Hazlewood:

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Needles City Council Member Clayton Hazlewood didn’t have anything to say right at that moment. 

 

– Needles City Council Member Tona Belt:

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Needles City Council Member Tona Belt talked about a light that is out and asked for the crosswalk near the Needles Recreation Center to be repainted because you can barely can see it.

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The crosswalk lines go across Civic Center Drive from the Needles Recreation Center to the Dance Trax 51 Studios and children use the crosswalk.

 

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

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Needles City Council Member Robert Richardson, M.D. thanked the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department for keeping the community safe and thanked City Employees for their hard work they do for the community.  

 

– Needles City Council Member Clayton Hazlewood 2:

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Needles City Council Member Clayton Hazlewood talked about an issue, brought to his attention by several residents, regarding the absences of Needles City Council Member Robert Richardson, M.D., how many, and what we’re going to do about the situation with him always being absent from the Needles City Council Meetings with everything going on in the City of Needles. They (residents) feel that it’s important to have somebody living here full time and being on the council. The issue has been brought up to him several times.

Needles City Council Member Robert Richardson, M.D. responded saying, “I don’t disagree with what…. because of all…. All I can say is that I have resigned from my preposition here in Victorville, and that I have the opportunity to come back to Needles in the next couple of months. So if they can indulge a few more meetings, I may not be absent.

Needles City Council Member Clayton Hazlewood responded by saying, “Well that’s good to hear; it’s tough to say – it was just brought to my attention so…. that’s why I work for; the people of this city so I figured I would just say.”

Needles City Attorney John Pinkney then spoke about the Brown Act and what it allows a council member to do and how the meetings are notice then how we would otherwise. Needles City Council Member Robert Richardson, M.D. has been attending meetings by phone.

Needles City Attorney John Pinkney said that whether if he lives here or not is another issue, but my understanding is he dose (live in Needles) and works out of town.

Needles City Attorney John Pinkney then said to accommodate his work situation, the meetings is set by phone, but it’s not prohibited for they to attend by phone. 

 

– Needles Mayor Edward T. Paget M.D.:

Video Coming Soon.

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Needles Mayor Edward T. Paget M.D. talked about a funeral service coming up. 

 

– Needles City Attorney John Pinkney:

Video Coming Soon.

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Needles City Attorney John Pinkney wanted to remind all of the newly appointed members about the Brown Act rules. 

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

http://cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/01%20JANUARY/Mtg%201/cc_npua_011017-agenda-LINKED.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.

 

 

News Alert!!: Colorado River Tri-State: New California, Arizona, and Nevada Laws for 2017.

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News Alert!!: Colorado River Tri-State: New California, Arizona, and Nevada Laws for 2017.

As we all welcome in the New Year 2017, here are a few of the new laws for 2017 that will be or is in effect for California, Arizona, and Nevada.

**** California: ****

** (Note: S.B. = Senate Bill and A.B. = Assembly Bill): **

S.B. 3: Leno. Minimum wage: in-home supportive services: paid sick days:

(1) Under existing law, the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014, an employee who, on or after July 1, 2015, works in California for the same employer for 30 or more days within a year from the commencement of employment is entitled to paid sick days, as specified. Existing law requires an employee to accrue paid sick days at the rate of not less than one hour per every 30 hours worked subject to specified use and accrual limitations. For the purposes of the act, an “employee” does not include a provider of in-home supportive services, as described.

This bill, on and after July 1, 2018, would entitle a provider of in-home supportive services who works in California for 30 or more days within a year from the commencement of employment to paid sick days, subject to specified full amount of leave time amounts and that rate of accrual. The bill would require the State Department of Social Services, in consultation with stakeholders, to convene a workgroup to implement paid sick leave for in-home supportive services providers and to issue guidance in that regard by December 1, 2017. The bill would authorize the department to implement that paid sick leave without complying with the Administrative Procedure Act.

(2) On and after July 1, 2014, existing law requires the minimum wage for all industries to be not less than $9 per hour. On and after January 1, 2016, existing law requires the minimum wage for all industries to be not less than $10 per hour.

This bill would require the minimum wage for all industries to not be less than specified amounts to be increased from January 1, 2017, to January 1, 2022, inclusive, for employers employing 26 or more employees and from January 1, 2018, to January 1, 2023, inclusive, for employers employing 25 or fewer employees, except when the scheduled increases are temporarily suspended by the Governor, based on certain determinations. The bill would also require the Director of Finance, after the last scheduled minimum wage increase, to annually adjust the minimum wage under a specified formula.

On or before July 28, 2017, and on or before every July 28 thereafter until the minimum wage is a specified amount for employers employing 26 or more employees, the bill would require the Director of Finance to annually determine, based on certain factors, whether economic conditions can support a scheduled minimum wage increase and certify that determination to the Governor and the Legislature. The bill would also require the State Board of Equalization to publish specified retail sales and use tax information on its Internet Web site to be used by the Director of Finance in making that determination.

On or before July 28, 2017, and on or before every July 28 thereafter until the minimum wage is a specified amount for employers employing 26 or more employees, in order to ensure that the General Fund can support the next scheduled minimum wage increase, the bill would also require the Director of Finance to annually determine and certify to the Governor and the Legislature whether the General Fund would be in a deficit in the current fiscal year, or in either of the following 2 fiscal years.

Vote: majority

Appropriation: no

Fiscal Committee: yes

Local Program: no

** More Information on S.B. 3: **

– Official California Legislative Information:

https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160SB3

 

S.B. 1446, Hancock. Firearms: Magazine capacity:

According to the California State Legislature, (1) Existing law prohibits the sale, gift, and loan of a large-capacity magazine. A violation of this prohibition is punishable as a misdemeanor with specified penalties or as a felony.

This bill would, commencing July 1, 2017, make it an infraction punishable by a fine not to exceed $100 for the first offense, by a fine not to exceed $250 for the 2nd offense, and by a fine not to exceed $500 for the 3rd or subsequent offense, for a person to possess any large-capacity magazine, regardless of the date the magazine was acquired. The bill would require a person in lawful possession of a large-capacity magazine prior to July 1, 2017, to dispose of the magazine, as provided.

By creating a new crime, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.

(2) Existing law creates various exceptions to the crime described in paragraph (1) above, which include, but are not limited to, the sale of, giving of, lending of, importation into this state of, or purchase of, any large-capacity magazine to or by the holder of a special weapons permit for use as a prop for a motion picture, or any federal, state, county, city and county, or city agency that is charged with the enforcement of any law, for use by agency employees in the discharge of their official duties, whether on or off duty, and where the use is authorized by the agency and is within the course and scope of their duties.

This bill would make conforming changes to those exceptions by including possession of a large-capacity magazine in those provisions and would establish additional exceptions to the crime described in paragraph (1) above, including exceptions to allow licensed gunsmiths and honorably retired sworn peace officers to possess a large-capacity magazine.

The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.

This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.

Vote: majority

Appropriation: no

Fiscal Committee: yes

Local Program: yes

** More Information on S.B. 1446: **

– Official California Legislative Information:

https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160SB1446

 

S.B. 869: Hill. Firearms: securing handguns in vehicles.

Existing law prohibits a person who is 18 years of age or older, and who is the owner, lessee, renter, or other legal occupant of a residence, who owns a firearm and who knows or has reason to know that another person also residing there is prohibited by state or federal law from possessing, receiving, owning, or purchasing a firearm from keeping a firearm in that residence, unless the firearm is secured, as specified. A violation of this prohibition is a misdemeanor.

This bill would require a person, when leaving a handgun in an unattended vehicle, to secure the handgun by locking it in the trunk of the vehicle, locking it in a locked container and placing the container out of plain view, or locking the handgun in a locked container that is permanently affixed to the vehicle’s interior and not in plain view. The bill would make a violation of these requirements an infraction punishable by a fine not exceeding $1,000. The bill would expressly make those requirements inapplicable to the transportation of unloaded firearms by a licensed common carrier in conformance with applicable federal law. The bill would also provide that these provisions do not supersede any local ordinance that regulates the storage of handguns in unattended vehicles if the ordinance was in effect before the date of enactment of this bill.

By creating a new crime, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.

The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.

This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.

Vote: majority

Appropriation: no

Fiscal Committee: yes

Local Program: yes

** More Information on S.B. 869: **

– Official California Legislative Information:

https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160SB869

 

A.B. 2888: Low. Sex crimes: mandatory prison sentence.

Existing law prohibits a court from granting probation or suspending the execution or imposition of a sentence if a person is convicted of violating specified provisions of law, including rape by force, pandering, aggravated sexual assault of a child, and others.

This bill would prohibit a court from granting probation or suspending the execution or imposition of a sentence if a person is convicted of rape, sodomy, penetration with a foreign object, or oral copulation if the victim was either unconscious or incapable of giving consent due to intoxication.

Vote: majority

Appropriation: no

Fiscal Committee: yes

Local Program: no

** More Information on S.B. 2888: **

– Official California Legislative Information:

https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160AB2888

 

A.B. 1785: Quirk. Vehicles: use of wireless electronic devices.

Existing law prohibits a person from driving a motor vehicle while using an electronic wireless communications device to write, send, or read a text-based communication, as defined, unless the electronic wireless communications device is specifically designed and configured, and is used, to allow voice-operated and hands-free operation, as specified. A violation of these provisions is an infraction.

This bill would instead prohibit a person from driving a motor vehicle while holding and operating a handheld wireless telephone or a wireless electronic communication device, as defined. The bill would authorize a driver to operate a handheld wireless telephone or a wireless electronic communications device in a manner requiring the use of the driver’s hand only under specified conditions. By changing the definition of a crime, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.

The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.

This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.

Vote: majority

Appropriation: no

Fiscal Committee: yes

Local Program: yes

** More Information on S.B. 1785: **

– Official California Legislative Information:

https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160AB1785

 

A.B. 30: Alejo. School or athletic team names: California Racial Mascots Act.

Existing law provides that it is the policy of this state to afford all persons in public schools equal rights and opportunities in the educational institutions of the state, as specified, and further prohibits, and provides remedies for, acts that are contrary to that policy.

This bill would establish the California Racial Mascots Act, which would prohibit public schools from using the term Redskins as a school or athletic team name, mascot, or nickname beginning January 1, 2017, subject to specified exceptions. The bill would also provide that this prohibition may not be waived by the State Board of Education. To the extent that this prohibition would impose additional duties on public schools, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.

The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.

This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to these statutory provisions.

Vote: majority

Appropriation: no

Fiscal Committee: yes

Local Program: yes

** More Information on A.B. 30: **

– Official California Legislative Information:

https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160AB30

 

A.B. 53: Cristina Garcia. Vehicles: child safety seats.

Existing law requires a parent, legal guardian, or the driver of a motor vehicle to properly secure a child under 8 years of age in an appropriate passenger restraint system while the child is riding in a motor vehicle. A violation of the Vehicle Code is a crime.

This bill would require a parent, legal guardian, or the driver of a motor vehicle to properly secure a child who is under 2 years of age in an appropriate rear-facing child passenger restraint system, unless the child weighs 40 or more pounds or is 40 or more inches in height. Because a violation of these requirements would be a crime, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.

The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.

This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.

Vote: majority

Appropriation: no

Fiscal Committee: yes

Local Program: yes

** More Information on A.B. 53: **

– Official California Legislative Information:

https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160AB53

 

A.B. 1386: Low. Emergency medical care: epinephrine auto-injectors.

(1) Existing law authorizes a prehospital emergency medical care person, first responder, or lay rescuer to use an epinephrine auto-injector to render emergency care to another person, as specified. Existing law requires the Emergency Medical Services Authority to approve authorized training providers and the minimum standards for training and the use and administration of epinephrine auto-injectors. The existing Pharmacy Law also authorizes a pharmacy to dispense epinephrine auto-injectors to a prehospital emergency medical care person, first responder, or lay rescuer for the purpose of rendering emergency care in accordance with these provisions. A violation of the Pharmacy Law is a crime.

Existing law requires school districts, county offices of education, and charter schools to provide emergency epinephrine auto-injectors, as defined, to school nurses and trained personnel who have volunteered to use epinephrine auto-injectors under emergency circumstances, as specified, and authorizes school nurses and trained personnel to use epinephrine auto-injectors to provide emergency medical aid to persons suffering, or reasonably believed to be suffering, from an anaphylactic reaction.

This bill would permit an “authorized entity,” as defined, to use an epinephrine auto-injector to render emergency care to another person in accordance with these provisions. The bill would also authorize a pharmacy to furnish epinephrine auto-injectors to an authorized entity, as provided. Because a violation of these provisions would be a crime, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. The bill would require an authorized entity to create and maintain a specified operations plan relating to its use of epinephrine auto-injectors, and would require those entities to submit a report to the Emergency Medical Services Authority of each incident that involves the administration of an epinephrine auto-injector, not more than 30 days after each use. The bill would also require the authority to publish an annual report summarizing the reports submitted to the authority pursuant to the bill’s provisions. The bill would define the term “epinephrine auto-injector” for purposes of these provisions and other related provisions that authorize the use of epinephrine auto-injectors, as specified.

(2) Under existing law, everyone is generally responsible, not only for the result of his or her willful acts, but also for an injury occasioned to another by his or her want of ordinary care or skill in the management of his or her property or person, except so far as the latter has, willfully or by want of ordinary care, brought the injury upon himself or herself. Existing law also provides that a prehospital emergency care person, first responder, or lay rescuer who administers an epinephrine auto-injector to another person who appears to be experiencing anaphylaxis at the scene of an emergency situation, in good faith and not for compensation, is not liable for any civil damages resulting from his or her acts or omissions in administering the epinephrine auto-injector, if that person has complied with specified certification and training requirements and standards.

This bill would provide that an authorized entity is not liable for any civil damages resulting from any act or omission connected to the administration of an epinephrine auto-injector, as specified. The bill would also exempt an authorizing physician and surgeon from certain sanctions for the issuance of an epinephrine auto-injector under those provisions, except as specified.

(3) The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.

This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.

Vote: majority

Appropriation: no

Fiscal Committee: yes

Local Program: yes

** More Information on A.B. 1386: **

– Official California Legislative Information:

https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160AB1386

 

S.B. 465:  Hill. Building construction: contractors: discipline: reporting: building standards.

(1) Existing law, the Contractors’ State License Law, provides for the licensure, regulation, and discipline of contractors by the Contractors’ State License Board. Existing law requires the board, with the approval of the Director of Consumer Affairs, to appoint a registrar of contractors to serve as the executive officer and secretary of the board. Under existing law, protection of the public is required to be the highest priority for the Contractors’ State License

Board in exercising its licensing, regulatory, and disciplinary functions.

Under existing law, the Division of Occupational Safety and Health has the power, jurisdiction, and supervision over every employment and place of employment in this state, which is necessary to adequately enforce and administer all laws and lawful standards and orders, or special orders requiring such employment and place of employment to be safe, and requiring the protection of the life, safety, and health of every employee in such employment or place of employment. Existing law requires the division to transmit to the Registrar of Contractors copies of any reports made in any investigation, as specified, and authorizes the division, upon its own motion or upon request, to transmit copies of any other reports made in any investigation conducted involving a licensed contractor.
This bill would instead require the Division of Occupational Safety and Health, after consultation with the board, to transmit to the board copies of any citations or other actions taken by the division against a contractor, as defined. The bill would authorize the board to enter into an interagency agreement with any other state or local agency the board deems to be in possession of information relevant to its priority to protect the public.

This bill would require a licensee to report to the registrar within 90 days of the date that the licensee has knowledge of the conviction of the licensee for any felony or any other crime substantially related to the qualifications, functions, and duties of a licensed contractor.
This bill would require the board to consult with licensees, consumers, and other interested stakeholders in order to prepare a study of judgments, arbitration awards, and settlements that were the result of claims for construction defects for rental residential units and, by January 1, 2018, report to the Legislature the results of the study to determine if the board’s ability to protect the public would be enhanced by regulations requiring licensees to report judgments, arbitration awards, or settlement payments of those claims. This bill would specify that participation in the study by licensees and consumers is voluntary. The bill would require records or documents obtained by the board during the course of implementing this study that are exempt from public disclosure to remain exempt from disclosure.

(2) Under existing law, there exists the California Building Standards Commission. Existing law requires the California Building Standards Commission to, among other things, review the standards of adopting state agencies and approve, return for amendment with recommended changes, or reject building standards submitted to the commission for its approval, as provided.

This bill, until January 1, 2018, would require the working group formed by the California Building Standards Commission to study recent exterior elevated element failures in the state to submit a report to the appropriate policy committees of the Legislature containing any findings and possible recommendations for statutory or other changes to the California Building Standards Code and would require the working group to review related documents and reports, as specified. However, if, at any time, it is determined by the working group that one or more changes to the California Building Standards Code are needed as soon as possible in order to protect the public, the bill would, until January 1, 2018, require the working group to submit the recommended changes to the California Building Standards Commission for consideration as soon as possible, as specified.

(3) Existing constitutional provisions require that a statute that limits the right of access to the meetings of public bodies or the writings of public officials and agencies be adopted with findings demonstrating the interest protected by the limitation and the need for protecting that interest.

This bill would make legislative findings to that effect.

Vote: majority

Appropriation: no

Fiscal Committee: yes

Local Program: no

** More Information on S.B. 465: **

– Official California Legislative Information:

https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160SB465

 

A.B .1668: Calderon. Investigational drugs, biological products, and devices.

Existing law, the federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, prohibits a person from introducing into interstate commerce any new drug unless the drug has been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Existing law requires the sponsor of a new drug to submit to the FDA an investigational new drug application and to then conduct a series of clinical trials to establish the safety and efficacy of the drug in human populations and submit the results to the FDA in a new drug application.

Existing law, the Sherman Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Law, regulates the packaging, labeling, and advertising of drugs and devices and is administered by the State Department of Public Health. A violation of that law is a crime. The Sherman Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Law prohibits, among other things, the sale, delivery, or giving away of a new drug or new device unless either the department has approved a new drug or device application for that new drug or new device and that approval has not been withdrawn, terminated, or suspended or the drug or device has been approved pursuant to specified provisions of federal law, including the federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.

The Medical Practice Act provides for the licensure and regulation of physicians and surgeons by the Medical Board of California and requires the board to take action against a licensee who is charged with unprofessional conduct. The Osteopathic Act provides for the licensure and regulation of osteopathic physicians and surgeons by the Osteopathic Medical Board of California and requires the board to enforce the Medical Practice Act with respect to its licensees.
This bill would permit a manufacturer of an investigational drug, biological product, or device to make the product available to eligible patients with an immediately life-threatening disease or condition, as specified.

The bill would authorize, but not require, a health benefit plan, as defined, to provide coverage for any investigational drug, biological product, or device made available pursuant to these provisions.

The bill would prohibit the Medical Board of California and the Osteopathic Medical Board of California from taking any disciplinary action against the license of a physician based on the physician’s recommendation to an eligible patient regarding, or prescription for, or treatment with, an investigational drug, biological product, or device if the recommendation or prescription is consistent with protocol approved by the physician’s institutional review board or an accredited institutional review board, and would require the institutional review board to biannually report specified information to the State Department of Public Health, among others.

The bill would prohibit a state agency from altering any recommendation made to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services regarding a health care provider’s certification to participate in the Medicare or Medicaid program based solely on the recommendation from an individual health care provider that a patient have access to an investigational drug, biological product, or device.

Vote: majority

Appropriation: no

Fiscal Committee: yes

Local Program: no

** More Information on A.B .1668: **

– Official California Legislative Information:

https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160AB1668

 

S.B. 1322: Mitchell. Commercial sex acts: minors.

Existing law makes it a crime to solicit or engage in any act of prostitution. Existing law makes it a crime to loiter in any public place with the intent to commit prostitution.

This bill would make the above provisions inapplicable to a child under 18 years of age who is alleged to have engaged in conduct that would, if committed by an adult, violate the above provisions. The bill would authorize the minor to be taken into temporary custody under limited circumstances.

This bill would incorporate additional changes to Section 647 of the Penal Code, proposed by SB 420, SB 1129, and AB 1708, that would become operative only if this bill and one or more of those other bills are enacted and become effective on or before January 1, 2017, and this bill is chaptered last.

This bill would incorporate additional changes to Section 653.22 of the Penal Code, proposed by AB 1771, that would become operative only if this bill and AB 1771 are enacted and become effective on or before January 1, 2017, and this bill is chaptered last.

Vote: majority

Appropriation: no

Fiscal Committee: no

Local Program: no

** More Information on S.B. 1322: **

– Official California Legislative Information:

https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160SB1322

 

A.B. 1995, Williams. Community colleges: homeless students: access to shower facilities.

Existing law establishes the California Community Colleges, under the administration of the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges, and authorizes the governing board of a community college district to grant the use of college facilities or grounds for specified purposes.

This bill would require a community college campus that has shower facilities for student use to grant access, as specified, to those facilities to any homeless student who is enrolled in coursework, has paid enrollment fees, and is in good standing with the community college district, and would require the community college to determine a plan of action to implement this requirement. By imposing additional duties on community college districts, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.

The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.

This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to these statutory provisions.

Vote: majority

Appropriation: no

Fiscal Committee: yes

Local Program: yes

** More Information on A.B. 1995: **

– Official California Legislative Information:

https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160AB1995

 

– A.B. 1732, Ting. Single-user restrooms.

Existing law requires a public agency, as defined, that serves the public or is open to the public and maintains toilet facilities to make those facilities available to the public free of charge. Existing law requires publicly and privately owned facilities where the public congregates, as defined, to maintain a sufficient number of temporary or permanent toilet facilities to meet the needs of the public at peak hours. Existing law also requires each business establishment to provide, within reasonable access, a sufficient number of toilet facilities for the use of the employees.

This bill would, commencing March 1, 2017, require all single-user toilet facilities in any business establishment, place of public accommodation, or government agency to be identified as all-gender toilet facilities, as specified. The bill would authorize inspectors, building officials, or other local officials responsible for code enforcement to inspect for compliance with these provisions during any inspection.

Vote: majority

Appropriation: no

Fiscal Committee: yes

Local Program: no  

** More Information on A.B. 1732: **

– Official California Legislative Information:

https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160AB1732

 

A.B. 2007: McCarty. Youth athletics: youth sports organizations: concussions or other head injuries.

Existing law requires a school district, charter school, or private school, if it offers an athletic program, to immediately remove an athlete from an athletic activity for the remainder of the day if the athlete is suspected of sustaining a concussion or head injury, and prohibits the athlete from returning to the athletic activity until the athlete is evaluated by a licensed health care provider, trained in the management of concussions, and acting within the scope of his or her practice, and the athlete receives written clearance from the licensed health care provider to return to the athletic activity. Existing law also requires, on a yearly basis, a concussion and head injury information sheet to be signed and returned by the athlete and athlete’s parent or guardian before the athlete’s initiating practice or competition.

This bill would apply these provisions to athletes participating in youth sports organizations, as defined to include organizations, businesses, nonprofit entities, or local governmental agencies that sponsor or conduct amateur sports competitions, training, camps, or clubs in which persons 17 years of age or younger participate in any of 27 designated sports. The bill would require youth sports organizations to notify the parents or guardians of athletes 17 years of age or younger who have been removed from athletic activities due to suspected concussions, as specified. The bill would require youth sports organizations to offer concussion and head injury education, or related educational materials, or both, to each of their coaches and administrators on a yearly basis, as prescribed. The bill would require each of these coaches and administrators to successfully complete the concussion and head injury education offered under the bill at least once either online or in person.

The bill would also require a youth sports organization to identify procedures for ensuring compliance with the bill’s requirements for providing concussion and head injury education and a concussion and head injury information sheet. The bill would additionally require the youth sports organization to identify procedures to ensure compliance with the athlete removal provisions and the return-to-play protocol, as specified. The bill would specify that it applies to all persons participating in the activities of a youth sports organization, irrespective of their ages.

Vote: majority

Appropriation: no

Fiscal Committee: no

Local Program: no  

** More Information on A.B. 2007: **

– Official California Legislative Information:

http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160AB2007

 

**** Arizona: ****

** (Note: S.B. = Senate Bill): **

Proposition 206: Minimum Wage Increases in Arizona:

Arizona’s minimum wage increases to $10 an hour as of Sunday, January 1st, 2017 both full-time and part-time employees are required by law to be paid $10 per hour.

The changes to minimum wage was approved by voters in November 2016 when they passed Proposition 206.

Proposition 206 includes gradually increasing the minimum wage to $12 per hour by Wednesday, January 1st, 2020, and then it will increase with inflation after that.

Starting on Saturday, July 1st, 2017, employers will also have to provide paid sick time.

In 2016, minimum wage in Arizona was higher than the federal level of $7.25 per hour.

Arizona workers made $8.05 and will receive a raise based on inflation each year.

** More Information on Proposition 206: Minimum Wage Increases in Arizona: **

– Arizona Legislature:

http://www.azleg.gov/jlbc/16novprop206fn.pdf

 

Ballotpedia:

https://ballotpedia.org/Arizona_Minimum_Wage_and_Paid_Time_Off,_Proposition_206_(2016)

 

**** Nevada: ****

** (Note: S.B. = Senate Bill and A.B. = Assembly Bill): **

Question 2: Recreational Marijuana Use in Nevada:

Recreational marijuana use for people who are 21 years old and over will be legal in Nevada on Sunday, January 1st, 2017 after Nevada voters approved a ballot measure in November 2016.

Authorities say that consumption of marijuana is not allowed in public places and should be done at home.

Using pot in public is a misdemeanor that carries a fine of up to $600 and driving under the influence of marijuana is illegal. 

Also, it’s illegal to possess more than one ounce of marijuana or one-eighth of an ounce of concentrated marijuana.

Retail dispensaries are not yet licensed to sell pot for recreational use in Nevada and can only provide their products to people with valid medical marijuana cards.

Nevada Department of Taxation Officials, who crafted regulations for recreational marijuana businesses, have until 2018 to license retail dispensaries.

** More Information on Question 2: Recreational Marijuana Use in Nevada in Nevada: **

Ballotpedia:

https://ballotpedia.org/Nevada_Marijuana_Legalization,_Question_2_(2016)

 

A.B. 162: Body Cameras on Nevada Highway Patrol Officers:

A new law effective on Sunday, January 1st, 2017 requires all Nevada Highway Patrol Officers who regularly interact with the public to wear body cameras.

The Nevada State Legislators passed a bill in 2015 that seeks to hold both officers and the public accountable if their encounters go wrong.

The Nevada State Legislators approved $1.3 million to get the initiative up and running.

The law defines the recordings as a public record but specifies that people who want to see it must request it on a per-incident basis.

The Nevada State Legislators also called on the highway patrol to develop policies that would protect the privacy of people in their homes and those who are trying to report a crime anonymously.

** More Information on A.B. 162: Body Cameras on Nevada Highway Patrol Officers in Nevada: **

– Nevada Legislature:

http://www.leg.state.nv.us/Session/78th2015/Reports/history.cfm?billname=AB162

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Needles, CA: Summary and voting results from the Needles City Council, Needles Public Utility Authority, and Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency Meeting and Oath of Office Ceremony.

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Needles, CA: Summary and voting results from the Needles City Council, Needles Public Utility Authority, and Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency Meeting and Oath of Office Ceremony.

A Needles City Council, Needles Public Utility Authority, and Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency Meeting and an Oath of Office Ceremony was held on Tuesday, December 13th, 2016 inside the Needles City Council Chambers in Needles, California.

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

**** Public Appearances: ****

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

– Thomas Marshall, Assistant Chief with the San Bernardino County Fire, spoke about a various of topics, including the move into the new fire station, a new fire truck, and the purchase of a fire boat.

 

****** More Public Appearances Videos are coming up after uploads are completed. ******

 

**** Needles Public Utility Authority / Needles City Council 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 Mayor or any member of the Needles Public Utility Authority / Needles City Council may pull an item from the Consent Calendar for discussion. Prior to Needles Public Utility Authority / Needles City Council action, a member of the public may address the Needles Public Utility Authority / Needles City Council on matters Scheduled on the Consent Calendar. A 3 minute time limit per person applies. Recommended Action: Approve items #1 through #6 on the Consent Calendar by affirmative roll call vote.

– Agenda Items #1: Needles Public Utility Authority: Approve the minutes of the regular meetings of August 9, September 27 and October 11, 2016.

– Agenda Items #2: Needles Public Utility Authority / Needles City Council: Approve Change Order #1 to Western Construction Specialists in the amount of $13,678.28 to increase the size of the concrete pads to allow size variation of equipment and add an additional concrete pad to store two transformers – total bid amount of $28,678.28.

– Agenda Items #3: Needles Public Utility Authority / Needles City Council: Accept the work completed by Western Construction Specialists for the concrete work at Bush Street Substation in the amount of $28,678.28 and authorize staff to file a Notice of Completion with the San Bernardino County Recorder.

– Agenda Items #4: Needles Public Utility Authority / Needles City Council: Accept the bid from Outsource Utility Contractors in the amount of $750 per hour for a 4 person certified power line crew, including equipment, to assemble the relocated Bush Street Substation with parts already purchased by the City of Needles and authorize staff to issue a Notice of Award and Notice to Proceed; estimated Cost $150,000.

– Agenda Items #5: Needles Public Utility Authority / Needles City Council: Purchase of property at 417 N. K Street (Assessor’s Parcel #0185-109-43) for the K Street Lift Station project (purchase price of $7,500).

– Agenda Items #6: Needles Public Utility Authority / Needles City Council: Approve modifications and upgrades at the River Road Lift Station.

Members of the Needles Public Utility Authority / Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve all of the agenda items: #1 through #6. 

 

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– Agenda Items #7: Approve the minutes of the regular meetings of January 26, March 22, April 26, June 14, August 23 and October 11, 2016.

Members of the Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency voted 6-1 to approve the minutes.

Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson abstain from voting.

 

**** Needles City Council 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 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 #8 through #10 on the Consent Calendar by affirmative roll call vote.

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve all of the agenda items: #8 through #10. 

 

****** Oath of Office Ceremony: ******

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**** Regular Items: ****

– Agenda Items #11: Resolution No. 2016-68 Reciting the Fact of the General Municipal Election held on November 8, 2016, declaring the results, and such other matters as provided by law.

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve Resolution 2016-68 reciting the facts of the Nov. 8 general municipal election, declaring results and other matters as provided by law.

 

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An Oath of Office Ceremony for the newly elected members of the Needles City Council and re-elected City of Needles Mayor was held.

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Dale Jones, City Clerk’s Office at the City of Needles, sworn in all together Tona Belt, Clayton Hazlewood, and Shawn Gudmundson for Needles City Council and Edward T. Paget for City of Needles Mayor.

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Afterwards, a presentations was held thanking outgoing members of the Needles City Council Tony Frazier and Tom Darcy for their service on the Needles City Council.

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Both Tony Frazier and Tom Darcy spoke about their moment on the Needles City Council and thanked everybody, including Tom Darcy thanking everybody by giving away reusable bags so when they go shopping.

After a short break so for everybody to enjoy delicious cookies, cupcakes, and coffee, the seating of the newly elected City of Needles Mayor and Needles City Council Members was done and the rest of the meeting continued.

Members of the Needles City Council selection of Vice Mayor and unanimously voted to approve Jeff Williams to continue as Vice Mayor.

 

**** Needles City Council, Needles Public Utility Authority, and Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency: ****

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– Agenda Items #12: Needles Public Utility Authority Action: Resolution No. 12-13-2016-NPUA authorizing the issuance and sale of Water Revenue Refunding Bonds Series 2016; Sewer Revenue Refunding Bonds Series 2016; and Electric Revenue Refunding Bonds Series 2016 to refinance outstanding Revenue Bonds 1997 Series A, authorizing execution of three separate indentures of Trust, an EscroW Agreement and authorizing execution of and approving related agreements and official actions; and Resolution No. 12-13-2016-1-NPUA authorizing the Authority to become a member of the NPFA and taking certain other actions in connection therewith approving the Amended and Restated Joint Exercise of Powers Agreement forming the Needles Public Financing Authority.

Members of the Needles Public Utility Authority unanimously voted to adopt Resolution 12-13-2016-NPUA and Resolution 12-13-2016-1 NPUA.

Needles Public Financing Authority Action: Resolution No. NPFA 2016-3 authorizing the issuance of 2016 Enterprise Revenue Bonds for the purpose of purchasing bonds of the Needles Public Utility Authority (Water Revenue Refunding Bonds, Sewer Revenue Refunding Bonds and Electric Revenue Refunding Bonds); authorizing and directing the execution and delivery of an indenture of Trust and a Purchase Agreement, approving the Private Placement of Bonds and authorizing other activities; and Resolution No. NPFA 2016-4 authorizing the Authority to become a member of the NPUA and taking certain other actions in connection therewith approving the Amended and Restated Joint Exercise of Powers Agreement forming the Needles Public Utility Authority.

Members of the Needles Public Financing Authority unanimously voted to adopt Resolution NPFA 2016-3 and Resolution NPFA 2016-4.

Needles City Council Action: Resolution No. 2016-71 authorizing the execution and delivery of an Amended and Restated Joint Exercise of Powers Agreement forming the Needles Public Utility Authority; and Resolution No. 2016-72 authorizing the execution and delivery of an Amended and Restated Joint Exercise of Powers Agreement forming the Needles Public Financing Authority.

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to adopt Resolution 2016-71 and Resolution 2016-72.

Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency Action: Resolution No. 12-13-2016-SARDA approving an Amended and Restated Joint Exercise of Powers Agreement forming the Needles Public Utility Authority; and Resolution No. 12-13-2016-1-SARDA approving an Amended and Restated Joint Exercise of Powers Agreement forming the Needles Public Financing Authority.

Members of the Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency unanimously voted to adopt Resolution 12-13-2016-SARDA and Resolution 12-13-2016-1-SARDA.

 

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– Agenda Items #13: Public hearing noticed to consider all evidence and testimony for or against subdividing 8.20 acres into two parcels, Tentative Parcel Map #19770 located at 1040E. Broadway, APN 0186222-06, Applicant Mitch Bramlitt representing AutoZone.

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Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve Resolution Number 2016-74 approving Tentative Parcel Map #19770, subdividing 8.20 acres into two parcels located in the C2 (General Commercial) Zone at 1040 E. Broadway (Towne Center Shopping Center) APN 0186-222-06. 

 

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– Agenda Items #14: Public hearing noticed to consider all evidence and testimony for or against a Conditional Use Permit for a medical marijuana cultivation facility located at 219 I Street, APN 0186-094-38: Applicant, Janice Simmons.

This building is known as the old 7-UP Building on I Street between Third Street and West Broadway in Downtown Needles, California.

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Members of the Needles City Council voted 5-1 to approve Resolution No. 2016-69 approving a Conditional Use Permit for a 4,000 square foot medical marijuana cultivation facility located at 219 Street, APN 0186-094-38. Needles City Council Member Louise Evans voted ‘No’.

 

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– Agenda Items #15: Public hearing noticed to consider all evidence and testimony for or against a Conditional Use Permit for a medical marijuana manufacturing facility in the C-2 (General Commercial) Zone located at 1804 Needles Highway, APN 0185-045-03: Applicant Drew Milburn.

This property was the old Kentucky Fried Chicken (K.F.C.) fast food restaurant on Needles Highway (Route 66) at O Street in Needles, California.

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Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve Resolution No. 2016-75 approving a Conditional Use Permit for a 2,500 square foot Medical Marijuana Manufacturing Facility utilizing an ice water extraction process, located at 1804 Needles Highway, APN 0185-045-03.

 

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– Agenda Items #16: Public hearing noticed to consider all evidence and testimony for or against amendment of Sections of Ordinance 576-AC, Chapter 12A of the Needles Municipal Code, and amendment of Section 96.01 of the Needles Zoning Code related to distribution and transportation of marijuana.

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to adopt Ordinance 588-AC amending the city code and zoning code related to distribution and transportation of marijuana.

 

**** Needles City Council Consent Calendar #2: ****

A 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 #17 through #19 on the Consent Calendar by affirmative roll call vote.

– Agenda Items #17: Approve the revised Rules and Regulations relating to the operation of the Needles Riverview Cemetery adding a section regarding disinterments.

– Agenda Items #18: Waive the reading and adopt Resolution Number 2016-73 increasing membership on the Cemetery Advisory Commission to five appointed voting members and one non-voting technical advisor and authorize advertising the two additional new vacancies.

– Agenda Items #19: Authorize the City Clerk to publish a notice of the vacancies on the various Boards and Commissions due to the expiration of terms as of December 31, 2016 and other vacancies.

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve all of the agenda items: #17 through #19. 

 

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– Agenda Items #20: Authorize the newly elected council members to attend the League of California Cities 2017 New Mayor and Council Members Academy scheduled for January 18-20, 2017 in Sacramento.

Members of the Needles City Council 5-1 voted to approve for Needles City Council Member Tona Belt to go to the League of California Cities 2017 New Mayor and Council Members Academy.

Needles City Council Member Tona Belt abstain from voting.

City of Needles Mayor is unable to go so Needles City Manager will be going instead. 

 

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

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– Needles City Manager Rick Daniels spoke about a various of topics, including the upcoming housing project, 2 new hotels wanting to be build, extra power request, and traffic safety.

 

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– Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson spoke about Desert Vista residents concerns over fire hydrant,  turned off and fire protection.

– Needles City Council Member Louise Evans concern over wastewater and water, especially for the school district – their charges, and school fees.

– Needles City Council Member Clayton Hazlewood asked about future parking plans because of the no parking zone along J Street next to the baseball field and spoke about wanting to see a sidewalk along Lilyhill Drive, west of Bailey Avenue to Coronado Street.

– Needles Vice Mayor Jeff Williams agreed with Needles City Council Member Louise Evans about having the Needles City Attorney look at the school charging fees that’s effecting residential growth.

Needles Vice Mayor Jeff Williams then spoke about wanting the Needles City Manager and members of the Needles City Council to look into and talk with a new Internet provider called Tri-State WiFi. Needles Vice Mayor Jeff Williams told members of the Needles City Council that he has the service at his home and at Tri State Community Healthcare Center, and haven’t had any drops or issues with their service. Tri-State WiFi proposed, which Needles City Manager Rick Daniels has to look over, for Free WiFi for the City. Currently, Tri-State WiFi has been testing the internet service in the area with several businesses, including River Valley Air Conditioning Inc., Wagon Wheel Restaurant, and ZachNews which will be having a news report on this new internet provider and their plans for Needles, California.

– Needles City Council Member Tona Belt thanked everybody who voted for her and wanted to make sure that everybody knows that she is here for you, the community, and if you have any though and ideas to bring up please let her know anytime.

– Needles City Council Member Robert Richardson, M.D. thanked the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department for their service, spoke about his tour of the new San Bernardino County Fire Station 32, and thanked all of the employees with the City of Needles for their hard work.

** City of Needles Mayor and all of the members of the Needles City Council wished everybody in the community as Happy Holiday, Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year. **

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

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

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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.

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San Bernardino County, CA: Honoring the victims and survivors of the San Bernardino, California Terrorist Attack a year ago.

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San Bernardino County, CA: Honoring the victims and survivors of the San Bernardino, California Terrorist Attack a year ago.

A year ago, terror hit the community of San Bernardino, California as 14 innocent lives were taken away by evil in a terrorist attack inside the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California at 10:58am PT on Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015.

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People came together on Friday, December 2nd, 2016 to honor the victims and survivors of the San Bernardino, California Terrorist Attack at several ceremonies and events across San Bernardino County, California.

** Here are a few of the ceremonies and events held honoring the victims and survivors of the San Bernardino, California Terrorist Attack: **

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At 7:30am PT, the San Bernardino Police Department hosted a memorial bicycle ride, Inland Regional Center Bike Ride, to honor the victims and survivors of the terrorist attack.

The memorial bicycle ride was 14 miles which is equal to 22 kilometers; one mile for each victim who died and one kilometer for each victim wounded.

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At 8:00am PT, LifeStream, whose headquarters is less than a mile from where the mass shooting took place, held a Remembrance Ceremony on Friday, December 2nd, 2016 at LifeStream blood bank in San Bernardino, California where people came out and donated blood in to help people in need in the community.

At 10:58am PT, employees from the County of San Bernardino held a moment of silence to remember when the initial 911 call was placed.

San Bernardino School District Police Department Sergeant Roberto Arellano was among the first responders who arrived at the chaotic scene a year ago and spoke at the ceremony.

“Co-workers, as they’re running out in that area, seeing their co-workers, their friends, their family in that hurt. There was a lot of emotion,” San Bernardino School District Police Department Sergeant Roberto Arellano recalled.

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At 3:30pm PT, People gather at a peace garden dedication at Cal State San Bernardino to honor the 5 alumni from Cal State University San Bernardino (Robert Adams, Juan Espinoza, Shannon Johnson, Yvette Velasco and Michael Wetzel) who were among the 14 people killed in the terrorist attack.

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At 5:30pm PT, the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians lighted up the Arrowhead with more than a dozen 120,000-lumen arc lights in memory and tribute to the 14 innocent lives lost in the terrorist attack.

Seen from around the community, the Arrowhead lighted up in the foothills of the San Bernardino Mountains just north of Wildwood Park, 40th Street and Waterman Avenue, in San Bernardino, California.

The Arrowhead will be lighted up from 5:30pm to 10:00pm PT starting on Friday, December 2nd, 2016 and lasting until Thursday, December 15th, 2016.

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At 6:30pm PT, hundreds of people came to pay their respects the the victims and survivors of the terrorist attack at a ceremony tilted “Night of Remembrance” inside the Coussoulis Arena at Cal State San Bernardino in San Bernardino, California.

In attended were victims, family and friends of victims, and many people from the community who wanted to show their support.

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The ceremony began with a Cal State San Bernardino student preforming her rendition of “Imagine” by John Lennon.

Speakers at the ceremony expressed a profound sense of loss for the 14 innocent lives lost on that tragic day and thanked the community that united together after the terrorist attack to help.

First Presbyterian Church in San Bernardino Pastor Sandy Tice opened the ceremony with an invocation.

“In this moment we say thank you for those who came running to help – those who remembered us, who reached out in love, who prayed. Thank you,” said First Presbyterian Church in San Bernardino Pastor Sandy Tice.

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Julie Swann-Paez, a survivor of the terrorist attack, spoke at the ceremony and paid tribute to each of the victims, her co-workers at San Bernardino County’s Department of Public Health.

Julie Swann-Paez began speaking as tears roll down her face.

“Good evening. I’m, I’m humbled… sorry. I’m humbled to be able to speak today – I’ll try my best to get through that without too much tears. When I was asked to speak tonight. My first response was no – I didn’t think I could do it. But then I thought this might be my chance to tell all of you about these incredible people. My friends who had their lives taken from them,” said Julie Swann-Paez.

Julie Swann-Paez told stories of all 14 victims who perished and spoke about her memories of Shannon Johnson who was shot as he protected another coworker.

“His life ended as a hero though. He [was] protecting my friend Denise and told her ‘I got you.’” said Julie Swann-Paez.

“Kindness, compassion, love and gratitude. To me those are the basic threads of humanity. All of my friends – embodied these traits,” said Julie Swann-Paez.

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San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan then spoke and urged the many people gathered to not let the evil of that day define us.

“There’s two evil people that started the narrative of that day, a story about San Bernardino, a chapter in our lives. They do not get to finish that story. We do. This is our city. This is our story,” said San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan.

Speaking to victims and their families, United States Attorney Eileen M. Decker said, “Your strength, your courage and your heart has been inspiring.”

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The ceremony closed with a stirring tribute of candlelight and music, including the song, “God Bless America”.

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From Zachary A. Lopez of ZachNews:

** May we never forget the great people who as as a community lost that day; may will always be there for the families and friends of the victims and survivors; may we never stop thanking the many people who came to help people; may we never stop thanking the many first responders and law enforcement personal who rushed to save lives and go after the attackers; and may we never allow evil divide or destroy us. May we always be untied and strong together against all evil. May you always stay strong and united San Bernardino County, California. **

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