News Update!!!: More Information on the Ballot Measure Proposal to Tax Marijuana Businesses.

Needles, CA: The Needles City Council will be discussing at Tuesday’s Needles City Council Meeting will be discussing a ballot measure proposal to tax marijuana businesses and the Special Municipal Election to be held on June 5th, 2012 Primary.

This item will be on the agenda at Tuesday’s Needles City Council Meeting starting at 6pm PT at the Needles City Council Chamber on J Street at Bailey Ave in Needles, California.

ZachNews has posted more information on this item regarding the Ballot Measure Proposal to Tax Marijuana Businesses.
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* Item #15: Discussion to adopt Resolution No. 2012-3 calling and giving notice of, on its own motion, the submission to the electors of the City of Needles, at a Special Municipal Election to be held on June 5th, 2012 Primary, a ballot measure proposal to tax marijuana businesses.

More Information at:

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2012_WEBSITE_POSTING/City_Council/February/cc_02-14-12-15.pdf

– Background Information:

Request for council’s consideration to call a special municipal election on June 5th, 2012 (Primary) consolidating with the county of San Bernardino to place a marijuana business tax measure on the ballot. The estimated cost to call a special election would be $3,000 however the cost may be significantly higher or sometimes lower than the estimate provided by the Registrar of Voters. If the city were to place this measure at our regular November 2012 election the estimated cost would be $700 to $1,000.

– Fiscal Impact:

Estimated cost to General Fund $3,000.

According to the Marijuana Business Tax Ballot Item on the Tuesday’s Needles City Council Agenda, the Marijuana Business Tax Ballot reads,

“In order to provide funding for essential City services such as police, fire, emergency response, street maintenance, pothole repair, parks, libraries and youth and senior programs, shall an ordinance be adopted to impose a tax at a rate of up to 10% of gross receipts on marijuana businesses in Needles, subject to existing independent financial audits, with all revenue controlled by the City?”

ZachNews will be collecting more information during tonight’s Needles City Council Meeting on ZachNews. Stay Tuned.
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** ZachNews will have the videos of the Needles City Council Meeting being held on Tuesday, February 14th, 2012 at ZachNews on YouTube. **

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Clouds and winds moved over Downtown Needles, California Monday afternoon. Weather for Needles, California:

Downtown Needles, CA: Clouds and winds moved over Downtown Needles, California Monday afternoon bringing light rain later on that evening.
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Weather for Needles, California:

* Today: Partly sunny, High 59*F.

Southwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm.

* Tonight: Partly cloudy, Low 41*F.

Southwest wind around 8 mph.

* Wednesday: Mostly sunny, High 64*F.

A 20 percent chance of showers after 10am PT.

Light wind becoming south between 17 and 20 mph. Winds could gust as high as 28 mph.

* Wednesday Night: Mostly cloudy, Low 46*F.

A 30 percent chance of showers.

South wind 7 to 11 mph becoming northeast.

** National Weather Service Radar of the Colorado River Tri-State Area at: **

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

** Weather from the National Weather Service at: **

http://weather.gov/

Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority Meeting Being Held on Tuesday.

Needles, CA: The Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority Meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 14th, 2012 at the Needles City Council Chambers Building located on J Street and Bailey Ave.

The Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority Meeting starts at: 6:00pm PT and the Needles City Council Executive Session starts at: 5:30pm PT.
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** Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority Meeting Agenda: **

– Needles City Council Executive Session:

* Item A: California Government Code 54956.9(a) –- Pending Litigation — City of Needles vs. Keith Ents USA, LLC, an Arizona Limited Liability Company, T&M Investors V, L.P., a California Limited Liability Partnership — Case Number CIVNS 1100085.

– Public Hearing:

* Item #1: Public hearing noticed to consider all evidence and testimony for or against prioritizing and approving the dollar amount of the Needles eligible projects for Community Development Block Grant funding in fiscal year 2012-2113.

More Information at:

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2012_WEBSITE_POSTING/City_Council/February/cc_02-14-12-1.pdf

– Convene a Joint Meeting of the Needles City Council and the Needles Public Utility Authority (NPUA):

* Item #3: Needles Public Utility Authority Action — Adopt the Proposed Revised Budget for the Needles Public Utility Authority for Fiscal Year ending June 30th, 2012.

More Information at:

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2012_WEBSITE_POSTING/City_Council/February/cc_02-14-12-3.pdf

* Item #4: Needles Public Utility Authority and Needles City Council Action – Consider the Utility Board’s recommendation to approve the City of Needles entering into a “Third Restated and Amended Option Agreement and Consent” with the County of San Bernardino for an additional six months on property known as the closed Needles Sanitary Landfill (located west side of State Route 95, south of Zoe Lane, north of Monumental Pass Road) with the condition that BFTG (Brown Field to Green, LCC / Energy Source Group) must have its financing in place before the expiry of this agreement on September 26th, 2012, pay the City the amount expended (currently estimated at $69,000.00) plus an additional $20,000.00 as articulated in the signed Reimbursement Agreement or there will be no further Restated and Amended Option Agreement and Consent entered into between the City and the County of San Bernardino.

More Information at:

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2012_WEBSITE_POSTING/City_Council/February/cc_02-14-12-4.pdf

– Adjourn the Joint Meeting of the Needles City Council and the Needles Public Utility Authority (NPUA):

– Consent Calendar (Recommended Action: Approve Items 5 through 10 on the Consent Calendar by affirmative roll call vote):

* Item #7: Accept the bid of Coldwater Fence Inc., in the amount of $18,105.00 for the fencing of the New Bail Field at Duke Watkins Park and authorize staff to issue a Notice of Award and Notice to Proceed using CDBG funds.

More Information at:

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2012_WEBSITE_POSTING/City_Council/February/cc_02-14-12-7.pdf

* Item #8: Approve the Amended Scope of Work, budget and schedule submitted for the I-40 Interconnect formally known as AZ95 to I-40 Interconnect.

More Information at:

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2012_WEBSITE_POSTING/City_Council/February/cc_02-14-12-8.pdf

* Item #9: Accept the resignation of Mr. Thomas Darcy from the Board of Hospital Trustees and direct the City Clerk to post a special vacancy notice with a term to expire June 30th, 2012 at City Hall, Council Chambers and the Library on February 15th, 2012 and publish the vacancy in the Needles Desert Star on February 22nd, 2012 scheduling interviews for the regular council meeting on Tuesday, February 28th, 2012.

More Information at:

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2012_WEBSITE_POSTING/City_Council/February/cc_02-14-12-9.pdf

* Item #10: Waive the reading and adopt Resolution No. 2012-5 authorizing the purchase of a 2012 Honda Civic GX (compressed natural gas) vehicle from Findlay Honda, Henderson, Nevada using grant and/or AB2766 funds.

More Information at:

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2012_WEBSITE_POSTING/City_Council/February/cc_02-14-12-10.pdf

– End of Consent Calendar.

– Regular Items:

* Item #11: Report on the status of and possible action authorizing the execution and delivery of an Indenture and a Note Purchase Agreement and authorizing certain other action in connection with the issuance, sale and delivery of the Hospital’s 2011 HIT/HER Taxable Promissory Notes (aggregate principal amount not to exceed one million dollars).

More Information at:

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2012_WEBSITE_POSTING/City_Council/February/cc_02-14-12-11.pdf

* Item #12: Discussion to consider the Parks and Recreation Commission recommendation to decline the informal proposal from Mr. Raymond Holohan to perform consulting services on the operation of Rivers Edge Golf Course, Pro Shop and Snack Bar.

More Information at:

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2012_WEBSITE_POSTING/City_Council/February/cc_02-14-12-12.pdf

* Item #13: Approve the proposed revised budget for Fiscal Year Ending June 30th, 2012.

More Information at:

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2012_WEBSITE_POSTING/City_Council/February/cc_02-14-12-13.pdf

* Item #14: Authorize the Mayor and council Members to attend the San Bernardino City/County Conference scheduled for March 29th-30th, 2012 in Lake Arrowhead.

More Information at:

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2012_WEBSITE_POSTING/City_Council/February/cc_02-14-12-14.pdf

* Item #15: Discussion to adopt Resolution No. 2012-3 calling and giving notice of, on its own motion, the submission to the electors of the City of Needles, at a Special Municipal Election to be held on June 5th, 2012 Primary, a ballot measure proposal to tax marijuana businesses.

More Information at:

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2012_WEBSITE_POSTING/City_Council/February/cc_02-14-12-15.pdf

* Item #16: Discussion on requiring a business license for vacation property / short term residential rentals.

More Information at:

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2012_WEBSITE_POSTING/City_Council/February/cc_02-14-12-16.pdf
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** ZachNews will have the videos of the Needles City Council Meeting being held on Tuesday, February 14th, 2012 at ZachNews on YouTube. **

ZachNews on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/TheZachNews
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** The Full Needles City Council Meeting Agenda: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2012_WEBSITE_POSTING/City_Council/February/cc_02-14-12-agenda.pdf

For More Information, Please Contact Dale Jones at the City Clerk’s Office – City of Needles at: 1 (760) 326-2113 Ext. 345

News Alert!!!: Ballot Measure Proposal to Tax Marijuana Businesses?

Needles, CA: The Needles City Council will be discussing at Tuesday’s Needles City Council Meeting will be discussing a ballot measure proposal to tax marijuana businesses and the Special Municipal Election to be held on June 5th, 2012 Primary.

This item will be on the agenda at Tuesday’s Needles City Council Meeting starting at 6pm PT at the Needles City Council Chamber on J Street at Bailey Ave in Needles, California.
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* Item #15: Discussion to adopt Resolution No. 2012-3 calling and giving notice of, on its own motion, the submission to the electors of the City of Needles, at a Special Municipal Election to be held on June 5th, 2012 Primary, a ballot measure proposal to tax marijuana businesses.

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The link to the ballot measure proposal to tax marijuana businesses agenda is at the City of Needles website at:

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2012_WEBSITE_POSTING/City_Council/February/cc_02-14-12-15.pdf

More on this news story later on ZachNews.

Breaking News!!: Needles, CA: Board of Hospital Trustees Member has resigned.

Breaking News!!: Needles, CA: Board of Hospital Trustees Member has resigned.

A letter of resignation from Board of Hospital Trustees Member Thomas Darcy was addressed to both the Mayor of Needles and members of the Needles City Council.

In the letter, Thomas Darcy states, “After 3 1/2 years on the Board of Hospital Trustees, I find it’s time for me to submit my resignation. As you know, I’m also a member of the Board of Public Utilities and will be concentrating my efforts on the issues facing our utilities and their operations, including a potential solar project. I want to thank the Council for the opportunity to be of service to the hospital and wish nothing but the best for its future. Respectfully, Thomas P. Darcy”

This item will be on the agenda at the Needles City Council Meeting starting at 6:00pm PT on Tuesday, February 14th, 2012 at the Needles City Council Chamber on J Street at Bailey Ave in Needles, California.

** The agenda as well as the resignation letter from Thomas Darcy can be viewed at at the City of Needles website at: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2012_WEBSITE_POSTING/City_Council/February/cc_02-14-12-9.pdf

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

News Alert!!!: Remembering Whitney Houston: Whitney Houston Remembered at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards.

Los Angeles, CA: Singing icon Whitney Houston was on the mind of many who attended the 54th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California.

 

Music artists as well as Celebrities stand united together as LL Cool J opened up the 54th Annual Grammy Awards show with a prayer for the family and friends of singer Whitney Houston.

 

After the prayer, LL Cool J said, “Whitney, We Will Always Love You”.

 

Jennifer Hudson performed a moving tribute to Whitney Houston; Jennifer Hudson held in tears as she performed Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” under a single spotlight on stage.

 

The crowd gave Jennifer Hudson a huge round of applause for her moving tribute to Whitney Houston.

 

 

48 year old Whitney Houston was found dead Saturday inside a hotel room bathtub at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.

 

Beverly Hills Fire Department was already at the Beverly Hilton Hotel for the party event hosted by famed music producer Clive Davis when the 911 call came in at around 3:30pm PT.

 

Whitney Houston was pronounced dead at 3:55pm PT.

 

 

Beverly Hills Police Department released a statement saying,

 

“Whitney Houston was positively identified at the scene by members of her entourage, which included friends, co-workers and family. Ms. Houston’s daughter and mother were notified of her death.”

 

 

Whitney Houston was staying at the Beverly Hilton Hotel for the past several nights and was planning to attend a party hosted by Davis at the hotel before the Grammy Awards Show being held on Sunday.

 

Whitney Houston’s body was removed for her hotel room around 12am PT Sunday by the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office.

 

 

Assistant Coroner’s Chief Ed Winter told reporters during a press conference that, “there will be no cause of death at this time because it is pending toxicology reports.”

 

Assistant Coroner’s Chief Ed Winter declined to release the coroner’s initial finding of cause of death, saying lab results were expected in six to eight weeks.

 

“I know there are reports that she maybe was drowned or did she overdose, but we won’t make a final determination until all the tests are in,” said Assistant Coroner’s Chief Ed Winter.

 

No injuries to Whitney Houston’s body and as for foul play, Assistant Coroner’s Chief Ed Winter rules out foul play.

 

 

TMZ is reporting that Whitney Houston’s family was told by the coroner’s office that Whitney Houston did not die from drowning, but from what appears to be a combination of prescription drugs, including Xanax, mixed with alcohol.

 

 

According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information; Xanax, also known as Alprazolam, is used for treating anxiety disorders and panic disorder (Sudden, unexpected attacks of extreme fear and worry about these attacks).

 

 

Whitney Houston was born on August 9th, 1963 in Newark, New Jersey.

 

Newark Mayor Cory Booker tweeted on Twitter after hearing the news of the passing of Whitney Houston, “RIP Whitney Houston, a Legend and great American artist. And always, one of Newark’s and New Jersey’s treasured daughters.”

 

Many who knew Whitney Houston came to New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey for a special prayer service Sunday morning by Reverend Joe A. Carter.

 

 

Whitney Houston Fans around the world are coming together at candle light vigils for Whitney Houston well they’re listening to Whitney Houston’s songs.

 

Whitney Houston Fans are buying Whitney Houston’s albums and downloading Whitney Houston’s songs.

 

 

Our Thoughts, Our Hearts, and Our Prayers Go Out to the Family and Friends of Whitney Houston.

 

 

More updates on this tragic death of Whitney Houston as soon as they become available to ZachNews.

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**** You can find a list of links to Whitney Houston music videos from YouTube at ZachNews on TwitPic, Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, WordPress, and Tumblr. ****

 

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http://twitter.com/#!/ZachNews/status/168666786919759873

 

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http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=361277507229585&id=197035476981099

 

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http://zachnews.tumblr.com/post/17482844417/news-alert-beverly-hills-ca-whitney-houston

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(Map Was Made By ZachNews Using Google Earth)

 

 

Attention Artists!!:

Needles, CA: The Needles Economic Development Corp. (NEDC) is sponsoring a grant program for additional murals in the City focused along the Route 66 Corridor.  We plan to continue working with Dan Louden as his schedule allows; Dan has painted all the murals in the City to date.  However, we are interested to see work of other artists with experience painting murals.

This is a small, $6,000 grant program; we plan to fund 10 murals.  If you are interested in working with us as we continue to improve and revive Route 66, please submit a sample(s) of your work and contact information. The committee will be in touch once we have reviewed your submittal(s).

Thank you for your interest. You may submit your samples via email or address any questions to Elaine Cullen at Elaine.Needles@gmail.com; mailed submissions should be sent to NEDC Mural Program, P. O. Box 705, Needles, CA  92363 no later than March 5, 2012.

News from Needles, California.