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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.

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

A Needles City Council, Needles Public Utility Authority, and Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency Meeting was held on Wednesday, January 9th, 2018 inside the Needles City Council Chambers in Needles, California.

The Needles City Council, Needles Public Utility Authority, and Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency Meeting was broadcast live at ZachNews on Facebook.

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

**** Executive Session: ****

No Executive Session was held tonight.

 

**** Public Appearances: ****

A women spoke about the Girl Scout building on C Street.

 

** Interviews: **

  • Agenda Item #1:

Interviews and possible appointments to various Boards and Commissions.

** The various City of Needles Boards and Commissions are Needles Board of Public Utilities, Needles Planning Commission, Needles Recreation and Parks Commission, Needles Cemetery Advisory Commission, and Needles Housing Authority. **

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/cc_010918-1-interviews.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council voted unanimously to appoint Terry Campbell and Joe Payson to the Needles Board of Public Utilities.

Members of the Needles City Council voted 4-2 to appoint Charles Dressler, Joey Wade and Robert McDaniel to the Needles Planning Commission. Needles City Council Member Tona Belt voted ” No” and Needles City Council Member Robert Richardson, M.D. “Abstain” from voting on this appointment.

Members of the Needles City Council voted unanimously to appoint Edward T. Paget Jr. to the Needles Recreation and Parks Commission. Needles Mayor Edward T. Paget M.D. recused himself from this appointment vote.

Members of the Needles City Council voted unanimously to appoint Norma Jean Williams to the Needles Cemetery Advisory Commission.

Members of the Needles City Council voted unanimously to appoint Sheryl Porter to the Needles Housing Authority.

 

**** Public Hearings: ****

  • Agenda Item #2:

Public hearing noticed to consider all evidence and testimony for or against four Conditional use permits for medical marijuana cultivation facilities located at the corner of Victory Drive and East Broadway Street, APN 0650-323-04-0000, 0650-323-05-0000 and 0650-323-07-0000; Applicant Mr. Marcus Earl Scott – continued from December 27, 2017.

Approve the Findings of Facts and Resolution No. 2017-108 approving a Conditional Use Permit for Building 1 of a medical marijuana cultivation facility located at the corner of Victory Drive and East Broadway Street, APN 0650-323-04-0000, O650-323-05-0000 and 0650-323-07-0000.

Resolution No. 2017-109 approving a Conditional Use Permit for Building 2 of a medical marijuana cultivation facility located at the corner of Victory Drive and East Broadway Street, APN 0650-323-04-0000, O650-323-05-0000 and 0650-323-07-0000.

Resolution No. 2017-110 approving a Conditional Use Permit for Building 3 of a medical marijuana cultivation facility located at the corner of Victory Drive and East Broadway Street, APN 0650-323-04-0000, O650-323-05-0000 and O650-323-07-0000.

Resolution No. 2017-111 approving a Conditional Use Permit for Building 4 of a medical marijuana cultivation facility located at the corner of Victory Drive and East Broadway Street, APN 0650-323-04-0000, O650-323-05-0000 and 0650-323-07-0000.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/cc_010918-2-victorydrive.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council 5-1 to approve Resolution 2017-108 (Building 1), Resolution 2017-109 (Building 2), Resolution 2017-110 (Building 3), and Resolution 2017-111 (Building 4). Needles City Council Member Louise Evans voted ” No” on all Buildings 1-4 on this agenda item.

 

**** Recess The Needles City Council Meeting And Convene A Joint Needles City Council / Needles Public Utility Authority Meeting: ****

  • Agenda Item #3:
  • Needles Public Utility Authority / Needles City Council Action:

Approve the updated 5-year Water Conservation Plan.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/cc-npua_010918-3-waterconservation.pdf

Members of the Needles Public Utility Authority and Needles City Council voted unanimously to approve the updated 5-year Water Conservation Plan.

 

**** Recess The Needles City Council / Needles Public Utility Authority And Convene To A Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency Meeting: ****

  • Agenda Item #4:
  • Needles City Council / Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency Action:

Resolution No. 1-9-2018-SARDA approving the Recognized Obligation payment schedule 18-19 for the period of July 2018 through June 2019 and approving certain related action.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/sarda_010918-4-ROPS.pdf

Members of the Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency and Needles City Council voted unanimously to approve Resolution 1-9-2018-SARDA approving recognized obligation payment schedule 18-19 for the period of July 2018 through June 2019; and approving certain related actions.

 

**** Adjourn Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency and Reconvene Needles City Council: ****

**** 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 #5 through #8 on the Consent Calendar by affirmative roll call vote.

  • Agenda Item #5:

Approve the warrants register through January 9, 2018.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/cc_010918-5-warrants.pdf

 

  • Agenda Item #6:

Ordinance No. 600-AC approving a proposed General Plan Amendment from a residential medium density (RM) designation to a Commercial Highway (CH) designation for the property located at 2103 Needles Highway, APN 0185-266-09-0000 (2nd Reading – Adopt).

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/cc_010918-6-generalplan.pdf

 

  • Agenda Item #7:

Waive the reading and adopt Resolution No. 2018-1 authorizing the execution of the Certifications and Assurances for the California State of Good Repair Program.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/cc_010918-7-transit.pdf

 

  • Agenda Item #8:

Waive the reading and approve for introduction Ordinance No. 601-AC amending Ordinance No. 481-AC and 531-AC, both of which relate to an exclusive franchise agreement with Republic Services (Allied Waste Transportation, Inc.) for the collection and handling of solid waste (1st Reading – Post).

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/cc_010918-8-republic.pdf

 

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve Agenda Items #5-#7, and pulled Agenda Item #8 on the Consent Calendar.

After discussion, members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve Agenda Item #8 on the Consent Calendar with an amended the ordinance to read instead of having the agreement be for a year it’ll be for 6 months while negotiations pursue.

 

**** Regular Items: ****

  • Agenda Item #9:

Reconsider the action taken at the December 27 council meeting regarding a conditional use permit for a medical marijuana manufacturing facility located at 2603 Columbus Drive, APN 0660081-31. Applicant Ms. Sharon Brown.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/cc_010918-9-marijuana.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council 5-1 to approve the reconsider the action taken at the December 27 council meeting regarding a conditional use permit for a medical marijuana manufacturing facility located at 2603 Columbus Drive, APN 0660081-31. 

Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson and Needles City Council Member Louise Evans voted ” No” on this agenda item.

The vote came after discussion by members of the Needles City Council and Applicant Ms. Sharon Brown about the property, the old Taco Bell fast food restaurant site, which closed on Thursday, March 31st, 2016 in Needles, California, and if this should or should not be a medical marijuana manufacturing facility, and if any fast food restaurant wants to come there.

 

  • Agenda Item #10:

Membership in the Sister City Program.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/cc_010918-10-sistercity.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council voted 5-1 to not spend $180 for the membership in a sister city program.

Needles Vice City Mayor Jeff Williams voted ” No” on this agenda item.

 

  • Agenda Item #11:

Resolution Number 2018-2 appointing Council Members as primary and alternate representatives to the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District (M.D.A.Q.M.D.).

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/cc_010918-11-MDAQMD.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve Resolution 2018-2 appointing Vice Mayor Williams as primary and Councilor Evans alternate representatives to the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District.

 

  • Agenda Item #12:

Resolution Number 2018-3 appointing Council Members as delegate and alternate to the Southern California Association of Governments (S.C.A.G.).

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/cc_010918-12-SCAG.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve Resolution 2018-3 appointing Mayor Paget as delegate and Vice Mayor Williams as alternate to the Southern California Association of Governments.

 

  • Agenda Item #13:

Resolution Number 2018-4 appointing a representative and alternate to San Bernardino County Transportation Authority (S.B.C.T.A.).

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/cc_010918-13-SBCTA.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve Resolution 2018-4 appointing Mayor Paget as representative and Vice Mayor Williams as alternate to the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority.

 

  • Agenda Item #14:

Resolution Number 2018-5 appointing a Director and alternates to the California Joint Powers Insurance Authority (C.J.P.A.).

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/cc_010918-14-CJPIA.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve Resolution 2018-5 appointing a Councilor Belt as director and Mayor Paget and City Manager Rick Daniels as alternates to the California Joint Powers Insurance Authority.

 

  • Agenda Item #15:

Resolution Number 2018-6 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.).

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/cc_010918-15-MojaveDesertJPA.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve Resolution 2018-6 appointing Councilor Evans as primary and Lillian Darcy as alternate representatives to the Mojave Desert and Mountain Integrated Waste Joint Powers Authority Board; also to serve on Solid Waste Advisory Task-force.

 

  • Agenda Item #16:

Authorize attendance in the International Conference of Shopping Centers (ICSC) RECON Conference at the Las Vegas Convention Center, May 20-23, 2018 and authorize using funds from the city Council travel per diem account.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/cc_010918-16-ICSC.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to authorize the council members and mayor who would like to attend the International Conference of Shopping Centers (I.C.S.C.) RECON Conference at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada which will be held from Sunday, May 20th, 2018 to Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018 and authorize using funds from the Needles City Council travel per diem account.

The International Council of Shopping Centers (I.C.S.C.) RECon convention is the largest global gathering of retail and real estate professionals, developers, owners and brokers.

The convention includes professional development day, conference sessions, professional development worships, keynote presentations and other real estate related events.

During discussion on this agenda item, members of the Needles City Council suggested that it would be better for the City of Needles if all members of the Needles City Council attended the convention in order to get more meetings with potential retailers.

Needles City Attorney John Pinkney informed all of the members of the Needles City Council that everybody from the Needles City Council can go to the convention, but in order to a void a Brown Act violation (4 or more a quorum), members of the Needles City Council shouldn’t be talking to a retailer at the same time.

The Brown Act, which was passed in 1953, guarantees the public’s right to attend and participate in meetings of local legislative bodies, and requires that all meetings of a legislative body of a local agency be open and public, except that closed sessions may be held under prescribed circumstances.

The Brown Act was enacted in response to mounting public concerns over informal, undisclosed meetings held by local elected officials, and is solely applies to California city and county government agencies, boards, and councils.

** More Information: The Brown Act: **

  • California Legislative Information:

https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180AB428

  • Attorney General of California:

http://ag.ca.gov/publications/2003_Intro_BrownAct.pdf

 

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

  • Needles City Attorney John Pinkney:

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

  • Needles City Manager Rick Daniels:

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

  • Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson:
  • Needles City Council Member Louise Evans:
  • Needles City Council Member Clayton Hazlewood:
  • Needles Vice City Mayor Jeff Williams:
  • Needles City Council Member Tona Belt:
  • Needles City Council Member Robert Richardson, M.D.:
  • Needles Mayor Edward T. Paget M.D.:

 

**** 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://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/cc_010918-agenda%20ALL.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.

 

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

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

An adjourned Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority Meeting was held on Tuesday, December 19th, 2017 inside the Needles City Council Chambers in Needles, California.

The adjourned Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority Meeting was broadcast live at Drew’s News on Facebook, but the video was either blocked by Facebook or was wrongfully flagged by trolls, preventing you from watching a public meeting.

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

**** Executive Session: ****

  • Agenda Item A:

Public Employee Discipline/Dismissal/Release pursuant to Government Code Section 54957.

  • Agenda Item B:

Conference with legal counsel -anticipated litigation pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.9(d)(4) (one case)

 

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

  • Agenda Item A:

Needles City Attorney John Pinkney reports that there was no reportable action taken.

  • Agenda Item B:

Needles City Attorney John Pinkney reports that there was no reportable action taken.

 

**** Public Hearings: ****

  • Agenda Item #1:

A public hearing to consider all evidence and testimony for or against approval of a Conditional Use Permit for a medical marijuana cultivation facility, Bldg 1D, in the C-3, Highway Commercial Zone, located at 320 Balboa Place, also known as APN 0660-081-10 thru 15.

Approve the Findings of Facts and Resolution No. 2017-94 approving a Conditional Use Permit for a medical marijuana Cultivation facility situated within Building Suite 1D located at 320 Balboa Place, also known as APN 0660-081-13.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/12%20DECEMBER/cc_121917-1-1D_320Balboa.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council voted 5-1 to approve the Findings of Facts and Resolution No. 2017-94 approving a Conditional Use Permit for a medical marijuana Cultivation facility situated within Building Suite 1D located at 320 Balboa Place, also known as APN 0660-081-13.

Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson voted “No” on Agenda Item #1.

 

  • Agenda Item #2:

A public hearing to consider all evidence and testimony for or against approval of a Conditional Use Permit for a medical marijuana cultivation facility, Bldg 2A, in the C-3, Highway Commercial zone, located at 320 Balboa Place, also known as APN 0660-081-10 thru 15.

Approve the Findings of Facts and Resolution No. 2017-95 approving a Conditional Use Permit for a medical marijuana Cultivation facility situated within Building 2A located at 320 Balboa Place, also known as APN O660-081-10 and APN 0660-081-11.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/12%20DECEMBER/cc_121917-2-2A_320Balboa.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council voted 5-1 to approve the Findings of Facts and Resolution No. 2017-95 approving a Conditional Use Permit for a medical marijuana Cultivation facility situated within Building 2A located at 320 Balboa Place, also known as APN O660-081-10 and APN 0660-081-11.

Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson voted “No” on Agenda Item #2.

 

  • Agenda Item #3:

A public hearing to consider all evidence and testimony for or against approval of a Conditional Use Permit for a medical marijuana cultivation facility, Bldg 3A, in the C-3, Highway Commercial zone, located at 320 Balboa Place, also known as APN 0660-081-10 thru 15.

Approve the Findings of Facts and Resolution No. 2017-96 approving a Conditional Use Permit for a medical marijuana cultivation facility situated within Building 3A located a 320 Balboa Place, also known as APN O660-081-14.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/12%20DECEMBER/cc_121917-3-3A_320Balboa.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council voted 5-1 to approve the Findings of Facts and Resolution No. 2017-96 approving a Conditional Use Permit for a medical marijuana cultivation facility situated within Building 3A located a 320 Balboa Place, also known as APN O660-081-14.

Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson voted “No” on Agenda Item #3.

 

  • Agenda Item #4:

A public hearing to consider all evidence and testimony for or against approval of a Conditional Use Permit for a medical marijuana cultivation facility, Bldg 3B, in the C-3, Highway Commercial zone, located at 320 Balboa Place, also known as APN 0660-081-10 thru 15.

Approve the Findings of Facts Resolution No. 2017-97 approving a Conditional Use Permit for a medical marijuana Cultivation facility situated within Building 3B located at 320 Balboa Place, also known as APN 0660-081-15.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/12%20DECEMBER/cc_121917-4-3B_320Balboa.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council voted 5-1 to approve the Findings of Facts Resolution No. 2017-97 approving a Conditional Use Permit for a medical marijuana Cultivation facility situated within Building 3B located at 320 Balboa Place, also known as APN 0660-081-15.

Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson voted “No” on Agenda Item #4.

 

  • Agenda Item #5:

A public hearing to consider all evidence and testimony for or against approval of a Conditional Use Permit for a medical marijuana cultivation facility situated within Building 4A located at 320 Balboa Place, also known as APN 0660-081-15.

Approve the Findings of Facts and Resolution No. 2017-98 approving a Conditional Use Permit for a medical marijuana cultivation facility situated within Building 4A located at 320 Balboa Place, also known as APN O66O-O81-14.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/12%20DECEMBER/cc_121917-5-4A_320Balboa.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council voted 5-1 to approve the Findings of Facts and Resolution No. 2017-98 approving a Conditional Use Permit for a medical marijuana cultivation facility situated within Building 4A located at 320 Balboa Place, also known as APN O66O-O81-14.

Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson voted “No” on Agenda Item #5.

 

  • Agenda Item #6:

A public hearing to consider all evidence and testimony for or against approval of a Conditional Use Permit for a medical marijuana cultivation facility, Bldg 4B, in the C-3, Highway Commercial Zone, located at 320 Balboa Place, also known as APN 0660-081-10 thru 15.

Approve the Findings of Facts and Resolution No. 2017-99 approving a Conditional Use Permit for a medical marijuana Cultivation facility situated within Building 4B located at 320 Balboa Place, also known as APN Օ660-Օ81-15.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/12%20DECEMBER/cc_121917-6-4B_320Balboa.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council voted 5-1 to approve the Findings of Facts and Resolution No. 2017-99 approving a Conditional Use Permit for a medical marijuana Cultivation facility situated within Building 4B located at 320 Balboa Place, also known as APN Օ660-Օ81-15.

Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson voted “No” on Agenda Item #6.

 

  • Agenda Item #7:

A public hearing to consider all evidence and testimony for or against approval of a Conditional Use Permit for a medical marijuana manufacturing facility, Suite 1B/1C, in the C-3, Highway Commercial zone, located at 320 Balboa Place, also known as APN 0660-081-10 thru 15.

Approve the Findings of Facts and Resolution No. 2017-100 approving a Conditional Use Permit for a medical marijuana manufacturing facility situated within Building Suites 1B and 1C located at 320 Balboa Place, also known as APN 0660-081-13.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/12%20DECEMBER/cc_121917-7_1B1C_320Balboa.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council voted 5-1 to approve the Findings of Facts and Resolution No. 2017-100 approving a Conditional Use Permit for a medical marijuana manufacturing facility situated within Building Suites 1B and 1C located at 320 Balboa Place, also known as APN 0660-081-13.

Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson voted “No” on Agenda Item #7.

 

  • Agenda Item #8:

A public hearing to consider all evidence and testimony for or against approval of a Conditional Use Permit for a medical marijuana distribution facility, Bldg Suite 1A, in the C-3, Highway Commercial zone, located at 320 Balboa Place, also known as APN 0660-081-13 thru 15.

Approve the Findings of Facts Resolution No. 2017-101 approving a Conditional Use Permit for Building Suite 1A of a medical marijuana distribution facility located a 320 Balboa Place, also known as APN 0660O81-13.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/12%20DECEMBER/cc_121917-8_1A_distribution_320Balboa.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council voted 5-1 to approve the Findings of Facts Resolution No. 2017-101 approving a Conditional Use Permit for Building Suite 1A of a medical marijuana distribution facility located a 320 Balboa Place, also known as APN 0660O81-13.

Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson voted “No” on Agenda Item #8.

 

  • Agenda Item #9:

A public hearing to consider all evidence and testimony for or against approval of a Conditional Use Permit for a medical marijuana cultivation facility in the C-2, General Commercial zone, located at 138″D” Street, also known as APN 0186-106-28, 0186-106-34 and 0186-106-29.

Approve the Findings of Facts and Resolution No. 2017-102 approving a Conditional Use Permit for a medical marijuana cultivation facility located at 138″D” Street, also known as APN 0186-106-28, 0186-106-34 and 0186-106-29.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/12%20DECEMBER/cc_121917-9_138DStreet.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council voted 5-1 to approve the Findings of Facts and Resolution No. 2017-102 approving a Conditional Use Permit for a medical marijuana cultivation facility located at 138″D” Street, also known as APN 0186-106-28, 0186-106-34 and 0186-106-29.

Needles City Council Member Louise Evans voted “No” on Agenda Item #9.

**** Additional Information: ****

During public appearance regarding this agenda item, the applicant with Deco Food Service, David Deatley (Cream Shirt) and Derek Deatley (Blue Shirt), told members of the Needles City Council and the public that, “We are not relocating our business.”

This comes after concerns from the community of Deco Food Service moving their business out of Needles, California for good.

Some members of the Needles City Council are worry about existing businesses in the community selling out for medical marijuana cultivation facilities and moving their businesses to another city or to Arizona.

But the applicant with Deco Food Service said that their business has been in this community for a long time and that, “We are committed in staying in Needles” and keeping their food distribution business in Needles, California, “makes the most sense to us.”

During pass meetings which were broadcast live at ZachNews on Facebook, Deco Food Service has stated that they had no intent on leaving this community for good, and would like to grow their food distribution business in Needles, California, but the current location, on Front Street near D Street in Downtown Needles, California, restraints them from expanding their business.

The Deco food service warehouse is surrounded by 2 streets to the north and east, an alleyway to the south, and another building, Eagles Lodge #2599, to the west.

Along with no room to grow, Deco Food Service said that the current location has cracked sidewalks and driveway along Front Street that are in need of being renew.


This medical marijuana cultivation facility project will required applicants to process an encroachment permit with the City of Needles to allow for minimizing the existing sidewalk width along D Street from 5 feet to 3 feet and install landscaping along the sidewalk in front of Front Street to consist of circular/square metal tree grates for 3 trees.

The requirements came up and was unanimously voted on during public hearing at the Needles Planning Commission Meeting held on Wednesday, December 13th, 2017.

Deco Food Service states that they are working, including with the City of Needles, on finding a new location in Needles, California their food distribution business, including a site that they like along San Clemente Street.

The applicant with Deco Food Service also has stated that until a new location is found in Needles, California, they will be working out of a temporary warehouse in Fort Mohave, Arizona, but their sales and administration office, located along the 700 block of West Broadway, will remain inside that building at that location. 

Another concern that has been raised at pass meetings regarding this medical marijuana cultivation facility project was over 3 “separation issues”, occupies in the Downtown Needles, California area that are near by or down the street from the project site.

Currently, the project site is prohibited from functioning as a medical marijuana facility since it is within 1,000 ft. of the community school run by the Needles Unified School District, currently located on the corner of Front Street and F Street near Santa Fe Park.

The applicant with Deco Food Service is working with Needles Unified School District in relocating the school to a different location and is purchasing the old Desert Communities Federal Credit Union on Third Street near D Street from the Needles Elks Lodge.


A letter to the City of Needles from the Needles Unified School District, dated Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017, provides a relocation date of no later than Wednesday, February 28th, 2018.

Currently, the project site is also within 1,000 ft of a Girl Scout facility, which is located at 111 C Street.


The applicant with Deco Food Service provided a letter to the City of Needles from the President and C.E.O. of the “Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio’, dated Thursday, November 30th, 2017, indicating that they have received an offer for the purchase of the property, which will be considered by the organization at the Board of Directors Meeting in February 2018.

Currently, the project site is also 200 ft of a church, Needles Community United Methodist Fellowship, located at 111 D Street.


The applicant with Deco Food Service provided a letter to the City of Needles from Pastor, dated Thursday, November 30th, 2017, indicating the church will be vacating the site “in the very near future’.

The applicant with Deco Food Service said that they are working with Needles Community United Methodist Fellowship on finding another new location in the community.

As stated in documents from the City of Needles, the project has been conditioned so that no activity related to medical marijuana can occur at the proposed site until such time as the separation issues identified above are resolved.

Another concern that has been raised at pass meetings regarding this medical marijuana cultivation facility project has to do with the location of the project being in area the community wants to see designated as a downtown district.

Talks during pass meetings stated the need of seeing more retail businesses and restaurants in this area instead of medical marijuana cultivation facilities, but the issue has raised a debate over what is designated as downtown to the City of Needles.

City of Needles continues to discuss what is designated as being downtown, including from what street to what street makes this area be downtown, and getting a general plan for the City of Needles started. 

 

  • Agenda Item #10:

Request for a Conditional Use Permit (CUP)Amendment from Medical investor Holdings LLC for a medical marijuana manufacturing facility, to merge Suite A and Suite B and create Suite “A”, and to allow a processing module using volatile solvents, in the C-3 Highway Commercial zone, located at 3247 Needles Hwy., also known as APN 0660-091-09.

Approve the Findings of Facts Resolution No. 2017-103 rescinding Resolution No. 2016-56 and amending Resolution No. 2016-55 merging Suite A and B, creating Suite A and increasing the size of the existing manufacturing facility (Suite A) from 1,200 sq. ft. to 2,400 sq. ft. and adding a processing module to the existing facility (Suite A) to allow manufacturing using volatile solvents at 3247 Needles Highway, also known as APN 0660-091-09.

** Agenda Item Information: **

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Members of the Needles City Council voted unanimously to approve the Findings of Facts Resolution No. 2017-103 rescinding Resolution No. 2016-56 and amending Resolution No. 2016-55 merging Suite A and B, creating Suite A and increasing the size of the existing manufacturing facility (Suite A) from 1,200 sq. ft. to 2,400 sq. ft. and adding a processing module to the existing facility (Suite A) to allow manufacturing using volatile solvents at 3247 Needles Highway, also known as APN 0660-091-09.

 

  • Agenda Item #11:

Request for a Conditional Use Permit (CUP)Amendment from Medical Investor Holdings LLC for a medical marijuana manufacturing facility, to merge Suite B and Suite C, and Create Suite “C”, and to allow a processing module using volatile solvents, in the C-3, Highway Commercial zone, located at 3247 Needles Highway, also known as APN 0660-091-09.

Approve the Findings of Facts Resolution No. 2017-104 rescinding Resolution No. 2016-58 and amending Resolution No. 2016-57 merging Suite C and D, creating Suite C and increasing the size of the existing manufacturing facility (Suite C) from 1,200 sq. ft. to 2,400 sq. ft. and adding a processing module to the existing facility (Suite C) to allow manufacturing using volatile solvents at 3247 Needles Highway, also known as APN 0660-091-09.

** Agenda Item Information: **

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Members of the Needles City Council voted unanimously to approve the Findings of Facts Resolution No. 2017-104 rescinding Resolution No. 2016-58 and amending Resolution No. 2016-57 merging Suite C and D, creating Suite C and increasing the size of the existing manufacturing facility (Suite C) from 1,200 sq. ft. to 2,400 sq. ft. and adding a processing module to the existing facility (Suite C) to allow manufacturing using volatile solvents at 3247 Needles Highway, also known as APN 0660-091-09.

 

**** Regular Items: ****

  • Agenda Item #12:

Direct the City Clerk to advertise vacancies on the Personnel Commission.

** Agenda Item Information: **

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Members of the Needles City Council voted unanimously to direct the City Clerk to advertise vacancies on the Personnel Commission.

 

  • Agenda Item #13:

Discuss the action taken by the city council at the December 12 meeting to not allow 6th graders to play the current (basketball) season.

** Agenda Item Information: **

**** No Agenda Packet provided by the City of Needles. ****

Members of the Needles City Council voted 4-2 to allow 6th grade students into the current basketball season as of now and revisit the ruling in the Spring (April 2018).

Needles City Council Member Louise Evans and Needles City Council Member Tona Belt voted “No” on Agenda Item #13.

The vote came following discussion and some heated debate over allowing or not allowing 6th grade students to play in the current basketball season.

 

**** The Needles City Council Meeting was adjourned and will meet back at 5:00pm PT on Wednesday, December 27th, 2017. ****

 

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

  • Needles City Attorney John Pinkney:

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

  • Needles City Manager Rick Daniels:

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

  • Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson:
  • Needles City Council Member Louise Evans:
  • Needles City Council Member Clayton Hazlewood:
  • Needles Vice City Mayor Jeff Williams:
  • Needles City Council Member Tona Belt:
  • Needles City Council Member Robert Richardson, M.D.:
  • Needles Mayor Edward T. Paget M.D.:

 

**** You can view the full adjourned 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/12%20DECEMBER/cc_121917-agenda%20ALL.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.

Breaking News!!: San Francisco, CA: Shooting at a United Parcel Service facility.

Breaking News!!: San Francisco, CA: Shooting at a United Parcel Service facility.

According to the San Francisco Police Department, 3 people have been killed and 2 people were injured after a shooting at a United Parcel Service (U.P.S.) facility in San Francisco, California on Wednesday, June 14th, 2017.

According to San Francisco Police Department Assistant Police Chief Toney Chaplin, officers responded to calls about the shooting at 8:55am PT and found a suspect armed with an assault pistol.

Officers with the San Francisco Police Department found wounded victims inside the building and brought them to safety.

According to San Francisco Police Department Assistant Police Chief Toney Chaplin, when they found the gunman, he put the weapon to his head and shot himself.

“He saw police and turned the gun on himself,” said San Francisco Police Department Assistant Police Chief Toney Chaplin adding that the shooting is not related to terrorism.

The San Francisco Police Department confirms the shooter’s identify as Jimmy Lam, a resident from San Francisco, California, and recovered 2 firearms at the scene, including a semi-automatic handgun.

United Parcel Service has confirmed that the shooter was an employee and San Francisco Police Department confirms he was wearing a United Parcel Service uniform.

San Francisco Police Department are going through the building, making sure there aren’t any other accomplices, but San Francisco Police Department said the building is secure and the shelter-in-place has been lifted.

San Francisco Police Department has been set up a tipline for any information at: 1 (415) 575-4444 and the American Red Cross has set up sites at 500 San Bruno Ave and Cordon Bleu School at 100 Kansas St for victims’ families.

** ZachNews sends our thoughts, prayers, and condolences to the family and friends of the victims in the shooting at a United Parcel Service facility. **

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Needles, CA: Medical marijuana cultivation facility proposed at the old Taco Bell building?

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Needles, CA: Medical marijuana cultivation facility proposed at the old Taco Bell building?

During a Needles Board of Public Utilities Meeting held on Tuesday, February 21st, 2017 in Needles, California, talk of what could be coming soon to the old Taco Bell building in Needles, California.

On Tuesday, March 29th, 2016, Taco Bell permanently closed their fast food restaurant located at 2603 Columbus Street in Needles, California and the building has sat empty since with the community wondering what will be taking their placing and hoping that a another fast food restaurant or coffee and donuts place will go in there.

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Well discussing Resolution No. 2-21-17 BPU, authorizing funding in an amount not to exceed $82,000 for the completion of a 2015 capital improvement to construct a new electrical circuit from Eagle Pass Substation to a location in the vicinity of Columbus Drive, talk of a medical marijuana cultivation facility coming to the old Taco Bell building.

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ZachNews contacted the City of Needles and received information and map on the propose medical marijuana cultivation facility at the old Taco Bell building.

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According to the Cindy Semione with the City of Needles, “The parcel outlined in red in the graphic below has been proposed for a medical marijuana cultivation facility, including 2 buildings, with the project moving forward in phases. The parcel outlined in green, the former Taco Bell property, was purchased by the same individuals, and in 2 meetings they indicated a desire to move forward with a hydroponic equipment retail store. I have asked for more information. They are in the process of providing additional information requested from the site plan review meeting. According to the Permissible Use Table, a retail store in the C-2 zone requires a Zoning Permit. Their “will serve” is requesting 4 MW of power; the water allocation request has not been identified yet. It has not yet been noticed for Planning Commission or City Council, pending the receipt of information requested.

According to Needles City Manager Rick Daniels, “The proposal is not yet complete, therefore it is not yet scheduled for a public hearing. When it is there will be public notice.

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

 

News Update!!: Riverside, CA: Man pleads guilty to providing guns in terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California.

News Update!!: Riverside, CA: Man pleads guilty to providing guns in terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California.

A man has pleaded guilty to providing the high powered rifles used to in the terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California that killed 14 people and wounded 22 people on Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015.

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NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4 is reporting that the plea agreement between 25 year old Enrique Marquez Jr. of Riverside, California and prosecutors was accepted on Thursday, February 16th, 2017 by a federal judge in Riverside, California.

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In addition to providing material support to terrorists, Enrique Marquez also pleaded guilty to conspiring with one of the terrorist shooters in plots for mass killings that were never carried out.

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A news conference was held outside the courthouse discussing what happening in court.

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** Sketch pictures by artist Bill Robles: **

ZachNews received these sketch pictures by artist Bill Robles of Enrique Marquez Jr. inside the courtroom in Riverside, California on Thursday, February 16th, 2017.

Enrique Marquez Jr. admitted in a plea agreement that he bought the assault rifles used by Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, in the deadly Dec.

Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik were killed in a gunfight with authorities later that day.

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

Breaking News!!: Chino, CA: Police pursuit of juvenile carjacking suspects ends at a closed youth correctional facility.

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Breaking News!!: Chino, CA: Police pursuit of juvenile carjacking suspects ends at a closed youth correctional facility.

Many police pursuits broadcast live on television and online have a suspect or suspects trying their best to get away from authorities because they don’t want to go to jail.

But a police pursuit late at night on Tuesday, January 31st, 2017 involving at least 5 juvenile carjacking suspects was different as the police pursuit drove close by a 2 men’s prisons and ended in a crash and bail at a closed youth correctional facility in Chino, California.

The police pursuit began after a report of a carjacking from a woman on the 800 block of Greycliff Avenue in La Puente, California.

The woman was reportedly threaten with a baseball bat then used the baseball bat to hit the woman before fleeing from the area taking the woman’s car.

The police pursuit was spotted at around 9:48pm PT on southbound State Route 71 before the State Route 91 with speeds over 90 mph.

During the police pursuit, the stolen vehicle began driving fast backwards along the breakdown on southbound State Route 71, made a u-turn, and crossed over to go northbound on State Route 71.

The police pursuit exited off northbound State Route 71 onto Euclid Avenue near Chino Hills, California where along a 2 lane roadway, began speeding on both sides of the roadway, including on the wrong side of the roadway.

A helicopter from the California Highway Patrol began following the police pursuit and were trying to get a helicopter and ground units from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department on the police pursuit.

As the police pursuit continued on northbound on Euclid Avenue, the stolen vehicle crossed a red traffic signal light and may have scratched the back of a dark vehicle going eastbound on Pine Avenue in Chino, California.

The police pursuit continued on northbound on Euclid Avenue until Facility Drive where the stolen vehicle made a left turn onto westbound Facility Drive, continued westbound onto Cypress Avenue, made a u-turn just before the entrance to the California Institution for Men in Chino, California.

The stolen vehicle made made a stop and several people got out of the stolen vehicle then got back inside the stolen vehicle to then drive off again going westbound on Cypress Avenue.

The stolen vehicle began going westbound on Facility Drive driving with the lights off at high speeds and passing by the East Yard California Institution for Men in Chino, California before getting back onto Euclid Avenue.

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The police pursuit came to an end at around 10:00pm PT when the stolen vehicle going southbound on Euclid Avenue made a fast right turn and crashed into a short wall along a roadway entering the closed Heman G. Stark Youth Correctional Facility, located at 15180 Euclid Avenue, in Chino, California.

The juvenile carjacking suspects bailed out of the stolen vehicle and ran in the direction of the Youth Correctional Facility.

People on the property, possibly security or correctional officers, were seen pointing authorities in the direction of the juvenile carjacking suspects.

Authorities began searching for at least 5 juvenile carjacking suspects, 2 females and 3 males, for hours until they were found and arrested.

The woman who was attack is expected to survive her injuries.

The Heman G. Stark Youth Correctional Facility has been decommissioned since February 2010.

More information is still coming into ZachNews.

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.

** Video from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4: **

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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.

** Video from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4: **

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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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