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News Alert!!: Needles, CA: City of Needles reminds all local marijuana dispensaries, cultivations, manufactures, and public, “No sales for adult, recreational, or non medical use allowed.”

News Alert!!: Needles, CA: City of Needles reminds all local marijuana dispensaries, cultivations, manufactures, and public, “No sales for adult, recreational, or non medical use allowed.”

With legal recreational marijuana sales about to kick off across California on Monday, January 1st, 2018, the City of Needles wants to remind all local marijuana dispensaries, cultivations, and manufactures as well as the public about their marijuana ordinance.

According to Needles City Manager Rick Daniels, “The City’s Marijuana Ordinance since first adopted has allowed marijuana for medical use only. All of the dispensary, cultivation, manufacturing, or other permits contain that medical use only limitation. No adult use or “recreational” sales of any kind is allowed. Additionally when each of these facilities with a local permit apply for the state permit, as required, it is circulated to the City for compliance certification, and the City will not certify a non-medical license/permit. Any violations of the local ordinance or state law will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law; both criminally and through civil proceedings, including revocation of any permit to operate. Let me be clear. No sales for adult, recreational, or non medical use is allowed.

City of Needles wanted to remind everybody about their marijuana ordinance as many people prepare to run to their nearest marijuana retail to enjoy legalized recreational marijuana sales in California for recreational marijuana uses.

Voters in California approved Proposition 64, the California Marijuana Legalization Initiative, on Tuesday, November 8th, 2016 with 57.13% (7,979,041) voting ‘Yes’ and 42.87% (5,987,020) voting ‘No’ on the California Marijuana Legalization.

** More information regarding recreational marijuana sales and legalized recreational marijuana in California at the following ZachNews website address: **

https://zachnews.wordpress.com/2017/12/30/news-alert-california-what-to-know-about-californias-legalization-of-marijuana-before-new-years-day-2018/

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News Alert!!: California: What to know about California’s legalization of marijuana before New Year’s Day 2018.

News Alert!!: California: What to know about California’s legalization of marijuana before New Year’s Day 2018.

On Monday, January 1st, 2018, recreational marijuana will become legal in California.

Voters in California approved Proposition 64, the California Marijuana Legalization Initiative, on Tuesday, November 8th, 2016 with 57.13% (7,979,041) voting ‘Yes’ and 42.87% (5,987,020) voting ‘No’ on the California Marijuana Legalization Initiative.

Before you go out to your nearest marijuana shop and do your “toke of midnight” celebration, here are a few things you should know about California’s legalization of marijuana.

** What To Know About California’s Legalized Recreational Marijuana: **

  • As of 6:00am PT on Monday, January 1st, 2018, California will allow licensed shops to sell marijuana to anyone with an I.D. showing they’re 21 and older — just like buying alcohol from a bar or liquor store. This means doctor’s recommendations for medical marijuana will no longer be required to make a purchase from these shops. Licensed marijuana businesses that are open to the public must post a copy of their permits in public view. You can also check with the state agency responsible for overseeing that type of business.
  • People in California, 21 years old and older, are allowed to carry up to 28.5 grams of marijuana and 8 grams of concentrates.
  • People in California will be allowed to grow up to 6 plants at home, but those plants must be in a locked area that is not visible from outside the property.
  • Reminder, marijuana is still illegal on the federal level.
  • Employers in California can fire you for violating drug-free workplace rules.
  • People in California can buy pot from any licensed marijuana dispensary, but there will still be dispensaries that only sell to patients with a medical marijuana need. Retailers still need separate licenses to sell medical and recreational marijuana. Cities get first say on issuing those licenses, and most cities in California so far aren’t allowing recreational marijuana sales, which means many medical marijuana dispensaries will still only be able to sell marijuana to people who have doctor’s recommendations on Monday, January 1st, 2018. In cities where recreational marijuana sales are permitted, existing medical marijuana dispensaries often have the okay to sell both medical and recreational marijuana as soon as their state licenses come through. Only about 30 percent of the cities and counties in California have passed regulations that will allow for the sale of recreational marijuana starting New Year’s Day on Monday, January 1st, 2018. All of the dispensary, cultivation, and manufacturing in Needles, California are for only medical marijuana uses and no adult use or recreational sales of marijuana is allowed. According to the California Bureau of Cannabis Control, those areas that have banned recreational marijuana, the State of California will not be able to issue licenses there.
  • People in California are not allowed to smoke marijuana in public, including streets and parks. Anybody caught smoking marijuana in public faces a fine of $100 to $250.
  • People in California will be allowed to smoke marijuana in a private home, but landlords can restrict smoking on their property. If drifting marijuana smoke is bothering you, you can try calling police at their non-emergency number or your local code enforcement office to report a nuisance. But since it’s not illegal, this might not get you very far. If you live in an apartment or under a homeowner’s association, or if your neighbor is a renter, you might have better luck contacting those entities. Housing complexes and landlords can ban smoking in their units.
  • Local governments can put some restrictions on those homegrows. Many local governments have banned outdoor gardens completely while other local governments are require pricey permits to grow plants indoors.
  • In regards to marijuana and people driving in California, marijuana will be a lot like driving with alcohol; an open containers of marijuana – unless it is in your trunk – can get you arrested. According to the California Highway Patrol, we will still be looking for bad driving or impaired driving. The California Highway Patrol says nearly all their officers have been trained to look for drivers under the influence. Law enforcement across California are warning users that today’s marijuana is much more potent than marijuana was 10 years ago and urged users to be cautious before they drive.
  • People in California should also be prepared for lots of changes to these laws as the state settles into this new normal.

**** More Information Regarding California’s Legalization of Marijuana: ****

  • California Bureau of Cannabis Control:

http://bcc.ca.gov/

  • California’s Cannabis Web Portal:

https://cannabis.ca.gov/

  • The Cannifornian:

http://www.thecannifornian.com/cannabis-culture/everything-know-california-marijuana-laws-kicking-jan-1-2018/

  • Ballotpedia: California Proposition 64:

https://ballotpedia.org/California_Proposition_64,_Marijuana_Legalization_(2016)

 

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News Update!!: Needles, CA: Man arrested in arson fire at the Riverview Terrace Apartments.

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News Update!!: Needles, CA: Man arrested in arson fire at the Riverview Terrace Apartments.

ZachNews has learned from the City of Needles that authorities have arrested a man in connection with the arson fire at the Riverview Terrace Apartments on Monday, January 30th, 2017.

According to the City of Needles, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department have arrested 62 year old Russell Gendre of Mohave Valley, Arizona on Monday, January 30th, 2017 for suspicion of arson, criminal threats, and assault with a deadly weapon.

ZachNews contacted the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station to get more information on the arrest and the alleged charges against Russell Gendre.

ZachNews later received some additional information from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, an investigation was conducted and Russell Gendre was arrested and booked into the Colorado River Station Jail in Needles, California for Arson, Criminal Threats, and Assault with a Deadly Weapon.

If anyone has any further information on this case they are urged to contact Detective Detective Tim Preston at the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station at: 1 (760) 326-9200.

The fire occurred at the Riverview Terrace Apartments, located on 1933 Erin Drive, in Needles, California at around 5:20am PT on Monday, January 30th, 2017.

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According to the San Bernardino County Fire Department, firefighters arrived to a residential commercial structure with visible smoke and flames from Building #9.

Firefighters began battling the large flames cutting a hole on the roof of the residential commercial structure well other firefighters began entering the apartment units to the residential commercial structure.

** Video from ZachNews on Facebook: **

Firefighters from the San Bernardino County Fire Department, Mohave Valley Fire Department, Fort Mojave Mesa Fire Department, and Bullhead City Fire Department responded to the residential commercial structure fire.

Firefighters as well as deputies from San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department were also on scene and were evacuating nearby apartment units.

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According to San Bernardino County Fire Department Captain Dean Dickover, nobody was inside the residential commercial structure.

ZachNews later learned that several pets where rescued from the residential commercial structure fire.

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Several families with children who lived in the apartment units lost everything they had in the fire.

ZachNews has learned that a donation drive and fundraiser on GoFundMe has been set up for the people affected in the residential commercial structure fire.

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The “Your Help Is Needed” flyer has been posted on Facebook asking for the community’s help to give what you can to the families with children affected by the residential commercial structure fire.

Children are in need of clothes, shoes, soap, shampoo, and some basic necessities.

People wanting to donate can being the items to either Vista Colorado Elementary School, located at 700 Bailey Avenue near Washington Street, in Needles, California or to Needles High School, located at 1600 Washington Street near Park Avenue, in Needles, California.

** For more information regarding the donation drive, please call either Maria Armija at: 1 (760) 326-2167 or Amy Avila at: 1 (760) 326-2191. **

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A GoFundMe account has been set up for the Ochoa family who lost their home and belongings in the residential commercial structure fire.

According to the posted statement on the GoFundMe account, “On Monday 1/30/17 Malo Ochoa along with Wife and 3 children lost their apartment and all their belongings to a fire that started in their apartment complex unit early Monday morning. We are very thankful that they were able to all make it out safe with no injuries but they are left with nothing but their one vehicle. The family lost everything and is in need of all the help they can get. Malo is a very hard worker, a loving father and good husband. he workes very hard 6 days a week to provide for his family, his two girls Mila and Rosie Ochoa are both Honor Roll students with perfect attendance. Younger Son Malo stays home with His wife Betty who is one of the nicest people you will ever meet with the biggest heart. Instead of grabbing her belonging while evacuating the fire she went door to door to the apartment neighbors to wake them and warn them of the fire. Anything helps so they can get back on there feet and slowing start to regain everything they lost thank you all in advance. Please keep the Ochoa Family in prayers and thank you again.

** More information regarding the GoFundMe account for the Ochoa family can be found at the following GoFundMe website address: **

https://www.gofundme.com/ochoa-family

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

Breaking News!!: Needles, CA: Arson Fire at the Riverview Terrace Apartments.

Breaking News!!: Needles, CA: Arson Fire at the Riverview Terrace Apartments.

A fire occurred at the Riverview Terrace Apartments, located on 1933 Erin Drive, in Needles, California at around 5:20am PT on Monday, January 30th, 2017.

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

According to the San Bernardino County Fire Department, firefighters arrived to a residential commercial structure with visible smoke and flames from Building #9.

Firefighters began battling the large flames cutting a hole on the roof of the residential commercial structure well other firefighters began entering the apartment units to the residential commercial structure.

** Video from ZachNews on Facebook: **

Firefighters from the San Bernardino County Fire Department, Mohave Valley Fire Department, Fort Mojave Mesa Fire Department, and Bullhead City Fire Department responded to the residential commercial structure fire.

Firefighters as well as deputies from San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department were also on scene and were evacuating nearby apartment units.

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** Pictures from ZachNews: **

According to San Bernardino County Fire Department Captain Dean Dickover, nobody was inside the residential commercial structure.

ZachNews later learned that several pets where rescued from the residential commercial structure fire.

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San Bernardino County Fire Department Captain Dean Dickover initially told ZachNews that the cause of the residential commercial structure fire is under investigation.

But, ZachNews later learned that investigators are calling the fire “arson suspected” and that San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department are searching for a “Person of Interest” related to the residential commercial structure fire.

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Detective Tim Preston confirmed to ZachNews that authorities are looking at near by surveillance cameras and that they have a name of a person they’re searching for, but couldn’t release any further details on the person.

Authorities are checking on reports that came over a local morning radio program that a person on a bicycle was seen leaving the area of the fire.

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

Northridge, CA: Remembering 23 years ago the Northridge Earthquake of Monday, January 17th, 1994.

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Northridge, CA: Remembering 23 years ago the Northridge Earthquake of Monday, January 17th, 1994.

On Tuesday, January 17th, 2017, we remember 23 years ago the Northridge Earthquake that rocked Northridge, California at around 4:30am PT on Monday, January 17th, 1994.

Zachary A. Lopez of ZachNews will never forget that early morning living at the Peyton Avenue Apartments in Burbank, California when the largest earthquake he had ever felt in his life woke him up.

“I was 8 years old and as a child, I use to have a lots of nightmares, nightmares that were scary and had to do with my up bringing. But that night I remember being woken out of a nightmare sleep into a real life nightmare earthquake. I can’t forget the loud rattling and shattering of glass around my home, the cracking of walls in my front room, the loud alarms going off from parked vehicles under me in the underground parking structure, and me holding on for dear life under the kitchen table as the earthquake shook wildly all around me, After the earthquake, darkness was all around me and the aftershocks began. I was so scared and worried what would happen next if I leave the safety of the kitchen table. That earthquake was the largest earthquake that I had ever felt in my life and I will never forget how so many people’s lives were changed after that earthquake,” said Zachary A. Lopez of ZachNews.

** Video “The Quake of 94” from Rewindium on YouTube: **

Soon after the large earthquake rocked the across Los Angeles County, California, radio and television began broadcasting live on the large earthquake that hit their community, including KNBC 4 News Reporter Joe Rico from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4 in Burbank, California who began his reporting on the large earthquake with, “We’re here in the Channel 4 Newsroom. As you folks – there’s no surprise – early this morning, we’ve been hit by a major earthquake,” said KNBC 4 News Reporter Joe Rico.

“I remembered everybody in my apartment building glued to the news wanting to know more about this earthquake, how bad was the shaking, and and if there were anybody hurt. I remember watching the news reports from KNBC 4 as they showed the damage and fires that was burning. I prayed that everybody was alright and to please stop the shaking.” said Zachary A. Lopez of ZachNews.

Initially, the large earthquake was reported as a strong magnitude 6.6 earthquake, but years later, the magnitude was upgraded to a magnitude 6 7 earthquake.

The large earthquake rocked people out of their sleep across the San Fernando Valley, California; Los Angeles, California; San Bernardino County; Riverside, California; and Orange County, California, and as far away as Needles, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Richfield, Utah; and Ensenada, Mexico.

“I remembered everybody in my apartment building glued to the radio and battery televisions wanting to know more about this earthquake and how bad was the shaking,” said Zachary A. Lopez of ZachNews.

The large earthquake killed 57 people, injured around 8,700 people, over 20,000 people were homeless, over 40,000 buildings were damaged causing around $20 billion dollars in damages.

** Here are a few of the deaths, injuries, and damages that occurred during the large earthquake included the following: **

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  • The Northridge Meadows Apartment complex building in Northridge, California where 16 people were killed as a result of the building’s collapse.

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  • The Northridge Fashion Center in Northridge, California where parking structure collapsed and trapped a person inside a vehicle.

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  • Just down the street from the parking structure collapse, a firght train with tanker cars carrying hazardous materials derailed in Northridge, California. No reports of leaks from the hazardous materials tanker cars and no reports of injuries to the public.

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  • Fire and water flowed out of the roadway on Balboa Boulevard near Halsey Street in Granada Hills, California.

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  • At least 40 homes were destroyed by fire at the Tahitian Mobile Home Park in Sylmar, California.

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  • Sections of overpasses along Interstate 10, State Route 14, Interstate 5, and State Route 118 collapsed during the earthquake shutting down those important routes to and from work and home.

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  • Newhall Pass Interchange of Interstate 5 and State Route 14 collapsed taking the life of Los Angeles Police Department Motorcycle Officer Clarence Wayne Dean.

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  • A home near Pacific Coast Highway in Pacific Palisades, California was destroyed in a mudslide that was triggered by the large earthquake.
  • Anaheim Stadium in Anaheim, California were a large scoreboard collapsed on top of several hundred seats which were all vacant at the time of the earthquake.

The large earthquake changed the lives of so many people over the days, weeks, months, and years after the large earthquake and would ever be known as the Northridge Earthquake, the 1994 Northridge Earthquake, or The Quake of 94.

Many of things have changed after the earthquake occurred; from improvements to infrastructures, overpasses, and bridges, and changes in the building codes and enforcement, to technology helping to improve quick response by first responders during a disaster as well as new technology to alert people in the path of an earthquake to head for safety.

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As we remember the Northridge Earthquake 23 years ago today, first responders and community officials want to remain everybody that the most important thing everybody, in California and around the globe, is preparedness and to have a plan of action.

Remember to have an emergency disaster kid and first aid kit ready to go in case of a disaster happens stocked up with items such as drinkable water, canned foods, flashlights, batteries, blankets, medications, Band Aids, anti-bacteria appointments, toilet paper, battery operated or crank up radio, important papers you might need including your social security card and birth certificate, warm clothing items, terrible walking shoes, and many more survivable items needed to survive at least 7 to 10 days after the earthquake as some experts and first responders recommended people to do.

When earthquake occurs, remember to get underneath a sturdy table and hold on tight well you cover your head.

If you’re at home or building during an earthquake, when it is safe to move after the earthquake, make sure to check your gas, water, and electric lines and if damaged, shut off the service. If you have a gas leak, do not use matches.

Call 911 for emergencies only and if you are making a call on a communication device such as landline phones or cellular phone, try to make a call to a friend or family member outside the disaster area and make calls only if they are important as phone service will be very busy or limited if communication lines are damaged and down after an earthquake.

If you are driving on the road, highway, or interstate, pull over to the side of the road away from a overhead power lines, bridges, and overpasses in case those power lines fall or those bridges and overpasses buckle and collapse.

Never run outside during an earthquake or use candles and elevators after an earthquake.

A good idea to do is to have you your family and friends enter a class on how to prepare for an earthquake or join a training class on surviving a disaster.

If you would like to help your community during a disaster, volunteer with your local Community Emergency Response Team (C.E.R.T.), American Red Cross, or other disaster relief organizations.

Please remember to remain calm and come together as a community to help each other get through a disaster.

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May we never forget the many people who lost their lives during the Northridge Earthquake on Monday, January 17th, 1994.

May we never stop thanking the many first responders and Good Samaritan that came together to help save lives and help those in need after the Northridge Earthquake on Monday, January 17th, 1994.

May we never let a disasters, either man-made and nature cause, break or divide our love, caring, and helpful spirit for we are community.

** Pictures from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4. **

 

News Alert!!: Downtown Needles, CA: Victor Valley Transit Authority brings enterprise car share program.

News Alert!!: Downtown Needles, CA: Victor Valley Transit Authority brings enterprise car share program.

According to the Office of the First District Supervisor of San Bernardino County, the San Bernardino County Court System and Victor Valley Transit Authority have partnered with Enterprise Rideshare to create the car share program in Needles, California.

Starting on Monday, August 8th, 2016, registered members will have access to a vehicle for as short a time frame as one hour and for as little as $5.00 per hour.

For residents of Needles, California who struggle to find transportation for routine errands such as shopping, picking up a prescription or getting to an appointment, this is the simple, affordable, convenient answer they’ve been hoping for.

“I believe this program is a very important transportation option for the Needles area,” said First District Supervisor Robert Lovingood adding, “It will allow people to access fresh, healthy produce, as well as some of the specialized healthcare facilities located just outside the city limits. The program is an experiment, the first of its kind in San Bernardino County, and one we believe will be a great benefit. Rather than being stranded residents will be able to drive.”

The Needles Carshare Program offers micro-rentals as brief as 1 or 2 hours for licensed drivers 21 or older.

For as little as $5.00 per hour, program members can reserve a well-maintained Nissan Altima (sedan) or a Dodge Caravan (mini-van) which will be stationed in the parking lot of Desert Communities Federal Credit Union located at 1001 West Broadway in Downtown Needles, California.

Those who hope to take advantage of the program must first fill out a free, online application, by going to vvta.org/CarShare.

They’ll receive a Membership Smart Card which will allow them to reserve a vehicle online.

That same card will be used to gain entry into the vehicle and access to the keys.

The CarShare member simply returns the vehicle, free of trash, to the same spot when they are finished.

To keep the program comfortably affordable and allow as many people access as possible, Victor Valley Transit Authority is offsetting other costs, like the usual membership fee.

It won’t cost the member anything for fuel so long as they return the vehicle with at least a quarter of a tank of gas. A gas card is provided in the vehicles.

Insurance is taken care of as well.

Owning and operating a vehicle is cost prohibitive for many people.

Borrowing a car or getting a ride from someone isn’t always possible.

Public transportation is usually a viable option but there are times when only a vehicle will work.

The Enterprise CarShare Program in Needles hopes to cover those times.

Victor Valley Transit Authority (VVTA) is a public transit agency and Consolidated Transportation Services Agency (CTSA), providing bus, ADA paratransit, and vanpool service to California’s High Desert.

Victor Valley Transit Authority (VVTA)’s service area spans nearly 1,000 square miles. Additional information and service alerts are available at: http://vvta.org and on Twitter (@VVTransit) at: https://twitter.com/VVTransit

Enterprise CarShare is a natural extension of the local car rental service that Enterprise Rent-A-Car pioneered more than 55 years ago.

Enterprise CarShare offers a variety of clean, well-maintained vehicles at an affordable price, when and where customers need them, whether it is for an hour, a day, a weekend or longer.

Enterprise CarShare is available in more than 35 states.

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

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

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

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

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

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