By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):
Source: City of Needles (Information):
Needles, California: Members of the Needles City Council unanimously approved on Tuesday, July 9th, 2019 a resolution declaring City of Needles a Second Amendment Sanctuary City in Needles, California.
** The following is the resolution that members of the Needles City Council unanimously approved moments ago: **
** Agenda Item Packet Pictures Above from the City of Needles: **
Before the important resolution vote, City of Needles Mayor Jeff Williams read to the public the resolution and the ‘Where As’ of the Second Amendment Sanctuary City resolution.
This is video from ZachNews of City of Needles Mayor Jeff Williams read the resolution and the ‘Where As’ of the Second Amendment Sanctuary City resolution.
The public weight in during public appearance, mostly in favor of the resolution.
This is video from ZachNews of Public Appearance regarding Second Amendment Sanctuary City resolution.
After public appearance motion to approve the resolution was announce by Needles City Council Member Timothy Terral and seconded by Member Shawn Goodmanson.
This is video from ZachNews of the agenda vote by members of the Needles City Council approving the Second Amendment Sanctuary City resolution.
After the resolution vote, ZachNews spoke with Jamie Starr about this important vote and what this means for the City of Needles.
California has some of the toughest gun laws in the nation, and has one of the nation’s lower gun-related death rates.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 7.9 people out of every 100,000 residents in California died by gun in 2017, either in the form of homicide, suicide or accident.
Officials and residents of Needles, California have raised their concerns and oppositions regarding California’s gun rules, not only on the earlier mentioned flow of commerce, but also the purchase of ammunition especially living in the tri-state area and California not recognizing outside concealed carry permits.
It’s illegal for California residents to cross state lines – into either Arizona or Nevada next door to Needles, California – to purchase ammunition.
The nearest store that sell ammunition is just a few miles drive away from Needles, California, over the beautiful Colorado River in Mohave Valley, Arizona and Fort Mohave, Arizona.
Because of California’s gun rules, the closest store in California that sell ammunition is south of Needles, California in Blythe, California (96 miles away according to Google Map) or west of Needles, California in Barstow, California (145 miles away according to Google Map).
California does not recognize concealed carry permits issued outside of California, something that was brought up during the meeting and how that rule creates an inconvenience for some out of state residents who might want to enter Needles, California just to drive through or do business in.
In addition to the resolution declaring the City of Needles a Second Amendment Sanctuary City, the resolution includes language speaking out on the issue of the flow of commerce in the Colorado River Tri-State area, suggesting that the rules lawmakers in California want enforced make it tougher for residents who are from out of California like Arizona and Nevada to do business in Needles, California.
So far, there hasn’t been any immediate response from California Governor Gavin Newsom regarding the recent vote by the Needles City Council on declaring their community a Second Amendment Sanctuary City or the comments made by members of the Needles City Council regards California’s gun laws.
The resolution voted and pass tonight was part of the decoration members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted back on Tuesday, June 11th, 2019 declaring the City of Needles a Second Amendment Sanctuary City.
This is video from that Needles City Council Meeting, which ZachNews first broke the news that members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted approving declaring City of Needles a Second Amendment Sanctuary City in Needles, California.
Members of the Needles City Council also approved the appointment of members to serve on a subcommittee to help with the bullet points in the decoration for the later resolution voted tonight.
Since news first broke on ZachNews that the City of Needles was wanting to declare themselves a Second Amendment Sanctuary City, more people are wanting to know more about this small desert community.
The community of Needles, California is located along historic Route 66, U.S. Route 95 and Interstate 40, sits on the bank of the cool and beautiful Colorado River, bumps next to two neighboring states of Arizona and Nevada; and has a current population of 5,177 people.
Needles, California was founded in 1883, was a booming railroad hub and was a gateway point into California via Route 66.
Before the interstate highway system, Route 66 was the main east to west thoroughfare for the region and was used by migrants fleeing the Dust Bowl in the 1930’s; Needles was the first town you arrived in California along Route 66.
Movies such as “The Grapes of Wrath” and “Convoy” were filmed in Needles, California, and Charles Monroe “Sparky” Schulz spent part of his childhood in Needles, California, making it the home of Snoopy’s brother Spike in his Peanuts comic strip.
Over the years, the community of Needles, California have been through some down struggling times, including the construction of Interstate 40 that took traffic off Route 66 through downtown, decrease in the railroad industry locally including railroad jobs disappearing, downtown businesses struggling in and around downtown, the closing of the only grocery store and a decrease in population afterwards, and losing businesses to Arizona and Nevada because of California’s taxes, regulations and restrictions.
But well some people though the community would shut down and become a ghost town, the community of Needles, California refused to thrown in the towel and call it quits, instead the people stood strong and kept fighting.
In the last few years, the community of Needles, California has been going through changes, from who the people want representing their community to the green growth of medical and recreational marijuana industry in the community.
According to the City of Needles, in Needles, California, there has been 81 land use permits have been issued in the City of Needles for new marijuana businesses; 790,000 square feet of new marijuana business space approved; 269 new primary jobs created in the marijuana businesses, of which 69 are lcocal residents; over 135 jobs have been created in those marijuana businesses; a population increase to 5,177 people in the community in 2018; a 2.2 percent unemployment rate which is the lowest unemployment rate of any city in San Bernardino County, California; a 47 percent increase in sales tax growth; a 13.5 percent property valuation growth from 2017 to 2018; $5 million in new electric infrastructure constructed in the last two years funded by the new marijuana businesses including 2 power substations and an utility interconnect line which has made power more reliability, running efficiently and decreasing the amounts of power outages the community dealed from offended to rare; a $400,000 increase in the general fund cash balance over last year; a 44 percent increase in transient occupancy tax revenue from 2013-16; a cost of living which is 41 percent lower than the average in California and 19 percent lower than the national average; and a 50 percent reduction in development impact fees.
In addition, a new 96 room interior-entrance hotel in permited to be builded along Needles Highway with construction planned to begin sometime in October 2019 when the weather is a bit cooler, and after the recent trip to the International Council of Shopping Center RECon convention in Las Vegas, Nevada in May 2019, more businesses and retailers are taking notice of this small desert community by the Colorado River due to how the new marijuana industry is having an effect on growth and potential opportunities for their business or retail to open up shop.
In the next few days, weeks and months, we will all know what will happens next for this community following the City of Needles standing in support of the Second Amendment and declaring themselves Sanctuary City for Second Amendment.
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