News Update: Downtown Needles, CA: Needles City Council discussed and gave input on “Focusing on the Future, Working in the Present” during special goal setting session meeting.

By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):

Source: City of Needles’ City Clerk’s Office (Information):

Needles, California: The Needles City Council held a special goal setting session meeting on “Focusing on the Future, Working in the Present” inside the El Garces Train Depot on Saturday, April 3rd, 2021.

The special goal setting session meeting was broadcast live at ZachNews on Facebook, and had a variety of subjects discussing in the categories of Values, Mission, Goals/Objectives, Strengths, Threats, Opportunity, Weakness and Vision related to the City of Needles; discussing and collecting input from the members of the Needles City Council so that the City of Needles can work on what needs to be fix, address or change to make things run efficiently and better, as well as what is needed to continue to help get the City of Needles to reach their set goals that is needed in the community, that will help bring revenue into the community, help bring people into the community, and how to leave a great oppression on those who work with or visiting their community.

** The following is what was noted during the special goal setting meeting. More details is being added after reviewing notes and video, for now please watch the live broadcast (video) for more details on each of the subjects and categories: **

**** City’s Values: ****

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  • Perception: The perception of the community.
  • Information To Public:
  • What Council Job: What is the job of the Needles City Council and what is not the job of the Needles City Council.
  • What Does City Do:

**** City’s Mission: ****

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  • Need To Demonstrate:
  • Encourage Education:
  • Private Developers:
  • Staffing Help/Assist:
  • Department (DEP) Response Time:
  • Body Cams: Suggestion of having law enforcement start wearing body cameras.
  • Edward Paget (Ed) Efforts

**** City’s Goals/Objectives: ****

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  • Trans (Transportation):
  • City Hall and BNSF moving into the El Garces Train Depot: Suggestion mention of moving City Hall into the upstairs of the El Garces Train Depot, and suggestion mention of moving Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway office down the street into the south end of the El Garces Train Depot.
  • Restoring Needles Lagoon: Work with those wanting to restore the old Needles Lagoon.
  • Walking Path: Suggestion mention of a walking path near the river, especially at the Needles Lagoon.
  • Replacing Playground Structure: Replacing current playground structure like at Duke Watkins Park.

**** City’s Strengths: ****

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  • Power:
  • River (Colorado River).
  • Route 66:
  • Access to GC, Las Vegas
  • Location:
  • Family Oriented:
  • I-40:
  • City Staff:
  • Safe:
  • Clean Air
  • Caring and Compassion:
  • Council (Needles City Council):
  • Hospital:
  • Existing Businesses:

**** City’s Threats: ****

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  • Local Communication: County, State and Federal
  • California Over Regulations:
  • Federal:
  • Attractive to children/families:
  • Hospital:
  • Complacence:
  • Close Minded:
  • Lack of Water and Electric:
  • Lack of prepare:
  • Lack BNSF:

**** City’s Opportunity: ****

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  • Route 66 – History:
  • OZ:
  • Fort Mojave Indian Tribe:
  • Tour Buses:
  • Interstate 40 traffic:
  • Low Cost:
  • BNSF:
  • Intermodal:
  • Airport:
  • Amtrak:
  • Dog Park:

**** City’s Weakness: ****

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  • Lack of Marketing/Communication:
  • Cleanliness – Interstate 40 and Beaches:
  • Cenf Info:
  • Homeless:
  • Location:
  • Equal Treatment/ But Uniqueness:
  • City is easy to deal with:
  • Lack of participant:
  • Lack of Check List and Website:

**** City’s Vision: ****

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  • Family Oriented:
  • Jobs need housing:
  • Historic past markers:
  • Guide:
  • Spouse Recruitment:
  • Org/Clubs to Council:
  • Activists:
  • VC (Visitor Center):
  • Nob Cannabis:
  • Video Website:
  • Biw Board:
  • Puan:
  • Social Media:

The special goal setting meeting went for almost two hours, but after two members of the Needles City Council left, no further discussion could be held and the special goal setting meeting had to end due to a quorum.

More discussion about what was collected and what is next following the special goal setting meeting is said to be discussed during the upcoming Needles City Council Meeting starting at 6:00 p.m. PT on Tuesday, April 13th, 2021 which you can watch at ZachNews on Facebook.

For more information regarding the special Needles City Council goal setting meeting, please contact the City Clerk’s Office at the City of Needles at: 1 (760) 326-2113 Ext. 145 or Press 2.


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