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Live News Update!!: Elections 2018: California General Election 2018: Local and Statewide Voting Results.

Live News Update!!: Elections 2018: California General Election 2018: Local and Statewide Voting Results.

ZachNews has the latest local and statewide voting results from the California General Election 2018 held on Tuesday, November 6th, 2018.

** Voting Results: California General Election 2018: **

**** Local Elections: Needles. California: ****

** Latest Voting Results Update: **

As of 4:00pm PT on Tuesday, November 20th, 2018

** Next Voting Results Update: **

At 4:00pm PT on Wednesday, November 21st, 2018

  • Needles City Mayor:

2/2 100.00% Precincts Reported
Vote Count — Percent
JEFF WILLIAMS: 725 — 100.00%
Total: 725 — 100.00%

** Jeff Williams — Running Unopposed for Needles City Mayor: **

 

 

  • Needles City Council:

2/2 100.00% Precincts Reported
Vote Count — Percent
ZACHERY LONGACRE: 467 — 18.61%
EDWARD T. PAGET: 665 — 26.50%
TIMOTHY TERRAL: 485 — 19.33%
LOUISE EVANS: 470 — 18.73%
BARBARA L. BEARD: 422 — 16.82%
Total: 2,509 — 100.00%

** Five Candidates — Running for Three Needles City Council Seats: **

 

**** Statewide Elections: California: ****

** As of 4:00pm PT on Friday, November 9th, 2018: **

** Voting Results: Final: **

  • California Governor:
100.0%
Precincts Reporting
( 24,312 of 24,312 ) precincts partially

Candidate Votes
** Gavin Newsom
(Party Preference: DEM)
4,227,735
59.3%
John H. Cox
(Party Preference: REP)
2,896,411
40.7%

 

  • Lieutenant Governor:

100.0%
Precincts Reporting
( 24,312 of 24,312 ) precincts partially

Candidate Votes
Ed Hernandez
(Party Preference: DEM)
2,614,679
44.3%
** Eleni Kounalakis
(Party Preference: DEM)
3,291,408
55.7%

 

 

  • Secretary of State:

100.0%
Precincts Reporting
( 24,312 of 24,312 ) precincts partially

Candidate Votes
** Alex Padilla
(Party Preference: DEM)
4,333,888
61.7%
Mark P. Meuser
(Party Preference: REP)
2,691,757
38.3%

 

  • Controller:

100.0%
Precincts Reporting
( 24,312 of 24,312 ) precincts partially

Candidate Votes
** Betty T. Yee
(Party Preference: DEM)
4,404,698
62.9%
Konstantinos Roditis
(Party Preference: REP)
2,603,061
37.1%

 

 

  • Treasurer:

100.0%
Precincts Reporting
( 24,312 of 24,312 ) precincts partially

Candidate Votes
** Fiona Ma
(Party Preference: DEM)
4,273,754
61.2%
Greg Conlon
(Party Preference: REP)
2,713,348
38.8%

 

 

  • Attorney General:

100.0%
Precincts Reporting
( 24,312 of 24,312 ) precincts partially

Candidate Votes
** Xavier Becerra
(Party Preference: DEM)
4,259,636
60.7%
Steven C Bailey
(Party Preference: REP)
2,758,602
39.3%

 

 

  • Insurance Commissioner:

100.0%
Precincts Reporting
( 24,312 of 24,312 ) precincts partially

Candidate Votes
** Ricardo Lara
(Party Preference: DEM)
3,393,189
50.8%
Steve Poizner
(Party Preference: NPP)
3,287,452
49.2%

 

 

  • United States Senator:

100.0%
Precincts Reporting
( 24,312 of 24,312 ) precincts partially

Candidate Votes
Kevin De Leon
(Party Preference: DEM)
2,871,488
45.7%
** Dianne Feinstein
(Party Preference: DEM)
3,413,859
54.3%

 

 

  • United States Representative District 8:

100.0%
Precincts Reporting
( 1,298 of 1,298 ) precincts partially

Candidate Votes
** Paul Cook
(Party Preference: REP)
66,136
60.3%
Tim Donnelly
(Party Preference: REP)
43,589
39.7%

 

 

  • State Senator District 16:

100.0%
Precincts Reporting
( 1,012 of 1,012 ) precincts partially

Candidate Votes
Ruth Musser-Lopez
(Party Preference: DEM)
56,602
33.1%
** Shannon Grove
(Party Preference: REP)
114,173
66.9%

 

 

  • Member of the State Assembly District 33:

100.0%
Precincts Reporting
( 858 of 858 ) precincts partially

Candidate Votes
Socorro Cisneros
(Party Preference: DEM)
28,303
37.6%
** Jay Obernolte
(Party Preference: REP)
47,044
62.4%

 

 

**** Statewide Elections: Propositions In California: ****

** Voting Results: Final: **

100.0%
Precincts Reporting
( 24,312 of 24,312 ) precincts partially

  • California Proposition 1:
  • Authorizes Bonds to Fund Specified Housing Assistance Programs. Legislative Statute:

** Yes: 3,713,218 54.1%

No: 3,154,381 45.9%

 

  • California Proposition 2:
  • Authorizes Bonds to Fund Existing Housing Program for Individuals with Mental Illness. Legislative Statute:

** Yes: 4,216,221 61.1%

No: 2,680,442 38.9%

 

 

  • California Proposition 3:
  • Authorizes Bonds to Fund Projects for Water Supply and Quality, Watershed, Fish, Wildlife, Water Conveyance, and Groundwater Sustainability and Storage. Initiative Statute:

Yes: 3,248,415 47.7%

** No: 3,568,010 52.3%

 

 

  • California Proposition 4:
  • Authorizes Bonds Funding Construction at Hospitals Providing Children’s Health Care. Initiative Statute:

** Yes: 4,175,910 60.6%

No: 2,718,855 39.4%

 

 

  • California Proposition 5:
  • Changes Requirements for Certain Property Owners to Transfer Their Property Tax Base to Replacement Property. Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute:

Yes: 2,873,484 41.9%

** No: 3,979,530 58.1%

 

 

  • California Proposition 6:
  • Eliminates Certain Road Repair and Transportation Funding. Requires Certain Fuel Taxes and Vehicle Fees Be Approved by the Electorate. Initiative Constitutional Amendment:

Yes: 3,141,881 44.9%

** No: 3,857,819 55.1%

 

 

  • California Proposition 7:
  • Conforms California Daylight Saving Time to Federal Law. Allows Legislature to Change Daylight Saving Time Period. Legislative Statute:

** Yes: 4,098,868 59.9%

No: 2,740,645 40.1%

 

  • California Proposition 8:
  • Regulates Amounts Outpatient Kidney Dialysis Clinics Charge for Dialysis Treatment. Initiative Statute:

Yes: 2,660,633 38.4%

** No: 4,260,758 61.6%

 

 

  • California Proposition 9:
  • Three States Initiative:

**** On Wednesday, July 18th, 2018, Proposition 9 was removed from the ballot by order of the California Supreme Court. ****

 

 

  • California Proposition 10:
  • Expands Local Governments’ Authority to Enact Rent Control on Residential Property. Initiative Statute:

Yes: 2,675,378 38.3%

** No: 4,310,298 61.7%

 

  • California Proposition 11:
  • Requires Private-Sector Emergency Ambulance Employees to Remain On-Call During Work Breaks. Eliminates Certain Employer Liability. Initiative Statute:

** Yes: 4,096,948 59.4%

No: 2,796,915 40.6%

 

  • California Proposition 12:
  • Establishes New Standards for Confinement of Specified Farm Animals; Bans Sale of Noncomplying Products. Initiative Statute:

** Yes: 4,202,724 61.0%

No: 2,688,382 39.0%

 

 

**** Voting Information Sources: ****

  • San Bernardino County Elections:

https://www.sbcounty.gov/rov/elections/results/20181106/default.html

  • California Secretary of State:

https://vote.sos.ca.gov/

**** Stay tuned to ZachNews overnight and throughout the week for the latest and updated local and statewide voting results from the California General Election 2018. ****

News Update!!: Sacramento, CA: California Governor Jerry Brown signed bill raising smoking age to 21.

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News Update!!: Sacramento, CA: California Governor Jerry Brown signed bill raising smoking age to 21.

California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill on Wednesday, May 4th, 2016 that raises the legal age to buy tobacco for smoking, dipping, chewing, and vaping from 18 years old to 21 years old in California.

The new law, which will take effect on Thursday, June 9th 2016, makes California the second state in the Untied States of America to raise the legal smoking age to 21 years old.

But under the new law, anyone who gives tobacco or tobacco paraphernalia, including tobacco vending machines, to someone under age 21 years old could be found guilty of a misdemeanor crime.

The new law will not apply to active military personnel.

Back on Thursday, March 10th, 2016, California lawmakers voted to raise the smoking age from 18 to 21 as part of a sweeping package of measures they are considering to crack down on tobacco.

** Read more about California lawmakers voted to raise the smoking age at the following ZachNews on WordPress website address: **

https://zachnews.wordpress.com/2016/03/10/breaking-news-sacramento-ca-california-lawmakers-approved-to-raise-smoking-age-to-21/

California Governor Jerry Brown also on Wednesday, May 4th, 2016 signed bills that regulate electronic cigarettes, set annual tobacco license fees, push for all charter schools to be tobacco free and expand existing requirements for tobacco-free workplaces to include small businesses, break rooms and hotel lobbies.

California Governor Jerry Brown vetoed a bill that would have allowed local governments to establish tobacco taxes.

Breaking News!!: Sacramento, CA: California lawmakers approved to raise smoking age to 21.

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Breaking News!!: Sacramento, CA: California lawmakers approved to raise smoking age to 21.

California lawmakers voted on Thursday, March 10th, 2016 to raise the smoking age from 18 years old to 21 years old as part of a sweeping package of measures they are considering to crack down on tobacco.

California Governor Jerry Brown still must sign off on the legislation the Senate approved to make California the first state after Hawaii with the higher age limit.

The bills also would restrict electronic cigarettes the same as tobacco products.

The increasingly popular devices are not regulated by the federal government.

The higher age limit got approved despite amid intense lobbying from tobacco interests and fierce opposition from many Republicans, who say the state should butt out of people’s personal decisions, even if they are harmful to health.

Hawaii was first to adopt the higher age limit statewide.

According to data from the United States Surgeon General, advocates note that the vast majority of smokers start before they are 18.

The United States Food and Drug Administration proposed regulating e-cigarettes but the rule has not taken effect.

The package of bills would expand smoke-free areas to include bars, workplace breakrooms, small businesses, warehouses, and hotel lobbies and meeting rooms.

Smoking bans would apply at more schools, including charter schools, and counties would be able to raise their own cigarette taxes beyond the state’s levy of $0.87 per pack.

More information is still coming into ZachNews.

Breaking News!!: Needles, CA: Camdan Recycling is closed in Needles, California.

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Breaking News!!: Needles, CA: Camdan Recycling is closed in Needles, California.

In a community that is trying to survive with the little they have, people in the community of Needles, California are sad and very upset that a place they relay on for extra needed cash from collected cans and bottles is closed forever.

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ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez was at Camdan Recycling, located at 409 East Broadway in Needles, California, as employees said good bye to the many great and wonderful people they served on Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015.

ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez speaks to Kodiak Hittle, Supervisor at Camdan Recycling in Needles, California, who talks about why Camdan Recycling is closing, about an audit done on the business, the new regulations in California coming in 2016, the State of California owes Camdan Recycling money, how this closure will effect the community, the jobs that are going to be lost by the closing, and what residents can do to complaint about losing a place they relayed on for that extra bit of cash to purchase milk, bread, or eggs for the family or to pay for gasoline to get to and from work.

According to Camdan Recycling Supervisor Kodiak Hittle, Camdan Recycling is closing due to some funding cuts that the State of California escalate and because the State of California has enforce some new laws and regulations that is going to make it impossible for them.

Also, Camdan Recycling Supervisor Kodiak Hittle tells ZachNews, “The State of California owes Dan and Cam – the owners of this business – a quite a bit of money; their handling fees for this business and we relay on those handling fees in order to stay in business.”

ZachNews has learned that the State of California owes Camdan Recycling between $50,000.00 and $60,000.00 which the State of California is refusing to pay them.

Camdan Recycling Supervisor Kodiak Hittle spoke about the department involve in this matter.

“The department is CalRecycle; they are with the State of California. They send out – they have different branches of this. Several – I want to say 2 and half months ago, we were inspected by a California Inspector name Alex; he came down here. He actually informed us that we were doing our job very well; said that if they had more C.R.V. centers like this one, that they would of – they would have less problems with recycling from. So we though we were in the green – we though we were doing everything we’re suppose to do. The we were hit with this California State audit out of nowhere; they held our – they held our handler fees from July all the way through October, and now these occurred – out right there – so the owners were struggling to hold on and so, they came down, did some investigating of their own, they saw – a course they were going to see a lot of out of state plates pulling in, but they also didn’t realizes that a lot of people here in Needles that are regulator out of state,” said Camdan Recycling Supervisor Kodiak Hittle.

According to their CalRecycle’s webpage, “California’s Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) brings together the state’s recycling and waste management programs and continues a tradition of environmental stewardship. Through landmark initiatives like the Integrated Waste Management Act and Beverage Container Recycling and Litter Reduction Act, California works toward a society that uses less, recycles more, and takes resource conservation to higher and higher levels.”

The CalRecycle webpage also says, “Our state leads the nation with an approximate 65 percent diversion rate for all materials, and today recycling supports more than 140,000 green jobs in California.” and “CalRecycle’s vision is to inspire and challenge Californians to achieve the highest waste reduction, recycling and reuse goals in the nation. Through innovation and creativity, sound advancements in science and technology, and efficient programs that improve economic vitality and environmental sustainability, we build a stronger California.”

ZachNews asked Camdan Recycling Supervisor Kodiak Hittle about how has been the reaction from the community to the closing of Camdan Recycling.

“Since this community is a very low income community, this is going to affect a lot of families here; there are so many families that have depend a pond – I mean they are paying C.R.V. at the stores – they are entitle to bring their product down here and collect C.R.V. money back. Rather they take the C.R.V. money and whatever they do with it – it’s their business, but bottom the ticket, they have to buy milk for their family, bread, anything just to get through paycheck to paycheck; there’s a lot of families out here who do that, and it’s going to affect a lot of people really badly. It’s going to make hard times out here for more families,” said Camdan Recycling Supervisor Kodiak Hittle.

ZachNews asked Camdan Recycling Supervisor Kodiak Hittle about who are the people who are come into Camdan Recycling.

“The people coming in here that need that, you’ll see them throughout town. They – these people dive into trash cans and give California recycles because they are here in California. Down at Jack Smith Park in the summer time, working their tail off in the middle of the 125*F heat to come down here, get a little bit of extra cash so they can just survive here, and for the State to shut this – I mean they technically not shutting us down, but we have no choice but to shut down; it’s not – you can not financially do it without the help from the State of California – and they know it,” said Camdan Recycling Supervisor Kodiak Hittle.

According to Camdan Recycling Supervisor Kodiak Hittle, as result of the audit, the new rules and regulations by the State of California, and in fact that the State of California owes Camdan Recycling money; all those combine, they have to close.

Many people, collecting cans and bottle, are families who need that extra money to by milk, bread, and eggs when they have stretch their paycheck as far as they can, people who are collecting cans to help raise money for their school or sports team, and people saving up money for something they can’t afford to buy today.

Many of these people of from all backgrounds, from our community, and who live in low income housing, live in a nice upscale house, who are unemployed or are employed, who have their own business, who work at our local business, who work on the railroad, who work at the City of Needles, or even myself; we all have needed that extra cash and relayed on Camdan Recycling to be there for them.

In the last few days since news broke only on ZachNews of the closing of Camdan Recycling, deep sadness for the lost of great people, tears from families that this extra cash they call part of their income to survive is gone, and anger over where are we suppose to go; feels growing across the community.

The nearest C.R.V. center for residents of Needles, California can turn in their cans and bottles is in Blythe, California; which is over 2 hours all together away by vehicle or over 62 hours all together walking.

But Camdan Recycling Supervisor Kodiak Hittle believe that those C.R.V. centers will go through thing the same thing Camdan Recycling is going through because of them being close to Arizona and they too will have to close as well.

If that happens, Camdan Recycling Supervisor Kodiak Hittle tells ZachNews that the next nearest C.R.V. center is in Barstow, California; which is over 4 hours all together away by vehicle which is too far or over 114 hours all together walking which is very far for people who have no transportation and walk with their bag of cans and bottles they collected.

Camdan Recycling not only helped people with that extra bit of cash to get by, it provided jobs which are gone by the closure.

Camdan Recycling Supervisor Kodiak Hittle tells ZachNews that himself, Tim; who has worked at Camdan Recycling for 10 years; Gina, and Charlotte; which is the owner’s mother.

“The owners here are extremely upset about it, but they will help us find new jobs,” said Camdan Recycling Supervisor Kodiak Hittle.

Camdan Recycling Supervisor Kodiak Hittle tells ZachNews that he would probably have to relocate to Las Vegas, Nevada, and Tim hopefully has a job line up here in town.

The lost of jobs, a lost of a place a community relays on, and a lost of great a business that helped in community events; all just days before the Christmas holiday.

With the many community events that Camdan Recycling have helped with and participated in, including the Route 66 Hot Boat and Custom Car Show and Golf Tournament, ZachNews asked if they have heard from anybody from the City of Needles or from the Needles Chamber of Commences regarding them closing.

“Absolutely not. We had no support from the City of Needles – not at all,” said Camdan Recycling Supervisor Kodiak Hittle.

Shortly after ZachNews broke the breaking news story on Monday, December 21st, 2015 that Camdan Recycling was closing, Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson wrote on his Facebook, “I just found out late last night and have informed city staff to look at all of our options to help our resident with their recycling needs.”

Camdan Recycling Supervisor Kodiak Hittle tells ZachNews that the State of California does have to have a C.R.V. center for here in town and that it’s in their guidelines.

“The guidelines states they have to have a C.R.V. center this population area and the amount of C.R.V. sold in this area they have to have one. So I do recommend to all California residents, especially here in Needles, to voice their opinion – call 1 (800) Recycle and voice their opinion; let CalRecycle know they no longer have a place to take your items to redeem them; Blythe is not an option,” said Camdan Recycling Supervisor Kodiak Hittle.

** Contacts for CalRecycle: **

– By Phone:

1 (800) Recycle (732-9253)

1 (916) 322-4027

– On the website:

http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/Feedback/

** More contact information or to learn more about CalRecycle is at the following website addresses: **

http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/ContactUs/

http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/LGCentral/Reports/Contacts.aspx

http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/

ZachNews has reached out to CalRecycle and later received an email from Mark Oldfield, Communications Director for the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery.

According to Mark Oldfield, Communications Director for the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, “The recycling center in question closed without informing CalRecycle of its decision to do so, though we are now aware of it. This was a business decision on the part of the recycling center – CalRecycle did not revoke the center’s certification to participate in the California Redemption Value program. That said, CalRecycle does currently have an open review of the recycling center’s operations to ensure it has been in compliance with state law regarding the proper payment of CRV refunds, and other requirements. Since that review is not yet finished, I don’t have information on the findings. State regulations allow CalRecycle to withhold payment to a recycling center if the department suspects there may have been improper refunds paid out by the center. A review will determine whether improper refunds were made, as well as whether any payments withheld by CalRecycle can be given to a recycling center following the investigation. It is important for consumers to understand that only beverages purchased within California are eligible for CRV refunds. If the beverages are purchased in another state, no CRV was paid on them at the point of purchase, and thus there should be no expectation by consumers of a CRV refund at a California recycling center. Such payments would be in violation of state law. We recognize the challenges a community faces when its only CRV redemption center closes, and this is particularly difficult to address in the state’s more remote locations. On the one hand, it is our responsibility to ensure proper payments from the Beverage Container Recycling Fund in order to protect its long-term viability. On the other hand, we understand the importance of supporting convenient CRV refund opportunities for consumers who purchase eligible beverages in California. Recycling program staff will assess the situation in Needles and to the extent possible provide assistance in finding solutions to the community’s needs.”

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

Breaking News!!: Needles, CA: Camdan Recycling has closed.

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Breaking News!!: Needles, CA: Camdan Recycling has closed.

ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez was at Camdan Recycling in Needles, California as the gates to the business closed at around 12:48pm PT on Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015.

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ZachNews has a news interview with the supervisor of Camdan Recycling who tells ZachNews why Camdan Recycling is closing and how this closure will effect the community.

The interview will be posting that interview very soon on ZachNews and at ZachNews on YouTube.

 

 

 

Breaking News!!: Needles, CA: Camdan Recycling is closing their business.

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Breaking News!!: Needles, CA: Camdan Recycling is closing their business.

ZachNews has learned that Camdan Recycling, located at 409 East Broadway in Needles, California, is closing their business.

A source tells ZachNews that the owner of Camdan Recycling announced the closing to a group of people at the B.P.O. Elks Lodge 1608 in Needles, California over the weekend.

The source tells ZachNews that people at that gathering were told that the closure was due to regulations in California, but ZachNews has learned that the closure may have to do with the State of California owing Camdan Recycling between $50,000.00 and $60,000.00 which the State of California is refusing to pay them.

City of Needles Vice Mayor Jeff Williams confirms the closure to ZachNews and posted on his Facebook Page, Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson wrote, “I just found out late last night and have informed city staff to look at all of our options to help our resident with their recycling needs.”

ZachNews has learned that Camdan Recycling is closing before the end of 2015, on Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015, because Camdan Recycling can no longer afford to stay open.

Many people from the community use Camdan Recycling to drop off their cans and bottles they recycled for some extra needed cash.

That extra money helped people who are living from paycheck to paycheck; if for purchase that gallon of milk, loaf of bread, or pay for gasoline, that extra money was a big help to people who need to get by.

People who go to Camdan Recycling will have to go elsewhere to drop off their cans and bottles, but that’s if they have transportation as some of the people who go to Camdan Recycling walk with their bag of recycled cans and bottles.

People with transportation will have to go to a place that will accept the can and bottles from California.

Camdan Recycling has been involved in many events in our community, including the 5th Annual Route 66 Hot Boat and Custom Car Show and Golf Tournament.

A sad and depressing lost to the community just before the Christmas holiday.

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

 

News Update!!: Roseburg, OR: Latest information on the deadly shooting at Umpqua Community College.

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News Update!!: Roseburg, OR: Latest information on the deadly shooting at Umpqua Community College.

ZachNews has the latest information on the deadly shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon.

** As of 2:00pm PT on Friday, October 2nd, 2015: **

– Douglas County Sheriff’s Office John Hanlin has just read the names of the 9 victims who were killed during the deadly shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon.

** The names of the victims were identified by Douglas County Sheriff’s Office John Hanlin as: **

20 years old Treven Taylor Anspach of Sutherlin.

44 years old Sarena Dawn Moore of Myrtle Creek.

67 years old Lawrence Levine of Glide.

33 years old Jason Dale Johnson of Winston.

18 years old Lucas Eibel of Roseburg.

59 years old Kim Saltmarsh Dietz of Roseburg.

18 years old Quinn Glen Cooper of Roseburg.

19 years old Lucero Alcaraz of Roseburg.

18 years old Rebecka Ann Carnes of Myrtle Creek.

United States of America President Barack Obama has ordered all flags at government buildings to be immediately lowered to half-staff until sunset Tuesday, October 6th, 2015.

**** ZachNews sends our thoughts, prayers, and condolences to the families and friends of the victims in the deadly shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. ****

** As of 12:00pm PT on Friday, October 2nd, 2015: **

– Family and witnesses are speaking out about a United States Army Veteran and Umpqua Community College Student and his heroic act in trying to stop the shooter and protecting other students lives.

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The heroic student is identified as 30 year old Chris Mintz and witnesses say Chris Mintz told other students to run, tried to block the door to keep the shooter from getting into the classroom, and charged at the shooter.

According to Chris Mintz’s Family, Chris Mintz is a father, originally from Randleman, North Carolina, served about 10 years in the United States Army, and just started college at Umpqua Community College.

Chris Mintz’ aunt Sheila Brown tells NBC News, “We were told he did heroic things to protect some people.”

Sheila Brown said that Chris Mintz was on the wrestling team and done cage-fighting, and said, “it does not surprise me that he would act heroically.”

Chris Mintz was shot multiple times during the deadly shooting at Umpqua Community College well trying to stop the shooter.

Chris Mintz survived being reportedly shot a total of 7 times.

Sheila Brown said that Chris Mintz was shot in the back, abdomen and hands, and had 2 broken legs.

Chris Mintz is currently alert and awake at a hospital as he recovers from surgery.

Chris Mintz’ cousin Derek Bourgeois set up a Go Fund Me page to help pay for his ensuing medical bills.

** Go Fund Me for Chris Mintz: **

https://www.gofundme.com/s75ge9y4

**** ZachNews sends our many thanks to Chris Mintz for his heroic work to save lives, and to all first responders for helping to save lives and for taking down the shooter of the deadly shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. ****

** As of 11:00am PT on Friday, October 2nd, 2015: **

– Authorities are saying that the shooter had body armor and was armed with 6 guns and 5 additional magazines.

According to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ Assistant Special Agent in Charge Celine Nunez, 6 weapons were recovered at Umpqua Community College and an additional 7 were found at the shooter’s home.

Authorities are saying that all 13 firearms were reportedly purchased legally by the shooter or a family member in the last 3 years.

Investigators also found a flak jacket next to a rifle at the Umpqua Community College that contained steel plates.

During a press conference on Friday, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office John Hanlin said, “This is a hunting state and fire arms are common in most households.”

Douglas County Sheriff’s Office John Hanlin told the media that the medical examiner’s office will officially release the shooter’s name some time on Friday.

NBC News identified the shooter as 26 year old Chris Harper Mercer.

According to Douglas County Sheriff’s Office John Hanlin, nobody from his department will use his name because “it will only glorify his horrific actions and will only serve to inspire future shooters”.

The shooter’s family spoke to the media from their shooter father’s home in Tarzana, California late Thursday saying that they were in shock and were still trying to understand why he resorted to violence.

The shooter’s father, Ian Mercer, said to news reporters, “I’m just shocked as anybody at what happened today. I just been talking with the police and the F.B.I. – that’s all the details I have right now.”

The shooter’s father declined to answer any questions as he went back to his home which authorities are watching the home for their safety and the family wants about to respect their privacy.

Before moving to Oregon, the shooter lived at an apartment complex in Torrance, California where some neighbors say he was quiet and shy.

** As of 8:00pm PT on Thursday, October 1st, 2015: **

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– A candlelight vigils is underway near Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon.

** As of 5:00pm PT on Thursday, October 1st, 2015: **

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– Douglas County Sheriff’s Office have updated the number of deaths and injuries in the deadly shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon saying that 9 people are dead, 7 people are injured, and the gunman was shot and killed.

Earlier, Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum said at least 13 people were killed and 20 people were injured.

It’s unclear what led to the discrepancy.

** As of 4:00pm PT on Thursday, October 1st, 2015: **

– Oregon Governor Kate Brown has announced that flags at all public buildings in Oregon would be immediately lowered to half-staff until sunset Friday, October 2nd, 2015.

In a press release from the Office of Oregon Governor Kate Brown, the press release states, “Governor Kate Brown immediately orders flags lowered to half-staff at all public institutions throughout Oregon until sunset on Friday, Oct. 2 in honor of the victims of the Umpqua Community College shooting. “Today is heartbreaking for Umpqua Community College, the greater Roseburg community, and all of Oregon,” Governor Brown said. “My heart is heavy as we continue to learn more about today’s tragic events. While it is still too early to know all of the facts, the effects of an incident such as this one are long-lasting. Please join me in keeping the victims and their families, as well as first responders, in your thoughts.” Following her press conference on the shooting this afternoon, Governor Brown is en route to Roseburg.”

** As of 3:36pm PT on Thursday, October 1st, 2015: **

– United States of America President Barack Obama spoke to the media about the deadly shooting at Umpqua Community College.

United States of America President Barack Obama said, “There’s been another mass shooting in America, this time at a community college in Oregon. It means there are more American families, moms dads, children, whose lives have been changed forever. That means there’s another community stunned with grief, and communities across the country forced to relive their own anguish, and parents across the country who are scared because it might have been their children. I’ve been to Roseburg, Oregon. There are really good people there. I want to thank all the First Responders whose bravery likely saved some lives today. In the coming days, we’ll learn about the victims, young men and women who were studying and learning and working hard, their eyes set on the future, their dreams of what they could make of their lives But, as I said just a few months ago, and I said a few months before that, and I said each time we see one of these mass shootings, our thoughts and prayers are not enough. It’s not enough. It does not capture the heartache and grief and anger that we should feel. It does nothing to prevent his carnage from being inflicted some place else in America next week or a couple months from now. We don’t yet know why this individual did what he did. It’s fair to say anybody who does this has a sickness in their minds, regardless of what they think their motivations may be. But we are not the only country on earth that has people with mental illnesses who want to do harm to other people. We are the only advanced country on earth that sees these kind of mass shootings every few months. Somehow this has become routine. The reporting is routine. My response here at this podium ends up being routine. The conversation in the aftermath of it. We’ve become numb to this. We talked about this after Columbia and Blacksburg, after Newberg, after Aurora, after Charleston. It cannot be this easy for someone who wants to inflict harm on other people to get their hands on a gun. Right now, I can imagine the press releases being cranked out. We need more guns they’ll argue, fewer gun safety laws. Does anybody really believe that? There are scores of responsible gun owners in this country. They know that’s not true. What’s also routine is that somebody somewhere will say Obama politicized this issue. This is something we should politicize. It is relevant to our common life together, to the body politic. This is a political choice that we make to allow this to happen every few months in America. We are collectively answerable to those families who lose their loved ones because of our inaction. When Americans are killed in mine disasters, we work to make mines safer. … When roads are unsafe, we fix them to reduce auto fatalities. We have seatbelt laws because we know it saves lives. The notion that gun violence is somehow different and our freedom and our constitution prohibits any modest regulation of how we use a deadly weapon when there are law-abiding gun owners all across the country who can hunt, protect their families, under such regulations, it doesn’t make sense. Each time this happens, I am going to bring this up. Each time this happens, I’m going to say, ‘We can actually do something about it.’ But we’re going to have to change the laws. I’ve got to have congress, state legislators, governors who are willing to work with me on this. I hope and pray that I don’t have to come out again during my tenure as president to offer my condolences. But based on my experience as president, I can’t guarantee that. May God bless the memories of those who were killed today. May He bring comfort to their families.”

** Video from The White House on YouTube: **

** As of 3:00pm PT on Thursday, October 1st, 2015: **

– United States of America President Barack Obama will be speaking to the media inside the Briefing Room at 3:20pm PT.

https://www.whitehouse.gov/live/president-obama-delivers-statement-2

** As of 2:00pm PT on Thursday, October 1st, 2015: **

– At least 13 people are dead, 20 people wounded, and the shooter killed after a deadly shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon.

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The deadly shooting happened at around 10:30am PT on Thursday, October 1st, 2015.

According to Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum, 13 people were killed and 20 people have been wounded, but those numbers may be updated later as the situation is still developing.

Several people were taken to the Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg, Oregon.

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According to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office John Hanlin, the shooter fired at law enforcement officers and was killed, and there is no longer a threat on the campus.

Witnesses say the shooter came in and asked people to “state your religion” and there’s reports that an online posting warning students not to go to school today was posted to social media.

United States of America President Barack Obama has been briefed on the situation.

**** ZachNews sends our thoughts, prayers, and condolences to the families and friends of the victims in the deadly shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. ****

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News Alert!!: California: Mandatory water use restrictions in California effective today.

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News Alert!!: California: Mandatory water use restrictions in California effective today.

Mandatory water use restrictions for California, ordered by California Governor Jerry Brown, is in effect on Monday, June 1st, 2015 until February 2016.

According to the State of California, California is currently experiencing the most severe drought in over 100 years, and California Governor Jerry Brown has ordered the State of California to cut its use by 25 percent, which means that people in all communities are forced to make changes to their everyday lives; that includes watering of lawns, filling up pools, and washing your vehicle outside.

** Some of the activates prohibited under the restrictions include the following: **

– Allowing irrigation water to run off into a gutter, ditch, drain, driveway, sidewalk, street or onto pavement or other hard surface.

– Outdoor irrigation of landscape for more than fifteen (15) minutes of watering per day per station.

– This restriction does not apply to landscapes that utilize drip irrigation systems. Outdoor irrigation of landscape on rainy days.

– Excess use, loss, or escape of water through breaks, leaks, or other malfunctions in the plumbing system or distribution system for any period of time after such escape of water should have reasonably been discovered and corrected.

– Washing of automobiles, trucks, trailers, boats, airplanes, and other types of mobile equipment, unless done with a hand held bucket or hand held hose equipped with a positive shutoff nozzle for quick rinses.

– Restaurants serving water to their customers, except when specifically requested by their customers.

– Operating a decorative water fountain or feature, built or installed after the adoption of this ordinance that does not include re-circulated water.

– Operating a commercial car wash or laundry, built or installed after the adoption of this ordinance, that does not use re-circulated water.

– Operating a single-pass cooling system built or installed after the adoption of this ordinance.

– Hotels, Motels, and other commercial lodging establishments shall not launder towels and linens daily, except when specifically requested by their customer.

Those who don’t comply to the mandatory water use restrictions in California could face a fines; fines up to $10,000 per day.

Under California’s restrictions, every water service provider with more than 3,000 connections must conserve a specific percentage of their 2014 per capita use.

Each district is being asked to cut back by a different percentage, based on use in 2013.

** Document: Urban Water Suppliers and Regulatory Framework Tiers to Achieve 25% Use Reduction: **

http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/waterrights/water_issues/programs/drought/docs/emergency_regulations/supplier_tiers_20150428.pdf

Due to the severity of these statewide drought conditions, on Wednesday, April 1st, 2015, California Governor Jerry Brown directed the State Water Board to implement mandatory reductions across California.

** From the State of California: **

– Governor Brown Directs First Ever Statewide Mandatory Water Reduction:

http://gov.ca.gov/news.php?id=18910

– California Drought:

http://ca.gov/drought/

On Tuesday, May 5th, 2015 the State Water Resources Control Board approved changes to drought emergency regulations which require agencies to impose specific outdoor water use restrictions.

** From the State Water Resources Control Board: **

– Water Conservation Portal:

http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/conservation_portal/

According to the County of San Bernardino, in order to abide by these California’s mandated requirements, the San Bernardino Municipal Water Department Board of Water Commissioners authorized implementation of Stage IIA of the department’s Water Supply Shortage Contingency Plan.

The City of Needles discussed the mandatory water use restrictions for California during the a joint Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority Meeting held on Tuesday, April 14th, 2015 inside the Needles City Council Chambers in Needles, California.

** You can read more about that news story at the following ZachNews on YouTube website address: **

– Needles, CA: Discussion over California Governor’s executive order mandating substantial water reductions statewide.

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