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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 3:23pm PT on Friday, November 9th, 2018

** Next Voting Results Update: **

At 4:00pm PT on Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

  • Needles City Mayor:

2/2 100.00% Precincts Reported
Vote Count — Percent
JEFF WILLIAMS: 580 — 100.00%
Total: 580 — 100.00%

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

 

 

  • Needles City Council:

2/2 100.00% Precincts Reported
Vote Count — Percent
ZACHERY LONGACRE: 370 — 18.55%
EDWARD T. PAGET: 519 — 26.02%
TIMOTHY TERRAL: 390 — 19.55%
LOUISE EVANS: 374 — 18.75%
BARBARA L. BEARD: 342 — 17.14%
Total: 1,995 — 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 Alert!!: Las Vegas, NV: Third Live Presidential Debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump happening Tonight.

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News Alert!!: Las Vegas, NV: Third Live Presidential Debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump happening Tonight.

 

Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump and Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton will be facing off in the third live presidential debate, hosted by Fox News’ Chris Wallace, on Wednesday, October 19th, 2016 inside the Thomas and Mack Center at University of Nevada, Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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You can watch the debate live on each of the local television stations as well as cable news channels.

 

NBC News, MSNBC, and Fox News will show the debate live starting at 9:00pm ET.

 

If you’re living in or around the area of Needles, California, Topock, Arizona, and Mohave Valley, Arizona, you can watch the debate live on any of the local television stations.

 

NBC affiliates KNBC, KSNV, and KPNX as well as Fox affiliates KTTV, KVVU, and KSAZ will show the debate live starting at 6:00pm PT.

 

** You can watch the debate live online at the following NBC News website address: **

 

** NBC News: **

 

http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/2016-presidential-debates

 

** Fox News: **

 

http://www.foxnews.com/live-coverage/presidential-debate-coverage-2016

 

** NBC News on YouTube: **

** Fox News on YouTube: **

**** Road Closures: ****

Due to the Third Live Presidential Debate, roads in and around University of Nevada, Las Vegas will be closed from 4:00pm to 10:00pm PT.

 

** List of Road Closures: **

 

– Southbound Interstate 15 from Sahara Avenue to Eastbound Interstate 215 through the airport connector to Russel Road.

 

– Eastbound and Westbound Russel Road from McCarran International Airport to Maryland Parkway.

 

– Northbound and Southbound Maryland Parkway from Russel Road to Tropicana Avenue.

 

– Westbound Tropicana Avenue from Maryland Parkway to Swenson Street.

 

– Northbound and Southbound Swenson Street from Naples Drive to Tropicana Avenue.

 

All of the road closures will impact access to McCarran International Airport.

 

** Recommended Routes: **

 

– From Eastside: Westbound Flamingo Road to Southbound Paradise Road and into McCarran International Airport.

 

– From Westside: Eastbound Tropicana Avenue to Southbound Paradise Road and into McCarran International Airport.

 

** Pictures from NBC News and University of Nevada, Las Vegas: **

News Alert!!: St. Louis, MO: Second Live Presidential Debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump happening Tonight.

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News Alert!!: St. Louis, MO: Second Live Presidential Debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump happening Tonight.

Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump and Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton will be facing off in the second live presidential debate, hosted by CNN’s Anderson Cooper and ABC’s Martha Raddatz, on Sunday, October 9th, 2016 from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

You can watch the debate live on each of the local television stations as well as cable news channels. NBC News and MSNBC will show the debate live starting at 9:00pm ET.

** You can watch the debate live online at the following NBC News website address:

** NBC News: **

http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/2016-presidential-debates

** NBC News on YouTube: **

** Picture from NBC News: **

News Alert!!: Hempstead, NY: Live Presidential Debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump happening Tonight.

News Alert!!: Hempstead, NY: Live Presidential Debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump happening Tonight.

Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump and Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton will be facing off in a live presidential debate, hosted by NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt, on Monday, September 26th, 2016 from Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York.

You can watch the debate live on each of the local television stations as well as cable news channels.

NBC News and MSNBC will show the debate live starting at 9:00pm ET.

If you’re living in or around the area of Needles, California, Topock, Arizona, and Mohave Valley, Arizona, you can watch the debate live on any of the local television stations.

NBC affiliates KNBC, KSNV, and KPNX, will show the debate live starting at 6:00pm PT.

** You can watch the debate live online at the following NBC News website address:

** NBC News: **

http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/2016-presidential-debates

** NBC News on YouTube: **

** Picture from NBC News: **

News Update!!: Needles, CA: 2 “Action Needed” agenda items regarding the Medical Marijuana Ordinance voted on.

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News Update!!: Needles, CA: 2 “Action Needed” agenda items regarding the Medical Marijuana Ordinance voted on.

Members of the Needles City Council voted on 2 “Action Needed” agenda items regarding the Medical Marijuana Ordinance during the Needles City Council, Needles Public Utility Authority, and Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency Meeting held on Tuesday, October 13th, 2015 inside the Needles City Council Chambers in Needles, California.

** Video from ZachNews: **

– Needles City Council: 10-13-2015: Agenda Item #8:

Members of the Needles City Council voted to approved directing City of Needles Staff to amend the Medical Marijuana Ordinance creating a permitting process for having an indoor cultivation facility but that facility must also house the dispensary.

Members of the Needles City Council also wanted to have more restrictions added as to where such a facility could be located, because members of the Needles City Council didn’t like one of the proposed locations and wanted to be sure if any other dispensaries follow suit, again the city would have more say as to where the business would be located.

A concern raised by residents was a location for a indoor medical marijuana cultivation facility in an existing commercial building located at 117 North K Street in Needles, California.

Those who were looking at that location informed members of the Needles City Council that they can look at another location and work with the City of Needles.

– Agenda Item #8: Medical Marijuana Ordinance:

A: Paradise Wellness is requesting Needles City Council to amend Ordinance No. 564-AC to allow cultivation of medical cannabis at 1 Ice House Road. (Action Needed Agenda Item)

B: Ontana Planet Green Wellness Center is requesting Needles City Council to allow them establish and operate a single, standalone, indoor medical marijuana cultivation facility to be located in an existing commercial building, 117 N K Street. (Action Needed Agenda Item)

** Agenda Item #8: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2015_WEBSITE_FILE_POSTING/1_CITY_COUNCIL_NPUA_SARDA/10_OCTOBER/MTG_1/cc_101315-8.pdf

 

According to the City of Needles,

– A: Current Medical Marijuana Ordinance:

In early 2014, the City Council (“Council”) established a subcommittee to update the City’s medical marijuana ordinance, the purpose being to limit the proliferation of medical marijuana collectives within the City. The subcommittee was tasked with deciding between affirmatively regulating medical marijuana collectives, and maintaining the ban with some sort of immunity provision. At that time, the law on regulating and banning medical marijuana dispensaries was complicated by the interplay between State and federal policy and inconsistent case law, making it difficult to adopt an ordinance that would be both effective, as well as consistent with State and federal law. Under the Controlled Substances Act (“CSA”), medical marijuana was, and remains, a Schedule I drug, and illegal for all purposes. In contrast, the California voters and legislature had passed the Compassionate Use Act (“CUA”) and Medical Marijuana Program Act (“MMPA”) providing immunity from certain State medical marijuana laws to those qualified patients and primary caregivers that comply with specified regulations.

This was further complicated by California case law regarding local regulation of medical marijuana collectives. In Pack v. Superior Court (2011) 199 Cal.App.4th 1070, the Court of Appeal held that an ordinance requiring permits for medical marijuana collectives was preempted by the CSA, and by permitting marijuana collectives, the city’s ordinance went past decriminalization into authorization. “A law which authorizes [individuals] to engage in conduct that the federal Act (CSA) forbids…stands as an obstacle to the accomplishment and execution of the full purposes and objectives of Congress.” For that reason, the ordinance was deemed unlawful. However, the California Supreme Court in City of Riverside v. Inland Empire Patients Health and Wellness Center, Inc. (2013) 56 Cal.4th 729, held that the CUA and MMPA do not preempt local bans on medical marijuana dispensaries.

Given the legal landscape, the subcommittee opted not to affirmatively legalize and regulate collectives. On November 25, 2014, the Council passed Ordinance No. 564-AC, effective December 25, 2014 (the “Ordinance”) prohibiting Medical Marijuana Cooperatives/Collectives, as defined, but providing limited immunity from prosecution to those Cooperatives/Collectives that comply with specified rules and regulations. The Ordinance was modeled after the CUA/MMPA and Los Angeles’ Proposition D.

Specifically, the Ordinance, as currently written, prohibits all Cooperatives/Collectives from operating within the City, but provides immunity to those Cooperatives/Collectives that were “in existence, open and operating” within the City at the time the Ordinance was adopted. Moreover, Cooperatives/Collectives are defined in the Ordinance to mean any “facility or location where marijuana is cultivated, made available, and/or distributed…” Our office interprets this provision to mean that Cooperatives/Collectives may not expand or relocate an existing facility, or open ancillary facilities within the City. As such, the Ordinance has worked to preclude any additional Cooperatives/Collectives from opening.

– B: State Legislation:

Assembly Bill 266 (“AB 266″) was introduced by Assembly Member Cooley and co-author Assembly Member Lackey on February 10, 2015. The Bill is a bi-partisan effort by the State legislature to provide comprehensive regulation and enforcement of medical marijuana at the State level. On September 11, 2015, the last day of the legislative session, AB 266 was passed by the California legislature. On September 23, 2015, the bill was presented to Governor Brown for approval; however, no action has yet been taken by the Governor’s office. AB 266 becomes law automatically on October 11, 2015 if it is not vetoed by that time. Although the bill went through several reiterations in the legislature, the current bill as presented to Governor Brown does the following:

1. Enacts the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act (“Act”), which provides for the licensure and regulation of medical marijuana, and establishes within the Department of Consumer Affairs (“Department”) the Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation (“Bureau”), under the control of the Department. The Director of the Bureau will administer and enforce the provisions of the Act.

2. Provides that a city may adopt ordinances that establish additional standards, requirements, and regulations for local licenses and permits for commercial cannabis activities.

3. Provides that the Act will not be interpreted to limit the authority or remedies of a local agency under any provision of law, including Article XI, section 7 of the California Constitution.

4. Provides that actions of a licensee are not unlawful if they are (1) permitted pursuant to both State and local law, and (2) conducted in accordance with the requirements of the Act. Licensees shall not commence activity until they receive a license from both the State and local agency.

5. Provides that “local jurisdictions retain the power to assess fees and taxes, as applicable, on facilities that are licensed pursuant to this IActl and the business activities of those licenses.”

6. Provides rules regarding the regulation, testing, transporting, delivery, etc. of medical Cannabis.

7. Provides that the Bureau must post information on the internet regarding the status of licenses issued.

8. Provides that the Bureau will make and prescribe reasonable rules as necessary or proper to carry out the purposes/intent of the Act, and allows the Bureau to convene an advisory committee to advise on the development of such standards.

9. Provides that each licensing authority may suspend or revoke licenses, after proper notice and hearing, or take other disciplinary action for violations of the Act.

10. Requires the Board of Equalization to adopt a system for reporting the movement of commercial cannabis and cannabis product

11. Repeals the identification cards issued by the MMPA, upon the issuances of licenses pursuant to the Act, and instead provides that relevant permits, in accordance with the Act and relevant local ordinances, are not offenses subject to arrest, prosecution or other Sanctions.

Nothing in the Act shall be interpreted to supersede or limit local authority for law enforcement, enforcement of local zoning requirements, or local ordinances, permit or licensing requirements. Nothing in the Act shall be interpreted to require the Department to undertake local law enforcement responsibilities, enforce local zoning requirements, or enforce local licensing requirements.

AB 266 is contingent on the passage of two (2) other bills, Senate Bill 643 (“SB 643″) and Assembly Bill 243 (“AB 243”). SB 643 provides rules and regulations for the recommendation and licensing of cannabis to qualified patients. In particular, its sets forth standards for a physician and surgeon prescribing medical cannabis, and requires the Medical Board of California to prioritize, investigate, and discipline physicians and surgeons that repeatedly recommend excessive cannabis, or repeatedly recommend cannabis without a good faith examination. SB 643 further requires applicants of certain specified state boards to submit a set of fingerprints for purposes of conducting a criminal background check and to submit their application under penalty of perjury. SB 643 also provides for provisions related to and associated with the manufacturing and testing of medical cannabis. SB 643 affirmatively authorizes counties to impose a tax upon specified cannabis-related activities.

AB 243 requires the Department of Food and Agriculture, the Department of Pesticide Regulation, the State Department of Public Health, the Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the State Water Resources Control Board to promulgate regulations relating to medical marijuana and its cultivation, as well as requires various State agencies to take actions to mitigate the impact of marijuana

Cultivation on the environment. AB 243 also requires cities, counties, and their local law enforcement agencies to coordinate with State agencies to enforce laws addressing the environmental impacts of medical marijuana cultivation.

Both SB 643 and AB 243 passed in the legislature on September 11, 2015 and have been sent to Governor Brown for approval.

– C: Requests to Amend Ordinance:

At the time the City of Needles Ordinance was adopted, Paradise Wellness was operating out of 901 Front Street as a retail Cooperative/Collective. After the Ordinance was passed, Paradise Wellness sent a letter to the Council stating that it had closed the 901 Front Street location and was in the process of acquiring the A-Block building to reopen its establishment. In the intervening period between the closure of 901 Front Street and the opening of the A-Block property (1 lee House Road), Paradise Wellness advises it began operating via mobile delivery service. Once the A-Block property is completed, Paradise Wellness expects to have one (1) Cooperative/Collective operating within the City, albeit at a new location.

Recently, the Council received notice that another Cooperative/Collective, Ontana Planet Green (“OPG”), is in the process of opening a new location within the City and is seeking applicable permits for the same. OPG currently operates a retail Cooperative/Collective at 300 J Street, and is in the process of opening a grow facility at 117 N. K Street. Unlike Paradise Wellness, OPG contemplates two (2) facilities: a continued retail presence at 300 J Street, as well as the grow facility at 117 N. K Street. Although OPG has been informed that the 117 N. K. Street operation would not qualify for limited immunity under the Ordinance, it appears to be moving forward with opening.

On September 14, 2015, the Council received a Letter of Intent from OPG requesting that the Council allow it to establish and operate the grow/cultivation facility within the City. Similarly, on October 3, 2015, Paradise Wellness sent a letter to the Council requesting that the Council amend the Ordinance to allow Paradise Wellness to open its new facility, as contemplated above.

– D: Options Available to City:

The Council has several options: The Council may elect to leave the current Ordinance in place. Because neither of the new locations (A-Block and 117 N. K. Street) were open or operating in December 2014, it is our opinion that the Ordinance, as currently written, prohibits the establishment/operation of both of these proposed additional Cooperatives/Collectives (i.e. they will not qualify for limited immunity under the Ordinance).

Assuming however, that the Council desires to allow the new collectives to open, our office recommends that the current Ordinance be amended. If the Council takes this approach, there are two available options: First, the Council may enact minor changes to the existing Ordinance. These changes would specify that only those Cooperatives/Collectives that were open and operating as of a specified date (to be set by Council) would be permitted, and that under no circumstances shall the Ordinance permit the expansion/modification or relocation of any Cooperative/Collective, or permit the opening of any additional, expanded, or ancillary facility.

Second, the Council may elect to amend the Ordinance to adopt a regulatory scheme that affirmatively permits Cooperatives/Collectives within the City. Because the City already has well established rules for Cooperatives/Collectives to qualify for limited immunity, the amendments would focus on a procedure for issuance of an official City permitslicense.

The current Federal administration has taken a relatively hands-off approach to enforcing the CSA (in terms of medical marijuana), provided there is a strong regulatory scheme in place, and the Cooperative/Collective is not violating one of the eight priorities outlined in the Department of Justice’s Cole Memorandum. Given the State’s current efforts to affirmatively regulate and allow local licensing of Cooperatives/Collectives, upon passage of AB 266, the City would be acting in reliance on the authority granted in AB 266 and the companion legislation.

– Options:

1: Leave the current Ordinance in place and ban the establishmentsoperation of new Cooperatives/Collectives.

2: Enact minor amendments to the Ordinance to allow for the establishment/operation of the Paradise Wellness and OPG grow/cultivation facilities.

3: Establish a regulatory scheme affirmatively permitting medical marijuana Cooperatives/Collectives within the City.

– Recommendation:

Our office recommends that the Council either enforce the Ordinance as currently written or, if the Council is inclined to allow the proposed additional Cooperative/Collectives to open, to amend the Ordinance. It is important to note that regardless of any local immunity granted or permits license issued, if the Cooperative/Collective is in violation of any State and/or Federal law, it is subject to State and/or Federal law enforcement.

**** You can view the full agenda at the following City of Needles website address: ****

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2015_WEBSITE_FILE_POSTING/1_CITY_COUNCIL_NPUA_SARDA/10_OCTOBER/MTG_1/cc_101315-ccnpuasarda_agenda-LINKED.pdf

**** You can view other City of Needles meetings agendas at the following City of Needles website address: ****

http://www.cityofneedles.com/Pages/Departments-Services/Boards/1-2015%20COUNCIL.html

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.

News Alert!!: Downtown Needles, CA: Needles City Council approved the demolition of the old Overland Motel.

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News Alert!!: Downtown Needles, CA: Needles City Council approved the demolition of the old Overland Motel.

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously approved the demolition of the old Overland Motel during a Needles City Council Meeting held on Tuesday, August 11th, 2015 in Needles, California.

The action by members of the Needles City Council authorized demolition and/or a controlled burn of the Overland Motel, including structures and improvements at 710 and 712 West Broadway in Downtown Needles, California, pursuant to court order authorizing demolition in city of Needles vs. Keith Ents USA, LLC and T&M Investors V.

According to the City of Needles, the property formerly known as the Overland Motel is a public nuisance and has been the subject of years of enforcement efforts resulting in a judge placing it in receivership. The City of Needles needs to eliminate the nuisance as it threatens public safety. Fires by transients have been experienced in the past. Numerous business enterprises exist nearby. Discussions have occurred with San Bernardino County Fire Department about using the building for a training opportunity. The Building Official met on Tuesday, August 4th, 2015 and Wednesday, August 5th, 2015 at the site and determined that fire would perform a training exercise by having a controlled burn for the northwest wing of the building demolishing that section. In addition, there will training exercises in the remainder of the building. This has been tentatively scheduled for the second week of October 2015. Once this exercise has been completed, Mr. Mark Adams from Cal Receivers will then prepare the documents necessary to solicit for local contractors to demolish the remainder of the building using the funds available from the sale of city properties.

According to Needles City Manager Rick Daniels, the City of Needles has done everything we can to get compliance. The City of Needles monitor the sale of the property to a new property owner last year and tried to get in contact with the new property owner in terms of what the City of Needles can do to assist in bringing that property into compliance, but the City of Needles were unsuccessfully in making contact with the new property owner.

As for fiscal impacts, according to the City of Needles, the estimate is $85,000 — funds are available in the sale of city land reserves.

As for environmental impacts, according to the City of Needles, “N/A”; not applicable, not available, or no answer.

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels told members of the Needles City Council that a plan by the San Bernardino County Fire Department and their training group regarding the fire department training uses and fire training will be completed at the end of this month.

After the fire department training is done at the old Overland Motel, Needles City Manager Rick Daniels told members of the Needles City Council that the building will be demolition down to its native soil.

According to the San Bernardino County Fire Department, the controlled burn training will happen in October 2015 and streets near the fire training may be closed, including West Broadway and E Street in Downtown Needles, California.

According to Needles City Manager Rick Daniels, an inspecting was done of the property and “there’s no asbestos that we can find on the site so far. We haven’t been in every room, but the sample rooms we been into, there’s no evidence of asbestos.”

On Friday, August 5th, 2011, the City of Needles Building and Safety Department ordered the building unsafe to occupy and posted the notice for residents to move out.

Since the closure, the building went into auctions well dust, vandals, and transients have taken over the property that use to be a stop for tourists and travelers driving from Chicago, Illinois to Santa Monica, California following the historic and world famous Route 66.

The old Overland Motel had also suffered weather damages from Monsoon storms and close calls with fires in the alleyway.

Reaction has been mix with residents saying finally the City of Needles is doing something to this public nuisance and fire hazard well other residents say we are losing a part of our history and it cane be save.

**** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: ****

**** You can read the agenda at the following City of Needles website address: ****

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2015_WEBSITE_FILE_POSTING/1_CITY_COUNCIL_NPUA_SARDA/8_AUGUST/MTG_1/cc_081115-20.pdf

**** You can view other City of Needles meetings agendas at the following City of Needles website address: ****

http://www.cityofneedles.com/Pages/Departments-Services/Boards/1-2015%20COUNCIL.html

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!!: Needles, CA: Needles City Council Members approved to pursuit all other fire services options available to the City of Needles.

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Breaking News!!: Needles, CA: Needles City Council Members approved to pursuit all other fire services options available to the City of Needles.

Members of the Needles City Council approved to advice the Needles City Manager to pursuit all other options available to the City of Needles to bring our own fire department service; including volunteer, paid call, or contract out; feasible, that will not require us to annex or sign over into the fire district, and to bring all information back to the Needles City Council.

The decision came after discussions and public comment was taken at the public hearing during the Needles City Council Meeting held on Tuesday, May 12th, 2015 inside the Needles City Council Chambers in Needles, California discussing fire services options for the community.

This is all as result of the San Bernardino County Fire Department notifying the City of Needles that the cost for the San Bernardino County Fire Department to provide fire services to the City of Needles will increase $600,000 in fiscal year 2015-16 to $1,224,902 which the City of Needles say they can’t afford the new amount in the contract so members of the Needles City Council voted on a fire services option that can serve the community of Needles, California for Fiscal Year 2016 to 2017 from the list of 4 fire services options that were presented to members of the Needles City Council at previous Needles City Council Meetings which were to extend the current contract with the San Bernardino County Fire Department as stated, annex into the fire district, seed an alternative provider, or establish a City of Needles’s own fire department.

During the public hearing, representatives with the San Bernardino County Fire Department presented a packet titled, “City of Needles Annexation Considerations” which briefly explained what is annexation as well as the 2 advantages to annexing.

** Packet posting soon**

As the public and members of the Needles City Council got to wave in on this important issue, a big discussion was on the numbers the San Bernardino County Fire Department were presenting in the Needles 2014 Incident Response under Reported Other Areas under the subject “Other” which showed an amount of 42 which some of the members of the Needles City Council said that amount is too low and there had to have been more traffic accidents and vehicle fire incidents calls along Interstate 40 then what is being presented.

Another big issue was wanting to have more local control of fire services and the idea of having a local volunteer fire department service had many in attendance in support of and even pass local fire department volunteer spoke up defending the idea of having a local volunteer fire department service with many of the people in support saying that it will keep local control of the fire department, that it would put more of the resources to use locally, and there is people who are ready to join and serve their community in saving lives.

There were people in the attendance who say that they want to sign up including Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson.

A local resident spoke up in support of getting our local high school students involved in wanting to become a firefighter for the volunteer fire department service by teaching them at the high school or at the community local college so when they graduated, they can join up.

After hearing the public’s concerns and ideas, members of the Needles City Council approved to advice the Needles City Manager to pursuit all other options available to the City of Needles to bring our own fire department service; including volunteer, paid call, or contract out; feasible, that will not require us to annex or sign over into the fire district, and to bring all information back to the Needles City Council.

** The Agenda Item Vote: **

> Voted Yes = 5:

Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson

Needles City Council Member Louise Evans

Needles City Council Member Tony Frazier

Needles City Council Member Tom Darcy

Needles City Council Member Robert Richardson, M.D.

> Voted No = 0:

> Voted Abstain = 0:

**** Vice Mayor Jeff Williams had an excused absence from the Needles City Council Meeting. ****

** Read the full Agenda Item #8 packet regarding fire services options at the following City of Needles website address: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2015_WEBSITE_FILE_POSTING/1_CITY_COUNCIL_NPUA_SARDA/5_MAY/MTG_1/cc_051215-8.pdf

**** Watch the videos on Agenda Item #8 packet regarding fire services options at the following ZachNews on YouTube website addresses: **

– Needles City Council: 5-12-2015: Fire Services.

– Needles City Council: 5-12-2015: Fire Services 2.

– Needles City Council: 5-12-2015: Fire Services 3.

Afterwards, members of the Needles City Council also approved a year extension contract with the San Bernardino County Fire Department as the City of Needles works to pursuit all other options available to the City of Needles in bring their own fire department service.

According to information from the agenda item packet from the City of Needles, the existing contract for fire services with the San Bernardino County Fire Department expires on Monday, June 1st, 2015. The Needles City Council is considering fire service options. Implementation of any of the options under consideration will require longer than the three weeks remaining under the current service contract. In order to avoid a gap in service San Bernardino County Fire Department has proposed a one year extension of the existing contract at a rate of $612,451 to allow the City to choose the preferred option and provide time for its implementation. The rate for the current year is $620,000. Fire services would continue to be provided from the existing City Fire Station and would utilize the City’s existing fire equipment.

** The Fire Protection Services Agreement City of Needles Service Levels states the following: **

– Maintain three (3) full time firefighters on duty at the City fire station for 24 hours a day.

– Staff one fire engine with three personnel.

– County Fire to use dispatch services from the Confire J.P.A. (ComCenter) in Rialto.

– County Fire to provide fire prevention services plans and inspections to City.

– County Fire to provide Fire Investigator to conduct origin and cause investigations at the same level County furnishes within its own boundaries.

– County Fire will include City in fire department disaster response planning at the same level County Fire furnishes Within its own boundaries.

– Communication system includes an automated incident reporting system with full record management. It also includes mapping services and map book creation for specialized fire protection needs in the City.

– All fiscal services are offered through County Fire so the City will not incur any workload or bill payments or payroll, except for normal oversight and accountability.

– Vehicle repairs will be performed by County Fire certified mechanics who travel to on-site stations to reduce down time,or at our state of the art” shop that has full capability to build a fire engine from the ground up.

– Household Hazardous Waste collection site will be operated by County Fire.

– C.U.P.A. Services will be administered by County Fire upon Needles City Councils action relinquishing authority back to the County Of San Bernardino.

As for the fiscal impacts to the City of Needles, $612,451 expenditure from the General Fund.

Members of the Needles City Council moved quickly and approved the year extension contract with the San Bernardino County Fire Department.

** The Agenda Item Vote: **

> Voted Yes = 5:

Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson

Needles City Council Member Louise Evans

Needles City Council Member Tony Frazier

Needles City Council Member Tom Darcy

Needles City Council Member Robert Richardson, M.D.

> Voted No = 0:

> Voted Abstain = 0:

**** Vice Mayor Jeff Williams had an excused absence from the Needles City Council Meeting. ****

** Read the full Agenda Item #7 packet regarding an amendment with the San Bernardino County Fire Department for a one year extension at the following City of Needles website address: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2015_WEBSITE_FILE_POSTING/1_CITY_COUNCIL_NPUA_SARDA/5_MAY/MTG_1/cc_051215-7.pdf

**** Watch the videos on Agenda Item #7 packet regarding an amendment with the San Bernardino County Fire Department for a one year extension at the following ZachNews on YouTube website addresses: **

– Needles City Council: 5-12-2015: San Bernardino County Fire Department Year Extension Contract.

– Needles City Council: 5-12-2015: San Bernardino County Fire Department Year Extension Contract 2.

The agenda items will go to the Needles City Manager Rick Daniels who said will now put the other fire services options not approved; extend the current contract and annex into the fire district, and put them to the side, and pursuit all other options available to the City of Needles as members of the Needles City Council directed him to do and will bring all information back to the Needles City Council.

After the Needles City Council Meeting, ZachNews talked with Robert Yee regarding having a local volunteer fire department in Needles, California and about what it was like in the past when there was a local volunteer fire department serving Needles, California.

**** Watch the video interview with Robert Yee regarding having a local volunteer fire department in Needles, California at the following ZachNews on YouTube website address: **

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AS13FGG4tJk

**** 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. ****

** There is still a lot of information being collected and to be posted so please stay tuned to ZachNews for more news updates with more information regarding this news story. **

Election Watch 2012: Information regarding Measure Q and Measure R in San Bernardino County.

Election Watch 2012: San Bernardino County, CA: Information regarding Measure Q and Measure R in San Bernardino County.

On Tuesday, November 6th, 2012, voters in San Bernardino County, California will have 2 ballot measures to vote on. Here is a summary about Measure Q and Measure R:

**** Information regarding Measure Q and Measure R was obtain from the Voter Information Guide and Sample Ballot from the County of San Bernardino Registrar of Voter and on the Local Measures on the 2012 Presidential Election Ballot webpage on the County of San Bernardino Registrar of Voters website. ****

** Measure Q: **

County Charter Amendment. Charter Amendment Number 40 of the County of San Bernardino to enact a permanent cap on compensation and mandatory transparency for members of the County Board of Supervisors.

Proposal submitted by the Board of Supervisors of the County of San Bernardino, State of California, to amend the Charter of the County of San Bernardino as follows: “Shall the Charter of the County of San Bernardino be amended to enact a permanent cap on compensation and mandatory transparency for members of the County Board of Supervisors?”

http://cms.sbcounty.gov/Portals/9/Elections/General_2012/CountyReferendum_Q.pdf

** Measure R: **

Compensation limits and budget reductions for members of the County Board of Supervisors. Initiative charter amendment.

Shall the County Charter be amended to change the elected office of County Supervisor to a part-time position, eliminate the current Charter provisions relating to salaries of all elected County officials, establish monthly compensation for the office of County Supervisor at $5,000 plus cola not to exceed 5% annually, establish a total annual budget for each County Supervisor at five times the Supervisor’s compensation, and redefine retirement benefits for the position of County Supervisor?

http://cms.sbcounty.gov/Portals/9/Elections/General_2012/County_Initiative-R.pdf
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If you are planning to vote on Election Day and need to find a polling Place, please head to the following County of San Bernardino Registrar of Voters websites and contacts:

http://cms.sbcounty.gov/rov/home.aspx

http://cms.sbcounty.gov/rov/Elections.aspx

1 (800) 881-VOTE (8683)

1 (909) 387-8300

San Bernardino County Elections Office of the Registrar of Voters

777 East Rialto Avenue

San Bernardino, California, 92415

** Polling Places and Mail Ballot Drop Offs are Open from 7:00am to 8:00pm PT. **
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ZachNews is an independence news outlet and will remain independence so that all sides are heard.

ZachNews dose not endorse, campaign, or recommend any of the voting measures, propositions, or candidates in the elections and candidates interviewed on ZachNews to remain independent and fair without bias.

ZachNews reports the news and information independent and fair without bias.

The people have the choice, the right, and the power to choose who they want to elected, vote for, not against, or not vote at all.

Please don’t forget to register to vote and don’t forget to vote during the Presidential Elections being held on Tuesday, November 6th, 2012.
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Election Watch 2012: Information regarding Measure S and Measure T in Needles.

Needles, CA: On Tuesday, November 6th, 2012, voters in Needles, California will have 2 ballot measures to vote on. Here is a summary about Measure S and Measure T:

**** Information regarding Measure S and Measure T was obtain from the Voter Information Guide and Sample Ballot from the County of San Bernardino Registrar of Voters. ****

** Measure S: **

Measure S is the Medical Marijuana Business Tax Measure.

If approved by a majority of the voters, will enact an ordinance taxing marijuana businesses at a rate of up to 10% of their gross receipts, for the privilege of conducting business within the City of Needles. This tax will be in addition to the current business tax imposed on businesses in the City of Needles. The marijuana business tax will tax gross receipts from the planting, cultivation, harvesting, transporting, manufacturing, compounding, converting, processing, preparing, storing, packaging, and wholesale and retail sales of marijuana and ancillary products in the City of Needles, whether of not carried on for profit.

The tax will not takes effect until the Needles City Council, by ordinance, sets the rate of the tax, which cannot exceed 10% of gross receipts. The Needles City Council may, at any time, set a lower tax rate for all marijuana businesses or establish tax rates for different categories of marijuana businesses, subject to the maximum rate of 10% of gross receipts. The City of Needles may also increase the tax rate from time to time, provided the rate set does not exceed 10% of gross receipts.

Measure S does not legalize of otherwise permit marijuana businesses in the City of Needles.

The revenues from the tax imposed by Measure S will be deposited in the general fund and will be subject to the annual audit performed by the City of Needles’ Independent Auditor which is reported in the City of Needles’ Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.

A “Yes” vote is a vote to permit the Needles City Council to impose, by ordinance, a new business tax on marijuana businesses at a rate of up to 10% of gross receipts in addition to the current business tax.

A “No” vote is a vote not to permit the Needles City Council to impose, by ordinance, a new business tax on marijuana businesses at a rate of up to 10% of gross receipts in addition to the current business tax.

** Measure T: **

Measure T is the Medical Marijuana Business Tax Measure.

If approved by a majority of the voters, Measure T proposes a 2.5% reduction in the franchise fee the City of Needles currently charges the Needles Public Utility Authority (NPUA) from 7.5% to 5%. To offset this 2.5% reduction in the franchise fee, Measure T would impose a Utility Users Tax (UUT) at a rate not to exceed 2.5%, which will be applied to electricity, water, and sewer utility services. The Utility Users Tax (UUT) is a general tax and the revenue the Utility Users Tax (UUT) generates will go to the City of needles’ general fund for essential government services such as police and fire, as well as parks and recreation, the aquatics park, the senior center, the recreation center the golf course, the animal shelter, and other day by day general City of needles services.

The Utility Users Tax (UUT) would be computed on the basis of monthly usage and would be collected by the utility services provider in accordance with the service provider’s regular billing practices.

Measure T requires approval of a majority of voters.

A “Yes” vote for measure T will result in the Needles Public Utility Authority (NPUA) franchise fees being lowered by 2.5% and a 2.5% Utility Users Tax (UUT) being applied to electricity, water, and sewer utility services.

A “No” vote against measure T will result in Measure T failing.

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You can read the full packet regarding Measure S and Measure T at the following City of Needles website:

http://www.cityofneedles.com/forms/11-6-12-election/Notice_of_Election_11-6-12_adding_UTT.pdf

For more information regarding Measure S and Measure T, please contact Dale Jones at the City of Needles City Clerk’s Office at: 1 (760) 326-2113 Ext. 345

If you are planning to vote on Election Day and need to find a polling Place, please head to the following County of San Bernardino Registrar of Voters websites and contacts:

http://cms.sbcounty.gov/rov/home.aspx

http://cms.sbcounty.gov/rov/Elections.aspx

1 (800) 881-VOTE (8683)

1 (909) 387-8300

San Bernardino County Elections Office of the Registrar of Voters

777 East Rialto Avenue

San Bernardino, California,  92415

** Polling Places and Mail Ballot Drop Offs are Open from 7:00am to 8:00pm PT. **
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ZachNews is an independence news outlet and will remain independence so that all sides are heard.

ZachNews dose not endorse, campaign, or recommend any of the voting measures, propositions, or candidates in the elections and candidates interviewed on ZachNews to remain independent and fair without bias.

ZachNews reports the news and information independent and fair without bias.

The people have the choice, the right, and the power to choose who they want to elected, vote for, not against, or not vote at all.

Please don’t forget to register to vote and don’t forget to vote during the Presidential Elections being held on Tuesday, November 6th, 2012.
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Hurricane Sandy Coverage: The Latest News Regarding Hurricane Sandy.

Hurricane Sandy Coverage: The Latest News Regarding Hurricane Sandy.

 

** 11:00am PT/ 2:00pm ET on Monday, November 5th, 2012 News Update: **

 

 

A week after a damaging hurricane name Sandy hit the East Coast of the United States distorting both property and lives. As many people are remembering those who lost their lives and clean up the damage, many people are donating and giving thanks to those who saved lives during Hurricane Sandy.

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** Latest News Regarding Hurricane Sandy: **

 

**** This news story will be updated constantly with the latest news information and important information. ****

 

 

** Death Total: **

 

– According to CNN,175 people have lost their lives from Hurricane Sandy which includes:

 

** Canada: 2 People including: **

 

A woman in Toronto. (No Name or Age Given)

 

 

** Atlantic Ocean: 1 Person including: **

 

– A crew member of the HMS Bounty that went down over open sea during Hurricane Sandy.

 

 

** Caribbean: 67 people including: **

 

– Many people in Haiti, Cuba, Jamaica, Panama, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico.

 

 

– According to CNN, 110 people have lost their lives from Hurricane Sandy in the United States which includes the following states and names being reported:

 

** Connecticut: 4 people including: **

 

– 55 year old Russell Neary in Easton. A 13-year veteran of the volunteer fire department in Easton

 

– 90 year old Olga E. Raymond in Mansfield.

 

 

 

** Delaware: 0 people including: **

 

 

 

** Maryland: 11 people including: **

 

– 66 year old Mai Lam-Phan in Germantown.

 

– 74 year old Donald Charles Cannata in Pasadena.

 

 

** North Carolina: 2 people including: **

 

– 25 year old Jody Alan Davis near Dobson.

 

– 42 year old Claudene Christian in Mount Airy.

 

 

** New Jersey: 24 people including: **

 

– 48 year old Elizabeth Everett and 54 year old Richard R. Everett in Mendham Township.

 

– 51 year old Bruce Litteri in Jefferson Township.

 

– 55 year old Rafael Reyes in New Brunswick.

 

– 59 year old Gracie Dunston in Trenton.

 

– 77 year old Fletcher Fish in Hawthorne.

 

 

** New York: 47 people including: **

 

– 2 year old Brandon Moore and 4 year old Connor Moore in Staten Island. Both boys were ripped from their mother’s arms on Staten Island during Hurricane Sandy.

 

– 11 year old Jack Baumler and 13 year old Michael Robson in North Salem. Both died instantly when an oak tree fell into their family room in North Salem.

 

– 13 year old Angela Dresch in Staten Island, New York. The first victims of Hurricane Sandy who identified on Staten Island.

 

– 24 year old Jessie Streich-Kest and 24 year old Jacob Vogelman in Brooklyn.

 

– 24 year old Lauren Abraham in Queens.

 

– 28 year old Artur Kasprzak in Staten Island. A New York Police Department Officer killed in the basement of his Staten Island home.

 

– 39 year old John Miller in Lloyd Harbor.

 

– 51 year old John Filipowicz and his son 20 year old John Filipowicz, Jr. in Staten Island. Father and son were found buried under debris in the basement of their home in Staten Island and died from drowning in flood water.

 

– 51 year old Jeffrey Chanin in Staten Island. A retired New York Police Department Sergeant.

 

– 54 year old Tiago Ferreira Neto in Greenburgh.

 

– 73 year old Anatasia Rispoli in Staten Island.

 

– 84 year old Safar Shafinoori in Nassau County.

 

– 89 year old Ella Norris in Staten Island.

 

 

** New Hampshire: 1 person including: **

 

– 1 person.

 

 

** Pennsylvania: 13 people including: **

 

– 8 year old Matthew Stahl in Franklin Township.

 

– 17 year old Robert Mills in Northampton County.

 

– 48 year old Tammy Kerosetz in South Whitehall Township.

 

– 61 year old William Sword in Princeton.

 

– 62 year old Gerald Witman in Berks County.

 

– A 66 year old man in Carbon County. (No Name Given)

 

– A 81 year old woman in Somerset County. (No Name Given)

 

– 86 year old Richard Whitehead in Spring Township.

 

– 86 year old Theresa Schlitzer in Lower Macungie Township.

 

– A 82 year old women and A 88 year old women in Wayne County. (No Name Given)

 

– A 90 year old woman in Montgomery County. (No Name Given)

 

 

** Virginia: 2 people including: **

 

2 people in storm related traffic accident in Central Virginia.

 

 

** West Virginia: 6 people including: **

 

– 40 year old Nanci Hedrick in Tucker County.

 

– 51 year old Mark Riffle in Upshur County.

 

– 60 year old John Rose in Barbour County.

 

 

** For more information on those who lost their lives in Hurricane Sandy, please head to the following websites: **

 

 

– CNN: “Superstorm Sandy’s Victims”

 

http://www.cnn.com/interactive/2012/10/us/sandy-casualties/index.html?hpt=hp_t1

 

 

** Damage Cost: (Estimated) **

 

– $50 billion dollars.

 

 

** Power Outages: **

 

– Around 2.4 million customers across the Eastern United States are without power. Utility Crews are working on restoring power as fast as possible.

 

 

** Connecticut: **

 

241,000 customers were without power.

 

 

** Delaware: **

 

– 400 customers were without power.

 

 

** District of Columbia: (Washington, DC) **

 

– 0 customers are without power.

 

 

** Kentucky: **

 

– 0 customers are without power.

 

 

** Maine: **

 

– 0 customers are without power.

 

 

** Maryland: **

 

– 28,600 customers are without power.

 

 

** Massachusetts: **

 

– 7,200 customers are without power.

 

 

** Michigan: **

 

– 5,000 customers are without power.

 

 

** New Hampshire: **

 

– 1,300 customers are without power.

 

 

** New Jersey: **

 

– 1.6 million customers without power.

 

 

** New York: **

 

– 1.3 million customers are without power.

 

 

** North Carolina: **

 

– Power has been restored to a vast majority of customers.

 

 

** Ohio: **

 

– 89,000 customers are without power.

 

 

** Pennsylvania: **

 

– 372,000 customers are without power.

 

 

** Rhode Island: **

 

– 17,700 customers are without power.

 

 

** Tennessee: **

 

– 0 customers are without power.

 

 

** Vermont: **

 

– Power has been restored to a vast majority of customers.

 

 

** Virginia: **

 

– 6,100 customers are without power.

 

 

** West Virginia: **

 

– 104,000 customers are without power.

 

 

** Most Recent News Update: **

 

– Hurricane Sandy victims in New Jersey will be allowed to vote on Election Day on Tuesday, November 6th, 2012 by e-mail or fax. For more information on voting in New Jersey, please head to the New Jersey Department of State Division of Elections website at: http://nj.gov/state/elections/index.html

 

 

**** To find a Polling Place to vote, please head to the following websites: ****

 

– USA.Gov:

 

http://www.usa.gov/Citizen/Topics/Voting.shtml

 

 

– Vote411.Org:

 

http://www.vote411.org/enter-your-address#.UJf-sm_A8rU

 

 

– CanIVote.Org:

 

http://www.canivote.org/

 

 

– CNN Election Center:

 

http://www.cnn.com/ELECTION/2012/vit/

 

 

– Rock The Vote Election Center:

 

http://www.rockthevote.com/election-center/

 

 

– According to the United States Geological Survey, a magnitude 2.0 earthquake shook near Ringwood, New Jersey at around 1:19am ET on Monday, November 6th, 2012. There was no reports of damage or injuries related to the magnitude 2.0 earthquake.

 

For more information regarding the magnitude 2.0 earthquake, please head to the following United States Geological Survey website:

 

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/ld60021703#summary

 

 

– Flood water from Hurricane Sandy has flooded at the construction site near the September 11 Museum Memorial. There is at least 200 million gallons of water remaining and Construction Crews are pumping out from flood water below the streets of Downtown Manhattan, New York.

 

– Organizers of the New York City Marathon with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg canceled this weekends New York City Marathon. All supplies including bottles of water, portable potties, and powered generators are reportedly going to the areas affected by Hurricane Sandy. Walkers and runners who were going to participate in the New York City Marathon are now giving their hotel rooms to those who need them and even volunteering to help those affected by Hurricane Sandy. Many people are saying that the decision to canceled the New York City Marathon was the right decision were there are many still in need of food, water, warm clothing, blankets, and medical supplies in hard hit areas like in Staten Island.

 

– According to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, restoring electricity is the top priority, reiterating Saturday that his state will hold utilities accountable if they weren’t prepared for Hurricane Sandy. Late Friday, Lower Manhattan, New York’s power came back on Friday evening with many who were in affected by that power outage cheering. Utility Crews will continue to work on other areas of the city to restore power to those who do not have power. More Utility Crews and other supplies are being flown in from other states to communities affected by Hurricane Sandy.

 

– New Jersey Governor Christopher J. Christie has signed an executive order implementing odd-even rationing for gas purchases in 12 New Jersey counties. This executive order means that on days that end in even numbers (November 4, 6, or 8), gas station operators can sell gas only to those with license plates whose last digit is even. On days that end in odd numbers (November 3), only those with plate numbers ending in an odd number or those with specialty plates can get gas. Only station attendants can pump gas for their customers in New Jersey.

 

– The total of lives lost during Hurricane Sandy sadly continues to climb. Father and son drowned in the basement of their home, a young girl was killed when a storm surge swallowed her house, a woman was electrocuted when she stepped on a downed electrical line, and on Thursday, the bodies of the missing two boys who were ripped from their mother’s arms were found in Staten Island, New York.

 

– With the New York City subway tunnels flooded, a question that hasn’t being raised to happened to those who are homeless who may have living in those tunnels before the flooding caused by Hurricane Sandy.

 

– Anger and concerns as many people in waterlogged neighborhood in Staten Island, New York wait for help to arrive even saying to the many journalists, “When is the government coming?” Many Staten Island, New York residents are dealing with some looters in the area. Many Staten Island, New York residents are in need of gas, food, water, warm clothing, blankets, and medical supplies. Weather conditions aren’t helping the problem as very cold weather is hitting the affected areas being 50 degree temperature with more lower temperatures to come soon dropping to the low 40’s. Many people are angry there help has been late in coming to help the Staten Island, New York which many people are calling the scene in their neighborhood as a, “Mini Katrina.” According to CNN, a convoy of 10 American Red Cross trucks filled with food, water, and medicine are to arrive to Staten Island, New York Thursday evening. According to the White House, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and FEMA Deputy Administrator Richard Serino are to travel Friday to Staten Island to meet with state and local officials and view the response and recovery efforts. Relief fund is created just for residents of hard hit Staten Island, New York City.

 

– According to the White House, United States President Barack Obama will have a meeting with several members of his cabinet which will included Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, United States Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. United States Energy Secretary Steven Chu, and Governors of Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey on Saturday. They will spend the day in some of the hard hit areas affected by Hurricane Sandy. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will be going to West Virginia and Long Island, New York. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will be going to Brooklyn, New York and Manhattan, New York. Small Business Administration Administrator Karen Mills will be going to Norwalk, Connecticut and Bridgeport, Connecticut. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan will be going to Rockaways, New York and Breeze Point, New York. Homeland Security Adviser John Brennan will be among the federal officials in Staten Island, New York, Hoboken, New Jersey, Newark, New Jersey, and Jersey City, New Jersey.

 

– After touring damaged areas in Brigantine, New Jersey with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie last Wednesday, United States President Barack Obama told reporters that he directs his staff members and the people in his administration to tolerate no red tape or bureaucratic excuses when it comes to getting help to storm victims. “If they need something, we figure out a way to say yes,” said United States President Barack Obama.

 

– Many people are coming together to help their neighbors affected by Hurricane Sandy. Many people are being creative in helping people by setting up Charging Stations so people call recharge their cellular phones and laptops and setting up public wood fire outdoor stoves to help those who may need to cook some food.

 

– Hurricane Sandy destroyed contemporary and modern art works in the Art District of New York City, New York leaving many artists dumping their contemporary and modern art works into the trash cans.

 

– Businesses had contributed over $33 million dollars to help those affected by Hurricane Sandy.

 

– There is news reports that stock certificates worth trillions of dollars and were stored in a vault in Lower Manhattan, New York are feared to be damaged because of Hurricane Sandy.

 

– Power outages in Manhattan, New York are leaving many people running out of food and supplies. Many people are also trying to deal with the weather conditions.

 

– According to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, natural gas lines and service in and around the Seaside Heights and other barrier island locations are shutdown for safety reasons and until those natural gas lines are checked or repaired if need to be repaired.

 

– As many people affected by Hurricane Sand wait in long lines to buy gasoline, news reports of gas shortage are continuing to hit many areas that were hit by Hurricane Sandy. Many gas stations can’t pump gasoline because there is no power in the area which leaves those gas stations who do have power, trying to keep the supply of gasoline in stock.

 

– The Department of Homeland Security waived the Jones Act through Tuesday, November 13th, 2012 allowing Non-United States Flagged Ships to transport oil and gas from United States Ports in the Gulf of Mexico and ports in the Northeast.

 

– The Metropolitan Transit Authority are saying that 14 of the 23 New York City’s subway lines are now running and 4,000 buses are attempting to take up the slack. Metropolitan Transit Authority bus service are running their regular routes on Wednesday, but wait wait times greater then 45 minutes long. Reports that the Metropolitan Transit Authority has waived all subway, rail, and bus fares.

 

– Many people in New York City, New York are divided over the plans to still have the New York City Marathon even when many people are still cleaning or are homeless because of Hurricane Sandy. Some say that the New York City Marathon will bring people together, others say the City of New York should focus on those affected by Hurricane Sandy and to work on getting power restored to the affected power outage areas.

 

– Broadway theaters reopened Thursday. Organizers vowed to hold the New York City Marathon as scheduled on Sunday. Late night shows like Late Show with David Letterman and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon taping their show without an audience for 2 nights because of Hurricane Sandy. Jimmy Kimmel Live held their show in Brooklyn, New York with only 1 day without an audience. Jimmy Kimmel Live host Jimmy Kimmel urged his viewer to donate to the American Red Cross who are helping those affected by Hurricane Sandy.

 

– The World Health Organization says 22 cholera treatment centers in Haiti were damaged because of Hurricane Sandy.

 

 

** Most Recent News Update information will be updated constantly and as fast as possible with the latest information. **

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**** Pass News Update: ****

 

** All Over Affected States: **

 

– At least 23 states felt the effects of Hurricane Sandy.

 

– A total of 175 people lost their lives during Hurricane Sandy.

 

– At least 110 people lost their lives in the United States during Hurricane Sandy.

 

– Many people were injured during Hurricane Sandy.

 

– Damage cost from Hurricane Sandy is estimated at around $50 billion.

 

– 8 million people lost their power during Hurricane Sandy.

 

– The destruction by Hurricane Sandy came in gusty winds, water causing large waves and flooding, fires, and snow.

 

– New York Harbor saw surfs reaching a record of 13.88 feet.

 

– The United States Coast Guard rescued 14 people during Hurricane Sandy.

 

– Many roads, highways, interstates, bridges, and tunnels were closed during Hurricane Sandy.

 

– Mass Transit Systems partially were shut down temporary or were damaged severely.

 

– Many First Responders and Government agencies responded to the affected areas hit by Hurricane Sandy.

 

– Many Utility, Tree, and Construction Crews were sent to the affected areas hit by Hurricane Sandy.

 

– 3 nuclear power reactors were shut down because of Hurricane Sandy.

 

– 22 million gallons of unleaded gas and diesel were delivered to areas affected by Hurricane Sandy by the United States Federal Government.

 

– Park Rangers searched and rescued stranded hikers along the Appalachian Trail because of blizzard conditions.

 

– 7,400 United States National Guard Troops are on duty to help areas affected by Hurricane Sandy The United States Coast Guard sent airboats to the coastlines affected by Hurricane Sandy. The United States Navy moved 3 landing ships to the coastlines affected by Hurricane Sandy.

 

– The Army Corps of Engineers are helping in deploying water pumps and generators to the affected areas in New York and New Jersey. The United States Defense Department is planning to send 80 truckloads of water to West Virginia where snow has left some areas inaccessible.

 

– 4,000 American Red Cross Disaster Workers were sent to areas affected by Hurricane Sandy with more American Red Cross Disaster Workers on there way from other states across America.

 

– Donations to the American Red Cross have been pouring in from all over the Country and the globe. The American Red Cross received nearly $35 million dollars through early morning of Friday, November 2nd, 2012. The American Red Cross has been operating emergency shelters to victims of Hurricane Sandy where caring and hard working volunteers offering food, water, and relief supplies to those affected by Hurricane Sandy. Since Thurday, November 1st, 2012, the American Red Cross has housed almost 6,800 people in nearly 100 American Red Cross emergency shelters in 8 Hurricane Sandy affected states. The American Red Cross delivered over 852,000 ready-to-eat meals and snacks, and served over 215,000 meals to victims of Hurricane Sandy. 25,000 Blankets were sent to American Red Cross emergency shelters in Staten Island, New York, Coney Island, New York, and Rockaways, New York. Donations to the American Red Cross for Hurricane Sandy Relief have already exceeded the $8 million dollars given.

 

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A Message From Zachary A. Lopez and Everybody at ZachNews:

 

Hurricane Sandy slammed into 9 States in the eastern coastline of the United States late Sunday and early Monday causing ocean water and beach sand to race into shoreline homes in New Jersey, caused major flooding to tunnels, damaging mass transit systems, and power outages in Manhattan, burning neighborhoods to the ground in Breezy Point, flooding and devastating whole neighborhoods in Staten Island, bringing blizzard conditions to the Appalachian Mountains, bringing large waves that slammed ships and boats in the Atlantic Ocean and the Great Lakes, damaged roads and bridges along the eastern coastline of the United States, leaving many people staying in emergency shelters or homeless, and a death total that just keeps on climbing well Search and Rescue Crews search for the many who are reportedly missing. are devastating.

 

As many clean up and try to cope with the destruction around them, many people from across the county and around the globe are answering the call to help those affected by Hurricane sandy. From donation food, clothing, blanks, water, flashlights, and sleeping bags, and donating blood; to volunteering in the clean up of communities and passing out food and water to people in the community; and even setting up community outdoor wood fire stoves and Charging Stations to help those who may need to cook some food or charge their cellular phone.

 

Our thoughts go out to everybody in the path of Hurricane Sandy. We stand united together to help and care for the many people affected by Hurricane Sandy.

 

May we all come together to help those affected by Hurricane Sandy. Please donate and volunteer for those affected by Hurricane Sandy. No matter the amount you donate, ever cent counts.

 

To all the emergency responders and the many caring and helpful good samaritans, stay safe and thank you for helping those affected by Hurricane Sandy.

 

To all who are volunteering who are there in the Hurricane Sandy affected areas cleaning up neighborhoods, serving food, or setting up community wood fire stoves and Charging Stations to battery charge equipment, thank you for helping those affected by Hurricane Sandy.

 

To all who have donated money, food, water, blanks, sleeping bags, jackets, tents, flashlights, heaters, barbecues, toilet paper, kids toys, medical supplies, and many other items, thank you for helping those affected by Hurricane Sandy.

 

We Will Not Let Hurricane Sandy Bring Us Down For We Are All United Together as A Family.

 

Take Care, Stay Strong, and Do Not Give Up East Coast Family.

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**** Emergency Relief and Volunteering Information Regarding Hurricane Sandy: ****

 

– American Red Cross:

 

Red Cross Shelters:

 

http://www.redcross.org/find-help/shelter

 

Blood Donations:

 

http://www.redcrossblood.org/

 

American Red Cross Disaster Relief:

 

http://www.redcross.org/

 

1-800-RED-CROSS

 

To donate $10.00 to American Red Cross Disaster Relief, text “REDCROSS” to “90999”

 

 

– Salvation Army:

 

http://www.salvationarmyusa.org/usn/www_usn_2.nsf

 

 

– Save the Children:

 

http://www.savethechildren.org/site/c.8rKLIXMGIpI4E/b.6115947/k.8D6E/Official_Site.htm

 

 

– World Vision:

 

http://www.worldvision.org/

 

 

– Humane Society of the United States:

 

http://www.humanesociety.org/

 

 

– American Humane Association:

 

http://www.americanhumane.org/

 

 

– AmeriCares:

 

http://www.americares.org/

 

 

– Catholic Charities USA:

 

https://www.catholiccharitiesusa.org/

 

 

– Direct Relief International:

 

http://www.directrelief.org/

 

 

– Feeding America:

 

http://feedingamerica.org/

 

 

– Operation Blessing International:

 

http://www.ob.org/

 

 

– Operation USA:

 

http://www.opusa.org/

 

 

– The International Medical Corps:

 

http://internationalmedicalcorps.org/

 

 

– Team Rubicon:

 

http://teamrubiconusa.org/

 

 

– Samaritan’s Purse

 

http://www.samaritanspurse.org/

 

 

– VolunteerMatch.Org:

 

http://www.volunteermatch.org/opportunities/disaster_relief.jsp

 

 

– United Way:

 

http://www.unitedway.org/our-work/disaster-recovery/

 

 

**** Emergency Relief and Volunteering Information Regarding Hurricane Sandy On Twitter: ****

 

You can find where to volunteer and to donate food, water and other supplies by heading to ZachNews on Twitter or by using your own Twitter account, search for the following Twitter Hashtags:

 

#SandyAid

 

#SandyRelief

 

#SandyVolunteer

 

#Volunteer

 

#Volunteering

 

#Donate

 

#Donation

 

#Help

 

#Helping

 

#HelpOut

 

#Give

 

#CleanUp

 

 

– American Red Cross on Twitter:

 

https://twitter.com/RedCross

 

@RedCross

 

 

**** Emergency Relief and Volunteering Information Regarding Hurricane Sandy On Facebook: ****

 

 

– American Red Cross on Facebook:

 

http://www.facebook.com/redcross?ref=ts&fref=ts

 

 

– American Red Cross Blood Donors on Facebook:

 

http://www.facebook.com/RedCrossBlood?ref=ts&fref=ts

 

 

– Hurricane Sandy Volunteer Network on Facebook:

 

http://www.facebook.com/Hurricane.Volunteer.Network?fref=ts

 

http://www.facebook.com/groups/299198370196221/?ref=ts&fref=ts

 

 

**** Emergency Relief and Volunteering Information will be updated constantly with the latest information.

 

 

**** Helpful Information Regarding Hurricane Sandy: ****

 

– Search for Red Cross Shelters: From American Red Cross:

 

http://www.redcross.org/find-help/shelter

 

 

– New York City, NY: From NYC.Gov:

 

http://www.nyc.gov/html/oem/downloads/pdf/hurricane_sandy_shelter_list.pdf

 

 

– Delaware: From DEMA.Delaware.Gov:

 

http://dema.delaware.gov/

 

 

– Ready.Gov:

 

http://www.ready.gov/hurricanes

 

 

– DisasterAssistance.Gov:

 

http://www.disasterassistance.gov/

 

 

– Federal Emergency Management Agency:

 

http://www.fema.gov/

 

 

**** Helpful Information will be updated constantly with the latest information. ****

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