General News

Martinez Police Blotter Sept. 16-30, 2018

On September 16th at 3:30 pm, a 25-year-old man from Walnut Creek called dispatch to report he “knocked a guy out” in the bathroom at Hidden Lakes Park. The suspect was arrested for battery. The suspect in this case had been a victim with the same person several months ago during an altercation in San […]

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Martinez marina expenses stable, revenues higher since dredging

MARTINEZ, Calif. – The Martinez Marina has experienced an upswing in its revenues and has stabilized its expenses since the city dredged the area in 2017, Jim Haynes, chief executive officer of Almar Marinas, said Tuesday. In California, Almar Marinas manages the Oakland, Treasure Isle, Marina del Rey, Westport, Peninsula Yacht and Bahia marinas, in […]

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BOE to vote on Sandy Hook Promise agreement

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Martinez Unified School District Board of Education will vote Monday whether to participate in the Sandy Hook Promise “Know the Signs” program that are designed to improve school safety. A memorandum of understanding (MOU) for two elements of the program, “Start with Hello” and “Threat Assessment and Intervention,” will be up for […]

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MUSD school board candidates Q and A

MUSD school board candidates Q and A

Prior to every election, the Martinez News-Gazette asks local candidates a series of questions to inform voters about how those candidates stand on select issues. Below are the responses to five questions submitted to Martinez Unified School District trustee Deidre Siquenza and challenger Craig Lazzeretti. The pair are facing off for the Area 3 seat […]

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Council extends commercial cannabis moratorium

Council extends commercial cannabis moratorium

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Reluctant to extend a moratorium on commercial cannabis operations for an entire year, Martinez City Council decided Wednesday the city’s regulation of those businesses must be in place by July 31, 2019. Martinez’s ban on commercial operations, adopted on an emergency basis in 2017 and extended until Oct. 31, was put in […]

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Community Focus

Halloween candy hunt Thursday at Holiday Highlands Park

Halloween candy hunt Thursday at Holiday Highlands Park

Barbara and Marty’s Halloween, the Martinez Recreation Department’s old fashioned Halloween candy hunt, will take place from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, at Holiday Highlands Park, at Fig Tree Lane off Arnold Drive. Admission is free and open to children 3 to 12. The event is sponsored by Barbara and Marty Ochoa, […]

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Martinez Rotary celebrates World Polio Day

Martinez Rotary celebrates World Polio Day

Martinez Rotary members join millions reaching out on World Polio Day October 24th to raise awareness, funds and support to end polio – a vaccine preventable disease that still threatens children in parts of the world today. Since Rotary and its partners launched the Global Polio Eradication Initiative 30 years ago, the incidence of polio […]

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Parent Coffee: An conversation with Nicole Hockley, founding member of Sandy Hook Promise

Attention Contra Costa County parents of current K-12 students, the Contra Costa County Office of Education (CCCOE) and the 32nd District PTA invite you to a Parent Coffee, featuring Nicole Hockley, founding member of Sandy Hook Promise, on Wednesday, October 24, from 7:30-8:30 a.m., at the Pleasant Hill Community Center. Hockley will give a brief […]

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Kader Walk to help Juvenile Hall Auxiliary, youth

Kader Walk to help Juvenile Hall Auxiliary, youth

A 5M walk-run Saturday at the Lafayette Reservoir will benefit the youth of Contra Costa County’s Juvenile Hall. The Chief Philip Kader Annual Walk is the marquis event that both raises money for the Juvenile Hall Auxiliary and celebrates youth who are striving to make positive changes in their lives so they can become productive […]

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At Home With Vivian: Home Tour Plus

At Home With Vivian: Home Tour Plus

Mark your calendars for the 12th annual Martinez Home Tour coming this Saturday, October 13th from 10am to 4pm. Go early and check out the fun raffle prizes! My husband Jeff and I enjoy home tours. We’ve been to luxury estates in the Caribbean, stately mansions in New York, royal castles in Europe, and beach […]

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History

Our Town: A city without a city hall

Our Town: A city without a city hall

By CHARLENE PERRY Reprinted from January 1985 Editor’s Note: Due to the pressures of time, energy and upcoming knee surgery, this writer will return from time to time to reaching into the treasure chest of Charlene Perry’s well-researched columns from the 1980s and 90s. This piece, from 1985, will be the introduction to a forthcoming […]

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Our Town: Celebrating Martinez’s movie fame

Our Town: Celebrating Martinez’s movie fame

By HARRIETT BURT Martinez News-Gazette Contributor CARTER WILSON Martinez Historical Society Photographer Last week this writer thought she’d written the last story about Tucker: The Man and His Dream but then Carter Wilson, photographer of homes on the annual Martinez Historical Society Home Tour, brought over a handful of images of the Saturday’s film party […]

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Our Town: Tucker movie true to creator’s past

Our Town: Tucker movie true to creator’s past

By HARRIETT BURT Martinez News-Gazette Contributor The special screening of the restored Francis Ford Coppola film, “Tucker: The Man and His Dream” will be held Saturday, August 11 at the Shell Club House. Doors open at 6 for hearty hors d’ oeuvres and a silent auction and the screening will begin at 8 p.m. James […]

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Our Town: Semple of Benicia, Smith of Martinez, Alike in many ways

Our Town: Semple of Benicia, Smith of Martinez, Alike in many ways

By HARRIETT BURT Martinez News-Gazette Contributor Editor’s Note: This is the second part of an article about Robert Semple of Kentucky, the founder of Benicia, who made it possible for another ambitious American from Georgia to found Martinez. Written some years ago for the MHS Newsletter by the late John Bonnell who, in retirement, used […]

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Our Town Special Event: “Tucker: The Man and the Automobile” returns to town 30 years later to benefit MHS

Our Town Special Event: “Tucker: The Man and the Automobile” returns to town 30 years later to benefit MHS

By HARRIETT BURT Martinez News-Gazette Contributor Editor’s note: A showing of the recently restored Francis Ford Coppola film “Tucker: The Man and His Dream” is scheduled for Saturday, August 11, 2018 at the Shell Club House. The benefit for the Martinez Historical Society will take place starting at 6 p.m. A small portion of the […]

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Sports

Rams beat 49ers, stay undefeated (photo gallery)

Rams beat 49ers, stay undefeated (photo gallery)

Photos by Tod Fierner (Martinez News-Gazette) Things came much easier than the past two weeks for the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday as they dominated the 49ers en route to a 39-10 victory in San Francisco. The Rams forced four turnovers and blocked a punt, scoring 24 points off of those takeaways. Despite the high […]

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Alhambra Girls Volleyball vs Campo (photo gallery)

Alhambra Girls Volleyball vs Campo (photo gallery)

Photos by Mark Fierner (Martinez News-Gazette) Campolindo beat Alhambra 3-1.  

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Warriors beat Oklahoma City 108-100 (photo gallery)

Warriors beat Oklahoma City 108-100 (photo gallery)

Photos by Gerome Wright ( Martinez News-Gazette ) Opening night in the NBA is always special. For the GS Warriors, this one had even more to it. As they received their championship rings ahead of a 108-100 win over the Oklahoma City on Tuesday at Oracle Arena, it was hard to avoid recalling the days […]

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Cal blown out by UCLA 37-7 (photo gallery)

Cal blown out by UCLA 37-7 (photo gallery)

Photos by Guri Dhaliwal (Martinez News-Gazette) Cal was shutout in the first half, scored right away in the second quarter and then didn’t sniff the end zone after that drive. UCLA dominated on both sides of the football, the defense was gashed on the ground by Kelley and the Cal offense was as abysmal as […]

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Bulldogs take down Northgate Broncos 33-13

Bulldogs take down Northgate Broncos 33-13

Photos by Tod Fierner (Martinez News-Gazette)

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Opinion

Letter to the Editor: Measure X a ‘necessary, step forward’ for city

Letter to the Editor: Measure X a ‘necessary, step forward’ for city

Dear Editor, As voting season enters the final stretch and we begin to receive our ballots in the mail, I’d like to share why I’m supporting Measure X this November. A half-cent sales tax equal to about a dime a day, Measure X provides critical funds to improve our water and flood control infrastructure, boost […]

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Mayor’s Message: Answering some questions Measure X

Mayor’s Message: Answering some questions Measure X

It is now October and autumn is here. The days are shorter, it is dark when we get up for work, and it is getting darker every night when we come home. The air is still warm during the day, but the nights are getting crisper with each passing day. We are also in the […]

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Column 1: Say what??

Column 1: Say what??

SAY WHAT?? The acknowledged ‘groper-in-chief’ who uses the Oval Office as a potty break between his jaunts across the country for political rallies, has now, to his hyped-up so-called supporters in the ‘heart of the nation’, sort of stubbed his toe by mocking a nationally-recognized accuser who told her story in front of the Senate […]

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Letter to the Editor: No cannabis shops in Martinez

Letter to the Editor: No cannabis shops in Martinez

Despite the current ban on the establishment of Pot Shops in Martinez, a recent city council meeting centered only on where, not if, a shop would be permitted. All the city council members appeared to assume that the opening of 1 or 2 marijuana dispensaries would be a boon to our city. The speakers in […]

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Measure X is essential for Martinez

Measure X is essential for Martinez

Dear Editor: I have been reading with interest the varied letters on the Measure X issue. The question is: should we or shouldn’t we pass this ½ cent sales tax. Most readers acknowledge that our police should be retained and given a competitive salary, the water system needs major upgrades, parks & playgrounds require regular […]

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Arts & Entertainment

Art passages gallery show illustrates importance of early child care

Art passages gallery show illustrates importance of early child care

MARTINEZ, Calif. ­­– A free exhibit of art by children and photographs of community-based child care centers is designed to show the availability of early child care programs in Contra Costa County. The show is the collaboration of the Arts & Culture Commission of Contra Costa County (ACS) and the Contra Costa County Community Services […]

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Artist’s beaver mural attracts attention

Artist’s beaver mural attracts attention

MARTINEZ, Calif. ­­– When artist Tim Hon made his first stroll of Martinez’s downtown area a few years ago, he was impressed. Little did he know the walk would lead to his creating a popular mural on the side of one of its businesses. And the owner of the business that bears the mural hopes […]

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Martinez Arts Association’s Art in the Park Aug. 19

MARTINEZ, Calif. – More than 50 artists are expected to exhibit their paintings, sculptures and other works in Susana Park Aug. 19 in the 49th annual Martinez Arts Association Art in the Park show. More than an art show, this event also is the Martinez Arts Association’s largest fundraiser for the its goal of encouraging […]

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Outside Lands with a twist

Steve Langsam ( Martinez News-Gazette ) San Francisco, Calif. – In one week from now Golden Gate Park will be filled with the music of over 50 artists as Outside Lands comes back for another addition of their wonderful summer festival in San Francisco. This year the festival from Another Planet Entertainment will of course […]

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New play opening at the Campbell finds comedy in death

New play opening at the Campbell finds comedy in death

By SCOTT BABA Art and Entertainment Editor Women of Words premiered its sixth show at the Campbell Theater this weekend, opening “Dearly Departed” on Friday, a goofy southern comedy about life, death, and family. Written by David Dean Bottrell and Jessie Jones, “Dearly Departed” premiered in New Haven Connecticut in 1991, and that same year […]

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