General News

Cooler temps, new contest boost crowds at annual BBQ Festival

Cooler temps, new contest boost crowds at annual BBQ Festival

Event disrupted by protestors on Saturday MARTINEZ, Calif. – With favorable weather and a picturesque venue the annual King of the County BBQ Festival hosted by the Martinez Chamber of Commerce drew large crowds eager to sample a variety of food. Last year a stifling heat wave kept the crowd low at the yearly festival, […]

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Council to hear midcycle budget, staffing recommendations tonight

Council to hear midcycle budget, staffing recommendations tonight

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Martinez staff members will offer their recommendations for midcycle 2017-19 budget amendments, funding for local nonprofit organizations and staffing changes at tonight’s City Council meeting. The budget didn’t anticipate some of the city’s expenses, said City Manager Brad Kilger, Assistant City Manager Anne Cardwell and Finance Director David Glasser in their joint […]

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Update: Measure I lead growing

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Measure I, the citizen-initiated ballot measure that would prevent development on open space park and recreation land without voter approval, now leads by 100 votes a similar city measure that would apply only to publicly-owned land, according to information provided by the Contra Costa County Elections Department. The two measures were put […]

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State’s $139 Billion budget increases spending, expands funding for education, homeless

California’s latest $139 billion General Fund budget that will be put in place with Governor Jerry Brown’s signature, increases state spending by 9 percent, and increases appropriates to education and earmarks $500 million for homeless programs. The budget was approved by both the Senate and Assembly Thursday. Some in Sacramento have praised the compromise Brown […]

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PRMCC meets on Measure H park improvement

The Park, Recreation, Marina and Culture Commission Park Subcommittee will meet Tuesday to discuss the 2018-19 Measure H Park Improvement Project, a continuation of conversations started Saturday during its May 17 workshop. The meeting will start at noon Tuesday in the First Floor Conference Room of Martinez City Hall, 525 Henrietta St.

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Community Focus

Martinez Business Beat, June 20, 2018

Sonoma Raceway Offers Enhancement for Toyota/Save Mart 350 Events The Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR weekend Friday through Sunday will introduce fans to several enhancements to Sonoma Raceway, track officials said. Sonoma Raceway will honor first responders and local heroes as part of its Sonoma Rising program that acknowledges those affected by the devastating wildfires that […]

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At Home With Jeff: Best of plans

At Home With Jeff: Best of plans

By JEFF ROUBAL Martinez News-Gazette Columnist I have finished enough home improvement projects to understand that the final product is never one hundred percent what was initially envisioned. Colors look different after you get them home from the store. Dimensions must be compressed or stretched slightly to fit in with existing conditions that are almost […]

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The microbrewery cluster

The microbrewery cluster

By ZACH SEAL City of Martinez Economic Development Coordinator MARTINEZ, Calif. – An emerging microbrewery cluster is blossoming in downtown Martinez and pollinating Main Street businesses with new customers. Del Cielo (“From Heaven” in Spanish) and Five Suns Brewing both opened recently and are serving up microbrews while building synergies with downtown businesses. “Our microbreweries […]

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Passion To The Streets Organizes Inaugural Car Show

Passion To The Streets Organizes Inaugural Car Show

Eve Cameron, whose Passion to the Streets helps Martinez homeless students and their families as they move toward permanent housing, got a tip from her father, who with his buddies loves to look at cars: Put on a car show to raise money to help those children. Cameron listened. And the inaugural Passion to the […]

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Colleges recognizing Martinez students

Several Martinez students have been recognized for their accomplishments at college, according to statements released by those schools. Gezel Eberhart earned a Master of Occupational Therapy degree from Quinnipiac University, a coeducational, nonsectarian school 90 minutes north of New York. The school is ranked among the top regional universities in the North. Kelley Morley has […]

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History

Don Ignacio Martinez: Rancho Culture

Don Ignacio Martinez: Rancho Culture

By HARRIETT BURT Martinez Gazette Contributor In the little more than 25 years that Mexico ruled over the southern and central coast and neighboring inland area of California, the mission system was replaced by the land grant rancho system where over 600 grants of vast land holdings were made from San Diego to Petaluma and […]

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Our Town: Don Ignacio Martinez

Our Town: Don Ignacio Martinez

There’s a lot more to know about him than we realize By HARRIETT BURT Martinez News-Gazette Contributor Editor’s Note: There are so many interesting topics for a column like this. But just when this writer thinks she has a manageable list, a new idea pops up that can’t wait for a few months. Such is […]

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Underground Echoes: Found, hidden treasure update

Underground Echoes: Found, hidden treasure update

By JOSEPH & JUDIE PALMER Special to the Gazette Since we last wrote about the potential finding of the lost African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church of Napa from 1867 – 1892, a lot of new information has come to light creating a number of unresolved questions regarding the building, its exact location, and wither it […]

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Why Joe left town

Why Joe left town

By JAMIE JOBB Special to the Martinez Gazette Before he turned three years old, Joe DiMaggio and his family had left Martinez for good. Joe often returned to the town of his birth after he retired from baseball, but San Francisco gets to call itself Joe’s hometown. That’s where Joe and his brothers Vincent and […]

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Ten bucks for one field of dreams

A brief history of pro ball in Contra Costa county By JAMIE JOBB Special to the Martinez Gazette “Bush League” – Also see “Bush-leaguers”. Adj. 1) being of an inferior class or group of its kind : marked by a lack of sophistication or professionalism Some folks toss out the term “semi-professional baseball” to describe […]

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Sports

MTZ Clippers Let One Slip Away  9-8  Photo Gallery

MTZ Clippers Let One Slip Away 9-8 Photo Gallery

Photos by Mark Fierner ( Martinez News-Gazett )

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Clippers drop game to Silverados  (photo gallery)

Clippers drop game to Silverados (photo gallery)

Photos by Mark Fierner ( Martinez News-Gazette )

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NASCAR returning to Sonoma Raceway this weekend

NASCAR returning to Sonoma Raceway this weekend

From Thursday’s Hauler Parade from the Capitol in Sacramento to Sonoma Raceway on to Sunday’s Toyota/Save Mart 350, NASCAR is coming to town for its 30th year at the intricate road course. Bakersfield native Kevin Harvick is the defending champion, getting his first Cup win at the track and his first win in a Ford. […]

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MCST kicks off season with a splash

MCST kicks off season with a splash

By COURTNEY MASELLA-O’BRIEN Contributor The Martinez Community Swim Team (MCST) had a busy and successful start to its season, winning both of its meets at home over the weekend. The team’s first dual meet of the season was Saturday June 9, 2018 at Rankin Aquatic Center against the American Canyon Ahi. MCST won the meet […]

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A day at the Ballpark: Henry keeps score

A day at the Ballpark: Henry keeps score

By Jamie Jobb Special to the News-Gazette With no programs available and the scoreboard ignoring balls and strikes, Martinez Clippers fans had their work cut out for them as the home squad lost all four games of its inaugural homestand last weekend at Joe DiMaggio Field 3. For the most part fans understood their need […]

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Opinion

Letter to the Editor: Tobacco industry still targeting children

Letter to the Editor: Tobacco industry still targeting children

We have a problem in this town, and let’s put it frank, it’s not just exclusive to our town. In fact this problem happens to be in every town around the nation, and even the city of San Francisco has gotten to the point that they had to have a ballot measure to deal with […]

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Letter to the Editor: Safety at schools

Letter to the Editor: Safety at schools

Martinez does not have School Resource Officer even though the City Council set a goal (June 13, 2017) to put one in place. According to their own goal document: – The School Resource Officer position is funded – The School Resource Officer position was identified, by the City Council, as a TOP PRIORITY – The […]

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Column 1: Yahoo!!

Column 1: Yahoo!!

By BILL SHARKEY III Martinez News-Gazette Columnist YAHOO!! The 2018 June 5 election finally ‘heated up’ with the controversial issue over how will we decide what to do with open space in the years to come. Lots of $$$ spent on the very colorful campaign material mailed out. Letters to the editor by citizens with […]

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Letter to the Editor: Five top reasons to vote yes on Measure I – the citizen initiative

Letter to the Editor: Five top reasons to vote yes on Measure I – the citizen initiative

We urge Martinez voters to join us in voting YES on Measure I on June 5. Here’s why: 1. Measure I protects all Martinez parks and open space—when the City Council votes to convert them to development, voters will make the final decision 2. Martinez scenic and recreational lands are valuable assets and essential to […]

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What if I want a granny unit?

What if I want a granny unit?

The East Bay Times editorial (on Measure I and Measure F) is an excellent summary of the history of the debate and the shameful actions by the City in this battle over land use decisions in Martinez. The editorial is timely, focused, and leaves no doubt about the Council’s efforts to thwart the will of […]

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Arts & Entertainment

Nathan Turner’s book reception Thursday at old train depot

Nathan Turner’s book reception Thursday at old train depot

A reception for Nathan Turner, whose book “I Love California” has a section on Martinez, will take place Thursday in the old Southern Pacific Depot, where visitors can purchase the book and sample area beverages and foods. Turner is a Martinez native who has pursued a career as a decorator, but also emphasizes entertaining in […]

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BottleRock 2018

BottleRock 2018

Article by Steve Langsam ( Martinez News-Gazette ) Photos by Steve Langsam The Napa Valley Expo continues to provide a fantastic venue for BottleRock year over year. The constant improvements with larger grass areas, bigger viewing areas for the Jam Cellar Stage and Midway Samsung Stage allow more crowds to stay engaged. The William Sonoma […]

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Upcoming at the Campbell Theater

By THE CAMPBELL THEATER We have a lot of exciting events coming up in June at the Martinez Campbell Theater. Starting the month off, on Friday, June 1, we have a Singer-Songwriter Showcase featuring Fooling Marie, Anchors Up, Eli Moody, Uncle Jimi, Roezi Rebel & John Todd. This ages 21+ show is only $5 and […]

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Martinez designer-entertainer returning home for book signing

Martinez designer-entertainer returning home for book signing

MARTINEZ, Calif. – A Martinez native whose career has made him a widely recognized decorator is coming home next month to celebrate the publication of his second book. But Nathan Turner, who is known for his appearances on Bravo’s cable program “Million Dollar Decorators,” didn’t write about designing or how to make a home more […]

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Collection of romantic comedy one-act plays at Campbell

Collection of romantic comedy one-act plays at Campbell

By SCOTT BABA Art and Entertainment Editor Onstage Theater closes out its 40th season this month with “A Funny Little Thing Called Love” at the Campbell Theater, a series of one-act plays written by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten, the writing trio that is sometimes collectively know as Jones Hope Wooten. Jones Hope […]

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