General News

Downed power lines in downtown Martinez

Downed power lines in downtown Martinez

Around 1:00 p.m. in the 800 block of Estudillo St. in downtown Martinez, a partially fallen tree pulled down at least two utility poles, damaged at least four vehicles and caused power outages all over Martinez. Martinez Police, Contra Costa Fire and PG&E personnel and crews are on the scene. (all photos by Ken Mitchroney)

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Council to receive Measure H annual report, review CalPERS/JFA contract

Council to receive Measure H annual report, review CalPERS/JFA contract

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Martinez City Council will vote tonight whether to amend a contract with the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) to provide for the merger of the Pleasant Hill-Martinez Joint Facilities Agency (JFA.) That agency was formed in the 1970s to make the purchase of computer equipment more efficient. But Pleasant Hill soon […]

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City soliciting commercial cannabis proposals

City soliciting commercial cannabis proposals

The city of Martinez is seeking proposals from those who want to open commercial cannabis businesses here, according to an announcement released through City Planner Margaret Kavanaugh-Lunch. Successful applicants first would receive a conditional certificate and ultimately would be awarded a commercial cannabis operating permit, needed before they could open a business in the city, […]

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Council, PRMCC meet today on Commission’s advisory role, work plan, parks projects

MARTINEZ, Calif. – After expressing concerns about the topic for several of its own meetings, the Parks, Recreation, Marina and Cultural Commission will meet with the City Council today to discuss its advisory role. The joint meeting also will address the Commission’s work plan and its recommended priority ranking for park projects. Michael Chandler, deputy […]

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Planning Commission eyes capital improvement program Tuesday

Planning Commission eyes capital improvement program Tuesday

Martinez Planning Commission will meet Tuesday to determine whether the city’s five-year capital improvement program conforms with the General Plan. But it likely won’t consider whether to add the definition for a shooting gallery and a shooting gallery within an enclosed building to the Municipal Code or whether such enclosed galleries should be allowed in […]

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Community Focus

PG&E works to restore power

PG&E works to restore power

(photo by Ken Mitchroney) Pacific Gas and Electric employees replace a utility pole on Ward Street in downtown Martinez late Friday night. Two utility poles were felled when a portion of an old oak tree on Estudillo Street snapped off, dragging down sparking power lines and a transformer. A large part of the tree fell […]

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Martinez Business Beat, May 15, 2019

Martinez Community Chorus Spring Concert The Martinez Community Chorus will present its Spring Concert on Tuesday May 21 at 7:30 PM. This year it will be held at the First Congregational Church, 1229 Court St. Join us as we present a selection of traditional and contemporary songs featuring the Chorus and soloists. Admission is free. […]

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Proud grandparents

Proud grandparents

Mike and Sharon Wilson, lead carriers for the Gazette, welcomed their first gradnchild earlier this year. Zayden Michael Wilson was born on February 13 to Keith and Maritza Wilson

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At Home With Jeff: Sounds good to me

At Home With Jeff: Sounds good to me

By JEFF ROUBAL Martinez News-Gazette Columnist My wife and I bought a new car a couple months ago. The vehicle is a marvel of electronic gadgetry. We are still discovering features that are delightful and sometimes a bit mysterious. “How does that work?” we wonder when the car does something unexpected. Some of the thingamajigs […]

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Park It by Ned MacKay: Volunteer at Crab Cove

Park It by Ned MacKay: Volunteer at Crab Cove

The East Bay Regional Park District always welcomes volunteers to help with its wildlife preservation and habitat enhancement programs. There’s a good opportunity coming up on Sunday, May 19 at Crab Cove Visitor Center in Alameda. It’s a work session from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to help prepare the center’s butterfly and native plant […]

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History

Underground Echoes: In our outdoor museum, past lives matter

By JOSEPH & JUDIE PALMER Special to the Gazette There is something very serene and introspective about working in the Alhambra Pioneer Cemetery, both as the oldest known cemetery in Contra Costa County and as a wonderful outdoor museum. For one thing, the residents are very quiet. The other reasons include the beautiful views of […]

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Underground Echoes: Aaron Rice: The final chapter (1880-1906)

By JOSEPH & JUDIE PALMER Martinez Gazette Contributors From our last column, we discovered Aaron had siblings. Although his sister Judy Schlesher (58) was never found, (nor could we find any record of her) his older brother William (62) and family, were located living in McKinney, Collin County, Texas. We additionally found them enumerated in […]

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Underground Echoes: Family: Love, loss & found

By JOSEPH & JUDIE PALMER Special to the Gazette When we last left Aaron and his family, they were living blissfully. They had become in a relative short period: property owners, industrious entrepreneurs, founders of Napa’s AME Church, ardent voters and proud US citizens. As proof of their accomplishments an announcement published in the Napa […]

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Underground Echoes: Life on the family farm: Aaron Rice (1860-1871)

By JOSEPH & JUDIE PALMER Special to the Gazette Picking up Aaron’s story from where we left off, William Rice still had custody of Nathaniel while the rest of his family was free. They finally get to celebrate the holidays without following someone else’s rules. This included their first ever Thanksgiving as it was not […]

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The move to California: Aaron Rice (1819-1860)

The move to California: Aaron Rice (1819-1860)

By JOSEPH & JUDIE PALMER Martinez Gazette Contributors We apologize for not writing since last May, but circumstances arose that put our column on hold. In celebration of Black History Month, we wanted to complete Aaron Rice’s story. However due to the time gap, we thought it best to summarize his saga in a few […]

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Sports

Saint Louis Blues drop game one to Sharks 6-3

Saint Louis Blues drop game one to Sharks 6-3

Photos by Guri Dhaliwal (Martinez News-Gazette) The Sharks’ top line combined for eight points as the Sharks easily claimed Game 1 of the Western Conference Final by beating the St. Louis Blues 6-3. Logan Couture started the scoring in the first five minutes of the game, and finished off the game with an empty-netter that […]

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Warriors rally to take game two 114-111

Warriors rally to take game two 114-111

Photos by Tod Fierner   (Martinez News-Gazette) A 15-point halftime deficit could not stop the Warriors on Thursday night, as the World champs rallied from as far back as 17 down to beat the Blazers 114-111 to take a 2-0 series lead in the Western Conference finals.  

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WARRIORS WESTERN CONFERENCE TICKETS ON-SALE

Tickets For The Warriors’ First Three Western Conference Finals Home Games Go On Sale To The General Public on Saturday, May 11 at 12:00 p.m. OAKLAND, Calif. – The back-to-back NBA Champion Golden State Warriors today announced that single game tickets for the team’s Western Conference Finals, presented by Kaiser Permanente, will go on sale […]

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Sharks Headed The Western Conference Finals.

Sharks Headed The Western Conference Finals.

Photos by Guri Dhaliwal   (Martinez News-Gazette) Joe Pavelski led Sharks to 3-2 Game 7 win over Avalanche; will face Blues in Western Conference Final.  

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Golden State takes 3-2 series lead 104-99

Golden State takes 3-2 series lead 104-99

Photos by Gerome Wright   (Martinez News-Gazette) Steve Kerr looked as proud as he has been in years on Wednesday, merrily cursing from the podium after the Warriors took a 3-2 lead in their series against the Rockets. “Our guys are f—ing giants,” Kerr told reports, a nod to Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp. This genre […]

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Opinion

Easter thank you, another great hunt

Easter thank you, another great hunt

The sun was shining, the children were excited, over 2,500 candy filled plastic easter eggs were ready to be hunted. The Easter Bunny was on-site for pictures and there were over 150 prize eggs. Thank you to the following sponsors and partners who made the Martinez Annual Easter Egg Hunt a wonderful success: Scott Busby […]

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Letter to the Editor: Child care concerns

Letter to the Editor: Child care concerns

To Whom it May Concern, I wanted to write to you about a recent issue in Martinez that seemed to spark a conversation that fell to the wayside. There was recently a conversation online, about a Transitional Kindergarten classroom at Childtime Martinez in which many parents felt their children were being emotionally abused. In January […]

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Column 1: Say what??

Column 1: Say what??

By BILL SHARKEY III Martinez News-Gazette Columnist SAY WHAT?? Letter from Republic Services, the folks with the big blue trucks which dart about our streets daily, was dated April 2019, so not an April Fool’s Day letter, probably. However, the message it brought to our home, as one of their customers, certainly could have been […]

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Letter to the Editor: Brickyard Run a success

Letter to the Editor: Brickyard Run a success

Kudos to Kevin Searls and the whole Searls family for producing a wonderful Brickyard Run again this year. Together with a small, dedicated band of loyal volunteers, Kevin has continued the proud Martinez tradition that celebrated a 50th anniversary last Sunday. Events like these make Martinez a great place to live. – Jeff Roubal, Martinez […]

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Column 1: We are Martinez

Column 1: We are Martinez

By BILL SHARKEY III Martinez News-Gazette Columnist WE ARE MARTINEZ, and ‘we’ know how to do crab feeds. Just like the fundraiser for the Martinez Historical Society Saturday, March 30 at the Shell Clubhouse. Nearly 200 hungry attendees (donors) sat elbow to elbow chatting and eating as Boy Scouts provided the ‘server’ function. It was […]

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Arts & Entertainment

County fair opens Thursday

County fair opens Thursday

Contra Costa County’s own county fair opens at noon Thursday for four days of family fun. Opening day also is “Dollar Day,” with $1 admission until 5 p.m. and $1 carnival rides until 5 p.m. Those 62 and older will be admitted for $1 Friday, “Seniors Day.” Those buying a carnival ride wristband can get […]

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“A Murder is Announced” robust and delightful

“A Murder is Announced” robust and delightful

By CHARLIE JARRETT Special to the Gazette If you haven’t been to the Martinez Campbell Theater this past weekend, then by all means pay attention, because their current show, A Murder is Announced, is a robust and delightful Agatha Christie murder mystery. The Plot Line theater company, one of the newer theater companies currently presenting […]

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Largest display of original Shelby Cobras in west comes to Martinez on June 1

Largest display of original Shelby Cobras in west comes to Martinez on June 1

Gumball Rally Dinner on Friday, May 31 to kick off 5th Annual Cobra Day Free to all spectators, car buffs will see a record- setting display of Shelby Cobras and other classic cars from Ford Motor Company starting at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 1 at The Cobra Experience in Martinez. This will be the largest […]

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First class entertainment in Smokey Joe’s Cafe and Vanity Fair

By CHARLIE JARRETT Special to the Gazette This week’s reviews provide you with two terrific opportunities to see up-beat, fun-filled and fast-paced, first-class entertainment in San Francisco’s Geary Theater and Pleasanton’s Firehouse Arts Center, this coming week. First, I’ll share my unmitigated rave review of “Smokey Joe’s Café” presented by the Tri-Valley Repertory theater company, […]

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Trio of offerings dot East Bay

By CHARLIE JARRETT Special to the Gazette This week’s reviews provide three totally different experiences ranging between the traveling Broadway production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in San Francisco, the Mystery of Irma Vep in Danville, and Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Schenkkan’s All the Way in El Cerrito. I will rank these shows as […]

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