General News

Council uses ‘lease’ financing to pay JFA dissolution settlement

Council uses ‘lease’ financing to pay JFA dissolution settlement

MARTINEZ, Calif. ­­– Following the advice of its bond counsel, the Martinez City Council voted twice Wednesday on a lease agreement that would finance the resulting liability from the dissolution of the Martinez-Pleasant hill Joint Facilities Agency (JFA). By seeking the five-year loan, the city is in a position to save money as it pays […]

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City Hall under consideration as historic resource

City Hall under consideration as historic resource

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Depending on the results of last week’s meeting in Sacramento, Martinez City Hall could be under consideration as a historic resource. Martinez author Kristin Henderson, who holds a master’s degree in library science and has been active in getting other Martinez areas and landmarks recognized for their historic significance, told the Martinez […]

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Council poised to award contracts tonight for Measure D street sealing

Council poised to award contracts tonight for Measure D street sealing

MARTINEZ, Calif. – A Modesto paving firm may get a $2.466,223.41 contract tonight if Martinez City Council accepts its bid for the 2018-19 Measure D street sealing project. City Engineer Tim Tucker has recommended the Council accept the bid from American Pavement Systems, whose bid was higher than the $2.4 million engineering estimate for the […]

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Construction starts on Pacheco Boulevard near Las Juntas Elementary School

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Contra Costa County Public Works has started construction to close a sidewalk gap on Pacheco Boulevard on either side of Las Juntas elementary School and west of Arthur Road, according to an announcement released by Public Information Officer Steve Padilla. Construction work could be done as early as Sept. 25, but could […]

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Marijuana dispensary clears first hurdle

Marijuana dispensary clears first hurdle

Planning Commission approves permit, sends agreement to council for vote MARTINEZ, Calif. – With an acknowledgment it is punting a final decision, the Planning Commission approved a permit for the city’s first medicinal marijuana dispensary and has sent the project’s development agreement to the Council for its vote. Firefly’s application is the only one under […]

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Community Focus

At Home With Jeff: Things You Never Expect

At Home With Jeff: Things You Never Expect

By JEFF ROUBAL Things sometimes turn out as you never expected — usually to the better!  In 1983, Vivian and I were living in Hayward. We were a young couple, married five years with three children all under the age of four. We rented a small, three-bedroom house on Sunset Boulevard. Sunset was a main […]

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Joltin’ Joe traveling to Tahoe boat show

MARTINEZ, Calif. ­­– Fresh from its stroll down Main Street during Martinez’s Fourth of July parade, Joe DiMaggio’s former boat, the Joltin’ Joe, is traveling to Tahoe Aug. 9 to enter the Lake Tahoe Concourse, accompanied by several city officials as well as members of the Local 152 Carpenters who worked on restoring the watercraft. […]

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Fun at FanFest …

Fun at FanFest …

Leo Clauson, 5, of Martinez, wins a ball signed by the entire Martinez Clippers team at the ball club’s first day of Fanfest, Thursday at Waterfront Park. (DONNA BETH WEILENMAN/MARTINEZ NEWS-GAZETTE)

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Martinez to celebrate ‘National Night Out’

Martinez to celebrate ‘National Night Out’

MARTINEZ, Calif. ­­– In the 1970s, a community watch volunteer working in a Philadelphia, Pa., suburb realized that neighborhood watch groups needed to communicate better with each other. Then the volunteer, Matt Peskin, decided even more was needed – a get-acquainted celebration. His idea of block parties, festivals, parades, cookouts and other events that brought […]

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Hometown Herbalist: Summer lavender lemonade

Hometown Herbalist: Summer lavender lemonade

By ANNA MARIE BEAUCHEMIN Martinez News-Gazette Columnist Part of the fun of herbal medicine is how easy it is to incorporate medicinal plants into food. While teas, tinctures, and salves are definitely the mainstays of herbalism, many of the plants we use for medicine are also tasty and fun to cook with. Whenever I can, […]

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History

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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Our Town: Benicia’s Robert Semple set the stage for William Smith’s Martinez

Our Town: Benicia’s Robert Semple set the stage for William Smith’s Martinez

By HARRIETT BURT Martinez News-Gazette Contributor Editor’s Note: Martinez residents and businesses tend to identify with Contra Costa County in many ways and have especially for the past 6o years since ferry service is no longer needed for us to reach Northern California and beyond. But Benicia is actually Martinez’s “big sister city” as our […]

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Our Town: Reminiscences: One by John Sparacino in 1994, One of John Sparacino in 2018

Our Town: Reminiscences: One by John Sparacino in 1994, One of John Sparacino in 2018

By HARRIETT BURT Martinez News-Gazette Contributor Editor’s Note: Recently digging through Martinez Historical Society archives of newsletter articles, I found a 1994 column by then Society president John Sparacino, former Mayor of Martinez and one of the handful of local folks most responsible for the founding and success of the Society and its Museum. In […]

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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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Opinion

Column 1: Come on, Kamala

Column 1: Come on, Kamala

By BILL SHARKEY III Martinez News-Gazette Columnist COME ON, KAMALA, do the important job you wanted and were elected to in 2016. Give up this preparing for a run for the top job in 2020. California has so much need for effective members of the Senate, you need to concentrate and focus on being a […]

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Letter to the Editor: Are Martinez midterm elections silly?

Letter to the Editor: Are Martinez midterm elections silly?

In the most recent Mayor’s Message by Rob Schroder he stated “Very soon, what many call the silly season will begin – the start of the midterm election campaign”. He also stated “We will all be relieved when the silly season is over”. According to Webster’s dictionary August is the “silly season” when journalists have […]

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Letter to the Editor: Grass fires

Letter to the Editor: Grass fires

Out along Alhambra Valley Road, on the west side just past John Swett school, there is a considerable build-up of wild dry grass. In years gone past this fire danger got remedied by cows grazing on the various ranches. That apparently is no longer permitted so we have a serious danger that needs to be […]

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Column 1: Say that again

Column 1: Say that again

By BILL SHARKEY III Martinez News-Gazette Columnist “SAY THAT AGAIN”, was the quote of the week seen and heard around the world. Who said it? Dan Coats, Director of National Intelligence, while being interviewed on MSNBC LIVE at a nationwide security meeting in Colorado. Why? He was just told by interviewer Andrea Mitchell that Vladimir […]

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Letter to the Editor: Thank you Measure I supporters

Letter to the Editor: Thank you Measure I supporters

The Martinez city council certified Measure I at the July 18 meeting and a cheer went up from the gallery. The citizens of our city owe a deep debt of gratitude to Tim Platt and the other tenacious people who saw the need and fought for two long years against a mayor and city council […]

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Arts & Entertainment

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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Local band to play during Martinez’s Relay For Life

Local band to play during Martinez’s Relay For Life

MARTINEZ, Calif. – While volunteers and team members take laps at the Martinez Junior High School during the Relay for Life of Martinez, they’ll be serenaded by a local rock and roll band whose music will keep them energized. The band is Dorothy Lane, formed by two brothers-in-law, Nick Knoblock and Lorin Holmen discovered they […]

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Beaver Festival at Susana Park Saturday

Beaver Festival at Susana Park Saturday

The Martinez beavers are back, and so is the annual Martinez Beaver Festival that celebrates wildlife and their contributions to a healthy environment. Founded 11 years ago at a time a new beaver dam in Alhambra Creek might have exacerbated flooding in the city’s downtown business district, the first festival gave residents and ecology supporters […]

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Nathan Turner comes home for book signing

Nathan Turner comes home for book signing

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Nathan Turner, who has starred on a Bravo television show and has made a name for himself in interior design, returned to his roots Thursday for a book signing at the former Southern Pacific Railroad Depot. Turner, a Martinez native, happily autographed “I Love California,” but he frequently paused to hug friends, […]

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