General News

Council subcommittee checks Marina Trust Lands Plan today

Council subcommittee checks Marina Trust Lands Plan today

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Today, a 9:00 a.m. meeting of the city council’s Marina Sub-committee is open to the public, but there will be no votes or major decisions made. Mayor Rob Schroder and Councilman Mark Ross are the committee members who will review the public draft of the Marina Trust Lands Use Plan (TLUP) before […]

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MUSD Board meets Monday

MUSD Board meets Monday

The Martinez Unified School District meets Mon., Sept. 9 at 6:30 p.m. at 921 Susana Street. These are someof the topics on the agenda: The board will discuss an alternate meeting date for November when Veteran’s Day falls on Monday, and take a final vote on eliminating the use of herbicide products containing the chemical […]

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Residents call for independent redistricting at Council meeting

Residents call for independent redistricting at Council meeting

MARTINEZ, Calif. – More than a dozen people, including representatives of the Women’s League of Voters, Common Cause and 1000 Friends of Martinez urged the city council to adopt an ordinance establishing an independent redistricting commission at a Sept. 4 meeting Speaking for a new group, Martinez Residents for an Independent Redistricting Commission, Mike Flemming […]

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Homelessness pilot program paying off, moves to new location

MARTINEZ, Calif. – “It’s working,” Vice Mayor Noralea Gipner jubilantly announced to the city council about a pilot program designed to help resolve the seemingly intractable homeless situation in Martinez. She and Martinez Police Community Resource Officer (CRO) Rodney Brinser teamed up to approach it as a health as a safety issue, and Gipner is […]

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MPD celebrating 100th: Saturday, 11 a.m. at City Hall

MPD celebrating 100th: Saturday, 11 a.m. at City Hall

The Martinez Police Department is inviting the public to join them in celebrating 100-years of keeping the community safe with a Safety Fair. The 100th Anniversary Safety Fair Celebration will at Ignacio Plaza, in front of City Hall on Sept. 7, from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Come to meet the officers, learn safety tips […]

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Community Focus

Contra Costa County Library introduces five new library card designs

Contra Costa County Library introduces five new library card designs

The Contra Costa County Library is excited to offer five new library card designs to the public beginning Tuesday, September 10. First time cardholders may choose one of the new designs when signing up. Those who already have cards may replace their current card at no charge. The new card designs include Mount Diablo, an […]

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At Home With Vivian: Figs

At Home With Vivian: Figs

“Have some figs! My trees are loaded” my friend Gloria Morales offered during “donuts and coffee” after mass at St. Catherine’s last week. I never turn down a fresh fig and hers were delicious. She said she planted a fig tree and the squirrels helped her plant two more. With three fig trees, Gloria was […]

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Martinez Rotary sponsors Tech Trek

Martinez Rotary sponsors Tech Trek

Martinez Rotary presented a check to Emilia Costa and Bianca Lewis for Tech Trek, the program they participated in this summer. Pleasant Hill/Martinez Branch of American Association of University women sponsored six junior high girls at the STEM camp which was held on the Sonoma State campus. The local branch of AAUW has been sending […]

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At Home With Jeff: Landmarks

At Home With Jeff: Landmarks

By JEFF ROUBAL Martinez News-Gazette Columnist Vivian and I like to travel. Every place that we visit seems to have a special landmark. That got me thinking about landmarks. Webster’s defines a landmark as “an object or feature of a landscape or town that is easily seen and recognized from a distance, especially one that […]

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Business Spotlight: Veterinarian creates an Oasis

Business Spotlight: Veterinarian creates an Oasis

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Every small business is more than a means to make a living and unless it is a franchise, it is a reflection of its creator. Entering the Oasis Veterinary Hospital, one immediately notices an atmosphere of the calm, confident control that comforts pets, and simultaneously, owners. “I always wanted to have my […]

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History

Martinez Historical Society cookbook includes family favorites

Mary Goodmann said, “We started this endeavor in the spring of 2018 when we realized that foods we grew up eating and memory’s associated with them were being lost. We tried to capture everything from an all day affair of making ravioli to a quick meal put together by a single working mother with two […]

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Underground Echoes: Meet the cemeterians

Underground Echoes: Meet the cemeterians

By JOSEPH & JUDIE PALMER Special to the Gazette Our column this week is different, however fear not, new biographies are in the works. The huge interest in genealogy has inspired nationwide cemetery restoration to become a large growing movement. Today as we have chosen to focus on conversations with three remarkable individuals. They are […]

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Underground Echoes: Where is Velda Dunn?

Underground Echoes: Where is Velda Dunn?

By JOSEPH & JUDIE PALMER Special to the Gazette Velda Lillian Dunn-Acker, 20, gave birth to her only son Donald Jay Acker, February 27, 1934 in Los Angeles but died during the delivery. Her siblings retrieved her body for burial in Martinez and broke off all contact with her husband and son. This past July, […]

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Underground Echoes: Bricks and sticks

Underground Echoes: Bricks and sticks

By JOSEPH & JUDIE PALMER Special to the Gazette MARTINEZ, Calif. – City of Martinez’s Annual Spring Cemetery Cleanup. Due to the numerous winter storms, there was quite the renaissance of those pesky annoying plants we all call “weeds” and the accumulation of numerous fallen branches. Although much was accomplished, more still needs to be […]

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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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Sports

Alhambra Bulldogs Beat Pinole Valley 39-23

Alhambra Bulldogs Beat Pinole Valley 39-23

Photos by Mark Fierner (Martinez News-Gazette)

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Alhambra Bulldogs dominate College Park 60-19 in season opener

Alhambra Bulldogs dominate College Park 60-19 in season opener

Photos by Tod Fierner (Martinez News-Gazette)

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Oakland Raiders beat L.A. Rams 14-3 in preseason action

Oakland Raiders beat L.A. Rams 14-3 in preseason action

Photos by Tod Fierner (Martinez News-Gazette) Oakland quarterback Mike Glennon looked good early and threw three straight completions that gained 56 yards on Oakland’s opening drive. DeAndre Washington scored on a 7-yard run. The Raiders were in the red zone in the second quarter when Glennon threw an interception near the goal line. “I was […]

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Martinez Youth Football welcoming new coaches and new culture

Martinez Youth Football welcoming new coaches and new culture

MARTINEZ, Calif. – New coaches, new staff and a new approach to football is restoring and strengthening the Martinez Youth Football (MYF) and Cheers program this year. On Aug. 8, new MYF Board President Lina Taylor announced the program is still accepting students sign-ups for football and cheerleading. “They’re learning and having fun!” Christy Sherman, […]

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Martinez youth earns national medal

Martinez youth earns national medal

Hanna Lavino, from Martinez, brought home the bronze medal in her division at the 2019 US Taekwondo (USTKD) National Championship held in Minneapolis Minnesota. Earlier this summer Hanna also won the bronze at the California state championship held in Fresno. Hanna has been practicing taekwondo for over the past six years, training under the direction […]

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Opinion

Column 1: Now is the time

Column 1: Now is the time

By BILL SHARKEY III Martinez News-Gazette Columnist NOW IS THE TIME for all good Americans to come to the aid (rescue?) of their nation, a paraphrase of an old typing test. Now is the time to overcome the divisiveness which seems to have developed. Now is the time to come together to quell the violence […]

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Letter to the Editor: Denial of conditional use permit

Letter to the Editor: Denial of conditional use permit

On Tuesday evening, August 27 I sat in the front row of the Planning Commission meeting for no other reason than to bear witness. I heard one woman seated behind me comment on how wonderful it was to see the many “decent” young families in attendance. That comment begs the question, as opposed to whom? […]

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Column 1: Football season

Column 1: Football season

By BILL SHARKEY III Martinez News-Gazette Columnist FOOTBALL SEASON is upon us. With it comes some controversy, as is usually the case each year. But, does it not add to the excitement we feel for our favorite teams, high schools, colleges or pros? However, there are those who create problems…money or egoes. Many are highly […]

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Letter to the Editor: Support for gun range

Letter to the Editor: Support for gun range

As a downtown merchant for the past 15 years, I would like to offer my support on an item on your agenda. I would like this read into the record at the meeting on August 27, since I cannot be present, regarding the recommendation to the City Council regarding a proposed zoning change to allow […]

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Letter to the Editor: No to Indoor Gun Range, No to Sales of Semi-Automatic Weapons

Letter to the Editor: No to Indoor Gun Range, No to Sales of Semi-Automatic Weapons

Forty-three people spoke regarding the proposed indoor gun range for Downtown Martinez at the July 23 Planning Commission meeting. Thirty-two were against, 10 were for, and one spoke on both sides. But, the packed, standing-room-only city chamber was overwhelmingly filled with those opposed to the proposed range. Cry Babies? Those in opposition to the proposed […]

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Arts & Entertainment

Two productions take on classic plays

Two productions take on classic plays

By CHARLIE JARRETT Martinez News-Gazette Columnist In his first hit play, The Glass Menagerie, Tennessee Williams wrote a heartfelt story based on his own life and that of his domineering mother, still living her colorful life as a southern belle, and created a fragile-as-glass sister, reflecting the emotions imprisoned in her painfully shy, somewhat erratic […]

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Production tackles political climate

By CHARLIEJARRETT Martinez News-Gazette Columnist In The Great American Sh*T Show, Brian Copeland and Charlie Varon are now engaging audiences through meaningful monologues revealing their own deeply disturbing concerns about where America is morally and materially heading today, by combining wisdom and witticism in making Americans Think Again! Their new show, of which I saw […]

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Two great productions worth the drive

By CHARLIE JARRETT Martinez News-Gazette Columnist This week’s two reviews take us first to San Francisco for some thought-provoking discourse on the pain of segregation to children and their families, as described in Brian Copeland’s award-winning solo show, “Not a Genuine Black Man”. Next, in Alameda, the terrific little theater known as Altarena Playhouse has […]

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Celebrate 50 Years of Art in the Park

Celebrate 50 Years of Art in the Park

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Discover something delightful, entertaining, amusing, thought-provoking, delicious or just fun at Art in the Park. The 50th annual Martinez Arts Association (MAA) event will be held at Susana Park on Aug. 18, from 10 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and over 60 local artists are expected this year. Along with live music, food […]

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Billy Elliot the Musical shines at Woodminster Ampitheater

Billy Elliot the Musical shines at Woodminster Ampitheater

By CHARLIE JARRETT Special to the Gazette “Billy Elliot the Musical” is a moving, inspiring, and delightful musical based primarily on the 2000 film of the same name. The music in this musical was created by Elton John, and the book and lyrics are by Lee Hall, who wrote the film’s initial screenplay. My wife […]

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