General News

MUSD sees real estate revenue slip as budget cuts of $1.8 million loom

MUSD sees real estate revenue slip as budget cuts of $1.8 million loom

MARTINEZ, Calif. – The Martinez Unified School District (MUSD) has been aware of a looming financial shortfall for more than a year. Helen Rossi, assistant superintendent of administrative services said the district has already made significant spending cuts and agreed in March 2019 to further cuts totaling $1.8 million. The problem is that the Contra […]

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MPD honors and awards at City Hall

MPD honors and awards at City Hall

There was a lot to celebrate at the Martinez Police Department last night. Ofc. Lincoln and Lt. Salamid received Life Saving Awards. Ofc. Green, Ofc. Murray and Ofc. Molina were sworn in, and Lt. Salamid, Lt. Estanol and Capt. Johnson were sworn in due to their recent promotions. Please join us in congratulating them. – […]

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Martinez Police Blotter for Oct. 16-31

Martinez Police Blotter for Oct. 16-31

On October 16th at 3:36 am, Officer Espinoza responded to an alarm at Martinez Animal Hospital. Upon arrival he noticed a broken window and unsecured door; no one was inside. The owner responded and determined there was no loss. Case #19-2795. At 3:39 pm, Officer Weems and Corporal Schnabel were dispatched to a residence in […]

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County to consider cannabis retail stores on Pacheco Boulevard

County to consider cannabis retail stores on Pacheco Boulevard

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Contra Costa County Board Supervisors will consider six cannabis store proposals located on north Pacheco Boulevard, just outside the city limits, at the Dec. 10 board meeting. The City of Martinez has just approved the only two cannabis retail operations allowed in the city, Firefly, and Embarc. More retail cannabis stores just […]

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Sheriff’s Office investigating apparent murder-suicide in unincorporated Martinez

Sheriff’s Office investigating apparent murder-suicide in unincorporated Martinez

On Tuesday, December 3, 2019, at about 10:43 AM, Muir Station Deputy Sheriffs assisted Martinez Police Department regarding an investigation of a missing person. The investigation led them to the 2400 block of Monterey Avenue in the Mt. View area of unincorporated Martinez. Deputy Sheriffs and Martinez Police Officers entered a residence and found a deceased […]

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Community Focus

Donation made for students in need

Donation made for students in need

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Eve Cameron, founder of Passion to the Streets, presented the Martinez Unified School District (MUSD) with $10,000 worth of gift cards at the school board meeting Dec. 9. “They are a gift from the whole community,” she said. “They (district) know the homeless families, and can give them out, not just at […]

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At Home With Vivian: It’s raining

At Home With Vivian: It’s raining

It’s raining, it’s pouring, The old man is snoring, He went to bed and he bumped his head So, he couldn’t get up in the morning! I can still hear my mother singing this ditty whenever it rained hard. As a teenager, I sang it with my swimming students to encourage them to splash and […]

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Park It by Ned Mackay: Whitney Dotson Celebration

Retiring regional park district director Whitney Dotson will be honored during a celebration from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14, rain or shine, at Miller/Knox Regional Shoreline in Richmond. The event also celebrates the district’s efforts to protect public access to shoreline at Miller/Knox. Director Dotson has served on the park district board […]

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At Home with Jeff: What are you up to?

At Home with Jeff: What are you up to?

By JEFF ROUBAL Martinez News-Gazette Columnist “What are you up to?” my wife inquired as I headed out the front door after breakfast. “I am going to put the garbage cans away,” I replied. My wife often asks what I am up to. She sometimes complains that I disappear for hours then return without explanation. […]

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Goal reached: Almond Ranch is saved

Goal reached: Almond Ranch is saved

$4 Million is raised by John Muir Land Trust for purchase of 281 acres in Martinez, CA John Muir Land Trust (JMLT, jmlt.org) announces that it has raised the $4 million needed to acquire Almond Ranch and permanently preserve these 281 acres as public open space. Donations large and small from individuals across the region […]

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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 Boy’s Basketball Beat  North Hills Christian 73-18

Alhambra Boy’s Basketball Beat North Hills Christian 73-18

Photos by Mark Fierner  (Martinez News-Gazette)

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Alhambra Boy’s Basketball vs College Park.12/3/19 Photo Gallery

Alhambra Boy’s Basketball vs College Park.12/3/19 Photo Gallery

Photos by Mark Fierner  (Martinez News-Gazette) College beat Alhambra 55-37

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Alhambra Girls Soccer 11/14/19 Photo Gallery

Alhambra Girls Soccer 11/14/19 Photo Gallery

Photos by Mark Fierner  (Martinez News-Gazette)

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Cal Golden Bears Beat Stanford In The Big Game 24-20

Cal Golden Bears Beat Stanford In The Big Game 24-20

Photos by Guri Dhaliwal   (Martinez News-Gazette)

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San Francisco vs Green Bay Packers   ( Photo Gallery )

San Francisco vs Green Bay Packers ( Photo Gallery )

Photos by Gerome Wright   (Martinez News-Gazette) The San Francisco 49ers beat the Green bay Packers 37-8. Last Sunday night.

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Opinion

Message from the Mayor: Exciting happenings in Martinez

By BOB SCHRODER Mayor of Martinez As I have mentioned in several of my columns, downtown Martinez is experiencing a renaissance, with new businesses opening up and others reinventing themselves with new owners. Jim Blair has sold Creek Monkey Tap House, and the new owners, Sal & Michelle Strong, have rebranded the restaurant to Firehouse […]

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Column 1: Say what?!

Column 1: Say what?!

By BILL SHARKEY III Martinez News-Gazette Columnist SAY WHAT?! Now we are somewhere back to square one with the Traditions at the Meadow development (old Pine Meadow Golf Course) on Vine Hill Way with a suit against the City of Martinez over a delay in grading for the sewer and drainage system for the 65-homes […]

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Column 1: We’re going to pot???

Column 1: We’re going to pot???

By BILL SHARKEY III Martinez News-Gazette Columnist WE’RE GOING TO POT??? Sounds like the decision has been made to sell ‘weed’ on Alhambra Avenue to make it convenient for purchasers. The decision by the City Council (4-0 with the Mayor recusing himself due to conflicts) has met with great concern (and surprise!) by the Martinez […]

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Letter to the Editor: City Council didn’t think about children

Letter to the Editor: City Council didn’t think about children

As a kid that grew up in Los Angeles, I have seen the story that played out at Wednesday’s City Council meeting. Let’s sell drugs just outside the high school because the district can’t do anything. We will carry guns to make sure we protect our product and cash. In addition, we will imply favors […]

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Letter to the Editor: How can the Gazette be saved?

Letter to the Editor: How can the Gazette be saved?

Dear Editor, I do not want to see this newspaper go away. It reflects so much of our town’s personality. The pages contain expressions of conflict as well as lovely, heart-filling articles of people going about their daily lives, today and from the past. The paper draws it’s readers into their society. It informs and […]

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Arts & Entertainment

Top-notch Bay Area holiday productions

Top-notch Bay Area holiday productions

By CHARLIE JARRETT Martinez News-Gazette Columnist Once again, I’m excited to share with you my reviews of two totally different but completely satisfying theater productions for your entertainment over the holidays. First, the Town Hall Theater in Lafayette has delivered an engaging spoof of a classic Brothers Grimm fairytale, entitled Cinderella: A Fairytale. The second […]

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Harry Potter is a must-see production

Harry Potter is a must-see production

By CHARLIE JARETT Martinez News-Gazette Columnist Today, I am indeed fortunate to be able to share with you the incredible West Coast official world premiere opening of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, her eighth story, written and envisioned as a theatrical production by Jack Thorne, and subsequently directed by John Tiffany, as […]

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Two great shows this week; one for the kids, and one for the grown-ups

By CHARLIE JARRETT Martinez News-Gazette Columnist Two great shows this week; one primarily for children or the young at heart the California theater in Pittsburgh, and the other entirely for adults located at the Strand theater on Market St. in San Francisco, directly across the street from Civic Center Bart station. In Pittsburg, universal hope […]

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Dia de los Muertos event held in downtown Martinez

Dia de los Muertos event held in downtown Martinez

Main Street was full of costumed artists and their creations, at the Nov. 2 celebration. Dressed as a Mexican revolutionary a Dia de los Muertos event coordinator for the Martinez Arts Association, Lorena Castillo (left) stands next to her artistically designed alter with Pat Mitchell Rasich, another alter artist.

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Curtain call for Danville theater; road trip to Oregon

By CHARLIE JARRETT Martinez News-Gazette Columnist This week’s reviews are unique indeed in that you only have to drive 9.7 miles to the first show reviewed (in Danville) or 300 miles and spend one or two nights in Ashland, Oregon to see them. You might ask, why is this guy suggesting that we travel to […]

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