General News

Shell sells Martinez Refinery to PBF, ending 104-year relationship with city

Shell sells Martinez Refinery to PBF, ending 104-year relationship with city

Equilon Enterprises, doing business as Shell Oil Products US, has agreed to sell the Martinez Shell Refinery to PBF Holding Company for $1 billion and other adjustments, the two companies announced Tuesday afternoon. The refinery has been operating in Martinez under the Shell name since it was completed in 1915 as Shell’s first in the […]

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Shell agrees to sale of Martinez Refinery

Shell agrees to sale of Martinez Refinery

(More to come) (HOUSTON) Equilon Enterprises LLC d/b/a Shell Oil Products US (Shell), a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell plc announced it has reached an agreement for the sale of Shell’s Martinez Refinery in California to PBF Holding Company LLC, a subsidiary of PBF Energy, Inc., for $1.0 billion consideration plus the value of hydrocarbon […]

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Council eyes construction projects plan tonight

Council eyes construction projects plan tonight

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Martinez City Council will decide tonight whether to adopt its five-year Capital Improvement Program (CIP), a list of projects that carries through to Fiscal Year 2023-24. The Council updates its capital improvement projects five-year list every two years, and allocates the funds for the first two years, according to a report by […]

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School district breaks ground on new JME campus June 10

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Martinez Unified School District is breaking ground Monday afternoon June 10 for the new John Muir Elementary School campus. The campus overhaul is the largest project under the school district’s Measure R bond issue approved by voters in 2016. Throughout the summer, contractor Lathrop Construction will start the demolition of the current […]

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City budget has few surprises, but Council wary of future expenses

City budget has few surprises, but Council wary of future expenses

MARTINEZ, Calif. – “This is not bad news,” Mayor Rob Schroder said after Finance Director David Glasser presented the proposed 2019-21 budget during a workshop Wednesday night. At the end of the two fiscal years covered by the budget, the General Fund – described as the city’s operating fund or “checkbook,” ends with a positive […]

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Community Focus

World-class autos at Cobra Experience show

World-class autos at Cobra Experience show

by Kevin Murray Special to the Gazette (photos below) We are fortunate here in Martinez to have a truly world class automobile collection on display, the Cobra Experience Museum.  The collection is built around one man’s dedication and fascination with the AC Cobra, a hybrid of 1950s British sportscar elegance with the raw power of […]

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At Home With Vivian: On the road again

At Home With Vivian: On the road again

My mother and father often said they were going to buy a little camper and travel across the country after my two older sisters grew up and left home. My parents dreamed of driving clear across the our homeland some day and then right back again, taking the nation’s highways and byways. Dad said he […]

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At Home With Vivian: Taste of Peru

At Home With Vivian: Taste of Peru

I did my first research report way back in elementary school. I don’t remember why we were given the assignment but I’m fairly sure the purpose was to make us more aware of the world around us. My report was on the country of Peru. I learned that the Incas were a great society, that […]

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Martinez Business Beat, June 5, 2019

CASA Information Session Friday An information session for those interested in becoming a Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children in Contra Costa County foster care will take place at 12:30 p.m. Friday, June 7 at CASA of Contra Costa County 2151 Savio St., Suite 295, Concord. CASA’s related website is https://cccocasa.org/menus/become-a-volunteer.html. There is no cost […]

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Census solutions workshops offered this month

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Contra Costa County’s Census 2020 Complete Count Steering Committee is offering workshops to help residents become aware of the 2020 Census and to encourage them to respond. “In order to get a complete count, it will require strong collaboration between the County, cities, and community partners,” said an announcement released by Susan […]

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History

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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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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Sports

San Francisco Giants Take Down Brewers 5-3. Photo Gallery 6-14-19

San Francisco Giants Take Down Brewers 5-3. Photo Gallery 6-14-19

Photos by Guri Dhaliwal   (Martinez News-Gazette)

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Seattle Mariners Beat Oakland A’s 9-2 Photo Gallery 6-14-2019

Seattle Mariners Beat Oakland A’s 9-2 Photo Gallery 6-14-2019

Photos by Guri Dhaliwal    ( Martinez News-Gazette )

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Toronto Raptors Take Championship From Warriors 114-110.

Toronto Raptors Take Championship From Warriors 114-110.

Photos by Gerome Wright    (Martinez News-Gazette)

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Giants drop tough one to Dodgers 1-0 (photo gallery)

Giants drop tough one to Dodgers 1-0 (photo gallery)

Photos by Guri Dhaliwal     (Martinez News-Gazette)

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Warriors are in trouble down 3-1 in NBA Finals

Warriors are in trouble down 3-1 in NBA Finals

Photos by Gerome Wright   (Martinez News-Gazette) The Golden State Warriors may never play another game at Oracle Arena, the concrete relic they call home, but that is suddenly a secondary concern at best for the N.B.A.’s reigning but reeling champions. The Toronto Raptors moved to the brink of their first N.B.A. championship Friday night […]

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Opinion

Forum to address downtown sporting goods store

Forum to address downtown sporting goods store

To My Neighbors, Thank you to the many members of the community who have voiced their views about my proposal to open a flagship outdoor sporting goods store in the 604 Ferry Street building. Specifically, much of the discussion has been about the proposed underground shooting range that would be located in the basement of […]

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Shell Refinery GM Rizzo to retire

Shell Refinery GM Rizzo to retire

Dear Friends, I wanted to let you know Shell Martinez General Manager, Tom Rizzo, has elected to retire. His last day at Martinez will be July 3. Tom has over 35 years of experience with Shell in both Refining and Chemicals, as well as corporate, strategy and Projects & Technology roles. Tom has a held […]

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Column 1: Distressing

Column 1: Distressing

By BILL SHARKEY III Martinez News-Gazette Columnist DISTRESSING, disgusting and disappointing are three terms which come to mind immediately when reading the details of the behavior of students at Martinez Junior High School, as reported from the recent meeting of the Martinez Unified School District Board of Education. The situation is appalling to those of […]

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Column 1: Three names

Column 1: Three names

By BILL SHARKEY III Martinez News-Gazette Columnist THREE NAMES, well-known, respected and liked, passed from the Martinez scene recently, and will be missed by their friends, families and associates. Each left an impact on the community with their personality and dedication to family and Martinez. Each, also, had a connection with this columnist in different […]

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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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Arts & Entertainment

2019 BottleRock First Glimpse Of Summer

2019 BottleRock First Glimpse Of Summer

By Stephen Langsam Once again Napa provides the ultimate start to summer with BottleRock. The festival that fuses together local culinary masters, vibrant sounds of music and the never ending flow of beverages is just the top of the iceberg in what happens at BottleRock year in and year at the Napa Expo. The acts […]

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Orinda presenting ‘Witness for the Prosecution’

Orinda presenting ‘Witness for the Prosecution’

By CHARLIE JARRETT Special to the Gazette This week’s reviews provide opportunities that could take you from Orinda to Lafayette, or all the way to San Jose. First and foremost, for those of you who prefer to not wander too far from home, I have to recommend the Orinda Starlight Village Player’s production of Agatha […]

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“Woody Sez: The Life and Music of Woody Guthrie” is top-notch

By CHARLIE JARRETT Special to the Gazette If you, like me, enjoy bluegrass and country music, then you are bound to be put in hillbilly heaven if you attend. The Center Repertory Company’s new show, “Woody Sez: The Life and Music of Woody Guthrie”, is once again a terrific, moving, and inspirational evening of some […]

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Macy Blackman tonight at Armando’s

Macy Blackman tonight at Armando’s

(Courtesy Photo) Macy Blackman, the New Orleans-style rhythm and blues pianist, is appearing at 8 p.m. today at Armando’s, 707 Marina Vista Ave. “It’s a reunion of sorts with our original drummer Jack Dorsey,” Blackman said. Dorsey and Blackman played together in San Francisco at the Condor. “We ruled that place for two years,” he […]

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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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