General News

Fire burns 30 acres near Martinez

#AlhambraIC pic.twitter.com/wkSAWHuijx — Confire PIO (@ContraCostaFire) August 18, 2018 A three-alarm grass fire burned about 30 acres and forced the closure of California Highway 4 near Alhambra Way shortly after 7 p.m. Friday, said Steve Aubert, Contra Costa County Fire Protection captain. According to California Highway Patrol reports, four different fires were seen along the […]

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Alhambra Park may be renamed for John Sparacino

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Acting on a Martinez City Council directive to city staff, the Parks, Recreation, Marina and Cultural Commission (PRMCC) may decide Tuesday that Alhambra Park should be renamed to honor the late Mayor John Sparacino. The Council told its staff July 23 to start the process of renaming the park, at the corner […]

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Registration opens for free CERT classes

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Registration has started for free Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) classes that will qualify participants to become volunteer disaster service workers and enable them to help their neighbors and their families during calamities. Saturday morning classes will meet from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 15, 22 and 29 and Oct. 6 […]

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Colin Coffey officially files for East Bay Park District Director

(Press Release) East Bay Regional Park District Director Colin Coffey, who was appointed to the Board in February 2017, announced his candidacy for election this November. “I love our East Bay Parks,” said Coffey. “I am passionate about improving access to parklands and trails and continuing to enhance everyone’s Parks experience.” Coffey and his family […]

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Martinez schools, students start new school year Monday

Martinez schools, students start new school year Monday

MARTINEZ, Calif. ­­– Martinez Unified School District students will be back in the classrooms Monday, and some will be meeting new teachers, District Superintendent C.J. Cammack said. “MUSD is very excited to welcome 24 new teachers, counselors and special education staff for the 2018-19 school year,” he said. “We are very pleased with the high-quality […]

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Community Focus

Martinez Girl finalist in Miss Junior Teen Pageant

Martinez Girl finalist in Miss Junior Teen Pageant

MARTINEZ, Calif. – An Alhambra High School sophomore is representing her city in the 2018 Miss Junior Teen Pageant Oakland Competition Aug. 26 after passing preliminary tests. Alexa Webber, 15, recently was told she was accepted to compete after succeeding in interviews conducted by the pageant’s coordinator as well as information she supplied on her […]

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Awards presented to Citizens of the Year by Thousand Friends of Martinez

Awards presented to Citizens of the Year by Thousand Friends of Martinez

Thousand Friends of Martinez press release by SHERIDA BUSH Three Martinez citizens were presented Citizen of the Year awards on August 8 by Thousand Friends of Martinez (TFM) for their work in protecting parks and open space in Martinez. The awardees are Mark Thomson, Kerry Kilmer and Tim Platt. The three were co-signers for the […]

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At Home With Vivian: Take a hike

At Home With Vivian: Take a hike

By VIVIAN ROUBAL Martinez News-Gazette Columnist A hike is a long walk with snacks – Ranger Marion Roubal I was raised in a family that appreciated nature. In fact, I can’t remember a time when we didn’t spend most sunlit days outdoors. We camped every summer; Lake Tahoe, Mt. Shasta, the Redwoods, Guerneville, the Russian […]

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CHP Lip Synch video gets 350,000 views

CHP Lip Synch video gets 350,000 views

MARTINEZ, Calif. ­­– A law enforcement social media phenomenon that began in June in Texas has spread across the country. And California Highway Patrol officers in Contra Costa County have taken up the challenge. They’ve posted their lip-synch video to Facebook. Things started small, when Bexar County Sheriff’s Deputy Alexander Mena did a solo video […]

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AAUW welcome brunch

AAUW welcome brunch

AAUW Pleasant Hill-Martinez branch invites prospective members with an AA, BA/BS or higher degree to join them at the “Welcome Brunch” from 10 am. to noon, Saturday, September 15, at a member’s home in Martinez. The American Association of University Women (AAUW) promotes equity for all women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. […]

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History

Our Town: Celebrating Martinez’s movie fame

Our Town: Celebrating Martinez’s movie fame

By HARRIETT BURT Martinez News-Gazette Contributor CARTER WILSON Martinez Historical Society Photographer Last week this writer thought she’d written the last story about Tucker: The Man and His Dream but then Carter Wilson, photographer of homes on the annual Martinez Historical Society Home Tour, brought over a handful of images of the Saturday’s film party […]

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Our Town: Tucker movie true to creator’s past

Our Town: Tucker movie true to creator’s past

By HARRIETT BURT Martinez News-Gazette Contributor The special screening of the restored Francis Ford Coppola film, “Tucker: The Man and His Dream” will be held Saturday, August 11 at the Shell Club House. Doors open at 6 for hearty hors d’ oeuvres and a silent auction and the screening will begin at 8 p.m. James […]

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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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Sports

Clippers extend win streak to four (photo gallery)

Clippers extend win streak to four (photo gallery)

Photos By Mark Fierner (Martinez News-Gazette)

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Clippers stay strong in 11-3 loss to San Rafael (photo gallery)

Clippers stay strong in 11-3 loss to San Rafael (photo gallery)

Photos by Mark Fierner ( Martinez News-Gazette )  

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Clippers blanked by Pacifics 11-0 (photo gallery)

Clippers blanked by Pacifics 11-0 (photo gallery)

Photos by Mark Fierner Staff Photographer Martinez News-Gazette

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Raiders win first preseason game 16-10 (photo gallery)

Raiders win first preseason game 16-10 (photo gallery)

Photos by Gerome Wright ( Martines News-Gazette )

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49ers get preseason win over Cowboys (photo gallery)

49ers get preseason win over Cowboys (photo gallery)

Photos by Tod Fierner ( Martinez News-Gazette )

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Opinion

Puppet masters and manipulators

Puppet masters and manipulators

Back when I worked at the Gazette regular letter writers would routinely accuse some in our community of being “Puppet Masters”. The accusations were generally leveled at members of council and their supporters who favored creating a redevelopment agency. Hmm, I wonder how Governor Brown’s successor will see this issue…but I digress. Generally speaking these […]

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Column 1: Allegations

Column 1: Allegations

By BILL SHARKEY III Martinez News-Gazette Columnist ALLEGATIONS of ‘inappropriate conduct’ which have swept the nation in recent months from the White House down through high levels of government and corporations, have hit here…Martinez, CA! (According to a report in the East Bay Times, there have been allegations against Contra Costa County Assesor Gus Kramer) […]

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Letter to the Editor: Water vandals

Letter to the Editor: Water vandals

I am writing to seek help from the community. Our home is on some acreage that abuts the hiking trail on the ridge above the John Muir House. Our water line passes through East Bay Regional Park District property and supplies water to the cattle trough near the trail. Repeatedly this summer, escalating similar events […]

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Letter to the Editor: Underpaid and Understaffed Martinez Police Department

Letter to the Editor: Underpaid and Understaffed Martinez Police Department

Why did it take 2 ½ years, after the post below, for the City Council to give our Martinez Police Officers a “special” 8% pay increase (March 2018)? Their pay, after this pay increase, is still far below that of comparative cities. Our Police Department continues to be severely understaffed and this is the City […]

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Message from the Mayor: Election time coming

Message from the Mayor: Election time coming

The older I get, the faster time goes by. I cannot believe we are already more than halfway through summer and our kids will be heading back to school in a couple of weeks. Let us all enjoy the final weeks of my favorite season. The month of August is a time when many of […]

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Arts & Entertainment

Martinez Arts Association’s Art in the Park Aug. 19

MARTINEZ, Calif. – More than 50 artists are expected to exhibit their paintings, sculptures and other works in Susana Park Aug. 19 in the 49th annual Martinez Arts Association Art in the Park show. More than an art show, this event also is the Martinez Arts Association’s largest fundraiser for the its goal of encouraging […]

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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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