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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

| December 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

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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Donation made for students in need

Donation made for students in need

| December 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

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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County to consider cannabis retail stores on Pacheco Boulevard

County to consider cannabis retail stores on Pacheco Boulevard

| December 7, 2019 | 0 Comments

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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The giant pumpkin snowman

The giant pumpkin snowman

| December 4, 2019 | 0 Comments

MARTINEZ, Calif. – “I think I am the inventor of the Giant Pumpkin Snowman,” Jordan stated. “The way it happened is the real story.” Holiday decorations at his home near the corner of Arreba Street and Berrellesa Avenue have been a tradition since he, his wife Miranda and son Dylan moved in seven years ago. […]

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New elementary school takes shape

New elementary school takes shape

| December 4, 2019 | 0 Comments

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Years in the making, plans for the new John Muir Elementary (JME) school are visibly coming to fruition 205 Vista Way, and from the back on Holly View Drive. With framing in place, eager students are asking Julie Webb, JME office manager, “When will it be done?” The architects came to the […]

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Pine Meadow developer claims damage for delays

| December 1, 2019 | 0 Comments

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Traditions at the Meadow, LLC has been damaged by 210 days of delays and is asking for compensation of $2.8 million or more, according to a claim filed at the City of Martinez, November 13. City Manager Eric Figueroa is recommending the city council reject the claim, which is item number four […]

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Secret winery comes to Main Street

Secret winery comes to Main Street

| December 1, 2019 | 0 Comments

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Some say it is the best-kept secret in Martinez, but soon everyone will know about the William Welch Winery at Rancho Las juntas Vineyard on Franklin Canyon Road because Steve Welch is opening a tasting room at 837 Main Street. “My family has been part of the community for a long time,” […]

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MUSD reacts to cannabis store site

MUSD reacts to cannabis store site

| November 27, 2019 | 0 Comments

3510 Alhambra Avenue, formerly California Collectible Books, location of a future retail cannabis store is adjacent to MUSD property. MARTINEZ, Calif. – Stunned Martinez Unified School Board (MUSD) trustees are looking for answers about city approval of a retail cannabis store next to the Martinez Adult School and near Alhambra High School (AHS). “If dispensaries are […]

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‘Guitars not Guns’ visits Martinez library

‘Guitars not Guns’ visits Martinez library

| November 24, 2019 | 0 Comments

MARTINEZ, Calif. – It was quiet upstairs, but downstairs there was a party going on at the Library. Contra Costa County Supervisors Diane Burgis and Federal Glover, and Mayor Rob Schroder came for the graduation celebration Guitars Not Guns. (GNG) The students had just completed a free eight-week course of study. They entertained the audience […]

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Martinez City Council awards cannabis license to Embarc

Martinez City Council awards cannabis license to Embarc

| November 23, 2019 | 0 Comments

MARTINEZ, Calif. – After three hours of presentations, discussion and fiery public comment the Martinez City Council approved a resolution awarding a retail cannabis store near Alhambra High School. Embarc, whose proposal was scored the highest by a review committee, was awarded the conditional certificate for the site at 3501 Alhambra Avenue, formerly California Collectible […]

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