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Park Commission to hear report on public safety issues

| May 23, 2018 | 1 Comment

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Martinez Parks, Recreation, Marina and Cultural Commission will hear reports tonight on public safety and maintenance. Commissioners and residents described their concerns at the Commission’s April meeting, starting when one resident, Bill Nichols, told the panel during the public comment period, “I’m tired of stepping on needles.” He described seeing feces from […]

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Unusual trash, correct tarping to be shown Thursday

| May 23, 2018 | 0 Comments

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Caltrans District 4 will have peculiar and unusual trash item on display Thursday during its “Protect Every Drop” education campaign, and officials will demonstrate how to tarp hauled materials so they don’t escape. The District wants to impress upon residents how items can impact local waterways, and will have some of the […]

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Martinez designer-entertainer returning home for book signing

Martinez designer-entertainer returning home for book signing

| May 23, 2018 | 0 Comments

MARTINEZ, Calif. – A Martinez native whose career has made him a widely recognized decorator is coming home next month to celebrate the publication of his second book. But Nathan Turner, who is known for his appearances on Bravo’s cable program “Million Dollar Decorators,” didn’t write about designing or how to make a home more […]

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CORE teams striving to help homeless in Martinez

CORE teams striving to help homeless in Martinez

| May 23, 2018 | 0 Comments

MARTINEZ, Calif. – In 2017, California had an estimated 134,278 homeless people living on its streets. That was about half of the homeless population in the entire United States. The same study showed that only New York came close to California, with 89,503 counted as homeless that year, said Jenny Robbins, housing and services administrator […]

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County tells homeowner maple is not ‘heritage tree’

County tells homeowner maple is not ‘heritage tree’

| May 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

MARTINEZ, Calif. – A homeowner who lives in unincorporated Contra Costa County near Martinez has been told her large silver maple is not a “heritage tree,” although she’s convinced it qualifies under the county’s own definition. Diana Daniels, who lives at 1049 Sierra Ave., has been living since 1998 in a house built on a […]

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Planning commission approves Pine Meadow development documents

Planning commission approves Pine Meadow development documents

| May 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Martinez Planning Commission has approved unanimously both the mitigated negative declaration and the vesting tentative map for a proposed development to be built on the former Pine Meadow Golf Course. “That’s it. The project is approved,” said Christina Ratcliffe, Martinez Community and Economic Development director. However, one the development’s opponent, Tim Platt, […]

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Council approves Measure D-funded road repairs

Council approves Measure D-funded road repairs

| May 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Martinez has accumulated so much money through the half-cent Measure D sales tax that it can accomplish 10 times the road repair projects in one fiscal year than it could previously, City Manager Brad Kilger said. During Wednesday’s meeting, Martinez City Council unanimously approved the lengthy list of local streets that will […]

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Martinez’s short-lived railroad club kept SP 1258 in town

Martinez’s short-lived railroad club kept SP 1258 in town

| May 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

MARTINEZ, Calif. – A majestic black steam locomotive, Southern Pacific 1258, sits prominently in Martinez Waterfront Park, and is a landmark for those arriving at the local Amtrak station. Many longtime residents remember playing on the locomotive when it sat at Rankin Park. But at one time, the city considered letting go its own locomotive, […]

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Residents hear plans for Golden Hills Park renovation

Residents hear plans for Golden Hills Park renovation

| May 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

MARTINEZ, Calif. – A new clubhouse will be erected, a covered picnic area in a remote corner will be removed, lighting will be improved and adjustments will be made to make Golden Hills Park more accessible to those with disabilities, City Engineer Tim Tucker told more than two dozen residents Thursday afternoon. The new community […]

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Deep budget cuts in MUSD’s future, board hears

Deep budget cuts in MUSD’s future, board hears

| May 16, 2018 | 0 Comments

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Martinez Unified School District must commit to making as much as $3.5 million in cuts to the 2019-20 budget if it is to remain certified, Assistant District Superintendent Helen Rossi told the Board of Education Monday night. Since it was presented as an informational instead of action item, no vote was taken. […]

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