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Celebrating Independence Day: Lynda Kilday to be Grand Marshal in Fourth of July Parade

Celebrating Independence Day: Lynda Kilday to be Grand Marshal in Fourth of July Parade

| July 4, 2018 | 0 Comments

MARTINEZ, Calif. – When Martinez’s Home Town Parade travels down Main Street today, Lynda Kilday will be waving to curbside crowds as its grand marshal. For once, she will be the face of the parade on which she has worked for many years. The recipient of the Martinez Chamber of Commerce 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award, […]

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Wildfire smoke affecting Bay Area

Wildfire smoke affecting Bay Area

| July 4, 2018 | 1 Comment

Bay Area Air Quality Management District has been issuing smoke advisories as well as wildfire safety tips because of wildfires in Lake, Napa and Yolo counties. Those fires have caused Martinez residents to worry about clouds of smoke as well as ash they see on their cars and property. Two fires were extinguished by Contra […]

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Councilmember seeks relief from trains blocking roads

| July 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

MARTINEZ, Calif. – A Union Pacific train blocked Ferry Street for an hour and 45 minutes one morning earlier this month, and another train blocked the street another 45 minutes in the afternoon, prompting Councilmenber Noralea Gipner to suggest the Martinez City Council form an ad hoc committee to look into the situation. Councilmember Debbie […]

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Council asks staff to compose half-cent sales tax ballot measure

Council asks staff to compose half-cent sales tax ballot measure

| July 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Martinez City Council has asked its staff to compose documents that could put a half-cent sales tax ballot measure before voters in November. It must review and vote on those documents July 18 and Aug. 1 if the ballot measure is to be filed with the state of California by Aug. 10. […]

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Crash snaps pole, forces closure of Pacheco Boulevard

| July 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

MARTINEZ, Calif. – A truck ended on its side after its driver crashed and snapped a power pole on Pacheco Boulevard near California Highway Patrol shortly after 3 p.m. Thursday. That forced what California Highway Patrol called a “hard closure” of streets until repairs could be made and the vehicle could be removed. The driver […]

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MUSD education board approves budget while teachers, others, seek raises

| July 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Martinez Unified School District Board of Education approved a budget Monday that predicts $44,726,311 in revenues, but $46,143,568 in expenses. But prior to the Board’s actions, a series of teachers and members of the Martinez Education Association said the District has lost 20 percent of its special education teachers and 12 percent […]

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Martinez to celebrate nation’s birthday with parade, fireworks show

| July 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Martinez will join in the national celebration of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence July 4, 1776, with a community breakfast, a flag raising, a downtown parade and at dark, a fireworks show. Activities begin with a pancake breakfast, which will be served from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Wednesday by […]

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New law expands John Muir National Historic Site

New law expands John Muir National Historic Site

| July 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

MARTINEZ, Calif. – A new law will expand the John Muir National Historic Site by 44 acres, U.S. Representative Mark DeSaulnier announced. DeSaulnier, the Walnut Creek Democrat member of the House whose district contains a portion of Martinez, introduced his bill, H.R., 1719, to add the acreage of donated land to the 330-acre park. He […]

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Dance teacher accused of sexual assault on child

| July 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

MARTINEZ, Calif. – A 31-year-old Martinez dance instructor has been arrested and charged with two felony counts of sexual assault on a child, Martinez Police and the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday. The man has been identified as Daniel Howarter, who was 25 at the time of the incident, according to a […]

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MUSD Education Board approves budget while teachers seek raises

MUSD Education Board approves budget while teachers seek raises

| June 27, 2018 | 0 Comments

Martinez Unified School District Board of Education approved a budget Monday that predicts $44,726,311 in revenues, but $46,143,568 in expenses. But prior to the Board’s actions, a series of teachers and members of the Martinez Education Association said the District has lost 20 percent of its special education teachers and 12 percent of all teachers […]

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