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Thompson announces Gun Violence Prevention Task Force leaders

| February 6, 2019 | 0 Comments

The Gun Violence Prevention Task Force for the 116th Congress will have two new vice chairpersons and four new whips, Task Force Chairperson and U.S. Representative Mike Thompson has announced. Thompson, the Napa Democrat who represents a portion of Martinez, has led the task force since its establishment shortly after the tragic active shooter massacre […]

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DC Solar companies file Chapter 11 bankruptcy, Carpoffs leave leadership roles

DC Solar companies file Chapter 11 bankruptcy, Carpoffs leave leadership roles

| February 4, 2019 | 0 Comments

DC Solar Solutions and DC Solar Distribution both have filed for reorganization in Nevada Bankruptcy Court. The Benicia-based companies owned by Martinez residents Jeff and Paulette Carpoff were raided along with the Carpoffs’ home Dec. 18 by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The FBI has confirmed the raids, but have released few specifics, citing the […]

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Ribbon-cutting opens newly named John Sparacino Park

Ribbon-cutting opens newly named John Sparacino Park

| January 30, 2019 | 0 Comments

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Surrounded by members of John Sparacino’s family and friends, Martinez City Council used a ribbon cutting ceremony Monday afternoon to mark the renaming of a city park in the former mayor’s memory. Then Sparacino’s sister, Nina, 100-years-old, was handed the hefty silver scissors for a repeat performance. Sparacino, often called “Mr. Martinez,” […]

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‘Images In Black’ exhibit opens Sunday at Historical Museum

‘Images In Black’ exhibit opens Sunday at Historical Museum

| January 30, 2019 | 0 Comments

MARTINEZ, Calif. – A new exhibit opens Sunday at the Martinez Historical Museum, ethnic dolls and other memorabilia from the collection of Martinez resident Rosalyne Miller-Boyd. It will be displayed alongside another exhibit, “Amen!” that illustrates the stories of seven of this city’s churches, and both will remain at the museum until the end of […]

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MUSD Board authorizes next bond sale

MUSD Board authorizes next bond sale

| January 30, 2019 | 0 Comments

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Martinez Unified School District Board of Education agreed to issue its $30 million second series of Measure R Bonds. The vote at Monday’s meeting was unanimous, with Jonathan Wright absent. The Board had no questions, and no member from the public addressed the matter. Voters in the school district approved Measure R […]

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Board of Education considers issuing $30M Measure R bond

| January 27, 2019 | 0 Comments

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Martinez Unified School District Board of Education will decide Monday whether to issue $30 million in its second series of Measure R bonds. Voters approved Measure R Nov. 8, 2016, authorizing the District to issue up to $120 million in aggregate principal of bonds for construction projects. Isom Advisors, which is a […]

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Subcommittee previews next Measure D street projects

Subcommittee previews next Measure D street projects

| January 27, 2019 | 0 Comments

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Martinez City Council’s Franchise/Public Infrastructure Subcommittee got a preview of the next round of prospective road maintenance and repair projects that will use Measure D half-cent sales tax money. The panel, made up of Councilmembers Lara DeLaney and Mark Ross, also learned of items that may need future consideration related to future […]

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Ground breaks on 680/Hwy. 4 interchange widening

Ground breaks on 680/Hwy. 4 interchange widening

| January 27, 2019 | 0 Comments

Ground has been broken for a four-mile widening of California State Highway 4 that is expected to lead to improvements of its interchange with Interstate-1680, Contra Costa Transportation Authority has announced. After a ceremonial groundbreaking Thursday, work will start that will widen Highway 4 from Morello Avenue to California Highway 242, adding a third lane […]

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Planning Commission approves permits, variances for two homes

| January 27, 2019 | 0 Comments

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Martinez Planning Commission has given its approval for construction of two neighboring homes, one at 120 Westpark St. and the other at 1491 Prospect Ave. Applicants needed Commission approval Tuesday night for conditional use permits because the houses would exceed the 25-foot height limit, and variances to side yard setback requirements. Both […]

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Kilger attends final Council meeting, Sappal named Interim City Manager

Kilger attends final Council meeting, Sappal named Interim City Manager

| January 23, 2019 | 0 Comments

Taking another step in closing his career of more than 40 years in municipal government, Brad Kilger has attended his last City Council meeting as a working professional. The Martinez city manager is retiring from public service at the end of the month, and Police Chief Manjit Sappal will be the interim city manager until […]

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