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Vice-Mayor Lara DeLaney candidate Q & A part 1

Vice-Mayor Lara DeLaney candidate Q & A part 1

| October 17, 2018 | 0 Comments

Vice-Mayor Lara DeLaney, who is unopposed in the District 1 contest, answered candidate questions from the Martinez News-Gazette Please introduce yourself. Why are you uniquely suited to be a Councilmember? What makes me “uniquely suited to the Martinez City Council,” aside from the fact that I am running unopposed to represent District 1, is my […]

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MN-G city council district 4 candidates Q and A

MN-G city council district 4 candidates Q and A

| October 17, 2018 | 0 Comments

Prior to every election, the Martinez News-Gazette asks local candidates a series of questions to inform voters about how those candidates stand on select issues. Below are the responses to four of seven questions submitted to Councilmember Debbie McKillop and challenger John Stevens. The pair are facing off for the District 4 seat on the […]

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MN-G mayoral candidates Q & A

MN-G mayoral candidates Q & A

| October 15, 2018 | 1 Comment

Prior to every election, the Martinez News-Gazette asks local candidates a series of questions to inform voters about how those candidates stand on select issues. Below are the responses to seven questions submitted to Mayor Rob Schroder and challenger Yazmín Llama-Morales. The answers are unedited and appear exactly as submitted by the candidates.  Please introduce […]

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Missing woman, Sidney Avant, found

| October 7, 2018 | 0 Comments

Sidney Avant, the 24-year-old woman being sought by her father, Robert, after she left the Contra Costa Regional Medical Center, Martinez, Sept. 17, has been found, according to reports made public through social media postings. The posting, which says Sidney also goes by the name Zoe Black, said she has been found and is with […]

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Board Of Education to air unions’ salary settlements, costs

| October 7, 2018 | 0 Comments

MARTINEZ, Calif. ­­– Martinez Unified School District’s Board of Education will conduct public hearings Monday before voting on agreements with its employees’ labor representatives. Those settlements will give most employees 4 percent raises effective last July. The public hearings will disclose the cost to fund those salary settlements with the Martinez Education Association (MEA), the […]

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Newkirk guilty of gross vehicular manslaughter, jury decides

| October 7, 2018 | 0 Comments

MARTINEZ, Calif. ­­– A man who was driving without a license Oct. 4, 2017, when he became involved in a five-car fatal collision has been convicted by a Contra Costa County jury of gross vehicular manslaughter, according to an announcement released by Scott Alonso, public information officer in the Office of the Contra Costa County […]

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Groundbreaking ceremony marks the official start to South I-680 express lane

Groundbreaking ceremony marks the official start to South I-680 express lane

| October 7, 2018 | 1 Comment

MARTINEZ, Calif. ­­– With the turn of five golden shovels, area officials on Wednesday marked the beginning of a $127 million construction project that will complete an express lane on southbound Interstate-680 from Marina Vista Avenue in Martinez to the Contra Costa-Alameda counties’ shared line. Randall Iwasaki, executive director of the Contra Costa Transportation Authority […]

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Father still searching for missing daughter who was last seen in Martinez

Father still searching for missing daughter who was last seen in Martinez

| October 3, 2018 | 0 Comments

MARTINEZ, Calif. ­­– Robert Avant and his 24-year-old daughter, Sidney, have had a long-standing agreement that no matter what she’s doing, she would keep in touch with her father. But the last word he has about Sidney was Sept. 17, when she told a friend she was leaving the Contra Costa Regional Medical Center in […]

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Shell/MEF Run For Education raises $90,000 for local schools

Shell/MEF Run For Education raises $90,000 for local schools

| October 3, 2018 | 0 Comments

MARTINEZ, Calif. ­­– Joseph Huang was first in the men’s 10k category, and Sigrid Fallentine was first in the women’s category in the same event in Sunday’s Shell/MEF Run for Education. Lev Afonine won the men’s 5K category, and Lisa Allan continues her reign as the women’s 5k category winner. But the real winner is […]

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MTA, CCTA breaking ground today in Martinez for I-680 express lane

| October 3, 2018 | 0 Comments

MARTINEZ, Calif. ­­– A ground-breaking ceremony this morning will mark the beginning of an 11-mile southbound express lane on Interstate-680 from Marina Vista Avenue in Martinez to Rudgear Road in Walnut Creek. The project’s ceremony, by the Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA) and Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA), will provide a continuous high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) and […]

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