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Council uses ‘lease’ financing to pay JFA dissolution settlement

Council uses ‘lease’ financing to pay JFA dissolution settlement

| August 5, 2018 | 0 Comments

MARTINEZ, Calif. ­­– Following the advice of its bond counsel, the Martinez City Council voted twice Wednesday on a lease agreement that would finance the resulting liability from the dissolution of the Martinez-Pleasant hill Joint Facilities Agency (JFA). By seeking the five-year loan, the city is in a position to save money as it pays […]

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City Hall under consideration as historic resource

City Hall under consideration as historic resource

| August 5, 2018 | 1 Comment

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Depending on the results of last week’s meeting in Sacramento, Martinez City Hall could be under consideration as a historic resource. Martinez author Kristin Henderson, who holds a master’s degree in library science and has been active in getting other Martinez areas and landmarks recognized for their historic significance, told the Martinez […]

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Council poised to award contracts tonight for Measure D street sealing

Council poised to award contracts tonight for Measure D street sealing

| August 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

MARTINEZ, Calif. – A Modesto paving firm may get a $2.466,223.41 contract tonight if Martinez City Council accepts its bid for the 2018-19 Measure D street sealing project. City Engineer Tim Tucker has recommended the Council accept the bid from American Pavement Systems, whose bid was higher than the $2.4 million engineering estimate for the […]

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Construction starts on Pacheco Boulevard near Las Juntas Elementary School

| August 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Contra Costa County Public Works has started construction to close a sidewalk gap on Pacheco Boulevard on either side of Las Juntas elementary School and west of Arthur Road, according to an announcement released by Public Information Officer Steve Padilla. Construction work could be done as early as Sept. 25, but could […]

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Marijuana dispensary clears first hurdle

Marijuana dispensary clears first hurdle

| August 1, 2018 | 2 Comments

Planning Commission approves permit, sends agreement to council for vote MARTINEZ, Calif. – With an acknowledgment it is punting a final decision, the Planning Commission approved a permit for the city’s first medicinal marijuana dispensary and has sent the project’s development agreement to the Council for its vote. Firefly’s application is the only one under […]

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Planning commission may rule Monday on cannabis dispensary

Planning commission may rule Monday on cannabis dispensary

| July 29, 2018 | 0 Comments

Martinez Planning Commission may decide Monday whether a medicinal marijuana dispensary is appropriate to open in a suite at 4808 Sunrise Drive, in the same building of an athletic gym that says more than two-thirds of its clients are minors. Brian Millar, contract planner, wrote in his report that while the applicant, Firefly Health Corporation […]

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Martinez woman charged in bicycle fatality

| July 29, 2018 | 0 Comments

MARTINEZ, Calif. – A Martinez woman has been arrested and charged in connection with a Tuesday evening collision that killed a 42-year old Hercules bicyclist, California Highway Patrol Officer Brandon Correia said Thursday. Christopher Rey Bunag was riding his bicycle about 7:20 p.m. Tuesday on San Pablo Avenue west of the restaurant The Dead Fish […]

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Supervisors’ forum sheds lights on sheriff’s ICE notifications

Supervisors’ forum sheds lights on sheriff’s ICE notifications

| July 29, 2018 | 1 Comment

MARTINEZ, Calif. – United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) made 284 requests in 2017 to be notified if Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office planned to release an undocumented immigrant from its custody, and of those, 63 notifications were made, Sheriff David O. Livingston said. His report was part of Tuesday’s ICE Access Forum mandated […]

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City Council authorizes half-cent sales tax ballot measure

City Council authorizes half-cent sales tax ballot measure

| July 25, 2018 | 0 Comments

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Martinez voters will decide Nov. 6 whether to increase its 8.75 percent sales tax by a half-cent, Martinez City Council decided unanimously Monday night. Cost to get the measure on the ballot is expected to be $65,000, which will come from the city’s reserves, the Council decided. While this would be a […]

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Council approves loan to satisfy JFA settlement

Council approves loan to satisfy JFA settlement

| July 22, 2018 | 0 Comments

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Martinez City Council has agreed to obtain a $4 million line of credit from US Bank to pay Social Security obligations it has incurred as a result of the dissolution of the Pleasant Hill-Martinez Joint Facilities Agency. It is a better approach than making installment payments to the Internal Revenue Service, Finance […]

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