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Police Blotter for March 16 – 31, 2018

Police Blotter for March 16 – 31, 2018

| April 11, 2018 | 0 Comments

3/16-3/18 • At 0916 hours, MPD officers responded to 735 Escobar St. (Marina Market) for a robbery. A male subject was arrested for theft. Case# 18-612 • At 0831 hours, MPD officers responded to the westbound off ramp on highway 4 at Alhambra Ave. for a report of a solo vehicle collision. The collision was […]

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NPS seeks public’s ideas for Mount Wanda uses

| April 11, 2018 | 0 Comments

MARTINEZ, Calif. – The National Park Service is seeking public comment through June 15 on how Mount Wanda should be used, and has slated two meetings for those who want to share their thoughts in person. Mount Wanda is a 330-acre part of the historic Martinez ranch where the notable environmentalist John Muir lived. It’s […]

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Vicente-Briones beats odds with mental health services

Vicente-Briones beats odds with mental health services

| April 11, 2018 | 0 Comments

MARTINEZ, Calif. – In most schools, only 4 percent of teenaged students seek out help with mental health concerns, Terell Ferris said during a presentation to the Martinez Unified School District Board of Education. That’s one in 25 who need that help, he said. But 20 percent of adolescents need some form of mental health […]

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Granger’s Wharf fires ‘suspicious’

Granger’s Wharf fires ‘suspicious’

| April 11, 2018 | 0 Comments

MARTINEZ, Calif. – A trio of fires reported Sunday afternoon near Granger’s Wharf were contained by Contra Costa County Fire Protection District firefighters within an hour and never threatened any buildings, a spokesman said. However, since the marshy area was still wet from recent rains, the fires are considered suspicious, the spokesperson said. The fires […]

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John Sparacino, city’s first elected mayor, dies at 92

John Sparacino, city’s first elected mayor, dies at 92

| April 8, 2018 | 0 Comments

MARTINEZ, Calif. – John Sparacino, Martinez’s first elected mayor and a man described as a gentleman and “Mr. Martinez,” died Tuesday at home at 92. Sparacino was chosen the city’s mayor in 1973, then again in 1976 and 1978, when the post was a two-year-term position. “He deserves a public tribute. Everything he did was […]

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MPOA, residents worry about MPD low numbers, ask council for help

MPOA, residents worry about MPD low numbers, ask council for help

| April 8, 2018 | 0 Comments

MARTINEZ, Calif. – If Martinez Police Department numbers keep dropping, the city could be faced with contracting for some public safety services, said Officer Mike Estanol, public information officer for the Martinez Police Officers Association (MPOA). MPOA has been warning city officials that the department is having trouble filling persistent vacancies and keeping the officers […]

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Fox continues campaign to save Alhambra ridgeline as open space

Fox continues campaign to save Alhambra ridgeline as open space

| April 8, 2018 | 0 Comments

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Jamie Fox not only hasn’t given up on preserving the Alhambra Hills as open space, he is hoping a letter will persuade the landowner and potential developer to keep talking with Martinez officials about the matter. Martinez City Council assured him the city remains in talks with Richfield Real Estate Corporation, the […]

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Board of Education may pick delivery method for new John Muir Elementary School campus

| April 8, 2018 | 0 Comments

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Martinez Unified School District Board of Education may decide Monday how to it will accept delivery of the new John Muir Elementary School that will replace the current buildings on the campus. One option is design-build, a two-step process in which a design professional prepares performance specifications. Procurement is open to contract […]

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Council suggests town hall to address mail service complaints

Council suggests town hall to address mail service complaints

| April 8, 2018 | 0 Comments

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Even before hearing multiple residents complain about missing mail, incorrect deliveries and other problems, Councilmember Mark Ross suggested Postmaster Jeanette Davis and members of the public meet in a town hall setting, perhaps with the Martinez City Council as moderators. The Martinez Post Office has been the subject of frustration by residents […]

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Council hears need to address city’s structural deficit

| April 8, 2018 | 0 Comments

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Martinez has a budgetary structural deficit that, if left unaddressed, will get worse as California Public Employees Retirement Service (CalPERS) costs rise. It also will take both a one-time hit as well as new ongoing costs caused by the dissolution of the Pleasant Hill-Martinez Joint Facilities agency (JFA.) That’s the update presented […]

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