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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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District 4 council candidates discuss Martinez issues on CCTV

District 4 council candidates discuss Martinez issues on CCTV

| September 23, 2018 | 1 Comment

Martinez voters will be deciding only one Council seat this year since the city was accused by a Malibu attorney, Kevin Shenkman, representing a San Antonio client, of violating the California Voting Rights Act through its at-large elections. To avoid risking millions of dollars in a court battle with Shenkman, the City Council adopted four […]

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Mayoral candidates spar in CCTV interview

Mayoral candidates spar in CCTV interview

| September 23, 2018 | 2 Comments

Martinez Mayoral race challenger Yazmin Llamas-Morales said her city is fractured, its municipal budget is facing fiscal calamity and its residents are looking to fresh faces like hers for solutions, even if that means she would spend time on a learning curve. Incumbent Mayor Rob Schroder said residents he meets are more optimistic, saying they […]

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Hotrod Hoodlums, Chrysler of Fairfield event Saturday to help Las Juntas Elementary

Hotrod Hoodlums, Chrysler of Fairfield event Saturday to help Las Juntas Elementary

| September 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

A team-up event Saturday between a Fairfield Chrysler dealership and a Bay Area car club will help raise money for a Martinez elementary school during its annual PTA car show and barbecue. Chrysler of Fairfield is bringing its parent company’s “Cars 4 Classrooms” fundraising program to Las Juntas Elementary School Saturday. Megan Benando, a member […]

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Council to hear appeal of cannabis dispensary permit

Council to hear appeal of cannabis dispensary permit

| September 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

Martinez City Council will hear an appeal tonight of the Planning Commission’s approval of a conditional use permit for a medicinal marijuana dispensary in a suite at 4808 Sunrise Drive. After several Planning Commission meetings to determine whether a gym that’s a tenant in the building has enough young clientele to be called as a […]

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