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Check facts before voting on Measures

Check facts before voting on Measures

| May 23, 2018 | 0 Comments

As a counterpoint to Debbie McKillop’s letter to the editor, I’d like to offer the following. Like Debbie, I encourage you to research the issues surrounding Measure I and Measure F and make a reasoned decision. Let me give a quick explanation of Measure I. Measure I offers the voters of Martinez the chance to […]

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Letter was hypocritical

Letter was hypocritical

| May 23, 2018 | 0 Comments

I find the letter I received from the organization ‘Martinez Citizens for yes on Measure F and no on Measure’ – signed by Martinez City Council members Rob Schroder, Noralea Gipner and Debbie McKillop – extremely hypocritical Else, how do you explain starting a letter with, “We are writing as citizens of Martinez and not […]

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Council trying to trick voters

Council trying to trick voters

| May 23, 2018 | 0 Comments

Dear Editor, The City Council has created a lot of confusion around Measure I and private property rights…and that was their goal. We believe Martinez voters will not be tricked. We also believe the most important issue is to allay the fears of the 550 property owners the Council has targeted with their misleading City […]

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Column 1: Civility

Column 1: Civility

| May 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

By BILL SHARKEY III Martinez News-Gazette Columnist CIVILITY, a key to the image and reputation of our great nation since the earliest of times, has sunk to the lowest level ever under the ‘guidance’ of the least civil leadership and administration ever. The leading historians of our time tell us with no restraints that we’ve […]

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Letter to the Editor: To ‘F’ or to ‘I’…that is the question

Letter to the Editor: To ‘F’ or to ‘I’…that is the question

| May 20, 2018 | 1 Comment

Before you cast your vote on the two Private Property and open space measures on the June 5th, 2018 ballot, be sure you have all the facts. Information is out there for you to explore and it can be found in your Voter Information Guide pages CC 021-040 to CC 021-56. Information is also available […]

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Letter to the Editor: Green-lining as the new red-lining?

Letter to the Editor: Green-lining as the new red-lining?

| May 20, 2018 | 1 Comment

This week I was invited to watch some of this year’s Congress For The New Urbanism’s (CNU.org) talks from Savannah GA. During Wednesday’s talk the speaker posed an interesting thought on the way cities are defining open space that suggested green-lining has replaced red-lining. For readers not familiar with the term red-lining, it was the […]

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Letter to the Editor: Who is going to pay for it?

Letter to the Editor: Who is going to pay for it?

| May 20, 2018 | 1 Comment

Looks like the political hyperbole is heating up in anticipation of the June primary election. We received the slick four-page Yes on Measure I brochure in the mail this morning. Savings our parks should be a no-brainer. Everyone wants to save our parks, right? However, this is really a land-grab of the former Pine Meadow […]

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Message from the Mayor: Measure F protects citizen’s rights

Message from the Mayor: Measure F protects citizen’s rights

| May 13, 2018 | 10 Comments

In the primary election to be held on June 5, 2018, Martinez voters will be asked to vote for or against two local ballot measures know as Measure F and Measure I. Both measures deal with the protection of open space and parkland. The Martinez City Council placed Measure F on the ballot and Measure […]

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Letter to the Editor: Council owed an apology

Letter to the Editor: Council owed an apology

| May 13, 2018 | 1 Comment

Editor, A month ago, I went on Martinez Rants and Raves asking 1000 Friends of Martinez, Platt, Thomson, Kilmer, and Courtney Massella-O’Brien (an attorney, who from posts aligns with 1000 Friends) to tell me “What laws did the Council break?”. At city council meetings, on fliers and all over social media, they say the Council […]

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Column 1: The passing of former governor George Deukmejian

Column 1: The passing of former governor George Deukmejian

| May 13, 2018 | 0 Comments

By BILL SHARKEY III Martinez News-Gazette Columnist THE PASSING of former Governor George (Duke) Deukmejian this week, just short of his 90th birthday, brought to mind an incident 30 years ago during his years as our Governor. An incident in which knowing the right people got things done. The issue involved the Governor, a Republican. […]

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