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Column One: Well, who now?

Column One: Well, who now?

| January 19, 2020 | 0 Comments

By Bill Sharkey III   WELL, WHO NOW?? Last Democratic presidential candidate debate before the Iowa caucuses, and those standing before the prospective voters in upcoming elections and caucus groups have given it their last shot nationwide. How do you feel, Mr. and Ms. American voter? Made up your mind? Still too early? Still too […]

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The Insidious Nature of Good Enough

The Insidious Nature of Good Enough

| January 15, 2020 | 0 Comments

In my professional life I am finding myself spending more and more time in West County and as a result I had the pleasure of being present for the official ribbon cutting ceremonies for an exciting new project in the city of Richmond, CoBiz. The space was designed as a co-working, business incubator space and […]

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Martinez needs a new voice on the Board of Supervisors

Martinez needs a new voice on the Board of Supervisors

| January 13, 2020 | 0 Comments

I’m running to be your Contra Costa County Supervisor, show up every day, and tackle our challenges head-on. I was born and raised in Martinez. My mother is a nurse and my father delivered chips for Frito Lay in Richmond and Martinez. From them, I learned the importance of showing up every day and standing […]

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Column One: What Happened?

Column One: What Happened?

| January 12, 2020 | 0 Comments

by Bill Sharkey III WHAT HAPPENED? You tell me! Whatever it was, it was mighty fast. And, here we are again. No longer an unemployed volunteer columnist. Hardly a day off to consider my future. Perhaps, just as well! Reflecting on my past keeps me well occupied; it’s been such a long past. Maybe good […]

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Column 1: Educators

Column 1: Educators

| December 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

By BILL SHARKEY III Martinez News-Gazette Columnist EDUCATORS more than have their hands full these days trying to stay in business. There always was a time when school boards had more than enough to do to maintain their school buildings. The grounds, a full staff of teachers, other personnel, and appropriate curriculum to meet state […]

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Message from the Mayor: Exciting happenings in Martinez

| December 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

By ROB SCHRODER Mayor of Martinez As I have mentioned in several of my columns, downtown Martinez is experiencing a renaissance, with new businesses opening up and others reinventing themselves with new owners. Jim Blair has sold Creek Monkey Tap House, and the new owners, Sal & Michelle Strong, have rebranded the restaurant to Firehouse […]

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Column 1: Say what?!

Column 1: Say what?!

| December 8, 2019 | 0 Comments

By BILL SHARKEY III Martinez News-Gazette Columnist SAY WHAT?! Now we are somewhere back to square one with the Traditions at the Meadow development (old Pine Meadow Golf Course) on Vine Hill Way with a suit against the City of Martinez over a delay in grading for the sewer and drainage system for the 65-homes […]

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Column 1: We’re going to pot???

Column 1: We’re going to pot???

| December 1, 2019 | 0 Comments

By BILL SHARKEY III Martinez News-Gazette Columnist WE’RE GOING TO POT??? Sounds like the decision has been made to sell ‘weed’ on Alhambra Avenue to make it convenient for purchasers. The decision by the City Council (4-0 with the Mayor recusing himself due to conflicts) has met with great concern (and surprise!) by the Martinez […]

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Letter to the Editor: City Council didn’t think about children

Letter to the Editor: City Council didn’t think about children

| November 27, 2019 | 0 Comments

As a kid that grew up in Los Angeles, I have seen the story that played out at Wednesday’s City Council meeting. Let’s sell drugs just outside the high school because the district can’t do anything. We will carry guns to make sure we protect our product and cash. In addition, we will imply favors […]

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Letter to the Editor: How can the Gazette be saved?

Letter to the Editor: How can the Gazette be saved?

| November 24, 2019 | 0 Comments

Dear Editor, I do not want to see this newspaper go away. It reflects so much of our town’s personality. The pages contain expressions of conflict as well as lovely, heart-filling articles of people going about their daily lives, today and from the past. The paper draws it’s readers into their society. It informs and […]

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