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Mayor, school board president should focus on school safety, not election law minutiae

Mayor, school board president should focus on school safety, not election law minutiae

| September 16, 2018 | 0 Comments

Now that Mayor Rob Schroder and school board President Jonathan Wright have teamed up on an op-ed discussing the nuances of election law (“Contra Costa Elections Department wrongly  blames School Board, City for voting confusion”) , perhaps they can carve out some time to work together on matters that actually impact the well-being of our […]

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Column 1: Where were you

Column 1: Where were you

| September 16, 2018 | 0 Comments

By BILL SHARKEY III Martinez News-Gazette Columnist WHERE WERE YOU when the twin towers in New York City came crashing down? What were you doing? Seventeen years ago this past week, was a day that everyone remembers; but what other memories? How did you hear the horror that was unfolding at the hands of terrorists? […]

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Letter to the Editor: No weeds in the garden

Letter to the Editor: No weeds in the garden

| September 16, 2018 | 0 Comments

Martinez is getting seduced into the marijuana business. It’s most apparent motive is that we need the “money”. As in taxes, fees and whatever. It’s almost as if panic has set in at city hall and we the people must comply with this emergency. The emergency is not our fault. This is the city council’s […]

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Letter to the Editor: Why I’m supporting Measure X

Letter to the Editor: Why I’m supporting Measure X

| September 16, 2018 | 1 Comment

I was part of the Citizens for Measure H, a $30,000,000 bond that the citizens of Martinez approved to rebuild our pool, upgrade our library, and renovate our parks. One of the concerns was that once this work was accomplished, would the city be able to provide proper maintenance. When serving on the Park, Recreation, […]

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Gipner: Measure X critical to Martinez’s future

Gipner: Measure X critical to Martinez’s future

| September 13, 2018 | 6 Comments

Today I would like to talk about the half-cent sales tax measure that the City Council placed on the November 6 ballot. It is called Measure X – the City of Martinez Quality of Life/Essential Services Measure. In November, the citizens of Martinez will be asked to decide whether or not to pass Measure X. […]

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Message from the Mayor: Upcoming elections

Message from the Mayor: Upcoming elections

| September 9, 2018 | 1 Comment

By ROB SCHRODER Mayor of Martinez Many of you, like my wife and I, recently received a letter from the Contra Costa County Elections Department advising you that your precinct no longer has a polling place and you will be voting by mail, whether you signed up for it or not. I have received many […]

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Column 1: John McCain

Column 1: John McCain

| September 2, 2018 | 0 Comments

By BILL SHARKEY III Martinez News-Gazette Columnist JOHN MCCAIN, military hero, national statesman with accolades pouring in from all across the nation and around the globe, with so many accounts of his storied life, and tragic years in enemy hands. A life none of us would care to have lived, but a life lived fully […]

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Letter to the Editor: Don’t like vote by mail

Letter to the Editor: Don’t like vote by mail

| September 2, 2018 | 0 Comments

Dear Editor, I am one of those persons directly affected by the change to districted elections in our city. I received the letter from Joe Cancimilla stating that my family is being switched to mail- in balloting because our precinct is too small for a polling place. I don’t like it one bit. I did […]

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Contra Costa County Elections Department wrongly blames Martinez School Board, City for voting confusion

Contra Costa County Elections Department wrongly blames Martinez School Board, City for voting confusion

| August 29, 2018 | 9 Comments

by Jonathan T Wright and Rob Schroder In a recent letter to voters, the Contra Costa County Clerk-Recorder and Registrar of Voters, advised an unknown number of voters residing in both the City of Martinez and the Martinez Unified School District that their voting precinct had been eliminated and they would be permitted only to vote […]

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Vote Yes on X

Vote Yes on X

| August 29, 2018 | 1 Comment

Despite past missteps, both imagined and real, City Staff and Council should be recognized for being responsive in an attempt to hire and retain quality staff for police and other public services. Rising pension costs are killing cities all over the state. Measure X funds will be independently audited to ensure compliance with state and […]

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