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Column 1: Here we go

| March 18, 2018 | 0 Comments

By BILL SHARKEY III Martinez News-Gazette Columnist HERE WE GO with our 301st Column 1. Hard to believe. I am so grateful to the management and staff of the Gazette for allowing me to have fun doing something I enjoy…a carryover of the fun I had doing it five days a week when I was […]

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Letter to the Editor: Groups are ‘hostile to growth’

Letter to the Editor: Groups are ‘hostile to growth’

| March 14, 2018 | 3 Comments

I am writing in response to the rolling out of by-district elections. To say this process has wounded me deeply would be putting it mildly. As part of the ‘protected class’ this tawdry action sought to empower, I feel neither. I sat by on the sidelines for a majority of the time, waiting to see […]

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Column 1: Acts of Kindness

| March 11, 2018 | 0 Comments

By BILL SHARKEY III Martinez News-Gazette Columnist ACTS OF KINDNESS are universal, but not necessarily rampant! However, we experience them daily, readily recognized, or not. Some are obvious. Some we take for granted, like someone holding a door for us. Was that kindness or courtesy? Is there a difference? How about someone allowing you to […]

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Letter to the Editor: City council violates state law and loses lawsuit

Letter to the Editor: City council violates state law and loses lawsuit

| March 11, 2018 | 0 Comments

Contra Costa County Superior Court ruled the Martinez City Council violated the State Election Code by not putting the Martinez Open Space and Park Protection Initiative on the ballot at their 12/13/17 meeting. The Council’s failure to do so was illegal. The ruling, issued this Tuesday, forces the City Council to do what they should […]

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Schroder: Clarification on waiving annexation fee

| September 12, 2017 | 0 Comments

With all of the misinformation out there about the city council’s decision to waive city fees on the Vaca Creek property I through It might shed some light on the issue by restating my comments made at the meeting. In 2010 the City of Martinez annexed  the Stonehurst and Alhambra Valley Ranch neighborhoods after consideration […]

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