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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 | 3 Comments

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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Letter to the Editor: Vote no on misguided Measure I

Letter to the Editor: Vote no on misguided Measure I

| May 9, 2018 | 3 Comments

I think we all agree that open space is a great thing! Martinez has a wealth of parks and public open space to serve our community along with thousands of acres of East Bay Regional Parks land, which by any measure is considerable. As a resident of Martinez and the Commissioner of our nation’s largest […]

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Letter to the Editor: Watch out for web of lies from Measure I

Letter to the Editor: Watch out for web of lies from Measure I

| May 9, 2018 | 2 Comments

The statement that Martinez Parks are in “dire danger” of conversion to residential housing by developers is a bigger lie than Clinton stating he never had sex with that woman. It is disgraceful that Platt, Thomson, Kilmer, 1000 Friends of Martinez are making such an absolute absurd statement. It is an outright LIE. But, this […]

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Letter to the Editor: Measure I – Like any contract, should be read back to front

Letter to the Editor: Measure I – Like any contract, should be read back to front

| May 9, 2018 | 3 Comments

My last letter was wordy, so I’ll make this one brief. Read the Measure, and not just the sales pitch that is the preamble, but the exhibits. Particularly Exhibit C. Then ask for both letters of endorsement from the Sierra Club and the Audubon Society. And if you are provided such letters, please forward them […]

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Column 1: I missed your column last week

Column 1: I missed your column last week

| May 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

By BILL SHARKEY III Martinez News-Gazette Columnist “I MISSED YOUR COLUMN last week.” The sweetest words a column writer can hear. A reader who looks forward to a writer’s work. That’s what happened last week when I saw Edy Pino at Nob Hill. “I look forward to it each week, and missed it last week,” […]

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