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Column 1: Say what??

Column 1: Say what??

| April 14, 2019 | 0 Comments

By BILL SHARKEY III Martinez News-Gazette Columnist SAY WHAT?? Letter from Republic Services, the folks with the big blue trucks which dart about our streets daily, was dated April 2019, so not an April Fool’s Day letter, probably. However, the message it brought to our home, as one of their customers, certainly could have been […]

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Letter to the Editor: Brickyard Run a success

Letter to the Editor: Brickyard Run a success

| April 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

Kudos to Kevin Searls and the whole Searls family for producing a wonderful Brickyard Run again this year. Together with a small, dedicated band of loyal volunteers, Kevin has continued the proud Martinez tradition that celebrated a 50th anniversary last Sunday. Events like these make Martinez a great place to live. – Jeff Roubal, Martinez […]

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Column 1: We are Martinez

Column 1: We are Martinez

| April 7, 2019 | 0 Comments

By BILL SHARKEY III Martinez News-Gazette Columnist WE ARE MARTINEZ, and ‘we’ know how to do crab feeds. Just like the fundraiser for the Martinez Historical Society Saturday, March 30 at the Shell Clubhouse. Nearly 200 hungry attendees (donors) sat elbow to elbow chatting and eating as Boy Scouts provided the ‘server’ function. It was […]

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Letter to the Editor: We’ve lost that loving feeling

Letter to the Editor: We’ve lost that loving feeling

| April 7, 2019 | 0 Comments

Dear old and new friends, it is with deep disappointment that I have to share I am not participating in this year’s Beer Fest and as things are headed probably not the 4th of July Parade. As many of you know, since my time working at the Martinez News-Gazette and even back to my beaver […]

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Column 1: Incredible!

Column 1: Incredible!

| March 24, 2019 | 0 Comments

By BILL SHARKEY III Martinez News-Gazette Columnist INCREDIBLE!!! The so-called leader of this nation who received some two million votes less than his opponent, but won the electoral college, can lead ‘us’, his constituents, down the road to so much chaos and uncertainty. More disarray with our organizations of government and much more consternation for […]

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Letter to the Editor: The marijuana invasion

Letter to the Editor: The marijuana invasion

| March 24, 2019 | 0 Comments

Mayor Schroeder was back at it again last Wednesday night, figuring out how he can get two marijuana ordinances passed which will repeal our existing municipal prohibitions against the commercial sale, manufacturing and distribution of marijuana in Martinez. He has been trying to do so since 2008. He is on the cusp of victory, but […]

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Column 1: Welcome aboard

Column 1: Welcome aboard

| March 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

By BILL SHARKEY III Martinez News-Gazette Columnist WELCOME ABOARD, Eric Figueroa, our new City Manager, arriving soon from San Ramon’s Assistant City Manager position. We all know he will be an asset to our community, and will be a ‘happy camper’ in Martinez. With a name Figueroa, he will feel right at home, right? He […]

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Letter to the Editor: Be the change

Letter to the Editor: Be the change

| March 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

I took a democratic party online poll the other day. One of the questions asked me to check the boxes for the 3 issues that are the most important to me. I was surprised and disappointed to see that “halting our endless wars” was not one of the choices. “Fighting terror” was. What happened to […]

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Column 1: Blessed are we

Column 1: Blessed are we

| March 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

By BILL SHARKEY III Martinez News-Gazette Columnist BLESSED ARE WE who live in the United States of America. Be we citizens, non-citizens, legal, not legal. We all benefit from the umbrella of security over us by being here. Not many across the globe can say the same and be certain of it day-to-day. Some never […]

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Letter to the Editor: City council loses major lawsuit

Letter to the Editor: City council loses major lawsuit

| March 3, 2019 | 0 Comments

The City Council has lost the Pine Meadow Rewrite History lawsuit. The Contra Costa County Superior Court states in their February 8 ruling: “… no reasonable person could have reached the conclusion the City did in 2017 that ‘the Subject Property has a residential land use designation’….” The Court goes on to state: “… it […]

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