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Column 1: While the nation scanned the results

Column 1: While the nation scanned the results

| November 11, 2018 | 0 Comments

By BILL SHARKEY III Martinez News-Gazette Columnist WHILE THE NATION scanned the results from Senate and House races, along with statewide races, our community was waking up to local results, the most surprising for many being the apparent upset of Councilmember Debbie McKillop by John Stevens, a political newcomer. The difference in the tally of […]

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Residents sound off on ice rink cancellation

Residents sound off on ice rink cancellation

| November 11, 2018 | 0 Comments

Here are some selected readers comments regarding the news of the ice rink cancellation taken from Facebook. Mary Ewart: We wouldn’t be in shopping and eating around the Holidays in downtown Martinez if it weren’t for the rink! We got season passes and ate at the Starbucks, Thai food, the BBQ place, and so on […]

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Column 1: Despite everything

Column 1: Despite everything

| November 4, 2018 | 0 Comments

By BILL SHARKEY III Martinez News-Gazette Columnist “DESPITE EVERYTHING, I believe that people are really good at heart.” These words from someone in history. A young woman known to the world as Anne Frank. A young woman of World War Two history who became an international heroine and literary figure. The quote of the day […]

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Letter to the Editor: Pine Meadow going before court

Letter to the Editor: Pine Meadow going before court

| November 4, 2018 | 1 Comment

Dear Editor, The Friends of Pine Meadow lawsuit to overturn the City council’s “rewrite history” decision that changed Pine Meadow from open space to residential is finally going to be heard by Contra Costa Superior Court. On January 19, 2017 the City Council voted that the 43 year old open space designation for Pine Meadow […]

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Letter to the Editor: Support Martinez police officers by voting Yes on Measure X

Letter to the Editor: Support Martinez police officers by voting Yes on Measure X

| October 28, 2018 | 8 Comments

This November, the citizens of Martinez will be given the opportunity to partner and aid in sustaining the future of the Martinez Police Department by weighing in on Measure X. Measure X means securing retention of our current quality Martinez Police Officers as well as proactively recruiting future quality police personnel. We know what is […]

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Letter to the Editor: New energy in Martinez

Letter to the Editor: New energy in Martinez

| October 28, 2018 | 0 Comments

I’m a long-time Martinez resident and recent retiree. In 1972, I purposefully chose to move to Martinez because it reminded me of the small Midwest towns where I was born and grew up. I have witnessed many changes over the years in this city that I love, more so recently than ever before. There’s a […]

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Column 1: Voters beware!!!

Column 1: Voters beware!!!

| October 28, 2018 | 0 Comments

VOTERS BEWARE!!! Be certain you receive and read your voters’ guide sent to you recently by the County Clerk’s Elections Depart- ment. You will be appalled and amazed by the contents. Do not wait until you give it a quick glance just before going to the polling place, or just quickly mark it before dropping […]

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Letter to the Editor: Keep incumbents in Martinez

Letter to the Editor: Keep incumbents in Martinez

| October 28, 2018 | 0 Comments

As a former Martinez city council member I know first-hand the difficult task faced by the city and level of perseverance it takes to improve and revitalize your community and how many factors enter into success. Nothing happens overnight. No one person makes success happen. A ‘one and done’ art event does not change the […]

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Letter to the Editor: Measure X a ‘necessary, step forward’ for city

Letter to the Editor: Measure X a ‘necessary, step forward’ for city

| October 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

Dear Editor, As voting season enters the final stretch and we begin to receive our ballots in the mail, I’d like to share why I’m supporting Measure X this November. A half-cent sales tax equal to about a dime a day, Measure X provides critical funds to improve our water and flood control infrastructure, boost […]

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Mayor’s Message: Answering some questions Measure X

Mayor’s Message: Answering some questions Measure X

| October 11, 2018 | 5 Comments

It is now October and autumn is here. The days are shorter, it is dark when we get up for work, and it is getting darker every night when we come home. The air is still warm during the day, but the nights are getting crisper with each passing day. We are also in the […]

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