Martinez Business Beat, March 21, 2018

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Sonoma Raceway To Be All-Risk Drill Site This Week

Several agencies will be visiting Sonoma Raceway starting today for a three-day security drill. So those traveling near the track should expect to see a variety of marked vehicles, helicopters and other indications the training is going on.

That will include the sounds of explosions, gunfire and audible loud-speaker voice directions, those organizing the training session said. In this case, it’s just a drill.

The multiple-track racing site will be used by the California National Guard’s Homeland Response Force (HRF), the 95th Civil Support Team, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), the Federal Emergency Management Agency Urban Assistance Team 7 and other emergency responders for a terrorism and active shooter response exercise through Friday.

Local responders from Sonoma and Marin counties will join them in training to act as a single response team. They include the North Bay Incident management Team (NBIMT), the Novato Fire District, Mill Valley Fire Department and Marin County Fire Department, among others.

Most of the activity will take place from 7 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Thursday. The public will not be allowed to view the exercises, but the training sessions may affect traffic flow on roadways near Sonoma Raceway, including California Highways 37 and 121.

CASA Volunteer Informational Sessions March 23, 28

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) information sessions will be offered to the public at 12:30 p.m. Friday and again at 8 a.m. March 28 for those who want to advocate for children in foster care.

Friday’s session is a webinar which prospective volunteers may access through or by sending an email to

Those who want to attend an informational session in person may do so at 8 a.m. March 28 at 2151 Salvio St., Suite 295, Concord.

The website for Contra Costa County CASA is

Chamber Board Meets March 28

The Martinez Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors will meet at noon Wednesday, March 28, at the Martinez Unified School District, 921 Susana St.

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