Tag: Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor: No weeds in the garden

Letter to the Editor: No weeds in the garden

| September 16, 2018 | 0 Comments

Martinez is getting seduced into the marijuana business. It’s most apparent motive is that we need the “money”. As in taxes, fees and whatever. It’s almost as if panic has set in at city hall and we the people must comply with this emergency. The emergency is not our fault. This is the city council’s […]

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Letter to the Editor: Why I’m supporting Measure X

Letter to the Editor: Why I’m supporting Measure X

| September 16, 2018 | 1 Comment

I was part of the Citizens for Measure H, a $30,000,000 bond that the citizens of Martinez approved to rebuild our pool, upgrade our library, and renovate our parks. One of the concerns was that once this work was accomplished, would the city be able to provide proper maintenance. When serving on the Park, Recreation, […]

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Message from the Mayor: Upcoming elections

Message from the Mayor: Upcoming elections

| September 9, 2018 | 1 Comment

By ROB SCHRODER Mayor of Martinez Many of you, like my wife and I, recently received a letter from the Contra Costa County Elections Department advising you that your precinct no longer has a polling place and you will be voting by mail, whether you signed up for it or not. I have received many […]

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Vote Yes on X

Vote Yes on X

| August 29, 2018 | 1 Comment

Despite past missteps, both imagined and real, City Staff and Council should be recognized for being responsive in an attempt to hire and retain quality staff for police and other public services. Rising pension costs are killing cities all over the state. Measure X funds will be independently audited to ensure compliance with state and […]

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Letter to the Editor: So you want to run for public office

Letter to the Editor: So you want to run for public office

| August 26, 2018 | 4 Comments

I can safely say I have been politically aware since at least age 9. I recall trick o’treating in the city of Paramount in ’72, while older boys were reminding folks to vote for Nixon. I can’t tell you what compelled me to chime in other than my mother, a hairdresser, who was on public […]

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Puppet masters and manipulators

Puppet masters and manipulators

| August 15, 2018 | 20 Comments

Back when I worked at the Gazette regular letter writers would routinely accuse some in our community of being “Puppet Masters”. The accusations were generally leveled at members of council and their supporters who favored creating a redevelopment agency. Hmm, I wonder how Governor Brown’s successor will see this issue…but I digress. Generally speaking these […]

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Letter to the Editor: Water vandals

Letter to the Editor: Water vandals

| August 8, 2018 | 0 Comments

I am writing to seek help from the community. Our home is on some acreage that abuts the hiking trail on the ridge above the John Muir House. Our water line passes through East Bay Regional Park District property and supplies water to the cattle trough near the trail. Repeatedly this summer, escalating similar events […]

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Letter to the Editor: Underpaid and Understaffed Martinez Police Department

Letter to the Editor: Underpaid and Understaffed Martinez Police Department

| August 8, 2018 | 0 Comments

Why did it take 2 ½ years, after the post below, for the City Council to give our Martinez Police Officers a “special” 8% pay increase (March 2018)? Their pay, after this pay increase, is still far below that of comparative cities. Our Police Department continues to be severely understaffed and this is the City […]

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Message from the Mayor: Election time coming

| August 8, 2018 | 0 Comments

The older I get, the faster time goes by. I cannot believe we are already more than halfway through summer and our kids will be heading back to school in a couple of weeks. Let us all enjoy the final weeks of my favorite season. The month of August is a time when many of […]

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Letter to the Editor: Are Martinez midterm elections silly?

Letter to the Editor: Are Martinez midterm elections silly?

| August 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

In the most recent Mayor’s Message by Rob Schroder he stated “Very soon, what many call the silly season will begin – the start of the midterm election campaign”. He also stated “We will all be relieved when the silly season is over”. According to Webster’s dictionary August is the “silly season” when journalists have […]

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