Tag: Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor: “More people die in swimming pools than from guns.”

Letter to the Editor: “More people die in swimming pools than from guns.”

| June 30, 2019 | 0 Comments

Editor: “More people die in swimming pools than from guns.” That odd bird of a statement was casually flipped into the fray of Brandon Varise’s recent “informational meeting” at City Hall regarding his application for a zoning variance to allow an indoor gun range within a downtown storefront he is developing in the former McMahon-Telfer […]

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Letter to the Editor: Proposed Gun Range in Downtown Martinez: It’s Not Too Late to Say No

Letter to the Editor: Proposed Gun Range in Downtown Martinez: It’s Not Too Late to Say No

| June 23, 2019 | 0 Comments

Thursday night at City Hall was standing-room-only as citizens came to hear Mr. Brandon Varise and his firearm experts present information about his proposed sporting goods store and his desire to have an indoor gun range as part of it. Mr. Varise seemed genuinely surprised when an overwhelming number of citizens opposed a gun range […]

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Letter to the Editor: Concerns over indoor gun range

Letter to the Editor: Concerns over indoor gun range

| June 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

Brandon Varise recently submitted a letter to the Gazette outlining the purported benefits to his proposal to open an indoor shooting range in downtown Martinez. This would be housed in the same building as a sporting goods outlet that would also sell guns and ammunition. That letter missed several setbacks to this proposal that I […]

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Shell Refinery GM Rizzo to retire

Shell Refinery GM Rizzo to retire

| May 22, 2019 | 0 Comments

Dear Friends, I wanted to let you know Shell Martinez General Manager, Tom Rizzo, has elected to retire. His last day at Martinez will be July 3. Tom has over 35 years of experience with Shell in both Refining and Chemicals, as well as corporate, strategy and Projects & Technology roles. Tom has a held […]

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Easter thank you, another great hunt

Easter thank you, another great hunt

| May 1, 2019 | 0 Comments

The sun was shining, the children were excited, over 2,500 candy filled plastic easter eggs were ready to be hunted. The Easter Bunny was on-site for pictures and there were over 150 prize eggs. Thank you to the following sponsors and partners who made the Martinez Annual Easter Egg Hunt a wonderful success: Scott Busby […]

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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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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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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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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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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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