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Martinez seeks businesses’ opinions in survey

| April 22, 2018 | 0 Comments

MARTINEZ, Calif. – The city of Martinez wants to hear from local business leaders about the local economy, and is sending out a seven-question survey to get their opinions. Results will be used to measure “the level of optimism among business leaders in our community,” Zach Seal, Martinez economic development coordinator, wrote in his letter […]

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Message from the Chief of Police: Information sharing for a safer community

| April 15, 2018 | 0 Comments

Collaborative partnerships are an invaluable way to leverage resources and effectively solve problems. As you may be aware, we entered into a collaborative partnership with Contra Costa County and the Pleasant Hill Police Department to focus on homelessness. The approach entails using outreach through the County CORE (Coordinated Outreach Referral and Engagement) Team. One of […]

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John Sparacino, city’s first elected mayor, dies at 92

John Sparacino, city’s first elected mayor, dies at 92

| April 8, 2018 | 0 Comments

MARTINEZ, Calif. – John Sparacino, Martinez’s first elected mayor and a man described as a gentleman and “Mr. Martinez,” died Tuesday at home at 92. Sparacino was chosen the city’s mayor in 1973, then again in 1976 and 1978, when the post was a two-year-term position. “He deserves a public tribute. Everything he did was […]

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MPOA, residents worry about MPD low numbers, ask council for help

MPOA, residents worry about MPD low numbers, ask council for help

| April 8, 2018 | 0 Comments

MARTINEZ, Calif. – If Martinez Police Department numbers keep dropping, the city could be faced with contracting for some public safety services, said Officer Mike Estanol, public information officer for the Martinez Police Officers Association (MPOA). MPOA has been warning city officials that the department is having trouble filling persistent vacancies and keeping the officers […]

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Council hears need to address city’s structural deficit

| April 8, 2018 | 0 Comments

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Martinez has a budgetary structural deficit that, if left unaddressed, will get worse as California Public Employees Retirement Service (CalPERS) costs rise. It also will take both a one-time hit as well as new ongoing costs caused by the dissolution of the Pleasant Hill-Martinez Joint Facilities agency (JFA.) That’s the update presented […]

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City willing to hear MPOA concerns

City willing to hear MPOA concerns

| April 4, 2018 | 1 Comment

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Public safety is a top priority for the Martinez City Council, and the city is willing to open its closed contract with the Martinez Police Officers Association to discuss a possible salary increase, Assistant City Manager Anne Cardwell said. “This process will need to be navigated with the city’s fiscal sustainability in […]

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Cannabis workshops April 11, 19

| April 4, 2018 | 0 Comments

The city of Martinez will have two workshops on the cannabis policies it is developing, and it will be the chance for the public to weigh in on the matter. “The purpose of these workshops is to seek resident feedback in order for the city to determine the reasonable local regulations that our jurisdictions should […]

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MPOA, Mayor take negotiations public

MPOA, Mayor take negotiations public

| April 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Until this past week, negotiations between Martinez officials and representatives of the Martinez Police Officers Association (MPOA) have been conducted behind closed doors, as is provided under California law when it comes to labor and personnel matters. But the MPOA (www.martinezpoa.org) made direct pleas through Facebook Twitter, and a letter to the […]

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Martinez celebrates Arbor Day, Tree City status by educating children

Martinez celebrates Arbor Day, Tree City status by educating children

| March 14, 2018 | 0 Comments

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Martinez celebrated Arbor Day a little differently than Sterling Morton might have envisioned when he proposed in 1872 a day for tree planting, an idea he gave to the Nebraska Board of Agriculture. Instead of a group of dignitaries turning spades to plant a tree, in Martinez, the city’s recreation employees and […]

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Deluxe launches 10-city business workshop in Martinez

Deluxe launches 10-city business workshop in Martinez

| March 14, 2018 | 1 Comment

MARTINEZ, Calif. – A business’s website should reflect the values of its company, Deluxe experts told a room full of Martinez small business owners Monday morning in a daylong seminar. Martinez earned the right to the educational program, which was given at no charge, by being among the top 10 in a nation-wide contest to […]

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