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Ten bucks for one field of dreams

| May 30, 2018 | 0 Comments

A brief history of pro ball in Contra Costa county By JAMIE JOBB Special to the Martinez Gazette “Bush League” – Also see “Bush-leaguers”. Adj. 1) being of an inferior class or group of its kind : marked by a lack of sophistication or professionalism Some folks toss out the term “semi-professional baseball” to describe […]

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Memorial Day speakers recall personal losses

Memorial Day speakers recall personal losses

| May 30, 2018 | 0 Comments

Memorial Day is about remembering fallen military heroes, speakers at Martinez’s ceremony said Monday. The tone was set by Shane Bower, chairperson of the Martinez Veterans Commission, who said he often hears people wish others “Happy Memorial Day.” “But it’s not happy,” he said. In his own military service, he lost two friends in combat, […]

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Martinez’s double ceremony honors fallen military

| May 23, 2018 | 0 Comments

MARTINEZ, Calif. – In keeping with the city’s longtime custom, Martinez will have a two-part Memorial Day ceremony Monday, May 28, to acknowledge the sacrifice of those who have died in military service. Ceremonies begin at 9 a.m. that day at the Alhambra Cemetery, on Carquinez Drive, with a benediction, placing of a wreath and […]

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City puts open space measures information on website

City puts open space measures information on website

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Two ballot measures that say they would save open space areas from being developed are going head to head in vying for voter approval in next month’s election. Advocates of one open space measures, I, are sending mailers and dropping off flyers at residents’ homes, while the city of Martinez has put […]

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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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