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Council extends commercial cannabis moratorium

Council extends commercial cannabis moratorium

| October 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Reluctant to extend a moratorium on commercial cannabis operations for an entire year, Martinez City Council decided Wednesday the city’s regulation of those businesses must be in place by July 31, 2019. Martinez’s ban on commercial operations, adopted on an emergency basis in 2017 and extended until Oct. 31, was put in […]

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District 4 council candidates discuss Martinez issues on CCTV

District 4 council candidates discuss Martinez issues on CCTV

| September 23, 2018 | 1 Comment

Martinez voters will be deciding only one Council seat this year since the city was accused by a Malibu attorney, Kevin Shenkman, representing a San Antonio client, of violating the California Voting Rights Act through its at-large elections. To avoid risking millions of dollars in a court battle with Shenkman, the City Council adopted four […]

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Council to hear appeal of cannabis dispensary permit

Council to hear appeal of cannabis dispensary permit

| September 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

Martinez City Council will hear an appeal tonight of the Planning Commission’s approval of a conditional use permit for a medicinal marijuana dispensary in a suite at 4808 Sunrise Drive. After several Planning Commission meetings to determine whether a gym that’s a tenant in the building has enough young clientele to be called as a […]

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Martinez could have commercial marijuana law by November

Martinez could have commercial marijuana law by November

| September 9, 2018 | 0 Comments

MARTINEZ, Calif. ­­– Martinez could have its commercial marijuana ordinance in place as soon as November, city staff members told the City Council Wednesday night. But because the current moratorium on commercial operations ends Oct. 31, the Council may be asked to extend that ban for as much as a year because no further extensions […]

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City staff seeks more input for developing marijuana ordinance

City staff seeks more input for developing marijuana ordinance

| September 5, 2018 | 0 Comments

MARTINEZ, Calif. ­­– Martinez employees will ask the Martinez City Council today for additional guidance as they craft a proposed marijuana ordinance to regulate commercial and other operations. Three staff members – Community and Economic Development Director Christina Ratcliffe, Chief of Police Manjit Sappal and Contract Planner Brian Millar – wrote a report that described […]

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Residents, businesspeople unload mail complaints at Town Hall

Residents, businesspeople unload mail complaints at Town Hall

| August 26, 2018 | 0 Comments

MARTINEZ, Calif. ­­– Martinez residents and business owners used Wednesday’s town hall meeting with their U.S. Reps. Mike Thompson and Mark Desaulnier and Postmaster Jeanette Davis to air their frustrations with mail delivery – or lack of it. Members of Martinez City Council also were present to hear the complaints, many of which they’ve been […]

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Council poised to award paving contract, hear posts office concerns

Council poised to award paving contract, hear posts office concerns

| August 22, 2018 | 0 Comments

MARTINEZ, Calif. ­­– Martinez City Council may decide tonight to spend $1.351,300 in Measure D tax revenues on local road paving. That would include awarding a $1,280,361 contract to MCK Services of Martinez for construction work. Prior to the regular meeting, the Council and members of Congress will conduct at Town Hall meeting about the […]

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Alhambra Park may be renamed for John Sparacino

| August 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Acting on a Martinez City Council directive to city staff, the Parks, Recreation, Marina and Cultural Commission (PRMCC) may decide Tuesday that Alhambra Park should be renamed to honor the late Mayor John Sparacino. The Council told its staff July 23 to start the process of renaming the park, at the corner […]

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Candidates set for mayor, council, education board races

Candidates set for mayor, council, education board races

| August 15, 2018

Candidate slates have been set in the Martinez mayoral and Council November elections as well as the Martinez Unified School District Board of Education, according to the Contra Costa County Elections Office. In the mayoral race, incumbent Rob Schroder is being challenged by Yazmin Llamas-Morales. This is the city’s only at-large race since a Malibu […]

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Council uses ‘lease’ financing to pay JFA dissolution settlement

Council uses ‘lease’ financing to pay JFA dissolution settlement

| August 5, 2018 | 0 Comments

MARTINEZ, Calif. ­­– Following the advice of its bond counsel, the Martinez City Council voted twice Wednesday on a lease agreement that would finance the resulting liability from the dissolution of the Martinez-Pleasant hill Joint Facilities Agency (JFA). By seeking the five-year loan, the city is in a position to save money as it pays […]

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