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Community leaders share resolutions


Martinez Tribune

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Resolutions abound each Jan. 1 as the turning of the calendar brings new opportunities for a fresh start. The proverbial do over.

Like Time Magazine found its survey of Americans, local officials also voiced a desire to “live a healthier lifestyle” in 2016.

“I am in my early 60s, and although I do not live an unhealthy lifestyle, I can always take better care of myself, physically, mentally and emotionally,’’ said Martinez Mayor Rob Schroder. “I want to remain active and able to participate in everything I enjoy. A healthy body and mind does a better job of that.” Leanne Peterson, executive director of Main Street Martinez, said a healthier diet is on her plate in 2016, and “getting off refined sugar and the ‘bad’ carbs. And to move more!’’

New Martinez Chief of Police Manjit Sappal echoed others by getting fit and eating a good diet. But he also cited the importance of getting “a decent amount of sleep so I can live a long life and be a better person.’’

That sentiment was also expressed by CJ Cammack, who will take the helm of the Martinez Unified School District July 1 as its new superintendent.

“My New Year’s resolution is to be more purposeful and focused with my time so that I may also be more present with my family,’’ said Cammack. “Time is a precious commodity and I want to improve my ability to maximize what I accomplish so that when I spend time with my wife and children I am able to be more present in those moments.’’

Supervisor Federal Glover, who represents Martinez as the voice of District 5 on the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors, knows more than anyone else the importance of taking care of the physical and emotional aspects of life.

Health issues were front and center for Glover in 2015, so his resolutions for this year are pretty straight forward.

“My New Year’s resolution is to take a vacation. I haven’t had a ‘real’ vacation in five years. I don’t count my time last year at UCSF preparing and recovering from my heart and liver transplant as a vacation, believe me!”

At the same, the supervisor is already looking to 2017 and returning to his representative duties.

“My professional resolution as a supervisor is, first of all, to get reelected so I can carry on the work that I’ve started on the Northern Waterfront Initiative that would bring thousands of jobs to Contra Costa County and to improve public access to the miles of open space along the under-utilized waterfront,” Glover said.

Schroder voiced similar objectives in his professional role as Martinez’s top elected official.

In addition to improving health in 2016, Schroder pointed to keeping the city physically sound, which includes paving as many streets and roads as possible, and completing Measure H projects like upgrading Waterfront Park with lighted softball and baseball fields.

Schroder is also resolved to finalizing the earthquake retrofitting on downtown buildings, and instituting an economic development plan that concentrates on the downtown core.

Peterson is also focused on Economic Development, which she hopes takes the form of recruiting new businesses as well as strengthening existing businesses.

On a professional level, Cammack is committed to spending more time in the classrooms of Martinez schools in order to “make school a positive place for students.’’

“As a former teacher, I am very aware of the critical role our teachers and classified support staff have in creating successful outcomes for students,’’ he said.

“Spending more time in schools also allows me to see first hand what challenges we are facing and provides insight from key stakeholders on how our district can effectively respond to such challenges,’’ Cammack added.

Sappal is hoping to expand the department’s policing services, especially in the areas of crime analysis, crime prevention and community outreach with the ultimate goal of “creating a safer community and raising awareness of issues we are all on the same page [about].’’

“We will be focusing on using crime data to pinpoint problem areas and put resources in place to deal with specific problems,’’ Sappal said. “We also wish to leverage the community by providing crime analysis and crime prevention information to the public on a regular basis.’’

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