MARTINEZ, Calif. – Congressman Mike Thompson visited the Martinez Museum Monday and was given a personal tour of the building: the historic 1890 Borland House. The Congressman had been unable to attend the Grand Reopening of the Museum that took place a week earlier – and which marked the opening of the Museum after a 12-month period of closure while the building was renovated. That same event (of a week ago) also marked the 40th anniversary of the Martinez Museum which first opened in June of 1976, our nation’s bicentennial year.
Congressman Thompson was accompanied by Congressional Aide, Ariel Mercado. Mr. Mercado works out of the Congressman’s District office in Vallejo. The two gentlemen presented the Martinez Historical Society with a framed proclamation which had been read into the Congressional Record in Washington, D.C., recognizing the Historical Society’s 40th Anniversary and the services that the Society provides to the community.
Congressman Thompson enjoys museums in general, and did not want to miss seeing the refurbished Martinez Museum and its new exhibits. The new Native American exhibit in the Museum was of particular interest to the Congressman. As were the exhibits that related to the founding of Martinez in 1849 during the California Gold Rush. The Congressman also enjoyed the exhibit that related to the late Judge Richard Arnason and his long and rich tenure at the County Courthouse, located only one block away from the Museum itself.
Congressman Thompson and Mercado were not able to linger in Martinez. They continued on to Pinole were the Congressman spoke at the ribbon cutting of the Pinole Creek Fish Passage Project. That was a multi-agency project that deepened and stabilized the creek passage so that rainbow trout and steelhead could once again traverse the waterway, make their way under the I-80 freeway and reach their traditional spawning grounds in the upper reaches of Pinole Creek.
Mike Thompson represents California’s Fifth Congressional District. That District extends from Lakeport in the north to Martinez in the south. Highway 4 represents the dividing line between the 5th District on the north (Mike Thompson) and the 11th District to the south (Mark DeSaulnier). The 5th District has local offices in Napa, Santa Rosa and Vallejo – and of course an office in our nation’s capitol of Washington, D.C.