As 2016 comes to a close, I have been looking back over the accomplishments of the last year and looking forward to 2017.
After several years of interim city managers, Martinez had the good fortune of attracting one of the best and most seasoned city managers I have ever worked with, Brad Kilger.
Brad came to Martinez from Benicia and has been at different levels of municipal management for over 40 years. He has brought his broad knowledge, experience and likable personality to City Hall. Over the last several months he has brought stability and greater efficiency.
The newest member of the Martinez City Council, Noralea Gipner, and longtime council member, Mark Ross, took the oath of office Dec. 7. Debbie McKillop will be serving for the first time as vice mayor.
I am excited about the new council and what I believe is our ability to work together and accomplish much over these next two years.
Downtown Martinez is a busy place this holiday season. Santa is visiting with children and their families from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Dec. 20-23. You can find Santa in his house located at Main Street Plaza on Main Street in downtown Martinez.
And after visiting with Santa, take the short walk to the DC Solar Downtown Holiday Ice Rink. The rink is open everyday through Jan. 8. The cost is $14, including skate rental, and $11 if you bring your own.
For the first time in its 30-year history, Christmas for Everyone will be holding its annual Christmas celebration and dinner in downtown Martinez, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Christmas Day, Dec. 25, at 701 Escobar St.
There will be activities, entertainment, a Christmas feast and presents at no charge for those who are in need and would not otherwise be able to celebrate the season. Those who are unable to leave their homes will be delivered a holiday meal upon request.
Please visit the website at www.christmasforeveryone.com to donate and to volunteer for this very wonderful event and organization.
And finally, I would like to wish everyone a very merry and joyous holiday season and a safe, healthy and prosperous new year. I know that 2017 will be a great year for Martinez and our neighboring cities.
Rob Schroder is the mayor of Martinez. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.