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Thousand Friends of Martinez invites community to their first public meeting

Thousand Friends of Martinez (TFM) invites community members to join us for our first public meeting. Residents will find out about what’s happening in their city and learn how to make a difference in their community. The meeting will be held Wednesday, March 29 from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Building, 930 Ward St. in downtown Martinez. Admission is free.

The meeting will feature short presentations on a range of topics central to our quality of life in the greater Martinez area, from the proposed General Plan updates and trail plans to current land-use issues and the state of our local parks and open space. Speakers will include City Councilperson Noralea Gipner, Planning Commissioner Harriett Burt, Heath Bartosh, Seth Adams and others. Tasty hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served.

“This meeting will provide concerned residents a quick update on what’s happening in their town and a direction for doing something positive for their community,” said TFM Board Member Mark Thomson.

The need for individuals to understand and participate in local government has never been greater.  The new General Plan now being developed will affect us in fundamental ways, from how our parks, trails and open space are protected to how new development will shape our neighborhoods. “Open and informed discussions provide the best way for everyone to engage,” said TFM Boardmember Kay Cox, “and that is how we come to good decisions for our future quality of life. Come join us to learn how you can be informed and participate.”

The mission of Thousand Friends of Martinez is to provide a stable organization which will work with residents to elect informed, conscientious representatives; promote open government; enhance our quality of life by creating a livable city; defend our parks and open spaces; and conserve natural areas and historic elements in the greater Martinez region.

Our geographic focus includes the city and unincorporated areas, the Briones Bioregion and significant watershed lands. Our objectives are to: endorse, support and fund responsible and environmentally supportive leaders; promote transparent government; promote better land use planning and the development of policies for the public benefit; and defend parks, creeks, wetlands, open space and historic elements.

For more information, visit www.thousandfriendsofmartinez.org or call (925) 286- 8251. Visit us on the web, donate and follow us on Facebook at “Thousand Friends of Martinez.”  Contributions may also be made by sending your check to: Thousand Friends of Martinez, P.O. Box 225, Martinez, CA 94553.

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