By PAUL CRAIG
Special to the Tribune
Federal Glover represents Martinez on the Board of Supervisors. He’s currently the Chair of the Board.
Glover explained to Martinez Rotary that the County budget is in good shape, but there is no shortage of issues. One big issue is that Washington, D.C., is such a mess that no one knows what they’re going to do. In the meantime, the County is working on the waterfront, potholes and the homeless problem. Plus many others.
Supervisor Glover sees a revitalized waterfront as providing up to 18,000 new jobs. Plus lots of new recreation opportunities. To move people around will require fixing roads. He sees ferries coming. The BART extension to Antioch is almost done and will open soon. Keeping the urban limit line is a priority. So too is careful planning for the Concord Weapons Station land.
Supervisor Glover made it very clear that the County is committed to Martinez. He talked about the new County Building and new parking garage. These will anchor the East end of Main Street. The obsolete tall County Building at 651 Pine St. will be torn down.
The “new” (1944) part of the old jail will be demolished. The old jail dates to the first years of the last century. It was built with granite imported from Maine. The Board of Supervisors has given the old part of the jail a two-year reprieve. My take is that it will probably ultimately be preserved. Dean McCloud and Kris Carlock gave a summary of their activities on behalf of the old jail. Supervisor Glover made it clear that he is on top of the old jail issue, and respects the active – and effective – lobbying by Dean and Kris on its behalf.
Supervisor Glover has a Martinez office on the 4th floor of the County Building. His lead local staff person, Vincent Manuel, is accessible and knowledgeable. Contact the office at (925) 335-8200.
The future for Martinez looks bright! Thanks, Federal.
Rotary Report is an update about featured speakers at Martinez Rotary Club meetings. Rotary meets once a week at Grace Episcopal Church, 130 Muir Station Road. For meeting times and other inquiries, visit www.martinezrotary.org.