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Martinez Chamber selects new executive director

By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – Martinez Chamber of Commerce has chosen Julie Sabbagh, the former director of operations at the Vacaville Chamber of Commerce, as its new executive director. Sabbagh, who started her new job Tuesday, also marketed her city through previous employment as the office …

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CHP reminds motorists to make room for cyclists

Approximately 2,700 Bay Area bicyclists injured or killed last year in motor vehicle encounters By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune More than 140 bicyclists are killed in traffic collisions statewide each year, said Officer Daniel Hill, public information officer of the Golden Gate division of California Highway Patrol. He said …

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Audit results could cost city $420,000 a year

Report states 92 Martinez employees must begin paying into Social Security By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) officials have said an audit shows 92 Martinez employees must begin paying into Social Security. However, city officials are contemplating an appeal of that …

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Oh my God, Joe DiMaggio!

By KRISTIN HENDERSON Special to the Tribune Vince Ferrante of Pittsburg writes: “In 1978 when I was 13 … Dad took me to Amato’s bar to visit his cousin Vince who was working. … Vince Amato asked me if I liked baseball … he then asked me if I would …

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Fire produces smoke, little damage at Martinez Junior High School

By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – A fire reported Sunday at Martinez Junior High School, 1600 Court St., alarmed neighbors because of rising smoke, but was confined to an “extremely small spot of the campus, Contra Costa County Fire Protection District Fire Marshal Robert Marshall said Monday. …

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Oregon college shooting affects Diablo Valley College

Local college to receive training from police while U.S. Rep. Mike Thompson presses Congress to change gun laws By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune The tragic shooting last week at Umpqua Community College (UCC) in Roseburg, Oregon, has drawn reaction from both Diablo Valley College (DVC) officials as well as …

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Antioch man faces felony charges after traffic stop

By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – An Antioch man has been booked into the Martinez Detention Facility, 1000 Ward St., after Martinez Police made a traffic stop early Saturday in the 3500 block of Pacheco Boulevard, Lt. Aaron Roth said. “During the traffic stop, the driver of …

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Martinez readies for El Niño

Council receives water-saving lesson By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – Martinez city employees have taken measures to prepare for anticipated heavy “El Niño” rains, Martinez City Council heard Wednesday night. Meanwhile, because California is still suffering from a four-year drought and Governor Jerry Brown has mandated water …

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Hit & run victim in critical condition; suspect arrested

By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – A motorist has been arrested and an accident victim remains in critical condition after a vehicle collided Saturday afternoon with a pedestrian in a wheelchair in the intersection of Alhambra Avenue and Virginia Hills Drive, Cpl. Mike Estanol said. Martinez Police …

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Local artist to guide veterans through self-portrait exercise

By KERI LUIZ Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – John Kleber, artist and owner of ARTU4iA, recently received a grant from the Arts and Culture Commission of Contra Costa County (AC5) for a veteran-focused painting workshop. The program is called “About Face: Building Veterans’ Self-Understanding through Self-Portraits.” Kleber’s idea is to …

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