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Police blotter: Aug. 31 – Sept. 6, 2016

By DANNY YOEONO Martinez Tribune The crime blotter is compiled from public record and is not confirmed by Martinez Police or any other party unless otherwise stated. Some accounts may be unfounded. Wednesday, Aug. 31 A man was observed sleeping near the playground equipment at Nancy Boyd Park around 7 …

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Martinez Chamber to host candidate forum

MARTINEZ, Calif. – The Martinez Chamber of Commerce announced Wednesday they will be hosting a public candidate forum for local City Council candidates. The four hopefuls running for council are incumbent Mark Ross, John Stevens, Noralea Gipner and Courtney Masella O’Brien. All four candidates have confirmed their attendance at the …

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New assistant city manager hired

MARTINEZ – City Manager Brad Kilger announced Monday the hiring of Anne Cardwell as the assistant city manager for the City of Martinez. Cardwell will fill the position that was vacated by the previous Assistant City Manager Alan Shear, who left in April of this year to assume the position …

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Judge strikes lawsuit against ‘Friends of Pine Meadow’

MARTINEZ, Calif. – A superior court judge ruled last week to strike down a lawsuit against the “Friends of Pine Meadow,” citing the group’s rights of petition and free speech protect them under the law. The suit was filed April 4 on behalf of private property owners Christine Dean, Denova …

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Appreciating First Responders …

The community came out Tuesday, Sept. 6, to celebrate and appreciate those who put their lives on the line to keep us safe – first responders like law enforcement officers, firefighters and EMT personnel. The celebration took place in front of City Hall, 525 Henrietta St., Martinez, from 6-7 p.m. …

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Vandals plague restrooms …

The restrooms at Granger’s Wharf (at the end of Berrellesa Street) in Martinez were closed once again due to vandalism – a regular occurrence at the public facilities at Waterfront Park. The East Bay Regional Park District has posted signs on the restroom doors stating the public facilities will only …

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Campbell Theater producer makes ‘Random Exits’

An unknown woman, tall, irresistible, dressed as a gypsy princess, sidles up to a complete stranger at an Orange County lunch counter. She says, with more than a hint of desperation, “Do me a favor: if anyone asks, tell them you’re my fiancé. I’ll explain later.” Randall Nott is that …

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Happy trails …

Cyclists enjoying the George Miller Regional Trail, also known as “Old Snake Road” in the hills above Martinez over Labor Day Weekend. Hikers, walkers, joggers, cyclists and families replete with children and dogs were out in droves over the weekend, enjoying East Bay Regional Park District trails. (JOHN GRUBKA / …

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Hall Closet helps youth …

Aljour Miles (center), a Juvenile Hall Auxiliary Scholar, with his family after graduating from Sac State. Miles said of the juvenile program, “The Juvenile Hall Auxiliary as well as Rev. Tinsley (the Juvenile Hall Chaplain) will always be a critical and important part of my success story.” The Auxiliary sends …

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