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Hop Talk: Dec. 23, 2016


By ELI MORGAN Special to the Tribune Firestone Walker Brewing Company, Paso Robles The Velvet Merlin Oatmeal Stout is exceptionally good this year. It is a seasonal offering that is ultra complex, yet extremely sessionable at 5.5 percent ABV (Alcohol By Volume). It starts with the pour and the toffee-colored ...

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Park District officially renames shoreline

Ted Radke, former director of the East Bay ParksDistrict. (EBRPD / Courtesy)

MARTINEZ, Calif. – The East Bay Regional Park District Board of Directors voted 7-0 last week to rename Martinez Regional Shoreline in honor of former Board member Ted Rakde, who died Aug. 28, and his wife, Kathy, who died in 2011. The picturesque, 343-acre park on the Carquinez Strait is ...

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Martinez Arrest Log: Dec. 13-18, 2016


Those appearing in the following listings have only been arrested on suspicion of the crimes indicated and are presumed innocent. Arrests listed may not necessarily have taken place in Martinez. • Nicholas Brown, 25, was arrested Dec. 18 for alleged unlawful use of willfully obtained personal identifying information. • Dennis Kelly, 39, ...

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Martinez developer fined $11 million

Albert Seeno III, president of Discovery Sales. (

An area home developer has been ordered to pay one of the largest fines in the Northern California U.S. District Court’s history after pleading guilty to bank fraud. Albert Seeno III, developer of “The Townhomes” just off Muir Station Road in Martinez, was ordered Dec. 8 to pay $3 million ...

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Refinery flare a ‘Level 2’ event

The Shell Martinez oil refinery in Martinez, California. The tapering vertical elements are smokestacks to create draft for heating units. Most of the complex vertical units are fractionating towers. Others are flares. (WIKIMEDIA COMMONS)

MARTINEZ, Calif. – A temporary power outage in part of the Martinez Shell Refinery Monday led to flaring, with possible health impacts to the community. The outage occurred at approximately 1:30 p.m., after which the flare was activated to combust excess gas at the plant. The flare was visible from ...

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Season of giving …


Alhambra athletes recently delivered over 100 toys to the Martinez Police Department, for children in need this holiday season. The toys were collected by the Alhambra Sports Boosters and Midnighters Car Club at last month’s Toys for Tots car show. Pictured from left are: Bri Perez, Jeremy Abraham, Wyatt Hammer, ...

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Dec. 23, 2016: Where in Martinez? …


Where in Martinez was this photo taken? The first person to correctly identify the location will win two free tickets to Contra Costa Stadium Cinemas! Email or post your guesses in the comments section at Good luck! Last week’s winner, who correctly guessed the John Muir statue in ...

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Berrellesa Bridge open to traffic

From left: Martinez City Councilman Mark Ross, Mayor Rob Schroder, and Councilwomen Debbie McKillop and Lara DeLaney at the Phase 3 groundbreaking Friday, May 20, 2016. (CITY OF MARTINEZ / Courtesy)

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Berrellesa Bridge was officially opened to traffic Tuesday after a ribbon cutting hosted by the City of Martinez. The 150 foot bridge links Berrellesa Street to a new Amtrak parking lot north of the Amtrak station. The additions mark the last phase of the Martinez Intermodal project ...

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