News – Martinez Tribune https://martineztribune.com The website of the Martinez Tribune. Mon, 11 Mar 2019 18:12:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.2 The 8 California Laws Every Resident Must Know https://martineztribune.com/2019/03/07/the-8-california-laws-every-resident-must-know/ https://martineztribune.com/2019/03/07/the-8-california-laws-every-resident-must-know/#respond Thu, 07 Mar 2019 15:00:29 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=10873 BY HELEN LAME´ January 1 wan’t just the beginning of a new year, it was also the day on which California ushered in new laws. Here are eight of the newest Californian laws that came into effect on January 1, 2019 and which you must be aware of. After all, these laws could change your ...

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BY HELEN LAME´

January 1 wan’t just the beginning of a new year, it was also the day on which California ushered in new laws. Here are eight of the newest Californian laws that came into effect on January 1, 2019 and which you must be aware of. After all, these laws could change your life. Resources such as PrisonFinder could be instrumental in finding your friends and family members who might have fallen to any of these new laws. Better still, be aware, and be safe.

1. Worker Pay

With California’s minimum wage climbing up to the maximum of $15 per hour, this year, the base hourly wage is now pegged at $12 for companies with 26 employees or more and $11 for micro-mini businesses. Small businesses will achieve the minimum wage of $15 on January 1, 2023. However, this law also provides for a postponement in wage increase, should there be an economic crisis.

Come 2022, a full-time worker getting a minimum wage can see his income increasing from $20,000 a year to $30,000 a year.

2. Gender Identification

Californians who neither fall in the male category nor female but a third gender can now opt for a driver’s license by subscribing to the new “non-binary” gender category, as Senate Bill 179 states. It will be symbolized by the letter “X.”

However, under the First Step Act, if health care workers in this state “wilfully and repeatedly” refuse to use the “preferred name” of a transgender patient, they could be punished under law, ranging from a monetary penalty to jailtime.

3. Gun Control

Already one of the strictest laws on gun control in the United States, California continues to make it more stringent. Through the Senate Bill 1100, the age limit for buying rifles and shotguns has been increased from 18 to 21, as is the case with handguns.

For anyone wanting to possess concealed carry weapons, it is mandatory to undergo at least eight hours’ training and pass a live-fire test of shooting. These will come through with Assembly Bill 2103.

If a Californian citizen is convicted of misdemeanour domestic violence, he or she will no longer be allowed to own a weapon, under Assembly Bill 3129.

4. Climate Change

Lawmakers in California now believe that at least 60% of energy must be produced from solar, wind and other renewable sources. Electricity generation from fossil fuels will be completely phased out by 2045. California is America’s second state after Hawaii to make this commitment. 

Yet another law prevents the Trump administration from increasing oil drilling at the California coast. It seeks to do this by blocking new pipelines and other related construction in the state waters.

5. Sexual Misconduct

After the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment at the workplace gathered sufficient momentum, enormous changes were brought in to protect workers from this while at work. For instance, earlier, organizations that settle issues of workplace harassment with their employees can now no longer keep such employees from discussing it with other colleagues. In fact, they were forced to sign a non-disparagement agreement to this effect.

But with Senate Bill 820 coming into effect, this no longer holds good. Now, a victim might still not want his or her name to be disclosed, but the perpetrator’s name has to be made public. 

Under Senate Bill 1300, workers no longer have to sign a release of liability as a pre-condition of continued employment or as a trade-off for a bonus. And this might be the most constructive law of them all: Senate Bill 1343 says that all California employeeswill be given sexual harassment training twice a year.

Those who have been sexually assaulted stand to seek civil damages from such experienced for up to 10 years, according to Assembly Bill 1619. With Senate Bill 826 coming into effect, California’s public companies will mandatorily need to have at least one woman director on their boards by the end of 2019.

6. Police Shootings

The public outrage and protests over frequent police shootings forced the California government to take cognizance of the problem and step up accountability and transparency in matters of civilians being killed by officers.

Senate Bill 1421 gives the public total access to internal investigations into incidents of the police killing or injuring individuals, apart from opens public access to internal investigations of incidents where police killed or seriously injured someone, as well as findings supported by evidence of sexual assault and of telling lies at the workplace.

Beginning July 2019, under Assembly Bill 748, law enforcement agencies will be required to release audio or video footage as evidence of a shooting or other incidents where force was used within 45 days.

7. Education Laws

By December 2019, all schools will have to put into effect a set of procedures that prevent students from bullying and cyberbullying their classmates. According to SB-830, the California Department of Education will be required to list all instructional materials and resources relating to media literacy on its official website.

Besides, former and present students will no longer be subject to paying any debts raised by public schools or school districts, under AB-1974.

8. Electric Scooters

Riding electric scooters is a rage these days, as the streets of California will testify to. Now, Assembly Bill 2989 allows individuals 18 years or more to ride these scooters unaided by helmets, on city streets. They will have to adhere to a speed limit of a maximum of 35 miles per hour.

Concluding Remarks

With the above laws, the lives of Californian residents have been improved, making them safer and the State an easier place to live in. It is therefore necessary for all residents of this state to know the scope of each of these laws that will make a difference to their life.

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7 Things to Know About Cannabis Possession in California https://martineztribune.com/2019/03/05/7-things-to-know-about-cannabis-possession-in-california/ https://martineztribune.com/2019/03/05/7-things-to-know-about-cannabis-possession-in-california/#respond Tue, 05 Mar 2019 20:29:52 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=10868 BY HELEN LAME´ On January 1, 2018, California’s recreational marijuana laws came into force. With this, it became the sixth American state to sell marijuana to people 21 years or older. It also means that no one will need to go in to a store with a doctor’s prescription to buy marijuana from licensed stores. ...

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BY HELEN LAME´

On January 1, 2018, California’s recreational marijuana laws came into force. With this, it became the sixth American state to sell marijuana to people 21 years or older. It also means that no one will need to go in to a store with a doctor’s prescription to buy marijuana from licensed stores.

The problem is, Californians are not well aware of the nuances of cannabis laws. The problem, when faced with a strict law enforcement office, a loved one could end up in trouble, and the next thing you know, you’d be searching inmate records in Martinez Prison or any other Californian prison, to see if that’s where your friend is, waiting for help.

1. Buying and Selling Cannabis

Individuals 21 years and more can legally carry, buy, sell and grow cannabis to the tune of 28.5 gm. of cannabis and a maximum of 8 gm. of concentrated cannabis found in candies, breakfast bars and brownies. Individuals can only buy cannabis from stores licensed by the California Bureau of Cannabis Control. Californians can legally possess cannabis but cannot sell it in the absence of a license.

In order to be eligible to buy legal cannabis in California, it is important to show certain documents. First, documents that prove an individual’s age is 21 or more or a driver’s license. All transactions are done in cash, so cards don’t work here. Further, you will need to go to a licensed store, which means they remain shut between 10 pm and 6 am.

2. Driving Under the Influence

Though recreational cannabis is legal in California, yet driving under its influence is still illegal. If one is caught driving under the influence of cannabis, he or she is subject to penalties ranging from informal probation to suspension of license or even some amount of jail time.

3. Growing and Possessing Cannabis

Adults can only plant, harvest, dry, process and possess a maximum of six living plants of cannabis on their estates. These plants must be kept confined in a locked space, not easily visible to others. Outdoor cultivation of cannabis may be prohibited by cities and counties and by landlords and property owners.

4. Consuming Cannabis

One cannot use cannabis within a radius of 1000 feet of a day care centre, school or youth centre in the presence of children. Though legal under Californian law, yet employers can prohibit their employees from using cannabis while at work.

It is legal to consume cannabis on private property but not in public. Though you can consume it on private property, yet you cannot consume it, or eat, smoke or vape cannabis in public places. Despite it being legal in California, it cannot be consumed or held in one’s possession in national parks or other such federal properties in California.

Also, you cannot take it out of the state limits, when travelling from California to any other state where its use is legal. Further, it is not legal to smoke cannabis in those places where tobacco smoking is already prohibited. Certain cities are now considering permits for cafes and lounges where cannabis smoking would be legal, as in San Francisco and Oakland.

So, where can one consume cannabis?

Cannabis can be legally consumed at:

  • Private homes
  • Additional structures located on the grounds of private homes that are away and safe from the public and enclosed
  • On a private residence and in the outdoors in those cities or counties where such actions are not legally prohibited

5. On the Road with Cannabis 

If you consume cannabis before driving your car, or operating your boat or any other vehicle, you could be subject to a law enforcement officer asking you to pull over to the side of the road for a sobriety test. All violators of this law are subject to normal DUI laws.

If, while driving, you are caught with an open container of cannabis, you could be punished and made to pay a fine of $70. This also applies to those in the passenger seats. Any cannabis you drive with or are in possession of when driving must be in a sealed and an approved pack or container. Else, it should be stored in the trunk.

6. Flying with Cannabis

California law states that it is illegal to send cannabis out of the state or city by plane, even if it is wanted for medical treatment. This includes air trips within the state and to those states that have already legalized its use.

Although it is illegal to have it in one’s possession when aboard a plane, yet the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) says that usually security officers don’t specifically look for cannabis or marijuana or any other drugs.

According to the organization, screeners at airports look for those things that can affect an airplane’s efficiency in the skies, not specifically cannabis. However, this doesn’t mean one is safe to fly with it. After all, TSA sniffer dogs look not only for explosives in one’s luggage but also illegal substances like cannabis. So, the bottom line is that flying with cannabis is illegal.

7. No advertisements for cannabis on TV and elsewhere

According to Proposition 64 or the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA), billboard advertising and TV advertising for cannabis are prohibited. Billboard ads on highways are included under this law.

Concluding Remarks

For a Californian, it is necessary to know the updated laws regarding procuring, consuming and advertising cannabis. Any ignorance on such subjects can cost one dearly in jail term and money.

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White House photographer Pete Souza holds court at the Castro https://martineztribune.com/2017/11/29/7808/ https://martineztribune.com/2017/11/29/7808/#respond Wed, 29 Nov 2017 10:37:21 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=7808 BY HELEN LAME’ Long time Chief Official White House photographer Pete Souza, who worked under both President’s Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama, entertained an appreciative sold crowd of 1,400 enthusiastic fans during a Commonwealth Club appearance Tuesday night at the Castro Theatre. Souza, 62, documented the entire eight years of the Obama administration in addition ...

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©PETE SOUZA Official White House photographer Pete Souza's image of President Obama and his closest advisors in the Situation Room during the tense moments of the bin Laden raid in 2011.
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Official White House photographer Pete Souza’s image of President Obama and his closest advisors in the Situation Room during the tense moments of the bin Laden raid in 2011.

BY HELEN LAME’

Long time Chief Official White House photographer Pete Souza, who worked under both President’s Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama, entertained an appreciative sold crowd of 1,400 enthusiastic fans during a Commonwealth Club appearance Tuesday night at the Castro Theatre.

©DANIEL GLUSKOTER Former White House photographer Pete Souza displays an image of a smiling First Lady Michelle Obama getting kissed by the President during his appearance at a Commonwealth Club event at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco Tuesday night. Souza is promoting the recent release of his coffee table book "Obama: An Intimate Portrait."
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Former White House photographer Pete Souza displays an image of a smiling First Lady Michelle Obama getting kissed by the President during his appearance at a Commonwealth Club event at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco Tuesday night. Souza is promoting the recent release of his coffee table book “Obama: An Intimate Portrait.”

Souza, 62, documented the entire eight years of the Obama administration in addition to the final five and a half of the Reagan era. A New England native and graduate of Boston University, Souza is on a nationwide tour publicizing the recent release of his new coffee-table book “Obama: An Intimate Portrait,” that quickly ascended to the top of the New York Times Best Seller list.

©PETE SOUZA Former President Barack Obama plays in the snow with his then young daughters on the White House lawn.
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Former President Barack Obama plays in the snow with his then young daughters on the White House lawn.

Chronicling some of the most historic and intimate moments of Obama’s tenure, Souza and his team shot over two million images ranging from meetings with world leaders and the iconic photo of the 44th President and his team in the situation room during the tense raid on the bin Laden compound to intimate captures of Obama and First Lady Michelle nuzzling in a freight elevator, along with getting smashed in the face with a snowball on the White House lawn by one his daughters.

©PETE SOUZA A late night 2015 image of the White House illuminated in the colors of the rainbow after the Supreme Court decision affirming the right to same sex marriage.
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A late night 2015 image of the White House illuminated in the colors of the rainbow after the Supreme Court decision affirming the right to same sex marriage.

Souza first met Obama in 2005, shortly after his election to the US Senate. The parallels of his first photos of the future President in an office with barren walls compared to those in the Oval Office was striking. In a 70 minute slide presentation that was followed by a 30 minute Q & A with former Obama Senior Strategy Advisor Dan Pfeffier, he detailed how he was a near constant companion to the most powerful man in the world while obtaining the necessary security clearances to allow him access to both classified briefings and meetings with foreign heads of state.

©PETE SOUZA A 2010 image of President Obama standing on the Marina Green before departing on Marine One.
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A 2010 image of President Obama standing on the Marina Green before departing on Marine One.

A self-described “Subtle Instagrammer” with over a million followers for his well-timed, on the mark responses to many of the faux pas of the Trump administration, Souza was granted the honor of a White House wedding in the Rose Garden in 2013 by his friend, President Obama.

©PETE SOUZA President Obama rides the waves during a vacation in Hawaii.
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President Obama rides the waves during a vacation in Hawaii.

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Traffic Advisory – Route 4 Ramp Meters Activated https://martineztribune.com/2017/10/19/traffic-advisory-route-4-ramp-meters-activated/ https://martineztribune.com/2017/10/19/traffic-advisory-route-4-ramp-meters-activated/#respond Thu, 19 Oct 2017 17:01:35 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=8186 Caltrans has initiated the first part of their Phase II State Route 4 (SR4) freeway ramp metering project (Caltrans press release). The goal of the project is to reduce merging traffic collisions which significantly impact freeway congestion. The other goal of the Project is to provide marginal benefits in travel times on SR4. In Martinez, ...

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Caltrans has initiated the first part of their Phase II State Route 4 (SR4) freeway ramp metering project (Caltrans press release). The goal of the project is to reduce merging traffic collisions which significantly impact freeway congestion. The other goal of the Project is to provide marginal benefits in travel times on SR4. In Martinez, the Project includes Alhambra Ave, Center Ave, Morello Ave and nearby Pacheco Blvd on-ramps.

The ramp metering hours are from 5:00 am to 9:00 am for the morning commute and 3:00 pm to 7:30 pm for the evening commute. The westbound on-ramp meters were turned on October 17th. As expected there are little to no traffic impacts on the three Martinez ramps for the westbound direction due to little or no traffic congestion during the hours of operation in the westbound direction of SR4.

Caltrans is scheduled to initiate ramp metering in the eastbound direction on October 31st. Traffic congestion is significant during commute times in this direction especially for the evening commute. Traffic will be held up on the ramps and metered one car every 6 seconds. As the ramps begin to fill with cars waiting to enter the freeway the cycle frequency automatically increases up to one car every 4 seconds. This is to ensure cars will not back up on City streets.

It is expected there will be a two or three week learning curve for motorist. Back-ups may be greater than expect during this time. City staff and Caltrans have planned conference calls subsequent to the implementation of their Project to discuss problems and successes with the program.

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Temporary Dog Park Set to Open Friday, July 14th https://martineztribune.com/2017/07/14/temporary-dog-park-set-to-open-friday-july-14th/ https://martineztribune.com/2017/07/14/temporary-dog-park-set-to-open-friday-july-14th/#respond Fri, 14 Jul 2017 21:13:05 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=8189 The City is pleased to announce that the Temporary Dog Park at the Martinez Waterfront Amphitheater will be open to the public beginning on Friday, July 14th at 8 a.m. Since receiving City Council approval, City staff have been working closely with the Martinez Dog Park Committee to transform part of the Amphitheater into a ...

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The City is pleased to announce that the Temporary Dog Park at the Martinez Waterfront Amphitheater will be open to the public beginning on Friday, July 14th at 8 a.m. Since receiving City Council approval, City staff have been working closely with the Martinez Dog Park Committee to transform part of the Amphitheater into a Temporary Dog Park.

Once it was identified that several physical upgrades to the site would be necessary to accommodate this new use, City maintenance crews worked diligently on constructing drinking fountains, trimming trees, installing new access gates and fenced areas to accommodate both a large dog area and small dog area, installing waste bag stations, and completing paving work at the dog entrances.

In addition to physical improvements, the City’s Municipal Code has recently been amended to allow for a “Designated Dog Park Facility,” and specific rules for use were established. Park hours are consistent with those of other parks, meaning dawn (sunrise) to dusk (one hour after sunset), unless otherwise posted. The Park is closed on Mondays until noon for routine maintenance. The entrance to the Dog Park is over at the north end of the amphitheater, near the Yacht Club.

The public is reminded that the Temporary Dog Park is for dog owners/handlers and their guests. Dogs must be properly vaccinated and licensed, with current tags displayed on the dog’s collar, and they must remain within the designated small dog/large dog areas. Not following the posted rules can result in fines and/or loss of privileges.

To celebrate the new park, the Martinez Dog Park Committee invites the public to a Grand Opening of Martinez’s first dog park! The event is Sunday, July 16th at noon, when there will be a ribbon cutting, and then will continue until 2:00 pm. Feel free to hang out with your pup until the park closes for the day at dusk.

Please visit the Martinez Dog Park Committee’s website for more information:
www.martinezdogpark.com or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MtzDogPark/

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Part 5: Happy 100th Birthday City Hall Building! https://martineztribune.com/2017/05/15/part-5-happy-100th-birthday-city-hall-building/ https://martineztribune.com/2017/05/15/part-5-happy-100th-birthday-city-hall-building/#respond Mon, 15 May 2017 16:31:36 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=7320 By KRISTIN HENDERSON Special to the Tribune Gentle Reader:  You have inspired me in this, the 100th year of 525 Henrietta Street to nominate, and hopefully list on the National Register of Historic Places, the City of Martinez Grammar School/City Hall. Is that not a nice birthday present?  In 1992, Page and Turnbull felt there was ...

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By KRISTIN HENDERSON
Special to the Tribune

Gentle Reader:

 You have inspired me in this, the 100th year of 525 Henrietta Street to nominate, and hopefully list on the National Register of Historic Places, the City of Martinez Grammar School/City Hall. Is that not a nice birthday present?

 In 1992, Page and Turnbull felt there was enough architectural integrity to make the National Register. However, a Mr. Kite decided otherwise and so the building remains officially found to be not historic. However, buildings can be recorded as such for reasons having to do with inaccurate documentation, etc., and then found to be historic after all. The Borland Home is one example.

 This will be my biggest gamble to date. Anyone wishing to help with a National Register of Historic Places listing can email me. Exterior photography would be a good start and it has to be done how they want it. City Hall is a difficult building to get exterior shots as it is.

 But before we move on, let us remember:

  • Martinez City Hall was built in 1917 in Prairie School style as designed by Stone & Wright.
  • Prairie School is an authentic American architecture that celebrates the open spaces of the Midwest and resulted from the building opportunities the Great Chicago fire presented.
  • Frank Lloyd Wright is considered the father of Prairie School Architecture.
  • We did not go over this, but Page and Turnbull identified a “Sullivanesque” characteristic in City Hall’s architecture. Frank Lloyd Wright was mentored by Louis Sullivan who is known as the father of modernism and the father of sky scrapers. Sullivan is a major inspiration to the Prairie School of Architects.
  • Brick and terra cotta manufactured by Livermore Bricks.
  • Housed K-5 in about nine classrooms.
  • Bought and inhabited by the City of Martinez by 1955.
  • The 1989 earthquake caused consideration of the seismic health of 525 Henrietta.
  • Three sides of the building’s brick facade were almost removed but the town and the Design and Planning Commissions fought to keep the historic elements and won while overseeing a retrofit, expansion, and modernization of City Hall.
  • Mario Menesini exclaimed, “And I went to school here!” upon his son’s reelection to City Council in 2006.  

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Local hospital volunteers recognized https://martineztribune.com/2017/05/05/local-hospital-volunteers-recognized/ https://martineztribune.com/2017/05/05/local-hospital-volunteers-recognized/#respond Fri, 05 May 2017 11:00:03 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=7248 Contra Costa Regional Medical Center volunteers provided 31,000-plus service hours in 2016 MARTINEZ, Calif. – National Volunteer Week is an opportunity to celebrate the impact of volunteering on our communities.  On Saturday, April 22, the 49th Annual Volunteer Recognition Breakfast was sponsored by the medical staff and the auxiliary of Contra Costa Regional Medical Center ...

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Contra Costa Regional Medical Center volunteers provided 31,000-plus service hours in 2016

Rhonda Smith, Volunteer Program Coordinator (far right), introduced the “High Achievers” of Volunteer service hours for 2016 at the 49th Annual Volunteer Luncheon held at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center last week. They are Jo-Ann Lee (735 hours), Linda Waxman (1,133 hours), Bill Cunningham (586 hours).  Not shown is Richard Firth (1,110).  For the year, 314 volunteers totaled up 31,145 service hours. (COURTESY / On File)
Rhonda Smith, Volunteer Program Coordinator (far right), introduced the “High Achievers” of Volunteer service hours for 2016 at the 49th Annual Volunteer Luncheon held at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center last week. They are Jo-Ann Lee (735 hours), Linda Waxman (1,133 hours), Bill Cunningham (586 hours). Not shown is Richard Firth (1,110). For the year, 314 volunteers totaled up 31,145 service hours. (COURTESY / On File)

MARTINEZ, Calif. – National Volunteer Week is an opportunity to celebrate the impact of volunteering on our communities.  On Saturday, April 22, the 49th Annual Volunteer Recognition Breakfast was sponsored by the medical staff and the auxiliary of Contra Costa Regional Medical Center (CCRMC), Martinez.  Rhonda Smith is the volunteer program coordinator. She opened the meeting with a welcome and introduction of officers.

“During National Volunteers Week, we celebrate the power of volunteers who make a difference, and recognize extraordinary individuals who are at the center of social change,” Smith said.

She then introduced the volunteers with the most service hours for 2016.  They are Linda Waxman (1,133 hours), Richard Frith (1,110), Jo-Ann Lee (736), Bill Cunningham (586) and Maria Jimenez (538).

Statistics show that in 2016, there were 314 volunteers that produced a total of 31,145 hours of service at CCRMC. These volunteer hours are valued at  $886,386.70; special events and auxiliary fundraisers earned $6,135.11. Donations in kind (flowers, baby layettes, bereavement items), plus monetary donations totaled $51.678.

Smith then recognized each group of volunteers and applauded them for their service.

Manning the Front Desk is an important first contact with the community, providing diretions, wheelchairs and information. Those volunteers include Sandra Janessa, Elsa Borajas, Donna Mendes, Taylor Pettit, Joe O’Leary, Sandra Janessa, Elsa Borajas, Donna Mendez, Taylor Pettit, Joe O’Leary, Sandra Larioso, Maria Garcia, Nykela Brown, Yesseria Aguilar and Richard Frith.

The Gift Shop volunteers/auxiliary members operate the shop, do special event fundraisers to earn funds, and dispense magazines to the clinics.  The CCRMC Auxiliary donated $18,024.94 in 2016 for requests to benefit patients and staff.   Volunteers are Florence Berghuis, Pat Harris, Susan Tunison, Maria Tersea, Mary Lou Lucas, Judith Papas, Una Bonnick, Drea Smith and Janet Betz.

Spiritual Care Givers provide a special role of counseling, comfort and prayer.  They are Sylvia Lackore, Anita Mendez, Lorna Aylard, and Stathie Michaud.

The Doula Volunteer Program provides trained Doulas to give family support to pregnant women during labor and delivery, as well as after delivery. CCRMC Doulas include Jennifer Grand-Legano, Melissa Darby, Madeline Hatch, Kaila Chan, Maria Fogli, Michelle Barahoma and Alma Safaie.

Special Interest Volunteers include Pat and Bill Chase (pet care), Lillian Villanciano (expressive art), Ryan Westman (ward service), Kathy Gannon-Briggs (outpatient surgery) and Ron Goodyear (piano entertaining in lobby).

Rhonda Smith concluded the meeting, and a breakfast was served by Chef Jamie Collier.

“Through service, we come together to tackle tough challenges, create change and build stronger, more vibrant communities,” said Deloris McDonald, publicity chairman.

New volunteers are always welcome at CCRMC.  As you can see, there are many avenues of service. Visit http://cchealth.org/medicalcenter/volunteer.php or call (925) 370-5440 for more information on volunteering.

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Girls lacrosse on the brink of program history https://martineztribune.com/2017/05/05/girls-lacrosse-on-the-brink-of-program-history/ https://martineztribune.com/2017/05/05/girls-lacrosse-on-the-brink-of-program-history/#respond Fri, 05 May 2017 10:16:52 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=7273 By GERARDO RECINOS Martinez Tribune On March 3, 2013, the girls lacrosse program officially kicked off. There was a team prior to that fateful March day. But that day the program was able to call itself something they hadn’t ever been referred to as. They were winners. Fast forward four years and two months from ...

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Alhambr’s Emily Ramos fires a shot past the Livermore goalkeeper in the Bulldogs’ 11-5 victory over their opponents on May 3, 2017. (MARK FIERNER / Martinez Tribune)
Alhambr’s Emily Ramos fires a shot past the Livermore goalkeeper in the Bulldogs’ 11-5 victory over their opponents on May 3, 2017. (MARK FIERNER / Martinez Tribune)

By GERARDO RECINOS
Martinez Tribune

On March 3, 2013, the girls lacrosse program officially kicked off.

There was a team prior to that fateful March day. But that day the program was able to call itself something they hadn’t ever been referred to as.

They were winners.

Fast forward four years and two months from their first ever win, the Lady Bulldogs have officially qualified for a North Coast Section berth with their 11-5 win over Livermore on May 3.

A lot still has to happen with the NCS selection process for everything to be official, but coaches John Sasaki and Richard Philbrook are fairly confident in their team’s fate.

With the win, the Bulldog girls improve to 8-11, with a 5-10 record in Diablo Athletic League play. In last year’s playoffs, Justin Sienna-Napa entered with a sub-.500 record, as did Acalanes.

MaxPreps.com’s playoff predictor has the Bulldogs slotted in as the 11th best team in Division II, but the Bulldogs still have to content with the tough Campolindo Cougars on May 5 before they can celebrate.

Not that it stopped them from deservedly doing so on Wednesday night.

Especially when Livermore showed up to the party, ate all the cake and opened all the presents.

The Cowboys looked ready to spoil the fun with the shift they put in the first half.

Alhambra’s attackers were smothered, and struggled to put many shots in the back of the net. It took eight minutes for the Bulldogs to eventually score. Ellie Smith was the beneficiary of a loose ground ball that she forced home from just outside the crease to open Alhambra’s account.

Isa Mendoza sparked the second goal, which gave Alhambra its first lead. The senior middie started the counter-attack move before making an outlet pass that eventually found Lexie Rosales. The senior finished off the counter attack with the ball in the net.

It was Rosales who again gave the Bulldogs a small lead in the last minute of the half after slicing between defenders to score.

But a one-goal lead at the half didn’t seem to satisfy the Alhambra girls.

Anytime Alhambra scored, Livermore answered. The goal that broke the Cowboys came on an errant pass clearance from the Livermore goalkeeper. Again it was Rosales that made the big play. The senior attacker intercepted the pass and took it on her own to score the game’s first unanswered goal by either team.

Then Jadyn London followed it up by taking a great pass from Luiza Daberdaku and eventually scoring after a foul call stopped play briefly.

Now when the teams went back to trading goals, Alhambra was the team with the advantage, and they could play a little more freely.

Daberdaku’s second goal double the Bulldog lead at 8-4, and then her third answered yet another Livermore goal.

Determined to see the Cowboys off, both Daberdaku and London scored once more in the final three minutes of play, so as to not give their opponents any idea or hope that they could steal this one.

From the time they knew that a win over the Cowboys would be the final piece to the NCS puzzle, this team wasn’t going to be stopped.

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Renowned poets to read at Alhambra High’s Ecopoetry event https://martineztribune.com/2017/05/05/renowned-poets-to-read-at-alhambra-highs-ecopoetry-event/ https://martineztribune.com/2017/05/05/renowned-poets-to-read-at-alhambra-highs-ecopoetry-event/#respond Fri, 05 May 2017 10:00:13 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=7254 MARTINEZ, Calif. – Join the National Park Service (NPS) and Alhambra High School students for the 2017 Ecopoetry Event.  This is the 3rd annual event, staged in the historic Victorian home where the celebrated naturalist, John Muir, lived and wrote his books. The event will be held on Friday May 19, from 6-8 p.m. at ...

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ecopoetry-john-muir-rgbMARTINEZ, Calif. – Join the National Park Service (NPS) and Alhambra High School students for the 2017 Ecopoetry Event.  This is the 3rd annual event, staged in the historic Victorian home where the celebrated naturalist, John Muir, lived and wrote his books. The event will be held on Friday May 19, from 6-8 p.m. at the John Muir National Historic Site (NHS) in Martinez.

This year’s poetry reading in the parlor of the John Muir House will feature internationally known poet Jane Hirschfield, Heyday Books publisher Malcolm Margolin, and the poetry of W.S. Merwin. Hirshfield, a current Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, is the author of eight poetry collections, most recently The Beauty (Knopf, 2015), long-listed for the National Book Award and a San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of 2015.  Other honors include the California Book Award, the Northern California Book Award, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and National Endowment for the Arts.

Hirshfield’s work has always been engaged with the natural world and grounded in the Buddhist sense of interconnection, and recent poems address the subject of climate crisis with increasing directness. Her poems have been selected for eight editions of The Best American Poetry and appear regularly in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Poetry, and Orion. She is a frequent presenter at universities and literary festivals in this country and around the world.

Malcolm Margolin is the former publisher of Heydey Press, which has published books since the ‘70s that celebrate California’s natural world.  His own non-fiction work, The Ohlone Way, was named by the San Francisco Chronicle as one of the 100 most important books published by a western writer in the 20th Century.  In addition, he has been the leading promoter and publisher of Native Californian literature, both recovered and contemporary.  Margolin will read and serve as raconteur, which – if you’ve never seen him – is a skill he has honed to perfection.

W.S. Merwin, celebrated for decades, has been writing some of his greatest poetry recently, as he continues to explore the existential nature of the wild, as well as time and timelessness.  Former Ecopoetry participants, as well as students of Alhambra, will be invited to read poems of Merwin’s to bring his voice into the Muir House.  As is the tradition, a select few of Alhambra’s poets will participate as well.

Reservations are required. To make a reservation, please call (925) 228-8860.

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Martinez Police Blotter: April 26 – May 2, 2017 https://martineztribune.com/2017/05/05/martinez-police-blotter-april-26-may-2-2017/ https://martineztribune.com/2017/05/05/martinez-police-blotter-april-26-may-2-2017/#respond Fri, 05 May 2017 09:20:54 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=7258 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, April 26 At 2:24 a.m., a man was walking up and down Polson Circle with a bike with a red light on ...

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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, April 26
At 2:24 a.m., a man was walking up and down Polson Circle with a bike with a red light on it by his side. The red light was actually ET phoning home.

At 5:33 a.m., a man with a beard was driving down Orchard View Avenue shining a flashlight into parked car windows.

At 8:53 a.m., a man re-entered CVS with a cane after stealing it and removing the tags moments before.

At 3:20 p.m., two kids stole cough syrup from the Marina Market. I hope they’re feeling better.

At 5:12 p.m., a man in his late 20s walked out of the Virginia Hills Safeway with $200 to $300 in groceries in one cart.

At 5:24 p.m., a man about six foot tall wearing camouflage pants was punching the air on Alhambra Avenue.

At 6:49 p.m., a woman allegedly stabbed her sister in the forehead with a car key causing bleeding. And I thought my brother was bad.

At 10 p.m., a man was aggressive towards his mother on Gilger Avenue.

Thursday, April 27
“Help me,” was heard yelled twice by a male voice from a Brown Street residence at 1 a.m.

A woman dropped off her child at a daycare on Midhill and came back to her car to find her purse and lunchbox stolen at 7:20 a.m., which is much too early for lunch.

A woman reported her boyfriend beating a trash can with a bat at 9:31 a.m. Beating trash cans is the new cross fit.

Friday, April 28
A Ricks Avenue resident found his girlfriend in his driveway at 1:41 a.m. She had a bat.

Saturday, April 29
At 2:10 p.m., a man allegedly stole a pit bull by pouring a milkshake on the owner by the Jack In the Box on Alhambra Avenue.

Around 7 p.m., a woman shoved a man a few times in the Wal-Mart parking lot off Arnold Drive.

At 11:08 p.m., a “big guy” with dark hair at Nu Rays was allegedly intimidating and possibly looking to harm another man.

Sunday, April 30
A man wearing a mask, camouflage pants and a red sweater was possibly taking pictures of children at Hidden Valley Park at 10:13 a.m.

Four men were seen dropping items onto the train tracks near Franklin Canyon Road at 3:10 p.m.

A woman in sunglasses took a bottle of wine without paying for it at the Marina Market at 4:07 p.m.

An argument between a couple was heard on Warren Street at 6:52 p.m. A slap was also heard.

Monday, May 1
A man was yelling at himself for over an hour that ended at 3:25 a.m. He was spotted on Brown Street near the creek sans shirt.

Just before 10 a.m., a man pulled his gray sweatpants down and exposed himself in front of the Main Street Starbucks. Don’t even flash me until I’ve had my coffee.

A man fitting the same description from above was spotted an hour later at the Safeway across from the adult school. His pants were still down and it appeared he may have defecated on himself.

Tuesday, May 2
Around 2 a.m., a man decided Berrellesa Street was the right spot to chill so he stood in the road and did not move for cars wanting to go by.

At 7:17 a.m., a man in dark clothing was harassing Amtrak customers by “saying strange things that don’t make sense.” He was probably saying that hot dogs are a type of sandwich.

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