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Developer sues East Bay Parks over Concord Hills park plans

A new lawsuit filed on behalf of Concord-based developer Albert Seeno, III & Discovery Builders could delay the East Bay Regional Park District’s ability to move forward with implementation of its plans to provide public access at a new regional park at the former Concord Naval Weapons Station. On July …

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Obituary: Mamie Hirasawa (1926-2020)

Mamie M. Hirasawa peacefully passed away on Wednesday, August 5, 2020. She was born on February 2, 1926 in Sebastopol, California to the late Katsuki and Shina (Miyamoto) Horita. She along with her family were interned at Amache, Colorado during World War II. Some years after the war Mamie moved …

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Downtown Martinez outdoor program expanded to Thursdays

Launched on June 12, the City of Martinez Outdoor Downtown program gives merchants the opportunity to provide outdoor dining and shopping experiences for their customers, while facilitating the physical distancing of patrons to comply with the current County Health Order. By allowing businesses to use portions of City sidewalks, streets, …

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National Farmers Market Week confirms it’s value to community

BY DEBRA J. MORRIS We never imagined that a COVID-19 pandemic would upend nearly every aspect of society and the local food supply chain. Thankfully, farmers markets were declared essential businesses early on, albeit smaller and with limited access and with extensive safety guidelines and restrictions. More than ever before, …

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Osuna Charged with three criminal counts for Gun Offenses

The Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office announced Thursday that 30-year-old Martinez resident Joseph Osuna has been charged with three criminal counts, including two felonies, for his alleged action of the unlawful possession of a firearm by a prohibited person on Sunday, July 5. Osuna drove by a Black Lives …

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Meals to Martinez Program gifted to families and businesses

No one is non-essential. Families and businesses around Martinez have felt the economic impact of the government shut down orders. To help out families hardest hit by the shelter in place, and local restaurants that lost business, a local attorney is stimulating Main Street with $30,000 in free meals. Tully …

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CC County Extends Modified Eviction Protection & Rent Freeze

At a special Board meeting on July 14, 2020, the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed an urgency ordinance that continues an eviction moratorium for residential tenants and small businesses in the County through September 30, 2020. The urgency ordinance also continues a moratorium on certain residential rent …

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