Our Town – Martinez Tribune https://martineztribune.com The website of the Martinez Tribune. Fri, 25 Sep 2020 20:17:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.1 Meals on Wheels to prep Food for Seniors during Power Shutoff https://martineztribune.com/2020/09/25/meals-on-wheels-provides-food-to-seniors-during-power-shutoffs/ https://martineztribune.com/2020/09/25/meals-on-wheels-provides-food-to-seniors-during-power-shutoffs/#respond Fri, 25 Sep 2020 20:10:35 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=14980 Meals on Wheels Diablo Region is pleased to announce a partnership with Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) to provide critical food support to individuals who experience food loss during natural disasters and Public Safety Power Shutoff events (PSPS). Under the agreement and new for 2020, PG&E will provide MOW Diablo Region advance notice of …

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Meals on Wheels Diablo Region is pleased to announce a partnership with Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) to provide critical food support to individuals who experience food loss during natural disasters and Public Safety Power Shutoff events (PSPS).

Under the agreement and new for 2020, PG&E will provide MOW Diablo Region advance notice of a PSPS allowing MOW Diablo Region to coordinate with Mt. Diablo Unified School District to prepare an additional meal to be delivered to seniors impacted by a PSPS event. The additional meal ensures seniors in need have food support throughout the event. The funding provided by PG&E covers the cost of the additional shelf stable meal for seniors who are impacted by the shutoffs. While last year’s PSPS events created challenges for MOW Diablo Region and its clients, the agency had a rapid response that was heralded in both local and national news, and successfully delivered meals to all its clients. Coupled with Covid-19, a PSPS event could be even more difficult on senior clients. This spring, the agency began delivering weekly frozen meals to clients in order to ensure greater social distancing. With power outages, seniors will not be able to heat the weekly meals or keep them cold and safe.

“For many of our clients, the loss of power is more than an inconvenience. It presents a real hardship,” said MOW Diablo Region Executive Director Caitlin Sly. “We are pleased that PG&E has stepped forward to make sure that the most vulnerable seniors in our county will not go without a meal in the event of a PSPS event.”

Due to rapidly changing environmental conditions in California, and in the interest of public safety, PG&E may need to turn off electricity if severe weather affects part of the electric system. The most likely electric lines to be shutoff for safety will be those that pass through High Fire Threat Districts (HFTD).

“PG&E understands PSPS event impacts are compounded for those already experiencing hardship. PG&E is proud of the partnership with MOW Diablo Region providing an immediate solution to food replacement needs as a result of shutting off the power for safety,” said PG&E PSPS Engagement, Strategy and Planning Manager Vanessa Bryan.

For more information on PG&E resources and programs available to customers before, during and after a PSPS event visit www.pge.com/disabilityandaging/.

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Fresh Pears highlight end of season treats at Farmers Market https://martineztribune.com/2020/09/18/fresh-pears-highlight-end-of-season-treats-at-farmers-market/ https://martineztribune.com/2020/09/18/fresh-pears-highlight-end-of-season-treats-at-farmers-market/#respond Fri, 18 Sep 2020 19:43:39 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=14970 BY DEBRA J. MORRIS Farmers and the farmers markets they attend have been quite resilient for the last six months, despite the restrictions that the coronavirus pandemic has forced upon them. But fall is here, winter is coming, and many farmers markets are beginning to close for the season. There are still many farmers markets …

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BY DEBRA J. MORRIS

Farmers and the farmers markets they attend have been quite resilient for the last six months, despite the restrictions that the coronavirus pandemic has forced upon them.

But fall is here, winter is coming, and many farmers markets are beginning to close for the season. There are still many farmers markets that remain open year-round, and other sources for them to sell their product, so all is not lost. These small local farms are undeniably important to the economy and to local food systems. That’s why we ask that you support these small farms and shop local farmers markets as much as you can.

There’s a bright side to the slowdown of fall which is when families visit farms that offer pumpkin patches, hay rides, U-pick apples, and corn mazes. This time of year, along with roadside farm stands and CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) subscription boxes, many local farms enjoy a fairly lucrative agribusiness with these activities. Many times this can help sustain a farm until spring. Even with COVID-19 restrictions, many farms will still open for these fall activities.

The way we go about participating in these fall activities will undoubtedly change this year. A pumpkin patch or corn maze can be safe if you wear a mask and observe social distancing. Being outdoors can be safer than being indoors, too. Swank Family Farms, located in Hollister, is famous for its fall activities and they are going ahead with all of their usual events with a long list of safety measures. Check with your local farm to ensure they are open during the pandemic and are following safety guidelines, and then enjoy one of your favorite fall activities.

Now in season: At the Martinez market you’ll discover pears from Martinez very own Alhambra Valley Beef and Pears, tasty Buckeye Gala, Fuji, and Pink Lady apples from Guzman Farm in Denair, more apples from Rainbow Orchards in Camino and Smit Farms in Linden, and Brussels sprouts and squash from J&M Farms out of Hollister. The farmers market is the place to shop for fresh-from-the-farm produce in varieties you won’t find anywhere else !

Crispy Pumpkin Spice Cookies
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoons salt
11 tablespoons butter at room temperature
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup molasses
1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger
2/3 cups pumpkin purée
1 large egg
White sugar for dusting
1 to 3 dashes cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and black pepper
2-1/3 cups all-purpose or whole wheat pastry flour

Whisk together the dry ingredients. Using an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar. Add molasses, pumpkin, and fresh ginger and mix for two minutes. Add egg and mix for one more minute.

Form two 1 -1/2-inch thick logs in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for two hours. Preheat oven to 350°F. Slice log into 1/3-inch slices and place on a cookie sheet. Sprinkle the top with white sugar. Bake for 8 minutes, then drop the temperature to 200°F. (The temp is turned down to avoid a cake-like cookie. The pumpkin purée makes the dough moister than regular cookies,) Bake for ten minutes until crispy. Transfer to a cooling rack and serve.
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The Martinez Farmers Market is open every Sunday year-round, 9am to 2pm, on Main St. and Estudillo with street parking.

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Historic Bank of Martinez building purchased by Credit Union https://martineztribune.com/2020/08/26/historic-bank-of-martinez-building-purchased-by-credit-union/ https://martineztribune.com/2020/08/26/historic-bank-of-martinez-building-purchased-by-credit-union/#respond Thu, 27 Aug 2020 06:10:04 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=14885 The City of Martinez is excited to announce the purchase of the historic Bank of Martinez building (a.k.a. Union Bank building) located in downtown at 634 Ferry Street. The building has been purchased by the Cooperative Center Federal Credit Union (“Cooperative Center FCU”) and will serve as the Credit Union’s loan center and headquarters. “This …

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The City of Martinez is excited to announce the purchase of the historic Bank of Martinez building (a.k.a. Union Bank building) located in downtown at 634 Ferry Street. The building has been purchased by the Cooperative Center Federal Credit Union (“Cooperative Center FCU”) and will serve as the Credit Union’s loan center and headquarters.

“This is an exciting day for our City because are we getting a new tenant with 20 full-time employees taking over a vacant building, which will add to the vibrancy of downtown and provide an economic boost to our businesses,” said Mayor Rob Schroder. “We are also welcoming a community and civic-minded organization with a rich tradition of providing socially responsible banking services to individuals who may not be able to otherwise receive loans at reasonable terms from larger banks.”

In addition to the emerging downtown Martinez renaissance, the history and architectural character of the structure also appealed to Cooperative Center FCU. To preserve the authenticity of the building, the Credit Union plans to display historic artifacts in the lobby, including signs and plaques with the B.M. (“Bank of Martinez”) logo. The marble floor will also be preserved and the front plates of the historic security deposit boxes will be refurbished and transformed into an art installation.

Cooperative Center FCU hopes to complete its renovations and begin occupying the building by February, 2021. Residents looking for personal, home, and auto loans will now have an additional resource in downtown Martinez.

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Developer sues East Bay Parks over Concord Hills park plans https://martineztribune.com/2020/08/24/developer-sues-east-bay-parks-over-concord-hills-park-plans/ https://martineztribune.com/2020/08/24/developer-sues-east-bay-parks-over-concord-hills-park-plans/#respond Tue, 25 Aug 2020 01:44:28 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=14864 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 7, 2020, the Park District …

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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 7, 2020, the Park District Board of Directors unanimously approved the Concord Hills Regional Park land use plan and associated environmental impact report (EIR). This approval paved the way for the Park District to begin work on park and trail development of the 2,540-plus-acre regional park at the former Concord Naval Weapons Station and was the product of two decades of community advocacy and partnership amongst the Park District, U.S. Navy, National Park Service, City of Concord, with overwhelming support from the residents of Central Costa County.

“This is the true culmination of a decades-long community effort,” said Beverly Lane who has represented Concord on the East Bay Regional Park District Board since 1994. “I’m proud to be part of the Park District and its effort to produce a truly fabulous plan for a new Regional Park in the Diablo Valley.”

Despite a thorough environmental analysis of the new Regional Park’s plans, which include public access for recreation, permanent preservation of the land as natural habitat, and a joint visitor center with the National Park Services that will also honor the Black sailors who died in the massive Port Chicago explosion, Mr. Seeno’s Discovery Builders and Faria Land Investors filed suit to stop the new regional park. In their lawsuit, Mr. Seeno alleges that the Park, after a decades long collaborative planning efforts to protect and preserve open space, would cause undisclosed impacts on the environment and would impact their planned Faria residential development in Bay Point on a 606-acre parcel adjacent to the ridgeline of the park.

General Manager Robert Doyle disagrees with the lawsuit’s assertions and timing given the extensive ability for all stakeholders to participate in the planning process. “The public overwhelmingly supports the creation of this regional park; Seeno Company never expressed any specific concerns or opposition to the new park during the two decades-long planning process…until now, after the land use plan has been approved.

He added, “Public and community leaders should be outraged! Mr. Seeno’s last minute baseless lawsuit will force the Park District to spend valuable taxpayer funds on protecting a publicly supported and legally approved park plan instead of allowing us to prepare this new regional park for millions of eager local park users.”

The Concord Hills Regional Park Land Use Plan provides for public access, preserves 95% of the area’s natural habitat, and honors the unique natural and human history of the land. This regional park will be a significant addition to the East Bay Regional Park District’s parklands and to publicly accessible open space and recreation in the Bay Area, both in terms of its expansive size as well as its location and unique resources. Planned visitor facilities and public access improvements include a joint visitor center with the National Park Service highlighting the history of the Diablo Valley and the Port Chicago explosion, the cultural history of Native Americans that called this area home, miles of trails for hiking, biking and viewing, and park staging areas.

“Turning the former military base into a world-class park has taken, and will continue for many more, years and millions of dollars to restore and open,” said East Bay Regional Park District General Manager Robert Doyle. “Concord Hills Regional Park is a remarkable example of cooperative land re-use that benefits the entire region. The park will be a legacy project for generations to enjoy and learn the historical significance. The Seeno’s will not block the will of the public on this land project.”

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Obituary: Mamie Hirasawa (1926-2020) https://martineztribune.com/2020/08/14/obituary-mamie-hirasawa-1926-2020%ef%bb%bf/ https://martineztribune.com/2020/08/14/obituary-mamie-hirasawa-1926-2020%ef%bb%bf/#respond Fri, 14 Aug 2020 19:55:12 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=14925 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 to San Francisco and began …

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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 to San Francisco and began working at Pine Street Laundry. There she met and married her first husband, Ben T. Takahashi in September 1949 (deceased 1976). Together, along with Ben’s parents, the late Yoshihiro and Masano Takahashi, they settled and raised two sons, Ron and Greg in Richmond, California.

A few years after Ben’s untimely death, Mamie met and married her second husband, John Y. Hirasawa in May 1979 (deceased 2008) and together made their homes in Richmond, Carriage Hills (17 years), and later Walnut Creek and Rossmoor (17 years).

After John’s death, Mamie kept her chin up and carried on with her life, socializing with her many friends, playing poker and mahjong. Her favorite times were having her sister Stella from San Francisco come and visit for a week or two. She also loved hosting Thanksgiving every year with her immediate family and playing poker after dinner.

Mamie is survived by sons, Ron Takahashi and Greg Takahashi. She is also survived by grandson Kyle Takahashi and his wife Angel, granddaughter, Yumi Takahashi, great-grandchildren, Toshio, Makiko, Cameron, Devin, and Jordan. She is also survived by step-son, Robert Hirasawa and his wife Janet (Amadeo), step-granddaughters, Serena and Naomi (Joel), Jennifer DeLeon (Dan), and Stefanie Ramirez (Mark), step-great-grandchildren, Brendan DeLeon, Danny DeLeon, and Connor Ramirez. Her brother, Wayne Horita (Sacramento) sister, Elaine Horita (San Francisco), and sister-in-law Janet Horita (Vacaville), also survive her. Mamie is also survived by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, a great grandniece, and Miyamoto cousins. She is predeceased by her beloved siblings, Lila Kashiwagi, Stella Kato, Rosie Horita, and Henry Horita, Sr., step-daughter, Barbara Nakamoto, and daughter-in-law, Cathy Takahashi (Greg).

Services will be private due to COVID-19.

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Downtown Martinez outdoor program expanded to Thursdays https://martineztribune.com/2020/07/30/downtown-martinez-outdoor-program-expanded-to-thursdays/ Thu, 30 Jul 2020 18:58:11 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=14790 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, and parking lots during specified …

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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, and parking lots during specified days and times to spread out their dining and retail services, the Program aims to give a boost to our downtown business owners.

As an important reminder: patrons may not move the chairs and tables or other items provided by the participating businesses. In addition, customers may not bring their own chairs or other furniture for use on the sidewalk or in the street while dining or drinking at an establishment. Patrons are responsible for following the State and County regulations for masks and social distancing when engaged in outdoor activities like this Program. We are counting on you to help keep our community safe and to keep the Outdoor Downtown Program alive and well in Martinez.

The City is pleased to announce the following details for the seventh week of this economic recovery initiative, beginning on Thursday, July 30th.

Businesses with an approved Outdoor Dining/Retail Display City Permit:
Bar Cava, Barrelista, Copper Skillet, Del Cielo, Five Suns, Lavender Moon Interiors, Mighty Market, Lemongrass, Nu Rays, Roxx on Main, Taco Daddy, Troy Greek Cuisine, and Whiskey Lane.

This Week’s Program Hours:

  •   Thursday, July 30th, from 3 p.m. until 10 p.m. (700 and 900 blocks of Main Street only)
  •   Friday, July 31st, from 3 p.m. until 10 p.m.
  •   Saturday, August 1st, from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m. (except for the 600 Block of Main Street, whichhas Saturday Program Hours of 3 p.m. until 10 p.m.)
  •   Sunday, August 2nd, from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m. (only on Estudillo Street, the 900 Block of Main Street, and a portion of the parking lot adjacent to Ward and Las Juntas); and 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. (only in a parking space on Ferry near Ward).This Week’s Street Closures:

 Main Street between Castro and Estudillo (600 Block) and Estudillo from Main Street to

Escobar from:
*2 p.m. on Friday, July 31st through 7 a.m. on Saturday, August 1st

* 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 1st through 2 p.m. on Sunday, August 2nd (timeframe also includes the Sunday Farmers’ Market, which will close Main Street from Castro to Las Juntas on Sunday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.)

*Note: closures include two curbside pickup spaces located on the northeast side of Main at Castro

 Main Street between Estudillo and Ferry (700 Block) from:
*2 p.m. on Thursday, July 30th until 7 a.m. on Friday, July 31st

*2 p.m. on Friday, July 31st through 2 p.m. on Sunday, August 2nd (timeframe also includes the Sunday Farmers’ Market, which will close Main Street from Castro to Las Juntas on Sunday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.)

 Main Street between Las Juntas and Court (900 Block) from:
*2 p.m. on Thursday, July 30th until 7 a.m. on Friday, July 31st

*2 p.m. on Friday, July 31st through 7 a.m. on Monday, August 3rd
 Estudillo between Marina Vista and Escobar, from 2 p.m. on Friday, July 31st until 7 a.m. on Monday, August 3rd.

 

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National Farmers Market Week confirms it’s value to community https://martineztribune.com/2020/07/23/national-farmers-market-week-confirms-its-value-to-community/ Fri, 24 Jul 2020 00:05:38 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=14752 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, National Farmers Market Week is …

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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, National Farmers Market Week is an opportunity to confirm the value of local farmers markets in our communities.

 

When conventional food supply chains failed at the start of the pandemic, farmers markets and local food systems clearly displayed the resiliency of short supply chains and interest in local foods spiked nationwide.

We have worked diligently to ensure farmers markets are truly safe, welcoming, and inclusive spaces for all who wish to participate, including farmers, customers, vendors, and other stakeholders. The impact of COVID-19 created rapid change, adaptation, and innovation in the farmers market sector and has equally demonstrated our capacity for flexibility and resilience.

Even with these changes, we have continued to provide access to fresh produce for the community. That’s why we’re proud to be part of the California Market Match Consortium dedicated to making locally grown fruits and vegetables more affordable for CalFresh (food stamp) recipients. Along with the Market Match program where PCFMA-operated farmers’ markets accept EBT cards and match your funds up to an additional $10 per farmers’ market visit, we are also accepting the current Pandemic EBT Card at the markets. Use it as you would an EBT card for the same matching funds.

We need your help to continue these programs. The extent of the need in the Bay Area due to the pandemic is so great that PCFMA’s funding for Market Match may not last until the end of the year. You can help to sustain this essential program with your donation. Every $10 you donate supports a Market Match benefit for a local family in need. Follow us on Facebook at PCFMA to learn more. We have partnered with FoodEd for this fundraising effort.

In season now: The Martinez Farmers Market offers corn from G&S Farms in Brentwood, stone fruit from Resendiz Farms and J&J Ramos Farms, both of Hughson, and melons from Guzman Farms out of Denair. Watch for sweet grapes to arrive soon !

Farmers markets continue to be an essential part of our local food system and while safety guidelines remain in place we will continue to offer an outlet for farmers, customers, and the community to enjoy fresh local produce. We thank you for supporting your local farmers market because you, the community, are an essential part of our local food system. Your support keeps our farmers’ markets running and our farmers farming !

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Osuna Charged with three criminal counts for Gun Offenses https://martineztribune.com/2020/07/17/osuna-charged-with-three-criminal-counts-for-gun-offenses/ Fri, 17 Jul 2020 21:27:13 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=14666 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 Matter mural in downtown Martinez …

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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 Matter mural in downtown Martinez and yelled at various individuals standing by the mural.

One of the bystanders exchanged words with Osuna. Moments later, Osuna made a u-turn to come back to the bystander. Osuna exited his vehicle and pulled out a loaded revolver and pointed the firearm at the bystander. Fortunately, police officers from the Martinez Police Department were nearby and were able to respond to the scene.

Osuna’s 2015 Jeep Wrangler was quickly spotted, and he was pulled over by the police. When Osuna was stopped, the police recovered the revolver in his vehicle. The firearm was not registered to Osuna.

He faces up to three years in custody if found guilty of his actions.

The alleged offenses again Osuna are as follows:

•    Unlawful Firearm Activity, Felony PC 29805

•    Possessing Firearm Not Registered to Owner, Felony PC 25850 (a)/(c) 6

•    Exhibiting a Concealed Weapon in Public, Misdemeanor PC 417 (a)(2)(A)

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Meals to Martinez Program gifted to families and businesses https://martineztribune.com/2020/07/15/new-meals-to-martinez-program-gifted-to-families-and-businesses/ Thu, 16 Jul 2020 01:55:32 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=14655 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 & Weiss Charities partnered with …

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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 & Weiss Charities partnered with Main Street Martinez to pair Martinez locals in need of a meal with downtown restaurants that need business. The program will donate $30,000 to 16 downtown Martinez restaurants, and will distribute $50 gift certificates to 600 families that lost work due to being classified as “non-essential.” This will give restaurants a boost, help hundreds of families, and stimulate sales for all downtown businesses. Win-Win-Win!

Small business owners their employees; barbers, dentists, cleaners, salon workers, shop keepers, musicians, and countless others that have been unable to work are eligible. If you know a local worker or small business person impacted economically, nominate them at mealstomartinez@yahoo.com for a free meal in Martinez. Please include the following information: First and Last Name, email (if not for you), and top 3 restaurant choices from the list of participating restaurants.

Participating Restaurants include: Bar Cava Wine Whiskey & Eatery, Canton Restaurant, Firehouse Brew and Grill, Ginger Thai, Haute Stuff Restaurant and Catering, Lemongrass Bistro, Luigi’s Deli, Roxx on Main, Sal’s Family Kitchen, Slice of Italeigh Pizza & Cheesesteaks, Slow Hand BBQ, Sunflower Garden, Taco Daddy’s, Troy Greek, Vic’s Martinez and Copper Skillet.

If selected for meal, you will be emailed with a certificate that includes first and last name and restaurant to redeem your $50 meal credit from. You will be required to let the restaurant know you are part of the Meals to Martinez Program before ordering and present them with your certificate and matching ID when picking up/ordering your food order.

Rules and restrictions: Must be Martinez resident or work in Martinez and been impacted by COVID-19. Program will run until all 600 individuals have been selected. The purchase of alcohol is excluded from certificates.

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CC County Extends Modified Eviction Protection & Rent Freeze https://martineztribune.com/2020/07/14/cc-county-extends-modified-eviction-protection-rent-freeze/ Wed, 15 Jul 2020 02:10:09 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=14639 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 increases through September 30, 2020. …

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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 increases through September 30, 2020.

CC COUNTYThe new ordinance temporarily prohibits evictions of residential tenants in Contra Costa County impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The eviction moratorium also applies to tenants who are small businesses or non-profit organizations. A small business is an independently owned and operated business that is not dominant in its field of operation, has its principal office in California, has 100 or fewer employees, and has average annual gross receipts of $15 million or less over the previous three years.

“The emergency is not over with the COVID-19 pandemic. The economic impact our residents face has not subsided,” said Supervisor Candace Andersen, Board Chair. “We sincerely hope passage of this new ordinance to extend the eviction protection and rent freeze will continue to protect renters and small businesses, even as landlords and renters work together to have tenants pay what they can over a longer period of time.”

This law applies to properties in all 19 cities in the County and in all unincorporated areas. To the extent that a city has adopted a law on the same subject matter, then the city’s provisions would apply in that city.

Protections granted to residential renters and small businesses include:

  • Prohibition on Evictions Due to Unpaid Rent – A property owner cannot evict a residential tenant or small business tenant for failure to pay rent if a tenant demonstrates loss of income or out-of-pocket medical expenses related to COVID-19. This prohibition lasts through September 30, 2020.
  • Ban on No-Fault Evictions – A property owner cannot evict a residential tenant or small business tenant for any “no-fault” reason except to protect the health and safety of the owner or another tenant, to allow the owner or their immediate family to move into the residential unit or to remove the unit from the rental market. This ban lasts through September 30, 2020.
  • Grace Period to Pay Back Rent – Residential tenants or small business tenants who demonstrate loss of income or out-of-pocket medical expenses related to COVID-19 have until January 31, 2021 to pay past due rent. This does not relieve a tenant of their obligation to pay rent.
  • No Late Fees – A property owner may not charge or collect late fees for unpaid rent from a residential tenant or small business tenant who demonstrates loss of income or out-of-pocket medical expenses related to COVID-19. This ban on late fees extends until January 31, 2021.
  • Moratorium on Residential Rent Increases – A property owner may not increase rent on a residential property through September 30, 2020. State law prevents this freeze from applying to commercial tenancies and to certain residential properties, including residences built within the last 15 years and single family homes.

Read the full document Ordinance No. 2020-20 (PDF). Answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding this ordinance will be available and updated on the County website soon.

 

 

 

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