Our Town – Martinez Tribune https://martineztribune.com The website of the Martinez Tribune. Sun, 26 Jan 2020 21:31:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.2 Martinez community supports buying local at Farmers Market https://martineztribune.com/2020/01/21/martinez-community-supports-buying-local-at-farmers-market/ https://martineztribune.com/2020/01/21/martinez-community-supports-buying-local-at-farmers-market/#respond Wed, 22 Jan 2020 01:07:40 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=13870 BY DEBRA J. MORRIS As the Sunday Martinez Farmers’ Market draws to a close for the day, farmers pack up their leftover produce and take down their tents as they make their way home after a day of bringing customers the fruits (and vegetables) of their labor. A single bunch of carrots and some lettuce …

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BY DEBRA J. MORRIS

As the Sunday Martinez Farmers’ Market draws to a close for the day, farmers pack up their leftover produce and take down their tents as they make their way home after a day of bringing customers the fruits (and vegetables) of their labor. A single bunch of carrots and some lettuce are the only items left at the booth of Tu Universo Farms, while Great Valley Poultry puts away the few remaining cartons of fresh eggs left on the table.

The Martinez community has once again come out to support their farmers market and the local purveyors of fresh produce, hot foods, honey, cheese, and baked goods. What could be a better visual expression of this support than farmers taking home very little of what they brought !

Market Manager Michael Peterson said, “The Martinez community has always supported their farmers market and they come out to shop even when it rains. They’re here every Sunday throughout the year and our local farmers really appreciate their support.”

Why are these folks supporting the local farmers’ market ? It’s because they find the freshest fruits and vegetables, often in varieties not found elsewhere. They also find pure local honey, freshly-made breads, olive oil, and tamales, made by purveyors who really care about the quality of their product. They are here to support their community and the local economy, usually visiting surrounding shops and eateries while they’re here. And they also get to talk to the people who grow or produce what they’re buying.

This month, Martinez farmers market shoppers will be filling their market shopping bags with amazing winter citrus, hearty root vegetables, winter greens, and more. Hearty winter celery, carrots, onions, and potatoes can be found at Tu Universo of Watsonville. Feel Good Bakery from Alameda will be offering their fantastic walnut loaf and sourdough bread. Miss Bee Haven will have pure local honey from their Brentwood-area hives. At J&J Ramos Farms out of Hughson you’ll find all the oranges and tangerines you could want.

The market also has olive oil from Atlas Peak and Bistro Blends, both out of the Napa region, tasty snacks from O’Hana Brothers in Pleasanton and Hummus Heaven of San Leandro, creamy cheeses from Achadinha Cheese in Petaluma and fresh green smoothies from The Fruit Tree in Oakland.

The variety of products at the market is endless, the quality of each and every offering is superb, and the camaraderie of family, friends, and neighbors is heartwarming. Join the other faithful farmers market shoppers this weekend and see what you’ve been missing !

Candied Blood Orange Slices

2 blood oranges, sliced crosswise into 1⁄4-inch-thick pieces

5 ounces good-quality dark chocolate (preferably 70% cocoa), chopped

1-1/2 cups sugar

1 cup water

Maldon salt for garnish

In a saucepan, combine 1-1/2 cups sugar and water and bring to a boil over high heat, stirring constantly, until the sugar has dissolved completely, about 5 minutes. Reduce the heat to low, add the blood orange slices, and simmer until translucent, about 20 -30 minutes. Remove pan from heat and let cool completely, about 2 hours, in a cool spot.

Place waxed paper over a sheet pan. Using tongs, remove the slices, shaking off any excess syrup. Place on the rack in a single layer. Let the slices dry overnight. Reserve the syrup for another use. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Put the chocolate in a heat proof bowl placed over simmering water in a saucepan. Melt the chocolate, stirring until smooth. Remove from the heat. Drag each side of the candied blood orange slice halfway into the chocolate and then place on the parchment in a single layer. Leave until the chocolate has set, about 1 hour. Garnish with Maldon salt.

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Obituary: Celeste Marques (1927-2019) https://martineztribune.com/2019/12/28/obituary-celeste-marques-1927-2019%ef%bb%bf/ https://martineztribune.com/2019/12/28/obituary-celeste-marques-1927-2019%ef%bb%bf/#respond Sun, 29 Dec 2019 07:01:11 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=13731 Celeste Marques passed away peacefully in the early morning hours of December 15, 2019. She was born on March 27, 1927 in Lowell, Massachusetts where her parents settled after emigrating to the United States from Madeira, Portugal. As a young girl, Celeste moved to Paul Do Mar, a small Portuguese fishing village, where she grew …

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Celeste Marques passed away peacefully in the early morning hours of December 15, 2019. She was born on March 27, 1927 in Lowell, Massachusetts where her parents settled after emigrating to the United States from Madeira, Portugal. As a young girl, Celeste moved to Paul Do Mar, a small Portuguese fishing village, where she grew up before returning back to the United States.

At the age of 19, Celeste married the love of her life & father to her children, Manuel Marques Jr., in Oakland, California. Celeste is survived by her three children, Alice Goncalves and her husband Tony, Manuel Marques III and his wife Trisha & Mike Marques and his wife Linda, as well as eight grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

Celeste was adoringly known as “Mom” to countless people as a result of her loving nature, welcoming & warm home, and impeccable cooking skills. In addition to being a mother figure to many people, Celeste had a significant professional life. Celeste worked at Carnation-Albers for 10 years before working alongside her late husband, Manuel Marques Jr., to build their underground construction company, J&M, Inc., into a successful family business.

Mom’s love for her family, their business and the San Francisco Giants will live in our hearts forever and we find comfort in knowing she will now be reunited with her husband, Manuel Marques Jr.

Services are being handled by the San Leandro Funeral home on December 29th and 30th. Further details are available at: https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/san-leandro-ca/celeste-marques-8964188?utm_source=share_obit&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=obit_detail&utm_content=view_obit_button.

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Deadly Wild Mushrooms reappear at Regional Parks https://martineztribune.com/2019/12/23/deadly-wild-mushrooms-reappear-at-regional-parks/ https://martineztribune.com/2019/12/23/deadly-wild-mushrooms-reappear-at-regional-parks/#respond Tue, 24 Dec 2019 00:32:14 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=13720 Each year, mushrooms come out after the first rains of the season, which began on November 26. Mushrooms are ecologically important and can look beautiful – but some of them contain dangerous toxins. The death cap (Amanita phalloides) and Western destroying angel (Amanita ocreata) are two of the world’s most toxic mushrooms, and both can …

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Each year, mushrooms come out after the first rains of the season, which began on November 26. Mushrooms are ecologically important and can look beautiful – but some of them contain dangerous toxins. The death cap (Amanita phalloides) and Western destroying angel (Amanita ocreata) are two of the world’s most toxic mushrooms, and both can be found in East Bay Regional Parks during the rainy season.

Death cap mushrooms.


The death cap and Western destroying angel mushrooms contain amatoxins, a group of molecules that inhibit cellular metabolism in many animals. In mammals, the liver and kidneys are typically the first organs affected after ingestion. Symptoms don’t usually appear until up to 12 hours after consumption, beginning as severe gastrointestinal distress and progressing to the liver and renal failure if treatment is not sought immediately.

“Both of these toxic mushrooms can be lethal to humans and pets if consumed,” said East Bay Regional Park District Naturalist Trent Pearce, who is based in Tilden Regional Park and documents the fungi in East Bay Regional Parks. “They are mostly associated with oak trees and can be found growing anywhere oak roots are present.”

The death cap is a medium-to-large mushroom that typically has a greenish-gray cap, white gills, a white ring around the stem, and a large white sac at the base of the stem. Though the death cap is mainly associated with oak trees, it has been found growing with other hardwoods. It was accidentally introduced to North America on the roots of European cork oaks and is now slowly colonizing the West Coast. The death cap is not native to California.

The Western destroying angel is a medium-to-large mushroom that usually has a creamy white cap, white gills, a white ring around the stem that disappears with age, and a thin white sac at the base. It fruits from late winter into spring. It is associated exclusively with oaks. Unlike the death cap, it is a native California mushroom.

“The Park District urges the public to be safe and knowledgeable about toxic mushrooms when encountering them in the parks,” said East Bay Regional Park District Public Information Supervisor Dave Mason. “Collecting mushrooms in East Bay Regional Parks is not allowed.”
The death cap and Western destroying angel can also be dangerous for pets.

“Dog owners should keep a close watch on their dogs during the winter months,” said Mason. “Pet owners should contact a veterinarian immediately if they suspect their pet may have eaten a toxic mushroom.”
While the death cap and western destroying angel mushrooms are responsible for most cases of mushroom poisonings in California, deadly toxins can also be found in Galerina and Lepiota mushroom species, both of which are found in the Bay Area.

The public can learn more about the fungi of the East Bay Regional Parks at the annual Tilden Fungus Fair, Saturday and Sunday, January 25-26, 2020 at Tilden Nature Area’s Environmental Education Center.

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Cara Cara – A Sweeter Navel Orange for Marmalade https://martineztribune.com/2019/12/23/cara-cara-a-sweeter-navel-orange-for-marmalade/ https://martineztribune.com/2019/12/23/cara-cara-a-sweeter-navel-orange-for-marmalade/#comments Mon, 23 Dec 2019 20:24:09 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=13709 BY DEBRA J. MORRIS From the outside, Cara Cara oranges look similar to a regular navel orange and you’d expect to find orange flesh inside. But cut open a Cara Cara and you will be surprised to find a lovely rosy pink or red flesh. This variety is said to have developed accidentally through a …

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BY DEBRA J. MORRIS

From the outside, Cara Cara oranges look similar to a regular navel orange and you’d expect to find orange flesh inside. But cut open a Cara Cara and you will be surprised to find a lovely rosy pink or red flesh. This variety is said to have developed accidentally through a cross with a Washington navel tree in Venezuela. The history is unclear because other stories promote the theory that Cara Cara oranges are just a natural mutation rather than a purposeful cross. Either way, by the 1980s the Cara Cara orange reached the US and immediately became the must-have citrus.

The rind of this orange does not betray the color inside and is a bright, glossy orange like the navel. The flesh is less acidic than a navel orange and has a sweet-tart flavor with notes of cranberry, blackberry, rose, and raspberry.They’re an extremely juicy citrus and usually heavy for their size. They can be used much like other oranges in marinades, salad dressings, jams, juices, and cocktails. They are delicious in salads, sauces, and in chicken or seafood dishes. But eaten out of hand is the best way to enjoy their sublime berry-like flavor.

The Cara Cara is high in vitamin C, fiber, vitamin A, folate, and potassium. The deep color also adds lycopene to the mix. Purchase those that are heavy for their size, have a fresh smell, and have no mold or spots. Store on the kitchen counter for up to 5 days, then in your refrigerator produce bin for a few days more. Eaten as soon after purchase is preferred.

You’ll find Cara Cara oranges and other citrus fruit at the Martinez Farmers’ Market from J&J Ramos Farms out of Hughson. You’ll also find a wide variety of citrus, including Cara Caras from Ken’s Top Notch of Fresno. Both farms bring fruit straight from their orchards to you, fresh-picked flavor intact. You won’t find better quality anywhere else.

Orange Marmalade
4 lbs Cara Cara oranges, about 8 oranges

3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

4 cups sugar

Using a vegetable peeler or knife, carefully remove peel from 3 or 4 oranges. Using sharp knife, remove any white pith from peel. Cut peel into extremely thin slices; set aside. Remove peel from the remaining oranges; discard peel. Remove white membranes and seeds from oranges. Cut oranges into small pieces.

In 3-quart saucepan, place orange pieces, lemon juice and sugar. Heat to boiling over medium-high heat, stirring frequently. Once boiling, reduce heat to medium; simmer about 45 minutes.

Meanwhile, in 1-quart saucepan, place orange peel slices; cover with water. Heat to boiling. Cook about 4 minutes; drain. Add orange peel slices to orange marmalade mixture during last few minutes of simmering.

Ladle marmalade into sterilized jars. Top with sterilized lids/rims. Boil (“process”) jars in a large pot for 10 minutes. (Water should cover tops of jars.) Carefully remove jars from water bath. Place jars on kitchen towel, being careful the jars do not touch each other. Listen to the “pop” of lids to ensure they are sealed. Cool completely before storing.

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Obituary: Wilhelmus Gerardus “Bill” Vanderklugt (1940-2019) https://martineztribune.com/2019/12/22/obituary-wilhelmus-gerardus-bill-vanderklugt-1940-2019%ef%bb%bf/ https://martineztribune.com/2019/12/22/obituary-wilhelmus-gerardus-bill-vanderklugt-1940-2019%ef%bb%bf/#respond Sun, 22 Dec 2019 20:11:08 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=13713 Bill Vanderklugt was born in Noordwijkerhout, Netherlands. The son of a baker and one of 14 siblings, he immigrated to the United States in 1958 where he met and married “Bep,” his beautiful wife of 57 years. The couple became United States citizens in 1972 and lived in Lodi, Sacramento, Manteca and finally Martinez where they raised …

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Bill Vanderklugt was born in Noordwijkerhout, Netherlands. The son of a baker and one of 14 siblings, he immigrated to the United States in 1958 where he met and married “Bep,” his beautiful wife of 57 years. The couple became United States citizens in 1972 and lived in Lodi, Sacramento, Manteca and finally Martinez where they raised three children. 

Bill worked his entire professional career in the dairy industry, milking cows, delivering door to door, having his own milk drive-ins and finally 23 years with Berkeley Farms where he became affectionately known as the “Milkman.” In retirement, Bill found great enjoyment in nature, traveling, woodworking, camping, fishing and sports. He was an avid gardener and had been featured in local publications for his spectacular garden floral displays.

He is preceded in death by his parents Johannes and Alida VanderKlugt. Siblings Riet (Joop), Coby (Frans), Jaap (Nel), Mien (Gerard), Jo, Piet, Wim, (Piet), Rina, and grandson Daniel Shapiro Jr. He is survived by his loving wife Elisabeth “Bep” VanderKlugt. Children John (Cathy), Doreen (Dan), Michael (Sheri). Grandchildren, Nicolaas, Lucas, Kaitlin, Elisabeth, Matthew, Christopher, Michaela, Robert and Nathan. Siblings and large extended family to include Jan (Riek), (Henny), Lida, Truus, Vic (Alga), Lord (Suus), (Kees & Kathleen), many nieces and nephews and in-laws.

Prayer services to be held on Friday, December 27, 2019 at 11:00 am (Cake and refreshments to follow) at Queen of Heaven Cemetery, 1965 Reliez Valley Road, Lafayette, CA 94549.

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Contra Costa Animal Services Offering $5 Pet Adoptions this weekend https://martineztribune.com/2019/12/11/contra-costa-animal-services-offering-5-adoptions/ https://martineztribune.com/2019/12/11/contra-costa-animal-services-offering-5-adoptions/#respond Thu, 12 Dec 2019 02:21:37 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=13692 Contra Costa Animal Services (CCAS) will be offering $5 adoptions of all animals on Friday, December 13th and Saturday, December 14th, as part of the Bissell Pet Foundation’s “Holiday Hope” adoption campaign. The goal of this promotion is to bring holiday hope to homeless pets in Contra Costa County by finding loving homes for them …

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Contra Costa Animal Services (CCAS) will be offering $5 adoptions of all animals on Friday, December 13th and Saturday, December 14th, as part of the Bissell Pet Foundation’s “Holiday Hope” adoption campaign. The goal of this promotion is to bring holiday hope to homeless pets in Contra Costa County by finding loving homes for them through this promotion.

Through this partnership with the Bissell Pet Foundation, CCAS will join 110 shelters in 22 different states offering reduced fee adoptions to adopt as many pets possible this weekend.

“To permanently end the homeless pet problem, everyone across the country needs to understand that there are beautiful, worthy animals in shelters who should be the first choice when bringing a pet into your home,” said Cathy Bissell, Founder of the Bissell Pet Foundation. “You will get the most loving pet who will literally change your life because it’s so grateful to be loved. I want every person to know they can be part of the solution if they adopt a shelter pet.”

 The $5 adoption special includes most fees associated with adopting an animal, including: adoption fees, spay/neuter, micro-chipping and vaccination (avg. cost of adoption is between $104-$284). However, new adopters will be required to license their animal.

Interested adopters can take advantage of this free adoption promotion by visiting CCAS’ Martinez and Pinole adoption centers to meet our animals and adopt their new family member. To view available pets online, please visit www.ccasd.org.

CCAS Adoption Locations

Martinez Adoption Center – 4800 Imhoff Pl., Martinez, CA 94553

Pinole Adoption Center – 910 San Pablo Ave., Pinole, CA 94564

For more information, contact Steve Burdo at 925-393-6836, or by email at steve.burdo@asd.cccounty.us

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Redwood Regional Park Renamed After 1st Female Board Member https://martineztribune.com/2019/12/04/redwood-regional-park-renamed-after-1st-female-board-member/ https://martineztribune.com/2019/12/04/redwood-regional-park-renamed-after-1st-female-board-member/#respond Thu, 05 Dec 2019 05:03:02 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=13641 Coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote, the East Bay Regional Park District is honoring one of its earliest champions of parks and open space by renaming Redwood Regional Park after Aurelia Reinhardt. Official action to rename the park to Dr. Aurelia Reinhardt Redwood Regional Park …

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Coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote, the East Bay Regional Park District is honoring one of its earliest champions of parks and open space by renaming Redwood Regional Park after Aurelia Reinhardt. Official action to rename the park to Dr. Aurelia Reinhardt Redwood Regional Park was approved on October 15, 2019, by the Park District’s Board of Directors.

 

Dr. Aurelia Henry Reinhardt was an important and remarkable woman from the Bay Area, born in San Francisco, and residing in Oakland with her family. Her significant contributions played a substantial role in the formation of the East Bay Regional Park District in 1934. She was one of five original board members – and the only woman – elected to represent the newly-founded Park District on its first Board of Directors. During her tenure, the Park District negotiated its first land purchase, which created the first three parks: Tilden, Temescal, and Sibley parks. A lover of redwood trees, she later worked to acquire property that would become Redwood Regional Park. The park’s redwood grove, Aurelia Reinhardt Redwoods, already bears her name.

“Aurelia had a long history of public service and advocacy for human and environmental rights,” said Park District Director Dee Rosario, who initiated the renaming. “She was an amazing woman whose legacy is still alive today in the Park District’s 73 Regional Parks and 125,000 acres of preserved open space.”

Redwood Regional Park, Oakland Hills, California

 

A college educated woman in the graduating class of 1898 at the University of California, Berkeley, she went on to earn her Ph.D. from Yale in 1905, an untraditional feat for women at the time. Dr. Reinhardt was a tireless community leader and supporter of parks not only in the East Bay but also nationally. She was elected president of Mills College in Oakland, the only women’s college on the west coast, building opportunities for women and lifting the school’s reputation through two World Wars and the Great Depression. She served as president of Mills College from 1916 to 1943.

The now-publicly-named Reinhardt Redwood Regional Park is one of the Park District’s most popular parks and receives 1.4 million visitors per year.

“As we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the women’s suffrage movement in 2020, it is fitting for our nationally-recognized Park District to highlight Aurelia Reinhardt, a remarkable environmentally and socially conscious woman from Oakland,” said Park District General Manager Robert Doyle.

A public recognition celebration to rename Redwood in honor of Aurelia Reinhardt will be held at a later date.

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Raving about Roots as a side for your Thanksgiving meal https://martineztribune.com/2019/10/21/raving-about-roots-as-a-side-for-your-thanksgiving-meal/ Mon, 21 Oct 2019 21:04:13 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=13520 BY DEBRA J. MORRIS The backbone of a really delicious Thanksgiving meal should include root vegetables. Roasted root vegetables, mashed parsnips or turnips, creamy potato gratins, pies, and other dishes make an amazing flavorful addition to your meal. Whether roots are behind the scenes as additions to stuffing or the center of attention as a …

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BY DEBRA J. MORRIS

The backbone of a really delicious Thanksgiving meal should include root vegetables. Roasted root vegetables, mashed parsnips or turnips, creamy potato gratins, pies, and other dishes make an amazing flavorful addition to your meal. Whether roots are behind the scenes as additions to stuffing or the center of attention as a side or main course, don’t forget to stop by the farmers’ market and bring home a basket full of roots for fresh Thanksgiving recipes.

 

Root vegetables include carrots, onions, parsnips, turnips, beets, onions, and more. Because their edible parts grow underground, other vegetables are loosely categorized as root vegetables. These include potatoes and sweet potatoes, onions, and garlic whose roots produce tubers that are parts of the plant’s stems.

The root part of a plant is the nutritional storage unit. These “storage containers” are where the starches and sugars that the plant produces are and this is also where they hold the nutrients. The humble root vegetable has an undeserved reputation for being dull and bland. While they may look unassuming, root vegetables may surprise you with tastes that range from slightly bitter to pleasantly sweet. Plus, they have a heartiness that’s great for cool days.

You’ll find amazing roots at Tu Universo Farms from Watsonville, Jacob’s Farm out of Los Banos, and J&M Farms from Hollister. Their freshness and flavor cannot be matched, nor the fact that you know where they come from. Carrots, potatoes, beets, and more are here to enjoy. Dig in!

Roasted Root Vegetable Soup
1 each, carrot, potato, onion, and parsnip or turnip
2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
4 cups vegetable or chicken broth
4 cups water
Fresh parsley, chopped

Chop and peel vegetables, toss with olive oil, salt and pepper, and roast at 400°F for 30 to 35 minutes. In a large pot add roasted vegetables, water, and broth. Heat through until vegetables are of desired softness. Taste and season. Add parsley just before serving. Recipe: PCFMA Staff

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Obituary: Rita Theresa Martin (1935-2019) https://martineztribune.com/2019/09/20/obituary-rita-theresa-martin-1935-2019%ef%bb%bf/ Sat, 21 Sep 2019 00:54:56 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=13219 Rita Martin passed away peacefully on September 17, 2019 at her home in Martinez at the age of 83, surrounded by her family after a brief fight with cancer. Rita was born in San Francisco and was a graduate of Immaculate Conception Academy. Shortly after graduation Rita began her career in bookkeeping at Purity Stores …

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Rita Martin passed away peacefully on September 17, 2019 at her home in Martinez at the age of 83, surrounded by her family after a brief fight with cancer.

Rita was born in San Francisco and was a graduate of Immaculate Conception Academy. Shortly after graduation Rita began her career in bookkeeping at Purity Stores in San Francisco where she met her lifelong friends Joan Holzhausen and Ann Smith. She continued bookkeeping where she made many wonderful friends until her retirement in 2001.

 

Rita loved life and spending time with her many dear family and friends. She enjoyed traveling, including her travel to Ireland to visit her many relatives. She loved to spoil family and friends by cooking, sharing lovely meals and bringing sweet treats to any gathering or party. She faithfully attended sporting events, school plays and celebrations with her adored grandsons.

Rita will be dearly missed by many but mostly by her family. Her children Elizabeth and her husband Pete, Katherine and her partner Patrick Ryan, Michael and his wife Joy and especially her adored grandsons Cooper and Riley Timmerman and Daniel and Joseph Martin. She will be remembered by many friends, including all the special Russian River ladies, her dear friend from the age of 16, Lillian Sullivan, her friend Barbara Davies and all her many friends from Bingo at the Pleasant Hill and Martinez Senior Centers.

Rita was preceded in death by her parents Margaret and Humphrey Lynch and her beloved brothers Daniel and John Lynch. A service will be held on Tuesday, September 24 at 10:00 am at Christ the King Catholic Church, at 199 Brandon Road, Pleasant Hill CA. A luncheon following the mass will be held at Boundary Oak Golf Course in Walnut Creek.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, Hospice East Bay or a charity of your choice.

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DeSaulnier condemns Trump for revoking CA’s Auto Standards https://martineztribune.com/2019/09/17/desaulnier-condemns-trump-for-revoking-cas-auto-standards/ Tue, 17 Sep 2019 23:11:04 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=13182 Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11) joined Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) in condemning the Trump Administration’s reported intention to formally rescind California’s ability to set its own automobile emissions standards today. In response to the Trump Administration’s announcement of its intent to roll back current fuel standards in 2018, Congressman DeSaulnier and Senator Harris introduced companion …

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Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11) joined Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) in condemning the Trump Administration’s reported intention to formally rescind California’s ability to set its own automobile emissions standards today. In response to the Trump Administration’s announcement of its intent to roll back current fuel standards in 2018, Congressman DeSaulnier and Senator Harris introduced companion resolutions asserting California’s authority to set its own standards and supporting the current One National Program. The resolutions are set to be reintroduced this week.

The Clean Air Act waiver was first enacted in 1970 and allows California to adopt its own emissions standards so long as they are at least as stringent as the federal standard. In 1977, other states were allowed to adopt California’s emissions standards. In revoking California’s waiver, the Administration prevents California and 13 other states from creating their own standards to help reduce harmful pollutants and slow the progression of climate change.

Under the Obama Administration, federal fuel economy standards were made comparable to those set by the California Air Resources Board (CARB), thereby creating the current One National Program. The CARB standards have since been adopted by 13 other states, accounting for over 35 percent of the U.S. auto market, and are on track to reduce America’s oil dependence by more than 2 million barrels a day – effectively eliminating the impact of 59 million vehicles from the road by 2030. The Administration’s impending rollback of these fuel standards could undo what some deem to be the country’s most important climate achievement—the doubling of vehicle fuel efficiency to about 55 miles per gallon by 2025.

“The Trump Administration’s attack on California and the thirteen other states that have adopted their own emissions standards is an affront to democracy and the Clean Air Act,” said Congressman DeSaulnier. “It is vital that states be able to create their own standards that will help fight against climate change and its effects, like the increased incidences of wildfires, hurricanes, and other natural disasters. We will not sit idly by while the Administration dismantles key features of our nation’s environmental protections.”

“For decades, California has been a leader in the fight against climate change because we understand that it represents an existential threat to our nation. But the administration is now taking an unprecedented step to undermine California’s authority to set its own ambitious standards that combat air pollution and protect our right to breathe clean air,” said Harris. “Let’s be perfectly clear: this was not a decision based in scientific fact or made in the best interest of our nation’s future. The current administration has put a target on California’s back and sought only to score political points by attacking our state. I am absolutely committed to fighting for California’s waiver authority and policies to reduce emissions from transportation that will preserve the health of our planet, spur innovation, and keep our families healthy.”

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