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Mayor Schroder: ‘Hopefully, we’ll have a break … to recover’

By ROB SCHRODER Mayor of Martinez Just a little over a week into the new year and Martinez experienced its first flood in a decade. After days and days of heavy rains saturating the surrounding hills and several king tides, Alhambra Creek surpassed its capacity to drain the watershed, and …

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Hop Talk: Vanilla Bean Porter, ‘Morning Selfie’

By ELI MORGAN Special to the Tribune Vanilla Bean Porter, 5.9 percent Alcohol by Volume (ABV), Stone Brewing Company, Escondido, California, and Richmond, Virginia This fairly new offering from Stone is real state-of-the-art brewing. It’s exceptionally good because it’s exceptionally brewed. A dark-colored vanilla tea with a huge, bountiful bouquet …

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Hemp Talk: A marijuana forum & review

By JOHN STONE Special to the Tribune “Sherbert,” by Mr. Roper It looks like little purple octopuses in a bag. It smells like fresh cut purple lavender flower blossoms in Provence, France, in the spring. It is as dense as an adobe brick. It tastes like a purple marijuana-flavored Jolly …

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Mayor’s Message: City looks forward to prosperous new year

By ROB SCHRODER Martinez Mayor As 2016 comes to a close, I have been looking back over the accomplishments of the last year and looking forward to 2017. After several years of interim city managers, Martinez had the good fortune of attracting one of the best and most seasoned city …

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December 2016: Message from Chief of Police

BY MANJIT SAPPAL Martinez Police Chief As we enter into the winter season we are keenly aware that auto burglaries, auto thefts, and even residential burglaries increase. We get more people visiting shopping centers and consequently, burglars use this to their advantage by breaking into cars. Some of the auto …

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Regarding the Oakland ‘Ghost Ship’ warehouse fire

We are devastated that this happened, and our hearts go out to the victims, families of the victims of this fire and to the responders who continue to deal with this incident on a daily basis. In our nation’s history, there have been many fire incidents that have shocked us. …

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Message from the Chief of Police: November 2016

BY MANJIT SAPPAL Martinez Police Chief Over the last month we have received several concerns about crime and traffic related issues across the city. In many of the cases we learned that our dispatch center was never called about the activity. It is extremely important that we work together to …

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You’re welcome, Mr. Kaepernick

By MICHAEL GOFF Recently an op-ed article was published in the West Hawaii Today (Sept. 2) by self-avowed liberal progressive Elizabeth Thompson. Ms. Thompson defends the backup quarterback of the 49ers, Colin Kaepernick, who sits during the national anthem in protest and who feels, “he cannot honor a flag with …

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New officers sworn in; two canines to be added to patrol

By MANJIT SAPPAL Martinez Chief of Police Swearing in ceremony We added to our staff this month, with the hiring of another police officer, Eric Broussard, who was sworn in on April 18, 2016. Officer Broussard recently graduated from the police academy and we welcome him to the City of …

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‘It’s a Koala Day’: O’Bryant ranks year’s biggest fools

By MC O’Bryant Special to the Tribune April Fools! It’s a holiday! No! No! “April Fools,” is not a holiday. Its a Koala Day! A neologism inspired by the oft mislabeled, but non-the-less, adorable furry-eared marsupial, the Australian Koala Bear, which is, of course, not really a bear at all. …

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