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What brings you to Martinez? What do you like best about the city?

Interviews and photographs by CLAIRE PULKOWNIK and GERARDO RECINOS Christine, 50, Juror “Today there was a woman from the historical society who came and she gave a little talk about Martinez, and I think that’s part of what gave me the impression too, of this community effort (to get more …

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Friends of Pine Meadow offer open letter

Friends and neighbors, The lawsuit brought against us by DeNova Homes, Christine Dean and Civic Martinez, LLC has been identified by our lawyers as a SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation) suit. The sole intent of this suit is to intimidate us and scare us and the rest of the …

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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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Unions endorse AnaMarie Avila Farias

The Contra Costa County Deputy Sheriffs Association, Firefighters Local 1230, and the Martinez and Pinole Police Officers Associations have all endorsed Martinez City Councilmember AnaMarie Avila Farias in her bid for the Contra Costa Board of Supervisors seat in District 5. These endorsements are the latest in a series for …

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Pine Meadow: from golf to goats

Martinez’ iconic Pine Meadows Golf Course of the recent past now stands on the dismal abyss of becoming an unwanted, unneeded, unethically wrangled housing project. From my perspective, the machination reportedly being carried out by city officials in cahoots with a “wannabe” building code manipulator in order to excavate, black …

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Duncans: Stop the demolition of old jail, historic homes

Dear Mayor Schroder and City Council Members, Late last year it was rumored that the County was investigating demolishing several County-owned buildings in the downtown area which are no longer needed. This past February it was revealed that this proposal included the old Historic County Jail, the newer Jail Annex …

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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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Henderson responds to Fish letter

Response to Hamilton Fish (see the Dec. 25, 2015, edition of the Martinez Tribune): Your outlook that includes a historic Martinez is refreshing. As one who remembers and fought three present members of council a decade ago who were bent on an RDA and destroying the current built environment, and …

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‘What is the price of progress?’

There won’t be any Pine Meadow voter referendum before the Martinez electorate this fall. Actually, the vote was envisioned as a cut-and-dried yay or nay vote. Change the existing open space use designation in the (now aging) general plan to allow a proposed housing development to proceed on the Dean’s …

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Fish on Pine Meadows: ‘One third’ makes sense

The packed City Council meeting on Pine Meadows shows beyond question that citizens care about the place. The City Council voted to send the current proposal back to the drawing board. The applicant seems to agree. The right approach should seek compromise. On the one hand, the owners have some …

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