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7 Things to Know About Cannabis Possession in California

BY HELEN LAME´ On January 1, 2018, California’s recreational marijuana laws came into force. With this, it became the sixth American state to sell marijuana to people 21 years or older. It also means that no one will need to go in to a store with a doctor’s prescription to …

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Part 5: Happy 100th Birthday City Hall Building!

By KRISTIN HENDERSON Special to the Tribune Gentle Reader:  You have inspired me in this, the 100th year of 525 Henrietta Street to nominate, and hopefully list on the National Register of Historic Places, the City of Martinez Grammar School/City Hall. Is that not a nice birthday present?  In 1992, Page …

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Part 4: Happy Birthday Martinez City Hall!

By KRISTIN HENDERSON Special to the Tribune NOTE: The following is Part 4 of several installments on Martinez City Hall. Many thanks to retired Deputy City Clerk Mercy Cabral for setting me up with these records and lazerfiche. In 1950, the City of Martinez sold its 1912 City Hall that …

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The Architecture Around Us – Part 3: Architects Stone & Wright

By KRISTIN HENDERSON Special to the Tribune NOTE: The following is Part 3 of several installments on Martinez City Hall. Sssshhhhhh!!! We are in the hallowed stacks of San Francisco Public Library’s 6th floor History Room. Here we find lots about our City Hall/Grammar School building’s architects: Stone & Wright. …

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‘Trust of the mayor?’

I recall something about (Mayor Rob) Schroder’s comments when he made appointments last year and I am glad the writer in the letter, “Mayor Not to be Trusted,” remembered it in detail. Now, Schroder has struck again. Last week, once more he violated what he said he would do. He …

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‘Mayor not to be trusted’

I was in the process of writing the following letter honoring our Mayor until Rob Schroder announced that he will seek reelection in 2018: Mayor Schroder should be complemented for his announcement last year that he will not run again for Mayor.  It is in line with the policy he …

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Park It: Earth Day celebrations

By NED MacKAY Special to the Tribune Earth Day, an annual re-dedication to environmental preservation and protection, first celebrated in 1970, will be marked again this year by special events in several East Bay Regional Parks. At Coyote Hills Regional Park in Fremont, “reduce, reuse and recycle” will be the …

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Happy 100th birthday Martinez City Hall!

By KRISTIN HENDERSON Special to the Tribune NOTE: The following is Part 1 of several installments on Martinez City Hall. The building where we visit the police department, pay our water bills, submit our building plans, and attend public meetings began its life in 1917 as a Grammar School. I …

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The Architecture Around Us: Who cares about an old jail?

By KRISTIN HENDERSON Special to the Tribune Historic architecture does more than indicate time passed. Downtown Martinez’s identity springs from its buildings and the dialogue between them that creates a skyline like the scales of a George Gershwin tune. Obliterate the Old Jail, and Contra Costa’s best governmental historic resource …

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