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Chief’s Message: February report focuses on vehicle thefts

By MANJIT SAPPAL Martinez Chief of Police I wanted to focus this newsletter on the increase in auto thefts we have seen over the last few months. One of the most commonly stolen vehicles has been the Ford F series trucks, both the F-250 and the F-350. It appears that …

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‘Why is council not respecting will of people?’

In the November 2016 election Martinez voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition 64 (Legalizing Recreational Cannabis). According to the County Election Department, the Martinez vote was 63 percent to 37 percent to approve the proposition. So why is the City Council not respecting the loud voice of their constituents? The Council is …

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Fire Marshall on portable heater safety

Portable electric space heaters can be a convenient source of supplemental heat for your home in cold weather. Unfortunately, they can pose significant fire and electric shock hazards if not used properly. Fire and electrical hazards can be caused by space heaters without adequate safety features, space heaters placed near …

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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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Lessons at the City level …

By E. CLARK Martinez Tribune LAST WEEK’S (Jan. 18) City Council meeting was brutal, lasting till nearly 2 a.m. As the hours ticked on, I became so frustrated by what I perceived to be a total waste of time that I actually called out “Time?” after one man decided his …

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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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