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The collateral damage of austerity

Robert Koehler (pictured above) rejects the status quo, using his column to expose hidden truths about policy and society. His column gives a searing portrayal of the world from an outsider's perspective, and his bold views help define the debate on a wide range of subjects, including war, education and ethics. Koehler forces readers to pick a side and get in the conversation. (ON FILE)

By ROBERT C. KOEHLER Tribune Content Agency “Officials in France and in Brussels said on Monday that they were unhappy and dumbfounded with the no vote, but let it be known that they would hold the door open to the possibility of a compromise between Greece and its creditors.” Dumbfounded? ...

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City to host free Water Conservation Essentials workshop


The great California drought is here. In response to the serious water shortage, the State of California has mandated a 25 percent reduction in overall water consumption. The city of Martinez is following suit and asking residents to practice water conservation. To help residents do their best at saving water, the ...

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National Park Service to host free Campfire program

John Muir National Historic Site

Join the National Park Service for a free campfire program on Saturday, July 11, 2015, at John Muir National Historic Site (NHS) in Martinez, California. The program begins at 7 p.m. and lasts roughly 1 1/2 hours. Rangers will lead the group in songs, skits and stories to celebrate the legacy of ...

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What’s next for California’s contentious vaccine law

JULIA HOROWITZ Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a hotly contested California bill to impose one of the strictest school vaccination laws in the country in the wake of an outbreak of measles at Disneyland late last year. The following is a look at what ...

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Thompson, Lee express concerns over impact of Thunder Road closure

Congressman Mike Thompson, District 5. (COURTESY / On File)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Reps. Mike Thompson (CA-5) and Barbara Lee (CA-13) lead a letter to Sutter Health expressing their concerns over the impact of the potential closure of the Thunder Road Adolescent Treatment Center in Oakland, California. The letter was cosigned by 18 Members of Congress from Northern California ...

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Area landscapers honored at 2015 Beautification Awards

Past the Gate, a Martinez-based landscaping company, was recently awarded the Judges Award at the California Landscape Contractors Association 2015 Beautification Awards. Past the Gate won with this entry (shown above) that was completed for the Lammle family in Pleasanton. (COURTESY / On File)

The East Bay chapter of the California Landscape Contractors Association (CLCA), which spans all of Alameda and Contra Costa counties, recently held the 2015 Beautification Awards honoring 12 local landscape contractors for excellence in landscape installation and maintenance, and demonstrating the best quality, construction, originality and attention to detail on projects completed within the last ...

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