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Audit results could cost city $420,000 a year

Report states 92 Martinez employees must begin paying into Social Security By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) officials have said an audit shows 92 Martinez employees must begin paying into Social Security. However, city officials are contemplating an appeal of that …

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Oh my God, Joe DiMaggio!

By KRISTIN HENDERSON Special to the Tribune Vince Ferrante of Pittsburg writes: “In 1978 when I was 13 … Dad took me to Amato’s bar to visit his cousin Vince who was working. … Vince Amato asked me if I liked baseball … he then asked me if I would …

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Fire produces smoke, little damage at Martinez Junior High School

By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – A fire reported Sunday at Martinez Junior High School, 1600 Court St., alarmed neighbors because of rising smoke, but was confined to an “extremely small spot of the campus, Contra Costa County Fire Protection District Fire Marshal Robert Marshall said Monday. …

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Oregon college shooting affects Diablo Valley College

Local college to receive training from police while U.S. Rep. Mike Thompson presses Congress to change gun laws By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune The tragic shooting last week at Umpqua Community College (UCC) in Roseburg, Oregon, has drawn reaction from both Diablo Valley College (DVC) officials as well as …

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Antioch man faces felony charges after traffic stop

By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – An Antioch man has been booked into the Martinez Detention Facility, 1000 Ward St., after Martinez Police made a traffic stop early Saturday in the 3500 block of Pacheco Boulevard, Lt. Aaron Roth said. “During the traffic stop, the driver of …

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Martinez readies for El Niño

Council receives water-saving lesson By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – Martinez city employees have taken measures to prepare for anticipated heavy “El Niño” rains, Martinez City Council heard Wednesday night. Meanwhile, because California is still suffering from a four-year drought and Governor Jerry Brown has mandated water …

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Don Henley takes ‘Cass County’ country to San Francisco

By DANIEL GLUSKOTER Special to the Martinez Tribune Taking a break from flying with the Eagles for close to 45 years, Don Henley’s long dalliance with country music has produced “Cass County,” his first new solo album in 15 years and the start of a brief 15-date tour which brought …

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Harvick wins, Gordon still in championship Chase

By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune Winning “straightforward” race Sunday keeps Bakersfield native and reigning Sprint Cup champion Kevin Harvick in this season’s Chase for the Championship. Meanwhile, Vallejo native Jeff Gordon also progresses into the next phase of NASCAR’s version of elimination playoffs. Harvick dominated the AAA 400 in …

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Hit & run victim in critical condition; suspect arrested

By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – A motorist has been arrested and an accident victim remains in critical condition after a vehicle collided Saturday afternoon with a pedestrian in a wheelchair in the intersection of Alhambra Avenue and Virginia Hills Drive, Cpl. Mike Estanol said. Martinez Police …

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Sloppy second half dooms Alhambra football

By GERARDO RECINOS Martinez Tribune A formula for the amount of yardage flagged by officials is still in the works so we can’t quantify it quite yet, but make no mistake – it had an effect on the Bulldogs on Friday night. For the opening 30 minutes of the Oct. …

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