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City says sixteen buildings still unreinforced

Two demolition permit applications turned into city thus far MARTINEZ, Calif. – The deadline to retrofit unreinforced masonry (URM) buildings in Martinez has come and gone, and according to City officials, 16 properties stand in non-compliance of the Seismic Hazard Retrofit Ordinance. The ordinance, passed in 2009, gave owners of …

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Smoke but no fire – locally, at least

By GERARDO RECINOS Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – Residents and visitors in Martinez and surrounding areas may have noticed a grey curtain partially obscuring sunny skies this past week. After a weekend where daytime temperatures soared in the high 90s and even touched triple digits on more than one occasion, …

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Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Deputy drowns during off-duty rescue

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Flags are being flown at half mast in Martinez after a sheriff’s deputy that served the community perished during an off-duty water rescue at Lake Tahoe today. The Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff was informed on Thursday by the South Lake Tahoe Police Department that …

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Logan visits Wizard World Comic Con

By LOGAN W. Special to the Tribune Let’s talk about Wizard World Comic Con in Sacramento, California – the most exciting event I have ever witnessed. There were so many characters all around me. These people spend so many hours on their costumes and do an awesome job of making …

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‘Ricki and The Flash’ one bipolar picture

By JAMIE JOBB Special to the Martinez Tribune Those of us who knew Jonathan Demme in high school recall his undaunted enthusiasm, his fierce concentration, his persistent predisposition toward compelling sounds and sights – traits that over the next half century would fuel his development as one of the world’s …

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The mysterious giants and the wall of Contra Costa County

By OLAV PHILLIPS Special to the Martinez Tribune Many people in our area may not know this, but there is an ancient enigmatic structure which haunts our East Bay halls.  It’s a rock wall which stands three feet high and extends at least another three feet into the ground, and …

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City Manager Rob Braulik working ‘full steam ahead’ for City of Martinez

MARTINEZ, Calif. – He may be new to the city, but he’s no stranger to challenges facing Martinez. A mere four months on the job and new City Manager Rob Braulik is already working his way through numerous projects that could affect the city for years to come. Braulik, selected …

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Local organization helps keep cat population down

By JULIE LINFORD Special to the Tribune As anyone who has worked with or volunteered for a small nonprofit organization knows, it takes a lot of work to be successful! In our first eight years, our organization, Outcast Cat Help, Trapped-Neutered-Returned (TNR) over 1,500 cats in Contra Costa County. TNR …

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Manjit Sappal selected as top candidate for Martinez Police Chief

At the Aug. 19 meeting of the Martinez City Council, the Council is set to approve an employment agreement with Manjit Sappal to be the next City of Martinez Police Chief. Sappal has over 20 years of law enforcement experience, starting his career with the Pittsburg Police Department as a …

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John Muir Land Trust to host star gazing event Tuesday

MARTINEZ, Calif. – The stars are aligned for another stellar Star Gazing event on Tuesday evening, Aug. 18, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at John Muir Land Trust’s Fernandez Ranch, a permanently protected 702-acre natural area. This popular event, sponsored by John Muir Land Trust (JMLT) in partnership with the Mt. Diablo …

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