Martinez – Martinez Tribune https://martineztribune.com The website of the Martinez Tribune. Mon, 15 May 2017 15:39:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.1 Part 4: Happy Birthday Martinez City Hall! https://martineztribune.com/2017/05/05/part-4-happy-birthday-martinez-city-hall/ Fri, 05 May 2017 08:04:09 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=7268 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 stood where now the creek …

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An old picture from the “Martinez Standard” newspaper of the 1912 City Hall, which sat about where the creek meets Main Street. (ON FILE)
An old picture from the “Martinez Standard” newspaper of the 1912 City Hall, which sat about where the creek meets Main Street. (ON FILE)

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 stood where now the creek meets Main Street and took up temporary digs. Meanwhile, a State audit deemed the Grammar School building not up to modern standards for education, even though the 1917 school was in a U-shape plan to maximize ventilation and light, according to Post-Victorian edicts. It was designed for K-5 in nine or 10 classrooms in two projecting wings. It was erected with wood and in the auditorium, steel columns and beams. But when it came up for sale, the City vied with the Catholic Church for the purchase of the building.

Where the police and building departments are today were open but covered areas with skylights. There was a mezzanine on the east side above the  auditorium. There was a low wall with an iron fencing that met in the middle for the iron gate that let students into the front courtyard. Around 1928, two school rooms were added to the upper west corner of 525 Henrietta St. Photographs from this time also show play structures, trees, and shrubs in the courtyard.

When the City of Martinez took over the building, it began to partition the classrooms into offices, remove original wood work, and plaster walls. By the time of the 1993 fought-for historically-sensitive seismic upgrade, what was left of the interior integrity was found mostly in the Council Chambers and those two 1928 second story classrooms with their wood trim, black boarding, chair railings, etc. Council Chambers retains its original plaster, including capitals (those ornate square columns with pretty tops that stick out of the walls), box beam ceiling, and molding around the school stage.

A 1920 rendering of Martinez Grammar School. (ON FILE)
A 1920 rendering of Martinez Grammar School. (ON FILE)

The 1993 renovation said goodbye to the original stair case, fountain and greenery in the courtyard, a door to the Police Department, which is now bricked over, and a few other things. In their place came a seismically sound building, a 15 percent expansion of the second floor (the stuccoed parts up there), replacement of some historic elements; ADA compliant ramps, bathrooms, and elevator; first floor now all even level to match a courtyard raised above the 100 year flood plane, and better work spaces and work flow for City workers.

And yet, Mario Menesini could still exclaim, “I went to school here!” Check in next time when we wrap up City Hall in the birthday paper it deserves.

Plans for the 1993 remodel of Martinez City Hall. (ON FILE)
Plans for the 1993 remodel of Martinez City Hall. (ON FILE)

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‘The Lady Bulldogs’ basketball program is in very good hands’ https://martineztribune.com/2017/04/06/the-lady-bulldogs-basketball-program-is-in-very-good-hands/ Fri, 07 Apr 2017 00:04:51 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=7015 Dear Editor: My wife Pat and I have been attending Alhambra High School sporting events for over 40 years. We began attending to watch our children play for various Alhambra teams many years ago, and more recently we have been coming to games to watch our grandchildren participate. Although we don’t have any family members …

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Dear Editor:

My wife Pat and I have been attending Alhambra High School sporting events for over 40 years. We began attending to watch our children play for various Alhambra teams many years ago, and more recently we have been coming to games to watch our grandchildren participate.

Although we don’t have any family members playing Lady Bulldogs’ basketball, this past winter we attended many girls’ hoops games and became big fans of the players and coaches. We were especially impressed by the job the varsity coaches, Jason Bautista and Corinne Rezentes, did this year. That the varsity girls improved from a 3-18 record in 2015-16 to a 22-5 record in 2016-17 obviously speaks to the great job Coach Bautista and Coach Rezentes are doing. But we were also impressed by the dignity and class Coach Bautista and Coach Rezentes always displayed. That wasn’t always the case with other teams’ coaches. Furthermore, Coach Bautista was always very kind to Pat and I when he would see us at games, and we are very appreciative of that.

The Lady Bulldogs’ basketball program is in very good hands.

Sincerely,

Byrdell Ortega

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Rick Hocker: ‘Are you good enough for God?’ https://martineztribune.com/2017/01/27/rick-hocker-are-you-good-enough-for-god/ Fri, 27 Jan 2017 18:28:45 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=6426 By RICK HOCKER Special to the Tribune Are you good enough for God? How good must one be to please God? How do you know if God is pleased with you? Does going to church earn us points with God? By the way, going to church isn’t one of the Ten Commandments. We are commanded …

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By RICK HOCKER
Special to the Tribune

Are you good enough for God? How good must one be to please God? How do you know if God is pleased with you? Does going to church earn us points with God? By the way, going to church isn’t one of the Ten Commandments. We are commanded to keep the Sabbath holy by not doing work on that day, but nothing is mentioned in that commandment about weekly attendance at church or temple. Have you kept the Sabbath holy by avoiding physical exertion? Okay, so what about the other commandments? Have you obeyed every commandment without fault, including the commandments about coveting? Does perfect compliance make you good enough for God?

I hope you see the problem here. Our perceived status with God varies depending on what measuring stick we use. The most common measuring stick is comparing ourselves to other people. “I’m not as bad as those people,” we might say. That’s a cop-out because we can always find someone who is less righteous than us. When I make myself righteous at the expense of others, that’s called self-righteousness. Jesus hung out with the unrighteous, not with the self-righteous. Awareness of our failure at being righteous is the beginning of true humility.

The proper measuring stick is God’s holiness. Leviticus 19:2 says, “You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy.” Isn’t God making an unreasonable demand of us? Let’s be realistic. Who can attain to the level of God’s holiness? No one can. And yet, that is the standard God uses. God imposes such a high standard because He wants us to realize that we can’t attain to it. Jesus says in Mark 10:18, “No one is good, except God alone.” Psalm 14:3 says, “No one does good, not even one.” Romans 3:23 says that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. By God’s standard, no one is righteous, no one measures up, no one is good enough.

But we need to feel good about ourselves. Our fragile self-esteem requires a positive self-view. We don’t want to be self-deprecating people who see themselves as miserable sinners. We want to believe we’re okay. The truth is we aren’t good enough, not even close. But we don’t have to be miserable about it.

If we could be good enough by our own efforts, then Jesus wasted his time on Earth. Jesus came because we weren’t good enough. God knew we weren’t good enough from the beginning. That’s why he sent Jesus. The human Jesus was the only one good enough for God. In him, God said He was well pleased. The divine Jesus fixed our problem of not being good enough.

1 Corinthians 1:30 says that Jesus has become our righteousness. His goodness becomes our goodness. We no longer have to be good enough because He is good enough. That’s one of the basic tenants of Christianity. The implications are wonderful. We don’t have to strive to please God because, in Christ, we are already acceptable to God. Our status with God isn’t based on our behavior, but based on our belief in Christ’s death in our behalf. We need not compare ourselves with others anymore. We are free from the pressures of guilt or fear in our relationship with God. No longer do we worry if God is displeased or fear whether God will punish us.

I struggled with how best to present this point, so if I sound too strong, it’s because this topic is the most important I’ve ever written about. So many people wonder if they are good enough to get into heaven. The answer will always be no. We will never be good enough. Jesus died so we don’t have to be good enough. Instead, we can have a relationship with God that supersedes such worries.

When guilt or fear assails us, we have a choice. We can justify ourselves before God based on our own merits. Or we can lean on Jesus. Jesus justifies us before the Father as our loving advocate. Our confidence need not rest in our goodness, but in God’s goodness. I want to trust in God’s goodness and not my own. For years, I condemned myself for failing God. Now, I understand that God accepts me unconditionally, not because I did anything right, but because Jesus brought me into a loving relationship with God.

For more information, visit www.rickhocker.com.

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Athlete of the Week: Nicki Rucki https://martineztribune.com/2017/01/13/athlete-of-the-week-nicki-rucki/ Fri, 13 Jan 2017 17:37:06 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=6327 ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: NICKI RUCKI Alhambra High School senior Nicki Rucki (1) is this week’s Tribune Athlete of the Week, sponsored by Matthew C. Rinn of State Farm. Rucki, who plays goalkeeper for the Lady Bulldog soccer team, had a solid week between the sticks, helping the Bulldogs keep a clean sheet in a …

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ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: NICKI RUCKI
Alhambra High School senior Nicki Rucki (1) is this week’s Tribune Athlete of the Week, sponsored by Matthew C. Rinn of State Farm.

Rucki, who plays goalkeeper for the Lady Bulldog soccer team, had a solid week between the sticks, helping the Bulldogs keep a clean sheet in a 1-0 win over Concord on Jan. 11.

The senior captain also gave the Bulldogs a great chance at beating the tough Las Lomas Knights on Friday, Jan. 13, with her six saves.

The Bulldogs lost that game 1-0, but Rucki’s six saves kept the Bulldogs in the game.

“With Nicki not there, they could’ve probably scored a couple of goals,” said coach Ed Marinelli of his keepers’ efforts.

On at least three occasions the senior shot-stopper was able to keep the Knights at bay in one-on-one opportunities in front of goal. That included saving a pair of efforts from goal scorer Haley Brown, who is a CSU Fullerton commit.

“She saved some point blank one-on-ones with their leading scorer (shooting on goal),” Marinelli said. “She kept us in the game the entire time and saved it from being two or three goals.”

Rucki has been playing at the varsity level since her freshman year, and has also played as a forward for the Bulldogs.

Matt-rinn

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Delegate election nears https://martineztribune.com/2016/12/30/delegate-election-nears/ Fri, 30 Dec 2016 09:00:51 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=6164 MARTINEZ, Calif. – Several Martinez residents have entered the race to become delegates for the California Democratic Party, with the election taking place Jan. 8, 2017. Delegates are selected at state or local levels, with the understanding they will represent their communities in voting for a Democratic nominee for the nation’s highest office, among other …

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cadem-logoMARTINEZ, Calif. – Several Martinez residents have entered the race to become delegates for the California Democratic Party, with the election taking place Jan. 8, 2017.

Delegates are selected at state or local levels, with the understanding they will represent their communities in voting for a Democratic nominee for the nation’s highest office, among other duties. They are selected every two years, whereupon seven women and seven men are chosen per area.

In Martinez, those in the running for an Assembly District 14 delegate seat include: Jim Araby, Ryan Apperson, Harry Baker, Edi Birsan, Gabriel Haaland, Dan Jameyson, Satinder Malhi, Amy Hines, AnaMarie Farias, Cheryll Grover, Sue Guest, Amy Slovick, and Sue Hamill.

Registered democrats in Assembly District 14, which includes areas of Concord, Martinez, Pittsburg and Vallejo, are encouraged to come out to vote on Jan. 8. The selection meeting will take place at 10 a.m. at 1308 Roman Way, Martinez.

Food, drink and voting help will be provided at the door.

For more information, call (925) 228-0161 or email joe@cclabor.net.

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Oct. 28, 2016: Where in Martinez? … https://martineztribune.com/2016/10/28/oct-28-2016-where-in-martinez/ https://martineztribune.com/2016/10/28/oct-28-2016-where-in-martinez/#comments Fri, 28 Oct 2016 08:13:08 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=5671 Where in Martinez is this artwork displayed? The first person to correctly identify the location will win two free tickets to Contra Costa Stadium Cinemas! Email admin@martineztribune.com or post your guesses in the comments section at http://martineztribune.com. Good luck! (“MAN ABOUT TOWN” JOHN GRUBKA / Martinez Tribune)

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Where in Martinez is this artwork displayed? The first person to correctly identify the location will win two free tickets to Contra Costa Stadium Cinemas! Email admin@martineztribune.com or post your guesses in the comments section at http://martineztribune.com. Good luck! (“MAN ABOUT TOWN” JOHN GRUBKA / Martinez Tribune)

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John Muir Land Trust recognized, accredited https://martineztribune.com/2016/08/26/john-muir-land-trust-recognized-accredited/ Fri, 26 Aug 2016 16:13:57 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=5025 MARTINEZ, Calif. – John Muir Land Trust (JMLT), with 2,500 acres under stewardship in Contra Costa County, announced Wednesday it has achieved national accreditation – a mark of distinction in land conservation. The Land Trust Accreditation Commission awarded accreditation, signifying its confidence that John Muir Land Trust’s lands will be protected forever. Land trusts around …

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MARTINEZ, Calif. – John Muir Land Trust (JMLT), with 2,500 acres under stewardship in Contra Costa County, announced Wednesday it has achieved national accreditation – a mark of distinction in land conservation. The Land Trust Accreditation Commission awarded accreditation, signifying its confidence that John Muir Land Trust’s lands will be protected forever.

Land trusts around the country work to preserve natural lands for open space protection and public enjoyment. Almost 15 million acres of farms, forests and natural areas vital to healthy communities – an area about the size of the state of West Virginia – are permanently conserved by an accredited land trust.

“Accreditation demonstrates John Muir Land Trust’s commitment to permanent land conservation in East Bay communities,” said Linus Eukel, JMLT’s executive director. “We’re an even stronger organization for having gone through the rigorous accreditation program, and primed to make our beautiful part of the world an even better place for us, for our children, and for the plant and animal communities with whom we share these lands. We’re excited to have achieved this milestone.”

JMLT protects and cares for open space, ranches, farms, parkland and shoreline in Contra Costa County. JMLT and its supporters have conserved 13 special places – beautiful landscapes permanently preserved for invaluable public benefits, including clean water and healthy outdoor recreation, ecological integrity and wildlife corridors, and spectacular scenic views. Popular places such as Fernandez Ranch, Acalanes Ridge, and Mount Wanda are among them.

John Muir Land Trust was one of 38 land trusts across the United States to achieve accreditation or to have accreditation renewed in August. JMLT joins the more than 350 accredited land trusts that demonstrate their commitment to professional excellence through accreditation, helping to maintain the public’s trust in their work.

“It is exciting to recognize John Muir Land Trust with this distinction,” said Tammara Van Ryn, executive director of the Commission. “Accredited land trusts stand together, united behind strong ethical standards ensuring the places people love will be conserved forever. This network of land trusts has demonstrated fiscal accountability, strong organizational leadership and lasting stewardship of conservation land.”

Each accredited land trust meets extensive documentation requirements and undergoes a comprehensive review as part of its accreditation application. The process is rigorous and strengthens land trusts so they can help landowners and communities achieve their goals.

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Martinez team kicks off tough tourney in Roseville https://martineztribune.com/2016/07/29/martinez-team-kicks-off-tough-tourney-in-roseville/ Fri, 29 Jul 2016 17:26:41 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=4794 ROSEVILLE, Calif. – 31 teams from throughout the Western United States head to Roseville this weekend for the 14u Class A Western National Championship hosted by the Greater Sacramento Softball Association (GSSA). That includes Martinez’s own Universal Sports Academy 12 & under girls. Yes that is correct. The Universal Fastpitch girls qualified for a tournament …

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The Universal Sports Academy 14 & and under Fastpitch team traveled to Roseville this week to play for the Class A Western National Championship in Roseville, California. Playing for the Universal Sports Academy team are Tianna Bell, Jordan Blackmon, Madelyn Chambers, Shannon Kelly, Iabella Mendoza, Kira Nilson, Ashley Pye, Bailey Sample, Izabela Sanchez-Rodriguez, Karen Sepulvedo, Adriana Vasquez, Cierra Yeagar, Grace Own, Kaleena Yra and Charity Dumpit. (COURTESY / On File)
The Universal Sports Academy 14 & and under Fastpitch team traveled to Roseville this week to play for the Class A Western National Championship in Roseville, California. Playing for the Universal Sports Academy team are Tianna Bell, Jordan Blackmon, Madelyn Chambers, Shannon Kelly, Iabella Mendoza, Kira Nilson, Ashley Pye, Bailey Sample, Izabela Sanchez-Rodriguez, Karen Sepulvedo, Adriana Vasquez, Cierra Yeagar, Grace Own, Kaleena Yra and Charity Dumpit. (COURTESY / On File)

ROSEVILLE, Calif. – 31 teams from throughout the Western United States head to Roseville this weekend for the 14u Class A Western National Championship hosted by the Greater Sacramento Softball Association (GSSA).

That includes Martinez’s own Universal Sports Academy 12 & under girls.

Yes that is correct. The Universal Fastpitch girls qualified for a tournament in the next age group when they came in second place in a tournament in Vallejo earlier this summer.

The girls will be competing with teams from all over the West Coast. Teams from Oregon, Washington, Colorado and California qualified with their local associations to enter the tournament.

The tournament itself kicked off on Monday, July 25, with opening ceremonies at Maidu Regional Park in Roseville. The Martinez girls, however, took the field on July 26 against California Breeze at 1 p.m.

On Wednesday evening, GSSA will host a special competition for athletes to participate in. The categories that will be available to compete in are around-the-horn, base running, pitching, hitting and throwing for accuracy.

Thursday through Saturday the teams will participate in double elimination games at Maidu and Foskett Park in Lincoln. Final games will all be played at Maidu on Saturday, July 30. The championship game is scheduled at 1 p.m.

Games are open to the public; no admission charged. For more tournament information, visit sacramentoasa.org. GSSA can be found on Facebook under Sacramento ASA and on Twitter as @SacramentoGSSA.

Playing for the Universal Sports Academy team are Tianna Bell, Jordan Blackmon, Madelyn Chambers, Shannon Kelly, Iabella Mendoza, Kira Nilson, Ashley Pye, Bailey Sample, Izabela Sanchez-Rodriguez, Karen Sepulvedo, Adriana Vasquez, Cierra Yeagar, Grace Own, Kaleena Yra and Charity Dumpit.

Those wishing to follow the game live can do so on the GameChanger app, or online at GC.com. The tournament is searchable under “ASA 14u Western National Championship,” and the Martinez team is available under “Universal Fastpitch 03.”

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Pets rescued from fire … https://martineztribune.com/2016/07/15/pets-rescued-from-fire/ Fri, 15 Jul 2016 17:34:09 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=4655 Firefighters rescued two dogs, a cat and a snake from a residential fire in the 1200 block of Plaza Drive Sunday evening, July 10, 2016. According to ConFire officials, the fire started outside after smoking materials were discarded. The blaze spread to the attic of the home, causing an estimated $50,000 in property damage. (JOHN …

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Firefighters rescued two dogs, a cat and a snake from a residential fire in the 1200 block of Plaza Drive Sunday evening, July 10, 2016. According to ConFire officials, the fire started outside after smoking materials were discarded. The blaze spread to the attic of the home, causing an estimated $50,000 in property damage. (JOHN GRUBKA / Courtesy)

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Remembering Andre … https://martineztribune.com/2016/05/06/remembering-andre/ Fri, 06 May 2016 08:01:07 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=4055 Family and friends gathered to mourn the passing of Andre Parrilla, a freshman at Alhambra High School, during an evening candlelight vigil held at Alhambra High School on Thursday, April 28, 2016. Above: AHS senior and football player Garrett Arreaga (54) shares an embrace during the emotional evening. (EMILIA ROSALES / Martinez Tribune)

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Family and friends gathered to mourn the passing of Andre Parrilla, a freshman at Alhambra High School, during an evening candlelight vigil held at Alhambra High School on Thursday, April 28, 2016. Above: AHS senior and football player Garrett Arreaga (54) shares an embrace during the emotional evening. (EMILIA ROSALES / Martinez Tribune)

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