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Martinez Open Space And Park Protection Initiative submitted for certification

The citizen-sponsored Initiative to give voters an opportunity to overrule City Council decisions to convert open space and park land in Martinez achieved a major step toward becoming law. The Martinez Open Space and Park Protection Initiative was submitted Thursday to the City of Martinez for certi

MARTINEZGAZETTE.COM - 2017-09-24 07:00:00

Hugo survivors gathering articles to help other hurricane victims

Billy Swain and Jane Peccianti MARTINEZ, Calif. - A couple who survived Hurricane Hugo after it struck Charleston, S.C., Sept. 22, 1989, now are gathering items to fill a rental truck they're driving to Houston to help victims of Hurricane Harvey. Jane Peccianti and Billy Swain are asking neighbors

MARTINEZGAZETTE.COM - 2017-09-24 07:00:00

Rotary Report: The SS Red Oak Victory

Special to the Gazette John Trtek, Red Oak Victory, at Martinez Rotary. MARTINEZ, Calif. - Red Oak Iowa is renowned locally as the birthplace of Nancy Hobert. It's also the town that gave its name to the "SS Red Oak Victory". Red Oak Victory is the only surviving ship of the 747 vessels built during

MARTINEZGAZETTE.COM - 2017-09-24 07:00:00

Underground Echoes: Aaron Rice part VI: Road to California

Special to the Gazette Picking up Aaron's story from where we left off, Aaron Rice had sworn out a Writ of Habeas Corpus against William for the enslavement of Nathaniel (Aaron's son) on Friday August 10, 1860, issued by elected Napa County Judge Pulaski Jacks. According to Farlex's Free Online Lega

MARTINEZGAZETTE.COM - 2017-09-24 07:00:00

PRMCC gets look at new Veterans Memorial

MARTINEZ, Calif. - "They made a sacrifice," Richard Cheney of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1351 told the Parks, Recreation, Marina and Cultural Commission (PRMCC) about the names he wants inscribed on a new plaque he's asking to have placed at Veterans Memorial Park on Alhambra Avenue. The Vete

MARTINEZGAZETTE.COM - 2017-09-24 07:00:00

Council eyes three options for SP depot

MARTINEZ, Calif. - A city staff report has offered the Martinez City Council three options for the old Southern Pacific depot, a deteriorating building that will need work to be brought up to code before it can be used by the public. One option is to sell or lease the building to nonprofit organizat

MARTINEZGAZETTE.COM - 2017-09-24 07:00:00

Re: The urban limit line

Mayor Schroder lost his focus in his recent op/ed piece. He represents the city on LAFCO, an agency dedicated to reduce urban sprawl. The Dunivan request to join the city will add another parcel for sale in the Alhambra Valley. There must be valid reasons to add to the urban limit line. There are no

MARTINEZGAZETTE.COM - 2017-09-24 07:00:00

Board of Education to hear comprehensive budget review

MARTINEZ, Calif. - Martinez Unified School District Board of Education will get a clearer picture of the District's fiscal picture and future Monday when it hears a comprehensive budget review. Debbie Fry, director of management consulting services and Jamie Metcalf, directors of management consulti

MARTINEZGAZETTE.COM - 2017-09-24 07:00:00

Column 1: Did you know

DID YOU KNOW that the Medicare system can help non-English-speaking individuals work with the system by providing translators in 14 different languages? I didn't either. Hmmmm! HAVE YOU REALIZED that mattresses, hearing aids and autos seem to be the leading advertisers in newspapers? That's correct.

MARTINEZGAZETTE.COM - 2017-09-24 07:00:00

Beer, urine and broken ticket machines: Just another day on BART

Here's a tale of one casual BART rider that may help explain why the transit system has seen weekend ridership plummet 10 percent in the past two years. Jeffrey B., 53, of Pleasant Hill said his BART experience started out just fine at Orinda, where the station agent helped him with his ticket and a

SFCHRONICLE.COM - 2017-09-25 13:00:00

New Information About Head Injuries and High School Sports

Schools are back in session and many high school students are either trying out or getting ready for try outs for their sport. Parents are learning that "basic" Concussions in teenagers are more common than people think and can create more problems that people think. A concussion can cause physical

PATCH - 2017-09-24 21:06:58

Bay Bridge and Carquinez Bridge toll plazas robbed in one day, CHP says

Bandits driving a black Mercedes robbed two Bay Area bridge toll plazas Sunday, authorities said, releasing photos of the alleged criminals. The first robbery, the CHP said, came at 4 a.m. and targeted toll takers at the Carquinez Bridge along I-80 between Vallejo and Crockett. The second alleged ro

SFGATE - 2017-09-25 05:40:00

What creature is eating the oranges from the inside out?

DEAR JOAN: For the third time in the past two weeks I have found an orange on the ground next to our orange tree that I thought had simply fallen. We had about four oranges left near the top of the tree from last year's crop that were unreachable for picking. Picking them up though revealed a str

SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS - 2017-09-25 14:00:31

Milo Yiannopoulos Speaks In Berkeley: 11 Arrests

BERKELEY, CA - Police arrested 11 people in a demonstration Sunday on the campus of the University of California at Berkeley, police said. While the so-called "Free Speech Week" planned at the university for this week was canceled, scheduled far-right speakers appeared at the university's Sproul P

PATCH - 2017-09-25 00:42:48

Worried about cell phone radiation? Just wait for the Apple Watch

The newly released Apple Watch - with its added feature of cellular connectivity - is reigniting concerns among some public health researchers and medical experts over the potential health risks of long-term exposure to radiation from cell phones. There is no definitive data from federal health regu

SFCHRONICLE.COM - 2017-09-25 13:00:00

Analysis: Milo Yiannopoulos wins by capturing spotlight

Milo Yiannopoulos showed up to Sproul Plaza to speak despite his "Free Speech Week" being canceled. He stayed for just minutes. The cost for security is north of $800,000. Milo Yiannopoulos billed his return to UC Berkeley on Sunday as a test of the willingness by the left-leaning "craziest campus i

SFGATE - 2017-09-25 05:29:00

Yiannopoulos Appearance Called 'Most Expensive Photo Op In University History'

BERKELEY (CBS/AP) - A weeklong conservative free speech showcase at famously liberal University of California, Berkeley was supposed to start Sunday. But it apparently ended the same day after a blink-and-you-miss-it appearance by right-wing firebrand Milo Yiannopoulos and angry shouts from small g

CBSLOCAL.COM - 2017-09-25 01:47:00

5 California Things to Know for Today

Your daily look at late-breaking California news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. BORDER CLOSURE Freeway lanes to Mexico reopened ahead of schedule following shutdown for work on $741M expansion project. 2. MAIN STREETS Nationwide improvement project includes prop

BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN - 2017-09-25 13:44:10

Video shows disturbing interaction with man linked to tot lot incidents

Three days after police put out a community alert about a probationer with a history of bizarre interactions with children, a local mother spotted the man shirtless not far from her South Berkeley home. He proceeded to make inappropriate sexual comments to her and also exposed himself, she told Berk

SFCHRONICLE.COM - 2017-09-24 22:28:00

Milo Yiannopoulos' brief visit was 'most expensive photo op' in Cal history

Latest updates from UC Berkeley on an appearance by right-wing commentator Milo Yiannopoulos and protests against him. 1:50 p.m. Expensive selfies: Yiannopoulos' 15-minute appearance on the steps of Sproul Hall cost UC Berkeley an estimated $800,000 in security and related expenses, campus spokesman

SFGATE - 2017-09-24 21:04:00