|April 16, 2014The Lions Club Annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held at the Waterfront Park, 10 a.m. SHARP! People should plan on arriving before 9:45 a.m. due to parking and possible trains. Martinez Recreation will provide face painters, cute bunny ears and the Easter Bunny for pictures. |
|April 8, 2014We are once again creating a unique track for electric ride-on cars, big wheels and tricycles at the Martinez Waterfront Amphitheater. Youngsters will be able to stop for gas, have their face painted, order at the drive-thru window, car wash, visit to the tire shop, library, historical museum, florist and other cool places!|
|April 7, 2014The City will be hosting a third workshop on the Waterfront Park Improvement Project on April 21, 2014 from 7:00PM to 8:30PM in the City Hall Council Chambers. See attached flier for more information.|
|April 2, 2014|
Softball Leagues Forming Now!
|April 2, 2014|
Sunday, April 13, 2014
The Brick Yard Run, A local tradition for the past 45 years, benefits the Alhambra High School Sports Department and the Martinez Recreation’s Youth Scholarship Program.
|March 27, 2014Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), has recently began implementation of a project which they have named the Pipeline Pathways Project. PG&E began the project by surveying the 6,750 - mile natural gas transmission system operated by PG&E in California. As part of this project, PG&E proposes to clear pathways above these pipelines and is proposing to remove vegetation (trees and brush) to provide 10-14 feet of clearance on either side of their main distribution lines on both public rights of way and private property throughout Contra Costa County. For more information, please visit the PG&E Pipeline Pathways Project page. |
|March 26, 2014City of Martinez Celebrates Earth Hour 2014 |
Saturday, March 29th from 8:30 – 9:30 pm
The City of Martinez is one of 60 nationally recognized cities to participate in the "Earth Hour City Challenge." With more than 70% of the world's CO2 emissions generated by cities, the Earth Hour City Challenge was created to mobilize action and support from cities in the global transition towards a 100% renewable future. It also aims to stimulate the development and dissemination of best practices for climate mitigation and adaptation.
|March 25, 2014The City of Martinez presents Blues by the Bay, an outdoor music festival at the Martinez Waterfront Amphitheater on Saturday May 10, 2014. Blues by the Bay features live concert performances on two stages in a party atmosphere right in the heart of the Martinez Marina. Gates open at 12:00PM (Noon). |
Come for the music and stay for the fun!
Click here to learn more.
|March 24, 2014In early 2013, the Contra Costa Board of Supervisors launched an initiative and commissioned a study to examine the current and future economic prospects of the Northern Waterfront, the 55 miles of shoreline stretching from Hercules to Oakley. The Northern Waterfront region is home to 60% of the industrial designated land in Contra Costa County.|
|March 24, 2014Message from Federal D. Glover, Supervisor, District Five:|
I would like to personally invite and encourage your child to attend the 2014 Contra Costa County Youth Summit!
|March 24, 2014On Dec. 24th. 2005, Christmas eve, the Diablo Valley Flag Brigade started a tradition of honoring our returning service members by organizing an event known as “Operation Welcome Home”, a celebration to show support and recognition for their service to our country. They invite members of their city government, police, fire, VSO’s such as Blue Star Moms, VFW posts, American Legion members, military families groups, community groups, family members and neighbors.|
Click the link below if you would like more information on this wonderful service.
|March 24, 2014Mark your calendar and don't miss out on any of these fun and interesting trips.|
|March 21, 2014The Rainbow Community Center, a Certified Enrollment Entity for Covered California, is planning an Enrollment Event in conjunction with the Contra Costa ACA Team.|
|March 14, 2014The City Channel (Comcast Channel 28, Astound Channel 29) is currently airing playback of a workshop promoting energy savings rebates and free consulting services for multifamily building enhancements. |
Energy Upgrade California is a statewide program designed to encourage property owners to make energy saving building improvements.
|March 14, 2014March 14, 2014, Martinez, CA. - The City of Martinez announced today that tentative plans to bring a professional baseball team to the facilities at the Martinez Waterfront Park are on hold. Initial plans to bring in a professional team, the Martinez Clippers, to play during the 2014 season were dependent on securing temporary lights, which was not a viable option due to excessive costs.|
|March 11, 2014The Sons of Italy Lodge is hosting a Joltin' Joe Open House Event on Saturday, March 15, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to Noon. The event is at the Kenny Building located next to the Martinez Waterfront Amphitheater at 115 Tarantino Drive.|
|March 11, 2014From sweet to savory, fusion to vegan, Martinez Street Eats takes place 11:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Martinez Marina|
East Bay food lovers should mark their calendars and clear their palates as Martinez Street Eats, a local Bay Area food truck event rolls into town at the Martinez Marina. Hosted by Food Truck Mafia, Martinez Street Eats features seven Bay Area gourmet food trucks with a wide array of tempting treats and delightful dishes from savory to sweet. The trucks are open every Saturday, 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. beginning on Saturday March 15, 2014 at the Martinez Marina in the parking lot in front of the Harbormaster's Office.
|March 3, 2014The 18th Annual Youth Baseball Parade will be held Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. The parade begins at the City Hall Plaza.|
Click the link below to view ROAD CLOSURE and NO PARKING Schedule.
|March 3, 2014Applications are now being accepted for Lifeguard, Cashiers and Maintenance Positions.|
|March 3, 2014The City has long been a supporter of local non-profit organizations that serve the Martinez community. To help achieve this objective, the City Council adopted a "Community Groups Funding Program" in March 2007. The City is now accepting applications from community organizations for the upcoming fiscal year, which starts July 1, 2014. |
|February 28, 2014As a means of continuing to provide Electric Vehicle charging stations for public use, the City has recently adopted and instituted electric vehicle charging fees. Effective March 5, 2014, all of the City's stations will have a charge of $1 per hour, with varying time limits for use. |
|February 28, 2014Martinez Street Eats starting March 15, 2014 and will be every Saturday 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. located at the Martinez Marina.|
For more information, please visit: www.thefoodtruckmafia.com
|February 27, 2014The County Connection Public workshops are scheduled to gather comments on proposed changes to routes in Walnut Creek and Martinez. Changes are proposed to improve performance and service quality.|
Monday, March 17, 2014 – 4:00-6:00 PM
at Martinez City Hall, 525 Henrietta St.
Thursday, March 20, 2014 – 4:00-6:00 PM
at the Walnut Creek Library, 1644 Broadway
Click here for more information.
|February 10, 2014The Annual Martinez State of the City Breakfast will be held at Creekside Church Auditorium, 444 Fig Tree Lane, Martinez |
Tuesday, February 11, 2014, 8:00 a.m. -10:00 a.m.
Enjoy a full gourmet breakfast buffet, $25.00
RSVP required to attend - Martinez Chamber 925-228-2345
|February 10, 2014Personal Emergency Preparedness Class "PEP" Free|
Come spend 2 hours learning how to prepare yourself and your family to be ready when a major disaster strikes. We will cover what basic supplies you need, equipment you should have and plans you should make to insure your familly is ready to meet this challenging time.
Click here for more info.
|February 10, 2014The City of Martinez has designated the following four (4) locations for the stockpiling of sand and one (1) location for sand bags|
|February 6, 2014City of Martinez receives FACILITY DESIGN AWARD OF EXCELLENCE from the California Park & Recreation Society for Rankin Aquatic Center|
The City's recognition in the category of Facility Design – Aquatics (projects under $5 million) will be honored at the 2014 California and Pacific Southwest Recreation and Park Training Conference, held in Ontario, CA, March 5-7, 2014.
|February 6, 2014The Mayor, City Council and Parks, Recreation, Marina and Cultural Commission invite the community to Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies for our most recently completed Measure H park renovation projects. The event will begin on Tuesday, February 18 at 5:30 pm at Cappy Ricks Park, 1203 Brown Street followed by a ribbon cutting ceremony at Nancy Boyd Park at 6:00pm, 90 Church Street.|
|February 6, 2014THIS IS A RAIN OR SHINE EVENT. NO REFUNDS.|
I (heart) Downtown Martinez Wine & Chocolate Stroll
Sat., Feb. 8, 2014 - 2pm to 5:30pm
ONLINE TICKET SALES END AT 1:00PM on SAT. 2/8/14
|January 31, 2014Benjamin Moore is planning to revitalize Martinez, CA's Main Street as part of its Main Street Matters program in March of 2014. From now thru February 2014, Martinez businesses on Main Street from Las Juntas Street to Castro Street will be contacted to undergo lead testing in order to determine what regulatory requirements need to be addressed for re-painting given Martinez’s unique needs as well as obtain written approval of their interest in the project.|
|January 30, 2014The Martinez Campbell Theatre is home to Onstage Repertory Theatre Company's production of the hysterical comedy satire "The Book of Liz," opening Friday, January 31, 2014 and running through February 15, 2014.|
|January 21, 2014City of Martinez is now accepting recreational class registrations online. |
|January 21, 2014January 21, 2014 - It has been a very dry year thus far and water supplies have diminished. With some rainfall in the coming months and water conservation help from our customers, we feel no mandatory rationing will be needed.|
|January 10, 2014The Diablo Fire Safe Council (DFSC) is sponsoring defensible space fuel reduction projects for 2013 – 2014. Funding provided by a grant from the Cooperative Fire Program of the U.S. Forest Service, Department of Agriculture, Pacific Southwest Region, through the California Fire Safe Council. Emphasis will be on areas prioritized in the Alameda County and Contra Costa County Community Wildfire Protection Plans or where homeowners associations, civic organizations and other groups are organized and available to promote fire safe efforts.|
|January 9, 20149th Annual Crab Feed at the Martinez Senior Center |
Saturday, February 1, 2014
Doors open at 5:45 p.m. – Dinner served at 6:30 p.m.
This year's Crab Feed will be a fundraiser for updating and replacing the office furniture at the senior center.
|January 8, 2014ICEBERG SWIM - Saturday, January 11, 2014, at 9:00 a.m.|
Brrr....ing some excitement to your New Year with an icy dip at the Rankin Aquatic Center, 100 Buckley Street.
|December 10, 2013Start Your New Year the Right Way, Save Money and the Planet!!!|
City to Host Free Eco-Friendly Workshop
Saturday, January 11, 2014
Click here for more info.
|December 6, 2013Round Table Pizza will donate 20% of your total purchase to the Martinez Senior Community Center on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. |
Print and present the flyer when ordering at Round Table Pizza, 504 Center Ave., Martinez.
|November 22, 2013|
The Holiday Frolic will be held Friday, December 6, 2013 and the Snow Park and Ice Rink will continue through Sunday, December 8, 2013.
Click here for a list of activities and locations. Santa Claus with the lighting of the Tree of Spirit, Friday, December 6 at 5:30 p.m.
|November 18, 2013Martinez Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Fall Basic Training Program will celebrate the largest graduation class to date, November 20, 2013 at the City Council Meeting - 7:00 p.m.|
|November 8, 2013Notice of a Public Workshop|
Waterfront Park Renovation - A Measure "H" Project
11/19/13 - 7:00 p.m. City Council Chambers
The Parks, Recreation, Marina and Cultural Commission (PRMCC) is hosting a public workshop. The goal of the workshop is to help guide the planning and design process for the improvement of Waterfront Park. Waterfront Park is the largest community recreation park in the City of Martinez.
|November 5, 2013The Ceremonies will begin at 10:00 am at the Alhambra Cemetery with a benediction, Bag Piper, placing of the wreath, and the pledge of allegiance. |
The ceremonies are dedicated "To all Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans" will resume at the All Veterans Monument at Berrellesa Street and Alhambra Ave. at 11 am.
|October 31, 2013The City of Martinez will be doing a street resurfacing project on Friday, November 1st and Saturday, November 2nd on Arnold Drive between Pacheco Boulevard and Glacier Drive/Milano Way|
|October 30, 2013The City of Martinez encourages people to serve in an advisory capacity on one of the City's various committees, commissions or as a representative on an outside agency.|
The City of Martinez is now accepting Citizen Interest applications for:
Design Review Committee
|October 29, 2013The City and its rich history with the origin of the "Martinez Cocktail," or Martini as it is more commonly known, was recently featured on the Esquire Network's original web TV series “The Mix.” A playback of this entertaining piece can be viewed at the following link: |
|October 28, 2013You're Invited! |
Curious what happens to your recycling once it leaves the curb?
You're invited to a fun and educational tour of Pacific Rim Recycling Center in honor of America Recycles Day, Friday, November 15, 2013
Where: Pacific Rim Recycling Center, 3690 Sprig Drive, Benicia
When: 12:30 p.m. on Friday, November 15th
|October 25, 2013The Martinez Senior Center will be having their "Annual Holiday Bazaar" on Friday, November 15, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be a wide assortment of items, including jewelry, plants, cards, books, crafts, home baked goods and holiday decorations. Lunch will be available between 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. The cost of lunch is $4.00 for advance ticket purchase at the Senior Center and $4.50 on the day of the sale. The center is located at 818 Green St.|
|October 15, 2013First Ever Martinez Reuse Roundup|
Clean out your closets and help those in need on Saturday, October 26th, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Alhambra High School Parking Lot (Alhambra Ave & E St) during the first ever Martinez Reuse Roundup! Click here for more info.
|October 4, 2013The Alhambra Pioneer Cemetery, established in 1851, has stunning views of the Carquinez Strait and a rich history. A tour guide will introduce you to families with names you know and some you don't. You’ll learn more about local war heroes, personalities, politicians and a most creative caretaker.|
|October 4, 2013The Recreation Department has finalized this year’s 2013 Martinez Restaurant Tour – October 12, 2013, 1:30 – 4:00 p.m. |
|October 1, 2013Join us for a community workshop to review and discuss the requirements and code enforcement of temporary and supplemental commercial signs on Friday, October 4th at 8:30 am in the Council Chambers at City Hall. |
|October 1, 2013Martinez Mayor's Cup 2013|
28th Annual Golf Classic
Friday, October 11, 2013
A portion of the funds raised this year will benefit Meals on Wheels of Contra Costa and the Alhambra High School Boys and Girls Golf teams.
For more information, please visit www.martinezmayorscup.com or call Martinez Chamber of Commerce @ 925-228-2345 or Main Street Martinez @ 925-228-3577.
|September 27, 2013Join National Park Service rangers for a fall full moon walk on Friday, October 18, 2013 on Mt. Wanda, part of the John Muir National Historic Site (NHS) in Martinez, CA. This free, two-hour program begins at 5:45 PM with a one-mile, moderately strenuous hike to watch the full moon rise over nearby Mt. Diablo|
|September 23, 2013Martinez' most acclaimed social event, Martinis on the Plaza Gala, Saturday, September 28, 2013 is held around the fountain at Ygnacio Plaza under twinkling white lights with the gaiety of the post-Depression and World War II era. It is a remembrance of all that is good in America, a revitalization of Swing dancing, the advent of the Rat Pack, and music that makes everyone want to dance. Elegant small plates of epicurean delights by local chefs are served and Martinis flow in celebration of the Martini birthplace -- Martinez.|
For more information, including ticket purchasing, please visit www.themartinifestival.com
|September 23, 2013Join us for the 10th annual Italian Street Painting Festival!|
Sat. & Sun. September 28 & 29, 2013 - 10am to 5pm
Free to attend!
Amateur and professional artists will be creating their chalk art in the plaza area between Starbuck's and Bank of America. This 400 year old Italian tradition will be the highlight of the festival. Artists will begin on Saturday at 10:00am and continue throughout the weekend.
Click here for more information.
|September 19, 2013It is time again for the Fall Clean-up at the Alhambra Cemetery. We hope you'll be able to join us! Please bring your garden tools, gloves and friends!|
Saturday, October 12, 2013
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Alhambra Cemetery - Carquinez Drive, Martinez
For more information, please call Martinez Recreation 925-372-3510.
|September 10, 2013Flag Raising Ceremony – Wednesday, September 11th|
Amtrak Station Memorial Site
Time: 07:30 a.m.
The Martinez Police Department Honor Guard will lead a flag raising ceremony on September 11, 2013 at the 911 memorial site located at the Intermodal Station to honor the police officers, firefighters and civilians who died in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. As most of you know, our memorial site consists of steel girders removed from World Trade Center
Mayor Schroder will be the keynote speaker. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.
|September 4, 2013On September 6, 2013, the department will host a flag raising and remembrance ceremony to honor Sgt. Paul A. Starzyk, who as we all know, was killed in the line of duty 5-years ago, EOW: September 6, 2008. |
|September 3, 2013Save money, save water, and conserve natural resources - find out how! Attend our next free workshop on Tuesday, October 8th, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Council Chambers at Martinez City Hall.|
|August 29, 2013The City received no viable proposals to its first Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for Manager of the Campbell Theater, a leased facility located at 636 Ward Street in downtown Martinez. The City of Martinez has revised the RFQ and is now releasing it for the consideration of interested and qualified respondents. Please click here for a copy of the revised RFQ.|
|August 14, 2013Martinez Reservoir, which stores water for the City of Martinez and is operated by the Contra Costa Water District (CCWD), recently experienced an algae bloom. Algae blooms tend to occur during the warm summer months. Although non-harmful, by-products of this algae bloom have created an unpleasant taste and odor in the stored water. |
|July 31, 2013Voted East Bay's Best Source for Old Treasures!|
The Main Street Martinez
2013 Peddlers Faires
Sat., Aug. 3, 2013 - 8am-4pm
Featuring Vintage, Antiques, Collectibles and Arts & Crafts
in Downtown Martinez
The Antique & Collectible Capitol of Contra Costa County!
Click herer or more info.
|July 23, 2013Join us for Vallejo Shakespeare in the Park Presenting KING LEAR at John Muir Amphitheater, Martinez|
A FREE Community Event!!
August 3 & 4 at 1:00 p.m.
John Muir Amphitheater, Martinez
115 Tarantino Drive, Waterfront Park
Click here for more info.
|July 22, 2013|
City Releases RFQ for Manager/Promoter of Campbell Theater
The City of Martinez seeks an experienced manager/promoter for the Campbell Theater, a leased facility located at 636 Ward Street in downtown Martinez, and is pleased to announce the release of a Request for Qualifications (RFQ). Please click here for a copy of the RFQ.
|July 16, 2013The City has completed the video production for playback of the Energy Efficiency Rebates and Incentives Open House workshop event from May. The program is now broadcasted daily on the City Channel (Channel 26 or 28 depending upon location). The program offers information on multiple PG&E incentives; the Energy Upgrade California and County Weatherization programs; and the services provided by the non-proft SmartLights and SmartSolar programs. Many of the opportunities are free to qualified households and businesses, so please check it out and see if it can help you save energy and money today!|
The broadcast schedule is as follows (subject to change):
Sunday, 5:30 pm
Monday, 7:30 pm
Tuesday, 10:00 pm
Wednesday (except July 17th), 6:30 pm and 10:00 pm
Thursday, 6:30 pm
Friday, 7:00 pm
Saturday, 11:00 am
|July 10, 2013In 2011, the Martinez Police Department introduced the Neighborhood Policing Area (NPA) initiative. This approach calls for a police officer to be responsible for a specific geographic area of the city, known as a neighborhood policing area or NPA. |
|June 28, 2013|
8-10 am – Pancake Breakfast ($7 adults; $4 children). Main Street Martinez, 228-3577
9am-9:15 am – Flag Raising Ceremony at the Veterans Memorial Building (930 Ward St.)
10 am – Hometown Parade on Main St.. Parade begins at Court St. & Main St. and ends at Alhambra Ave. & Main St. Main Street Martinez, 228-3577
Noon – 4 p.m - Rankin Aquatic Center, 100 Buckley Street, Open . Ages 0-2 free; 3-17 yrs $2.75; Adult $5; Seniors 55 + are $4.
9:30 p.m. Fireworks at Martinez Shoreline Park
Fireworks are sponsored by Allied Waste, Martinez Branch of US Bank, Plains All American Pipeline and Shell Oil.
|June 24, 2013Contra Costa County Library would like your input on a variety of issues in order to better serve the needs of our community. Your feedback will help us greatly in our planning process. Please share this survey link - ccclib.org/mylibrary - with family, friends, neighbors and colleagues so they can voice their opinions too.|
The survey will take you about 3 minutes to complete. Thank you for taking the time to provide us with valuable feedback.
|June 24, 20132013-15 BUDGET PHOTO CONTEST WINNERS|
The City received over 200 submissions from area photographers for the 2013-15 Budget Photo Contest and is pleased to announce the winners, listed with the sections of the Budget where their photos were used:
CLICK HERE TO VIEW PHOTOS
Judith Roberts – Cover
Joe Dallmann – Introduction
Julie Lopez – Budget Guide
Lorraine Castillo – Summary Schedules
Mindee Adams – General Fund
Julie Nilsen – General Government
John N. Lee – Admin Services Dept. and Public Works Dept. (2)
James Mullins – Community and Economic Development Dept.
Paul Nilsen – Police Dept. and Financial Policies (2)
Sonja Nilsen – Enterprise Funds and Debt Service (2)
Scott O'Neill – Special Revenue Funds
Norma Parker – Internal Service Funds
Sherrie Moore – Capital Improvement Program
Aina Ferro – Appendices
Thanks again to our contest winners and all those who participated in this wonderful contest that truly showcases all the great aspects of Martinez.
|June 19, 2013REPUBLIC SERVICES ANNUAL CITYWIDE CLEAN-UP JUNE 24–28, 2013 |
Republic Services, Inc., formerly Allied Waste Services, will have its second annual citywide clean up for Martinez residents from June 24–28, 2013.
|June 14, 2013|
Benjamin Moore named Downtown Martinez as a "mover and shaker" in the Paint What Matters competition! Let's rally! Turn it up a notch, vote every day, share with your friends, and talk it up on Facebook. Thanks everyone for helping to get the word out. City of Martinez we can do this!
Go to www.paintwhatmatters.com click on California and vote for MARTINEZ!
|June 12, 20137th Annual King of the County BBQ Challenge & Music Festival|
June 15th & 16th, 2013 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Martinez Waterfront Park Marina
Visit their website for more info. http://www.countybbq.com/
|June 4, 2013The City is offering a free Composting Workshop on Saturday, June 22nd, from 10 am to noon at Martinez City Hall. The class will teach you composting basics, which will save you money and conserve natural resources. The City will also be hosting a free raffle, and the winner will receive a free compost bin! Register today!|
|May 8, 2013Rankin Aquatic Center now offers lap swimming and water walking.|
|May 6, 2013Get paid on home/business improvement projects AND save on your electric bill? Now that’s a no brainer! Come find the different programs and rebates offered for County residents and businesses alike in this Open House on Thursday, May 16th, hosted by the City of Martinez.|
|April 26, 2013Downtown Martinez Spring Wine Stroll, |
Saturday May 4, 2013, 2:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Spend a relaxing afternoon strolling the tree-lined streets in downtown Martinez while enjoying wine tasting and delicious treats at local businesses.
Click here for more information.
|April 26, 2013FREE FAMILY SHOWS|
Wednesday Performer Schedule
City Council Chamber,
525 Henrietta Street, 3:30 p.m.
May 1 - Magic of Timothy James
May 8 - Randel McGee and Goark
May 15 - Bubble Lady
May 22 - Spectacular Jeremy Schafer
|April 24, 2013 The City is offering a free informational class Saturday, May 4th, from 10 am to noon at City Hall. This class is designed to educate participants on the importance of sustainability; teach simple and effective ways to make sustainable practices part of your everyday life; and even show you how sustainable practices can save you money!!!! |
As a special bonus, all participants at the class will receive a free sustainability kit! (See picture.)
|April 18, 2013|
Flag Raising and Remembrance Ceremony
Sergeant Thomas Tarantino
EOW: April 21, 1973
|April 17, 2013The John Muir Birthday – Earth Day Celebration will be held Saturday, April 20th, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the John Muir Historic Site (Highway 4 and Alhambra Avenue). Admission is free. |
|April 15, 2013DINOSAUR DIG - April 25, 2013 All kids love dinosaurs! Bring your junior paleontologist to Waterfront Park to dig for dinosaur bones and make fun dino crafts. Prehistoric punch, a dinosaur cookie and time on the playground are included. |
|April 15, 2013Join Sons of Italy Saturday April 27, 2013 at the Shell Clubhouse (Pacheco & Arreba- Martinez) for a Polenta and Sausage Fundraising Dinner with dozens of great raffle and door prizes! The event is to raise funds to complete the restoration of the 22 foot Chris Craft runabout once owned by Joe DiMaggio. Once completed the boat will be a historical and visual treat for the Bay Area. |
Tickets are available at The White Rabbit Boutique 529 Main St. (Downtown Martinez) and Martinez Harbormasters at the waterfront until Saturday April 20, 2013.
$30 per person. 5:30 Friendship hour/6:30 PM Dinner
|April 15, 2013Bay Area Craft Beer Festival will be held at the Historic Cannery District at the Marina on the Martinez Waterfront April 20, 2013, Noon - 4:00 p.m. Rockin' Live Music, Fabulous Food, and FREE shuttle from North Concord BART Station and Best Western John Muir Inn.|
|April 5, 2013Register for After School Swimming now! Registrations for swim lessons, and pool parties will begin April 15, 2013. |
Measure H passes will be available at the Recreation Office only (you need your picture taken) beginning May 15. The Recreation Office is located at 525 Henrietta St., Martinez City Hall. You will find us on the second floor. For your convenience, we will be open Saturday, May 18, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. for the purchase of Measure H Passes.
Click here for more pool info.
|April 2, 2013Please join the Martinez Chamber of Commerce in honoring the Citizens of the Year for 2012. Saturday, April 13, 2013 at the Martinez Events Center, 524 Main Street. Dinner & Award Ceremony 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Click below for more information and a list of the winners.|
|March 25, 2013The Rankin Aquatic Center Partners were named "Outstanding Volunteers in Parks and Recreation" by the California Park and Recreation Society, District 3. The City of Martinez congratulates this fine group of volunteers and thanks them for their service and support of the Rankin Aquatic Center and recreation programs. |
|March 25, 2013Easter Egg Hunt|
Saturday, March 30th at 10:00 am
Waterfront Park Grass Area - Ages 2 - 9
Enjoy face painting. Bring your own camera to take pictures with the Bunny. Egg Hunt begins at 10:00 am sharp. Please arrive at the park by 7 9:45 am!
|March 12, 2013The City of Martinez is one of 34 nationally recognized cities to participate in the "Earth Hour City Challenge." With more than 70% of the world's CO2 emissions generated by cities, the Earth Hour City Challenge was created to mobilize action and support from cities in the global transition towards a 100% renewable future. It also aims to stimulate the development and dissemination of best practices for climate mitigation and adaptation.|
|February 26, 2013The 50th anniversary of Martinez resident Nancy Boyd's passing in a plane crash while on Peace Corps assignment as a teacher on Mindanao will be marked with a gathering starting at noon on Saturday, March 2, 2013 at Nancy Boyd Park located at the corner of Church Street and Pleasant Hill Road East, Martinez. Peace Corps volunteer Rob Goldstein will also mark the 52nd anniversary of the founding of the Peace Corps. City Council Member Anamarie Avila Farias will be mistress of ceremonies. Speakers include Mayor Rob Schroder, other city officials and Alhambra High Class of 1960 friends. For more information contact Donna DiBetta at email@example.com 925-228-5650 or Mary Perez at firstname.lastname@example.org 925-639-5700.|
|February 25, 2013The 18th Annual Youth Baseball Parade will be held Saturday, March 9, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. The parade begins at City Hall Plaza, 525 Henrietta Street.|
Athletes and coaches from Martinez Baseball Club and Martinez Youth Baseball and Softball Association will march down Alhambra Avenue, turn right on Main Street and continue to Las Juntas Street. Teams and coaches will be introduced by local celebrity, Harriett Burt.
|February 25, 2013Arbor Day Celebration - March 13, 2013 10:00 a.m. at Susana Park|
Park and Recreation staff will provide crafts and flower planting for Arbor Day participants. The general public is invited to participate in this celebration of trees and wildlife. The City of Martinez has been recognized since 2003 as a "Tree City USA" by the National Arbor Day Foundation. This distinction demonstrates this community's commitment to urban forestry and promoting the benefits of trees. Residents are encouraged to support the principles of Arbor Day year round; reduce, reuse and recycle all paper products. For information go to www.arborday.org
|February 7, 2013|
The City of Martinez is now offering its water customers the convenience of paperless billing. By signing up to receive your bills electronically, you will save time and help improve the environment by reducing paper consumption. Instead of a paper bill, you will receive an e-mail notification with an electronic copy of your water bill, along with payment instructions. Click on “Paperless Billing” under Martinez Features on our homepage. Click here to go directly to the link.
If you have any questions, please contact us at email@example.com or 925-372-3576.
|February 1, 2013Lifeguards positions are needed May 1 – September 27 at the Rankin Aquatic Center. Must be a minimum of fifteen years old and have completed an American Red Cross Lifeguard Class. Starting pay is $9.20 per hour. |
|January 28, 2013Martinez State of the City Breakfast 2013|
Tuesday, February 12, 2013, 7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Creekside Church Auditorium, 444 Fig Tree Lane
(Morello Avenue to Midhill Road)
State of the City: Rob Schroder, Mayor of Martinez
Guest Speaker: Rami Muth, Superintendent of Martinez Unified School District
Reservations are required. $25.00 per person. Includes a full gourmet buffet breakfast.
Please RSVP by: February 7, 2013
To make your reservation, please call (925) 228-2345 or email Joyce@martinezchamber.com
|January 25, 2013The City is about to begin work on its 2013-15 Biennial Budget, and once again is sponsoring a photo contest.|
|January 11, 2013Downtown Martinez Wine and Chocolate Stroll - February 9, 2013, 2:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Spend a relaxing afternoon strolling from business to business in downtown Martinez. Stop in participating stores and restaurants to sample delicious wines and chocolate treats!|
Click here for more info.
|January 11, 2013Interstate 680 |
Approach Slab Replacement
Beginning the night of Thursday, January 10, 2013 and continuing through early February 2013, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will be replacing approach slabs and repairing the roadway on northbound and southbound Interstate 680 at the Arthur Road Undercrossing.
|January 10, 2013Boys & Girls Clubs of the Diablo Valley is presenting their 34th annual crab feed on January 12, 2013. The event will take place at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Diablo Valley, located at 1301 Alhambra Avenue, Martinez, California, from 6:00 pm to midnight. |
|January 3, 2013Contra Costa County Fire Protection District - Press Release|
Community Meetings - Fire Station Closures
The Contra Costa County Fire Protection District will be hosting meetings to discuss the closure of fire stations in our affected communities.
|December 24, 2012The City Channel (Comcast Channel 28) is now airing a short video recap of the Downtown Martinez Holiday Frolic and Snow Park. The event once again proved to be a big success. The approximately 8-minute long video will be shown from now until January 2nd on the following schedule: (click below for more info)|
|December 20, 2012The City of Martinez is hosting free backyard composting workshops and offering high-quality compost bins for $58. Composting your yard trimmings and food scraps is easy, great for your yard and garden, kind to our environment and good for you too! Save money, save water, and conserve natural resources. Find out how – attend our next free workshop on Saturday, January 12th, from 10 a.m. to noon at City Hall, located at 525 Henrietta St. Registration is simple, just email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (925) 372-3531.|
|December 17, 2012|
Several bus routes in the County Connection system will undergo changes effective Sunday, December 23, 2012. The schedule changes are made to accommodate increasing ridership, passenger requests, and changing traffic conditions. The new schedules are available now by contacting Customer Service at 925-676-7500, and will be distributed to BART stations, City Offices, libraries, and hospitals beginning December 17th. Changes will be posted on the agency website, www.cccta.org December 21st. For immediate information, please call Customer Service at 676-7600.
|November 28, 2012|
HOLIDAY LIGHT PARADE HAS BEEN CANCELED.
The weather outside looks frightful for November 30. The following changes have been made to the Holiday Frolic and Snow Park Schedule:
· Snow Park has been moved indoors to the BowRack, corner of Estudillo and Escobar
Friday, November 30, 1 – 9 p.m.
Saturday, Decmeber 1, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, December 2, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
|November 26, 2012Due to the unstable weather we are moving the Turkey Bowl to Tuesday, November 27, 2012. It will be held at Tavan Field at 6:00 p.m. Tavan Field is located at the end of Buckley St. (100 Buckley) right past the Swimming Pool. If you have any questions, or need directions, please do not hesitate to call the Recreation Department at 925-372-3510.|
We apologize for the inconvenience and hope your child is able to participate.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012 6 p.m.
Tavan Field, Under the Lights!
End of Buckley Street
|November 21, 2012The City Channel (Comcast Channel 28) is now airing a short promotional video about the Downtown Martinez Italian Street Painting Festival. The Festival, sponsored by Main Street Martinez, has been a fixture in Downtown Martinez for the past 9 years and continues to grow in popularity. The approximately 7-minute long video will be shown each week on the following schedule:|
|November 15, 2012At the December 5, 2012, City Council Meeting there will be a ceremony swearing in the newely elected officials followed by a reception.|
Re-elected Council Member, Mark Ross
Newly Elected Council Member, Anamarie Avila Farias
Re-elected City Treasurer, Carolyn Robinson
Re-elected City Clerk, Gary Hernandez
|November 6, 2012It's time for the Children's Light Parade, Holiday Frolic and Snow Park, Friday, November 30, 2012, Downtown Martinez.|
|October 31, 2012Just in time for Halloween, the City Channel (Comcast Channel 28) is now airing a short promotional video about the ongoing downtown “Ghost Walks.” |
|October 17, 2012Visit the City Manager's page to view the City Manager's Weekly Newsletter.|
|October 12, 2012Mortgage fraud is on the rise. Be alert to any individuals or companies that are trying to scam you. Click here for mor information.|
|October 11, 2012Saturday, October 12, 2012|
Enjoy a tour of seven private homes representing the architecture of the late 19th and early 20th centuries in historical Martinez.
|September 14, 2012The Martinez Italian Street Painting Festival is scheduled for September 22 & 23, 2012 on Main Street Martinez. Featuring street chalk artists in the plaza, arts and crafts booths, Italian Entertainment, pasta sauce cook-off, food, beer, wine and bocce.|
|September 10, 2012Bank of America is holding a special homeowner assistance event in Oakland September 17-19, 2012 to help their customers in need of assistance.|
|September 10, 2012Come Celebrate the Birthplace of the Martini! On Saturday, September 29, 2012, enjoy a magical evening under the enchantment of a starry sky, a babbling plaza fountain, graceful white tents & dancing twinkle lights as you travel back in time to the elegance of an era past. |
|September 10, 2012September 13, 2012, 6:00 p.m. at the John Muir Amphitheater|
Enter your precious pooch, lovable lab or marvelous mongrel in Best Name, Best Tail, Best Trick, Best Costume and Looks Most Like Owner categories. Prizes will be asarded to all Pampered Pups! All dogs must be on leashes. Call the Recreation office for more information and to register your owner. 925-372-3540
|September 4, 2012|
The City has produced a short video promotion for its upcoming Sustainable Citizen Workshop scheduled for Saturday, September 8th from 10 a.m. to noon in the City Council Chambers. Please click here to view it: http://youtu.be/sC_ECvj044g
We are still taking signups for the free class. Please email SCrsvp@cityofmartinez.org or call the City’s recycling hotline at (925) 372-3531 to register today.
|August 28, 2012City to Host Free Eco-Friendly Workshop Saturday, September 8, 2012|
The City is pleased to announce a workshop in support of its recycling, resource conservation and Climate Action Plan initiatives. The free class is called “Sustainable Citizen,”
|August 27, 2012There is a new schedule for the month of September at Rankin Aquatic Center.|
|August 16, 2012|
The City and Allied Waste will co-host a public workshop on Wednesday, August 29th, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Martinez City Council Chambers located at 525 Henrietta Street,
|August 8, 2012|
This morning (August 8, 2012) the sirens were activated at Shell Refiney Martinez indicating to shelter in place. This activation occurred in error. This message is being sent in case you don’t have access to a TV or radio. There is no hazard.
|August 8, 2012|
Below is a link to the Contra Costa County Emergency Alerts page. At this page you will see any current Community Emergency Alerts in the County. You can also sign up to have your cell phone added to any future of the alerts in your area. http://www.cococws.us/map.html
|August 1, 2012SHELTER, Inc. has been awarded a grant to provide case management services to veterans and their families. Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) is a program to assist very low-income veteran families. Case managers will work with veteran families to identify and access VA benefits and other public benefits.|
|July 27, 2012The City is pleased to announce the playback schedule for two special new programs on the City Channel (Comcast Channel 28). |
|July 24, 2012The City of Martinez encourages your participation in the second of three meetings to discuss the development of an alternative access to the Martinez Waterfront.|
|July 19, 2012First Lady Michelle Obama is leading the U.S. Delegation to the 2012 Olympic Games and she’s calling on families around the country to support Team USA, not just by cheering on our athletes, but by getting active in their own communities.|
|July 17, 20122012 Martinez Recreation Adult Softball Leagues|
Fall Adult Softball Leagues will begin the week of September 3, 2012
|July 11, 2012|
The City of Martinez encourages people to serve in an advisory capacity on one of the City’s various committees, commissions or as a representative on an outside agency. See attached flyer for vacancies.
|June 28, 20124th of July - Whip Cream Gelatin & Noodle Races at Rankin Aquatic Center. Be one of the first ten people to sign up for each contest. Prizes will be awarded!|
|June 28, 2012Join us for the Third Annual Shakespeare in the Park!|
Presenting the hilarious comedy - Twelfth Night - A FREE Community Event!
|June 27, 2012Gold Rush Day at Rankin Aquatic Center!|
Sunday, July 29, 2012 at noon....the Lifegards will drop gold nuggest in the pool. Every two pieces of gold will buy you a bite size candy!
|June 26, 2012Allied Waste 2012 "Citywide Cleanup Day" Pickup This Week!|
As part of the City’s franchise agreement with Allied Waste Services, single family residential customers are granted one free pre-scheduled curbside “clean up day” each calendar year.
|June 25, 2012|
4th of July FIREWORKS
Martinez Shoreline Park, 9:15 p.m.
Presented by: City of Martinez in Cooperation with East Bay Regional Park District
Proud Sponsors - Shell & Allied Waste Services
|June 18, 2012The City and Allied Waste will co-host a public workshop on Thursday, June 21, 2012, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Martinez City Council Chambers located at 525 Henrietta Street, to educate the large business community|
|June 18, 2012Elections for the City Offices of two Council Members, City Clerk and City Treasurer will be held on November 6, 2012. Nomination petiions may be picked up at the City Clerk's Office in City Hall beginning July 16, 2012|
|June 13, 2012The City Council meeting scheduled for Wednesday, June 20, 2012, has been rescheduled for Wednesday, June 27, 2012.|
|June 12, 2012The City is pleased to announce it will be hosting a new free workshop called "Sustainable Citizen," scheduled for Saturday, June 16, 2012 from 10 a.m. to noon in the City Council Chambers located at 525 Henrietta Street. |
|May 23, 20122012 Memorial Day Ceremony - May 28th 2012|
Alhambra Cemetary 9:00 a.m.
All Veterans Monument 10:00 a.m.
Click here for Agenda
|May 22, 2012The Martinez City Council, through Resolution No. 053-12 adopted on May 16, 2012, has called for an all "mailed ballot" Special Municipal Election for the proposed North Pacheco Annexation to be held on Tuesday, August 28, 2012. The voter pamphlet, together with the ballot, will be mailed by the Contra Costa County Elections Division to each qualified registered voter within the affected territory not earlier than July 30, 2012, and not later than August 18, 2012, in accordance with California Elections Code 4101.|
|May 18, 2012The Martinez City Council and the Parks, Recreation, Marina and Cultural Commission cordially invite you to celebrate the successful completion of the latest Measure H Project.|
|May 18, 2012The City Council will hold a public workshop regarding Downtown Traffic Circulation. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 6, 2012, at 5:00pm at City Hall in the Council Chambers.|
|May 15, 2012The City of Martinez is excited to announce that we have begun the first phase of an important study to look at creating a secondary access to the Martinez Waterfront for bicycles, pedestrians and emergency vehicles. |
|May 4, 2012Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), the California Department of Boating and Waterways (DBW), and California State Parks Warn Outdoor Recreationists to Take Precautions this Season.|
|April 26, 2012News You Can Use: "Check Your Number" is a new public service campaign that encourages people to look up the recommended oil change interval for their cars instead of defaulting to the old standard of 3,000 miles.|
|April 23, 2012All kids love dinosaurs! Bring your junior paleontologist to Nancy Boyd park to dig for dinosaur bones and make fun dino crafts. Prehistoric punch, a dinosaur cookie and time on the playground are included. |
Space is limited to 20 children, pre-registration is required.
|April 11, 2012The Farmers' Market will be open on Thurdays, April 26 - October 25, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. on Court Street between Main and Escobar Streets. For more info, please visit www.pcfma.com|
|April 11, 2012Saturday, April 21st from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the John Muir Historic Site.|
|April 11, 2012Since the Grand Opening of the renovated Martinez Library residents have enjoyed the space, new furniture and additional computers. Click here for more highlights. |
|April 10, 2012The City Council, PRMCC, and city staff were joined by Holiday Highlands neighbors at the refurbished Park located on Figtree Lane for a ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday, April 19, 2012, at 6:00 p.m.|
|March 21, 2012Outdoor dining in Downtown Martinez|
Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 2:00 pm & 6:00 pm
Martinez City Hall - Council Chambers
525 Henrietta Street
|February 24, 2012The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) under the direction of the Martinez Police Department will be offering a FREE three hour class on Personal Emergency Preparedness. March 3, 2012, 9:00 a.m. - Noon|
|February 22, 2012Remember that fellow, the Cat in the Hat? Well, he's back at the Martinez Library! |
|February 22, 2012Youth Baseball/Softball Parade, March 10, 2012, 10:00 a.m. Featuring the Athletes of Martinez Baseball and Softball Association and Martinez Baseball Club. |
|February 15, 2012Save A Life|
The City of Martinez in cooperation with the California Building Officials organization and the Drowning Prevention Foundation are providing this handout in an effort to increase awareness to the hazards associated with owning a swimming pool.
|February 14, 2012THE WESTBOUND DECK OF THE BAY BRIDGE LEADING INTO SAN FRANCISCO WILL BE CLOSED PRESIDENTS' DAY WEEKEND WEATHER PERMITTING.|
|February 10, 2012Each year, tons of harmful and dangerous pollutants, bacteria and trash are carried through our neighborhoods and enter local creeks, reservoirs, lakes, the Delta and Bay. This polluted water flows through a system of pipes, channels and creeks straight into the Delta and Bay.|
|February 2, 2012The City of Martinez is now accepting applications for Lifeguards/Swim Lesson Instructors at the Rankin Aquatic Center for May – September swim season. Click here for more info.|
|January 25, 2012|
Foreclosure Prevention Seminar
Understanding Your Options
|January 13, 2012NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL TO BE HELD ON WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18, 2012 HAS BEEN CANCELED. THE NEXT REGULAR MEETING WILL BE HELD ON FEBRUARY 1, 2012.|
|January 9, 2012The Winter/Spring 2012 Recreation Activity Guide is now available. Click here to view.|
|January 6, 2012|
The City of Martinez will hold a neighborhood meeting on Wednesday, January 11, 2012, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm. at the Hidden Valley Elementary Library to present the design for the Hidden Valley Park Rehabilitation Project.
|December 21, 2011Martinez City Offices will be closed for the holidays Friday, December 23, 2011 at noon and will reopen on Tuesday, January 3, 2012.|
|November 9, 2011|
On November 9, 2011, at approximately 11:00 a.m. (Pacific time), FEMA, in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will conduct the country’s first nationwide Emergency Alert System (EAS) Test. The test will last approximately 3 minutes across the country. The purpose of the test is to assess the reliability and effectiveness of the system in alerting the public. This national-level EAS is a national public alert and warning system that enables the President of the United States to address the American public during extreme emergencies.
|November 2, 2011Downtown Matters! Making it Happen, Making it Real!|
On Wednesday, November 9th, at a joint meeting, the City Council and the Planning Commission will be receiving and discussing the results of the Downtown Matters! effort. The City invites you to come to the meeting to hear what the community had to say about transforming Downtown from being a place with "so much potential" to the community destination that it can be. The meeting will be held in the Council Chamber at City Hall, 525 Henrietta Street, Martinez, at 7:00 pm. The City encourages you to join us!
|October 26, 2011Did you know that organic waste accounts for an average of 20-40% of the waste generated in households, according to a recent study? By simply composting their own yard waste, such as leaves, fruit and grass clippings, local residents can inexpensively fertilize their own yards and directly contribute to the solution to this mounting problem.|
|October 25, 2011The City's online water bill pay is back up and running. Thank you for your patience.|
|October 25, 2011Trunk – or – Treat|
Safe, Fun & Free Halloween Spooktacular
October 30, 2011 – 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Main Street Martinez
|October 24, 2011CERT Disaster Drill is open to all CERT Trained Members.|
Scheduled for November 5, 2011,
Click here for more info.
|October 14, 2011Court Street, Martinez|
Stephanie Wright Hession San Francisco Chronicle
Thursday, October 13, 2011
This article appeared on page G - 27 of the San Francisco Chronicle
Victorian homes, brick storefronts and two grand government buildings give this city on the Carquinez Strait a small-town atmosphere. It's also the birthplace of Joe DiMaggio and possibly the martini, and it's where John Muir spent his final years. In 1954, Marilyn Monroe celebrated her wedding to the Yankee Clipper with a reception here and a jaunt in his Chris-Craft pleasure boat, the Joltin' Joe.
|October 3, 2011We are pleased to announce the first two installments of the "Downtown Matters!" workshops held over the summer will be aired on City Channel 28 as follows:|
Part 1 – Tuesdays at 5 p.m., Thursdays at 10 a.m., Fridays (when no City Council Meeting) at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m.
Part 2 – Tuesdays at 7 p.m., Thursdays at noon, Fridays (when no City Council Meeting) at 9:30 p.m. and Sundays at 6 p.m.
|September 28, 2011Join us for a delicious event downtown Martinez, sample tasty treats from 17 restaurants on quaint streets, in downtown Martinez Saturday, October 8, 2011, 1:30 to 4:30 pm. |
|September 21, 2011The City of Martinez has installed ChargePoint Networked Charging Stations for Electric Vehicles (EV). |
|September 21, 2011|
The Martinez Italian Street Painting Festival will celebrate its 8th year in downtown Martinez on September 24 and 25, 2011. The street painting festival will feature street chalk artists in the plaza, arts and crafts booths, a "Little Italy" vendor area, Italian entertainment, food, beer, wine, and bocce.
|September 12, 2011Martinez Mutt Strutt - September 15, 2011, 6:00 p.m., John Muir Amphitheater|
Enter your precious pooch, lovable lab or marvelous mongrel in Best Name, Best Tail, Best Trick, Best Costume and Looks Most Like Owner categories.
|August 31, 2011The Rankin Aquatic Center has extended evening lap swim and water aerobics to Friday, September 30, 2011. |
Lap swim hours are 4 – 8 p.m., Monday –Friday. Measure H passes expire September 18, 2011. Discounted ten punch passes can be purchased the pool for the extended season. Unused punch passes can be used in 2012.
Water aerobics is held Monday – Friday, 5:10 – 6:10 p.m. The fee is $5 per visit. Eleven punch passes are available for $50 at the pool.
For more information, contact Martinez Recreation at 372-3510.
|August 30, 2011The Contra Costa Mosquito & Vector Control District has begun producing short videos to highlight the free services it provides area residents including Martinez. |
|August 24, 2011September 11, 2011 will mark the 10 year anniversary of the tragic attacks on the United States. The Martinez Police Department, along with Contra Costa County Consolidated Fire, will remember the victims of September 11, 2001 with a remembrance at the 9/11 Memorial located at the Martinez Amtrak Station, 601 Martina Vista Avenue. |
|August 12, 2011The CCWD Terminal Reservoir water recently experienced an algae bloom. By-products of the algae bloom create a musty, earthy, or dirty taste and odor. City staff has received numerous complaints. Although there are no health or safety issues related to this algae growth steps have been taken by both the City and CCWD to address this problem. CCWD has treated the source water twice to bring the growth under control. The Martinez water plant has adjusted the treatment process to obtain the best control of the taste and odor issue. |
|August 5, 2011One of the largest outdoor antique shows in northern California. Held on the streets of historic downtown Martinez on Sat., Aug. 6th, 2011, from 8am-4pm. Get there early to get the first pick of that special item to add to your collection.|
|August 5, 2011Marty O’s Concession and Catering is proud to sponsor two FREE family movie nights at Nancy Boyd Park for the 12th consecutive summer. |
|August 5, 2011Enjoy a magical evening under the enchantment of a starry sky, a babbling plaza fountain, graceful white tents and dancing twinkle lights as you travel back in time to the elegance of the 1940's Rat Pack era.|
|August 5, 2011Downtown Matters!|
Making it Happen, Making it Real!
The City has been hosting a series of workshops and tours designed to “refresh” the vision for Downtown Martinez. This series is part of the General Plan Update process and will identify the choices, trade-offs, priorities, and strategic actions required for the Downtown to prosper in the 21st Century.
|July 15, 2011The new $6 million complex includes a play pool with a beach entry, spray play equipment and 1-3 foot depth teaching area. The lap pool has eight lanes for swim meets and lap swimming.|
|July 15, 2011Keep Your Home California is a $2 billion, federally funded effort to help California families struggling to pay their mortgages through four different programs. |
|July 1, 2011Sgt Brian Carter Memorial Blood Drive|
Friday, July 8, 2011, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
City Council Chambers, 525 Henrietta Street
|June 30, 2011Monday, July 4, Martinez will light up the night with the annual Fireworks display at Shoreline Park. Join the crowd at the Waterfront or head over to your special viewing spot before 9:15 p.m. Pyrotechnics begin around 9:30 p.m. and will last approximately twenty-five minutes.|
|June 30, 2011The City Council will hold a public hearing to consider the appeals of the Planning Commission’s approval of the Alhambra Highlands Residential Project (2008). The meeting will be held July 6, 2011 at 7 pm at City Hall. The proposed project includes site grading and construction of new roadways, infrastructure, and 112 new single-family custom and semi-custom home sites on an undeveloped hilltop plateau in the Alhambra Hills.|
|June 29, 2011Kids ages 5-12 are invited to participate Saturday, July 2, 10 a.m. - Noon for a morning of FREE fishing at the Martinez Marina.|
|June 22, 2011The public is invited to tour the new Rankin Aquatic Center at an Open House, Thursday, July 21, 4 – 8 p.m. The Center will open for public swimming July 23 & 24, 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.|
|June 16, 2011The City is pleased to announce that the new Government Access City Channel, to be broadcast on Comcast Channel 28 (or Channel 99 for AT&T U-Verse subscribers), is now live.|
|June 16, 2011The City of Martinez and Contra Costa County's Department of Conservation and Development are teaming up to co-host a public workshop on the "Energy Upgrade California in Contra Costa County" program on Monday, June 27th from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Martinez City Council Chambers located at 525 Henrietta Street in downtown Martinez.|
|June 16, 2011One-on_one assessments of your chance at a loan modification or other relief.|
Saturday, June 25, 2011 - 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Click here for more info.
|June 3, 2011The City of Martinez now provides maps through Community View Maps, a Geographical Information System (GIS), which provides detailed information about properties from a geographic perspective. |
|June 2, 2011The Martinez Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) will be conducting a disaster drill at the Safeway located at 3334 Alhambra Avenue. Come by, watch us in action, and learn how you can become better prepared for a disaster. If you have any questions, please contact Martinez PD at 925-372-3535.|
|June 1, 2011The Online Water Bill Payment website is temporarily offline and will be made available as soon as possible. If your bill is delinquent or close to being due, please come to City Hall if you need to pay by credit card. Checks are also accepted at City Hall or by mail. You can also leave your check payment in the drop box outside of City Hall. City Hall is located at 525 Henrietta Street, Martinez, CA 94553. Hours are: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon, and 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Thank you for your patience.|
|May 27, 2011Bay Cities Paving & Grading will be resurfacing Main Street from Castro to Court Street, Shell Ave from Castro to Pine Street and Muir Road from Glacier Drive heading east to the city limits. |
|May 27, 2011Comcast representatives informed Contra Costa Television (CCTV) this week that launch of the new "City Channel," a shared Government Access channel managed by the cities of Martinez, Pleasant Hill, and Clayton and operated by CCTV, will be delayed until approximately mid-June instead of June 1st as initially planned. Comcast will continue to air the playback of City Council meetings on Channel 24 or 26 until the new City Channel goes live. Comcast also has committed to continue carrying the Council meetings for up to one month after the City Channel starts as an overlap measure to help transition viewers over to the City Channel's spot on Channel 28. The City will provide a full press release with additional details about the City Channel when the exact date it is to go live is confirmed .|
|May 3, 2011Come out for family fun as the City of Martinez and Amtrak celebrate the 4th annual National Train Day this Saturday, May 7th, at the Martinez Amtrak station. Check out model train displays, community exhibits and kids' activities.|
|April 29, 2011Spend a relaxing afternoon strolling the tree-lined streets in downtown Martinez while enjoying wine tasting at local businesses.|
Tickets $15 in advance, $25 at the event.
|April 29, 2011Every Sunday and Thursday, Downtown Martinez comes alive with a delicious marketplace full of fresh California-grown fruits and vegetables.|
|April 26, 2011The City of Martinez is holding a series of community meetings to plan the design of a proposed park and a park improvement project. |
|April 14, 2011While the Martinez Police Department has embraced the principals of community policing for many years, we believe our continued and expanded efforts to engage the community at the neighborhood level has and will result in a relatively low crime rate and increased public satisfaction with the service being provided by the Department. |
The Department has implemented a new and innovative policing approach designed to facilitate direct personal communication between our officers and the community members they serve.
Click here for more information and area maps.
|April 13, 2011The California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) works with veterans to get them connected to the employment, education, housing, and health benefits they have earned through their military service. If you, or someone you know could benefit from this please check out their website: www.veterans.ca.gov|
|April 13, 2011The John Muir Birthday – Earth Day Celebration will be held on Saturday, April 16, 2011 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the grounds of the John Muir National Historic Site (Highway 4 and Alhambra Avenue). Admission is free. |
|March 31, 2011Proposed Alhambra Highlands Residential Project (2008) |
The Planning Commission reviewed the Final Subsequent Environmental Impact Report (SEIR) and the required project approvals at its meeting of March 22nd. At that meeting the Commission directed staff to prepare draft resolutions for the proposed project and to present them at the next meeting for their consideration. The meeting will be held April 12, 2011 at 7 pm at City Hall. The proposed project includes site grading and construction of new roadways, infrastructure, and 112 new single-family custom and semi-custom home sites on an undeveloped hilltop plateau in the Alhambra Hills.
|March 30, 2011We are once again creating a unique track for electric ride-on cars, big wheels and tricycles at the John Muir Amphitheater. Youngsters will be able to stop for gas, order at the drive-thru window, car wash visit to the tire shop, library, historical museum, florist and have their face painted and other cool places!|
|March 24, 2011The creek water is rising steadily and should crest the Escobar bridge around 3:00 p.m. According to the weather forecast, there does not appear to be a total break in rain until around 5:00 p.m. with rain continuing through the weekend. High tide is expected at 7:13 p.m. this evening, so there is a potential for additional flooding. Sand bags are located at the police department and sand fill stations can be found at Nancy Boyd Park, Highlands Park, Rankin Park, F. St. past the high school and Ferry St. at Allen St. |
|March 22, 2011The community and all those interested are invited to view the first year's progress on the restoration of the Joltin Joe.|
|March 16, 2011Energy Upgrade California is now here, with attractive rebates to homeowners who use a participating contractor to install energy efficiency upgrades. Attendance at a Participation Workshop is one of the requirements to become a participating contractor on www.energyupgradeca.org We are pleased to share that a Participation Workshop has been scheduled in Pittsburg.|
|March 16, 2011Everyone who lives or works in Contra Costa County are invited to register their cell phone number and the ZIP code areas for which they'd like to receive these (infrequent*) alerts.|
|March 11, 2011The City's Planning Commission will review the Final Subsequent Environmental Impact Report (SEIR) and the required project approvals at its meeting of March 22nd. The meeting begins at 7pm. The public is encouraged to attend and speak about the proposed project. |
For more information please click on the link: Alhambra Highlands Residential Project
|March 4, 2011The Earn It! Keep It! $ave It! Contra Costa Campaign (EKS) is a free tax preparation service for low and moderate income workers.|
|March 2, 2011The City of Martinez is now accepting applications for Lifeguards/Swim Instructor for the new Rankin Aquatic Center scheduled to open in July 2011. Go to http://www.cityofmartinez.org/jobs/part_time_jobs.asp to find a job description and application. Applications can also be picked up at the Recreation Office at 525 Henrietta Street, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. noon and 1- 5 p.m.|
|February 10, 2011Packets are now available for anyone who is interested in playing softball in Martinez Spring or Summer 2011. |
|February 4, 2011The City has long been a supporter of local non-profit organizations that serve the Martinez community. To help achieve this objective, the City Council adopted a "Community Groups Funding Program" in March 2007. The City is now accepting applications from community organizations for the upcoming fiscal year, which starts July 1, 2011.|
|February 3, 2011Due to technical difficulties the February 2, 2011 council meeting will not be broadcasted on Comcast Friday, 2/4/11. We hope to have this issue corrected in time to have the meeting air on Friday, 2/11/11. In the meantime, please view the meeting on our website at the link below. Sorry for the inconvenience. http://www.cityofmartinez.org/depts/mayor/meetings.asp|
|January 27, 2011The City's Planning Commission held a public hearing on January 11, 2011, to review and discuss repealing Chapter 22.41, Medical Marijuana Dispensaries, and amending Chapters 22.16, Commercial Districts, and 22.18, Industrial Districts, to permit the operation of medical cannabis dispensaries through an approved licensing mechanism instead of the current regulation, which requires a Use Permit approval. At the meeting, the Planning Commission considered the proposed changes, took testimony, and made recommendations regarding the proposed Medical Cannabis Licensing Ordinance.|
|January 14, 2011The City of Martinez is excited to announce the availability of a free downtown Wi-Fi network, providing laptop and smartphone users along Main Street; parts of Court Street; inside the Amtrak Station (including on the station platform); and City Hall Council Chambers and Plaza area (near the fountain) access to a free, fast, and dedicated wireless Internet service connection. |
|January 10, 2011Bay Area Sport Kite League and Martinez Recreation are providing a free 2-hour Indoor Kite Flying class, Saturday, January 15, noon – 2:00 p.m. at the 330 Ferry Street (next to Martinez Shoreline Park). |
|January 7, 2011The Martinez Chamber of Commerce and the City of Martinez cordially invite you to attend the Annual State of the City Breakfast. Tuesday, February 1, 2011.|
|January 6, 2011The City of Martinez Public Safety Subcommittee will be holding a special meeting on Friday, January 7th, at 8 a.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 525 Henrietta Street, to review the latest revision to the draft Medical Cannabis Dispensary Ordinance. To view the latest update of the draft Ordinance, please click here. |
|January 5, 2011Bedford Gallery at the Lesher Center for the Arts is presenting Nature's Beloved Son, Rediscovering John Muir's Botanical Legacy. Special Preview Party for the Martinez Community on Tuesday, January 11th, 6:00-8:00 p.m. RSVP by January 7th. |
|December 17, 2010It doesn't matter if you are at home or at work - winter storms can occur at any time.|
|December 1, 2010Due to construction in the Marina Vista and Ferry Street area, some streets will be closed through mid-December.|
Click here for a map showing the street closures and detours.
|December 1, 2010The City of Martinez wants to know what you think! We encourage you to attend an upcoming General Plan Update COMMUNITY WORKSHOP to provide input and help shape the future development of the City. General Plan Update Workshops will be held from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM at dates/locations listed on the General Plan Update web page|
|November 30, 2010The Holiday Frolic, Light Parade & Snow Park will be held Friday, December 3, 2010, 3pm - 9pm, downtown Martinez. The following streets will be closed throughout the day for set up & events.|
|November 17, 2010Volunteer face painters and balloon twisters are needed for the Holiday Frolic, Friday, December 3, 2010. Martinez Recreation is offering a free face painting class Tuesday, November 23, 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and a free balloon twisting class, Wednesday, November 24, 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. |
|November 3, 2010Marina Vista Street Gas Leak|
On October 26, 2010, at approximately 10:30 AM, the contractor working on the Marina Vista Street Scape Project accidently hit a PG& E Gas Main. The gas main was located in the intersection of Marina Vista and Ferry Street. The existing gas facilities crossing Marina Vista at Ferry are located at a shallow depth and it appears that the contractor clipped a stub piece of pipe off the top of the gas main.
|November 2, 2010|
Volunteers Needed for Holiday Frolic
Martinez Recreation is looking for volunteers to help with the Holiday Frolic and Children's Light Parade, Friday, December 3rd.
|November 2, 2010Saturday, November 6, 2010, the Martinez Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) will be conducting a disaster drill at the Martinez Unified School District Offices located at 921 Susana Street. |
|November 1, 2010Chapter 4 of Division 11 of the California Vehicle Code - 21809 (a)|
A person driving a vehicle on a freeway approaching a stationary authorized emergency vehicle that is displaying emergency lights, or a stationary tow truck that is displaying flashing amber warning lights, shall approach with due caution and, before passing in a lane immediately adjacent to the authorized emergency vehicle or tow truck, absent any other direction by a peace officer, proceed to do one of the following:
|October 28, 2010Marina Vista and Ferry Street business are open during construction. There is convenient parking at the Historic Train Depot. Pedestrian access is improving daily. |
|October 20, 2010NOTICE OF ROAD CLOSURE - MARINA VISTA STREETSCAPE|
Bay Cities Paving & Grading will be performing construction activities that require the full closure of Marina Vista Avenue from Court Street to Ferry Street.
|October 19, 2010Proposed Alhambra Highlands Residential Project (2008) |
The draft Subsequent Environmental Impact Report (SEIR) for the proposed Alhambra Highlands Residential Project (2008) is available for review beginning October 21, 2010.
|October 13, 2010Alhambra High Schools Homecoming Parade will be held Friday, October 15th. The parade will leave the High School Parking lot at 3:00 p.m. and head north on Alhambra Avenue. |
|October 12, 2010Did you know that organic waste accounts for an average of 20-40% of the waste generated in households, according to a recent study?|
|October 6, 2010Please Join Us! Parent-Student Information Workshop on Cyberbullying & Social Networking - Sponsored by the Martinez Police Department|
October 12, 2010, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. at Alhambra High School Performing Arts Building
|October 1, 2010The 8th Annual Shell/MEF Run for Education is Saturday, October 2, 2010. Race Day Registration 7-8:00 a.m. 5K Run/Walk 8:30 a.m.|
Don't Miss the Pasta Feed! Friday, October 1, 2010 6-8:00 p.m. at the Shell Clubhouse, 1635 Pacheco Blvd.
Click here for more info.
|October 1, 2010The Martinez Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Martinez Mayoral & City Council Candidates' Forum, October 5, 2010, 7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.|
|October 1, 2010Throughout the County there are agencies that assist with foreclosure or delinquency counseling and eviction prevention. Agencies offer both counseling and legal assistance. It is critical that those who need assistance contact one of the agencies listed here as soon as possible.|
|September 30, 2010NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a General Election will be held in the City of Martinez on Tuesday, November 2, 2010, for the following officers: |
MAYOR – 1 SEAT
CITY COUNCIL - 2 SEATS
|September 27, 2010The Martinez City Council adopted Resolution No. 038-10 on April 7, 2010, in support of AT&T's educational campaign against texting while driving to help spread the message to the public regarding the hazards associated with this dangerous habit. |
|September 17, 2010Council Meeting Playback scheduled for 8:00 p.m.|
COMCAST has informed the City that the playback of the Wednesday, September 15th City Council meeting on the public access channel 24 or 26 will be aired at 8:00 p.m. Friday evening instead of the regular 7:30 p.m. time due to the airing of a special Pleasant Hill Planning Commission meeting.
|September 16, 2010Join us October 9, 2010 for the popular Martinez Restaurant Tour. Tickets on sale Sept 3, 2010 at the Senior Center or the Recreation Office in City Hall. Cost is $15 per tickets, adults only. Ticket sales limited to 200. |
|September 14, 2010Free Family Shows at Martinez City Hall Council Chambers.|
|September 14, 2010Join us at the Martinez Police Department Open House, Saturday, September 18th from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.|
|September 13, 2010The Housing Authority of Contra Costa County is ONLY accepting pre-applications for it's two, three, four and five bedroom Public Housing Waiting List. |
|September 10, 2010|
The Martinez Police Department and the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District will be conducting a memorial service in honor of the fallen firefighters, police officers and civilians who died during the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack. The public is encouraged to attend and help honor those that lost their lives as a result of the terrorist attack.
|September 2, 2010|
Rankin Aquatic Complex Ground Breaking
Saturday, September 11, 9:30 a.m.
100 Buckley Street
The City of Martinez cordially invites you to attend the Rankin Aquatic Complex Ground Breaking Ceremony, Saturday, September 11, 9:30 a.m. A brief ceremony will be followed by refreshments.
|August 31, 2010The Martinez Police Department will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License checkpoint on Friday, 09/03/10, from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m., in the 3700 block of Alhambra Avenue. In an effort to reduce the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol involved crashes, DUI checkpoints are conducted to identify offenders and get them off the street, as well as educate the public on the dangers of impaired driving.|
|August 11, 2010Come down to Nancy Boyd Park for a FREE movie! Marty O's is presenting Spondgebob Square Pants on August 11th and Cats and Dogs on August 18th. The movie will be seen on a big screen. Movies will begin around 8:15 p.m.|
|August 5, 2010Update on Bone Marrow Drive – On Thursday, July 29, 2010, the Martinez Police Department along with the Martinez Police Officers' Association, the Martinez Non-Sworn Employees Association and CCMRC sponsored the day-long Bone Marrow Drive at the Martinez City Council Chambers.|
|August 2, 2010The next Public Safety Subcommittee meeting will be held on Monday, August 9th, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 525 Henrietta Street. The goal for this meeting will be to continue reviewing the remaining provisions in the draft Medical Cannabis Dispensary Ordinance, and receive input from the public.|
|July 22, 2010For Release: July 21, 2010 |
Contact: Commander Gary Peterson, Martinez PD, 925-372-3448
Trina Brajkovich, Marrow Registry, 510-292-7114
Marrow drive to be held in honor of Martinez Police Sergeant
Co-workers of a Martinez Police sergeant battling cancer, in conjunction with Contra Costa Regional Medical Center, have organized a marrow drive 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, July 29 at the Martinez City Council Chambers, 525 Henrietta Street.
|July 19, 2010The Martinez Police Department will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License checkpoint on Saturday, 07/24/10, from 6 p.m. to12 a.m., in the 3700 block of Alhambra Avenue. In an effort to reduce the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol involved crashes, DUI checkpoints are conducted to identify offenders and get them off the street, as well as educate the public on the dangers of impaired driving.|
|July 8, 2010The next Public Safety Subcommittee meeting will be held on Monday, July 12th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 525 Henrietta Street. The goal for this meeeting will be to continue reviewing the remaining provisions in the draft Medical Cannabis Dispensary Ordinance, and receive input from the public.|
|July 2, 2010Main Street Martinez will host the 2nd annual downtown Martinez 4th of July Parade & Celebration! Featuring a Pancake Breakfast, Hometown Parade along Main St. and an afternoon of live music, arts & crafts vendors, car show, kids activities, non-profit organization booths and more!|
|July 2, 2010|
4th of July
Martinez shoreline Park, 9:15 pm
Presented by the City of Martinez in cooperation with East Bay Regional Park District. Sponsored by Allied Waste, Praxair and Shell Oil Products US
Show will begin at dusk and last approximately 25 minutes.
Please keep our parks clean and green.
Pack out your garbage or place it in a trash can.
|July 2, 2010Contra Costa County would like to invite you to their Medical Reserve Corps Orientation and Basic Training where you will have the opportunity to receive an orientation to the Contra Costa Medical Reserve Corps.|
|July 2, 2010A railroad Quiet Zone Study was recently completed. A presentation (click here to view) was given to the City Council on June 2, 2010. The Quiet Zone Study (click here for entire report) reviewed existing and future freight train, passenger train, vehicle and pedestrian traffic. The Study reviewed the potential performance of the Quiet Zone evaluating three potential concepts. The study includes a discussion of Wayside horns. Click here for more information.|
|June 30, 2010The next Public Safety Subcommittee meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 6th, 2010, from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 525 Henrietta Street. The goal for this meeting will be to complete the review of the remaining provisions in the draft Medical Cannabis Dispensary Ordinance, and receive input from the public. |
|June 23, 2010Did you know that organic waste accounts for an average of 20-40% of the refuse generated in households, according to a recent study? By simply composting their own yard waste, such as leaves, fruit and grass clippings, local residents can inexpensively fertilize their own yards and directly contribute to the solution to this mounting problem.|
|June 22, 2010Due to issues involving the ongoing construction at Comcast's Walnut Creek studio which was damaged by fire last year, the playback of the June 16th City Council meeting for Comcast subscribers did not air on Friday, June 18th at 7:30 p.m. as scheduled. The meeting will now be shown this Friday, June 25th, at 7:30 p.m. on the public access Channel 24 or 26. We apologize for the inconvenience.|
|June 9, 2010The City of Martinez is now on Facebook. To become a fan just log into your Facebook account and search for City of Martinez, CA. Once you reach the page click on the LIKE button to become a fan. You can also click here to go to the page and Click the LIKE button, Facebook will then ask you to log in and add you as a fan.|
If you do not have a Facebook account, go to www.facebook.com to join.
|June 7, 2010The City Council will hold several Neighborhood meetings on the following dates:|
|June 2, 2010City Council Redevelopment Subcommittee meeting will hold the next workshop on Monday, June 14, 2010 at John Swett Elementary at 7:00 p.m. The purpose of this workshop is to provide the public with information about the redevelopment process and have an opportunity to prioritize potential redevelopment projects.|
|May 18, 2010A family-friendly bicycle challenge ride to benefit Special Olympics. Starting and finishing at Waterfront Park, Martinez, the course will consist of two 25 mile loops that will take riders across scenic Carquinez Bridge and the new Benicia Bridge. |
|April 30, 2010Martinez City Hall, including the Police Department, has received certification as a Green Business from the County's Green Business Program. |
|April 28, 2010|
Notice is hereby given that the City Council Redevelopment Subcommittee will hold a meeting on
Tuesday, May 4, 2010, at 6:00 P.M. at the
I.B.E.W, Local #302
1875 Arnold Drive
Martinez, CA 94553
This Session will be hosted by Councilmember Mark Ross and Vice Mayor Lara DeLaney. All interested persons are invited to attend. If additional information is needed please contact the City Clerk's Office at 372-3512.
|April 20, 2010Alhambra Valley Annexation Project - Public Notice of Intent to Adopt a Negative Declaration|
|April 16, 2010The rain and snow that fell on California this year have provided enough water to meet reasonable demands of Martinez customers.|
Martinez Water System 2010 water use guidelines:
|April 15, 2010The City of Martinez is joining neighbors Walnut Creek and Pleasant Hill as the third Contra Costa city to install ChargePoint® Networked Charging Stations for Electric Vehicles (EV).|
|April 14, 2010The John Muir Birthday – Earth Day Celebration will be held on Saturday, April 17th, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the grounds of the John Muir National Historic Site (Highway 4 and Alhambra Avenue). Admission is free. |
|March 24, 2010A Redevelopment Subcommittee Meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday, March 30th at 5:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at Cityhall.|
|March 22, 2010The City of Martinez is partnering with the cities of Clayton, Concord, Pleasant Hill and Walnut Creek to submit a regional application to Google, Inc. for consideration as a trial location for an ultra-high speed broadband network. If you would like to see Martinez participate in this trial, you can nominate our community at http://www.google.com/appserve/fiberrfi/public/options|
For this effort, the five cities have named themselves, "The Diablo Valley Five," and have created a Facebook page at this address:
Please visit and become fans of this Facebook page so we can show off to Google our community's level of interest in this project.
|March 12, 2010Martinez 21st Century|
General Plan Update Task Force to be formed
The City of Martinez is updating its General Plan. A Task Force, similar to the one assembled for the recent update to the City's Housing Element, is being formed to oversee the development of a new General Plan. The goal is to form a Task Force that represents the different interests and geographic areas of the City. Task Force members will play a key role in the process and provide a valuable service to the community. The Task Force will meet regularly, generally no more than once a month, until completion of the new General Plan.
|March 10, 2010The City of Martinez Public Safety Subcommittee is considering a preliminary draft ordinance to repeal and replace the City's existing regulations regarding the establishment of medical marijuana dispensaries. Click here for more information.|
|February 22, 2010The City has long been a supporter of local non-profit organizations that serve the Martinez community. To help achieve this objective, the City Council adopted a "Community Groups Funding Program" in March 2007. The City is now accepting applications from community organizations for the upcoming fiscal year, which starts July 1, 2010. |
|February 18, 2010The City of Martinez Planning Commission will hold a meeting to discuss the Alhambra Highlands Residential Project on Tuesday, March 9, 2010, at 7:00 pm in the City Council Chambers. |
The meeting will be a public scoping session concerning the Subsequent Environmental Impact Report (SEIR).
|February 16, 2010Public Works Storm Management Status Report|
At the Council Meeting on February 3, 2010, Public Works Superintendent Bob Cellini presented the Storm Management report. Mr. Cellini reviewed the preventative maintenance program, street sweeping, collection and disposal of debris, roadside, v-ditches, and culverts clean up, storm drain and catch basin inlets, creek clean up and gave an update on the clean up from the past storms.
If you are interested in seeing his presentation please click on the attached link. Storm Management Status Report
|January 7, 2010WHAT: Free Public Workshop on Martinez Multi-Family Housing Secondhand Smoke Regulations |
WHEN: Thursday, January 14th, 7 – 9 pm
WHERE: Martinez City Hall Chambers, 525 Henrietta St.
New Smoke-Free Laws to Affect Martinez Landlords and Condominium Associations
|December 2, 2009The following roads will be closed for the Holiday Frolic and Snow Park downtown. 500 Block of Main Street, 4:30 - 9:00 p.m. ; 600-700 Block of Main 5:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. ; 800-900 Block of Main St, 4:00 -9:00 p.m. Ferry Street, Ward to Escobar, will be closed from 5-9 p.m.|
Alhambra Avenue will close briefly for the Light Parade beginning at 6:30 p.m. between Jones & Main Street.
Click here for activity information.
|October 7, 2009|
Funds are available to assist you with repair costs on your rental housing property.
Loans are available at 3% simple interest
No monthly payments for 20 years!
|October 1, 2009The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors has approved furloughs for 2009/10 and 2010/11. Click on the link below to view a calendar which shows the dates that the Contra Costa County community libraries (including Martinez) will be closed for 2009/10.|
Click here to view schedule.
|September 10, 2009|
SEPTEMBER 11, 2009
MEMORIAL AT THE MARTINEZ INTERMODAL STATION
This event honors the memory of the police officers, firefighters and civilians who died in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Our memorial is steel girders removed from World Trade Center.
|August 19, 2009We Need Your Help!|
Martinez voters approved Measure H, a Park Improvement parcel assessment in the fall of 2008. Six million dollars is designated towards the replacement of the Municipal Pool at Rankin Park. Please help us build a pool that meets the needs of the community by participating in our Public Workshop.
Dates: September 10, 2009, 6pm-8pm
September 26, 2009, 10am-12pm
Location: City Hall Council Chambers
525 Henrietta Street, Martinez, CA 94553
The online survey is now closed.
|July 24, 2009RCD Senior Housing - 310 Berrellesa Street - goes before the Planning Commission on Tuesday, July 28, 2009. Click here for the agenda|
|July 22, 2009Due to a Comcast broadcasting error, the City Council meeting from July 15, 2009, will be aired on Friday, July 24, 2009, at 7:00 p.m. and then again on Friday, July 31, 2009, at 7:30 p.m.|
|July 16, 2009|
Please Come to a Meeting
to Help Shape the Future of
Housing in Martinez
Monday, August 10, 2009
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Martinez City Hall, Council Chambers
525 Henrietta Street
|July 16, 2009The State of California is in its third consecutive dry year. Water reserves are nearing historic lows. The City of Martinez Water System is restricting the use of water begining June 1, 2009. Water conservation will be very important to all of us. Mandatory rationing will likely be necessary from all Martinez water system customers to meet our reduction levels. Click here to view water conservation materials, programs, and rebate information. In addition, water conservation kits are available while supplies last.|
|July 13, 2009If you have extra "single-stream" recyclables beyond what your weekly service can handle, you're in luck. Allied Waste Services is now providing a drop-off center for single stream recyclables at no cost to Martinez residents and businesses.|
|July 13, 2009Hazardous wastes generated by residents and businesses are reaching our waterways through sewers, storm drains, and landfills. To help prevent pollution to our water environment, Central Contra Costa Sanitary District and Mountain View Sanitary District partnered in 1997 to open a Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) facility in Martinez.|
|June 26, 2009The City held a photo contest to select pictures for inclusion in its 2009-11 Budget that showcase the beauty, character, and charm of Martinez.|
|June 8, 2009In the cities of Antioch, Brentwood, Concord, Danville, El Cerrito, Martinez, Moraga, Orinda, Pinole, Pittsburg, Pleasant Hill, Richmond, San Pablo and Walnut Creek|
Notice of Proposed Class Action Settlement and Fairness Hearing
|May 27, 2009The Martinez City Council adopted Ordinance No. 1352 C.S. on May 6, 2009 (Chapter 8.05 of the Martinez Municipal Code), to offer additional protections to the non-smoking public by regulating secondhand smoke in and around public places, such as City businesses (including bars and restaurants). |
|April 22, 2009Combination of hot weather and infected mosquitoes raises risk.|
CONCORD, CALIFORNIA - - Four additional groups of mosquitoes tested positive for West Nile virus last week bringing the total in Contra Costa County to seven so far this year. Two groups were trapped in Pittsburg near Railroad Avenue and East Leland Road; one group was trapped in Bay Point near San Marco Boulevard and California Delta Highway 4; and one group was trapped in Pinole near Tennent Avenue and San Pablo Avenue.
|April 21, 2009District reports first virus-positive mosquitoes for 2009; Nine weeks earlier than last year|
CONCORD, CALIFORNIA - - A group of mosquitoes trapped in Martinez on March 27 have tested positive for West Nile virus, the first virus-positive group in Contra Costa County this year, nine weeks earlier than the first positive mosquitoes last year, and the first time ever before infected birds have been found.
|April 21, 2009Did you know that organic waste accounts for an average of 20-40% of the waste generated in households, according to a recent study? By simply composting their own yard waste, such as leaves, fruit and grass clippings, local residents can inexpensively fertilize their own yards and directly contribute to the solution to this mounting problem.|
|April 20, 2009The City of Martinez was highlighted in the April 16th 96 Hours section of the San Francisco Chronicle. It was the "Urban Outing" of the week. Click here to check out the article.|
|April 20, 2009The City's Draft Climate Action Plan was unveiled Saturday, April 18th, as part of the Earth Day Celebration on the grounds of the historic John Muir property. The draft highlights potential strategies for reducing the City’s greenhouse gas emissions which were discussed at the public workshop held on February 25th. Please visit the project website, www.greenmartinez.org, to review the draft and provide public comment through Monday, May 11th. |
|April 20, 2009The “WE Connect” Campaign is entering its fourth year of connecting California’s working families to the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and other important programs and services – such as “life line” utility rates – that provide critical economic assistance to those who need it the most. |
|April 9, 2009On Sunday, May 3rd 2009, the Environmental Studies Academy (ESA) and the City or Martinez is proud to present the opening of a brand new environmentally redesigned parking lot in downtown Martinez. The public is invited to attend a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Community-wide Celebration from 10-2pm at the parking lot on the corner of Ward and Las Juntas.|
|April 6, 2009The John Muir Birthday – Earth Day Celebration will be held on Saturday, April 18th, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the grounds of the John Muir National Historic Site (Highway 4 and Alhambra Avenue). Admission is free. Guests will enjoy interactive activities for children and adults, live entertainment, self-guided tours of the historic home and grounds, including the California Native Plant Garden, and much more. |
|April 1, 2009Effective April 1, 2009, the State sales and use tax rate increases by 1%. In addition, if you are in a city or county that has a new voter approved local district tax rate increase effective on April 1, 2009, your overall tax rate increase will be higher.|
|February 24, 2009The City of Martinez will be hosting a Climate Action Plan (CAP) Workshop on Wednesday, February 25th, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, located at 525 Henrietta Street in downtown Martinez. |
|February 10, 2009Shell Martinez Refinery will conduct pre-tests and comprehensive performance test for Carbon Monoxide Boiler No. 2. Shell Plans to conduct the pre-tests during the weeks of February 23, 2009 through March 6, 2009. |
|February 8, 2009The mission of the Martinez Police Department is, in part, to provide the highest quality police services in order to enhance community safety, protect life and property, and reduce crime and the fear of crime.|
In order to better serve you and enhance our partnerships with the community, I am asking that you take a few minutes to complete a community policing survey.
|February 8, 2009|
Pharmaceutical Collection Sites Open in Central Contra Costa
Pilot programs coordinated by three area public agencies in central Contra Costa County for the safe disposal of unused medications are set to begin at two drop-off sites in Martinez. These sites will be open to all County residents starting on Wednesday, February 11th. Read the Flier for more information.
|February 8, 2009SUNDAY, April 5, 8:30 a.m.|
8 Mile Course: Traditional out/back, scenic, rolling hills along Carquinez Scenic Drive. Great trapper down training runs for the Big Sur Marathon. Also a warm up race for the East Bay Trail Challenge Series beginning in May with the Tilden Tough 10. The State Championship Race is sponsored by Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) and Gatorade.
4 Mile Course: "Half Brickyard" out/back, same course. Walkers restricted to 4 Mile Course only.
|January 12, 2009The City has begun work on its 2009-11 Biennial Budget, and once again is sponsoring a photo contest. The winning photographs of Martinez will be showcased in the document. The pictures should be hi-resolution digital images (landscape format) that illustrate the beauty, character, and unique charm of Martinez. When submitting, please describe your pictures and specify where and when they were taken. The deadline for submittal is March 15, 2009, to email@example.com. Winners will be recognized at a City Council meeting and will receive byline credit in the budget.|
|December 15, 2008The City of Martinez will host a public informational meeting on the completion of the City's Historic Resource Inventory. The meeting will be held on Thursday evening, December 18, 2008 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM in the City Council Chambers. A copy of the report is available on City’s website: http://cityofmartinez.org/depts/planning/details.asp?f=228. |
|November 10, 2008Issue #20 of the Martinez City Times is now available on line at the following link: Martinez City Times|
|October 23, 2008FRAUD ALERT/Phone Solicitations |
The Martinez Police Officers' Association wish to warn the public of a possible phone scam related to phone solicited donations on behalf of our organization.
|October 6, 2008Downtown Martinez Community-Based Transportation Plan Open House.|
If you filled out the Community Transportation Survey this summer, this is your opportunity to see the results. If you didn't, come and give us your input now.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008 - Drop in anytime between 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. - Martinez City Hall Council Chambers, 525 Henrietta Street.
|September 19, 2008The September 17th City Council Meeting will air on Comcast station 26 on Friday, September 26th at 7:30 p.m. |
Due to technical difficulties during the September 17th Council Meeting the recording of this meeting had to be converted from our website file to video for broadcasting which means the recording is not at full quality. The recording of the meeting starts with the Public Comment section of the meeting.
We regret any inconvenience this may have caused and we are working to fix the recording issue.
|September 19, 2008Measure H - Parks, Library, Pool Safety Improvement Bond |
Click here to read the Informational Brochure
|September 18, 2008NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a General Election will be held in the City of Martinez on Tuesday, November 4, 2008, for the following officers: |
|September 16, 2008The Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for Fiscal Year 2007-08 will be posted on the website in November or early December. The City is required to be audited annually by an independent auditor and at this time the audit is in process. The City expects the audit to be completed in October and the CAFR to be brought to the City Council in November.|
|September 12, 2008The Sons of Italy, Diablo Valley Lodge presents The Joltin Joe Restoration and you can help!!|
|September 12, 2008FREE COMPOSTING WORKSHOP|
Did you know that organic waste accounts for an average of 20-40% of the waste generated in households, according to a recent study?
|September 8, 2008The Martinez Police Department is saddened to report that Sergeant Paul Starzyk was killed in the line of duty on September 6, 2008.|
As a department and community we are devastated by this tragedy. Along with Sgt. Starzyk's family, we are a City in mourning.
|September 3, 2008The City of Martinez is Going Green! The Recreation Activity Guide and the City Newsletter can be found exclusively on this website. The Fall Activity Guide is now bigger and better. More pages and more activities! Check them out!|
|August 29, 2008Downtown Martinez Community-Based Transportation Plan Meeting |
A Community Meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 21, 2008.
Click here for Meeting Information.
|July 11, 2008|
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a General Election will be held in the City of Martinez on Tuesday, November 4, 2008, for the following officers:
CITY COUNCIL - 2 SEATS
CITY CLERK - 1 SEAT
CITY TREASURER - 1 SEAT
|July 2, 2008The Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) Program is a no-hassle, check-free payment alternative. EFT lets you pay your City of Martinez Water Bill on time, without writing or mailing a check. Sign up for EFT today and your payment will be automatically deducted from your bank account. You will continue to receive a regular billing statement two weeks prior to withdrawal of funds from your account. This will allow you time to contact us with any questions before your payment is made.|
If you have any questions or would like to complete the EFT Authorization Agreement, please call us at (925) 372-3574. The form can also be downloaded from the City’s website at Martinez Water System.
|July 2, 2008Fireworks will be held Friday, July 4, Waterfront Park. Martinez has many fabulous areas to watch fireworks, plan to be in your favorite viewing spot by 9:15 p.m. Pyrotechnics begin around 9:30 p.m. and will last approximately twenty-five minutes. Waterfront Park will be closed to cars at 6 p.m. Limited Handicapped Parking is available, so arrive earlier in the day. Remember, personal fireworks are illegal in Contra Costa County and DANGEROUS! Please pack out your garbage or place it in the receptacles provided. Fireworks are provided by the City of Martinez with assistance from East Bay Regional Park District and PraxAir|
SPECIAL THANKS TO PRAXAIR FOR THEIR GENEROUS FINANCIAL SUPPORT OF OUR FIREWORKS DISPLAY!
|June 26, 2008Downtown Martinez Community-Based Transportation Plan – Community Survey|
Help Us Get You There!
The City of Martinez, with support from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, has embarked on a study of transportation needs and solutions for Downtown Martinez. If you live or work in the downtown area (north of Highway 4), we would appreciate input on your most important destinations and travel needs by taking the Community Transportation Survey. With your help, we can design the programs and improvements that will most benefit you.
|June 9, 2008Worried about or facing foreclosure? You are invited to participate in this free, government-sponsored and confidential counciling workshop.|
|June 5, 2008Did you know that organic waste accounts for an average of 20-40% of the waste generated in households, accouring to a recent study? By simply composting their own yard waste, such as leaves, fruit and grass clippings, local residents can inexpensively fertilize their own yards and directly contribute to the solutions to this mounting problem.|
|June 5, 2008We have added a new feature to the City’s website. You can now find the City’s Municipal Code on-line by clicking on the link listed under the "Martinez Features" menu to the left. The Code is sorted by Title and Chapter, and also includes a convenient search feature when you are looking for a particular topic.|
|March 18, 2008The City has received its third Loss Control Program Level 4 Safety Award. This award from the Municipal Pooling Authority recognizes the City's excellent safety program.|
|February 20, 2008The City is now accepting applications from community organizations for the upcoming 2008-09 fiscal year, which starts July 1, 2008.|
|February 14, 2008The Downtown Martinez CBTP is part of a regional program created by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) as a grass-roots approach to identifying barriers to mobility in Downtown Martinez and developing solutions to overcome them. |
|January 3, 2008The City of Martinez has designated the following five (5) locations for the stockpiling of sand and sand bags|
|December 19, 2007The group held its third meeting on December 11, 2007, and heard principally from the hydrologist that designed the flood control work for this channel. |
|December 19, 2007Final City Council consideration of the proposed Freitas General Plan Amendment has been postponed to the City Council Meeting of Wednesday, February 6, 2008, at 7:00 PM. |
|December 10, 2007On October 17, 2007, Martinez City Council approved a construction contract with H.S.R. Inc, for the Martinez Marina Ferry Pier Removal Project. The project includes the removal of the complete Ferry Pier and supporting piles. Demolition of the Pier began in November 2007. The contractor has removed all of the horizontal elements of the Ferry Pier and pile extraction is expected to begin on or around December 12, 2007. The project is expected to be substantially complete in late December or early January 2008.|
|December 3, 2007The Beavers in Alhambra Creek Subcommittee held its first meeting in the Council Chambers at Martinez City Hall on November 27, 2007, at 5:30 pm.|
|November 21, 2007Mayor Rob Schroder appointed Council members Mark Ross and Lara DeLaney to the newly created "Beavers in Alhambra Creek" Council Standing Subcommittee. The Subcommittee was created by action of the City Council in special session on Thursday, November 15.|
|November 13, 2007On November 7 the Martinez City Council decided to establish a Council Subcommittee to investigate options that might enable beavers to remain in the Alhambra Creek Watershed. |
|November 6, 2007Martinez Mayor Rob Schroder announced this afternoon that the California Department of Fish and Game has decided to relocate the beaver family now in Alhambra Creek.|
|November 2, 2007Do you like history? Do old buildings fascinate you?|
Then join us in a community meeting November 14th hosted by the City of Martinez to discuss updating its Historic Resource Inventory.
This is an opportunity for you to share information, historic photos or any other information you may have on historic Downtown Martinez.
Be a part of Martinez history by helping document the historic Downtown!
Meeting will take place on November 14th in the City Council Chamber, 6-9PM. 525 Henrietta St, Martinez
For more information call 925-372-3534
|October 29, 2007The City of Martinez has received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association for its 2007 – 2009 biennial budget. This is the second time the City has received this prestigious national award for its budget.|
|October 24, 2007Staff has received a verbal report from a representative of Goldberg and Associates regarding the status of the soil sampling to determine structural strength and the presence of hazardous materials. |
|October 24, 2007The contract with Frederic Knapp who will be conducting an update of our Historic Resource Inventory is underway, and a schedule has been developed to complete the actual building survey, meetings with property owners, a community forum and collection of background material. |
|October 5, 2007In response to a request made at the last City Council meeting, the City's web page has been changed to retain staff reports for Council agenda items for one year, the same length of time that meeting minutes are available online.|
|September 27, 2007The Mayor and city staff attended the BCDC meeting at the Metro Center in Oakland yesterday and the City of Martinez was awarded $500,000 to remove the Ferry Pier. |
|September 27, 2007The City is currently out to bid on several key projects, including Ferry Pier Removal, 2007 Street Paving and Downtown Tree Lights.|
|September 27, 2007The City received a letter from ABAG informing us that their FOCUS program staff will recommend to the Joint Policy Committee approval of the Downtown Martinez Intermodal District as a designated Priority Development Area (PDA). |
|September 27, 2007Based upon complaints received by various City of Martinez Council Members, city staff and the Planning Commission were asked to look into our current situation and consider options to update our recreational vehicle (RV) parking ordinance in light of what other cities are doing to encourage neighborhood preservation.|
|September 13, 2007Mayor Rob Schroder sent a letter to the Regional Director of the State Department of Corrections opposing the location of an adult parole facility on Sunrise Drive.|
|September 13, 2007The City of Martinez will receive $1,162,254.00 from Proposition 1B approved by voters throughout the State of California last November.|
|September 6, 2007The City Council will hold two regularly scheduled City Council meetings in two Martinez neighborhoods. |
|August 31, 2007The City's clean water program is back on track after two years of late submittals. Staff submitted our draft of the Annual Report for comments to County program staff last month.|
|August 15, 2007Late last year Mayor Schroder reconvened the Housing Task Force, with Councilmembers Janet Kennedy and Michael Menesini serving on the group, tasked with drafting an affordable housing ordinance for consideration by the full Council. The group has been meeting over the last 10 months to draft an "Inclusionary" ordinance that will require housing developers to build a certain percentage of total new for-sale and rental units as below market rate (BMR) units. In California, nearly 30% of cities have an inclusionary ordinance that have worked since 1999 to provide up to 80,000 California residents with a home. In Martinez, the taskforce has strived to draft a reasonable mandatory inclusionary program, but with built-in flexibility to respond to our particular market conditions, especially in light of the recently adopted Downtown Specific Plan that encourages in-fill development on small downtown sites. The draft ordinance will be available for public review in the early Fall of 2007, will be reviewed by the Planning Commission in a public hearing in October, and then considered for approval by the full City Council in late 2007. Contact the Planning Department at (925) 372-3534 for more information. |
|August 8, 2007City staff is currently looking into the feasibility of utilizing a camera system to enforce red light violators at two major intersections in the City. According to Police Department statistics, the intersections of Arnold Drive & Morello Avenue, along with Alhambra Avenue & Highway 4 are among the highest for red light related accidents and citations. A study of both intersections is scheduled for the week of August 13th, 2007; a final report/recommendation will be made to the City Council in September.|
|August 8, 2007Concerns about global Climate Change are growing, and with it, the expectation that communities will take action to respond. Martinez has an opportunity to join Contra Costa County and other local cities to investigate actions that can be taken to reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions.|
|August 1, 2007At their July 18th meeting, the City Council passed a resolution selecting the development team of Howard Goldenberg and Associates for 630 Court Street and authorized the City Manager to execute an Exclusive Negotiating Right Agreement with the development team allowing 120 days to negotiate the finer points of the real estate transaction, leading to a possible Purchase Agreement. At the July 18th meeting, the developer presented preliminary renderings showing their desire to restore the façade of 630 Court Street, with a possible third level for additional professional office space. The proposal includes a seismic retrofit and rehabilitation of the existing building. Staff will provide regular updates to the City Council as negotiations progress. |
|August 1, 2007Staff from the cities of Antioch, Benicia, Pittsburg, Vallejo, and Martinez met recently to explore opportunities to cooperate on marina operational issues that could save money and improve service. The cities agreed to pursue two ideas: the possibility of purchasing a dredger that all cities could use at least for maintenance dredging, and initiating discussions with the Corps of Engineers and other agencies regarding opening a longer and common fish dredging window.|
|August 1, 2007On April 4th the Council awarded the construction contract for the Alhambra Avenue Improvement Project to Bay Cities Paving and Grading. Notice of the impending construction was mailed to approximately 300 adjoining property owners. Construction began in May. Please refer to the Engineering Division portion of our website for more information, schedules and contact information.|
|August 1, 2007The City has recently received plans from Central Sanitary District (Central San) to replace/reroute the sewer from the Miller Avenue subdivision area to an existing sewer line in Marina Vista about one thousand feet west of Miller Avenue. This replacement project will have an impact on traffic to and from the downtown area including the County office buildings and courts. Currently the sewer servicing this area runs through Shell refinery property. With heightened security measures at the refinery it has become difficult for Central San to respond in a timely manner to sewer problems. The plan will require closure of Marina Vista between Miller and Court for up to five weeks.|
Central San’s current schedule is to advertise the project in June and begin construction in July. Central San held a community meeting on May 24, 2007, and discussed the construction schedule, traffic control plan and other project impacts. Central San will notify residents that will be directly impacted. Central San will also provide information in the local press and will coordinate with Shell Refinery, the City of Martinez, and Contra Costa County.
More information is available on their website at http://www.centralsan.org
|June 21, 2007The City held a photo contest to select pictures for inclusion in its 2007-09 Budget that showcase the beauty, character, and charm of Martinez. The winners of the contest received a framed copy of their photos signed by the City Council at the June 6, 2007 Council Meeting. Please click on the link below to see a slideshow of the pictures that were selected for the Budget. Click here to see the Photos|
|June 15, 2007In 2 separate incidents a week apart both the girls and boys restrooms at Nancy Boyd Park have been severely damaged by fire. Both fires are currently under investigation. Temporary bathroom facilities are available to serve the park and ball fields. A separate bathroom facility will be available for the City’s summer recreation program. When residents use Martinez park facilities and ball fields, please be on the watch for suspicious activity. Please call 911 if you see anything that needs reporting. |
The City of Martinez is also working with our risk management authority on our insurance claim that may be able to be combined with park renovation funds to replace the bathrooms and provide other new/updated amenities at the popular Nancy Boyd Park.
|June 15, 2007The first amphitheater event was held on May 19th. The fundraising event for Hospice raised over $35,000 and had approximately 300 people in attendance. On Saturday, June 17th, 2007, the Martinez Amphitheater will host the Rock for Relief Concert. A concert with Spinning Wheel is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, June 30th.|
|June 15, 2007The Waste Reduction and Recycling Annual Report for 2005 was submitted to the California Integrated Waste Management Board (CIWMB) earlier this year. A diversion rate of 55% was reported which exceeds the 50% state mandated requirement. 2005 is the second consecutive year and the third year since 2000 where Martinez has met or exceeded the state diversion requirement. Keep Recycling Martinez!!!|
|June 6, 2007Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB) Fine and Waiver - The City of Martinez was fined $23,000 for failure to submit the annual NPDES Reports for 2004-05 and 2005-06 in a timely manner. In lieu of paying a majority of the fine ($20,000) the City of Martinez was given the opportunity to identify and fund a Supplemental Environmental Project (SEP). In coordination with the RWQCB, the retrofit of an existing city parking lot to include treatment facilities to detain and filter storm water runoff was identified as an appropriate project. The City proposes to include the Friends of Alhambra Creek and the Briones High School Environmental Science Academy to assist with this project.|
|June 6, 2007Based upon complaints received by various City of Martinez Council Members, city staff and the Planning Commission were asked to look into our current situation and consider options to update our recreational vehicle (RV) parking ordinance in light of what other cities are doing to encourage neighborhood preservation. The Planning staff began discussing RV parking with the Planning Commission in November, 2006 with an informal discussion on this issue.|
On February 27, 2007 staff brought a draft ordinance similar to the approaches adopted in Brentwood, Concord and Walnut Creek. At this meeting a number of RV owners felt that the proposal was too restrictive. There were only 2 who spoke in favor of the more restrictive approach and over 10 that spoke against the new draft ordinance.
Staff modified the approach and invited RV parking proponents and opponents to the Planning Commission meeting on April 24th to discuss this issue. Again there were only a couple of proponents of a more restrictive RV Parking Ordinance and numerous advocates of no new RV parking restrictions. At the end of the April 24th discussion, the Planning Commission asked staff to do more to out reach to the community on this issue and that staff work with both opponents and proponents on a compromise. Several members of the RV community offered to work toward such a compromise.
There will be a Community Workshop on RV Parking that will be held on Thursday evening, July 19, 2007 at 7:00 PM at City Hall (525 Henrietta Street). Hopefully a compromise will be developed at that meeting that can go to the Planning Commission in August and on to the City Council in September.
|June 6, 2007Long time member of the Cemetery Commission, George Freschi passed away on May 25, 2007. He also served on City Council from 1954 - 58. Mr. Freschi’s commitment to the City of Martinez will be missed.|
|May 30, 2007The City of Martinez with support from Martinez Main Street and the Martinez Tour of California Local Organizing Committee submitted a proposal to be considered a "Stage Start Host City" for the 2008 AMGEN Tour of California bicycle race. The event is considered to be the premier cycling event in California. The City of Martinez was selected as a host city in 2006, however in 2007 the race tour did not go thru the East Bay. This event brought cycling race teams from around the world and thousands of spectators to Martinez for an exciting day. City staff hopes to hear some time this summer if Martinez is selected as a host city for this event that will take place in February, 2008.|
|May 30, 2007A City Council Sub-committee made up of Vice Mayor Janet Kennedy and Council Member Lara Delaney along with City Manager, Don Blubaugh, Assistant City Manager, Karen Majors and Public Works Director, Dave Scola will interview all four development teams that submitted proposals for city-owned property referred to as 630 Court Street or the Sharkey Building on Friday, June 8, 2008. All 4 proposals envision a mixed use project (restaurant and office) as well as a seismic retrofit and rehabilitation of the existing building. Staff will bring a recommendation from this process to the full City Council in late June or early July.|
|May 30, 2007At the request of the Intermodal Committee the City of Martinez has retained the services of Michael Bernick to assist us in developing a strategy to secure funding from the Water Transit Authority to examine alternative ferry landing locations in Martinez. The agency does not have funding to provide funds for a study now. Mayor Rob Shroder asked Senator Torlakson to support legislation providing funding for the WTA.|
|May 30, 2007MTC has provided a grant of $60,000 to the City of Martinez to retain the services of a consultant to prepare this plan. The purpose of this planning process is to identify local transportation needs, as well as solutions to address them. The plan will primarily cover the area north of Highway 4, and will prioritize the needs of lower income residents. |
Solutions will focus on new capital improvements such as bus stops, benches, shelters, sidewalks or other amenities, and may include expanding bus service, shuttle services, pedestrian/bicycle improvements, automobile-oriented solutions, or other measures. The plan will be developed through a collaborative process involving residents, the City, County Connection, community organizations, the Transportation Authority, and MTC.
|May 23, 2007The Martinez Police Department (MPD) is working with 24 other law enforcement agencies in a "DUI Strike Team." The MPD made 22 driving under the influence (DUI) arrests as a result of this program and received an award for the third highest number of arrests for cities with a population under 50,000. Officer Glenn Walkup received an award for having the second highest total DUI arrests in the program.|
|May 23, 2007The Veterans Commission will host their annual Memorial Day programs, Monday, May 28, 2007, beginning at 9 a.m. at the Alhambra Cemetery. The brief cemetery ceremony is followed by a larger program at the Veterans Memorial beginning at 10 a.m. After the ceremonies attendees are invited to join the Veterans for refreshments at the Veterans Hall on Ward Street.|
|May 23, 2007The City of Martinez formally adopted a Specific Plan for Downtown Martinez in July, 2006. This document and its companion Environmental Impact report (EIR) serves as the vision and blueprint for the revitalization of our historic downtown. Mayor, Council Members, city staff and downtown property owners are working hard to turn this vision into reality. The following are several of the projects and programs underway or on the drawing boards:|
|May 15, 2007The Planning Commission held a study session to introduce a mixed use (commercial, office and residential) project proposed by Al Turnbaugh at the corner of Escobar and Estudillo at its Tuesday night meeting. After a presentation by the applicant and his architect, a dozen people spoke on the project. The Planning Commission was generally in favor of the project concept and believed downtown was overdue for a project of this caliber. The Commission was pleased to see a project that represented such a investment in downtown. The next steps on the project will include commencement of the environmental review process and additional public hearings at both the Design Review Committee and the Planning Commission.|
|May 9, 2007The City had plans ready to go to bid to remove this old, dilapidated pier. Estimated cost for removal is $500,000. City Council delayed moving forward with the removal in light of information that financial assistance, in the form of a grant, may be available to pay a large portion if not all the costs. To be eligible for a grant work must not have been started. While removal of the pier is a top priority the City simply could not pass up the opportunity for this financial assistance. If successful, funds budgeted for this project could be allocated to other pressing needs.|
|May 8, 2007The Willows Theater will open on Friday night, May 11, 2007 with a gala premier of "Nunsense" a light hearted musical comedy. This show will run from May 11th thru July 29th, 2007. For tickets please contact the Willows Theatre at www.willowstheatre.org|
|May 8, 2007Staff will present for City Council consideration the proposed budget for fiscal years 2007-2009 at the regular City Council meeting on May 16, 2007 at 7:00 p.m. The proposed budget will be posted on the City’s web page on Monday, May 14th and printed copies will be available for public viewing at City Hall.|
|May 8, 2007The Planning Commission will meet on Tuesday May 8th for a study session on the Turnbaugh Project at Escobar and Estudillo. The purpose of the study session is to introduce the project to the Planning Commission and the community. The Planning Commission will review the project and discuss potential zoning, design, and land use issues as well as conformance with the Downtown Specific Plan. For additional information regarding this project, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org |
|May 8, 2007The City was recently notified by the Government Finance Officers’ Association (GFOA) that it has received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the fiscal year 2006 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. This award is the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.|
|May 8, 2007City staff received an application package to apply for designation as an "Amgen Tour of California Bike Race Stage Start Host City for 2008". The City of Martinez was a "Stage 2 Start City" in 2006. Unfortunately the tour did not include any racing in the East Bay in 2007, therefore Martinez was unable to participate in this wonderful event. Applications are due on May 25th. City staff will meet with the Local Organizing Committee to put together a response for the 2008 bike race.|
|May 8, 2007In the early 1980s, the City of Martinez approved an affordable senior housing project at 90 F Street with subsidized rents sponsored by Goldrich and Kest. The affordability restrictions have expired. Goldrich and Kest began renting the units to non-age restricted adults and this has caused some significant parking and other neighborhood issues. The City of Martinez has made it clear to Goldrich and Kest that this complex may only be rented to seniors and has offered assistance in identifying resources that would enable the project to again become a subsidized senior apartment complex.|
|May 4, 2007Wednesday events in May and best of all it's FREE! Come join us and the rest of the gang. |
May 9 -- Tony Borders Puppetries from 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
May 16 -- Boswick the Clown from 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
May 23 -- Dana Smith and his dog Lacey - 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
All events held at City Hall, 525 Henrietta St., Martinez, CA. This is a free event so don't miss the fun and giggles. For more information, please call Recreation at 372-3510.
|May 2, 2007The City’s web page will be undergoing some changes to make it easier to access current news and information about City activities. The "Latest News" column will be updated weekly to keep the community informed of current and time-sensitive activities. For the time being, there will be a quick link on the home page. Be sure to check the news regularly to stay current on what is happening in the City of Martinez.|
|May 2, 2007Several years ago the City purchased a 6,000 square foot building from the County, known as the Sharkey Building. This building, which was recently placed on the State Register of Historic Places, has been offered for sale as part of the City’s downtown revitalization effort. In response to a Request for Proposals, the City received four proposals for the property. A detailed review of each proposal is underway. Staff plans to discuss their preliminary findings with the Council Court Street Subcommittee in mid-May.|
|May 2, 2007If you or a member of your family enjoys doing your own car repairs at home here are some guidelines to remember. In a residential neighborhood you may:|
Please remember that "Excessive Noise" after 10:00 PM is considered disturbing the peace. Everyone has a different tolerance for noise and wants to fully enjoy their home and neighborhood. So please remember to be a good neighbor!!
- Only work on your own car.
- Do only minor car repairs (ie. oil and filter change, tune-ups, tire change and rotation, etc.).
- Do car repairs out of the public view (in your garage but not on the drive-way)
- Work only between the hours of 7:00 AM and 7:00 PM.
|May 2, 2007In response to numerous complaints regarding the parking of RVs in yards, driveways and landscaped areas in the front of homes in many residential neighborhoods throughout Martinez, the City Council asked staff to update our RV regulations. |
|May 2, 2007Staff met with the Budget Subcommittee last week to finalize changes to the 2007-2009 two-year proposed budget.|
|May 2, 2007The City of Martinez and Almar are ahead of schedule in determining the feasibility of rebuilding/expanding the Martinez Marina and finalizing a new long term lease.|
|May 2, 2007Mario Menesini, father of Council Member Mike Menesini, received the National Association of Clean Water Agencies 2007 National Environmental award for his commitment and support of innovative clean water programs and projects.|
|May 2, 2007Martinez, along with nearly every city in the East Bay, has been sued by seven people who use wheelchairs, claiming that missing curb cuts, broken pavement and other obstacles prevent them from using the sidewalks.|
|May 2, 2007The City of Martinez boasts two opportunities each week for residents, visitors and local workers to get the freshest fruits, vegetables, and other food items. |
|May 2, 2007FOCUS, short for the Focusing Our Vision program, is a regional|
planning initiative spearheaded by the Association of Bay Area
Governments (ABAG) and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) in coordination with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District
(BAAQMD) and the Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC).
|April 11, 2007The Alhambra Cemetery, located on a lovely wooded knoll above the Carquinez Straits, is rich with local and regional history. A tour guide will introduce you to families with names you know and some you don't. Learn about local war heros, personalities, politicians and most creative caretaker. A brown bag lunch will be provided for a unique picnic experience that includes spectacular views of Martinez and the Carquinez Straits. Space is limited to 40 people. Cost is $8 and covers lunch. Adults Only. Please pre-register and choose your lunch option by calling Recreation at 372-3510.|
|April 9, 2007Possible Changes to Regulations Effecting Existing Front Yard Parking Permits.|
|March 26, 2007The City has begun work on its 2007-09 Biennial Budget, and needs quality photographs of Martinez to showcase in the document. The deadline is April 15th, so submit your digital pictures today!|
|March 8, 2007The City Council adopted a Community Groups Funding Policy at the March 7, 2007 Council Meeting. This Policy establishes the standards for organizations to request City funds within a prescribed timeframe so that funding requests may be evaluated at the same time in consideration of the funds available. The primary intent of the funding provided by this program is to serve Martinez businesses and residents.|
|March 6, 2007|
Be a part of history…..transform this prime corner into a thriving anchor in Downtown Martinez. The City of Martinez is seeking an experienced developer and/or design build team to develop this prominent corner building into a catalyst commercial project. This strategically located property is at the corner of Court and Main Streets across from the Contra Costa County Administration and Court Complex in historic Downtown Martinez. The property, known as 630 Court Street, is a 2-story, 5,920 square foot brick building constructed in 1930 that would make an ideal restaurant location to serve the needs of the 5,500 people who work or do business at the Contra Costa County Complex during the day, and the 75,000 residents of the area who now travel to Walnut Creek for fine dining.
|February 23, 2007Arbor Day Tree Planting - Friday, March 9 at Hidden Valley Park from 10 - 11 a.m. |
The City of Martinez was recognized in 2003 as a "Tree City USA" by the National Arbor Day Foundation. This distinction demonstrates this community's commitment to urban forestry and promoting the benefits of trees. Residents are encouraged to support the principles of Arbor Day year round. Reduce, reuse and recycle all paper products. Show a child how to make a leaf rubbing or plant your own trees. For more information go to www.arborday.org or call Recreation at (925) 372-3510.
|December 6, 2006The City of Marintez has adopted Ordinance No. 1322 C.S. establishing regulations for the new construction or replacement of woodburning appliances in order to promote the reduction of air pollution. The City requests residents to Spare the Air for further information on Spare the Air Days, please visit: www.sparetheair.org|
|November 27, 2006Winter is fast approaching, and with it the possibility of severe weather conditions. Flooding can be an issue in many cities in Northern California, including Martinez. Alhambra Creek, which flows from the watershed south of the City, is a major tributary that from time to time is subjected to flooding. Two branches of the creek merge near an area on Alhambra Avenue, north of Highway 4, which has caused significant flooding in recent times. |
|October 10, 2006Recruitment of City Manager - The City of Martinez has retained the services of Peckham & McKenney Executive Search to conduct the recruitment of the City Manager. The City is interested in providing the community an opportunity to express thoughts regarding the profile of the ideal candidate for this position. Please send your comments electronically by clicking on the link below, or submit them directly to the City Clerk's office at 525 Henrietta Street by November 20, 2006. |
City Manager Recruitment Input
|August 2, 2006The City Council invites you to attend a neighborhood meeting of the area known as Tavan Estates/Virginia Hills/Golden Hills neighborhood.|
|July 11, 2006The City of Martinez will close a major transmission line on Wednesday, July 12th at 8:00 a.m. The ability to transfer water within the pipelines will be severely impacted.|
|July 10, 2006Everyone is welcome to join us on Sat., July 22 for another Moonlight Magic and Movies|
|January 11, 2006Join us Saturday, February 18th as Martinez Celebrates Cycling with a Live Healthy Fair, Local Bike Tour and a Bay Front Classic Criterium. |
|December 13, 2005Martinez is proud to serve as one of the host cities for the inaugural Amgen Tour of California, an eight-day, 700-mile cycling race modeled after the Tour de France. Come see the start of the Stage Two race from Martinez to San Jose as it begins on February 21st, 11 a.m. in front of the County courthouse in downtown Martinez.|
|October 17, 2005Shell California Pipeline Company, LLC will be conducting an informational Public Workshop on Wednesday, October 26, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Martinez City Hall Council Chambers at 525 Henrietta Street.|
|September 9, 2005Commission Vacancy Announcement|
|August 26, 2005Response to Comments Document - Martinez Downtown Specific Plan Environmental Impact Report - August 2005 |
The City of Martinez Planning Commission will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, September 20, 2005, 7:30 p.m., to consider the proposed Downtown Specific Plan. The Final Environmental Impact Report is available on the City website (Click here), as a CD, and in hand copy at the City offices at 525 Henrietta Street, Martinez, CA 94553
|July 25, 2005The City of Martinez is seeking a seasoned events professional to help the City achieve greater sophistication, improved results, and a stronger indentity for events in the City of Martinez by performing the scope of services detailed in this Request for Proposals (RFP). This is a "hands-on" position that will be responsible for planning , coordination and execution of City-sponsored events.|
|June 2, 2005The City of Martinez is proposing the adoption of the updated housing Element containing City goals, objectives and programs relating to housing. |
A draft Negative Declaration has been prepared for adoption by the Planning Commission and is available at City Hall for review and comment from June 6, 2005 through June 27, 2005.
|May 17, 2005The Willows Theatre Company will present "The Sound of Music" and "John Muir's Mountain Days". |
|April 15, 2005The City will hold a Budget Workshop for members of the public on Wednesday, April 20th, from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers at 525 Henrietta Street to discuss the upcoming 2005-2007 budget cycle. |
|March 3, 2005The City Council is considering adoption of an Administrative Citation Ordinance which will provide an alternate method of enforcement for violations of the City's Municipal Code. |
Public comments about the "draft" ordinance are welcome and can be sent to email@example.com or mailed to the City of Martinez, 525 Henrietta Street, attn: Building Department.
|February 16, 2005The City recently completed a Cost of Services Study with the consulting firm Maximus, Inc., and will be holding a Public Hearing on March 2nd as part of a regularly scheduled City Council Meeting to consider changes to the City's Fee Schedule.|
|February 4, 2005Single Stream Recycling|
|January 27, 2005The City will be conducting a Public Workshop to discuss the results of its Cost of Services Study.|
|January 20, 2005The next ABC 7 Listens community feedback meeting will be held in the City of Martinez on Wednesday, January 26, 2005, from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., at the Martinez City Council Chambers, located at 525 Henrietta Street, Martinez.|
|December 8, 2004Notice of Availability of The Downtown Martinez Draft Specific Plan and The Draft Environmental Impact Report. Copies of the Downtown Martinez Draft Specific Plan and the Draft Environmental Impact Report are available for pick up at City Hall, 525 Henrietta Street, Martinez, CA 94553.|
|October 29, 2004The City Council approved the purchase of new, state-of-the-art parking meters over the summer to replace the damaged, obsolete and non-functional meters in the downtown area.|
|August 17, 2004The City of Martinez is conducting a citywide Cost of Services Study, and has contracted with the firm Maximus, Inc., to provide these services.|
|June 16, 2004The City of Martinez is pleased to announce the successful launch of the much anticipated city-wide banner program designed to help unify the City’s diverse neighborhoods, market Martinez to residents and visitors alike and to mark significant gateways and corridors throughout the City. |
|January 30, 2004Phase I Boundary Selection and Blight Analysis Findings|
|January 30, 2004Phase I Boundary Selection Exhibits|
|January 13, 2004On January 29th, the Buske Group will host a workshop in Pleasant Hill to assess the area community's cable television needs. This workshop is open to members of the general public.|
|January 5, 2004NOTICE: Workshop on Single Stream Recycling Collection and Proposed Rate Increase|
|October 17, 2003To view the Downtown Specific Plan click below.|
|August 27, 2003Beautification projects are an essential component of quality of life in Martinez.|