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Alhambra Hills Survey
Don't ignore that phone call from the 909 area code - The City of Martinez is conducting a survey about the future of the Alhambra Hills.    The survey may come via email as well.
 

Waterfront & Marina Challenges
 

I have attempted to provide positive updates in each of my articles, but this month I am reporting on some major hurdles. In September, the fishing pier was closed to pedestrians due to safety concerns and in October the city council approved funding for emergency repairs. In December, we were notified that an emergency permit to conduct repairs on the fishing pier would not be immediately approved due to in-water work window limitations, and we received confirmation that the Prop 68 grant to make permanent upgrades to the fishing pier had not been awarded. At this time, despite plans for repairs and conceptual designs for rehabilitation, it looks as though the fishing pier will stay the status quo for the next several months. 

Read more (and find out some positive happenings along the shore)

Brianne Zorn
Martinez City Councilmember
It’s Time For All Martinez Citizens to Provide Input on Redistricting - Plan to Attend the January 24th Meeting

The Martinez Independent Redistricting Commission’s efforts to redraw our city’s voting district boundaries are in full swing and progressing well.   Now, the time has come for you, citizens of Martinez, to provide input to ensure that your neighborhood is fairly represented.   Citizen participation is crucial!

As part of the redistricting effort, the commission, working with an experienced demographic consultant, has set up an easy-to-use online tool for every citizen to create and submit maps with suggested boundaries for the city’s four voting districts.   Citizens will be provided training on how to use the tool at the upcoming Independent Redistricting Meeting on January 24th at 6:00 PM.

For more information about Redistricting in Martinez, visit redefinemartinez.org
Have you ever considered running for office? Then consider checking out the Contra Costa Elections Division’s Candidate Workshop.
Click here for more information.
Highlights of the last scheduled Public Meetings on the draft General Plan Update (GPU) from Jan 12 2022
 
*General Plan Update undermines funding for future parks
*No dates set for future Public Meetings
*Lack of any detailed plan for Climate Change or Sea-level rise
*Danger of putting housing on waterfront property as close as 100 feet from the railroad tracks
Pine Meadow Park
The final approval of the Pine Meadow Park Master Plan is scheduled for the February 2, 2022 City Council Meeting.  Click here to see the Plan. 

It’s great to see the first new Martinez public park in over 20 YEARS finally coming to fruition.  
More about Thousand Friends of Martinez
 
The Mission of Thousand Friends of Martinez is to provide a stable organization which will work with residents to elect informed, conscientious representatives; promote open government; enhance our quality of life by creating a livable city; defend our parks and open spaces, and; conserve natural areas and historic elements in the greater Martinez region.

Our Objectives are to:

  • Endorse, support and fund responsible and environmentally supportive leaders
  • Promote transparent government
  • Promote better land use planning and the development of policies for the public benefit
  • Defend parks, creeks, wetlands, open space and historic elements
  • Support budgeting, ballot measures and funding for these purposes
  • Educate the public about these objectives and strategies

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Help Martinez strive for more transparent government, enlightened land use concepts and to defend parks, creeks, wetlands, open space and historic elements
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