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Thousand Friends of Martinez Supports Yes on Measure R – Better Martinez Schools, Donates $1,000

(Martinez, CA) “Thousand Friends of Martinez” announced its endorsement today, in support of Yes on Measure R – Better Martinez Schools. The organization also contributed $1,000 in support of our schools.
“Nothing is more important than Martinez’s kids, and their educations,” said Dylan Radke, a member of the Thousand Friends’ Board of Directors and Campaign Chairman for “Better Martinez Schools, Yes on Measure R.”  “Thousand Friends of Martinez voted to endorse Measure R, a local measure on the November ballot, because it will ensure Martinez students continue to receive the top quality education that they deserve.”
“Measure R directly invests in our kids. They make our community a wonderful place to live—and our schools deserve our support,” said Deidre Siguenza, President of Board of Directors of the Martinez Unified School District. “Measure R will repair our aging and outdated elementary schools, prevent overcrowding and provide a safe and modern learning environment for local students.”
“Our schools are a key reason that families choose to live in our community,” said Mark Thomson, a member of the Thousand Friends’ Board of Directors.  “Measure R will maintain the outstanding level of education we have come to expect in Martinez.” 
“Every penny from Measure R directly supports our schools,” said Kay Cox, a member of the Thousand Friends’ Board of Directors and a former Martinez school teacher.  “It’s a great choice for our community and for our students.  We recommend a YES vote.”
Thousand Friends of Martinez is a new all-volunteer political organization which will work to educate the public and to elect informed, conscientious representatives; promote open government; enhance local quality of life by creating a livable city; defend parks and open spaces, and conserve natural areas and historic elements in the greater Martinez region. 

Political contributions are not tax deductible.  State law requires contributions over $100 to include occupation and employer.

Lower Walnut Creek Restoration Project - possible benefits for Martinez

Lower Walnut Creek is on the eastern side of Martinez between Acme Fill and the Tesoro Refinery.  Plans are to relocate the levees to create additional wetlands & riparian habitat, improve the level of flood protection and expand recreation opportunities along the creek.

This restoration project can not only make more of our wetlands accessible - it can help complete the Iron Horse Trail gap from Concord to Martinez/Benicia Bridge, allowing easier bicycle commuting. Martinez is one of two places in the Bay Area where the SF Bay Trail and the Bay Area Ridge Trail come together (the other is the Golden Gate Bridge). Inevitably Martinez will become more and more attractive to cyclists.

A tour of the project area will be led by Contra Costa County Flood Control District on November 12th.

More information about the project and signup form for the tour can be found at
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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

Contact us at:

Thousand Friends of Martinez
PO Box 225
Martinez, CA 94553

Vote YES on Measure R to repair, rebuild and renovate our schools.  Measure R is necessary to prevent overcrowding and provide a high-quality, modern education to local students.

Martinez Unified School District’s award-winning schools make Martinez a wonderful place to live, protecting strong property values for us all.  As more families move to our community, however, we need to prevent overcrowding so all students have access to a quality education.

Three of our four elementary schools are over 60 years old.  The infrastructure and buildings are outdated and classrooms need essential safety improvements and upgrades.  Students need a safe learning environment in order to support a quality education.  In addition, the cost of basic repairs to our outdated facilities takes funding away from the classroom and will only continue to increase if our schools are not repaired, renovated and/or rebuilt in the near future.

 In 2014, the Martinez Unified School District began its development of a Master Facilities Plan to identify the needs of the District and provide a path forward for the District to meet its goals. T he Master Facility Plan was completed in June 2016 and can be found in its entirety in the News & Events section at


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