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This Sunday!
 
Join us on Sunday March 20 at 9:30 AM for a 60-90 minute walk starting at the plaza by the Farmers’ Market for our walk of the City’s Waterfront High-Density Housing Plan.
 
General Plan Update allows for huge development near Amtrak and north of the tracks.   

You will be able to see what the General Plan Update proposes. Besides, a nice walk at the marina is a good way to spend a Sunday morning.

Rain or shine
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Alhambra Hills Update
 
City Council voted unanimously to place a dedicated ballot measure on the June 7th election to raise the funds necessary to acquire the Alhambra Highlands as permanent open space.  For 22 cents per day we can protect the most important missing piece of Martinez open space parks, and the last of John Muir’s ranch. 

The Alhambra Hills group is seeking volunteers to help us hand out the attached flyer (Click here)

Please email info@AlhambraHillsOpenSpace.org if you would like to help us place flyers on doorsteps as we approach the June election, and or join our weekly meetings Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. Send us a message on Facebook, or call/text 510 326 0442.
 
Let's save the Alhambra Highlands Open Space for future generations.
Transportation in Martinez

Brianne Zorn
Martinez City Councilmember

What do you think of when I say “Transportation in Martinez”? That it is non-existent? Or, do you think Amtrak, BART, connector busses, ferries, bicycle routes, and an efficient transit hub? I think that Martinez has the opportunity to connect and expand our transportation infrastructure to level up our options. I bet the Contra Costa Transportation Authority thinks this too.  

CCTA is an agency that works to plan, fund, and implement innovative transit programs that strengthen our diverse communities and improve the lives of residents through reduction in harmful emissions, improved mobility, and a strengthened economy.

CCTA is working with its consultants, local jurisdiction staff, and others to update the five subarea transportation action plans, which will ultimately lead to the update of the Countywide Transportation Plan. 

CCTA has announced they are launching the first round of public outreach for these plans. The goal is to debut the project, hear directly from the community about their issues of greatest concern and desired transportation system changes, and to collect feedback to help inform the project. The webpage is live now: www.ccta.net/ctp. The webpage has additional information, a schedule of public outreach this spring (which includes ten pop-up events, five virtual workshops, and two stakeholder workshops!), and an online survey. 

I envision a Martinez where all students have free public transportation to school (more cars off the road leads to fewer emissions and better traffic!) as well as convenient and affordable “last mile connections” to support folks to easily ride existing public transportation to work (Amtrak and BART). I see a bicycle-friendly network of roads and trails for local movement. And I see a pedestrian ferry that connects our stretch of the Carquinez Strait with San Francisco, Vallejo, and Oakland. 

Please participate in one of CCTA’s outreach activities to share how you get around, what barriers to transportation you face, and how you think our transportation system can become more connected, safe, equitable, and resilient to climate change.

Brianne Zorn
hikaribri@gmail.com



Help plan for the future of Mt. Wanda

From the March 16, 2022 John Muir Historical Site Press Release:

Martinez, CA – The National Park Service invites the public to help refine a vision for the future of Mt Wanda and soon to be acquired adjacent lands. The national historic site is seeking further public input on a proposal that will guide resource protection and visitor experiences into the future. Mt. Wanda is a 370-acre part of the historic Martinez ranch where John Muir lived. At Mt. Wanda, visitors can walk in John Muir’s footsteps as they explore, research, and appreciate the wildness of this inspirational landscape. The plan for Mt. Wanda will identify new visitor opportunities and functions, facility needs and resource management strategies, while improving the connectivity of Mt. Wanda to other areas of the park and the broader community.

Preliminary alternatives were released in 2018. Public comments were received and considered by the planning team. The project was on hold from 2019 to 2022. During that time, the team studied options for addressing connectivity between park sites. The National Park Service is now officially initiating public scoping and inviting comment on the proposed action, as described in an electronic newsletter. You are invited to download the newsletter and provide comments, concerns, and new ideas using the planning website at https://parkplanning.nps.gov/mt_wanda_scoping.

With the completed and pending acquisition of new lands incorporated into the planning area, Acting Superintendent Naomi Torres notes, “we are at an important crossroads in terms of the use and protection of Mt. Wanda. It is now time to chart the course for management, resource protection and visitor use in a new plan that will guide us into the future.”  

 The Comprehensive Site Management Plan is a long-range plan that will serve as a guidebook for the future to help managers make decisions about how to best protect natural and cultural resources in a changing climate, what desired experiences and activities should be available to visitors, and what facilities and infrastructure are needed to support the site.  

The National Park Service has developed a newsletter that provides a proposed action for Mt. Wanda, describes the planning process, and contains detailed information about how to comment on the proposed action.   

To learn more about John Muir National Historic Site visit http://www.nps.gov/jomu and to download the newsletter and submit comments, visit the National Park Service Planning website https://parkplanning.nps.gov/mt_wanda_scoping.  


 
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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