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Dena R April 20, 2014 at 12:28 PM
seriously, what is your problem??? so quick to judge, but yet, have NO business doing so...wacko
Lawrence Risner April 20, 2014 at 02:45 PM
Dena, I had to think about responding because this matter must remain civil - so I ask you toRead Moreplease re-read the post you are offended by and consider just the facts not any opinions. I am not commenting on what loaves does just where the want to do it and why that isn't so good. This is situation is an open issue and should not be taken to personal levels. Thank you!
Chris Kapsalis April 18, 2014 at 10:30 AM
Our well water in Martinez is Not safe for humans, we were told. Polluted. Our ground water? WellRead Morewa ter should be among the cleanest of water, filtered naturally by rocks etc.. But ours is contaminated. This should tell us something. Our earth, at least here, is unhealthy, and you cannot even drink the water.
Lawrence Risner April 20, 2014 at 01:01 PM
Dena, nobody is questioning the value of Loaves and Fishes as far as providing meals for the needy. Read MoreThe question is "why in the business district of downtown and next to the senior center which has activities for Martinez seniors during the same hours?". There are other locations better suited for this than in the center of Martinez. You also might ask the business owners in town how happy they are with this and they have personal investments in their businesses. Downtown parking in the area is already saturated by the businesses and county employees so please ask the residences how they are going to like more vehicles impacting their personal parking. The lot at the senior center is full during these hours and is so small that even the seniors have difficulty finding street parking during these daytime hours. Is Loaves and Fishes going to help monitor the senior center parking lot and if they have security inside how does that answer to security problems outside. Go talk to the owner of Copper Kettle and the other businesses with the sidewalk patios if you think all is well for them!!! Try moving into Concord or "god forbid" downtown Lafayette... I don't think there is anyone siding against Loaves and Fishes for what they provide it's just that Martinez already has serious problems trying to improve it's image and attract new businesses and this is not a plus no matter what you may think or have been told. Even the city admits to having trying to stop the move but couldn't. So there it is - how many more shops do you want vacant on Main Street? And more importantly try applying some of your compasion to those you are going to negatively impact that rely on both the senior center services and customers to support local businesses - they matter too!!!
Dena R April 20, 2014 at 04:02 PM
How many of the patrons drive and park? not many, just sayin
Dena R April 20, 2014 at 04:05 PM
and the lot is saturated with court visitors...hello
Susan C. Schena April 15, 2014 at 09:47 AM
Chris, you took this picture!? If so, from what part of town?
Chris Kapsalis April 15, 2014 at 11:46 AM
From our house near the High School. We went out at 11 30 and it was hazy. We drove to the Marina,Read Morel ooked clearer that way, but it was not. Then we drove all the way out Alhambra valley, but it was even worse, by time we got back home it was clear. lol. We should have stayed put..
Lawrence Risner April 09, 2014 at 11:45 AM
Thank you Michelle, unfortunately you are living with what goes on outside l&f in which nobodyRead Morea ssociated with l&f wants to address. The service they provide is essential of that there is no question. They do have security guards inside but there is no concern about what goes on outside or during their off-hours. It's no wonder that the director lives in Lafayette and hasn't brought l&f closer to his community or his home. The senior center is the only place in Martinez that provides services and needs for the senior citizens in Martinez. The staff as well as the volunteers of the senior center work very hard to provide services for their members too and there is a real concern that many members of the senior center that will cease using the center due to safety issues etc., and not just during the l&f meal times. I as well as the other members of the senior club deserve more consideration and maybe even some respect rather then the short-sightedness of the l&f staff whom I doubt are suffering your issues because they don't live where you do. Note too that there was no community notification of this move and now that it is happening they are working very hard to convince everyone that this will effect just how good it will be - after the fact of course.....
Lawrence Risner April 09, 2014 at 12:06 PM
Incidentally, I did provide a statement of information including the concerns to the Gazette theRead Morenex t day following the presentation to the senior citizens club board members by the l&f director and for some reason I guess they didn't think there was enough interest in it to do a little research and inform the rest of our community.
Tom Borman April 10, 2014 at 06:56 PM
As a member of the Martinez Senior Board of Directors, I would like those of you reading these toRead Morekn ow that the Board, on Monday at its regular meeting, UNANIMOUSLY voted to appose the relocation of Loves & Fishes from its current location to that of the Green Street location. Speaking strictly for myself I am concerned for the following:1. The safety of our seniors (who I believe are mostly women). 2. Parking - If many of the clients of L&F truly drive to lunch (as we were told by Mr. Gerson). where will they park? Mr. Gerson stated that they were going to upgrade the parking in the rear of their new facility. I don't believe there will be enough parking for their staff let alone client parking. I truly believe that this decision should be delayed until all the interested/concerned parties have a chance to air their concerns and solutions are found for them before moving the entire operation.
Susan C. Schena April 06, 2014 at 11:08 PM
I will try to get the info tomorrow a.m. -- first thing ...
Chris Kapsalis April 07, 2014 at 01:55 PM
From what I heard a woman was heading to ER to visit a sister, or go herself, and hit the wireRead Moreholdi ng up the telephone pole. It took out power for 1800? I think. Most came back on soon. Ours came back on at about 12:30 or 1 pm. It was so loud. Happened at about 4 am, and sounded like lightening bolts and thunder. Seriously. Scary. Glad no one was seriously injured. We only lost some ice cream and frozen dinners in the freezer. Power was out for over 8 hours at our house. Everything else is ok..
Susan C. Schena April 07, 2014 at 02:13 PM
Whoa -- you're hired as my new assistant. I'm still waiting on the official word, and just got theRead MoreA pril 5 listings for Martinez posted. Thanks, Chris, and I hope I can confirm what you have here!