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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.
Ken Duarte April 14, 2014 at 04:29 AM
Absolutely a problem and I am amazed by the amount of people who don't see it that way.This isRead Moreexact ly how kids and adults alike get killed.It seems that they think that under normal cercumstances nothing ever has happened,so how dangerous could it be.They never stop to think that its when thing don't happen normally is when an accident occurs... That's what makes them accidents...By that point its already to late.I live out in Alhambra Valley and more then a couple of times I have witnessed local kids riding Atv's riding without helmets .Each time I ask them where their helmet is?When they respond ,I always(In my hardest voice tell them,"I don't want to see them riding without a helmet",then I throw in that"I don't want there brains scatterd on my driveway".I get a kick out of how they are left short for words.I also think that any extreme type sports that are on T.V.should be required to ware the proper protection...All to often they show kids riding skateboards,bicycles,motorcycles,ECT without pads or helmetsIt should be outlawed...
Lawrence Risner March 30, 2014 at 10:49 PM
There is no question as to needing loaves and fishes the question is why across town from theirRead Morefutu re place of residence and also across the street from the senior cente? As far as being closer to the sheriff facilities being I guess you aren't hearing yourself speak - if there is no concern about the safety why is there a security guard inside loaves and fishes and what about the businesses downtown? When is the last time you took a walk in town or around the marina? This may be the county seat but it is also a nice quiant little town that is becoming uncomfortable to visit, dine and shop in because of the number of unstable individuals on the streets and it is going to be worse very soon.
Christopher Jeffrey Benson April 01, 2014 at 02:01 PM
To answer each of Lawrence's questions in turn as best I can: (1) It is my general understandingRead Moretha t a shelter provided for the homeless is not open 24 hours a day, and that loitering near it during the day is not permitted. (2) My experiences around my former work places in Berkeley and Oakland, as well as my interaction with the downtown Martinez business owners amongst my friends suggest that this is not an issue in Martinez. Several such business owners on Main Street do in fact hire the homeless for short tasks like moving equipment, or getting lunch for a sole proprietor. (3) Well it has been two days now because of the weather, but I usually take my dog for a walk downtown every day, passing Loaves and Fishes as I do. I am a slightly built old man suffering terminal cancer, and even without my scaredy-cat Rottweiler mix, I have never felt threatened in downtown Martinez, at the Marina, or in the vicinity of Robinson and Alhambra.
Lawrence Risner April 01, 2014 at 03:05 PM
Christopher, Why is it that once the promises are made and the doors are open the good will intentRead Moreg oes sour. The Palms was conceived and sold to the city as a residence for needy seniors ( by the way, that too is a farce.- when a senior has to move from their place of residence due to health etc., they don't need to move into yet another single apartment - they need an assisted care). The concerns being aired here are not directed at what is in Martinez now rather it's what's going to happen with the quality of Martinez - and once it does happen it is irreversible. What do you think is going to be the end effect to the diners on the patios on Main Street when they have the needy walking by in both directions while they are eating? Not just one or two either. This is a quandary but I still think the city councilman(realtor) and the loaves and fishes management should have the utmost concern for the seniors at the senior center and the businesses in Martinez. Incidentally, there happens to be an abundance of business property space on the south side of town(Arnold way) that would void all of our concerns. A look at the police logs tells another story than what you wish to believe. And why hasn't this been presented to the citizens to see what the general take on this is?
Doreen Bagno March 07, 2014 at 03:45 PM
A pge transformer also blew at 10 45 pm the same evening on Pinion Dr You may of heard that
Chris Kapsalis March 07, 2014 at 07:45 PM
Did it happen at the same time? Cheryll do you know what time the strike hit? I have never heardRead Moreany thing like it before. Heard a lot of thunder in all conditions, even in snow. In a plane. A huge bolt hit our house in New Orleans incredibly loud and powerful. but this one was different. Maybe so Doreen. I honestly thought the refinery blew up. It did not sound like typical thunder , or a transformer. Maybe a combination. And electricity going around wires etc. But it was very very strange sounding and loud, and more of a buzz sound than thunder sound...
Cheryll March 07, 2014 at 07:56 PM
I don't remember the time but it might have been the 10:45 time, I thought it was later because the Read Morepower was off for about 2 hours and it went on about 3 I think, but I was dazed and confused for sure. I don't remember what time, but dad will remember because I was on the phone to see if they were ok. I didn't hear anything electrical, just the loud noise which, yes was a WEIRD combination of transformer sound and jarring close up explosion noise. Myself and neighbors gathering outside thought it was a transformer until I woke up in the morning and saw the tree. Imagine my surprise to see that myself and the neighbors had narrowly escaped a fire or worse, thanks to a ginormous redwood tree. Now PG&E is wanting to top off my front yard cypress tree. Too bad, it might have some day save MY life and home. But you gotta do this stuff, if its too close it could also be a fire hazard if electricity jumps the lines in a storm and I have seen that happen. Very scary!
Lawrence Risner March 04, 2014 at 07:18 PM
Anne, Just be thankful that your business isn't located by the senior center with Loaves and Fishes Read Moreas a prospective neighbor. Wonder how Copper Kettle is going to cope with it? Wonder how Concord is avoiding these issues? Our town could be a wonderfully quaint place if all the money interest yahoos would get the heck out!
Lawrence Risner March 05, 2014 at 12:51 AM
Why not open a couple of rooms at the new Berellessa Palms for Loaves and Fishes? Would be locatedRead Morea t place designated for the needy.
Lawrence Risner March 05, 2014 at 12:48 AM
I just had a thought - why don't they open up a couple of rooms at the new Berellessa Palms forRead MoreLoav es and Fishes?
Night Watch March 02, 2014 at 02:27 AM
Two cats? Oh no! I hope whoever is doing this will be exposed and punished. But it won't bring this Read Moreinnocent kitty back! How evil and hateful to cause suffering like this! The universe is watching you!
Chris Kapsalis February 28, 2014 at 10:44 PM
Could others please do me a favor and recommend this post so Patch can get wind of it and pull it?Read MoreO r flag the comment that calls me a dip blank? I would really appreciate it. Thanks. Been up over 24 hours and I really do not appreciate this kind of personal attack and vulgar language or Patch not noticing it. Thank you so much if you can! Chris
Carl Petersen III February 25, 2014 at 05:43 PM
A response to a comment that is misquoted. One of the quotes that I focus on in this week's blog:Read Moreht tp://goo.gl/L5mPCw
Dee Mysiewicz February 04, 2014 at 06:28 AM
Are they ever going to fix Brown st.? It's got to be the WORST!!!
Chris Kapsalis February 04, 2014 at 07:55 AM
What we need to do is fix what we can't see. The old water pipes and other pipes underground. MuchRead Moreo f which is old and breaks all the time. Constant water main breaks is getting old. And when they fixed up downtown they did not do what they really needed to do. Looked nice on top. But as usual, the most important is left to rot and break. Before they fix the next road, fix the water main break in the projects, we call Becky's water main break. Long story. Anyway, and slow the hell down people coming down Shell Ave and also Brown Street. It is INSANE and your gonna kill someone. Thank you..
George March February 11, 2014 at 05:03 PM
I wonder whose domain/responsibility it is for the 100 yards of pavement adjacent to both sides ofRead Moret he Pine St./Center Ave. over crossing? It is rough, uneven, filled with potholes and badly-'repaired' potholes.
LAKE ELSINORE RESIDENT February 03, 2014 at 08:37 AM
People all over the Patch are forwarding this guys post to the IRS, like me they must believe thisRead Morei s the guys job and is he reporting taxes? Do a Web search please consider helping and more On some of his post he talks about getting a $4,000.oo donation from one person
Steve Beavers February 17, 2014 at 01:20 AM
This is Steve again, I guess there is nobody out there with anything to say about this situation. I Read Morejust called the police reguarding this ongoing problem, but with too little information, all they would do was take an incident report. hopefully somebody has at least heard something about this problem and comes foreward.
Chris Kapsalis February 19, 2014 at 10:18 AM
Unless the police see evidence of a crime there is little they can do. The only thing I can thinkRead Moreof is to get a neighbor mediator or gather signatures of people who know this situation and will back you up and go to the police again or management or even a city council meeting...
James Gray January 26, 2014 at 05:13 PM
Miss Engelhardt's letter is from the heart and moving because of it; coupled with fortitude andRead Morecour age for her age; she wears her whole soul on her sleeve, and has no retreat in her vocabulary; she even remembers her place with loyalty, with lapses of charming youthful jibes at the perceived perpetrator; Something tells me this constable [Kevin] has convinced himself he would make a more suitable owner of paddy, and therefore If I'm correct, he is more guilty of a superiority complex than that of duplicity. Despite her youthful spirited brief, I would have miss Engelhardt on my side than a cop with social hang-ups. I will pray that her paddy returns just like lassie; Best of Iris luck to her. 4men2visit.com
Kelly Davidson December 24, 2013 at 10:28 AM
I am all for Spare the Air Days to help reduce air pollution. I would rather have cleaner,Read Morehealthier air to breath for my Christmas Day hike. - Kelly
Chris Kapsalis December 24, 2013 at 08:01 PM
I think my biggest issue with them is crying wolf. Over the last I think 16 days, maybe two ( IMO ) Read Morerequired a spare the air day. I do realize they have to call them the day before and cannot recall them. and there was a few days with 10 mph winds the day of spare the air.. However, from what I read on Claycord and other news stories, comments, is people are not taking them serious anymore, when some days we really should. Also I stand by my statement. The process to make natural gas, and the burning of it, and coal, that makes most of the electricity we use in the US electrical grid, is the leading cause of air pollution and health issues in the US, and world. I truly believe it is an unnecessary agency that cost tax payers millions to force them to use other means to warm their homes, or supplement their home heating, that cause more air pollution. I have more than one link to studies pointing out the harm bring of coal and making natural gas, and the pollution that causes. But saying that, when we really need to spare the air with a little extra effort not to use our fires places, which by the way not many use that much, because wood is expensive) will anyone listen? I see more burning on spare the air days. In protest. boycott these days may lead to them reconsidering this huge waste of taxpayer money and also not crying wolf so much, so when we really need to, people may listen. I have even read people who say they are burning tires in protest. I am not joking and would not doubt it. I don't , but is this creating a back lash that is making matters worse? I believe so. ( Sorry so long )
Ken Duarte February 02, 2014 at 06:44 AM
whatever it is it looks DEEP
Lori Wagner February 25, 2014 at 05:05 PM
Yes, they are building 80 homes. We live near there and were never informed they were building that Read Moremany homes.