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Chris Kapsalis June 27, 2014 at 04:19 AM
I agree with everything you say. But that is what we can see. What we cannot see so well is theRead Moreendl ess miles of roads and parking lots that have cars and trucks on them dripping anti freeze and oils, gas, you name it, onto our roads that All washes directly into our storm drains and directly into creeks, lakes, rivers, bays and oceans. Amounts of toxins far beyond the toxins of garbage. And mercury, lead, you name it. Also from factories etc. , electrical coal plants that make our power, refineries, that make our way of life possible, all pollute. Either directly into the water , sometimes unchecked, or into the air then rain clouds, and down it comes, acid rain, toxic rain, and you guessed it, right into our water and earth. You are told not to even eat fish more than what, twice a year from the Bay? While a plastic bag or cup, or cigarette butt is visible, and an eye sore, and may end up in the water, and can lead to a fish or animals demise, we are all guilty of pollution on am much grander scale. The sheer amount of toxins that go into our water ways from roads and parking lots from , yes the trucks that us just about everything we have , and the factories that made everything we own, and the way the electricity is made that powers the very computer we are both using right now, is Vastly more toxic and polluting than cups and cigarette butts. By millions of times.. IMO. This is where we need to focus our attention more. Yes, do not litter, but we need to change the way we operate, live, our entire way of life, to a clean way, not this way, and understand it is what you Cannot see that is the real threat to earth, much more than visible trash. And I hate seeing visible trash. But this is a fact. Un-visible toxins are Much more of a danger... And there are things we can do. Everyone of us, to reduce this constant stream of toxins, that gets little attention compared to six pack holders and cigarette butts or six pack plastic beer holders etc... ( I am Not saying it is not an issue, trash, only reminding people it is what you cannot see that is many times more toxic to the earth.. )
Frances Vaught May 07, 2014 at 02:32 PM
Cindy, do you REALLY think the answer is to not encourage young couples to move here and startRead Morefamil ies? What would become of this town then? Another Rossmore? Oh, that's right, that is for well off seniors citizens. Well that won't happen in this town either. A new senior housing project was supposed to open up downtown and know why that didn't happen? Because the number of low income people have taken a priority over both young and old. or that's what our council seems to think. So we will have a bunch of houses that few can afford and Section 8. Won't have to worry about famlies with children moving to Martinez. Not like those couples can grow old here.
Cindy May 07, 2014 at 02:53 PM
Frances...please read the comments before mine and you will see I was responding to the "NotRead MoreIn My BackYard" views and the over populating the area. It is easy to comment that we have an over population of people in the area and believe that no one else but your family should have a right to live here. So, unless everyone stops having kids then we need to realize we have to continue to provide/build affordable housing otherwise our area becomes unaffordable for young and old alike.
JON May 13, 2014 at 05:03 AM
I love having golf in my back yard. you can't find some out of the way land like next to the VA,Read Moreor why not fix the marina mud bog! I'm not clear on why we need new homes in a town full of good and promising homes empty right now? I plan on going to this meting and say my part. hope more can join me and Tim.
Lawrence Risner May 02, 2014 at 08:43 PM
What I'm saying is "where are the facilities for the truly homeless for everyone's healthRead Moreconce rns including there's". You keep pulling this back to a personal issue but what about the public health concerns for everyone including the homeless. What are they using now? Give me a break!!! It will just be a matter of time before there is some sort health problem like back in the dark ages. History can repeat if not learned!
Lawrence Risner May 02, 2014 at 10:08 PM
By the way Chris, if you do have the 7 acres you keep saying you have and if you also have so muchRead Morec ompassion for the homeless, why not share some of your land and also a septic facility for those in need - there are only few in town? That would be wonderful! Oh yeah, I don't think I'll wait for that answer! So don't bother...
Chris Kapsalis May 03, 2014 at 08:50 AM
Yes that is what you are saying. ok. But that is just plain bizarre. You cannot just open a shelter Read Morebecause you have a plot of land. But we have not only taken in friends between homes, we have also helped out a man stuck on the street recently, let him use the shower and bought him clothes and he is now in a home. You need to stop assuming so much. Seriously. As I said, most that use Loaves and fishes Have homes, with bathrooms. I agree our city could do more. A homeless shelter. Bathrooms facilities. But as you know, that is something you cannot just do, legally or financially. But I could use help picking food. Message me if you are interested. I will not even assume about you, and what you may or may not do. But I know many in town who help homeless. But you Cannot take in homeless and just start a homeless center. It is not even legal and come with it many rules, permits, you name it. Money. Nice try though changing the subject.
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...
Karen April 21, 2014 at 12:02 PM
I agree that l&f is a wonderful organization, in fact I donate to many non-profits that feedRead Morethe hungry, but the need to help others is not the question. The issue is having an organization downtown! Ask yourself why they want to locate in downtown Martinez? Is it because the homeless are already here or is it because they know that most Martinez residents don't have the means to fight this decision? I was in Walnut Creek yesterday and saw a very poor and obviously homeless man sitting on the street (I was getting on the freeway and there was no place to stop to help him) so we all know the homeless and poor are indeed everywhere. I help people all the time with money and food so please understand that I care deeply, but l&f does not need to be downtown next to our Senior Center. To be a viable downtown we need people from other areas to visit and spend their money here and that won't happen if people feel unsafe. There have been more and more indigent people downtown lately and I believe they know that the downtown area will "belong to them" soon. I was having dinner at Lemongrass with friends recently and decided to take a walk after dinner. We had only gotten to the next block when we heard shouting. There was a large group of obviously indigent people in the Starbucks area who were acting inappropriately. One person looked at me and his expression was clear. "What are you looking at...this is our town!" No wonder Starbucks isn't open in the evening! We left immediately. I just recently learned that a building at the end of Main Street is being planned for Section 8 housing. It was originally planned as Senior housing but was changed to Section 8. The reason for the change? Owners who provide Section 8 housing are given extra money from the government, because it's a well known fact that many Section 8 renters damage property. Yes, I know that not every person who qualifies for Section 8 is trouble, but enough cause problems so the government will pay the owners as compensation. We had a Section 8 rental on our street for 3 months and it was a nightmare! We called the police so many times that they just asked..."is it _______ again? The police couldn't help so we started calling the owner of the rental every time there was trouble (multiple times a day) and he finally sold the house. I can only imagine an entire building! And they'll be walking from their rooms right down Main St to l&f. Loaves and Fishes has said there will be security guards at their location....obviously to protect their staff. Who will protect the rest of downtown! The director of L&F suggested I come to their location and see that I have no reason to be afraid. Must everyone who visits Martinez be warned/counseled/assured? I can't believe we're still talking about this! Loaves and Fishes must not move downtown and the building proposed at the end of Main St must not be allowed as Section 8 housing! Why not make the new building assisted living for seniors and move Loaves and Fishes to a more appropriate location! City Council .....Please don't make another bad decision like when Walmart was allowed in Martinez and Costco was sent away! For goodness sakes who made that terrible decision! Martinez residents speak up! City council, Loaves and Fishes...make your attentions public! Let us have a vote!
Karen April 21, 2014 at 12:05 PM
I agree that l&f is a wonderful organization, in fact I donate to many non-profits that feedRead Morethe hungry, but the need to help others is not the question. The issue is having an organization downtown! Ask yourself why they want to locate in downtown Martinez? Is it because the homeless are already here or is it because they know that most Martinez residents don't have the means to fight this decision? I was in Walnut Creek yesterday and saw a very poor and obviously homeless man sitting on the street (I was getting on the freeway and there was no place to stop to help him) so we all know the homeless and poor are indeed everywhere. I help people all the time with money and food so please understand that I care deeply, but l&f does not need to be downtown next to our Senior Center. To be a viable downtown we need people from other areas to visit and spend their money here and that won't happen if people feel unsafe. There have been more and more indigent people downtown lately and I believe they know that the downtown area will "belong to them" soon. I was having dinner at Lemongrass with friends recently and decided to take a walk after dinner. We had only gotten to the next block when we heard shouting. There was a large group of obviously indigent people in the Starbucks area who were acting inappropriately. One person looked at me and his expression was clear. "What are you looking at...this is our town!" No wonder Starbucks isn't open in the evening! We left immediately. I just recently learned that a building at the end of Main Street is being planned for Section 8 housing. It was originally planned as Senior housing but was changed to Section 8. The reason for the change? Owners who provide Section 8 housing are given extra money from the government, because it's a well known fact that many Section 8 renters damage property. Yes, I know that not every person who qualifies for Section 8 is trouble, but enough cause problems so the government will pay the owners as compensation. We had a Section 8 rental on our street for 3 months and it was a nightmare! We called the police so many times that they just asked..."is it _______ again? The police couldn't help so we started calling the owner of the rental every time there was trouble (multiple times a day) and he finally sold the house. I can only imagine an entire building! And they'll be walking from their rooms right down Main St to l&f. Loaves and Fishes has said there will be security guards at their location....obviously to protect their staff. Who will protect the rest of downtown! The director of L&F suggested I come to their location and see that I have no reason to be afraid. Must everyone who visits Martinez be warned/counseled/assured? I can't believe we're still talking about this! Loaves and Fishes must not move downtown and the building proposed at the end of Main St must not be allowed as Section 8 housing! Why not make the new building assisted living for seniors and move Loaves and Fishes to a more appropriate location! City Council .....Please don't make another bad decision like when Walmart was allowed in Martinez and Costco was sent away! For goodness sakes who made that terrible decision! Martinez residents speak up! City council, Loaves and Fishes...make your attentions public! Let us have a vote!
Karen April 21, 2014 at 12:06 PM
I agree that l&f is a wonderful organization, in fact I donate to many non-profits that feedRead Morethe hungry, but the need to help others is not the question. The issue is having an organization downtown! Ask yourself why they want to locate in downtown Martinez? Is it because the homeless are already here or is it because they know that most Martinez residents don't have the means to fight this decision? I was in Walnut Creek yesterday and saw a very poor and obviously homeless man sitting on the street (I was getting on the freeway and there was no place to stop to help him) so we all know the homeless and poor are indeed everywhere. I help people all the time with money and food so please understand that I care deeply, but l&f does not need to be downtown next to our Senior Center. To be a viable downtown we need people from other areas to visit and spend their money here and that won't happen if people feel unsafe. There have been more and more indigent people downtown lately and I believe they know that the downtown area will "belong to them" soon. I was having dinner at Lemongrass with friends recently and decided to take a walk after dinner. We had only gotten to the next block when we heard shouting. There was a large group of obviously indigent people in the Starbucks area who were acting inappropriately. One person looked at me and his expression was clear. "What are you looking at...this is our town!" No wonder Starbucks isn't open in the evening! We left immediately. I just recently learned that a building at the end of Main Street is being planned for Section 8 housing. It was originally planned as Senior housing but was changed to Section 8. The reason for the change? Owners who provide Section 8 housing are given extra money from the government, because it's a well known fact that many Section 8 renters damage property. Yes, I know that not every person who qualifies for Section 8 is trouble, but enough cause problems so the government will pay the owners as compensation. We had a Section 8 rental on our street for 3 months and it was a nightmare! We called the police so many times that they just asked..."is it _______ again? The police couldn't help so we started calling the owner of the rental every time there was trouble (multiple times a day) and he finally sold the house. I can only imagine an entire building! And they'll be walking from their rooms right down Main St to l&f. Loaves and Fishes has said there will be security guards at their location....obviously to protect their staff. Who will protect the rest of downtown! The director of L&F suggested I come to their location and see that I have no reason to be afraid. Must everyone who visits Martinez be warned/counseled/assured? I can't believe we're still talking about this! Loaves and Fishes must not move downtown and the building proposed at the end of Main St must not be allowed as Section 8 housing! Why not make the new building assisted living for seniors and move Loaves and Fishes to a more appropriate location! City Council .....Please don't make another bad decision like when Walmart was allowed in Martinez and Costco was sent away! For goodness sakes who made that terrible decision! Martinez residents speak up! City council, Loaves and Fishes...make your attentions public! Let us have a vote!
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
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..
Linda Almond-Nichols February 06, 2014 at 10:00 PM
Absolutely the best of the worst Martinez Streets is the stretch from Foster Street up CarquinezRead MoreSce nic to the cemeteries. Makes downtown Baghdad look like the Sunset Strip - a frame shifting, tire busting, suspension maiming masterpiece with three significant head injuries from bicycle accidents in the past 18 months. Truly awesome it's so bad.
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 05:10 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.
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.
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