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Poll: The Biggest Martinez Story of 2011

From vanishing beavers to squabbles over cannabis dispensaries, it was a good year for Martinez news.

With only a couple days left in the year, we thought it was time to revisit the Martinez stories of 2011 that garnered the most attention. Some issues, such as the debate over redeveloping downtown and the fate of the marina are hardly unique to this year. It’s a safe wager that we’ll be talking about both those topics in 2012. Then there are the headlines we don’t want to ever see again. Of course, our favorite stories are the ones that we can file under “Only in Martinez.”

What do you think was the biggest Martinez story of 2011? Take our poll.

Did we forget a story? Tell us in the comments. 

Cindy Brokman December 30, 2011 at 05:14 PM
The biggest untold story to Martinez and any City of California is the continued runaway freight train of foreclosures that are destroying our neighborhoods, families, investors (who bought the worthless MBS's) and our finances. The Banks aka Cartel continue to profit from their fraud and destruction and somehow that does not make the biggest story of the year. We have a huge monster in the closet and closing our eyes will not make it go away. Most are not warning us today about what will happen if the depression we are already sinking into deepens."- Danny Schechter - You can read the rest of his story at Aljazeera.com. We need to wake up and start addressing this problem.
George Thomas Kysor December 30, 2011 at 09:00 PM
I think the biggest story of the year was "Occupy Martinez Holds A Large Rally On Alhambra Avenue Thursday" at http://martinez.patch.com/articles/occupy-73445e10 although I agree with Cindy Brokman - that the biggest overlooked story of the year about the effect on Martinez of the growing economic depression - is the one story MartinezPatch didn't post.
Marlene Vasilieff December 30, 2011 at 11:46 PM
For me, the biggest story was the response to the topic of medical marijuana. I remember for weeks checking Patch and the same guy kept posting comment after comment. It was so very ugly. It was not a dialog or discussion, but personal attacks of anyone who dared to comment. It was a real low point in the year. I had to stop reading Patch for awhile because the posts were so toxic, and as always, right at the top of the page.

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