Contra Costa County Jail - Martinez Detention Facility 1000 Ward St, Martinez, CA94553 Constructed in 1981, the Martinez Detention Facility has a unique non-barrier/direct supervision design that, back when,…More was considered ground-breaking. The jail itself is constructed around a central courtyard where inmates are taken for recreation.
The Martinez News Gazette is one of the oldest, and one of the smallest, newspapers in the state. It began publishing…More in Martinez in 1858, and has gone through several iterations before finally winding up as part of a chain owned by Gibson Publications. The Gazette operates out of a small brick building on Estudillo, where a staff of one news reporter, one sports reporter, one managing editor, an advertising sales manager and office manager put out the paper on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.</p>
<p>Over the years, the community has routinely supported and villified the paper, depending on the editor at the time, and the political climate. Through it all, the Gazette continues to cover local news, announcements and events.</p>
Martinez City Hall, at 525 Henrietta Street, is where to go for all city government functions, including paying water…More bills, pulling building permits, attending city council and planning commission meetings, and for minutes of past meetings.</p>
<p>The City of Martinez is a strong city manager form of government, meaning that the five member City Council sets policy and direction for the city, and the City Manager carries out those policies and directions, as well as managing the staff. The City of Martinez has a separately elected mayor and four city council members. The vice-mayor is a rotating seat, changing once per year.</p>
<p>The City Council usually meets on the first and third Wednesdays, at 7pm, in the City Hall Council Chambers. Past council meetings are available for <a href="http://martinez.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=2">viewing.</a></p>