Martinez Mayor's Message
Jan 29, 2020 11:45PM
● By Rob Schroder
Rob Schroder, Mayor of Martinez
Late last year, the Martinez City Council unanimously approved a license agreement with the Pecos League to use Field 4 at the Joe DiMaggio Baseball Fields at Martinez Waterfront Park. This agreement gives the league exclusive use of this professional field for all home games. The field will be available for other teams/leagues when the yet-to-be-named Martinez team is away. Spring training starts on May 22 at 6:30pm, and the first official game of the season is on May 28 vs. the Monterey Lumberjacks. Tickets are currently on sale and can be obtained on the team website http://www.martinezmackerel.com/. Other teams in the Pacific Division are Bakersfield Train Robbers, Santa Cruz Seaweed, Wasco Reserve, and Pittsburg Anchors. Although the Martinez team was initially named the Mackerel, the league has agreed to consider other names after some complaints from the public. Other names currently under consideration are the Beavers, Pipeliners, and Sturgeons. Pecos Commissioner Andrew Dunn will announce the chosen name at the State of the City Breakfast on August 11 at 7:30am at Creekside Church, on Fig Tree Lane.
The last of Measure H projects, Golden Hills Park, will commence very soon after a delay of several months due to problems with the contractor that previously won the construction bid. The city decided to rebid the project and a new contractor was chosen. In December, city staff held a preconstruction meeting with the new contractor to kick off the project. The project is expected to take 120 working days, not including delays for rain, and should be completed in the summer.
If you have been downtown lately, you have experienced a vibrant and exciting ambiance, with new shops, great eateries, and high-end wine and cocktail establishments. You would have also seen a new mid-rise office building going up on the east side of downtown between Marina Vista and Escobar Streets. This is the Contra Costa County Administration Building, which will house the Board of Supervisors Chambers, Clerk of the Board, County Administrator, and County Counsel. Once completed and occupied, the old high-rise county building at 651 Pine Street will be demolished. Because the building was constructed with some lead and asbestos materials, it cannot be imploded and must be taken down piece by piece. I know the residents on the eastern side of the downtown are looking forward to an improved view of the Carquinez Strait.