We are already a month into the new year and it is time for me to start preparing for the annual State of the City message. This year’s event is again being hosted by the Martinez Chamber of Comerce and will be held at 8 a.m. Feb. 13, at Creekside Church. In prepartion for this event, the Martinez city staff has charted out the major accomplishments of 2017 and major objectives for 2018. I will not go into great detail here, but wanted to highlight a few major accomplishments of 2017.
Martinez was established in 1849 and has been the county seat of Contra Costa County since California became a state. The city was incorporated in 1876, making it one of the oldest established incorporated cities in the county. In the 141 years since the first City Council election, city council members (or trustees and they were initially called) were elected at-large by the entire voting population.
The older I get the faster the years go by. It seems like it was only a few weeks ago the summer was winding down and our kids were going back to school. Now all of a sudden the holidays are upon us and soon I will be constantly writing 2017 instead of 2018 (it always takes me at least a month to get the new year right). And with the new year, California’s new cannabis law (Prop. 64) and new regulations will take effect. The new law legalizes the use of cannabis for everyone 21 and older.
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