CoCo County Supes Beef Up Commercial Eviction ProtectionThe Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday enacted new protections for commercial rental tenants who can prove financial hardship directly tied to COVID-19-related causes, but opted not to expand existing protections for residential renters.
COVID Reopening: Contra Costa County Could Move To Red Tier Next WeekMore indoor businesses, including movie theaters, gyms and restaurant dining rooms, may be able to reopen in Contra Costa County as soon as next week, should COVID-19 case trends continue, the county's health officer said Tuesday.
Martinez to Pave Over #BlackLivesMatter Street Mural SoonA Black Lives Matter mural painted on a street in front of a Martinez courthouse building, already badly faded and now defiled by spilled white paint, is scheduled to be paved over in early October.
1 Rescued After Fire Breaks Out At Martinez Aquatic CenterOne person was rescued and taken to the hospital after a fire broke out at the Rankin Aquatic Center in Martinez on Saturday morning.
Two Arrested On Contra Costa County Vehicle Arson ChargesContra Costa County Fire Protection District announced Monday the arrests of two arson suspects in unrelated vehicle fires that occurred in Antioch and Martinez late last week.
CoCo County Supes Approve Spending 'Cares' Money On New Jail DeputiesContra Costa County plans to spend $1.75 million in federal coronavirus relief on 24 new deputy sheriff positions, despite dozens of residents imploring the Board of Supervisors not to use that funding for law enforcement.
Newly-Established Anti-Racism Task Force In Martinez Seeks ApplicantsApplications are now being accepted from prospective members of Martinez’s new Anti-Racism and Discrimination and Pro Inclusion and Equity Task Force, established in response to a recent series of racially charged incidents and subsequent public discussions about them.
CoCo County Adds Testing Capacity, Contends With Data IssuesWith area laboratories overwhelmed by a growing volume of COVID-19 coronavirus testing, resulting in "significant delays" in test result returns, Contra Costa Health Services is beefing up its lab capacity and opening up two new testing centers this week in West County.
CoCo County Plan to Close Juvenile Hall Surprises SupervisorsThe Contra Costa County district attorney’s plan to close the county's Juvenile Hall in 2021 was praised by some county supervisors for its focus, but blasted by others for the way it was announced Tuesday.
Martinez Couple Accused Of Defacing Black Lives Matter Mural Plead Not Guilty To Hate Crime ChargeA couple accused of painting over a large Black Lives Matter mural on a downtown Martinez street pleaded not guilty Tuesday to hate crime and other misdemeanor charges filed against them.
Marathon Martinez Refinery 'Indefinitely Idled' Due to Pandemic-Driven Drop in Auto TravelMarathon Petroleum will "indefinitely idle" its Martinez refinery and convert the site to a terminal facility, the company announced Friday, blaming plummeting demand for gasoline amid coronavirus-related travel restrictions.
Man Charged In Alleged Armed Confrontation At Martinez Black Lives Matter Street MuralA 30-year-old Martinez man has been charged with three felony counts for allegedly waving a gun and threatening spectators gathered at a downtown Black Lives Matter street mural, prosecutors announced Thursday.
Black Lives Matter: Thousands March In Martinez In A Peaceful Protest For Social JusticeBetween 1,500 and 2,000 people walked from the downtown Martinez courthouse to Martinez Waterfront Park in a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest Sunday afternoon.
Thousands March in Martinez at Black Lives Matter RallyBetween 1,500 and 2,000 people walked from the downtown Martinez courthouse to Martinez Waterfront Park in a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest Sunday afternoon.
2-Alarm Martinez Brush Fire Contained After Threatening StructuresA vegetation fire that started shortly before 1 p.m. Sunday at Vista Oaks and Douglas drives in Martinez has been contained, the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District said.