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City Of Martinez Declares State Of Emergency


On January 4, 2023, Governor Newsom declared a State of Emergency in response to the ongoing severe storms related to a series of atmospheric river systems that began on December 27, 2022 and have continued since that time. These storms have caused significant impacts to the community, which has included mudslides at seven locations, downed trees at six locations, flooding at four locations, along with multiple road closures. These storms have also caused significant impacts to creeks in Martinez, with major erosion at multiple locations and significant debris accumulation in others.

With more severe weather ahead, the City anticipates continued impacts to occur throughout the community further hampering the City’s ability to respond and resolve with available resources. Therefore, the City Manager, serving as the City’s Director of Emergency Services, has declared a local emergency to allow the City to receive additional resources to help address the impacts from these storms.

The City will continue to stay closely aligned with County and State emergency services as we move through the response and recovery process.


Captain Bebops January 9, 2023 - 10:23 AM - 10:23 AM

As long as I don’t see tanks rolling down the street. That would really make the potholes worse.

Martinez has a very varied topology. The downtown susceptible to floods and homes on some hills susceptible to slides. Google location services showed where I live as around 400 feet which I questioned since I live in a valley but then I found a picture looking south from the waterfront taken in the 1800s it goes uphill gradually from there.

Toni. Peacock January 9, 2023 - 10:46 AM - 10:46 AM

Does this include the canal flooding behind the Rancho Diablo Mobile Home Park on Marsh Dr? This is a senior park in Pacheco.

Exit 12A January 9, 2023 - 11:54 AM - 11:54 AM

No. That is not within the City of Martinez.
You’re unincorporated… contact the County.

Lamorinda Larry January 9, 2023 - 2:48 PM - 2:48 PM

Congratulations! 🎉🍾

Everyone with a mobile home on that canal’s banks just won a free yacht 🛥️!

SAM January 9, 2023 - 11:07 AM - 11:07 AM

Oh wow. Now Martinez needs to get in on those sweet sweet emergency fed dollars and also back up gavin newsom. Give me a break, you let the homeless drug addicted bums form an encampment at OUR marina, can’t clean the canals and now want MORE of our taxes?
You have a huge water front, let it deteriorate to nothing and haven’t figured out how to make it generate $$. A nice pier, amusement rides, condos, restaurants…
You guys can’t clean the bum trash from the creeks and waterways with our tax money because you’re busy forming committees to study the racial implications of street signs an trash can sizes??
Get every single politician out.
This is bare minimum what we expect from our governments. Roads, flood plan, flowing sewer, street lights, regulations on price for water, power, trash, police service, and maintenance for all things listed. If you can figure out this, you need to resign.

Anon January 9, 2023 - 12:53 PM - 12:53 PM

Sam is correct on this……a pier, amusement type thing would be Far more inclusive than some ‘field of broken dreams’ ball field.

And Cool it on the “affordable” housing gimmick…’s time for the rest of Co Co county to pick up the slack!

Anonymous January 10, 2023 - 7:49 AM - 7:49 AM

NIMBYs and well-funded environwhackos would thwart any effort to develop the Martinez waterfront. And if the issue were put before the people of Martinez, they would vote it down as well due to the former and the desire to maintain “muh openspace.” They get what they deserve.

Captain Bebops January 10, 2023 - 9:17 AM - 9:17 AM

There is a problem making the waterfront a destination point: the railroad. Frequent freight trains block the tracks and the backup would pose a traffic problem. But maybe not a problem in 2026.

...---... January 9, 2023 - 11:35 AM - 11:35 AM

What about the beavers ? Where is the help for them ?

Parent January 9, 2023 - 11:51 AM - 11:51 AM

Ever heard the story of the big who cried wolf?

Maybe this state of emergency in Martinez is warranted, though I would want to question how we did not prepare for this …. But left/right now politicians call a state of emergency in California. We are still under the Covid state of emergency. When does it end? I am personally so tired of hearing ‘state of emergency’ because it has lost its shock factor and if a real state of emergency did exist (besides our inept governor), it would probably just be lost in the noise and people would be hurt.

BagsFlyFree January 9, 2023 - 11:56 AM - 11:56 AM

@Sam is on point. This is the county seat, and a reflection of this areas reactionary wait n see approach to anything substantial. All of CoCo is a colossal failure with meaningful waterfront development. Federal Glover needs to be kicked off the field and find a new sport, as diesel Bart trains is no victory to hang your hat on.

Itsme January 10, 2023 - 9:17 AM - 9:17 AM

Perhaps you might want to hold the snarky comments until after the storms are over, the damage is cleaned up and people are safe. Then you can offer constructive advice as to how to prevent this type of thing in the future. Until then your remarks are not helpful to those of us that have sustained damage.

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