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Martinez Citizen of the Year Awards Dinner
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On Saturday, April 26, we will be honoring citizens from the community for their contributions to the betterment of Martinez. The event will take place at the Martinez Event Center, 524 Main Street...


Lion's Club Egg Hunt in Martinez
LION’S CLUB EASTER EGG HUNT is this Saturday, April 19 at 10:00am at the Waterfront Park Grass Area. Event is for  ages 2 - 9 yars old. Enjoy face painting and bring your own camera to take picture...
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Egg Hunt and Boutique in Pleasant Hill
The "Egg"-Citing Egg Hunt in Pleasant Hill is on Saturday, April 19th at Pleasant Hill Park! Start times vary by age group! Sign up early for this spring-time tradition in beautiful Pleasant Hill P...
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PHBA'sParent Appreciation Luau!
The Pleasant Hill Baseball's Parent Appreciation Luau is Saturday, May 3 at the Pleasant Hill Community Center. Doors open at 6:00pm and dinner is at 7:30pm. This is a fun filled evening with dinne...
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After a warm Easter Sunday, the weather pattern will be changing as a new work week begins. We are tracking a system that will send in more clouds, cooler temperatures, and scattered showers.

Partly cloudy skies are expected early Monday morning. The clouds will be increasing later in the day. You can count on cooler temperatures.

Monday afternoon highs should range from the low 60s near the coast to the mid 70s inland. Scattered showers will develop late Monday evening.

Projected highs for MONDAY:

  • Santa Rosa: 70
  • Napa: 72
  • Concord: 74
  • San Rafael: 69
  • Oakland: 67
  • San Francisco: 64
  • Pacifica: 60
  • Redwood City: 72
  • Fremont: 70
  • San Jose: 73
  • Morgan Hill: 75

Shower chances will linger into Tuesday morning. Temperatures will bottom out Tuesday. A stronger system could approach the Bay Area later in the week (Friday).

2014-04-20 16:45:21 -0700

Kraft Foods is recalling 96,000 pounds of its Oscar Mayer wieners because they may mistakenly contain cheese.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service said Sunday that packages of Kraft's "Oscar Mayer Classic Wieners" may instead contain the company's "Classic Cheese Dogs."

The agency says the product labels are incorrect and do not reflect the ingredients associated with the pasteurized cheese in the cheese dogs. Those products were made with milk and the known allergen is not declared on the label.

It said the problem was discovered by a consumer who notified Kraft on Friday. The company alerted the USDA the following day, according to the statement.

2014-04-20 16:34:56 -0700

Happy 4/20 — also known as a day of weed appreciation for some. So you remember last April 20 when recreational sales of Mary Jane were actually illegal in every single state? Man, how times have changed. 

"Colorado now has the most regulated system to sell recreational marijuana in the world. That state became the first in the county to make it legal for most people to buy marijuana." (Via NBC)

Since then, Washington has also decriminalized recreational pot sales. (Via KXLY)

In celebration of the unofficial holiday, stoners in Colorado were getting lifted in about every way you could think of. 

As the 2014 cannabis cup hit Denver this weekend, it was the first time the event was held in a city with legal pot sales. And some 30,000 people are expected to show up to the convention devoted to all things marijuana. (Via KRDO)

But did the legalization actually make a difference for the celebrations? 

This was the scene just last year on Hippy Hill in San Francisco. In California it's legal to possess up to an ounce of ganja but you can't sell it. (Via YouTube / Odyssey420Show)

And in Denver last year, this video shows masses of people gathered for 4/20 and smoking — though it doesn't indicate if that's marijuana. (Via YouTube / DenverzWar81)

So yes, as crowds now "flock" to a convention center in Denver to buy weed in all ways, shapes, and forms — the real change can actually be seen in the economy. An owner of a supply store told USA Today, "All the businesses are benefiting ... We called probably like 50 people trying to get stuff done." Also ... 

"These growers are not only growing pot but they're actually growing the real estate market, too." (Via KUSA)

And The Huffington Post broke down some numbers, reporting, "The first month of legal sales generated $14 million," and that was just from 59 marijuana businesses. Not to mention, "Denver has still not descended into the crime-filled hellscape that some members of law enforcement predicted. In fact, overall crime in Mile High City appears to be down since legal pot sales began." 

It's also been estimated that if pot were legalized throughout the country and taxed like alcohol, it could mean $13 billion more for federal coffers. (Via The Huffington Post)

So, as far as the economy goes, a lot has changed since Colorado legalized pot — but we should note through all the festivities, smoking in public is still not legal. As of Saturday evening, before 4/20, Denver police had already cited 22 people for public consumption of marijuana. 

 

2014-04-20 15:38:37 -0700

If you've recently downloaded an online coupon for a box of Lucky Charms you might have opened yourself up to an unlucky legal situation.

Tucked away in the fine print of its parent company's new privacy policy was language informing consumers if they’d entered into certain forms of online engagement with General Mills they had given up their right to ever sue the company. (Via Cheerios )

It read in part:  “ … use of any of our sites or services, or participation in any other General Mills offering, means that you are agreeing to these Legal Terms.”  

Analysts interpreted that to mean interacting with General Mills on Twitter, liking its Facebook page, entering in a sweepstakes or downloading online coupons.

In other words, the change in legal terms meant those customers, likely without even realizing it, were agreeing to settle any disputes before an independent arbitrator as opposed to in front of a judge or jury.

A legal expert raised an interesting point to The New York Times, which broke the story. Could this mean, theoretically, the company was legally protected if an employee deliberately put ground glass in a box of cereal? 

Naturally, that prospect caused outrage among consumers on social media. (Via Twitter / @scalziTwitter / @BillMcGevTwitter / @JoeWatchesTVTwitter / @johneriutta)

And so General Mills, after a few days of bad press, backtracked, reverting back to its old policy. Still, the company stood by its old policy as cost-effective, explaining on its blog,  “We rarely have disputes with consumers — and arbitration would have simply streamlined how complaints are handled.” Still, it added, “We’re sorry we even started down this path."

But the company wasn't alone. Ever since the Supreme Court ruled in 2011 that corporations could avoid class actions suits by including such language, more have been doing so.  

A writer at MSNBC explains, “Without even realizing it, consumers and employees attempting to sue after being harmed by a corporation may find that they’ve already signed away their legal rights to do so.”

In 2012, General Mills was sued over claims it tricked customers into believing its fruit snacks were made with real fruit. In a settlement, the company agreed to remove the word strawberry from the label. 

2014-04-20 15:26:33 -0700

A 27-year-old Fairfield resident died and a teenager was wounded after being hit by gunfire Saturday night, police said.

The victim and a 15-year-old boy were transported to NorthBay Medical Center, located at 1200 B Gale Wilson Blvd., around 10:40 p.m.

Both were suffering from gunshot wounds, police said.

The man succumbed to his injuries, while the teen was treated for a gunshot wound to his shoulder and released, according to police.

An investigation at an undisclosed location in Fairfield where the shooting is believed to have occurred is ongoing, police said.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Fairfield police at (707) 428-7600 or the 24-hour tip line at (707) 428-7345

2014-04-20 14:53:24 -0700
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