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Sun Jul 12, 2020, 07:39 PM

I'm keeping abreast of this story. MAGAt's do the stupidest things.

July 4th, a self-righteous Trumper couple saw fit to vandalize the BLM mural in Martinez Ca. I don't live there but I'm not far away, and will pull through on my way from business trip in Concord and intend to visit this site.
The culprits have been caught. Of course, they had no permit nor any shade of moral ground to do that disgusting, DEPLORABLE act.
Here's hoping the hate crime charges stick, and they do jail time.
https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Martinez-residents-rattled-by-hidden-racism-15401202.php#photo-19662021

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Response to lambchopp59 (Original post)

Sun Jul 12, 2020, 07:43 PM

1. Hmmm ... business trip to Concord, via Martinez ...

Pinole? Hercules? Vallejo? Richmond?

I lived in Martinez for a bit as a kid, and Concord is where the first property I owned was ...

I'm pretty shocked it happened there.

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Response to mr_lebowski (Reply #1)

Sun Jul 12, 2020, 08:06 PM

3. I'm near Ukiah, but my contract here is nearly up.

It's a multipurpose trip. Wednesday, I see a specialist in Santa Rosa in the morning, working on outdoor venue arrangements for a late lunch with my cousin in Vallejo, then I'll detour a bit through Martinez to see the mural, take pics, check into my motel room in Concord for an informal interview and lunch with a head-hunter for my field Thursday and check out scout out some possible living spaces there. I'll BART into the city Friday morning for another appointment with my PCP, then home for the rest of my contract. I don't know Concord well, but it's BARTable for so many positions I'm likely to take as my next job soon.
From what I know of Vallejo/Benicia area, I was also astounded by the gall of those creeps.

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Response to lambchopp59 (Reply #3)

Mon Jul 13, 2020, 04:22 PM

7. So I was kinda right ... you're coming from Vallejo ...

Not a LOT of places one would likely be coming from where they'd go to Concord via Martinez

When I was young, I'd have said Martinez was a slightly upscale version of Benicia/Vallejo/Pinole. More working class, higher minority population ... like those places are (or at least were).

Nowadays it's a lot more akin to it's wealthier neighbors in other directions like Pleasant Hill and Concord.

Still I wouldn't even expect this to happen in Orinda or Danville, it's not just a money thing. Martinez is the CC county seat, and it's definitely a liberal county, even if it is pretty much all expensive now.

If you're heading across on the 4 around lunch time (edit: n/m you have lunch plans ... maybe your cuz would wanna go here, it's not far from Vallejo!), and you've never been, you should pop down to Port Costa, it's about 10-15 minutes off the 4. It's like a town out of time, a very cool old place. Bit of a Biker hangout on weekends. I recommend The Warehouse, very cool joint. Though I'll warn ya, you're gonna want a beer there

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Response to mr_lebowski (Reply #7)

Mon Jul 13, 2020, 09:25 PM

8. Thanx for the tip, I'll mostly be exploring downtown Concord, but I'll keep that in mind

My cousin feels most comfortable with a late lunch Pho take out she'll bring to her patio. Her mother is immunocompromised so she's being extra careful about contacts and new venues for now. That will be my Vallejo stop! I fear I'll get so wrapped up in convo with her I'll probably have to postpone taking pics of the Martinez courthouse mural till the return trip.

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Response to lambchopp59 (Original post)

Sun Jul 12, 2020, 07:50 PM

2. I'm not surprised I went to junior college in Concord and met people from Martinez the next town

Over. Went to a party there once and it was a lot of biker and low education types. There are whole pockets of racists still living there. A friend moved there and left after 6 months because she said there were a lot of ignorant people there.

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Response to kimbutgar (Reply #2)

Sun Jul 12, 2020, 08:13 PM

4. Same pockets in Vallejo, according to my cousin.

Who is progeny of the Hispanic side of my family. We haven't seen each other in decades, job demands pulled us apart continually but we've exchanged emails and social media chums for years. I knew her Grandmother and Grandma very well, she was born in So Cal, Santa Paula, where our prior history is, well, history now. None of us remained there after my Aunt and Uncle passed on.

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Response to kimbutgar (Reply #2)

Tue Jul 14, 2020, 12:57 AM

9. That Junior College is actually in Pleasant Hill

I know this cause I went there too

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Response to mr_lebowski (Reply #9)

Tue Jul 14, 2020, 12:26 PM

10. You are correct.

I lived in Concord/ Pleasant hill border area and never really figured out the boundaries being a girl from SF.

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Response to kimbutgar (Reply #10)

Tue Jul 14, 2020, 01:26 PM

11. Yeah there's no obvious boundaries, but in that neck of the woods ...

I.E. around Sunvalley Mall, Pleasant Hill is the Sunvalley Side of the 680, and Concord is The Willows Side

I still have so many CD's with labels from the used section at Rasputin Records across from Sunvalley. And I saw Rocky Horror at Sunvalley midnight movies so many times.

Lately when I'm in that area on trips home, I'm at the California Grand playing poker, my lil brother and me like to play there. That's in Pacheco near Center Ave and CC Blvd. But it's moved slightly since we were young (used to be literally on that corner), now it's across the street from where it was ... across the street from the Bowling Alley (which is still there and open, but VERY decrepit ... it's like stepping back into the 1970's when you go in).

In the same shopping center where Regency theater was.

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Response to mr_lebowski (Reply #11)

Tue Jul 14, 2020, 03:32 PM

12. I worked at the regency theater during college

Do you remember the drive in on Contra costa Blvd by Payless? Whenever I go over to Concord to visit a long time friend there ( who just moved to Fairfield because she couldn’t afford to find a new place there) I am amazed how much it changed. The only place I still recognize is the Caspers hot dog place.

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Response to kimbutgar (Reply #12)

Tue Jul 14, 2020, 03:39 PM

13. I went to Regency many times, but one time sticks out ...

That was when I took mushrooms for the first time, and saw Pink Floyd The Wall there in 1982 with my best friend. Then we walked all the way to Concord BART, laughing and trippin' balls the whole way

There was an awesome Szechuan place in that mall, too ...

I DO vaguely remember that Drive In, now that you mention it. Wow, pretty sure that went down in the 70's. Only one left (and I don't even know that it is, but was as of 2007 when I moved away) in the area is the one off the 4 near the 680 and 4.

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Response to lambchopp59 (Original post)

Sun Jul 12, 2020, 08:48 PM

5. I liked Legal Grounds coffee shop, a couple blocks from the courthouse.


Every time I had business at the Martinez courthouse I had to stop at Legal Grounds for a white caffe mocha & a white chocolate chip macadamia cookie.

It was a real treat.

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Response to lambchopp59 (Original post)

Sun Jul 12, 2020, 10:43 PM

6. Miserable. N/T

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