Area coverage of Martinez News-Gazette announced closure

The Martinez News-Gazette will be shut down on December 29, 2019.

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    Martinez News-Gazette To End Publishing

    [BenIndy Editor – Question: will Gibson Publishing ALSO shut down the struggling Benicia Herald? No word on this as yet. Will keep you posted… More on the story in area news outlets here.  – R.S.]

    The current editor of the 161-year-old newspaper said he isn’t sure whether the paper will continue as an online-only endeavor.

    By California News Wire Services, News Partner
    Repost from Patch.com
    Martinez News-Gazette, 802 Alhambra Ave., Martinez
    Martinez News-Gazette, 802 Alhambra Ave., Martinez (Google Maps Street View)
    MARTINEZ, CA — The Martinez News-Gazette, which proudly boasts it has been published continuously since September 1858, told its readers Sunday morning that it will cease publishing, at least in print, with its Dec. 29 edition.
    The news came in a front-page story Sunday, which also was published on the newspaper’s website and its Facebook page.
    Rick Jones, the Gazette’s editor the past six years, said on Sunday that he isn’t sure whether the paper will continue as an online-only endeavor. The Gazette has been sustained largely by paid legal advertising, which Jones said would not carry over to online.”We do have a decent online presence and an active Facebook page,” Jones said. He said it’s hard to find longtime Martinez residents who haven’t either been loyal Gazette readers, or worked as delivery carriers for the paper, which is published twice a week.”This paper means a lot to the community,” Jones said.The Gazette’s closure announcement caused a stir on a local Facebook page called Martinez Rants and Raves. Among many members there, Sunday’s announcement came as a shock.”I am sad to hear the Martinez Gazette will not be there for our city to share local events and for parents to clip out articles and pictures about their kids activities and sports,” Martinez resident Bob DiBetta posted there. “Growing up I remember, I felt proud when my family clipped the article about our second-grade class making puppets for a local show.”The Gazette’s announcement comes after the regional East Bay Times has cut back on coverage in Martinez and other nearby cities, and after at least two upstart local print newspapers have come and gone.The Gazette is owned by Vallejo-based Gibson Radio and Publishing, which also owns newspapers in Benicia and Dixon. Jones said the Gazette has somewhere between 4,000 and 4,500 subscribers. There are only two full-time employees — Jones is one of them — and three part-timers.

    Jones said he knows he has local support; “Every person has asked me, ‘What can we do to save it?’

    “I’m really trying to get over the emotional part of it and trying to be more pragmatic about it,” he said.

    —Bay City News Service

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      5 Ways to Debunk the GOP’s Defense of Donald Trump – Attempted Crime Is Still a Crime

      Click for larger image. Source: MEME

      From The Nation: 5 Ways to Debunk the GOP’s Defense of Donald Trump…

      “…attempted crime is still crime, and Trump’s ineffectiveness is no defense for his actions. But here, it’s important to understand that the law makes no distinction between “attempted” bribery and bribery. The mere solicitation of the bribe is the crime itself, regardless of whether the bribe is paid. The law contemplates a public official who “directly or indirectly, corruptly demands, seeks, receives, accepts, or agrees to receive or accept anything of value.”

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        Trump’s 10 Impeachable Offenses – UPDATED

        [Editor: This is an UPDATED listing including brief references to recent findings of Trump’s corrupt treatment in regards to Ukraine.  For some of us, this will serve as a good SUMMARY of the miserable daily onslaught of the last 3 years’ news reporting.  For ALL OF US, this is yet another alarm bell and maybe time to contact our elected representatives!  More on current IMPEACHMENT HEARINGS…  – R.S.]

        Repost from NEED TO IMPEACH

        TRUMP’S 10 IMPEACHABLE OFFENSES

        • The trail of evidence starts with Trump’s attempt to get James Comey, the FBI director responsible for overseeing the investigation into Trump’s relationship with Russia during the 2016 election, to drop an investigation into National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.
        • When Comey refused, Trump fired him.
        • Trump made two more attempts at stopping the investigation by trying (unsuccessfully) to fire Robert Mueller, Comey’s predecessor. Then, Trump ordered White House Counsel Don McGahn to create a false record indicating that no attempts took place – McGahn refused.
        • Trump has repeatedly attempted to intimidate or influence witnesses in proceedings against him.
        • In all, Robert Mueller’s investigation revealed multiple instances where there was “very substantial” evidence that Trump had committed obstruction of justice.
        • Read more about Donald Trump’s obstruction here.
        • The Constitution’s Foreign Emoluments Clause prohibits the president from accepting personal benefits from any foreign government or official.
        • Trump has retained his ownership interests in his family business while he is in office.
        • Thus, every time a foreign official stays at a Trump hotel, or a foreign government approves a new Trump Organization project, or grants a trademark, Trump is in violation of the Constitution.
        • Trump has repeatedly pushed his properties as avenues to secure his favor, and multiple foreign officials have stayed at his properties while lobbying his administration.
        • Trump attempted to promote his club in Doral Florida for the 2020 G-7 Conference.
        • And every time he goes to golf at a Trump property, he funnels taxpayer money into his family business—violating the Domestic Emoluments Clause.
        • In the middle of the 2016 election, Trump’s son was invited to meet with a Russian national regarding “information that would incriminate Hillary and…would be very useful to” Donald Trump. Donald Trump Jr. was told it was “part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.” Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, and Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort took the meeting.
        • Federal law prohibits campaigns from soliciting or accepting anything of value from a foreign national.
        • Paul Manafort and Rick Gates met with Konstantin Kilimink, likely a Russian spy, multiple times in the summer of 2016 to provide him with internal campaign polling data detailing the Trump campaign’s midwestern strategy. Manafort lied about these meetings to the FBI even after pleading guilty to other crimes.
        • This relationship between the Trump team and multiple Russian nationals raises questions of whether the campaign aided a hostile foreign power’s active operation against the United States.
        • When Trump gave cover to the neo-Nazis who rioted in Charlottesville and murdered a protester, he violated his obligation to protect the citizenry against domestic violence.
        • When Trump encouraged police officers to rough up people they have under arrest, he violated his obligation to oversee faithful execution of the laws.
        • Trump and his rhetoric have been cited in numerous criminal proceedings as being the inspiration and justification for political violence.
        • When faced with impeachment in the House, Trump has alluded to his supporters engaging in insurrection to keep him in power – a rallying cry readily picked up by his supporters.
        • President Trump threatened to withhold aid from Ukraine if its Prime Minister did not investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son. Using taxpayer dollars to manipulate an important ally against Russia and attack a political rival is a clear abuse of presidential power.
        • Furthermore, this administration tried to conceal the whistleblower complaint that brought this corruption to light and label the civil servant who filed it as partisan.
        • In addition, Trump’s decision to pardon Joe Arpaio, who was convicted for contempt of court after ignoring a court order that he stop detaining and searching people based on the color of their skin, amounted to an abuse of the pardon power that revealed his indifference to individual rights, equal protections, and the separation of powers.
        • Pardoning this conviction goes against the Fifth Amendment, which allows the judiciary to issue and enforce injunctions against government officials who flout individual rights.
        • High-ranking administration officials involved in foreign affairs have signaled that Trump does not have the capacity to make informed decisions in the event of a military crisis.
        • Even worse, his actions could spark a needless confrontation stemming from misunderstanding or miscalculation.
        • We see this in full effect every time Trump tweets or makes a public statement taunting and threatening the North Korean regime.
        • The president may be the “Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States,” but that does not give him the right to behave in reckless or wanton ways that put millions of lives at risk.
        • If he is unfit to perform his duties as Commander in Chief, he cannot be allowed to remain in the position.
        • President Trump has repeatedly pressured the Department of Justice and the FBI to investigate and prosecute political adversaries like Hillary Clinton; now, the DOJ has reopened the Clinton email investigation in an attempt to scandalize his opponents.
        • This is not based in concerns with national security, law enforcement, or any other function of his office—it is an attempted power play, plain and simple.
        • Trump also pressured the Ukrainian government to investigate Joe Biden, his potential opponent in the general election, by leveraging US military aide to help his reelection prospects.
        • Trump and Attorney General Barr have asked foreign intelligence agencies to assist in an investigation to discredit Robert Mueller, hoping to undermine the credibility of the damning Mueller Report.
        • There’s no question that these actions constitute an outrageous and inappropriate abuse of executive branch powers and serve as clear grounds for impeachment.
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