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City To Consider Closing Popular Fishing Pier For Repairs


Marvin Aguilar has a favorite place to relax — it’s near home and on the Carquinez Strait.

“It’s the main thing I do for my enjoyment, and after work, you just need to relax,” said Aguilar, of Martinez, as he took a silver lure out of his tackle box Tuesday morning and prepared to use it for casting for striped bass. He said he’s been coming to the Martinez fishing pier once or twice a week for 35 years.

But Aguilar and other people who come to the wooden pier to fish, take walks and sit and gaze across the Strait toward Benicia may soon have to find a new place to commune with the water, as the city is considering closing the pier to the public after a study found the structure needs significant maintenance work.

And that’s only above the water line — a dive team

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Most popular projects, plus financing tips

With so many people working from home – and opportunities to leave limited by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic – many homeowners have found their abodes wanting for more space or amenities. The result is a boom in home renovations that shows no sign of slowing down.

Contractor building a deck

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If you’re thinking of doing some nesting and taking on a home renovation project, you’re clearly not alone. Here are the most popular home renovation trends these days, and advice on how to pay for the projects.


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What kinds of projects are people doing?

Before the coronavirus pandemic, the most common home renovation projects were kitchen and bathroom remodels. According to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), that kind of work is still very popular, but it’s being joined by a new trend that reflects pandemic-related lifestyle changes.

“When we surveyed remodelers, we asked

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