Delta Sun Times - September 2021 Edition

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GOVERNMENT NEWS

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SEPTEMBER 14

CALIFORNIA GUBERNATORIAL RECALL ELECTION

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On the September 14 ballot, voters will respond to only two questions. First, whether or not Gov. Gavin New- som should be removed from office, and second, which candidate should succeed him if Newsom is recalled. All registered voters have now re- ceived an official mail-in ballot for the election, and vote by mail started August 16. In-person voting will also be available for four days — Sept. 11 through Sept. 14.

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LOCAL HISTORY

NEW STATE BUDGET TO BOOST RESTORATION OF MARSH HOUSE

The effort to restore the home of Cali- fornia’s first doctor has gotten a much- needed infusion. The 7,000 square-foot sandstone mansion built in 1856 by Dr. John Marsh in what is now Brentwood, will receive $1.4 million for construction and resto- ration after Sen. Steve Glazer (D-Contra Costa) helped secure the funding as part of the state’s new budget. “Given the house’s standing in our local history and the rich archeological composition surrounding it, restoring this treasure will be a huge benefit to students, nature lovers, and history buffs from throughout the region,” Glazer said. Contra Costa District III Supervisor Di- ane Burgis, a long-time advocate of the house, helped make Glazer aware of the importance of the site. The house is the centerpiece of the yet-to-open Marsh Creek State Historic Park, which is also rich with the history of Native Ameri- cans who once inhabited the area and archaeological deposits that date back thousands of years. A planned trail sys- tem and other recreational opportuni- ties, as well as the natural resources pre- served in the 3,700-acre park, will be a big benefit to the public, and to the stu- dents at the new Los Medanos College extension located next door.

statehood has taken a giant leap.” Following the news, The Trust has launched a new effort to match the state’s investment. “The Trust looks for- ward to working with California State Parks and local government agencies to bring about this shared vision,” Marges- son said. “We’re ecstatic!” said Trust Board Member Rick Lemyre. “The Stone House has languished too long, not only in the shadow of Mount Diablo but in the shadows of history. This money will not only help preserve an iconic struc- ture and the history of the man who built it but to celebrate and learn from the cultures of the Native American and Hispanic people who once lived in the Marsh Creek State Historic Park as well. Many thanks to Sen. Glazer and Super- visor Burgis for helping to make this happen!” Marsh, a Harvard graduate, arrived in Southern California in 1835 and be- came the first to practice Western medi- cine in what was then the Mexican ter- ritory known as Alta California. In 1853 he moved north and became the future Contra Costa County’s first resident of Anglo-European descent when he es- tablished his Rancho Los Meganos. Marsh was murdered in 1856 by dis- gruntled employees near Martinez.

O View of the east (rt) and south (lt) walls of the house, 1925. This photograph illustrates the shortened chimneys and the last of three tower and piazza designs. Source: Historic American Buildings Survey, National Park Service)

“There are so many opportunities for the community to take advantage of all the park has to offer,” Burgis said. “A lot of kids think that history happened somewhere else, but a lot happened, right here in our backyard, too.” The John Marsh Historic Trust, which has worked for more than 20 years to stabilize and restore the house, hails the funding as “a game-changer,” said President Barry Margesson. “Trust’s dream of a fully restored Marsh house serving as East County’s premier site for the public to explore and relive the Ran- cho era leading up to the Gold Rush and

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