Shell has been working for the past year with Martinez officials on opportunities to make improvements at the city’s waterfront.
“We have been a part of Martinez for a long time, and it’s always been a very high priority for us to be a valued member of the community,” Gabbard told the City Council, which gathered in front of the council dais for the presentation. “We’re the biggest business on the Martinez waterfront, and we realize we have a responsibility to help make enhancements where we can.
“On behalf of the 1,000 men and women who work in our plant every day,” Gabbard said, “I am happy to present the city of Martinez with a check for $500,000 to go toward enhancements at the marina.”
Mayor Rob Schroder accepted the ceremonial check on behalf of the city, noting that he has been working with the Shell Martinez Refinery since he was first elected 16 years ago, as have all the members of the City Council.
“This is only part of what Shell does, which is fantastic,” he said, pointing out that Shell supports many organizations in Martinez, including the Martinez Education Foundation.
“What I see as the most important thing and the most valuable is the volunteer program,” he said. “It’s not just (donating) money but time, and I really appreciate it, to make Martinez a better city.” Schroder presented Gabbard and Shell Martinez public affairs manager Steve Lesher with a certificate of recognition for the donation “providing funding for reconstructive dredging which will insure that the marina continues to operate for years to come.”
He also presented them with a certificate of recognition for the Shell Martinez employees for their volunteer work in the community.