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Ygnacio Valley art project gets to the soul of gun violence

Ygnacio Valley art project gets to the soul of gun violence

WALNUT CREEK – With Americans still coping with the shooting at the Kansas City parade, the Soul Box Project at ...

Clayton council reviews resident survey to guide city goals

CLAYTON, CA (Feb. 20, 2024) — A survey of 500 residents shows that a low crime rate and a safe ...
French legal system under spotlight in Best Picture ­nominee ‘Anatomy of a Fall

French legal system under spotlight in Best Picture ­nominee ‘Anatomy of a Fall

(Feb. 20, 2024) — Of the three international films nominated for Best Picture, “Anatomy of a Fall” might be the ...
Monument Impact ‘resilient’ as staff dispersed following Keller House fire

Monument Impact ‘resilient’ as staff dispersed following Keller House fire

CONCORD, CA (Feb. 20, 2024) — After a windswept fire damaged the back office of Keller House, Monument Impact has ...
Dog reading Pioneer newspaper

Congressional effort aims to save local journalism with new legislation

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA (Feb. 19, 2024) — Democratic U.S. Reps. Mark DeSaulnier of Concord, Eleanor Holmes Norton of Washington, ...
Jim Diaz, Clayton Mayor

Clayton extends Chief McEachin’s contract, hires new city clerk

CLAYTON, CA (Feb. 19, 2024) — I am pleased to announce that the Clayton Council Council approved a new three-year ...
Crackin’ good times continue for crab feeds amid mounting challenges

Crackin’ good times continue for crab feeds amid mounting challenges

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA (Feb. 19, 2024) — The early part of each new calendar year is marked by the ...
The Pioneer's Winter 2024 calendar of events and activities, Feb. 18 update

The Pioneer’s Winter 2024 calendar of events and activities, Feb. 18 update

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA, (Feb. 18, 2024) — The Pioneer Calendar lists local events, performances and activities for the whole ...
So This Happened...Week of Feb. 12 through 18, 2023

So This Happened…Week of Feb. 12 through 18, 2024

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA (Feb. 18, 2024) — The Concord City Council approved a Residential Tenant Protection Program on Feb ...

Concord postpones Feb. 20 Naval Weapons Station meeting to March 19

CONCORD, CA (Feb. 17, 2024) — The City of Concord Local Reuse Authority (LRA) and master developer Brookfield Properties have ...
Nicole Hackett, Garden Girl

Enjoy February’s garden beauty – but get to work

CLAYTON, CA (Feb. 17, 2024) — February is one of my favorite months in the garden. Daphne flowers perfume the ...

Concord council OKs new rules protecting tenants

CONCORD, CA (Feb. 17, 2024) — The City Council voted 4-1 on Feb. 13 to approve a Residential Tenant Protection ...
Local artists get personal with new musical releases

Local artists get personal with new musical releases

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA (Feb. 16, 2024) — For various reasons, some artists prefer to release their work one song ...
Jonathan Lee, Rainbow Center

The link between black history, ethnic studies and LGBTQIA+ liberation

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA (Feb. 16, 2024) — Since 2023, policymakers have introduced nearly 400 anti-LGBTQIA+ bills across the United ...
Actresses order up Broadway finesse for ‘Mystic Pizza’

Actresses order up Broadway finesse for ‘Mystic Pizza’

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA (Feb. 16, 2024) — If pizza is your dish, you can get your fill as Center ...
Clayton celebrates 60th anniversary since incorporating as a city in 1964

Clayton celebrates 60th anniversary since incorporating as a city in 1964

CLAYTON, CA (Feb. 16, 2024) — If you look closely at a Contra Costa County map of Clayton’s city boundaries, ...

School spirit rally introduces Concord’s new mascot Grizz

CONCORD, CA (Feb. 15, 2024) — Concord High School officially changed its nickname from the Minutemen to the Bears at ...
Edi Birsan, Concord Mayor

Concord mayor optimistic about city plan for homeless

CONCORD, CA (Feb. 15, 2024) — As you read this, there are people surviving on our streets. When you finish ...
Obituary — Katherine Palau, Jan. 12, 1957 — Jan. 18, 2024

Obituary — Katherine Palau,
Jan. 12, 1957 — Jan. 18, 2024

CLAYTON, CA (Feb. 15, 2024) — Katherine Denice Palau passed away at age 67 on Jan. 18, 2024. She transitioned ...
Lions roaring in the Lunar New Year’s Year of the Dragon

Lions roaring in the Lunar New Year’s Year of the Dragon

CONCORD, CA (Feb. 15, 2024) — Eight lions pranced and roared to the pleasure of a full house at the ...
Pleasant Hill ‘remains a safe place’ despite city worker’s death, says Rinn

Pleasant Hill ‘remains a safe place’ despite park worker’s death, says Rinn

PLEASANT HILL, CA (Feb. 15, 2024) — As the investigation into the slaying of a maintenance employee working at Pleasant ...
Pearl Harbor survivor’s sage words at 100

Pearl Harbor survivor’s sage words at 100

CLAYTON, CA (Feb. 15, 2024) — It requires a special celebration to honor 100 years of life full of countless ...
Hindus trek 21 miles on spiritual ­pilgrimage to Concord temple

Hindus trek 21 miles on spiritual pilgrimage to Concord temple

CONCORD, CA (Feb. 15, 2024) — In a vibrant display of faith and cultural celebration, several thousand devotees participated in ...

Concord adopts homeless strategic plan

CONCORD, CA (Feb. 14, 2024) — In a Jan. 6 meeting, the Concord City Council members adopted a Homeless Strategic ...
‘Blooms of love’ express heart-felt Valentine’s thanks

‘Blooms of love’ express heart-felt Valentine’s thanks

CLAYTON, CA (Feb. 13, 2024) — For the 12th year, Clayton Valley Garden Club members showered local health-care heroes and ...
The Pioneer's Winter 2024 calendar of events and activities, Feb. 11 update

The Pioneer’s Winter 2024 calendar of events and activities, Feb. 11 update

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA, (Feb. 11, 2024) — The Pioneer Calendar lists local events, performances and activities for the whole ...
So This Happened...Week of Feb. 5 through 11, 2023

So This Happened…Week of Feb. 5 through 11, 2023

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA (Feb. 12, 2024) — Santiago Jacobo, a janitor for Pleasant Hill parks, died of stabbing injuries ...

Police seeking help in solving park janitor’s stabbing death

PLEASANT HILL, CA (Feb. 11, 2024) — Pleasant Hill Police are actively investigating the fatal stabbing of a Pleasant Hill ...

Police investigate fatal stabbing at Pleasant Hill Park

PLEASANT HILL, CA (Feb. 10, 2024) — On Saturday, at approximately 4:50 a.m., Pleasant Hill Police dispatch received a report ...

Introduction to Design course open for all incoming freshmen Clayton Valley Charter High School Class of 2028

CONCORD, CA (Feb. 9, 2024) — CVCHS is offering Introduction to Design (IED), an Art elective, an Engineering course, and a ...