Jim Diaz, Clayton Mayor

Clayton Council reviews strategic goals, celebrates Clayton’s 60th anniversary

Jim Diaz, Clayton MayorCLAYTON, CA (Mar. 16, 2024) — We were saddened to hear of the passing of Robert “Bob” Hoyer, Clayton’s first mayor.

Hoyer, a Founding Father of the city of Clayton and pillar of our community, died at age 102 on Feb. 20. He was very influential in the development and growth of our wonderful small-town community. He will be missed. May Bob rest in peace.

For those not in attendance at the Feb. 20 meeting, the City Council set the stage for our Strategic Plan. The council reduced the initial nine Strategic Objectives down to five. They are:

Public Safety, Infrastructure and Accessibility: roads, sidewalks and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Community Parks and Recreation.

Economic Development: promoting available spaces, growing number of families into the community, improving downtown activity.

Balancing the Budget.

Maintaining the Aesthetics of the City: through the Landscape Maintenance District (LMD).
Individually, each objective is important, but we did not order them in priority. That will take place at a future City Council meeting.

Also on Feb. 20, the council approved an Ad-Hoc Committee to address parking in the downtown area.

March 5 meeting

At the March 5 meeting, we celebrated Clayton’s 60th anniversary of its 1964 inauguration. The festivities included a special cake and beverages. The attendees enjoyed sharing their thoughts and experiences in Clayton.

A huge thank you to our city staff, led by city clerk Stephanie Cabrera-Brown, who coordinated the party. Also, my thanks go to Vice Mayor Kim Trupiano for conducting the evening’s event.

In addition, the City Council presented a Certificate of Appreciation to the Contra Costa Water District (CCWD) team for their exceptional and rapid response to the broken main-water line on Easley Drive. Joining the CCWD team was board president Ernie Avila.

Further, the City Council reviewed, discussed and acted on the Five-Year Financial Forecast for FY 2024-2028. We also reviewed and recommended adjustments to our Reserve Fund and assignments. Additionally, the council provided city staff with direction of potential future, and needed, revenue measures.

As your mayor, I will work hard to maintain Clayton’s character while running an open and transparent local government.

Let’s make 2024 a year to remember in Clayton. I look forward to working with you.

Reach the mayor with questions or comments at 925-673-7316 or JimD@claytonca.gov.