Clayton’s Pride shows in new flag

The updated Pride flag is known as the Progress flag.

CLAYTON, CA (June 15, 2021) — Your City Council has reaffirmed its support for June as Pride Month, and we again proudly fly the Pride flag on our city’s flag poles.

You may have noticed that there is a new design. This flag, known as the Progress Flag, incorporates the Rainbow Flag with the added colors of white, pink, light blue, brown and black in a chevron design on the left-hand side. To know more about the meaning of these colors or to learn about the various flags and their history, please click here.

June is also officially known as Portuguese Heritage Month in Clayton. In September 1542, explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo sailed into San Diego Bay and became the first European to explore the land now known as California. He is credited with numerous coastal discoveries.

Portuguese Heritage Month honors Portuguese history and the friendship between Portugal and the United States. Go to to learn more.

Do The Right Thing

Congratulations to all the “Do the Right Thing” students honored for school year 2020-’21. From Mt. Diablo Elementary: Daelyn Chippero, Emma Del Bianco, Cole Branich, Rory Houseman-Thygesen, Summer Contreras and Parker Gabriel. From Diablo View Middle School: Yoseph Sakhi, Corinne Jeandheur, Ruby Nunez, Sophia Pritchard, Hannah Thornberg, Malia Quesada and Brooke Rooney.

These students earned awards for their outstanding character and leadership in “Integrity,” “Courage” and “Responsibility.” Thanks goes out to their teachers and principals for all their help. Our future is in good hands. Well done.

Also, a big congratulations to MDE students Avica Bennet, Keira Caldwell, Julia Dent, Emma Forrester, Charlotte King and Hannah Laverick for their achievement in reaching the world championship finals in the Odyssey of the Mind competition. Never has a team from Clayton reached this milestone and we are very proud of them and their coach, Renee Culp.

As you know, California is amid the second worst drought in its history, as well as the earliest fire season on record. It is important for us all to pitch in and do our part in conserving water and to help eliminate any possibility of fire.

While Clayton has a limited maintenance staff and our state representatives are exploring legislative action, our citizens can be helpful and proactive.

Take action

Here are just a few tips to save water. Fix leaks, water plants and lawns less often, sweep driveways instead of washing them, run water only when necessary and reuse water whenever possible.

To protect from fire, cut back trees and brush from around your home, clear debris from gutters, check smoke alarms, put together an emergency preparedness kit and plan an escape route that also includes your pets.

Be sure to sign up for the Contra Costa County Community Warning System at for emergency text alerts sent directly to your mobile phone. Let’s all get safely through this together.

Finally, just a reminder that all personal fireworks are illegal in Contra Costa County.

Please have a safe 4th of July.

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