Our city was alive and vibrant with parades for Pride and the 4th of July, Classic Car Nights, the CBCA BBQ Cook-off and multiple Concerts in the Grove.
The final concerts of the season will be the Sun Kings, a Beatles’ tribute band, on Aug. 27 and East Bay Mudd on Sept. 10. Grab a picnic dinner, or dine at one of our local restaurants, and join us 6-8:30 p.m. in The Grove downtown.
I am always inspired by the coming together of our community. Our unity was most evident as we recently rallied in support of one Clayton family as their 12-year-old faced a medical emergency. Within 90 minutes of a shared Facebook post about their circumstance, more than 500 Claytonians gathered spontaneously in The Grove to hold an evening prayer vigil for the child and family. Upon learning of the child’s passing, people have donated more than $85,000 to a GoFundMe account in the child’s name.
This is the Clayton I know, with a huge heart and beautiful spirit, supporting one another in times of need. This makes us truly special as a community.
There are some who say that Clayton is a divided city, and they are the first ones to extol political differences and distort facts to try to divide us further. While it is true that there may be differing policy opinions, I say that we have much in common with our neighbors and a deep-seated love for our city.
Focus on commonalities
Friends, as we get into the election season these next few months, let’s focus on our commonalities and what brings us together. A recent poll showed a 94% satisfaction rate among residents living in this amazing city.
While there will always be those perpetually unsatisfied folk, who will try to magnify insignificant differences, please take their election rhetoric with a grain of salt and don’t be afraid to reach out to each candidate individually to find out who they really are and what their vision is for Clayton.
It is in our city motto, Do the Right Thing, Because It Is the Right Thing To Do, that we hold our values and instill in our children.
In the end, Clayton is the city where we feel safe, love our community, raise our children with confidence and enjoy life. Our future is bright.
As always, you can reach me at email@example.com or 925-673-7320.