So this happened...June 29-July 5

So this happened…June 29-July 5

Weekly news review for June 29 through July 5.

As Concord and Clayton residents tried to settle in for virtual celebrations of the Fourth of July, illegal fireworks filled the sky – leading to a rash of brush fires even well before the Saturday holiday.

Fire Fears

One resident reported hearing fireworks before a fire broke out on June 29 across from the Clayton Palms mobile home park. On July 4, Contra Costa County firefighters responded to 50 fires just between 9 and 10 p.m. Read the full story.

Reopenings slow down

But when the sky clears, where will we be? Based on the continuing rise of coronavirus cases, it certainly won’t be enjoying a drink inside a local bar. As Gov. Gavin Newsom released new guidelines for bars in many counties, Contra Costa County bars remain shuttered – with no opening date in sight. Read the full story.


Another unresolved issue is the status of education this fall, which will likely be a top priority for new Mt. Diablo Unified School District Superintendent Adam Clark. He comes to the district from the Vallejo City Unified School District.

“Dr. Clark embraces working with a diverse student population like the one we have in MDUSD,” said board president Brian Lawrence. “He is committed to helping every student succeed and making every employee feel valued.” Read the full story.

Here are some other local stories the Pioneer covered in the last week:

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