So This Happened...May 30 through June 5, 2022

So This Happened…May 30 through June 5, 2022

So This Happened...May 30 through June 5, 2022
Clockwise from Left: Concord City officials raise the Rainbow Progress flag for LGBTQI+ Pride month. Students at Concord High school get a tasty incentive to read more. PG&E preparing to move power lines underground to strengthen the power grid from wildfires.

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA (June 5, 2022) — With a variety of county and state offices on the ballot on Tuesday, June 7, those who haven’t yet voted might want to check out Voter’s Edge California. At the website, users can explore candidates’ priorities, endorsements and top donors in English and Spanish.

Meanwhile, if you need to drop off your ballot, there are 37 ballot box locations in the county – including at Concord City Hall.

Concord vice mayor arrested for DUI: City Council member Laura Hoffmeister was arrested in Clayton on May 24 for driving under the influence of alcohol. In the wake of the arrest, she is on paid leave from the city of Clayton – where she is assistant to the city manager. “I sincerely apologize to the residents of Concord and Clayton, my colleagues, my family and friends,” she said in a statement.

A matter of pride: The cities of Concord and Clayton and the Mt. Diablo Unified School District all raised the Rainbow Flag in honor of LGBTQ+ Pride Month. Clayton Pride is taking the celebration a step further – with the city’s first Pride Parade set for 10 a.m. June 25 downtown.

More stories

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

Concord Police investigating threat against Clayton Valley Charter High.

Concord High students find tacos at the end of the reading rainbow.

More funding needed to fight gun violence.

PG&E to underground 4.5 miles of electric equipment along Kirker Pass.

To help fight crime, Concord PD wants residents to register security cameras.

Mt. Diablo Trail Ride group founded for the love of horses.

Concord kicks off its summer Music and Market concert series with Gator Nation.

Take part in Contra Costa County’s Summer Bike Challenge.

Fire Station 55 Opens in Oakley.

Sand Castle and Sculpture Contest returns to Alameda’s Crown Beach June 11.

Last day of Bay Area KidFest brings Blue Devils for Memorial Day tribute, plus rides, food and fun.

Memorial Day celebrations honor the fallen in Concord and Clayton.

Submit nominations for the Contra Costa Sustainability Leadership awards.

Concord Police arrest report.

Each week, the Concord Clayton Pioneer posts a summary of our news stories called “So This Happened.” If you would like to check out past weekly roundups, click here.

Bev Britton
Bev Britton
Copy Editor at The Concord Clayton Pioneer |

Bev Britton graduated with a degree in journalism from the University of North Dakota and moved to the Bay Area with her soon-to-be husband Jim in 1986. She was features editor at the Contra Costa Times in Walnut Creek before becoming managing editor of the Contra Costa Sun in Lafayette in 1995. She retired from newsrooms in 2001, but an ad for the Clayton Pioneer drew her back in. The family moved to Lake Wildwood in the Gold Country a few years ago - but working at the Pioneer keeps her in touch with her old neighborhoods in Concord and Clayton.