So This Happened... May 9 through 15, 2022

So This Happened… May 9 through 15, 2022

So This Happened... May 9 through 15, 2022
Clockwise from Left. Volunteers on Pine Hollow Road helping make roads safe. Cover artwork for new music releases from 2 local bands. Health officials urge safety precautions against rising Bay Area COVID levels.

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA (May 15, 2022) — Local musicians have been busy this year, with 40 new releases already available. Pioneer music columnist Dave Hughes takes a look at three diverse options in this month’s Beat of Diablo.

“Pop-up” bike lane: Volunteers were out on Pine Hollow Road at 5 a.m. on a recent school day, creating a mockup for a bike lane on the high-traffic street. “We want to make it user-friendly for all cyclists, pedestrians and school children,” said Winnie Chung, Concord’s transportation program manager. Do you want to help address bike safety? The city of Concord has two openings on the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee. Applications are due June 10.

Informed voting: Voters can login to a webinar, “Making Democracy Work: Tools for Finding the Facts,” at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 19, to find out how to locate accurate election information. Panelists include Joel Breakstone of the Stanford History Education Group, Contra Costa Deputy County Clerk Tommy Gong and Erik Berman, coordinator of Services to Young Adults for the Alameda County Library.

Activities – and COVID – on the rise: The weekend of May 8-9 offered a sneak peak of summer as a variety of events kept downtown Clayton humming. For information about more upcoming events, check out the Pioneer’s ever-expanding calendar. Just in the next week, residents can take in a Mental Health Awareness Fair in Concord, the Pleasant Hill Art, Wine & Music Festival and the Contra Costa County Historical Society Book Sale in Martinez. Even as an abundance of activities lends a sense of normalcy, health officials continue to urge caution as Bay Area COVID levels increase.

More stories

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

Contra Costa Water District and Health Services investigating illicit discharge near Civic Park.

Help cancer patients in the community at annual Hope Walk.

Travel back in time at East Bay parks this month.

Contra Costa County blood donations needed ahead of summer.

ARF stars Blizzard and Mercedes looking for forever homes.

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
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.