So This Happened...Week of April 29 through May 5, 2024

So This Happened…Week of April 29 through May 5, 2024

So This Happened...Week of April 29 through May 5, 2024
Clockwise from left: Contra Costa Firefighters knock down structure fire in downtown Concord on April 29. Zio Fraedos in Pleasant Hill serves up Italian classics. Bay Area immigration courts work to catch up with backlog of cases.

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA (May 5, 2024) — In early June, Concord’s Immigration Court judges will initiate a master calendar, the first step in what is a long journey for immigrants. The East Bay location is designed to lessen the burden on the San Francisco site.

“However, the volume of the caseload still outpaces the number of judge teams seated on the bench today, with a backlog of over 3.4 million cases pending nationally,” said James Horwitz, a spokesman for the National Association of Immigration Judges. Read the full story.

Building ablaze: An interior floor collapsed and there was significant structural damage during a two-alarm fire in an unoccupied building in downtown Concord on April 29. The investigation led to several street closures the following day.

Sexual assault case: Concord police arrested the owner of Chi Hair Salon for multiple counts of sexual assault they say occurred in the business. Officials are asking anyone with more information to contact Concord PD. For more local crime news, read the latest reports from the Concord and Clayton police.

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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.