So This Happened...Week of April 3 through 7, 2024

So This Happened…Week of April 3 through 7, 2024

Clockwise from left: Two 99 Cent Only Stores closing in Concord. Clayton Cleans Up returns April 20. Concord has a host of Earth Day clean up events for volunteers to help out with.

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA (Apr. 7, 2024) — Using a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, the Concord Police Department will be looking for drivers who violate the state’s hands-free cell phone law during April.

California drivers are not allowed to hold a phone or electronic communication device while operating a vehicle, even when stopped at a red light. This includes talking, texting or using an app.

“In today’s fast-paced life, it is common to lose focus while driving,” says Lt. Renee Williams. “Distracted Driving Awareness Month is a crucial reminder that even a moment of inattention or a quick glance at the phone can lead to serious consequences.”

For more from Concord PD, read the latest arrest report.

Honoring Mother Earth. Residents in Concord and Clayton can help clean up to celebrate Earth Day. In Concord, volunteers will gather 8 a.m.-noon on April 20 at various areas throughout town. In Clayton, residents should meet at City Hall at 9 a.m. Once the chores are complete, return to City Hall for a community BBQ at noon.

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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.