So This Happened…Week of August 14 through 20, 2023

So This Happened...Week of August 14 through 20, 2023
Clockwise from left: Rookie Christian Encarnacion-Strand, a College Park High school graduate, makes the big leagues. Updates on the City of Concord’s quest to redevelop the abandonded Concord Naval Weapons Station. New recycling rules come to Concord.

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA (Aug. 20, 2023) — Brookfield will be the lone developer at the Concord City Council’s Aug. 26 special session about the Concord Naval Weapons Station. That’s because Housing America Partners has withdrawn from consideration to build the $6 billion project.

Meanwhile, the city of Concord is making some changes after a Contra Costa Civil Grand Jury report on “missteps” regarding the project over the last 16 years. And, resident Suzan Requa talks about the importance of the report in a Letter to the Editor.

New plan for recycling. Concord Mayor Laura Hoffmeister provides an update on the city’s plan for recycling of organic (food) waste. In a phased-in project, the so-called yard waste carts will become organics carts, and residents will be given food scrap pails. “This state law was created to reduce methane gas emissions, decrease the amount of material taken to landfills and improve environmental sustainability,” Hoffmeister notes.

From College Park to the Cincinnati Reds: Rookie Christian Encarnacion-Strand hit a three-run pinch hit homer off the San Francisco Giants last month. The 23-year-old College Park grad has Encarnacion across the back of his Reds uniform because his full name won’t fit. In fact, he has the longest name ever for a MLB player.

In local sports action, the Concord Blue Devils won their third consecutive world championship. And, the Mt. Diablo Unified School District board voted to change the name of the Concord High School mascot to the Bears. Also check out our most recent Athlete Spotlight on Cameron Crow of Concord High.

More stories

Here are some other stories the Pioneer covered recently:

The great outdoors: SMD protects critical Balcerzak property within Mt. Diablo State Park. Plus, plan ahead for trek to Glacier Point. *Pete: two stories here

What’s on the menu: Understanding the perks – and side effects – of coffee. And, taking back our streets, one meal at a time. *Pete: two stories here

In Clayton: A successful Night Out. And, Rotary raises $25,000 to help fix play structures. *Pete: two stories here

Mt. Diablo, Ygnacio Valley receive generous equipment donations.

Can all-ages music venues make a comeback in Concord?

Studio Dawnatella provides a loving place for artisans.

Committees further the work of Concord chamber.

With many flowers in bloom, your August garden is calling.

Who makes the decisions about future child’s needs?

Concord police report.

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.