So This Happened...Week of Dec. 11 through 17, 2023

So This Happened…Week of Dec. 11 through 17, 2023

So This Happened...Week of Dec. 11 through 17, 2023
Clockwise from left: Tenant rights protestors, armed with colorful posters, showed up for the recent city council meeting (David Scholz photo). De La Salle High’s soccer team helped load over 40,000 lb. of Holiday meals. The Diablo Valley Wolves joined the ribbon-cutting ceremony as the Marathon Soccer Field renovation reached its conclusion.

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA (Dec. 17, 2023) — Pleasant Hill resident Chunliam Nai Saechao is facing nine felony counts after police say he shot his wife and fired at officers during a three-day standoff.

According to Police Chief Scott Vermillion, the suspect’s social media posts implied he wanted “suicide by cop.” However, Vermillion used time as his asset, and Saechao finally surrendered.

In a message to the public, Mayor Matt Rinn offered his perspective on the incident and the chief’s actions.

New fire initiative: About 30 residents joined Clayton Councilmember Holly Tillman at a Town Hall meeting to discuss creating Firewise communities. Tillman will initially form two communities – one within city limits and the other for the unincorporated areas of Morgan Territory and Marsh Creek Road.

Addressing tenants in the new year: After several hours of public comment, the Concord City Council continued the discussion on a Tenant Protection Ordinance until the Jan. 9 meeting. Mayor Edi Birsan cautioned that the new rules might not appease tenants or landlords.

More stories

Here are some other stories the Pioneer covered recently.

Contra Costa’s new library literacy van rolling to where need lies.

In sports: De La Salle boys soccer team helps local charities feed hundreds of families, and Marathon makes commitment to youth soccer with field renovation, plus Pioneer Athlete Spotlight on Brianna Taliva’a of Clayton Valley Charter.

In Concord: City looks to mobile unit, county partnership to address homelessness, and Concord PD report.

Filmmaker travels far from Clayton in new sci-fi flick.

Meals on Wheels serving up longevity with exercise and wellness classes.

Concord Menorah lighting a bright metaphorical message for unity, peace.

Reflections on racial equity and social justice advances.

Chosen families offer love for LGBTQIA+ youth.

Concord Turkey Trot raises $20,000 for Loaves and Fishes.

Enjoy California citrus for the holidays at the Farmers Market.

How TreVista Concord transformed a woman’s assisted living experience.

Walnut Creek artist incorporates art into new life in America.

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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.