So This Happened...Week of Feb. 13 through 19, 2023

So This Happened…Week of Feb. 13 through 19, 2023

So This Happened...Week of Feb. 13 through 19, 2023
From Left: Clayton’s TJ Brassil wins a Sports Emmy. The season heats up for local basketball teams. Downtown Concord will get a makeover this year.

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA (Feb. 19, 2023) — Former Clayton resident TJ Brassil won a Sports Emmy Award for his work at NBC Sports during the Tokyo Summer Olympics. The De La Salle grad called it “the most gratifying experiences of my professional life.”

And here’s something else to cheer about: Local basketball teams and Clayton Valley Charter’s boys soccer squad are having successful seasons. And, the Clayton Valley Athletic Association’s cheerleading team got high marks at the national championships in Las Vegas. For more local sports, check out the Pioneer’s spotlight on Steven Marin and our Sports Shorts.

City of Concord updates: The City Council voted down Concord First Partners’ proposal for the Naval Weapons Station – which means the city will now be looking for a third developer for the multi-phased project. Meanwhile, Mayor Laura Hoffmeister offered her perspective at the State of the City luncheon. For more Concord news, check out the details of the city’s Downtown Corridors, Bicycle and Pedestrian Improvement Project as well as the updated Hazard Mitigation Plan.

Fighting crime in Pleasant Hill: The city’s retailers are working with police as they experience rise in shoplifting. The police department also worked quickly to identify suspects in multiple car break-ins earlier this month.

More stories

Here are some other stories the Pioneer covered recently:

Clayton OKs Housing Element to meet state regulations.

After being idled by pandemic, Contra Costa libraries are coming back strong.

Black business owner in Concord breaks barriers.

Specialty plates from the 1950s and ’70s would bring some joy back to drivers.

Pulse of Concord: Stop with the attacks and verbal abuse.

Planting season is just around the corner,

CTC’s mysterious “Mousetrap” set to enthrall audiences in Clayton.

The Beat of Diablo: Listening beyond words.

Chamber group empowers women to build successful businesses.

Workplace may not be the place for gender conversations.

One piece at a time, a scaled-down Oakhurst came into glory.

Contra Costa County Fire District graduates 28 new firefighters.

Contra Costa seeks applicants for Gun Violence Prevention Coalition.

Obituaries: Yvonne Cook Dress and Alfred Emanuel Hoffmeister.

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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.