So This Happened...Week of Feb. 19 through 25, 2024

So This Happened…Week of Feb. 19 through 25, 2024

Clockwise from left: Athlete Spotlight on Yoshiye Longley of Clayton Valley. Local candidates for the March elections answer The Pioneer’s questions. February means crab feeds for local fundraisers.

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA (Feb. 25, 2024) — Prompt action by Pleasant Hill officials may have minimized the effects of a cyber attack on the city’s computer infrastructure on Thursday. City services remain operational, and the investigation is ongoing.

Primary primer: Candidates for the 15th Assembly District and 9th state Senate District answered the Pioneer’s questions and outlined their qualifications in advance of the March 5 election. Running for Assembly are Democrats Karen Mitchoff, Monica Wilson and Anamarie Farias and Republican Sonia Ledo. Current Assemblyman Tim Grayson is in a race with fellow Democrat Marisol Rubio for the Senate seat. Read the complete story.

The latest from Clayton: Mayor Jim Diaz provides an update on parking for the Olivia project downtown, as well as the extension of Police Chief Richard McEachin’s contract and the hiring of a city clerk. “Stephanie Cabrera-Brown brings a wealth of experience and expertise to this important role,” Diaz says.

Festive fundraisers: Crab is back on the menu this year, with the crustaceans taking center stage at events for local non-profits. Prices are up, but so is enthusiasm. “One of the reasons for the increase in the price is definitely the cost of fresh crab, but the cost of goods has also increased by as much as 30%,” notes Violetta Hantziantonakis of St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church. Read the complete story.

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Here are some other stories the Pioneer covered recently:

Concord High Jazz Ensemble takes historic first place at Folsom Jazz Festival.

Ygnacio Valley art project gets to the soul of gun violence.

Monument Impact “resilient” following Keller House fire.

Letters to the Editor: Opposing views on personal pronouns.

French legal system under spotlight in Best Picture nominee “Anatomy of a Fall.”

Tips for helping guide son along career path.

Pioneer Athlete Spotlight on Yoshiye Longley of Clayton Valley.

From fires to earthquakes, Pleasant Hill residents can be prepared.

Concord police report.

TreVista partners with Patriot Angels to educate veterans and families.

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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.