So This Happened…Week of Jan. 2 through 8, 2023

Clockwise from Left: The body of missing 19-year-old Damond Lazenby Jr., was discovered near Highway 4 on Saturday, Jan. 7. Drenching rains continue this week after flooding streets and causing hazards. East Bay Parks Trails Challenge begins this month.

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA (Jan. 8, 2023) — Looks like we’re picking up right where we left off in last week’s column – with heavy rain deluging the Bay Area. Here’s a link if you need to report a flooded street or pick up some sandbags.

Given the weather, Ned MacKay offers some tips about visiting any of our East Bay Regional Parks. And when the sun returns, consider joining the district’s popular Trails Challenge program that offers fun for all ages and levels of ability.

Police report: On Saturday, Jan. 7, Concord PD confirmed that the body found on the side of Highway 4 is that of missing teen Damond Lazenby Jr., who was last seen early on Jan. 1. Elsewhere in Concord, police arrested two during a DUI patrol. And in Pleasant Hill, police arrested a driver with suspected stolen packages in his vehicle.

Concord Naval Weapons Station project: After nine hours of presentations, questions and over 100 public comments, a worn out Concord Council had still not reached a decision on the term sheet presented by Concord First Partners, master developers of the Concord Naval Weapons Station Reuse at Saturday’s special meeting.

In the schools: Three Mt. Diablo Unified schools are among those named California Distinguished Schools for 2023. “I commend all of you for your diligence and commitment to scholars in Contra Costa County,” county Superintendent of Schools Lynn Mackey said of all the local winners. Meanwhile, volunteer legal professionals and students are needed for the county’s High School Mock Trial Program.

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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.