So This Happened...Week of Jan. 9 through 15, 2023

So This Happened…Week of Jan. 9 through 15, 2023

So This Happened...Week of Jan. 9 through 15, 2023
Clockwise from Left: Despite all the rain, East Bay Regional Parks Dept. has some parks open and events planned for those who need to get outdoors. (Briones Regional Park photo by Pete Cruz). Supporters and opponents of the Concord Naval Weapons Station redevelopment plans showed up for the recent City Council Meeting (Dave Hughes photo). Movie review of “Avatar: The Way of Water.”

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA (Jan. 15, 2023) — Officials are awaiting the coroner’s report on the cause of death of 19-year-old Damond Lazenby Jr., whose body was found Jan. 7 alongside Highway 4. After an initial investigation by the Concord Police Department, the Golden Gate Division of the California Highway Patrol has now taken over the case.

Vote near on weapons station term sheet: After nine hours of presentations, questions and public comment, the Concord City Council will meet at 9 a.m. Jan. 28 to vote on the term sheet for the redevelopment of the Concord Naval Weapons Station. An overflow crowd attended the Jan. 7 meeting to discuss the proposal from Concord First Partners.

Dance studio hit again: Concord PD arrested a suspect after the Jan. 3 vandalism at Clayton Valley Dance Academy. The crime appears unrelated to Dec. 17 break-ins at the studio and neighboring Cali Kid Corals.

Water, water everywhere: If the heavy rains and localized flooding haven’t sated your thirst, maybe it’s time to view “Avatar: The Way of Water.” Pioneer columnist Jeff Mellinger highly recommends the sequel, especially the fight scenes in the last 45 minutes.

Here are some other stories the Pioneer covered recently:

Contra Costa County Point in Time Count seeks volunteers for Jan. 25.

Concord police arrest report.

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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.