So This Happened…Week of June 7 to 13

So This Happened...Week of June 7 to 13
Clockwise from top left: Nineteen Hand Horse performs at the Clayton Club June 19; Assemblymember Tim Grayson discusses construction costs in California; and Fire Fighters perform demonstration on the dangers of illegal fireworks.

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA — ’Tis the season for illegal fireworks – and the subsequent fires.

To combat the problem, the Contra Costa County’s Board of Supervisors passed an ordinance amendment that strengthens regulations for the possession, manufacture, sale, use and discharge of fireworks in unincorporated areas.

“Illegal fireworks pose a danger to our communities and a drain on our system,” said Board Chair Diane Burgis.

Meanwhile, the Contra Costa Fire Protection District put on a live demonstration of how quickly a fire can spread from illegal fireworks.

Bring on the music: The Concord Pavilion will mark the return of live entertainment next month, with tickets on sale now for shows including Spirit West Coast 2021, the Black Crowes and Alanis Morissette. And, East Bay band Nineteen Hand Horse will perform at the Clayton Club on Saturday, June 19.

Building confusion: Assemblymember Tim Grayson is working on legislation to tackle the tangled web of fees that impact new housing. The Concord Chamber of Commerce will host a Zoom meeting with Grayson on Tuesday, June 15, to discuss impact fees, the state’s housing crisis and other topics.

More stories

Here are some other stories the Pioneer covered in the last week:

Contra Costa now offers other school-required immunizations at COVID vaccine clinics.

Concord man arrested for I-680 freeway shooting.

Thieves steal Clayton Pride flag.

Concord Police say goodbye to beloved K9 Ben.

Clayton Museum looking for new curator to continue unique perspective.

Bill Ralston earns All-America baseball honors.

Pioneer Athlete Spotlight on Clayton Valley Charter’s Grace Pugh.

Each week, the Concord Clayton Pioneer posts a summary of our news stories called “So This Happened…” If you would like to check out past weekly roundups, click here.

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.