So This Happened...Week of May 17 to 23

So This Happened…Week of May 17 to 23

So This Happened...Week of May 17 to 23
Clockwise from left: Carondelet High Class of 2021 graduates at Concord Pavilion; Concord gives green light to cannabis microbusinesses; A new exhibit at the Clayton Museum looks a sister-city Buxworth, England.

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA (May 23, 2021) — As part of the ongoing approval process for cannabis businesses, the Concord City Council will interview the top applicants for storefront retail licenses at virtual meetings on May 25 and 26.

This follows last month’s approval for two cannabis microbusinesses and a non-storefront retail business to apply for city licenses. Read the full story.

Finding their way home: The Clayton Planning Commission unanimously approved plans for Clayton Community Church to build on 4.4 acres near Mt. Diablo Elementary School. Church leaders have been looking for a site for 25 years.

“It was a clean project and met all the requirements of the Clayton zoning codes, including setbacks, building heights and parking,” Vice Chair Terri Denslow said after the Planning Commission vote. Read the full story.

It’s graduation Day: On May 22, Carondelet High School’s Class of 2021 hosted the first in-person graduation at the Concord Pavilion since before the pandemic. More school celebrations are scheduled in the coming week.

In pursuit of open space: Save Mount Diablo has filed a lawsuit challenging the Pittsburg approval of a 1,650-unit housing project on the ridgeline between Pittsburg and Concord. The open space advocates say the project by Seeno-owned Discovery Builders threatens views and will impact Concord’s new regional park.  Read the full story.

Catching the travel bug: A new exhibit at the Clayton Museum features information about ancient castles, gardens and market towns, along with famous works of literature and film inspired by Derbyshire. Visitors can also view 12 scenes of Buxworth, England, donated by art photographer Mark Lomas and the Association of Buxworth and Clayton, the “ABC-ers.” Read the full story.

More stories

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

COVID-19 updates: Concord high schools to host free COVID-19 vaccine clinics. Get vaccinated and help Concord return to community events. Contra Costa residents can now get vaccines without appointments. High turnout for survey on COVID and the homeless.

Bike Concord advocate Ardrey honored as two-wheel champion.

Warriors, Minutemen nicknames may be removed at Concord, Ygnacio Valley highs.

Local charter schools undergoing leadership changes.

As weather heats up, beware of danger to kids – or pets – in hot cars.

Early fire season puts pressure on homeowners to prepare.

Drought-tolerant options for your landscape.

Talk dirty to me: spring yard care tips.

Understanding the suburban home rush.

Chamber and city partner on new gift card promotion to keep local dollars local.

Local artists portray Concord families throughout history.

Sweet cherries at Farmers Market.

May holidays honor veterans, peace officers.

White Pony serves hundreds.

Pioneer Athlete Spotlights on Christina Noonan and Hailee Lam.

Concord’s Liberty Gymnastics girls excel at Regionals.

A return to live entertainment – from comedy & ‘Company’ to ‘Scalia/Ginsburg’

Assemblyman takes on EDD failure, financing housing.

Northgate music students earn places in Carnegie Hall National Youth Ensembles.

Share the vision and be part of the Rainbow Center work.

‘Mortal Kombat’ reboot brings the gore.

Stop working so hard – let MSP maintain your computer.

Vast real estate holdings sure to complicate Gates’ divorce.

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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.