So This Happened…Week of May 31 to June 6

So This Happened...Week of May 31 to June 6
So This Happened: Clockwise from Left. Pride Flag ceremony in Clayton; Concord City Council chooses 3 cannabis stores for licensing; and Hope Hospice seeks donations of local artwork to help hospice patients.

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA (June 6, 2021) — If you want to see this year’s fireworks display at the Concord Pavilion, don’t delay – buy your tickets now for the drive-in event.

While you’re at it, check out the Chamber of Commerce’s bonus gift card deal to get extra buying power at Concord stores or purchase your official Contra Costa County Beer Trail passport to take part in fun events are more than 40 venues.

Worldwide chip shortage: With Taiwan experiencing a water shortage and the pandemic leading to an increased need for technology, there is a production problem with the tiny chips – affecting everything from autos and refrigerators to computers. Read the full story.

Prepping for storefront cannabis sites: The Concord City Council voted to allow three companies to apply for storefront retail cannabis licenses. The council majority placed Authentic in the top spot.

“I think it was very clear that the location was ideal,” Mayor Tim McGallian said of the plan for 1045 Galaxy Way.

Authentic, along with No. 2 and 3 picks Culture and Coastal, have until July 23 to submit applications. Read the full story.

Replacing Marsh Drive Bridge: Drivers can expect delays starting Monday, June 7, as the county begins the Marsh Drive Bridge Replacement Project. The work, which will take place on Marsh Drive about 0.2 miles west of Solano Avenue, is expected to continue through January 2023. Read the full story.

More stories

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

Artists: Donate your work to bring joy to Hope Hospice patients.

Arrest made in fireworks-caused blaze that destroyed 8 Antioch apartments.

Clayton raises the rainbow flag for Pride Month.

Scholarships will help students fulfill artistic dreams.

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.