So This Happened...Week of Nov. 6 through 12, 2023

So This Happened…Week of Nov. 13 through 19, 2023

Clockwise from left: In this month’s ‘Taste and Tell’ column, Rich Eber looks at some talented entrepreneurs making a go of it in Concord. A big win for the Clayton Valley Charter girls flag football team. A retail merchandise theft ring foiled by CHP taskforce.

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA (Nov. 19, 2023) — Concord police officers joined a CHP task force to recover stolen merchandise in Oakland and Galt. In Oakland, they discovered retail goods along with $17,000 in proceeds from criminal activity. In Galt, they found items worth more than $350,000.

Meanwhile, Concord PD arrested a reckless driver after a brief chase on foot. The vehicle was reported stolen, and a search revealed methamphetamines and a firearm magazine. For more local crimes news, check out the latest Concord police report.

A lift up: Thanks to Elevate Concord, 120 single-parent families will enter the holiday season with a little more cash. The guaranteed income program is a collaboration between Monument Impact, the city of Concord and UpTogether. “Generally speaking, we have seen an overall increase in well-being, encompassing housing stability, food security and mental health,” says Elijah Wood of UpTogether.

Help shape our future: As the county updates its General Plan, Supervisor Ken Carlson encourages residents to get involved in the process. “The 2045 General Plan is the county’s primary policy tool to guide physical changes in unincorporated areas over the next 20 years,” he wrote, pointing to four major themes: environmental justice, community health, economic development and sustainability.

More stories

Here are some other stories The Pioneer covered recently:

In sports: CV girls make history as DAL flag football champions, CV grad Dylan White wins cross country title for Chico State and Pioneer Spotlight on Marina Miller of Carondelet.

For our veterans: VFW taking wreath orders for Dec. 16 event, and Resource Fair connects veterans with benefits and services.

For the holidays: Concord’s annual Tree Lighting and Mayor’s Sing-Along Dec. 1, plus Santa to visit Buchanan Field Dec. 2.

In business: Cheers to local entrepreneurs – from coffee to wine and beer, and give where you live – and support Concord businesses.

Rotating gallery improves our community through art.

Contra Costa County Library introduces new early literacy outreach van.

Help Rainbow continue Harvey Milk’s legacy of support.

When to hire movers and how to choose the right one.

Understanding chronic inflammation.

Life insurance with living benefits offers protection against life interrupted.

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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.