So This Happened… Week of Nov. 29 to Dec. 5, 2021

So This Happened... Week of Nov. 29 to Dec. 5, 2021
Clockwise from Left: Donate to help abandoned cats in Clayton. Kids enjoying the festive tree lighting events in Clayton and Concord.

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA (Dec. 5, 2021) — To boost life-saving efforts, the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors approved funding for new fire stations, as well as the county hospital, health services and emergency response.

The plan calls for construction of two stations in Brentwood as part of the planned annexation of the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District.

“This funding approved by the board, together with the ongoing annexation of East Contra Costa Fire into Con Fire, will result in station construction and staffing for a total of six stations in the current East Contra Costa Fire service area as well as the reopening of an additional station in Antioch,” noted board chair Diane Burgis.

Light ’em up: If you’re looking for some holiday cheer, check out our photos of the tree lightings in Concord and Clayton.

Meanwhile, you have until Friday, Dec. 10, if you want to donate to the county Probation Department’s toy drive, in partnership with Marine Toys for Tots. Or, stop by the Rescued Treasures Gift Shop in Walnut Creek to purchase an ornament in a fundraiser for abandoned cats.

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.