So This Happened...Week of Oct. 17 through 23, 2022

So This Happened…Week of Oct. 17 through 23, 2022

Clockwise from Left: The Grant, a mixed use project on 2 acres in downtown Concord. A group of alumni have started the Ygnacio Valley Beautification Project. In the past two years De La Salle Football has seen a number of their remarkable streaks come to an end.

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA (Oct. 24, 2022) — Housing boom: Work is underway on five new housing projects in downtown Concord, plus another four are in the pipeline. The first to open will be The Grant, a two-block, mixed-used development expected to be completed in December.

COVID relief funds: The Concord City Council is offering $7 million in grants to local non-profits, with an Oct. 28 deadline to apply. Next up will be $2 million in grants for small business owners, starting with a Nov. 1 webinar to explain the application process.

Giving Ygnacio Valley a boost: 1972 grad Heidi Coffman Shearer created a group called Ygnacio Valley Beautification Project to encourage people to help spruce up the school campus. To that end, the group held a fundraising alumni dinner at the Concord school earlier this month. “I believe attitudes are shaped to some extent by the structures and possibly can affect student, teachers and community attitudes,” she says.

Election update—

Candidates for the Clayton City Council respond to a negative campaign flier:

Plus, a Letter to the Editor about the Clayton election. And, Pleasant Hill council candidates tackle the issues.

In sports: Is De La Salle vulnerable to losing its final historic streak? Plus, fall sports teams battle for league honors and NCS playoff berths, a Pioneer Athlete Spotlight on Cody DeMartini of Clayton Valley Charter and the Pioneer’s Sports Shorts.

From the Concord PD: 17-year-old Concord resident arrested for attempted homicide after Oct. 15 shooting. And, parents are key to success of teen drivers.

More stories

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Clayton website a key source of information for residents.

Natasha Paul named 2022-23 county Teacher of the Year.

Longport sails into Concord with fine seafood dining.

Artist sees the possibilities beyond carpentry skills.

Improv adds even more mystery to Hitchcock show.

Campbell’s enthusiasm leads to marketing spot at Concord chamber.

Add the lush flavor of persimmons to your fall menus.

Wife suspects husband is gay, wonders how to proceed.

Diablo Canyon will help keep the lights on in California.

Adopt a new best friend at ARF in Walnut Creek.

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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.