CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA (Nov. 5, 2023) — Debate over wildfire protection: PG&E’s Aaron Johnson explains why the utility company believes undergrounding power lines is key to wildfire prevention. However, he says, the California Public Utilities Commission wants to limit PG&E’s safety program. Therefore, Johnson is asking customers to weigh in.
Getting out the vote: Contra Costa Supervisor Ken Carlson is encouraging everyone to get registered to vote in upcoming elections. “With every election comes opportunities that have direct impacts on everyone in our community and nation,” he writes. “Last year, some local races were so close that the winner was decided by less than 10 votes.”
A reason for Hope: This year’s Hope 100 Golf Marathon broke a fundraising record, earning $202,000 for Hope Hospice. Proceeds support Hope Hospice’s patient-care services and grief support center, as well as free programs for local residents.
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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.