So This Happened... Week of Oct. 4 to 10

So This Happened… Week of Oct. 4 to 10

So This Happened... Week of Oct. 4 to 10CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA (Oct. 10, 2021) — As vaccination rates rise and COVID-19 cases fall, officials in nine Bay Area jurisdictions are looking to lift health orders – including mask mandates.

The changes will occur when an area reaches the moderate (yellow) transmission tier for at least three weeks. Hospitalization and vaccination rates will also apply.

“It is no accident that transmission is slowing in Contra Costa County. Public health interventions, including the masking requirement, are working,” said Dr. Chris Farnitano, the county health officer. “We believe that health orders, along with vaccination, outreach and education are all adding layers of protection against COVID-19 in our community – and saving lives.” Read the full story.

A monumental birthday bash: Help celebrate Mount Diablo State Park’s 100th anniversary on Oct. 16 at Cal State East Bay. The event will include activity booths and live animals.

Housing update: Concord residents can participate in an outdoor Town Hall regarding the city’s Housing Element Update on Oct. 16. There will also be a Zoom presentation on Oct. 19. The city update occurs every eight years as part of a state-mandated process.

Pioneer extends coverage: Residents of Pleasant Hill now join those in Concord and Clayton who will benefit from the Pioneer’s local news coverage. In the Oct. 15 edition, looks for updates from the Pleasant Hill mayor and police chief, as well as articles about Pleasant Hill Park and Pleasant Hill Cohousing.

More stories

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

October park activities: Crown Beach cleanup, Sunol celebration and corn husk doll-making.

Hope 100 Golf Marathon 2021 fundraiser raises record amount.

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.