So This Happened...Week of Sept. 12 through 18, 2022

So This Happened…Week of Sept. 12 through 18, 2022

So This Happened...Week of Sept. 12 through 18, 2022
Clockwise from Left: Pleasant Hill Police Chief Bryan Hill announces his retirement. Concord Chamber launches Hispanic business committee. Concord alehouse, E.J. Phair closes its doors.

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA (Sept. 18, 2022) — Even as E.J Phair closed it Concord location last month, a company official urged residents to patronize local restaurants and retailers.

“Please support your local mom and pop business when you can. These businesses are what make your local communities unique and special. Any profits they make stay local,’’ said a spokesperson for the brew pub, which still has locations in Pittsburg and Alamo.

Election update: Three Concord City Council seats and two in Clayton are on the November ballot. Pioneer political writer Peggy Spear takes a look at the issues and the candidates’ backgrounds. Interested voters can also attend a forum on the state propositions and the Clayton City Council on Oct. 10.

It’s taco time: Concord’s popular Taco Trail Challenge continues through Oct. 15, with those eating at the most spots in the running for the championship trophy. The restaurant with the most visits will win the fan favorite prize.

Changing of the guard in Pleasant Hill: In his Pioneer column, Police Chief Bryan Hill talks about his decision to retire in November, writing: “I leave this position proud of the many things the men and women of the Pleasant Hill Police Department have accomplished.” Capt. Scott Vermillion will take over as acting chief.

More stories

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

Stroll down Clayton’s Main Street in Bavarian style at Oktoberfest.

Concord council gives green light for 65 license plate readers

Clayton mayor aims to keep city on positive track.

District decision leaves uncertain fate for school radio station.

Concord Chamber launches Hispanic business committee. Plus, the chamber presents Three C awards. *Pete: 2 stories here

City, CBCA grants help Clayton theater troupe stay on stage.

Tackling some concerns about Concord First Partners. And a Letter to the Editor: Move forward on weapons station. *Pete: 2 stories here

Contra Costa transitioning to updated COVID plans.

Pioneer Athlete spotlights on Sean Murphy of Concord High and Kyle Hetherton of Clayton Valley.  *Pete: 2 stories here

No matter your skill level, throw down at Red Ox Studios.

Latin musician goes solo as Chika Di.

Time to rescue your yard from heat damage.

Obituary: Margene Robertson Ralston.

Two key state bills protect manufacturers, crypto investors.

Don’t let siblings bully you over dad’s estate.

ARF helps Betty heal – inside and out.

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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.