‘Time travel’ field trip takes students along Oregon Trail

By Jennifer Gladding-Butticci on June 08, 2015

On the trail for websitePint-sized “time-travelers” from Alexandra Pike’s MDES second grade class got a taste of what the early settlers experienced on the treacherous 2000-mile Oregon Trail. The students set out early in costumes for the two-mile trek through Clayton complete with loaded wagons and Indian ambush.


Independence Day is coming up fast. So, put a coat of wax on the old pick-up, stock up on crepe paper streamers and load up the back with flag-waving patriots and enter the 4th of July parade in downtown Clayton. Join your friends and neighbors, clubs, scout troops, and marching bands in this most patriotic and traditional celebration of our country’s independence. [click to continue…]

Young Clayton filmmaker goes to Cannes

By Peggy Spear on June 8, 2015

Red CarpetzWhen Maxwell Renner was shooting short films of his action figures back when he was a kid, he probably didn’t realize that by the ripe old age of 19 he’d be walking the Red Carpet of the prestigious Cannes Film Festival, swimming the crystal blue waters of the Mediterranean and being proposed to by an elderly French woman. Or seeing Jake Gyllenhaal.

But as he’s learned in his short yet illustrious career, anything can happen if you work hard and follow your passion.

Renner is a 2014 Clayton Valley Charter High School graduate and a member of the Clayton Arts Academy. He is currently a Television and Film Media and Theater Performance double major at San Diego State University, and has already done things in his career that would make many longtime film and television veterans cry with envy. [click to continue…]

Culver, Joan_for websitePopular community volunteer and long-time Clayton resident Joan Culver died suddenly in her home on June 1.

Culver, an active member of the Clayton Business and Community Association, was well-known for her volunteer work with VESTIA, filling scores of backpacks for kids at back-to-school time, and for her support of the CBCA Adopt-a-family at Christmas.

A retired marketing professional, Culver was instrumental in many efforts to promote downtown businesses and increase Clayton’s visibility in the region.

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Proposed 2015-’16 budget balanced with surplus

By Tamara Steiner on June 8, 2015

The City Council got its first look at the proposed budget for 2015-16 last week at the June 2 meeting, and the picture looks pretty good.

Finance Manager Kevin Mizuno cheerfully presented a balanced budget with a modest $28,516 surplus contingent on maintaining the status quo in labor negotiations with the Police Officers Assoc.

The combined budget for the General Fund and all other special funds, capital improvements and the RDA Successor Agency comes in at just over $10.84 million, an overall increase of 15 percent over last year. [click to continue…]

CVCHS sends off graduates in fine style

By Dave Shuey on June 8, 2015

Shuey headshotAs a friend told me after my second child and first son graduated from Clayton Valley Charter High School just a few days ago, “Dang (she was more profane), you know you are old when you have two kids out of high school.” I don’t feel old but reality is knocking on the door. Ugh.
The third graduating class of the charter went forward in grand style on June 3 and this time it was very real and poignant for me and my family. Held at the Concord Pavilion, it featured delirious graduates with colorfully decorated mortar board hats and a serious “I am outta here” attitude. [click to continue…]