Clayton City Hall sees major
changes in three departments

By Peggy Spear on July 06, 2015

John Johnson and Ed Bryce for websiteGone fishin’. Clayton Maintenance Supervisor John Johnson (left) presents Ed Bryce (right), the city’s first maintenance department employee, with a fish plaque in honor of Bryce’s passion for the sport. The plaque features 27 lures, representing each year of Bryce’s employment with the city. Bryce was honored at a city barbeque on his last day of work.


Linzey Eben_6646 for websiteJeff Eben began a new chapter in his professional life this week when he assumed his role as the first fully-dedicated principal of Clayton Valley Charter High School.

The Central Valley native was selected from a broad field of candidates after interviewing with 15 CVCHS stakeholders (teachers, administrators, board members and parents) for the position after it was decided that Executive Director Dave Linzey’s dual role as executive director and principal would be split. [click to continue…]

rib cookoff for websiteThe rumble of the ribs. The pig’s party. The cook-off in downtown Clayton. Whatever you call it, it’s time again for the Clayton Business and Community Association’s annual Rib Cook-off at the Clayton Club Saloon on Aug. 8.

Sign-ups are now open to prospective contestants in the seventh annual contest. This year the contest is limited to 34 contestants and cash prizes of $400, $250 and $150 will be awarded to the first, second and third place finalists. In addition, all the winners will receive trophies, including the coveted “People’s Choice” winner. [click to continue…]

We are doing our part to conserve.

For 13 years, the Clayton Pioneer has been delivered free to every street address in Clayton as well as to all of the Clayton post office boxes. This has resulted in more than 800 duplicate deliveries.

Beginning with the August issue, the Clayton Pioneer will no longer be delivered to Clayton post office boxes.
The paper will still be delivered free to all homes and businesses in 94517 by U.S. Mail.

For those readers who have a Clayton post office box but don’t have a 94517 street address, please call the office at 925.672.0500 to continue delivery by first class mail at a nominal cost of $35/year.

Cruisin’ the Main

July 6, 2015

front page July 4 for websiteThousands lined Main Street on July 4 to celebrate Independence Day the old-fashioned way—with a parade. The day started early with the Clayton Sunrise Rotary Pancake breakfast at Endeavor Hall and wrapped up late at the concert in the Grove. Above, Cub Scout Troop 262, sponsored by the CBCA was just one of the 41 entries in the annual parade.
For more July 4 photos, turn to page 20

Safe Clayton says farewell to chief

By Dave Shuey on July 6, 2015

Shuey headshotCongrats Clayton, we have been ranked as the third safest city in California by Value Penguin. While not sure where the rankings are from Value Blobfish, we will take what we can get. We had the lowest number of violent and property crimes overall and only Hillsborough and Imperial City ranked higher.

That’s one of the reasons that it is with sadness that we accepted the resignation of our Chief of Police Chris Thorsen as he moves on to Oakley to start up their first-ever Oakley Police Department. (They previously contracted with the county sheriff’s department). The chief previously worked in Oakley for the sheriff’s department and could not turn down this opportunity, but we are sorry to see him go. Thanks for the service, Chief Thorsen. We are actively looking for a new chief now and also an interim chief if necessary. Stay tuned. [click to continue…]