Save Mount Diablo to purchase
majestic North Peak property


By Monica Ruck on January 11, 2016

Oblique North Peak Ranch for websiteSave Mount Diablo (SMD) an option to purchase this 88.5-acre North Peak Ranch from Steve and Brenda Benkly  for $1.1 million. The property rises from Marsh Creek Road just east of Clayton onto the slopes of North Peak, Mount Diablo’s second tallest and more rugged peak. It shares a boundary with Mount Diablo State Park.

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Community bids farewell to Katie Grace

By Tamara Steiner on January 11, 2016

Katie Grace for websiteThe DVMS gym was filled to capacity last Sunday when more than 500 turned out to celebrate the short life of 13-year-old Katie Grace Groebner who lost her fight against pulmonary hypertension on Christmas Day. Friends, family and community members remembered a brave little girl with an infectious giggle and big eyes who faced her disease and her future with optimism and joy. [click to continue…]

2015 in Review: Endings and New Beginnings

By Peggy Spear on January 11, 2016

It was a relatively quiet year in the city of Clayton, punctuated by the clacking of bocce balls in the Ipsen bocce courts and clanking of beer steins at the annual Oktoberfest on Main Street. But the loudest cheers — and boos — came from the local high school, where the off-campus activities of its leaders nearly drowned out the academic and athletic success of the students in the classrooms.

It was also a year of goodbyes, as Clayton lost two local stalwarts, as well as a year of new beginnings. The local fire station reopened to much fanfare, a new residential ­development worried neighbors, while everyone put a squeeze on water use during a historic drought.

Here is a rundown of some of the most significant and interesting stories to hit Clayton residents in 2015. [click to continue…]

Clayton’s in a sweet spot for 2016

By Howard Geller on January 11, 2016

Geller_Howard_for websiteLooking back at 2015, Clayton fared quite well. We began and ended the year with a balanced budget and a small surplus.
Here are a few highlights of Clayton’s 2015 accomplishments (in no particular order):

We produced 10 well-attended Saturday Concerts in the Grove Park and our 2016 Saturday Concert schedule is approved.

Clayton was named by two independent studies as the third safest city in California and the 10th best city for young families to settle in Northern California.
We honored two Eagle Scouts and are benefiting from their Scout projects in the Clayton Dog Park. [click to continue…]