Clip clop, here comes Christmas

December 03, 2018

Carriage with headline for websiteThe Holiday Season officially rolled into town Saturday when the CBCA-sponsored carriage rides returned for the annual Tree Lighting celebration in The Grove. By late afternoon, hundreds of kids and parents were already waiting for their free ride in a line that snaked through the park and up Center St. The chorus from Mt. Diablo Elementary brought some lively holiday music to the Gazebo before Santa arrived to flip the switch on the gazebo tree. Clayton Community Church and the CBCA hosted hot cider and donuts By next year, the newly planted tree at the west end of Main St., should be tall enough to reclaim the official town tree title and it’s expected that Santa will once again lead the townsfolk down Main Street for the tree lighting ceremony. (Photo by A.J. Chippero)


Wan, Wolfe to City Council in close vote

By Tamara Steiner on December 3, 2018

Elections photo composite for websiteClayton’s race this year for two slots on the City Council ended with a photo finish this week when the final results were posted 27 days after election day. Only 160 votes separated the top three candidates.

A corporate accountant new to local politics, and a former planning commissioner won the two seats, defeating four-term incumbent and former mayor Dave “Shoe” Shuey. [click to continue…]

Tractor_pete laurence for websiteIf you were downtown last Thursday and thought you saw a flying tractor, you did.

The tractor is one of the historical displays in the newly constructed Clayton Museum gardens.

The tractor pictured is a steel wheeled version similar to those used on farms throughout the Clayton Valley in the early 1900s. It was being lifted by crane into the garden where it will be part of a permanent exhibit. The tractor is a key element in the ongoing tribute to the hearty families who settled in Clayton and worked the land.

The tractor is one of two purchased by the Clayton Business and Community Association and donated to the museum. A second tractor is stored at the quarry while the CBCA decides on another display location in town,.

As the weeks marched into the months of 2018, Clayton continued to evolve – welcoming a new police chief and executive director for charter school district , while adding new ordinances for public smoking and parolee housing.


Preserving historic ranch: Save Mount Diablo purchased the 95-acre Anderson Ranch in Morgan Territory for $800,000, ending any possibility of development on the land. The county had tentatively approved a few projects there, but access and environmental issues have discouraged development. “It has a remarkable plateau with incredible views, a park-like appearance and great natural values, including a beautiful section of Marsh Creek,” said Meredith Hendricks, director of land programs for Save Mount Diablo. [click to continue…]

Retiring mayor says it’s time to hit the trail

By Keith Haydon on December 3, 2018

Haydon, Keith mayor for websiteBy the time this is published, I will have completed my term as your mayor and the City Council will have selected a new mayor.

It has been a real honor and privilege to be chosen by my colleagues on the council to serve Clayton as mayor. I represented the town this past year at many events and ceremonies, such as the Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day services, dedications of Blue Star Mom Memorial Monuments to local fallen heroes at our high schools, the Fourth of July parade, Eagle Scout Courts of Honor and the monthly Mayors Conferences in various Contra Costa communities –  including hosting a Mayors Conference here in Clayton. [click to continue…]