Good news for city budget


By Tamara Steiner on July 02, 2018

Budget pie charts 2018The city could go for the next 14 months with no money coming in and still pay all its bills.  Fortunately, it doesn’t have to.

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New era dawning at Clayton Valley Charter

By Jay Bedecarré on July 2, 2018

CV Interim ED for websiteClayton Valley Charter High School honored its sixth graduating class last month. Just as those grads look ahead to a new chapter of their lives in college, the military or in the work force, their alma mater is setting a new course after the departure of executive director Dave Linzey in May. [click to continue…]

Ygnacio Fire_for websiteA fast-moving grassfire on Ygnacio Rd. June 29 charred close to 300 acres and came dangerously close to homes in the Crystal Ranch and Montecito subdivisions.

The fire started about 3:30  p.m. in the Lime Ridge Open Space and quickly went to four alarms. Residents in the two subdivisions were evacuated and Ygnacio Rd. was closed until after 9 p.m. Hot spots were continuing to flare up on Saturday.

Assisting Contra Costa Fire Protection District with ground and air resources were CalFire, strike teams from Solano and Alameda counties, East Bay Regional Parks, Concord PD and Contra Costa Sheriff’s Department.

The fire was “fuel-driven,” said CalFire Division Chief Mike Marcucci. “When there’s that much dry grass, you don’t need heat and you don’t need wind.”

“The fire burned right up to homes but was stopped by a well-cleared defensible space. “Kudos to the homeowners,” he said. “It worked.”

Initial reports say the fire was caused by a vehicle backfiring.

CBCA rooting for tater to bring in the crowds

By Bev Britton on July 2, 2018

Big Idaho potato truck for websiteWith all the ribs, chicken, pork and brisket smoking at the Clayton BBQ Cook-off, you wouldn’t think a potato would take center stage.

But then you have to consider that this super spud weighs more than 6 tons and would make more than 1.4 million French fries. And it’s coming all the way from Idaho for the 9th annual cook-off on Saturday, July 14. [click to continue…]

Some background on assisted living proposal process

By Keith Haydon on July 2, 2018

Haydon, Keith mayor for websiteThe recent proposal for a senior assisted living/memory care facility downtown generated interest – and some misunderstanding. Therefore, I want to clarify the city’s planning process regarding a private company’s proposal for that property and its current status.

The area under consideration is the large vacant lot between the Clayton Community Church property on Main Street and Clayton Road. The city purchased the parcel from a willing seller in April 2013, with the objective of assuming control of development. [click to continue…]