Bier and polka, das ist gut

October 05, 2015

Best - parade edit shadows for websiteBack for their 12th year at the Clayton Oktoberfest, The Internationals, joined by townsfolk and officials, usher the keg down Main Street to the Biergarten tent where Councilmen Howard Geller and Keith Haydon kicked off the annual event in a shower of suds. By all accounts, last weekend’s event was a stunning success. Mounted by the Clayton Business and Community Association, the Oktoberfest annually pours upwards of $70,000 into the clubs coffers to be sent back into the community in the form of scholarships and donations to schools, civic beautification projects and support for those in need of a hand up. For membership info, go to or call (925) 672-2272. Meetings are held the fourth Tuesday of the month at Oakhurst Country Club.


Clayton women spark clean air business in Guatemala

By Peggy Spear on October 5, 2015

Lidia Cooking with Wood for websiteIt’s hard to imagine that something as innocent as cooking meals could be deadly, but in Guatemala, 15 residents die every day in the country by cooking with wood fires. A “staggering” 9.6 million people are affected by Household Air Pollution (HAP), which is why Clayton resident Patricia Espinosa is strongly promoting her daughter Christina’s new business, GenteGas.

It’s not just parental pride. It can really save lives.

Christina, a University of the Pacific graduate, is now living in that Latin American country, trying to bring the idea of using liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) to the masses through her new business. [click to continue…]

Family and community mourn passing of Don Fitzgerald

By Tamara Steiner on October 5, 2015

Don and Gail Fitzgerald for websiteOn the night of September 19, the lives of two stalwart Claytonians came to an end.

At just about 10:30, the majestic oak that stood watch for several hundred years over what is now Lydia Lane Park came crashing down across the creek – a thunderous end to a long, enduring watch.
Just minutes later, but with much less noise, Donald Edward Fitzgerald quietly breathed his last, ending an equally enduring life as a husband, father, friend and community leader. [click to continue…]

Drought endangers Clayton trees

By Dave Shuey on October 5, 2015

While the city is actually in the process of “winterizing” Clayton by cleaning our storm drains and gutters in advance of the meteorologist guaranteed 100 percent-certain El Nino, there is a real concern about drought damaged trees falling. This is not just in Clayton, as there have been several deaths attributed to drought stricken trees falling on people in other parts of the state. We did have an oak fall recently at the Lydia Lane Park and it just reinforced that we all need to be very careful with our safety. So, if you see a dangerous condition, please let us know so we can keep our city safe. [click to continue…]