Silver Oaks Estates clears first hurdle with
conditional OK on environmental study


By Tamara Steiner on September 08, 2014

Silver Oak_20131008_0002_ for websiteOn Sept. 23, the 57-unit Silver Oaks residential development planned for the old Yolanda Estate/Hurd Ranch in Clayton will go to the Planning Commission for public comment on the environmental of the project.

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Are YOU prepared for the next big quake?

By Peggy Spear on September 8, 2014

Disaster Prep-CCHealth-for websiteWhen the 6.0 Napa Earthquake rumbled through northern California on Aug. 24, it woke up more than scared Bay Area residents. It also jarred awake those sometimes buried fears of, “Am I prepared?”
For many Clayton and Concord residents, sadly, the answer is “No.”
“We aren’t ready for a major disaster,” says Herb Yonge, and he should know. As  Operations Director for Clayton’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), he helps out first-hand in local emergencies, as well as trains residents in disaster preparedness, CPR and other life-saving activities. [click to continue…]

The Internationals_for websiteIt’s fall, so that means Clayton’s gala Oktoberfest returns for its 11th year of Bier, Wurst and joyful Gemütlichkeit. The festivities take over Main Street in downtown Clayton from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 4 and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 5.
Back for their 11th year is the ever-popular little German band, The Internationals, “the guys who put the Oom in ‘Oom-pah.’”
“The Internationals are one of the premier Oktoberfest bands in the U.S. and consider Clayton’s Oktoberfest as one of their favorites,” says long-time Oktoberfest volunteer Ed Hartley. [click to continue…]

Bad data leads to wrong assessments

East Contra Costa Fire must reissue some 44,000 ballots already mailed to East County property owners for a special election to fund fire service because the assessments were calculated incorrectly, Fire Chief Hugh Henderson announced last week.
The assessments were based on faulty and incomplete data received from two county agencies. [click to continue…]

Charter school board turmoil boils over with report findings

By Jay Bedecarre on September 8, 2014

The end of the last school year was anything but “normal” at Clayton Valley Charter High School with a controversy that ultimately led to the termination of administrator and governing board member Pat Middendorf. Heated public meetings, allegations against executive director Dave Linzey and charges flying over the internet were followed by the summer break and a successful start to this school year.
Then last week all the wounds were reopened with the announcement that findings from Oracle Investigations Group exonerated Linzey and led to the Sept. 5 resignation of board chairperson Tom Branich over his role in the issues last school year. [click to continue…]