Clayton’s first Fitness Fair and
5k run to be an annual event

July 21, 2014

Fitness fair_for websiteClayton saw its first 5K run at Clayton Community Park last Saturday. The event included a Fitness Fair with Zumba demonstrations by Kaia Fitness and CPR instruction by CERT volunteers.


Concord’s downtown plan targets business, housing

By Peggy Spear on July 21, 2014

It’s a Tuesday night in downtown Concord, and things are hoppin’.
A couple hundred people lounge in Todos Santos Plaza listening to a blues band, coupled with the sounds of children laughing in the playground. Food Trucks from Off-the-Grid line Salvio Street, while patrons of local restaurants – including the new Hop Grenade taproom — pack outdoor seating areas. [click to continue…]

Mercurio pleads guilty to felony DUI

By Tamara Steiner on July 21, 2014

A 22-year-old Clayton woman, charged with a felony DUI after hitting and critically injuring a motorcyclist last year appeared in a Martinez courtroom last week where she changed her plea from not guilty to guilty and was sentenced to three years in state prison.
Jessica Mercurio, then 21, was driving with a blood alcohol nearly four times the legal limit on June 27, 2013, when she lost control of her Toyota Corolla on Clayton Road at the Oak Street ramp. She jumped the median, crossing into the eastbound lane where she hit 51-year-old Mark Tomaszewski head on before crashing into a light pole in front of Clayton City Hall. Witnesses at the scene say they overheard her tell officers she was texting on her phone at the time of the crash. [click to continue…]

fire 023_for websiteFor the first time in two-and-a-half years, new recruits attending the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District Academy had an opportunity to experience a full-scale simulation training, complete with fire engines and heavy equipment, at a parking garage in Concord.
On Friday July 18, the city of Concord allowed the academy to temporarily shut down the upper floors of the parking structure at the corner of Salvio and Colfax streets so the soon-to-be firefighters could practice techniques with more space than the 25-by-25 foot training tower area they usually have. There was also the added benefit of experience out in the community and in a new environment. [click to continue…]

Keeping Clayton’s streets, homes safe

By Hank Stratford on July 21, 2014

Stratford Hank websiteHere is a brief update on public safety in Clayton. Our police department is fully staffed. Officers Borman, Wayne and Fragga are progressing nicely through their field training. Once field training is completed each officer will be able to fill a work shift, which will relieve some of the pressure on our fully trained officers. In the meantime, Chief Chris Thorsen continues to saddle up and patrol during the day. [click to continue…]