So this happened… Week of May 6 to 12, 2024 –

So this happened... Week of May 6 to 12, 2024
Clockwise from left: Lisa Chow remembered. Mt. Diablo High School revives the school golf team after 46 years. Local music students perform at Todos Santos Plaza.

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA (May 12, 2024) – Four defendants pleaded no contest to the 2021 charges in Arnold Marcel Hawkins and the attempted murder of Aaron Patterson. This case received media attention after texts were discovered in which police officers used racist language towards the suspects.

“The search for justice for these serious crimes has been complicated by violations of the Racial Justice Act,” noted District Attorney Diana Becton. “Hopefully the outcome will help heal the loss experienced by the victims and survivors.” (Read the full story)

To set the record straight: In a lengthy letter, Concord Mayor Edi Birsan took issue with “misinformation” in a recent East Bay Times article about the development of the former Concord Naval Weapons Station.

“Specifically, the title of the article in the print version of the newspaper reads: Concord Trying to Dig Out of a $40 Million Hole at the Navy Weapons Station. This is patently untrue,” Birsan wrote, “and apparently the paper’s editors discovered it, as the online version of the article has a headline that is accurate: Concord: Costs Approaching $40 Million for Naval Weapons Station Project.” (Read the full story)

Reminder of a life well lived: Pioneer correspondent David Scholz paid tribute to his wife, Lisa Chow, after she died April 22 during her second battle with cancer.

“For all the satisfaction that travel provided, Lisa’s passions were also close to home,” he said. “If the living room couch was her sanctuary to relax, recharge, read and think about the future, then the kitchen was one of her creative domains.” (Read the full story)

More stories

Here are some other stories the Pioneer recently covered:

As the weather warms up, keep an eye out for rattlesnakes in East Bay parks.

Coach blows golf at Mt. Diablo High revives after 46 years and inspires novice golfers.

‘Music means happiness’ at Mt. Diablo student music festival

From Concord PD: Officers name 74 drivers and motorcyclists during the safety enforcement operation, plus the latest police report.

Learn origami and help Concord ambassadors celebrate Asian American Heritage Month.

In terms of entertainment: A magical fairy tale flies into Lesher Center as Diablo Women’s Chorale presents ‘A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening’.

Concord is hiring youth members for Parks Commission.

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Bev Britton

Bev Britton

Bev Britton graduated from the University of North Dakota with a degree in journalism and moved to the Bay Area with her husband-to-be Jim in 1986. She was editor-in-chief at the Contra Costa Times in Walnut Creek before becoming editor-in-chief of the Contra Costa Sun in Lafayette in 1995. She retired from the newsroom in 2001, but an advertisement for the Clayton Pioneer drew her back in. The family moved to Lake Wildwood in the Gold Country a few years ago – but working at the Pioneer keeps her in touch with her old neighborhoods in Concord and Clayton.