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I consistently exceed client’s expectations using the highest standards of integrity and honesty. I earn the loyalty and trust of my Buyers and Sellers who become lifelong clients and, most important, valued friends. I was the Top Producing Agent in our office in 2012 and we are “This Area's #1 Office!” My past clients refer to my service as “Nordstrom Service” – it’s the feeling you get when you know you are cared for before, during, and after a transaction. (925) 672-1772 CarolsFineHomes.com Carol Minoletti van Vaerenbergh, Realtor

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McDougall Team I have lived in Clayton since 1979. In 1985 I started my career in real estate as an assistant to my parents, the top-producing McDougall Team. In 1992 I became a Realtor® to carry on the traditions and values of my family business. I have achieved success in all of my transactions – from condos to horse properties, to multi-million dollar estates throughout Contra Costa County. Let me help you connect to your community. Call me today and put my experience to work for you! (925) 787-0448 KMcDougall@Windermere.com KellyMcDougall.com

Heather Gray

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As a Clayton resident for 36 years I am an “Area Specialist.” As a Realtor for over 14 years, I bring experience, dedication and energy to both buyers and sellers. “It is with utmost confidence that we recommend Heather. [She] has been our realtor for 9 years. We have had personal and investment transactions with Heather and have closed 11 escrows with her! She listens to the needs of her clients and works tirelessly [so that] we know she is fighting for our interest until the day the escrow closes.” - Colleen and Pat F (925) 765-3822 RealEstatebyHeather.com Heather Gray, Realtor

I am a Bay Area native and my goal is to help families achieve the dream of owning a home. My experiences have taught me patience, compassion, and integrity. I will listen closely to your needs and assist you pleasantly and professionally in the most important purchase you will ever make. If you’re looking for an agent with your best interest at heart, then give me a call. (925) 216-8162 GetRealWithBonnie.withWRE.com Bonnie Manolas, Realtor

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Lynne French & Associates Michelle Gittleman Realtor ® (DRE#01745325)

I am a long-time Clayton resident with a business philosophy: honesty, integrity, dedication and follow-through for my clients. I am a certified Short Sale Specialist. “Michelle was extremely helpful and knowledgeable through the long, complicated short-sale process. She gave us excellent advice and helped us get a phenomenal deal. I can honestly say that our whole deal would not have happened without her. I highly recommend her. Thanks Michelle!” – P.J. (925) 768-0352 Michelle@MichelleGittleman.com www.MichelleGittleman.com

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We are the #1 Full-Service real estate office in the area. Agents at Windermere offer confidential home analysis plus FREE Real Estate Attorney consultations on matters of short sales, foreclosure and tax implications.

Stacy Hengemihle

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The Lynne French Team As the #1 team in Clayton & Concord we assure success in your transaction. We are supported by professionals in staging, transaction management, and marketing. Our top notch negotiation skills and combined years in the industry set us apart. We offer confidential consultations and can help you make informed decisions in regard to your Real Estate goals. Whether Buying or Selling, we use our years of experience to analyze your situation and, along with the benefit of a FREE Real Estate Attorney before and after your transaction, make smart choices for optimal results. Call Lynne today for an appointment.

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elcome to Clayton. In its own little valley with its quaint downtown, rich history, safe neighborhoods, beautiful views, excellent schools and vibrant cultural scene, Clayton is a great place to live. With 27 miles of trails just within the city borders and hundreds of miles of hiking trails on Mt. Diablo and the surrounding foothills, Clayton is one of the most walkable cities in the country. It’s not surprising that Money Magazine has repeatedly included Clayton on its list of the “Best Small Towns in America.” For the past 10 years, the Clayton Pioneer has covered all the news of this great small town. From the city beat to school news; from local sports to local characters, we’ve had big stories and small ones. And they’ve all been important. On this, our 10th anniversary, we are feeling grateful and proud; grateful to our readers, our writers and especially to our advertisers. And we’re proud of where we’ve come and where we are.

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The Clayton Almanac a publication of The Clayton Pioneer Tamara and Robert Steiner, Publishers 6200 Center St., Ste. H, Clayton, CA 94517 (925) 672-0500 www.claytonpioneer.com

The cover A fresh, new Daffodil Hill was in full bloom this year for the first time in over a decade. This photo was taken by the Pioneer’s Garden Girl, Nicole Hackett, who was a co-designer of the landscape plan. Daffodil Hill is at the corner of Clayton and Marsh Creek Roads and is the gateway to the city.

The Pioneer has become a premier local newspaper. The coverage of local news and events is unparalleled, and the Pioneer has truly become a valued and respected part of our community. The city no longer needs to publish a newsletter — the Pioneer covers it all. - Mayor Julie Pierce


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Clayton Pioneer Staff: Pete Cruz, graphic designer; Jason Rogers, photography; Denisen Hartlove, writer; Tamara Steiner, editor and publisher; Peggy Spear, writer/copy editor; Pamela Wiesendanger, assistant to the publisher; Jay BedecarrĂŠ, sports editor.

Remembering Jill BedecarrĂŠ

Mike Dunn

February 24, 1950 June 16, 2007

March 27, 1953 December 25, 2012

Assistant Editor and Advertising Account Exec

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Demographics THE PEOPLE

THE AREA The Area Size . . . . . . .4.2 square miles Elevation . . . . . . . . .300 to 1022 feet, 661 feet average

Population . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10,934 Median Age . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45 Education . . . . . . . . . .High school or higher 98% . . . . . . . . . . . . .Bachelor or higher 52% . . . . . . . .Graduate or professional 16%

THE ECONOMICS

Total Households . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4006 Family Households . . . . . . . . . . . . .80% Households with children under 18 . . . . . . . . . . . .36% Population 60 years and Older . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15%

CRIME RATE

Median Family Income . . . . .$125,572 Home Ownership . . . . . . . . . . . . .94% Median Home Sales Price YTD March 2013 . . . . . . . . . . .Single Family $595,000 . . . . . . .Condo/Townhome $360,000

Violent Crimes in 2011 . . . . . . . . . .8 Property Crimes in 2011 . . . . . . .103 Based on FBI statistics, only 3 California cities with population between 10,000 and 99,999 had a lower crime rate than Clayton in 2011.


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Hair’s the Place . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .672-6180 . . . . . . . . . . 42 Mt. Diablo Soap Company . . . . . . . . . . . .mtdiablosoapcompany.com . . . . . . . . . . 47 Permanent Solution . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .672-8990 . . . . . . . . . . 42 Children’s Services

KinderCare . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Dana Hills . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .672-0717 Downtown . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .672-9370 Concord . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .682-9560 Churches and Religion

Concord United Methodist Church . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .685-5260 . . . . . . . . . . 54 Clubs and Associations

Clayton Business and Community Association . . . . . . . . . . .672-2272 . . . . . . . . . . 45 Clayton Historical Society . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .672-0240 . . . . . . . . . . 27 Clayton Valley Garden Club . . . . . . . . . .claytonvalleygardenclub.org . . . . . . . . . . 45 Computers and Service

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Computers USA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .672-9989 . . . . . . . . . . 44 Net Solutions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .672-6029 . . . . . . . . . . 53 Construction and Trades

Belfast Plumbing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .457-5423 . . . . . . . . . . 42 Burkin Electric . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .212-3339 . . . . . . . . . . 47 Iron Horse Concrete . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .566-8666 . . . . . . . . . . 48 Sobotka Air Systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .798-9300 . . . . . . . . . . 19 Dining, Food and Entertainment

Clayton Club Saloon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .673-0440 . . . . . . . . . . 51 Ed's Mudville Grill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .673-0333 . . . . . . . . . . 55 Moresi's Chophouse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .672-1333 . . . . . . . . . . 55 Oakhurst Country Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .672-9737, ext. 223 . . . . . . . . . . 35 Skipolini’s Pizza . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .672-1111 . . . . . . . . . . 43 End of Life Planning

Ouimet Bros. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .682-4242 . . . . . . . . . . 47 Financial, Legal and Insurance Services

Held, Chris – Morgan Stanley Smith Barney . . . . . . . . . . . .930-3815 . . . . . . . . . . 33 Travis Credit Union . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(888) 698-0000 . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Van Wyck, Doug - State Farm Insurance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .672-2300 . . . . . . . . . . 52 Fitness and Recreation

Earthquake Arabians . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .360-7454 . . . . . . . . . . 47 Groceries

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Clayton Valley Orthodontics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .672-6200 . . . . . . . . . . 52 Coflin Chiropractic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .672-6500 . . . . . . . . . . 53 CVS Pharmacy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .673-2800 . . . . . . . . . . 49 Home and Garden

Clayton Valley Frameworks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .672-6066 . . . . . . . . . . 32 Clear Splash Pool Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .216-6245 . . . . . . . . . . 53 Concord Locksmith . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .689-1534 . . . . . . . . . . 51 Diablo Lawnscape . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .381-3757 . . . . . . . . . . 42 Diablo View Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .672-8300 . . . . . . . . . . 18 Interiors Panache . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .672-7920 . . . . . . . . . . 32 Nichols Landscape . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .672-9955 . . . . . . . . . . 49 R & M Pool, Patio, Gifts & Gardens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .672-0207 . . . . . . . . . . 49 Son Bright Window Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .674-9455 . . . . . . . . . . 42 Waraner Bros. Tree Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .831-2323 . . . . . . . . . . 51 Waraner Tree Experts and Earthblend Mulch . . . . . . . . . . . .250-0334 . . . . . . . . . . 25 Mailing and Shipping

Pet Services

Rodie’s Feed and Pet Supply . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .672-4600 . . . . . . . . . . 56 Real Estate and Mortgage Services

RE/MAX Realty – Pete Laurence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .890-6004 . . . . . . . . . . 32 Windermere/Lynne French Real Estate, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .672-8787 . . . . . . . . . 2-3 French, Lynne . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .672-8787 Gittleman, Michelle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .768-0352 Gray, Heather . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .765-3822 Hengemihle, Stacy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .672-8787 Manolas, Bonnie . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .216-8162 McDougall, Kelly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .787-0448 Yarborough, Inge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .672-8787 VanVaerenbergh, Carol . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .672-1772 Senior Services

Contra Costa In-Home Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .826-4703 . . . . . . . . . . 42 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .822-7101 CourtYards at Pine Creek . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .798-3900 . . . . . . . . . . 44 Montecito . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .852-6702 . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Services, Other

Contra Costa Waste Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .contracostawaste.com . . . . . . . . . . 32 Dry Clean USA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .672-5653 . . . . . . . . . . 54 Mt. Diablo Recycling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .mtdiablorecycling.com . . . . . . . . . . 32 Travel

Travel to Go . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .672-9840 . . . . . . . . . . 43

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The UPS Store . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .689-6245 . . . . . . . . . . 43


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A Decade’s Top Stories by Peggy Spear In this year’s Almanac, the Pioneer celebrates our first 10 years with a look back at the top stories that made us cheer, cry, and sometimes grit our teeth in frustration.

A lesson in community

Mike Dunn

A combination of lowering test scores and declining morale at Clayton Valley High School spurred one of the most dynamic community endeavors in Clayton’s history, as a dedicated band of teachers, parents and community members fought to turn the beleaguered high school into a charter school. Led by teachers Pat Middendorf and Neil McChesney – with the full support of the Clayton City Council and business leaders – the charter movement that began in 2011wasn’t easy. It faced the opposition of other schools in the Mount Diablo Unified School District, as well as district leadership itself. After having the petition denied by the district, the charter

supporters took their pleas to the Contra Costa County Board of Education, which approved the charter in early 2012. In the fall of 2013, under the new leadership of David Linzey and a governing board of teachers, parents, students and community members, the Clayton Valley Charter High School opened its doors.

Goodbye Station 11 Many local officials and residents were steamed early in 2013 when Contra Costa County closed Clayton’s only fire station, one of several Contra Costa Fire Protection District stations in central Contra Costa County shuttered to cut costs. The closures and subsequent firefighter layoffs sliced $3 million a year from its $102.4 million annual budget, and were a result of the failure in the November 2012 election of Measure Q, a $75 per year parcel tax. Many county officials, including Supervisor Karen Mitchoff, feared that the measure’s defeat was the result of the public’s anger over high firefighter pensions in other parts of the county. To help keep at least minimal service in Clayton, the fire protection district is allocating limited manpower from


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Station 22, located in Crystyl Ranch. Still, the increased response times are a sore point for the community. The plan to have more Clayton police officers respond to more cardiac emergencies was met with skepticism by Clayton Police Chief Chris Thorsen and other city leaders, and has led to the creation of Clayton as a “Heart Safe Community,” which will train more community members on automated external defibrillators (AEDs).

The Groovy Grove One of Clayton’s civic jewels and a local gathering spot, The Grove Park opened to much fanfare in 2008. Hundreds of Claytonians picnicked, played on the play structures, frolicked in the fountain and played “Ring Around the Rosy” with the seven bronze children in Gary Lee Price’s “Circle of Peace” statue at the southeast corner of the park. The 1.15-acre lot between Main and Center Streets and Marsh Creek Road stands on what was once a dense eucalyptus grove. The city bought the land in 1999 for $500,000, using Redevelopment Agency funds. Sadly, the trees were diseased and the city was forced to cut them down. After first exploring ideas for a mixed-use project, the city opted to go with just parkland, which is what the majority of the residents wanted. The park’s design was the result of more than a year of meetings and community design workshops, and was helped funded by the business community. The Clayton Business and Community Association donated $35,000 for the construction of the gazebo, and Endashiian Co., developers of the Longs Drugs on Center Street, donated $100,000, the first of 10 annual $10,000 gifts.

Flora Square Blooms In November 2007, Clayton developer Uzoma Nwakuche and city officials picked up golden shovels and dug into the ground at the corner of Oak and Center Streets, signaling the start of construction on the newest “old” building in town, and a new era in Clayton’s downtown development. The 14,000-square-foot Western-themed building featured retail on the ground floor and offices upstairs. In October 2004, a request for proposal netted five interested developers and Nwakuche’s project was chosen. He purchased the property from the city’s Redevelopment Agency for $260,000. The groundbreaking followed the opening of the much anticipated

Longs Drug Store – now CVS – which is also designed in the western style favored by Clayton. Hit hard by the Recession, Nwakuche’s building went into receivership and was subsequently sold. By the first of 2013, Flora Square was nearly full with Subway Sandwiches and Levity Fitness on the ground floor and the upstairs fully leased to offices.


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Beautifying Clayton How did Clayton’s gardens grow? In 2003, the Clayton City Council put a call out for all interested parties to join a Blue Ribbon Citizen’s Committee to get a handle on the city’s escalating landscape woes. The new committee was responsible for developing a plan that could work with the current Landscape Maintenance Assessment District, which was funded by a $120 annual tax on property owners. In 2005, voters opted not to approve the new landscape district tax of $365, the hotly contested Measure M. However, it was back on the ballot in June 2007, as an annual tax of $196.77, hoping to raise $850,000 annually for city landscaping – including running the fountain on holidays and special events and helping replace the city’s outdated irrigation system. That measure was successful, an overwhelming victory of 83 percent. In June of 2011, city crews finished the redesign of the city’s iconic Clayton Fountain, replacing the landscape with drought tolerant plantings irrigated by well water.

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break between tries. In 2011, Toll Brothers purchased the property locally known as Seminary Hill, and a year later completed 24 luxury homes on the development that was originally approved as Diablo Pointe in 2004. The 24-acre subdivision is above Rialto Drive in Regency Woods and includes 5.5 acres of creek-side property along El Portal Drive dedicated as open space. The new owners renamed the project Diablo Estates at Clayton. The original developer, Lemke Construction, put in the streets and other major improvements before the current recession forced the property into foreclosure. The property, originally owned by the Claretians, a Catholic missionary order, had a long history of “almost” deals. In 1972, a Concord church took a lease option on the property, but was unable to raise the funds for purchase. Following the church deal, the property was considered for a research center, but, again, the potential buyers couldn’t raise the money. Then, there was a failed attempt by a military academy to buy the building, followed by another serious purchase attempt by an international boarding school. Both projects were turned down by the city of Clayton because of neighborhood concerns over traffic and noise. In 2006, the old seminary buildings were demolished.

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A Town in Mourning In one of the darkest chapters in Clayton history, the town mourned one of its own when Ray Casso, 73, was brutally murdered at the Clayton Post Office in March of 2009. Shannon Bradley Moore had also stopped at the post office that day. He wanted to change some postage stamps for cash. But it was against regulations and he was turned away.


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Seconds later, in a psychotic rage, Moore fatally attacked Casso, stabbing him to death as he stood in front of his mailbox. In 2011, Moore admitted to second degree murder, but was found “not guilty by reason of insanity” by Judge Barbara Zuniga and sentenced to 16 years to life in a mental facility – either a state hospital or an outpatient facility. Casso, a member of the Concord/Clayton Sunrise Rotary, left behind a wife of 47 years, JoAnn, a daughter Robin and two sons, Ray Jr. and Ricky, four grandchildren, Shelby, Nick, Samantha and Carlton, as well as three brothers and two sisters. After the murder, the community responded with an outpouring of grief and support for Casso’s family. A bench in his honor sits near the statue in The Grove.

Fire! For a small community, Clayton has seen its share of devastating fires. Perhaps the worse one was in January of 2004, when the Village Market on Main Street was destroyed. It took four years to rebuild and reopen. First, Farmers Insurance refused to pay the claim for fire damage submitted by owner Sam Sandhu, saying that “someone poured a liquid accelerant (on the floor) and ignited it.” They implied that Sandhu had set the fire since he was the only one with keys. An independent investigation, however, failed to turn up any evidence of accelerants and Sandhu sued Farmers Insurance to force

them to pay the claim. Farmers finally settled with Sandhu in October 2005. Further delays occurred when Sandhu’s remodeling plans were deemed “new construction” by the city. Lot line and easement issues further delayed the project, and it wasn’t until December of 2006 that construction began. Meanwhile, in August of 2009, a fire gutted the graceful and historic Yolanda Ranch house. The house sat on 13 acres owned by Richard Seeno. It was well hidden in the trees, situated between Mt. Diablo Creek and Oakhurst Boulevard, across the Italianate-style bridge at the end of Lydia Lane. The house had been vacant since 2006, when an electrical fire caused the ceiling in the main ballroom to collapse. Then, on Thanksgiving Day in 2010, Clayton lost another piece of history and a local businessman his livelihood when fire destroyed the tiny red building at 6000 Main Street that housed a hair salon. The little building was the original site of the first Clayton City Hall in 1964.

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Community Church Journey

Fabulous Firsts

In a strange odyssey that lasted seven years, the city of Clayton recently finalized its purchase of the Clayton Community Church property on Main Street in April 2013. The saga began in 2006, when the church announced it had purchased property on Russelman Drive, off of Marsh Creek Road, as a site for a new worship center. The church had been meeting in the DVMS auditorium. But a year later pastor Shawn Robinson switched directions, opting for the new downtown site even though it would be a smaller building. The move worried city officials, who said a worship center wasn’t part of the city’s Town Center Specific Plan (TCSP). The church later amended its plans, and eventually submitted a proposal for a 500-seat, 22,400 square foot worship center and three other buildings that would house classrooms, a community center, offices and 8,000 square feet of retail space. Story poles were erected in 2011, and the public was able to voice their support – and concerns – at various community meetings. The church asked the city for major changes to the TCSP and the General Plan and for the city to waive onsite parking requirements to allow the church to use public parking to meet their needs. But before the city’s planning commission could make a ruling on the controversial project, the church changed directions again, opting to buy 4.5 acres on Pine Hollow Court adjacent to Mt. Diablo Elementary School, setting the stage for the city to buy back the downtown parcel from the church.

The last 10 years has introduced many new community staples to Clayton. On Sept. 11, 2003, the city marked its first observance of 9/11 at its firehouse Station 11. Also in 2003, Clayton produced the first family friendly New Year’s Eve celebration in town, Clayton Counts Down. In 2004, Clayton celebrated the library with a Creekside Arts Celebration. Later that fall was the first Soap Box Derby and the first highly successful Oktoberfest. In 2008 came the first Farmers’ Market, and the first band of the widely popular summer Concerts in the Grove series – Three Dimensions Plus One – took the stage. And hungry Claytonians will note that 2010 was the first Rib Cook-off. It’s a wonder how we ever lived without them.


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Parade of Champions It was the biggest parade Clayton has ever seen: More than 5,000 – some say closer to 6,000 – cheering fans, from babies in arms to octogenarians, crowded Main Street to honor Kara Kohler and Kristian Ipsen, two local kids who came home as Olympic Bronze Medalists from the 2012 London games. Kara, a rower, attended Clayton Valley High School, and Kristian was an award-winning diver at De La Salle. Kara rows for UC Berkeley, and Kristian competes for rival Stanford. But both hope to go for more Olympic glory at the 2016 games in Rio de Janeiro.

Community Gym Opens The Clayton Community gym next to Diablo View Middle School opened in June of 2003 after a huge community effort raised $1.5 million. For the next six years, the YMCA ran the recreation program. When the Y declared bankruptcy in 2009, All Out Sports, a private company, picked up the ball.

Medrano’s fall from grace It was a political implosion more worthy strife-ridden cities like Chicago and New Orleans, not sleepy little Clayton: In October 2013, a successful city councilman, philanthropist and local business leader found himself behind bars, sentenced to three years in prison for embezzling $159,650 from a former client. He resigned from the council and will serve 18 months in jail with the remaining time to be spent on probation.


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Ten years of athletic excellence Clayton’s top sports stories reflect dedication, inspiration For a small community, Clayton has had more than its share of big-time sports stories over the last decade. From stirring team efforts to inspiring individual performances, Clayton athletes have thrilled and wowed us in the past 10 years. Here’s a look at some of the highlights, as we look forward to the next decade for many more stories to bring our readers.

Kristian Ipsen No athlete has been as symbolic of our sports coverage over the past decade than Clayton’s diving prodigy Ipsen. Finishing his sophomore year at Stanford in 2013, he was just a precocious 10-yearold at the dawn of the Pioneer. He has won national and international diving championships, high school allAmerica honors at De La Salle, three collegiate titles, Photo courtesy of the Ipsen Family medals at the World Championships and, capping the first phase of his career, a bronze medal at the 2012

London Olympics. Rio in 2016 is already in his sights.

Erin Dobratz Just months after the Pioneer debuted, Dobratz earned a spot on the 2004 United States Olympic Team in Athens almost a year before the competition. There she joined her USA teammates to win the bronze medal in

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synchronized swimming. Dobratz ended her career on top as she never competed again after the Olympics. She had honed her skills with the Walnut Creek Aquanuts, Dana Hills Swim Team and Clayton Valley High School before moving on to Stanford.

Kara Kohler At just 3, Kohler was thrown into the Dana Hills pool down the street from her home, where she joined her three older sisters. She starred in swimming at Clayton Valley High and then was introduced to rowing as she toured UC Berkeley in her senior year. She joined the Golden Bears crew and within a

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Contra Costa County Championship Meet, which concludes each season. Numerous Otter swimmers like Kohler, Dobratz, Matt Biel and others have attained big success in high school, college and beyond.

Amgen Tour of California For just a few minutes last May Clayton was the center of the road cycling world as the Amgen Tour of California wheeled over Mt. Diablo, down Ygnacio Valley Road and through downtown Clayton before continuing over Marsh Creek Road to eventually end Stage 3 in Livermore. It was the first time in the seven-year history of the race that the riders challenged Mt. Diablo. The 115.3 mile stage began in San Jose. City officials are hopeful the ever-changing Amgen Tour route will again include Clayton in the future.

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year was competing and winning gold medals for USA teams on the international stage. She took her junior year off from Cal to prepare for the London Olympics, where her American quadruple skulls team took home bronze in 2012. Rio beckons Kara too.

Dana Hills Swim Team Since the Pioneer first published in 2003, one constant has been the excellence of the Dana Hills Swim Team. The Otters have won 20 of the past 21 Concord City Meet championships with the only blip on that run of titles in 2002. The Otters have been nearly as successful in invitational meets during the summer recreational swimming schedule and at the

The Ugly Eagles football team was knocking on the door to win a North Coast Section championship over the past 10 years (such as a triple overtime loss in the 2003 NCS finals, among three defeats in the championship game). Then in 2012 new coach Tim Murphy introduced a dynamic offense that shattered the school record book and earned the Eagles their first Section crown. The added bonus is that it earned newly-named Clayton Valley Charter High School a spot in the inaugural CIF State Regional Bowl game, where the Eagles lost a tough three-point battle, falling just short of going to the state finals. Clayton Valley is the last team from Northern California to not be defeated by De La Salle as the Eagles and Spartans tied in 2004.

Clayton Valley High School Baseball Clayton Valley baseball was also suffering through a lot of “close but no cigar� seasons. With a very successful program guided alternately by Bob Ralston, Casey Coakley and Herc Pardi, the Eagles were in four NCS championship games since 2002 and right near the finals every other year since the turn of the century. Finally in 2009 Clayton Valley capped its Golden Anniversary year with a NCS title with Ralston at the helm. Two years later he departed to take over the head coaching job at his alma mater, Cal State East Bay.


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Winter Olympians Daron Rahlves grew up in Clayton before moving to the mountains to pursue his ski racing career. Four Winter Olympic teams later he

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Clayton Valley High School Athletic Hall of Fame As part of the celebration of the school’s 50th anniversary, the Clayton Valley High School Athletic Hall of Fame was established in 2008. The inaugural class of athletes, coaches, teams and community leaders was inducted that year with a second class added in 2010 and the third class inducted in 2013. The accomplishments of the inductees are breathtaking and cover every sport offered at CVHS. To date, athletes from the 1950s through the 1990s have been eligible to be inducted.

All of the Athletes is one of America’s most decorated alpine skiers. After retiring following the 2006 season with 12 World Cup victories and a world championship, he came back to make the USA Olympic freestyle ski team in 2010. Chuck Berkeley lived in Clayton when he too made the USA Olympic Team in bobsled. Both Rahlves and Berkeley saw their 2010 dreams end in Olympic crashes.

Over these 10 years it’s been the accomplishments of the individual athletes and teams representing local schools, clubs, leagues and teams that have enlivened the sports pages of the Pioneer. Athletes from our area have achieved professional careers, national and international honors and shined right in their own backyard. And all the fun hasn’t been had by the younger generation. Weekend warriors and serious athletes of all ages have reached personal goals and high standards of excellence.

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Editor’s Picks In the last 10 years, the Pioneer has published 232 issues packed with stories, community news and more than 8000 photos. While every photo is important in the story it tells, some are truly standouts. Some made us laugh, some tugged at our hearts, some were inspirational. But they all made us proud to be Claytonians, Americans and Pioneers. This one of Little Here are a few of our favorites. Le Opening Day in 2 ague 010 simp makes u ly s laugh out loud

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Black Diamond of a Town It was mining that helped define the town. Not silver, diamonds or gold, but “black diamonds” — coal. By the 1850s, the Native Americans who had settled in the area were fast being outnumbered by miners and their families, hoping to mine coal in the surrounding hillsides. Founded in 1857 by Joel Clayton (who owned an interest in the Black Diamond Coal Mines and named the town on a coin flip),

Clayton soon became a bustling metropolis of 900 people, and provided a hub for news, supplies and entertainment for miners and their families from nearby towns. By 1905, higherquality coal had been found elsewhere, and mining ceased in the area, to be replaced by farming and ranching. Almond orchards and award-winning vineyards took the place of mine shafts and coal cars. It was also a busy route for cattlemen driving their herds towards the market. In the mid-20th century, many farmers sold their land to real estate developers, and homes began to pop up as the Bay Area grew in size and stature. Clayton was incorporated as Contra Costa County’s 13th city in 1964, and in 2009 earned recognition in prestigious Money Magazine as one of the 100 best small towns to live in the U.S.

Keller Ranch The Keller Ranch, across the creek from the library, was likely part of a Mexican land grant. It was originally owned by Joel Clayton and purchased by Harry and Elodia Keller in 1910.

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t’s no accident that 21st century Clayton reflects its pioneer roots. Perhaps no other city in Contra Costa County can claim such a connection to the Old West spirit because of its colorful history.


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Clayton’s history has been lovingly researched, collected, recorded and shared by the Clayton Historical Society. Founded in 1974, the organization runs the Clayton Museum, where the town’s rough-and-tumble history is on display. Through exhibits and interpretive presentations, the CHS truly makes history come alive. The museum features a square grand piano, raisin seeder, coal mining equipment, woodburning stove, an outhouse or a monkey fist. Hands-on activities in the Kids’ Corner include typewriters, dial telephones and a stereoscope. The museum has sponsored such events and exhibits as Yum-Yum Bubble Gum in fall 2011, a Victorian Christmas in winter 2011, the seventh Annual Car Show in summer of 2012, and Joel Clayton’s 200th birthday in fall 2012. Speaking of Joel Clayton, the main house of the museum is believed to be his second home in Clayton, built around 1860. Today, Clayton is home to almost 4,000 families, who enjoy its scenic location, impressive quality of life and the reminders of the area’s rich heritage. The Clayton Historical Society welcomes new members as greeters and docents. If interested, drop by or call 925-672-0240.

Clayton Jail The original Clayton Jail was built circa 1880 across from Endeavor Hall on Oak Street. It now is part of the Clayton Museum.

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Average Sale Price of Homes Sold Year 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012

Single Family . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $604,062 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $660,812 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $837,705 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $809,865 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $878,399 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $660,271 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $630,813 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $599,721 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $529,009 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $566,782

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Townhome/ Condo . . . . . . . $394,359 . . . . . . . $427,737 . . . . . . . $540,593 . . . . . . . $522,500 . . . . . . . $440,225 . . . . . . . $291,388 . . . . . . . $314,823 . . . . . . . $372,356 . . . . . . . $296,192 . . . . . . . $268,548

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110 Crow Place . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$590,000 . . . . . . .2053 . . . . . . . . .3/2 . . . . . . . . .1/4/13 1003 Feather Circle . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$507,000 . . . . . . .1651 . . . . . . . . .3/2.5 . . . . . . . .1/4/13 4675 Morgan Territory Rd . . . . . . . .$660,000 . . . . . . .2257 . . . . . . . . .4/3 . . . . . . . . .1/7/13 9 Widmar Court . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$665,000 . . . . . . .2125 . . . . . . . . .4/3 . . . . . . . . .1/11/13 502 E. Myrick Court . . . . . . . . . . . . .$495,000 . . . . . . .1813 . . . . . . . . .3/2.5 . . . . . . . .1/15/13 612 Golden Eagle Place . . . . . . . . . .$555,000 . . . . . . .1816 . . . . . . . . .3/2 . . . . . . . . .1/21/13 206 Falcon Place . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$471,250 . . . . . . .1493 . . . . . . . . .3/2 . . . . . . . . .1/23/13 1004 Diablo Street . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$595,000 . . . . . . .960 . . . . . . . . . .3/1 . . . . . . . . .1/24/13 405 Condor Place . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$275,000 . . . . . . .1026 . . . . . . . . .2/2 . . . . . . . . .1/31/13 313 Mountaire Pkwy . . . . . . . . . . . . .$640,000 . . . . . . .2691 . . . . . . . . .5/3 . . . . . . . . .2/1/13 1329 Shell Lane . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$360,000 . . . . . . .1355 . . . . . . . . .3/2.5 . . . . . . . .2/19/13 5896 Herriman Drive . . . . . . . . . . . .$480,000 . . . . . . .1653 . . . . . . . . .3/2 . . . . . . . . .2/20/13 2 Weatherly Drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$620,000 . . . . . . .1895 . . . . . . . . .4/2 . . . . . . . . .2/21/13 3908 Coyote Circle . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$399,000 . . . . . . .1595 . . . . . . . . .3/2.5 . . . . . . . .2/21/13 5858 Pine Hollow Road . . . . . . . . . .$645,000 . . . . . . .2257 . . . . . . . . .4/3 . . . . . . . . .2/21/13 913 Diablo Downs Drive . . . . . . . . .$734,000 . . . . . . .3291 . . . . . . . . .4/4.5 . . . . . . . .2/25/13 199 Mountaire Parkway . . . . . . . . . .$625,000 . . . . . . .1947 . . . . . . . . .4/2 . . . . . . . . .2/26/13 5023 Keller Ridge Drive . . . . . . . . . .$565,000 . . . . . . .1911 . . . . . . . . .4/2.5 . . . . . . . .2/28/13 21 Ohlone Lane . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$615,000 . . . . . . .2313 . . . . . . . . .4/2.5 . . . . . . . .3/8/13 51 Mt. Tamalpais Ct . . . . . . . . . . . . .$635,000 . . . . . . .2619 . . . . . . . . .4/3 . . . . . . . . .3/8/13 586 Mt. Dell Dr . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$360,000 . . . . . . .1423 . . . . . . . . .3/2 . . . . . . . . .3/14/13 4008 Hummingbird Way . . . . . . . . . .$680,000 . . . . . . .2481 . . . . . . . . .4/3 . . . . . . . . .3/15/13 48 Marquette Ct . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$485,000 . . . . . . .1471 . . . . . . . . .3/2 . . . . . . . . .3/15/13 635 Mt. Duncan Dr . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$625,000 . . . . . . .2960 . . . . . . . . .5/3 . . . . . . . . .3/15/13 7020 Molluk Way . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$735,000 . . . . . . .2868 . . . . . . . . .5/3 . . . . . . . . .3/21/13 9 Rolen Court . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$379,500 . . . . . . .1976 . . . . . . . . .4/2 . . . . . . . . .3/21/13 27 Petar Ct . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$625,000 . . . . . . .2010 . . . . . . . . .4/2.5 . . . . . . . .3/21/13 1339 Shell Lane . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$381,100 . . . . . . .1355 . . . . . . . . .3/2.5 . . . . . . . .3/22/13 1102 Oakwood Circle . . . . . . . . . . . .$930,000 . . . . . . .3570 . . . . . . . . .4/3 . . . . . . . . .3/26/13 4297 Morgan Territory Rd . . . . . . . .$550,000 . . . . . . .1263 . . . . . . . . .3/2 . . . . . . . . .3/28/13 1019 Feather Circle . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$383,000 . . . . . . .1338 . . . . . . . . .2/2 . . . . . . . . .3/29/13 9 Clark Creek Circle . . . . . . . . . . . . .$131,250 . . . . . . .1050 . . . . . . . . .2/2 . . . . . . . . .4/01/13 3051 Windmill Canyon Dr . . . . . . . .$675,000 . . . . . . .2467 . . . . . . . . .4/3 . . . . . . . . .4/4/13 1234 Buckeye Terrace . . . . . . . . . . . .$530,000 . . . . . . .1639 . . . . . . . . .3/2.5 . . . . . . . .4/5/13 211 Tumbleweed Ct . . . . . . . . . . . . .$857,000 . . . . . . .3210 . . . . . . . . .4/3 . . . . . . . . .4/8/13 276 Mountaire Parkway . . . . . . . . . .$624,000 . . . . . . .2260 . . . . . . . . .4/2 . . . . . . . . .4/11/13 201 Tumbleweed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$598,899 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4/2.5 . . . . . . . .4/12/13 1361 Yosemite Drive . . . . . . . . . . . . .$711,000 . . . . . . .1840 . . . . . . . . .3/2.5 . . . . . . . .4/12/13 302 Chardonnay Cir . . . . . . . . . . . . .$665,000 . . . . . . .2116 . . . . . . . . .4/2.5 . . . . . . . .4/12/13

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City of Clayton ncorporated in 1964, the city of Clayton is governed by a five-member city council. Each year, the council members elect a mayor from among themselves. Council members are elected at-large and serve a four-year term. The Clayton City Council meets at 7 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of each month in Hoyer Hall at the Clayton Community Library, 6125 Clayton Road, Clayton.

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Clayton City Council Voicemail Julie K. Pierce, Mayor . . . . . . . . . . (925) 673-7320 Hank Stratford, Vice Mayor . . . . . . (925) 673-7318 David Shuey . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (925) 673-7317 Howard Geller . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (925) 673-7321 Jim Diaz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (925) 673-7316

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POLICE AND FIRE Call 911 for fire, police or medical emergencies Police Department, 6000 Heritage Trail, Clayton, (925) 673-7350 Police Chief Police Chief, Chris Thorsen, Chris Thorsen chris.thorsen@cityofconcord.org The department is staffed by 11 sworn officers, two civilian personnel and one reserve officer, plus volunteers. The police chief reports directly to the city manager. Clayton contracts with the city of Concord for dispatch services and police booking services.

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Contra Costa Fire Protection District Station 11: 6500 Center Street, Clayton, (925) 673-1723 The station is staffed with one, threeperson engine, Monday through Saturday, 2 to 8 p.m. Fire and first-responder emergency medical services are provided 24 hours, 7 days a week from other nearby fire stations in the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District. CalFire Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, (CDF) Sunshine Station: 11851 Marsh Creek Road, Clayton, (925) 672-6400 CalFire’s (formerly CDF).

Planning Commission The five-member planning commission, appointed by the mayor, advises the city council and reviews various development proposals.The Commission meets at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month in Hoyer Hall at the Clayton Library.

Trails and Landscape Committee The TLC oversees the Landscape Maintenance District and serves as an avenue for residents’ concerns on public roadway landscaping, public trails and open space maintenance issues. For more information please contact City Hall at (925) 673-7300.

Clayton Community Gym A partnership between the city and All Out Sports League supports quality, family-friendly recreational opportunities for all ages at the Clayton Community Gym. For more info, visit www.alloutsportsleague-clayton.com or call (925) 203-5626.

Clayton Community Library 6125 Clayton Road, Clayton, CA 94517 (925) 673-0659 www.claytonlibrary.org popular gathering spot as well as an educational resource and learning center for the community, the Community Library offers a large book collection, Story Time events for kids, tutoring and quiet study areas for students, meeting rooms for community organizations and community access computers for Internet browsing and research. The Clayton Community Library Foundation (CCLF) hosts the annual Creekside Arts Celebration in the spring and two used book sales per year in support of library programs.

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Gazebo at The Grove urrounded on three sides by majestic mountains and golden hills, Clayton is the ideal town for outdoor activity. With an average of 257 sunny days per year, there is plenty of time to walk the scenic trails, hike into the rugged foothills of Mount Diablo or relax at a city park. Clayton’s extensive trail system crisscrosses the city and links up with Mount Diablo State Park and Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve. The city’s park system has community ball fields, expansive green lawns and secluded picnic spots. In addition to its several parks, Clayton boasts 400 acres of open space. There are youth and adult sport leagues and a community gym. Whether your idea of recreation involves working up a sweat or sitting back with your feet up, there is always something to do in Clayton.

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Clayton City Parks The Grove The crown jewel of Clayton’s picturesque downtown is the town’s newest public park, The Grove. Standing on what used to be a large grove of eucalyptus trees, The Grove serves as a gathering place for Claytonians, young and old. Beneath a stunning view of Mount Diablo, The Grove offers a state-ofthe-art playground with splash around for hot days, a gazebo that serves as a bandstand, a large lawn with game tables, and picnic areas that can accommodate large groups.

Clayton Community Park Recently renovated, Clayton Community Park has something for everyone. Located at the intersection of Marsh Creek Road and Regency Drive, Clayton Community Park provides community ball fields, large covered picnic areas that can accommodate groups up to 120, built in BBQs, two play structures and access to hiking trails. The park is located adjacent to Diablo View Middle School.

Lydia Lane Park Located on The George Cardinet Trail at the end of Lydia Lane, this small park boasts a large lawn area with picnic tables and benches.

North Valley Park Up the hill off Keller Ridge Drive in the community of Oakhurst, North Valley Park has a large play structure and lawn.

Westwood Park At the end of Haviland Place along the George Cardinet Trail, this park offers paved circular walking trail flanked by lawn areas.

Dog Park Located on the west side of Marsh Creek Road, across from Clayton Community Park is the Clayton Dog Park. Local residents established the Clayton K-9 Coalition to raise funds to provide a water line and drinking fountain for the park in June 2005. Over the years, Eagle Scout Projects have provided shade arbors, picnic tables and a separate small dog enclosure.


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Concord Parks Just next door in Concord, are several community parks, each with a distinctive character all its own.

Highlands Park: Nine acres next to Highlands School off north side of Pine Hollow Road between Pennsylvania Boulevard and Louisiana Drive. Pathways, picnic areas, playgrounds and ball fields.

Daniel E. Boatwright Youth Sports Complex: Nine acres on Campus Drive at Alberta Way adjacent to the Cal State University Contra Costa Campus. This park was designed for organized youth sports league play with five soccer fields and one baseball field.

Markham Nature Park and Arboretum: 16 acres off northeast side of Cowell Road near Babel Lane and at south end of LaVista Avenue. Galindo Creek meanders through this park. Amenities include a Nature Study and the Bud Hansen Wisteria Arbor.

Dave Brubeck Park: Eight acres on north side of Concord Blvd. next to Concord High School. With shaded picnic areas, playground and raised concrete stage, this park is home to many community events including the annual Singing Flag.

Newhall Community Park: 126 acres between Treat Blvd. and Newhall Parkway. Meandering creek, ponds, picnic areas, bocce courts and turfed athletic fields make this a popular gathering place. The “Paw Patch” is a secure, fenced area where dogs can exercise off-leash. Most of the park is undeveloped open space. Over two miles of multi-use trails are linked to the regional network. A Vietnam War Memorial stands at the top of vista point with sweeping views from the Carquinez Straits to Mount Diablo.

Brazil Quarry Park: Four acres at the end of Kent Way off Sutherland in the Ayers Road/Claycord Ave. neighborhood. Grassy play area, a natural creek, playground and a butterfly garden.

Oakhurst Country Club For unmatched privileges and a sense of belonging Outstanding privileges and amenities are just as important as the intangible benefits that come with private club membership - a sense of community, camaraderie and belonging. We offer a variety of affordable memberships that give you both: Access to some of Northern California’s most outstanding golf and recreational facilities, and a year-long schedule of events designed to engage and delight every member of the family. For membership information and more about Oakhurst Country Club, go to

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A complete map of “Clayton and Its Trails� is available for $2 at City Hall, 6000 Heritage Trail.


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The Clayton Trail System n 1998, Clayton was honored as one of Walking Magazine’s five Most Walkable Small Cities in America. The Clayton Trail System has 27 miles of trails on approximately 515 acres of open space. Clayton has trails for everyone – whether young or old, training for a marathon or just trying to stay fit. Flat, paved routes wander along the city’s creeks, while steep, rugged trails climb through the surrounding hills. The system connects directly to Mt. Diablo State Park and Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve. When these two parks complete their planned linkage, Clayton will be surrounded by more than 40,000 acres of dedicated open space. Here are some of Clayton’s best routes.

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Trails Bruce Lee, Upper Easley Begins just west of Easley Dr. and Center Street and runs southeast for .56 miles.

George Cardinet Trail Begins at the intersection of Marsh Creek and Clayton Roads and travels 1.46 miles north along Mt. Diablo Creek, behind the library, over a small foot bridge, past the Keller Ranch house through Lydia Lane and Westwood Park where it ends.

Donner Creek Trail Begins at El Molino Park at the corner of El Molino Drive and Old Marsh Creek Road where it follows Donner Creek for .68 miles to the Donner Creek entrance to Mt. Diablo State Park.

Black Diamond Trail Begins at the Black Diamond parking lot on Clayton Road. Follow the trail .17 miles to the brown pillars and turn right up Peacock Creek Trail up a steep hill. Total distance 1-2 miles. To hike to the Black Diamond Mines Preserve, stay left at the pillars and follow the trail up the hill a for about two miles to the entrance to the Black Diamond Regional Preserve.

Peacock Loop Trail Begins at the Park and Ride lot on Clayton Road. Follow Peacock Creek Drive to the Peacock Ridge Trail for two miles.

Clayton Loop This is an easy 1.5 mile walk that begins behind Ed’s Mudville Grill on Center Street. Take the Bruce Lee Trail about .75 miles to Old Marsh Creek Road. Turn left and take the sidewalk along Clayton Road. Turn left at the light and follow the path along Clayton Road to the light at the Black Diamond Trail crossing. turn left and follow the path through Easley Estates back to Center Street.

Mt. Diablo Loop Follow the Clayton Loop except cross Old Marsh Creek Road instead of turning left. Follow the Mt. Diablo Creek Trail to Regency Drive, go left up the path and turn left onto the sidewalk. Follow Regency Drive across Marsh Creek Road, up the hill to Clayton Community Park. Take the trail to the left behind Diablo View Middle School. Follow the trail down the hill and along Clayton Road back toward your starting point. Total distance is 3.2 miles.

Source: Clayton and Its Trails, trail map published by the city of Clayton


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Jennifer Jay

Mt. Diablo State Park

The craggy peaks of Mount Diablo have been drawing explorers since long before Joel Clayton arrived in town. It’s no wonder – the views are spectacular, the surrounding vegetation and wildlife are remarkable, and recreation for all ages and abilities is available in every season. The park offers hiking, biking, horseback riding and camping in three campgrounds. Though its 3,849 foot summit is dwarfed by the Sierras to the east, the summit of Mount Diablo rewards climbers with glimpses of San Francisco, The Cascade Mountains to the north, the San Joaquin Delta and the Central Valley beyond. Yosemite’s Half Dome is visible from the summit with keen eyes and clear weather (and binoculars). Trails in Mount Diablo State Park range from wide, level fire trails to rocky, strenuous switchbacks. North Peak

Mt. Olympia

Mt. Diablo

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Trail maps are available at the Mitchell Canyon Ranger Station at the Mitchell Canyon Park Entrance. Hikers, bikers and equestrians can access Mount Diablo State Park directly from Clayton in two locations: at the end of the Mount Diablo Creek Trail (at the foot of Regency Drive) and via the Mitchell Canyon Park Entrance (at the end of Mitchell Canyon Road). Vehicular access to the summit is from the Northgate Road in Walnut Creek. Summers are hot and dry in Mount Diablo State Park, so visitors should dress lightly and bring plenty of water. Gates open at 8 a.m. and close at sunset. The Visitor Center at the summit is open seven days a week from 10 am to 4 pm. Mount Diablo State Park General Information: (925) 837-2525. or go to www.parks.ca.gov.

Eagle Peak 2,369’

Mount Diablo Peaks

Mt. Zion 1,635’

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Regional Parks Sindicich Lagoon Briones Regional Park Black Diamond Mines

Round Valley Regional Preserve

Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve contains 6,286 acres perfect for hiking, picnicking and nature study. Tour the sand mine, walk through an old cemetery or stop into the Visitor’s Center to view photos, displays and videos of the lives of 19th Century coal miners. Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve is located in Contra Costa County, south of Pittsburg and Antioch. Take Highway 4 to the Somersville Road exit in Antioch, then drive south (toward the hills) on Somersville Road to the Preserve entrance. Trail access from Clayton is at the Black Diamond Trail parking lot on Clayton Road. Maps and directions at www.ebparks.org.

The 1,911-acre preserve contains nonnative grassland, oak woodland/savannah, shrubland and riparian woodland plant communities. The preserve is open for horseback riding, hiking and bicycling. The temperature can exceed 100 degrees in the summer so be prepared. Dogs are not allowed in the park. To reach Round Valley Regional Preserve, go east on Marsh Creek Road, past Deer Valley Road, until you reach the preserve staging area on your right. Maps and directions at www.ebparks.org

Briones Regional Park With more than 6,000 acres, Briones Regional Park is a true hidden wilderness carved out of the middle of central Contra Costa County. Bounded by Orinda, Lafayette and Martinez, the park has many miles of trails and is teeming with wildlife and some of the most spectacular views of Mt. Diablo and the Diablo Valley seen anywhere in the region. There are five staging areas with the main ones at Bear Creek in Orinda and in Alhambra Valley in Martinez. Maps and directions at www.ebparks.org.

Morgan Territory Regional Preserve Sandstone hills within the park’s 4,708 acres light up in the spring with over 90 species of wildflowers, including some found only in the foothills of Mount Diablo. Hikers are rewarded with breathtaking views stretching from Mount St. Helena to the north and the towering Sierras to the east. The Preserve offers hiking, horseback riding and camping, (backpack campsite by reservation only). Follow Marsh Creek Road east to Morgan Territory Road, turn right and go 9.4 miles to the staging area. Maps and directions at www.ebparks.org

Lime Ridge and Shell Ridge On the northwest side of Mt. Diablo and just feet from the whizzing traffic of Ygnacio Valley Road, lies the 1200-acre Lime Ridge Open Space with 25 miles of trails that cross over grasslands, wind through the oaks and climb the wooded hillsides. The area is rich in history and supports a diversity of plants and wildlife. Native American artifacts have been discovered in the fossil laden ridges and the area was the site of the historic quarries of the Cowell Lime and Cement Company. Trailhead is at at 5108 Montecito Way off Ygnacio Valley Road at Cowell Rd. A little further south, begins Shell Ridge Open Space with 31 miles of hiking, cycling and equestrian trails. Within Shell Ridge and a popular day hike is the historic Borges ranch, a working cattle ranch listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The nearest trailhead is at 1035 Castle Rock Road, ½ mile past Northgate High School. For more information and trail maps for both Lime Ridge and Shell Ridge Open Spaces, go to www.walnutcreek.org, click on Visitors and then Open Space.


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2013-14 Community Events Spring/Summer 2013 Apr. through Oct. Hot Summer Nights Classic Cars and DJ Rock and Roll sponsored by Skipolini’s Pizza. Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m. Downtown.

Aug. 31 Labor Day Boxcar Derby and Classic Car Show. Sponsored by the Clayton Community Church. Main Street.

Fall 2013/Winter 2014

May through Oct. Farmers Market Saturday mornings on Diablo Street.

May through Oct. Saturday Night Concerts in The Grove. Every other Saturday.

May 27 Memorial Day Services VFW honors Memorial Day; 10 a.m. at the Flagpole, Main Street.

June 29 Family Fair Picnic in The Grove; 4-7 p.m.

July Friday Night at the Movies Outdoor movies at the Clayton Community Church. Free. July 4 Independence Day Celebration starts at 7 a.m. with the Rotary Club pancake breakfast at Endeavor Hall followed by the parade down Main Street.

Oct. 4-6 Oktoberfest The CBCA sponsors this annual event with live music, German dancing, biergarten, street performers, food court, arts and crafts.

Oct. Plant Sale Clayton Valley Garden Club.

Oct. 25-27 Used Book Sale. Clayton Library Foundation semi-annual sale. Hoyer Hall, Clayton Library.

Oct. 31 Annual Clayton Ghost Walk.

Nov. Holiday Boutique. Arts, crafts and baked goods made by Clayton Valley Woman’s Club members. Hoyer Hall, Clayton Library.

Aug. 10 Annual BBQ rib cook-off. Sponsored by the CBCA and hosted by the Clayton Club.


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Spring 2014 March Creekside Arts Celebration. Clayton Library Foundation weekend of arts and crafts, sales, demonstrations, performing artists, environmental demonstrations. Clayton Library.

April Used Book Sale. Clayton Library Foundation semi-annual sale. Hoyer Hall, Clayton Library.

April Clayton Cleans Up sponsored by the Clayton Pioneer.

Dec. 7 Christmas Caroling and Tree Lighting sponsored by the Clayton Business and Community Assoc. (CBCA). Kicks off the holiday season with caroling in The Grove and the lighting of the city tree.

Dec. Holiday Homes Tour sponsored by the Clayton Historical Society.

April/May

Dec. 12

Art and Wine Festival sponsored by the CBCA. Live music, premium wines and beer, food court, arts and crafts. Main Street.

Christmas Cookie Contest and Christmas Party sponsored by the Clayton Pioneer.

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May Annual Gardens Tour sponsored by the Clayton Historical Society.

Have dessert with Mrs. Claus and visit with Santa.

Feb. Camellia Tea Clayton Historical Society honors descendants of Clayton’s early settlers and pioneering families with high tea and camellia display. Clayton Museum, 6101 Main St.

Feb Chili Cook Off, Clayton Club

May Plant Sale. Clayton Valley Garden Club.

May/June CBCA Clayton Classic Golf Tournament, Oakhurst Country Club.


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Clubs and Associations Clayton Business & Community Association (CBCA) was formed in 1984 and includes more than 150 passionate dedicated people who share a common interest in the city’s general welfare, prosperity and common good. The club sponsors three major fundraisers each year: The Art and Wine Festival in the spring, the Clayton Classic Golf Tournament in the summer and the Oktoberfest in the fall. All proceeds are returned to the community in the form of school donations, sports team support, scholarships and charitable causes. Dinner meetings are the last Thursday of the month. For more information about membership, call (925) 672-2272 or go to claytoncbca.org.

For a complete listing of local clubs and organizations, go to claytonpioneer.com and click on CLUBS

Clayton Valley Garden Club has over 70 enthusiastic members excited about every aspect of gardening. Monthly meetings are held February through November and include presentations on a variety of gardening related topics. Members enjoy field trips, plant sales, workshops and civic projects all while learning new skills. For more information: claytonvalleygardenclub.org

Support your community with a membership in the Clayton Business and Community Association A non-profit Community Service Organization Proud sponsors of The Clayton Art and Wine Festival The Clayton Classic Golf Tournament The Clayton Oktoberfest All profits from these fundraisers are used to support civic projects, scholarships and programs for the good of the Clayton community. CBCA dinner meetings are on the last Thursday of the month – a great opportunity to network and socialize while supporting your community.

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Health & Support Services Hospitals

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Overeaters Anonymous (925) 825-0448

1425 South Main St. Walnut Creek, CA 94596 (925) 295-4000 John Muir Medical Center Walnut Creek Campus

1601 Ygnacio Valley Rd. Walnut Creek, CA 94598 (925) 939-3000 John Muir Medical Center Concord Campus

2540 East Street Concord, CA 94520 (925) 682-8200

Adult Day Care

Mt. Diablo Center for Adult Day Health Care 490 Golf Club Road, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523 (925) 682-6330 Structured day recreation and therapy services for the frail elderly, disabled adults, and adults with Alzheimer’s and related dementia. AIDS Support

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Support Services 12-Step Programs

AA Hotline (925) 939-5371 185 Mayhew Way Walnut Creek, CA 94596 AL-Anon, (925) 932-6770 AL-Teen, (925) 932-6770

American Foundation for the Blind (800) 232-5463 Guide Dogs for the Blind (800) 295-4050 Cancer Support

The Wellness Community 3276 McNutt Avenue Walnut Creek, CA 94597 (925) 933-0107

Crisis Intervention

Bay Area Crisis Nursery 1506 Mendocino Dr. Concord, CA 94521 Crisis line for children 0-5 yrs. (925) 685-8052 Crisis line for children 6-11 yrs. (925) 685-3695 Domestic Violence Crisis Hotline STAND! Against Domestic Violence (888) 215-5555 Contra Costa Crisis Center Crisis Intervention & Suicide (800) 833-2900

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5167 Clayton Road, Suite F Concord, CA 94521 (925) 680-4994, info@dyf.org Stroke Support Group of Contra Costa

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City of Concord City of Concord City Council

The Concord City Council meets at 6:30 p.m. on the first, second and fourth Tuesday of the month in the Council Chambers, Concord Civic Center, 1950 Parkside Drive, Concord. For a complete list of elected officials and a directory of city offices go to www.ci.concord.ca.us

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8 a.m. – 10 p.m., Mon – Sun

Pharmacy:

9 a.m. – 8 p.m., Mon – Fri 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sun

Visit: www.cvs.com or call 1-800-SHOP CVS 6490 Clayton Road, Clayton tel (925) 673-2800 fax (925) 673-5530


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Schools and Colleges Elementary Clayton Mount Diablo Elementary

5880 Mt. Zion Dr., Clayton (925) 672-4840 MDES is a California Distinguished School Nearby Ayers Elementary School

5120 Myrtle Drive, Concord (925) 682-7686

Highlands Elementary

1326 Pennsylvania Blvd., Concord (925) 672-5252

Pine Hollow Middle School

5522 Pine Hollow Road, Concord (925) 672-5444

High Schools Clayton Valley Charter High School 1101 Alberta Way, Concord (925) 682-7474 Concord High School

4200 Concord Blvd., Concord (925) 687-2030 Nueva Vista High Continuation School

1705 Thornwood Drive, Concord (925) 689-6450

4200 Concord Blvd., Concord (925) 687-0991

1649 Claycord Ave., Concord (925) 687-1150 Westwood Elementary 1748 West St., Concord (925) 685-4202

Middle Schools Clayton Diablo View Middle School

300 Diablo View Lane, Clayton (925) 672-0898 DVMS is a California Distinguished School

Summit High Continuation School

4200 Concord Blvd., Concord (925) 687-0991

Private Schools Carondelet High School (Girls)

1133 Winton Drive, Concord, CA 94518 (925) 686-5353

1750 West St., Concord (925) 682-5700

866 Oak Grove Road, Concord, CA 94518 (925) 682-5414 Tabernacle School, K-8

4380 Concord Blvd, Concord, CA 94521 (925) 685-9169 Wood Rose Academy, K-8

4347 Cowell Road, Concord, CA 94518 (925) 825-4644 Ygnacio Valley Christian School, K-8

4977 Concord Blvd., Concord, CA 94521 (925) 798-3131

Higher Education California State University East Bay

Concord Campus 4700 Ygnacio Valley Road, Concord 94521 (925) 602-6700 Diablo Valley College

321 Golf Club Road, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523 (925) 685-1230

De La Salle High School (Boys)

1130 Winton Drive, Concord, CA 94518 (925) 288.8100

Nearby El Dorado Middle School

3886 Chestnut Ave, Concord, CA 94519 (925) 689-3990 St. Francis of Assisi, K-8

Mountain View Elementary

Silverwood Elementary

St. Agnes, K-8

King’s Valley Christian School, K-8

4255 Clayton Road, Concord, CA 94521 (925) 687-2020

Los Medanos College

2700 East Leland Road, Pittsburg, 94565 (925) 439-2181


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Concord Locksmith 1804 Colfax St., Concord, CA 94520

• Family Owned & Operated Since 1947 • Commercial/Residential/Auto • Safes/Self Defense Items Lic. # 718833

“Our goal is to maintain excellent customer service by providing complete security & professional keying systems at reasonable prices.”

Karaoke Mon & Wed nights Open Mic - Thur. nights

Your remote & high security key experts!

Live Music

(925) 689-1534

Every Fri. and Sat.

Fax: (925) 689-0911

673-0440 6096 Main St., Clayton www.claytonclubsaloon.com

www.concordlock.com Mention Clayton Almanac to receive

(merchandise not included)

Residential & Commercial

Serving Northern California for Over 30 Years

Specializing in Large Hazardous Trees & Heritage Oak Trees  Crane Service  Tree & Stump Removal  Arborist Consulting  Arborist Reports  Pruning/Cabling  Fire Abatement  Custom Milled Lumber  Firewood 

FREE ESTIMATES

24 Hour Emergency Service Lic. #642272 Certified Arborist WE-3386A

Major Credit Cards Accepted CCC Certified Fire Abatement

www.waranerbrostree.com

Ed Waraner 8861 Marsh Creek Rd, Clayton

Bonded & Fully Insured

(925) 831-2323 Cell: (925) 250-0335


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Senior Support Services Alzheimer’s Association

Contra Costa County Aging and Adult Services

24-Hour Help Line (800) 272-3900

(800) 510-2020

Concord Senior Center

2727 Parkside Circle, Concord, CA 94519 (925) 671-3320 A multi-service center for active adults 50 plus. Meals on Wheels

Senior Peer Counseling Program

(925) 521-5640 Offers both individual counseling and support groups to residents of Contra Costa County 55+ years

Senior Outreach Services

(925) 937-8311 Helps home bound elderly to remain independent, viable members of their community by providing home visits. RSVP of Contra Costa

(925) 937-5614 Senior volunteer opportunities

(866) 669-6697

Specializing in

 Adult & Children’s Orthodontics  Clear & Self-Ligating Braces  Invisalign & Teen Invisalign  Digital X-Rays & Photos Contact us at:

cvortho@sbcglobal.net

or visit our website:

Stephen E. Ludwig, DMD, MS, Inc 1494 Washington Blvd., Suite D Concord

claytonvalleyortho.com

Doug Van Wyck CLU ChFC, Agent Insurance Lic. # 0586396

6200 Center St. Ste. A Clayton, CA 94517

925-672-2300 www.dougvanwyck.com

(925) 672-6200


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It could be a virus or it could just need a tune-up. Prevent problems caused by viruses and spyware with Regular proactive maintenance.

TOTAL DESKTOP CARE & SERVER WATCH Low cost, fixed fee services that monitor & maintain your network to minimize IT problems

Call Mark 925.672.6029 or info@netsolutions-ca.com

Advertise in The Clayton Pioneer call 672-0500 As the owner of Burkin Electric, I have had my ad in the Clayton Pioneer for several years. I believe in supporting local businesses like the Pioneer. As our community grows, our businesses do also because of the success of the Pioneer. Having my ad in the Pioneer has helped my business and people recognize me from it. I get the extra exposure that I need. I want to thank the Pioneer and my customers who have relied on me over the years. James J. Burkin, Burkin Electric We want to let you know how much we enjoy the Clayton Pioneer. It really makes us feel connected to the community. When we take the mail out of our mailbox and the Clayton Pioneer is there, it's the first thing we read. Thanks for a great publication.� - Barbara and Ron Jacobs

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Worship Bahá’ís of Clayton P.O. Box 1042 Clayton, CA 94517 (925) 672-1095 gkiani@yahoo.com

Concord Bible Church 4975 Concord Blvd. Concord, CA 94521 (925) 825-4080 concordbiblechurch.com

Life Church 4255 Clayton Road Clayton, CA 94521 (925) 687-2020 lifechurcheastbay.com

Bethel Baptist 3578 Clayton Rd. Concord, CA 94519 (925) 798-7470 www.bethelbaptistca.org

Congregation B’Nai Shalom Synagogue 74 Eckley Lane Walnut Creek, CA 94596 (925) 934-9446 ww.bshalom.org

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints 1360 Alberta Way Concord, CA 94521 (925) 687-3312 www.lds.org

Crossroads Covenant Church (Evangelical) 5353 Concord Blvd. Concord, CA 94521 (925) 798-5905 www.crossroadschurchweb.org

St. Bonaventure Catholic Church 5562 Clayton Road Concord, CA 94521 (925) 672-5800 www.stbonaventure.net

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints 1590 Denkinger Road Concord, CA 94521 (925) 798-0827 www.lds.org

Eternal Life Lutheran Church 5554 Clayton Road, 1B Concord, CA 94521 (925) 524-0295 eternallifelutheranchurch.org

Clayton Community Church 6055 Main Street Clayton, CA 94517 (925) 673-9060 www.claytoncc.com Clayton Valley Church 5430 Michigan Blvd. Concord, CA 94521 (925) 672-3397 claytonvalleychurch.com Clayton Valley Presbyterian 1578 Kirker Pass Road Clayton, CA 94517 (925) 672-4848 www.cvpresby.org

St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox 1955 Kirker Pass Road Concord, CA 94521 (925) 676-6967 stdemetrios.ca.goarch.org St. John’s Episcopalian Church 5555 Clayton Road Clayton, CA 94517 (925) 672-8855 www.saintjohnsparish.org

Good Shepherd Lutheran 4000 Clayton Road Concord, CA 94521 (925) 682-8410 goodshepherdlutheran.net Hamonah Presbyterian 3950 Clayton Road Concord, CA 94521 (925) 687-9234 ww.hamonah.org Holy Cross Lutheran Church 1092 Alberta Way Concord, CA 94521 (925) 686-2000 www.holycrossconcord.org

St. Martin of Tours Anglican Church 5294 Concord Blvd. Concord, CA 94521 (925) 680-1613 Tabernacle Baptist Church 4380 Concord Blvd. Concord, CA 94521 (925) 685-5505, www.tbcca.org Valley Christian Church 1411 La Vista Ave. Concord, CA 94521 (925)682-9280 valleychristianconcord.org

DRYCLEAN-U.S.A.

We guarantee top quality and great customer service.

All work done on site. 5 4 3 5 - M C l a y t o n R o a d In the Clayton Station Pick up Next to Walgreens & delivery (925) 672-5653 available. Open Mon. to Fri. 7 to 7, Sat., 9 to 5

20% off

All Drycleaning Must mention coupon when dropping off clothes


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STEAKS

SEAFOOD

6115 main street



COCKTAILS 925.672.1333

in beautiful historic downtown clayton Check us out on Facebook

www.moresischophouse.com

Clayton’s Corner Sports Grill In A League Of Its Own A Family Friendly Sports Grill Serving Tasty Food & Drink From 11 a.m. Daily

Corner of Marsh Creek Rd & Center St., Clayton (925) 673-0333

Check us out on Facebook

www.edsmudvillegrill.com


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For the birds

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For all your pets

Bird supplies & quality cages at low prices

We Deliver!

Boarding at Rodie’s Pampered Perch Resort. Daily handling and TLC.

Grooming first Saturday each month. Appointments or walk-ins welcome

Wild Birds Too! Complete supply of wild bird feed, feeders and many products to attract wild birds to your backyard.

Storage MINI STORAGE, RV & BOAT STORAGE State of the Art Security Lowest Prices in County

Full line of food and products for your pet!

If you compare these prices you’ll store with us! Unit size Per Month 5’ x 4’ . . . . . . . . .$29 5’ x 8’ . . . . . . . . .$49 5’ x 10’ . . . . . . . .$59 10’ x 10’ . . . . . . .$115

Per Month Unit size 8’ x 20’ . . . . . . . .$139 10’ x 20’ . . . . . . .$169 Other sizes available, up to 8’ x 40’ units

RV & Boat Storage $88 to $94 per month

(925) 672-4600 • 8863 Marsh Creek Rd. • Clayton

www.rodiesfeed.com

Clayton Almanac 2013-14  

Resource guide for Clayton, Ca. Published by the Clayton Pioneer newspaper.

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