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October 21, 2016


TAMARA STEINER Concord Pioneer



CNWS Citizens Advisory Selection

New uses for the Concord Naval Weapons Station will provide many positive, long-lasting benefits for the people of Concord. After the base was closed in 2005, residents, stakeholders and the City came together over several years to decide how the property should be developed. After seven years of meetings and public workshops, and with the oversight of a 21-member advisory committee, the Concord Community Reuse Project Area Plan was adopted in 2012. Now that we are getting closer to actually developing the land on the base, the City Council has decided it’s time to appoint a new Community Advisory Committee. This CAC will provide input and encourage public participation during the development of a Specific Plan for the first phase of development of the base. We received 115 applications for the CAC and are delighted by the large turnout. Our next task will be to decide on 22 finalists, and eventually 11 members and three alternates. Appointments to the committee will be made using the following criteria: diversity and breadth of interest, broad representation of the community, geographic balance, familiarity with the adopted Reuse Area Plan understanding of the CAC function and role, and commitment to Reuse Project goals and guiding principles. Terms will expire on December 31, 2018. The committee will meet monthly. By state law, applicants who live within 500 feet of the project may have a disqualifying con-

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mileS Hall, 4, Of COnCOrd wOnderS if He Can add One mOre PieCe to his Lego tower at the renovated Concord Library. Meanwhile, Simone Chen, 3, also of Concord builds something “secret” at the other end of the table.

After being closed for renovations Aug. 22-Sept. 6, the Concord Library is open and sporting a new look. The dark, musty, outworn bookshelves and furniture that screamed “last century” have been replaced with light, color and open community spaces. “It was a big year for the Concord Library,” senior community library manager Kimberli Buckley told the City Council in a presentation on Oct. 11. New paint, carpet and seating provide an overall lighter, neater environment. New furniture, lower bookshelves and bright rugs create inviting community spaces in the children’s areas, Teen Zone and the Spanish collection. The Teen Zone is outfitted in shades of red, black and yellow and features a combination of high tables, bean bags and comfortable chairs.

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It’s hot, it’s urban and it’s the place to be PEGGY SPEAR Concord Pioneer

“It” is the city of Concord, recently ranked by one of the nation’s largest moving companies as the number one growth city in the U.S. In 2015, Americans moved to many cities in the west, many of them in California, according to new data from the U-Haul moving company. All cities were considered, regardless of size, and Concord even beat out Manhattan. For many civic leaders, this growth comes as no surprise. “We’re a great location, close to freeways, BART and with a great quality of life,” says Concord’s Economic Development and Housing

Manager John Montagh. The city seems to be experiencing a rapid growth spurt, on both the residential and commercial sides of the coin. Earlier this month, with great fanfare, city leaders drove shovels into the dirt for the ceremonial groundbreaking of on the Legacy Partners and SyRES Properties 180-unit Renaissance Square Phase 2 apartment complex, located on Galindo Street, and part of the current 875 units of multifamily development either under construction approved or proposed for the city. Besides the city of Concord’s housing spurt, it is looking at 385,000 square feet of commercial and retail service space and 297,000 square feet

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COnCOrd Village, a five-story, 231-unit complex slated for Willow Pass and East Streets is just one of several apartment buildings downtown Concord will see in the next few months.

of office/medical/industrial/ “Concord is a good place now we’re seeing the fruits of public sector/service space, to invest right now,” Montagh our labor.” according to the city’s Current says. “We planted the investProjects Report. ment seeds two years ago, and See City, page 7

Concord company rises from the ashes KARA NAVOLIO Concord Pioneer

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Sam Clar OffiCe furniture, one of the oldest family owned businesses in the Bay Area, is back in business after a Thanksgiving Day fire destroyed the Concord store. Owner, John Schwartz, standing, meets with his project coordinator Randy Johnson and account executive Andy Armosino who has been with the company for 30 years.

John Schwartz had just finished his Thanksgiving meal in 2015, when the phone rang. His business – the business his great-grandfather started 76 years ago — was on fire. He rushed out the door, expecting to find a small fire already extinguished. Instead, he saw huge plumes of smoke rising into the night sky off Highway 680, in the location of Sam Clar, his office furniture business on Diamond Way in Concord. Firefighters helped them retrieve computer servers, but everything else was lost—including the warehouse, inventory and their office space. The investigation of the blaze was not

conclusive, but it is suspected that a squirrel chewing through electrical wires may have ignited it. Schwartz knew that his company would survive this obstacle. As a 5-year-old, he had seen his dad recover this same business from a fire 43 years ago. Schwartz’s greatgrandfather established the business in Oakland in 1939. His father took over in 1973, and a coffee pot that was accidentally left on brought the business down to ashes that same year. Schwartz’s father built the business back up and opened the Concord showroom in 1977. By 1992, shortly after John started working alongside his father, they established Concord as the company’s headquarters. In 1996, Schwartz took over leadership and has built it into a

$15 million business with 30 employees. With his father as an example, rebuilding was the only option for Schwartz. Within 10 days, the business was up and running, remotely, with employees working from home. Within four months, they found a new

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Halloween fun at the library

Pets and pizza for seniors and 4-H-ers

Concord Library hosts a Spooktacular Halloween Festival, Monday, Oct. 31, 6 to 8 p.m. Games, crafts, activities as well as trick-or-treating. Costumes encouraged. For information, call 925.646.5455.

October 21, 2016

Carondelet High receives award for service leadership

Seniors, learn to swipe

The Concord Senior Center, 2727 Parkside Circle, is hosting a Sip & Swipe Café on Friday, Oct. 28 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. The free workshop will teach adults 50 and older how to use a tablet (including an iPad), including quick, easy, free, and safe ways to use the device. The class is designed for those who have never touched (or wanted to touch) a computer. Register at www.Concord Reg.org or for more information contact Program Coordinator Dario Sanchez at 925.671.3017.

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in September, Carondelet High School’s Jefferson Awards Students in Action team once again received the Gold Medal Award for service leadership. This past spring, the students presented their accomplishments from the 2015-2016 school year to a panel of Jefferson StOnebrOOk HealtHCare Center reSident naum feldman Awards foundation representatives, and were given this award to honor their extraordiwas introduced to a Lionhead rabbit held by 4-H member nary commitment to serving their community. Sophie Brockman when Claycord 4-H assembled a petting The Jefferson Awards foundation was started in 1972 by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, zoo for Stonebrook at Dave Brubeck Park in Concord on Senator Robert Taft and Sam Beard to acknowledge those in our community who perform Sept. 21. The center reciprocated with a pizza party for all. extraordinary acts of kindness and service.  

Neighborhood party marks street work completion

The Monument Community went into party mode Sept. 24 when they gathered to celebrate the completion of $2.7 million in street and pedestrian safety improvements to Detroit Ave. The well-deserved neighborhood party at Meadow Homes Park included face painting, games and a bike safety rodeo led by Bike Concord volunteers. The community-driven project began in 2012 and culminated with the addition of stop signs, high-visibility crosswalks, sidewalk

improvements, new streetlights and green-paved bike lanes. On hand for the celebration were Mayor Laura Hoffmeister and other city officials, Monument resident leaders and representatives from the various non-profits who helped in the effort and several community activists including George Fulmore, a consistent champion for the neighborhood project. “…I would acknowledge the hard work put in by many city employees, from the city

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City honored for collaboration on Family Justice Center

reCeiVing tHe Helen Putnam award are Concord Police Chief Guy Swanger, Samantha Caygill of the League of California Cities, Mayor Laura Hoffmeister, fJC Executive Director Susun Kim, Councilmember Tim Grayson.

the Oct. 11 Council meeting. The FJC is described as a one-stop shop for victims of domestic violence, elder abuse, sexual assault, child abuse, human trafficking and stalking. “I’m proud we were able to bring together over 100 local government officials, community leaders, and violence prevention experts to make this a reality,” said Councilman Tim Grayson, a co-founder of the Center. “The recognition is humbling,” he said in a recently released statement. “But what’s most important is we’ve been able to provide assistance to almost 800 victims…”

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Wren Avenue Elementary School recently hosted students, parents, teachers and the principal from the Anshan Leading Foreign Language Institute in China. The students offered PowerPoint presentations describing a typical day in their Chinese school and answered questions about their lives and the differences between the two schools. The Chinese students thought Wren was a beautiful school with a large campus; their school is in a single building with multiple stories. They noted that Wren has a more

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Watch for the Bulls-Eye in Lyme Disease

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Book and computer users share space in the open reading area at the newly renovated Concord Library.

In the children’s area, Buckley chose bright colored walls and added modular tables that can be arranged in different sizes and shapes for various groups. Play tables are set up for exploration, emphasizing STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Technology) – a buzzword in education circles these days. “It really gets a lot more use now,” said Buckley, who estimates attendance has “about tripled since the renovations.” Miles Hall, 4, of Concord is a regular visitor to the library and is “amazed” at the changes. He loves the rug – “It has the ABCs” – but his favorite thing is the Lego area. A county Refresh grant of $25,000 covered renovations, while the city supplied new carpets. Refresh grants are aimed at transforming libraries into vibrant and inspiring community spaces, which better reflect the momentum of 21st century learning spaces. Although largely complimentary, Councilman Dan

Helix says the city needs a bigger library. “It looks nice, but it’s not enough. I see two or three chairs and it looks nice, but it’s woefully inadequate,” Helix said. “A city this size should have that multiplied by 10. The hours aren’t adequate,” he added. “If we really mean what we say about the importance of the library, someone needs to take leadership and really get focused on extending it and giving the community the size library it deserves.” Councilman Edi Birsan called for more volunteer participation and donations of both books and money. Birsan is a member of the Concord Friends of the Library, which supports the library with books, tapes, magazines and CDs. It also provides children’s and cultural programs for the community. For more information, go to Bottom of Form at ccclib.org/friends/conc.

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Shots at police building remain a mystery JOHN T. MILLER Correspondent

There are still no answers about the shots fired at the Concord Police Station early this month, but department spokesman Cpl. Christopher Blakely is confident that it had nothing to do with the national targeting of police. Multiple callers reported Peggy Spear contributed to this hearing gunshots about 11:15 p.m. Oct. 1 near the station at story.

1350 Galindo St. Officers found bullet marks near the front of the building and closed Galindo Street in both directions for some time. No one was injured, and further investigation revealed no suspects or motive. According to Blakely, the investigation has led them to believe that the police were not the intended target. “The calls we received reported hearing seven or eight shots, and only

two hit the building,” he said. “We believe that the unknown suspect didn’t mean to shoot at the building but may have had another target.” However, Blakely also suggested that the shots could have come from a disgruntled citizen unhappy with an arrest in the past, or perhaps a gang member upset with the recent police crackdown on illegal guns and drugs. “Even if that is the case,” he added, “we still have

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Planning for growth no cause for panic

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For a large number of residents, growth is an unwelcome change. Infill projects are met with opposition. Any housing project larger than a two-bedroom house for an octogenarian and a cat is treated as an abomination that is going snarl traffic, pollute the air and drive down the quality of life. The idea of more residences brings a cacophony of horror stories of gentrification, affordable ghettos or sixstory buildings blocking out the sun and casting whole streets into darkness. Some of the fears are valid. Increased population comes with a lot of potential problems. It is reasonable to question the impact of traffic and

the competition for parking. However, not to provide for growth means our children cannot raise their families in our neighborhoods because there is no room. Suppression of housing stock exasperates prices, and the kids may no longer just boomerang – they may never leave. I grew up and lived in New York City for 26 years. It’s the most urbanized city in the country for the last 200 years running ... or walking very fast. Concord is not moving in that direction. Concord has incorporated large spurts of positive growth through our history. From 1950 to 1960, we went from 6,953 to 36,208 and then to 85,164 10 years later. We managed to put a 14-story apartment building (and its eightstory little sister) next to Todos Santos Plaza without the downtown turning into Times Square. Can we take a few six-story buildings with a 1,000 more

residences? The investors who are putting millions at stake believe so. The combined overview of the risks to the environment and traffic conditions as reflected in past developed General and Specific plans also seem to support it. Technology in terms of new transportation options and work opportunities also dangle before us to encourage us to take bold strokes. I look forward to the development of commercial and retail spaces, so that we do not all travel to San Francisco or Oakland for work. We need more jobs right here in Concord. The fears won’t disappear as the shovels hit the ground. But we do have a system of listening and making adjustments and, in the brutal world of our economic system, a real check on the wisdom of where people put their money.

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Monument Democrats leader shuts down club PEGGY SPEAR Concord Pioneer

One of the most significant voices in the Monument Corridor will go quiet when neighborhood activist George Fulmore temporarily suspends the Monument Democratic Club. Fulmore founded the

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Community partners target gang prevention ilies and youth avoid the gang culture,” Wogan recalls. “But it would need to be backed by the schools, the police and the community.” Now, the new 180-Degree Community Partners Gang Prevention concept combines schools, police and Concord’s renowned Monument Crisis center. Lt. John Nunes is at the helm for the Concord police, after helping oversee the recent gang bust that nabbed more than 20 Norteno gang members. He knows how vital it can be to keep kids away from

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gang culture, which he says can start as early as elementary school. “And just as important is to help families, whether they are dealing with having a gang member in the family or educating them about what to look for,” Nunes notes. He notes that if a youngster suddenly wears certain colors not worn before or makes funny doodles on a notebook, family members should pay attention. Resources taught through his program will help parents and guardians know how to proceed.

The program will be taught at the Monument Crisis Center, not at schools. “We’ve never had the ability to bring these types of educational classes and support programs off-site before,” Nunes says. “This is one of the first of its kind in the state.” The program should be up and running within a few weeks, but it’s already getting recognition from places as far away as San Diego. “What is unique about it is that many students or families don’t feel comfortable in the school environment, which is

where the Monument Crisis Center comes in,” Nunes says. “It’s known around town and is trusted.” Two full-time staff members will help run the program, funded half through the county police officer’s fund and half through MDUSD. The MDUSD employee will be a social worker, while the policefunded employee will be a resource advocate. Wogan is especially excited by the fact that the money for the police-funded employee came from “asset and property forfeiture” from crimes, usual-

ly gang-related. “It’s like we’re coming full-circle,” he says. “We are being proactive,” Wogan says of the partnership. “Who else in public education is putting resource workers out in the community?” Nunes and Wogan stress that the program is not just about gang prevention, but all types of stresses that families face – from drug abuse to physical abuse to truancy and depression. “We are here to provide a resource to help make the student feel successful,” Nunes says.

A new law authorizes the Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA) to test the first fully autonomous vehicle, not equipped with a steering wheel, brake pedal, accelerator or operator, on a California public road. The law, signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Sept. 29, expands CCTA’s transportation technology testing program and will help advance the development of connected vehicle and autonomous vehicle technologies. “California has always been a global leader in innovation. And as transportation technologies evolve, so must our laws and regulations,” said the bill’s sponsor, Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla (DConcord). “With the passage of AB 1592, our state will prove to the federal government and the rest of the nation that California remains

the leader, and that the deployment of autonomous vehicles without the presence of a driver can be done safely and successfully.” CCTA is testing autonomous vehicles at GoMentum Station on the former weapons station in Concord, one of the world’s largest secure transportation proving grounds. The law authorizes CCTA to conduct a pilot project to test fully electric and autonomous, lowspeed, multi-passenger vehicles at GoMentum Station and a private business park in Contra Costa County.

The shared autonomous vehicles, referred to as people movers, have the potential to transform mobility as the first-and-last mile connectors to larger mass transit platforms. Upon completion of the pilot project, the vehicles will be utilized to increase transit ridership, eliminate the need for expensive and spaceconsuming parking structures, reduce the use of single occupancy vehicles on the state’s congested roads and highways and improve the safety, convenience and efficiency of transportation. “Our state has been in a

transportation infrastructure crisis with a severe shortfall in funding for repair and improvements to our roads and highways,” said Bonilla. “In addition, we have set necessary, but stringent statewide greenhouse gas reduction goals. Driving our cars and sitting in traffic accounts for a large portion of the pollutants. AB 1592 will move us one step closer toward implementing safe, low-cost, lowemission and flexible transportation modes, which will help us address both of these pressing issues.”

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role to play in making their local school, neighborhood or the overall city the best it can be,” he said. “And many that I’ve met simply cannot vote.” Since starting the club in 2014, he focused on three major issues: the significant rise in rents in the Monument area, the poor season at the Meadow Homes Spray Park in 2015-’16 and Monument park improvements, specifically those at Ellis Lake Park at the expense of Meadow Homes Park. Besides his frequent emails to the club’s some 700 email members, Fulmore has become a ambassador of sorts for the Monument area. He shows up at council and committee hearings, often speaking about pertinent issues – especially housing. His work with Councilman Edi Birsan and many public appearances in front of the council eventually swayed Councilman Ron Leone and Dan Helix – who sit on the Housing and Economic Development Committee – to

try to tackle skyrocketing rents in the city. Still, many of Fulmore’s goals for the club haven’t materialized. “I had hoped that a core group of members would attend most club meetings and that individual members would take on responsibilities to report back to the club at the meetings in specific areas, such as health care, affordable housing, Monument public schools, etc.” He says except for a few people, that hasn’t occurred. He had also hoped to build a coalition of club members who would take on voter registration and Get Out the Vote volunteering in their individual complex or street. “That would be a powerful base for the club. But it just did not happen. Maybe it will in the future.” In addition, he wasn’t able to find a good avenue to link up with the Democratic Party County Central Committee and other Democratic Clubs in the area. His “most surprising” dis-

appointment, though, was the lack of an emergence of bilingual/bicultural Latino leaders. “I thought that if I built the structure of a club that I would find leadership in the Monument community that would help, if not lead, in the effort to bridge the gaps between the Monument Latino community, others in the Monument community and Concord city government,” Fulmore said. “As this now stands, I really do not think that there is a clear bilingual/bicultural Latino leader in the Monument Latino community who can or wants to fill this slot.” Without that leadership, he believes the community won’t receive city services at an appropriate level. However, he says his statement of the club’s suspension “is not an obituary,” and he plans to be back after taking some time off to travel with his wife. “It is what it is right now,” he concluded. “I think things will change within the next five years. Leaders will emerge. It will happen.”

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donated construction and home-related items are sold to the public at a fraction of the retail price. Proceeds are used to build homes, community and hope locally and around the world. Find out more at www.restore.habitatebsv.org. If you’re looking for a way to get involved with nonprofit organizations, chamber member Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano is looking for volunteers and donations – especially during the holiday season. The food bank works to end hunger and increase access to nutritious food for low-income individuals and families through a comprehensive group of programs that combat hunger and its causes. The Concord Chamber will be volunteering at the food bank on Nov. 15. Call the Chamber at 925-685-1181 to sign up to help. Contact the Food Bank at 855-309-FOOD or www.foodbankccs.org for more ways to volunteer. Other organizations also need people to lend a helping hand and share a friendly face.

in keeping with the goal to give back to the community, Chamber members volunteer at the food Bank sorting food and coordinating holiday food donations.

As we head toward the holiday season, the Concord Chamber reflects on its 2016 vision to give back to our great community with an increased awareness and recognition of non-profits for their contributions. Earlier in October, the chamber held its Women’s Networking Group Luncheon with guest speaker Cathy Botello, executive director and

founder of Counseling Options and Parent Education (C.O.P.E.) Family Support Center. This nonprofit organization provides family support services and education opportunities for at-risk families in Contra Costa County. Go to www.copefamilysupport.org to learn more. The Business After Hours Mixer was held at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, where

City, from page 1 The Renaissance Square II will benefit from the amenities downtown, which include the Brenden Theater across the street, and Todos Santos Plaza down the block. The Legacy Partners/ SyRES JV acquired the already built 134-unit Renaissance Square Phase 1  in August. Phase 1  amenities include a community room with a kitchen, a conference room, a fitness center, a pool and a spa, with outdoor lounge and grilling areas. Phase II will share these amenities and add a new leasing office, clubhouse, wine bar and demonstration kitchen. The architects are Danielian Associates and Architects Orange Additional development is underway at Town Center 2, which is across the street from the Legacy development. Avalon Bay is proposing to turn the three acres into a mixed-use apartment project. Argent Development is working on a 170-unit development downtown, and Nicholson Development Properties is planning another 230-unit apartment complex at Willow Pass Road and East Street, the largest in Concord. These developments are going through the entitlement stage, according to city officials. In addition to these housing projects, major commercial projects are also changing the city’s landscape. Motorists along Highway 680 are seeing the demolition of the former

just repurposing land we had earmarked for redevelopment.” Of all the growth in the city, he says he feels that the most significant is the residential and mixed-use development downtown. “We will bring people downtown at night to patronize our resturants and vibrant nightlife,” he says. “We already are making a name for ourselves as a destination, and this will just make us that much more popular. It’s very exciting to see.” The one thing that will derail the growth, Montagh says, is another Great Recession or something like it that would stall the economic upturn. But for now, Concord is blooming like the flowers in Todos Santos Plaza, and with the development of the Concord Naval Weapons Station just a scant few years away, it shows no sign of slowing down.

Chevron building on Diamond Boulevard, the most visible of the commercial changes as The Veranda takes shape. The open-air mall will include a Whole Foods 360 as well as other shops and restaurants. Meanwhile, Wells Fargo will be moving 2,000 employees into 28,000 square feet of space in the Swift Plaza in downtown Concord, Montagh says. “We are a diversified city,” he says. “We offer research and development, manufacturing, professional services, all higher paying jobs, as well as retail opportunities.” He says that while this growth seems to be happening all at once, it is really the culmination of years of planning by city leaders. “The city councils and city staff knew what we wanted to be, and we laid the groundwork,” he says. “A lot of this is

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Richard “Dick” Allen was 84 when he left this earth on Sept. 1. He was one of those guys who made you feel like a student when he looked at you with those ever knowing and non-judgmental blue eyes. The last volunteering Allen

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After Cindy’s home was burglarized, she constantly felt uneasy. She wondered why she had been targeted and how she could prevent it from happening again. Soon after, Cindy was contacted by a Concord code enforcement officer who offered to conduct a free Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) assessment of her home. Using CPTED as a tool, the officer evaluates property through the eyes of a criminal – searching for security weaknesses like overgrown bushes or trees, poor lighting or a dark entryway. The Concord Police Department adopted CPTED as an official policy nearly 20 years ago. At the recent direction of Chief Guy Swanger, CPTED use has increased as a crime deterrent strategy, paired with the growth of Concord’s Neighborhood Watch program. CPTED decreases a criminal’s ability to commit crime while increasing the likelihood that a resident or passerby will see and report a crime in progress. This approach goes beyond traditional security methods such as installing locks, bars and gates, which can make a home or business feel like a fortress. Instead, it focuses on the proper design and effective use of the built environment, to include walk-

ways and windows on all sides of a building. Over the past three months, the Concord Police and Planning Departments hosted a CPTED course to support and further allow staff, Volunteers in Police Service and city commissioners to solve problems, increase the quality of life in the community and prevent crime. The class began Aug. 15 with an introduction of the four overlapping CPTED strategies: access control, natural surveillance, territorial reinforcement and maintenance. Access control is the design of an area to physically obstruct or guide access by people and vehicles to deter access to potential targets of crime. An example of access control is using a locking mailbox to prevent mail theft. Natural surveillance is the design of an area to enable visibility by residents. This strategy works because criminals are less likely to commit crimes in areas where they feel exposed to observers. This includes windowed stairwells, parking lots visible from the sidewalk and brightly lit areas. Territorial reinforcement is the design of an area to clearly show that someone owns it and to suggest that a person is present who may see criminal activity and report it to police. This could mean placing a decorative fence around a patio in front of a business or around the front yard of a home. Maintenance is defined as the basic upkeep and repair of a property, since neglected property can attract criminal

activity. Examples include the immediate removal of graffiti, weed abatement, lawn maintenance and painting worn buildings. During the CPTED course, students were asked to apply these strategies to real problems faced by the Concord community, including transient camps at City Hall, student trespass and misuse of property on 3rd Street, chronic garbage dumping on Frisbie Court, and chronic property crimes near the intersection of Willow Pass Road and Diamond Boulevard. The class concluded on Oct. 13 with student presentations on the progress of each problemsolving effort and how to continue them into the future. For example, the problem on Frisbie Court was mitigated via a city staff-organized neighborhood cleanup day. Concord Disposal Services donated dumpsters, and residents were educated about the importance of properly disposing of mattresses, furniture, etc. Streetlight-blocking tree limbs were trimmed. The executive director of Cambridge Learning Center, which is a neighboring property, committed her gardener to help with regular landscaping maintenance within the court. One neighbor expressed willingness to serve as the organizer of an annual dumpster day. “I learned that anyone can apply CPTED to their residential or commercial property,” planning commissioner Lamar Anderson said of the training. “I like that a community member like me is empowered to decrease the

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chance that crime will occur in Concord.” Provisional Lt. Russ Norris noted that to be fully effective, CPTED measures must be part of a larger crime prevention effort. “The police can’t do it all. City staff can’t do it all. The public can’t do it all,” Norris said. “But we can make a place safer and more attractive together.” Concord residents may request a CPTED property assessment or establish a Neighborhood Watch program by contacting 925-671-3075 or cleanup@cityofconcord.org. Carlyn Obringer is a member of the City of Concord Planning Commission. Professionally, she focuses on California education issues as an Education Policy Analyst. Carlyn resides in Concord with her husband, Justin, and dog Crystal. Contact her by email at carlyno@yahoo.com.


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Ugly Eagles take lead towards initial DAL football title JAY BEDECARRÉ Concord Pioneer

Four-time Diablo Valley Athletic League champion Clayton Valley Charter has taken a big step towards winning a fifth straight league title in the tough Valley Conference of the new Diablo Athletic League by beating Miramonte and crosstown rival Concord in the first two games. Last Friday the Ugly Eagles won the Claycord Cup battle 21-0 over Concord, a week after the league opener went to CVCHS 43-13 over Miramonte. Last week was the first time the Minutemen have been shutout since 2005, a span of 133 games. It was also the eighth straight win by CVCHS and coach Tim Murphy over CHS. The last Concord win in the series was, ironically, a 42-0 shutout of Clayton Valley in 2011. After two weeks of DAL play Clayton Valley Charter and Campolindo of Moraga are 2-0 and appear headed for a Nov. 4 league finale showdown at Gonsalves Stadium to determine first place. The two

teams are not unfamiliar with success on the gridiron as they’ve both been to State Bowl championship games the past two seasons. Concord managed only four first downs and 82 yards total offense against CVCHS. “The defense has really taken over this team,” Murphy said following the shutout. Junior James Teofilo and sophomore Thomas Alatini have taken up the slack running the ball after senior standout Akeal Lalaind went down to a season-ending injury. The young duo has combined for 990 yards from scrimmage. Quarterback Zia Rahmany has taken charge of the offense while passing for six touchdowns and running for four more. Murphy is midway through his fifth season in charge and his high-flying Eagles have enjoyed lots of success primarily because of its wing-T offense that has piled up a slew of school and Section records. Due to injuries, last year’s postseason run to the State Bowl Game was credited largely to a young defense that has blossomed in 2016. This season that squad is

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juniOr jameS teOfilO (rigHt) has picked up the rushing slack for Clayton Valley Charter from his senior teammate Akeal Lalaind who is out for the year. Teofilo has gained 511 yards and run for seven touchdowns. Last friday against rival Concord High he outgained the Minuteman team with 93 yards from scrimmage. Jayln Mitchell (88) blocked for the ugly Eagles while Marcos Oropeza (21) and Ryan Wells (11) tried to bring down Teofilo.

more experienced and more effective. The team split its first two games but has allowed a total of 28 points in the five games since then. When asked who has been a standout on defense Murphy didn’t stop talking until he listed linemen Koti Vaisima, Chase Boustead, Jeff Williams and Andy De Lira, linebackers Bryce Brand, Justin Roper, Aaron Fonseca and Masi Latu and defensive backs Evan Barney, Brandon Abon and Adrian Dolo. MIRAMONTE-CVCHS HISTORY

COnCOrd’S leading reCeiVer jOey agOStinO (10) tried to pull in a pass in as Clayton Valley Charter linebacker Bryce Brand (19) bore down on him during last friday’s Claycord Cup won by CVCHS 21-0 at muddy Concord High field.

Miramonte and Clayton Valley carried some history into the DAL league opener two weeks ago. The Mats eliminated CVCHS 44-38 in the 2013 North Coast Section Division II semi-finals. Miramonte went on to win the NCS title, the only time in four years Clayton Valley wasn’t DII top dog at NCS and they handed a Murphy-coached Eagles team its lone home defeat. Their history goes way back from there. In fact, Clayton Valley’s first-ever varsity football game was Sept. 18, 1959 against Miramonte. The game had been scheduled for the

Orinda school field but a torrential downpour a couple days before the game forced it to be moved to Concord. Clayton Valley High School had opened a year earlier with JV football. The Eagles won that 1959 afternoon game 27-0 and a year later beat the Mats 24-0. The teams never met again until 2013 and now they can plan on an annual battle. Coach Mark Bywater’s Concord squad lost its season opener 27-26 in Vacaville to Wood High but since then the stingy Concord defense gave up only 23 points in five games before they ran into CVCHS. Junior quarterback Nick Nunez has nearly 1500 yards passing this season but was held to 61 by the Eagles.

ils losing to the two league leaders, Berean Christian and College Park. Last week CP pulled out a 40-32 win over MDHS in Concord. The Warriors have come out second best to Northgate

YV alum Bonilla enjoying final season at UC Merced


Berean Christian and College Park have each won their first two games to take the early lead towards the DAL Foothill Conference football title. Northgate is 1-1 after losing a 27-26 squeaker to College Park. Mt. Diablo and Ygnacio Valley have struggled in early DAL games with the Red Dev-

and Alhambra. Long-time rivals Mt. Diablo and Ygnacio Valley meet next Friday at Hart Fairclough Stadium on the MD campus. Each team has won just one game so far this season.

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daiSy bOnilla (7)

After a stellar high school career at Ygnacio Valley Daisy Bonilla (7) became the first recruit to sign for the new UC Merced women’s soccer team. Bonilla was a logical choice after playing for the Bobcats coach Megan Swann, a Clayton Valley High grad and coach for the local Diablo FC soccer club. Bonilla is now a senior and helping the Bobcats to an 8-1-3 record so far this season including a 5-0 mark in the California Pacific Conference. She has started all but two games over her four years with the Bobcats. She was a two-time league MVP at Ygnacio Valley.

MDSA teams win titles in Palo Alto, Pleasanton tournaments

mdSa 03 VelOCity under 14 girlS team held four teams without a goal as they won the Palo Alto Tall Trees Tournament at the end of September. Velocity defeated Pacific fC Eclipse of Lodi 1-0 and Palo Alto Voltage 2-0 and drew with Palo Alto SC 04 White 0-0 to earn a berth in the championship game. They met Granite Bay fC Lions 03 in the finals and maintained their scoreless defensive record in a 3-0 win. Velocity includes, front row from left, Makeez Sekander, Daniela Ramirez, Alyssa Birder, Miya Quesada, Sydney francis, Lauren fong, nicole Ramirez, Emma Ramirez; back row, coach Kim Apana, Kate Concepcion, Abby Bennett, Lauren Luedtke, Megan Dickert, Lindsey Tellefsen, Kaya Twal, Olivia yoshii, Kendall Albert and coach Ted Tellefsen.

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mdSa rage under 12 bOyS won four consecutive games to claim first place at the Ballistic united fall Harvest Classic at the end of September in Pleasanton. The team gave up a goal in its first game then had three shutouts including a 6-0 win over SMC Earthquakes in the championship game. Grayson Boustead had five goals to pace the Rage offense. The team includes, from row from left, Ethan Liming, Connor Velez, Ethan Alden, Cody Liming, Ethan Cline, nick Kelly; back row, coach Andrew Boustead, Aaron Woodling, Gabe Lauricella, Luke Cuneo, Hector Barragan, nolan Martin, Grayson Boustead and coach Kevin Woodling.

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Concord Pioneer • www.concordpioneer.com game rushing as a runningback. He’s also tallied seven touchdowns for the Warriors. In the spring he’s played one year of varsity baseball and two years on the track and field squad for YVHS. McVay has kept us his end on the classroom too with a 3.4 overall GPA. He wants to continue playing football in college while he pursues a degree in religious studies.

Athlete Spotlight

Darius McVay Grade: Senior School: Ygnacio Valley High Sports: Football, Baseball, Track

Ygnacio Valley High football has had a tough run with five consecutive losses but head coach Phil Puente says senior Darius McVay “has consistently found a way to make plays for us

every week.” Last season he was an all-Diablo Valley Athletic League safety on defense. This year he’s stepped it up on the offensive side of the ball as well averaging over 100 yards a

The Concord Pioneer congratulates Darius and thanks Athlete Spotlight sponsors Dr. Laura Lacey & Dr. Christopher Ruzicka who have been serving the Clayton and Concord area for 25 years at Family Vision Care Optometry. www.laceyandruzicka.com Do you know a young athlete who should be recognized? Perhaps he or she has shown exceptional sportsmanship, remarkable improvement or great heart for the sport. Send your nomination for the Pioneer Athlete Spotlight today to sports@concordpioneer.com.

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DLS Athletic Hall of Fame inducts new class De La Salle has proved a dominate force in high school sports over the past several decades and the Spartans inducted six athletes and two teams into the De La Salle Athletic Hall of Fame last weekend. The school’s Hall of Fame began in 2007. Chris Crespi Class of 1981 is the Alumnus of the Year. He was All-NorCal in football and went to UC Davis and graduated in 1985 with a BS in electrical engineering and then received his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He has worked over 30 years in the fields of engineering, finance and technology for companies such as Banc of America Securities. He’s coached football at De La Salle since 2012 and has recently been appointed to a member of the DLS chemistry faculty.

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John Baker ’99 was the class Salutatorian with a 4.0 GPA. He had a .433 batting average and earned All-BVAL honors as a junior and senior. He selected and was a unique lefthanded catcher who emerged as a top PAC-10 player and a key to Cal advancing to an NCAA Regional. He was an honorable mention All PAC-10 and honorable mention Pac-10 All-Academic. He went on to the majors playing for the Florida Marlins, San

See Hall of Fame, pg 13

Teams in home stretch for post-season Section berths JAY BEDECARRÉ Concord Pioneer

Play is wrapping up for the new Diablo Athletic League fall sports conferences with North Coast Section golf competition beginning next week. The new DAL setup placed its 12 schools in separate Valley and Foothill conferences for each sport. The Valley Conference contains the top-ranked teams based on results from the past two years for the schools that previously were in the Diablo

Valley and Diablo Foothill athletic leagues. The winner of each DAL conference earns an automatic North Coast Section postseason berth with many other teams likely to earn at-large berths.

straight sets to defeat Clayton Valley Charter early this month to take the lead in the Foothill Conference. They have a 6-0 record entering the final week of league games and CVCHS is right behind at 5-1. The Bulldogs travel to Clayton Valley Charter next Tuesday in the finale with first place at stake. Campolindo is unbeaten in the Valley Conference at 6-0.

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL DAL games finish up next week with the NCS playoffs running Nov. 2-12. The Northern California playoffs are Nov. 16-22 and the CIF State championships Nov. 26GIRLS TENNIS The DAL tournament is Dec. 3. Alhambra won three next weekend with NCS team and singles-doubles competitions in November.

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SOPHOmOre auxanne beugre iS Playing no. 1 singles for ygnacio Valley tennis this fall. Coach Mark Tran’s squad has also come up with a pair of winning doubles teams in the duos of natalie Hastings - Paige Oka and Sonia Garcia-Martinez - Valeria Cruz.

CROSS COUNTRY DAL has its second Wednesday center meet for all 12 teams next Wednesday at Newhall Park in Concord. The league championship meet is at Hidden Valley Park in Martinez on Saturday, Nov. 5, with the NCS Meet of Champions Nov. 19 and the state meet a week later. Clayton Valley Charter head coach Anthony Munch was pleased with the results of the first DAL center meets last month. All six Eagles teams (varsity, JV and froshsoph boys and girls) were undefeated in matchups with Foothill Conference schools. Junior Dylan White finished third overall among all DAL boys with John Perez eighth, Michael Cox 20th and Branden Bizicki 21st. Overall, the Eagles only lost head-to-head matchups with Valley Conference teams Campolindo and Las Lomas. The Eagles boys were third at NCS DII and made it to State for first time in 13 years.

Photo courtesy Concord High water polo

COnCOrd HigH HaS been enjOying a StrOng girlS water POlO SeaSOn tHiS fall. The team has lost only three games, all coming in tournament play. The Minutemen were runnersup to Marin Catholic in the Sierra Shootout, took fourth among 16 teams in Pinole Tournament and were undefeated at the Dixon Tournament. The team includes, front row from left, Brooke Sutton, Karlee Kronquist, Ciara O’Kelley; middle row, Jadelyn Hyunh, Amelia Bascom; back row, coach Elizabeth Butticci, Marin Delaluna, Riley Pearson, Rosie Santa Maria, Megan Wadman, Bella Hernandez, Sara Corkran and Leslie Maier.

Kelly Osterkamp took 10th with teammates Serena Connel, Cassie Bizicki, Sarah Verderame, Natalie Ruzicka and Jessica Hevener were all in the top 40 on the girls side. Sophomore sensation Rayna Stanziano of Concord was fifth girl overall and the second Foothill Conference runner to Marissa D’Atri of Alhambra, who was three seconds ahead of the defending DVAL champ. Jessica Boucher of Northgate was ninth, just ahead of Osterkamp. The Northgate duo of Omar Kabbani and Michael Wheeler were sixth and sev-

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De La Salle’s 25-year NorCal winning streak in jeopardy? JAY BEDECARRÉ Concord Pioneer

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De La Salle has had several close games this season and have used junior Kairee Robinson’s (25) rushing exploits to score three narrow victories. He has nearly half the team’s rushing yardage with 957 yards in six games. His style and physique have drawn comparisons to Spartan legend Maurice Jones-Drew. He sat out last week’s game against foothill with back spasms.

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Perennial state and national powerhouse De La Salle High School entered this season with the label of a very inexperienced team after 32 seniors graduated from the State champions and of the 27 juniors on this year’s DLS roster only six played varsity last year. Some pundits called this senior class far below any other of the past decade. And then to perhaps validate that prognosis, in a recent four-week period the Spartans played an unprecedented four games that all were decided by seven points or less. It is actually a topic of conversation if the Spartans will make it to an 11th straight CIF State Bowl Championship game. The Spartans (currently 6-1 with three games left) lost at home last month 23-21 to East, a Utah power and

defending 4A state champs. De La Salle had last lost a home game in 2008 by an identical score 23-21 to New Jersey power Don Bosco Prep. Over that period were 2827 victories over Servite in Anaheim and San Ramon Valley High, each requiring lastminute heroics. The other win was before a sold out Owen Owens Field crowd and national TV audience as they held down National No. 1 recruit Najee Harris and Antioch 28-21. The following week Antioch lost its BVAL league opener 65-28 to unbeaten Freedom of Oakley, giving some perspective to the DLS score. Last week’s 35-0 win over Foothill kept alive the Spartans 276-game winning streak against Northern California teams that dates back 25 years to 1991 when an East County team, Pittsburg, beat them in

The World Series begins next week and nether of our local teams will be playing in the Fall Classic. Just before the playoffs began something happened that was much more significant that the results on major league ballfields. It was a Sunday morning late last month when the sports world was changed forever. The life of a budding superstar, just 24-years-old, was lost in a tragic boating accident off the Miami coast. Jose Fernandez of the Miami Marlins was more than just a phenom, more than just a pitcher, more than just a baseball player. He was a symbol; he was a hero; he was an inspiration. The tragic death of this young man has been welldocumented. I will instead say a few words about what he meant to our lives and the message he leaves us with. Jose lived The American Dream. He tried three times to escape Cuba and find exile here in the United States, sur-

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viving time in a Cuban prison after one of his captures. Finally, after risking his life to save a drowning woman who turned out to be his mother, he settled in Tampa Bay at just 15-yearsold. He learned English and graduated high school, was drafted 14th overall by the Marlins in 2011 and became a United States citizen just last year. He also picked up a Rookie of the Year Award and two All-Star appearances along the way. Jose worked hard for everything he got and he


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State champ De La Salle finishes the regular season with only the one loss or not they will enter the new Open Division four-team playoffs in North Coast Section against a strong field that will likely also include Pittsburg, Clayton Valley Charter and Monte Vista. Freedom, California and Antioch are also possibilities should they win their league titles. This new division will feature the top four teams from NCS. All four may still be placed in another division for NorCal and State Bowl games. DLS has won 24 consecutive NCS titles since that 1991 defeat to Pitt, which is undefeated at 7-0 this season with games against Freedom and Antioch still to come. The Spartans are famous for peaking at the end of the season and coach Justin Alumbaugh is hoping that will be the case again this fall.

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the NCS championship game. The Spartans have needed Kairee Robinson’s rushing exploits and some key defensive stands to carve out the three narrow victories. Robinson was on the sideline last Friday in sweats due to reported back spasms but he’s still gained nearly half the team’s rushing yards with 957 yards in six games. His style and physique have drawn comparisons to Spartan legend Maurice Jones-Drew. Two of the final three games on the DLS schedule present more challenges. The Spartans visit 6-1 California in San Ramon this Friday and then conclude the regular season hosting undefeated 7-0 Monte Vista, which edged California 27-24 last month. In between those games De La Salle travels to Union City against 1-6 James Logan. Whether two-time reigning

Diablo FC will be holding tryouts for its 2017 competitive teams Jan. 21- Feb. 5 for under 8 through under 11 (birth years 2010-2006) age groups. The U12-U14 (birth years 2005-2003) competitive team tryouts will be Feb. 13-27. Under 15 and older team tryouts will be in May after spring league games conclude.

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enth, respectively, on the Campolindo won the NCS boys side. boys title last year and in 2013 while Miramonte is the WATER POLO 14-time Section Division I League matches wind up winner. Acalanes won the next Wednesday with the title in 2010 so the competiNCS tournament Nov. 2-12 tion in DAL should be top in undoubtedly the strong notch. NCS DII champ from polo league in the NCS. last fall, Northgate, is the

earned every last bit of it. Jose was a hero too. He was the leader of his baseball team and a leader in the Miami community. He actually personally knew the Coast Guardsman who discovered his boat. He made an impact on everybody who watched him play baseball, whether they were a fan of his or not. Jose made it seem like you knew him, like you were his best friend, even though you never said a single word to him. Jose was a pure inspiration. He played his passion- the game of baseball- with such joy and delight. He was always smiling and laughing and jumping up and down. Jose accomplished the extremely rare feat of getting to do what you love for a living. Ever since I’ve been little, all my coaches have told me the same thing, “Play every game as if it will be your last.” Jose did that. He pitched as if he was never going to pitch again. Jose Fernandez loved what he did

and he never took that for granted. That’s what we need to remember him by. That’s how we need to live our lives. The death of Jose Fernandez is a tragedy. The ceremony by his team just 36 hours later was moving. The home run by Dee Gordon was uplifting. The postgame circle was tearjerking. The hat pile in his honor was unforgettable. If you did not watch all of this stuff, please do, it’s worth it. It was all a reminder of one thing. Life is short and death is unexpected. We must treasure the time we have with our loved ones, with our friends and family. Please never forget that. R.I.P. Jose Fernandez Jacob Samuels is a senior at Ygnacio Valley High School where he runs cross country and plays for the varsity baseball team. His goal is to attend UC Berkeley next year and major in communications. Email any comments or questions to sports@concordpioneer.com.

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Three athletes, one coach and a championship basketball team spanning four decades from the 1950s to the 1980s are being inducted into the Mt. Diablo High School Sports Hall of Fame at an induction dinner Nov. 5. This year’s recipients are athletes Joe DeRosa (Class of 1971), Oscar “Bud” Peebles (Class of ‘59) and Howard Silva (Class of ‘69), coach Darrell Leckliter (1961-83) and the 1957-58 boys basketball team. To order tickets for the Saturday, Nov. 5, hall of fame dinner at Zio Fraedo’s Continental Restaurant in Pleasant Hill contact Lou Adamo by phone (925) 212-9332 or email louadamo@gmail.com or mail a check to treasurer Larry Prosper, 3718 Hillsborough Dr., Concord 94520 by Oct. 20. Make checks payable to MDHSSHOF. Tickets are $55 per person. Proceeds go to help fund girls and boys academic and athletic programs at the school.DH


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only former DVAL team in the brutally tough five-team Valley Conference. Alhambra (2013) and Las Lomas (201011) are recent DII NCS champs from the Foothill Conference. On the girls side, defending champion Miramonte, Campolindo (four times) and Las Lomas have claimed the last six DII NCS championships.

GIRLS GOLF The DAL league tournament was held Monday with the NCS qualifiers next Monday followed by the Tournament of Championships on Halloween and the NorCal Championships Nov. 7. Carondelet is the defending NCS champ and is led by Concord sophomore Yealimi Noh.

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Diego Padres and Chicago Cubs. He won the 2009 Heart and Hustle Award from the Florida Marlins. In 2011 he received the Jefferson Award for Outstanding Service by an athlete. Last year he was hired as Baseball Operations Assistant by the Chicago Cubs. Michael Hurlbut ’98 was the goalie on consecutive BVAL title teams who made back-toback North Coast Section tournament appearances. He was first-team all-BVAL both seasons and was senior co-captain. He was a soccer goalie for the 1996-98 seasons and helped the team to consecutive BVAL titles, consecutive NCS appearances. Hurlbut was named first-team all-BVAL was a co-captain his senior year. He was also a member of the swim team and on the volleyball squad that won its first of five straight NCS titles. He was DLS athlete of the year as one of the first athletes to letter in four varsity sports in one school year. He went on to Pepperdine University where he played one season of Division I water polo and one season on the Wave volleyball team that was an NCAA finalist. D. J. Williams ’00 was one of the school’s best defensive players ever and then excelled at the University of Miami before signing in 2004 with the Denver Broncos. With the Spartans he was the USA Today Player of the Year, California Gatorade Player of the Year and rated the top player in the nation by SuperPrep. He and his teammates never lost a game at DLS. With the Miami Hurricanes he was first-team All Big-East in 2002 and 2003.While playing for Denver, he was regarded as one of the NFL’s top linebackers. During his NFL rookie year, he led the Broncos with tackles. He was the AFC combined tackles leader in 2007. He went on to play for five more seasons with the Broncos before being signed by the Chicago Bears in 2013 where he played two more years. Jonny Tucker ‘01 was a standout athlete, playing football and baseball at De La Salle, both with great success. He attended the University of Florida on a baseball scholarship before being drafted in 2004 by the Baltimore Orioles. He played on a number of professional baseball teams in the Orioles and Washington Nationals organizations. He coached baseball for Contra Costa College and the Bentley School. He recently started the Tuck Baseball Academy. Mike Gibson ’87 lettered in football, baseball and track. He was one of the all-time great strong safeties in De La Salle football history. Gibson was a tenacious tackler, played in the secondary that has the record for most interceptions in a season (28) and was an excellent tight end. Gibson was All EastBay and All Bay Area as a senior. He was DLS athlete of the year and East Bay Cream of the Crop in 1987. Mike went on to play football at UC Berkeley and Cal Poly SLO. 1998 Football Team was arguably one of the best teams in De La Salle football history. Named national champions they beat top-ranked Bakersfield and then toppled Southern California powerhouse Mater Dei in one of the biggest high school games in California history. Their dedication and commitment to one another were second to none and they made the 1998 season a perfect season, where they won the NCS title, State Championship and were ranked first in the nation. 1997 Swimming & Diving Team were winners of both the Bay Valley Athletic League and NCS titles as one of the best in De La Salle history. Five seniors went on to swim at Division I colleges. Several also were All-Americas. Many of the team members went on to coach swimming and diving including two who have come back to teach and coach at their alma mater.

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White Pony continues to expand aid programs STEVE SPRAITZAR Special to the Pioneer

When Concord resident Mandy Nakaya retired from the Red Cross, she felt a need to continue to give back. “I realized that I didn’t want to just be home. I wanted to contribute to the community in some way,” she says. “White Pony Express seemed the best opportunity.” White Pony Express (WPE) is a nonprofit group dedicated to ending hunger and poverty in Contra Costa County. The group delivers fresh, top-quality food and high-quality clothing, toys and children’s books, all free of charge, from its Pleasant Hill food distribution center and workshop to about 60,000 county residents. In three years, WPE has delivered 3.6 million pounds of meat, dairy, eggs, produce, deli and baked goods (equivalent to 3 million meals) that would otherwise have gone to waste. WPE currently delivers more than 5,000 pounds of food every day. The group continues to need more volunteers to keep up with the group’s rapid growth. “Our success has only been possible because of the selfless service of 400 volun-

teers, who find great satisfaction and joy in being so helpful to others,” says Gary Conner, executive coordinator. “Going forward, our ability to help our neighbors is limited only by the number of people who join with us,” he adds. “We have many roles available, with flexible schedules.” Seven days a week, food rescue volunteers take trucks to supermarkets, restaurants and farmers markets to pick up surplus food that would ordinarily be thrown away. After sorting the food, volunteers deliver it to Contra Costa nonprofit groups that feed the hungry. “While working at White Pony Express, I’ve met many volunteers who have a wonderful sense of humor. There’s a lot of laughter enjoyed there,” Nakaya says. “This organization is extremely team-spirited. We work together, and we’re able to accomplish the work in a short period of time. The group’s free general store has hosted 40 “mobile boutiques,” each serving 3001,000 people. Those in need can get free new or like-new clothing, shoes, toys, games and books. Concord boutiques include those at Christ Community Church, Monument Crisis Center, Monument

toys and games. Carol Weyland Conner, spiritual director of Sufism Reoriented, founded WPE in September 2013. She was troubled that in a county of such abundance, scores of thousands were going hungry while food retailers were throwing out huge quantities of healthy, fresh food. Conner developed WPE’s food rescue and general store to enable those who have more than they need to easily give to those with less. In 2014, WPE became a separate 501(c)(3) public benefit nonprofit group. Conner wanted service to spring from the heart, so WPE is staffed entirely by volunteers. “If volunteers feel that they’re not capable of lifting or working in the food section, there are many other opportunities,” Nakaya notes. “They could help at our boutiques as tHe greater riCHmOnd interfaitH PrOgram welcomes nutri- hosts. We are looking for drivers to pick up and deliver to tious food delivered by WPE volunteer Brenda Barnhart. residents. We’re in need of dispatchers and people with Impact, the Salvation Army groups identify the kinds and administrative skills to help and Ygnacio Valley High sizing of clothing needed, and with office work.” School. WPE delivers the items. Through a direct distribuThrough the two proTo volunteer, contact Mandy tion program, the general store grams, the general store has Nakaya at 925.818.6361 or partners with service groups distributed more than mandy@whiteponyexpress.org. For around the county who help 250,000 articles of clothing more on WPE, go to those less fortunate. These and 75,000 children’s books, www.whiteponyexpress.org.

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salary being a 35 percent deduction from his annual pay of $110,770. He said that offer was abruptly rescinded by Linzey on June 13. Later that day, Eben placed him on administrative leave until the end of the school year – when he was terminated effective June 30. The school made the following statement: “It’s unfortunate Mr. Hile felt the need to use the courts to unfairly attack the school and our administration for personal motives. CVCHS denies all allegations contained in Hile’s complaint. We intend to wholeheartedly contest Hile’s personal and frivolous accusations. “As this is subject to pending litigation and because it involves personnel matters protected by privacy laws, CVCHS cannot comment on any specifics at this time. We respect the legal process but are confident CVCHS will prevail in this unnecessary lawsuit.” Hile is the second administrator to sue CVCHS after dismissal. The first suit was settled in favor of the school. At least one former teacher and one staff member have also filed legal claims against the school. Through his attorney Jayme Walker, Hile said: “Clayton Valley is a good



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school and has wonderful students, teachers and staff. It has the potential to be a great school, but it can’t meet that potential in an environment of discrimination and retaliation.” Walker added: “Greg Hile was a respected administrator for Clayton Valley Charter High School. Rather than treat him fairly when he was diagnosed with an illness, he was forced into a demotion. When he complained of discrimination, he was terminated. This conduct is blatantly illegal and outrageous and we intend to seek justice for Greg.” Walker says the school has until the end of this month to respond to the charges and then written discovery will begin. “It usually takes one or two years for a case of this type to proceed to trial,” she noted. Hile is not working and is on disability through CalPERS. His wife is a teacher and continues in her profession. He is working with doctors to get a final diagnosis, but it appears that Parkinson’s is still most likely. He explains that there are no diagnostic tools (blood tests, MRI, X-rays, scans) that can identify Parkinson’s, so it is a slow process to eliminate other conditions or illnesses.

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Windmill energy an evolving field

On a clear day, the top of Mt. Diablo is the best place in the area to enjoy a multidimensional sense of the Bay Area’s geography. The panorama from the summit includes nearby hills and valleys, residential areas, rivers, bays and plenty of windmills. Two massive wind farms stand out: Shiloh to the north in southern Sonoma County and Altamont to the southeast in eastern Alameda County. Both farms are fed by winds from the same sea breeze that cools Concord dur-

mothball fleet on the Sacramento River. The MOD-2 was a monster windmill. It had a wingspan of 300 feet and the propeller weighed 90 tons. The rotating area of the blade was more than 75,000 sq. ft. Wing tip speeds reached 275 feet per second, almost 190 mph. The first attempts at designing and building large windmills like the MOD-2 were not commercially successful because of maintenance and reliability issues. Small capacity windmill installation, however, increased rapidly in the wind farm areas. The dawn of the 21st century marked a new phase in wind farm development. Engineering advances in blade design, propeller materials and increased efficiency has resulted in a new generation of windmills with ratings in the 1,000 to 2,500 kW range, comparable to the original Boeing MOD-2. The Altamont wind farm area was populated by nearly

1,600 small turbines in 1985. Twenty-years later, the total reached close to 4,000. Beginning in 2010, a program began to replace the small old turbines at Altamont. Each of the new larger turbines produces enough electricity to replace about 23 old ones. The Shiloh wind farm area was developed in four phases between 2005 and 2012. The 750 windmills in this farm generate enough electricity to power about 700,000 homes. Windmill installations are predicted to increase in both the wind farms visible from the top of Mt. Diablo. California has set a goal of 33 percent renewable contribution to the total power portfolio by 2020. Currently, PG&E gets about 20 percent of its energy from renewables. Growth in wind and solar energy generation will help reach that goal. Woody Whitlatch is a meteorologist retired from PG&E. Email your questions or comments to clayton_909@yahoo.com

Haruf puts his ‘Soul’ into final book It’s a great pleasure to recommend Kent Haruf ’s last book, published posthumously in 2015. “Our Souls at Night” is a small gem. Haruf has left a literary legacy held fast in the fictional town of Holt, Colo. Holt is a small town with its inhabitants, as in all small towns, knowing just about all they need to know about one another. Or so they think. “Our Souls at Night” is the story of two senior citizens, seemingly at peace with their widowed lives until Addie comes knocking on the door of her neighbor Louis. After many years of widowhood, Addie decides that what she misses most of all is someone to be with through the night. Someone to talk with, to sleep next to, to fill that loneliest part of her life. Addie and Louis are neighbors of many years. Not friends, but certainly not strangers. Cautiously, she asks if Louis might like to try out


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such an arrangement. Come by in the evening, share some small talk and then retire to her bedroom. She is careful to explain she is not looking for love, but for that special companionship at night – a companionship she never really experienced with her husband throughout a difficult marriage. Haruf ’s writing, with its simplicity of language, spare yet endearing, moves both the story and the reader into a landscape of change.

Addie and Louis, full of curiosity and hope, enter into the arrangement with a slowly growing delight and discovery of themselves. Old stories, regrets and secrets are shared, children are spoken of, and a rare intimacy develops. What begins very privately eventually becomes known in the community of Holt. It also becomes known to their children. Haruf does not cut corners. Neither the townsfolk nor their offspring approve. Addie and Louis continue the relationship, riding out the town’s disapproval. Louis is able to deal with his daughter, but Addie’s son fears his mother is being taken advantage of by Louis. The son’s own marriage is failing, and Addie’s grandson is sent to live with her for a period of time. But instead of creating a wedge between Addie and Louis, the young boy binds them more closely than ever. The story is not a sweet,

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‘Miss Peregrine’ a dark fantasy that slips away


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Tim Burton never shies away from the outrageous. He is obsessed with the animation of inanimate objects, the revival of the dead and creepy children. In his newest film, “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” Burton indulges in all three. It doesn’t reach the heights of “Edward Scissorhands” or the original “Batman,” but “Peculiar Children” is a fine addition to Burton’s career. Miss Peregrine has been protecting her wards for almost 75 years from the evil Dr. Barron (Samuel L. Jackson) and his nasty minions – known as “hollows.” While not allowed to express herself quite as much as in “Penny Dreadful,” Eva Green still brings a calm routine to the role of Miss Peregrine. She is what is known as an “ymbryne,” and with it comes the power to transform into a

ever-after tale (no matter how much the reader may want it), but life often interferes beyond our good intentions. Haruf has written an honest story, a very grownup story. Addie and Louis are products of a powerful rural setting and community. It is heartening to read of such characters who learn not to fear change and that bridges can be built at any age. “Our Souls at Night” was the impetus for a lively discussion at the Clayton Community Book Club. Haruf ’s legacy of “Plainsong,” “Eventide,” “Benediction,” “Where You Once Belonged,” “The Tie that Binds” and “West of Last Chance” is worth reading and rereading.

in tim burtOn’S lateSt film, Miss Peregrine runs a home for peculiar children. But there' s more than just one peculiar thing at Miss Peregrine's.

bird and control certain aspects of time. She has kept her “peculiars” in a 24-hour “loop” since Sept. 3, 1943. Only other peculiars can enter the loop, and she has to reset it every day in order to avoid a bomb dropped from a Nazi plane. There are about a dozen children under the care of Miss Peregrine, and all have abilities most abnormal. The children aren’t really fleshed out save for a couple, but they are charming none-the-less. One girl lights things aflame with her hands, a boy can give life to anything, another boy can

project his dreams, and the twins’ ability is best left a secret. The child given the most screen time is Emma Bloom. Ella Purnell is good in the role, if a little too subdued. Emma has the ability to float and control air, so she must wear lead shoes to stay grounded. When Jake (Asa Butterfield) enters the loop from 2016, Emma sees in him a lot of the qualities his grandfather Abe (Terence Stamp) displayed in his time at the home in the 1940s. Early in the film, which is based on the book by Ransom Riggs, Jake meanders between

angry teen-ager and fun-loving kid. Butterfield does an adequate job as a confused teen dealing with the death of someone close. While his parents mean well, it is his grandpa who is Jake’s true influence. Convinced his grandfather’s ramblings about the home are true, Jake begs for a trip to Wales to see for himself. Burton’s films always look fantastic. No expense is spared at creating a beautiful, odd, yet fully lived-in world. However, “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” spends 90 minutes building this world only to see it crumble a bit at the end with the late introduction of Jackson as an over-thetop villain. It’s hard to take what should be a scary villain seriously when Jackson is hamming it up. The ending aside, Burton’s film is worth seeing for its original take on the children’s fantasy genre. B Jeff Mellinger is a screen writer and film buff. He holds a BA in Film Studies and an MFA in film production. He lives in Concord. Email questions or comments to Editor@ConcordPioneer.com.

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Stage StruCk I simply adore all things Sherlock, so I’ve been able to choose from a bounty of local productions lately. In September, Synergy Theater indulged my craving with “The Improvised Adventures of Sherlock Holmes,” an improvised two-act play in the style of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s mysteries. Now, Center Repertory has put its deerstalker cap on as it presents “Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery” Oct. 21Nov. 19 at Walnut Creek’s Lesher Center for the Arts. Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are on the case as playwright and comedic genius Ken Ludwig transforms Doyle’s classic “The Hound of the Baskervilles” into a murderously funny adventure. The intrepid investigators must escape a dizzying web of clues, silly accents, disguises and deceit to solve the mystery. Five actors deftly portray more than 40 characters. Join the fun and see how far from elementary the truth can be. Mark Anderson Phillips

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Alexis Lazear directs. Call 925943-SHOW or go to www.lesherartscenter.org. Here’s a chance to be in on the ground floor of a show that could be included in Role Players Ensemble’s next season. The company will present a script-in-hand performance of Ted Tally’s “Terra Nova” at 8 p.m. Oct. 22 and 2 p.m. Oct. 23. Read the play, attend the performance and engage in a creative dialogue about the merits and challenges of a future production. Performances take place at Danville Women’s Club, 242 W.

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Linda Mesa Ave. For more information and tickets, call 925.820.1278. Just in time for the elections, Contra Costa Musical Theatre takes us back in time to when the likes of Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and an upstart named Benjamin Franklin were forging the country’s declaration of independence from the British Empire. The musical “1776” runs through Nov. 5 at the Lesher Center for the Arts. “This is not only one of the great American musicals, it couldn’t be any timelier than it is right now,” says general manager Danny Boyle. Scott Fryer directs with Heidi Dahms as musical director. For tickets, call 925-943-SHOW or go to www.lesherartscenter.org.

Pittsburg Community Theatre is busy amassing sailor uniforms for its Nov. 1113 production of “Mister Roberts.” Alice Lustre directs this rowdy saga of a group of bored American sailors stationed on a Navy cargo vessel in the Pacific. The one thing the crew and their popular officer Mr. Roberts have in common is a dislike of their smallminded skipper. The show performs at the California Theatre. For more information, go to www.pittsburgcommunitytheatre.org.

Returning for its 26th year, Contra Costa Ballet presents the Bay Area’s most familyfriendly production of The Nutcracker. For one weekend only, join Clara and her beloved nutcracker-turnedprince on a magical journey among giant mice and toy soldiers into the deliciously delightful Candy Kingdom. Contra Costa Ballet brings The Nutcracker to life in this festive

production filled with colorful costumes, whimsical sets and an array of talented, young dancers. This one-hour performance is an elegant introduction to the holiday classic.

Sally Hogarty is well known around the Bay Area as a newspaper columnist, theatre critic and working actress. She is the editor of the Orinda News. Send comments to sallyhogarty@gmail.com

CC Ballet marks the season with ‘The Nutcracker’

Fri., Sat., and Sun, Nov. 2527 at the Lesher Center for the Arts. For performance times and ticket info, call 925.943.SHOW, or go to lesherartscenter.showare.com.

Butterfield troupe finds new Concord space SALLY HOGARTY Concord Pioneer

With a slightly new name and a new home, B8 Theatre Company – formerly known as Butterfield 8 Theatre Company – has returned to Concord with an expanded vision and renewed enthusiasm. Following a two-year hiatus, the company has once again started producing plays and offering an educational program at 2292 Concord Blvd. Founded in 1989 by John Butterfield, the company transformed from primarily new dance works into a more theatrical group performing in several locations before landing a long-term residency at Cue Productions Live on Colfax Street in Concord for its 2006-’07 season. During the next seven years, the company established a solid reputation for producing new works and re-envisioning the classics. In 2014, however, Butterfield decided to return to New Zealand to finish his studies, and the company lost its performance space. Long-time company members JanLee Marshall (artistic director), Maureen Williams (company manager), Kerry Judjohnsen (managing director) and Alan Jenkins (board

Board Member Judy Potter, Company Manager Maureen Williams, Artistic Director JanLee Marshall and Board Member David Williams stand outside the former u.S. Bank vault they hope to use for prop and set storage in their new theater space.

president) have taken over the company with the full support of Butterfield. “Maureen and I actually went around downtown Concord peering in windows of vacant buildings to see if they might be appropriate for a theater,” Marshall recalls. The two discovered a vacant space previously occupied by U.S. Bank just half a block from the Colfax location. “Right now it is just month-to-month,” Marshall says of the lease. “But we hope to be here long enough to solidify our programs and

“We can finally get back to what we do best – making great theater,” Marshall adds. Auditions for the company’s first two shows, both by local playwrights, took place in mid-October. Susan Sobeloff ’s “Our Names in Water” will receive a staged reading at 8 p.m. Nov. 12 and 2 p.m. Nov. 13. A full production of Harold Smith’s “Welcome to Little Fork, Rene Lundstrum” will take place Dec. 1-18. “These first two shows reflect our commitment to fostering new works,” says Marshall. “But we will also be putting together well-known classical productions.” The company also begins its new educational component this month with free theater classes for ages 3-14. To help fund B8’s new space and productions, the company has embarked on a fundraising campaign that asks for $88 or more. To date, they have raised $10,000 toward their goal of $44,000. “We are committed to bringing high-quality, affordable live theater to the community,” Marshall says.

find a permanent home.” The space includes a parking lot and a 4,000 sq. ft. building that allows for a versatile staging area, 45-60 audience seats, dressing rooms, a green room for actors and a kitchen and concession area. “We have an area that we may put small tables in for audience members to enjoy a glass of wine before the show and at intermission,” Williams For more information on the says. “We also have larger bathcompany, its educational program room facilities for our audience and productions, go to www.b8themembers, which will definitely atre.org or call 925.890.8877. be an improvement over our previous location.”

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tuesdays farmers’ market

Tuesdays year round, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Todos Santos Plaza, downtown Concord. cityofconcord.org.

thursdays thru Oct. 27 farmers’ market

Market 4 – 8 p.m. Todos Santos Plaza, downtown Concord. cityofconcord.org.

nov. 11 Veterans day Celebration

Kicking off the Fourth Annual Veterans Day Softball Tournament sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1525. 11 a.m. Willow Pass Community Park, 2748 E. Olivera Road, Concord. vfwpost1525.org.

nov. 24 turkey trot Concord

5K/10K run/walk sponsored by Calvary Temple Church. 8 a.m. Todos Santos Plaza, downtown Concord. $30; Kids Dash is free. turkeytrotconcord.org. 643-1207.

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thru Oct. 29 “you’re a good man, Charlie brown”

Presented by Clayton Theatre Company. Endeavor Hall, 6008 Center St., Clayton. $20-$25. claytontheatrecompany.com.

Oct. 29 Halloween Spooktacular Party

Refreshments, ghost stories, music, costume contest. Hosted by Diamond Terrace and Clayton Historical Society. 6 p.m. 6401 Center St., Clayton. Free. For more information, email reneewing@sbcglobal.net.

nov. 10 “behind the barbed wire: History of naval weapons Station Concord”

Clayton Historical Society’s annual meeting featuring local author John Keibel. 6 p.m. meeting; 7 p.m. speaker. Diamond Terrace, 6401 Center St., Clayton. $5 donation requested for non-CHS members. claytonhistory.org.

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Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve programs are available for registration through ebparks.org. Parking fees may apply. For additional information, contact Black Diamond Visitor Center at (510) 544-2750 or bdvisit@ebparks.org.

thru november Hazel-atlas mine tours

Learn about the mining history and geology at Black Diamond Mines. Guided, 90-minute tour; Saturdays and Sundays. Must be age 7 or older with parent. $5. For reservation and ticket information, go to ebparks.org.

nov. 6 “the trip to bountiful”

Performed by The Vagabond Players. 2 p.m. El Campanil Theatre, 602 W. Second St., Antioch. $10-$15. elcampaniltheatre.com.

nov. 6, 12 “Soundworlds”

Presented by Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra. 2 p.m. Nov. 6: Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. $10-$30. lesherartscenter.org. 943-7469. Nov. 12: El Campanil Theatre, 602 W. Second St., Antioch. $7-$15. elcampaniltheatre.com.

nov. 11 a Salute to Veterans

Presented by The Delta Veterans Group and Antioch VFW Post 6435. 6 p.m. El Campanil Theatre, 602 W. Second St., Antioch. $5. elcampaniltheatre.com.

nov. 11 “la Vida de los muertos – the joyful journey”

Presented by Carolina Lugo’s and Carole Acuna’s Ballet Flamenco. 8 p.m. Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. $30$40. lesherartscenter.org. 943-7469.

nov. 11 Veterans day Ceremony

Join the city of Walnut Creek and the Walnut Creek Concert Band in honoring veterans. 11 a.m. Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. Free. lesherartscenter.org. 943-7469.

nov. 11 – 13 “a Swingin’ Holiday and more”

Presented by Diablo Ballet. Del Valle Theatre, 1963 Tice Valley Blvd., Walnut Creek. $27-$47. lesherartscenter.org. 943-7469.

nov. 11 – 13 “mister roberts”

Rowdy, realistic saga of American sailors aboard a Navy cargo vessel suffering from deadly boredom. California Theatre, 351 Railroad Ave., Pittsburg. $12-$25. pittsburgcaliforniatheatre.com. 427-1611.

nov. 12 “rock Stars and Stripes: the american rock experience” Presented by David Victor Presents. 7:30 p.m. Lesher Center, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. $39-$79. lesherartscenter.org. 943-7469.

nov. 12 “the everly brothers experience”

Presented by The Bird Dogs. 8 p.m. El Campanil Theatre, 602 W. Second St., Antioch. $25-$27. elcampaniltheatre.com.

nov. 13 “Home grown talent”

Featuring Evan Torres and other Bay Area artists. 7:15 p.m. Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. lesherartscenter.org. 943-7469.

nov. 18 “Some enchanted improv”

Presented by Trapped in a Rumor. 8:15 p.m. Lesher Center, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. $15. lesherartscenter.org. 943-7469.

Oct. 29 wild dogs of black diamond

nov. 18 – 19 “the Christmas ballet”

Oct. 30 Creepy Critters

nov. 19 Pachuco jose y los diamantes

Walk and learn about coyotes and foxes. 9 – 11 a.m. Meet at Black Diamond Mines. Learn why some of the creepiest critters of the park are not so creepy; make a craft to take home. 12 – 4 p.m. Meet at Greathouse Visitor Center at Black Diamond Mines.

nov. 6 mid-autumn Hike

Invigorating, five-mile ramble. 2 – 5:30 p.m. Meet at Morgan Territory Road Staging Area.

eVentS & entertainment

thru Oct. 30 “the fantasticks”

A timeless, romantic tale of a boy, a girl and their fathers’ schemes to get the two married. Presented by OMG, I Love That Show! Productions. Lesher Center, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. $39. lesherartscenter.org. 943-7469.

thru nov. 5 “1776”

American history comes to life in a musical about the birth of a nation. Performed by the Contra Costa Musical Theatre. Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. $50-$55. ccmt.org.

Oct. 21 – nov. 19 “baskerville: a Sherlock Holmes mystery”

Comedic genius Ken Ludwig transforms the classic into a murderously funny adventure. Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. $33-$60. centerrep.org.

Oct. 28, 30 “Peter Pan”

Presented by Smuin Ballet. Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. $57-$73. lesherartscenter.org. 943-7469. Presented by Pittsburg Pops. 8 p.m. California Theatre, 351 Railroad Ave., Pittsburg. $20-$25. pittsburgcaliforniatheatre.com. 427-1611.

nov. 19 Scan-a-thon

Preserve family documents in digital form. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Contra Costa County History Center, 724 Escobar St., Martinez. $10 suggested donation. Drop in or register at cocohistory.com.

nov. 19 “the rocky Horror improv Show”

Presented by Trapped in a Rumor. 8:15 p.m. Lesher Center, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. $15. lesherartscenter.org. 943-7469.

nov. 19 toree mcgee and rodeoHouse

Antioch native Toree McGee performs, backed by RodeoHouse. 8 p.m. El Campanil Theatre, 602 W. Second St., Antioch. $10-$20. elcampaniltheatre.com.

nov. 20 benway Plays brahms

Local pianist Randall Benway performs. Presented by Diablo Symphony Orchestra. 2 p.m. Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. $35. lesherartscenter.org. 943-7469.

nov. 25 – 26 “Sister robert anne’s Cabaret Class”

One-woman show of songs from “Nunsense.” Brentwood Senior Activity Center, 193 Griffith Lane, Brentwood. $9-$26. thebrentwoodtheater.org. 513-3863.

Presented by El Campanil Children’s Theatre. El Campanil Theatre, 602 W. Second St., Antioch. $8-$12. elcampaniltheatre.com.

nov. 25 – 27 “the nutcracker”

Presented by Onstage Theatre. Campbell Theatre, 636 Ward St., Martinez. 518-3277.

nov. 26 “motown Holiday revue”

Oct. 28 – nov. 19 “reefer madness the musical” nov. 4 “a Salute to the eagles”

Performed by Hotel California. 8 p.m. El Campanil Theatre, 602 W. Second St., Antioch. $25-$27. elcampaniltheatre.com.

nov. 6 “above and beyond”

Presented by Contra Costa Wind Symphony. 7:30 p.m. Lesher Center 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. $17. lesherartscenter.org. 943-7469.

Presented by Contra Costa Ballet Company. Lesher Center, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. $35. lesherartscenter.org. 943-7469.

nov. 5 boutique and Vendor fair

Crafts, including artwork, scarves, jewelry, holiday items; vendors. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Faith Missionary Baptist Church Gym, 4266 Thompson Drive, Concord. Free admission. concordfmbc.com.

nov. 5 “innocence, love and Heartbreak”

Concert by the singers of Chromatica. 7 p.m. Clayton Valley Presbyterian Church, 1578 Kirker Pass Road, Clayton. $10-$20. chromaticachorale.org.

Oct. 21 – nov. 6 “Hairspray”


Piled high with laughter, romance and deliriously tuneful songs. Diablo Valley College, 321 Golf Club Road, Pleasant Hill. $11-$21. dvcdrama.net.


2nd and 4th Sundays Pancake breakfast

Veterans of Foreign Wars serve breakfast to the public: Eggs, pancakes, sausage, beverage. 8 – 11 a.m. VFW Post 1525, 2290 Willow Pass Road, Concord. $5, $3 children under 12. vfwpost1525.org.

Oct. 23 native Plant Sale extravaganza

Seven nurseries, including Markham Arboretum, help you purchase hard-to-find native plants. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Markham, 1202 La Vista Ave., Concord. bringingbackthenatives.net.

Oct. 26 “a mysterious author affair”

Discussion with mystery writers Cara Black, David Corbett and Sophie Littlefield; book signings; desserts; raffle. Benefits Project Second Chance. 6 – 8 p.m. Walnut Creek Library, Oak Room, 1644 N Broadway. $20 in advance only. pscfundraising.org. 927-3250.

nov. 4 – 5 annual Church bell bazaar

Crafts, bake sale, jewelry, raffle, Christmas store, lunch. Proceeds benefit mission projects. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Fri.; 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Sat. Concord United Methodist Church, 1645 West St., Concord. Free admission. concordumc.org. 685-5260.

nov. 4 – 5 gala and boutique

Friday night “Winter Wonderland,” wine, appetizers, auction, wine pull, raffle and boutique; 6 – 8 p.m. Saturday Classy Crafters Boutique and Country Kitchen continues; 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Proceeds benefit Saint Bonaventure Food Pantry. Saint Bonaventure Large Hall, 5562 Clayton Road, Concord. Free admission. 672-5800.

nov.5 Silent auction gala

Dinner, dancing, entertainment and auction. Benefits Northgate High School Dance Department. 6 p.m. Heather Farm Community Center, 301 N. San Carlos Drive, Walnut Creek. $60 per person; $100 per couple. For more information, contact Kourtnie at howertonk@mdusd.org or 938-0900, ext. 2197.

nov. 6 fall fundraiser

An afternoon of music, appetizers and desserts with Johnny Rockit and Candy Wrapper. Benefits charitable donations made by the CV Woman’s Club. 4 – 6:30 p.m. Diamond Terrace, 6401 Center St., Clayton. $25; reservations req. Contact Aleta Huck at 672-9448.

nov. 13 Holiday faire

Student and vendor booths, gifts, raffle. Sponsored by Clayton Valley Charter High School Parent Faculty Club. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. CVCHS, Large Gym, 1101 Alberta Way, Concord. Free admission. cvchspfc.com/holiday-faire.

at tHe library

The Concord Library is at 2900 Salvio St. Programs are free unless otherwise noted. See full schedule of events at ccclib.org or 6465455. Oct. 22: nicho workshop, 1 p.m. Registration required. Oct. 24: Spooky Steam, 7 p.m. Registration required. Oct. 27: master gardeners, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 31: Halloween Spooktacular, 6 p.m. Registration req. nov. 3: Origami, 4 p.m. nov. 5: Crafters’ Swap meet, 12 p.m. nov. 7: Code busters, 7 p.m. Registration required. nov. 14: fall into Steam, 7 p.m. Registration required. nov. 15: teen tuesday, 4 p.m.

The Clayton Library is at 6125 Clayton Road. Programs are free unless otherwise noted. See full schedule of events at claytonlibrary.org or call 673-0659.

thru Oct. 26: guess the weight of the library Pumpkin thru nov. 16: Clayton reads, “The Language of Flowers” thru nov. 30: flowers art exhibit Oct. 24: Clayton knits, 1:30 p.m. Oct. 24: Clayton reads book discussion, 7 p.m. Oct. 26: working with foster kids, 7 p.m. nov. 10: fantastic fall flowers, 4 p.m. nov. 14: Clayton library book Club, 7 p.m. nov. 16: flower arranging, 6:30 p.m.


Featuring Top Shelf. 8 p.m. El Campanil Theatre, 602 W. Second St., Antioch. $25-$27. elcampaniltheatre.com.

1st, 2nd and 4th tuesdays Concord City Council

Oct. 29 trunk or treat

1st and 3rd wednesdays Concord Planning Commission

CHurCHeS and religiOn

Games, crafts, candy, light dinner and decorated vehicle trunks. 6 – 8:30 p.m. The Bridge Church, 2140 Olivera Court, Concord. Free admission. bridgebayarea.com.

6:30 p.m., Council Chamber, Concord Civic Center, 1950 Parkside Dr. cityofconcord.org. 7 p.m. Council Chamber, Concord Civic Center, 1950 Parkside Dr. cityofconcord.org.

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Halloween program collects for food bank

The Contra Costa and Solano food bank serves 190,000 people every month. This is an astonishing statistic, made even more devastating considering that one in four are children. While volunteer efforts are constantly underway at the food bank, Concord High School is preparing for its annual Scare Away Hunger. The contributions of a small community on one night makes a big impact. Scare Away Hunger is a volunteer competition among programs on the CHS campus such as band, choir, leadership, cross-country, softball and soccer. Each group is assigned to a region within the community. They are responsible for advertising within this area by distributing bags and collecting canned foods, non-perishable items and monetary contributions. Each group is to return

with donations by 8:30 p.m., and the money is counted and the food is weighed. Results are kept secret until official calculations are made. After several months, students attend a catered lunch where they receive prizes and the final tallies. Scare Away Hunger has become part of the CHS culture. Every year, students rush to coaches and program directors and ask for a spot on a Scare Away Hunger team. This year, Scare Away Hunger will be on Halloween —Oct. 31. Instead of asking for a “trick or treat,” Concord students are asking for your generous donations.

Aasim Yahya is a sophomore and student body vice president. He has a passion for basketball and plays on the school team. Send comments to editor@concordpioneer.com

CHS music program supports homeless, foster youth

Clayton Valley Charter High Sydney Skow


Teacher brings the art of chemistry to life

Sometimes teachers offer lessons not about the subjects they are teaching, but about life and passion for a career. Sarah Berger is such a teacher in her honors chemistry class at Clayton Valley Charter High School. Berger grew up in the small town of Winter Park, Colo., attending the local high school and the University of Colorado Boulder. She was originally an ecology and evolutionary biology major and wanted to work in Alaska at a sea life center. But while she taught undergraduate

Patrick gaffney CVCHS PrinCiPal

classes to help pay for college and began working with more people in the school of education, she realized her passion for teaching. “I fell in love with teaching and that environment,” Berger recalls. The 25-year-old graduated from Boulder in 2013 with a degree in biochemistry and a teaching credential. After moving and transferring her teaching credential to California, she began teaching at CVCHS in the fall of 2013. Berger has been

Encouraging students to find their natural high

Each October, thousands of schools across the nation participate in Red Ribbon Week. At Clayton Valley Charter High School, the drug and alcohol prevention program seeks to empower students to find their natural high and develop the skills and courage to live life well.

The program began Oct. 12 and continues through the end of the month. This year, CVCHS is partnering with Natural High, a national nonprofit organization inspiring youth to discover, amplify and pursue their natural high so they have a reason to say “no” to drugs and


Political Talk:

drum majOr jeremy SulliVan leads the Concord High Minutemen Marching Band. JENNY MOSLEY Special to the Pioneer

The Concord High School Instrumental Music Boosters presented a check for $3,500 to Mt. Diablo Homeless Outreach Program for Education (MDUSD HOPE) at the Board of Education meeting on Sept. 12. The CHS music program raised the money as part of its annual fundraising dinnerdance. The boosters have partnered with HOPE to help the approximately 500 students and their families in the school district who are homeless or in foster care. This partnership is a way for CHS students to use music to benefit others. “One critical aspect in the growth and development of our students is in citizenship, both communal and global,” says Gary Coartney, CHS instrumental music director. “There is a world outside of school, and people who desperately need our help – people less fortunate or who are going through difficult times that need support, compassion and understanding. Our students learn the

value of community involvement, civic responsibility and the positive impact that they can make on someone’s life,” Coartney adds. “The satisfaction they get through their participation in helping others is equaled with the joy that comes from doing it through music performance.” “It gives our kids an opportunity to learn in life that it’s not all about receiving, but that through the arts they are provided a means to perform, entertain and draw a crowd that can be used as a force for good,” notes boosters president Erica Miller. “We hope that they will carry that spirit of caring and giving back to the community with them as they go on in life. We are one of the few groups on campus that has the opportunity and privilege to share our proceeds to help those in our community, and we’re proud to do it.” The next CHS instrumental music dinner-dance and fundraiser for HOPE is slated for Feb. 25. If you are interested in attending or making a monetary, product or service donation, email concordhighbands@gmail.com

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Student Forum on Women in Politics

CarOndelet COrreSPOndent

This election season, Carondelet is getting involved in politics. Several weeks ago on Wednesday, October 5th, Carondelet held its annual “Sr. Clare Dunn Forum”, a schoolwide panel discussion focused on learning more about an important issue going on in the world. This year’s topic was

particularly exciting, and one I find extremely relevant to the current election season: women in politics. The forum is mainly student run, with several pre-selected student moderators asking questions to a panel of guest speakers. The speakers for this discussion were three highly qualified women in the political field: Dr.

teaching chemistry and honors chemistry ever since. The students are her favorite part of the job. “(They) make me smile and laugh every single day. They have some of the greatest attitudes.” Berger loved math and chemistry throughout high school and college. “They always made a lot of sense to me,” she notes. “I like how many different applications chemistry has and how many different ways you can go with it. I like how it builds on itself, so earlier concepts really tie into later ones. There’s always more you can know and more you can learn.” Her passion for chemistry and for teaching shines through during her lessons and interactions with students. She has transformed chemistry from a scary and unfamiliar topic to one that is interesting and understandable. “I’m really passionate about making chemistry accessible to

lauren Curtis

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Students and teachers at Ygnacio Valley High School are thrilled to be headed in the direction of becoming an International Baccalaureate Diploma School. The IB track entails a two-

year program for juniors and seniors. It includes a monthlong service project, a studentinterest driven research paper and a Theory of Knowledge class as well as all general education classes. The Theory of

everyone,” Berger explains. “I think a lot of people have this predisposition to think that it’s really hard or that it’s something that they can’t do, and I want to show them that it is an accessible topic for everyone.”

Sydney Skow is a sophomore at CVCHS. Email her at sydneyaskow@icloud.com.

alcohol. I encourage everyone to visit www.naturalhigh.org to learn more about this movement focused on a generation of young people who believe in saying “yes” to their passions and “no” to drugs and alcohol. The Natural High education curriculum provides a sciencebased lesson plan and “role model storyteller” videos that powerfully influence youth to help them thrive. The videos feature more than 50 celebrity storytellers who use their influence to encourage youth to pursue their passions and make healthy choices. Bob Ralston, the ninth-grade academic advisor, has teamed up with the PE Department to develop a comprehensive pro-

gram including awareness presentations, theme days, students activities and campus entertainment. On Oct. 25, CVCHS will host Ralph Cantor, a renowned drug prevention expert. He will address students during the school day and deliver a special presentation at Freshman Parent Night to discuss the negative effects associated with the use of marijuana. Three decades ago, First Lady Nancy Reagan urged our nation’s youth to “Just Say No” to drugs. Awareness and prevention continues at CVCHS to lead and support the school community in nurturing the potential of healthy and drug-free youth.

Helene Silverberg, political science professor at UC Berkeley; Kristina Lawson, former mayor of Walnut Creek; and Carondelet alumna Jalina Porter (‘04), press secretary for the Truman National Security Project, a think tank in Washington, D.C. The forum focused primarily on exploring the lack of female representation in American government. Even though women make up over half of the U.S. population, both the House and the Senate are only 20 percent female. I find it both frightening and sad that many of the governmental decisions regarding women are made by men. Because women occupy such a small seat at the metaphorical table, often their opinions go unrecognized. All three guest speakers did an excellent job addressing questions about their jobs, their political goals, the discrimination

they face in their work, and their dreams for an increase in female representation in government. “It was really empowering to see women who were involving themselves in a field where they are traditionally underrepresented,” said Jen McGregor, a Carondelet senior. As a student in an all-girls school, I am so grateful and proud that we held a schoolwide student forum on the topic of women in politics. It is extremely important to educate young girls about all the opportunities available to them and equally important to encourage them to challenge the gender inequality they could face in today’s world.

Ygnacio Valley High YV hoping to launch baccalaureate program

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Knowledge class questions why and how we know what we know. At the end of all classes, students take external exams in each discipline. “The International Baccalaureate program is a rigorous program that prepares students for world-renowned universities,” said Carissa Weintraub, YV’s IB coordinator. The program aims to inspire students to strive for a love of lifelong inquiry and learning as well as teaching how to question, understand and respect other points of view. Statistics from other schools show that the program

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McFarland is a senior at Carondelet High School and a member of the cross country team. Send comments and questions to editor@concordpioneer.com

will increase the school population as well as unify all segments of the school. If students take the whole program, they are able to receive up to 30 undergraduate quarterly college credits – depending on the university that is attended. It is possible to take only one or two IB classes and gain college credits for the individual classes taken. This month, IB is coming to Ygnacio to evaluate the preparations. If all goes well, the program will begin in fall 2017.

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Charter tech school proposed near Concord Pavilion JAY BEDECARRÉ Concord Pioneer

The proposal for a new public charter school in Concord called Clayton Valley Charter Tech Academy will be formally presented to the Contra Costa County Board of Education next month. The school for students in grades 6-12 is proposed on the grounds of St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church on Kirker Pass Road across from the Concord Pavilion. The lead petitioners are Clayton Valley Charter High School executive director David Linzey, CVCHS governing board member Richard Asadoorian and Samuel Cove, a member of Microsoft’s High

Potential leadership development program. The petition describes a free countywide public charter school slated to open next August with 600 students in sixth through ninth grades. In the three subsequent years, another high school grade will be added annually until the school houses 1,200 students in grades 6-12. Eventually, 900 of the 1,200 students would be of high school age. The petitioners say the school is proposed to address the large waitlist that exists after CVCHS accepts its annual freshman class of about 500 students. They see the new tech charter school as responding to some of that demand. “It’s truly a heart-breaking

experience to meet with students and hear from parents pleading for their ninth grader to be admitted to our great high school,” Linzey says. “It’s unfortunate when parents – especially those who are seeking to have their students enroll in a high-performing charter school curriculum – learn that our school is impacted.” The petitioners explain that the CVCHS governing board “has been seeking opportunities to serve these additional students. Parent demands for more choice has led to new charter schools being welcomed into Contra Costa County, with even more planned to serve the growing needs of students. We decided

that our community should have a voice in the development of a new, high-performance charter school with an emphasis in 21st century career skills – the vision for CVCTA. “This new charter school will be separate from CVCHS, with their own executive director, administrative team, governing board and charter petition. I was honored when asked by several CVCHS board members to help develop this school. I am pleased to be a lead petitioner and assist in the creation of what will become one of the most innovative secondary schools (grades 612) in the state.” Linzey says his role is simple: “to serve as an advisor to their governing board and

The lists were long and included items such as: • Different approach to education (citing Monte Gardens Elementary) • STEM programs • Strong PTA/PFC • Smaller class sizes • Technology • Rigorous academics • Green/environmental concerns • Athletics/sports • Parking concerns in the neighborhood • Multiple languages including Spanish and Mandarin

approved the sale of the sixth and final series of Measure C bonds totaling $38.5 million, some of which will fund Holbrook projects. Other district budgets will pay for the balance of the work, which is estimated at over $5.3 million. That figure includes $660,000 for computers, classroom furniture, instruments and library books needed on the campus. It was fitting that Meyer and Hansen were at the public meeting. The superintendent came on board following the closure of Holbrook while Hansen was the lone board member to vote against the closure. Former superintendent Steven Lawrence recommended the closure of Holbrook and nearby Glenbrook Middle School as cost-saving measures, citing declining enrollment at both schools. Meyer and her staff have presented the board with four options of “strong instructional programs” at a re-opened Holbrook: model education center, magnet school, themebased (arts, STEM, technology, project-based) or dual language. A final determination of the direction the school will take is still to be made. It is projected Holbrook

will initially open with kindergarten through second or third grade and then add a grade each school year through sixth grade. Re-opening Holbrook “has to be a staff and community effort” Meyer told the audience. She added, “to create something special takes a lot of work.” She said the recruitment of a principal is underway and she hopes that is accomplished by the holiday break as that person will lead the effort to get a staff and curriculum ready for next fall. Hansen said re-opening Holbrook “is a labor of love” to loud cheers.

MDUSD moves forward with plans to reopen Holbrook Elementary JAY BEDECARRÉ Concord Pioneer

Holbrook Elementary School’s mascot was the Jets when the school closed in 2011. Supporters may now want to change that nickname to the Phoenix as the school moves towards a re-opening for the next school year. Mt. Diablo Unified School District board president Cheryl Hansen and superintendent Dr. Nellie Meyer were on hand late last month when community members met with district staff and officials to begin the process of bringing Holbrook back to life. Following comments from Meyer and MDSUD special projects director Stephanie Roberts, who is leading the project and formerly ran afterschool programs at Holbrook, the public was able to discuss their hopes and concerns for a new Holbrook. Large sheets of paper lined the walls of the multi-purpose room where community members could place their ideas and questions for topics such as “What are you looking for in a re-opened Holbrook?” and “What are you looking for in a Holbrook principal and school leader?”

After six years of being closed to district students Meyer mentioned that MDUSD is pursuing an “aggressive” schedule to have the school ready to go next August. Measure C manager Tim Cody outlined bond-funded projects that will be reinstituted at Holbrook including air conditioning, playground equipment and technology, including a lab on campus. Additionally, regular longterm maintenance such as painting, flooring and asphalt work will be completed. He expects work to begin before the end of the year. The District recently

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TUPE program targets teen tobacco use

Mt. Diablo High School launched the Tobacco Use Prevention Education program (TUPE) for the 2016’17 school year. The program aims to reduce youth tobacco use by helping students make healthful tobacco-related decisions through educational instruction and activities that build knowledge as well as social skills. Counselors Adriel Briscoe and Khany Figueroa are working with students to create and implement classroom presentations and schoolwide TUPE events. The Mt. Diablo high team consists of students in grades 10-12 from all Career Technical Education (CTE) academies. A major concern of the TUPE team is the increased use of e-cigarette/vape pens

among high school students. Data shows that the use of these nicotine delivery systems tripled from 2013 to 2014. E-cigarettes and vape pens are targeted because of the highly addictive nature of nicotine and because their use mimics and normalizes the action of smoking. Also, flavors such as cotton candy and chocolate explicitly target youth. Many school districts, including the Mt. Diablo Unified School District, have revised their tobacco-free schools policies to explicitly prohibit the use of e-cigarettes, vape pens and other products that mimic cigarette use. The Mt. Diablo board prohibits the use of tobacco products at any time in district-owned or leased build-

ings, on district property or in district vehicles. The board policy specifies that products prohibited include any one containing tobacco or nicotine. That includes but is not limited to cigarettes, cigars, miniature cigars, smokeless tobacco, snuff, chew, clove cigarettes, betel, electronic cigarettes, electronic hookahs and other vapor-emitting devices, with or without nicotine content, that mimic the use of tobacco products. The staff is greatly concerned about students’ health and safety. The TUPE program helps ensure that students are making healthy choices. Send comments and questions to editor@concordpioneer.com

administration by utilizing my extensive experience of opening and operating high-performance charter schools.” At last week’s CVCHS governing board meeting, acting chair Megan Kommer said that Linzey is working on this project “on his own time.” CVCTA will have a twofold emphasis: computer and technology courses each school year and possibly during the summer, plus the opportunity for students to take college courses while still in high school. Proponents say this dual enrollment program will enable high school students to save a year or two of time spent at college and cut college tuition and room and board in half. CVCTA will be located in Concord, with satellite campuses around the county eventually proposed “where enrollment needs exist – to serve students who desire this innovative college- and careerfocused education.” The proposal calls for 18 classrooms and a couple other buildings on the St. Demetrios Church site, which has quite a bit of underdeveloped land. The property on one side abuts the south edge of the Concord Naval Weapons property that is being developed by the city of Concord and East Bay Regional Park District. There are currently four charter public schools in the Central County: CVCHS in Concord for grades 9-12. Contra Costa School of Performing Arts, which opened this term in Walnut Creek with sixth-ninth grades and will ultimately be for grades 6-12.

Rocketship Futuro Academy, which also opened this fall on the Ayers Elementary School site for kindergarten through second grade. A school spokesman says Rocketship is looking for land to build a permanent site in the Monument Corridor and will be open to pre-K through fifth grade. Eagle Peak Montessori School in Walnut Creek opened in 2001 by Mt. Diablo Unified School District and is now serving first through eighth grades. Members of the community who have been at odds over Linzey’s leadership of CVCHS for the past three years expressed concerns over a Sept. 2 letter that Linzey wrote on CVCHS letterhead to Bay Area Charter Schools (the name of the petitioning organization) saying CVCHS could offer “initial financial support of up to $TBD to be repaid on fair and reasonable terms.” Linzey says that CVCHS “will not be funding the new charter school as we are a separate school and our finances are dedicated for our students. We are excited to share professional development opportunities with their teachers and administration, working together as a ‘partnership school’ or in a network.” He also used the word “network” at CVCHS’s monthly board meeting last week to describe the relationship. He said that “Clayton Valley” is in the name of the proposed tech school because of its location, not as a relationship with the charter high school, which opened in fall 2012 after converting from Clayton Valley High School in the MDUSD.

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Fundraiser to boost history center renovations

“All That Jazz,” the Concord Historical Society’s second annual dinner-auction, promises a fabulous evening of food, fellowship and fun. The fundraiser will be held 5:30-9 p.m. Nov. 12, at Centre Concord, 5298 Clayton Road. The event includes catering by Englund’s Cafe, a live auction with auctioneer Dennis McCormick, a silent auction, raffle, balloon pop, grab bag and dessert auction. Featured auction items are a one-week stay at a Twain Harte cabin, a watercolor by an award-winning artist

and tickets to both Giants baseball and Cal football. All proceeds benefit the ongoing restoration of the former Masonic Lodge, soon to become the Concord Museum and Event Center at 1928 Clayton Road. “Last year, one of the greatest benefits of this event was seeing long-time Concord residents reunite with friends they hadn’t seen in years,” notes society president Carol Longshore. “There was a real feeling of community.” For nearly 45 years, the

Concord Historical Society has been preserving, restoring and sharing the history of Concord – including the restoration and opening of the Galindo Home and Gardens to the public and educational programs for children. Since 2013, when the group moved the former Masonic Lodge building to its current site, the society has been working to renovate and improve the structure. Raising an additional $500,000 will enable the society to complete the renovations. The building’s first floor will

Tickets are $60. For reservations, contact Lind Higgins at lindhiggins@astound.net or 925-682-6383.

Drought-tolerant California fuchsia brightens fall landscapes


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Once the summer began to heat up, garden lovers noticed an unfamiliar, shrubby groundcover adorning some local droughttolerant landscapes. The flowers seemed to appear almost overnight. Orange-red, tubular-shaped blossoms were covering this unknown pile of fuzzy gray foliage. Folks found their way into the nursery to have this plant identified. California fuchsia has actually been available for decades, but it has suddenly become noticed by the masses. California fuchsia is found in nurseries and garden centers under two names, Zauschneria and Epilobium. Names occasionally get changed

house an event center with professional kitchen, which can be rented by local groups and individuals. The second floor museum and education-resource center will feature an extensive artifact collection. The Museum and Event Center will take part in the city’s sesquicentennial in 2018, preserving the spirit of Concord and playing an integral part in revitalizing the downtown.

tHe brilliant COlOr and tubular flOwerS of the California fuchsia are guaranteed to attract hummingbirds, who take turns for the privilege of feeding on the nectar.

in the plant world, and this is the case with the California fuchsia. Various selections of shrublike groundcover can reach 1-2 feet tall and more than 3 feet wide. During spring, the fuchsia is a simple pile of gray-blue leaves. Depending on the cultivar, these leaves may appear smooth or have a slight pile. When some dry gardens are

shy of flowers August-October, the California fuchsia comes to life. Brilliant orange to deep red, tubular-shaped flowers explode into bloom. These flowers are intoxicating to hummingbirds, who cannot resist the color or its perfect shape. Evert’s Choice is the most popular selection this season. Other options available are

Wayne’s Silver, which has a stunning, metallic-gray leaf, and Canum, which looks more like a shrublet. The California fuchsia will thrive in any Clayton-Concord dryscape. It welcomes the full, relentless sun and heat. Consider planting on a hillside. It requires good drainage and isn’t picky about rocky soil. The fuchsia would make a nice companion groundcover to the springblooming Ceanothus. Another great application is in a mass planting along a bed or border. Imagine a hedge of purple-flowering Salvia Leucantha with an under-planting of fuchsia. The orange and purple flowers would dramatically contrast, creating a late summer-autumn feast for the eyes. Or install California fuchsia along a rock garden or dry creek bed. This plant is so hardy that growing along stone will not be a problem. The groundcover is also deer-tolerant, which is great for landscapes that butt up to open space. Establishing California fuchsia can be challenging, and overwatering can be a problem. Signs of overwatering include wilty leaves. Many will naturally water more when they spot wilty leaves, so please be wary. When in doubt, use a moisture meter. California fuchsia is perennial, which means they enjoy a season of rest. During fall, you’ll notice the plants changing color as they get ready to go dormant. Leave them alone through winter. In the early days of spring, cut away last year’s growth in preparation for fresh, new growth. This plant is an exciting landscape addition that you’ll be thrilled to grow. Nicole is the Garden Girl at R&M Pool, Patio, Gifts and Garden. You can contact her with questions or comments by email at Gardengirl@claytonpioneer.com

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COnCOrd HiStOriCal SOCiety VOlunteer CHuCk gabrySiak has been overseeing renovations for the Masonic Lodge, which will benefit from the “All That Jazz” fundraiser.

TOPS first art exhibit a success


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An unplanned field trip developed into an unexpected art exhibit, which led to social skill learning for some transition students at their artist reception. It all began when Transition Options Program (TOPS) participants walked by the aRt Cottage several weeks ago. I asked their instructor, Eric Johnson, if they would like to come in for a tour to see the art in the gallery, explore the garden and enjoy the flowers and sculptures. It was the beginning of a fun, unplanned field trip for TOPS, which addresses the unique needs of post high school adults with Asperger’s, high-functioning autism and related disorders. The students are transitioning to higher education, independent living and/or employment. Several of the students commented on some of the art, and I explained that anyone who wants to show their art at the aRt Cottage is welcome. Now, TOPS is having its first art exhibit at aRt Cottage through October, and two pieces have already sold. TOPS is designed to address the individual needs of

This image by Jack Lahademe is included in the October exhibit at aRt Cottage.

participants as they select class schedules based on four core areas of instruction: social skills/relationship skills; career exploration and preparation/college success; independent living skills; and community access and resources. I saw that aRt Cottage could have an impact on these students. They had the desire to show their work, and we had a fun reception for them on Oct. 8. A TOPS keyboardist also performed at the reception. The city of Concord, through treasurer Tim McGallian, has offered to help support this exhibit. The aRt Cottage is at 2238 Mt. Diablo St., Concord; 925956-3342. FROgard Butler is the the owner of aRt Cottage, 2238 Mt. Diablo St. in Concord. Email her at frogard2000@gmail.com

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Don’t know what to wear – just ask Google



Fashion trends come and go, and it can be hard to judge which trends will stick around for another season (or even longer) and which fads will fade away. Unless you’re Google. After analyzing search data, Google determined the top trends of fall 2016. Every time someone types “bodysuits” into the search bar (which I do more than I would like to admit), Google takes notice. It tracks the volume of these searches and compare them year-over-year, which led to the discovery that the search engine can predict which fashion trends are growing in popularity and which are fading. Google looked at data from May 2014 to May 2016 in the United States and the United Kingdom to determine which trends you’ll be seeing around this fall and which you might want to avoid. Items that are slowly decreasing in popularity include drop crotch pants, see-through clothes (but perhaps “sheer” clothes will stick around), acid wash jeans

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and baby doll dresses. Google er, that doesn’t mean you has also declared that suede should stop wearing them. skirts are the “falling star” of • Bralettes. I’m going to go this season, aka the fad that out on a limb here and say has reached its peak and that bralettes will never go already started to decline rapout of fashion again. After idly. How sad. all, they’re comfortable. If you don’t know what a Here are the top trends bralette looks like, Google for fall, according to Google: it. • Off-the-shoulder tops. • Dashiki dress. These From December 2015 to dresses are growing in May 2016, “off-the-shoulpopularity in both the UK der” searches increased by and the U.S., making them 347 percent in the United a popular go-to as fall States. One of the most approaches. Again, if popular searches was how you’re not sure about this to wear off-the-shoulder trend, Google is a great tops and chokers. resource. • Bodysuits. You don’t need • Bomber jackets. Searches to give these up for fall, as for bomber jackets went up they are continuing 612 percent in the United through the season. States in 2016. Black was • Lace-up tops. This trend the No. 1 color, followed is still popular here but is closely by pink. dropping in popularity in • Boho dress. While there the UK. That could be a are no specific parameters warning sign that it might as to what defines a boho soon be on the decline in dress, you know it when the United States. Howevyou see it – even if Google

Thanksgiving run is a family-friendly fundraiser PAMELA WIESENDANGER Concord Pioneer

Set the alarm and wake up early to a new tradition on Thanksgiving with Turkey Trot Concord on Nov. 24 at Todos Santos Plaza. “It’s a great family-friendly event, a great way to kick off the holiday,” says Linda Graham. Graham and her husband Darrell, members of Calvary Temple Church, presented the idea of the turkey trot to church staff as an opportunity to get back into the community. The church performed the Singing Flag for 25 years, but it was canceled in 2014 when the church decided to put their resources elsewhere. According to Graham, that includes Calvary’s Compassion Outreach – a pro-

gram to meet the practical needs of those struggling in the community. All proceeds of the Turkey Trot go to Compassion Outreach. Some examples of the program’s efforts are Harvest to Home, which provides meals on Thanksgiving, and Clean Start that funds loads of laundry at local laundromats. This is the second year of Turkey Trot Concord. A free Kids Dash is at 8 a.m. The 5K and 10K run and walk start at 8:15 a.m. The courses are new, flat and on major streets to accommodate a crowd. Last year’s race had almost 900 participants and raised $10,000. “(We) hope to have 1,500 this year and grow this new family and friends holiday tradition in Concord,” Graham says. Refreshments, including

pumpkin pie, are included. Awards are given for top finishers. Sponsors and volunteers are needed. The event wraps up by 10 a.m., so plan to wake up, pop the turkey in the oven, head downtown to pre-burn some holiday calories and be home in time for parades, football, turkey and to gobble up another piece of pumpkin pie. Registration is limited to the first 1,500 people. Cost is $30 and includes a race Tshirt and finisher’s medal. Bring two nonperishable items for the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano and get a free turkey leg headband while supplies last. Todos Santos Plaza is at 2151 Salvio St., Concord.

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only knows it because the brand has labeled it as such. • Ripped jeans. These are in it for the long haul, according to Google. Searches for ripped jeans have been increasing at a stable rate over the past couple years, making them a safe bet for a fall wardrobe. • Biker pants. Like ripped jeans, biker pants have slowly been growing in popularity over the years – making them a solid purchase. (Sounds like something a financial advisor would say.) You might not like these trends, and some trends might not look good on you. That’s where I come in. Let me help with wardrobe needs for you and your significant other. I am a personal stylist for both men and women. Susan Sappington is the Area Development Manager and Wardrobe Consultant for ETCETERA Clothing of New York. Send comments to susan@etcstyles.com.

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Fancy walls can be wonderful focal points. It can be as easy as paint applied in an artistic way, textured wallpaper from floor to ceiling, or a gathering of artwork and shelves displaying your precious finds and baubles. But I’m thinking bigger—with decorative wall accouterments. I have a thing for reclaimed wood. Whether from an abandoned barn, a dilapidated residential structure, or a dated billboard or sign, reclaimed wood has an amazing flare. Its texture is worn and rough, with wonderful muted colors. When reworked, reclaimed wood can become something completely different. For example, consider a transitional bedroom with a plain wall that anchors the bed and side tables. You could place a mirror or piece of art behind the headboard, but imagine retexturing the entire bed wall in reclaimed

wood. Or try it in a stairwell with one or two uninteresting walls, or a powder room with no window, a laundry room that desperately needs some interest—really anywhere. Using different lengths, heights and colors of reclaimed wood is a fun and artistic way to create a one of a kind focal point to wake up a tired wall. Another option is a picture frame, but on a much larger scale. Look at the foyer and the long, plain wall leading up to the coat closet. Again, a piece of art or a full-length mirror are the go-to objects for large, uninteresting walls. But instead, opt for a decorative trim, typically used for window and door casing, or even crown and base molding to frame something unique. In this case, an artistically painted focal point or area with textured wallpaper would be “fancy” once framed. The framing material can be

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Pass on the chips. Instead, pass around a big bowl of walnuts. They’re crunchy, delicious and a whole lot healthier than chips. A handful a day (12-14 halves) provides loads of omega-3, potassium, magnesium and copper—all good for your heart and important for body processes. It also offers 4 grams of protein and 2 grams of fiber to keep you full. Add a handful to a pearspinach salad or sprinkle over yogurt. Crush them for a tasty crust on fish or chicken, add

walnuts to stir-fry or eat a handful for a boost of energy. Mix with raisins and other dried fruits for awesome trail mix. To maintain the fresh taste of California walnuts, keep them cold. Walnuts go rancid when exposed to warm temperatures for long periods. Heat causes the fat in walnuts to change structure, which creates off-odors and flavors. Fresh walnuts smell mildly nutty and taste sweet. If your walnuts smell like paint thinner, throw them away. If purchased in sealed packaging, walnuts can be stored in their original packag-

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received a bachelor’s degree, and San Francisco State, where he received a master’s degree. The Mt. Diablo Unified School District saw a bright future for Allen, who began as a teacher at Holbrooke Elementary in 1956. He became a principal, director of elementary education and director of adult and continuing education. After retirement in l997, he was elected to the Mt. Diablo school board for three terms. The Mt. Diablo Alternative Education Foundation established the Dick Allen Award in 2006 to recognize contributions to alternative education students and programs. He was involved with and served on the boards of many other organizations, including Caring Hands, the Concord Chamber of Commerce, Court Appointed Spe-

cial Advocates, the Black Families Association and the Monument Crisis Center. He died with his wife Vicki at his side, holding his hand. As he looked at her, she knew the love he felt. His daughter Vicki Allen Sosey from Connecticut was by his side the last six weeks. Daughter Debbie Allen Alvord was there, too. He left knowing what kindness, compassion, fairness and open-mindedness can accomplish. Memorial donations can be made to the Mt. Diablo Alternative Education Foundation at www.mdaef.org or MDAEF, P.O. Box 784, Concord, CA 94522. Carol Longshore has been a Concord resident since 1950. She is a community leader and current president of the Concord Historical Society. Send comments and suggestions for future topics to editor@concordpioneer.com.

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