Please be advised there is an extensive resurfacing project underway on Homestead Ave. in Walnut Creek between Ygnacio Valley Rd. and Walnut Blvd.

The project is expected to last until Friday August 2nd. Please use caution and find an alternate route when possible.



Did you realize Clayton Valley Bowl on Clayton Rd. in Concord turns 50-years-old this year?

The photo was taken in 1964 (the year they opened).

Happy Birthday to CV Bowl!

A lot of fun memories have been made inside that building throughout the years.

Thanks to Julie for the picture!

ABOUT THE CLAYCORD ONLINE MUSEUM: The Claycord Online Museum is made up of historical photos, documents & anything else that has to do with the history of our area.

If you have any old photos or items that you’d like to place in the Claycord Online Museum, just scan or take a photo of them, and send them to the following address: It doesn’t matter what it is, even if it’s just an old photo of your house, a scan of an old advertisement or an artifact that you’d like us to see, send it in and we’ll put it online!

Click on the tag below titled “Claycord Online Museum” to view other items!



A vehicle was hit with a rock this morning on Ygnacio Valley Rd. in Concord, according to the driver, who says it happened just after 2am.

Here’s the story….

I was headed to work this morning at 2:20 am, headed down Ygnacio Valley Rd. towards Walnut Creek. Just before I reached Cowell I heard what sounded like an explosion in my car. It hurt my ears. I slowed down and carefully searched for the source. It’s 2:20 am and I am a female, no way I’m stopping to investigate unless I smell smoke or my car is disabled. When I got to work, I got out of my car and searched again. Nothing inside my car but I did notice a large gash in the side of my car that wasn’t there before. It was clearly a rock that had been thrown at my car. There were no other cars on the road and with the location, there is no way my tires kicked it up. Just want to warn others to be careful.

Sorry this happened to you. Hope they don’t kill somebody next time.


The “Water Cooler” is a feature on where we ask you a question or provide a topic, and you talk about it!

The “Water Cooler” will be up Monday-Friday at noon!

Today’s question:

Do you pay attention to the price of gas, or do you just go anywhere to fill-up?

Also, besides Safeway & Costco, who do you think has the best gas prices around on a regular basis?

Talk about it….



Although this is a little beyond Claycord, Lafayette Police released a license plate number of the suspect vehicle, so we thought we’d post just in case somebody in Claycord recognizes the car.

Police are asking for the public’s help in finding three suspects who burglarized a Lafayette home this morning.

The burglary happened at a home in the 900 block of Condit Road, according to police.

Police said three black male suspects entered the home through a rear glass door.

The suspects’ car is described as a silver 2014 Chevy Impala with California license plate No. 7BLG813, according to police.

Anyone who sees the vehicle is asked to call 911.


Residents in Pleasant Hill are planning a protest of the proposed Hilton Hotel, which could soon be constructed at the site of the old Chevy’s building on Ellinwood Way.

Signs have been posted at the proposed site.


The city of Pleasant Hill will hold a study session on Aug. 7th.


And residents plan to be there.


They say the proposed hotel won’t fit into the neighborhood.


Residents say they feel like they’re being deceived.



Story poles have been erected to see what the outline of the building will look like, and how big it will be.



The proposed hotel will take up much of the Chevy’s parking lot, and also the Chevy’s building, which would be demolished.


Members of the public have expressed concerns about the height, mass, location, use, design, views, lighting, potential noise, traffic and possible increase in crime and concerns about impact on property values and overall compatibility with the neighborhood.

The hotel would be three or four stories, and would include 129 guest rooms.


Illegal fireworks sparked a blaze that burned about half an acre of vegetation near the Boundary Oak Golf Course in Walnut Creek over the weekend, a fire official said today.

Crews were dispatched to the fire around 11:50 p.m. Saturday on Valley Vista Road near the golf course, Fire Marshal Robert Marshall of the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District said.

Firefighters had the fire under control within 30 minutes, Marshall said.

He said the fire broke out not far from the area where a string of arson fires occurred in May and fire investigators have determined that fireworks were behind the blaze.

“It’s pretty obvious that the area is a local party spot,” he said.

No injuries were reported in the fire.

RELATED STORY: One Acre Fire Extinguished off Ygnacio Valley Rd. in Walnut Creek


Thanks to everybody listed above for the beautiful pictures of Monday night’s sunset in Claycord.

We live in a beautiful part of the World.


national park service

Join National Park Service rangers for a full moon walk on Sunday, August 10, 2014 on Mt. Wanda, part of the John Muir National Historic Site (NHS) in Martinez.

This free, two-hour program begins at 7:00 PM with a one-mile, moderately strenuous hike to watch the full moon rise over nearby Mt. Diablo.

Atop Mt. Wanda’s 640-foot summit, visitors can use spotting scopes to view more detailed features of the moon. Visitors can also listen to the chorus of night sounds and keep an eye out for the nocturnal native grey fox.

Visitors should meet at the parking lot on the corner of Alhambra Avenue and Franklin Canyon Road, Martinez (at the Alhambra Ave. exit off Highway 4). Bring water, a flashlight, warm clothes, and binoculars (if you have them). Wear comfortable walking shoes, as the trail is steep. If it rains heavily, the walk will be canceled.

Reservations are not required. Please call the John Muir NHS visitor center at (925) 228-8860 if you have questions. For more information, please visit the park website at

Created in 1964, John Muir NHS preserves the home, landscapes, and gravesite of conservationist and national park advocate John Muir.

Mt. Wanda preserves 326 acres of grasslands and oak woodlands that were part of the original Muir/Strentzel ranch in the Alhambra Valley more than a century ago. Muir named Mt. Wanda after his eldest daughter, Annie Wanda Muir, and he often strolled among these hills with his two daughters.

Visitors can follow in Muir’s footsteps by enjoying Mt. Wanda seven days a week from sunrise to sunset.

John Muir NHS, located at 4202 Alhambra Avenue, Martinez, CA 94553, is open five days a week, Wednesday through Sunday, from 10 AM to 5 PM.

Admission to the site is free of charge. For more information, please visit the park website at or call 925-228-8860.


Traffic Jammin’ with Janis Mara – Every Monday at 2pm on

TRAFFIC JAMMER: Greetings, all! This column is for everyone who negotiates the highways and public transit of the Bay Area. It runs every Monday at 2pm and answers your commuting and transportation questions.

Email your questions to

COMMUTER: The other day, you discussed that it was illegal for a reader driving straight through two double yellow lines to get to an “official” turn lane – that makes sense.

But it is legal to drive into one to turn left into a driveway, right?

Is it legal to (usually turning left) pull into one from a driveway and wait to merge into traffic? 


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About 1,400 people are without power in Claycord after power lines fell down and a transformer caught on fire on Bancroft Rd. in Concord.

The blaze has been extinguished, but homes and businesses in Concord & Walnut Creek in the area between Bancroft and Oak Grove, and between Ygnacio Valley Rd. and David Ave. are now without power.

It is unknown what caused the blaze, but it appears a nearby fence caught on fire first, and the fire quickly spread to the wires and the transformer.


No injuries were reported, and PG&E says the power should be back on by 3:15pm.

Thanks to Shurizaday for the picture!

UPDATE: Power has been restored to most businesses in Oak Grove Plaza (Treat & Oak Grove).


The “Water Cooler” is a feature on where we ask you a question or provide a topic, and you talk about it!

The “Water Cooler” will be up Monday-Friday at noon!

Today’s question:

Six Californias is an initiative to create six states with responsive, local government. It’s being proposed by a Bay Area billionaire, and could be on the ballot in 2016.

What’s your opinion on “Six Californias”? Do you think it’s a good or bad idea?

Talk about it….



Click on the flyer above to view more information on this free online drivers education course, which is offered by the Mt. Diablo Unified School District.


On Sunday just after 2pm, Officers responded to the Pleasant Hill BART station on the report of an intoxicated male harassing patrons and threatening to beat the station agent.

When police arrived, officers arrested the subject without incident. A records check of the subject also revealed the he was on active probation for a previous robbery conviction.

The subject was then booked into the county jail for public intoxication, threats, and for violating the terms of his probation; he was also issued a prohibition order.

BART Police haven’t released the man’s name at this time.


World Breastfeeding Week is not only being celebrated across the planet, but also across Contra Costa County from August 1-7.

The following information is from the Contra Costa Health Department:

Breastfeeding is essential to infant health, and community partners across Contra Costa County are committed to helping moms and babies nurse. Please join us for information, support and fun at several free events planned during the 22nd annual World Breastfeeding Week celebration, from Aug. 1 to Aug. 7.

Research shows that infants who are breastfed for at least the first six months experience five times fewer illnesses, three times fewer ear infections and are less likely to develop asthma or become obese. Mothers who breastfeed lose postpartum weight faster and have lower risks of ovarian and breast cancer.

World Breastfeeding Week, celebrated in more than 170 other countries, is intended to highlight the important health benefits of breastfeeding. To support these benefits, advice and help for new and expecting moms is also available year round.

For more information, contact your healthcare provider or call the Contra Costa Breastfeeding Advice Line at 1-866-878-7767. Additional breastfeeding resources are available at

Saturday, Aug. 2 (Antioch)
Moms and families are welcome at the Contra Costa County Community Baby Shower, focused on fighting health disparities affecting African-Americans, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Grace Bible Fellowship of Antioch, 3415 Oakley Rd., Antioch. The event includes free food, workshops, access to health resources and fun prizes. For information or to register, call 925-646-5200.

Monday, Aug. 4 (Martinez)
The “Breast Milk Express” pulls into the main lobby at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., carrying experts and resources to support breastfeeding, from prenatal help to postpartum outpatient services. Please join us at 2500 Alhambra Ave., Martinez.

Tuesday, Aug. 5 (Martinez)
The “Breast Milk Express” returns to the Contra Costa Regional Medical Center lobby, while the Contra Costa WIC Program staffs a Lactation Station at the Farmers’ Market in the parking lot with lactation supplies and experts who offer hands-on advice and a quiet spot to nurse. Join us from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center, 2500 Alhambra Ave. in Martinez.

Wednesday, Aug. 6 (Concord and Brentwood)
Contra Costa WIC Program hosts afternoon celebrations at clinics in Concord and Brentwood, featuring education and referrals, nutrition information and games for breastfeeding moms and WIC consumers. The Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano Counties will offer free produce. The events run from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 2355 Stanwell Circle in Concord and 171 Sand Creek Road, Suite A, in Brentwood.

Thursday, Aug. 7 (Pittsburg and Richmond)
Contra Costa WIC Program hosts afternoon celebrations at clinics in Pittsburg and Richmond with the same attractions, including free produce from the Food Bank. The events run from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 2311 Loveridge Road in Pittsburg and 100 38th Street in Richmond.



Pittosporum tenuifolium ‘Silver Sheen’ is an excellent privacy installation, or fence cover. ‘Silver Sheen’ for short, is evergreen and does extremely well in our Claycord soils and climate. It is fast growing and attractive making it a very desirable installation for local landscapes and gardens.

As ‘Silver Sheen’ matures it can reach heights of 10-12’tall and 6’ wide. Tiny olive green leaves line dark purplish stems. The overall appearance of ‘Silver Sheen’ is graceful, with fine texture, which adds lots of interest to a landscape.

‘Silver Sheen’ can be pruned or hedged to shape. The tiny leaves make it very desirable to prune since it won’t show brown leaf cuts like other broad leafed shrubs that are pruned.

Install ‘Silver Sheen’ in full to partial sun. It will need at least 6 hours of direct sun to grow straight. Soil condition isn’t a problem. Whether you are planting in clay or rocky soil, ‘Silver Sheen’ will adjust and thrive. It is also a nice consideration for a large planter.

‘Silver Sheen’ will need regular water to establish after installation. Once mature, ‘Silver Sheen’ becomes more water-wise.

All of the members of the Pittosporum family make fabulous landscape installations. They share similar attributes that will make them distinguish additions to any Claycord yard.

Happy Gardening!

Nicole Hackett is the Garden Girl at R&M Pool, Patio and Gardens, located at 6780 Marsh Creek Road in Clayton, 925-672-0207.

Nicole writes for the Clayton Pioneer Newspaper, and She is also the Clayton Valley Garden Club 2012 President.


The Clayton Police Weekly Activity Report:

The times shown indicate when the incident was reported to the PD.


  • None reported


  • Park Highlands Blvd./Ygnacio Valley Rd.  Possess Narcotic Controlled Substance; Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance.  A 30-year-old Concord male was arrested after being stopped for Vehicle Code violations.  He was transported to Concord jail for booking.  (07/20/14 – 2205 hrs.)
  • Kirker Pass Rd./Myrtle Dr.  Possess Narcotic Controlled Substance; Possess Controlled Substance; Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance; Possess Controlled Substance Paraphernalia.  A 29-year-old Pittsburg male was arrested after being stopped for Vehicle Code violations.  He was transported to Concord jail for booking.  (07/22/14 – 0116 hrs.)


  • Mt. Dell Dr.  Burglary – Residential.  (07/18/14 – 1052 hrs.)
  • Hummingbird Wy.  Burglary – Residential.  (07/18/14 – 0700 hrs.)
  • Yolanda Cir.  Burglary – Vehicle.  (07/19/14 – 1230 hrs.)
  • Mt. Wilson Way.  Petty Theft.  (07/21/14 – 1235 hrs.)
  • Eagle Peak Ave.  Burglary – Residential.  (07/22/14 – 1332 hrs.)
  • El Camino Dr.  Petty Theft.  (07/23/14 – 1209 hrs.)
  • Pebble Beach Dr.  Petty Theft.  (07/24/14 – 2002 hrs.)


  • None reported.

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Click on the photo above to read the weekly update from the City of Pleasant Hill.


Thanks to all the Claycordians listed above for sending the beautiful pictures of the crazy weather this morning, which included a double-rainbow.

It rained in some parts of Claycord, but not enough to even make a puddle.

Hope you all have a nice Sunday.