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Before Oak Grove Plaza in Concord was named Oak Grove Plaza, it was the Ygnacio Valley Center.

The center now houses Trader Joe’s, Astound & Pet Food Express, as well as a bar called The Captain’s Chest.

Russell Wan sent us the pictures above. The Wan family also owned The Captain’s Chest, which used to be a restaurant & bar in the Ygnacio Valley Center / Oak Grove Plaza.

Here’s a message from Russell Wan….

Here are some pictures of Ygnacio Shopping Center, now Oak Grove Plaza. You can see a picture of Oak Grove Road, and the shopping center sign.

This picture was taken by my Dad in 1965, you can see the Palm Lake Apartments were not built yet, it was just oak trees.

The next pictures are from February of 1968 at the front door of our restaurant and standing there is Miss Contra Costa.

Amazing, we love these old photos & stories! Thanks, Russell!

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!


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 in the noon hour.

Does it bother you when people eat or drink items at the grocery store before purchasing them?

Talk about it….



The 10th Spare the Air alert of the summer season has been declared for today in the Bay Area because of unhealthy ozone accumulation, regional air quality officials said.

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District issued the alert as a result of persistent hot temperatures and light winds combining with vehicle exhaust and smoke from the large Soberanes Fire that has burned nearly 15,000 acres in Monterey County.

“A week of poor air quality is expected in our region due to high temperatures, stagnant air and smoke from the Soberanes Fire,” air district executive director Jack Broadbent said in a statement. “Bay Area residents should avoid exposure to smoke and smog by limiting outdoor activities to protect their health.”

Air district officials are encouraging Bay Area residents to take public transit, carpool, or seek other alternatives to driving alone in a car.

Ozone, otherwise known as smog, can cause throat irritation, congestion, chest pain or other medical problems, and can particularly harm young children, seniors and those with respiratory or heart conditions.

People can find out when a Spare the Air alert is in effect by registering at, calling (800) HELP-AIR, downloading the Spare the Air smartphone app or connecting with Spare the Air on Facebook or Twitter.


The belongings of Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Anthony Fitzgerald Dargan are back home with his family in Concord.


Sgt. Dargan died during a training exercise on April 14, 2016 while serving at Camp Kinser in Okinawa, Japan.


Sgt. Dargan grew up and was laid to rest in South Carolina, but his family is in Concord.


His belongings were transported across Concord on Monday afternoon, with a motor escort from the Concord Police Department.

Sgt. Dargan, according to the Patriot Guard website, was on active duty for 18 years, and served multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.

He had been awarded the Navy Marine Corps Commendation Medal, two Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medals, and five Good Conduct Medals.

He leaves behind two children.

Rest in Peace to Gunnery Sgt. Anthony Fitzgerald Dargan.



Pacific Service Credit Union (Pacific Service CU), a full-service financial institution which is based in Concord and serves several counties throughout California, has been selected as the ranked corporate philanthropist for 2016, according to the annual Top 80 Bay Area Corporate Philanthropist list released by the San Francisco Business Times.

The list showcases Bay Area companies that the publication feels demonstrate exemplary charitable work in their respective communities.

Throughout the year, Pacific Service Credit Union donates approximately $125,000 annually to various organizations concentrating on services for children, education, health & human services, and disaster relief.



The Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff is asking for your assistance to identify the woman who was hit and killed on southbound hwy.242 in Concord on Sunday morning.

The Coroner has been unable to determine the identity of the woman, who was between 50-60-years-old with graying dark hair. She was about 5’5″ and 143-pounds. She was wearing a blue button down pinstripe shirt. Unfortunately, her race is unknown.

The woman was in possession of the pouch and crystal shown above at the time of her death.

Anyone with information on her identity is asked to contact the Coroner’s Office at 925-313-2850.


Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla (D-Concord) introduced legislation this year in response to the recent upsurge in stories of sexual harassment, abuse and rape across college campuses statewide. AB 2654, which is aimed at increasing awareness and student safety, was signed into law by the Governor this morning.

“When nearly one in every four female college students are reporting having experienced some form of unwanted sexual conduct, it is clear that we must be doing more,” said Assemblywoman Bonilla. “I thank Governor Brown for his support of this measure and validation of a serious problem that cannot be kept secret or swept under the rug,”

In light of the recent cases that have surfaced just in the last past year, AB 2654 could not have been signed at a better time. Whereas the 1960 Equity in Higher Education Act requires that each postsecondary educational institution in California have a written policy on sexual harassment, many students are often unaware of their school’s policy or have trouble accessing it. AB 2654 updates this law by requiring that each college and university publicly post to their school’s website, clear policies on sexual harassment. This policy must also be displayed in a prominent location in the main administrative building of each campus and must be distributed to all new students during orientation. In addition, the policy must include both on and off campus resources and remedies pertaining to prevention, response, and a timeline for reporting if the college or university does not already have one established.

“Far too many women are not reporting incidences of harassment and sexual misconduct out of fear, shame and the thought that nothing will be done,” continued Bonilla. “This bill is not only about reinforcing current policies as a deterrent to potential offenders, but more importantly, it helps change campus culture and lets students know that they are not alone. All students deserve to feel comfortable and confident in reporting any incidents they may experience or witness, knowing that disciplinary action will be taken.”


Several vehicles were burglarized on Myrtle Dr. in Concord over the weekend, according to homeowners in the area.

We’re hearing at least four vehicles in the area were broken into between Friday and Sunday.

If you notice anything suspicious, please call the Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff or the Concord Police Department.


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 in the noon hour.

Got this question today from a Claycordian….

Hello. I wanted to see what others thought about my little ‘problem’. My husband refuses to turn the air conditioner on in our house. It was 105 out yesterday and he turned a little fan on, but the air conditioner was off limits. I turned it on, but he turned it off again. It was a constant cycle and it was frustrating the heck out of me. The little weather station we have set up said it was 85 in our house. He said if it hit 90 then we could turn it on.

Do others wait until it hits 90 degrees inside the house before turning on the air, or am I just being a big baby?

QUESTION: Claycordians, how hot does it have to be inside for you to cool your house down?

Talk about it….


Two coyotes were photographed in Pleasant Hill and Walnut Creek over the weekend.


The first one (pictured above), was seen in the area of Allen Way near Brandon Rd., near Christ the King Church in Pleasant Hill.

The other (pictured below), was seen behind the homes in Walnut Creek’s Shell Ridge Open Space.


Both don’t look very healthy, especially the one on the bottom, so if you live in the neighborhoods mention above, keep your eyes out for them, and watch your small pets.


A Spare the Air alert has been issued for the Bay Area today, officials with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District said.

A combination of a regional weather system and smoke from the Soberanes Fire in Monterey County will bring high temperatures and smoking skies to Santa Clara County and southern Alameda County that will persist through Monday.

In combination with vehicle exhaust, the air in the region will be unhealthy, especially for seniors, young children and people with respiratory and heart conditions.

The most effective way for residents to reduce air pollution in the summer is to drive less or drive an electric vehicle, according to air quality officials.

Residents are encouraged to carpool, bike, walk or take transit each day to work. Residents are also encouraged to think about buying an electric vehicle when they are in the market for a new vehicle.



Concord Police are investigating a drive-by shooting at Hillcrest Park on Olivera Rd. in Concord.

The shooting occurred just before 10 p.m. on Sunday.

It’s unclear if anybody was injured during the shooting.

The suspects were last seen driving on Olivera Rd. towards Port Chicago Hwy.

The vehicle description is a newer model blue Ford Focus, or similar vehicle. It was occupied by two people.


A grass and brush fire this evening in unincorporated Contra Costa County burned about 45 acres, a Cal Fire Battalion Chief said.

The fire started at about 4:30 p.m. at state Highway 4 and Franklin Canyon Road, west of the Franklin Canyon Golf Course.

The fire was on both sides of the highway and downed power lines had closed the eastbound lanes of Highway 4.

No injures were reported, and no structures were damaged.

photo credit: Craig Cannon – for use only on



This is the Concord Police weekly burglary report. Please click on the image for a much larger view.

This week, Concord had 11 burglaries. The week before, Concord had 16, and before that, Concord had 14 burglaries.

The last number in some of the addresses has been deleted to respect the privacy of the victim(s).

According to the Concord Police, the report shown above only includes approved reports. Some burglary reports might not be written or completely approved, which is why they are not included in this post.


A vegetation fire is burning and live wires are down on Hwy.4 near Franklin Canyon Rd. in Martinez, according to the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District.

Currently, both sides of the highway are being affected, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Use caution if you’re in the area.



Concord Police are responding to the area of Concord Ave. near the on-ramp to northbound Hwy.242 to investigate a possible stabbing.

The victim was located by a passerby, who called police to say the victim was stabbed in the back and losing consciousness.

No further details are available at this time.

UPDATE, 4:10 p.m.: Police are searching for a possible suspect, who lives in a nearby homeless camp.



Hot weather puts many garden lovers into panic mode.  They instantly arm themselves with the garden hose and prepare to water their beloved roses, perennials and flowers.  Depending on the heat, this watering ritual may mistakenly be followed twice or three times a day.




Several people were injured during a rollover vehicle collision on eastbound highway 4 just east of interstate 680 in Concord on Sunday morning.

The vehicle ended up between highway 4 and Marsh Dr., near the airport where rescue crews had to cut the cyclone fence to aid a few of the victims.

Four ambulances responded to the scene. The extent of the victims’ injuries are unknown at this time, and the cause is under investigation.

photo credit: Craig Cannon – for use only on