Concord artists help students
prepare for May showcase

By Lisa Fulmer on April 16, 2018

Wren Avenue first-graders with their mural project, Seaweed in the Diamond Sky, inspired by Henri Matisse. Wren Avenue Elementary is MDUSD’s first Visual and Performing Arts magnet school. The program is designed to strengthen community, creativity, and confidence through the core curriculum, the arts, and technology. Student art will be showcased next month at the Raquel Amaral gallery on Todos Santos Plaza. (Photo courtesy MDUSD)


City limits cannabis manufacture to medical use

By John T. Miller on April 16, 2018

The Concord City Council established a Commercial Cannabis Overlay District that allows for the manufacture of medical cannabis, along with testing for both medical and recreational use.

Recreational pot remains unregulated, so its manufacture and sale are still illegal in the city. [click to continue…]

‘Teen takes on incumbent in Assembly race

By Tamara Steiner on April 16, 2018

This summer, while most high school grads will spend their first days of freedom hanging out with friends or trying to reduce the sleep deficit left over from finals, one Concord High grad will hit the campaign trail at a dead run and won’t stop until he leaves for college—or Sacramento.

Aasim Yahya is running for California Assembly District 14 against incumbent Tim Grayson, D-Concord. [click to continue…]

Editor’s Note: This story is the first of a three-part series that will appear in the Pioneer leading up to Concord’s 150th birthday celebration.

In 1868, Salvio Pacheco established a small town of 19 blocks around a square that he named Todos Santos (All Saints). That settlement, started 150 years ago, was the beginning of what would become known as Concord. [click to continue…]

Making sense of political arguments

By Edi Birsan on April 16, 2018

Listening to political arguments often leaves me with the feeling of cleaning out my ears with toilet paper.

We all hear intense arguments for or against a proposal, with a series of “facts”‘ presented with the hope that they will convince us to agree with the speaker’s view. [click to continue…]