Fall brings new concert series

By Tamara Steiner on September 17, 2018

Bay Area party band Pride and Joy headlined the second Vibes at the Veranda fall concert Sept. 12. The series continues every Wednesday through Oct. 24 and includes popular Bay Area bands. (Photo by Tamara Steiner)


Changes in store for Blue Devils’ 2019 season

By Jay Bedecarré on September 17, 2018

Just a month after finishing second at the DCI World Championships in both the World and Open classes, the Concord Blue Devils announced two major changes for the organization as it begins preparations for the 2019 drum corps season.

First, came an announcement with their friendly rivals, Santa Clara Vanguard, that the two powerhouse Bay Area corps, who have won 10 of the last 11 Open Class World Championships, will not be competing at the 2019 Worlds. Instead, both groups will restrict their B Corps season to California competitions. [click to continue…]

Council candidates share positions on city issues

By Peggy Spear on September 17, 2018

The housing crisis, sales taxes and a vital business community are among the top priorities for most candidates running for the Concord City Council.

District 1 has three candidates, Judith Herman, Laura Hoffmeister and Ron Leone, while District 3 has two: Dominic Aliano and Kenji Yamada. Tim McGallian is running unopposed in District 5.
In response to questions from the Pioneer, the candidates in the two contested races dig deeper into some of city’s top issues. [click to continue…]

The debate on cannabis comes home

By Edi Birsan on September 17, 2018

On Saturday Sept. 8, I experienced a forum on cannabis. There were expert speakers and presentation on the various aspects of the products including a political panel with the Mayor of Walnut Creek, three candidates for the Concord and Walnut Creek city councils as well as myself, Mayor of Concord.

They presented facts and ideas around all the objections in allowing dispensaries, production and assorted related cannabis facilities. [click to continue…]


August 27, 2018

In the August 24 issue of the Concord Pioneer, it was stated that Tim McGallian, currently running for city council from District 5, was appointed to the council when Dan Helix resigned. This is incorrect. McGallian was appointed to fill out Tim Grayson’s term when Grayson was elected to the State Assembly. Dan Helix did not resign. We apologize for this error.