Marchers join rally for Dreamers


September 18, 2017

Immigration advocate Ana Villalobos, left, walks with Assembyman Tim Grayson and state Sen. Steve Glazier at the DACA march in Concord on Sept. 9. (Photo courtesy of California State Assembly)

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When Forbes magazine set about compiling this year’s list of 30 Under 30 young entrepreneurs in a number of fields, they were looking for game-changers to follow in the footsteps of Michael Phelps, Jennifer Lawrence, Adele and LeBron James.

When the judges whittled down 15,000 nominees to 600 selections (30 each in 20 industries), a 29-year-old Concord native made the grade. Brittany Stich, who attended Queen of All Saints and Carondelet High School (Class of 2006), is spotlighted with co-founder Rachel Carlson in the education category for their startup, Guild Education. [click to continue…]

When 10-year-old Daniel Zacapa was at Woodside Elementary School he attended a parent teacher conference with his folks. The school counselor suggested that he do a skit for the school.

He put together a little melodrama in the cafeteria that included seven hat changes and earned him cheers and laughter from parents and students alike.

“That’s the first time I knew what I really wanted to do,” the 66-year-old Zacapa says. If a reader can’t place Zacapa from Woodside, Oak Grove and El Dorado middle schools or Clayton Valley High School that’s because he was born and raised as Gary Pearson, CVHS class of 1969. [click to continue…]

Concord preparing Amazon HQ2 bid

By John T. Miller on September 18, 2017

Concord civic leaders are intensely focused as they prepare to bid on Amazon’s mammoth $5 billion project to build a second headquarters.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced that HQ2 would be “a full equal to our Seattle headquarters and bring billions of dollars of upfront and ongoing investments.” [click to continue…]

Code process helps keep Concord ­neighborhoods clean

By Laura Hoffmeister on September 18, 2017

I am often asked about neighborhood preservation or code enforcement and how someone can bring an issue to the city’s attention.

The city is dedicated to preserving and enhancing the quality of life in its neighborhoods and has regulations that pertain to residential and commercial property maintenance. They are typically designed to control accumulations of junk, trash and vehicles that are abandoned, unregistered or in disrepair. [click to continue…]