‘Tis the season to be jolly

By Tamara Steiner on December 10, 2018

The holiday season officially arrived in Concord with the annual Tree Lighting and Mayor’s Sing Along Dec. 1. House Blend, a local quartet, warmed up for the mayor with an informal program of traditional carols. The four men met at Concord United Methodist Church over 20 years ago and say they are just “Four guys. We sing.” From left Kent Parr, Bill De Garmo, Doug Emigh and Jim McGuire. Festivities included horse-drawn carriage rides, visits with Santa and art projects for the kids. (Photo by Tamara Steiner)


Third grade honored outside the box

By Tamara Steiner on December 10, 2018

In one of his last official acts as mayor, Edi Birsan broke with traditiion when he presented the Mayor’s Community Service Award to “all of Concord 3rd Grades.”

The award is traditionally been given to a citizen or resident in recognition for their service and their hopes for the city. [click to continue…]

So you think you can dance? Concord police say sí

By Bev Britton on December 10, 2018

“Bailando” means “dancing” – and that’s just what members of the Concord Police Department did in their new lip-sync video.

Officers and other members of the department lip-synced to the Enrique Iglesias’ song in both English and Spanish, sashaying through complicated dance moves. Filming locations include a Mexican market in the Monument and Todos Santos Plaza, with civilians of various ages and races joining in the dancing and officers donning cowboy hats atop police SUVs. There are even motorcycle cops grooving as they drive. [click to continue…]

Year in review: from BART to blight, and beyond

By Bev Britton on December 10, 2018

The city’s 150th birthday party, complete with a new statue of Don Salvio Pacheco, was among the news highlights in Concord this past year.
Here’s a look at the top stories from the pages of the Pioneer:


A decision on districts: To comply with the California Voting Rights Act, the Concord City Council voted on Jan. 2 to make the switch to district election races. The council then approved a map of the districts on Feb. 27, with the new districts going into effect for the November council election. Going forward, the council will hold several “best practices” workshops on how to work together under the new format. [click to continue…]

New mayor sees a full year ahead

By Carlyn Obringer on December 10, 2018

It was with great pride that I accepted the gavel and the title of “Mayor of the City of Concord” on Dec. 4. Thank you to my city council colleagues for the confidence they exhibited in me by unanimously electing me. And, thank you to the people of Concord who elected me to the city council in 2016 in the first place. In this new role, I will continue to strive each day to serve the people of Concord to the best of my ability. [click to continue…]