Week in Review: Jazz Legend Dies, Skateboarder Fatally Hit, Councils Shaken-Up

In case you missed it, here's a recap of the top stories on Concord Patch in the past week, Dec. 3 to Dec. 9, 2012.

A lazy Sunday morning is best accompanied by coffee — or tea — and news in bite-sized chunks.

So sip along to this week in review. Here's the news from Concord Patch:


  • News that the British-owned Fresh & Easy might be closing sparked a lively conversation on Concord Patch and on the Facebook page. Follow up story: Fresh & Easy: Five Reasons Why It Failed.


  • Clayton has a new mayor. It's Julie Pierce.
  • Former Concord Vice Mayor Bill Shinn left the council for retirement.
  • Concord swore-in its elected officials, newcomer Edi Birsan and incumbent Dan Helix, and Helix was chosen as mayor.
  • The city-by-city results from the Nov. 6 presidential election are in, showing that Concord voted overwhelmingly for Obama while Clayton was split.


  • A 21-year-old man on a skateboard was struck and killed by vehicle on Monument Boulevard.
  • A homeless man was strangled to death at an encampment by the Concord Avenue I-160 ramp.


  • Jazz legend and Concord native Dave Brubeck died. Follow up story: Dave Brubeck: A Jazz Giant Who Made The Complex Mainstream.


  • The number of arrests related to domestic abuse tripled last week in Concord compared to the week before.
  • Don't leave valuables in your car. Thieves are targetting vehicles.
  • A fleeing robbery suspect was nabbed by a Concord police dog. The dog was Ben, who was profiled earlier in the week. Related story: Concord's K-9 Teams — Officer Ollie Sansen and Ben.
  • A house fire on Ridge Road displaced a family.


  • Survivors of the 1941 Pearl Harbor attack lit the beacon atop Mount Diablo, which is an annual tradition on Dec. 7.


  • Being homeless is even tougher this time of year. Here's how to help the homeless in your community this winter.
  • Getting the sniffles? It's that time of year again. To help you beat the bugs, here's where to get a flu shot in Concord.

Also, there is $100,000 up for grab's for Concord schools in Patch's 'Deck the House' competition. If your home is lit-up for the holidays, simply share a picture to enter.


  • Fresh & Easy Considers Closing All Stores
  • Concord K-9 Bites Fleeing Armed Robbery Suspect

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