The top stories of 2021 - Newsom

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Gov. Gavin Newsom lifting the regional stay-at-home order in late January was one of the top 21 stories of 2021.

2021 was once again dominated by ever-changing COVID-19-related starts, stops and implementations but also sprinkled in the biggest stories of the year were local government leadership changes, the final moves to a future fire district merger, a few individual milestones achieved and a variety of other newsworthy items that grabbed East County’s attention. Here are what we think are the top 21 stories for 2021 based on the biggest impact they had on the most people.

Newsom lifts regional stay-at-home orders, Jan. 29

Some sports returning this month, Feb. 5

Discovery Bay general manager announces retirement, Feb. 15

School board resigns, Feb. 26

Students return to campus, March 19

County opens COVID-19 vaccination eligibility, April 2

City schools begin hybrid instruction, April 16

Oakley city manager to move on, April 23

Oakley school superintendent Greg Hetrick to retire, April 29

Antioch High graduate drafted into NFL, May 7

Most pandemic restrictions lifted, June 18

Two Heritage grads selected during MLB draft, July 22

Back to school finally, July 30

District hires new leader, Aug. 20

Discovery Bay appoints new general manager, Sept. 17

Fire district vote should resolve resource shortage in East County, Sept. 24

Oakley removes ‘interim’ title from current city manager, Nov. 12

District gets Measure X money, Nov. 19

Oakley to convert to district representation, Nov. 19

Oakley police chief terminated, Nov. 26

State Assemblyman Jim Frazier resigns, Dec. 10