setting the record straight: The Eye feels compelled to quash any doubts about the existence of one of its host newspapers.
An editor in the Bay Area News Group recently was confirming directions to the East County Times office and stumbled upon this bothersome notation in a Google Maps search:
This place has closed or relocated.
Really? That's news to us.
To be sure, the Antioch paper has seen plenty of changes since it was founded in 1870; permutations of the masthead have ranged from Antioch Ledger to Daily Ledger to Daily Ledger-Post Dispatch to Ledger Dispatch before becoming the East County Times.
The region's paper of record that began as a weekly at various times also has come out three, five and seven days a week.
And operations moved from 1700 Cavallo Road to the building next door and back again -- but the last time was 12 years ago, before Google ever launched its mapping software.
The newspaper remains open for business just as it has for the past 144 years; as Mark Twain might have said, the report of its death was greatly exaggerated.
The Eye reported the error, and Google quickly made a correction.
TAKING BACK THE tweets: Contra Costa Supervisor Federal Glover, of Pittsburg, is looking to reach out to his younger constituents by creating accounts on Twitter and Instagram.
But that is proving easier said than done.
Glover's staff made a peculiar discovery earlier this month while trying to extend its social media reach -- the Twitter handle @federalglover already exists. It was created in 2009, includes a handful of vague tweets about Bay Point and has 20 followers.
A search found the handle @federaldglover is a fake account.
The 14-year supervisor put out an announcement on his Facebook page (which is real).
"It was brought to my attention (April 2) that for the past several years, beginning in 2009, someone has been posting from a Twitter account using my name. The account is @federalglover. We have reported the account to Twitter and will be sending out a take down notice."
"I will be launching an official Twitter account shortly and will let you know when it is operational -- Federal."
Chirps and honks: Orinda's annual State of the City address delivered March 27 by Mayor Sue Severson at the Orinda Library was either sparsely attended or very sparsely attended, depending on whom you ask.
According to the community group Orinda Watch, just five or six residents showed up to listen to Severson's speech, which was delivered a day after the mayor addressed paying attendees of a Rotary Club-sponsored "State of the City" luncheon.
City staffers say the number of people attending the free public address at the library was closer to 15 residents, but that a "crowd" had turned up at the beginning of the evening to watch a performance given by Lamorinda Idol singers.
What really set the evening apart though, according to Orinda Watch, was Severson urging attendees to sing, wave their arms and dance. After proclaiming 2014 a "Year of Teamwork & Collaboration," the mayor showed a 1990s-era motivational video of Canada geese flying in formation accompanied by various messages about cooperation, community, encouragement and respect.
While Orinda Watch admits the mayor's talk addressed a number of issues regarding city matters, they're not pleased with the singing, dancing and video. The group -- which spent a good portion of last year trying to engage the city with their concerns over an update to Orinda's "housing element" plan for the future -- thinks the production trivialized the "legitimate and material concerns" they recently raised about city leaders and city staff "conduct and agenda."
Look for the fireworks to continue.
This "State of the City" talk wasn't the only sparsely attended public meeting in Lamorinda recently. The April 7 "Tri-Cities" meeting of the Lafayette, Orinda and Moraga councils drew a dozen or fewer spectators.
Staff writers Rowena Coetsee, Paul Burgarino and Jennifer Modenessi contributed to this column.