LOCAL FAMILIES LIKE TO FEUD: For the third time in less than a year, a family from Contra Costa County will appear on the TV quiz show "Family Feud."
This time around, the Gayton family -- who hail from Pittsburg and Richmond -- will appear on the Thursday episode airing 7 p.m. on KPIX.
The team consists of captain Stacy Harris-Gayton of Pittsburg, husband Marlo Gayton, twin sister Tracy Smith of Richmond, niece Tasha Williamson of Richmond and daughter Tracy Thomas of Victorville.
"My family really watches the show and we all love the show and my parents, they watch 'Family Feud' every day," said Harris-Gayton.
Last September, the Coniglios from Pittsburg appeared on the show, followed in November by the Gascon family from Antioch.
What does Harris-Gayton make of being the third Contra Costa family to be on the show since September?
"It just means there is a lot of good energy here in the Bay Area," she said.
What are her plans for watching the show?
"We'll all get together and watch it at my house in Pittsburg or go to my parents in Richmond and watch it," said Harris-Gayton, who added her daughter won't be able to make because she is in school.
BART BYE BYE: The longtime face of BART rank-and-file, Antonette Bryant, who led the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555 through numerous contentious contract negotiations and work stoppages, has left the transit agency.
The former station agent and union president, known for her fiery news conferences during labor strife, has taken a job with the national ATU headquarters.
The new president is Chris Finn, a BART train operator.
PAINFUL COINCIDENCE: The Walnut Creek City Council tentatively decided April 15 that if it can't find $700,000 in the couch cushions in the next few weeks, hours at both of the city's two libraries will drop from 56 hours a week to 42, beginning in July. While one member of the City Council actually shed tears over the decision to cut back on library hours, there was perhaps even more sting in the decision that the council may not have been aware of. City leaders were closing the book on 56 hours a week during "Celebrate National Library Week" that ran April 13-19. It's quite a way to celebrate the city's libraries.
READING BETWEEN THE LINES: Of the 20 people who spoke during public comments at a recent Antioch City Council meeting, the majority urged city leaders to strike a sales agreement for the Bedford Center.
Many lauded the services of the center, East Contra Costa's only adult day health care facility, and shared why an expansion would help more area seniors.
Ironically, because of the meeting's early start time of 6 p.m., they missed a report that insinuated their wish had been granted.
For good measure, Mayor Wade Harper asked City Attorney Lynn Tracy Nerland to repeat her report out of closed session.
"The City Council directed the City Manager and City Attorney on the property negotiations ... that's all I would be allowed to report out," she said.
Though restricted from saying much, Nerland added: "We will be certainly in contact with the representatives of the Bedford Center. I think they will be pleased with those discussions."
The crowd cheered after she said that.
MORE EYES ON THE STORE: The Richmond Chevron refinery fire in August 2012 sent thousands to area hospitals for respiratory and other discomforts, and the concern hasn't dissipated much. The Richmond City Council last week voted to amend its Industrial Safety Ordinance to require the energy giant to fund a full-time public inspector to keep an eye on safety operations there.
"Having an additional set of eyes on the refinery is a good thing," said Councilman Jael Myrick, who co-sponsored the item with Councilman Jim Rogers. "And we're not paying for it."
But Councilman Corky Boozé, who never passes on an opportunity to rib his colleague, chimed in to tell the 28-year-old Myrick it was premature to order such a thing before the city passes Chevron's modernization project. "You shouldn't put your name on something you know nothing about!" Boozé thundered. "You didn't do your homework Myrick, shame on you."
Curiously, Boozé softened his stance when the vote came. The proposal to force Chevron to fund an inspector passed without opposition, according to City Clerk Diane Holmes.
Staff writers Eve Mitchell, Matthias Gafni, Elisabeth Nardi, Paul Burgarino and Robert Rogers contributed to this column.