high price for SWEET TOOTH: Satisfying that sweet tooth came at a hefty price for several guests attending a gala benefit in Danville recently.
The Eye blinked, then stared transfixed as an auctioneer solicited bids for several chocolate-and-wine pairings that were among the array of luxuries donated on behalf of Opportunity Junction, an Antioch nonprofit that gives low-income clients the job skills they need to become self-sufficient.
Going once, going twice ...
And just like that, the decadent dessert billed as an "intensely rich chocolate experience" was gone.
Someone had forked over the astronomic sum of $1,300 for a chocolate chiffon cake that had a chocolate mousse filling and was covered with chocolate ganache.
Does anyone know how much that works out to per slice?
Another guest snapped up a $600 cheesecake topped with chocolate and caramel; a third shelled out the same amount for a dozen cupcakes, including one dubbed "PMS" -- code for everything chocolate: ganache, white chocolate chips, Oreos and a Snickers candy bar.
The Eye offers one piece of advice on how to get one's money's worth from these costly confections: Make. Every. Bite. Count.
generational differences: Richmond Councilman Corky Boozé is 70 years old, although his exuberance, energy and zest for verbal conflict belie those years. Jael Myrick is the youngest member of the council, at 28.
Perhaps because of that disparity in years -- and also in part because of their political differences -- Boozé likes to needle his younger colleague.
A case in point came at the April 22 meeting. Myrick joined colleague Jim Rogers in sponsoring a motion to limit council members to five minutes each in speaking on a council agenda item. Boozé took particular exception to the proposal, possibly because he is generally seen as being the most verbose person on the dais.
Boozé seemed to imply that his youthful rival didn't know what he was doing, saying, "Myrick, you better be careful when you put your name on something."
Myrick, after listening to his elder talk for several minutes -- maybe more than five minutes -- responded, "This item was clearly needed; that's why I supported it!"
Myrick also made it clear that he disliked what he called Boozé's "infantilization" of him.
The multisyllabic word was met with a brief pause, perhaps even stumping a few colleagues and members of the audience. The youthful councilman, demonstrating the verbal polish that some of his elders lack, sat back and smiled. His suggestion to limit members to five minutes per item passed, with Boozé the lone dissenter.
PACKED HOUSE: There was more action around Contra Costa Superior Court's Department 31 than a typical weekday morning.
At least, that's how it looked to The Eye.
The rows of courtroom seats were so packed that the handful of Antioch Unified School District administrators and their attorneys waiting for a hearing on Dozier-Libbey Medical High School's charter petition had to sit in the jurors' box.
Three times during the 90 minutes that The Eye sat in the courtroom -- finding the last available seat -- attorneys peeked into the room and quickly left.
One mouthed "Wow" before ducking out.
Staff writers Rowena Coetsee, Robert Rogers and Paul Burgarino contributed to this column.