POLICE CHIEF TIES THE KNOT: The Eye will accept any invitation that includes free beer and hors d'oeuvres, but the offer to attend the wedding reception for Richmond police Chief Chris Magnus and Terrance Cheung, Contra Costa Supervisor John Gioia's chief of staff, was worth much more than the suds and morsels.
After a morning shift May 10 covering the ongoing crisis at Doctors Medical Center in San Pablo, The Eye shuffled into the regal waterfront confines of Salute e Vita Ristorante. The entire restaurant was reserved for the soiree, which drew an impressive cross-section of city power players in law, politics and business, along with less high-profile residents and family members from both sides of the union.
Magnus and Cheung, who have been together for about eight years before their wedding in Berkeley earlier that day, were dressed in matching light-colored jackets and white shirts (no ties). Gioia performed the wedding ceremony. Both admitted to getting a bit misty during the ceremony.
Gioia wrote on Facebook that he was fighting nerves as he performed the momentous ceremony. Cheung later said that he thinks Magnus is the country's first openly gay male police chief to be married.
Among those in attendance were U.S. Rep. George Miller, D-Martinez; Mayor Gayle McLaughlin; Councilmen Tom Butt, Jael Myrick and Nat Bates; former Councilman Dr. Jeff Ritterman; state Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord; state Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, and a squadron of police officials and attorneys. Antwon Cloird, fresh off his Judge George D. Carroll Award for community service, also was on hand.
The Eye, clothed in standard disheveled reporter garb, felt fortunate just to get in the door and mix with the elegantly dressed denizens.
Magnus took the mic to address the party, and in typical fashion, focused on matters of public policy, praising local city government for giving him the support to help drive down crime in the city and calling on everyone in attendance to donate to the city's Family Justice Center, a program he helped launch for victims of domestic violence. Magnus and Cheung took donations to the center in lieu of wedding gifts.
"I have a council that's really stood by me, and that means the world to me," Magnus said.
The next day, the newly married couple, who live in Richmond, took to social media to express their bliss.
"Waking up and realizing I can call Chris Magnus husband," Cheung wrote. "That's pretty cool."
UNEXPECTED BARRIER: Pro mountain bike racer Daniel Brisbon, of Walnut Creek, went out for a workout ride up Mount Diablo on Tuesday and was surprised to find his path blocked by the most prestigious road bike race in America.
"I had no idea there was a race there," he said, "until I was told I had to turn back on the road."
Brisbon and some biking buddies had encountered course marshals for the Amgen Tour of California's third leg, which finished at the summit.
Not giving up, Brisbon tried to reach the summit on dirt trails, but he was turned back a few hundred feet from the summit.
So he did what thousands of other people did Tuesday: wait on the roadside to see the world's best road racers whiz by on a steep climb.
"Gnarly," Brisbon said in approval. "Sometimes things work out like this when you don't expect them."
BO KNOWS: Over the years, Antioch police canines have often been spotted by The Eye. That happened again Thursday, when the lone canine at the Antioch Police Department awards ceremony stole the show.
Bo barked several times during the hourlong event -- sometimes at the perfect time to make the crowd of officers and their families chuckle.
Once came during the introduction of public officials in attendance when U.S. Rep. Jerry McNerney was acknowledged. People clapped for the Stockton Democrat, and Bo barked. His handler, Officer James Perkinson, quieted him down, leaving a couple other lawmakers wondering why they didn't get a bark.
Bo later received a Meritorious Service Award, along with Perkinson and officers Wardell Carter, Ted Chang, Rick Hoffman, Martin Hynes, Christopher Kidd and Kristopher Kint.
He barked in response to the crowd's applause.
Staff writers Robert Rogers, Denis Cuff and Paul Burgarino contributed to this column.