PRINCIPAL MAKES A SPLASH: Last week an impromptu leap into the Las Lomas High School swimming pool by Principal Matt Campbell turned into a giant leap to sudden Internet fame.
Campbell's jubilant grin as he plunged feet-first into the pool -- fully clothed except for his shoes -- was snapped by many a student's smart phone camera. But one student uploaded the image to the website Reddit, where it was selected as the subject for the website's weekly Photoshop contest.
More than 200 entries were created with Campbell's image cleverly positioned into all kinds of amusing scenarios viewed by an estimated 2 million online viewers.
It all started when during last week's heat wave the graduating class of 2014 chose as their senior prank -- a Las Lomas tradition -- to all jump into the school pool in their clothes at an agreed-upon time. The administration got wind of those plans and the principal positioned himself in a golf cart to block the kids from entering the pool area.
But in the if-you-can't-beat'em-join-'em spirit, Campbell suddenly kicked off his shoes and, with a grin, led the cheering students into the pool.
That alone enshrined him in the hearts of the kids as the coolest principal ever. Now he can be viewed on Reddit as a Monarch butterfly, as Michael Jordan (Campbell's own personal favorite), as Cinderella and as being atop an elephant in Africa, among many others.
The images can be viewed by typing "Our principal jumps into the pool" into Google.
SLIP OF THE TONGUE: The Walnut Creek City Council listened and talked for hours June 3 about the Safeway development proposed on Oak Grove and Ygnacio Valley roads, but no final decision was made. A clearly frustrated audience and council members have to return on Tuesday to see whether city leaders decide to approve the project.
But perhaps Mayor Kristina Lawson inadvertently gave away how she plans to vote already. In her direction to city staff about bringing the issue back to the council, she said "for approval."
The city attorney and Councilwoman Cindy Silva were quick to correct Lawson, saying it would be brought back for consideration. Silva said it seems, without discussing the merits of the project, that they are all acting as if approval is a foregone conclusion.
The Eye, along with others, will wait with bated breath to see whether the nearly 200,000-square-foot multiuse center is approved Tuesday. Perhaps Lawson did make a Freudian slip or maybe at 11:30 p.m. few are aware anymore of what they are saying.
HEATING UP: The Eye didn't have to look very far to see that dignitaries were eager for a quick groundbreaking for the construction project to rebuild Antioch High School's Eells Field.
The sweltering midday temperatures Monday left many staff members fanning themselves and drinking copious amounts of bottled water. Those wearing suit jackets and ties quickly ditched them after the golden shovels turned dirt.
Antioch High Principal Louie Rocha referenced the temperature increases several times during his abbreviated speech in front of the scores of people underneath canopies.
The shade was a Plan B, as the ceremony was originally planned to be held on the metal bleachers of the well-worn stadium.
The Eye noticed that while everyone was sweating the heat, one man was jogging around the football track wearing a sweatshirt and track pants.
SCHOOLS AND FARMS: The Eye did a quick double take at the language of one agenda item for last week's Antioch Unified school board meeting.
"Crystal Creamery was awarded the Pittsburg Unified School District contract for fluid milk and AUSD was able to piggy back on this large contract."
The Eye did not spot any more multiple barnyard references -- or savings by teaming up with other districts -- for Antioch's other food purchases.
GOING TO COST YOU: Before making a decision to formally make it a city rule to charge candidates a $25 fee to process their nomination papers, Antioch's longest-tenured lawmaker cracked a good-natured joke at the expense at one of her junior colleagues and the only one running this November.
"Maybe we should raise that amount to $100, what do you think Tony?" Mary Rocha said to Tony Tiscareno during the June 10 council meeting. Her deadpan delivery drew a laugh from those on the dais and the few people still in attendance.
Correspondent Deb Burstyn and staff writers Paul Burgarino and Elisabeth Nardi contributed to this column.