60 years ago

Annexation of tract before City Council: Annexation of the Brentwood Homes subdivision, north of the city, will be one of the principal matters to come before the City Council at the regular March meeting next Tuesday evening. The council will also get an idea of how the reorganization of the interior court system will affect city finances. City Clerk George Wedgewood this week received the first check from the county for the city's share in January court receipts. The check was for $132 for the period starting Jan. 5. In the first five days of the month, while the city court was presided over by Judge W. Blair Rixon, receipts amounted to $152. January is one of the quietest months of the year and receipts for January, 1952 amounted to $302. Judge Joe S. Silva reported this week that, according to his monthly report, the city's share of court receipts for February would amount to $259.62.

25 years ago

What are East County viewers popping in their VCRs: Although "Robo Cop" and films about teenage vampires are popular in this area, nobody is sure what that says about East County movie video renters.

All anyone knows for sure in that the number of East County folks who like to rent a movie to watch at home is growing, and that their tastes are similar to the rest of the population.

Everybody likes "Robo Cop" right now, even though it's kind of violent, according to Cathy Felty, manager of Oakley's Video Cinema. "I don't know why, but people are crazy about it." "Lost Boys," a horror epic about teenage vampires in a summer resort, is also popular, particularly with teenagers.

The growing home audience does seem to share a few characteristics, though. The largest group of video shop customers appear to be 30 to 50 years old. Comedy and "action adventure" pictures are the most popular fare, according to local store owners, but different stores report that one or the other is in the highest demand.

-- Brentwood News files

Action adventure takes the top billing at her store, according to Felty, but Secrest and Karen Logan of Oakley's Video Depot -- one of the newest in East County video shops -- thought comedy is more popular in their store -- Sara Enns of Discovery Video in Discovery Bay, said action films are slightly more popular.

-- Brentwood News files