Eye on the East Bay: Hercules Safeway project in doubt?

An item in a commercial real estate newsletter this week stated that Safeway has "reportedly abandoned" plans to build a store in Hercules, but a Safeway spokesperson says the company's plans have not changed. 
A key focus of their anger, expressed at a joint meeting with West Contra Costa schools trustees, was the district's decision to continue with the program to replace Pinole Valley High School last summer after the district had halted other replacement and reconstruction plans for other schools in order to formulate a new Facilities Master Plan.  
 
Jon Kawamoto
At the ninth annual installation dinner on Jan. 8 at Peony Restaurant, Junsey received certificates of recognition from 18th District Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Oakland, and from Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf.  
 
Courtesy of Martin Snapp
I've had four more cats since then -- Nelly, Phoebe, Sally and Pepe -- and I've loved them all dearly. But not a day has gone by when I haven't thought about Eliza and missed her. I really hope there is a heaven because when I die, the first thing I want to see is her.  
 
The building and property that housed Doctors Medical Center, shuttered last year when it ran out of money, is under contract to be sold to a Davis-based operator of boutique hotels for $13.5 million.  
 
Yes, the presence of Super Bowl 50 is the dominant topic this week in the Bay Area.But many sports enthusiasts are looking past the climax of the pro football season and anticipating the start of baseball and spring training.  
 
A resident detained during a traffic stop last week in Hercules was later arrested on suspicion of possessing and transporting several pounds of marijuana, police said.  
 
West Contra Costa Unified School District students who wish to attend a school other than their school of residence can apply for a transfer during the open enrollment period which runs from Monday, Feb. 1 to Friday, Feb. 12.  
 
West Contra Costa schools trustees have decided to hire a search firm to find candidates to replace Superintendent Bruce Harter, who this month announced his retirement effective June 30.  
 
A nesting pair of peregrine falcons has been seen at the Castle Rocks near Walnut Creek, now closed to public access in order to protect them. If nests are disturbed, the birds won't reproduce. So please stay away.  
 
( T. Charles Erickson )
Review: 'Satchmo' goes behind Louis Armstrong's happy facade

The solo show 'Satchmo' by Terry Teachout depicts jazz legend Louis Armstrong reflecting on his bittersweet life and music; it plays at American Conservatory Theater through Feb. 7 
Super Bowl 50: Alyssa Milano, Conan O'Brien top the list at Bleacher Report party

Actress Alyssa Milano and late-night host Conan O'Brien were among the eclectic list of athletes and media sensations at the Bleacher Ball in San Francisco on Friday night.