Rodeo-Hercules: Contract benefits chief, not district, open government expert says

A contract extension, approved 4-1 by the Rodeo-Hercules Fire District board last month, gives fire Chief Charles Hanley a base salary equivalent to $185,952 a year, plus benefits, and stipulates that he will not be terminated within 14 months after the Nov. 4 election and that he "will not be subject to undue oversight, work speedup or other abusive conduct."  
Berkeley Berkeley Richmond Jewish Community Center -- 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. 1414 Walnut St. Art, exercise, Hebrew and Yiddish, yoga, photography. Holiday programs, bridge, Sunday brunches and films.  
 
Although the East Bay's fall colors are nowhere near as vivid as those in Eastern hardwood forests, there are still places where you can enjoy some seasonal beauty.  
 
A man was arrested in Hercules over the weekend after shooting off what police described as "dangerous fireworks" to celebrate the San Francisco Giants' winning Game 4 of the World Series, police said Monday.  
 
Their opponents -- a union activist, a bully and a con man -- left us wondering: What are they thinking? Why are they running?  
 
At Ardenwood Historic Farm in Fremont, there are spooky candlelight tours of the Patterson House at 7, 7:30, 8 and 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. And Coyote Hills Regional Park plans a Halloween Twilight Hike from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday.  
 
El Cerrito St. John's Senior Center -- 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays. 6500 Gladys Ave. Birthdays will be celebrated Oct. 28, and there will be a singalong with Ligia Britto.  
 
At Ardenwood Historic Farm in Fremont, there are spooky candlelight tours of the Patterson House at 7, 7:30, 8 and 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. And Coyote Hills Regional Park plans a Halloween Twilight Hike from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday.  
 
An elderly man was attacked and robbed by two teenage suspects while walking in a Hercules park Tuesday morning, according to police.  
 
A story in Monday's Local section about campaign contributions for West Contra Costa school board candidates incorrectly reported which candidates received support from Students for Education Reform.  
 
A Jack-o-tini for Halloween

This year's Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival attractions include all sort sof pumpkin treats, including jack-o-tinis, made by the new Half Moon Bay Distillery.