With the end of the world apparently not happening, at least for now, city halls in West Contra Costa are optimistically scheduled to reopen Jan. 2 after closing for Christmas week through New Year's.

Hercules, Pinole and San Pablo municipal offices were closed Friday as part of their normal schedules. Richmond's City Hall had normal opening hours, while El Cerrito's was closed as part of its alternate Fridays closing schedule.

In the view of many, the ancient Mayan calendar had predicted the world to end Friday, but as of midafternoon the world, or at least West Contra Costa, still existed.

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