ValleyCare CEO out after 15 years

Scott Gregerson has been named the interim CEO of ValleyCare Health System after longtime President and CEO Marcy Feit abruptly departed this week, hospital officials confirmed Thursday.

John Sensiba, chairman of the hospital's board of directors, said he could not comment on Tuesday's management change but said he hoped to be able do so in coming weeks.

Gregerson is ValleyCare's vice president of strategic partnership.

Sensiba said Feit had been with the organization for about 42 years and was CEO for the past 15.

Employees greeted the news of Feit's departure with "a lot of surprise and curiosity," Sensiba said, but he offered little more information.

Employees were informed of the change through a memo and forums held Wednesday. Sensiba said the board also sent a memo to approximately 1,400 corporate members of the private nonprofit health system.

Despite the uncertainties in health care right now due to health care reform, the health system "has both short- and long-term strategies to maintain its financial health," he said. "And it has strong management to help lead the organization through the transition."

-- Joyce Tsai, Staff

San Pablo

Robbery victim runs over armed suspect

A man who was being robbed at gunpoint Wednesday told police he ran over one of the suspects with his car after he felt threatened.

At 12:14 p.m., officers responded to the 2700 block of El Portal Drive, where they spoke with a man who said he drove his car over one of two suspects who tried to rob him at gunpoint.

Both men fired several shots at the victim, but he was uninjured. The man, who is not being identified, seriously injured one suspect, 19-year-old Daly City resident Daniel Galdamez.

Galdamez was arrested and then taken to a hospital, where he is recovering, police said.

The second armed suspect was witnessed getting into a red sedan driven by a third man. Investigators traced the license plate and later arrested the driver, 19-year-old San Pablo resident Juan Cortez. The second robbery suspect remains at large.

-- Katie Nelson, Staff


Jazz festival draws Bay Area musicians

An all-day jazz festival Saturday will feature music of jazz bands and combos from 24 Bay Area high schools and middle schools.

The 39th annual Campana Jazz Festival will be held from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Amador Valley High School, 1155 Santa Rita Road.

Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for students and senior citizens. Admission is free for children 5 or younger.

Schools from the East Bay, San Jose and San Mateo will have groups competing in six different divisions. Gourmet food trucks will sell food between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

For details, go to and click on sponsored events. The show is presented by Amador Friends of Music.

-- Denis Cuff, Staff


Board meets on future of middle school

The John Swett school district board will hold a public presentation Feb. 26 on a study assessing the relative merits of a seismic retrofitting or replacement of Carquinez Middle School.

The study, released in October, found that the 90-year-old structure could be unsafe in a major earthquake. A special bond issue would be required to repair or replace the school.

The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the middle school gymnasium, 1099 Pomona Ave.

The district also operates John Swett High School and Willow Continuation School in Crockett and Rodeo Hills Elementary in Rodeo.

For details, call 510-245-4300, ext. 2105, or go to

-- Rick Radin, Correspondent


Campolindo High wins academic decathlon

A team of students from Campolindo High in Moraga has won the regional East Bay Academic Decathlon for the third year in a row.

The Contra Costa County Office of Education, which sponsors the annual contest, announced the victory for Campolindo's "red" team Thursday. Dublin High, which finished fifth overall, was the top-scoring Alameda County team.

Both teams will represent their counties in the state academic decathlon next month in Sacramento. Twelve teams from 11 schools participated, with Campolindo fielding two teams.

Individual team members received the following awards: top scoring individual, varsity -- Vikram Bhaduri, Campolindo red; top scoring individual, scholastic -- Daylon Srinivasan, Acalanes; top scoring individual, honor -- Marina Han, Campolindo red.

Complete results are at under "Spotlight."

-- Theresa Harrington, Staff