WILD AND CRAZY GUY: While on tour in the East Bay last week, funnyman Steve Martin gave his 3 million Twitter followers his wild account of Pleasanton. Martin saw a lot during his stay, even if it was imagined. His fictional tweets included:
"Crime capital of the United States" (with a picture of the downtown Pleasanton sign)
"The paparazzi in Pleasanton is driving me crazy. There are NONE here."
"Just about to turn noon in Pleasanton and so far, two armed robberies, one garbage truck mishap, and two births of devil's spawn."
"Errant killer robot just lasered innocent cornfield. #Pleasanton"
"Turns out I was in 'evil' Pleasanton. There is also 'good' Pleasanton, where 'evil' Pleasanton goes to shop for gifts and things."
NOT IN ANTIOCH ANYMORE: The Eye may have found the answer to what the beyond in Bed, Bath and Beyond means.
A sign posted at the Antioch store says the retailer is designated as a "Tornado Shelter."
Antioch -- or any city in the East Bay for that matter -- historically has not had many tornadoes, let alone any of significance. The closest one to the Delta city in the past decade was about six miles away and had a force rating of 1.
FREE LIVING: Homeless advocate Doug Stewart has seen plenty in his eight years patrolling homeless camps in Central Contra Costa. But walking up a hill in a fenced-off area along Highway 4 on a recent weeknight, he came across something truly "crazy."
"I have never seen that," Stewart said as he walked down the hill.
The Eye had to see it, too. The Eye climbed the dirt hill, reached a crawl space underneath the highway, crawled under the freeway and found a manhole cover overhead no bigger than one you'd find on the street.
Inside the manhole was a studio under the freeway with about 3 feet of head space and a roof that thousands of motorists drive on daily. A mattress was in one corner with boxes and other personal goods taking up the rest of the residence. The freeway dweller was not home.
The overpass is near Alhambra Way, and it is unclear which government agency has jurisdiction of the area. The Eye is still looking into that.
But Stewart said confusion over who owns and manages property and a lack of communication among various agencies contributes to homeless setting up camp in odd places for long periods of time.
WILSONS' WORLD: Although KVHS-FM on the Clayton Valley Charter High School campus has operated for more than 40 years, all three teachers who have supervised students in radio classes have shared the same last name: Wilson.
First, Ernie Wilson was at the helm for many years, getting the program up and running. Then, Tom Wilson took over in 1998 and ran the program for more than a decade until his wife, Melissa Wilson, took over.
Tom is no relation to Ernie.
"But we have this ongoing joke," he said, "that the radio station cannot ever be run by someone who's not a Wilson."
Now that Melissa has gotten a job at KJOY in Stockton, the charter is looking for a new radio teacher. So far, there's no word on whether any Wilsons have applied.
Staff writers David DeBolt, Paul Burgarino and Theresa Harrington contributed to this report.