Locals have long puzzled over why El Cerrito is named for a landmark not only outside the city limits, but actually in another county.
But that was not the reason the city received a request that it change its name this month in 1949. The request came from the desert city of El Centro, the Imperial Valley county seat. El Centro, founded more than a decade before El Cerrito, claimed that mail addressed to one city or the other was being misdelivered, as the Oakland Tribune’s “Daily Knave” column reported on July 20, 1949.
The claim was that the United States Post Office had incurred a cost of $1,000 forwarding errant mail (see below), a cost that officials in El Cerrito scoffed at as minor (see below) in turning down the name-change request.
El Cerrito, on the other hand, could be justified in requesting that an unincorporated community in Riverside County that shares its name adopt another title. But no such request has been made and when we visited the namesake a few years back and asked about misdelivered mail, we were told it happened, but was rather rare. Maybe handwriting has improved over the years.
El Cerrito, which had just turned 30 years old two years earlier, received a slap in the face this month in 1949 when the Southern California city of El Centro suggested that it change its name. (Never mind that an unincorporated community in Southern California in Riverside County already shares the name.)
Here’s what the Oakland Tribune reported in July of 1949:
The following statement was issued by Richmond Mayor Tom Butt addressing the approval of the West County Detention Facility expansion:
STATEMENT FROM MAYOR TOM BUTT REGARDING THE BSCC GRANT
A car, a streetcar and a giant urn, right, co-exist on Arlington Avenue at Thousand Oaks in Berkeley in 1947.
It may be hard to believe now, but the neighborhoods around
“Sequester” by Michael Kerbow.
The Berkeley Art Center, 1275 Walnut St. in Live Oak Park, is hosting “Alt-Left: Local Treasures Artists in Conversation” from 4 to 6 p.m. May 20. The center is celebrating its establishment 50 years ago.
“Join the artists along with exhibition curator DeWitt Cheng for a fascinating conversation about left-leaning surrealism and art-making in the Trump era.
“DeWitt Cheng is an artist, collector, freelance art writer, educator, and curator based in San Francisco. His articles have appeared in such publications as Artweek, Art Ltd., Artillery, ArtNews, East Bay Express, East Bay Monthly, Sculpture, San Jose Metro, Stanford Daily, Artslant.com, ArBusiness.com, and VisualArtSource.com.”
Admission is $10 or free for center members.
A 2017 painting by Mark Bryan on exhibit at the Berkeley Art Center.
The fourth annual El Cerrito Hillside Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 21 will have "events throughout the 100-acre Hillside Natural Area: Hikes, nature walks, events for kids and families,
EL CERRITO — The Eagles Hall at Carlson and Central — once known as the Wagon Wheel, one of the more storied venues in El Cerrito and featuring a full bar — is hosting a comedy show on April 28 and the public is invited. Here’s the flier for the event:
Opponents of the planned expansion of the West County Detention Facility have announced a rally for April 15:
‘Services Not Cells’ Campaign to Stop West County Jail Expansion Kicks Off
The front page of the Richmond Independent announces the death of
President Franklin Roosevelt. Courtesy Richmond Museum of History.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt,
From the Richmond Independent we present this photo of the winners of the annual Easter Egg Hunt in El Cerrito in 1945.
Our thanks to the Richmond Museum of History for access