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
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
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
At the March 9 centennial talk on El Cerrito's history of gambling and vice -- held at the former Wagon Wheel gambling house and nightclub -- a woman brought in the
Albany and El Cerrito residents are planning a gathering on March 26 in response to racially offensive photographs posted on social media by Albany High School students.
The historic Rodini house on Elm Street in El Cerrito.
The El Cerrito Historical Society and the El Cerrito Trail Trekkers will host “Architecture in the Flatlands,” a free walking tour of historical homes in El Cerrito, from 1 to 3 p.m. March 18.
“Let’s walk past and perhaps visit some of the more interesting historical homes in the city’s flatlands ranging from the early 20th through the mid 20th century.”
Meet by the historic Rodini house at 1715 Elm St. for the tour led by Dave Weinstein.