[caption id="attachment_5131" align="alignnone" width="720"] The scene on Albermarle Street in El Cerrito as firefighters ventilate the back of a home filled with smoke from a dryer that caught fire.[/caption]
This building, seen in 1938, is still in use, but not for automotive purposes. Can you ID the location?
Photo courtesy John Stashik.
Photo courtesy John Stashik.
The lower end of Solano in Albany. The movie on the marquee was released in 1948.
The city will mark 100 years since incorporation by dedicating a time capsule on Aug. 23
Clipping courtesy El Cerrito Chamber of Commerce.
Another year, another vehicle goes through the window at the CVS pharmacy at San Pablo Avenue at Moeser Lane in El Cerrito.
The latest crash happened about 4:30 p.m. Friday, July 28, at the south end of the store, now walled off for merchandise storage.
“It went in pretty far,” a clerk said Saturday.
A shopper on Saturday said he had to return to make his purchase because the store closed after the crash the day before. He said he had just arrived when he heard what sounded like an explosion.
Police and fire crews arrived quickly, he said.
By our unofficial count, this is the ninth time in the past 22 or so years that a vehicle has gone through the window, including three over the past three years.
We again suggest that the store should be renamed “Target.”
Click here to see our post on the crashes in 2015 and 2016.
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: