The Broadcast Legends group announces that Roy Trumbull, a longtime El Cerrito resident and member of the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame, has died:
Roy Howard Trumbull Nov. 28, 1939 – Nov. 25, 2013 Resident of El Cerrito Roy died peacefully 3 days shy of his 74th birthday at his home. Family surrounded him with love and life in his last days. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Pat Trumbull. He is remembered as a loving father by daughter Erica Ilana Trumbull, and son David Ian Trumbull and as a loving grandfather by Loveday & Miles Harrison Trumbull and Isaac & Cedar Trumbull-Stearns. Roy was born in San Francisco to Lyman Barney Trumbull and Sue Helen Trumbull (nee Higgins) and lived most of his life in view of the Golden Gate Bridge. A broadcast engineering legend, he was honored by the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame just days before his final struggle to live a little bit longer in the shadow of a long battle with bladder cancer. As a testament to a life well lived, Roy will be remembered for the many stories he told and recorded as the Storyspieler (www.Storyspieler.net) and the folk songs he remembered and shared. A celebration of his life will be held on Sunday, December 8, 2pm, Temple Beth Hillel, 801 Park Center, Richarmond, CA (just off 80 at Hilltop). Please email memories and requests to be notified of the date and location to RoyTrumbullLife@comcast.net Donations in Roy’s memory may be made to the California Historical Radio Society www.californiahistoricalradio.com or Temple Beth Hillel in Richmond, Ca. or a charity of your choice.
Posted on Thursday, December 5th, 2013
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Note the highlighted names in this article from the Dec. 10, 1949 Berkeley Daily Gazette.
The degrees of separation between Sundar Shadi, who started El Cerrito’s most beloved Christmas tradition, and the Grateful Dead, the San Francisco band that left a cult of followers as part of its legacy, is shorter than you might imagine. And earlier.
All three of Shadi’s daughters — Zilpha, Ramona and Verna — performed in concert with Phil Lesh, the future bass player of the Dead, 64 years ago this month with the Kensington School orchestra at a holiday pageant. The four were in elementary school and 9-year-old Phil (the Lesh family lived on Edgecroft Road in Kensington at the time) was then playing violin and would not meet Jerry Garcia for another 13 years. (Someone, somewhere must have a snapshot of this performance.)
You won’t find this footnote in the new documentary “Sundar Shadi’s Gifts,” but you will learn more about the man who gave a lasting gift and message to his community. You’ll also learn about the family that indulged Mr. Shadi’s passion for elaborate displays.
“Sundar Shadi’s Gifts” can now be streamed from the city’s website and will soon be available to borrow from the El Cerrito Library, 6510 Stockton Ave., or rent at Silver Screen Video at El Cerrito Plaza. (Full disclosure: The author of this post was interviewed for the documentary.)
You can also get a copy when the display, now staged by a team of volunteers, opens from 5 to 10 p.m. nightly from Dec. 14 to Dec. 26. Or better yet, you can be part of the tradition by volunteering.
Mr. Shadi’s figures in their original location on the Arlington.
Grateful Dead guitarist and vocalist Phil Lesh, here performing during the band’s 2009 concert at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, got his musical start in Kensington. (D. Ross Cameron/Staff)
Posted on Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013
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Here’s young John Fogerty in what we have to assume was his first media exposure. This 1947 picture on the local page of the Berkeley Gazette has him shilling for the annual Country Fair on the playground at El Cerrito Preschool Cooperative. Lucile Fogerty, the mother of the future rock and roll legend was a strong supporter of ECPC, founded in 1940 and still in operation today. (The address of the Fogerty family home in the original caption is slightly wrong, since El Cerrito High is on the even side of the street.)
Support for co-ops was not uncommon in the Fogerty family. Robert Fogerty, father of Credence Clearwater Revival founders John and Tom, was made general manager of the Consumers Cooperative of Berkeley in November 1944. According to the Berkeley Gazette item below, the senior Fogerty, who had formerly worked for the Gazette, helped found and managed the El Cerrito location of the famed Berkeley Co-op. While the item states that the store he had managed was at Colusa Circle, the 1943 telephone directory lists its address as 406 Colusa Ave., which would put it just north of Fairmount Avenue.
Posted on Saturday, November 23rd, 2013
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BART has issued the following advisory:
Maintenance delays between North Berkeley, El Cerrito Plaza on Nov. 10
We are conducting track maintenance between North Berkeley and El Cerrito Plaza stations on Sunday, November 10 which may affect your travel. From 9 am to 3 pm you may experience 10 to 15 minute delays.
We appreciate your patience as we work to keep providing you with the high level of service you rely upon.
You can get BART Service Advisories (BSAs) on your phone. To sign up for BSAs, please visit us on the web at www.bart.gov/advisories. You may also call 511 to get up-to-date service information.
Posted on Thursday, November 7th, 2013
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North Berkeley and Albany (and the southern part of El Cerrito) still did not have direct dialing in 1939, and it looked like they would have to wait until 1940 for it.
Pacific Telephone & Telegraph received a permit from Berkeley to construct a $100,500 exchange (prefix) building at Solano and Ventura avenues that would provide the first dial service to the area, as the Oakland Tribune reported on New Year’s Eve of 1939 (above). The ornate brick building, still standing today and now carrying the AT&T logo (the historic name of Pacific Telephone’s parent company), is one of the more overlooked structures on Solano, even though it is at a prominent corner. You may recognize it from the Google Street View at this link.
The (52) LAndscape telephone exchange is still used in Albany, North Berkeley and El Cerrito and the post office across the street at 1831 Solano is called the Landscape Station.
So why is part of El Cerrito included in the exchange? When PT&T was wiring its network early in the century, the southern part of El Cerrito was connected out of Berkeley, the northern part out of Richmond. As a result, well into the 1940s, the southern part of the city could call Berkeley and Oakland with no added charge, while the northern part had to pay toll fees. The phone company, through its many changes of ownership in the last 30 years, still continues this division by distributing Oakland telephone directories to the southern half of El Cerrito and West County (Richmond) directories to the northern half.
By 1943, cities from Oakland through Richmond had dial service and new seven-digit phone numbers. (Cities in less populated central Contra Costa kept six-digit phone numbers into the 1950s.)
Those who wonder what telephone exchanges are can learn about them at this link.
PT&T explains service areas, exchanges and toll charges in its 1943 directory.
Pacific Telephone explains to customers how to properly use dial telephone service.
Telephone etiquette tips from PT&T in 1943.
Posted on Monday, November 4th, 2013
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The following announcement was issued by the dental office of Linh Cao-Chan in El Cerrito:
It’s that time of year again- Halloween, and the huge amount of candy our kids bring
home from trick or treat! Our dental office is sponsoring our 3rd annual Halloween
Candy Buy Back on Wednesday November 6 at 3:30-5:30 pm. We’ll buy back UNOPENED candy
from your kids for $1/pound, and donate proceeds to Operation Gratitude, and they’ll
ship the candy to troops stationed overseas. So convince your kids to trade in the
sweets for some cash, and hopefully spare the cavities!
When: Wednesday November 6th at 3:30-5:30pm
Where: Linh Cao-Chan DDS
10110 San Pablo Ave.
El Cerrito, CA 94530
Posted on Thursday, October 31st, 2013
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El Cerrito this week installed new stop signs at four intersections:
* Barrett Avenue at Arlington Boulevard , creating an all-way stop;
n Stockton Avenue at Ashbury and Albemarle avenues (pictured above), creating an all-way stop;
* Ashbury Avenue at Central Avenue , creating an all-way stop;
* Curry Avenue at Pomona Avenue, creating a one-way stop.
El Cerrito police said Oct. 30 that “many drivers are not noticing the new signs, creating some near misses,” a concern that will be even greater when tick-or-treaters are out Thursday evening.
Posted on Wednesday, October 30th, 2013
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One section of the eastern (cantilever) half of the Bay Bridge remains to be built in this aerial view published February of 1936 in the Oakland Tribune Yearbook. The wake of a ferry that has passed through opening is visible.
In the background, the two towers of the Golden Gate Bridge are visible, but no roadway has been constructed yet.
Alcatraz Island is in the background at the right.
Posted on Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013
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It’s easy to look at the BART strike and the possible AC Transit strike and pine for the “good old days” of public transit in the East Bay. But an earlier generation might laugh at that.
In 1953 the personnel of the Key System went on strike for 76 days, two-and-a-half months, bringing public transit to a halt in the East Bay.
Some key differences:
* The Key System was privately owned, rather than a public agency.
* Its workers did not receive nearly the compensation given to BART workers.
* The Bay Area population was much smaller. (Though so was the roadway system feeding commuting workers to the Bay Bridge or downtown Oakland.)
But at the time the Key System was the equivalent of BART and AC Transit, running streetcar and bus lines.
The workers walked off the job July 24, 1953 and residents — surprise — began forming car pools, something many of them became familiar with during World War II.
Businesses howled, commuters and shoppers complained loudly. (Click the pictures for a larger version if you want to read the articles.)
But the strike dragged on and drew attention in Sacramento after it entered its third week, as Gov. Earl Warren called a special session of the state legislature to consider a government seizure of the system. Legal representation of East Bay cities and Alameda and Contra Costa counties had met in Richmond and gave their approval to the governor’s plan. The government threat to seize the Key System didn’t happen then, but it laid the groundwork for the creation of AC Transit seven years later.
Our friend and El Cerrito rail buff John Stashik writes: “The long Key System strike in 1953 was the company’s undoing. Legislation enacting the AC Transit District occurred after the 76-day strike and in October 1960 AC Transit was running the bus lines.
“Privately owned transit could not make a profit. Today everything is publicly owned. Muni was one of the first to be a publicly owned system and it began in 1912. The city bought out the Market St. Railway in 1944 and finally the California Street Cable Railway in the early 1950s.”
The consortium of automotive-related industries that controlled the Key System also wanted out by the late 1950s and the system would make the conversion from private to public ownership.
The strike finally ended on Oct. 4, 1953 — the 73rd day of the walkout. But it was announced that it would take three more days before trains and buses would roll again, compared to having limited service the next day after the settlement of this week’s BART strike.
Posted on Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013
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Does your vision of an ideal San Pablo Avenue in El Cerrito resemble the rendering above? Do you have something completely different in mind? Your chance to sound off about this and related topics comes at a city-hosted workshop on Saturday.
El Cerrito encourages the community to attend an open house from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 19 to learn about and give input on four major planning efforts. The event at the Community Center, 7007 Moeser Lane, will discuss the San Pablo Avenue Specific Plan, the Complete Streets Plan, the Urban Greening Plan and the Active Transportation Plan.
A presentation on the initiatives will be given at 9 a.m. and again at 11 a.m.
The San Pablo Avenue Specific Plan includes regulations for private development in the area, including new building size, density, parking, sustainability and open space requirements.
The Complete Streets Plan includes policies and facilities to better accommodate bus, bicycle and pedestrian travel along San Pablo.
The Active Transportation Plan addresses bicycle and pedestrian facilities and programs citywide.
The Urban Greening Plan includes “projects and policies to increase and enhance the city’s open space.”
For more details on the open house, visit www.el-cerrito.org/commdev or contact Emily Alter at firstname.lastname@example.org or (510) 215-4385.
Posted on Friday, October 18th, 2013
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