If you have pressing business to conduct with the City of El Cerrito, do it before Christmas Eve or wait until 2014.
Like most municipalities in the area, El Cerrito is shutting down between Christmas and New Year’s — with one exception. City offices will be open Dec. 30, because it was felt the downtime would be too long.
Here is the announcement from the city:
With the exception of Monday, December 30, 2013, City Hall and the Community Center Offices will be closed for the winter holiday period beginning Tuesday, December 24, 2013 through Friday, January 3, 2014 to facilitate the consolidation of employee vacation schedules and to save energy.
Other offices and facilities also have a modified schedule during this timeframe. Please refer to the City’s website, http://www.el-cerrito.org for full details about holiday hours for City offices and facilities.
Direct link: http://www.el-cerrito.org/winterbreakschedule
The El Cerrito Police & Fire Departments operate 365 days per year.
If you need immediate assistance from the police or fire department, dial 9-1-1.
If a Public Works emergency occurs while the office is closed, call the police non-emergency dispatch number at 510-237-3233.
Swim Center: Go to the Swim Center page for more details about the December Swim Center Schedule.
Holiday Break Camp: The Recreation Department offers a Holiday Break Camp for students in grades K-6. Pre-registration is required: Holiday Break Camp Information
Posted on Tuesday, December 10th, 2013
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Solano Avenue at San Pablo Avenue is not the busiest intersection in Albany today (that honor goes to Buchanan and San Pablo), but it was in 1939.
Traffic was so heavy that the city considered building a pedestrian underpass so safely cross San Pablo to and from school.
There had been a jump in residential development on the west side of San Pablo, meaning an increasing number of children who had to cross San Pablo and Solano to get to and from school. Buchanan Street at that time was a two-lane road that was located farther north of its present location, unaligned with Marin Avenue as it is today. The USDA lab on Buchanan was seven months from completion and another development, a horse racing track at Fleming Point on the waterfront, was being debated. Albany was already discussing relocating Buchanan and years later would claim a slice of the Gill Tract to build the thoroughfare we know today.
The Eastshore Highway was two years old at the time the underpass proposal was made and the main route to get to the highway (and the Bay Bridge) from Albany and North Berkeley was to cross San Pablo on Solano up and over Albany Hill to the highway entrance on Pierce Street.
The underpass idea was floated in October of 1939 and gained some traction, but attempts to get state or federal assistance lagged and two years later there was a war to deal with.
This section of an early 1940s map of Berkeley is one of the few to show both the Golden Gate Turf Club (Golden Gate Fields today) and the El Cerrito Kennel Club. Neither were in operation at the same time. The El Cerrito dog track closed in early 1939, while the Albany horse track closed after less than two weeks in early 1941. Note that what is now frontage road through to Emeryville was then a one-block stretch named Front Street.
An enlarged and numbered view shows that Marin Avenue (1) and Buchanan Street (2) are still unaligned. Buchanan only runs to Cleveland Street and does not enter the highway. A separate section of Buchanan does go from the highway to the race track. Crossing Solano at San Pablo (3) leads to Pierce Street (4) and access to the highway. Note the size of the Gill Tract, which had previously included the USDA lab site.
Posted on Tuesday, October 29th, 2013
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Albany Haunt as it looked Friday morning with the donation barrel to the right.
If you are looking to do something for Halloween for the family or even just yourself, consider going to Albany Haunt, a homemade attraction at 1048 Peralta Ave. in Albany that will be open from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. this Saturday and again on Oct. 31. You’ll have some homegrown fun and feel good about it at the same time because admission is a donation — canned goods or monetary — to the Alameda County Food Bank.
You’ll feel even better because the attraction is the creation of a teenager wanted to do something for Halloween, but also wanted to help people in need.
From Michael Altfest, communications manager of the Alameda County Community Food Bank:
There’s a 13 year old boy building what seems to be an elaborate haunted house in his driveway – and he’s asking for food and fund donations for the Food Bank as the admission. He’s a really neat kid – seems to be really talented (you can check out his haunted house facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Albany-Haunt/127487577452389). When I asked him why he was doing this he said he really loves Halloween, but he also “realizes that there are a lot of people in our community who are struggling and he wanted a way to help.”
You know the food bank would love to see a full barrel.
The attraction looks much spookier at night.
Posted on Saturday, October 26th, 2013
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