The 53 Town Pledge:
Diablo - Mountain View
Last update: February 10, 2021
Diablo 1/21/21 (pop 1,158) with so many disappointing CDPs, I was thrilled to find that Diablo had a golf course, though I thought it odd that I hadn't played there. Private. I should have known. Looking in from the outside (literally as well as figuratively) I saw it was a pretty upscale place, at least upscale enough to keep me out. I can live with that.
Discovery Bay 4/12/19 (pop 13,352) This appears to be the farthest east of any place in Contra Costa. I'd been to this Yacht Club before; my band Void Where Prohibited played here several times before we decided that the drive was just too long. Actually, there is no actual bay, just canals. I don't know where they sail.
El Sobrante 2/3/21 (pop 12,669) This is the Rancho Sports Bar. I chose to use this for my photo op since my former band Void Where Prohibited played here a few times before the music was shut down here for want of a license. At least this didn't happen in the middle of one of our gigs there (which actually did happen to me once!) I recall it as a fun place but an odd shape to host a band like Void.
East Richmond Heights 2/3/21 (pop 3,280) This little CDP surprised me in that it's so close to me (I'm just off of Arlington about 5 miles south of here) and in nearly 40 years of living where I do, had never heard of this little residential place just east of Richmond and just north of El Cerrito. I suppose they could have called it North El Cerrito Heights, but they didn't.
Knightsen 4/12/19 (pop 1,568) This CDP is just east of Oakley, and very rural. There were lots of signs directing folks (like me) to a winery. There were just as many "No Trespassing" signs, including one at the entrance to the place, Petersen's Winery. On their website, their wines are all over $20, so I'll look for it at one of BevMo's five cent sales. Cheap? Me???
Kensington 5/16/19 (pop 5,077) Not just ANY front door, this is MY front door. Actually it's on the side of my house and there is no "front" door per se, but you get the idea. Granted this door is the nicest part of my house, but I always wanted a stylish one. For more photos in Kensington, see the 84 Street Pledge!
Mountain View 10/20/20 (pop 2,372) Another CDP with little to see, except this mountain, most likely Mt. Diablo, which is seen from lots of cities, towns and CDPs in the area. Fact check me on this, because I really don't know for sure. It's one of two "Mountain View"s in the area, the other being about 50 miles southeast of here in Santa Clara County, and which has over 80,000 people. Why this place had to take the same name is a mystery. They could have called it "Shinnick". I wouldn't mind, really.
Montalvin Manor 8/29/19 (pop 2,876) My destination was Montalvin Park. I found it, I think, but saw no marker calling it such. Instead I found this marker, very nice, not quite a square yard, designating the place "Ruben Anthony Torres Park." Ruben passed away in 2006 at age 11. I assume the park was renamed since it's where Montalvin Park should have been. Apparently Ruben liked music and the Giants. Bless you, Ruben.