The 53 Town Pledge:


Diablo - Mountain View

Last update: October 20, 2020


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

East Richmond Heights

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.