The 53 Town Pledge:

Cities & Towns

San Pablo - Walnut Creek


Acalanes Ridge - Bayview

Last update: October 20, 2020

San Pablo 5/8/19 (pop 29,139) This wonderful bunch of folk (Julie, Alan, me, Lorna, David and Lindy (not shown are Larry and Zone) get together on Wednesdays to try lunch spots, generally on or near Solano Ave. in Berkeley/Albany. This one is a bit farther out. It's called "Aqua Terra" and is part of the Contra Costa College culinary school in San Pablo. The food is excellent and the prices utterly unbeatable. Service? Well, they're learning. Today, they messed up the dessert orders so they comped us and my bill came to all of $6.75. I can't do lunch at McDonalds for that, and this was definitely NOT McDonalds.

San Ramon 5/17/19 (pop 75,931) People near me call it "San Remote". This place is also a golf course with a thoroughly evil 13th hole, but a good friend plays here so I join him. Today he cancelled and tried to let me know. Obviously, we never made contact. Dang. But having the foresight to bring my camera, I took in some of the southern towns of Contra Costa!

Acalanes Ridge 5/18/20 (pop 1,137) No sign to mark when you get there, I trusted to my GPS which told me this is the center of this CDP. What a bustling metropolis! Note the heavy traffic I had to contend with. No, wait. That's my car.

Walnut Creek

Bay Point 10/20/20 (pop 21,349) Big for a CDP, it was called West Pittsburg until 1993. Good choice. It was lunch time and this was just a wild dart throw. Talk about a bull's eye. Big Daddy Ross hsd a small outdoor area and breakfast all day. I had a nice crab omelet with hash browns and a book. Perfect! The other customers were two guys, one of whom took a call from a warranty salesman. "Which car are you talking about... I own 23... My Lamborghini? I don't want THAT one to expire..." It made my day.

Bayview 8/29/19 (pop 1,754) There is another Bayview in Humboldt, so don't get them mixed up. I tried but could not find a view of the bay in Bayview. So I settled for a pic of what my GPS deemed the center of the CDP, a commercial hub if ever there was one. The commanding presence of the USPS and Xfinity is obvious.

Alhambra Valley