In 1908, area residents protested the dumping of Berkeley garbage in their community by incorporating and became the City of Ocean View. In 1909, voters changed the name of the city, primarily to distinguish the City from many other communities in the area with the name of Ocean View. On a vote of 38 – 6, Albany was chosen as the new name, in honor of the birthplace of the City’s first mayor, Mayor Frank Roberts. In 1927, Albany voters adopted the City’s first Charter, giving the City full control over its own governance. In 2008 the City of Albany celebratied its Centennial.
Recent History: After several failed attempts in the late 1920s to annex to Berkeley, Albany firmly established its independence, and by the 1930s had begun to create its own high school. During World War II, the Federal Government built a housing project called “Codornices Village” on land leased from the University of California, to accommodate the thousands of workers at the Richmond shipyards. Adjacent was the “Veterans Village,” which provided temporary military housing for the US Navy training base in the same area. After the war, both “villages” operated as a Federal Housing Project until 1956, when the 420 units reverted to University ownership and Bulb Womancame to be known as “Albany Village,” providing family student housing for those attending the University of California at Berkeley.
Although built in the early 1940s, the Golden Gate Fields racetrack did not begin successful operations until 1947, and was primarily used by the military during the war years. Adjacent to Golden Gate Fields was the Albany Landfill, a construction and demolition debris landfill that began operations in the late 1950s/early 1960s. This use eventually created what is now the Albany Plateau, neck and bulb. After the landfill closed in 1979, the resulting land area was used as a recreational area. In 2002, the area was incorporated into the East Shore State Park. With the exception of the Albany Bulb, this land is now owned by the State of California.
Berkeley is a city with a small population and a big reputation. In California alone, there are more than 30 cities bigger than Berkeley. In Alameda County, Berkeley is ranked fourth in population behind Oakland, Fremont, and Hayward. And yet, we are famous around the globe as a center for academic achievement, scientific exploration, free speech and the arts.
Berkeley is a constantly changing mix of long-time residents and new neighbors, and whether you just arrived from Albany or Azerbaijan, you are welcome here.
Antioch – A Total Community
The Delta is a wonderful place to escape the fast pace of daily life. You can camp by the water in your tent or RV, swim, ski or float down the river on houseboats. Fishing is a major draw to the Delta. The waters in the Antioch area are some of the prime striped bass and sturgeon fishing waters. As the “Gateway to the Delta”, Antioch will continue as a refuge for boaters.
Antioch is a growing community located in Contra Costa County, and has the gift of being the “Gateway to the Delta”, the point where the Sacramento and the San Joaquin Rivers come together and continue on to the Pacific Ocean.
Crossroads of the Bay Area
Dublin has long been known as the crossroads of the Bay Area. Dublin now sits at the crossroads of two major highways: Interstate 580 and Interstate 680. However, the significance of the crossroads dates back more than 200 years when Dublin served as the crossroads of two important stage routes – one from the Bay Area to Stockton and the other from Martinez to San Jose. The Alamilla Spring, located in the Dublin area, provided a place for travelers to change horses and freshen up before continuing their journey.
The town of Brentwood was founded in 1878 when the San Pablo & Tulare Railroad came through East Contra Costa. Seventy years later it became the first incorporated city in the far east county. The group that spearheaded the effort to incorporate was the Brentwood Improvement Association.
In October 1947 the Brentwood Improvement Association started a campaign to sign up the necessary number of property owners representing twenty-give percent of the assessed valuation within the proposed boundaries. The se signatures, in the form of a petition, were presented to the County board of supervisors in Martinez. Within two weeks, forty percent of the property owners had signed.*
Brentwood incorporated on February 19, 1958. Since then, many events helped to shape the city into a thriving community that is experiencing rapid growth, as it continues to hold on to its agricultural heritage. Visitors and residents alike enjoy the harvest season, which includes corn and fresh fruit such as peaches, apricots, plums, pluots, and cherries. Graced by breathtaking views of Mt. Diablo, Brentwood is home to over 47,000 residents who enjoy the city’s parks, recreation centers, and local establishments.
The City of Emeryville lies on the east shore of San Francisco Bay between Oakland and Berkeley, directly opposite the Golden Gate and San Francisco. The city is small, just over one square mile, but its strategic location in the center of the Bay Area urban core at the confluence of several major freeways, one of the world’s busiest bridges, and transcontinental rail lines with service to Seattle, Los Angeles, and Chicago makes it a highly desirable place to live, work, and shop. Even before it was called “Emeryville”, this place was recognized as an ideal location for settlement by indigenous people and the Spanish and Americans that followed them
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Welcome to Fremont! As the fourth largest city in the San Francisco Bay area, Fremont’s Silicon Valley location is the ideal setting for your home or business. Tesla Plant
Fremont is conveniently served by Interstates 680 and 880, as well as rail transport lines including Altamont Commuter Express (ACE), Amtrak Capitol Corridor, and the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system. Fremont also has easy access to the San Jose Airport, Oakland Airport, San Francisco Airport, and the Port of Oakland.
Fremont is home to a broad variety of innovative firms including over 1,200 high tech, life science, and clean technology firms. We have a broad range of quality, affordable business locations; a superior workforce; and incentive programs to meet your needs.
Fremont is one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse cities in the Bay Area. Residents are attracted to Fremont for its nationally-recognized high-ranking public schools, its numerous well-kept parks, and a variety of recreational amenities, including beautiful Lake Elizabeth, Central Park, and Mission San José (California’s 14th mission). Fremont is a wonderful community to live, work, and play.
Welcome to the City of Clayton. Our city is a very special place, with exceptional people who have a deep appreciation for the community’s history, tradition and volunteerism.
In 2014, Clayton is celebrated its 50th Anniversary of Incorporation (1964) yet Clayton still retains many of the time-honored characteristics treasured by its founding fathers in 1857.
Nestled at the bucolic base of picturesque Mt. Diablo, Clayton is in close proximity to the greater San Francisco Bay Area with all the amenities, sports and cultural opportunities offered by that choice location.
Clayton is a safe residential community of around 11,093 people. It is a town which values civic partnership with business leaders, community leaders, and our neighbors. Claytonians turn out in high numbers to celebrate the annual family-friendly festivities such as the Art and Wine Festival, our homespun 4th of July Parade, the Oktoberfest celebration, and our ever popular Concerts in The Grove summer series on select Saturdays and Thursdays in our beautiful Downtown Park.
In Clayton, everyone is family. And families are most important. Clayton is simply a great place to live, work and play for people who cherish small-town living and traditional American values.
In this community, crime is low and police are respected. High-quality public and private schools are plentiful. Trails for pedestrians, equestrians and bicyclists meander through the City connecting one with another. Clayton has been listed three times running as one of CNN’s Money Magazines “Top 100 Places to Live in the Nation” for small cities.
Whether you’re a first-time visitor to our city, long-time resident, or are considering moving here to reside, raise a family or open a business, we want you to know we are here to help make your stay the highest quality of life one can enjoy.
Location and Climate
Concord, California is located 29 miles east of San Francisco, adjacent to beautiful Mt. Diablo. The city covers 31.13 square miles. With a 2010 census count of 122,067 residents, it is the largest city in Contra Costa County.
Concord provides ready access to San Francisco, Napa Valley, Silicon Valley and Sacramento. This convenient, central location, along with a temperate climate, allows residents to enjoy a wide variety of unique and scenic attractions within the immediate Bay Area as well as throughout Northern California.
Neighborhoods are important to the city’s family-oriented lifestyle, which balances Concord’s gracious early California heritage with vigorous, thoughtful development. Concord offers a range of housing options and prices, from apartments to executive residences. Quiet neighborhoods, numerous parks and large preserves of open space add to the quality of life for all residents.
In the early decades of the 20th Century, the Hayward Area became known as the “Heart of the Garden of Eden” because of its temperate climate and fertile soil. Everything – produce, chickens, cattle, flowers – grew in abundance. By 1950, Hayward, grown to a population of 14,000, had become the “Apricot City” and home to Hunt’s Cannery.
After World War II, more and more newcomers flocked to Hayward as they searched for and found affordable housing, quick access to job markets and a lifestyle conducive to raising young families. The Hayward Post-war Planning Committee, formed in 1944, laid much of the groundwork for a self-sustaining and balanced community. The Committee formulated a comprehensive 12-Point Plan that led to road improvements, industrial development, bus lines, hospitals, an airport, libraries, a water system, parks and institutions of higher education.
Today, the City of Hayward is known as the “Heart of the Bay,” not only for its central location but also for its accepting and caring environment.
Hayward continues to plan for the future, maintaining a balance between the needs of our diverse residents and a growing business community. Hayward’s Growth Management Strategy, designed with input from citizens, balances the needs of our growing population with the preservation of open space, and the need for economic development.
We are creating a pedestrian-friendly downtown with a balanced mix of housing, retail shops, offices and restaurants. The new Civic Center serves as the focal point for this revitalization. Encouraging new businesses to move to Hayward, expanding our sales tax base and strengthening our diverse economy are priorities.