President’s Message June 2018
Summertime….and the Chamber is busy. (apologies to George Gershwin!)
We made it to summer! I don’t know anyone who doesn’t look forward to summer—vacations, bar-b-ques, festivals, spending time outdoors—it’s certainly my favorite season. It’s always a busy time for me personally and professionally. And it’s a busy time for the Chamber as well.
We have begun a few exciting projects that we will hopefully complete by summer’s end. First, we are beginning a major overhaul of our website and newsletter under the guidance of our editor and webmaster Martha Booz, a committee of progressive board members, and the skills and services of the people at Nerd Crossing. We expect you will enjoy the new look and experience our internet presence will offer. Watch for the unveiling in the coming months.
You may be contacted by a volunteer asking for an updated email address. We want to ensure everyone who wants to receive their copy of the About Town Newsletter does receive it. This address list update will help that cause. I assure you that the Chamber and its staff will never sell or publish your email address without your consent, and you can be removed at any time—just notify email@example.com
In addition, we are assisting with a Boy Scout’s Eagle Scout Service Project of replacing our “Welcome to El Sobrante” signs. The plans are to have stone pillars with metal signs attached at intersections on San Pablo Dam Road at both El Portal Dr. and Castro Ranch Rd. Local civic groups who wish to have their organizations represented on the posts may contact the chamber office (510-223-0757) for details.
El Sobrante will get some national recognition this summer on HGTV. The Property Brothers, Drew and Jonathan Scott, filmed a season-long segment of their popular Brother vs. Brother series, and the first episode recently premiered. One of the houses used this season was on Santa Rita Rd. in our community (the other house was in Pinole, [whatever :-p]). My co-worker Melanie Johnson and I from Windermere Rowland Realty had the opportunity to meet the brothers and participate in taping one of the episodes, so much fun. I don’t have any idea who will win, but the El Sobrante house is very cool. Jonathan, the brother who bought that house and remodeled it, said he chose the location because of the views of the valley, proximity to San Francisco and the East Bay, and hoped the sale of the newly renovated home would inspire further transformations in the community. Both homes are now for sale, and the proceeds will be donated back to community charities.
Exciting times in El Sobrante for sure.
Have a great and safe summer.