It’s no secret: Oakland and Berkeley have changed a lot in the last decade. But, El Sobrante, an East Bay town on the opposite end of the tunnel, hasn’t attracted the same attention as its neighbors. How long can that last?
Over the Berkeley hills and six miles down the winding San Pablo Dam Road, a faded green sign peeks out from a handful of oak trees: “Welcome to El Sobrante”.
This is my hometown.