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BRENTWOOD is located in the East Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area. It is in East Contra Costa County, California in the United States about 60 miles (97 km) almost due east from San Francisco.The population is 51,481 as of 2010. Brentwood began as a farming community in the late 19th Century, and still is known throughout the Bay Area for its agricultural products, primarily its cherries, corn and peaches. Many of the old farms and orchards have been replaced by suburban developments since 1990. Brentwood is increasingly residential, with the rate of population growth in the triple digits during the 1990s and 69% from 2000 through 2005.

History
Brentwood was originally laid out on land donated from property owned by John Marsh, an East Contra Costa County pioneer who acquired Rancho Los Meganos, the land grant that Brentwood is built upon, in 1837 from Jose Noriega. Brentwood was named after Marsh’s ancestral home, the town of Brentwood in the County of Essex, England.

Brentwood’s first post office was established in 1878. The city incorporated in 1948.

Balfour, Guthrie & Co., a British investment company, purchased the John Marsh ranch in 1910.The company invested heavily in other California agricultural properties as well. In 1910, it built the Brentwood Hotel at Oak Street and Brentwood Boulevard, across from the railroad station. This replaced an earlier hotel on the same site that had burned down in 1903. The hotel was razed in 1967, and replaced by a service station.

Original Brentwood water tower
The Brentwood water tower perhaps symbolizes the city’s transition from a rural farm community to a modern bedroom community. This landmark on Walnut Street, across the street from the Brentwood Park and Ride lot, is the tallest structure in the city. It is no longer used for its original purpose, but now serves as a cell phone tower. City water is stored in large tanks atop hills outside the city.
During the 1990s, a great deal of retail stores were built along the Brentwood/Antioch borderon Lone Tree Way at the SR 4 Bypass, about 3.5 miles (5.6 km) from downtown Brentwood.This includes major tenants such as Kohl’s, Trader Joe’s, Home Depot, Lowes. Slatten Ranch Shopping Center, actually on the Antioch side of Lone Tree Way, includes Target, Sport Chalet and Barnes & Noble. J. C. Penney opened its Slatten Ranch store in March 2008.

The Streets of Brentwood, an outdoor lifestyle retail center, opened in Brentwood in the Fall of 2008. The Streets of Brentwood’s upscale shops include Banana Republic, Coldwater Creek, DSW Shoes, Jos. A. Bank, REI, Swarovski, Victoria’s Secret, and White House/Black Market. The only all-digital Rave Motion Pictures in the San Francisco Bay Area is located in the Streets of Brentwood. Dining establishments found in Streets of Brentwood include Bangkok 101, Mel’s Diner, Grazie! Grill, Code Brew Coffee, Salad Makers, BJ’s Brewhouse and Red Robin. A short drive on the Hwy4 Bypass south of Streets of Brentwood is the elegant Vic Stewart’s Steakhouse which had originally started with a location in Walnut Creek.

The city broke ground for a new civic center in November, 2009. The Mission-style architectural inspiration for City Hall, the main building, was the 1910 Brentwood Hotel. Other facilities will include a parking garage and a community center.

Geography
As shown by the view from Mount Diablo, Brentwood is located on the alluvial plain of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. In this picture, Brentwood is in the center right and the city of Antioch is in the center left. North Peak, appears in the foreground between the two cities and largely hides the city of Oakley.

Brentwood has a total area of 14.81 sq mi (38.4 km2), of which 14.79 sq mi (38.3 km2) is land and 0.02 sq mi (0.05 km2) or 0.13% is water. The landscape on the west is marked by rolling hills, native grasses, oak trees, fruit orchards, and vineyards, with a number of public golf courses.

Education

Public schools
Brentwood’s public education system has about 7 elementary, 3 middle, and 3 high schools.The city is served by the Brentwood Union School District, Knightsen School District and the Liberty Union High School District. The Brentwood Union School District runs on a modified traditional school calendar. The Brentwood Union School District has many California Distinguished Schools. Heritage High School includes a full range of Advanced Placement courses and the highest API score in the area, stellar performing arts programs, and championship athletic teams.

Los Medanos College operates a satellite facility at Sand Creek Road and Brentwood Blvd. (Highway 4).
Brentwood was one of 118 cities designated by KaBOOM! as a Playful City USA for 2010 -with only 10 in California and only Brentwood, Redwood City and San Francisco in Northern California. Each community selected demonstrated creative commitments to the cause of play and fitness. Brentwood was selected for a variety of reasons, including that fact that it offers the community its Wellness Policy, a community-wide aspirational goal which promotes physical activity and education as the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle. Brentwood has 58 parks within nearly 12 square miles (31 km2), and miles of jogging trails, to support healthy lifestyles.

Public libraries
The Brentwood branch of the Contra Costa County Library is located on Second Street inBrentwood, across from the Civic Center (currently under construction).[8]

Demographics

2010
The 2010 United States Census reported that Brentwood had a population of 51,481.

Economy
Agriculture remains important to the local economy, but has declined in relative importanceas the city has become more suburban. Local wineries including Bloomfield, Tamayo, and Hannah Nicole have gained in sales and prestige after winning numerous medals in recent years at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition and the California State Fair. There is no heavy industry and only a small light industrial area in the northeastern part of the city. Brentwood underwent a strong economic boom from 2000 through 2008. Population expanded from 23,302 in 2000 to about 48,000 in 2006, a higher growth rate than other communities in the Bay Area. The boom stalled in 2009, paralleling the economic crisis that affected all of California, but successful new home subdivisions, including a gated community (Carmel Estates), appeared again in 2010. Within an active adult community (Trilogy at the Vineyards), Club Los Meganos opened in 2010 with 34,000 square feet of athletic club, pool and cabanas, gourmet studio, spa, tennis courts, and events center.

Top Employers
According to the City’s 2009 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in thecity are:

  • Brentwood Union School District
  • Liberty Union High School District
  • City of Brentwood
  • Precision Cabinets
  • Safeway
  • WinCo Foods
  • The Home Depot
  • Kohl’s
  • Raley’s
  • Best Buy

Transportation

Highway
Public transportation is very limited, so the main roads leading into the city are very congested with commuter traffic. No freeways served Brentwood directly, until February 2008, when the John Marsh Heritage Highway (also known as the California State Route 4 Bypass orBypass Road) was built to connect the city’s main roads directly with State Route 4 in Antioch. As of mid-2010, the freeway portion of Bypass Road ends at the Lone Tree Way Exit. The bypass continues as a two-lane highway to its intersection with Marsh Creek Road and the end of Vasco Road, an unnumbered highway that is the main route to Livermore, Interstate 580,and the Silicon Valley. In 2011, Vasco Road is undergoing further construction/improvement to reduce the driving time between Brentwood and Livermore. Highway 4 is currently undergoing multi-million dollar improvements that are scheduled to add lanes through Antioch and Pittsburg by 2015 in order to reduce the driving time between Brentwood and Concord/WalnutCreek.

Bus service
Local bus service is provided by Tri Delta Transit company. This company also operates express bus service to the Pittsburg/Bay Point and the Pleasanton/Dublin BART rail stations Mondaythrough Friday, several a day, and only in the predominant commute direction. It takes about one hour to reach Pittsburg/Bay Point BART from the Brentwood Park & Ride lot on WalnutStreet.

Rail
There is no passenger rail service to Brentwood. The nearest Altamont Commuter Express train station is in Livermore. The nearest Amtrak station is in Antioch, CA.
There is a freight-only rail line that passes through Brentwood, which is owned by Union Pacific Railroad. However, the line has been inactive since the early 1990s. Union Pacific Railroad does have plans to reactivate this line sometime in the future.

Agriculture-related attractions
The Brentwood “Cornfest” occurs one weekend in July each year, culminating in aconcert. Past performers include Eddie Money, Eric Burdon and The Fixx.
Numerous local farms operate produce stands or offer “U-Pick” opportunities.

A farmer’s market is held on First Street in downtown Brentwood on Saturday mornings from May through October.
Hannah Nicole Vineyards including tasting room.

Points of interest

  • East Contra Costa Historical Society and Museum East of Brentwood on Sellers Road.
  • John Marsh House Currently not open to the public.
  • Los Vaqueros Reservoir [1]
  • Marsh Creek Trail [2]
  • Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta

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