The Sunalta District – was almost the name given to Montclair.
Back in 1919, the Oakland Real Estate Board advertised in Oakland Tribune, “$50 cash Prize” to come with a name for the area now called Montclair.
The deadline was Jan 1, 1920.
On Jan 11, 1920, the Tribune reported that the received about 2000 suggestions and decided on Sunalta.
Sunalta was proposed by C.S. Rice of Oakland.
But for some reason, they felt there was yet a better name.
They extended the contest until Feb 15, 1920.
I have yet to find out the winner of that contest. I assume someone came up with Montclair. Thank you!
I do wonder what other names people came up it. With 2000 entries, there had to be something better than Sunalta.