A family-oriented town an hour from both San Francisco and Monterey, Pleasanton has one of the strongest school districts in California. In 1917, Pleasanton became the backdrop for the film Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, which starred Mary Pickford. The town was once home to Phoebe Apperson Hearst, who lived in a 50-room mansion on a 2,000 acres estate, now the site of Castlewood Country Club.
LDS Members make up 1.66% of the population in Pleasanton. The state of California has the largest LDS population outside of Utah. California has 768,344 members in 1,348 wards and branches, 16 missions, and 7 temples and 189 Family History Centers.
Latter-day Saints have played important roles in California History. A group of a few hundred LDS converts from the Northeastern United States and Europe arrived at what would become San Francisco in the 1840s aboard the ship Brooklyn, more than doubling the population of the small town. The Pleasanton LDS Stake, 675th stake of the LDS Church, was created on 8 Dec 1974 with Dale Edwin Nielsen as first stake president.