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Pleasant Hill Mayor's Message

Jan 31, 2015 01:52PM ● Published by Jennifer Neys

Mayor Ken Carlson

by Ken Carlson, Mayor of Pleasant Hill

I was lucky enough to grow up in Pleasant Hill and attend both Pleasant Hill Middle and Pleasant Hill High Schools. I often share stories with friends about going to Frank’s Diner, now Ann’s Sunshine Café on Oak Park Blvd., after school and getting what Frank called a Brown Derby -- a glazed donut with ice cream, whipped cream, and hot fudge, all for 35 cents. I have many other fond memories, such as playing baseball in PHBA at Pleasant Hill Park. For all the years I was away, there was always the sense of needing to go home and be a part of my community from childhood. Fortunately for me, and all who live here, these aren’t just memories, it’s the Pleasant Hill of today. It is this community and spirit of Pleasant Hill that finally brought me back home in 2005 and motivated me to get involved and be a part of it.

While I am proud to be an active part of this community, I often find myself in awe of so many of our community members who get involved and give so much of themselves. Pleasant Hill is teaming with dedicated service organizations and volunteers. Our own Civic Action Commission devotes hundreds of hours to bring us the Summer Concert Series, Community Service Day, and other activities, which give us all the opportunity to come together to celebrate and build our community. So many service organizations and businesses join in and support Pleasant Hill in so many ways it would be impossible to name or recognize them all. This year’s 44th Annual Pleasant Hill Community Awards held on January 29 is just one small way we honor and appreciate those who give so much of themselves to support our great city. Personally, I am grateful for all who serve or volunteer in whatever capacity they are able.

In the tradition of Pleasant Hill’s community service and awareness on Friday, February 27, the fifth annual ComeTogether Concert will be held at the beautiful Community Center. This event benefits teen music programs in Pleasant Hill, with all performers coming together to donate their time and talent. This year’s concert lineup is full of locally grown musicians and singers. Tickets can be can be purchased at the Rec & Park District offices (147 Gregory Lane) or online at https://cometogether5.eventbrite.com.

Another celebration this year is the 50th anniversary of the Pleasant HillRebels. Since its inception in 1965, the youth football and cheer organization has been a staple of our community. In 2005 they expanded beyond Pleasant Hill to include Lafayette, Moraga, and Orinda, essentially tripling the organization’s size. They have officially changed their name to the “Pleasant Hill Lamorinda Rebels,” but continue to be an integral part of the Pleasant Hill community and our youth. Their anniversary will be celebrated at this year’s homecoming game. Stand by for the date; you won’t want to miss this game.

Finally, one of the organizations that keep this community vibrant and exciting is the Pleasant Hill Chamber of Commerce. Each year, they host the Mayor’s Breakfast, which will give me the opportunity to present my “State of the City” and talk about what’s coming up this year. The breakfast will be held at the Senior Center on Friday, February 20, beginning at 7:30am. If you wish to purchase tickets, call the Chamber at 687-0700 or go online at www.pleasanthillca.org/mayortickets.

If you are unable to attend the Mayor’s Breakfast, feel free to email me with any questions or comments. I am happy to listen and exchange ideas, kcarlson@pleasanthillca.org.

Community Pleasant Hill Mayor Ken Carlson
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