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August Pleasant Hill Mayor's Message

Jul 31, 2015 09:43AM ● By Jennifer Neys

Mayor Ken Carlson

Protecting public safety is a commitment we all share. Having served as both mayor of Pleasant Hill and a police officer for many years, I understand the importance of public safety and first responder access to critical infrastructure. When PG&E first sat down with the City of Pleasant Hill last year regarding the company’s pipeline safety program, we were told that nearly 70 trees would need to be removed in our city due to safety concerns. The problem with PG&E’s approach to this program is that it did not appropriately balance the need for safety with the need to preserve the beauty and character of our community.

Fast-forward a year later. Thanks to PG&E’s willingness to work with us and other East Bay cities, we are in a much different and better place. PG&E has since amended its Community Pipeline Safety Initiative to include a much more detailed review of trees located near the pipeline. This new, more thoughtful approach guarantees we would only remove trees if they posed an immediate emergency access and safety concern.

The city is in the process of working with PG&E to review the information collected on trees located on streets and other public areas near the pipeline. Together we will determine which trees may stay in place and continue to provide beauty and shade to our city streets and neighborhoods without diminishing the primary focus of the program -- the safety of each resident. PG&E has committed to regularly monitor these trees to be sure they do not develop into a safety concern in the future. We’ll also be working closely with the utility on a plan for tree replacements and landscaping restoration to preserve our city’s beauty. I truly appreciate PG&E’s willingness to work with us and other community leaders to improve its community gas safety program. Protecting public safety and our city’s trees at the same time is something we can all be proud of.

National Night Out

Keeping the community’s safety in mind, join me and the officers and volunteers of the Pleasant Hill Police Department as we host the 7th annual National Night Out event on Tuesday, August 4, 6 to 8pm, on the lawn at City Hall. This event is a great way to showcase our community spirit and support community policing in Pleasant Hill. National Night Out was developed to strengthen neighborhood spirit and create partnerships between law enforcement and the community in an effort to lower crime. There will be free games, fun activities, food, and drinks for all the family. For more information, e-mail Shel White at [email protected]

Speaking of community policing, we can all help prevent crime in Pleasant Hill. Some common sense ways of doing this are:  not leaving valuables in plain sight when your vehicle is unattended; remembering to lock your doors at home and close your garage at night; and joining one of the many Neighborhood Watch groups in the city. For helpful tips or more information on this program, contact Pam Mosher at (925) 288-4630.