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October Pleasant Hill Mayor's Message

Oct 01, 2015 08:26PM ● By Jennifer Neys

Mayor Ken Carlson

by Ken Carlson, Mayor of Pleasant Hill

We just celebrated our 11th annual Community Service Day with hundreds of volunteers laboring at almost twenty projects sites around the city. Since its inception in 2005, the event has involved around 9,000 volunteers and more than 35,000 hours of community service logged. Other highlights include:

·      15 tons of food collected for the Contra Costa Food Bank

·      650 bikes repaired and donated to foster children

  • More than 40,000 children’s book covers cleaned and sorted
  • Creeks and open space areas cleared
  • Six tons of trash removed from Ellinwood Creek
  • Organic and instructional gardens cleared, prepared for winter, or planted
  • Hundreds of plants and trees added to parks and gardens

These are just some of the many achievements made possible by volunteers during Community Service Day. I want to thank all of you who have participated over the past 11 years in this great community-building event. Keep up the good work!

New LED Streetlights for Pleasant Hill

The city is working with PG&E to convert approximately 1,600 PG&E-owned, non-decorative streetlights to energy efficient and longer lasting Light Emitting Diode (LED) fixtures.

LED streetlights brighten streets and neighborhoods, providing residents with reliable, clean and affordable energy. They use 50 to 75 percent less energy than traditional bulbs, significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and require less maintenance. They have a more natural-looking light, can last up to four times longer than traditional bulbs, and provide greater visibility for pedestrians and drivers alike. 

Each installation takes approximately 10 minutes per lamp fixture, with all work being done in public. Residents will be notified of replacement activity occurring in their neighborhood prior to PG&E’s arrival.  For more information, go to or email [email protected] with any questions.

New Gateway Signs Proposed for Pleasant Hill

Over the past year, city staff has been working with Wallace Roberts & Todd (WRT) urban design consultants on designs for new gateway signs, as well as wayfinding signage around the city. The process included ten public workshops and multiple focus group meetings to solicit input from various community members regarding design concepts and locations for the new signs.

WRT presented the draft plan for new gateway and wayfinding signs to the city council at its meeting on August 17. The design concept shown here was approved by the council. City staff will now begin working with WRT on the engineering design and manufacturing of the signage.

The first phase of this proposal would install eight new gateway markers to replace the current “pagoda” signs and up to 29 wayfinding signs to highlight main attractions, such as Downtown and key buildings and parks, in order to help both residents and visitors navigate major destinations in the city.

For more information on this project, contact Economic Development Manager Kelly Calhoun at [email protected] or call (925) 671-5213.