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December Pleasant Hill Mayor's Message

Dec 08, 2015 10:38PM ● By Ken Carlson

It’s holiday time again and a new year is just around the corner. I wanted to take this opportunity to wish everyone a wonderful holiday season and a happy new year. My hope is that all enjoy the company of family and friends and can celebrate the season in joy and peace. 

It’s hard to believe how fast this year has sped by. It seems like only yesterday I was nervously stepping into the role of mayor, and now that year has passed and we prepare to select next year’s mayor. This has been a tremendous year, and I want to thank my fellow council members for their thoughtful and conscientious work and patience.

I also want to thank all of those who serve as members of our many commissions and all of the volunteers who donate so much of their time to serve this community and its citizens. They work tirelessly to bring services and education to our seniors and students. They also work to bring us entertainment, like the Summer Concert Series, the Plaza Concert Series and, of course, our holiday kickoff event, Light up the Night. Don’t let me forget Community Service Day, where they organize and bring together volunteers from throughout the city to help our schools, seniors, and organizations citywide. All of our volunteers who serve do so with the goal of making Pleasant Hill the close and wonderful community it has been and will continue to be. 

I am at a loss for words on how to thank all of the devoted staff and employees who serve this community. Their patience with me alone is worth note. Their support and the dedicated way in which they go about getting the work done is amazing. I have never worked with a more motivated and committed group of individuals. Many work long hours and often go the extra mile to support our programs and efforts. 

Don’t let me forget the citizens of this great city. Thank you all for your involvement and input. Getting your feedback is tremendously helpful and often very insightful. I am grateful to you all for being so engaging.

For me, this has been a tremendous year of growth and discovery, and having all of the support from those around me has made it the best. I look forward to next year as we continue together to work towards the continued goal of making Pleasant Hill the wonderful city it is.

Please join me for our holiday kick off, the 8th annual Light up the Night Holiday Celebration in Downtown Pleasant Hill on December 2. This is the best way to get the holidays started. There will be arts and crafts vendors there to help in holiday gift buying or decorating, and Santa is all set to arrive to join in the many festivities in Downtown Pleasant Hill, including the lighting of a 25-foot decorated tree in the small plaza next to Pasta Pomodoro at 6pm. Music, dance performances, and caroling will also be on stage at two locations on Crescent Drive. There will be free horse drawn carriage rides, free hot chocolate, coffee and cookies, music, Studio A dancers & caroling on two stages, "Elf on the Shelf" treasure hunt, free pictures with Santa, holiday arts & crafts fair, and tree lighting, all starting at 6pm. I hope to see you there! 

Thank you all again, and may you all have a wonderful holiday season. Please keep our friends in Paris in your thoughts and prayers as they recover from the recent tragedy.