December Pleasant Hill Mayor's Message
Nov 28, 2016 06:48PM
● By Sue Noack
Sue Noack, Pleasant Hill Mayor
The past month of November was a time for giving thanks. First, I am thankful our election season is over. I have never seen less dignity or respect in the nation as I have over the last couple of months. Personal attacks and mischaracterizations were abundant. Tensions continue to run high, but I am thankful that this nation is typically resilient. I truly hope that we can pull together and heal the many wounds created.
I want to give thanks to the people of this city. We were not a microcosm of the nation’s rancor. While disagreements existed, most were met with civility and decorum. The city will usher in a new city councilmember come December and two new Recreation and Park board members. While an exciting time for all, it is with a degree of sadness that three excellent public servants retire from long service to our community. I want to thank them for all they have done.
David Durant is completing his fourth term on city council. He held the office of mayor in 2002, 2007, and 2011. Prior to serving on the council, he was a member of the city’s planning commission from 1996 to 1999, and before that he served three years on the Pleasant Hill Redevelopment Advisory Committee. It has been an honor to serve with David over the last two years. He has always been thoughtful and diligent. His historical perspective has been invaluable in our council deliberations.
Sherry Sterrett has been a Rec & Park board member for twenty years. In addition, she served on city council from 1987 to 1995 and was mayor in 1992. Prior to city council, Sherry served on the Mt. Diablo Unified School District Board of Directors from 1980 to 1986. I also want to note that she has been an active participant on the library task force over the last two years.
Dennis Donaghu has served on the Rec & Park board for ten years. Prior to that and during his tenure he also served as Pleasant Hill’s representative on the Contra Costa County Iron Horse Corridor Advisory Committee from 1999 to 2009. All three will be missed, but I am sure they will be around to lend their guidance if needed.
I want to thank the residents of Pleasant Hill for supporting our Measure K. The revenues derived from this measure will bring much needed work to our infrastructure as well as a new library. I am thankful for your trust in our city council to use these funds as indicated. We will honor that trust and keep you updated on the status of projects.
I also want to thank everyone for supporting me as mayor this year. I have had the opportunity to meet so many people and get to know numerous organizations that make this community great. I appreciate the opportunity to build closer relationships with the Rec & Park board and the MDUSD Board. I look forward to continuing my service on city council and maintaining my involvement in the community.
As you begin your holiday shopping, please don’t forget to thank our local businesses by shopping at their establishments. Festive banners and decorations throughout the city along with free parking will keep you in the holiday mood while keeping our businesses healthy and jobs in place. The city’s many excellent restaurants will make shopping a fun family outing.
Lastly, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention upcoming holiday festivities. Don’t miss our Light Up the Night on November 30 in downtown Pleasant Hill. It’s always a great family event. Rodgers Ranch has a holiday boutique on December 3 & 4, 10am to 4pm, and Rec & Park’s holiday festival is at the Community Center on December 7, starting at 5pm. There will be lots of fun family activities at this annual favorite. I hope to see you all at these events. Happy Holidays!