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Mayor's Message Walnut Creek

Oct 30, 2017 01:20PM ● By Rich Carlston

Giving Thanks and Giving Back

By Rich Carlston, Mayor of Walnut Creek

November is a month to stop and contemplate the many things for which we are thankful and for the many acts of kindness and services performed.

This is also a time to provide services to families and communities that have been so drastically affected by last month’s Northern California fires. While the fires have subsided, the needs of our neighbors remain.  Please remember to continue addressing these needs. During the firestorms of October, the City of Walnut Creek provided significant assistance.  Ten employees of the City were assigned to go to affected areas and provide critical services in the area of public safety  (police officers and building departments) and communications. During that crisis, we know many of our residents, businesses and faith communities contributed substantial financial support, service, and supplies to affected areas. We thank you for all you have done!

We are proud of all that was done during the time of crisis but need to remember that continued support is necessary during the time of recovery. As communities and families attempt to recover from their respective disasters, we at the City will continue to provide critical assistance to our sister cities and communities.  We anticipate a continuing need for support from our building department as these cities and communities struggle with the difficulty and volume of reviewing and approving plans for rebuilding. And there will be a continuing need for financial support and services from our wonderful community as recovery efforts continue.

November is also the month when we remember and recognize the service and sacrifice provided by our veterans.  The City of Walnut Creek will do so on November 11 with a Veterans Day program.  The program will take place in the Lesher Center for the Arts beginning at 11am. Please join us for this very special program and help us honor our many veterans.

As your schedules allow, consider enjoying the Walnut Creek Ice Rink (which opens on November 10), our many wonderful restaurants, shopping opportunities, and parks and open spaces.

Again, our thoughts and hearts go out to those who have suffered tragedy because of the terrible firestorm. Our great thanks and appreciation go out to those extraordinary fire fighters, first responders, and leaders whose sacrifice and extraordinary efforts were so critical.