Each year, the Pleasant Hill Chamber of Commerce sponsors an annual Mayor's Breakfast.
This is an opportunity for the mayor to provide a State of the City address to members of the community.
At this past Mayor's Breakfast in February, I presented my Pleasant Hill Top 10 list for the past 12 months.
With due respect to the many wonderful projects and events that didn't make this list, here's my Top 10.
In November's election, voters brought into city office three new faces: council members Ken Carlson and Tim Flaherty, and City Clerk Kimberly Lehmkuhl. Voters also re-elected Councilman David Durant and City Treasurer Mark Celio. Congratulations!
I'm looking forward to the renovation of this out-of-date shopping center. This area has great potential.
I can imagine a mixed-use development with a thriving shopping mecca, housing for DVC students and faculty, trendy restaurants and cafes, and other amenities along the creek.
Through the great work of our city staff, we've been able to provide safer trail crossings for pedestrians and bike riders.
Each of the new crossings is designed to help both drivers and trail users navigate the challenge of sharing our roads in the safest manner possible.
There are major improvements on the way for the intersection of Pleasant Hill Road and Geary Road, Buskirk Avenue, and Contra Costa Boulevard.
Each of these projects will include enhanced landscaping to keep our city beautiful.
None of this would've been possible without the hard work of our staff that generated some $2 million in grants to fund these projects. Another great job!
Our business community and the sales tax they generate are vital to the success of our city.
To help current businesses and to entice others to locate in Pleasant Hill, the City Council has established two new programs -- a retail marketing program and a facade improvement program.
If you have a local business and would like to learn more about the grants and loans available for these programs, contact our economic development director Kelly Calhoun at 925-671-5213.
This past year we've enjoyed many special events that have enriched our lives and provided our families with opportunities to experience what's best about our community.
Among my favorites are the Art, Jazz & Wine Festival, Light up the Night, the Fourth of July Celebration, and the summer concerts at City Hall and downtown.
I'm looking forward to enjoying all of these events again this year. Hope to see you there.
When I introduced Community Service Day during my first term as mayor, I knew it had great potential to bring people of all ages together to improve the quality of life in Pleasant Hill.
Now entering its ninth year, I have not been disappointed. Our Community Service Day has been so successful that other communities have copied it.
It was recognized last year by the League of California Cities as the best Community Service and Development Program in California.
Our ninth annual Community Service Day will be Saturday, Sept. 28. Please mark it on your calendar.
We welcomed many new businesses to our community in the past 12 months. Among my favorites are In-N-Out Burger and Zachary's Pizza.
In-N-Out has been a California favorite since 1948. Zachary's Pizza has been a tradition in Berkeley since 1983.
It's nice to know I won't have to go to Berkeley anymore to eat one of their wonderful stuffed pizzas.
The old Mervyn's site now houses a new Safeway with Nordstrom Rack scheduled to open next door. My wife can hardly wait!
Both of these facilities are wonderful additions to our city.
I've already attended a number of terrific events at these centers and I'm looking forward to the opening of the new Community Center later this year.
Hats off to the Rec & Park District and all those who worked so hard to see the centers become a reality.
Our residents are what make Pleasant Hill so special. We celebrated the finest Pleasant Hill has to offer at January's Community Awards Night.
But what's impressive about Pleasant Hill is that for every Community Awards Night winner there are hundreds of other residents whose hard work and dedication make Pleasant Hill the great place it is to live, work, and raise a family. My sincere thanks to all of you.
Here's to another great year!
Harris is the mayor of Pleasant Hill. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.