Pleasant Hill Gateways Project

In 2012, the city's Economic Development Committee began a review and analysis of our gateway and entryway areas to identify ways to improve the brand of our fine city, not only to enhance the overall appearance of the city, but to also encourage new investment in Pleasant Hill as part of our overall economic development.

The city engaged SZFM Design Studio to conduct an assessment of our key gateway and entryway areas.

SZFM determined that "Pleasant Hill's current gateway monuments lack the iconic and modern branding flavor that the city needs to implement and update its image."

SZFM further determined that our current gateway monuments (the "pagodas") were in various states of disrepair and in some instances surrounded by overgrown landscaping.

This effort to update our brand is called the "Gateways Project."

The project will involve selection of design concepts for city branding, gateways and wayfinding signage.

In addition to seeking professional assistance, Pleasant Hill is seeking residents' help in updating our image without abandoning our well-developed sense of place and our sense of community already present.

The city invites all residents to get involved in the Gateways Project and help define the character of Pleasant Hill, and weigh in with your viewpoint about what is unique about our city.

Help us identify the important public destinations and the need for additional signage to help you navigate there.

Help determine the location of the main gateway and entry areas of the city.

You can do all this and more by joining the planned interactive public discussions about Pleasant Hill's natural features, the social fabric of our community, our history and business community.

The city anticipates an intensive six- to eight-month outreach process to solicit your help and your opinions.

Several workshops will be scheduled to obtain public input to better understand what you think are the important features and characteristics of our community.

If you want to help set the direction for this project, don't miss the important first meeting from 6:30 to 8 p.m. June 12.

The meeting will take place at Pleasant Hill City Hall in the Large Community Meeting Room.

Who should attend? Residents, merchants, students, anyone interested in helping to define, brand and design city gateways.

So if you are you looking to get involved, here is a fine opportunity! I hope to see you there.

For more information on this project, contact Kelly Calhoun at 925-671-5213.

Plastic Bag Survey Update

Last month I reported that the City Council was considering a proposed ordinance to prohibit single-use plastic carryout bags in all retail stores, including restaurants.

I asked for you to participate in an online survey to let us know what you thought about the proposed ordinance, and so far 248 of you responded.

Nearly 60 percent have voted in favor of a plastic bag ban.

The survey remains open until June 15, so you have time to let your viewpoint be known. You will find the survey atwww.pleasant-hill.net/plastic-bags.

Grads and Dads

Congratulations to all our Pleasant Hill graduates! Good luck as you move on to higher education or the world at large.

Thank you to all our Pleasant Hill dads!

My father died nearly seven years ago, but his voice -- encouraging, critical or praising as the occasion warrants -- is heard by me everyday.

Timothy M. Flaherty is the mayor of Pleasant Hill. Contact him at tflaherty@ci.pleasant-hill.ca.us.