7 Reasons Pleasant Hill Should Reject Michael Harris


When asked to explain his record at a recent Pleasant Hill City Council candidate forum, 12-year-incumbent Michael Harris replied, “You know me.”   Posturing as everybody’s pal allows Harris to dodge scrutiny of his record.  Experienced politicians frequently employ tricks like these because they work.  They know that most voters are too busy to pay attention to what […]

Hulafrog offers local, kid-friendly events calendar for parents

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Wondering what to do with the kids this weekend? Look no further. Hulafrog, a national network of local community guides for families, has launched its latest website in the Walnut Creek Diablo area. The site promises parents a daily dose of the best local activities, destinations, deals and other resources for kids. Hulafrog answers many […]

Pleasant Hill OKs unpopular hotel development project


Despite no public support, strong resistance from neighborhood residents, and reservations from its Architectural Review and Planning Commissioners, the Pleasant Hill City Council has approved a plan to allow a massive hotel development project adjacent to a residential neighborhood on Ellinwood Way, on the 2.4-acre site of the former Chevy’s restaurant. At its June 16, […]

California law to ban plastic bags will not protect environment or reduce litter

California laws to ban plastic bags

We’ve posted about the California legislature’s latest questionable environmental regulation du jour to ban plastic bags and allow groceries, eateries, and other stores to charge fees for paper bags here and here. The idea behind SB 270, introduced by State Senator Alex Alex Padilla (D-San Fernando Valley), is that this will benefit the environment and reduce municipal costs. But […]

Hilton Homewood Suites Proposal Revives Growth Worries in Pleasant Hill

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Today the spectre of another voter growth limitation initiative looms over Pleasant Hill. Now more than ever, residents cherish the low-rise suburban look and feel of Pleasant Hill because it’s more liveable and desirable than more urbanized neighboring cities. Public officials who overlook this fact do so at their own peril.

Pleasant Hill amends zoning rules; upholds gun sales restrictions despite legal challenge

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On Monday, June 9th the Pleasant Hill City Council introduced zoning ordinance amendments to “sync up” with its law adopted last year that regulates firearms and ammunition sales. As expected, introduction of the zoning changes was approved on a 3-2 vote that mirrored last year’s adoption of the new gun law (Councilmembers Carlson and Weir opposed; Durant, Flaherty […]

Firearms Ordinance battle in Pleasant Hill, continues June 9


The Pleasant Hill City Council will hold a special public hearing on June 9, to consider its Planning Commission’s refusal to amend that city’s Zoning laws to accommodate the recent City Council Firearms Ordinance, which would further restrict the sale and purchase of firearms and ammunition. The hearing will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, […]