District 4 Supervisor Karen Mitchoff
We live in an ever-evolving economy with constant change in community needs, and serving constituents in District IV is my #1 Priority. I encourage you to contact me directly with any questions or concerns you might have.
I look forward to seeing you around the community!
What is the plan for the new Pleasant Hill Community Library?
The new Pleasant Hill Library is being designed by the award-winning firm Bohlin Cywinski Jackson (BCJ), with extensive community input throughout the design process. The design documents are nearing completion. Construction activities are expected to begin in late 2019, with a grand opening in spring 2021.
The vision for the library is a place where people of all ages can explore, learn and connect. As visitors go through the entry doors, they will find an open central space to support a collection of 70,000 items, and spaces for reading, storytelling, accessing technology, collaborating and gathering. There will be a special “maker space” for hands-on creativity, and outdoor spaces for reading and play. A bookstore will showcase high-quality used books being sold by the Friends of the Pleasant Hill Library, and the Café Vibe will offer a comfortable area to bring a snack and chat with friends.
How will library services be provided during the interim?
A temporary library will be located at the Pleasant Hill Senior Center. While details are still being worked out, some highlights include:
- Approximately 10,000 items available for check-out at the temporary library, including DVDs and the popular “Lucky Day” collection of new books
- Access to computers
- Library staff on hand to assist with everything from book recommendations to online searches
- Storytimes 5 mornings a week at the Pleasant Hill Teen Center
- The ability to order materials from ccclib.org and pick them up at the temporary Library
- A regular column in the Outlook by Patrick Remer (Senior Community Library Manager) with news about special community events and library happenings
- Improving the ability to move water around as needed with cost-effective water system operation improvements.
- Increasing storage capacity.
- Reinforcing our levee system.
- Increasing opportunities for local storage, increased conservation plans, water reuse and recycling and desalination.
- Restoring the Delta's health so that it can continue its role as an economic, agricultural, recreational and environmental engine for the region and state.
Transportation from vehicles is one of the largest sources of air pollution in Contra Costa County, representing 47 percent of total greenhouse gas emissions in 2013. These emissions have negative impacts on our health, including aggregated asthma, coughing or difficult breathing, decreased lung function, cardiovascular problems, and bronchitis. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that idling in personal vehicles wastes about three billion gallons of fuel annually.