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Michael G. Harris, Councilmember
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“The love of a good woman brought me to Pleasant Hill. But it’s the love of a good city that keeps me here some 15 years later…”

I’m proud to be one of Pleasant Hill’s most active proponents. Elected to the City Council in 2002 and again in 2006 and 2010, I am committed to advancing the quality of life in our city. To this end, I’ve played a leading role on our Planning Commission, Redevelopment Agency, and General Plan Task Force. I’m now serving my third term as your Mayor.  Being Mayor is a true highlight in my over 30 years of public service, allowing me to contribute at the highest local level.

One of my proudest contributions is the introduction of our annual Community Service Day, now entering its ninth year. What a thrill to be among hundreds of residents all ages pitching in to help make Pleasant Hill a better place for all of us!

An enthusiastic supporter of community groups and causes, I currently serve the county as Chair of the Contra Costa Mayors’ Conference. I’ve also Chaired of the Irvin Deutscher Family YMCA, the County’s Managed Care Commission, and the East Bay Division of the League of California Cities. I take great pleasure in my involvement with the City’s Chamber of Commerce, Friends of Rodgers Ranch, the Pleasant Hill Community Foundation, our Senior Center, and the Foundation for Pleasant Hill Education.

But without a doubt, the most fun I have comes from my involvement with the kids of our community and their public schools. I volunteer at local schools on a regular basis, and sponsor City Hall tours, mock City Council meetings, and Mayor-for-a-Day programs that raise money for our schools.

And, yes, I do have a life outside of my civic and community commitments. After 42 years, I retired as a member of the faculty of the University of California Berkeley where I served as Professor of Optometry, Contact Lens Clinic Chief, and Associate Dean. My dedication to Cal persists to this day in my roles as Professor Emeritus, teacher, mentor, consultant, and fundraiser for the School of Optometry.

I love to read. I write a monthly book review column for a local paper. I exercise daily, including doing yoga, Pilates and strength training. I’m still married to Dawn Block, that woman who first brought me to Pleasant Hill, and we’re having the time of our life, now that our four kids are grown and gone!

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Council Assignments

  • Mayors' Conference
  • Youth Organizations
  • Chamber of Commerce
  • East Bay Division—League of California Cities

Standing Committees

  • Budget