Pleasant Hill is a town in the East Bay of the San Francisco Bay Area in Contra Costa County, California, United States. At the 2010 census, the population was 33,152. In 1961, it was incorporated. Pleasant Hill is the home of College Park High School, Diablo Valley College, John F Kennedy University, the Contra Costa County Library system’s Pleasant Hill Library and administration offices, and the Pleasant Hill Recreation & Park District.
The Gregory Gardens subdivision, created in 1950, mandated new home buyers to approve a treaty limiting Caucasian ownership (such provisions have since been ruled unconstitutional). The Covenant also restricted the buildings that could be installed, permitted on-site animals, and commercial activities.
At a relatively early stage of its modern development, Pleasant Hill utilized a system of environmental planning. In particular, the city approved a hillside development study in the 1980s, which included extensive biota mapping, geotechnical risks, sound levels, and other environmental constraints. For all the key undeveloped hillside areas within the city, these studies were used to determine acceptable zoning and development densities.
The East Bay Times daily newspaper, distributed by the Bay Area News Company-East Bay (part of the Media News Group of Denver, Colorado), covers the town of Pleasant Hill. It is also served by the newspaper Community Focus. Community Focus is an independent, monthly newspaper that focuses on information and local events.
Pleasant Hill Patch, a local news website covering neighborhood news and activities, also covers the area. AOL Inc. owns Patch Media. Claycord.com is an independent blog covering the greater metropolitan area of Pleasant Hill that is privately owned.