To the Editor:
Vida Dorroh has made a deceitful political career over time based on what I am able to see only as an intent to misinform the people of Kensington to shut Cathie up in order to protect the power of the Clique. In 1996 Cathie Kosel wrote a letter, the text of which is below. The PDF posted by Ms. Dorroh is nearly unreadable. But if you want to compare it to the text below for accuracy go to: http://elcerrito.patch.com/articles/letter-kosel-s-position-on-kensington-police-a-lie.
Folks here in Kensington are intelligent enough to read and decide for themselves whether Dorroh's assertions are cynical lies depending on a further and perhaps correct assumption that folks wouldn't read what she has been shaking at Cathie for some time. Cathie supports keeping our PD local. Here's the letter:
October 25, 1996
David Fike, President
Kensington Police Protection and Community Services District
217 Arlington Avenue
Kensington, CA 94707
I received your letter of October 10 and agree that the action by the Board of Supervisors was infuriating and not just a threat to local control, but an actual taking away of local control. There is however something that puzzles me. Since I was a kid growing up in Kensington, residents have always talking about the importance of local control but they have never seized it. It is probably time that this community discussion proceed in earnest.
As Mayor of El Cerrito, I was well aware that Kensington was not represented on the Contra Costa Transportation Authority, the Solid Waste Management Authority, the Contra Costa Mayors Conference, the League of California Cities, ABAG, the West County Mayor’s Association and many other groups which regularly approach issues of mutual concern. And I can tell you that almost all of our issues are of concern to our neighboring jurisdictions.
So this community needs to have a conversation and make some decisions about how to actually achieve local control. Certainly it is not by staying as an unincorporated part of the County. We need to look at incorporation and annexation and any other options which may be available including contracting out for all our services not just fire.
Clearly there is sufficient very talented leadership in this community of people to help us determine the best way to get where we want to go.
– Leonard Schwartzburd