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Letter: Candidate Kosel Throws Darts to Hide Poor Record

In the latest letter to the editor on the heated election campaign for Kensington's governing board, resident Lisa Caronna says incumbent Cathie Kosel spreads falsehoods to distract voters from a poor voting record.

To the Editor:

This is the first letter I’ve ever submitted to a newspaper but I feel it’s important to share a few facts on the Kensington Board election choices.

There's a reason that we have seen such a negative campaign from Cathie Kosel and her supporters: When you don't have a good record on positions valued by most Kensington voters and your strategy is to “throw darts” rather than do the real work to create positive change, you create fear and distract the voters by making accusations and saying things that are simply not true.

Ms. Kosel seeks to steer voters away from her own poor voting record and performance:

 1) She signed the ballot argument and actively campaigned against Measure G, a parcel tax measure in 2010 which was crafted to ensure the continuation of our independent police force, yet now she says she has always supported an independent police force;

2) She voted for the contract with the Kensington Police Officer’s Association but now distances herself from that vote at every opportunity;

3) She filed many unfair allegations against the Chief of Police that resulted in delays to completion of his required annual performance evaluation. She walked out on two meetings related to his evaluation;

4) She does not fulfill her committee responsibilities. For instance, she was appointed to, and agreed to serve on, the original ad hoc Park Buildings Master Plan Committee. However she attended only one meeting and didn’t even bother to attend the public workshops. She was also on the Solid Waste Committee that changed its meeting time especially to accommodate her personal schedule and she still didn’t attend those meetings! What does it take to get her to fulfill her basic commitment to public service? 

In short, it appears Cathie Kosel likes to “throw darts” and create chaos around any real public process and doesn’t think she needs to actually participate in the dedicated sustained work to create the change she claims to strive for.

Join me in voting for Patricia Gillette and Chuck Toombs. They will consider the various viewpoints of Kensington residents, focus on efficient and effective use of existing resources, and do the real work to keep Kensington moving toward a safe and fiscally responsible future. No more dart games. It is time to move onto real participation, civil discussion and responsible decision-making.

– Lisa Caronna
   Kensington 

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Rodney Paul October 31, 2012 at 01:31 PM
Thank you for this well-reasoned discussion of Cathie Kosel's record. I hope we will hear more from you in print in the future. Readers who seek more information on this issue should read the Patch article about the false criminal charges levied by Kosel at http://elcerrito.patch.com/articles/da-clears-kensington-police-chief-and-sergeant written by editor Charles Burress. There is also good election coverage in the most recent Kensington Outlook at http://www.kensingtonoutlook.com/issues/outlook_nov_12.pdf. Cathie Kosel derides the Kensington Police Department at every opportunity. Her aim is to outsource police services even though studies have shown this would be more expensive and probably result in diminished service. In addition to her attacks on Chief Harman, she has also filed criminal charges against Master Sgt. Rickey Hull and accused Officer Doug Wilson of lying. Kosel claims that no crimes were "solved" by KPD in 2011. In fact, 20 property crimes investigated in 2011 resulted in arrests. And "solved" is not a statistic kept by the KPD. So by this logic, no crimes have ever been solved by KPD. Kosel would like voters to believe that crime is spiraling out of control in Kensington as a result of police mismanagement. One need only look around to see this is untrue. Vote down Cathie Kosel on Nov. 6 to maintain our independent police services in Kensington.
LONG TIME RESIDENT October 31, 2012 at 03:25 PM
Contra Costa Times editorial: Kosel and Hausken for Kensington District Contra Costa Times editorial © Copyright 2012, Bay Area News Group Posted: 10/30/2012 02:31:55 PM PDT "It's mind-boggling how governance of the highly educated little community of Kensington has become so dysfunctional. Voters can start fixing that Tuesday by electing retired teacher Jim Hausken and re-electing incumbent Cathie Kosel to the Police Protection and Community Services District board.This community needs leaders who value openness and fiscal discipline. Currently, public information is withheld and the board has failed to control employee benefit costs. meeting minutes reveal the systemic secrecy. ..The actual (police chief's) contract was drawn up after the meeting and signed by the board president, Charles Toombs, before the public had a chance to see it. Amazingly, Toombs insists he's running an open government. But he confuses letting people speak at meetings with providing them public information to which they're entitled. His attitude is part of the problem. He doesn't deserve another term. As for Kosel, she raised legitimate issues about the process and about the magnitude of the raises...her concerns deserve serious consideration, and she deserves another term...we found Hausken ..versed on the pension problem and had a more pragmatic approach for putting the government board back on track. We hope this election leads to real change."
M. E. Campbell of Kensington, CA October 31, 2012 at 08:46 PM
What a bunch of hooey. Where is Anna Shane's letter to Patch sent two days ago that goes into detail about the real record?
LONG TIME RESIDENT October 31, 2012 at 08:57 PM
The "REAL" Record Your Requested: Contra Costa Times editorial: Kosel and Hausken for Kensington District Contra Costa Times editorial © Copyright 2012, Bay Area News Group Posted: 10/30/2012 02:31:55 PM PDT "It's mind-boggling how governance of the highly educated little community of Kensington has become so dysfunctional. ..This community needs leaders who value openness and fiscal discipline. Currently, public information is withheld and the board has failed to control employee benefit costs… meeting minutes reveal the systemic secrecy. ..The actual (police chief's) contract was drawn up after the meeting and signed by the board president, Charles Toombs, before the public had a chance to see it. Amazingly, Toombs insists he's running an open government. But he confuses letting people speak at meetings with providing them public information to which they're entitled. His attitude is part of the problem. He doesn't deserve another term. ...We hope this election leads to real change."
Leonard Schwartzburd, Ph.D. October 31, 2012 at 09:42 PM
Rodney Rodney, It's becoming very hard, actually impossible for me to believe that the falsehoods you are spreading are based on ignorance or sincere belief. The BIG LIE is that Cathie want's to outsource the PD. The rest of what you wrote is dripping with distortions and outright falsehood. Rodney, oh Rodney, read the Editorial Endorsement of Cathie and Jim in the Contra Costa Times. posted by someone just below. The Times has independently arrived at the truth, in distinction to what that obscene rag the "Outlook" has become, . Read it Rodney and then let us all see where you stand. You have been such a disappointment Rodney in your joining with the clique in what some might be led to believe is its Sociopathic grasping onto its hold on power regardless of the bad consequences for the people of Kensington.
Leonard Schwartzburd, Ph.D. October 31, 2012 at 09:44 PM
Amen Anna
anna shane October 31, 2012 at 11:19 PM
yeah, like I am the 7th grader. 2) She voted for the contract with the Kensington Police Officer’s Association but now distances herself from that vote at every opportunity; She did not, they are mixing a different vote, the contract was signed in July, and the vote Lisa refers to was in January. Cathie has corrected this many times, and it’s on the record, but it keeps on being charged. 3) She filed many unfair allegations against the Chief of Police that resulted in delays to completion of his required annual performance evaluation. She walked out on two meetings related to his evaluation; She didn’t file anything, she made a report to the DA and the DA investigated, and no charges were ever filed. 4) She does not fulfill her committee responsibilities. For instance, she was appointed to, and agreed to serve on, the original ad hoc Park Buildings Master Plan Committee. However she attended only one meeting and didn’t even bother to attend the public workshops. She was also on the Solid Waste Committee that changed its meeting time especially to accommodate her personal schedule and she still didn’t attend those meetings! What does it take to get her to fulfill her basic commitment to public service? She wasn’t on either of those committees, that’s completely made up, although she asked to be on the park building master plan committee. She has corrected this one many times too.
John Brorsen October 31, 2012 at 11:19 PM
" Blah on you"? My oh my, I feel like I am back on the school yard in the 3rd grade. This election can't be over soon enough. I have already cast my vote for, seemingly, the only level headed people in this race, Toombs and Gillette.
Leonard Schwartzburd, Ph.D. November 01, 2012 at 02:16 AM
Anna, you have good stuff here, I want to make it a little easier for people to understand it. I'll need to do it in 2 replies. Your "yeah sure" is your first reply to what you detail below. I will designate "a voice of the clique" as "VOTc" Len ========================= Anna says: yeah, sure ... VOTc SAYS: She voted for the contract with the Kensington Police Officer’s Association but now distances herself from that vote at every opportunity; ANNA SAYS: She did not, they are mixing a different vote, the contract was signed in July, and the vote Lisa refers to was in January. Cathie has corrected this many times, and it’s on the record, but it keeps on being charged. VOTc SAYS: She filed many unfair allegations against the Chief of Police that resulted in delays to completion of his required annual performance evaluation. She walked out on two meetings related to his evaluation; ANNA SAYS: She didn’t file anything, she made a report to the DA and the DA investigated, and no charges were ever filed. (CONTINUED)
Leonard Schwartzburd, Ph.D. November 01, 2012 at 02:42 AM
(CONTINUED) VOTc SAYS: She does not fulfill her committee responsibilities. For instance, she was appointed to, and agreed to serve on, the original ad hoc Park Buildings Master Plan Committee. However she attended only one meeting and didn’t even bother to attend the public workshops. She was also on the Solid Waste Committee that changed its meeting time especially to accommodate her personal schedule and she still didn’t attend those meetings! What does it take to get her to fulfill her basic commitment to public service? ANNA SAYS: She wasn’t on either of those committees, that’s completely made up, although she asked to be on the park building master plan committee. She has corrected this one many times too. LEONARD SAYS: ANNA didn't answer one false allegation about Cathie: Cathy made no allegations against Harman. (Who looked at me in what felt like a threatening manner, given that he has a gun and a badge and 4 stars, when I passed him in deep conversation with Koosed after the last Board Meeting.) Cathie asked questions and the little that squeezed out and that seems to be a fact is more grounds than he had for firing and pressuring some of the officers to resign, who I assume didn't play ball. Well actually it's that I assume the truth of what has been told to me about that practice of Harman's. But one word of praise for the Chief. At the very least it seems to me that he understands the basics of method acting.
Leonard Schwartzburd, Ph.D. November 01, 2012 at 03:21 AM
ONE MORE THING. VOTc SAYS OF CATHIE: She voted for the contract with the Kensington Police Officer’s Association but now distances herself from that vote at every opportunity; LEONARD SAYS: Anna I don't think you answered this correctly because you mixed up the contract with the Police Officers Association which seems to have taken place in Jan with the contract with Harman in July. Though it's not something I've asked Cathie, I believe it could be related to that she was frightened by a police officer in the way he drove a car and I couldn't blame her if she voted that way because she was frightened and the intimidation worked at that level. However, though he never overtly threatened her with his gavel the way he used it took courage for her to keep asking questions until I confronted Toombs for his outrageously aggressive behavior and said to his face that "It's bullying and I object" Given what they were facing Cathie and Mari seemed to need a little help. I give him that he has talked softer since then. .
Leonard Schwartzburd, Ph.D. November 04, 2012 at 11:28 PM
Not wise to rely on the Outlook for honest reporting. This is the Joel Koosed, the Outlook editor, (better named the “Overlooked”) the propaganda organ of the Kensington Clique, of which Vida Dorroh is a prominent member, and where they give "truth" a bad name. I appreciate how discriminating your services are Mr. Koosed. His photo is on the web site. Joel Koosed “ Founded San Francisco Roommate Referral Service, Avenue Ballroom, Kicks Magazine, and The Meeting Game® Salon. Editor: Kensington Outlook ” Interested in new Meetup Groups about Drummer, dating, Dating and Relationships, Make New Friends, from all Walks of Life, The Over 40 Gang, Speed Dating, Meeting New People, Dating Women, Divorced, Widowed, Never Married, Singles, Single Professionals looking to Meet other Singles, Professional Singles, Single Parents, Hiking, Social Networking, Writers, Artists & Musicians, Creative Circle, creating a creative community, East Bay International Creative Community, East Bay Creative Community, Dinner Party, Singers & Songwriters, Performing Musicians, Dance, Drum Circle, Drumming, Recreational Drumming, Open Relationships, Polyamory, Alternative Lifestyles, Socializing with other Singles over 50., Show less... Albany, CA Sept 2012 http://www.meetup.com/members/6449445/
LONG TIME RESIDENT November 05, 2012 at 01:39 PM
Dear Lisa: Please consider the post at http://elcerrito.patch.com/articles/view-the-kensington-election-does-it-matter. And also the post at http://elcerrito.patch.com/articles/view-kensington-board-s-failure-to-disclose-information Thank you.

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