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Letter: DA Findings Show Kosel Shouldn't Be Re-elected

A District Attorney's investigation showed that Cathie Kosel, seeking re-election to Kensington's governing board, made "despicable" false criminal claims and should be voted out, says a letter to the editor from Rodney Paul.

To the Editor:

A Patch article last Wednesday detailed a finding by the Contra Costa County District Attorney that false criminal charges were made by Cathie Kosel against the Kensington Police Chief and one of his officers.

The Kensington Police Protection and Community Services District (KPPCSD) Director alleged that Sgt. Ricky Hull aimed his car at her at a high rate of speed in an attempt to harm or intimidate her. But the DA investigation showed that this incident could not have happened. Department logs showed that Officer Hull was elsewhere responding to a call at the time. Readers should review the article for full details and supporting documents.

What could be more despicable than making false criminal claims, particularly against members of the KPD? The DA report establishes Kosel telling a very serious lie, one which if believed could have had significant consequences for KPD employees, including the loss of their livelihoods.

Kosel is currently running for re-election to the KPPCSD, the agency that oversees the KPD. These false allegations are among a body of evidence that demonstrate her very poor relationship with the Department. It astonishes me that anyone would support her given these circumstances.

Kosel claims that her goal on KPPCSD is to save taxpayers money. But think about the time required to investigate these false charges and the legal expenses incurred by the KPPCSD and impacted police personnel. This entire matter has been a colossal waste of time and money, motivated by Kosel’s desire to discredit the KPD by any means available.

Kensington voters should hold Kosel accountable for these and other instances of misconduct by voting her out of office on Nov. 6. Our police officers put their lives on the line for our protection. Let’s ensure a fair and responsible KPPCSD Board oversees the KPD.

– Rodney Paul
   Kensington

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El Cerrito Patch welcomes Letters to the Editor of up to 450 words from readers. Send them to elcerrito@patch.com. You can see past Letters to the Editor here.

Cathy Travlos October 28, 2012 at 02:27 AM
Actually, Anna, it certainly seems to be bogus. Yes, it apparently has a charter from the CA Democrats but without any kind of open meeting, what else could it be? The first I heard about it was AFTER the EC Democrats had overwhelming endorsed Toombs and Gilette. There was never a notice in the Outlook or in the EC Patch. I never saw a flyer anywhere in Kensington. Even the Kensington Democrats FB page (which apparently is its only public face) doesn't have any meeting notices. The meeting where candidates were endorsed was apparently by invitation only - certainly not open to all Democrats who live in Kensington.
Andrew Reed October 28, 2012 at 05:06 AM
Yes, I concur with Cathy, the underhanded way this new Kensington club was established speaks volumes about the Kosel - Hauskens slate and their supporters. They could not get endorsements from the traditional, well established organizations that Kensingtonians have worked with for decades so they started a club of their own. Then they endorsed their ticket with all of 13 attendees, including the candidates themselves. And these people position themselves as the bringers of transparency... They are not the solution. They are the problem.
anna shane October 28, 2012 at 05:56 AM
do either of you have any idea what you sound like? OMG, for real?
Rodney Paul October 29, 2012 at 08:19 PM
The new edition of the Kensington Outlook establishes Kosel's use of the Bay View postage meter to send her mailer. Go to http://www.kensingtonoutlook.com/issues/outlook_nov_12.pdf and see Page 9. The use of Bay View resources is a clear conflict of interest since they are involved in litigation against KPPCSD. This may also violate campaign finance laws. For all but the True Believers, this is clear evidence she is unsuited to a 2nd term.
LONG TIME RESIDENT October 31, 2012 at 11:16 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. ..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."

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