Letter: Paper's Kosel-Hausken Endorsement Ill-Informed

Andrew Reed of Kensington argues that the Contra Costa Times editorial endorsement of Cathie Kosel and Jim Hausken for the Kensington governing board was ill-informed and unrepresentative of endorsements by groups close to home.

To the Editor:

So Cathie Kosel and Jim Hausken have received the endorsement of Daniel Borenstein, a political writer for the Contra Costa Times. It is important to note that, unlike newspapers that convene editorial boards or panels to interview candidates, Mr.Borenstein was the only writer from the CCT involved in the decision.

In contrast, Chuck Toombs and Pat Gillette have received the endorsements of the El Cerrito Democratic Club, The Democratic Party of Contra Costa County, The California Democratic party, and our very own Kensington Improvement Club. In each case these groups convened their governing boards and or membership to meet and evaluate the candidates in order to make a truly representative decision.  They also have the endorsement of decades of leaders in Kensington, compared to Kosel and Hausken’s endorsements from people in Berkeley, Richmond, El Cerrito, and now Mr. Borenstein.

And then there is the question of what Mr. Borenstein relied on to reach his conclusion.  In his interview with the candidates Mr. Borenstein cited one of Kosel's supporters as his source of background information. He misquotes Pat Gillette on the rationale for passing Measure G, which suggests his lack of knowledge and/or objectivity that drove the rest of his conclusions.  And, of course, I have never seen this reporter at a Kensington Police Protection and Community Services District meeting and doubt whether he reviewed the video of these meetings prior to his writing, even though some of the candidates asked him to do so. The result is an unusually one-sided opinion piece without reference to complete or accurate information.

It is also interesting to note that Mr. Borenstein fails to mention any of Kosel’s accomplishments in his piece praising her. Perhaps that is because she has none. Instead, he adopts and repeats, almost verbatim, Kosel’s tired and misleading claims about mismanagement and lack of transparency.

But we in Kensington know that leadership is more than fist banging – it is the ability to build consensus when you are in the minority. This is what Kosel is incapable of doing and what stands out as her profound weakness. Kosel is so divisive as to be ineffective. Clearly, Director Toombs should be re-elected for getting so much done in spite of Ms. Kosel’s obstructionism.

I trust that the next time Mr. Borenstein writes a piece about Kensington, it will be a more thorough examination that uses all the facts available. Perhaps his next piece will cover Kosel’s close relationship with our garbage hauler. There is much to investigate there.

– Andrew Reed

Leonard Schwartzburd, Ph.D. November 03, 2012 at 04:35 PM
CONTINUED FROM ABOVE Those of us who came together based on the issues understand what we are up against and are organizing to counter the clique ongoing. Folks this means both money out of our pockets, taken in what I regard as an unethical and just plain wrong manner. It also affects our village culture as evidenced by the underbelly of Reed and his associates in what many of us regard as the lies they spread about Cathy Kosel in order to discredit the light she shines into the dark crevices where they secretly spin their "mind boggling" decisions affecting all of us. In going around and talking to neighbors they ask why there has been such nastiness in this election. My answer is that they should review the nastiness manifested towards Cathie in the Outlook over the past couple of years and understand the present climate as coming from the fact that Cathie and Mari Metcalf no longer stand alone and the Clique is fighting desperately to keep its grasp on power. They are spending more than $10,000 to hold on and their dirty tricks abound. IF YOU WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT HELPING IN THE EFFORT TO TAKE OUR VILLAGE BACK, CONTACT ME AT: drlschwartzburd@gmail.com PUT "WANT INFO" IN THE SUBJECT BOX. Thanks for thinking about all of this.
LONG TIME RESIDENT November 03, 2012 at 04:43 PM
Dear Mary E. Chafe-Powles: I too have lived in Kensington since the early 1970s & raised a family here. I have not been involved in Kensington politics until this year -- everything "seemed" to be running smoothly. Then as I started reading of all the acrimony on the board and the police chief's use of a government credit card to buy airline tickets for his wife, I started looking into what was going on. The Kensington website is a good place to start-police logs, police reports, reports by village manager, even an "Open City Hall" link. The police logs and reports showed only a few officers doing anything. The manager’s reports stopped last year until I brought it to Toombs' attention. "Open City Hall" has been shuttered. I looked at the police chief's contract. I reviewed over 120 pages of the community service district's policies. Conclusion: Toombs has without authority taken over our elected government and handed it to Harman, without any checks on Harman, who also controls Koosed-the editor of our village paper. A neighbor said to me: “It looks like a police state.” We need to take back our village from Toombs’ autocratic control. FIRST STEP IS TO REMOVE TOOMBS. The service district's policies say that Toombs has no more authority than any other Board members, yet he has shut their & the community's access to information. History has seen such people before. Please see http://elcerrito.patch.com/articles/view-kensington-board-s-failure-to-disclose-information
Leonard Schwartzburd, Ph.D. November 04, 2012 at 01:28 AM
Andrew, Andrew oh Andrew Reed, you wrote: "In contrast, Chuck Toombs and Pat Gillette have received the endorsements of the El Cerrito Democratic Club, The Democratic Party of Contra Costa County, The California Democratic party, and our very own Kensington Improvement Club. In each case these groups convened their governing boards and or membership to meet and evaluate the candidates in order to make a truly representative decision." Down in Atlanta where my wife Dairlyn is from anyone with a knowledge of the endorsement process of the Democratic Party in Caifornia and what Reed wrote, (I wonder if Toombs and Gillette privately call it the "Democrat Party") anyhow if they did they would say something like: "That boy is lying, or if it's just that he's ignorant he's also dumb as a box of rocks...bless his little heart." I know this about the process because as soon as the Twins brought out their first wrapped in the flag mailing claiming those endorsements none of the folks I spoke to believed it and Anna investigated and sure enough on the basis of an obscure policy of the State Party a win in El Cerito's club, (probably with no more than 30 votes ) entitled the Twins to claim the whole state. Anna, I bet you could put the regulation on here for Andrew's edification and hopefully his moral development. I just hate to give up on anyone--almost. Of course Andrew, I could be wrong and if I am and you document that I will be the first to apologize.
Leonard Schwartzburd, Ph.D. November 04, 2012 at 11:24 PM
Anna has informed me that the CC County Board did endorse them, but that the CA State party was purely pro forma. So at the big level Reed provided false info, kinda like is done a lot in the Outlook. See the Editors other gig below. 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 01:37 PM
Dear Gayle, Rodney, and John: 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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