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DA Clears Kensington Police Chief and Sergeant

In response to allegations from Kensington official Cathie Kosel, the District Attorney's office found no criminal wrongdoing in Police Chief Greg Harman's credit-card use or Kosel's charge that a police sergeant aimed his car at her.

The Contra Costa County District Attorney's office has exonerated Kensington's police chief and a police sergeant of any criminal wrongdoing after investigating allegations by Cathie Kosel, a board member of the Kensington Police Protection and Community Services District (KPPCSD).

Kosel had alleged possible misuse by Chief Greg Harman of district credit cards and also that Sgt. Ricky Hull raced his car at a high rate of speed and aimed the car at her, according to the district attorney's office.

Letters signed by Deputy District Attorney Steven Moawad informed Kosel that investigations by the office found insufficient evidence to support either allegation. (Copies of the letters are attached to this article.)

Kosel's allegations against Harman's use of a district credit card date back to at least July of last year when she and fellow KPPCSD board member Mari Metcalf questioned him during a tempestuous public meeting of the board about his credit card charges. 

“I believe there are a number of expenditures you could term unnecessary and improper,” she said at the meeting, which at times became a shouting match over addressing the issue in public instead of closed session.

She has also used the credit card issue in her current campaign for re-election to the board, saying in a recent letter to Kensington residents, "I uncovered the misuse of your agency's credit card and stopped it."

In an Oct. 8 letter to Kosel, the district attorney's office said it reviewed an "eight page letter you provided documenting purportedly inappropriate credit account use." The office also reviewed district account statements and receipts as well as two audits conducted after Kosel and Metcalf raised the issue last year. The DA's office also interviewed witnesses and reviewed the employment agreement for Harman.

The letter said the DA's office was looking "solely for evidence of criminal wrongdoing" and not evaluating "best accounting practices or propriety of any internal controls."

"Based on the evidence and information obtained during the probe, I find insufficient evidence to support an allegation of criminal wrongdoing against the chief or any other member of the district," the letter said. The signature section of the letter included the printed names of District Attorney Mark Peterson and Moawad, as well as Moawad's signature.

In the Hull matter, Moawad wrote to Kosel, "The allegations you made were that Sergeant Hull 'raced at a high rate of speed (approximately 40 mph)' and 'aimed his car' at you, a sitting board member af the Kensington Police Protection and Community Services District. You further alleged that the incident may have been a 'further attempt[] to intimidate' you."

The letter from Moawad regarding Hull, dated Sept. 26, said the DA's office interviewed five witnesses and reviewed dispatch logs and recordings and other police records, including calls for service at the time of the alleged incident.

"I find insufficient evidence to support any allegation of criminai wrongdoing," the letter concluded. "Specifically, some of the witnesses interviewed either tend to undercut or specifically contradict the allegations. Further, the documented calls for service and dispatch recordings and logs corroborate that Kensington Police Protection and Community Services District offlcers were involved in another case at or near the time of alleged incident."

That letter contained Peterson's and Moawad's names printed in the signature section with Moawad's signature. 

Copies of both letters were sent to Michael Rains, attorney for Harman and Hull, who forwarded them to the KPPCSD board last week.

"I certainly hope that the many responsible citizens of Kensington recognize that there is nothing commendable about public officials making false and malicious allegations against other public officials," Rains said in an email to the board accompanying the DA's letters.

Shortly after Kosel's latest complaint against the chief, Rains said, Kensington police Officer Doug Wilson told Harman "about a statement made to him by Ms. Kosel in 2009, sometime shortly after she directed several Kensington police officers to walk off the job in order to create chaos and discredit Chief Harman’s leadership of the department (she was urging that police services be outsourced to El Cerrito P.D. at the time).  It was then that she told Officer Wilson that she would 'say anything to get Chief Harman fired.'" 

Rains said he forwarded the two DA letters with his accompanying email to the KPPCSD board on Friday. Rains' email also is attached to this article.

Patch sent emails to Kosel on Monday and Tuesday this week seeking comment and as of early this morning, Wednesday, had not received a response.

(Editor's note: responses from Kosel can be found in comments she posted below after this article was published.)

Harman told Patch that Kosel's "false accusations and malicious lies" include the allegation that the department did not solve any crimes last year. Her recent letter to residents says, "No crimes were solved," referring to last year.

"That's just a blatant out-and-out lie," Harman said, adding that a number of crimes were cleared last year and that more have been cleared so far this year. He said that four of the five crimes against people reported in the low-crime community by the end of September have been cleared, meaning that the crime has been resolved from the police department's standpoint. These include the killing of retired Kensington psychologist James Durkin. A suspect in the case, Diane Sydenham of Albany, was arrested, charged with murder and remains in jail pending further hearings. 

The president of the KPPCSD board, Chuck Toombs, told Patch that the results released so far in two audits of Harman's credit card use "found no abuse, no misspending, nothing."

"Despite that compelling evidence on both fronts, Ms. Kosel decided to file a complaint with the District Attorney's office," he said. "I thought it was completely unfounded."

Toombs and Kosel have clashed on several occasions on the KPPCSD board and are widely viewed in Kensington as being on opposite sides politically. The board oversees the police department and some community services.

Kosel and Toombs both are seeking re-election to the board in a field of five running for two open seats on the five-member panel. Toombs is running on a slate with Patricia Gillette, while Kosel is loosely affiliated with Jim Hausken. The fifth candidate, Kim Zvik, has positioned herself as an independent.

Asked about Kosel's allegation against Hull, Toombs said, "The District Attorney has exonerated him."

Asked if the DA's findings put the issues to rest, Toombs said the answer is unknown, explaining that Harman and Hull are entitled "to pursue administrative remedies of a grievance. ... At a minimum, it would allow them a name-clearing hearing."

Asked if any form of civil liability could arise, Toombs said, "It's entirely possible they could pursue civil remedy against the board for the misconduct of one of its members. It's a question for a court of law to make the determination if Ms. Kosel exceeded the scope of her authority."

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anna shane October 22, 2012 at 06:18 PM
Harman claimed to be quoting Officer Doug Wilson, although I don't see how Doug could safely take issue with his boss's words. I don't blame Ricky or Doug, they eat at the table, they do the washing up, and what with Harman's record on firing our longer-term cops... But, it would not surprise me to find that once Harman is de-contracted, they'll all be singing that song, 'ding dong the witch is gong.'
Leonard Schwartzburd, Ph.D. October 22, 2012 at 09:51 PM
Forwarded with Jan's permission Dear Community Services District Board: As we consider the candidates for re-election in November to our local government, we would like to make sure that the existing Board members who are up for re-election have discharged responsibly the government responsibility that we have entrusted in you. Accordingly, please confirm that the charges by your employee, as documented in the attached 4 credit card statements, have been approved by the Community Services District in discharge of its government responsibilities. I have called --and also researched on the internet - the merchants who charges on these statements are the largest amounts charged to this government card, and it appears that the merchant has questionable connection to the duties of your employee who apparently made the charges. A $400 car wash and hundreds of dollars charged by a hunting and fishing outfitter, a $467.08 charge for one night's lodging in Monterey, and multiple other large charges would seem questionable. As a Kensington resident who contributed to the election of this Board, I would like to make sure that the Board was aware of and approved the charges shown. Please confirm that the Board is aware of and has approved the charges on these 4 statements. Very truly yours, A. Jan Behrsin, Attorney and Kensington resident
Leonard Schwartzburd, Ph.D. October 22, 2012 at 10:07 PM
I made a Public Records Act request for the accounting report referenced below below. It is the report that Mr. Harmon cited in his attack on Cathie to say that he was cleared and/or payed back his charges of $220 for his wife's airfare or whatever. So he responded to my request for the report he claims cleared him in the following way. Mr. Harman wrote: "4- A copy of the Hemming- Morse audit of KPPCSD credit card charges between September 2007 and July 2011. This audit is part of a personnel matter that legal counsel has confirmed that the records you request contain confidential personnel information of police officers, and are therefore exempt from disclosure under the following provisions of the Public Records Act: 1) personnel file exemption under Government Code section 6254(c); 2) Article I Section 1 of the California Constitution protecting individual privacy; and 3) the Public Safety Officer Bill of Rights Act (Government Code section 3300 et. seq.). Divulging these records could result in liability for the District. Accordingly, the records can’t be made available for your review. I would like to see in writing from the attorney that under the circumstances in which Mr. Harman referenced that audit to publicly attack his critic, Director Kosel, that "...the records can't be made available for (my) review." This is the coverup that has been the pattern on the KPPCSD Board under Toombs as he drives us towards a fiscal cliff. .
anna shane October 22, 2012 at 10:36 PM
and yet, when I called him out for spreading something he says one of his officers allegedly said about me personally, he claimed (in writing to me) that the information was public under the freedom of information act. I am not a public person and could see no public good served by spreading gossip about me that no one had even requested. I would also like to know the lawyer's name, as I suspect that there are dual relations going on, but have no way to find out if that's true. That's the point of a cover up, they cover up. Usually when something must be kept hidden, it's because there is wrong doing, but I do wish that Harman would at least stop spreading gossip about the citizens he's paid to serve.
anna shane October 22, 2012 at 10:49 PM
it probably is possible that the citizen's of Kensington could do a class action suit against the majority board, for the money they've allowed our employee to freely spend, and for approving Harman's huge pay increase outside the rules of the Board, but we wouldn't, we'd end up suing ourselves. We have enough of that with the on-going arbitration with our garbage company that will likely cost us big. Maybe that's why Chuck has spent so much on his reelection, and why he got that big contribution from the police officer's association, when they didn't donate to anyone else. Pat is a labor relations lawyer. Last time I heard from Toombs, via Chuck Carpenter of the County Party, he'd cc'd what I had written to another labor relations lawyer? name of cet@mcinerny-dillion.com? Where is our money going?
anna shane October 22, 2012 at 11:08 PM
I was wrong, it's this: <kfranklin@hansonbridgett.com>
Frank Catterly October 28, 2012 at 08:31 PM
You wanna talk coverup? Let's talk about Cathie's sketchy campaign financing. She sent out a mailer a few weeks ago with a list she got from the guy in charge of the garbage contract. As you may recall, this is the same guy who is trying to reneg on his contract in bad faith, and whom Cathie is going out of her way to support. If that isn't suspicious enough, she used his postage meter to send out the letters. Can you say conflict of interest? Receiving favors from someone with whom the town is in direct contract negotiations? To make things even worse, she didn't even disclose this contribution as required by election laws. Not only is she acting in bad faith, SHE IS COMMITTING A CRIME. Why on earth do you people stand behind this woman? She is a liar and a criminal and has no place on our board.
anna shane October 28, 2012 at 10:33 PM
that's what you guys say, but I happen to think he should be paid for his work, and 97 percent of our residents agree with that. They're great guys and hardly their fault for not predicting that so many of us would go mini-can. You have Chuck's point of view, let them eat it, and that's what will lead the arbitrator to find against us (again, this is the second time at bat, and that will be taken into consideration). but this one we can wait and see, it's too late, Chuck has already taken us down this reckless road. I think he's probably a little stupid?
anna shane October 28, 2012 at 11:54 PM
Frank, I hope you realize you called a sitting Board member who was elected by your neighbors a criminal, and Cathie never once called Harman a criminal, or anyone else, she just asked why he had put personal expenses on our credit card, and after she asked she was told that he reimbursed our city, but no one has been allowed to see if that's true, those public records about our money are kept from us by Chuck, who claims to be protecting us from Harman who will sue us if those records are released. I didn't meet her until I'd already had some contacts with Chuck and Greg, which led me to think that they weren't doing their jobs, that Greg is milking our community and Chuck is just unable or unwilling to get on top of anything. I stand for Cathie and Jim because they want spending rules for our employees, and because they want public information to be available to the public, and not be kept 'secret' because of the possibility that Greg might sue. To normal people this sounds really weird. Normal people would want to know why we have to keep this joker who keeps threatening to sue us.
Frank Catterly October 29, 2012 at 04:30 AM
Anna, Are you going to address my question about Cathie's failure to disclose receiving gifts from the garbage man with whom we are in contract negotiations? Apparently not. That is why I am calling her a criminal, because she violated campaign finance law. Stop dodging the issue and answer the question. Or better yet, maybe we should get the DA in on this. You're all about accountability, right? Well, maybe Cathie should put her money where her mouth is and come clean about her close ties and political donations from the garbage contractor.
Cathie Kosel October 29, 2012 at 03:49 PM
Frank, you can check out the campaign finance disclosures on the internet. Bay View Refuse gave me $50 for my campaign. So what? Who are you anyway? We have never met. I don't believe you have ever attended a KPPCSD board meeting. No "Frank Catterly" comes up on Google. We cannot find you in the tax records for Kensington. Are you just another nasty pseudonym for John Stein or Bruce Morrow?
LONG TIME RESIDENT October 29, 2012 at 04:23 PM
Dear Ms. Kosel: If this Kensington situation were not so serious, it would be ripe for a Fox channel TV comedy. I have no idea who Mr. Stein is but I received the following from a "Kathy Stein". I have no idea whether she is related to the "John Stein" you mentioned in your post. She wrote to me as follows: "Hint: The back story is long. Public Info Requests will never get you anywhere near the roots of this tale. A Recommendation: Attend KPPCSD Meetings (2nd Friday of each month; 7 pm). Observe closely the characters in action. Gather your evidence quietly. For at least a year. Keep your mouth shut. Do no harm." Reminds me of some film noire dialogue set in Berlin at the end of WW II.
anna shane October 29, 2012 at 04:25 PM
I read Cathie's direct reply to you, and I also want to know why you're wasting my time, if you don't live in Kensington. If you do, you're a coward to use a fake name when the rest of us, including Kosel, use our real names. Even Harman used his own name when he called her, for having cited his very own statistics, a malicious liar? He can actually get in trouble for that, although he'll have no fears if the candidates he backs win, I can say backs because it's public that the Kensington Police Officer's Association gave Toombs and Pat nearly a grand. (are employees allowed to donate to candidates that give them huge pay increases block oversight rules?) However, since you want my advice, if you think she's a criminal you should report it to the DA for investigation? Unless it's just to smear her, in which case do what the other 7th graders do, you can be their leader.
Frank Catterly October 29, 2012 at 07:11 PM
OH no Anna, is Cathie afraid of being dragged into an unnecessary investigation? Doesn't like it when her own tactics are turned against her? Let's not forget, Cathie is the one wasting everyone's time with her bogus claims in to the DA. The double standards you people have make me want to vomit. Maybe I will put my money where my mouth is. I'm not familiar with the process, though - presumably, you have the contact information for the DA since you have been so trigger happy in submitting claims. Could you tell me how I go about filing a complaint?
anna shane October 29, 2012 at 07:52 PM
I am obviously not afraid of engaging the hidden, you so-called Frank. But that again is Chuck and Pat's entire platform, call Cathie names and don't provide any oversight, that's what they got. Look, even if all the things you 7th graders call the unwelcome voice (our Cassandra) were true, and even if Chuck and Pat had charm, so much they opened a highly successful charm school, I would vote for Cathie and Jim because I want our employees to have spending rules, I want our elected board to do their jobs, I don't want them to secretly spend my money on protection for Harman, I want openness. And I have my own experience with Chuck lying (just today) in the Outlook he claimed he'd never written to me that he had been uncomfortable with the way Zero Tolerance had been passed, with little discussion, and I have his letter, and I posted it on another one of the 'cathie has kooties' blogs. Grow up.
anna shane October 29, 2012 at 07:55 PM
plus, Frank, I haven't filed any complaints with the DA, why do you think I have?
anna shane October 29, 2012 at 08:02 PM
it is serious, but I now have some hope that residents are getting more information than we get in the Outlook, Joel endorsed Harman "he's the best man for the job." When I sent in my letter to the Outlook,(page 3) I told him I could back it all up, but he didn't go to me, he went to Chuck and then 'refuted' my points, when in fact I am quite correct. Chuck could have accepted our garbage company's request for a rate increase, or he could have negotiated a lower rate with them, but he told them flat out they could not have any rate increase, and he now blames them for arbitration. Chuck did write to me that he didn't understand Harman's traffic enforcement policy. At least Joel didn't refute that it's expensive and ineffective (heard from Harman himself), so I guess I should be glad about that, and the Grand Jury's report came out before the majority board rammed through harman's contract extension and 17 percent increase. The good news is that Harman can be de-contracted in time to avoid him qualifying for his fat and overtime spiked lifetime retirement for him and his wife (smiling at us on the front page of the Outlook), without cause and without his ability to sue us.
Rodney Paul October 29, 2012 at 08:20 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.
Frank Catterly October 29, 2012 at 08:23 PM
Cathie, I try to stay out of the town politics, which is why we've never met, but this is just getting out of hand. Your underhanded tactics and the general incompetence of the entire KPPCSD is a disgrace to our community. The fact that you are trying to track me down by my tax records is a perfect example of the scare tactics you and your cronies have used to run this town into total gridlock. I've said it time and again - I think you have some good ideas, but if you can't find a way to play nicely with people to make them happen, you have no business being in local government. Compromise is just an offshoot of something most of us learned in kindergarten - sharing. Looks like you were out sick that day. Regarding your campaign financing, I went on the contra costa campaign finance site, and didn't find a document with the disclosure you mentioned. Maybe it's still forthcoming. Are you denying that you used the garbage contractor's postage meter? Because a mailer sent out to the ~2000 households in Kensington amounts to substantially more than a $50 "donation". Besides, even if it really was only $50, do you really think you should be accepting ANYTHING from someone with whom we are in a contract negotiation? I can only imagine the ruckus you would be raising if one of the other candidates was found to be receiving money from someone the city is in tense negotiations with.
Rodney Paul October 29, 2012 at 08:30 PM
I completely agree with Frank. Who does Kosel represent -- her constituents or Bay View Refuse? Follow the money!
anna shane October 29, 2012 at 08:58 PM
follow the money is always smart. Bay View obviously got nothing from Cathie, they didn't get a rate increase? Remember? That's why Chuck pays lawyers? Are you suggesting the lawyers are in league with Cathie. And, again, chief harman gets a huge increase in retroactive pay, he and his officers pay nothing toward their own retirements, harman calls Cathie a malicious liar for quoting him, and the Kensington Police Officer's Association donates nearly a grand (just under some reporting limit?) to Chuck and Pat, Chuck the guy that rammed through his pay hike facing down angry residents. Follow the money?
anna shane October 30, 2012 at 12:25 AM
yeah, the Outlook is always right and never biased? Want to buy a bridge? I think I just gave the example of me, and also included the documentation? Let's follow the money - Harman gets a huge increase with some retroactive cash and no limits on his use of public money, the Board agrees to pay both parts of the police pension so our cops contribute nothing, and the Kensington Police Officer's Association donates nearly a grand to Chuck and Pat. That's following money. the Bay View ship has sailed, she was long ago unable to get the Board to compromise and come to some agreement even with 97 percent of residents wanting to keep the service and being willing to pay enough to keep them profitable, 50 bucks won't make her try harder. The smart people already lost that one. What is in the Outlook isn't true, she accepted a 50 dollar donation from them, no more. They didn't pay for a mailing, although she may have paid them to do a mailing for her. You'd have to ask her, or ask Bay View, but surely don't ask Joel, he's not a reliable reporter, I am sad to say. I am rather surprised that Joel went so far in making stuff up for his bestest friend Greg, although it is down to the wire, people may have heard that Chucks a dope and Greg's on a gravy train and all the nasty stories about Cathie maybe sounding a little convenient.
Leonard Schwartzburd, Ph.D. October 30, 2012 at 02:30 AM
"Frank" you wrote,"I try to stay out of the town politics..." You have a curious sense of the meaning of "stay out of." I suspect you are one of the clique of smear artists who trade in lies at a wholesale level. And Rodney, for G-d's sake you quote that rag the "Outlook" dripping with Koosed's disgusting gifts to Harman in the hope of getting I wonder what in return. I doubt that it's money. If Koosed were to sit any closer to him during Board Meetings in his journalistic zeal to get as close to the "truth" as possible Mr. Harman would have to invite him to sit in his lap. And back to you whoever you are who tries to stay out of local politics, when it comes to campaign finance propriety, what shall we call it when the police officers interest group gives Toombs and Gillette $990.00 which is about 10% of their amazing $10,000 campaign to get rid of Cathie who is saying the King or maybe it should be "The Boss" has no clothes. That's paying to elect the people who give them a pay and retirement package that will drive us over a financial cliff. I don't blame the guys on the force for trying to protect their financial interests and get the best deal they can, but I do question the ethics of Toombs and Gillette taking money from those they are supposed to regulate, $990 and you have the chutzpah to question a properly reported $50 contribution to Cathie who is trying to save us the cost of of a law suit we would probably lose and screw up our great service to boot.
Leonard Schwartzburd, Ph.D. October 30, 2012 at 02:38 AM
By the way, I want to say to the guys on the force, the situation that exists is one that could easily result in the district doing as many towns have, declaring bankruptcy. Not much security for you and your families in that possibility and a lousy prospect too for the folks of Kensington who value our own Police Force.
anna shane October 30, 2012 at 02:49 AM
and lousy for our property values. Lenny, glad you're here, i just got a flier from Chuck and Pat that calls Cathie a lobbiest, not an elected Board member, and smears her for purchasing postage from Bay View (she has a cancelled check, but both Chuck/Pat and Joel forgot to ask first). What's funny is they think residents are on their side regarding trying to drive Bay View into bankruptcy, and most are not, most of us feel very lucky to get the service and prices we get from Bay View. But, calling an elected Board member a lobbyist because she's representing me and 97 percent of residents? What do you make of that? What do they hope to gain? And it also has that scare stuff about outsourcing our department that she never said and always denies, they called it 'late breaking campaign update.' Do you think they've heard from residents that we want openness and accountability? In the Outlook Chuck denied something he'd written to me and Joel printed his denial, in my little 250 word letter to the editor he found four items to refute, and he was wrong on all of them. What's going on? Looks like their entire platform is smear Cathie and keep Harman from any oversight?
LONG TIME RESIDENT October 30, 2012 at 07:06 PM
This replies to Ms. Shane's post of October 29. You state that Mr. Koosed ("Joel") endorsed Mr. Harman. I am not sure that I understand. Mr. Harman is not running for office and Mr. Koosed is an employee of the Kensington Community Council. The KCC is responsible for the Kensington school and hired Mr. Koosed to be the editor of the KCC operated village newspaper. What does Mr. Koosed have to do with Mr. Harman?
Leonard Schwartzburd, Ph.D. October 30, 2012 at 09:23 PM
Kensington Resident, a good question would be, "Why does Koosed have whatever it is he has to do with Mr. Harman." To answer the "what" requires only that one cast an open eye on the non-profit and thus supposedly unbiased Outlook over the past few years. And ask why Bruce Morrow got rid of the former editor who was unbiased, the Bruce who has over the past several months has been mysteriously silent, at least under his own name, . What happened to you Bruce, where did you go after you and Reed got caught at a Board meeting some months ago trying to smear me with falsehoods in accusing me of lying about Mr. Harman's obsecene number of days off and his personal use of the District credit card.. I responded by standing and holding up a copy of Mr. Harman's signed contract containing the number of days off he gets and a copy of the minutes involving Cathie showing that Mr. Harman misused the district credit card. I offered to show them to you right there and you didn't take me up on the offer Bruce. Frankly you and Reed looked to me to be downcast and diminished in being publicly caught in the liberty you took with the truth. A liberty you and the clique have taken in falsely smearing Cathie, and it appears anyone who would challenge your gross mismanagement of Kensington. The truth is comming home.
LONG TIME RESIDENT October 31, 2012 at 12:49 AM
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."
LONG TIME RESIDENT October 31, 2012 at 12:50 AM
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."
LONG TIME RESIDENT October 31, 2012 at 01:19 AM
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."

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