To the Editor:
Kensington residents this week received a letter from Cathie Kosel that is filled with falsehoods. They should consider her lack of candor as they weigh her re-election bid to the Kensington Police Protection and Community Services Board (KPPCSD).
Kosel’s letter depicts the Kensington Police Department darkly, taking them to task for a rising crime rate and stating that “no crimes were solved.” The crime rate in Kensington is very low and her assertion that crimes have not been solved is patently false. Our police continue to do an excellent job, and there is no evidence that crime is out of control in our community.
Kosel also mentions that the KPPCSD 2011 annual audit is overdue. While this is true, she fails to mention that it is claims she herself has made against the Police Chief and other members of the KPD that must be closed before the audit can be completed. Concerned residents should note the role Kosel plays in obstructing the Board from meeting the audit and other commitments in a timely manner.
It is simply untrue that Kensington projects a budget deficit next year, and the claim that Kensington is mismanaging its pension obligations by not following the recommendations by the Contra Costa Grand Jury is a serious distortion. Kosel is aware that these recommendations were superseded by the Public Employees Pension Reform Act signed by Governor Jerry Brown last month, so her charge is a smokescreen to confuse Kensington residents. Also, the agreement with the Police Officers’ Association she complains about is one she voted for herself.
Kosel’s distortions strike me as very similar to those being used by politicians at the national level in this election. I am sorry to see these tactics being used locally and hope my fellow Kensington voters will reject them by supporting Chuck Toombs and Pat Gillette for the KPPCSD Board.
– Rodney Paul
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