If three times isn’t the lucky charm, then maybe four times will be a winner for taxpayers of Contra Costa County as the Grand Jury once again called for dissolution of the Mt Diablo Health Care DIstrict. According to the report, “This is a District whose original mission has been completed, and one that only sporadically provides services to the community. Under California statute, only the voters in the District can dissolve it. The Grand Jury concludes the District needs to initiate the dissolution process since its mission as a health care district is not being fulfilled.
Our considered recommendation is for MDHCD to dissolve after it consigns its duties and funds to the City of Concord which should administrate the receipts through its Community Services Commission (CSC). The CSC, a volunteer citizen advisory body that advises City Council on allocation of CDBG and CSBG grant monies could easily expand its role to include community health programs.
In fact, the CSC has historically funded many eligible organizations throughout the District including grants for Senior Programs including Meals on Wheels and the CC Ole Senior lunch and nutrition programs at the Concord Senior Center.