Contra Costa Grand Jury reports on school board member compensation

The Contra Costa Grand Jury has released its new report on School Board member compensation for all 20 districts within the County. The findings and recommendations highlighted the significant expense and that health care benefits, or cash in lieu of health care, can be the costliest compensation component.

Mt Diablo Health Care District will consider strategy to battle dissolution a Trade Secret


The Mt Diablo Health Care District will hold a closed session, Tuesday October 5, 6:00 p.m. with public comment to follow. The agenda for the closed session indicates the District will consider strategies concerning the future of the district as “Trade Secrets“! Grand Jury reports, the local agency formation commission (LAFCO), and taxpayer groups (CoCoTax), […]

More County Special Districts attract attention of LAFCO

While discussing the poor performance of the Mt Diablo Healthcare District (MDHCD) and its possible dissolution, LAFCO, the regional planning body, agreed at its August 10th meeting, to examine operations of at least two other Contra Costa County healthcare districts in West and East county. Given ongoing struggles of local government to fund and deliver services in […]

Supervisors to address Grand Jury report on County Pension Reform

Freaky awesome agenda tomorrow for the Contra Cost County Supervisors, as it considers, among other items: a Closed Session Conference with Labor Negotiators, plus consideration of retirement contributions for new employees (SD.8); proposed Fire District wage and benefits (SD.9), non-represented employee compensation (SD.10). It’s pretty obvious that the Supervisor response to the Grand Jury report […]

Grand Jury questions county fleet maintenance and take home vehicles


The Contra Costa County Grand Jury today released a new report that examines the fleets of vehicles used by the county and municipalities. In its examination of nineteen cities, the report lauds Richmond’s maintenance program as best practice while questioning wasteful spare parts hoarding at Martinez, and 315 vehicles that are taken home each day, […]