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. Continue reading “Contra Costa Grand Jury reports on school board member compensation”

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

mt diablo health care district, mdchd, trade secret, dissolution, lafco, cocotax, grand juryThe 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), have either recommended or are studying ways to shutter MDHCD. Continue reading “Mt Diablo Health Care District will consider strategy to battle dissolution a Trade Secret”

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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 the most cost-efficient manner possible, dissolution of the MDHCD may be the first of many low-performing special districts whose days are numbered. Continue reading “More County Special Districts attract attention of LAFCO”

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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 calling for County Pension Reform will come in the items prior to that agenda item, SD.12. If that weren’t enough, in the afternoon, the Supes will count angels on the head of a pin as it considers redistricting proposals. See story below by Edi Birsan.

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Grand Jury comments on Mt Diablo Unified School District

Grand Jury’s can be pesky things

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grand jury, report 1102, mt diablo unified school district, measure DGrand Jurys can be pesky things, but I have always admired those who ask the awkward questions. In this report the current Contra Costa Grand Jury (pictured nearby) takes aim at a few troubling issues with the Mount Diablo Unified School District (MDUSD). The report (#1102) is entitled, Financial Challenges Persist at MDUSD. Continue reading “Grand Jury comments on Mt Diablo Unified School District”

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Grand Jury questions county fleet maintenance and take home vehicles

fleet maintenance, grand jury, contra costa, take home vehiclesThe 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, a practice that adds from $1,103,336 to $2,758,413 in annual operating cost to the seventeen entities allowing this practice! Continue reading “Grand Jury questions county fleet maintenance and take home vehicles”

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