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Contra Costa manager urges ‘patience’

By Lisa Vorderbrueggen
Thursday, March 26th, 2009 at 10:44 am in Contra Costa Board of Supervisors, Contra Costa County, Contra Costa politics.

Contra Costa County Administrator David Twa

Contra Costa County Administrator David Twa

Contra Costa County chief administrator David Twa sent out an email to county elected leaders and top staffers yesterday urging patience and cool heads as the county struggles with its difficult finances.

His message suggests that correspondence in recent days has become heated as the county mucks its way through deep budget cuts and tough decisions.

Here’s what Twa wrote:

Subject: Take a deep breath

These are difficult times for all of us.  Unfortunately, they will get worse before they get better. The budget problems we are currently facing are just the first of many.  The national economy will not recover anytime soon, and neither will Contra Costa.  We are ill prepared to face the Retiree Health Insurance (OPEB) or the Coming crisis in Pension funding.  By 2013 we will need to invest over $200 Million just to meet these obligation, with revenues that continue to decline.  There will be no money for raises for our employees, and cuts in service and lay offs will be the norm for the next few years.

As I have reviewed e-mails and correspondence over the past few days, it is clear that as our resources continue to shrink, everyone is becoming more stressed and emotions are rising to the surface.  I would only suggest that we try to be a little more patience with each other and deal with the
issues as quickly as we can.

Thanks for all you do for Contra Costa.

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  • 4Antioch

    WOW. We finally have Adult Leadership in Contra Costa County who is willing to publicly state the realities that Supervisors have failed to acknowledge publicly.

    The question now is: Will the Supervisors actually do something for real that is long lasting?

    The first step might be to look at what the TRUE basic services actually are, and eliminate the “nice to have” programs.

    I’m not holding my breath.

  • John W

    Mr. Twa is an excellent choice for the administrator position. He has a great track record back in Minnesota. But he needs a Board of Supervisors with the wisdom and political courage to deal decisively with the fiscal challenges. The way we are headed, all revenues will eventually go to pay retiree benefits, with little or nothing left to fund services. Considering the grim financial outlook for the county, you would think that the board would at least make the gesture of giving back some of the 60% raise they gave themselves a couple of years ago.