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Contra Costa rescues District Attorney’s office

By Lisa Vorderbrueggen
Tuesday, December 1st, 2009 at 2:17 pm in Contra Costa Board of Supervisors, Contra Costa County.

The Contra Costa Board of Supervisors this morning diverted $703,524 from its rainy day fund into the budget of the District Attorney’s Office, preserving the continued prosecution of misdemeanor cases.

District Attorney Bob Kochly told the board six months ago in a public relations bruhaha that he lacked enough cash to keep up with the workload.

Many sub-committee meetings later, the board was still left with the same choice: Dip into reserves or put out the welcome mat for criminals.

Read more on the subject in my Sunday column. But here’s a video clip of Kochly’s comments this morning:

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  • John W

    Finally, a rational decision. Law enforcement, which benefits everybody in the county (except for criminals), should always be priority number one. The philosopy should be to fully fund those vital functions that impact everybody and then use whatever money is left over to fund everything else as much as possible. It appears the board finally reached the same conclusion on this one.