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Pair of Contra Costa electeds say ‘No thanks’

By Lisa Vorderbrueggen
Friday, December 17th, 2010 at 12:38 pm in Contra Costa County, Contra Costa politics.

The Contra Costa Board of Supervisors this week delivered official farewells and fancy framed proclamations to retiring Sheriff Warren Rupf, District Attorney Robert Kochly, Treasurer-Tax Collector Bill Pollacek and Auditor Steve Ybarra.

Well, sort of.

Only Rupf and Kochly showed up. (See video of Tuesday’s presentations below.)

Pollacek and Ybarra declined to participate. Supervisor John Gioia told the audience that both men had opted to receive their proclamations at another time. That isn’t entirely true.

Word is the two men told the board to take their plaques and put them where the sun don’t shine. Well, perhaps they didn’t use those exact words. But don’t expect either Pollacek or Ybarra to make room on their living room walls for them.

There’s no love between Ybarra and several members of the board. Several  members publicly accused Ybarra of exacting political revenge when he released an unprecedented and highly critical audit of how Supervisor Federal Glover was spending the proceeds of the Keller Canyon mitigation fund.

And Ybarra says Supervisor Mary Nejedly Piepho has treated him and his staff with disdain ever since he endorsed her opponent, Guy Houston, in 2008.

As countywide, independent elected officials, Pollacek and Ybarra have often said they answered to the voters, not the Board of Supervisors, despite the board’s control over their budgets. They didn’t like what they viewed as arrogant attempts to relegate them to the status of a mere department head by people who were elected by a smaller district rather than countywide.

The incoming Treasurer Russ Watts and Auditor Bob Campbell are proteges of their predecessors. It will be interesting to see how the men navigate the political scene, particularly if they are asked to endorse candidates. Supervisors Gayle Uilkema, Piepho and Glover are up for re-election in 2012.

Here are the videos of the Kockly and Rupf presentations.

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