I am as much of a fan of "less government" as the next guy but this is getting very troublesome.
Contra Costa District Attorneys are working hard with very limited resources. The Board of Supervisors is cutting an additional 9 lawyers from the CCC-DA office because of the funding priorities of our Board.
Of the nine Bay Area counties, Contra Costa County is at the bottom of the list of dollars spent for the DA per capita; about $27.00 per person. The next lowest is Solano at about $35 per person. The average is around $41 per person. Marin is the highest at $61 per person.
To bring CCC-DA to equal the next lowest funded DA's office, the county should add $8M to the CCC-DA budget and not cut $1.8M. This isn't about dwindling government dollars. It is about the priorities of our Board of Supervisors. While our CCC-DA personnel keep working on our behalf, we should let our board of supervisors' know our priorities for law enforcement.
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