Contra Costa

Contra Costa [County] grand jury blasts unchecked government agencies writing their own checks

An obscure government agency, the Joint Powers Authority, can take on significant debt without oversight from the county, the state or the voters, according to a recently released Contra Costa civil grand jury report.

[Contra Costa County] Grand Jury report pushes for more treatment for opioid abuse in Contra Costa County

MARTINEZ — The county’s civil grand jury is calling for more addiction treatment programs and trained clinicians following a report on how the national opioid crisis is affecting Contra Costa County.

What the jurors found was that there were not enough resources in the county to treat people addicted to opioids, there are far more opioids prescribed county-wide than drugs used in treatment and that the opioid epidemic will continue in this county for the next decade.

[Contra Costa County] Absenteeism high at West Contra Costa schools, grand jury finds

The number of West Contra Costa County students missing school is among the highest in the county, according to a civil grand jury.

An average of 14.6 percent of students at west Contra Costa County schools are chronically absent, according to a report issued by the grand jury earlier this month.

[Contra Costa County] Supervisors downplay key finding in Grand Jury opioid crisis report

Two Contra Costa County Supervisors disagree with a key finding in a newly released Contra Costa County Grand Jury Report titled “The Opioid Crisis: Dying for Treatment” that reported in 2015-2016 over 100 county residents died from opioid overdoses.

Supervisors accepted the Grand Jury report as a consent item on a 4 to 0 vote.  Board Chair Karen Mitchoff, who had won re-election to a new four-year term in last Tuesday’s election, was absent.