The Honorable Mayor and Council Members
City of Walnut Creek
1666 North Main Street
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Dear Mayor and Council,
As former Walnut Creek Mayors, we care deeply about our community’s well-being and its reputation.
Together, we represent about 65 years of combined service to the City of Walnut Creek. Although we
frequently had different points of view, we worked together as a Council and with all City Departments to
maintain the city’s dignity and quality of life. We focused on quality city services, including police, arts,
parks, recreation, open space, libraries, senior programs and so much more that makes our community a
We have been pleased that the City has excellent leadership with City Manager Ken Nordhoff. Under his
guidance, the city is successfully working through difficult fiscal challenges. We were astonished to read
negative comments about Mr. Nordhoff in the May 4 Contra Costa Times, following a confidential City
Council closed session.
In this regard, we were also dismayed that confidential information seems to have been leaked from City
Hall about an investigation of key city staff. It is time to end what appears to be a politically motivated
inquiry, especially after the District Attorney decided not to pursue charges of reporting violations. This is
not in keeping with the long standing civil approach to governing upon which Walnut Creek prides itself.
These valued employees should be allowed to get back to work, serving the City.
Finally, we are shocked that the City Council has not demanded a thorough investigation of the leaks
coming out of City Hall, especially considering the nature of the legally confidential personnel information.
It is time for the Council and all departments to work together for the betterment of the City.
Charlie Abrams 925-890-6657 Gwen Regalia 925-934-6313
3053 Cafeto Drive, Walnut Creek, CA 94598 1950 Whitecliff Court, Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Kathy Hicks 925-945-7465 Gary Skrel 925-766-1130
74 Amberwood Lane, Walnut Creek, CA 94598 1508 Siskiyou, Walnut Creek, CA 94598
Sue Rainey 925-943-1825
160 Bexley Place, Walnut Creek, CA 94598
CC: City Manager
Contra Costa Times Walnut Creek Journal