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Hickey calls for resignation of Kane, Faro and Griffin.

Original post made by Jack Hickey, Woodside: Emerald Hills, on Dec 10, 2013

In December of 2012, Sequoia Healthcare District Director’s Kane, Faro and Griffin voted to increase Health Insurance Premium reimbursement for Directors and employees from $1,200/month to $1,500 month. Director Hickey suggested that the increase could not be applicable to “sitting” directors.

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Posted by Jack Hickey
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Dec 10, 2013 at 3:11 pm

More reasons for resignations - conflict of interest

Sequoia Hospital is no longer owned by the District, yet the District has continued to support the hospital with property taxes.

Arthur J. Faro President, Board Chair
Sequoia Hospital Board of Directors
Katie Kane, Member
Sequoia Hospital Board of Directors

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Posted by Jack Hickey
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Jan 26, 2014 at 8:06 am

Posted on RWC Patch:

Kim Griffin, RN Sequoia Health Care District December 16, 2013 at 02:31 PM

Once again Mr. Hickey is being "economical with the truth." No refund was necessary in this case; however, it does call to question why Mr. Hickey himself continues to collect health care benefits (now adding up to over $35,000 during his tenure) while he puts in no hours of work for the District. Additionally Mr. Hickey cost the tax payers over $200,000 to run for a position on the board while his own position was not termed out. Why? He enjoys racking up charges for the District, because he does not believe in the mission of the Health Care District; providing services that benefit everyone in the community. Mr. Hickey is the one who needs to resign and apologize to the many district members that could have used the resources he has squandered. He is the poster child for dysfunctional elected leaders.

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Posted by Jack Hickey
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Jan 26, 2014 at 8:08 am

My response on Patch

Jack Hickey December 17, 2013 at 01:06 PM

Directors Kane, Faro and Griffin voted for an increase in the reimburseable amount of Director and employee health care insurance premiums on Dec. 5, 2012, from $1200 to $1500 per month. They knew that they would benefit from that increase if it were applicable to sitting directors. They did not abstain from the vote. Additional research was to be conducted by a subcommittee of the Board consisting of CEO Lee Michelson, Director Kane and Director Faro with item to be placed on the 2/6/13 meeting agenda for re-evaluation. District Counsel Mark Hudak was to research whether the increase is applicable to “sitting” directors. In a 12/6/2012 memo to CEO Lee Michelson, Hudak stated that “The answer is not entirely clear, but I think it can be done.” That memo was not distributed to all directors. It is highly likely that the contents of that memo were shared with then Board President Griffin and subcommittee members Kane and Faro(who met with Lee Michelson in late December 2012). That memo was not mentioned at the February 2013 meeting or at the April meeting of the board where the subcommittee made their recommendation. Apparently, these 3 directors, who were the only ones benefitting from the increase, decided it was not necessary. When I first received that memo in mid-April, I suggested the following to President Jerry Shefren: "It is my opinion that, if pursued, a Writ of Mandate would issue to remedy the situation by delaying the increased subsidy for board member health insurance until the next elected directors are seated." At the next Board meeting in June 2013, an action item on the issue resulted in the Board deciding that the increase should not have been applicable to "sitting" directors. For some convoluted reason, the effective date for that decision was July 1, 2013. What to do about increased benefits already paid in the 6 month period from January 1, 2013 to June 30, 2013 was left to be determined. It currently remains as a "gift" to the 3 directors. It should be noted that the district reimbursed Kim Griffin $6,000 on January 30, 2013 for health insurance premiums for the first 4 months of 2013. Regarding service to my constituents, I do not consider it a proper role of directors to engage in photo-ops serving meals at the St. Anthony de Padua Dining Room or with Meals-on-wheels. Voters will remember that I was first elected in 2002 on a platform to act on the recommendation of the Civil Grand Jury. I suspect that I have spent more hours in my pursuit of that effort than all the other directors combined. In 2003, I launched a referendum petitioning effort to overturn a board decision which would have closed Sequoia Hospital at its present location, and relocated it down by the Bayshore freeway(101). I personally gathered more than 1,000 signatures in that effort. I trust that voters will remember that as they enjoy the benefit of the newly remodeled Sequoia Hospital at the corner of Whipple and the Alameda.

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Posted by Jack Hickey
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Jan 29, 2014 at 4:15 pm

SHD has five Directors with 2 fulltime and 3 halftime employees. The increased cap of $1,500 in the first six months of 2013 saw one employee gaining $400.32, while Directors Kane, Faro and Griffin each gained $1,800. Kim Griffin was quick to apply for her newly increased stipend. In January, 2013, she applied for a $6,000 refund of prepaid health insurance premiums covering the first four months of the year.

After 7/1/2013, as a result of the co-pay imposed on employees but not on “sitting” Directors, one employee is now out $1,508 per year, another is out $800 per year, and the other three are out $2,400 per year because of a reduction from $400 to $200 in monthly in-lieu payments.
Kim Griffin, in response to my call for her resignation and that of Directors Kane and Faro, is quick to point out that “Mr. Hickey cost the tax payers over $200,000 to run for a position on the board while his own position was not termed out.” That money was spent to further the goal of dissolving this obsolete District. The $1,800 benefit which "sitting" Directors received from 1/1/2013 to 6/30/2013 went into the pockets of Directors Kane, Faro and Griffin who voted for the increase.

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Posted by Seek help
a resident of another community
on Jan 31, 2014 at 3:08 pm

Doesn't it seem like you spend quite a bit of time talking to yourself, Mr. Hickey?

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Posted by Jack Hickey
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Feb 11, 2014 at 10:03 am

To their credit, the subcommittee(Michelson, Kane and Faro), added a $50,000 life insurance policy for employees(all 5 of them) at a cost to the District of $175.08/month. That's a $35/month benefit for each employee. But, easy come easy go, so the subcommittee eliminated the $40/month subsidy for employee gym membership.
Interestingly, CEO Michelson, who had been collecting $400 in-lieu payment for health coverage, is now costing the District $1,296/month for reimbursement of health insurance premiums. Sounds like one of many unintended consequences of Obamacare.

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Posted by Jack Hickey
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Feb 20, 2014 at 11:29 am

My pursuit of this issue is for a public purpose, not for personal financial gain. It is funded by money saved from health insurance premiums paid by the District. Will the District use taxpayer funded legal counsel to defend this "gift" of $1,800 to those three directors? I urge friends of Kane, Faro and Griffin to ask them to do the right thing by returning the money they mistakenly received. They can be e-mailed at the addresses shown at: Web Link

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