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“70 Strong” a facade created to deceive Sequoia Healthcare District taxpayers.

Original post made by Jack Hickey, Woodside: Emerald Hills, on Mar 16, 2017

You may have noticed the much ballyhooed roll-out of 70 Strong with the February 1st “70 STRONG LAUNCH PARTY” at Box Headquarters in Redwood City, it’s glossy postcard mailing and front page coverage in the March edition of the Redwood City Spectrum Magazine. This is nothing more than a desperate attempt by Sequoia Healthcare District, faced with Grand Jury challenges, a new LAFCo Municipal Service Review (MSR) and an updated Little Hoover Commission study of healthcare districts, to justify it’s continued existence now that it no longer owns Sequoia Hospital.

Originally introduced as Sequoia 70, the intention was to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Sequoia Healthcare district. “70 Strong” is nothing more than a facade created in an attempt to justify a 2 year grant of $1,544,000 to Peninsula Family Service (PFS), and “brand“ the district as a caring custodian of public funds. That money is mostly a reimbursement for services rendered to district seniors as part of PFS’s 4 county “older-adult-services“ program. Web Link The marginal increase in services which 70 strong might bring to district seniors does not justify the grant.

70 Strong Memorandum of Understanding(with PFS)
SCOPE OF WORK (first sentence)
“70 Strong is an initiative of the Sequoia Healthcare District to provide services to support District residents aged 70-79. “

I’ve heard of “divide and conquer” as a winning tactic, but dividing beneficiaries into decades is ridiculous. I belong to Redwood City‘s “Fun After Fifty Club”, and have 2 nonagenarians on my Wednesday bowling team.

I can see why PFS would want the name change from Sequoia 70 to “70 Strong” since it would be logical for them to use it throughout their 4 county territory. And, it could be interpreted to serve those OVER 70 years of age.

Support Peninsula Family Service. Your added contribution before June 30, 2017 will be matched 2 to 1 by Sobrato up to $100,000. See: Web Link

Sequoia Healthcare District should be dissolved.


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Posted by Jack Hickey
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Mar 17, 2017 at 12:11 pm

Jack Hickey is a registered user.

Spectrum Magazine March Issue Web Link


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Posted by 70 Strong
a resident of Menlo Park: South of Seminary/Vintage Oaks
on Mar 17, 2017 at 12:24 pm

Great link - thanks!

70 Strong - seems the gist is be active, like stepping away from the keyboard and getting outside! Nice!


(ahem)



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Posted by 70 Strong
a resident of Menlo Park: South of Seminary/Vintage Oaks
on Mar 17, 2017 at 12:28 pm

from the link:

“IF IT WASN’T FOR THE VOLUNTEERING AND OPPORTUNITIES OFFERED THROUGH THESE SERVICES,

I WOULD PROBABLY BE SITTING AT HOME

TWIDDLING MY THUMBS”



or diddling on a keyboard.

Again - great link! Thanks!


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Posted by Richard
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Mar 17, 2017 at 1:59 pm

Thanks for the link.

Is this great program available for Menlo residents also or just RC?


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Posted by Jack Hickey
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Mar 17, 2017 at 2:20 pm

Jack Hickey is a registered user.

Sounds like a few people are benefiting from this $1,544,000 investment of property taxes.

More than six decades ago, Peninsula Family Service—then known as the Family Service Agency of San Mateo County—was created to strengthen and maintain local families. Over the years, our original staff of two has grown to 150 employees who support participants in four Bay Area counties: San Benito, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and San Mateo. Together with the help of our board, advisors, donors, volunteers, and partners, we serve nearly 10,000 individuals who need our help overcoming the barriers standing between themselves and a life of opportunity, financial stability, and wellness. Web Link

Older Adult Services Web Link
Getting older may be inevitable, but no one should face the challenge of aging alone. Here at Peninsula Family Service, we believe togetherness is the key to living well at any age. That’s why our Older Adult Services help people stay connected to their community, their neighbors, and their passion for life.


5 people like this
Posted by Jeannette
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Mar 17, 2017 at 2:25 pm

I love local programs that build our community!

Great job, Sequoia.


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Posted by Jeannette
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Mar 17, 2017 at 2:28 pm

Ohhhh... you posted two more contacts while I was writing my last post. Thank you. You are so generous with your time.


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Posted by K Starr
a resident of Atherton: West of Alameda
on Mar 17, 2017 at 3:14 pm

I love community support programs. Makes me proud to be part of such a great community.


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Posted by Jack Hickey
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Mar 17, 2017 at 3:38 pm

Jack Hickey is a registered user.

Sequoia Healthcare District did not create Peninsula Family Service. As an Elected Director of the District, I have a responsibility to see that property taxes collected in the district, benefit residents of the district. The $1,544,000 paid to PFS to manage the 70 Strong program is only marginally beneficial to district residents.


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Posted by Yet More Of The Same
a resident of another community
on Mar 17, 2017 at 3:51 pm

So Hickey -- when you're not writing ridiculous posts like these, what EXACTLY do you do with your time?


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Posted by Ted a lon
a resident of Atherton: West of Alameda
on Mar 17, 2017 at 3:59 pm

I also have great admiration for my neighbors supporting strong community through thoughtful programs such as these.

Thank heavens we don't live in the type of community populated with selfish cranks that would eliminate programs like these. Or with morons that would vote for a budget that eliminates the arts or Meals on wheels.

Did you know that half a million Vets receive support from meals on wheels?

Bravo, neighbors!

It takes a village. The Daniel Boones should move off to the mountains. We raise barns here and support our own.


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Posted by Jack Hickey
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Mar 17, 2017 at 4:13 pm

Jack Hickey is a registered user.

Support Peninsula Family Service. Your added contribution before June 30, 2017 will be matched 2 to 1 by Sobrato up to $100,000. See: Web Link
Sequoia Healthcare District should be dissolved.


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Posted by Yet More Of The Same
a resident of another community
on Mar 17, 2017 at 4:16 pm

Jack Hickey -- "Sequoia Healthcare District should be dissolved."

Why? You've spent a good deal of your life sponging off of them...


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Posted by Jack Hickey
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Mar 17, 2017 at 4:24 pm

Jack Hickey is a registered user.

According to the last MSR of LAFCo, the SHD has a "transitional" sphere of influence which can only be resolved by:
a. expansion and consolidation with PHCD to include the entire county(which can be done with no new taxes, in my opinion), or;
b. Dissolution
A new MSR due soon, should shed light on the district's operations, and bring about an election.


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Posted by Yet More Of The Same
a resident of another community
on Mar 17, 2017 at 4:28 pm

And once again, Hickey, all you show with your posts is "I have nuthin' -- guess I'll throw some stuff on the wall and see if it works..."


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Posted by 70 Strong
a resident of Menlo Park: South of Seminary/Vintage Oaks
on Mar 17, 2017 at 4:34 pm

I am heartened by the community response. Just shows to go ya... there are two type of people in this world:

A - the "get off of my lawn" screamers

and

B - Nice People.

Stay 70 Strong, y'all! 'appy St Paddys'!


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Posted by Kelly Green
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Mar 17, 2017 at 5:31 pm

So true. I choose: "B"


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