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Shameful act of Sequoia Healthcare District

Original post made by Jack Hickey, Woodside: Emerald Hills, on Jul 13, 2009

Editor, St. Anthony de Padua Dining Room with their many volunteers and contributors(including this writer) have been a success story of true philanthropy in action. Recently, operatives from the Sequoia Healthcare District with approval of the Board President, managed to solicit a request for a "Grant" of taxpayer money from them. On Tuesday night at a gala ceremony honoring the Caring Community held at Notre Dame de Namur, they took a bite of the apple. Your tax dollars at work!

St. Anthony de Padua Dining Room, in my mind, has now become a quasi-government agency. I question the appropriateness of a biblical quote on their website's DONATION page:
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"Each one should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver" (2 Cor.9:7).

Shame on the pseudo-philanthropists on the Sequoia Healthcare District Board! And, the current board majority is hell bent on growing the District. Annexation of Half Moon bay? Parcel taxes(using Tramutolo, no doubt)? Joint Power arrangements?

The recent Civil Grand Jury report recommends:

3. On a one-year basis, the SHD Board of Directors is allowed to decline some or all of its share of the general tax rate, thereby reducing the tax rate for property owners. Declining some or all of its share of the general tax rate should be an action considered by the SHD Board in years with a healthy operating surplus.

Let taxpayers decide where their charitable dollars go.

This will only happen if the current Board majority is overcome at the next election in Nov. 2010. My Citizen Advocates for Private Philanthropy( will be sponsoring candidates.

Jack Hickey
243 Ferndale Way
Emerald Hills, CA 94062


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