Sequoia Healthcare District to receive Golden Apple Award Schools & Kids, posted by Jack Hickey, a resident of the Woodside: Emerald Hills neighborhood, on Dec 4, 2010 at 11:31 am
In a Press Release issued by Don Shoecraft on Dec. 3, 2010, it was announced that the Sequoia Healthcare District has been selected as one of two recipients of the Redwood City-San Mateo County Chamber of Commerce's 2010 Golden Apple Awards, which recognize outstanding contributions to education in the greater Redwood City area. The Award will be presented at the Chamber Annual Dinner and Awards Recognition Banquet on Thursday, January 27, 2011 at the Rosewood Sand Hill. See:
As an elected Director of the District for the past 8 years, I have fought the misguided efforts of fellow boardmembers to use tax dollars originally intended for support of Sequoia Hospital for unauthorized purposes. In this instance, for a backdoor bailout of schools.
The Chamber should bestow its awards, not on pseudo-philanthropists but upon truly worthy non-government organizations with community commitment, such as that exhibited by Kaiser in Oakland. Weeks after losing a close parcel tax election, the Oakland school district got a $7.5 million donation from Kaiser Permanente.
I urge Mr. Buckmaster and the Chamber to rescind its award.
Taxpayers should take note of the Districts expenditures on this event, and see which Directors take advantage of the $95/plate dinner! E-mail boardmembers to let them know how you feel.
Posted by Michael G. Stogner, a resident of another community, on Dec 5, 2010 at 7:33 am
Taxpayers and Voters please take the time to read the 2000-01 Grand Jury Report.
Please note that the Court website has it titled 2001-02 but it is really 2000-01, for some reason the court website and the San Mateo County website had some work done on the sites a week before the last election and this one Grand Jury report was not available to the public.
This is the one Grand Jury Report that none of the Directors want to talk about except Jack Hickey.
Posted by Michael G. Stogner, a resident of another community, on Dec 5, 2010 at 7:43 am
From 2000-01 Grand Jury Report.
The Sequoia Healthcare District should reduce property taxes for district taxpayers unless in a future election district voters approve expenditures for purposes not approved by district voters in the 1946 measure establishing the district or in 1996 Measure H. This reduction would equal the amount expended by the district for purposes not approved by the voters in the 1946 measure or in 1996 Measure H and effectively limit district expenditures to those purposes approved by district voters. By this reduction in property tax receipts to be requested under the Revenue and Taxation Code 96.8, property taxes would be lowered for all district taxpayers.
Last sentence of Response:
The Board does not believe that it would be in the best interests of the District to implement the Grand Jury's recommendations at this time and so declines to do so.
Posted by Law of the jungle, a resident of the Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park neighborhood, on Dec 5, 2010 at 7:55 pm
Conflicts of interest are no longer interesting in San Mateo County, they have become only common, except as a measure of power, to see how many you can have and get away with to impress you neighbors.
Posted by Arthur Faro, a resident of another community, on Dec 6, 2010 at 2:22 pm
Hickey, Stogner and Hickey's other "shills" keep talking about the 2001-2 Grand Jury. Why don't they reference the more recent 2004-5 and 2007-8 Grand Juries which support the excellent work of the Sequoia Healthcare District?
If left up to Hickey et al thousands of unfortunate people would suffer.
Posted by Jack Hickey, a resident of the Woodside: Emerald Hills neighborhood, on Dec 7, 2010 at 10:20 am
The Sequoia Hospital District was created by voters in 1946. See:The Local Hospital District Law circa 1945 Web Link to see itemized powers authorized by voters. Absent from those powers was the power to subsidize local school districts, or to engage in charitible giving.
Many years later, the Legislature enacted the Healthcare District Law, using the original Hospital District Law as boilerplate. The NEW District TYPE created by the Legislature had notably expanded powers. See Web Link.
Sequoia Hospital District ostensibly changed it's NAME to Sequoia Healthcare District after the 1998 election. In fact, the name remained the same (Sequoia) but the District TYPE changed! So, with a stroke of the pen, these clever devils avoided the process for Healthcare District formation which includes voter approval.
The 2000-2001 San Mateo County Civil Grand Jury observed the evolution of the new District functions, and recommended that they reduce property taxes to a level which would support the original purpose of the District, and cease the philanthropic activity.
Posted by Observer, a member of the Woodside High School community, on Dec 7, 2010 at 2:04 pm
Begging your pardon, Arthur, but the 2008/9 Grand Jury report clearly reiterated the directive to Sequoia Health District to reduce the tax intake. Recommendation #3 says: "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
the only reason cited by the district board is that it was giving and spending so much that it lacked a healthy operating surplus. Page 6 of the link above which says:
Response: The District for several years has not maintained an operating surplus. Instead, the District has returned more dollars to the community in grants and other financial support than the amount being received in property taxes. This is possible due to low operating expenses and returns on invested funds. This practice is expected to continue for the foreseeable future, so long as funds remain available. If the District were to decline property taxes, support for existing programs would have to be reduced or eliminated
For the record, I am not a "shill" for anyone, but just observing the facts.
Posted by just a thought, a resident of another community, on Dec 9, 2010 at 1:33 pm
Thoughtful and factually based comments are ALWAYS the most useful for everyone.
I've noticed for years that those who use rude and derisive comments and characterizations of others and their positions invariably are attempting to foment support due to an insecurity intuited from being a proponent of a rationally weaker argument.
All people deserve to be treated with kindness and respect and those who use such cheap bullying and intimidating tactics should be disciplined with a response by others that reflects a diminishment of their credibility simply on the basis of these offensive and inappropriate techniques.
Rudeness and intimdation by attempts to embarass someone should not be tolerated in public figures.