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Sequoia Healthcare District exceeds enumerated powers

Original post made by Jack Hickey, Woodside: Emerald Hills, on Dec 9, 2010

ENUMERATED POWERS of the Sequoia Hospital District (a.k.a. Sequoia Healthcare District) were established pursuant to the Hospital District Law in effect at the time of a 1946 election.

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Posted by Arthur Faro
a resident of another community
on Dec 10, 2010 at 11:44 am

Jack is getting tiresome.
He keeps insisting on quoting a Grand Jury which as been superseded by two subsequent Grand Juries which support what the Sequoia Health Care District is doing.
Further, he writes about the Hospital District Act which long ago was replaced by the Health Care District Act which encourages the great work Sequoia and many other Districts in California are doing.
Jack, give it a rest. Don't you even care about the many unfortunate people we are helping? Yes, it would be nice if private philanthropy took over. BUT they haven't and in this economy, wont.

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Posted by just a thought
a resident of another community
on Dec 10, 2010 at 12:19 pm

Mr. Faoro,

There are two aspects to your position that I find troubling.

1) you seem to place a very low priority of firmly determining the legal legitimacy of both the process of how the District has arrived in its' current form and the apparent absence of specific voter approval in its current form.

I personally find the lack of conscientious of your analysis toward these two very valid and important aspects troubling, and in my mind this facile treatment of these topics reduces the credibility of your conclusions.

To not have acquired this specific voter approval is tantamount to taxation without representation and strikes at one of the hottest buttons and most fundamental representational issues ever raised in our country, i.e. TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTIATION. It is irresponsible and unacceptable to not perform a more in depth and detailed response to every issue Jack raises. Instead of thESE dismissive attempts to avoid that through a thorough and measured analysis to bring to the debate.

It IS tiresome as a process, but this does not excuse from your responsibility to be conscientious and knowledge. Jack looks better because he is a better researcher with more patience. If you want to play this game, I suggest you put a lot more time and work into explaining why Jack's points are incorrect. Because to a lot of people, they look substantive and correct.

2) Your second and oft reiterated point about the angelic good the justification of not performing legal process for district formation and approval by election and how Jack doesn't care is an off-point low blow.

YOu don't know how Jack feels about this, and it's not to the point.

The point is the legalities, and if you don't care about the law and the rules, while we believe that regarding you, there is a larger and larger body of people who do care about the law very much, and you do them all a disservice by treating their concerns with such disdain.

Thank you, however, for moving somewhat away from rude and derisive comments, and comments of a personally demeaning nature.

Art, no really cares how you feel. You really are not the center of the universe as you act, but just another guy trying to help people work things out to a good end that process occurring for the express purpose of addressing and protecting the interest of the majority public affected by these taxes, as opposed to the interest of all you politicians so eager to control these funds for your own intended purposes, many of which seem to be of a questionable and self-serving, or simply downright inappropriate end.

The correct thing to do is COMPLETE audit of the District and public publishing of that analysis. The town meetings and public debate followed by a vote.

Resistance to thie process, designed to serve and meet the needs of the voters, will continue to expose the attitudes and actions of the District Board and LAFC0 over the years and currently which will make for very good information for the public to evaluate how their government is treating them and how fair and responsive they .

This is where this process is going now. Obfuscations and facile denials will prove impotent.

May you should call for the shock troops, if that's your style.

Your presence and comments to provide help for everyone to understand the attitudes and actions of those who have been responsible for getting us to where we are with this situation today.

I hope I have not been disparaging of you, and if I have I apologize.

Your statements and presence provide more clarification and understanding than I believe you understand or intend for the public who reads and thinks carefullyl


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Posted by Louise
a resident of Atherton: other
on Dec 10, 2010 at 12:24 pm

Mr Faro I don't believe that helping the needy or unfortunate is what Mr. Hickey has taken issue with.
Rather, It is the boated and unnecessary administration costs that the district's existence creates that he claims is wasteful. Money that could be going directly to the sesame charities.

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Posted by Jack Hickey
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Dec 10, 2010 at 2:20 pm

Art Faro says: "Yes, it would be nice if private philanthropy took over. BUT they haven't and in this economy, wont."
He, of course, wouldn't mention the e-mail we Directors received from Don Shoecraft the District's $4,200/month PR person and media clipping service. It contained an attachemt entitled
"Kaiser grants $7.5 million for Oakland school PE"
Web Link
Note, that was not your tax dollars.

My fellow Board Members should take some advice from Foster City Councilman, Charlie Bronitsky Web Link choices without government help&eddate=07/06/2010 01:42:00 who rejected an appeal from Thrive for $16,500 of taxpayer's money. Sequoia Health Care District (over my objection), gave $100,000 to that same non-profit agency in 2009.

Regarding the Grand Jury, nothing in the succeeding Findings changed the relevant facts reported by the 2000-2001 grand jury. Web Link

Sequoia Hospital is owned and operated "lock-stock & barrel" by CHW. The District has negligible oversight function, yet they continue to Grant $1,000,000/year to Sequoia. It's time to level the playing field on which Sequoia, Kaiser, PAMF and Stanford compete.

The bogus Sequoia Healthcare District should either seek legitimacy or go out of business.

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Posted by Jack Hickey
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Jan 6, 2013 at 1:21 pm

The Sequoia Healthcare District, which refuses to seek voter approval for the continued collection of property taxes for purposes unintended by voters, still retains the power of eminent domain. As long as their newly assumed purpose goes unchallenged, they are free to "take" property which they deem essential to that purpose. And, they likewise have the power to encumber property of all kinds in pursuit of their purpose. Parcel taxes are their most likely choice of encumbrance. The Districts membership in the Association of California Healthcare Districts (ACHD) (see Web Link)
which has created a grassroots political organization, paints a picture of the Districts future.

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