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.
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