Sue Lempert fuels Healthcare District debate.
Original post made by Jack Hickey on Apr 3, 2012
Ms. Griffin responded seven days later with another OpEd: "Setting the record straight" Web Link: Setting the record straight&eddate=04/02/2012 05:00:00
One day later, yours truly launched another OpEd: "The mission of health care districts" in response.
Web Link: The mission of health care districts
There is an election coming up in November that promises to settle this issue once and for all. (so that I can retire)
on Apr 4, 2012 at 12:01 am
Early Tuesday A.M., I received an e-mail from Lee Michelson, Ceo of the Sequoia Healthcare District on whose Board I serve. He questioned the veracity of a statement I had made in my OpEd relating to "junkets to Monterey". A search of the Districts website led to the following: MINUTES OF THE MEETING, BOARD OF DIRECTORS
SEQUOIA HEALTHCARE DISTRICT, June 4, 2008
"Director Don Horsley reported that he, President Kane, Director Faro and Mr. Mahadevan attended the recent annual Progress Seminar."
That's Monterey, folks, and if that's not a "junket" I don't know what is. For you Brown Act experts, that was a quorum of my Board down there.
I can't blame Lee for that, it occurred before his time. He has promised to provide me with invoices related to that "junket' by Thursday. It will be interesting to see if they car-pooled down there.
on Apr 4, 2012 at 8:54 am
It's interesting how folk tolerate making mis-statements and misrepresentations regarding the facts of the development of the District when they are in support of it, yet when in opposition, minutiae are brought into question.
Best to mind p's and q's when confronting the rich and powerful on behalf of the taxpayer and the individual in the land of the free.
on Apr 5, 2012 at 7:33 pm
Kudos to Lee Michelson, CEO of the Sequoia Healthcare District, and his Executive Assistant, Janeene Johnson for retrieving the invoices for the Progress Seminar expenses from the "archives".
I received 18 pages, and after sifting through them, here's the breakdown:
1. Three Directors of the Sequoia Healthcare District (President Katie Kane, Don Horsley and Art Faro) along with Executive Director Dev Mahadevan drove separate vehicles down to Monterey. Mileage, at $0.505/mile cost the District $391.83.
2. They all stayed at the Hyatt for two days. Ms. Kane came a day early for a 3 day stay. Total cost to the taxpayers? $6,139! Three spouses were included at an added cost of $330, which may have been paid back to the District.
3. Dev Mahadevan was the big winner, garnering an extra 6 hours of paid time ($900) for a grand total of $2041.50. Katie Kane was the runnerup at $1486.60, with Art Faro and Don Horsley coming in at $1141.99 and $1127.41.
4. There was a dinner at Stokes for $341.60, with a $58 tip INCLUDED.
Ah well, even Jackie Speier has a hard time eating on $4/day.
What did the taxpayers get for their money? Perhaps you might find some reports in the "archives". All you will find in the meeting Minutes is:
Director Don Horsley reported that he, President Kane, Director Faro and Mr. Mahadevan attended the recent annual Progress Seminar. One topic of interest was affordable housing for physicians, nurses, law enforcement and other first responders. That's $383/word. Maybe next time they will include the District's PR professional, Don Shoecraft, to bring back some pictures.
Speaking of next time, any bets on who will volunteer to represent the District at the ACHD Convention in Tahoe? Web Link
Katie Kane will be there for sure, because she's the Chairman of the ACHD Board of Directors.
Speaking of Ms. Kane, she was honored at yesterday's SHCD Board meeting for 20 years of service. In attendance to bestow accolades on Katie, was Tom Petersen, Executive Director of ACHD. Needless to say, Sue Lempert has sent shock waves through the ACHD ranks by suggesting that 30 healthcare districts in the state which no longer own hospitals, have long since outlived their mission.
With an election coming up in November, I hope Katie will decide that 20 years is enough.