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Health care district defends itself

Original post made by Henry Riggs, Menlo Park: Suburban Park/Lorelei Manor/Flood Park Triangle, on Oct 31, 2012

It was said decades ago, beware what (government) department you create, for you will never get rid of it.
Director Kim Griffin (Almanac guest op, Oct 31) wants to keep her job as the highly paid Director of a staff of five at the Sequoia Healthcare District - I would too at her salary. But the District lives on only to keep its staff, its reason to exist long gone. The list of wonderful contributions the district makes w our tax money is heartwarming, but every expenditure could be - should be - made by an existing arm of the County, to which the 1% of our property taxes would return if this anachronism went away. Ms Griffin laments the 160K cost of the election this year; if Ms Griffin and her staff simply phased themselves out, all the functions could continue, and over a $million would be added to the budget. And Ms Griffin wouldn't have to deal w an unneeded board overseeing an unneeded, expensive bureaucracy.

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Posted by Jack Hickey
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Oct 31, 2012 at 4:34 pm

Henry, Kim Griffin is an elected Director and President of the Sequoia Healthcare District Board of Directors. Her compensation consists primarily of $1200 per month for health insurance. CEO Lee Michelson has a salary of $182,000/year for managing 2 fulltime and 2 halftime employees.
Kim is up for re-election next week. Anyone supporting dissolution of the District should not vote for Griffin or Kane.