The Sequoia Healthcare District 2012 Annual Report to the Community, scheduled to be mailed by the end of October, is clearly driven by a desire to protect the District from an election outcome which threatens to bring about the dissolution of the District. Billed as a "communication" to inform the public, it is filled with heart wrenching anecdotal tales promoting the benevolence of the District. Financial content, which fills less than 7% of the brochure, has serious errors of commission and omission. There is no mention of total expenditures, and there was no room for a copy of the budget in the 4 page 11" x 17" full color brochure. Total Community Support of $10.6 million is overstated by nearly $1.0 million. The document "is susceptible of no reasonable interpretation other than as an appeal to vote for or against a specific candidate." (Leake, 525 F.3d at 282-83) The upcoming election provides voters with a clear choice. Continue the District, which no longer owns Sequoia Hospital, or dissolve it. It is not a question of who best can distribute the property tax dollars previously assessed to operate and maintain Sequoia Hospital.
District CEO, Lee Michelson is responsible for the preparation of the brochure which he claims is not subject to review or approval by the Board of Directors. I have advised him of my concerns, and asked that he delay the mailing. He is currently declining my advice.
I urge you to shine a light on this activity. You can see the brochure at: