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Sequoia Healthcare District: Shefren, Hickey elected; third spot is close

 

Jerry Shefren and Jack Hickey were elected Tuesday to the board of the Sequoia Healthcare District. Art Faro leads in the count for the third seat, but that might change when all ballots are counted, including absentee ballots dropped off on election day.

In any event, Mr. Hickey did not succeed in getting his slate of three candidates elected. The other two -- Michael Stogner and Frederick Graham -- finished sixth and seventh. Mr. Hickey wanted the three to take over majority control of the board to reduce to zero the amount of property taxes collected by the district.

The vote count, with all precincts reporting, is: Jerry Shefren, 19,815; Jack Hickey, 18,932; Art Faro, 17,588; Ruth West-Gorrin, 17,205; Alpio Barbara, 12,040; Michael Stogner, 7,547; and Frederick Graham, 6,995.

The district now funds regional programs such as low-cost or free clinics in Redwood City and unincorporated North Fair Oaks, and a program to restore nurses to public high schools and fund school gardens, health education and walk-to-school programs, outgoing board President Don Horsley told The Almanac.

The county Board of Supervisors on Oct. 19 approved a grant of $6.3 million from the district to the county public health system for the purpose of consolidating into one clinic the three existing facilities that offer free or low-cost medical treatment. Two of those three clinics are in in North Fair Oaks and one is in Menlo Park.

The district granted $3.6 million to the county for this new clinic in the 2008-09 and 2009-10 budget years, said public health spokeswoman Robyn Thaw. This new grant raises the total to $9.9 million.

In an interview, Mr. Hickey described as "false philanthropy" the distribution of property tax revenues to local nonprofits. "This sort of giving money that isn't (the district's). This is taxpayers' money," he said. "Unfortunately, the government has gotten in the way of true philanthropy."

The Sequoia Healthcare District, like all health care districts in the state, used to oversee a public hospital. The state Legislature changed the missions of these districts in 1994 to reflect an evolution of medical practice away from hospital services and toward outpatient services.

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Posted by Member
a resident of Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley
on Nov 3, 2010 at 11:57 am

I believe you need to correct the text in this story about the election results for the Sequoia Healthcase District and offer an apology to Dr. Jerry Shefren. I don't believe he's ever been known as "Jack" Shefren.


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Posted by Editor
a resident of Menlo Park: University Heights
on Nov 3, 2010 at 12:05 pm

Thanks, Member. We fixed it.


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Nov 3, 2010 at 1:29 pm

Jack Hickey has been trying for years to implement the recommendation of this Grand Jury Report. I joined Jack Hickey for that sole purpose. Most voters have not read this report.

You will see at the last sentence of the response from the Directors, "We decline to do so at this time."

Web Link


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Nov 3, 2010 at 1:33 pm

Correction,
Last sentence from response of Directors to 2000-01 GJ report.

"The Board does not believe that it would be in the best interests of the District to implement the Grand Jury's recommendations at this time and so declines to do so"


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Nov 3, 2010 at 1:53 pm

Next Voter results update: November 5, 2010 4:30PM


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Nov 3, 2010 at 2:03 pm

Correction,

Next Voter results update: November 9, 2010 4:30PM


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Posted by John J. "Jack" Hickey
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Nov 4, 2010 at 11:09 pm

Regarding the preliminary election results, the next update will be on November 5, 2010 4:30PM as originally stated by Stogner.
We should all hope that Ruth West-Gorrin overtakes Art Faro to replace him on the Board. Mr. Faro is Chair of the Sequoia Hospital Board which, in my opinion, creates a conflict of interest. Board member Katie Kane also sits on the Sequoia Hospital Board. I brought the conflict of interest question to the attention of the Sequoia Healthcare District Board of Directors when they were considering a grant to the Sequoia Hospital Foundation. Directors Kane and Faro did not abstain from voting.

The Almanac statement: "The Sequoia Healthcare District, like all health care districts in the state, used to oversee a public hospital. The state Legislature changed the missions of these districts in 1994 to reflect an evolution of medical practice away from hospital services and toward outpatient services." mistates the facts.
In 1994, there was no Sequoia Healthcare District, it was then the Sequoia Hospital District. The state Legislature enabled the means (requiring voter approval) for creation of "Healthcare Districts". It wasn't until November 2000 that the District "morphed" into a Healthare District without voter approval. See: Web Link



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Posted by Thelma
a resident of Atherton: other
on Nov 4, 2010 at 11:41 pm

Mr Hickey: Congratulations on the election Jack
Were you ever able (as an elected board member) to get access to how much the Sequoia Healthcare District is paying ex Police Chief Glen Neilson? Also do you still have Nadine Levine on payroll while she is actually here in Atherton as "bridge city manager"
I understand that you have fellow board members who don't want you to see how our tax money gets spent, but please keep trying and post the answers to these question here.


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Posted by John J. "Jack" Hickey
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Nov 5, 2010 at 3:42 pm

Thank you, Thelma. I have been receiving the SHCD check register on a monthly basis. I am concatenating the files and will post them on Web Link this weekend.


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Posted by John J. "Jack" Hickey
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Nov 6, 2010 at 3:52 pm

Here is a link to SHCD check register info Web Link
I have been struggling to get more detailed information, and almost always have to resort to the Public Records Act..


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Posted by Louise
a resident of Atherton: other
on Nov 7, 2010 at 1:14 pm

Mr. Hickey thanks for posting the above check register link.
I am at least as curious and confused as I was before getting a peek into the SHCD books and will need more time to review the scant accounting provided to you even as an elected board member.
Did I understand you correctly that Ms. Kurtsman's family makes the cardiac supplies that her Heartsafe project then purchases with district grants? Could you please request that she give an accounting to the board of how her grant money is spent, and how much of it Glen Neilson receives and what for?
Also Other than a reference to "initial start up funding" of 30,000$ for Nadine Levin's walk to the bus program referenced in the Feb 2nd and 3rd meeting minutes with her 15,000$ contract April to June--I do not see any checks cut to her either, so again I would urge you to request the accounting records for her program as well.
I am shocked at the resistance you have been subjected to, from your board president to receive the documentation that you were elected to be responsible for.
It has me wondering if "the district" has somehow "morphed into an exclusive witness protection program for friends of "those of us who matter" The fellowship with RWC 20/20 has me wondering how many favor factories the county has up and running, disguised with good intentions. In this economy their is a very real need for social services to be strategically targeted--this looks like a top heavy gravy train for the wrong kettle of fish.
I will try to bring the older "endorsements SHCD" thread forward here so that people can examine the links you provided earlier--thanks again Jack


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Posted by John J. "Jack" Hickey
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Nov 8, 2010 at 11:55 pm

Louise said: "Did I understand you correctly that Ms. Kurtsman's family makes the cardiac supplies that her Heartsafe project then purchases with district grants?"
That is incorrect.
The Heartsafe Program was initiated by former SHCD CEO Stephani Scott, former CEO of Sustainable San Mateo County Web Link, now Executive Director of the SMCCCD Foundation ($148,000/year salary paid by SMCCCD) which contributed $64,260 to support Measure G, the parcel tax, Web Link: No on Measure G&eddate=06/02/2010 01:56:00. While CEO of shcd, her spouse was listed on her Form 700 as a high level employee of a company involved in the manufacturer of defibrillators.
I urge interested parties to attend the next meeting of the SHCD Board of Directors; See Web Link to ask questions about the legitimacy of the District, and their reluctance to provide information to an elected director.


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Nov 9, 2010 at 7:31 am

Jack,

What is the next meeting's date, time and location?


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Posted by John J. "Jack" Hickey
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Nov 9, 2010 at 3:15 pm

4:30 P.M 2 December, 2010 at

525 Veterans Blvd
Redwood City, CA 94063

Phone: 650.421.2155
Fax: 650.421.2159


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Posted by John J. "Jack" Hickey
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Nov 9, 2010 at 3:17 pm

WHOOPS!
Make that:
4:30 P.M 1 December, 2010 at
525 Veterans Blvd
Redwood City, CA 94063
Phone: 650.421.2155

Fax: 650.421.2159


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