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Shut down Sequoia Healthcare District

Original post made by Jack Hickey, Woodside: Emerald Hills, on Sep 30, 2010

Voters this November have a historic opportunity to shut down a government agency created in 1946 to bring a hospital to the area.
Originally the Sequoia Hospital District, they got out of the hospital business when Art Faro, then CEO of Sequoia Hospital ran up a $29,000,000 deficit. That led to a voter approved bailout sale of the hospital in 1996.
In 1996 the voters of the district approved Measure H that, among other things, sold some assets of the district, including the hospital, to Catholic HealthCare West (CHW), a private non-profit organization. By this sale, maintenance of the hospital became the responsibility of CHW.
Sometime after the 1998 election, the District morphed into a healthcare district, continuing to collect an obsolete hospital tax and assuming a philanthropic role to dispense taxpayer assets. Two Civil Grand Juries (2000-2002) characterized this as "inappropriate" and "never presented to voters for their approval". They further stated "The grand jury believes that property taxes for district taxpayers should be reduced unless district voters approve expenditures for purposes not described in 1996 Measure H or the 1946 ballot measure."
In November of 2002, I was elected to the Sequoia Healthcare District Board of Directors on a platform to act upon the Grand Jury's findings. Today, I am leading a TEAM of candidates which, when elected, will control the 5 member board. We will bring about an orderly shutdown of this obsolete district.
Visit www.SmartVoter.org to view all candidates for the 3 seats up for election.

Jack Hickey
Hickey, Graham and Stogner for SHCD 2010
www.XSHCD.com

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Posted by you gotta wonder
a resident of Atherton: other
on Sep 30, 2010 at 10:34 pm

Isn't this the outfit that recently created a job for one of Atherton's very short term police chiefs with a lot of friends up at the county?


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Posted by you gotta wonder
a resident of Atherton: other
on Sep 30, 2010 at 10:35 pm

Isn't this the outfit that recently created a job for one of Atherton's very short term police chiefs with a lot of friends up at the county?


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Oct 1, 2010 at 8:47 am

It was Don Horsley who created the job for Glenn Neilson.


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Oct 1, 2010 at 9:05 am

Is Sequoia Health Care District legal?

When the 2 Grand Jury Reports said it was inappropriate what means this?

Was the word inappropriate what they really meant?

It has been reported in local newspapers that the San Mateo County Grand Jury has no legal authority, with that being said, and if they thought they had no legal authority, that might explain the word inappropriate.

The Tax Payers are the victims here.


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Posted by You gotta wonder
a resident of Atherton: other
on Oct 1, 2010 at 10:33 am

I suppose it could well have been Don Horsely who created a cushy position at the Health Care District for brief Cheif Glenn Neilson when he needed to get out of Dodge in advance of the Buckheit factual innocence finding, but I hadn't noticed Horsely's name listed on Neilson's top 10 friends on his face book page, as were numerous other elected county officials. So it is just as likely that Wagstaffe or Munks called in the favor on Neilson's behalf.
Maybe this outfit is commonly used to park out friends of"friends" of the county. A.K.A.--"those of us who matter".
Your tax dollars at work folks.


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Posted by you gotta wonder
a resident of Atherton: other
on Oct 1, 2010 at 4:20 pm

The tuesday April 6th Daily Post list "Your Right to Know" print out of Atherton salaries has an attached article tittled "BIG PAYOUT FOR POLICE CHIEF"
It lists Chief Glenn Neilson's base pay for his one year in office during 2009 as $168,000 without benefits, but almost double that with an added $76,856 for unused vacation, plus $67,242 for holiday cashout, and $3,306 for a retroactive wage increase.
The total for that one year was $303,094.
Mr. Neilson's stated claim in the press at the time of his sudden retirement, announced in October 2009, was that he "had a better offer", and his announcement came the same week as the altered police report testimony came in at the Buckheit hearing.
So I'm wondering--does anybody know how much he is getting paid at the Health Care District??


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Oct 1, 2010 at 6:00 pm

I have asked Jack Hickey this question, he is getting back to me.


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