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Art Faro should resign from Sequoia Healthcare District Board of Directors

Original post made by Jack Hickey, Woodside: Emerald Hills, on Feb 10, 2018

The recent switch from at-large to Zone elections by the Sequoia Healthcare District Board of Directors has led to a weird situation. Directors Art Faro and Katie Kane, who reside in the same housing complex now find themselves in the same Zone, which, after the November election should only have one director. Katie's term expires in 2020, while Art's expires in 2018. I originally suggested to Art that he could move to minority Zone D if he wanted to run for re-election.

Readers of the other topics in this forum Web Link and Web Link know that our "creative" district has found a way to obviate the need for Art to move. They simply decided to let him run for re-election in Zone A, which would then have 2 directors until 2020 when Katies term expires.

This legerdemain was facilitated by the districts noble effort to secure the best election cycle for minority zone D. Minority turnout was determined to be much higher in presidential elections, therefore minority zone D was put on the presidential election cycle(2020). A convoluted interpretation of law concluded that Zone D could not elect a director until 2020. A rational person would suggest that an election could be held in minority Zone D for a 2 year seat in 2018.

Art Faro should resign!

Last year, Art Faro participated in 3 meetings by teleconference from his ranch in Oregon. Out of our 6 regularly scheduled meetings in 2017, Art was absent from the April meeting, caused a rescheduling of the June meeting, and was excused from the October meeting.

If Art Faro resigned, the board would have to appoint his replacement. A rational person would expect minority zone D to be the recipient of that replacement. Then, the normal process would be for an election in November 2018 for a 2 year seat in minority Zone D.

Alpio Barbara, who ran for director in 2010, Web Link would be my choice for the Zone D appointee.

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Posted by Kim Griffin
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Feb 13, 2018 at 1:15 pm

Arthur Faro has worked hard for the Health Care District. Mr. Hickey while physically present at the board meetings contributes nothing, works only toward his agenda of dissolving the District and the programs benefiting our most vulnerable residents while consistently violating the Brown Act despite repeated warnings from our district counsel. The Board is unable to "appoint" a two year term member according to the Health and Safety Code which was reviewed with Mr. Hickey at our board meeting on February 7 by District Counsel (as well as special legal counsel hired for the purpose of redistricting); a fact he conveniently leaves out of his opinion. Exercising economy of the truth is another pattern of behavior with this board member. The District residents deserve better!

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Posted by Term Limits
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Feb 13, 2018 at 2:36 pm

Any one who has been there for a decade or more should retire.

Fresh blood!

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Posted by YoursTruly
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Feb 13, 2018 at 3:03 pm

Note how Kim avoids the issue regarding denial of representation for residents of minority Zone D for 2 years.

Directors Art Faro and Katie Kane, who share zone A, should have recused themselves from the vote. Art stands to benefit to the tune of $16,200/year in health insurance benefits from this fortuitous opportunity to run for re-election in Zone A. Katie, who won't be able to run for re-election in 2020, had a similar, but opposite interest in the outcome.

Readers may remember that it was the same district counsel who facilitated the self generated bonus of sitting directors Faro, Griffin and Kane in 2013 Web Link. Counsel first opined that it was permissible for sitting directors to vote themselves increased benefits, reversing himself 6 months later after those directors had already pocketed $1,800 each.

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Posted by Yours Truly
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Feb 23, 2018 at 12:26 pm

On December 13, 2017, the Sequoia Healthcare District Board of Directors adopted the district map to be used for Zone elections in November 2018. Only one of the new Zones, minority Zone D, did not have a sitting Director. Zone A had 2 sitting Directors, Katie Kane who is on the Presidential election cycle with a term expiring in 2020, and Art Faro who is on the Gubernatorial cycle with a term expiring in 2018.

The question facing the district was to determine which election cycle would be most favorable to the minority in Zone D. It was determined that the Presidential election cycle produced a far greater turnout of minority voters. It would have been a no-brainer to put zone D on the Presidential election cycle, and hold an election in November 2018 to elect Zone D's first Director to serve until 2020. That would have created 3 Zones on the Presidential election cycle favoring minorities, and 2 Zones on the Gubernatorial election cycle. Zones C and E, both with sitting Directors on the Gubernatorial election cycle, would also have elections in November 2018. Kim Griffin in Zone B and Katie Kane in Zone A would be up for re-election in the November 2020 Presidential election.

That would have comported well with the California Voting Rights Act.

The district did put minority Zone D on the Presidential election cycle, but decided that they could not hold an election for that seat until 2020, when it would be for a 4 year seat. To fill the 5 member board, they decided to allow Art Faro to run for a 4 year seat in Zone A. This would then put Zone A, which already has a sitting Director with a term ending in 2020, on the Gubernatorial election cycle.

Keep tuned, it's not over yet!

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Posted by awwww beans
a resident of Atherton: other
on Feb 23, 2018 at 3:44 pm

Mr. Hickey:

When you ran for governor,for Congress, and for the myriad of other positions, didn't you promise to support term limits?

How long have you been sitting on this board?

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Posted by Term Limits? Term Limits?
a resident of another community
on Feb 23, 2018 at 3:50 pm

@awwww beans -- Don't you know, term limits are for *other* politicians.

Jack's one of the special people -- he doesn't have do what he wants other people to do.

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Posted by Yours Truly
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Feb 23, 2018 at 4:52 pm

Art Faro was elected as an incumbent in 1998. I was elected in 2002. I'll leave 4 years after Art does.

Web Link

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Posted by Yours Truly
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Feb 23, 2018 at 5:08 pm

Make that 6 years. Art was on the board in 1996.
Kudos to Art on his retirement!

Friday, September 27, 1996
Ms. ESHOO. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to
pay tribute to Arthur Jay Faro, an outstanding
health administrator and a respected citizen,
on the occasion of the celebration of his 32
years of dedicated service to the Sequoia
Hospital District and our community.
Mr. Faro, a graduate of the University of
Vermont and recipient of a Masters in Busi-
ness Administration from George Washington
University, began his career with Sequoia
Hospital in 1964 as Director of Personnel and
Services and became Chief Executive in 1989.
Since that time he has served with the diligence
and distinction that have marked all his
years at Sequoia. His unparalleled leadership
and consensus-building skills were critical to
seeing Sequoia Hospital and the Sequoia
Hospital District through its growth in size and
reputation, through some of its most difficult
decisions, including the most recent one to
save the hospital by affiliating with Catholic
Healthcare West.
Mr. Faro currently serves as a member of
the Sequoia Health Services Board of Directors.
He has served as a member and director
of many professional organizations, including
the Hospital Consortium of San Mateo County,
the American College of Health Care Executives
and the West Bay Hospital Conference.
He currently serves on the Board of the American
Heart Association (San Mateo Chapter)
and the Heart Association California Affiliate,
the Redwood City Chamber of Commerce, the
Sequoia Hospital Employees Credit Union and
the Advisory Board of Bay Area Bank. He has
served in the past as an advisor or director of
the Committee for Radiology Technologist
Education, the Sequoia Union High School
District, the Sequoia YMCA, and the Sequoia
Chapter of the American Red Cross. He also
served honorably in our Nation's Armed
Art Faro is a licensed commercial pilot, a
certified scuba diver, and an ardent photographer,
jogger, bicyclist, backpacker and traveler.

Mr. Speaker, Art Faro has been an extraordinary
leader in San Mateo County and has
given important public service to his community
and the Sequoia Hospital District. I've
been privileged to work closely with him and
I'm proud to call him my friend. I ask my colleagues
to join me in saluting Art Faro as he
retires from Sequoia Hospital and wish him
well as he embarks on new chapters in life

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Posted by Term Limits? Term Limits?
a resident of another community
on Feb 23, 2018 at 6:07 pm

Geez, have you ever learned how to format your posts???

P.S. STOP spamming this discussion board with your nonsense.

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Posted by Jack Hickey
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Mar 4, 2018 at 2:09 pm

Jack Hickey is a registered user.

The district has until July 4, 2018 to call an election to fill the 2 year "balance of an unexpired term" in Zone D. The district should also call for an election for 4 year terms in Zones C and E in 2018. In 2020, the district would then call for 4 year term elections in Zones B, D and A on the Presidential cycle.

( Division 10 enacted by Stats. 1994, Ch. 920, Sec. 2. )
PART 4. UNIFORM DISTRICT ELECTION LAW [10500 - 10556]( Part 4 enacted by
Stats. 1994, Ch. 920, Sec. 2. )


On the 125th day prior to the day fixed for the general district election(July 4,2018), the secretary shall deliver a notice to the county elections official. The
notice shall bear the secretary’s signature and the district seal and shall
also contain both of the following:

(a) The elective offices of the district to be filled at the next general
district election, specifying which offices, if any, are for the balance of
an unexpired term.

(b) Whether the district or the candidate is to pay for the publication of a
statement of qualifications pursuant to Section 13307.

(Amended by Stats. 2002, Ch. 454, Sec. 2. Effective January 1, 2003.)

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Posted by Term Limits? Term Limits?
a resident of another community
on Mar 4, 2018 at 3:22 pm

Considering your posts here, Hickey, it's very obvious that YOU should have been removed from the Board a long, long time ago...

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Posted by gusto wif
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Mar 4, 2018 at 3:22 pm

So Jack's rational for his lying to voters about his "principles" and his promise about term limits is:

"but the other guy!!"

Way to lead like a politician.

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