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Sequoia Healthcare District subsidizing Lyft rides for Seniors

Original post made by Jack Hickey, Woodside: Emerald Hills, on Apr 26, 2019

For the past couple of years, Sequoia Healthcare District(SHD) has been subsidizing all but $4 of the cost to SHD residents, of "on demand" transportation to various senior destinations. In an agreement with Peninsula Volunteers, their Little House in Menlo Park manages the rides for senior clients.

As a past Director of the SHD Board(2002-2018), I continue to observe the districts operation, frequently using the California Public Records Act to obtain documents. My latest CPRA request was for records provided to SHD by Peninsula Volunteers. These are submitted monthly in a spreadsheet detailing ride information, and are accompanied by invoices. The SHD, rather than providing me with an electronic copy of the submissions, printed out the spreadsheet for March, 2019 on 11" x 17" paper(two sheets required to fit all fields). The most significant fact which was readily apparent, was that one individual was taking 5 round trips weekly, amassing a $971 total for the month.

From the Peninsula Volunteers website Web Link I found that their "LYFT Concierge Service" also receives funding from Bank of America and the County of San Mateo Measure-K. But, that additional funding only applies to non residents of SHD! Remember Measure K? It's the half percent sales tax we all pay.
Checking with the county, I found that Supervisor Don Horsley used $10,000 of his $1.75 million "distict specific" Measure K funds for this subsidy. Not fair, Don! SHD residents deserve their fair share.

Now the SHD wants to budget $65,000 this year for the Lyft subsidy. They should put limits on usage as the City of San Mateo does with it's Get-Around-Senior-Transportation-Program Web Link

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Posted by COMMUNITY SUPPORT ROCKS!
a resident of Menlo Park: Menlo Oaks
on Apr 26, 2019 at 4:42 pm

Thanks for the heads up - this is a perfect program for the elderly!

Once again, here's a great link for Pen Volunteers: Web Link


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Posted by Jack Hickey
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Apr 30, 2019 at 11:05 am

Jack Hickey is a registered user.

SEQUOIA HEALTHCARE DISTRICT BOARD OF DIRECTORS SPECIAL MEETING
4:30 P.M. May 1, 2019
Conference Room, 525 Veterans Boulevard
Redwood City, CA 94063

Agenda item 4b.

Peninsula Volunteers Inc. (PVI) requests an additional $144,000 from Sequoia Healthcare District(SHD) to support the PVI Transportation Program for a two-year period beginning July 2019-June 2021($132,000 for funding rides and $12,000 [10%} management fee to help cover the cost of coordinating rides, credit card fees and administration.)
Web Link

This grant should be postponed until PVI has controls in place to limit the number of trips an individual can take each month. Also, steps should be taken to ensure that Measure K funds used to subsidize PVI's "LYFT Concierge Service" do not discriminate against SHD residents. The grant amount should then be reduced accordingly. A percentage discount of Lyft charges should also be considered as an alternative to the $4/$8 flat fee.


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Posted by COMMUNITY SUPPORT ROCKS!
a resident of Menlo Park: Menlo Oaks
on Apr 30, 2019 at 11:24 am

Who is this Jack Hickey guy? Awesome community programs and he apparently just sits in front of his keyboard and picks at them and whines?

Looks like from his post he lives in Woodside and pulls the ladder up behind him? Must be nice.

I've seen what Peninsula Volunteers means to members of our community, members who've been around and built UP this community, not pick and tear it down.


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Posted by Jack Hickey
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Apr 30, 2019 at 2:35 pm

Jack Hickey is a registered user.

This is about a taxpayer subsidized transportation program which is out of control. As a taxpayer's advocate, I seek to shine some light on the problem.

Peninsula Volunteers is a wonderful organization. I bowled for many years in the Little House sponsored bowling league(now defunct).


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Posted by COMMUNITY SUPPORT ROCKS!
a resident of Menlo Park: Menlo Oaks
on Apr 30, 2019 at 3:07 pm

"... is out of control"

I reread your 'observations' (for lack of a better word.) You used to be with the district, apparently. From the vantage point of a reader of your post, it looks like someone who possibly can't 'let go', who perhaps has a personal animosity against perhaps someone (with the district?) or perhaps a person not personally cared for who, gasp, took a couple too many lyft rides! Omigosh!

Well! You certainly will show them who's boss, won't you! Death (by a thousand paper cuts) to the infidels who dare help seniors find transportation!

Am I missing something?

"Out of control"?!?! Seriously? I'm sorry to hear about your defunct bowling league. I hear there are others. Highly recommended.


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Posted by Jack Hickey
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Apr 30, 2019 at 3:58 pm

Jack Hickey is a registered user.

Since I moved here in 1965, 9 bowling alley's have been closed down. Currently, I bowl in the Fun After Fifty league at BelMateo Bowl.

Regarding the individual who took too many Lyft rides, the latest spreadsheet data which I received from the SHD today shows that individual has cost the district more than $5,000 in the past year. I'd say the program is out of control.


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Posted by Jack Hickey
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on May 7, 2019 at 8:50 am

Jack Hickey is a registered user.

Supervisor David J. Canepa sponsors Grant of Measure K (1/2% sales tax) to Peninsula Family Service for subsidized taxi rides for Daly City seniors. April 23 Listen to Supervisor Canepa here: Web Link

16. Measure K: Adopt a resolution authorizing a one-time grant of district-discretionary Measure K funds, not to exceed $100,000, to Peninsula Family Service for subsidized taxi rides for Daly City seniors, and authorizing the County Manager, or his designee, to execute the grant agreement.
Sponsors: Supervisor David J. Canepa


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Posted by Xymbidium
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on May 7, 2019 at 2:14 pm

Some people are just self-hating oldsters.

Give our seniors a break, OP.


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Posted by Jack Hickey
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on May 7, 2019 at 4:05 pm

Jack Hickey is a registered user.

"Regarding the individual who took too many Lyft rides, the latest spreadsheet data which I received from the SHD today shows that individual has cost the district more than $5,000 in the past year. I'd say the program is out of control."

UPDATE
From August 1, 2017 to March 31, 2019(21 months) that individual, or another family member, has received 548 rides subsidized by SHD at a cost to taxpayers of more than $11,000.

What do you think should be done about that?


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Posted by Jack Hickey
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on May 9, 2019 at 5:06 pm

Jack Hickey is a registered user.

The day before the Sequoia Healthcare District meeting I sent the following to the Directors:
"Directors, I suggest that you postpone a decision on agenda item 4b until controls are in place. I have only been provided with ride data for the month of March, but that revealed an abuse of the system in which one individual cost the district $971 for 5 round trips per week from Redwood Shores to Little House."

The board voted unanimously to grant $144,000 to the Lyft program for the next 2 years.


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Posted by Truth
a resident of Woodside: other
on May 9, 2019 at 6:11 pm

Jack Hickey is so out of touch. He's about as reliable and truthful as a mongoose.
He doesn't even tell the truth about where he lives. Says Woodside, but it's actually not and his address is Redwood City. Are you ashamed of where you live or are you trying to tell the public that you have more money than you do?


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Posted by Jack Hickey
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on May 10, 2019 at 10:51 am

Jack Hickey is a registered user.

Here's the audio of the May 1 meeting:
Web Link

Here are the PVILYFT files(Excelformat October 1, 2017 to March 31, 2019) showing Date, Time, Pickup location, Destination, Total Cost of Ride(before riders $4 or $8 payment)
Web Link

CORRECTION!!

UPDATE
"From August 1, 2017 to March 31, 2019(21 months) that individual, or another family member, has received 548 rides subsidized by SHD at a cost to taxpayers of more than $11,000."
Should have read:
UPDATE
From October 1, 2017 to March 31, 2019(18 months) that individual, or another family member, has received 548 rides subsidized by SHD at a cost to taxpayers of more than $11,000.


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Posted by Jack Hickey
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on May 10, 2019 at 11:05 am

Jack Hickey is a registered user.

CORRECTION:
Here's the audio of the May 1 meeting:

Web Link


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Posted by Truth
a resident of Woodside: other
on May 10, 2019 at 11:31 am

Notice Hickey doesn't comment on his lies about where he lives.


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Posted by Rhea St C
a resident of another community
on May 10, 2019 at 12:48 pm

Know a lot of off folk who live in RC/emerald hills who list their town as Emerald Hills. It's redwood city.

Who dob they think they're fooling?


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