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Sequoia Healthcare District seeks to reschedule August 7 meeting

Original post made by Jack Hickey, Woodside: Emerald Hills, on Jul 11, 2013

The Sequoia Healthcare District, on whose board I have served since 2002, has six “regularly scheduled meetings” each year. Compensation for board members has been in the form of $1200/month for health insurance premiums. That is being increased to $1500.

The public has a right to know why “regularly scheduled meetings” need to be rescheduled. This should not be done unless absolutely necessary. Why is this being considered?

That is the response I made to my District when I was received the following e-mail:

From: Janeene Johnson
Sent: Thursday, July 11, 2013 2:17 PM
To: ; 'Arthur J. Faro' ; 'Kathleen Kane' ; 'Kim Griffin' ;
Cc: 'Lee Michelson' ; 'Mark Hudak'
Subject: Board meeting dates

To the Board

The August 7th meeting may need to be rescheduled. If so, please let me know your availability for Wednesday, August 21st at 4:30.

Thank you.

Janeene Johnson
Executive Coordinator
Sequoia Healthcare District
525 Veterans Blvd.
Redwood City, CA 94063
Direct 650-421-2155 x 201
Fax - 650-421-2159

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Posted by Jack Hickey
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Jul 11, 2013 at 4:43 pm

Response from CEO, Lee Michelson:
"We have 2 Board members that will be out of town."

Response from Board President Jerry Shefren:
(seeking opinion of Mark Hudak, counsel for the District)
"Mark, please advise what the public has a right to know about why meetings are rescheduled."

Stay tuned for the answer.

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Posted by Jack Hickey
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Jul 16, 2013 at 3:25 pm

Response from President (Jerry) Shefren (presumably after obtaining legal advice) "That is personal information and I do not feel it requires disclosure to you or the public in general. If you are aware of any specific laws that require disclosure please advise me of that information."

My response:
Jerry, disclosure of detailed personal information is not necessary, generic information will suffice. Who are the directors unable to attend the regular meeting? What type of other commitment is involved?
I suggest that you hold the regularly scheduled meeting on the 7th, and, if necessary, continue that meeting on the 21st.

If you are aware of any specific laws that prohibit disclosure please advise me of that information.

BTW: What advice did you get from Mark regarding the public’s right to know why meetings are rescheduled.?

I added the following:
Jerry, when did Director X, Director Y and/or Director Z determine that they were to be “out of town” on August 7? Perhaps a revised “Schedule of Regular Meetings” could have been approved at our last meeting. And, it occurred to me that if our CEO was not going to be “in town” for the meeting, you might want to reschedule. Some facts, please, to quell speculation. See: Web Link

I referred Dr. Shefren to: Web Link

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Posted by presuming
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jul 16, 2013 at 3:43 pm


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