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Challengers to face Sequoia Healthcare District incumbents in November

Original post made by Jack Hickey, Woodside: Emerald Hills, on Aug 12, 2016

Jack Hickey announced today that he has sponsored 2 challengers to incumbent Sequoia Healthcare District (SHD)Directors Katie Kane and Kim Griffin in the November election. Harland Harrison, who was a candidate in the 2002 election, joined Lois Garcia on the ballot as he filed his papers today.

Hickey, was first elected to the Board of Directors in 2002 on a platform pursuing a Grand Jury recommendation that the District, which sold Sequoia Hospital in 1996, should cease collection of property taxes until voters approve their newly assumed purpose.

With $14,000,000 in property tax revenue for FY2017, SHD’s website claims they are “Committed to returning to the community 100% of property tax revenue in health-related programs and services” . That claim is false unless you redefine “community” to include areas outside the District, such as Palm Springs, all of San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties, etc. where 10’s of millions in District benefits have leaked.

With majority control of the Board, Hickey, Harrison and Garcia will be able to reduce collection of taxes, on an annual basis, until voter approval of the district’s re-purposing occurs. That reduction will be reflected in the bottom line on property tax bills.

Hickey expects that ultimately, San Mateo County’s 2 Healthcare Districts will either;
1. be dissolved with their share of the 1% General taxes being distributed among the other agencies (schools, fire districts, county, etc. in their Tax Rate Area (TRA), or;
2. be expanded countywide without raising taxes.

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Posted by Stop the Trolls
a resident of another community
on Aug 12, 2016 at 4:44 pm

There you have it, voters of San Mateo County -- now you know whom NOT to vote for this coming November.

Bring sanity back to the Sequoia Healthcare District, and keep Hickey and his lot out of office.


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Posted by Dan
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Aug 13, 2016 at 10:02 am

I've been perplexed why this healthcare district continues to exist after it sold the hospital it ran. The district was created to run the hospital. The hospital is no longer in its control, but the bureaucracy doesn't want to go away.

The board of supervisors already has a charter to provide community health services to its residents. That's a complete overlap with the healthcare district. You have two government agencies doing the same thing, rather than combining their efforts.


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Posted by Harland Harrison
a resident of another community
on Aug 13, 2016 at 8:24 pm

The Sequoia Healthcare District has no real purpose. If you elect me, I will do my best to abolish my own office. For many years the District has done nothing but give away your tax money. The SHD Directors can be so popular because they control the grant money! That is, they can be popular among big-money donors. The voters should know they are still paying the same taxes they paid for Sequoia hospital, years ago, only now the government does not even own it.

If you elect Lois Garcia and Harland Harrison, I will do my best to get rid of this useless district, (including my own job).


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Posted by 411 home
a resident of Atherton: other
on Aug 14, 2016 at 4:31 am

" That is, they can be popular among big-money donors. "

Proof?


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Posted by Harland Harrison
a resident of another community
on Aug 14, 2016 at 10:19 am

SHD Director Jack Hickey has been working for 14 years to close the District. He needs two allies on the Board to abolish it. Whenever reform candidates ran, incumbents sent out slick, expensive, mailings against them. You will know the Garcia-Harrison campaign is going well when you receive their opponents’ flyers!

There is nothing illegal about this. Influence selling is just part of our dysfunctional government system. The last time I ran, the media concluded from public campaign finance records, that the money against me came from “high-ranking directors and executives” .


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Posted by 411 home
a resident of Atherton: other
on Aug 14, 2016 at 11:27 am

Harland - that is an accomplished politicians answer worthy of pelosi.

Question was - where are your facts, and you gave us more claims.

" That is, they can be popular among big-money donors. "

Proof?

Who are the BIG MONEY donors? What influence was purchased?

I detest old school politicians that bloviate about, making claims, shouting empty noise from the highest trees like monkeys, hurling their stuff randomly. We've heard enough!


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Posted by Stop the Trolls
a resident of another community
on Aug 14, 2016 at 12:34 pm

Wow -- not only is Harland Harrison backed by Jack Hickey, he even talks like Jack Hickey.

Yet more reason to not vote for this character.


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Posted by Jack Hickey
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Aug 14, 2016 at 2:40 pm

Jack Hickey is a registered user.


In 2004, dissolution candidates Sonya Sigler and Warren Gibson garnered 43% of the vote. This, in spite of a pre-election Fineman PR campaign paid for with property tax dollars, and a last minute $20,000 glossy campaign flyer, financed by CH2M Hill of Colorado, promoting the incumbents. CH@M Hill funds were funneled through the Peninsula Coalition PAC's. Web Link Web Link
Katie Kane claimed to have had no knowledge of the mailing.

In 2012, unions supported the incumbents by urging their members to "Absolutely NOT vote for Jack Hickey" Web Link This was repeated in the 2014 election. I have never sought the support of union leadership. I do seek the support of workers who have little control over the political activities of the unions funded by their dues.

During the 2014 election, I offered my plans for the District which called for:

Annual reductions in property tax collection; NOT YET DONE

An end to “false philanthropy” handouts; NOT YET DONE

Elimination of public relations "branding" activity($50,000/year); NOT YET DONE

Elimination of Board member's health insurance($75,000/year); NOT YET DONE

Cancellation of association memberships($35,000/year); REDUCED SOMEWHAT

More appropriate funding of the Nurse Program by the Nurses Union and Hospital Consortium($1,000,000); FUNDING ELIMINATED

Transferring the Heartsafe program to a nonprofit agency funded by manufacturers of defibrillators, the insurance industry and charitable contributions. PROGRAM REDUCED TO $150,000

An end to the “back door” bailout of school districts($1,500,000)INCREASED TO $3,496,490

An end to the $1,000,000 grants to the Sequoia Hospital Foundation ENDED

An end to the $1.35 Million grants to CHI, which currently provides health insurance for families with incomes 4 times the Federal Poverty level ENDED

An orderly shut-down of the District. There's work to be done. I'M WAITING FOR HARRISON AND GARCIA TO JOIN ME


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Posted by 411 home
a resident of Atherton: other
on Aug 14, 2016 at 2:58 pm

Whaaaaaaa?!?

Where's the influence that was purchased?

More noise, but no answer to your claim.

Re: unions.... If I detest and speak against unions, its pretty stupid of me to get huffy when unions ask for votes against me! What a surprise! Didn't see that coming!

I would tell myself to "grow up!"

14 years - what is your absolute biggest 3 accomplishments in 14 years?

You promised dissolution - fail. Strike 1.

14 years.

Don't you support term limits? To get rid of ineffectual, useless politicians that decide to do nothing and block progress to the stated goal?

Look forward to clear concise accurate answers - not political gobbledygook.


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Posted by Jack Hickey
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Aug 14, 2016 at 3:04 pm

Jack Hickey is a registered user.

Presentation made to SMCBOS 9/14/2010: Web Link

Sequoia Healthcare District

Minority Report

Jack Hickey, Elected Member of the Board

Presented to San Mateo County Board of Supervisors 9/14/2010
(Video Web Link)


In 1946 voters established the Sequoia Hospital District, generally comprising the area from the southern San Mateo County line to northern Belmont, to maintain a tax-supported hospital with the understanding there would be future bond issues to build and add to the hospital. In 1947 the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors assessed those district taxpayers a total amount of $46,578. The hospital opened in 1950.

Art Faro was CEO of Sequoia Hospital when they ran up a $29,000,000 deficit which 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.

I am mindful of the praise afforded CHW by Britschgi, Uccelli, et al, proponents of Measure H in 1996. They said "CHW provides free healthcare for poor and uninsured patients, contributing $129 million in uncompensated community benefits last year. In 1995, CHW gave $57 million in grants and gifts to the communities where its facilities are located. CHW reinvests all profits from its hospitals back to the community, not to corporate investors."

Today, tax revenues and other district revenues are being directed by the Sequoia Health Care District Board in great part to charitable activities within the district but not in significant part to the purposes described in Measure H or the 1946 ballot measure.

The 2001-2002 Grand Jury found “… that District taxpayers should be made aware that the 1946 measure authorizing the tax assessment was for the construction, maintenance, and operation of a hospital, but that the District no longer owns, maintains, or operates a hospital.”

The Grand Jury also found “… that since the sale of the hospital the District has assumed a role similar to that of a philanthropic foundation, using its tax revenues to make grants to other government and non-profit agencies. This is a function of the District that was never presented to the voters for their approval under 1996 Measure H.”

This was the scenario that led to my election to the Sequoia Healthcare District Board in November 2002. I am minority member of the board.

In 2003, this District was on a fast track to relocate Sequoia Hospital. My referendum effort derailed that move. This community asset is now being renovated by CHW at its historical site.

My plans for the District call for:

Annual reductions in property tax collection;

An end to “false philanthropy” handouts;

Elimination of public relations "branding" activity($50,000/year);

Elimination of Board member's health insurance($75,000/year);

Cancellation of association memberships($35,000/year);

More appropriate funding of the Nurse Program by the Nurses Union and Hospital Consortium($1,000,000);

Transferring the Heartsafe program to a nonprofit agency funded by manufacturers of defibrillators, the insurance industry and charitable contributions.

An end to the “back door” bailout of school districts($1,500,000)

An end to the $1,000,000 grants to the Sequoia Hospital Foundation

An end to the $1.35 Million grants to CHI, which currently provides health insurance for families with incomes 4 times the Federal Poverty level

An orderly shut-down of the District.


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Posted by Jack Hickey
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Aug 14, 2016 at 3:51 pm

Jack Hickey is a registered user.

Harland said: "The SHD Directors can be so popular because they control the grant money!" Doesn't this remind you of Milton Friedman's "Tyranny of the Status Quo"?

The "Iron Triangle" of Beneficiaries, Politicians, and Bureaucrats.

Note: THE SAN MATEO COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY DOES NOT CARRY THIS BOOK!


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Posted by Stop the Trolls
a resident of another community
on Aug 14, 2016 at 4:38 pm

Is it too late to start a recall election to get Hickey out of office?


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Posted by home girl
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Aug 14, 2016 at 5:12 pm

This is interesting. If I am reading this correctly, the two above politicians decry "politicians", yet will not answer simple questions.

Mr. Harland:

- Who are the BIG MONEY donors to whom you referred?
- What influence was purchased?

Mr. Hickey:

- what are your biggest 3 accomplishments in 14 years?
- Don't you support term limits? To get rid of ineffectual, useless politicians that decide to do nothing and block progress to the stated goal?

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Allow me to add my own question: in Mr. Hickey's off-topic non-answers above, he freely quotes riedman.

Question: Friedman supported the legalization of drugs and prostitution - do both candidates agree or disagree with Mr. Friedman on legalization of all drugs and prostitution?

As with the other posters, I would appreciate a brief and concise answer to my question, as well as their simple questions.

Thank you.



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Posted by POGO
a resident of Woodside: other
on Aug 14, 2016 at 5:27 pm

It's quite a commentary when voters established a tax to support a hospital and some argue that we should continue the tax EVEN AFTER THE HOSPITAL HAS BEEN SOLD TO A PRIVATE PARTY. I suppose they would support paying fees to their doctor after she retired as long as the money went to a good cause.

I will admit that the hospital district does some good but that's not the standard and is clearly beyond the charter we originally approved. If we want to support local charities like the district, we are certainly quite capable of making those decisions on our own. We don't need a bureaucracy and executives to make that our charity decisions for us. If this doesn't qualify as an outdated and unneeded government bureaucracy, then nothing does.

I have no illusions that either challenger will win because keeping those tax dollars rolling in and doling the cash to their friends and favorites is pretty motivating. Nevertheless, I will proudly vote for Harland Harrison and Lois Garcia.


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Posted by home girl
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Aug 14, 2016 at 5:57 pm

Pogo - thank you.

Will they answer the questions raised? is that too much to ask for those seeking our votes?


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Posted by Stop the Trolls
a resident of another community
on Aug 14, 2016 at 6:11 pm

home girl -- "Will they answer the questions raised? is that too much to ask for those seeking our votes?"

For these characters? Absolutely. Remember, Hickey has been in office for 14 years, and still hasn't shown any accomplishments of note. But he does put up some, er, *interesting* posts here...


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Posted by POGO
a resident of Woodside: other
on Aug 14, 2016 at 6:16 pm

Home girl -

The challengers have always made their objectives to dissolve the district clear and I'm sure they will answer questions. The incumbents answer is always that they "do good" which shouldn't be the standard for taking our money under false pretenses.

Jack quoted the Grand Jury report. It stated, "District taxpayers should be made aware that the 1946 measure authorizing the tax assessment was for the construction, maintenance, and operation of a hospital, but that the District no longer owns, maintains, or operates a hospital.” And “… that since the sale of the hospital the District has assumed a role similar to that of a philanthropic foundation, using its tax revenues to make grants to other government and non-profit agencies. This is a function of the District that was never presented to the voters for their approval under 1996 Measure H.”

Other than to say we "do good," this district, its costs and bureaucracy aren't doing what voters approved. It's not more complex than that for me.


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Posted by Apple
a resident of Atherton: other
on Aug 15, 2016 at 2:55 pm

I would welcome a candidate forum. It would be helpful to hear from all candidates, not just one set about their vision for the healthcare district, why, and how they will go about it.

I would also like to hear from county leaders as well on their thoughts about the healthcare district. Would it make sense to bring the healthcare district under the purview of the rest of county government? With consolidation, taxpayers save costs. The downside is that we have less local control. The question becomes whether there's a need for local control of this healthcare district.


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Posted by 411 home
a resident of Atherton: other
on Aug 15, 2016 at 3:23 pm

Why do a forum when they wont answer simple questions here?

Typical politicians. Do not reward them with lifelong seats - 14 years!

"Will they answer the questions raised? is that too much to ask for those seeking our votes?"


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Posted by Jack Hickey
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Aug 15, 2016 at 4:07 pm

Jack Hickey is a registered user.

Harland said: "The SHD Directors can be so popular because they control the grant money!"
Pogo states that in a different way: "I have no illusions that either challenger will win because keeping those tax dollars rolling in and doling the cash to their friends and favorites is pretty motivating."

The picture is pretty clear.

One need only look at the annual reports, and their timing to conclude that the district spending influences the outcome of elections in favor of incumbents. In the case of spending for annual reports, the influence is more direct, and in my opinion, it amounts to electioneering.

home girl asks - what are your biggest 3 accomplishments in 14 years?

Getting more votes than current board President Art Faro in the 2010 election:
John J. "Jack" Hickey .......... 25,133 votes 18.9%
Arthur J. Faro .......... 23,568 votes 17.7%

Getting more votes than current board President Art Faro in the 2010 election:
John J. "Jack" Hickey .......... 21,625 votes 21.8%
Arthur J. Faro .......... 19,692 votes 19.9%

Getting enough votes in a 3 way race in 2010, billed as a poll on dissolution, to conclude that voters support dissolution:
Kim Griffin .......... 44,559 votes 37.5%
Kathleen "Katie" Kane .......... 41,582 votes 35.0%
John J. "Jack" Hickey .......... 32,627 votes 27.5%

In such a race, voters are highly unlikely to vote for 1 candidate when the ballot says elect 2. With that assertion, and a conservative assumption that 30% voted ONLY for Jack Hickey, the average tally for incumbents (43,071) would have been reduced by 70% of my tally divided by 2(11,419). 43,071-11,419 = 31,652
Dissolution would have won, 32,627 to 31,652.





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Posted by Stop the Trolls
a resident of another community
on Aug 15, 2016 at 4:13 pm

And if Santiago Casilla had dropped his curveball a fraction of an inch lower, the Giants would have won yesterday.

Face it, Hickey: No matter how you try to dress up the numbers, the fact remains that your side came up short in 2010. And all the attempts you make to make it seem otherwise make no difference whatsoever.


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Posted by Jack Hickey
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Aug 15, 2016 at 4:36 pm

Jack Hickey is a registered user.

Correction:

I have been advised by SHD CEO Lee Michelson, that property tax revenue for FY2017 is not $14,000,000. From his advisory e-mail: "I assume that you can read the budget and see that the tax income is $11 million in 2016-17 and not $14 million…"

The $14,000,000 figure came from this earlier e-mail from Michelson:

We have most of the numbers and it looks like our income will be $14 million compared to our budgeted $13 million. Our expenses will be in line with our budget of $13.4 million .. though we had anticipated needing to use $536,000 in reserves to cover expenses, we will instead end the year with a positive balance. Our current cash reserves are around $15 million….as a District Board/staff we are pretty good at most things just not good at losing money…but we did not anticipate a 10% increase in property tax income…


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Posted by home girl
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Aug 16, 2016 at 9:39 am

What?!?!?

In FOURTEEN years,

your BIGGEST

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

was, three times, getting more votes than someone else?!?! That is your answer?

So: you have accomplished NOTHING other than getting reelected?? That is your answer?

Smells in here, smells a lot like a POLITICIAN who gets nothing done other than sit on his behind and does nothing but run for office again using the power of incumbency. The very antithesis of term limits and small government.

PROOF, in Mr. Hickey's own words: Web Link

"home girl asks - what are your biggest 3 accomplishments in 14 years?

Getting more votes  ..........
Getting more votes ..........
Getting enough votes .......... "

OHMYLAWD! Are you kidding me?!!?

YOU HAVE ZERO ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN 14 YEARS. And you brag about it?

I am speechless.


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Other than to point out the unanswered questions lost in Mr. Hickey's filibuster - Questions remaining to be answered:

Mr. Harland:

- Who are the BIG MONEY donors to whom you referred? Waiting
- What influence was purchased? Waiting

Mr. Hickey:

- what are your biggest 3 accomplishments in 14 years? ANSWERED - Failing grade
- Don't you support term limits? Waiting



Allow me to add my own question: in Mr. Hickey's off-topic non-answers above, he freely quotes Friedman.

Question: Mr. Hickey quoted Friedman; Friedman supported the legalization of drugs and prostitution - do both candidates agree or disagree with Mr. Friedman on legalization of all drugs and prostitution?

Mr. Hickey on Friedman? Waiting

Mr. Harland on Friedman? Waiting



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Posted by Jack Hickey
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Aug 16, 2016 at 10:40 am

Jack Hickey is a registered user.


home girl says - Don't you support term limits?
YES, and if we had them, Art Faro and Katie Kane (circa 1998), who are incumbents personified, would have been long gone.

and, Question: Mr. Hickey quoted Friedman; Friedman supported the legalization of drugs and prostitution - do both candidates agree or disagree with Mr. Friedman on legalization of all drugs and prostitution?

Mr. Hickey on Friedman? Waiting

home girl, have you read Tyranny of the Status Quo? If not, don't look for it in the county library system, it's not there. Perhaps your jaded view of Nobel Prize-winning Economist Friedman comes from another book, "The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism", by Naomi Klein, which has 18 copies in the county library. See:Web Link



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Posted by home girl
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Aug 16, 2016 at 10:54 am

Term limits - Mr. Hickey supports term limits. Mr. Harrelson yet to answer
3 biggest accomplishments - Mr. Hickey: "getting reelected with votes, 3 times"

thank you - check and double check.

Friedman: the question was, since you love to pontificate on unrelated things Friedman (Klein? I have not read it) and (a quick scan - your link does not address the question below):

- Friedman supported the legalization of drugs and prostitution - do both candidates agree or disagree with Mr. Friedman on legalization of all drugs and prostitution?




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Posted by Jack Hickey
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Aug 16, 2016 at 12:06 pm

Jack Hickey is a registered user.

The Iron Triangle of Beneficiaries, Politicians, and Bureaucrats, which is referred to in Friedman's Tyranny of the Status Quo is relevant. It is at the crux of the issue. Drugs and prostitution are not relevant to this election.

Incumbents who espouse the noble mission of the district, have a clear advantage over challengers. They are the Politician part of the Iron Triangle. They benefit from the Bureaucratic PR efforts of the District, and the gratitude of the Beneficiaries.

I have never been an incumbent in the true sense, I have been an outspoken challenger of the district since day one. It is against significant odds that I have survived this long. Education of the public has been the key.

Lois Garcia and Harland Harrison will help facilitate a resolution of the Sequoia Healthcare District's "transitional" status.

Please give your support to Lois and Harland.


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Posted by home girl
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Aug 16, 2016 at 1:10 pm

Mr Hickey - you incessantly bring up Friedman.

Friedman supports the legalization of prostitution and all drugs, like many Libertarians.

We are talking about the Sequoia Healthcare District. Drugs and Prostitution are, in many senses, a health care issue. Drugs alone, from meth to heroin, from pot to opioid addiction, are a giant healthcare issue in America.

Mr. Hickey: do you, as a long term politician on the Sequoia Healthcare District board, and as a Libertarian, agree or disagree with Mr. Friedman on legalization of all drugs and prostitution?

You have written, by my count, almost 1,500 words on the many rambling posts just in this thread alone.


Simple answers are okay. But we can break it down for you:

Mr. Jack Hickey,

do you
as a long term politician on the Sequoia Healthcare District board
and as a Libertarian
agree or disagree
with Mr. Friedman
on legalization
of all drugs and prostitution?


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Posted by Stop the Trolls
a resident of another community
on Aug 16, 2016 at 1:12 pm

Jack Hickey -- "I have never been an incumbent in the true sense, I have been an outspoken challenger of the district since day one."

14 years without accomplishing much of note is not exactly a platform to run on, Hickey. And "never been an incumbent in the true sense"? 14 years on the same board? Sorry, chum, but that is as entrenched an incumbency as there is.

Let us hope the voters of San Mateo County do the right thing, and keep Hickey's flunkies off of the board.


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Posted by Menlo Voter.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Aug 16, 2016 at 1:57 pm

Menlo Voter. is a registered user.

Actually the right thing is to elect the two candidates Jack supports. Then we can get rid of this meaningless and unnecessary district and the unnecessary overhead associated with it.


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Posted by POGO
a resident of Woodside: other
on Aug 16, 2016 at 2:16 pm

Only in California would voters be dumb enough to vote to pay taxes to a hospital district that has long since divested the hospital.

Then again, voters did vote to pour billions that dumb train.


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Aug 16, 2016 at 2:48 pm

Vote Lois Garcia & Harland Harrison for Sequoia Healthcare District.


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Posted by home girl
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Aug 16, 2016 at 2:58 pm

Okay then, when all else fails, call in the surrogates to avoid answering the simple questions. More and more, this looks like typical politicians with their usual running and hiding..


Waiting for Mr. Harrelson to back up his claims:

- Who are the BIG MONEY donors to whom you referred? Waiting
- What influence was purchased? Waiting

Making false claims before being elected does not bode well for a politician to be useful when elected. See: Mr. Hickey's 3 biggest accomplishments in 14 years ("getting votes" in subsequent elections.)

Waiting for a simple answer from Mr. Hickey:

- Mr. Hickey: do you, as a long term politician on the Sequoia Healthcare District board, and as a Libertarian, agree or disagree with your oft-quoted Mr. Friedman on legalization of all drugs and prostitution?


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Posted by Stop the Trolls
a resident of another community
on Aug 16, 2016 at 3:06 pm

Once again, everyone: Jack Hickey has been on the Sequoia Healthcare District board for FOURTEEN YEARS. His accomplishments during that time? ZERO.

You know what that is called? FAILURE.

So why defend this failure?


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Posted by Menlo Voter.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Aug 16, 2016 at 3:16 pm

Menlo Voter. is a registered user.

You have to look at why he has failed. He's been the lone voice trying to abolish the district. Get two more like minded board members and he won't fail. We can get rid of a hospital district that doesn't have a hospital.

Why anyone would continue to be happy to pay taxes to a hospital district without a hospital is beyond me. And if it's because you're happy where those taxes are being redistributed then you should also be happy to know the same thing can be accomplished without the hospital district and its overhead.


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Posted by Dan
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Aug 16, 2016 at 4:33 pm

If you want to know what Hickey does for the district, it's oversight and advocacy. Serving in government means contributing to creating public policy. While Hickey doesn't always get his way, he influences the final policy. He independently reports on areas that he believes the district is not doing its job or should change.

He asks important questions, such as whether district tax money should be spent outside the district and whether funds are being efficiently spent.

That is why a board of five members leads the district, not a single person. Five leaders debate policy and budgets. And Hickey participates in that debate. That's what Hickey has accomplished in 14 years.


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Posted by Mr D Gra
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Aug 16, 2016 at 10:39 pm


"You have to look at why he has failed."

14 years, and his 3 biggest accomplishments are getting re-elected (his words.)

Not: "I was able to persuade multiple qualified candidates to JOIN ME in my quest and got them elected"

A quality candidate capable of winning will look at Mr. Hickey/Mr. Hickey's baggage and run for the hills. That's why he has not had anyone win - a lesser politician attracts lesser candidates.

This team needs a new leader. One without the baggage. It will CONTINUE TO FAIL until that happens. Sooner or later (apparently much later) you have to look at why the other candidates are losing. Always losing. Yet Mr. Hickey sits comfortable in his incumbency enjoying life. Best of both worlds: "I tried, honest, I did!" and "I'll keep my seat warm until someone comes along that can win with me by their side".

Isn't this obvious?

Italicize: 14 years!!!


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Posted by Jack Hickey
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Aug 17, 2016 at 10:53 am

Jack Hickey is a registered user.

I have the candidate statements in image format, which I am converting into text. Here is:
KIM GRIFFIN

As a healthcare professional it has been a privilege to serve on the Healthcare District Board in a capacity that has a positive impact on the overall health of my community. Currently the greatest challenge of the Healthcare District lies with anticipating and providing for the increasing needs of an aging population and balancing those needs with our children in schools lacking healthcare resources. I would like the opportunity to focus on both of those demographics while keeping a watchful eye on resources and reserves needed to support the cost of an unexpected public healthcare crisis.
Recovering lost revenue from the failed profit share agreement between Sequoia Hospital and the Healthcare District should be a priority for all board members. It is my intention that District residents receive a fair and honest return on their investment in the Hospital while receiving transparent financial reports from our Dignity healthcare partners.


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Posted by Jack Hickey
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Aug 17, 2016 at 11:11 am

Jack Hickey is a registered user.

Here's KATIE KANE

Qualifications Name: Kathleen "Katie" Kane
Occupation: Human Resources Consultant
Education: BS Organizational Development USF; Stanford Medical Center Surgical Technologist Certification

I have been involved in all facets of health care for over 40 years. "

As a member of the Healthcare District Board I support our mission, "To improve the health of District residents, by enhancing access to care and promoting wellness." Our Board accomplishes this through; sponsoring programs, non-profit organizations and clinics. I supported the 100% use of property tax revenue to promote health-related programs and services.

Also, as a Board member. I advocate for the health needs of the District residents. Our "Community Grants Program," provides a broad range of health related services that address the health of our community residents. I spearheaded the formation of Samaritan House Free Clinic that provides medical, dental and vision care to over 3,500 uninsured families.

The Board sponsors the "Healthy Schools Initiative" funding school nurses and health services for all schools in our District. We oversee our HeartSafe Program that placed and provided training for lifesaving Automatic Electronic Defibrillators in over 340 locations in our District. We conduct Living Healthy Workshops for our residents that provides strategies for those at risk or living with chronic health conditions.


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Posted by Jack Hickey
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Aug 17, 2016 at 11:18 am

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Here's HARLAND HARRISON

I want to abolish the Sequoia Healthcare District. It collects taxes for nothing. The Sequoia Healthcare District started as a hospital district, building and operating Sequoia Hospital with generous taxes. Fifty years later, the District sold the hospital, but kept right on collecting the taxes!

Why does such abuse continue? Because politicians who pass out grant money stay surprisingly popular. Sequoia Healthcare District plans to give away $7 million from taxes in FY2017. Even the San Mateo County Civil Grand Jury recommended they stop accepting tax money without voter approval.

Yes, this is all legal — and California law makes it hard to stop, or even organize against it.

For 14 years, Sequoia Healthcare District Board member Jack Hickey has been fighting to end this madness and abolish his own job. If you elect two more members to join Jack Hickey, we will have a majority. Together, we can stop accepting tax money, and ask the state and voters if they want to close our District.

Reject the incumbents! Vote for Harland Harrison and my fellow
challenger. I cannot even legally state who (s)he is! But please
vote for us to stop paying taxes to run a hospital you no longer own.


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Posted by home girl
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Aug 17, 2016 at 11:27 am

Rather than answer simple, relevant questions, Mr. Hickey filibusters. The mark of a true, old-school POLITICIAN.

How can we vote for a group that will not answer simple questions from those they claim to represent?



Waiting for Mr. Harrelson to back up his claims:

- Who are the BIG MONEY donors to whom you referred? Waiting
- What influence was purchased? Waiting

Making false claims before being elected does not bode well for a politician to be useful when elected. See: Mr. Hickey's 3 biggest accomplishments in 14 years ("getting votes" in subsequent elections.)

Waiting for a simple answer from Mr. Hickey:

- Mr. Hickey: do you, as a long term politician on the Sequoia Healthcare District board, and as a Libertarian, agree or disagree with your oft-quoted Mr. Friedman on legalization of all drugs and prostitution?


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Posted by Jack Hickey
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Aug 17, 2016 at 11:35 am

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Here's LOIS GARCIA

In the field of information security, you question appearances, and you look beneath the surface of what is seemingly benign. This is the ethos I would bring to the Sequoia Healthcare District Board of Directors.

Since Sequoia Hospital was built - and sold - the District has continued to collect taxes which are projected to be $14,000,000 this year. This money doesn't all go to District residents. I question whether this is right.

In 2003, the current board majority suggested tearing down Sequoia Hospital to relocate it. I live in Redwood City,and I value Sequoia Hospital exactly where it is. The current board majority also rejected a suggestion to make meeting recordings available to the public, even though it is the public who provide the means for the Board to exist.

I believe the CEO and the Board of Directors of the Sequoia Healthcare District are out of touch with the needs of the community. As a Board member representing the voices of my neighbors in Redwood City and beyond, I will seek a ballot measure to determine the future of the District.

Please vote for Lois Garcia for Director on the Sequoia Healthcare District Board.


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Posted by pogo
a resident of Woodside: other
on Aug 17, 2016 at 7:13 pm

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MV -

All of these posts are from the same person...


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Posted by Menlo Voter.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Aug 17, 2016 at 8:34 pm

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pogo:

not surprised. And why hasn't the editor jumped all over this multi name poster like they usually do?

Editor's note: Not seeing use of multiple names from same IP address.


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Posted by Jack Hickey
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Aug 23, 2016 at 11:16 am

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A story in last Thursday's Daily Post, stated, "Hickey is supporting fellow Libertarians Lois Garcia and Harland Harrison, who are running against incumbents Kathleen Kane and Kim Griffin. Hickey paid for the ballot statements of Garcia and Harrison, which cost roughly $1,700 each." With the exception of party affiliations which are irrelevant in a non-partisan race, that statement is accurate. This otherwise excellent story had elements which were addressed in my LTE, published today, which follows.

"Dear Editor, I would like to correct a serious error in a comment attributed to me in a Post article on Thursday. The story said, "According to Hickey, 84% of the (Sequoia) health care district's funds are spent on charities or projects outside of the district." What I told the reporter was that the Ravenswood Family Clinic, a very worthy organization which is voluntarily supported by many residents of Sequoia Healthcare District, provides services to clients residing outside the district. And, that 84% of Ravenswood's grant money($700,000 in FY2017) from the district benefits non-district residents. The civil grand jury questioned this.

I also take issue with her saying that one of the candidates for the district is an officer of the in the “local Libertarian chapter." Calling the Libertarian Party of San Mateo County a “chapter”is denigrating. The Libertarian Party happens to be the proud sponsor of Johnson and Weld presidential ticket. These two fine ex-Governors offer voters a choice in November."

The original story was titled:
"Race might decide health district fate"
"Board member who wants to kill it has two allies running"


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Posted by Jack Hickey
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Aug 23, 2016 at 4:43 pm

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This post is just as relevant today as it was 4 years ago, except it should say Vote for Harrison and Garcia to support Jack Hickey's effort to dissolve the Sequoia Healthcare District.

Posted by Betty Seckler
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Oct 12, 2012 at 9:15 am
_______________Vote to dissolve Sequoia Healthcare District
I am going to let you know from the get go here, that I know Jack Hickey personally, and love him, anyway... That does not mean I endorse everything he has ever sought to change, because I do not. But I do believe the voters should support his call for the dissolution of the Sequoia Healthcare District.
The other board members justify the continuation of the district by spending tax money, originally assessed to build and operate a hospital (which is now privately owned), on what they decide are good and worthwhile programs and charities. The recipients of these donations and benefits become the foundation of appreciation that perpetuates those in favor of keeping this Healthcare District.
Voters established a hospital district in 1946. Property taxes were assessed for this purpose and Sequoia Hospital was built. The district sold Sequoia Hospital in 1996. It is now wholly owned and maintained by Dignity Health. To continue collection of taxes - with board members now deciding whom that tax money should benefit - should simply not be their privilege.
Before you vote, you should be aware that more than one million dollars a year goes for the expense of maintaining this Healthcare District as it now exists. Just to maintain it! Not even considering more than 10.6 million dollars a year (which they publicize) spent on programs and charities they have chosen without voter approval. We're talking more than 11.6 million dollars a year (2012-13 budget) which could be going directly to our schools , fire districts, etc.
Visit Jack's website at www.xshcd.com for detailed information with links to the Sequoia Healthcare District website, and it's 2012-13 budget. See for yourself the salary paid to the CEO, and expenses for Public Relations which glorify the District's "benevolent" use of your taxes.
With the dissolution of the Sequoia Health Care District, taxes now allocated for charitable grants and programs never intended by voters, would go directly to school districts, to the county (which provides health, welfare and other human services), to the city's police and fire departments, etc. This is where those tax revenues belong and are sorely needed. That just makes sense to me. I'll back Jack Hickey with a vote that indicates I want to dissolve the Sequoia Healthcare District. If you agree, vote only once for Jack Hickey, the one candidate supporting dissolution. A second vote is not required and would defeat the purpose of this election.


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Posted by Jack Hickey
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Aug 30, 2016 at 4:00 pm

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Those interested in learning more about Lois Garcia, or to lend support, are invited to visit her website. Web Link

Her communication skills can be seen in this response to the Daily Post:

hi, Emily and Dave ~

I'm not a politician, so I'm still learning the rules of engagement. I'm
sorry I was slow to respond and missed the great opportunity to
contribute to the article on the Sequoia Healthcare District race. I
know how valuable press coverage is.

For the record, you incorrectly called me the associate editor of the
San Mateo Libertarian Party newsletter. I was never an associate editor,
of any newsletter. I was the Vice Chair and full Editor and publisher of
their newsletter. I was also Activities Chair and full Editor of the
Santa Clara County LP newsletter, and an alternate to the State LP
Executive Committee.

Lois Garcia



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Posted by Jack Hickey
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Aug 30, 2016 at 4:14 pm

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Katie Kane says:
"I supported the 100% use of property tax revenue to promote health-related programs and services."

What happened to "Committed to returning to the Community 100% in Property Tax Revenue in Health related programs."? That bit of deception is still on the District's homepage.

They're spending it for sure, but it's not all being returned to the tax paying community from whence it came.


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Posted by Jack Hickey
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Oct 5, 2016 at 4:09 pm

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According to CEO Lee Michelson, the annual report is "Finished and sent to printer.."
It should arrive with your absentee ballots. What a coincidence.
Here it is.

xshcd.com/annual-report-2016.pdf


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Posted by Jack Hickey
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Oct 6, 2016 at 5:11 pm

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According to CEO Lee Michelson, the annual report is "Finished and sent to printer.."
It should arrive with your absentee ballots. What a coincidence.
Here it is.

www.xshcd.com/annual-report-2016.pdf


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Posted by Menlo Voter.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Oct 18, 2016 at 8:33 pm

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mommabear:

what do your kids have to with the district giving money to those outside of the district?


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Posted by Jack Hickey
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Oct 24, 2016 at 3:59 pm

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In a letter to the editor of the Daily Journal, Art Faro, President of the Sequoia Healthcare district Board of Directors, endorses the two incumbents running for re-election. Web Link

Here is the content of his letter:

"Editor,
First, thank you for your endorsement of Katie Kane and Kim Griffin for the Sequoia Healthcare District. That is definitely the correct choice. They have worked very hard for many years to provide health promotion and care for residents of our district by their active involvement on committees, working with health care organizations and promoting preventive health measures and activities through the many non-profit agencies in our district.

The two people who are running against Kane and Griffin have never even bothered to attend a District Board meeting, and as far as anyone knows, do not have any direct knowledge as to what the district does, or what it is required to do legally. Personally, I can’t imagine running for an office not knowing anything about it. That is the height of arrogance. They claim they want to either eliminate the district or restrict it in some way to reduce taxes. This illustrates their lack of knowledge. Even if the district was eliminated, the taxes would still be collected, and no one knows for certain where that money would go. Probably not much to healthcare.

100 percent of the tax money received goes to directly benefit the health of our citizens. Thousands of people have been helped, and lives have been saved, thanks to the work of Sequoia Healthcare District.

I encourage district voters to vote for Kane and Griffin so that the district can continue to provide much needed healthcare services to our community.

Arthur Faro"

Here is my response:

"Art Faro was CEO of Sequoia Hospital when a $29,000,000 deficit forced it's sale to "white knight" CHW (now Dignity Health). Brent Britschgi spearheaded this wise choice. As directors on the SHD board, Art and Katie implemented the morphing of the district from "hospital" to "healthcare", engaging in charitable giving in an attempt to justify continued collection of property taxes. At the turn of the century, they ignored the Grand Jury which questioned their legitimacy and suggested that the district stop collecting those taxes unless voters approved their new purpose. Kim Griffin, elected in 2008, joined Faro and Kane as they continued to ignore other Grand Juries and the Local Agency Formation Commission and opposed efforts to resolve the legitimacy issue.

This trio receives personal satisfaction from their contribution of OPM to worthy charities. This is the lifeblood of incumbency.

In December 2013, this trio voted to increase benefits for "sitting" directors. Six months later the board had second thoughts and decided that they had erred. These three directors kept $5,400 in benefits collected in error. See: Web Link

Harland Harrison and Lois Garcia know the history of the district. They will foster true transparency, and seek the election which the incumbents have avoided.

Jack Hickey, Minority Member
Sequoia Healthcare District Board of Directors since 2002"