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Sequoia Healthcare District MSR due from LAFCo

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

The last Municipal Service Review for Healthcare Districts was adopted by The San Mateo County Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCo) in April of 2007. See: Web Link
Resolution No. 1003 amending the sphere of influence of Sequoia and Peninsula Health Care District was adopted on May 16,2007. See: Web Link

Government Code Section 56425 requires LAFCo to review and update spheres of influence on or before January 1, 2008 and every five years thereafter.

These reviews are important for determining whether Districts should be dissolved, combined, etc.

Readers who have been following the Sequoia Healthcare District topics in the Town Square Forum are invited to submit your suggestions to LAFCo. Contact Martha Poyatos at


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Posted by Jack Hickey
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Feb 12, 2013 at 2:47 pm

LAFCo Commissioners and Staff

The Commission is made up of two members of the county Board of Supervisors (appointed by the County Board of Supervisors), two members of city councils of the cities in the county (appointed by the Council of Mayors), two board members of independent special districts in the county (appointed by the presiding officers of Independent Special Districts), a public member (appointed by the county, city and special district members), and four alternate members (county, city, special district and public). LAFCo's budget is funded by application fees and by the County, cities and independent special districts. The Commission contracts with the County of San Mateo for an Executive Officer, legal counsel and office space.

LAFCo Commissioners Term Ending
Linda Craig Public Member May, 2014
David Altscher Special District Member May, 2014
Joseph Sheridan Special District Member May, 2016
Vacant City Member May, 2014
Naomi Patridge City Member May, 2013
Adrienne Tissier Board of Supervisors May, 2016
Don Horsley Board of Supervisors, Chair May, 2016
Warren Slocum Alternate Supervisor Member May, 2016
Joshua Cosgrove Alternate Special District Member May, 2016
Richard Garbarino Alternate for City Members May, 2015
Jayne Herman Alternate Public Member May, 2014

LAFCo Executive Officer
Martha Poyatos

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Posted by Jack Hickey
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Jan 5, 2017 at 11:22 am

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Finally, San Mateo County(SMC) LAFCo has contracted with the Harvey Rose Associates Web Link, the firm which prepared the MSR for El Camino Healthcare District cited by the 2012-2013 SMC Civil Grand Jury, Web Link
to prepare a Municipal Service Review.
EXCERPT from the Grand Jury report:
"Previously, SMC LAFCo staff conducted the 2007 service review of SHD and PHD. In contrast, an outside consultant conducted the 2012 Santa Clara County LAFCo Audit and Service Review of the El Camino Hospital District (ECHD). The consultant’s report was 94 pages long and was, by far, a more detailed analysis of the district’s operations. The report included an Executive Summary, an Introduction, a section on ECHD and its affiliates, a section on Hospital Districts in California, an audit of ECHD, a service review of ECHD, and a section on governance and organizational alternatives. In addition, the report addressed two key questions: 1) Is ECHD providing services outside of its boundaries. 2) Should ECHD continue to exist and/or continue to receive public funds or could another entity provide ECHD’s services more efficiently."

"Sequoia Healthcare District CEO meets with LAFCo consultants"

E-mail from CEO Lee Michelson, 12/14/2016

"I met with LAFCO consultants yesterday… they had some basic questions and plan to get back to me with more questions in the next week or two.. they have not decided yet if they are going to talk with other staff, Board members or any of our community partners. All to be determined. I found the meeting to be pretty much a waste of time, everything that they asked was covered in the extensive materials that they were provided.. it was like they never looked at the materials… as I learn more, I will keep you updated"

I responded with the following request:
'Lee, I would like an electronic copy(if available) of “the extensive materials that they were provided”. Or, I can come in to review the material.'

Lee responded: "Request that through the Board president"

I did that and President Art Faro responded:
"I asked Lee to email the material to you."
Here is a link to the material provided.
Web Link

After reviewing the document, I sent the following to Art Faro(with Lee cc'd) on 12/16/2016:

Art, did you authorize this response? Why didn’t Directors see this before it went out!

Sequoia Healthcare District response to LAFCo Survey Questionnaire
Date issued: August 19, 2016

D-2. Customers Outside Boundaries: Do you serve customers outside of your boundaries? If so, please describe. Do you have interagency agreements to serve specific customers?
The answer is generally no, we do not serve residents outside our boundaries; however, there are children who attend schools who receive services. For example, if we fund a program at Woodside HS, it is probable that some of the students participating would come from outside our service area. We would not dismiss them from participating. We do go to great lengths to assure that District dollars are being used for residents.

That’s a lie! And the reference to Woodside H.S. is disingenuous.
The Sequoia Healthcare District provides “unrestricted” funding to many organizations with a substantial number of clients residing outside district boundaries. Ravenswood has 84% of it’s clients residing outside the district boundaries.

Jack Hickey, Elected Director

Art Faro has not responded to my questions.

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Posted by Jack Hickey
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Jan 5, 2017 at 2:16 pm

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Here are the missing weblinks: Web Link
Here is a link to the material provided by our CEO.
Web Link

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Posted by Jack Hickey
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Jan 5, 2017 at 2:24 pm

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Link to Harvey Rose Associates, consultants to SMC LAFCo for the Municipal Service Review. Web Link

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Posted by Jack Hickey
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Jan 5, 2017 at 2:58 pm

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Current LAFCo Comissioners Web Link

Don Horsley, Chair County May 2020
Mike O'Neill, Vice Chair City May 2018
Joshua Cosgrove Special District May 2018
Ann Draper Public May 2018
Rich Garbarino City May 2017
Joe Sheridan Special District May 2020
Warren Slocum County May 2020

Ric Lohman Alternate Special District May 2020
Ray Mueller Alternate City May 2019
Sepi Richardson Alternate Public May 2018
(Vacant) Alternate County May 2020
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a resident of Menlo Park: Suburban Park/Lorelei Manor/Flood Park Triangle

on May 31, 2017 at 11:08 pm

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