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November 8, 2016 — California General Election
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Board MemberSequoia Healthcare DistrictNovember 8, 2016California General Election

Special District
November 8, 2016California General Election

Sequoia Healthcare DistrictBoard Member

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Election Results

  • 100% of precincts reporting (195/195).
  • 323,303 ballots counted.

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Registered Nurse
48,877 votes (37.5%)Winning
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  • Continue to enhance preventative programs in schools.
  • Implement program (70 Strong) which will help the elderly remain in the their home instead of going to a nursing home.
  • Insist on transparency from Dignity Health System regarding the EBIDA agreement with Sequoia Health Care District.
Profession:Registered Nurse

Kim Griffin has been a registered nurse for 38 years.  She worked at the bedside for twenty-five years in tertiary care centers and was a union board member for the independent nursing union at Stanford Hospital and Clinics.  She currently works for Children's Cardiology of The Bay Area as a practice manager and nurse.  She has a strong interest in patient advocacy with a focus on protecting patients from insurance companies that are increasingly denying care to patients.  She is a volunteer for the VIA Foundation, which provides free cardiac screening to high school students.  Kim is running as an incombent for the Sequoia Health Care District after serving eight years on the Board.

 

I am running as an incumbent for the Sequoia Health Care District.  There is an extraordinary amount of work and responsibility involved in being a Health Care District Board member, but I found while the work is difficult and time-consuming; it is also immensely gratifying to be involved in providing oversight to community health programs that are not only beneficial to the health of our District residents, but end up being cost effective as well.  As a registered nurse I know the health services we provide in schools, clinics and to the elderly population enhance the quality of lives and add significant measures of preventative health care that offset more costly health problems if left untreated or ignored. 

 


Two of my opponents Ms Garcia and Mr Harrison. are running for Board positions with the intent to dissolve the District.  They fail to explain the taxes for the District will continue to be collected and incorporated into the general tax fund if the District is dissolved.  We need leadership in local government that is willing to work hard and not merely show up at a board meeting to make a negative impact on programs that have a proven track record by saving lives and keeping our community healthy.  A vote for me will be a vote for maintaining a health care district that benefits everyone in the community.  Thank you for your support.      

 

Email pedihearts@sbcglobal.net
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Kathleen "Katie" Kane

Incumbent
40,532 votes (31.1%)Winning
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  • Continue to enhance access to health services.
  • Ensure that 100% of the tax revenue continues to be use for health related program it improve the health of District residents.
  • Support programs to improve our community's health.
Profession:Human Resources Consultant
Human Resources Consultant, Self Employed (1990current)
Board of Director, Sequoia Healthcare District Board — Elected position (1992current)
Vice President of Human Resources, Davies Medical Center (19801990)
Area Manager, TOD Temporary Services (19751980)
Human Resources Representative, Blue Shield of California (19681975)
Surgical Technologist, Stanford University Medical Center (19721975)
University of San Francisco Bachelor of Science (B.S), organizational behavior and human resources (1979)
Volunteer, Samaritan House (2016current)
Volunteer, Shelter Network (20052006)
President, San Mateo County Horseman's Association (19841985)
  • The Daily Journal
  • California Nurses Association
  • San] Mateo County Central Council

Why the Sequoia Healthcare District Exists

Summary

The services and programs administered and by the Sequoia Healthcare District.

100% of the Districts tax renenue goes to programs we operate and support.

The Sequoia Healthcare District is dedicated to the health and well-bing of 220,000 residents that live within our boundaries.  Some have ready access to the best in private medical care; others are utterly dependent on the public and charitaable health care sytems.

Sequoia Healthcare District's primany role is to fund community health services.  We make it possible for community service partners to provide health services to resident in need.  These parnters include shcools, many non-profit organizations and community cliics.  District programs consequently address a broad spectrum of community health issues. 

Programs the we support serve thousands of residents each year, many of them are amoung the most vulnerable,  aged, youth and the unisured and under-insured individuals and families.

The district also operates its own health related programs.  Our signature HeartSafe Program has financed life-savingn equipment at more than 340 locations within our District.  The equipment includes Automated External Defibrilators and Lucal Devices, which are used for sudden cardiac arrest.  They have saved many lives.  Additionally, we have provided CPR training or arranced for training of thoughsands of our residents.

The Live Well workshop is a 7 week program designed to teach and promote healthy living choices, also, it teaches those living with chronic conditions management techniques with the goal of maintaing independence.

Our Healthy Schools Initiative invests and average of 3 million dollars annually to help fund addition school nurses, counselors, physical education coaches and wellnes coordinators ot all our 28,000 public school students.

The District through our Caring Community Program provides funding to 501 (3)c organizations.  This year 2.1 million dollars was given to these charitable organization for health services.

The District createda unique Redgitered Nursing Education program.  A partnership was formed between Canada Colldge, San Francisco State University and Sequoia Hospita to address the registed nurses shortage.  Since its' inception more than 400 students became registered nurses and many graduates continue to work locally.

The District initiated a partnership with Samaritan House to open and manage a Free Health Clinic.  This Clinic,, is currently operated with volunteer physicians, dentists, nurses and other staff.  They provide primary and specialty medical, dental and vision care to low incloe and uninsured individuals.

Without the District all these program would not exist and the tax dollars would go into a general fund with no garantee that the tax revenue be used for health services.

Software Engineer
20,458 votes (15.7%)
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  • Stop collecting the taxes meant to run a hospital the District no longer owns
  • Stop paying salaries no longer needed and end the financial entanglement, EBIDA, with Dignity Health, the hospital owner
  • Abolish the District or let the voters decide what to do
Profession:Software Engineer
  • Jack Hickey, Sequoia Healthcare District Director
  • Matt Grocott, City Council Member and Former Mayor of San Carlos
  • Peter Carpenter, Member Menlo Park Fire Protection District Board
  • Silicon Valley Taxpayers' Association
  • Warren Gibson, Former Chair, Belmont Planning Commission
  • Mickie Winkler, Former Mayor of Menlo Park

Sequoia Healthcare District Should Not Exist - Here is why

Summary

The District sold the hospital but kept collecting the taxes.  It wastes money and excludes the people who need help the most

It started as Sequoia Hospital District, raising taxes to build and run Sequoia Hospital.  Now, the Directors have sold the Hospital,  but go right on collecting the taxes!  The got $11 million last year!  They can spend it any way they want.  They pay a CEO $250,000 per year, a fair price for managing a major hospital, but this CEO has no hospital to manage,  and  supervises just 4 or 5 employees, (including part-time workers).

 

Seventy years ago, the District was a good idea.  Today, it is just an arbitrary line through San Mateo County.  They changed the name to Sequoia Healthcare District, (cleverly having the same initials), but people are finding out anyway.  

 

By design, the District should not help those citizens of San Mateo County who need help the most.  The District includes some of the wealthiest parts of San Mateo County,  like Atherton and Portola Valley.  It  does not include the coast side, like San Gregorio and Half Moon Bay, and leaves out EPA and places East of 101.  The Directors have tried  to confine their donations to serve only District residents.  That is a sensible way to treat tax money — but they should never give away tax money in the first place.  The coastal farm workers and some of our poorest citizens are left out because they do not live in the District.

 

Although the Board keeps taking taxes,  they actually “generate dollars”, as they call it,  in an even worse way.  They make a non-profit pay them as if it had made a profit!  The Board got a profit-sharing agreement as part of the final transfer of the Hospital.  Of course, commercial companies, quite often, do exchange stock or options as part of a sale.  But the buyer, Dignity Health, is a non-profit. The Catholic nuns, Sisters of Mercy, had founded Dignity Health in 1986, calling it Catholic Healthcare West back then.  That non-profit funded true charity healthcare and now runs about 40 hospitals.  So the District crafted their EBIDA agreement with Dignity Health, requiring the non-profit to pay the District part of their receipts from Sequoia.  The formula is complex, but the Board took the word of Goldman Sachs, (the same Goldman Sachs of the sub-prime, mortgage-backed, securities meltdown), that the District’s share of the take would generate millions.

 

If we abolish the District, the taxes will go back to the schools, cities, fire stations, etc that property taxes normally fund.  That seems best, but in the end the voters should decide.  Some people argue that the District diverts the tax money toward “healthcare”.  But the District has no legal obligation to fund healthcare, and many of their donations only relate marginally to health.  The other lawful agencies can do the same job, and, in fact, are doing the job better, now.

 

 

Sequoia Healthcare District should not exist.  Its time has passed.  It no longer serves its purpose.  The District should be abolished.

 

— October 13, 2016 Midpen Media Center

In this video Harland Harrison tells why Sequoia Healthcare District should be closed and how you can help by voting for Harland Harrison and Lois Garcia.

The District started as a hospital district but has since sold the hospital.  The Board has tried to justify its existence by supporting various public programs marginally related to healthcare.  But because of its boundaries,  the District is unsuitable for providing charity healthcare.  As part of the sale, the Board created a financial arrangement which is actually taking money out of the hospital which the District was created to support.

Information Security
20,375 votes (15.6%)
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  • Revisit all Civil Grand Jury recommendations that were not followed by the District.
  • Require metrics, community feedback and outreach prior to handing out donations and grants.
  • Question retroactive pay raises.
Profession:Information Security
— October 6, 2016 MidPen Media Center

I felt strongly that this measure was pesented to the voters dishonestly. No Measure A promoters bothered to record their arguments for this community video series.

After hours of research, I found that the problems the tax was intended to solve, would most likely continue even after raising the tax. A tax rate this high can make the difference between buying a washing machine, or having to go to a laundromat to wash your family's clothes. It can make the difference between buying your child a laptop, or not being able to afford it until next year. 

We still haven't seen the full benefits promised by Measure A, even after years of one of the highest tax rates in the country. Throwing money at a complex problem might relieve symtptoms, but the underlying problem won't go away.

— October 8, 2016 Midpen Media Center

In this video, I offer you documented facts that explain why I think the Sequoia Healthcare District needs to change. The Grand Jury reports that I cited are all available online for corroboration. Instead of describing the wonderful things that I want to do with your money, I am asking you to consider the premise on which this District continues in its present incarnation, and whether or not this Board has shown integrity in its behavior over the years.

I think not, and that is why I am askig for your vote this November.

 

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— October 9, 2016 MidPeninsula Media Center

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