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Sequoia Healthcare District Election

Voters created the Sequoia Hospital District. Can they dissolve the Sequoia Healthcare District which continues to collect property taxes for a hospital they no longer own?

There are three candidates running in November for two 4 year seats on the Sequoia Healthcare District Board of Directors. Their candidate statements which will apear in your sample ballots are attached as a PDF file.

There is one overriding consideration in this election:  Should the District, which no longer owns or operates Sequoia Hospital, be dissolved?

What was the original intent of voters when they established the District in 1946?

Read the candidate statements. Do a little research. Add your opinions to the discussion.

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Jack Hickey September 12, 2012 at 10:31 PM
This article in the Journal provides more insight into this election: http://www.smdailyjournal.com/article_preview.php?id=1754616&title=Health care district faces odd election Excellent article but a few corrections were necessary; My LTE follows.
Jack Hickey September 12, 2012 at 10:32 PM
Editor, I would like to correct a few items in an otherwise excellent article by Bill Silverfarb. (Health care district faces odd election SMDJ 9/12/2012) 1. I am not a “tax advocate”. My ballot designation, validated by Kris Vosburgh of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association is “Advocate for Taxpayers”. 2. You said “Hickey ran against a slate of candidates that included Frederick Graham and Michael Stogner in 2010 to try to take control of the board.” They were actually part of my team. Unfortunately, local media split my team by endorsing my candidacy and two of our opponents. Graham and Stogner were left out to dry. 3. I am not running to “force one of the incumbents to lose their seat”. Next year at this time the makeup of the Board will likely be the same as it is now, even if I do “win” a four year seat. The Board will merely appoint the loser to my current seat which I would be forced to vacate. This election is a $160,000 poll of 100% of the voters to decide whether the Sequoia Healthcare District should be dissolved. Compare that to the $130,000 Godbe/Tramutola poll of less than 5% of voters for RCSD’s parcel tax election in June of 2009. I ask you to forego endorsements of two candidates, and suggest to voters that they either support dissolution (vote for Jack Hickey only) or the status quo (vote for Kane and Griffin).
Jack Hickey October 01, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Delete . Jack Hickey 5:06 pm on Sunday, September 30, 2012 Video statements of all three candidates are available at the League of Women Voters website. See: http://www.smartvoter.org/2012/11/06/ca/sm/race/7070/ Click on Candidate Forum
Jack Hickey October 03, 2012 at 11:27 PM
I am proud to say that the San Mateo County Central Labor Council which endorsed my opponents, has seen fit to enter my endorsement status as "ABSOLUTELY NOT". Their slate mailer states it as such. My advice to union members wishing to vote for Jack Hickey (I welcome your support); cherish the secret ballot! http://www.sanmateolaborcouncil.org/endorsements.local.nov2012.pdf
Jack Hickey October 15, 2012 at 11:17 PM
Here is an edited view of the slate mailer, with comments added. http://www.xshcd.com/smcclc01.jpg

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