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John J. "Jack" Hickey

Jack Hickey

"It's time to let voters decide the legitimacy issue." 

A Real Choice in Sequoia Hospital District Election
November 4, 2014
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The Sequoia Hospital District(alias: Sequoia Healthcare District) is holding an Election for three seats on its five member Board of Directors, currently held by Jerry Shefren, Art Faro and Jack Hickey.

Main issue:  Legitimacy of District's continued operation 

Should the District continue to collect property taxes originally assessed to build, operate and maintain Sequoia Hospital, which it no longer owns?  Not without voter approval! The San Mateo County Civil Grand Jury questioned the District's use of these taxes for philanthropic purposes never intended by voters.

LAFCo gives Healthcare Districts’ a "transitional sphere of influence"

The Local Agency Formation Commission(LAFCo) oversees formation, consolidation and dissolution of special districts. On May 16, 2007, they adopted the following "sphere of influence" for SHD and PHD: "transitional sphere of influence with the potential for expansion to include excluded areas, dissolution and consolidation". 

The 2005 Civil Grand Jury said the Sequoia Healthcare District Board should explore the merging of the two agencies as well as the expansion of the districts to include all San Mateo County residents.

Healthcare Districts have a life of their own

Both the Sequoia Healthcare District and the Peninsula Healthcare District have avoided substantive public discourse on their "transitional" status    Their PR activities and constituency building grant programs are aimed at sustaining the districts in the face of critical challenges to their legitimacy.

Challengers offer voters a choice

With the entry of Mark DePaula and John McDowell, two challengers for the three seats up for election, voters will have an opportunity to elect three directors who are committed to bring the legitimacy issue to the voters.

Vote for Hickey, DePaula and McDowell

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Hickey for Director 2014   243 Ferndale Way   Emerald Hills, CA 94062

DePaula for Director 2014   3932 Branson Drive   San Mateo, CA 94403
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Libertarian Party of San Mateo County 
Silicon Valley Taxpayers Association
Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

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