Sequoia Hospital District
morphs into
Sequoia Healthcare District

History

In 1946, an election was held which established the Sequoia Hospital  District.

In 1996, the Sequoia Hospital District called an election to effect a bailout sale of the hospital (after hospital CEO Art Faro incurred a $29,000,000 loss).  Measure H, as it was known, was overwhelmingly approved by voters.  Pursuant to a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) included in the measure,  CHW essentially took controlling interest and operation of Sequoia Hospital through Sequoia Health Services, a California nonprofit public benefit corporation.

Here's the Morph!

7/11/97 - Unidentified Document entitled "History of Sequoia Healthcare District"  apparently prepared from an Art Faro guidance memo refers to Sequoia Healthcare District.  Nothing in the 1996 election material informed voters of the newly assumed role of the District with continued collection of hospital taxes which that document suggests. 

A Memo from District counsel Mark Hudak challenges my claims (Almanac Town Forum) and attempts to justify the District's actions.  He offers his "... opinion that the District is properly organized as a healthcare district and is acting within its powers when it makes grants for the provision of health care within the communities served by the District."   I am not a lawyer but I understand the English language far better than most.  I have read his memo, and I have a different opinion.  I ask other legal minds to peruse the information contained on this website and invite you to engage in productive discourse.   

In November 1998,  the Sequoia Hospital District called an election to fill 3 seats on it's Board of Directors.

In November 2000,  the Sequoia Healthcare District called an election to fill 2 seats on it's Board of Directors.

2000-2001 & 2001-2002 Grand Juries Question Assumed Philanthropic Role of District and call it inappropriate for the District to continue collecting property taxes for a hospital it no longer owns, .

In 2002 the Sequoia Healthcare District called an election to fill 3 seats on it's Board of Directors.
In spite of a glossy CHW mailing, Jack Hickey was elected! 

In early 2003, the political power brokers were on a fast track to relocate Sequoia Hospital.  Jack Hickey submitted a Referendum petition to voters, collecting > 4,000 signatures.  His campaign signs sent a powerful message.
The relocation plan was derailed, and Sequoia Hospital is being upgraded on its historic site.

In November 2004,  the Sequoia Healthcare District called an election to fill 2 regular seats and one appointed seat on it's Board of Directors.  Jack Hickey's Citizen Advocates for Private Philanthropy sponsored 3 candidates.  The candidate (Merrilee Gibson) for the appointed seat held by John Oblak was denied a place on the ballot when Oblak filed for the wrong seat and justice was denied by an association of "good old boy" legal club members.  Citizen Advocates for Private Philanthropy spent $2,000 in vain to file a Writ of Mandate.
The election was "stolen" by the incumbents, when a glossy mailing funded by a $20,000 contribution from Colorado Corporation CH2M Hill apparently filtered via Jon Rubin's Peninsula Coalition PenPac to their PencoPac .