Sequoia Healthcare District CEO, Lee Michelson, in response to an article addressing the dysfunctions of “special districts” by John McDowell, speaks of “the responsibility to provide well-researched and accurate information.” Regarding the nursing program, the issue is not whether “500 outstanding nurses” (I’d settle for “competent”) are needed, but who should pay for their training? Thanks to the nursing union, salaries are attractive. Why don’t the unions play a major roll in funding nurses training? Then it wouldn’t matter where nurses were employed, the unions could always get a return on their investment in the dues-paying process. For accurate information see: “$10,000,000 Sequoia Healthcare District Nursing Education Program” (http://www.almanacnews.com/square/index.php?i=3&d=1&t=7914).
The Sequoia Healthcare District is on a philanthropic spending spree to ward off predator government agencies eyeing their assets and tax revenue. San Mateo County has grabbed $1.35 million/year since 2003 for the Children’s Health Initiative. Millions are being spent each year on schools in the district. Subsidies to Sequoia Hospital which they no longer own, continue.
Why do we need a special district with a $192,800 year CEO to dole out our property taxes? Dissolution of the district would allow its tax revenue and assets to go directly to these other agencies.
McDowell puts his finger on a problem which needs solving. LAFCo, charged with facilitating the dissolution of redundant districts, is underfunded.