In response to Michael Oberg’s letter, “Jack Hickey needs to make the first move” (in the April 16 edition of the Daily Journal), I offer the following:
Sequoia Hospital District (SHD) was established pursuant to the Hospital District Law, Chapter 932, June 18, 1945. The “District Organization Act,” approved June 12, 1933, provided a procedure for the organization, operation, government, consolidation and dissolution of such districts.
Dissolution via this legislation requires a 2/3 vote. Given the district’s benefactor-building PR and grant-making activities over the years, such a vote is highly unlikely. LAFCo (Local Agency Formation Commission) is the agency which oversees government agency organizational changes.
Regarding SHD, LAFCo gave it a “transitional sphere of influence with the potential for expansion to include excluded areas, dissolution and consolidation.” A dissolution measure placed on the ballot by LAFCo requires a simple majority vote.
A call for dissolution can be presented to LAFCo by any agencies (school districts, cities, etc.) with overlapping boundaries. The District itself can initiate the proceedings. That can happen if I am successful in electing a slate of three dissolution candidates (including myself) in November.
The letter writer is a member of the Sequoia Healthcare District Board of Directors.