Editor,

In a time when every entity is seeking higher taxes for questionable purposes, it’s wise to look at the Sequoia Healthcare District election. This body receives $15 million per year in local taxes and, of course, spends that amount, devoting $3.8 million to pensions and almost $1 million to administration, using $11 million for grants.

But these grants are just giveaways to favorite charities of members of the board, often to entities that serve residents from other counties. That’s all the agency does — gives away money to selected charities, mentioning only four of them on the back page of its glitzy annual report, without specifying the amounts of the grants. The San Mateo County Civil Grand Jury has long since recommended the abolition of the agency, but power dies slowly. It’s time to vote for people who promise to dissolve this obsolete and unnecessary agency that does little or nothing to maintain the hospital. Those two people are Harland Harrison and Lois Garcia.

I urge everyone to vote for these two candidates and against the incumbents, both of whom have medical careers and undoubtedly friends in the medical community if not in the tax-payers community.

Abolishing this district would free up money for other purposes, and worthy charities serving San Mateo County will survive with private support.

Vote for Garcia and Harrison in the Sequoia Healthcare District.

Darwin Patnode

San Carlos

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