The ballot language would limit the district's top managers to twice the salary of California's governor, about $350,000 a year. If passed, Measure M probably would lead to the resignation of CEO Tomi Ryba, who is paid $700,000 a year, the going rate for executives with the skills necessary to run a 500-bed hospital with more than $600 million in annual revenues. Board members say all executive salaries are finalized only after consultants have determined the pay appropriate for a hospital the size of El Camino. With only $350,000 available, the district would be forced to hire an executive with experience running a much smaller hospital, perhaps with total revenues in the $100 million range, far below El Camino's.
All elected board members and candidates for the three open board seats oppose Measure M, which is an unprecedented effort by a hospital union to lash out at top officials who imposed a contract on them last year.
Ironically, Measure M remains on the ballot even after the SEIU and the nurses' union have signed new, generous contracts that include a fully-paid health care benefit option. We believe it would be appropriate for union officials to disavow this misguided effort and urge voters to turn it down.
The Voice urges everyone to vote "no" on Measure M on Nov. 6.