Agency could end hospital's tax power Other Issues, posted by Editor, Mountain View Voice Online, on Jan 12, 2012 at 12:13 pm
The county's Local Agency Formation Commission might be an obscure agency, but a new state law has empowered it to bypass voters and eliminate special districts, and the El Camino Hospital District may be its first target.
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Posted by JK, a resident of the North Whisman neighborhood, on Jan 12, 2012 at 12:13 pm
They at least need to explain the interaction between the private nonprofit and the public entity. If it's convenient for them to be public (such as getting taxes) then they're public. If it's convenient for them to be private (such as not disclosing salaries or buying a hospital miles from the district they're meant to serve) then they're private.
My understanding is that the public entity loses money but the private entity is profitable.
Posted by pat, a resident of the Cuesta Park neighborhood, on Jan 12, 2012 at 5:05 pm
This debate re: district configuration and it's positive/negative attributes is long overdue. By all accounts, each time a new CEO is chosen by the elected Board of Directors, the interpretation of how a district operaties is altered to benefit the leadership style of the man/woman at the helm. As an employee, we have historically moved in an out of different labor laws and regulations that have contributed to employee confusion over rights within the work place. Out of touch leadership focuses on financial matters while descimating staff morale. Money continues to be exploited for various award applications, bus advertisings,workshops and projects without knowing the source of revenue covering these non essential hospital expenses. Many wonder where the money comes from and more importanly, why hopsital managers receive bonuses for revenue saved on various projects. What are the ethics of tying financial bonus awards with patient care and quality patient outcomes? Shouldn't that be a basic hospital premise. Kudos to the Grand Jury for taking on the chronic, subliminal manipulation of tax paying revenues. Investigating the books will undoubtedly reveal large profits made from the diversified structure currently in place. Steady income, otherwise obtained, should easily negate the hopsital's need for a tax based income. El Camino Hospital is NOT a poor institution.
Posted by Garrett, a resident of another community, on Jan 12, 2012 at 6:48 pm
First what about local control, we have a pretty good hospital, yes we have problems but who doesn't. We pay people to run our businesses top dollar, what about schools, hospital and other thing for the public run by the public/
Second what about the special/districts that are over the Bay Area, guess we have to give up the Open Space District. I can see later on we will give up on the School Districts, the Fire Districts and who know the cities.
I just think if we lose local control, we won't have people listen to us, well maybe but i don't figure someone who lives in the East Bay really care about our needs
Posted by Amando, a resident of another community, on Jan 13, 2012 at 3:06 am
Oh, come on! Abe-Koga is a shill for the labor bosses. The labor bosses are furious with El Camino's management. This is payback. You guys at the Voice are pretty naive if you didn't pick up on this. Don't believe me? Look at who has funded her campaigns and how she always votes for big pay raises for unionized city workers.