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Opinion - October 19, 2012

Hospital district voters should defeat Measure M

We hope voters in the El Camino Hospital District will see Measure M for what it is — a vindictive strike by a disgruntled union that, if legal, will prevent hiring the best-qualified executives to run the district.

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.


Posted by Rick, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Nov 2, 2012 at 4:41 pm

I completely disagree. What skills does CEO Tomi Ryba, who is paid $700,000 a year, have that somebody paid merely $350,000 wouldn't have? It seems whatever, if any, skill lacking could be compensated by hiring another employee, or three, with the remaining $350,000.
Everyone should vote "Yes" on Measure M on Nov. 6.

Posted by What a joke, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Nov 2, 2012 at 5:04 pm

Executive compensation is out of control. The editor can't escape that fact and has bought into the whole best-qualified leader argument. And this is a hospital that has some what of a monopoly in the area for people that have insurance that the hospital accepts. BTW, most of the Mountain View residents I know can't afford ECH and end up at Kaiser.

Posted by John, a resident of Monta Loma
on Nov 2, 2012 at 10:47 pm

Skills that come in at 700k? I do not get the logic? Pay him 1.4 million and the skill would double?

Posted by Peon, a resident of Castro City
on Nov 3, 2012 at 8:05 am

The editor no doubt thinks he or she is worth a ton of money as well.

Posted by reader, a resident of Waverly Park
on Nov 7, 2012 at 10:23 am

Hooray, Measure M passed!

Thank goodness the sensible voters realize that a CEO who oversees one mid-size and one small community hospital should not command a salary that is 4x that of the President of the United States!

Posted by MichaelThect, a resident of Shoreline West
on Jun 3, 2017 at 11:59 am

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