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Five candidates join the race for El Camino Healthcare District board

Original post made on Jul 31, 2020

The normally quiet El Camino Healthcare District has some unusual competition this election season, with five candidates filing with intent to run for the district board this November.

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Comments (7)

Posted by Ellie
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jul 31, 2020 at 7:24 pm

Dr. Fraley has been a Mountain View advocate for years and has proven through various efforts, most notably minimum wage, that she can get things done. As a local student I will rest easier knowing there’s someone looking out for the mental health of our community, not just our physical health. I can’t wait to support her in this election!

Posted by Filling our gaps
a resident of Waverly Park
on Jul 31, 2020 at 8:00 pm

Pretty impressive set of challengers this year! Fraley running as the only mental health professional makes me wonder why we haven't had behavioral experts on this board before??

With all of the cabin fever and depression that the COVID lockdown has caused I'm glad we have someone stepping up who can bring this long overdue skill set onboard. Especially with Miller's new mental health center, makes perfect sense to use it to it's full potential

Posted by Essy Stone
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Jul 31, 2020 at 10:17 pm

Like the other commenters here, I’m very excited to see a mental health care provider in this race—I think with everything that’s going on, we are going to need to drastically step up our community care and support for each other, especially for our children. Dr. Fraley has my vote!

Posted by Steve Syracuse
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Aug 1, 2020 at 10:31 am

Having read the websites of the candidates and meeting a couple by Zoom, Fraley and Miller stand out. both care about mental health and rare in these times financial prudence. likely will bullet vote for them.

Posted by Steven Nelson
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Aug 3, 2020 at 3:19 pm

For those who may not know: Bullet Vote is a way to very slightly increase the odds - of the candidates you REALLY WANT to win, actually winning in a multi-candidate race.

In this race, with 3 positions, the above poster's effort will leave one potential vote upcast. Thus slightly INCREASING the percentages of the two candidates he REALLY WANTS.

This is generally good advice if 'looking for change' against "incumbent advantage". I will probably vote as Steve, but I have a lot more study to do!

Posted by ECH Board that reflects our ECH District
a resident of another community
on Aug 5, 2020 at 12:16 am

ECH Board that reflects our ECH District is a registered user.

The ECHD Board needs more women! I am going to vote to return Julia Miller to the Board, and then also choose two of the other 3 female newcomer candidates. Dr. Somersille has been a long-time positive and hard-working community member and would happen to add some African-American representation to the Board. I like Fraley’s approach to reviewing the money the ECH District can spend on community health. Zoglin will tell you that ECHD is spending a lot of money on this (he’ll also claim that he’s responsible for it!), but it’s not enough to simply use a chunk of current tax dollars for community benefit. ECH District should be getting so much more return for the prime real estate it owns (which District residents bought!) and gives to the hospital for a pittance (which benefits hospital executive management and doctors’ business interests). Getting a fair return on our investment would increase funds for community benefit to provide much-needed mental health and preventive health services in our District that will make all of us healthier.

Posted by Steven Nelson
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Aug 5, 2020 at 9:00 am

Steven Nelson is a registered user.

ROI. Return On (public) Investment: that is an interesting perspective to bring to the (public) hospital district governance discussion. In the past decade of MVWSD governance, one of the (IMO) 2 most fiscally liberating public policy shifts was this idea, for the MVWSD owned lands, that were being leased out to non-school district entities. Trustee (at the time) Bill Lambert - brought this item up, in much the same terms, and Interim MVWSD Interim Superintendent Skelly latched-on to the concept. This concept very soon resulted in the Board negotiating very much more favorable lease renewals with Google and two private schools leasing district lands/buildings.

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