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El Camino Healthcare District board raises concerns over restrictive new media policy under consideration

Original post made on May 18, 2023

The El Camino Healthcare District board held off on voting on a new media policy, proposed by the hospital's marketing department, that some board members worry would constrain their ability to speak freely to the press.

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Posted by Ellen Wheeler
a resident of Blossom Valley
on May 18, 2023 at 1:48 pm

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Thank you to the board members questioning this draft policy. When we elect board members we ask them to represent us, not the entity they are overseeing.

Posted by SRB
a resident of St. Francis Acres
on May 18, 2023 at 3:49 pm

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Does it occur to the Corporate Comms that restricting speech for elected officials might move their cherished "favorability" metric ......way down?

What's next? Corporate Comms will control candidates speech and campaign material when they run for that board in 2024?

Posted by x
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on May 18, 2023 at 9:23 pm

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I think that their "favorability reading" just went down with this ham-handed attempt to keep it up.

Posted by Steven Nelson
a resident of Cuesta Park
on May 20, 2023 at 2:01 pm

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Again / the First Amendment Coalition provides good advice to organizations, boards, and individuals that may not realize (or care?) what the phrase "free speech" means for members of public legislative bodies.

Posted by Nora S.
a resident of Rex Manor
on May 20, 2023 at 11:59 pm

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If it is indeed true that "the recommendations provided at the May 16 meeting were provided jointly by the communications, governance, legal and compliance departments," then some heads should roll in the legal department. This is exactly the kind of blunder that lawyers are supposed to save organizations from. If they can't, then they are worse than useless.

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