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Friday, February 5, 2010

Libertarian Trustee Opposes $4.3M In Tax Money for Clinic

Excerpts below from a Feb. 4 article in the San Mateo County Journal by Bill Silverfarb. Former LPSM Chair Jack Hickey, an elected trustee of the Sequoia Health Care District, is running in the June election for county supervisor.

The Sequoia Healthcare District pledged $4.3 million to help build a new clinic in the North Fair Oaks area of unincorporated Redwood City yesterday. The district board voted 3-1 to approve the grant request from the county-operated San Mateo Medical Center. Board members Don Horsley, Kim Griffin and Katie Kane approved the grant request while Jack Hickey voted against it. Boardmember Art Faro was not in attendance.

The Sequoia Healthcare District still collects $5M/yr in taxes, despite having sold in 1996 the Redwood City hospital which the district was created to build and operate in the 1940s. Since then, two civil grand juries, the Palo Alto Daily News, and district board member Jack Hickey have all argued that the board should be dissolved and its funds returned to county taxpayers.

A Feb. 1 article in the San Mateo Daily News said "Hickey, a Libertarian activist and member of the Sequoia Healthcare District Board, contributed $6,000 to his own campaign and recently said he plans to raise slightly more than that for a countywide mailer."

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