Kim Griffin, president of the Sequoia Healthcare District on which I serve, makes outrageous assertions in her guest perspective "Fact vs. fiction” in the Oct. 29 edition of the Daily Journal. Here are a few examples:
Kim says, "Clearly, Mr. Hickey would like to see the district dissolved and he intentionally fails to mention that in this case taxes continue to be collected and go toward the general tax fund where our district residents derive no direct benefit.” That’s a lie! My guest perspective said; "The Sequoia Healthcare District should be dissolved, with tax revenue dispersed among the public entities within the district boundaries.” And, I ask, do residents derive benefits from the nine nurses trained with district tax dollars who were employed in Palm Springs?
Kim says, "he chides the board for our use of public relations or ‘branding’ while forgetting the board was mandated by the civil grand jury to provide adequate information to the public regarding district programs.” David Rosner, a member of that grand jury stated at the Dec. 4, 2002 district board meeting that "it was not the intent of the grand jury that the district should engage in a campaign of this scope.”
Finally, Kim says, "The grand jury investigation was initiated by Mr. Hickey to advance his political dogma and eliminate the board.” Fact: the Sequoia Healthcare District was not on my radar screen until the media (Daily News — July 19, 2002) publicized the grand jury report and suggested that, "This would be a perfect opportunity for county Libertarian Party leader Jack Hickey to get some of his people elected to office.”
Since then I have been elected to the board three times to carry out the grand jury’s directive!
The letter writer is a member of the Sequoia Healthcare District Board of Directors.