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In case you missed it . . .

Alameda Healthcare District intends to merge with Alameda Health System.

The notice (here) says it was posted on Friday, 6/14, (it wasn’t), and that it includes a 36-page document (it doesn’t).

It was posted today, Father’s Day, at 10a.

The Alameda Healthcare District is—by all intents, constructions, and purposes—intent on all of us missing this notice and not participating in this rather significant discussion.

How do you feel about the Alameda Healthcare District spending the $7,000,000 we give them in taxes each year to merge with an organization that owns Highland HospitalHighland WellnessEastmont WellnessHayward Wellness at WintonNewark WellnessFairmont Hospital, and John George Psychiatric Hospital? And that is funded by Alameda Health System Foundation?

How do you feel about that merger and their continued use of our $7M in annual taxes?

Did you know: the annual levy of taxes on us is optionalContinue reading

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Are you applying for the vacant seat on the Alameda Heathcare District Board? If so, your app is due on January 3rd.

The information about the Alameda Healthcare District Board vacancy is here.

Also, AHD Board Member Gorelick’s first post of 2013 is here.  His post contains 3 points. I’ve taken the liberty of republishing his third point:

3.  The application process for the Board seat vacated by Stewart Chen is ongoing.  Thursday, January 3 is the last day to apply so, if you were considering it, you may have to scramble.  Unfortunately, there is little chance that the Board majority would allow someone with the idea of closing the Hospital on, but perhaps you enjoy quixotic efforts.   Several times I have referred to the previous application process where the odious Williams was chosen where it was ridiculously obvious that she was the designated choice.   Unless you have been solicited to apply by one of the Board majority, don’t count on having a chance of actually serving.  – Elliott Gorelick, January 1, 2013


Healthcare District.

The Alameda Healthcare District Board continues to be focused on the wrong business strategies with OUR money: expanding services specific to geriatric patients (wound care, sub-acute care, and long term care).  That’d be fine IF they had also solved for servicing the City of Alameda in a way that, oh, serves us!  If they’d spent the $60M+ tax dollars, free money, we’ve given them on becoming solvent and providing services that are most needed by resident Alamedans.  They haven’t. They aren’t even close to being financially responsible. Competing with world class medical centers across the estuary makes no sense: there’s no way they can catch up let alone keep up! Nor should they: there are plenty of medical services that are mundane yet very important to provide to resident Alamedans.

But their focus these days is spending our tax dollars in ways that doesn’t benefit most of us…..but does appear to benefit one particular board member and his practice: Dr. Deutsch.

The closed session meeting tomorrow morning…. Continue reading


Next election.

Remember Mr. Oh’s advice: “…we must vote based on not what they [candidates] say, but from where their money flows. After all, it’s not the puppets we’re voting in but the hands that hold the (purse) strings.”  It’s easy enough to keep track of the money going into each candidate’s pocket, between candidates’ and elected officials’ pockets, and flowing out of special interests pockets, businesses, PACs (Political Action Committee), NGOs (Non Governmental Organizations), etc.  Alameda County Registrar of Voters searchable database is here.  Searchable city database is here.

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Mr. Oh’s Open Letter to Mr. Bonta

Dear Mr. Bonta:

Congratulations in announcing your run for District Assembly in 2012. I’m sure you’ve learned much in your few months in office as Alameda councilmember, such as: relying on the Democratic Party machine and pandering to Asian American voters, as they’ll surely put a check on that box regardless of your actions and campaign funding sources. Negotiating with unions such as the Alameda firefighters while accepting campaign contributions from them. Next time, you’ll learn not to undershoot the amount of kick-back money you could get for your treasury, Rob!

Professing the desire to help one constituency, meanwhile opening the door to the next step up. I’m sure you’ll yet again say, “I’ve always hoped I could serve Alameda for as long as the voters would have me and this is a chance to strengthen and deepen my commitment to Alameda” as you run for U.S. Senate.

I’m sure you’re a real nice fellow. But everything you’ve done while in office has only reinforced my perception that you are simply another politician willing sell your votes for a chance at the next step up the ladder.

Your time in Alameda was well served — for you. You’ve learned that old politician’s tricks are still the most effective at getting elected, and re-elected, over and again. Just keep looking upwards and climbing, baby, because the responsibilities you leave behind may not be so pleasant.

To my fellow Alameda residents, let’s please use our heads instead of our hearts next time election time comes. One’s skin tone, party affiliation, or appealing rhetoric does not mean they stand for our interests. Be it President of the United States or a simple city councilmember, we must vote based on not what they say, but from where their money flows. After all, it’s not the puppets we’re voting in but the hands that hold the (purse) strings.

— Gene Oh


Round two.

Tonight. City Council Meeting. AGAIN.  Mayor Gilmore’s put both police contracts—Alameda Police Officers Association and the Alameda Police Managers Association both—-on the Consent Calendar. HUH?

70+ pages of contracts that we’ve been given since last Thursday to read, become familiar with, and understand. Worse: Mayor Gilmore yet again plans for no public discussion! Unless we intercept tonight and demand one and even then, like before, despite our very real concerns and no matter what we say on the podium, the city council will simply nod, Gilmore will say her meek ‘thankyou’, and then we will be 100% ignored.

Ain’t no sunshine….  Ain’t no representation either….. Continue reading


Healthcare.

The Alameda Healthcare District meeting is 7p on Monday, July 11th, at the hospital (second floor).

ATTEND THE MEETING.

VOICE YOUR OPPOSITION.

TO THE DIRECTION THE MAJORITY OF THE AHD BOARD IS TAKING US AND HOW THEY ARE SPENDING OUR MONEY.

The majority on the board intend to vote to approve the levy of the parcel tax on us again for 2012. And they intend to spend that $5.5M on opening up a new facility on Atlantic Avenue (extremely pricey medical retrofitting) that serves off-island patient populations. HUH? That’s right: they intend to spend the free money we give them each year to sustain on-island medical services to serve us, the residents, on a business that focuses on serving the cities off-island. HUH?

I’m outraged at the audacity of the AHD board; aren’t you?!

Read on below to better understand the absolute impudence they have shown with this new business strategy.

And this critically important reading on the AHD Board: Should the Board Majority and Deborah Stebbins Resign?

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In a city of around 75,000 people, a small subset, about 500 or so, residents need care for open wounds that won’t heal. They need specific in- and out-patient treatments for their wounds. But that’s a pretty small percent of our population, right?

Then WHY is the Alameda Healthcare District (AHD) spending the $5.5M in parcel tax dollars we give them on opening a wound care center on Atlantic Avenue?

The answer, directly from Alameda Hospital CEO Deborah Stebbins at last month’s AHD meeting: to serve (read: drive revenue from) off-island populations.  That’s right: their bright, shiny, new idea is to use our parcel tax dollars to start a new business to provide healthcare services that primarily meet the needs of non-Alamedans. HUH?!

It doesn’t make sense to spend all of the free money we give them on less than 1% of our population. That’s not healthcare for the residents of the city of Alameda. That’s highway robbery!

The Alameda Hospital Emergency Department (ED) sees, on average, 45 patients per day….. Continue reading


Silencing.

” In silencing, one removes the ability of a target person or group to communicate. ” – Jason Stanley

That summarizes the MO of most Alameda politicians.

Dr. Deutsch bombastically tells others that they do not know what they are talking about if they deign to talk to him about the healthcare district boards medically-inferior business strategies; and in this way, he has kept discussions from being about substance, facts, medical facts….he has attempted to silence those who think something’s not quite right at the hospital….

GilBonTam silence us every time we speak at city council, sometimes with derogatory statements about us, but mostly by redirecting the critical discussion we are asking for—100% away from the facts.  Away from the mounting credibility that regular ol’ citizens (ROCs!) are gaining from being well informed (well done people!).

City Manager Russo—-in his first city council meeting and despite the onslaught of many, well thought out arguments based in fact coming out against any approval of the firefighter contract that night—-announced that he’s going to provide a class to teach residents about contract law or something, so that we are not so ill-informed, uneducated about his job processes. He seriously dissed us. And announced, in a profound-sounding manner like he was tired of our nonsense, that the mayor should vote to approve the contract.

People in charge think they sound like they are making sense and the citizens will simply go away and leave them alone to “do what’s best”.  There, there, don’t go worrying your pretty head about things, we’ll take care of it all, and if you argue against that, we’ll tell you you’re rude and unappreciative, and we’ll tell you that you’re stupid and are wasting our time with your concerns.

Discrediting others from a position of authority is a common tactic to silence concerned citizens. ….. Continue reading