‘Vote No on Measure F,’ Urges Letter Writer
Measure F, in Southern Humboldt, is a second attempt in about a year, by Southern Humboldt Community Healthcare District, to sell a property tax to the landowners and homeowners of SoHum.
Once again, an overwrought and emotional campaign, based on fear and deception, has been presented.
SHCHD, a shoestring healthcare operation, located on a back street in Garberville and which is mostly ignored and unused by the actual citizenry of Southern Humboldt, feels, apparently, that folks should continue to fund SHCHD’s operation for another 10 years.
From my point of view, SHCHD is a pretty poor excuse for a public agency, as it is operated by individuals who are out of touch with the community, and by a board which was seated by appointment instead of election.
Not only has this organization failed, year after year, to operate profitably and provide needed services, but, SHCHD also has failed to honor the trust of the community by applying SHCHD’s own internal policies. One only has to look at the photo on SHCHD’s website to assume that SHCHD only hires women, and read the content provided to see that SHCHD is primarily concerned with spin, rather than factual information.
The most recent foray into owning a CAT scan clearly shows how lost the board and administrators are!
CAT scanners have been installed at other district hospitals with notable results:
At Southern Inyo, the CAT scanner is credited with bankrupting the District, and, at Surprise Valley, the CAT scan steadily lost money until it was sold. Currently Surprise Valley Healthcare District itself faces being sold to investors!
In my opinion, the experience with CAT scans at SHCHD will be similar, and that the CAT scan in Garberville is mainly a loss leader, installed at the last minute as a showpiece to deceive the public into thinking that the facility is moving forward when it is actually sinking quickly! In six months, there will most likely not be a CAT scanner in Garberville…
And, the funds which paid for the property, the CAT unit itself, and the extra staff, could have been used for so many other things!
Similarly, the general staffing up and putting on a show, this will not last!
I am writing again to ask that the unfairly applied parcel tax not be approved at this time.
From my point of view, SHCHD is lost, and completely out of the control of the public.
If this entity is to exist going forward, it needs to evolve, it needs to hold elections for board members who are in some way qualified, it needs to hire strong leaders, and it needs to provide the services which the community requires and which it would actually consume.
Also, when SHCHD uses deception, trickery, and scare tactics to sell a tax, it pretty much indicates that SHCHD is a poor quality product, which we would be stupid to continue to support with our taxes.
SHCHD has failed. Why would we buy this?
VOTE NO ON MEASURE F!!
Paul Riley CLS