Inside the Hit Piece Last Summer Against Rebecca Kaplan

In late June, just as Oakland Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan was beginning her mayoral campaign, there came news of a particularly damning article in the Oakland Tribune alleging campaign finance rules may have been broken by her mayoral campaigns, this year and in 2010. The allegation Kaplan used money from a committee created to support a … Continue reading Inside the Hit Piece Last Summer Against Rebecca Kaplan

Healthcare District Says New St. Rose Operator Will Not Repay $1.1M Loan

>>PROPOSAL OMITS EMERGENCY LOAN>>“As a public agency, ETHD cannot legally make a ‘gift of public funds’ for $1.15M for the benefit of a for-profit corporation”HEALTH CARE | The Eden Township Healthcare District really wants to support the purchase of Hayward’s St. Rose Hospital to a Southern California operator, but before doing so, it wants repayment … Continue reading Healthcare District Says New St. Rose Operator Will Not Repay $1.1M Loan

2012 Year In Review, Part I: The Fall Of Nadia Lockyer Begins

01.12Fremont Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski starts 2012 with a resolution asking Congress to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s infamous Citizens United decision. The bill, co-authored with Assemblyman Michael Allen passes in July and represents a huge win for Wieckowski’s growing credibility among progressives.“The fight goes on!” exclaims Carole Rogers, the chair of the Eden Township Healthcare District, … Continue reading 2012 Year In Review, Part I: The Fall Of Nadia Lockyer Begins

Eden Healthcare District Approves Short-Term Sudsidy For San Leandro Hospital

SAVE SAN LEANDRO HOSPITAL | A commitment by the Eden Township Healthcare District to help subsidize the short-term operations of San Leandro Hospital was unanimously approved this week even as the facility’s future remains in serious doubt following the transfer of title to property from the District to Sutter Health just three weeks ago.The plan … Continue reading Eden Healthcare District Approves Short-Term Sudsidy For San Leandro Hospital

Chan Makes A Run At Sutter’s Tax-Exempt Status; Hospital Responds With Full-Page Ad

SAN LEANDRO HOSPITAL | Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan's latest attempt to turn the legislative screws on Sutter Health and its likely attempt to shutter San Leandro Hospital may result in further scrutiny over the health care provider's lucrative non-profit tax exemptions.At a well-attended forum featuring Board of Equalization member Betty Yee, Chan and others questioned … Continue reading Chan Makes A Run At Sutter’s Tax-Exempt Status; Hospital Responds With Full-Page Ad

Interim St. Rose CEO Says He Would Welcome Being Part Of Eden Township

HAYWARD//ST. ROSE HOSPITALApril 23, 2012 | Despite the approval last week of a joint powers agreement by the Alameda County Board of Supervisors and nearby Washington Township Health Care Distict hoping to stave off bankruptcy at St. Rose Hospital in Hayward, the struggling facility is still flirting with another local health care district.During a meeting of … Continue reading Interim St. Rose CEO Says He Would Welcome Being Part Of Eden Township

Sutter Health Mum About Plans For San Leandro Hospital After High Court’s Decision

SAN LEANDRO HOSPITALApril 18, 2012 | With the Eden Township Healthcare District's legal options expended, excluding a somewhat quixotic petition to the U.S. Supreme Court, what comes next for patients and employees of San Leandro Hospital is unclear.Sutter Health, following the State Supreme Court's decision to deny the District's petition to hear allegations of conflict … Continue reading Sutter Health Mum About Plans For San Leandro Hospital After High Court’s Decision

Eden District In Talks With St. Rose Over Operating San Leandro Hospital

EXCLUSIVEPRESSURE BUILDING ON BOARD OF SUPERVISORS TO RESCIND OFFER FOR ACUTE REHAB AT SLHBy Steven TavaresSt. Rose Hospital is an independent163-bed community facility in Hayward. The president of Hayward’s St. Rose Hospital is in preliminary talks with the Eden Township Healthcare District and Sutter Health over operation of San Leandro Hospital, according to District Chair Carole Rogers.Michael … Continue reading Eden District In Talks With St. Rose Over Operating San Leandro Hospital

City Budgets Prepare For The Worst in 2010

YEAR-IN-REVIEW / JANUARY - MARCHLAI-BITKER PASSES ON RE-ELECTION; SAN LEANDRO APPROVES RCV; HEALTHCARE DISTRICT SUES SUTTERBAD OMEN: A black cat strolls into a conference room at San Leandro City Hall in January as the finance director announces the city is in the red $7.3 million.JANUARYAlameda County Supervisor Alice Lai-Bitker announces she will not run for re-election … Continue reading City Budgets Prepare For The Worst in 2010

How Hospital Could Have Been A Thorny Issue For Santos

SANTOS, GREGORY COULD HAVE BEEN ON THE HOOK FOR HOSPITAL IF DISTRICT HAD NOT ACTEDBy Steven TavaresA year ago, San Leandro's economic outlook was the basically the same as today. More businesses were leaving than coming and the city's financial reserves continue to nosedive as more programs and services were cut to balance the budget. If the … Continue reading How Hospital Could Have Been A Thorny Issue For Santos

Sutter Denies District’s Conflict of Interest Allegations

SUTTER: EDEN CEO RECUSED HIMSELF IN 2008; RATNESAR, RICO DO NOT HAVE CONFLICT OF INTERESTBy STEVEN TAVARESThe Citizen SUTTER vs THE DISTRICTSutter Health denies the chief executive officer of Eden Medical Center participated in negotiations with the Eden Township Healthcare District in 2008 while serving in the same capacity with the government body, according to court … Continue reading Sutter Denies District’s Conflict of Interest Allegations

Who Wants to be Supervisor?

The Corbett Effect | Meet the Underdog | SLH'S Holy Trinity | Cutter Gets Boost | Snitches Help S.L.What an eventful first week of 2010. Apparently, a few local politicians made New Year's resolutions to call it quits. Alameda County Supervisor Alice Lai-Bitker announced she would not seek re-election, San Leandro City Council candidate Peggy … Continue reading Who Wants to be Supervisor?

Poltical Potshots: Corbett Outflanks Hayashi

WAIVER EXTENDED TO FAIRMONT UNTIL 2020 COULD BE A GAME CHANGERThe threat of closing rehabilitation services at Fairmont Hospital because of California's 2013 deadline to seismically retrofit state's health care centers was a major talking point in the county's cap. Showering money on Fairmont is not feasible, the county says, and utilizing San Leandro Hospital's … Continue reading Poltical Potshots: Corbett Outflanks Hayashi

It’s Not Over: In Non-Binding Vote Directors Reject Alameda County

SUPERVISOR ALICE LAI-BITKER WILL RECOMMEND BOARD OF SUPERVISORS RESCIND COUNTY OFFER.....DIRECTOR RATNESAR ABSTAINS FROM VOTE.....SUTTER CEO LEFT DUMBFOUNDED.....OVER 500 PEOPLE PACK LIBRARY.....UNION REP SAYS "IT'S NOT OVER" THOUGH.By STEVEN TAVARESThe CitizenSan Leandro Hospital lives to fight another day, for now. Alameda County Board of Supervisors President Alice Lai-Bitker changed the entire dynamic of the fate … Continue reading It’s Not Over: In Non-Binding Vote Directors Reject Alameda County