I urge you to consider the political turmoil in our city. In-fighting, firings and general discord have plagued the City Hall for one year.
It is regrettable that the owner of the building that houses the Del Puerto Health Care District offered to accept $125,000 from the health district. He would then stop objecting to the Keystone property re-zoning. He also was able to extract $27,000 from the City Council to pay for his lawyer fees. How is it possible for a nonelected individual to exert this pressure on a body of elected officials? This has been a disservice to both the city and the health district.
For one year, the controversy over a simple zone change was put on hold. The health district is purchasing an 11,000-square-foot building that will cost $10,300 a month. At the present, the district is paying $8,500 rent per month for 5,000 square feet. With the acquisition of the Keystone property, expanded services, additional doctors and increased community services will benefit all citizens. More importantly, the health care district will own the building.
The claim of wanting more transparency in the operation of the health district is without substance. The meetings, the minutes, the balance sheets have always been open to the public. How many health board meetings have these current candidates attended?
If elected, the owner of the building, John Ramos, will have to excuse himself on anything relating to the current health center building. It is unfathomable that the city and health care district spent a combined $143,000 on lawyers and staff time, because the delay in voting on the property combined to a disservice to both entities.
I am very concerned that three council members, Annette Smith, Becky Campo and Dominic Farinha, were instrumental in delaying the Keystone re-zoning. This will not provide the “ transparency” or the leadership required to continue the mission of the Del Puerto Health Care District, which is to provide our community with access to expanded health care.
I urge thoughtful decisions in the November vote.
Leopoldo Guzman, Patterson