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Tony Santos Urges Recall If City Council Subsidizes San Leandro Hospital

Former mayor says it's not a good deal for taxpayers and pledges to form a commitee to oust the council majority unless they reverse themselves.

 

As San Leandro voters go to the polls today, a recall is being threatened over a City Council decision Monday night to spend $1 million a year for the next three years to join Alameda County officials in a bid to save San Leandro Hospital.

Details of the possible rescue must still be worked out with Sutter Health, which owns the hospital. Monday night's 6-1 vote by the council only directed city staff to create a concrete deal to bring back for final approval.

Former Mayor Tony Santos circulated an email Tuesday arguing that the subsidy is not good for the city. Unless the council majority reverses itself, he said he will help organize a recall.

"We should not be subsidizing the facility as suggested," Santos wrote. "First of all, the City has no jurisdiction over the hospital; second the hospital is owned by Sutter Health, a private organization; and third, over 50 percent of patients using the facility come from Oakland and Oakland is not being asked to contribute toward keeping the facility open."

Santos said there are other reasons to oppose the proposed subsidy. Unless the council reverses course he wrote, "I recommend that we, as citizens of San Leandro, start recall proceedings against the majority who voted to move in this direction."

He volunteered to start a committee to get such a recall underway.

Read more about the rescue plan here. You might also want to read an earlier story about the planning meeting that laid the groundwork for Monday night's council decision.

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Justin H. November 06, 2012 at 11:45 PM
He is 100% correct!!! Taxpayer dollars should not be used to subsidsize this facility which is mainly used by Non-Resident paients.
Fran November 07, 2012 at 12:02 AM
Won't Sutter be out of the picture if this deal goes through?
Justin Agrella November 07, 2012 at 12:31 AM
We have an election today. We can save ourselves some effort and get rid of two(Reed and Prola) easily enough. get to the polls and VOTE!
Marga Lacabe November 07, 2012 at 12:48 AM
We had an election two years ago. Cassidy made keeping the emergency room at San Leandro Hospital open part of his campaign, Santos opposed it. Guess who won?
Justin Agrella November 07, 2012 at 12:58 AM
I don't think that was the central issue that helped Cassidy win. That was just ancillary. lol lol
Mia Ousley November 07, 2012 at 01:05 AM
No one may yet have asked the City of Oakland to pony up money, but the County will be matching San Leandro's subsidy, and the Alameda County Medical Center will be spending tens of milllions on our hospital. Santos's position on this is a major reason why he's our FORMER mayor. For a more detailed account of just what our City Council members feel and what the public expressed prior to the Council vote, see the article I posted under Patch's "Local Voices" at http://sanleandro.patch.com/blog_posts/city-approves-proposal-for-1-million-annual-subsidy-to-save-san-leandro-hospital
Justin H. November 07, 2012 at 01:20 AM
3 MILLION dollars!!! that would pay for alot of streets to get repaved:-)
Robert Marrujo November 07, 2012 at 02:58 AM
I'm mixed on this. I think the hospital plays a vital roll because of it's ideal positioning, but a million a year is pretty expensive...
Paul November 07, 2012 at 04:45 AM
The City should not be in the role of giving TAXPAYER money to any private organization. The City is already paying out 2.3 million to the church and also is "loaning" 1.5 million to a school district that can't balance it's budget without constantly asking property owners for more and the property owners getting nothing in return except higher property tax bills and underperforming schools. I bet if Cassidy said he intended to give taxpayer money to the hospital the election would have gone a bit different.
Leah Hall November 07, 2012 at 06:15 AM
I don't recall Tony Santos ever conceding, therefore.... perhaps in Tony's world he is stepping up to recall himself.
sanleandronumerouno November 07, 2012 at 09:19 AM
We just had an election tonight, all 3 of Cassidy's supported candidates look to be defeated all 3 of the Candidates the ex mayor supported look to be victorious. Maybe San Leandrans realized the error they made 2 years ago
sanleandronumerounoesestupido November 07, 2012 at 11:42 AM
Dream on. Prola highlighted $3 million in pension savings the city achieved and Reed touted the potential of the fiber optic network. These were Cassidy's initiatives. Santos did nothing as mayor unless you consider hiring an incompetent as city manager and having multiple police chief max out their salaries and then retire as accomplishments. Santos is the biggest sore loser San Leandro has ever known. Has he figured out yet that he lost the election?
Justin Agrella November 07, 2012 at 03:44 PM
And two of those are ones he wanrts to recall. lol lol lol.
Mia Ousley November 08, 2012 at 12:41 AM
The subsidy wouldn't be going to a private organization. It would be going to a PUBLIC entity -- Alameda County Medical Center, and the other subsidies would be coming from public entities as well. This would make the hospital a PUBLICLY-funded and PUBLICLY-owned hospital.
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