Thank you readers for signing up to sign the petition. We got a wonderful response. The current secret budget process and consulting spending spree is not yet spending Measure money. Measure “A” funds will start being collected in July and should hit the Medical Center sometime after October. Unfortunately with budget being developed now and the Authority Board signing over millions of dollars in the consultant contracts it will be spent long before it arrives. The public got a reprieve this week, two Authority Board members have resigned and the rest of the Board declined to pass the proposed budget. Rumor is a flurry of grand jury subpoenas have made the Authority Board much more “thoughtful” about their decisions. The proposed huge staffing cuts have created fear and concern about patient safety. Many of these cuts are in critical patient care areas, like the emergency department, the critical care units, and the cancer and AIDS clinics. We will be moving forward with the Attorney General, Bill Lockyer petition and will need you and your mother’s help. Thanks for your support and stay-tuned.
Correction: the two trustees did not resign they just resigned from their offices, but it is a step in the right direction, toward the door.