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November 6, 2018 — Elección General de California
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Sequoia Healthcare DistrictCandidato para Miembre de Junta, Area C

Photo de John J. "Jack" Hickey

John J. "Jack" Hickey

Advocate for Taxpayers
6,226 votos (33.65%)
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Mis 3 prioridades principales

  • Reduce property tax collections until voters have had an opportunity to decide the future of the District. The choice should be made as to whether San Mateo County's two healthcare districts should be dissolved or expanded countywide.
  • Convene an assembly of stakeholders, which share an interest in the 1% General Property tax, to facilitate the election necessary to provide the voter's with a choice.
  • Substantially reduce the District's million dollar overhead.



Profesión:Senior Research Scientist, retired. Inventor.
Member, Board of Directors, Sequoia Healthcare District — Cargo elegido (2002–current)


Bio - Jack Hickey

Jack Hickey was born in Valley Stream, Long Island, New York, May 23, 1934. He attended St. Boniface Parochial School through 8th grade. He attended Sewanhaka High School(Class of '52) where he experienced the harsh realities of life.

After graduation, Mr. Hickey worked briefly in the grocery business as a stock clerk.

In 1953, at the age of 20, Jack joined the U.S. Navy for a four year stint. Jack Hickey is a product of the Navy Electronics School (Great Lakes NTC class of '54). He received accelerated OJT in shipboard electronics maintenance and operation, while serving aboard the U.S.S Otterstetter (DER - radar picket ship) out of Newport Rhode Island.

Mr. Hickey attended classes in California Community Colleges. These included Medical Electronics and Proposal Writing. His proposal for a high-tech alternative to the gruesome defibrillators used in hospitals won him an "A" in the course and triggered interest by the Palo Alto V.A Hospital.

In 1957, Jack completed his Navy service in Long Beach, California. A few years later, he bought his first house in Hawthorne.  It was there that he planted his roots and started a family.

Jack used his acquired skills for instrument calibration and test at (Hoffman Electronics-Los Angeles), repair (Sperry-El Segundo), and as a lab instructor for AirForce students (Hughes Aircraft-Hawthorne).

In 1960, Jack Hickey joined the TRW/STL Physics Research Labs in El Segundo, providing instrumentation support for a team of 5 PhD researchers. It was at TRW/STL that John J. Hickey received the first of his 28 patents. Jack's activities at TRW/STL centered around a high speed image converter camera, with a “streak” mode capable of recording physical events over a time interval as short as 50 billionth's of a second. A “frame” rate >10 million frames per second

In 1962, STL Products/TRW Instruments was formed to commercialize the products of the Lab, and Mr. Hickey served as Chief Electronics Engineer.

In 1964, Mr. Hickey led a REFERENDUM effort resulting in 2/1 voter rejection of the City of Hawthorne's Urban Renewal Ordnance. Of major concern, was the questionable use of eminent domain to build a shopping center. Jack's presentation skills were developed in this campaign.

In 1965, Mr. Hickey was recruited by the firm of Beckman & Whitley/TechOps West in Sunnyvale. He moved his family to Emerald Hills, where he currently resides. While with TechOps, Jack acquired patents for two laser modulators for use in a high speed laser recording system.

In 1967, Jack took a position as Chief Electronics Engineer at Optics Tecnology Inc. in Palo Alto, later acquiring the title of Laser Scientist. While with OTI, Jack provided engineering support for the company's Laser Retinal Photo-coagulator. Jack led the development of a catheterized, fiber-optic "in-vivo" oximeter. Mr. Hickey also developed a Dual Optical Dosimeter, with flexible fiber-optic probes, for monitoring during laser opthalmic surgery.

In 1970, Jack Hickey joined Zenith Radio Research in Menlo Park. At Zenith, he developed an FM optical communication system for hearing impaired children in classrooms.

In 1972, Mr. Hickey was recruited by Hugle Industries (which later became Unicorp), a semiconductor processing equipment manufacturer, as Chief Electronic Engineer. Jack set up and operated customer training courses for equipment maintenance, and provided field service to customers in the U.S. and Europe.

In 1977 John J. Hickey operated as Nano-Optronics, providing support to the semi-conductor industry(Hewlett Packard, Intel, National Semiconductor and Varian Associates) by incorporating fiber-optics into optical-pyrometry systems of epitaxial reactors.

In 1979/80, Jack Hickey was sponsor and author of the Performance Voucher Initiative, a proposed Constitutional Amendment in California. Jack presented his proposal on radio and TV talk shows around the state, and obtained the endorsement of Milton Friedman. His proposal stimulated interest as far away as Australia and the Netherlands.

In 1980, Jack Hickey joined Dalmo Victor(DV) as Research Scientist and Electro-optic Group Leader. He performed research on direct modulation of semiconductor lasers at frequencies up to 20 GHz, for use in fiber optic systems. Dalmo Victor awarded Hickey an honorary BS degree.

In 1982, John J. “Jack” Hickey was a candidate for U.S. Senate in the Republican Primary, seeking to replace the retiring Sen. S.I. Hayakawa.

In 1984, John J. “Jack” Hickey was the Republican candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, running against Democrat Tom Lantos. He received the endorsement of Dr. Edward Teller and the San Mateo Times. While working full time at DV, Hickey was still able to garner 29% of the vote.

Prior to his departure from Dalmo Victor in August of 1989, John J. Hickey held the title of Senior Research Scientist.

Since that time, Jack has spent his time honing his late-blooming computer skills, and applying them to real world problems.

Post 1989 - Ad Hoc Political Activities

In 1991, Jack Hickey led the campaign which defeated Measure A in San Mateo County.

In 1992, he led efforts to defeat local school bond and parcel tax measures, while running for State Assembly.

In 1993, Jack was a major contributor to the signature gathering effort for the "Parental Choice in Education" Initiative.

Mr. Hickey's Computer Skills

Jack's first computer was a Radio Shack Color Computer, followed by an Atari ST(both Motorola 68xxx). He had two Atari 1040ST computers at Dalmo Victor. His Atari TT Computer, used in the 1991 campaign, still runs. He spent several years on the Apple Macintosh platform, before settling in on Windows PC's. 

Mr. Hickey's favorite app's are spreadsheets, desktop publishing, database, OCR, Word processor's, etc. He is an over-achieving Googler, and an expert in digital photography.

Jack Hickey continues to press for legislation requiring ALL government bodies to provide public data in electronic format where it exists. Using his Desktop Publishing Software, he has created Proposals, Campaign Literature(with photo-endorsements), photo-ads, etc.

Jack also did the layout and printing for a 124 page Writ of Certiorari, for a friend, in the format required by the U.S. Supreme Court.


Creencias poliza

Documentos sobre determinadas posturas

The Hospital District That Won't Die


Explores the creation of the Sequoia Hospital District by voters in 1946.  Discusses the sale of Sequoia Hospital with voter approval in 1996,and the name change to Sequoia Healthcare District with a newly assumed philanthropic role.  Cites Grand Jury and LAFC0 recommendations that the District be dissolved or consolidated with Peninsula Healthcare District and expanded to cover all of San Mateo County.

The Hospital District That Won't Die

by Jack Hickey


The Sequoia Hospital District (AKA Sequoia Healthcare District) built, owned and operated Sequoia Hospital in Redwood City until it was sold in 1996. The district is now engaged in frantic PR activities to justify its continued existence. They have been building a base of support by making grants to charitable organizations which they deem worthy, using property taxes originally assessed to build, maintain and operate Sequoia Hospital.

Creation of Sequoia Hospital District

In 1946, petitions were circulated for the purpose of establishing a local hospital in Southern San Mateo County. An election was called and voters approved the creation of Sequoia Hospital District as the vehicle. District boundaries were identical to Sequoia High School District at the time. It was understood that there would be future bond issues to build and add to it. Property taxes were assessed by the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors and the hospital was built. It opened in 1950.

Sale of Sequoia Hospital

The district got out of the hospital business after Art Faro, then CEO of Sequoia Hospital ran up a $29 million deficit. That led to a voter-approved bailout sale of the hospital in 1996 (Measure H), with "white knight" Catholic Healthcare West (CHW) buying the right to take over hospital operations. CHW assumed responsibility for debt repayment and pension plan funding. The Board of Directors at that time sought to change the purpose of the district, which no longer owned a hospital, to include powers provided in recent health care district law. Without an election as provided for by that law, Sequoia Hospital District "morphed" into Sequoia Healthcare District and began engaging in philanthropic activity. Property taxes continue to be collected.

Grand Jury Questions Sequoia Healthcare District's Use of Tax Revenue

The 2001 Grand Jury reviewed the district's newly assumed role. Their recommendation: "The Sequoia Healthcare District should reduce property taxes for district taxpayers unless in a future election district voters approve expenditures for purposes not approved by district voters in the 1946 measure establishing the district or in 1996 Measure H."

The 2002 Grand Jury found: "Since the sale of the hospital the district has assumed a role similar to that of a philanthropic foundation. This is a function of the district that was never presented to the voters for their approval under 1996 Measure H."

Jack Hickey elected to Sequoia Healthcare District's Board of Directors

In November of 2002, I was elected to the Sequoia Healthcare District Board of Directors on a platform based upon the Jury's findings. I was denied a seat on the Sequoia Health Services (SHS) Board intended to provide a taxpayer oversight function for hospital operations. In February 2003, SHS and the district were on a fast track to demolish Sequoia Hospital and rebuild down by Highway 101. My referendum petitioning effort derailed that move, and a seismically sound major upgrade to Sequoia Hospital on the Whipple/Alameda site was agreed upon. Funding came from CHW, the Sequoia Hospital Foundation and the district. In 2007, CHW assumed complete ownership of the Sequoia Hospital campus, including the Medical Office Building, with the district becoming a shareholder via an EBIDA profit-sharing arrangement.

LAFCo gives Healthcare Districts’ a "transitional sphere of influence"

The San Mateo County Local Agency Formation Commission(LAFCo) oversees formation, consolidation and dissolution of special districts. On May 16, 2007, they adopted the following "sphere of influence" for SHD and PHD: "transitional sphere of influence with the potential for expansion to include excluded areas, dissolution and consolidation". This was reaffirmed in 2017.

How the district spends your tax dollars
2018-2019 tax revenue $12,500,000
Approved budget

Adminstrative expenses $1,116,000

Total Grants     $8,085,000
includes: Samaritan House,  Ravenswood, 70 Strong, etc.

Living Healthy   $50,000
Heartsafe   $65,000
School Health Program  $4,300,000

The Sequoia Healthcare District should be dissolved, with it's share of property tax revenue distributed to schools, cities, fire districts, the county, etc. in the same manner as the remainder of the 1% general property tax.

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