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Sequoia Healthcare District electioneering

Original post made by Jack Hickey, Woodside: Emerald Hills, on Aug 10, 2014

In past elections the District has engaged in activities which I consider to have been "electioneering".Web Link
"The Supreme Court has identified two categories of communication as being unambiguously campaign related. First, "express advocacy," defined as a communication that uses specific election-related words. Second, "the functional equivalent of express advocacy," defined as an "electioneering communication" that "is susceptible of no reasonable interpretation other than as an appeal to vote for or against a specific candidate." (Leake, 525 F.3d at 282-83"
At the Boards August 6 meeting, I offered a motion to modify Policy No. 14. "Conduct related to elections" which was being acted upon. I asked that item 14.12 be added, stating "The District shall not mail its annual report to the community nor hold town hall meetings or media events within the 60 days prior to a district election." Art Faro, maker of the original motion declined my amendment.

In the CEO report at that meeting, it was stated that: "The annual report will be written and distributed in early October. October 6 is the first day for mail in ballots to be sent out.


"Director Shefren suggested that priority also be given to finalizing the District's Strategic Plan. Once that is done, the Board can focus on a public awareness/education plan, meet with community residents at Town Hall meetings, etc. The District's Strategic Plan would then become the platform from which the three directors running for re-election could be judged."

Anyone out there who would like to help me get a restraining order or injunction to stop the mailing?
This was their 2012 "electioneering" fluff piece: Web Link


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