Article Source: San Mateo County Supervisor David Canepa
February 2020 e-newsletter
Join us at a town hall to discuss the future of Seton hospital
uncertainty looms over the sale of Seton Medical Center, I am convening
a town hall meeting Saturday, Feb. 8, 10 a.m. at Daly City Hall
Chambers with panelists including members of the California Nurses
Association, hospital and city administrators, and elected officials to
discuss the future of the hospital.
Negotiations have appeared
to stall between Verity Health, which owns Seton, and KPC Health, which
emerged in bankruptcy court as the buyer for four hospitals previously
owned by the Daughters of Charity including Seton Coastside in Moss
Beach. The deal was supposed to close Dec. 5, 2019 but now we are in
I simply cannot rest until Seton has a new operator.
mid-January, I sent letters to 20 hospital operators and foundations
urging them to take interest in the health care needs of some of the
county’s most vulnerable patients. I have had direct talks with many,
including Stanford Health Care and Dignity Health, in an effort to
attract a buyer.
Attorney General Kamala Harris originally
approved the sale of the Daughters of Charity hospitals in December
2015 to a hedge fund called BlueMountain Capital Management.
BlueMountain rebranded the system Verity and created Integrity
Healthcare to manage the system. Integrity is owned by billionaire Dr.
Patrick Soon-Shiong, who owns the Los Angeles Times and Los Angeles
The AG’s conditions of approval included that Seton must
continue to operate as an acute care hospital and offer emergency
services for 10 years until 2025.
Verity filed for
bankruptcy Aug. 31, 2018. My office then formed a bi-county working
group with stakeholders from San Francisco and San Mateo counties with
a sole effort to save the hospital.
San Mateo County granted $25
million in patient care to Seton and pledged an additional $15 million
toward seismic upgrades since 2015. The Health Plan of San Mateo, which
I chair, loaned Seton an additional $20 million in 2017 for patient
My office has worked hard to ensure north county residents
receive the quality health care they deserve and that Seton’s staff of
1,200 continue to provide that care.
Please join us at the town
hall so that your voices are heard loud and clear that Seton must
remain open. RSVP to Ann Keighran by phone at (650) 599-1007 or by
email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Master Plan for Aging to address the ‘Forgotten Middle Class’
Did you know that 62 percent of individuals 65 or older in San Mateo County are considered the “Hidden Poor?”
introducing a resolution at the Feb. 11 Board of Supervisors meeting to
encourage the state to incorporate the needs of middle-income seniors
when developing the Master Plan for Aging, which Gov. Newsom created by
executive order to assess the reality and magnitude of the needs of
older adults. The plan is expected to be finalized by October of this
The reality is that in California high-income older adults
have greater financial resources to care for themselves while
low-income older adults may be eligible for Medi-Cal long-term services
and support in addition to subsidized services. Middle-income older
adults, however, have too many financial assets to qualify for Medi-Cal
but don’t always have enough income to cover housing and support needs
as their health and functional well-being change as they age.
San Mateo County Commission on Aging formed the “Middle Income Senior
Opportunities” committee to identify the eligibility gap for older
adults who need assistance pay for housing, transportation, food,
health care and long-term care but do not qualify for it because their
income is above the Federal Poverty Level. Since the cost of living is
much higher in California than say Iowa, for instance, the Federal
Poverty Level does not factor in the higher costs of rent, health care
and transportation that California residents face. As I represent the
Commission on Aging to the Board of Supervisors, I have worked closely
with this committed group including launching the county’s Age-Friendly
We are excited by the governor’s efforts to
recognize that the state is rapidly aging. By 2030, there will be 9
million individuals in California 65 or older while there are 6 million
The Master Plan on Aging will lead to a better future
for residents living in the state by creating programs that acknowledge
and embrace aging instead of ignoring it. It will also address the
reality and magnitude of the “Forgotten Middle Class.”
To learn more about the California Health and Human Services Agency’s Master Plan for Aging click here.
April 1 is Census Day
co-chair of the county’s Census 2020 efforts, I am happy to say that
our Office of Community Affairs (OCA) is starting to conduct extensive
outreach to highlight the importance of the Census and why each
resident needs to be counted as Census Day approaches April 1.
your community is undercounted, low-income areas would lose federal
funding for textbooks, school supplies and food for students, which aid
children in meeting academic standards, according to the OCA.
residents will get an invitation to respond online to the 2020 Census
starting March 12. Some households will also receive paper
questionnaires and reminder letters will be sent out March 16. If you
haven’t responded by March 26, you will receive a reminder postcard. If
you haven’t responded by April 8, you will get a reminder letter and
paper questionnaire in the mail. Starting April 20, a final reminder
postcard will be sent before Census workers start to follow up in
Stay tuned, next month’s newsletter will highlight a Census event my office will hold at Jefferson High School on March 28.
Click here to learn more about San Mateo County’s Census 2020 efforts.
Teacher housing coming to Daly City
Jefferson Union High School District will break ground on its faculty
and staff housing project in February. It’s the first voter-approved
general obligation bond to fund teacher housing in the nation. With
soaring rents and low pay, many teachers in the district simply cannot
afford to live near the schools they work at.
district is planning to construct 122 apartments with 59 one-bedroom,
56 two-bedroom and 7 three-bedroom units. The units will be rented for
about 50 percent of market rate at the time of occupancy and will be
located on the district’s Serramonte Del Rey property at 699 Serramonte
Blvd. The project is expected to be completed in the fall of 2021 at
Voters approved Measure J in June 2018 that
authorizes $33 million in bond funds. The cost of construction is
expected to be about $61 million and the district will secure a loan to
fund the rest of the project that will be paid back by future rent
payments. Once the loan is paid off, rents could be used by the
district for educational purposes, including salaries.
and staff who work at any of the district’s high schools, including
Jefferson, Westmoor, Thornton and Adult-Ed in Daly City and Oceana and
Terra Nova in Pacifica will be eligible to rent the new units.
have had the pleasure to discuss this project in recent weeks with
board trustees Kalimah Salahuddin and Andrew Lie. The district plans to
redevelop the former Serramonte High School campus with a mix of market
rate and affordable housing with some commercial and open space to be
built in phases over several years.
Be great, help us legislate
you have a policy proposal or an idea for a law that would improve your
community? We are looking for legislative ideas from constituents that
could either apply to the city you live in, the county, the state or
even the federal government. Feel free to point out any laws you think
should be repealed. Have your voice heard. Please send ideas to
Interns wanted to join our team
looking to add to our great group of interns we are currently working
with. If you or someone you know may be interested in applying to my
Internship Program, submitting this form is the first step:
https://forms.gle/hiKqtn7Rird5vXwB9. You can also reach out to Mike
Richardson on my staff directly with any questions at
Friday office hours
past few months we have been holding office hours in District 5 on
Fridays to better serve our constituents at Daly City Hall, in San
Bruno and Broadmoor Village.
If you would like to
meet to discuss district issues with myself or my staff in north San
Mateo County, reach out to Tony Bayudan in my office to schedule an
appointment (650) 363-4565.
David J. Canepa