As the final agenda item on the final meeting December 13, the Concord City Council formed an Ad Hoc committee of Dan helix and Laura Hoffmeister to prepare a response to a report to LAFCO regarding dissolution of Mount Diablo Health Care District.
With Mayor Leone reclusing himself from the meeting, the meeting was run by Vice Mayor Bill Shinn. Stating his reason for his self-reclusion, Mayor Leone said he had been on the MDHCD for 5 or 6 years and that he “not taking the health benefits anymore there is still a conflict of interest.”
All the City Council members made it clear that they did not feel there was enough time to reply in full to the report by the consultants to LAFCO. Councilman Dan Helix stated that he had read the 38 page report several times and found it shallow and had “glaring weaknesses“ and that a number of arguments were not made that should have been made in areas.
Councilmember Hoffmeister expressed concern over the time to make a community outreach and get into the ‘nitty gritty’ of the issues. Giving comment before the Council, Jeff Kasper, the Chairman of MDHCD gave a run down on some of the accomplishments done in the last six months in getting funding to community projects that were successful in ‘Major strides”
1. 70 folks transitioned outside of homelessness
3. Wellness to provide healthy nutritional practices
Kasper also stated that “The lack of time is not adequate or appropriate, and that “The report is incomplete.” He advised that the District will be providing a detailed response.
Additional members of the District were in attendance: Grace Ellis and Frank Manske but they did not speak before the Council.
Edi Birsan also spoke before the Council urging them to immediate write to LAFCO to request more time and that there is not enough time to bring out the community to respond to the Consultant’s reports and to especially focus on the legal contractual obligations to insure that down the road the hospital stays in Concord. Though Vice Mayor Shinn disagreed that there was any possibility that after the investments in the hospital that John Muir would give it up. Birsan urged that in any new formation that the 5 position on the Charity Health Foundation there be three for Concord, one for Martinez and one for Pleasant Hill.
Councilman Helix and Grayson also made it clear that they did not think that there would be an extension of time from LAFCO.
In the end the Council voted unanimously to form a committee of Laura Hoffmeister and Dan Helix to prepare a response in the next ten days.