Our Hospital Board has allowed Alameda Hospital Boardmembers to do business with Alameda Hospital. Taxpayers give $6 million/year to Alameda Hospital. Boardmembers should represent the public, not their own business interests.
Sadly, this is symptomatic of other elected bodies in Alameda. Since being elected to the Alameda Board of Education, one board member has had three members of his family employed by that district.
The Citizens United Decision of the United States Supreme Court said corporations could spend unlimited amount of money on campaigns. Because of Citizens United our last city council election saw hundreds of thousands of dollars poured into our city of only 42,000 registered voter so that large developers could grab hold of the former naval air station. Since taking office these councilmembers have voted to override Alameda's slow growth charter amendment, known as Measure A, to add 2,400 homes to our island which only has 4 points of entry or exit and to give away public park land to a developer, also a violation of our city charter. These councilmembers are now Alameda's poster children for the effects of Citizens United on our city.
Our hospital must serve the people, not the privileged. Elected officials must speak out against the Citizens United Decision and conflict of interest in our city.