The fate of the Laguna Honda Hospital rebuild and the patients who will be served by LHH continue to be determined at the following upcoming meetings.
It is especially important that people both attend the meetings listed below, and present both oral testimony of no more than two to three minutes, and written testimony consisting of no more than 150 words. The San Francisco Sunshine Ordinance requires that the Health Commission and its various subcommittees include in published minutes of its meetings (including those posted to the Internet), written public testimony presented during the Health Commission's meetings (note that you should have written 150-word testimony prepared in advance to turn in during the hearings).
Thursday, October 18: Town-Hall Community Meeting. Location: Laguna Honda Hospital and Rehabilitation Center, 3rd Floor Residents Library; Time: 7:00 p.m. Agenda: Laguna Honda Hospital officials will present and discuss the final Assisted Living/Senior Housing recommendation for the Laguna Honda Hospital campus at this meeting.
General Obligation Bond Oversight Committee Meeting. Location: City
Hall, Fourth Floor, Room 416; Time: 9:30 p.m. Agenda: Discussion/Possible
Action: Presentation from Laguna Honda Hospital regarding
their 1999 General Obligation Bond, and possible action by the
Committee in response to such presentation. The
LHH Replacement Project manager has indicated in a recent public
meeting that there is a new approximate $10 million
budget problem (in addition to over $6.5 million in design changes
known as change orders since the start of the project),
and another significant delay in the poject.
In addition, plans for the assisted living/senior housing component of the rebuild calls for removing 226 parking spaces in the current East Parking lot, and potentially carving out the hill behind the current East Parking Lot in which to construct a new parking lot/parking structure in the hillside. Considering that it could potentially cost $20,000 per parking spot to construct parking anywhere on the campus, that translates to an additional $4.5 million strain on the LHH Replacement Project budget.
Rescheduled: The October 22 JCC meeting has been rescheduled to Monday, October 29: LHH Joint Conference Committee. Location: Laguna Honda Hospital and Rehabilitation Center, Room A-300 or Room B-102; Time: 9:45 a.m. Agenda: The agenda for this meeting has not yet been released, but it is known that the LHH Replacement Project will be presenting the final recommendation for the assisted living/senior housing plan for the LHH campus. When the agenda is released noting the room location, this web page will be updated.
November 1: Second Town-Hall Community Meeting. Location: 101 Grove Street, Third Floor; Time: Unknown, Probably 3:00 p.m.. Agenda: Not Yet Released. Laguna Honda Hospital officials have indicated a second public meeting regarding the final Assisted Living/Senior Housing Feasibility Study for the Laguna Honda Hospital campus will be presented at 101 Grove Street. If an agenda for this meeting is released, this web page will be updated.
Tentative: Tuesday, November 13: Health Commission Meeting. Location: 101 Grove Street, Third Floor; Time: 3:00 p.m. Agenda: Not Yet Released. The Department of Public Health has indicated that the Assisted Living/Senior Housing Plan for the Laguna Honda Hospital campus will be presented during the Health Commission's first meeting in November. When the agenda for this meeting is released, this web page will be updated.
To preserve a paper trail of testimony presented during the hearings, written testimony is desperately needed in order to document that despite public concerns, the Health Commission, the Board of Supervisors, and other policy bodies may ignore valid concerns of the community. An exception is that the Board of Supervisors are not required to include written testimony in its published minutes, although sufficient written material of any length coming from various unified coalitions and independent concerned citizens may spur the Board of Supervisors into taking action to stop the downsizing of Laguna Honda Hospital and to become actively involved in stopping the changing population who will be served.
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