Monday, May 4, 2015

AGENDA NOTES: Alameda County to place restrictions on Alameda Health System's $150 million county debt

Alameda County Board of Supervisors will place 
strict parameters over AHS and its loan debt.
Alameda County Board of Supervisors
1221 Oak Street, Oakland, fifth floor
Tuesday, May 5, 2015, 10:30 a.m.
Twitter hashtag: alcomtg

COUNTY TO KEEP TABS ON AHS The issue of Alameda Health Systems (formerly known as the Alameda County Medical Center) and its loan debt with the county has long been a source of dissension among the Board of Supervisor. Supervisor Scott Haggerty, for one, has often hung the staggering loan debt over Alameda Health System (AHS) officials whenever it comes hat in hand to Oak Street.

A fourth amendment to the original 2004 loan will be discussed Tuesday morning that places stricter oversight on the medical system's expenditures through the end of the year.

The Board of Supervisors will likely extend the deal through Dec. 15, 2015, provided AHS is able to pare down its loan balance to $150 million by June 30. AHS's own board will need to also approve the extension at its May 26 meeting.

The extension's short length is also designed to allow for the Alameda County Health Care Services Agency (HCSA) to evaluate current and future proposals for helping the chronically-struggling hospital gain better economic footing along with time for AHS to appoint a permanent CEO.

Meanwhile, the county intends to keep an keen eye on AHS's books. The auditor-controller's office is seeking to require AHS to provide reporting of cash flows and accounts payable to the HCSA director for approval. Cash draws by AHS will also go through HCSA to the auditor-controller for funding, according to the county staff report.

THIS & THAT Supervisors Scott Haggerty and Nate Miley will be reappointed for another term on the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFco) through 2017, which may be of importance for some in unincorporated Alameda County who question whether the Eden Township Healthcare District should exist along with advocates for Castro Valley cityhood...Alameda County employees will be allowed to voluntary donate money to survivors of the Nepal earthquake under the county's Disaster Relief Fund...The county will award a $1.08 million contract to Dixon Marine Services of Inverness to restore San Leandro Creek...A $7.7 million contract will be awarded to Pacific States Environmental Contractors for a water pollution control plan for a portion of Ardenwood Creek in Fremont.

CLOSED SESSION Supervisors and negotiators will again discuss Coliseum City with the Oakland Raiders, Oakland Athletics, New City Development, LLC and the City of Oakland.

POMP & CIRCUMSTANCE Supervisor Scott Haggerty will proclaim May 11-16 as "National Salvation Army Week." Supervisor Keith Carson proclaims May 8-17 as "East Bay Affordable Housing Week." Supervisor will proclaim May 6-12 as "National Nurses Week" and Supervisor Miley will proclaim May as "Older Americans Month."

TRAVELOCITY An Alameda County sheriff commander will be attending a three-day symposium in Las Vegas on law enforcement camera-based systems June 8-11 (Cost: $1,222)...A sheriff captain will visit Fort Bliss, Tex. for an intergovernmental research border site visit (Cost: $2,188)...A county psychiatrist will attend the annual meeting of the American Psychiatrist Association in Toronto (Cost: $3,300).


What happened to all the supplemental funding that AHS received from Measure A and all the others sources of funds from 2004 to the present. After all the funds how AHS be in exactly the same desperate financial condition?

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