Katina Ancar 
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Re: “Community of Concern

Being a nonprofit does not give Children's a license to be arrogant, deceptive and underhanded. The tactics described in this article are shocking. Having worked for non-profits who serve solely poor children, I expect better and am personally offended by the hospital's actions.

It sounds as though residents would like Children's Hospital to solicit their input and consult them about their plans - as every neighborhood would. The hospital does not own the neighborhood, the City of Oakland, or the County. The Hospital, like every private corporation, should work with its neighbors, rather than present a skyscraper in the middle of a small residential neighborhood as a done deal.

Highway 24's presence to the southeast of the neighborhood does little to diminish its attractiveness or desirability as a single-family residential area. Highway 24 and the BART line slice straight through the middle of Rockridge. There, houses sit right next to the freeway and directly face the eyesore that is the highway and BART-station parking lot. This fact has not made Rockridge less attractive - or caused Children's Hospital to plan to take Rockridge homes to build its high-rise skyscraper there.

The North Oakland neighborhood's tree-lined streets are beautiful and the modest craftsman bungalow homes are identical to those in Rockridge. The neighborhood is diverse with young families, retirees, firefighters, artists, writers, teachers, and people of all races. They shouldn't have to give up their homes or live under a high-rise so that the hospital can be more "efficient."

I firmly believe in the hospital's mission. However, Highland is our County-owned hospital. It needs $600 million to retrofit and we should fund it rather than giving $300 million to a private entity. In addition, Children's Hospital does not do "charity work." It is reimbursed by the taxpayers for every uninsured patient it accepts -- that's what Medi-Cal is.

Moreover, the hospital is not too 'poor' to spend $1 million on TV ads and mailers that employ vulnerable children to disseminate its deceptive political message. These tactics and others are appalling and exploitative.

With friends like this, Alameda County and Oakland don't need enemies. Tell the Hospital and all other companies who believe it can dictate our future that they must first be good neighbors and citizens: VOTE NO ON MEASURES A & B!!!

Posted by Katina Ancar on 01/30/2008 at 8:57 AM

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