Sonoma Valley Healthcare District bond proposition, Measure C (May 2006)
If Measure C had been approved, it would have authorized the Sonoma Valley Healthcare District to borrow $148 million.
The funds would have been used to build a new hospital, which would have allowed the closure of the existing hospital managed by the public health care district.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Measure C was "one of the most divisive issues in recent memory." This was primarily because the public health care district planned to build the new hospital on 16-acres; to obtain the land, it planned to "seize [it] through the power of eminent domain." The land in question belonged to the Leveroni family, "a longtime local ranching family," which was opposed to the plan to have their land seized.
A two-thirds supermajority vote was needed for approval.
One year after the vote on Measure C, voters approved Measure B, a $195/year parcel tax. During the campaign for Measure B, the hospital's CEO, Robert Kowal, resigned in order to shore up support for Measure B. Board member John MacConaghy also resigned. Kowal and MacConaghy were unpopular with some voting blocs in the community because they had advocated for 2006's Measure C.
Two years after the vote on Measure C, voters in the district approved Measure P, a $35 million bond request.
- These final, certified, election results are from the Sonoma County elections office.
- San Francisco Chronicle, "Battle rages over hospital measure / New building plan includes taking land by eminent domain," April 3, 2006
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- Press Democrat, "SONOMA ACCEPTS RESIGNATION OF HOSPITAL CEO: EXECUTIVE QUITS TO DEFUSE COMMUNITY ANGER OVER EMINENT DOMAIN MEASURE AS NEW TAX HEADS TO VOTERS IN MARCH," February 1, 2007
- Press Democrat, "Tax fight," February 2, 2007