A Public Hearing was held on 8/21/19 regarding the allowance of CNU to seek up to $900M in tax-exempt bonds to fund their proposed medical complex. In spite of several presentations from the public proving that CNU's newly resurrected non-profit organization has no track record of success for managing such a large amount of money, the City approved CNU's request, though Vice-Mayor Hume had some stern words for CNU during deliberation.
NEST's official statement regarding the hearing: "While we think it would have been more prudent to wait until the project matured, it was encouraging to hear Vice-Mayor Hume caution his peers on the council and give a stern warning to CNU about exhausting their political capital. It would appear the vice-mayor is well aware of the potential for failure that CNU faces as they try to acquire tax-exempt bonds, while hiding under the skirt of a 3-week old nonprofit corporation with less than $5,000 in revenues and zero dollars in assets."
At the 11/6 meeting with District 1 Councilman, Darren Suen, community members had the opportunity to ask questions and express their thoughts about the CNU Medical Complex proposal. Though the topic was a hot button issue for all in attendance, for the most part, it was a respectful, intelligent and productive dialogue.
An update on the status of the 200-year floodplain, Urban Levee Design Criteria (ULDC) and Laguna West Levee System Problem Identification Report (PIR), indicates that the Laguna West Levee System would need to be raised by an average of approximately 3.5 feet in order to comply with the 200-year flood protection standard. "The PIR identified an estimated cost of approximately $12.2M to raise 4.5 miles of existing Laguna West levees by 3.5 feet, with an additional $3.0M that may be required to extend the levees in some areas. This estimate only covers the improvements needed to raise and extend the levees. As stated in the PIR, along with the need to raise the height of the levees, there is also the potential for under-seepage and stability issues within the levee system. The potential costs to address these issues could add anywhere between $7M and $30M to the cost of achieving 200-year flood protection."
Read the report here.
At a recent Public Hearing, during which CNU sought the City's approval to apply for $900M in tax-exempt bonds in order to fund their proposed medical complex, representatives from Dignity Health confirmed their commitment to build the first state-of-the-art teaching hospital in Elk Grove. Yes - Dignity is coming to Elk Grove and NEST welcomes "humankindness"!
ElkGroveNews.Net shares an interview with one of the co-owners of Dreaming Dog Brewery in Stonelake Landing. It appears that California Northstate University has successfully torn a huge swatch from the fabric of the Stonelake community in Elk Grove, while destroying two retirees' labor of love.
David and Liz, you're both a class act and will be sorely missed but we absolutely understand your decision and wish you the best.
At the 5-22-19 Elk Grove City Council meeting, one resident shared her professional experience with law enforcement and urged the council to pay heed to the concerns of the citizenry. Councilmembers' involvement with CNU was also discussed by another resident, pointing to a potential conflict of interest and suggesting that those officeholders should recuse themselves from voting on the project. The legal definition of "conflict of interest" was discussed, shining a light on the murky waters of the law.
ElkGroveNews.Net writes: During the Wednesday, May 22, 2019 meeting of the Elk Grove City Council, two Elk Grove residents read a letter into the public record that aroused and seemingly irritated two council members.
N.E.S.T. member exposes communications between the city's Economic Development Director, Darrell Doan, and CNU President/CEO, Alvin Cheung, illustrating the questionable business relationship between the two, as well as the vision of making West Elk Grove a "Biotech District". This further goes to show the lack of transparency that exists between the City of Elk Grove, CNU and the citizens they both claim to serve.
Preview From Elk Grove News.Net Article:
Although the back story of the $750 million hospital proposed in Elk Grove has been cloaked in semi-secrecy, as public documents are released some questions are being answered. However, the records are raising as many questions as being answered.
One of the early questions is what role does the city’s economic development director Darrell Doan have in the facility under pursuit by Elk Grove-based California Northstate University (NCU). Early indications from a review of the documents suggest Doan has been regularly corresponding with Dr. Alvin Cheung, NCU’s president and chief executive officer for some time.
Elk Grove Mayor Steve Ly’s assistant resigned on Feb. 28 after he was accused of harassing demonstrators who were protesting the site of a proposed teaching hospital.
Information confirmed by the City Elk Grove verified that Mayor Steve Ly's assistant, Mr. Tyson Sorci, has resigned his part-time position. Sorci, who had been an appointed part-time assistant to Ly was the mayor's external liaison, resigned his position on February 28.
Mayor Steve Ly's speech at CNU's press conference on 12/20/18 exposes lies regarding the scope and impact of the project, as well as when CNU first began talks with the mayor about their plans. It is clear that as CNU continued to offer leases to new small businesses in Stonelake Landing, they did so knowing that those businesses would be destroyed just a short time later.
Reporter Alexandra Yoon-Hendricks takes an in-depth look at the proposed California Northstate University Medical Complex and the opposition it faces from Elk Grove residents.
In the aftermath of an incident at a protest in Elk Grove on the afternoon Saturday, February 23, the actions of an assistant to Elk Grove Mayor Steve Ly were criticized by over a dozen speakers at the 2/27 Elk Grove City Council meeting.
On 1/30/19, CNU had the opportunity to publicly answer questions and clear up what they've called "misquotes by the media" in relation to their plans to build a massive medical complex in Stonelake Landing, a project that would destroy at least 15 small-businesses and severely impact the quiet, neighboring residential community. Instead, they opted for "no comment". Meanwhile, Councilman Suen claimed the city is not taking sides.
Fox 40 News reports on "Information Session" regarding California Northstate University's proposed medical complex in Stonelake Landing.
Elk Grove Laguna News reports on "Information Session" regarding California Northstate University's proposed medical complex in Stonelake Landing. A link to video from that session is also provided.
KCRA 3 News reports on "Information Session" regarding California Northstate University's proposed medical complex in Stonelake Landing. However, they are still repeating inaccurate information, particularly with regard to projected jobs creation.
At the 1/23/19 Elk Grove City Council meeting, a woman speaking in favor of the hospital project neglected to disclose her affiliation with CNU as the Vice President of Academic Affairs and Associate Dean of Medical Education, even after being asked to leave her contact information so that CNU could include her in alleged community outreach events.
A recent article in the Elk Grove Citizen reports on Dignity Health's unveiling of new plans to move forward in building Elk Grove's first state-of-the-art hospital. Hospital President, Phyllis Baltz, clearly explains the realistic process and timeline, which is something CNU has neglected to do. Will the City of Elk Grove follow through on their commitment to equitably promote Dignity (vs. CNU) "as their plans develop"? We'll see!
Read Lance Armstrong's informative article here.