History of the Independent Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee
The Proposition G Independent Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee (ICBOC) was formed in 2006, following the passage of Proposition G in the June 2006 election. Proposition G, a $247 million general obligation bond measure, was approved by East County voters by more than 77 percent, well above the two-thirds required. As a representative for taxpayers, creation of the ICBOC was included in the Proposition G ballot measure. There was no organized opposition, and no ballot argument against Proposition G filed with the Registrar of Voters. The ballot measure listed specific infrastructure projects needed at Sharp Grossmont Hospital, as determined by the hospital’s facilities master site plan.
The ICBOC is a volunteer citizens group that is overseeing how the taxpayer-supported Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) is spending millions of dollars in voter-approved public financing for construction projects at Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa. The committee has been assigned the task of overseeing bond proceed expenditures to ensure that taxpayer dollars on infrastructure construction are spent effectively and efficiently, and to inform taxpayers.
The ICBOC was seated and started regular meetings in late 2006, which was several months in advance of the first bond issuance in August 2007 and the start of construction more than a year later. This provided the committee a significant orientation time frame – in advance of monitoring bond sale and construction processes – to appropriately discuss and learn about the nature and responsibilities of oversight committees, the bond engagement and sale process, and the hospital construction process. The committee was able to form subcommittees and , so as to adequately prepare for the actual monitoring work that followed.
ICBOC members include East County residents who are experienced in project management, large-scale construction operations and finance, as well as representatives from Sharp Grossmont Hospital and designees from the San Diego County Labor Council and San Diego County Taxpayers Association.
The role of ICBOC members is not to rubber-stamp, endorse or be a cheerleader for the decisions of GHD, its board, the hospital or Sharp HealthCare, which manages the hospital operations. Nor is their job to micromanage and dictate construction direction. Rather, the committee’s function is to understand the processes and structure that will be used during ongoing construction and provide conscientious and diligent oversight to the benefit of taxpayers. The committee is not involved in project management, only the oversight. The ICBOC’s promise to all East County residents is to operate in an open and transparent manner so that all District taxpayers can be fully informed with detailed accounting and monitoring of the Proposition G activities.
Day to day project and construction management of the bond funded activities are carried out by GHD’s Design and Construction Service (DCS). DCS staff are a group of professionals committed to ensuring bond funds are utilized in an efficient and effective manner while also ensuring patient safety during construction is the highest priority. DCS staff are located in two temporary construction trailers on the northwest corner of the Grossmont Hospital campus.