The Grossmont Healthcare District is a political subdivision of the State of California organized under the Local Healthcare District Law, Division 23 of the Health & Safety Code. The District is organized for the purposes described in the Local Healthcare District Law and shall have and exercise such powers in the furtherance of its purposes as established in the law and any other applicable statutes, rules or regulations of the State of California.
The Board of Directors is the governing body of the District. All District powers shall be exercised by or under the direction of the Board. The Board is authorized to make appropriate delegations of its powers and authority to officers and employees. The Board consists of five members, each one a registered voter residing in the District.
Directors shall be compensated at the maximum rate as authorized by the Local Health Care District Law, Section 32103, which is currently no more than $630 per month.
Regular meetings of the board of directors are held on the first Monday and third Friday of each month, at 7:30 a.m., in the Conference Center of the Grossmont Health Care Center at Briercrest Park, 9001 Wakarusa Drive in La Mesa. If the meeting date falls on a legal holiday, the meeting is held at the same time on the next business day.
Elections for the Board of Directors
Per the District bylaws, as established by elections law in the State of California, “An election shall be held in the District on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November in each even-numbered year, at which time a successor shall be chosen to each Director whose term shall expire on the first Friday of December following such election. The election of Board members shall be an election at large within the District and shall be consolidated with the statewide general election. The candidates receiving the highest number of votes for the offices to be filled at the election shall be elected thereto. The term of office of each elected Board member shall be four (4) years, or until the Board member’s successor is elected and has qualified, except as otherwise provided by law in the event of a vacancy.”
The filing of a Fair Political Practices Commission “Statement of Economic Interests” (Form 700) is required to seek office in the State of California.
Additional information on running for office maybe obtained from the San Diego County Registrar of Voters, which administers elections for the District, or by contacting the District.
Filling of Board Vacancies
Per the District bylaws, “Board vacancies created by the events enumerated in Government Code Section 1770 (a) through (l) shall be filled in the manner prescribed by Government Code Section 1780. The Board may decide to fill the vacancy pursuant to an interview process, or without soliciting expressions of interest, 15 days following posting of the vacancy in three conspicuous places within the District. The person thus appointed shall assume all committee assignments of the replaced Board member.”
Any Board vacancy and the notice of such vacancy will also be posted to the District website. In general, past notices have contained the following information:
“Persons interested in being considered for appointment as a board member to fill the vacancy must submit an application by letter to the Grossmont Healthcare District, 9001 Wakarusa Street, La Mesa, California 91942, Attention: Chief Executive Officer. The letter must state the qualifications of the applicant and the reasons the applicant desires to be appointed to the board. All applications must be received by the Grossmont Healthcare District no later than (date/time).
“Please be advised that the Board of Directors may consider the appointment of a new director to fill the vacancy at a meeting of the board to be scheduled subsequent to the deadline for applications.
“Applicants for the Board position must be registered voters residing within the boundaries of the Grossmont Healthcare District (Health & Safety Code Section 32100) and be prepared to serve as a director for the term ending December (date/year).
“Applicants must file a Fair Political Practices Act Disclosure Statement (FPPC Form 700) in accordance with the provisions of that Act and implementing regulations of the Fair Political Practices Commission. The Disclosure Statement must be filed at the District office with the application for appointment.”
Additional information about filling a vacancy on the Board may be obtained by contacting the Grossmont Healthcare District.