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Behind Closed Doors Today (Feb. 12), Will Council Majority Agree To Spend LB Taxpayer Sums, And If So In What Amounts, To Let For-Profit Entity Operate A Smaller Version Of Community Hospital On City-Owned, Seimsically Challenged Site? Taxpayers Will Likely Learn Answer Later In Future Publicly Voted Action is reader and advertiser supported. Support independent news in LB similar to the way people support NPR and PBS stations. We're not non-profit so it's not tax deductible but $49.95 (less than an annual dollar a week) helps keep us online.
(Feb. 12, 2019, 8:10 a.m.) -- Will a majority of LB City Councilmembers agree to spend LB taxpayer sumsy, and if so in what amount(s), to enable a privately-operated, for-profit entity operate a smaller version of Community Hospital on its long-time City-owned, seismically challenged site?

That question, which LB's policy-setting Councilmembers haven't seriously discussed publicly to date, may be answered by them behind closed doors later today (Feb. 12)...with taxpayers later told the answer via a Council agenda item and publicly voted action in subsequent weeks.

In a meeting closed to the public (and the press), Councilmembers are scheduled at 4:45 p.m. to discuss "price and terms" which city management has negotiated with MWN Community Hosoital, LLC (formerly called "Molina, Wu, Network LLC") for 1720 Termino Ave. (the Community Hospital site.)

The closed-door session is scheduled to last at least 45 minutes, pushing the scheduled start of the main Council meeting to 5:30 p.m. (instead of 5:00 p.m.)

On November 20, 2018, the Council conducted a closed session with its [city management] negotiator prior to the purchase, sale, exchange, or lease of real property by or for the local agency to grant authority to its negotiator regarding the price and terms of payment for the purchase, sale, exchange, or lease" followed by a December 18 closed door sessionon the matter.

But to date, LB elected officials -- including 4th dist. Councilman Supernaw -- have avoided plainly asking the public how much LB taxpayers should spend, if anything, to enable "Molina/Wu/Network, LLC'" to operate a downsized version of LB's former Community Hospital.

City staff has publicly acknowledged in previous public discussion significant costs to address with the site's seismic issues and has hinted at the possibility of some type of "public participation."







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