El Camino Hospital CEO receives 224K bonus

Before leaving her post at the end of October, El Camino Hospital CEO Tomi Ryba will receive a sizable parting gift: $223,673.

Board members voted 7-1 in favor of granting the bonus, with John Zoglin opposing and Jeffrey Davis and Ryba abstaining. The move comes weeks after the board voted unanimously not to renew Ryba’s contract for another four years.

Heat wave exacerbates smog in Los Altos and beyond

Courtesy of Ranger Curt Dunn
The view improved a bit in the Los Altos area Tuesday despite a Spare the Air alert in effect during this week's heat wave. Smog has obscured views across the Bay Area as heat contributed to ozone formation. Foothills Park Ranger Curt Dunn captured this photo Tuesday looking down towards Stanford and San Francisco Bay.

This week’s heat wave brought smog along with the high temperatures and a close succession of regional Spare the Air alerts.

LAH candidate owes more than $240K in back taxes, FTB claims

Los Altos Hills City Council candidate Peter Evans is allegedly in a dispute with the state’s Franchise Tax Board over more than $240,000 in back taxes the state claims it is owed. Evans acknowledged the matter but noted ongoing discussions with the state board to reach a settlement.

Evans, a longtime resident who is active on several town committees, said in a statement: “I am and have been for some time in the process of resolving this with the Franchise Tax Board. There is no evasion or subterfuge; my returns have been audited with no findings.”

El Camino nurses picket during contract dispute

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Nurses organized a picket line at El Camino Hospital Sept. 9. Union representatives argue that wage increases are necessary to ensure continuing quality of care.

After several months of contract negotiations hit an impasse, nurses employed by El Camino Hospital led an informational picket outside the hospital’s Mountain View campus Sept. 9.

As their contract dispute with the hospital board is set to go before a fact-finder, nurses argue that wage increases are necessary for the value they bring to El Camino Hospital patients.

Incumbents retain seats on El Camino Healthcare District board

Because three incumbents were the only candidates to file papers and qualify to run for the three open seats on the El Camino Healthcare District Board of Directors, the race will not appear on the November ballot.

Julia Miller, Dennis Chiu and John Zoglin will retain their seats on the five-member board, continuing to serve with David Reeder and Peter Fung.

ECH opts not to renew CEO's contract


The El Camino Hospital Board of Directors voted unanimously Aug. 29 not to renew the contract of Tomi Ryba, chief executive officer of the hospital district since 2011. Ryba will serve out her contract through Oct. 31.

“She has been working diligently with the board, the medical staff, leadership team and potential partners to define strategies that will ensure that El Camino Hospital is able to continue to serve the needs of the community now and into the future,” said Neal Cohen, district board chairman, in a statement.

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