The Coalition of Alzheimer's Families is very pleased to see the fruits produced by the seeds we sowed. Even the opposition of yesterday cannot deny the truth revealed to this point in time.
On November 1, 2016, Tom Shortell of the Morning Call wrote - "Gracedale could make $1.6 million in 2016." The article goes on to say, "County Executive John Brown said Monday that Gracedale had accumulated $1.66 million through the first nine months of the year."
See - http://www.mcall.com/news/local/mc-norco-gracedale-cash-posititve-20161031-story.html to read the full article.
Gracedale, as COAF stated back then, was not a money pit, but a broom that could stand on its own - if - not set up to fail.
Today, it is not important to debate who was right back then, and who was wrong. No, it is of the utmost importance to recognize and salute the collective effort on the part of all who partook in the endeavor to make Gracedale become what we all knew Gracedale could be, a self-sustaining facility that cares for humanity in various ways.
COAF never desired to govern the nursing home or our county government. Hence, the reason we stepped aside after “We, The People” forced the referendum question onto the ballot. Our action to move aside demonstrates that our only desire was to give the individuals who indeed pay the bills by way of their taxes, an opportunity to chime in on the matter back then.
In May of 2011, a report indicated that the voters indeed rang in, and struck a blow to the privatization proponents, favoring Gracedale to remain in county hands by an overwhelming 73% of the vote.
COAF takes this opportunity, not to gloat, but to say “Thank You!” to all who supported our effort.