Bollinger: Sutter suit pits public entities, raises specter of CEQA

Sonoma County taxpayers should be happy to know they can now witness one taxpayer-funded entity suing another taxpayer-funded entity.

Oh. And if the highly questionable suit is somehow successful, it would scuttle a $284 million investment in the community, cost many hundreds of jobs and possibly cause thousands of low- income adults and children to scramble to find health care.

But, then, lawsuits are often not about what makes sense, and the last-ditch effort to convince a local judge to stop construction of the new Sutter Medical Center of Santa Rosa certainly isn’t.

Last week, the North Sonoma County Healthcare District, which operates Healdsburg hospital, sued to stop the Sutter medical center project just under construction next to the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts.

The health care district claims the county of Sonoma and a unanimous Board of Supervisors violated the California Environmental Quality Act when it approved the Sutter hospital environmental impact report that was years in preparation and subject to exhaustive analysis and public discussion.

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