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November 6, 2018 — California General Election
Special District

Palm Drive Health Care DistrictCandidate for Board Member

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Richard W. Power

Retired Tax Attorney
8,046 votes (32.7%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • To dispose of Palm Drive Hospital at the highest value
  • To pay the debts and oblgiations of the Palm Drive District
  • to dissolve the Palm Drive District



Profession:Retired real estate tax attorney
Founding, now retired, partner of, Carle, Mackie, Power & Ross LLP (1998–2018)


Golden Gate University LLM with honors, Tax (1983)
Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley, CA JD, Law, second year member of California Law Review (1970)
Harvard College BA with honors, American History (1966)

Community Activities

Board Member, LandPaths (2016–current)
Member and president, Rotary Club of Sebastopol (1998–current)
Board member, Center for Climate Protection (2011–2014)
Board Member, The Laguna Foundation (2008–2012)


I am a recently retired tax attorney whose practice focused on using the tax code to develop and finance affordable housing.  I graduated from Harvard College with honors, Boalt Hall School of Law, and Golden Gate University LLM program with honors.  I have additional graduate work in business administration and city planning. I have over twenty five years experience involving sophisticated financial transactions including the use of tax exempt bonds.

I have lived in Sebastopol since 1992 where my wife and I raised our two childen.

I established and obtained the tax exemption for the non profit which originally operated Palm Drive Hospital after it was acquired from Columbia HCA. I have also served on many other non profit boards including the boards of the Sebastopol Comunity Center, The Laguna Foundation, the Center for Climate Protection and LandPaths. I am a member, and past president, of the Rotary Club of Sebastopol.

Who supports this candidate?

Elected Officials (1)

  • Jim Horn

Individuals (4)

  • Larry Robinson
  • Lawrence Jaffe
  • Frank Mayhew
  • Mela Angleman

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I am a progressive Democrat who believes that our political process can and should be used to improve the lot of all.  I believe, and the past twenty yers demonstrates, that Palm Drive Hospital cannot be successfully operated in the current health care environment.  I believe that the District shoild be dissolved after taking all possible steps to pay its obligations including those outstanding as a result of its bankruptcy over four years ago.

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