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St. John’s Health is a public hospital, so taxpayers are entitled to vote on its board of trustees. But in the last decade, seven trustees, including three in the last several years, were appointed by the board to replace trustees who left midterm. Critics say that gave the replacements an unfair leg up at election time.

In 2019, Liz Masek resigned because she felt her “physical presence” within the community was not enough. In 2020, Linda Aurelio left for undisclosed personal reasons. In 2021, Joe Albright resigned to help the county manage COVID. This past April, Debby Hopkins stepped down because she felt she didn’t have “the bandwidth to contribute.”

Contact Miranda de Moraes at 732-7063 or

Raised in a Brazilian-American household in Southern California, Miranda is fascinated by the intersection of culture and ecology. She holds a master’s in journalism from Columbia and is searching for jackalopes in her free time.

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