The race for Washington Hospital Board of Trustees has gotten a little testy. Evelyn Li, who made a movie critical of the hospital and Ravi Johal, a lawyer not affiliated with Li, are challenging incumbents Pat Danielson and Bill Nicholson.
First, Hospital CEO Nancy Farber stepped into district politics during a September board meeting. She showed photographstaken by hospital security cameras of Johal talking with protesters outside the hospital during a rally staged by a CNA representative. She said the rally was really Li’s, insinuating that the two challengers are somehow allied.
Then, Board Chair Mike Wallace has sent out a fundraising letter for the two incumbents, in which he says that Johal has indirect Minutemen ties and notes that he defends “sex offenders, drug violators and white collar criminals.”
Johal isn’t pleased. He thinks Farber crossed the line in showing the photographs during the board meeting which he attended. He also wonders why Wallace, who happens to be vice chairman of Fremont Bank, is getting so active in the race.
“Makes you wonder, is there something they’re trying to hide?” Johal said. “It seems they use the full weight of everything they have to stifle a candidacy.” He also said that he has received the nurses’ union endorsement, even though the letter says otherwise.
As for the Minuteman reference, Johal was an intern for Assemblyman Bill Morrow, R-Carlsbad, who years later joined the Minutemen. Johal, who comes from an immigrant family, said Morrow was one of the few state legislators who had an opening back when he was an undergraduate.
To read the entire letter from Mike Wallace, click where it says to click