Coalitions want more than Mayor Ed Lee on CPMC development deal 

A group of community and labor coalitions still fuming about a plan to put a new California Pacific Medical Center campus on Cathedral Hill delivered a letter to Mayor Ed Lee on Wednesday that implores him to push further on his plan to make CPMC pay $108 million to mitigate the impacts of a new hospital.

Lee issued the 32-point development agreement to CPMC last month, which got a sour response from the hospital group. Kevin McCormack, a spokesman for CPMC, said the actual cost of the plan is more like $2 billion, when considering charity care and Medicare requirements over a hospital’s average 50-year lifespan.

Steve Woo, a community organizer with the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation, said Lee also should encourage CPMC to support a community benefits agreement that ensures union rights and better service options at St. Luke’s Hospital, which the CPMC would scale back as part of its development plan.

“At the very least, he could say, you guys need to push the needs of our community,” Woo said. “It’s less about the specifics and more about the principle of meeting with the community.”

McCormack said he’s hoping for an August vote by the Planning Commission, which is set to hear an informational presentation Thursday about the plan to build the new 555-bed hospital at the corner of Geary Boulevard and Van Ness Avenue.

McCormack said the coalition’s “list of demands” adds to the “financial unfeasibility” already presented by Lee. Still, he thinks a deal can be struck, but it should be reached sooner than later.

Speaking to reporters Wednesday, Lee said much the same.

“Negotiations need to happen now,” Lee said. “There’s a lot riding on the timing.”

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