Letter to the editor
Physician will match proposed donation
Dr. Graeff, I work very hard for the money I earn as a physician in Ramona, and have lowered fees more than 50 percent for my Ramona patients in financial need over the last five years.
I respectfully challenge you to donate $1,500 per month (ie. $18,000 per year) back to Ramona Unified School District (through a designated non-profit 501c3) while you are in office as superintendent, and I will gladly match your donation to RUSD for up to the next three years.
Your donation of this money back will essentially reverse the board’s stepping up your salary, which the community perceives as an ill-timed raise. Thus, it will remove this as an impediment in negotiation of a settlement with the teachers union. (If you feel that this is an unfair sacrifice for you, this is exactly how the teachers feel, of course.)
It will also go a long way in good will in our community, in terms of volunteerism, donations, and possibly another bond election sometime in the future.
Please take this offer/challenge seriously. It would shock most people in Ramona, but that would be a good thing.
Jane Tanaka, MD
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