Question of residency

Councilwoman Sheree Lustgarten speaks Friday at City Hall during a special meeting at which the City Council declared her seat vacant.

The Del Puerto Health Care District (DPHCD) accepted the resignation of Sheree Lustgarden from the District’s Board of Directors during a special meeting last Friday, June 7. She had missed a couple of meetings, DPHCD Administrative Director / CEO Karin Hennings confirmed before Friday’s meeting.

Lustgarden was not present at the meeting.

Lustgarden ran unopposed in the November, 2018 election, meaning her appointment to the board was automatic.

The district thanked Lustgarden for her service.

Lustgarden’s name may be familiar to Patterson residents from her turbulent stint as a city councilmember from 2012 to May, 2016, which included allegations of misconduct, public protests, a workplace violence restraining order, and, ultimately, the involvement of the Grand Jury. After Lustgarden missed a number of City Council meetings amid questions about her residency, the body declared her seat vacant in May of 2016. Retired local physician and community activist Pete LaTorre stepped in for the remainder of Lustgarden’s term, which ended in 2016.

How to apply

The DPHCD has 60 days to advertise, accept applications, interview candidates and appoint a replacement director.

The appointee will hold the seat until 2020.

DPHCD is accepting letters of interest from district residents interested in appointment to the board. Those interested in applying can visit the DPHCD website at

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