Former employees saw problems coming at Planned Parenthood Golden Gate

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This week's announcement that Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) was severing ties with Planned Parenthood Golden Gate (PPGG) came as no surprise to some former employees, who have for months been trying to sound the alarm that the chapter was being mismanaged, had major financial problems, and was in a steep decline that could threaten important reproductive care services that low-income women rely on.

A former PPGG employee with knowledge of the organization’s internal affairs described a longstanding pattern of financial mismanagement when former president and CEO Dian Harrison was at the helm. There was widespread concern about spending on expensive marketing campaigns and lavish functions, the person said, and a high level of employee turnover and discontent.

Warning signs of financial difficulties surfaced at least a year ago. Dan Cohen, a spokesperson of the Packard Foundation -- a major donor to PPGG -- told the Guardian that Packard awarded PPGG a 12-month, $30,000 “organizational effectiveness” grant, which will expire in September. The grant “allows an organization to select a talented, external provider to help them think through some of these challenges,” Cohen explained. The Packard Foundation also awarded a 3-year grant for general operating support for $800,000, which will also expire next month.

Another former employee told the Guardian that she would love to discuss internal problems, but was made to sign a confidentiality agreement upon leaving the organization.

Therese Wilson, executive vice president of Planned Parenthood Golden Gate -- who took over PPGG when Harrison left last year on medical leave -- did not return repeated calls seeking comment.

An internal PPGG document provided to the Guardian displays the agency’s on-hand cash reserves as compared with other affiliates, suggesting that the reserve ratios were at or below the minimum required by the national Planned Parenthood federation for all but one year from 1998 to 2007 -- and well below that of other affiliates of similar size. That is a key requirement for meeting accreditation standards.

When we asked Elizabeth Toledo, a PPFA representative, about this apparent pattern she said she could not comment because she had not seen the documents. She also said the accreditation reviews were confidential. “Understanding the true financial picture for health care providers takes a very in-depth evaluation,” Toledo said. “PPFA and PPGG were working together over the last few years to resolve fiscal challenges."

Despite delays at the state level in awarding nonprofit funding and the loss of support from the national organization, Toledo and a union representative for PPGG employees both said they believe the clinics will continue serving patients under a different name.

“They plan to stay open, and employees are planning to stay,” said SEIU Local 1021 representative Sarah Sherpun-Zimmer, who has been a union rep for PPGG employees for the last two years. “Folks are really happy working there and they feel like it’s going in a good direction.”

PPGG operated eight clinics, which will lose their Planned Parenthood accreditation Sept. 3, effectively severing their ties to a trusted entity that thousands of low-income women rely upon for birth control, abortion procedures, and other forms of reproductive health care. PPGG operates clinics in San Francisco, Alameda, San Mateo, Sonoma, Marin, and Mendocino counties, serving about 55,000 women per year.

Roughly 92 percent of the clients they serve live at or below the federal poverty line, according to PPGG’s 2008 annual report.

Planned Parenthood affiliates Mar Monte and Shasta Diablo are in the process of hatching plans for taking over some of the eight affected clinics or otherwise growing their own operations to cover any gaps in service area, according to Toledo. She said neighboring affiliates are in a position financially to be able to cover a wider territory and added that they have been in “expansion mode,” adding new clinics over the past couple years.

“It’s unusual to have a disaffiliation,” she said. “But it’s not unusual for national committees to have a reallocation of service area. That part is well-practiced.” Toledo added that “Every effort possible will be made” to ensure continuity of care.

Nima Maghame contributed to this report.

Comments

If this Planned Parenthood affiliate had not been meeting minimum requirements for a cash reserve since 1998, why did they continually get approved/re-accredited by the national agency? The national spokesperson quoted, Elizabeth Toledo, said they'd only been working with them the past few years, but this problem sounds like it was ongoing since at least 1998. Reading between the lines, it sounds like the CEO was doing something wrong and covered it up as long as possible, then with the current recession had to just leave and the national office is trying to sweep it under the rug. The women who needed PPGG for care are the only ones to suffer I guess.

Posted by Samantha on Aug. 11, 2010 @ 6:23 pm

DIg a little deeper and you will discover gross inequities in pay between the administration and the front lines and unbelievable administrative blunders. I believe the far right infiltrated the agency and began to destroy it from within. The saddest part is that the medical staff is skilled and dedicated. However with the loss of PPFA oversight and malpractice insurance; no intelligent clinician would ever work for this group of scoundrels.

Posted by Guest 10+ year employee of PPGG on Aug. 11, 2010 @ 9:37 pm

If the current administration at PPGG were interested in serving their communities and their patients they would work with Planned Parenthood Shasta Diablo, Mar monte and the national organization to facilitate a speedy and friendly merger of the affiliates. This would ensure financial strength and continuity of care for the patients. Instead, they are clawing on to the idea of a new group of clinics - why? To keep their own paychecks coming?

Posted by Guest Anonymous on Aug. 12, 2010 @ 6:54 am

I would just like to point out that PPGG not only serve women, but men as well.

Thank you.

Posted by Guest on Aug. 11, 2010 @ 10:34 pm

Thank you for pointing that out, Guest. Apologies for the omission.

Posted by rebecca on Aug. 12, 2010 @ 10:03 am

It was well known withing the agency that the former CEO, Dian Harrison, didn't care about the mission or the patients and was only enriching herself and living large off of PPGG's budget. She was so corrupt she even took to hiding her salary on the agency's 990 tax forms for several years until the IRS started looking into her business. If the government ever looks at PPGG's books, both Dian and the current CEO, Therese Wilson, will be sharing a jail cell next to Bernie Madoff.

Posted by Laura, former staff on Aug. 12, 2010 @ 7:32 am

Nevermind if the government ever audits them, if the government just interviews former staff they'll learn amazing things. Like how Dian had a hidden expense account for personal use and paid an "executive coach" over $100,000 a year to tell her how to be a CEO. Not just for one year, but for her entire tenure. I'm sure major foundations would like to have known they were paying this guy, Mike Takagawa, to hold Dian's hand in perpetuity.

http://www.corporatedge.com/firm-founder.php

Check out his website and you can read Dian's praise of Mike. It still even lists her as the CEO! He clearly wasn't worth the money as he and Dian tanked the agency, but Dian's review of him is a glowing load of BS:

http://www.corporatedge.com/clients-testimonials.php

“Over the years, the results of our Executive Partnership have been amazing. Working with Mike Takagawa has been an uplifting experience. It has alleviated a lot of the fears and stress I had as I transitioned into a much larger organization. Mike and the Corporate Edge team helped us achieve a major business turnaround that generated more than $1 million in new revenue sources. Corporate Edge also helped us establish an internal mentoring program that dramatically increased the productivity, retention levels, and spirit of collaboration among our employees."

Posted by A.B., former fundraiser for PPGG on Aug. 12, 2010 @ 1:49 pm

This is so true! You would be amazed/disgusted about the $$$ executives were making at PPGG, meanwhile excellent, long time employees never once recieved a merit raise, even after years of dedicated service. Total BS!!

Posted by Yet another former staff member! on Aug. 12, 2010 @ 7:40 pm

I cannot believe that "folks are really happy" and all is going fine.

Posted by Guest on Aug. 12, 2010 @ 12:44 pm

This union rep is completely disillusioned. I am in touch with many staff who still painstakingly working within the remaining shell of PPGG and I doubt ANYONE would say they are really happy! They are extremely dedicated to caring for the clients, but I would definitely say that no one is happy with the working conditions there and the morale has been terrible since I left years ago.

Posted by Yet another former staff member! on Aug. 12, 2010 @ 7:44 pm

Somehow I find it hard to believe that the current employees are happy.

Posted by Guest on Aug. 12, 2010 @ 12:50 pm

As a former employee, I can guarantee that if every single staff member (past and present) were asked, they would absolutely disagree with what that union rep said. Looking at the turnover rate alone would be an indicator of that. Looking at the number of staff who left PPGG to work for another PP affiliate would be an indicator of that. I dare the Guardian to anonymously poll every staff member right now and ask them if they are happy. I would be shocked if 100% surveyed did not say they were in fact quite unhappy.

Posted by Guest on Aug. 12, 2010 @ 5:36 pm

As a former union rep for 5 years with Planned Parenthood Golden Gate all I can say is this has been a very very long time coming. This organization took the good name of Planned Parenthood that is respected nationwide and abused its mission, finances, and staff. There was a huge discrepancy in pay between the front line workers and management. They routinely violated their union contract and exploited the giving nature of their workers. They would meet any request for decent wages, working conditions etc. with a type of feminist guilt that you didn't support "the cause." One can only hope that Dian Harrison's finances are scrutinized and her cronies are questioned. Good luck to anyone still working there and know that there are many fields in health care where you will be treated well and not punished for your good work and efforts. Jump ship if you can!!

Posted by Guest Leslie on Aug. 12, 2010 @ 3:17 pm

The previous link seemed to be the wrong one, but this one is correct, and holy cow:

http://www.baycitizen.org/health/story/financial-docs-raise-questions-ab...

"The local organization has also not kept up with reporting the activities of its related political action fund to the state. On Wednesday, the charitable trusts division of the state’s attorney general’s office sent a warning letter to the Planned Parenthood Golden Gate Action Fund, the political advocacy and public policy arm of the affiliate, because the organization has failed to file copies of its tax documents with that that office for at least 10 years."

Dian and her cronies and enablers are screwed.

Posted by Jane on Aug. 12, 2010 @ 4:30 pm

Aren't the true leaders of a non-profit the Board of Trustees? What is their hand in all of this? Where was their fiduciary responsibility?

Posted by Guest on Aug. 12, 2010 @ 5:38 pm

Yes - good question. This is, I assume, what keeps Dian's (and probably other senior administrators) actions from being considered embezzlement. The Board had no oversight. I don't know how they could look the other way or be this ignorant of the problems for so long. They should all be held liable for the loss of services to Bay Area women who relied on these clinics.

Posted by Anon colleague on Aug. 15, 2010 @ 10:09 am

MAny of Dian's friends were on the board. Employees and the board were never really allowed to mix, so the board only got the story in whatever form Dian chose to tell it.

Posted by Guest on Aug. 13, 2010 @ 9:50 am

When the 30 medical providers at PPGG, both clinicians and doctors, sent the "Letter of Concern" in 2008 (quoted in the Financial Docs article listed above), it was to Dian Harrison, PPFA, and the board. The board's response was that they were in complete support of Dian and that we had broken protocol by contacting them. The last line was "We, the Trustees, will not be communicating with you any further and do not expect to receive any further communications from you." How could this kind of purposeful disregard for the legitimate concerns of so many medical providers be ethical??

Posted by Guest on Aug. 13, 2010 @ 1:26 pm

Dian chose the members of the board herself and there was a lot of payback to her friends and rich donors. For example, a very rich donor got her daughter, who was in high school, high school! a seat on the board. How someone in high school can provide legal oversight to a large and complex company is beyond me, but it sure got Dian whatever she wanted.

Check out Guidestar if you want to look up their board members. The ones who weren't in high school should have known better as they're going to be legally responsible for a lot of stuff they probably weren't counting on.

Posted by Guest on Aug. 13, 2010 @ 2:13 pm

I just looked up her LinkedIn profile and she lists being the CEO in her past. Apparently she's a consultant now. I hope no one is wasting their money on her. Sounds like that whole "medical leave" thing is code for getting out of Dodge.

From her profile on LinkedIn

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/dian-harrison/6/3aa/496

Current

* Independent Consultant at Independent Consultant

Past

* President & CEO at Planned Parenthood Golden Gate
* Assistant Director Finance and Administration at San Jose Redevelopment Agency
* President & CEO at Santa Clara Valley Urban League

Posted by Guest on Aug. 13, 2010 @ 3:02 pm

Margaret Sanger
Founder of Planned Parenthood

In Her Own Words

"The most merciful thing that a large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it."
Margaret Sanger, Women and the New Race
(Eugenics Publ. Co., 1920, 1923)

On blacks, immigrants and indigents:
"...human weeds,' 'reckless breeders,' 'spawning... human beings who never should have been born." Margaret Sanger, Pivot of Civilization, referring to immigrants and poor people

On the purpose of birth control:
The purpose in promoting birth control was "to create a race of thoroughbreds," she wrote in the Birth Control Review, Nov. 1921 (p. 2)

On sterilization & racial purification:
Sanger believed that, for the purpose of racial "purification," couples should be rewarded who chose sterilization. Birth Control in America, The Career of Margaret Sanger, by David Kennedy, p. 117, quoting a 1923 Sanger speech.

Anyone who supports Planned Parenthood, either are ignorant of the mission statement, and pretend they are not apart of a very wicked moral stance.

Or, are right in line with killing, to make a more perfect and pure race, by eliminating minorities. That is the truth and fact. No one can disputes this, or the words of the founder. Is this what you're all about?

Posted by Guest on Aug. 14, 2010 @ 6:17 am

And there has to be one of these crazy posts.

Its a Founders Fallacy, often put forth by people belonging to a religion with a long history of murder and torture.

Posted by matlock on Aug. 14, 2010 @ 8:34 am

Matlock,

Margaret Sanger was a huge believer of eugenics, this is FAR from a fallacy. That abortionist love to distort her history and revise it so she sounds and looks less radical than she truly was is something else.

and "...a religion with a long history fo murder and torture..."? really, care to elaborate. I mean, one you are stereotyping, typical of radicals that have no problem murdering babies and two, do you honestly want to compare how many human beings died under the hands of religions versus under the hand of atheist and non-religious governments? do you really want to go there?

but heck, it is not like Pro-abortionist ever let the facts get on their way, right? Next time, before spewing an atheist/Liberal meme against religions, do your homework and attempt to think on your own.

Posted by Guest on Aug. 17, 2010 @ 5:53 pm

The founders fallacy isn't as popular as some other fallacies, the fallacy is that the founder of a movement or group isn't responsible for later changes in the movement. Interestingly you want to distance yourself from the history of your movement it seems.

Planned Parenthood is no longer a Eugenics operation today. Sometimes people trumpet out the "what about the black babies aborted" as an example of modern eugenics, but those people fail to understand the concept of "self selection."

As to my homework, I have read and reread "war against the weak" by Edwin Black at the gym a few times. It is real informative in that the right and left were big eugenics backers, although the author is probably left leaning he discusses this idiocy from across the political spectrum. Also part of my homework elsewhere is that Barry Goldwater was a supporter and his wife help found the Phoenix chapter of PP.

Although I am a non believer I am hardly a "liberal," you might want to read under some other threads for my posts, my politics run closer to Barry Goldwater than SF moonbat liberal.

As to the people killed under religious regimes vs atheist regimes, well lets look at that. The murderous anti-Semitism of the USSR and Nazi Germany are based on Christian conspiracy theories, and eugenics that comes from left and right sources.

I'm actually not anti-religion, more uninterested, you have set up yourself up as arbiter and designator of what is religious, I don't have to agree or care about that premise. There are millions of the religious who have no problem with abortion so your views that I attack your religion are moot.

etc...

If you don't like abortion don't have one.

Posted by matlock on Aug. 17, 2010 @ 7:43 pm

PP practices eugenics

Posted by Guest on Aug. 14, 2010 @ 6:18 am

I'm a senior citizen who hasn't needed birth control in quite some time, yet I remember when I was a young woman without resources who depended on PPGG for basic health care. They provide more than just reproductive services. They found an early cervical cancer, and I'm alive today as a result of the early diagnosis that they provided. It's a tragedy that the current and recent trustees and management ruined such a fine organization.

A friend of mine is a talented and dedicated nurse with a background of serving low-income women. She resigned from PPGG a year ago because she couldn't handle the mismanagement any longer. I hope that one of the nearby chapters is able to take over the PPGG clinics. In any case, current PPGG management and trustees need to go.

Planned Parenthood does not practice eugenics, plain and simple, despite what anti-choice activists choose to believe.

Posted by Ellen on Aug. 14, 2010 @ 9:27 am

was the union representative paid off as well? where did she get that misinformation? perhaps if she would return the abundance of messages left on her voicemail. we need our union dues recouped.

Posted by Guest on Aug. 14, 2010 @ 8:34 pm

The union didn't really care about us. We were a small shop for them compared to places like Kaiser, so they didn't pay much attention to the concerns of staff and were just content to collect our dues every month. They pretty much colluded with Dian to negotiate behind the employees' backs and the only reason they're probably commenting with this happy-talk nonsense is that they're afraid they'll be losing a bunch of dues paying members when this place goes under. Dian was extremely anti-union and anti-worker, so she was more than happy to have a union that didn't really care about helping its members as it allowed her to do whatever she wanted to staff.

Posted by former union staff on Aug. 15, 2010 @ 9:19 am

I just checked her Linked In account and she's taken down her picture and the previous entry that listed her as an Independent Consultant as her current occupation. So if she's not a consultant, and she's not the CEO, how is she making money? Looks like someone is trying to go into hiding but still maintain some semblance of credibility. I really hope more former staff come forward to the press so she won't get away with destroying this once great affiliate and depriving so many people of needed reproductive health care.

If you want to read something ridiculous, check out what she says about herself on Linked In. I don't know too many people so inflated with themselves they would ascribe "visionary" to their leadership of a huge and important agency into annihilation

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/dian-harrison/6/3aa/496

"Visionary non-profit executive with over thirty years'experience managaing dynamic, multicultural organizations. Nationally recognized leadership in advancing social and health care justice through innovative policy and programming. I have an outstanding record of developing, inspiring, and directing professional teams to reach well-defined, strategic goals. Strong communication and coalition building skills, with the energy, knowledge and savvy to influence decision makers and funders in all sectors, from the community to the international level."

Posted by Guest on Aug. 17, 2010 @ 4:48 pm

When did the of innocent babise become "Quality healthcare"? I had always thought the main idea of health care was not to kill the paitents...Well I guess it is just one more reminder of how far America has fallen from her orignal idea of freedom for ALL...

Posted by Guest on Aug. 17, 2010 @ 5:07 pm

abortion was quite common.

I always find "original intent" conservatives funny when they start yammering about abortion, reminds me of SF liberals and there views on our nations laws.

Posted by matlock on Aug. 17, 2010 @ 7:47 pm

After digesting what's going on and what was in the Bay Citizen article, and reliving my own experiences working for PPGG, I would suggest to PPFA, and I'm talking to you, Ms. McHugh, that you add a section to your re-accreditation process and affiliation requirements that includes in-depth interviews with staff.

If staff send you letters of concern and the occasional invoice for a luxury item purchased on the agency credit card that is probably sitting in Dian's living room right now, maybe you shouldn't ignore it and instead investigate. We came to work for PPGG for the mission, so we're not sending you concerned letters and copies of bills for thousands of dollars of personal items for fun. You knew Dian was running this affiliate into the ground and you let her continue to do it year after year.

Posted by Another former staff member, sigh on Aug. 17, 2010 @ 6:32 pm

Bless you for saying it out loud!! PPFA and the Board were aware for years of this mess, and should take responsibility.

FYI, PPGG are still advertising for new staff, including five new clinicians, on the Planned Parenthood website. How is this possible? They are no longer Planned Parenthood (as of 9/3/10).

Posted by Guest on Aug. 17, 2010 @ 7:25 pm

This is fantastic news. I'm sure other affiliates are on the chopping block as we speak. These idiots couldn't make it work with all that free money just being thrown at them! Pure greed. Good riddance. And will the last one out of Planned Parenthood please turn off the lights on your way out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Sin Cera on Aug. 17, 2010 @ 8:44 pm

It may sound like an overstatement, but working with PPGG was nothing short of a heartbreaking experience. I love Planned Parenthood, have loved PP my whole life, have volunteered there since I was a teenager, have donated since I received my first paycheck, and wanted to work for them more than I had ever wanted to work for any organization. Shortly after being hired, it became clear that I was working with two sets of people: an incredibly dedicated, skilled, dynamic clinical staff and team of front line administrators, and a senior leadership team which was distainful of PP's mission and client base, inhumane in their treatment of staff, and concerned only with using PPGG as a backdrop for their own personal advancement at the expense of the organization. The irony is that the staff - the same staff frequently accused of all manner of disloyalty in rambling, ranting all-staff emails from Dian - could have easily blown the lid off of everything that was going on, and nobody did because many didn't want to hurt the PP brand or risk the degradation of services provided to the community.

Perhaps the next piece of investigative journalism needs to be focused on the Board.

Posted by yet another former employee on Aug. 18, 2010 @ 8:54 am

I was with PPGG during and after the merger (between the 3 affiliates that created PPGG). The CEO Dian Harrison would hand pick people on her staff that she liked and would take them (on whose dime? Surely not her own.) to spas in places like Aruba...can you believe it? Who does that? The inmates were running the asylum there. The board, (including her BFF Eunice Azzani) protected Dian all these years - why? This is a catastrophe but it was a looooong time coming and could have been averted years ago.

Posted by Yet one more former employee on Aug. 18, 2010 @ 8:34 pm

Get your facts straight the problems stem from merging with the SF Alameda Planned Parenthood Afilliate who were dysfunctional at best. Cindy Rambo, Marsha Gibbs and Eunice Azzani.

Posted by Guest on Nov. 19, 2010 @ 11:14 am

and all these comments is that who knows where some part of the real story starts and stops.

It's sucks to see a non - profit that actually provides a real service turn out to be poorly managed, as it seems here, like the worst/typical SF operations.

One would hope that an actual useful group such as this would be better run than the typical tax payer and foundation funded scam.

Posted by matlock on Aug. 18, 2010 @ 9:09 pm

All the narratives on this thread from former employees are right on. I could restate my story, but at this point it would be repetitive. But for the sake of a light at the end of the tunnel, I would like to let you all know that the best thing that could happen to PP in the greater bay area is for Shasta Diablo and Mar Monte to take over. I left PPGG and went to PPSD for all the reasons you all stated and was THRILLED with the experience and the people from the CEO to the clinic staff. I think we will see a huge increase in the quality and quanitity of service in our communities under PPSD and PPMM.
And just to add to the WTF stories, when I was there two clinics were shut down while birthing huts were funded in Africa (supposedly) with multiple trips to the site and high level administrators attended the HIV/AIDS conference in Spain. Must be nice.

Posted by Guest on Aug. 19, 2010 @ 2:13 pm

Let's not forget the role of one of Dian's many, many overpriced consultants, Frank Tsai of FLG Partners (http://www.flgpartners.com/partners/tsai) in the downfall of PPGG. He stepped in as a management consultant and later interim CFO in 2008 to try to turn the agency around financially. His total lack of interest in the actualities of clinical operations, his complete lack of interpersonal skills, and his ultimate poor planning and financial mismanagement not only made a bad financial situation worse, but was directly responsible for the departure of yet another round of key and dedicated PPGG staff. He single handedly drove the agency deeper in debt, all the while invoicing 5 figure monthly fees. His turnaround initiatives ultimately cost the agency more money and his perpetuation of a culture of corruption, secrecy, lack of transparency, and an us vs. them management style greatly contributed to the eventual failure of PPGG even after his departure.

Frank was by no means the only ineffective and greedy consultant to poison the good name of Planned Parenthood while raking in massive profits at Dian's discretion, but he was by far the most destructive. PPGG has a long history of overpaying consultants, while overvaluing their ideas, and undervaluing the hard work, dedication, and insights of their own staff. Sadly that style of management led to their ultimate demise. The real losers here, unfortunately, are the dedicated staff who may soon be out of work, and the tens of thousand of clients in the PPGG communities who are left without easily accessible reproductive heath care services. Had Frank, Dian and company prioritized them over their own egos, perhaps PPGG would not be in this predicament.

Posted by Guest on Aug. 20, 2010 @ 10:45 pm

"PPGG has a long history of overpaying consultants, while overvaluing their ideas"
I hear the current PPGG consultant, Dan Doyle, is a card-carrying Republican and adamantly pro-life...

Posted by Guest on Aug. 21, 2010 @ 6:55 pm

Her Facebook profile seems to have been taken down and she's removed her public profile from Linked In while still keeping a more private profile. I wonder if there's another shoe about to drop...

Posted by Guest on Aug. 21, 2010 @ 1:00 pm

I too am a former employee and saddened by what has happened but it about time! I left shortly after was the union was formed and altho I was management, I totally agreed with the staff's decision to unionize as the mistreatment was begun then by the "rambo-like" :) Ed at the time, and Dian only took it further. The staff always tried their best, only to be beaten down by the management - I've heard stories for years about Dian and can only shake my head about how an agency that is run by women, for women primarily, can treat its own so poorly.

Posted by Guest on Aug. 23, 2010 @ 4:23 pm

The Contra Costa Times has a story about all of this and it looks more and more like some epic financial shenanigans were being perpetuated at PPGG. Check out the article as it states that PPGG lost 2.8 million in 2008, but the other Bay Area affiliates each had 3 million in surpluses. How can you lose 3 million in a year when your peer organizations are doing quite well?

A person with the East Bay affiliate Shasta-Diablo says of how they're going to expand to clean up PPGG's mess, "It's an interesting, exciting and, in some ways, a very daunting task," Sales said.

What I find interesting and exciting is people figuring out where all of PPGG's money went. That former CEO needs to answer some questions. Here's to some intrepid reporters figuring it out.

http://www.contracostatimes.com/news/ci_15870154?source=rss&nclick_check=1

Posted by Guest on Aug. 23, 2010 @ 7:27 pm

http://www.baycitizen.org/health/story/what-happened-planned-parenthood-...

I can't believe the former CEO would even try and justify her actions. This story is amazing in all the wrong ways. If articles like this keep coming out, how much longer until the government is compelled to look into this?

Posted by Guest on Aug. 28, 2010 @ 2:21 pm

Dear Dian Harrison, her friends and former consultants:

Please donate fifty percent of the monies you were paid by Planned Parenthood, to the hardworking former and current clinical workers.

Thank you.

Posted by Marianne Duke on Oct. 07, 2010 @ 2:42 pm

The Board or Committee charged with hiring Dian completely failed - failure in the interview process, full background check and contacting relevant references and government agencies. This is normal due diligence that was a lapse in responsibility.

Once hired, the pattern continued with spending, entitlement and nepotism. If one only knew of the virtual tornado left behind up and down the peninsula and the aftermath leaving constituents helpless and finances in a tax-ridden mess.

Posted by Guest deja vu on May. 10, 2011 @ 1:02 pm