Save Our Seniors Network
Save Our Seniors Network is an all-volunteer network of individuals and organizations working to secure the continuation of bilingual and bi-cultural care services for seniors residing at the facilities formerly known as Keiro Nursing and Retirement Homes, a Japanese American institution for nearly 50 years.
To this day, due to inequalities in the United States public healthcare system, no other facilities exist that provide the same level of care as these facilities. Because of this context, the lives of the remaining residents are now endangered by the profit objectives of the international corporate developer owners, Pacifica Companies, who seeks to degrade and eliminate the services our seniors need.
Please join us in this grassroots effort to win equality in public health.
AB 279 is on the Governor’s Desk!
Send Letters to Governor Gavin Newsom Now!
On Monday, August 30, 2021, CA Assembly Bill AB 279 won a unanimous “Aye” Concurrence vote in the CA Assembly with a decisive, bipartisan 62-0 vote, meaning that amendments passed in the Senate process were approved without a a single “No” vote.
For those new to this issue, AB 279 was inspired by the fight against evictions of nearly 100 Japanese American and Japanese seniors from the only existing Japanese bilingual and bi-cultural Intermediate Care Facility (ICF) in the United States of America. Sponsored by Assembly Members Al Muratsuchi and Miguel Santiago, the bill will provide legal protection for seniors from evictions and reductions of services at senior care facilities in CA up to July 2022. Especially because of the rise in Delta variant COVID-19 cases at this time, moving seniors at this time and forcing them to experience transfer trauma is very dangerous. Governor Newsom must pass this law to protect vulnerable seniors from the greed of private facility operators who care only about profits, not the well-being of people.
Since then, the bill has gone through the Office of Engrossing and Enrolling and was presented to the Office of the Governor at 3pm on September 2.
We can now immediately begin sending letters of support for AB 279 to Governor Gavin Newsom to encourage him to sign the bill into law. Customized letters with a personal touch are preferred, with quality of content being preferred over quantity for this final stage of lobbying. We are assuming that the Governor is aware of the constituents’ voices from the overwhelming number of CA Assembly and Senate Districts on this issue. We encourage you to deliver your letter to the Governor by close of business on Tuesday, September 14. To protect seniors from evictions from senior care facilities and protect them from downgrading of services at those facilities, we want the Governor to sign the bill into law NOW.
Letters of Support for AB 279 should be addressed as follows:
Honorable Gavin Newsom
Governor, State of California
1303 10th Street, Suite 1173
Sacramento, CA 95814
RE: AB 279. (Muratsuchi) – Urge Your Signature
Then email your letter to: Leg.Unit@gov.ca.gov
Please help this effort by recruiting others to submit their letters of support up until Governor Newsom either: a) signs AB 279 into law; b) vetoes it; or c) allows it to become law after a 12-day* period lapses without his signature.
While we strongly encourage all to submit a personalized letter here are two sample letters to help you get started with your own:
Another alternative to deliver a written message to Governor Newsom rather than via email attachment is via the Governor’s website. In addition to entering your first and last name and email address, next to the box that says, “Please choose your subject,” make sure you choose “AB00279\Intermediate Care Facilities and Skilled Nursing Facilities \ COVID-19.” This will help ensure that a support plea for signing AB 279 into law is tabulated properly:
What about making phone calls to the Governor’s office?
Phone calls calling requesting the Governor to sign AB 279 into law will also help. Call the Governor’s office at (916) 445-2841
If you send in a letter to the Governor, Save Our Seniors Network would love to share it with the public and have it for the record. Only if you are willing, please share it via this link: https://forms.gle/vy7ZvvUB4jYnEFgi6
You may also send it as an email attachment (BCC along with the email to the Governor if you like, or as a separate email) to: firstname.lastname@example.org
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF THIS IMPORTANT EFFORT! Let’s win AB 279!
NEXT SOS Network General Meeting:
Sunday, September 26, 3PM
Sign-up for the SOS Network email list via the “optin” form on the right sidebar of this website for General Meeting Zoom login notifications or email an RSVP to email@example.com
Support AB 1400 for Healthcare Equality:
The CalCare Act
Save Our Seniors Network has endorsed the effort to win Assembly Bill AB 1400 which seeks to not only deliver healthcare to ALL Californians, but for the first time, it is a major healthcare reform bill that addresses INEQUALITY in the healthcare system, including our fight to secure bilingual and bi-cultural healthcare to the Japanese American community. Learn more about this important legislation HERE: https://saveourseniors.network/support-ab-1400-california-guaranteed-health-care-for-all-act-calcare/
Japanese American Seniors and the U.S. Healthcare Crisis
HELP WIN HISTORICAL DESIGNATION FOR SAKURA GARDENS!
“Places like the International Institute on Boyle Avenue, a cornerstone for the immigrant community has been protected from a demolition for new office spaces, Otomisan the only remaining Japanese Restaurant from the 1950’s, but other like Sakura Gardens (formerly the Jewish Home of the Aged), The Max Factor House, Five Points Ware Memorial and many others, like your historic home are still in need of protection.
Boyle Heights Community Partners relies on contributions from friends like you to protect the places in our community where history happened. Please make a donation now to help protect our important laces that reveal our diverse cultural history and uplift the stories that represent the community of Boyle Heights.
Historic places remind us of the people and events that brought us together and made us who we are, they bring character and storytelling to our community and they serve as important milestones in our evolving history. But we can’t save them without your help.”
Pacifica Companies’ Claim of “Losing Money” to Justify Sakura ICF Closure Exposed
Article by David Monkawa, SOS Network Co-chair published in AsAmNews!
Pacifica claims it is evicting the seniors and closing the Sakura ICF in Los Angeles because they’re “losing money”. This is dishonest and hides the full picture.
When Keiro sold the four facilities to Pacifica in 2015 they were required to submit a “Written Notice to the CA Attorney General for the Proposed Sale of Keiro Nursing Homes, Volume 1 and 2.” These docs contained financial disclosures which showed the ICF had been “losing money” for 4 out of 5 years from 2010 (-$5,000) to 2014 (-$23,000). Pacifica had to “swallow” the “distressed” ICF and South Bay Keiro as part of a “package deal”. Pacifica execs signed off and knew before purchase that the ICF “does not generate net operating income”. These are public docs available to anyone.
Read the article here and support AsAmNews: https://asamnews.com/2021/05/29/pacifica-plans-big-day-by-closing-sakura-icf/