TAKE ACTION with SOS Network!


Save Our Seniors Network

Welcome!

Save Our Seniors Network (SOSN) 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.

Watch related videos, including ones from SOSN public actions:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0lZmlVh94KTj0dUpDdg6XA/playlists

We can be reached via email at:
saveourseniors@progressiveasians.org

Please join us in this grassroots effort to win equality in public health. Read more about us:
https://saveourseniors.network/about-sos-network/


New COVID-19 Positive Cases at
Kei-Ai Los Angeles Confirmed

Read more here:
https://saveourseniors.network/new-covid-19-positive-confirmed-cases-at-kei-ai-los-angeles/

Already, there have been 130 Total COVID-19 Deaths at Kei-Ai Los Angeles and Kei-Ai Southbay. Kei-Ai Los Angeles: Highest number of COVID-19 related deaths in the Western U.S.


Sakura Assisted Living Medi-Cal Waivers & Rent Compensation for Sakura ICF Relocatees Secured!

These concessions are a testament to the resolve and efforts from the ICF families and community supporters that have continued to pressure Pacifica Companies to mitigate the harm they have forced upon our seniors and their families in their efforts to close the Sakura ICF.


These concessions prompted expressions of relief from families of former residents of Sakura ICF:

“My mother would not be able to stay at Sakura Assisted Living Facility without Pacifica covering the significant cost difference. This was the only option we had to ensure she received culturally sensitive bilingual care. It was very stressful not knowing when Sakura ALF will be approved.”

-Rose Matsumoto, family member of 89 year old relocatee from Sakura Intermediate Care Facility

“I feel that Pacifica should at least do this since they chose to kick out our seniors.  I was really worried that I would have to start searching for another facility to take care of my aunt knowing that there isn’t another facility that would provide the cultural environment she needs and since she is on a very limited income she wouldn’t have been able to pay Sakura Gardens rates.  She doesn’t speak English so Sakura Gardens is the only facility that meets her requirements because she doesn’t require the services of a SNF like Kei-Ai.”

Ida Kawasaki, family member of Relocatee

 

“Sakura Gardens is the most appropriate, culturally sensitive facility for my 91 year old mother who is Japanese speaking only.  No other facility  can provide the level of care in an environment where my mother can effectively communicate her needs.  Without Pacifica’s subsidies, she will be priced out of these critical health services and will be forced to move to unknown and less effective care facilities which will directly impact her physical, psychological and mental health.”

~Michael Toji, family member of Relocatee

 


NEXT SOS Network General Meeting:

Sunday, December 19, 3PM
(1st and 3rd Sundays of each month)
Wear your holiday hats!!!
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 saveourseniors@progressiveasians.org


The Crisis in Japanese American Senior Care in Historical Context


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/

SIGN THE PETITION TO SUPPORT AB 1400: https://act.medicare4all.org/signup/cna-calcare/


Check out the new rap by Kaze Jones, calling on all to stand up for our seniors!

Kaze Jones

Read the lyrics here: https://saveourseniors.network/kaze-jones-rap-the-struggle-to-protect-and-provide-quality-healthcare-for-japanese-american-seniors/


Save Our Seniors Network
letter to Governor Gavin Newsom:
Read Here: A Rebuttal to the Veto of AB 279


HELP WIN HISTORICAL DESIGNATION FOR SAKURA GARDENS!

https://boyleheightscommunitypartners.com/Donate.php

“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.”


SOS Logo with text

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/

Pacifica False Claim


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12 thoughts on “TAKE ACTION with SOS Network!”

  1. May 5, 2021

    Re: Forthcoming Assembly Vote on AB 279, on May 6, 2021

    FYI, I contacted the following Assemblymembers’ Sacramento offices today, urging them vote Aye on AB 279.

    Total of 12 members’s offices contacted. 11 Democrat; 1 Republican.

    In the emails, I included the link to S.O.S. Network’s Facts Sheet, and the link to the full text of AB 279.

    Arambula, Joaquin – via email letter to Karen Jones.

    Daly, Tom – via live-person phone call with staffer.

    Cooper, Jim – via email letter to staffer Daniel Washington.

    Frazier, Jim – no message because voicemail box was full; and email address on his website is only for his district’s constituents.

    Gray, Adam – via live-person phone call with staffer Angie (she said she’d received 10 other calls on AB 279 earlier today).

    Medina, Jose – via email letter to staffer Omar Hashemyan.

    Petrie-Norris, Cottie – via live-person phone call with staffer.

    Ramos, James C. – via email letter to staffer Gavin White.

    Rendon, Anthony – via live-person phone call with staffer.

    Rubio, Blanca E. – via live-person phone call with staffer.

    Salas, Jr., Rudy – via live-person phone call with staffer.

    Voepel, Randy (Republican) – via email letter to staffer Lily Movsisyan.

    Weber, Akila – via live-person phone call with staffer.

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  2. Thank you so very much for all your efforts on this pressing matter. For our elders and their loves ones at Sakura ICF and SNF — indeed for all elders at ICF’s and SNF’s throughout California — here’s to victory! [May 5, 2021]

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  3. Congratulations on AB 279’s passage to the state Senate! To all at SOS Network who’ve worked so very hard on this for many months, KUDOS!! 5/13/21, 1:30 p.m.

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  4. Will there be sample letters which we may use to send to our CA state senators? We are recruiting relatives and friends throughout California to write letters, so some sample letters would be very helpful.

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    • We will be posting a sample letter soon. Excellent that you are getting relatives and friends on standby alert mode! Our first task will be to win the support of the CA Senate Committe on Health.

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  5. Kudos for all your voluntarism for a good cause. I’m researching senior advocacy. I was able to locate video segments of your past protests, but would appreciate a easier way to see them and gain access. It is a very interesting and difficult endeavor.

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  6. Congratulations, SOS Leadership, for the overwhelming victory in the Senate Health Committee today. May the remaining Living Treasures at Sakura ICF benefit from this victory. It is a fight against time.

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  7. Thank you for letting me know what exactly going on about seniosr society in this town. Just think without them that we are not this stage. Though I am cheers and respect your movement.

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