Thanks to all who came out to stand with the seniors and their families on May 1st!
Thanks to all the endorsers of the event!
Let us once again, let the CA Department of Health know why they need to REJECT Pacifica’s second “Transition Plan”
Please send an email to:
Cassie Dunham, Acting Deputy Director of the CDPH, by May 7, 2021:
STOP EVICTIONS AT SAKURA ICF!
Help protect the lives of our seniors! Fight displacement of the Boyle Heights community. Stop Pacifica Companies’ coercion tactics to harm senior citizens!
Defend bilingual and bi-cultural healthcare!
There exists no other bilingual and bi-cultural care facility like the Sakura Intermediate Care Facility (ICF) elsewhere in the U.S. Evicting seniors during the pandemic is tantamount to a death sentence.
This event is being held to bring attention to the continued efforts of Pacifica Companies to coerce Japanese American and Japanese seniors aged mostly from their 90’s to 100’s out of the safety of their Sakura ICF home so that Pacifica Companies can realize their desire to transform the facility into high-rental income property.
With total disregard for the health of these already frail seniors, ignoring the calls by multiple physicians to cease the endangerment of the residents and ignoring the rejection of their evictions proposal by the California and Los Angeles County Departments of Public Health and numerous elected officials, Pacifica Companies continues to intimidate the residents into moving out against their wishes. They have also resorted to dirty tactics to degrade the quality of life for the residents, such as in acting slowly to fix a lack of hot water and water pressure, addressing a mold problem and now, reportedly a potentially deadly degradation in food quality. The Sakura ICF families and SOS Network have been receiving assistance from the office of Hilda Solis, District 1 of the LA County Board of Supervisors to get LA County Health Facilities Inspection Division (HFID) to address these concerns, with some success over the hot water issue, but the others are still withstanding and frighteningly, patient health is declining.
Pacifica Companies, operating in tandem with the powerful for-profit lobby, California Association of Health Facilities (CAHF) is desperately trying to force residents out of the building before the passage of Assembly Bill 279 (now in the Assembly Appropriations Committee pending advancement to a floor vote).
ORGANIZATIONS MAY ENDORSE THIS EVENT HERE: https://bit.ly/3n5pGLY
For those who do not wish to use the above Google Endorsement form, simply email an endorsement and your organization’s logo to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bilingual and Bi-cultural Healthcare in Jeopardy
The closure of the Sakura ICF represents not only an attack on Japanese American and Japanese seniors, it is a frontal attack on already-lacking but needed bilingual and bi-cultural healthcare services for the Japanese American people. The facilities, originally the Keiro Nursing and Retirement Homes (sold to Pacifica Companies in 2016) were founded to offset glaring inequality in the U.S. healthcare system, which fails to address specific linguistic and cultural needs of many sectors of the population.
Pacifica Companies seeks to Gentrify Boyle Heights
The attempt to convert the Sakura ICF is also a direct attack on the community of Boyle Heights, which is already facing a multi-billion assault from the forces of central-bank-funded corporate gentrification, extending from the Little Tokyo Arts district, into the LA River beautification project, the Sixth Street bridge project and plans to develop market-rate housing near and at the location of the Sears Tower on Olympic Blvd.
Save Our Seniors Network calls upon the Japanese American and Boyle Heights community to unite to fight this corporate violence! Please join the families at this important event!
MOBILIZE for 2PM May 1, 2021!
325 S. Boyle Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90033
PRINTABLE Black and White flyers for the May 1 event are available here:
Side A two-half sheets per page, English: https://bit.ly/2QQ38CA
Side A two-half sheets per page, Japanese: https://bit.ly/32EnykN
Side B text, two-half sheets per page, English: https://bit.ly/3aAbENa
Side B text, two-half sheets per page, SPANISH: https://bit.ly/2QnE3iR