TAKE ACTION: AB 279 CA Senate Committee on Health Hearing Date Changed to June 23

Hearing Date for AB 279 is now set for June 23, 1pm

Sponsored by Assemblymembers Al Muratsuchi and Miguel Santiago, AB 279 is the legislation to stop evictions from and downgrading of services at CA senior care facilities during the still ongoing pandemic.

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH), which has previously declared support for the mass eviction of Japanese American and Japanese seniors from Sakura ICF, has now come out in public opposition to AB 279, along with the California Hospital Association and Private Senior Care operator lobby, the California Association of Health Facilities (CAHF). This position means that more public pressure must be mounted on the Senate Committee on Health if we are to advance the Bill to the Senate Floor. We need a majority of the 11 votes in the committee.

Tune in to the hearing at 1pm on June 23 HERE: https://shea.senate.ca.gov/

We encourage all to signup to make a public comment in support of AB 279!

June 20: What Can You Do to Help Advance AB 279? We have two days to lobby Committee Members (June 21 and 22)

Everyone can and should use these next two days to phone bank and email the staffers listed below urging the Senators to vote “AYE” for AB 279 next Wednesday.This is also the time to identify family, friends, colleagues, and associates who live in these districts and ask them to also advocate for AB 279 as constituents of these Senators.

You can find the phone script and email template HERE:

Phone Script

Email Template

Please read through both the phone script and the email template, as well as the analysis of AB 279 prepared for the Senate Health Committee:


Note how the analysis of points made by the opposition fails to address the already 200 improper discharges from senior care facilities. The opposition is opposing the protection of vulnerable seniors lives that AB 279 can help provide, even as we are not completely out of the pandemic.

Senators in BOLD are Democrats that have not already indicated support for AB 279.
I would suggest you first call the Senators’ capitol offices and ask for the specific staffer listed below.If you get a hold of them, please use the phone script. If you are asked to email them, please use the email template.

Senate Health Committee Members:
Sen. Dr. Richard Pan (chair) – voting “AYE”
Sen. Lena A. Gonzalez – voting “AYE”
Sen. Monique Limon – voting “AYE”Sen. Scott D. Wiener – voting “AYE”Sen. Melissa Melendez (vice chair) – Republican
Sen. Shannon Grove – Republican

Sen. Susan Talamantes Eggman, Senate District 5(916) 651-4005Sacramento  County:  Galt All of  San  Joaquin  County:  Escalon,  Lathrop,  Lodi,  Manteca,  Ripon,  Stockton, Tracy; Stanislaus County:  Modesto,  Riverbank. Staffer: Anna Billy – anna.billy@sen.ca.gov

Sen. Melissa Hurtado, Senate District 28(916) 651-4014 Riverside  County Cities:  Anza, Blythe,  Canyon  Lake,  Cathedral  City,  Coachella,  Desert  Hot  Springs, Indian  Wells,  Indio, Lake  Elsinore,  La  Quinta,  Murrieta,  Palm Springs,  Rancho Mirage,  Temecula, Wildomar; Unincorporated  Communities:  Aguanga,  Chiriaco  Summit,  Desert  Center,  Fern Valley, Homeland,  Idyllwild,  Mecca,  Mesa  Verde,  Mountain  Center,  North  Shore,  Pine Cove, Pinyon  Pines,  Radec,  Ripley,  Sage,  Sky  Valley,  Thermal,  Valle  Vista,  Whitewater, Winchester. Staffer: Marisol Ibarra – marisol.ibarra@sen.ca.gov 

Sen. Connie  Leyva, Senate District 20 (916) 651-4020 Los  Angeles  County:  Pomona. San Bernardino  County:  Chino,  Colton,  Fontana,  Grand  Terrace,  Montclair,  Ontario, Rialto,  San Bernardino. Staffer: Jessica Golly – jessica.golly@sen.ca.gov

Sen. Richard D. Roth, Senate District  31 (916) 651-4031 Riverside  County:  Corona,  Coronita, Eastvale,  El  Cerrito,  Highgrove,  Home  Gardens, Jurupa  Valley,  Mead  Valley  –  partial, Moreno  Valley,  Norco,  Perris,  Riverside. Staffer: Gilbert Martinez – gilbert.martinez@sen.ca.gov

Sen. Susan Rubio, Senate District 22 (916) 651-4022 
Los  Angeles  County:  Alhambra, Arcadia,  Azusa,  Baldwin  Park,  Covina,  El  Monte, Industry,  Irwindale,  La  Puente,  Monterey Park,  Rosemead,  San  Gabriel,  South  El Monte,  Temple  City,  West  Covina. Staffer: Alex Hirsch – alex.hirsch@sen.ca.gov

For all our Senate Resources including the bill language, here is the link for the full Senate Toolkit:  https://app.box.com/s/uj326uf57tllzfll7sjut81d15gtgvu9

GOAL:  Win a Senate Floor Vote, Get Governor Newsom to Sign AB 279 into LAW:

We are standing by to give the green light for a massive statewide lobby effort (letters/phone calls/emails by constituents to their individual Senators) as soon as we win a Senate floor vote (probably following AB 279 passage through the Senate Appropriations Committee).  Should we win the advancement to a floor vote, for those that would like to begin preparing their letters for that critical stage of grassroots lobbying, here are some resources:

AB 279 Fact Sheet:

Find your CA State Senator:

Senate Support Letter for AB 279 Template:

Phone script for talking with your Senator’s office:

Fine your Senators’ phone number:

Email address for CA Senators:


California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform; AARP; California Advocacy, Inc.; Asian Americans Advancing Justice- Los Angeles; California Alliance for Retired Americans; California Association of Long Term Care Medicine; California Association of Public Authorities for IHSS; California Health Advocates; California Long-term Care Ombudsman Association; California Retired Teachers Association; Chinatown Community for Equitable Development; Consumer Attorneys of California; Consumer Federation of California; Essential Caregivers Coalition; Florin Japanese American Citizens League Sacramento Valley; Gray Panthers of San Francisco; Health Care for All, Los Angeles Chapter; Japanese American Bar Association; Japanese American Citizens League, Pacific Southwest District; Japanese American Citizens League, Twin Cities Chapter; Keiro Pacifica Community Advisory; Koreisha Senior Care & Advocacy; Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors; National Association of Social Workers California Chapter; National Health Law Program; Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress; Nikkei Progressives; Progressive Asian Network for Action; Sakura ICF Family Council; Save Our Seniors Network; SEIU California; The Geriatric Circle; 62 Individuals

Opposition: California Department of Public Health; California Hospital Association, California Association of Hospital Facilities

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