Rafu Shimpo News: Kansha Obon, Saturday, June 12

“Hope and Gratitude” event to honor new community heroes leading the fight against evictions at Sakura ICF and against displacement and gentrification in Boyle Heights. Actress Tamlyn Tomita will emcee. Performance by East L.A. Taiko. Made possible by the generous support of LA City Councilmember Kevin De Leon and many community donors! Get your odori dance moves on!

Pacifica Companies’ March 29 “Transition Plan” REJECTED

April 20, 2021 Notification was sent out by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) today that Pacifica Companies’ March 29 “Transition Plan” to mass evict residents out of the Sakura Intermediate Care Facility (ICF) in Boyle Heights has been rejected. Here is the text issued on behalf of the acting Deputy Director of the … Read more

California oversight of nursing homes called ‘befuddling,’ ‘broken’

by Jocelyn Wiener April 6, 2021, Updated April 16, 2021 As COVID-19 has transformed many nursing homes into death traps, the role of state regulators has become even more critical in protecting some of California’s most vulnerable residents.Since the pandemic began, state records show, more than 9,000 nursing home residents have died of the virus … Read more

L.A. County’s nursing home oversight division under scrutiny

Advocates hope that attention evoked by the coronavirus pandemic, which has resulted in more than 3,930 COVID-19 related deaths of nursing home residents and staff in the county, will help strengthen oversight of troubled nursing homes in the region. Brenda Gazzar, LA Daily News, April 16, 2021 “(HFID is) not there to make sure facilities … Read more

Sakura ICF Families No Viable Options

In addition to Pacifica Companies’ “Transition Plan” being, effectively, a “death sentence proposal,” it will represent an attack on bilingual/bi-cultural services and exacerbate gentrification problems in Boyle Heights. See the spreadsheet: https://app.box.com/s/9bv00s9hl5lpge7n0df6lxq2yxg1swwv Simply put, there exists NO OTHER facility like the Sakura Intermediate Care (ICF) anywhere else in the United States. It is part of … Read more

An Appeal From a Resident of the Sakura ICF

The Sakura Intermediate Care Facility (ICF) is unique in the entire United States. There is no comparable facility that SOS is aware of anywhere else other than the one that exists at 325 South Boyle Ave. in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles. This resident (whose anonymity we seek to protect due to the danger of Pacifica … Read more

What is a “Family Council?”

Family councils can be an effective way to advocate on behalf of all residents in a facility. The National Voice for Quality Long-Term Care Fact Sheet on Family Councils and Advocacy During COVID-19 Read this PDF to find out about why families of residents in the former Keiro Nursing and Retirement Homes should immediately consider … Read more