California nursing homes got insider access to Newsom’s health care regulators. Here’s how

By Jason Pohl and Ryan Sabalow July 02, 2020 05:00 AM, Updated July 02, 2020 02:35 PM Read the Sacramento Bee article here: https://www.sacbee.com/news/coronavirus/article243943317.html   SOS Network: This is an important article to read to understand the workings of the CA State government and for understanding the powerful influence that full-time lobbyists for private interests … Read more

Los Angeles City Council Votes 11-0 to Support AB 1400, “The CalCare Act!”

https://www.citizen.org/news/los-angeles-city-council-votes-to-support-calcare/ Save Our Seniors Network supports AB 1400 as a means to address the long-term need for multilingual and culturally appropriate healthcare services, put in jeopardy for the Japanese American community due to the sale of the former Keiro Nursing and Retirement Homes to Pacifica Companies and having reached a critical juncture with the International … Read more

AB 279 Wins the CA Senate Floor Vote!

Grassroots Lobby Effort led by Save Our Seniors Network Pays Off Again! Onward to “Assembly Concurrence” and the Governor’s Desk to be Signed Into Law

210823 CA Senate Vote AB279

During the afternoon of Monday, August 23, 2021, by a “sledgehammer-like” margin of 32-3, a victory was won by the people of California who stood up for the interests of seniors throughout the state against the profiteering interests of Pacifica Companies, the corporate operators’ lobby, California Association of Health Facilities (CAHF) and the CAHF-controlled CA Department of Public Health which supported the mass evictions at the Sakura Intermediate Care Facility.

The decisive and bipartisan majority vote was won due to community AB 279 letter-signing tabling efforts, and other persistent lobbying efforts by the hard-working, all-volunteer members of Save Our Seniors Network and its many supporters from multiple organizations. The letters and emails sent, the phone calls and direct meetings with Senate staffers all made the difference to push the bill one step closer towards becoming California law.

From here, the bill goes back to the “Assembly Concurrence” to vote on the amendments that came out of the Senate process and then it must be signed by Governor Gavin Newsom before it because law. This vote is now scheduled to take place on Monday, August 30.

AB 279 will make improper discharges from, and reductions of services at licensed senior care facilities ILLEGAL to July 2022! For the residents remaining at facilities such as Kei-Ai Los Angeles and Kei-Ai South Bay, the families now have legal arsenal to defend against cutbacks in bilingual/bi-cultural services and evictions up until July 2022. For seniors evicted from the Sakura Intermediate Care Facility (ICF), this is justice against the wrongdoings of Pacifica Companies. In effect, it will reinstate the original conditions of sale of the former Keiro Nursing and Retirement Homes to Pacifica Companies.

Even better yet, there is room for optimism that the CA Attorney General Rob Bonta, will assist with enforcement of the law as he is much more open to dialogue with the Japanese American community than the two predecessors of the office.

August 23, 2021 Floor Vote on AB 279

Finally, Save Our Seniors Network wishes to give another round of thanks to the leadership from Assemblymembers Al Muratsuchi and staff, Assemblymember Miguel Santiago, and for her impassioned work on the Senate Floor, CA Senator Maria Elena Durazo, for carrying the ball for this big win!

Stay tuned and re-visit the Save Our Seniors Network website and follow us on Instagram (PublicHealthEquality) for further updates.



Save Our Seniors Network submits comment on LA City Redistricting

The Los Angeles City Council Redistricting Commission (LACCRC) is looking for community input as to how the lines will be drawn for Council Districts 1-15 for the next 10 years. On Saturday, August 21, members of Save Our Seniors Network attended a community input hosted by Councilmember Kevin De Leon,  Reverend Ray Fukumoto delivered the … Read more

12 noon July 21: The Current State of Visitation Rights in Long Term Care Facilities

Hosted by California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (CANHR)…On July 21 at 12:00 PM, CANHR will be hosting a town hall for California residents of long term care facilities, their families, and their friends, to discuss the state of resident visitation rights. Long term care residents were locked down and closed off from visitation in … Read more

July 15, 2021: AB 279 Advances to the Senate Floor!

With leadership from Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi and California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (CANHR) member, Mike Dark, the grassroots lobby effort secured another victory for AB 279 today with another decisive bipartisan 6-0 “AYE” vote in support of AB 279! Many individuals and organizations called in to submit their support of this bill, including, of … Read more

Evictions of Seniors Must be Stopped – Especially Because of the Delta Variant!

As we approach the hearing date for AB 279 on July 15 in the CA Senate Appropriations Committee, we should be reminding members of that body that there is virtually no cost to the State for passing a piece of legislation that simply calls for an end to evictions from senior nursing home facilities and … Read more

AB 279 Bill that would stop evictions at Sakura ICF passes through Senate Health Committee

In a bipartisan 10-0 vote AB 279 sailed through the CA Senate Health Committee. The bill is now headed to the Senate Appropriations Committee. If it wins approval there, it moves forward for a full vote on the Senate floor before mid-July when the legislature recesses for the summer. The bill would stop the evictions … Read more