Rafu Shimpo Publishes SOSN Response to Newsom Veto of AB 279

We, members of the statewide and national Save Our Seniors Network, are outraged at your Oct. 7, 2021, veto of Assembly Bill 279.

AB 279 was straightforward urgency legislation to protect seniors. It received an overwhelming, bipartisan 91 “ayes” to 10 “nos” (95%) cumulative vote in the Legislature, and was determined by both the Assembly and Senate Committees on Appropriations to have negligible fiscal impact.

This bill was designed to prevent involuntary, medically non-necessary transfers of residents from an intermediate care facility (ICF) or a skilled nursing facility (SNF), and to halt significant reductions in services thereat, during the COVID-19 state of emergency.

Newsom Vetoes Bill That Sought to Block Nursing Home Evictions During Pandemic

RAFU STAFF REPORT | OCTOBER 9, 2021 Read the entire Rafu Shimp report here: https://rafu.com/2021/10/newsom-vetoes-bill-that-sought-to-block-nursing-home-evictions-during-pandemic/ David Monkawa and Traci Imamura, representing Save Our Seniors, said the governor had chosen to side with Pacifica over the elderly residents, many of whom had been incarcerated in concentration camps during World War II. SOS claimed that there have … Read more

State health department blasted over nursing home oversight – Oct. 5 CA Assembly Committee on Health Hearing on Nursing Care

From CalMatters.org, by Jocelyn Wiener October 6, 2021: Read the article here:https://calmatters.org/health/2021/10/nursing-homes-oversight-california-hearing/ Democratic Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi of Los Angeles, who introduced legislation earlier this year to address some of these issues, also grilled Dunham about the department’s performance in caring for California’s most vulnerable residents..  “What I’m hearing is a lengthy history, that goes back … Read more

Hospice reforms to become law after Times investigation reveals widespread fraud, abuse

Los Angeles Times: By Kim Christensen, Ben Poston Oct. 4, 2021 8:03 PM PT https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2021-10-04/hospice-reforms-law-fraud-abuse-times-investigation Newsom signs SB 664 and AB 1280 into law. “Decades of unchecked growth in the California hospice industry will come to a halt Jan. 1, when a moratorium on new licenses takes effect along with reforms aimed at curbing widespread fraud … Read more

AB 279 Advances, but Late for ICF Seniors

August 30, 2021 article in laist by Josie Huang: https://laist.com/news/housing-homelessness/ca-legislature-passes-covid-ban-transfers-for-senior-home-residents The fight of the Sakura ICF seniors and their families to stay in the only bilingual/bi-cultural ICF for Japanese American and Japanese seniors is what inspired the crafting of AB 279. Unfortunately, Pacifica Companies succeeded in evacuating all of the seniors from the ICF prior … Read more

State Senate, Assembly Pass Bill Blocking Nursing Home Evictions During Pandemic

https://rafu.com/2021/08/state-senate-assembly-pass-bill-blocking-nursing-home-evictions-during-pandemic/ August 26, 2021 SACRAMENTO — AB 279, a bill that would halt evictions and transfers in nursing homes during a pandemic, passed the State Senate on Monday with a decisive bipartisan supermajority ovote of 32-3. Introduced by Assemblymembers Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance) and Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles), AB 279 would impact the Pacifica Companies, owners of … Read more

Japanese Americans Take a Stand on Los Angeles City Redistricting

https://rafu.com/2021/08/little-tokyo-looks-to-avoid-repeating-redistricting-trap The Los Angeles City Council Redistricting Commission (LACCRC) was looking for community input as to how the lines will be drawn for Council Districts 1-15 for the next 10 years. Reverend Ray Fukumoto delivered the following comments on behalf of SOS Network: ”Hi, I am Rev. Ray Fukumoto representing Save Our Seniors Network. A … Read more

Rafu Shimpo Coverage of Kansha Obon II

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Community Seeks Justice for Evictions of Seniors

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: COMMUNITY SEEKS JUSTICE FOR EVICTIONS OF SENIORS Pacifica Companies must provide comparable services to what seniors received at the Sakura Intermediate Care Facility including bilingual and bicultural care for Medi-Cal residents A major chapter in the history of elderly care for Japanese and Japanese Americans has passed with the emptying out of … Read more

Closure of Sakura ICF: Start of the End to Culturally Sensitive Elder Care for Japanese Americans?

Shared from the 7/31/2021 The Rafu Shimpo eEdition VOX POPULI By KENSAKU NAKAYAMA Read HERE: http://digital.olivesoftware.com/Olive/ODN/RafuShimpo/shared/ShowArticle.aspx?doc=RAFU%2F2021%2F07%2F31&entity=Ar00304&sk=10D3443A&mode=text