Japanese American Seniors and the U.S. Healthcare Crisis

Article by SOS member, David Monkawa in EastWindEzine.com This article by SOS member, David Monkawa, lends historical context to the fight that is currently being fought by Save Our Seniors and the families of residents at the former Keiro Nursing and Retirement Homes. He also shares his personal opinion about the prospects and benefits of … Read more

Letters Calling on Governor Newsom to Sign AB 279 Into Law

Supporters of CA seniors are calling upon Governor Gavin Newsom to sign AB 279 into law to protect the lives of seniors during the ongoing pandemic.  That such an effort is required to fortify California law shows that we have much work to do to win the healthcare reform we need! Please see some of … Read more

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

Support the Evicted ICF Seniors!

August 13, 2021: SOS Network and Supporters Hand Petition to Sakura Gardens Staff to Deliver to Pacifica Companies to Demand Proper Care for Evicted ICF Seniors With cases of the Delta Variant on the rise, Pacific Companies has coerced fragile seniors out of the 100% COVID-19 Free Sakura ICF and has not guaranteed their access … 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

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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.



WIN HISTORICAL DESIGNATION FOR SAKURA GARDENS!

Support the efforts of Boyle Heights Community Partners! https://boyleheightscommunitypartners.com/Donate.php “Places like the International Institute on Boyle Avenue, a cornerstone for the immigrant community has been protected from a demolition for new office spaces, Otomisan the only remaining Japanese Restaurant from the 1950’s, but other like Sakura Gardens (formerly the Jewish Home of the Aged), The … Read more

Support the ICF Evacuees!

SOS Network and Supporters Hand Petition to Sakura Gardens Staff to Deliver to Pacifica Companies to Demand Proper Care for Evicted ICF Seniors With cases of the Delta Variant on the rise, Pacific Companies has coerced fragile seniors out of the 100% COVID-19 Free Sakura ICF and has not guaranteed their access to the bilingual/bi-cultural … Read more

Historical Monument Application For the Otomisan Japanese Restaurant in Boyle Heights Moves Forward in Process

The Otomisan Japanese Restaurant is believed to be one of the oldest long-standing Japanese restaurants in LA https://whatnowlosangeles.com/historical-monument-application-filed-for-the-otomisan-japanese-restaurant-in-boyle-heights The Otomisan Japanese Restaurant and the Martha Sindell/Nishiyama Residence behind it may both be considered historical buildings in LA, if the application filed earlier this year is approved. At 2506 1/2 E 1st St, and 2508 East … Read more

KANSHA OBON II

Dance for our seniors a success! At Kansha Obon II, Dr. Kensaku Nakayama and members of the Sakura Intermediate Care Facility Family Council speak to the audience about the stress and trauma faced by their relatives as a result of Pacifica Companies greed-driven cruelty. * * * Rafu Shimpo Coverage of Kansha Obon II – … Read more