Open Letter Rebuttal to Governor Newsom’s Veto of AB 279

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November 2, 2021 The Honorable Gavin Newsom, Governor of California: We, members of the statewide and national Save Our Seniors Network, are outraged at your October 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 NOES (95%) cumulative vote in … Read more

Kaze Jones’ Rap: The struggle to protect and provide quality healthcare for Japanese American seniors

“This piece was inspired by Save Our Seniors Network and their struggle to protect and provide quality healthcare for Japanese American seniors.” – Kaze Jones Save our seniors, Who are fighting to survive…to live out peacefully the rest of their lives. But echoing their past struggles and cries, Now How could it be, close to … Read more

Newsom Repeats Falsehoods in Veto of AB 279

California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has Kept $Multi-Million Reserve Fund a Secret from the Public and Newsom Follows Their Lead to Endanger Seniors Under influence of California Association of Health Facilities (CAHF), the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) propagated the falsehood that “AB 279 would cause possible unintended financial duress” to for-profit nursing … Read more

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.