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

Nikkeijin Kai of Colorado Urges Newsom to sign AB 279 Into Law

Honorable Gavin Newsom, Governor1303 10th Street, Suite 1173 Sacramento, CA.  95814 SUBJECT:  AB 279 (Muratsuchi) URGE YOUR SIGNATURE Dear Governor Newsom: The Nikkeijin Kai of Colorado continues its support of AB 279 as it awaits your signature.  Our organization wholeheartedly supports SOS in its actions to insure the safety of our seniors as well as … 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

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.