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

Rafu Shimpo Coverage of Kansha Obon II

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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

June 16 NEWS UPDATE: SAKURA ICF CLOSURE ATTEMPT BY PACIFICA COMPANIES DELAYED

It has now been determined that) “Pacifica failed to ensure the resident’s attending physician complete the medical assessment prior to issuing the 60 Day Notices of Transfer that were sent by certified mail around May 19, 2021 to Sakura ICF families.  These assessments must include an assessment of the resident’s susceptibility to adverse health consequences, including psycho-social … Read more

Nikkeijin Kai of Colorado Opposes Pacifica’s Revised “Transition Plan”

The closure and forced removal of residents from Sakura Intermediate Care Facility is an issue for all Japanese Americans, not just a “local” one. There is no other such facility any where else in the United States.

 

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Pacifica Companies Attacks Residents with 11 Staff Layoffs from Sakura ICF

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Pacifica Companies’ Hypocrisy: There have been 11 staff layoffs at Sakura ICF in recent months

Following Pacifica Companies’ published desire to close the Sakura Intermediate Care Facility (ICF) in Boyle Heights, the ONLY facility of its kind for Japanese American and Japanese seniors in the entire United States, eleven staff have been laid off, including staff all important to the historically exceptionally high-quality bilingual and bi-cultural care that the facility has been known for.

This has occurred despite widespread opposition from the community, multiple elected officials and even the California Department of Public Health. Pacifica is continuing to do whatever they can to cut costs and push residents out of the facility to make way for more profitable high-rent housing.

Statement from a Longtime Bilingual Staffer at Sakura Intermediate Care Facility:

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Japanese American Bar Association (JABA) Opposes Pacifica’s Re-submitted “Transition Plan”

Dear Ms. Dunham, My name is Kira Teshima Conlon with the Japanese American Bar Association and am writing to express our strong opposition to the proposal by Sakura Intermediate Care Facility (“ICF”) to involuntarily evict its vulnerable senior tenants.  As with the first rejected plan, the re-submitted transition plan fails to present viable relocation facilities.  … Read more

Community rejects development plans at Sakura Intermediate Care Facility

https://boyleheightsbeat.com/community-rejects-development-plans-at-sakura-intermediate-care-facility Albert Serna Jr. April 30, 2021 Boyle Heights In Focus, Health, Seniors 60 For nearly eight years, Ken Nakayama’s mother Tomiko, who is 93, has been living at Sakura Intermedate Care Facility in Boyle Heights along other Japanese and Japanese American elders. It is a unique facility, Nakayama said, that not only cares for … Read more