Rafu Shimpo News: Kansha Obon, Saturday, June 12

“Hope and Gratitude” event to honor new community heroes leading the fight against evictions at Sakura ICF and against displacement and gentrification in Boyle Heights. Actress Tamlyn Tomita will emcee. Performance by East L.A. Taiko. Made possible by the generous support of LA City Councilmember Kevin De Leon and many community donors! Get your odori dance moves on!

Pacifica Companies’ Claim of “Losing Money” to Justify Sakura ICF Closure Exposed

Article by David Monkawa, SOS Network Co-chair published in AsAmNews! Pacifica claims it is evicting the seniors and closing the Sakura ICF in Los Angeles because they’re “losing money”. This is dishonest and hides the full picture. When Keiro sold the four facilities to Pacifica in 2015 they were required to submit a “Written Notice to … 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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In Boyle Heights, Battle Over A Senior Home For Japanese Americans Is LA’s Latest Displacement Story

By  Josie Huang Published on laist.com May 13, 2021 5:00 PM

https://laist.com/boyle-heights-battle-home-japanese-seniors-sakura-gardens-la-displacement

Protest Against Boyle Hts Evictions laist.com - Josie Huang

Gated off from a main drag in Boyle Heights is a tranquil senior living campus with a glittering koi pond and the transportive name of Sakura Gardens. It’s a nod to the Japanese heritage of its residents and a reminder of a large Japanese American community that thrived in Boyle Heights before World War II.

It’s also the latest ground zero in L.A.’s unending saga of displacement playing out in a neighborhood too familiar with the pressures of gentrification.

 

(Josie Huang/LAist)

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