RALLY APRIL 9 TO SAVE THE PEOPLES’ NURSING HOME

     JOIN THE GREY PANTHERS FOR A RALLY TO

     SAVE THE PEOPLES’ NURSING HOME

Tuesday, April 9, 2:30-4 pm

Polk Street Steps of City Hall

(Prior to Laguna Honda Joint Conference Committee Meeting, 4 p.m. at San Francisco Health Commission/SFDPH on Grove and Polk)

Bring signs! We can walk over to the LHH JCC Meeting at 4!

Laguna Honda has been closed to new admissions for 2 years!

How many more months will San Franciscans who need a nursing home bed have to wait?

San Franciscans need this 780 bed safety net long term care facility to resume full operation. Over 40 people at Laguna Honda have been waiting for safe discharge for monthswhere are the services to accommodate them?

Why is no new system of oversight being proposed (over and above SFDPH and the Health Commission) to prevent profound mismanagement of our public nursing home from continuing?

                                  Click HERE for more information.

OWL ALERT April 3: SUPPORT PEOPLE LIVING IN RESIDENTIAL CARE FACILITIES

SITUATION:  People living in Residential Care Facilities (RCFEs) often feel that their complaints go unheeded, even when a formal complaint is filed. California Assembly Bill 1911 makes the complaint process in RCFEs more timely, efficient and fair, by:

  • Putting an end to the practice of informally screening complaints, and not telling the complainant if their issue is not going forward,
     
  • Imposing investigation deadlines for RCFE complaints that align with deadlines for nursing home complaint investigations, 
     
  • Requiring written notice to the complainant when their complaint is received and assigned for investigation, and
     
  • Creating a right to appeal investigation findings.

ACTION: Contact your assembly member and ask them to vote Yes on AB 1911.

  • Click HERE to contact Assembly Member Matt Haney, District 17.
  • Click HERE to contact Assembly Member Phil Ting, District 19.
  • Click HERE to identify and locate State Assembly Members outside of San Francisco.

OWL-SF Meeting April 27: WOMEN HELPING WOMEN

Women Helping Women
In Ways That Really Make a DifferenceThis will be an in-person meeting!

Saturday,  April 27, 2024, 11AM to 12:30 PM
Richmond Branch Public Library
351 9th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94118

See below for location specifics

Most of us know very little about human trafficking and sexual exploitation.  OWL’s April program sheds some light on the women caught up in its dangerous web, the help available for a way out, and recovery.  Learn about important nonprofit resources and services available, founded by women to help women in San Francisco.
 
Speaker: Toni Eby—CEO of SF SafeHouse for unhoused women experiencing sexual exploitation—will help us understand the complex struggles of women dealing with these issues, and what we can do to support our sisters on the streets. Among issues she will cover:

  • How sex trafficking, trauma and drugs are intertwined
  • Prevention and support for women at risk
  • Resources for help and recovery

SF SafeHouse, founded by OWL Past President Glenda Hope, operates a residential transitional housing program, as well as the Hope Center, a non-residential outreach center in the Tenderloin. SafeHouse is currently negotiating to acquire a building for permanent supportive housing, making more lifesaving services available to  women.

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LOCATION SPECIFICS

The Richmond branch of San Francisco Public Library, 351 9th Avenue, is half a block north of Geary Boulevard. The Local 38 MUNI line will take you to 9th and Geary, the Rapid does not stop at 9th, but will take you to either 6th Avenue or Park Presidio–sixth being the closest. The 44 line also stops at 6th and Geary. Street parking is reasonably easy within a two block radius.

All branches of SFPL are wheelchair accessible.

The community meeting room is on the ground floor. If you enter through the 9th Avenue doors, the room is downstairs. If you enter through the 10th Avenue doors, as you do so, the room is to your right.

 

OWL ALERT March 19: CARA Senior Vote 2024

CALL TO ACTION: SB 980 HEARING ON MARCH 20TH!

CARAs sponsored bill, SB 980 (Wahab) which expands the Medi-Cal Dental benefit to cover implants –  impacting over 1.6 million Medi-Cal Senior beneficiaries – will be heard in the Senate Health Committee on MARCH 20TH. Visit our Positions Letters page to learn more about the bill, get your organization to submit a support letter, and join us in Sacramento on MARCH 20TH! If you would like to join our CARA Lobby Team on March 20th, please contact Dwane Camp at dcamp.cara@gmail.com . You can submit a letter directly on our Website HERE – Thank you!

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CARA’s STATEWIDE LOBBY DAY TRAINING

FRIDAY, MARCH 22ND AT 12 NOON

REGISTER HERE: https://bit.ly/CARALobby24

CARA’s Statewide (Virtual) Lobby Day will be held on Friday, APRIL 12TH, when we will talk to the 120 legislative offices (CARA CATs will host these).  If you want to attend, email caralobby@gmail.com to let us know which legislators you would like to talk with and we will send you the details.

In preparation for our Lobby Day, PLEASE register for our Lobby Day Training- Fabulous Friday Forum on March 22nd to learn more about our priority bills and how to conduct our virtual lobby visits.  REGISTER AT https://bit.ly/CARALobby24

OWL ALERT MARCH 8: MORE ACTION FOR SINGLE PAYER HEALTH CARE

SITUATION: California Assembly Bill 2200—known as the California Guaranteed Health Care For All Act, introduced by Democratic Assemblyman Ash Kalra—sets in motion a single-payer health care coverage system in California, called CalCare, for all residents, regardless of citizenship status. By streamlining payments and lowering per-capita health care spending, CalCare guarantees quality health care and long term care without creating barriers to care or out of pocket costs.

This crucial legislation needs to be heard and voted on by the Assembly Health Committee within the next two months in order to move forward. 

ACTION: National Nurses United is holding house parties all over California to plan future actions to support the passage of the bill. Get together with other activists and learn about a plan to win, in a fun, informative and empowering gathering. 

The San Francisco house party is Thursday, March 21 at 6 p.m., 1407 5th Avenue, Apt A (top buzzer). Click HERE to register. See National Nurses United-CalCare for more information and ways to get involved. 

Please also share this message with colleagues, friends and family in California. 

OWL-SF Meeting March 23, 2024: STRENGTHEN & STRETCH

IMPROVE YOUR BALANCE,
STRENGTH & FLEXIBILITY

Saturday, March 23, 11 AM to 12:15
Zoom video and call-in meeting

  • Gentle exercises done sitting or standing
  • Exercises and stretches for daily and at home use
  • No special equipment or abilities needed
  • Fun and easy to do

Coach Kyra returns to OWL to help our members increase balance, build strength, and improve flexibility for mobility and safety at home and out of doors.

For more information:
Call (415) 712-1695, or email
 info@owlsf.org

OWL-SF Alert February 20: END BIASED POLICE STOPS IN SF Feb 21

SITUATION: The Coalition to End Biased Stops has been working for over 2 years to eliminate racially biased police stops in SF. The Police Commission did finally vote unanimously in favor of Department General Order 9.07, a comprehensive policy to prohibit racially-biased traffic stops in San Francisco. HOWEVER – since then, this policy has been stuck in the “meet and confer process” with the Police Officer’s Association (POA).

It has taken nearly an entire year, but the policy is finally coming back to the Police Commission for its second and final vote TOMORROW, February 21st.

ACTION:

  • Please take 20 seconds to send an email to the commission urging them to finally implement DGO 9.07 by using this easy email tool.
  • Please post on social media, urging the commission to finally implement DGO 9.07, using this social media toolkit!
  • Meet us at Police Commission tomorrow at 6:30pm at City Hall, Room 400! We want to show force, and while the meeting starts at 5:30pm, this item is 8th on the agenda.

To learn more about DGO 9.07, why it’s so important for our clients, and why it has been held up so long, please read this letter drafted by the coalition.

And please share this message with colleagues, friends and family in San Francisco.

OWL-SF Info Alert: CARA Event to Repeal Unjust Utility Tax

A fixed-rate utility tax protects utility profits,
not California consumers.

This unjust tax will hurt seniors. OWLs can learn more about this tax and how to repeal it by attending CARA’s Feb. 23 Forum

CARA’s Fabulous Friday Forum

Click HERE to read California Public Interest Research Group (CALPIRG) article about the history and current status of the utility tax.

Click HERE to register to attend the event.

OWL-SF RECOMMENDATIONS for SF BALLOT MEASURES

SAN FRANCISCO PROPOSITIONS A, B, E, AND F
RECOMMENDATIONS

The OWL Board studied these Propositions on the ballot for the March 5th election in San Francisco and came to the following conclusions:

YES ON A – Bond issue for affordable housing including designations for seniors, families and abuse survivors.

NO ON B – Dubbed the “Cop Tax” and would require approval of new taxes to support this vital service which should be funded from current tax. Would actually delay increasing police force.

NO ON E – Decreases oversight by Police Commission, allows increase of dangerous vehicle chases on our crowded streets, allows more use of surveillance technologies without safeguards, decreases police accountability by decreasing reports of “incidents.”  

NO ON F – This proposition would require anyone receiving CAAP/public assistance benefits to be screened for substance use and if dependent on illegal drugs referred for professional evaluation and possible treatment. If they refuse, they will lose their public assistance money that they depend on to live! This measure is punitive, intrusive and depends on treatment services that are currently scarce and not easily accessible. 

OWL ALERT February 7: SUPPORT SINGLE PAYER HEALTH CARE IN CALIFORNIA

SITUATION:  Today’s US health care system is a complex, fragmented multi-payer system that still leaves wide gaps of coverage and poses significant issues of affordability. Despite health care spending in the US far exceeding other high-income, industrialized countries that offer a publicly financed single-payer system, we consistently report worse health outcomes and disparities among vulnerable populations.
 
An estimated 3.2 million Californians remain uninsured and millions more with coverage often delay or are unable to access necessary medications or health care services due to cost.
 
California Assembly Bill 2200—known as the California Guaranteed Health Care For All Act, introduced by Democratic Assemblyman Ash Kalra—sets in motion a single-payer health care coverage system in California, called CalCare, for all residents, regardless of citizenship status. By streamlining payments and lowering per-capita health care spending, CalCare guarantees quality health care and long term care without creating barriers to care or out of pocket costs. 
 
ACTION: National Nurses United  has a petition urging legislators to pass AB 2200. Click HERE to read the petition, and HERE to sign it.  Click HERE to locate your California State Assembly Member, contact them, and urge passage of this crucial legislation. 

ALSO: Share this message with friends, family and colleagues in California. 

OWL-SF Meeting February 24: WOMEN AND HEART DISEASE

Women and Heart Disease
Zoom meeting
Saturday, February 24, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION YOU NEED TO KNOW
  • Common myths about heart disease
  • Risks and Prevention of heart disease
  • How to tell if you’re having a heart attack
  • What to do if you think you are having a heart attack

Speaker:

Arete Nicholas, R.N. returns to OWL by popular demand after her informative and popular talk on Stroke in October, 2023. Ms Nicholas is a registered nurse with over 25 years of experience in clinical care management, consulting, health education and staff training in both long term care and acute care settings with a specialty in geriatric care management.               

Zoom link to follow
For more information:
Call (415) 712-1695, or email info@owlsf.org

OWL ALERT January 27: PRESERVE JUSTICE BY STAYING EDUCATED ABOUT OUR COURTS

SITUATION: Understanding our courts is vital to preserving justice. We have wanted an informative discussion on why independent judiciaries matter and how voters can thoughtfully evaluate judicial candidates. To educate ourselves on our judicial system before casting our ballot.
 
ACTION: Sign up and join the League of Women Voters SF on February 1 for an informative discussion on why independent judiciaries matter and how voters can thoughtfully evaluate judicial candidates. With nonpartisan insights from prominent judges, this event will empower you to consider qualifications, over money and politics, when choosing the judges who serve our communities. Leave informed and inspired about citizens’ impact in upholding the integrity of America’s courts. Click HERE to sign up for the event.

AND: Forward this message to friends, family and colleagues.

OWL ALERT January 19: SUPPORT A GREEN NEW DEAL FOR CITY COLLEGE

SITUATION:  City College of San Francisco does not yet have or follow a climate action and sustainability plan, despite efforts begun almost two decades ago. As one of the largest property owners in San Francisco, CCSF must do its part to ensure and contribute to a sustainable future and a just transition to a green, all-electric City.
 

ACTION:  Before Jan. 25 urge the City College Board to support the proposed resolution Supporting a Green New Deal for City College and Adopting a Climate Action and Sustainability Plan. (See the full text of the Resolution here. ) You can voice your support in person, by phone or in writing. Click here to access information on all forms of support on City College website and read the suggested talking points.

ALSO: Share this message with friends, family and colleagues in the San Francisco Bay Area.

SF Public Library Free Will Writing

 

 

 

Ready to turn the page? Begin with peace of mind.

 

2024 promises new beginnings and cherished continuations at Friends of the San Francisco Public Library. With the turn of the page to this new year, we’re reminded of the importance of preserving the narratives that mean the most to us. Crafting your estate plan is a profound way to protect your personal story for future generations.

In partnership with FreeWill, we’re delighted to offer you a straightforward way to create a will, at no cost to you. This accessible online tool guides you in communicating your wishes, safeguarding your loved ones, and bringing you peace of mind as you write the future chapters of your life.

CLICK HERE TO WRITE YOUR STORY

We encourage you to turn the page and articulate your legacy. Your life’s story is unique, and having a will ensures that your personal script is followed, chapter by chapter, line by line. Thank you for being an essential part of our book-loving community!

Warm wishes for a year of joyful storytelling! And if you’ve already crafted your will and included a chapter on Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, please let us know so we can thank you!

OWL-SF Meeting (in person) January 27: PREPARE FOR MARCH ELECTIONS

Be Ready to vote on important local matters a
t the Upcoming Presidential Primary Election in March!

In person meeting!

When: Saturday, January 27, 11 AM to 1 PM
Where: SF Main Library, Hispanic Room (lower level)
100 Larkin St., Civic Center, San Francisco CA

“For and Against” Speakers on
Selected S.F. Ballot Measures:

 

Measure BPolice Officer Staffing Levels and Amending Tax Funding (Charter Amendment)

Measure E: Police Department Policies and Procedures (Ordinance)

Measure F: Illegal Substance Dependence Screening and Treatment for Recipients of City Public Assistance (Ordinance)

Coffee and Refreshments!

The Public and Guests Welcome!

For more information:
Call: 415-712-1695, or email: info@owlsf.org

SF League of Women Voters Online Event: SAN FRANCISCO REPARATIONS IN CONVERSATION

OWL-SF is proud to announce the upcoming free, online event hosted by the San Francisco League of Women Voters on January 10 at 6 p.m.: 

                  San Francisco Reparations in Conversation

Want to know what’s next in the plan for reparations in San Francisco? Come to the free online event, Reparations in conversation, to hear from African American Reparations Advisory Committee Chair Eric McDonnell about the plan to support thriving Black communities across the city. The committee has made recommendations for addressing the discrimination that Black residents have historically faced and continue to experience.

 

The event is hosted by the League of Women Voters of San Francisco with partners including the SF African American Chamber of Commerce; the SF Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated; GLIDE; the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, SF Branch; and the National Council of Negro Women, Northern California Region.

 

OWL ALERT December 9: END CALIFORNIA FOSSIL FUEL SUBSIDIES

Big Oil does not want you to know that they get millions of dollars of subsidies in California every year.

SITUATION: The corporations responsible for decades of climate destruction are padding their profits with our tax dollars—on top of the hundreds of billions of dollars they make selling polluting oil and gas. Then, they turn around and use that money to subvert our democracy for their gain. Between 2020 and 2022, oil corporations and their trade groups spent more than $36.3 million in California alone lobbying state regulators and elected officials to delay climate action.

Even this year, when faced with a multi-billion dollar budget deficit, our state still gave away millions in subsidies to fossil fuel corporations and cut climate investments as a result.

California must stop bailing out wealthy fossil fuel corporations.

ACTION: Governor Newsom has the power to end their special treatment and reinvest that money in a climate-safe future. Newsom will unveil his next budget proposal in January. This is our chance to make sure not a single cent of taxpayer money goes to oil and gas corporations. Email and/or call Governor Newsom: END FOSSIL FUEL SUBSIDIES.

Governor Gavin Newsom
1021 O Street, Suite 900
Sacramento, CA  95814
(916) 445-2841
Click HERE to email Gavin Newsom.