OWL ALERT December 3: FUND CLIMATE ACTION IN SAN FRANCISCO

SITUATION: SF has been slow to address our climate crisis—-and it’s going to be expensive. We need to continue to find new ways to plan, and fund planning and implementation. Relevant bond issues will be discussed at the Board of Supervisors’ meeting on Tuesday, December 6.

ACTION: Implore the Board of Supervisors to adopt the resolution urging the Capital Planning Committee to include Climate Action Plan (CAP) funding priorities recommended by the Center for Law, Energy & the Environment (CLEE) Report, in the proposed General Obligation (GO) Bond schedule.

Email letters should be received before the start of the meeting – preferably by close of business on Monday, Dec 5. Suggested subject line: File 221208: Support resolution to include Climate Action funding in Capital Planning. Email to the Clerk of the Board, bos@sfgov.org.

OWL HOLIDAY PARTY DECEMBER 17: PLEASE JOIN US!!!

OWL Holiday Luncheon


Let’s get together for an in-person gathering of new and longtime friends!

Saturday, December 17, 11:30 AM– 1:30 PM

RSVP no later than Friday, December 9th
email info@owlsf.org or call (415) 712-1695
Specify vegetarian or non-vegetarian

St. Mark’s Lutheran Church
Events Center, 1111 O’Farrell Street
between Franklin and Gough
parking available, wheelchair accessible
MUNI #38-Geary, #49 Van Ness

  • Complimentary lunch and beverages: specify vegetarian or non-vegetarian with RSVP

  • Wear your Christmas sweaters, holiday hats or come as you are!

  • Book swap, singing, plus a regifted gift exchange: Don’t buy anything new; pass a wrapped, unused gift along and have fun at the same time!  No stress—we’ll have a few extra gifts in case anyone forgets!

Let OWL know if you need a ride, and we will try to find one for you!

Happy Holidays!!

ESTATE INFO FOR GETTING YOUR AFFAIRS IN ORDER

The following list was provided to OWLSF by Susan Pollack, November 2022

ESTATE INFORMATION – Outline

[Updated 11/2022]
  1. Contacts
  2. Estate Attorney
  3. Financial Advisor
  4. Bank(s)
  5. Insurance Agent
  6. Accountant
  7. Doctors
  8. Pharmacy
  9. Estate Documents
  10. Will
  11. Trusts
  12. Powers Of Attorney (original and on file at institutions)
  13. Health Care Proxies (original and on file with doctors and institutions)
  14. Funeral/burial arrangements; draft obituary; photographs for obituary
  15. Long term care arrangements
  16. Information on family dynamics (guidance)
  17. Property to be dealt with
  18. Investments/Brokerage Accounts/Life Insurance
  19. Bank Account(s); safe deposit box
  20. Real Estate
  21. Personal property and other valuable assets, pets
  22. Automobile
  23. Where to find things
  24. Jewelry and other items of value (market or sentimental)
  25. Original executed documents (will, trusts, POA’s, health care proxies)
  26. Passport/medical/social security/insurance cards/driver’s license, birth and marriage

certificates

  1. Credit cards
  2. Bank and Investment Statements
  3. Evidence of tax payments/tax filings – federal, state and real estate –
  4. Insurance Policies
  5. Real estate documents
  6. Lists of friends/contacts
  7. Lists of service providers, including utilities
  8. Lists of passwords
  9. keys
  10. Stop/Monitor/Pay
  11. Social Security/Medicare/supplemental health
  12. Pension
  13. Credit Cards
  14. Auto-Pay
  15. CableTV/internet/electric/water
  16. Rent/maintenance/real estate taxes/income taxes
  17. Insurance premiums (property/liability)
  18. Social media
  19. Insurance
  20. Property and Liability (including driver’s)
  21. Medical
  22. Professional
  23. Automobiles
  24. Certificates of title (pink slips)
  25. Insurance

Update Periodically

OWL ALERT NOV 28: REPEAL THE 2002 IRAQ USE OF FORCE

SITUATION: It’s obvious that the 2002 Iraq Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) is no longer needed, yet the potential for the AUMF to perpetuate forever wars is ever-present.

Regarding the 2002 AUMF, to date:

  • The Biden Administration has affirmed that it is not relying on it for any ongoing operations
  • Senators Todd Young (R-Ind) and Tim Kaine (D-Va) have introduced a bill in the Senate to repeal it
  • In June, the House had bi-partisan support to include repeal in their version of the National Defense Authorization Act
YET IT HAS NOT RECEIVED A VOTE

ACTION: Contact your Senators today and tell them to support repeal of the 2002 Iraq AUMF, and BRING IT TO A VOTE THIS YEAR.

Go to: https://www.senate.gov/senators/senators-contact.htm for Senate contact info.

November 19 Member Meeting: GETTING OUR AFFAIRS IN ORDER FOR 2023

PREPARING OUR IMPORTANT INFORMATION
FOR LOVED ONES IN CASE OF
A HEALTH CRISIS OR EVEN DEATH

Speaker Susan Pollack is a retired lawyer with extensive experience in banking and financing and a recent transplant from New York.  She will speak to us from her professional experience, but also from her personal experiences during her husband’s illness and eventual death.  She will talk about what information needs to be organized and communicated to prepare for a crisis.

  • Critical Contact Information: doctors, other health care providers, lawyers, advisors, pharmacy
  • Finances: Social Security, pensions, other assets and sources of income, banking (list of automatic payments), investments, taxes, real estate, loans
  • Legal: power of attorney, will, birth certificates, insurance, Advanced Care Directive, DNR and other documents
  • Notifications: names of friends and contact information, clubs, organizations
  • Personal: pets, possessions, jewelry and keepsakes
  • And MUCH more

ZOOM Meeting Nov. 19, 2022, 11AM to 12:30PM

Guests, family members, spouses welcome!

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

Subsequent to the meeting, presenter Susan Pollack made her list of priorities available to us. See below. 

ESTATE INFORMATION – Outline

[Updated 11/2022]
  1. Contacts
  2. Estate Attorney
  3. Financial Advisor
  4. Bank(s)
  5. Insurance Agent
  6. Accountant
  7. Doctors
  8. Pharmacy
  9. Estate Documents
  10. Will
  11. Trusts
  12. Powers Of Attorney (original and on file at institutions)
  13. Health Care Proxies (original and on file with doctors and institutions)
  14. Funeral/burial arrangements; draft obituary; photographs for obituary
  15. Long term care arrangements
  16. Information on family dynamics (guidance)
  17. Property to be dealt with
  18. Investments/Brokerage Accounts/Life Insurance
  19. Bank Account(s); safe deposit box
  20. Real Estate
  21. Personal property and other valuable assets, pets
  22. Automobile
  23. Where to find things
  24. Jewelry and other items of value (market or sentimental)
  25. Original executed documents (will, trusts, POA’s, health care proxies)
  26. Passport/medical/social security/insurance cards/driver’s license, birth and marriage

certificates

  1. Credit cards
  2. Bank and Investment Statements
  3. Evidence of tax payments/tax filings – federal, state and real estate –
  4. Insurance Policies
  5. Real estate documents
  6. Lists of friends/contacts
  7. Lists of service providers, including utilities
  8. Lists of passwords
  9. keys
  10. Stop/Monitor/Pay
  11. Social Security/Medicare/supplemental health
  12. Pension
  13. Credit Cards
  14. Auto-Pay
  15. CableTV/internet/electric/water
  16. Rent/maintenance/real estate taxes/income taxes
  17. Insurance premiums (property/liability)
  18. Social media
  19. Insurance
  20. Property and Liability (including driver’s)
  21. Medical
  22. Professional
  23. Automobiles
  24. Certificates of title (pink slips)
  25. Insurance

Update Periodically

OWL ALERT October 28: IMPROVED MEDICARE FOR ALL

SITUATION: California’s Healthcare for All Commission is charged with determining how to fix our broken healthcare system through a unified financing system that would save money AND provide better benefits and access to providers. This is for our whole health care system in California- not just Medicare.

SITUATION: A coalition of labor and community groups working towards the creation of a guaranteed health care system in California, along with UCSF, created a calculator so that individuals can see how much they could save if we moved toward such a system.  This calculator was expanded specifically for Medicare.

ACTION: Check out the calculator to see how much YOU would save: https://healthyca.org/medicare-for-all-savings-calculator/

ACTION:  Check out the recording of the recent CARA meeting with some of the creators of the calculator: https://californiaalliance.org/

ACTION:  Share this information with others!  

OWLSF ALERT: HALT “FLOW” ADMISSIONS TO LAGUNA HONDA

SITUATION: The circumstances that thrust Laguna Honda Hospital into the throes of potential closure by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services are largely due to the implementation of the “flow project” process of admitting patients. Implemented in 2004, this process greatly altered the demographic of LHH patients by:

  • transferring the responsibility of admissions from LHH Admissions Committee to the Department of Public Health, and
  • including patients who prior to FLOW would have been denied admission based on a variety of behavioral health issues, including drug abuse and violence

ACTION: Contact local, state and federal legislators and tell them to halt the FLOW admissions program (all contact info below).

ACTION: Attend the Board of Supervisors’ hearing on LHH’s future on Tuesday, November 1st at 3 p.m., either in person at city Hall, or online. Click HERE for details about attending online.

ACTION: Share this message with friends, family and colleagues.

Contact info:

Click HERE to contact your San Francisco City Supervisor

Click HERE to find and contact your California State Assembly Member and Senator

Email Xavier Becerra, Secretary of Health & Human Services: xavier.becerra@hhs.gov, or write or call:

200 Independence Avenue, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20201
Toll Free Call Center: 1-877-696-6775

Click HERE to contact Governor Gavin Newsom

OWL/CARA Alert Oct. 6: RECOMMENDATIONS ON STATE BALLOT MEASURES

OWL is a member of CARA (CA Alliance for Retired Americans) and is forwarding to our members CARA’s recommendations on some of the CA Propositions in the November 8 election.

CARA’S RECOMMENDATIONS ON STATE BALLOT MEASURES

CARA’s Board and Legislative Committee reviews all of the measures that qualify for the statewide ballot and makes decisions to support, oppose or take no position on these measures. In order to win  support or opposition, these measures must have a direct impact on seniors and our families and be approved by CARA’s leadership (with a consensus vote whenever possible). This year, there are 7 measures on the state ballot, and CARA was unable to get a consensus or even a clear majority on 3 of the measures, so CARA is  taking NO POSITION on them.

The other four measures listed below are part of the slate card that CARA is sending to all convention participants and  senior voter lists and posting on their website and in social media.

Prop. I: Right to Reproductive Freedom – YES

Prop. 28: Art and Music K-12 Education Funding Initiative – YES

Prop. 29: Dialysis Clinic Requirements – YES

Prop. 31: Flavored Tobacco Products Ban Referendum – YES

See for full descriptions of each: https://californiaalliance.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/Slate-Card-V6.1.pdf

Also see the League of Women Voters of CA ballot recommendations:

https://lwvc.org/vote/elections/ballot-recommendations

ACTIONCONSIDER THESE RECOMMENDATIONS AND VOTE ON OR BEFORE NOVEMBER 8.

ART WITH ELDERS Opening, October 23

AWE 30th Annual Exhibit Online Opening Event

Sun. Oct. 23, 2022, 2-4 pm PT

Please join us for our biggest event of the year! We will celebrate the artists of the
AWE program together with a video presentation of artworks created in AWE classes,
and more!

The event will be held online. Please visit our website for Zoom link and details:

https://www.artwithelders.org/annual-exhibit/

Cover art “Sunset” by Jiang, Yi – On Lok Peralta

OCTOBER 22 Member Meeting: Celebrating Creativity

CREATIVITY IS GOOD FOR THE SOUL!
CELEBRATING OWL MEMBERS’ CREATIVE TALENT!

The October membership meeting will showcase some of OWL’s talented members followed by participant discussion on creativity and what it adds to our lives.

(Via Zoom.)
  • Sheila Malkind, founder of the Legacy Film Festival on Aging, will talk about how and why she created the project. She will treat us to trailers on the upcoming 2022 Legacy Film Festival
  • Tina Martin will read from her Memoir, Everything I Should Have Learned I Could Have Learned in Tonga
  • Kathy Mata will share a short video of her career as a dancer and her current work teaching dancing to young people
  • Fran Johns will read from her most recent book, Marshallville Stories
  • Judy Goddess will introduce us to Drama with Friends, how she started it and what it gives to her and others

Followed by Open Mic and discussion
exploring members’creativity and talents!

Saturday, October 22, 2022, 11AM to 12:30 PM
Zoom Link and telephone information to follow
For more information: Email: info@owlsf.org  or   Call (415) 712-1695

OWL ALERT September 23: CELEBRATE SMALL VICTORIES–THEY ADD UP TO BIG ONES

SITUATION: The State legislature passed and on September 16, 2022, Governor Newsom signed SB 1137 prohibiting new oil and gas wells or major retrofitting of existing wells within 3200 feet—more than half a mile—of homes, schools, nursing homes, and hospitals.

ACTION: Kudos to everyone who responds to the OWL ALERTS.  Persistence pays off.  Together we can be a part of bringing healing and justice to the Earth and all that is within it.  Give thanks with a grateful heart and contact Governor Gavin Newsom with a word of thanks for this action.

ACTION: Forward this message to friends in California.

CONTACT:
Governor Gavin Newsom
1303 10th Street, Suite 1173
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 445-2841
click here to email Gavin Newsom

OWL ALERT September 16: STOP THE NEGATIVE IMPACT OF BIG MONEY IN CALIFORNIA ELECTIONS

SITUATION: The Ballot Disclose Act (AB 1416) sponsored by the California Clean Money Campaign—which OWL has supported in the past—is on Governor Newsom’s desk for signature. AB 1416 requires ballots to add a short list of supporters and opponents from the official arguments in the voter information guide.  This information helps voters ascertain who supports and opposes each measure.

SITUATION: Also, on Governor Newsom’s desk for signature is the Disclosure Clarity Act (SB 1360) which requires online image and banner ads to clearly and prominently show their top funder on the ads themselves.

Newsom must sign these bills within the next 6 days
or this landmark legislation just dies on his desk.

ACTION: Stop the negative impact of Big Money donors in California IMMEDIATELY Write, call, and email Governor Newsom and tell him to sign AB 1416 and SB 1360.

ACTION: Tell your family and friends to join you in this very important effort.

Governor Gavin Newsom
1021 O Street, Suite 9000
Sacramento, CA 95814

Phone: (916) 445-2841
Click
HERE to email Governor Newsom.

OWL ALERT August 31: RACIAL JUSTICE FOR ALL

SITUATION: September 30, 2020 Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law AB 2542, the California Racial Justice Act (CRJA), which expands opportunities for defendants to challenge racial bias in their convictions—but it excludes judgements before January 1, 2021.

SITUATION: New bill AB 256, Racial Justice for All (authored by Ash Kalra, Dem, District 27) would expand the use of CRJA to convictions prior to this date, as well as procedures undertaken while the accused was a minor. This bill has passed the California State Senate and Assembly.

ACTION: Urge Governor Newsom to take the step from Racial Justice to RACIAL JUSTICE FOR ALL by signing AB 256.

ACTION: Share this message with friends and colleagues in California.

Governor Gavin Newsom
1021 O Street, Suite 9000
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 445-2841

Click HERE to email Governor Newsom

OWLSF September Meeting: GET READY FOR THE NOVEMBER ELECTION

 

For and against speakers on selected Ballot Measures:

I-Vehicles on JFK Drive in Golden Gate Park and the Great Highway

J-Recreational Use of JFK Drive in Golden Gate Park

M-Tax on Keeping Residential Units Vacant

N-Golden Gate Park Underground Parking Facility

O-Additional Parcel Tax for City College

 

When:  Saturday, September 17, 2022, 11 AM to 1PM

Where:  Latino/Hispanic Room, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., Civic Center

Guests Welcome!

WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU THERE!!

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

 

OWL ALERT AUGUST 16: GIVE CALIFORNIA CITIES THE TOOLS TO REDUCE TRAFFIC FATALITIES

SITUATION: Traffic deaths in San Francisco persisted during the pandemic and, two years out from its 2024 Vision Zero deadline, the city’s goal of zero traffic deaths by then has become increasingly elusive.

SITUATION: Speed is the main factor in determining a victim’s survival in a crash, and (many argue) there is no single tool as effective at decreasing the dangers of automobile traffic as speed safety cameras.

SITUATION: California State Assemblymember Phil Ting is the lead author of a bill authorizing a five-year pilot program in five California cities—including San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose in the Bay Area—to utilize “speed safety systems,” such as cameras, that automatically detect violation of speeding laws. (We already use cameras to enforce red-light running.)

ACTION: AB 2336 is currently under review by the Assembly. Contact your State Assemblymember and urge them to promote and enact this life-saving legislation (see link below for contact info).

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

Click HERE to find your State Assemblymember.

Click HERE to find their contact info, listed alphabetically by last name.

OWL ALERT AUGUST 4: THE FOURTH AMENDMENT IS NOT FOR SALE

SITUATION: Data from apps most of us routinely use can be warrantlessly examined by the government, allowing agencies—such as the IRS, the FBI and ICE—to identify and track people without users’ knowledge.

They do this:

  • By purchasing information about individuals from commercial data brokers.
  • Without having to provide probable cause, because the laws regarding this matter were written before commercial data brokers existed, therefore not including them.

ACTION: S1265/HR2738, The Fourth Amendment is Not For Sale Act, has been introduced by Senator Ron Wyden (D, OR), which, among other actions:

  • Ensures that intelligence agencies acquiring data on Americans do so within the framework of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).
  • Requires the government to get a court order to compel data brokers to disclose data.
  • Takes away the Attorney General’s authority to grant civil immunity to providers and other third parties for assistance with surveillance not required or permitted by statute.

ACTION: The Fourth Amendment is Not For Sale Act is being considered by both Houses of Congress. Contact your Senators and Representatives (info below) and urge them end this massive privacy invasion by passing S1265/HR2738.

ACTION: Share this email with friends, family and colleagues.

Click HERE to find contact information for members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.

OWL ALERT JULY 26: STOP THE DANGEROUS TRANSFER OF RESIDENTS OF LAGUNA HONDA

SITUATION: San Francisco’s Laguna Honda Hospital—the largest skilled nursing home in California, and the largest publicly owned nursing home in the entire country—has been mandated to relocate more than 600 patients by mid-September, while recertification is in process.

SITUATION: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) unreasonable and inhumane demand does not take into account that:

  • Laguna Honda cares for especially fragile people;
  • When nursing home patients are forced to change location, the death rate from “transfer trauma” is high; and
  • Four people recently died shortly after being transferred!

ACTION: While efforts at recertification are underway, closure and discharges out of Laguna Honda must stop!

ACTION: Please contact federal HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra and California Governor Gavin Newsom, who must be made aware that there is wide objection in the community to the removal of Laguna Honda residents from their home.

Xavier Becerra:
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
200 Independence Avenue, S.W.
Washington, D.C.  20201
Toll free call: (877) 696 6775
Email: xavier.becerra@hhs.gov

Governor Gavin Newsom:
1021 O Street, Suite 9000
Sacramento, CA  95814
Phone: (916) 445-2841
Click HERE to email Gavin Newsom.

 

 

 

 

OWL ALERT JULY 22: URGE SENATE TO CONFIRM FEDERAL JUDGES BEFORE RECESS

SITUATION: The Supreme Court and conservative federal judges are waging war on our fundamental rights. 

SITUATION: We need the Senate to prioritize filling federal court vacancies, except the Senate is about to go into its month-long August recess.

It’s imperative that the U.S. Senate prioritize action on as many judicial nominations as possible while there are the votes to confirm federal judicial nominees who are diverse, qualified, and committed to the judiciary’s role in vindicating our fundamental rights.

ACTION: Please call our CA Senators and ask for the Senate to stay in session this August long enough to confirm as many judicial nominees as possible. 

MAKE SURE YOUR VOICE IS HEARD!

Senator Dianne Feinstein:   (415) 393 0707

Senator Alex Padilla:   (415) 981-9369

OWLSF ALERT JULY 13: BUILD SUPPORT FOR SINGLE PAYER HEALTH CARE IN CALIFORNIA

SITUATION: In January, lawmakers chose to delay a vote on AB 1400—the California State bill that would establish CalCare, a guaranteed, single-payer health care system for all California residents—which caused the bill to miss its legislative deadline this year.

SITUATION: We will have another chance to pass CalCAre in 2023 when the legislature reconvenes.

We need to build the necessary support to win,

AND WE NEED TO START NOW.

ACTION: Tell state lawmakers to fight the for-profit health care industry and PASS AB 1400 (see link below to identify your State Assembly Member).

ACTION: Join the CalCare Statewide Strategy call on July 14 at 6 p.m. Click HERE to register (with apologies for the extremely late notice).

ACTION: SHARE THIS ALERT with friends and family in California.

Click HERE to find your State Assembly Member and HERE to find their contact info.