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.

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.


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!

OWLSF Urgent Announcement Regarding Laguna Honda

Laguna Honda Hospital Call to Action: update April 15, 2023:

For more details: SF Gray Panther Main Laguna Honda Page (new URL):



What to do:

Sign This Petition: https://www.change.org/p/help-save-120-beds-at-laguna-honda-hospital-in-san-francisco

Save these dates to appear, testify and or (now)write in:

April 18 Tues.-4 pm: Meeting of the SF Health Commission which will include an update on April 11 LHH Joint Conference Committee Meeting. Agenda and supporting documents are here.

See instructions on how to testify in person, by phone and in writing here.

See examples of 150 word statements you can write or say here

It was announced on April 11, 2023 that on April 13, Laguna Honda chiefs will meet with state and federal regulators to discuss the LHH “revised closure plan,” which has not been accepted by these higher ups. We need an update on this!

We are getting uncomfortably close to the May 19 deadline for evictions and closure; this 3rd monthly meeting of the Health Commission will summarize progress so far at Laguna Honda.

Save the date and write your supervisor:

See more details at SF Gray Panthers main Laguna Honda page  about how you can let those in power at all levels of government know that LAGUNA HONDA HOSPITAL MUST STAY OPEN WITH ALL BEDS INTACT: NO CLOSURE AND NO EVICTIONS. Local services for those in need who cannot safely or appropriately live in a nursing home must ALSO be supported, or Laguna Honda will remain in jeopardy indefinitely!
Teresa Palmer MD



OWLSF Advicates Against Out of County Acute Care Transfers

To San Francisco Health Commission                                                   April 6, 2023

Dear Health Commissioners,

     The Older Women’s League is particularly concerned about the continued out of county transfers of San Francisco citizens after acute care hospitalizations.  Placing patients far away from their family and friends delays their adjustment to their new surroundings and to their continued health and quality of life.  Further, family and friends who rely on public transportation to visit loved ones spend hours trying to reach out of county facilities.  Citizens of San Francisco who have lived here, worked hard, paid taxes, and consider this their home deserve better. 

If Laguna Honda does not achieve recertification or if there are bed cuts, the problem of sending citizens out of county  will become even more acute.  Our members are currently experiencing the many difficulties with out of county transfers, and the issue is very real to them. 

The lack of Skilled Nursing Facilities and Subacute Skilled Nursing beds within San Francisco County needs to be addressed.  We have been hearing about the possibility of beds at Chinese Hospital and other places since before the Covid 19 Pandemic.  Please give us an update on where these beds stand now, since it is difficult to see that any progress has been made on that front.  Finally, the data of transfers at the April 4 Commission Meeting was very welcome, but to get an accurate count of SF citizens transferred, we need to know how many of those transfers were not SF residents.  To begin addressing this problem, it is important that the data is complete.

Note:  Mr Morewitz/Health Commission Secretary:

Please forward this to the Health Commission in regards to the April 4 Health Commission Meeting, Item #5.

Respectfully submitted,

Melanie Grossman, PhD, MSW

President, Older Women’s League- SF



OWLSF Advocates for Community Resources

A letter from OWLSF President, Melanie Grossman, to the Secretary of the San Francisco Health Commission.


From: Melanie Grossman, PhD, MSW

Email: melaniedgrossman@gmail.com

Date: April 4, 2023

Dear Mr. Morewitz/Health Commission Secretary:

Please forward this to the Health Commission and also use the statement below for the minutes of the April 4 Health Commission in the general comments section.

Dear Health Commissioners:

Please schedule a hearing on Sutter/CPMC’s plans for use of the warm pool at Davies Hospital so that the public has an opportunity to express their concerns. There has been a trend toward hospitals all over San Francisco who are registered as not for profit institutions to eliminate community programs that do not garner profits for these supposedly nonprofit hospitals.

Sutter’s warm water pool  provides services to community members who are physically disabled, often in pain and trying to regain mobility and independence. Please do not let this service be the latest in a long line of cuts by Sutter on services that are not profitable for their bottom line. A hearing is absolutely necessary to review this latest rollback in services for the community.

Respectfully submitted,

Melanie Grossman, PhD, LSW

President of OWL-SF

OWLSF Advocates for Reversing the “Flow” at Laguna Honda


September 7, 2022

Health Commission, San Francisco Department of Public Health,

Dear Members of the Health Commission:

As President of the Older Women League of San Francisco, and as a social worker, I am writing to you to urge you to reconsider the “Flow Project” at SF General Hospital.  During my years in hospital discharge planning and nursing home admission, the hospital social workers proposed patients for admittance to a facility.  The facility then evaluated the appropriateness of an admission in terms of safety and ability to care for the patient.  Only then was a patient admitted.  The “Flow Project” made it possible for patients be admitted to Laguna Honda Hospital without evaluation, despite their lack of facilities to properly treat drug addiction and severe mental illness.

I ask the Commission to reverse the “Flow Project” as it serves the interest of SF General, and not Laguna Honda staff and patients. Adequate community programming for drug rehabilitation and mental illness in SF is lacking and should be one of our main focuses.  This includes clinics, well-trained staff and housing, follow-up programs with physicians, nurses, social workers, and mental health workers to care for these patients.  Asking Laguna Honda to take on these problems is an easy fix that has not worked, causing harm to many.

The Commission needs to focus on the root causes of current problems in the City, as well as long term solutions that would help San Francisco citizens struggling with the serious and often deadly issues of drug addiction and untreated mental illness.

Respectfully submitted,

Melanie Grossman, PhD, MSW

President of OWL-SF

OWLSF Advocates for Police Training on Alzheimers

May 5, 2022

Health Committee
California State Assembly

Dear Assembly Member Chris R. Holden,

     As President of the Older Women League of San Francisco and Chair of its Political Advocacy Committee, I am writing to urge you to support Assembly Bill 2583 for the training of police officers to deal with our citizens suffering from Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. 

     As a geriatric social worker, I know that individuals suffering from these conditions are often frightened and confused.  Professional training will go a long way to ensure that those with such conditions are treated with dignity, care, and compassion.  It will further prevent the suffering of patients and families and reduce the escalation of a harmless situations into a crisis.

     Please support Assembly Bill 2583 so that police officers can receive this training.  As more older people are choosing to stay in their communities and age in place, this legislation is timely and important.  People with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia have been productive citizens all their lives.  They have paid their taxes and we owe it to them to treat them humanely, with respect and with honor.


Melanie Grossman, PhD, MSW

Vice President of OWL-SF and Chair of Political Advocacy Committee

OWLSF Advocates for Visiting Rights in Nursing Homes


April 7, 2022

California State Assembly
Committee on Health

Dear Committee Members,

     As Vice President of the Older Women’s League of San Francisco and Chair of its Political Advocacy Committee, I am writing to urge you to support Assembly Bill 2546 so that it can find its way to Gov. Newsom’s desk and be signed into law. 

     The Covid 19 Pandemic brought to our attention the tragedy of older people in care facilities who died alone and without access to family members to support them at a time when they needed it most.  Let’s protect our older citizens from this ever happening again. 

     Please support Assembly Bill 2546 by Assembly Member Nazarian to ensure that designated family members or friends can be with their loved ones who benefit enormously from having the support of people who love them and know best how to bring them comfort.


Melanie Grossman, PhD, MSW

President of OWL-SF


An Occasional Piece, May, 2021



Informative and inspirational programs are planned for OWL for May 22nd and June 26th.  Sadly, these still must be via Zoom even as we all begin to hope that soon we can gather again in person.

For May 22nd at 11 AM, we feature a short video of “1000 Grandmothers” acting to protect our planet followed by Dr. Jan Kirsch, oncologist and environmental medicine expert speaking about climate change and health including things we can do to protect our planet for our grandchildren.

The June 26th program is Collecting the Wisdom of Your Years and Passing it Along. Our own Melanie Grossman will lead us through the process of writing our memoirs.  She has just completed and published her memoir Crossing Bayou Teche and even sold some copies.  We have been a part of creating some amazing history and societal change and it needs to be documented.  This is fun!

OWL SF has a Job Opening!

The person who has managed many of the details of keeping OWL organized is no longer available to do this.  This position requires a pretty good level of comfort and skill with a computer as it can mostly be accomplished at home.  Responsibilities range from maintaining an accurate membership list to monitoring emails coming to OWL (not many of those) to formatting and emailing the weekly ALERTS (but not choosing topics or writing the content), and a few other items necessary for such an active organization.  The compensation is $30/hour for a position which is 7- 8 hours per week.

Are you interested in taking on this vital work?  If not, do you know anyone who might be?  Please contact Glenda Hope at 415-585-4636.


“Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow.  It only saps today of its joy.” Buscaglia

“We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope.”  Martin Luther King, Jr.