4th District Election
Saturday March 21
Over the past few weeks when traveling around the Los Altos area, capturing my attention was a near constant sound, which prompted me to call my good friends who are active in the Audubon Society. My first thought was that there was a nest of owls that might be in stress over the increased numbers of coyotes, which have invaded the area.
But, alas, it turned out to be even worse. The incessant "who-who-who-who" sounds turned out to be not from our feathered friends, but the reasoned minds of long-term residents of the area who were puzzled over who Herlinda Chico is!
Laurence B. Goodhue
Voters in the 4th District will show in this April 14th election (early voting available now at City Hall) not just WHO wins, but what form of campaigning wins.
Of the two leading candidates, one is running a race that is purely about the mechanics of electioneering: PR, phoning, lots of endorsements, loads of mail.
The other has a shot at winning not because of his mechanics, but his name identification. He ran three years ago and won the first round. He is of, from and for the community, and people know that.
So who wins? Mechanics or name ID?
As with any election, the winner is determined by who votes and the outcome will be a fascinating glimpse into what matters more.
My bet is on the name ID over the mechanics.
[Bill Orton is a novelist and former staffer to five state lawmakers and a candidate in 2002 for the state legislature.]
The 4th District election may not mean much to you because you live in another district, but it should mean a lot to you. Our entire city is effected by the quality of our City Council as a whole and we need Daryl Supernaw on our City Council. He has proved through the years that he is a dedicated advocate for the 4th district and he won’t be using this position as a way to higher office. He is against raising the utility users tax and that concerns us all. I just wish I could vote for him.
Daryl Supernaw Hashtags: #Honesty, #Integrity #Dedicated, #FiscallyResponsible, #Committed, #LifetimeCommunityAdvocate, #Best4thDistrictCandidate.
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And, please be a good citizen; don't forget to vote April 14. This is an exceptionally important local election that could affect citizens of Long Beach for years to come.
March 29, 2015
Friday March 20
One of our greatest fears for our future is that help in the home will only be affordable for the top 10 percent – affluent families and well-off seniors. We all agree that it is important to have a choice and to remain as independent as possible, for as long as possible, in the comfort and security of our home.
Simply put, a little help at home makes a big difference in staying home.
At other times, to remain at home long term, the solution comes from having caregivers who assist the elderly and disabled with the light housekeeping, cooking, laundry, bathing, dressing and errands that maintain independence. In addition, the medical community realizes homecare is cost-effective.
No one disagrees that caregivers are valuable and should be paid according to the value of their work.
However, the homecare industry has been attacked by new laws passed by our legislators in Sacramento.
- Effective 2014, Governor Brown signed a bill that requires the senior and the agencies to pay for overtime after 9 hours a day and 45 for the week. This has harmed the live-in caregivers and seniors, as families are faced with a large increase in their costs and will cancel needed care.
- Since then, a new ruling from the California Supreme Court had added even more costs for the live-in caregiver. Both of these have added 40 percent to the daily price of live-ins.
- In 2016, we are anticipating new California rules and regulations that add unnecessary costs for caregivers and agencies.
These onerous costs for homecare for the seniors and disabled apply not only to agencies but also to anyone who directly hires a caregiver. That means whoever issues a caregiver’s payroll check -– and it may be a family member who is the employer – must follow stringent California regulations.
We return to our first issue: Will caregiving be affordable only to the affluent?
I have served the homecare community for over 30 years and believe recent laws and regulations have compromised the ability of caregivers, families, and agencies to work together to provide affordable care. The new climate of regulation harms the rights of the caregiver and the rights of the person who wishes to stay in his or her home. Care and caregivers will vanish. The seniors will suffer.
My recommendation: The homecare industry is being attacked by unreasonable laws and regulations. Therefore, I will work toward the repeal of said laws and bring back a good faith system that will keep your family member – and eventually all of us – able to choose and enjoy the benefits of good quality homecare.
Rhiannon E. Acree, R.N., CEO
Friday March 20
I recently moved my elderly father from San Pedro to the “Breakers of Long Beach Luxury Retirement Living” at 210 Ocean Blvd. It has been a wonderful place for him and both my sister and I like his new home very much. However, I have just heard that the owner/operator is leasing the business out to an Orange County drug and alcohol rehabilitation provider who plans to house their patients in the Breakers, intermingled with the current residents.
My family and I have several concerns which are shared by numerous families that have loved ones living at the Breakers. It seems somewhat unusual to me to house rehabilitation patients in a retirement home. There is the potential for this Orange County-based rehabilitation business will cause an increase in valuable Long Beach resources in the form of numerous police and fire department paramedic calls.
We moved my father into the Breakers as the residents were all of a similar age, status and life style. This will change with the presence of rehabilitation patients for whom the average ages are much younger and we believe the potential for harm to the residents become great. I understand that this type of arrangement has been tried before in other areas and has not yet had a positive outcome. Incidences of crime, especially violent crimes, increased substantially.
When we moved our father into the Breakers we specifically asked if there were any changes coming as the move from his own house into an apartment was somewhat traumatic for our father, as was for many of the current residents that have now come to call the Breakers their home. We were told “no,” that this facility had been there since 1992 and no changes were planned. We believe that there may be some fraud involved as a complicated deal and business plan such as this had to have been in the works for quite some time, predating my father’s move into the Breakers in November.
Name Withheld by Request
I don’t understand this letter regarding all the speculation and fears regarding the Breakers Luxury Retirement Living facility as outlined in a letter by some anonymous person. There are dozens of retirement facilities in the area to choose from.
Imagine that I take my car in for service. I am uncomfortable with the work or the mechanic, so rather than seek out another place to do business, I systematically attempt to destroy the businesses reputation by writing letters to the authorities and local publications based on hearsay. I don’t stop there. I even inject my opinion on how they need to conduct their business.
What happened to the Beachcomber’s policy on anonymous letters?
Robert van der Upwich
[Editor’s Note: “Name Withheld means that we know the identity of the writer. When the writer fears for the safety of their father because of the letter, we will respect their request to remain anonymous. We rarely accept anonymous letters unless the message would be of great value to our readers.]
Glad [Mr. Van der Upwich's] car won't be traumatized by being serviced at a different mechanic location. You must be in jest, to contrast this with the potential trauma caused by the Breakers New Resident plan. You do diligence to find a great mechanic, as your car must be important to you.
Families with concern about the resident change at the Breakers did due diligence locating a quality residence for their elders. The elderly can't be started up and driven to a new service bay like a car if their environment changes.