President’s Message … Margaret Schieck

Welcome to Fall, everyone.  There is a lot happening in the month of October.  The Campbell Octoberfest will be on October 16th and 17th in downtown Campbell.  Even if you are not a beer drinker, it’s lots of fun to be downtown and outdoors.  October 11th is both Indigenous People’s Day and Columbus Day with celebrations to match and, of course, Halloween is on the 31st. If you choose to come in costume to our general meeting, even if virtual, feel free to do so.

We still do not know when National AARP will give an okay for in-person group meetings.  I just keep getting told “until further notice” no meetings of more than five people indoors.  I will let you know as soon as I know.  I have asked for exemption because we are in a city that is over 90% vaccinated, and a county that is over 80% vaccinated, but cannot get an approval from National.  I’ll keep trying.

As promised, I did attend the meeting on Heat Stroke, Climate Change, and Seniors.  The greatest danger to older adults is not when we would think, but in the winter.  More seniors die of heat stroke when there is an unexpected heat surge in the winter because our bodies have not had a chance to acclimate to a warming up.  This used to be more common in Southern California, but with climate change the phenomenon is moving north as well.  Be aware that warming weather in January or February means drink more water and stay cool.

AARP October Meeting … Paul Levine and Anne Anderson

The speaker for our October 19 meeting will be Cassie Kifer.  Cassie is a San Jose-based author, communications consultant, urban planner, and explorer.  Her work has been featured in Delta Sky Magazine, National Geographic TravelFodor’s Travel, Thrillist, and on the website of the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority.  When she is home, you can find her seeking out interesting food and cultural experiences and hiking the South Bay’s many parks and open spaces with her husband and rescued shelter dog, Riley.

Cassie’s presentation will consist of a description of several of the local attractions discussed in her book entitled “Secret San Jose:  A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure.”

Membership … Shelly Schwartz

Beginning this month, the Dispatch includes the Membership Application on page 3.  We begin accepting Membership’s yearly dues for the upcoming year to get a headstart on 2022.  When you renew, the Application must accompany your check.  Please note that our dues are listed on the application and remain the same as last year.  New members who join before year’s end will only pay for the 2022 calendar year.

Legislative News … Daniel Nnorth and Claudia Schott

The California Legislature closed on September 13th and the Governor has until October 10th to sign the bills into law.  Please call the Governor before the 9th to sign the following into law:

AB 279 – would prohibit, until July 1, 2022, an Intermediate Care Facilities (ICF) or Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF), as defined, from terminating or making significant quality-of-care changes to its skilled nursing or supportive care services, or from transferring a resident to another ICF or SNF, during any declared state of emergency relating to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), except if the owner files a bankruptcy petition.

AB 74 – requires a facility to submit to the department specified information on its medical director on an initial application, and to notify the department of any changes in its medical director within 10 calendar days of those changes, as specified.  The bill would require a facility to report to the department proof of, or progress toward, certification for its medical director and expands the scope of an existing crime, which would impose a state-mandated local program.

AB 849 – authorizes the legal representative, personal representative, or successor in interest of a current or former resident or patient of a skilled nursing facility or intermediate care facility to bring a civil action.  The bill, for violations that occur on or after March 1, 2021, would make the licensee liable for up to $500 per violation and would prescribe required factors to be considered in assessing the amount of the damages, including, among others, the nature and seriousness of each violation.

AB 323 – redefines a class “AA” violation as a class “A” violation that the department determines to have been a substantial factor, as described, in the death of a resident of a long-term health care facility.  The bill would increase the civil penalties for a class “A,” “AA,” or “B” violation by a skilled nursing facility or intermediate care facility, as specified.

AB 1042 – authorizes investigation or inspection of long-term nursing facilities for the protection of safety and health, as prescribed.  OSHA, in this regard, authorizes the chief or their authorized representative, as applicable, to obtain warrants, issue subpoenas, and issue orders, as prescribed.

SB 650 – requires an organization that operates, conducts, owns, manages, or maintains a skilled nursing facility or facilities to prepare and file with the office an annual consolidated financial report that includes data from all operating entities, license-holders, and related parties in which the organization has an ownership or control interest of 5% or more and that provides any service, facility, or supply to the skilled nursing facility.

IN OTHER NEWS: SB 9 and SB 10 were signed into law by Governor Newsom on September 16th.  These two will change the landscape of the single-family dwelling neighborhood, especially those that have more than an 8th of an acre or more.

SB 9 streamlines the process for an owner to subdivide an existing single-family residential lot to create a duplex and/or allow for new infill construction.

SB 10 establishes enabling legislation for jurisdictions that want to opt in and up-zone urbanized areas close to transit, allowing up to 10 units per parcel without any CEQA (California Environmental Quality Act) oversight.

In Washington:

President Biden met with members of the House and Senate to discuss the infrastructure bill and the reconciliation bill.  This also ties in with the new budget for 2022 and the debt ceiling.

Watch for your local health system and/or county health director’s guidance for:

Who should get a booster shot?

Who should wear a mask?  Where, when, indoors or outdoors?

The rules keep changing.

Signs of the Times …

“If you don’t see what you’re looking for, you’ve come to the right place.”

“We repair what your husband fixed.”

“Let us remove your shorts.”