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More than 2,000 Seniors at 22 L.A. County Locations Expected at Massive "Senior Stand-In" Friday to Protest Governor's Proposed Budget Cuts


SANTA MONICA, Calif., June 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- More than 2,000 seniors at 22 locations from Palmdale to South Bay and from Santa Monica to Claremont will be staging a massive 10-minute "Senior Stand-In" at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, June 12. Stand-in locations across Los Angeles County are listed below. The show of solidarity is in peaceful protest of Governor Schwarzeneggar's proposed $14 million budget cut which would completely eliminate funding statewide for vital programs that primarily or exclusively serve older adults. In Los County, alone, this would impact thousands of seniors and caregivers. There are an estimated 882,000 seniors age 60 and above living in Los Angeles County.

The proposed budget cut comes on the heels of the Governor's eliminating last Fall the State's $6 million budget for the long-term care Ombudsman program, which provides advocacy services for residents of long-term care facilities. The proposed additional cuts on the "chopping block" would eliminate funding for such critical services as food distribution, Alzheimer's care, care management, support to working families with caregiver obligations, adult day health care, the Senior Companion program, and more.

"Eliminating aging programs will only shift millions of dollars in expenditures, as many older persons become inappropriately placed in nursing homes," said Grace Cheng Braun, president and CEO of WISE & Healthy Aging in Santa Monica, and one of the Senior Stand-In organizers. "We strongly believe that as the demographics of California begin to shift to an aging society, that it is crucial that we commit the necessary resources to helping frail older persons remain in the community and live with dignity and independence."

To attend and cover a "Senior Stand-In" at one of the 22 locations, please contact directly the individual listed for that site. Seniors will be available for interviews at each site.

Experts on senior services from several Los Angeles organizations and agencies are also available for interviews. Their contact information is below.

    Donna Benton, Ph.D.
    Director, Los Angeles Caregiver Resource Center
    3715 McClintock Avenue
    Los Angeles, CA 90089-0191
    (800) 540-4442 (at Saint Barnabas site for the Senor Stand-in)

    Grace Cheng Braun, MSPH
    President and CEO, WISE & Healthy Aging
    1527 4th Street, 2nd Floor
    Santa Monica, CA  90401
    (310) 394-9871, ext. 440

    Debra Cherry, Ph.D.
    Executive Vice President, Alzheimer's Association, California Southland Chapter
    5900 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1100
    Los Angeles, CA 90036
    (323) 938-3379 ext.225

    W. June Simmons, MSW
    President/CEO, Partners in Care Foundation
    732 Mott Street, Suite 150
    San Fernando, California 91340
    (818) 837-3755 ext. 102

    Cynthia D. Banks
    Director, Community and Senior Services
    County of Los Angeles
    3175 West 6th St.
    Los Angeles, CA 90020
    (213) 738-4208

    Laura Trejo, MSG, MPA
    General Manager, City of Los Angeles Department of Aging
    3580 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 300
    Los Angeles, CA 90010
    (213) 252-4023

    Bassett Park Senior Center
    510 North Vineland
    La Puente, CA
    Contact:  Don Herring
    (626) 214-9466

    Bernardi Multipurpose Senior Center
    6514 Sylmar Ave.
    Vanu Nuys, CA 91401
    Contact: Ileene Parker
    (818) 781-1101

    Bradley Multipurpose Senior Center
    10937 South Central Avenue
    Los Angeles, CA 90059
    Contact:  Phyllis Willis, MSW
    (323) 923-2761

    El Monte Senior Center
    3120 N. Tyler Ave.
    El Monte, Ca.  91731
    Contact: Marian Last, LMFT, CPC
    (626) 580-2210

    Gay & Lesbian Elder Housing at Triangle Square in Hollywood
    1602 N. Ivar Avenue
    Hollywood CA 90028
    Contact: Rafael Cosio or Mark Supper
    (323) 957-7200

    Hawthorne Senior Center
    3901 El Segundo Blvd.
    Hawthorne, CA  90250
    Contact:  Sikizi Allen
    (323) 945-6936

    Human Services Association
    Adult Day Care Resource Center
    6800 Florence Avenue
    Bell Gardens, CA 90201
    Contact: Terry Terriquez
    (562) 806-5400, ext 154

    Inglewood Senior Center
    330 Centinela Ave.
    Inglewood, CA  90302
    Contact:  Sikizi Allen
    (323) 945-6936

    International Institute of Los Angeles Multipurpose Center
    435 South Boyle Avenue
    Los Angeles, CA  90033
    Contact: Vicky Gutierrez
    (323) 264-6210

    Jewish Family Services (JFS)/Partners Adult Day Health Care Center
    7377 Santa Monica Blvd
    West Hollywood , CA 90046
    Contact: Vivian Sauer, LCSW
    (323) 841-9004

    Lancaster Senior Nutrition Center
    777 W. Jackman Street
    Lancaster, CA  93534
    Contact:  Margo Monroy
    (661) 942-6244

    Larkin Park
    Community Senior Services in Claremont
    660 N. Mountain Ave
    Claremont, CA 91711
    (909) 621-9900 ext. 229
    Contact: Floy Biggs

    Ladera Park Senior Center
    4750 62nd St.
    Los Angeles, CA  90056
    Contact:  Sikizi Allen
    (323) 945-6936

    Lennox Park Senior Center
    10828 Condon Ave.
    Lennox, CA  90304
    Contact:  Sikizi Allen
    (323) 945-6936

    17400 Victory Blvd.
    Van Nuys, CA  91406
    Contact: Larry Lisonbee
    (818) 705-2345

    OPICA Adult Day Care & Caregiver Support Center
    11759 Missouri Ave.
    Los Angeles, CA  90025  (West LA)
    Contact:  Mary Michlovich
    (310) 478-0226

    Palmdale Senior Nutrition Center
    1002 E. Ave Q-12
    Palmdale, CA  93550
    Contact:  Margo Monroy
    661) 947-3223

    Robert M. Wilkinson Multipurpose Senior Center
    8956 Vanalden Avenue
    Northridge, CA  91324
    Contact:  Linda Chan
    (818) 756-7741

    St. Barnabas Senior Services
    675 S. Carondolet Street
    Los Angeles, CA  90057
    Contact:  Rigo Saborio (for Spanish-speaking media)
    (626) 733-3475
    or Gordon Gibb (English-speaking media)
    (213) 388-4444
    (Korean-speaking media opportunities also)

    Theresa Lindsay Multipurpose Senior Center
    429 E. 42nd Place
    Los Angeles, CA 90011
    Contact:  Phyllis Willis, MSW
    (323) 923-2761

    Watts Labor Community Action Committee
    10950 South Central Avenue
    Los Angeles, CA. 90059
    Contact:  Phyllis Willis, MSW
    (323) 923-2761

    WISE Adult Day Service Center
    1510 Pico Boulevard
    Santa Monica, CA  90405
    Contact:  Grace Cheng Braun
    (310) 394-9871

SOURCE WISE & Healthy Aging
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