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Keep Our Seniors Safe Act Signed by Governor Newsom

SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- Consumer Advocates for RCFE Reform (CARR) announces that California Governor Newsom signed the Keep Our Seniors Safe Act, a part of SB 172 (Portantino) which was signed into law on 12 October, 2019.

The Keep Our Seniors Safe Act strengthens the Health and Safety Code by adding safe gun storage requirements for firearms retained by residential care facilities for the elderly (RCFE - also known as assisted living facilities).

CARR sponsored this common-sense safe gun storage legislation in recognition that an estimated 70% of assisted living residents have a diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease or related dementias (ADRD). Dementia is a primary reason families seek an assisted living placement for a family member.

Many assisted living facilities are licensed to accept and retain residents having mild to severe cognitive impairment. Common characteristics include disorientation, confusion, changes in mood or personality and impaired judgment. CARR's public records' research evidenced that some assisted living facilities were storing firearms in unlocked desk drawers, or allowing residents to retain weapons in their rooms.

The characteristics and associated behaviors of a resident with cognitive impairment, coupled with unsecured weapons inside an RCFE posed an unreasonable risk of harm to residents, families and any third party working in or visiting an assisted living facility.

The Keep Our Seniors Safe Act fills the statutory and regulatory gaps concerning firearm storage by requiring weapons to be centrally stored in the facility, in a locked gun safe meeting the regulatory standards established by the California Department of Justice.

The statute advances CARR's consumer-driven agenda focused on reducing health and safety risks to residents living in California's licensed assisted living facilities.

"This legislation (Chapter 840) gives the state's agency (Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing Division DSS/CCLD) responsible for licensing assisted living facilities definitive and unequivocal standards for determining compliant gun storage," said CARR's President, Christine Murphy.

This is CARR's second piece of legislation to become law; the first was AB 1523 (Atkins) requiring assisted living facilities to carry liability insurance.

About CARR:
Consumer Advocates for RCFE Reform (CARR) is a San Diego-based 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization promoting transparency and accountability for consumers using assisted living services, and specializing in public document research on assisted living facilities, and the state's oversight of the industry. Learn more at: https://rcfereform.org/

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Due to the Gilroy Tragedy, the Historic Meeting with Calif. Gov. Newsom and 100-year-old WWII Vet Sidney Walton Occurred at the Capitol Monday, Immediately after the Governor Returned from Gilroy

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Sidney Walton, age 100, one of America's oldest WWII veterans and just back from on-stage in Normandy, met with Gov. Gavin Newsom July 29, 4:30 to 5 p.m. in the Governor's office.

The meeting was arranged by state Senator Brian Jones from San Diego County.

Although the meeting was closed to the press, videos and photos are now available on Sidney's website at: http://www.gosidney.com/.

"This meeting with the governor of my home state was very special to me," said Sidney.

Added his son Paul: "We were honored that he still made time to meet with Dad, a WWII veteran, upon returning to the Capitol from the tragic event in Gilroy."

Sidney is on a first-ever, nationwide No Regrets Tour (http://www.nationalnoregretstour.com/) raising awareness of the diminishing number of WWII veterans and the sacrifices they made. He is meeting all 50 governors in all 50 states, and met with the President in the Oval Office on April 11. On June 6, Sidney was on-stage with Presidents Trump and Macron at the 75th anniversary of D-Day in Normandy.

As he travels constantly throughout the U.S., at every stop along the way his most frequent expression is, "I love this country!" His continued love and patriotism for America is the driving force behind his unique mission.

Born February 11, 1919 in New York City, Sidney joined the Army in March 1941 - nine months before Pearl Harbor - and served for the entire war. As a survivor of the Asian conflict in WWII, Sidney is reminding Americans of the sacrifices these brave men and women made for our freedom today. In a few short years, there will be no WWII veterans left.

Sidney's biggest regret in life is missing a historic moment to meet some of the last Civil War veterans. Now, to make up for it, the No Regrets Tour is giving American citizens a rare opportunity to meet one of the last surviving WWII veterans.

"In these times when the country has become so divisive, my father represents a vanishing breed that unites both Democrats and Republicans alike. Everyone thanks him for his service in helping to save this beautiful country," said his son Paul Walton. "It brings tears to my eyes to see him treated like a national treasure."

A position with the federal government brought Sidney and his wife Rena to San Diego in 1960, where they raised three children, Paul, Judy and Ellie. Sidney has remained a widower since Rena's death from cancer in 1982. At age 99, he reminded Paul of his lifetime regret not meeting Civil War veterans. That initiated the National No Regrets Tour. The two-year tour is almost half-way completed.

A GoFundMe link has been set up on Sidney's webpage, http://www.gosidney.com/.

Gov. Newsom was the 23rd governor to greet Sidney:
1. Gov. Gina Raimondo, RI - 4/24/18
2. Gov. Charlie Baker, MA - 4/30/18
3. Gov. Paul LePage, ME - 5/4/18
4. Gov. Dannel Malloy, CT - 5/10/18
5. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, NY - 5/18/18
6. Gov. Phil Murphy, NJ - 5/24/18
7. Gov. Eric Holcomb, IN - 5/28/18
8. Gov. Pete Ricketts, NE - 6/11/18
9. Gov. Bill Haslam, TN - 6/19/18
10. Gov. Matt Bevin, KY - 6/26/18
11. Gov. Bruce Rauner, IL - 7/3/18
12. Gov. Rick Scott, FL - 7/11/18
13. Gov. Bill Walker, AK - 9/25/18
14. Gov. David Ige, HI - 10/5/18
15. Gov. Jay Inslee, WA - 10/17/18
16. Gov. Kate Brown, OR - 10/22/18
17. Gov. John Edwards, LA - 12/11/18
18. Gov. Phil Bryant, MS - 12/17/18
19. Gov. Greg Abbott, TX - 12/18/18
20. Gov. Henry McMaster, SC - 4/26/19
21. Gov. Mike Parson, MO - 5/2/19
22. Gov. Roy Cooper, NC - 6/24/19
23. Gov. Gavin Newsom, CA - 7/29/19
24. Looking for sponsor.

*VIDEO (YouTube):
https://youtu.be/ITBcwgVAKaI


*SIDNEY'S YOUTUBE CHANNEL: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLh3_98Qmpqq0VUcS2a9F1A

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*Photo caption: Sidney and California Gov. Gavin Newsom - 7/29/19, Sacramento.

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Historic Meeting with Calif. Gov. Newsom and 100-year-old WWII Vet Sidney Walton

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Sidney Walton, age 100, one of America's oldest WWII veterans and just back from on-stage in Normandy, has announced that he will be driving from San Diego to Sacramento to meet with Gov. Gavin Newsom July 30, 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Governor's private conference room.

The meeting is closed to the press; however, Sidney will hold a press conference and a public meet and greet outside the Governor's office immediately following the meeting.

Sidney is on a first-ever, nationwide No Regrets Tour ( http://www.nationalnoregretstour.com/ ) raising awareness of the diminishing number of WWII veterans and the sacrifices they made. He is meeting all 50 governors in all 50 states, and met with the President in the Oval Office on April 11. On June 6, Sidney was on-stage with Presidents Trump and Macron at the 75th anniversary of D-Day in Normandy.

As he travels constantly throughout the U.S., at every stop along the way his most frequent expression is, "I love this country!" His continued love and patriotism for America is the driving force behind his unique mission.

Born February 11, 1919 in New York City, Sidney joined the Army in March 1941 - nine months before Pearl Harbor - and served for the entire war. As a survivor of the Asian conflict in WWII, Sidney is reminding Americans of the sacrifices these brave men and women made for our freedom today. In a few short years, there will be no WWII veterans left.

Sidney's biggest regret in life is missing a historic moment to meet some of the last Civil War veterans. Now, to make up for it, the No Regrets Tour is giving American citizens a rare opportunity to meet one of the last surviving WWII veterans.

"In these times when the country has become so divisive, my father represents a vanishing breed that unites both Democrats and Republicans alike. Everyone thanks him for his service in helping to save this beautiful country," said his son Paul Walton. "It brings tears to my eyes to see him treated like a national treasure."

A position with the federal government brought Sidney and his wife Rena to San Diego in 1960, where they raised three children, Paul, Judy and Ellie. Sidney has remained a widower since Rena's death from cancer in 1982. At age 99, he reminded Paul of his lifetime regret not meeting Civil War veterans. That initiated the National No Regrets Tour. The two-year tour is almost half-way completed.

A GoFundMe link has been set up on Sidney's webpage, https://gosidneygo.com.

Gov. Newsom will be the 23rd governor to greet Sidney. The other 22 are:
1. Gov. Gina Raimondo, RI - 4/24/18
2. Gov. Charlie Baker, MA - 4/30/18
3. Gov. Paul LePage, ME - 5/4/18
4. Gov. Dannel Malloy, CT - 5/10/18
5. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, NY - 5/18/18
6. Gov. Phil Murphy, NJ - 5/24/18
7. Gov. Eric Holcomb, IN - 5/28/18
8. Gov. Pete Ricketts, NE - 6/11/18
9. Gov. Bill Haslam, TN - 6/19/18
10. Gov. Matt Bevin, KY - 6/26/18
11. Gov. Bruce Rauner, IL - 7/3/18
12. Gov. Rick Scott, FL - 7/11/18
13. Gov. Bill Walker, AK - 9/25/18
14. Gov. David Ige, HI - 10/5/18
15. Gov. Jay Inslee, WA - 10/17/18
16. Gov. Kate Brown, OR - 10/22/18
17. Gov. John Edwards, LA - 12/11/18
18. Gov. Phil Bryant, MS - 12/17/18
19. Gov. Greg Abbott, TX - 12/18/18
20. Gov. Henry McMaster, SC - 4/26/19
21. Gov. Mike Parson, MO - 5/2/19
22. Gov. Roy Cooper, NC - 6/24/19

*VIDEO (YouTube): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kVPdMFbRMmM

*SIDNEY'S YOUTUBE CHANNEL: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLh3_98Qmpqq0VUcS2a9F1A

*PHOTO link for media: Send2Press.com/300dpi/19-0726s2p-sidneywalton-300dpi.jpg
*Photo caption: Sidney celebrating his 100th birthday at The Today Show.

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