Outside the Wall Column

by Les H. Cohen, Mutual 15

Legislative Advocate Emeritus/ OC Ombudsman

Last week, we passed along some of the California Senior Legislature’s top legislative proposals for 2014.

Here is a list of the others of interest to shareholders:

• Medi-Cal Coverage: Falls risk assessment (AP-31) would include similar falls prevention education, assessments and in-home interventions as covered benefits under the state program.

• The Geriatric Behavioral Health (AP-18) proposal would establish two positions to provide senior level leadership and expert support. One is in the California Department of Aging, and the other, the California Department of Health Care Services, Behavioral Health Care Services.

• The Building Standards: Staircase Handrails (SP-19) proposal would require all public staircases to be equipped with handrails.

The following were identified as the top four federal legislative proposals:

• The Labeling of Prescription Drugs (AFP-2) proposal requires that all prescriptions contain a notice on the prescription label of the purpose for which the drug is being prescribed, unless the patient or the physician request that this information be omitted.

• Medicare dental coverage (AFP-6) proposal would include general dental examinations and other services for good dental health as a covered benefit.

• The Social Security death reporting (AFP-1) proposal would require funeral directors to notify the Federal Social Security Administration of a death’s processed.

• The Social Security burial benefits (AFP-9) proposal requires that the burial benefit be increased to $495 and be payable to immediate family members.

Letters to the Editor


Everything started Oct. 31, when, after a tree was completely removed, we received a five-minute notice for the action (very dictatorial way to do things) Excuse: Roots are lifting parts of the sidewalk so they had to take a quick decision. My reply: “Can we vote? You are removing 17 trees that depreciate our units.”

How expensive is to remove a tree? It would have been cheaper for us, the shareholders, to dig and chop the obstructed root and patch the sidewalk.

How about second, third and fourth opinions before acting? They said they needed to take a quick decision and don’t want a lawsuit. As of today, the sidewalk remains the same.

It is very simple to understand that these people do anything in their power to avoid a democratic system. This is the great United States of America, not a third world country.

Do not let these kind of unjust acts overtake your mutual. Raise your voices. We all pay our taxes and monthly maintenance expenses. Affected members of unit 199 are fuming and very disappointed at the way they acted and spent our money.

Power and ego are greater feelings than compassion for others. How long will it take to gain our shade back? Many of us will not be alive to see it.

Julio Torres

Mutual 8


The beautiful Christmas trimmings in our lamp post with Santa”s hat and colorful garland was through the kindness and courtesy of our good neighbor Mr. De Grazia. For several years, his spirit of the holiday season has been manifested in our neighborhood. We are fortunate to have such a wonderful Christmas decorator.

Touring LW during day and night is spectacular with every variety of Christmas trimmings. Shareholders expressing their spirit of the season makes a festive atmosphere all over. Colorful Christmas lights at night are awesome, and everybody has a great time.

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and new year filled with gladness and good health.

Lisa A. Dickson

Mutual 1


The Christmas spirit is alive and well here in Leisure World. Unfortunately, it is that of E. Scrooge and the Grinch prior to their change of heart.

I am speaking of the Toys for Tots program, which seems to have disappeared from our community. No boxes at the three gates, no newspaper articles (except for the efforts of Mutual 17 residents Ronald and Dorothy Schockner, no rhyme or reason.

We are told to take toys “to the fire station.” I think we deserve an explanation as to why this worthy cause has been abandoned, and by whom.

So much for saving what we “know and love” as things are rapidly changing or disappearing in Leisure World.

I am saddened and. disappointed by the ending of this program and will make other arrangements for next year, as I did for this year.

Florence Dartt

Mutual 14


I am a bicyclist new to Leisure World. I have noticed that many other bike riders here do not wear bright or reflective outer clothing gear and at times, are difficult to observe.

For their own safety, I suggest they strongly consider wearing easy-to-see upper clothing.

Ed Wianecki

Mutual 8

Mutual Director’s Column

Submitted by Margarita Bahr

Mutual 2 Director

Its an appropriate time of year for this and certainly hope, it is true.


An eyewitness account from New York City:

On a cold day in December, some years ago, a little boy, about 10 years old, was standing before a shoe store on the roadway, barefooted, peering through the window, and shivering with cold.

A lady approached the young boy and said, “My, but you’re in such deep thought staring in that window!”

“I was asking God to give me a pair of shoes,” he replied.

The lady took him by the hand, went into the store, and asked the clerk to get a half-dozen pair of socks for the boy.

She then asked if he could give her a basin of water and a towel, and he quickly brought them to her.

 She took the little fellow to the back part of the store and, removing her gloves, knelt down, washed his little feet, and dried them with the towel. 

By this time, the clerk had returned with the socks. Placing a pair on the boy’s feet, she purchased him a pair of shoes.

 She tied up the remaining pairs of socks and gave them to him. She patted him on the head and said, “No doubt, you will be more comfortable now.”

  As she turned to go, the astonished kid caught her by the hand, and looking up into her face, with tears in his eyes, asked her:

  “Are you God’s wife?”

Credits and Kudos

Credits & Kudos must include the writer’s name and mutual, and will be edited for brevity. Mention of a business or service is not an endorsement or recommendation by the LW News or Golden Rain Foundation.

Nina Hearn of Mutual 8 thanks all those who responded to her request for translating her father’s 100-year-old letter from Dutch to English, especially Fred Wind, who completed the translation.


Dorothy Geisler of Mutual 1 thanks resident Joyce Gillette for donating a CD player to Colonial Care Center and resident Virginia Morgan, for donating two bags of audio tapes.