Letters to the Editor Editor: Shareholders who are interested in changes in Medi-Cal will find excellent information from Ask Emily, an online column by Emily Bazar from the Center for Health Reporting.
She writes: “Nearly 1 million Californians are now stuck in a monumental backlog of Medi-Cal applications that shows few signs of abating” and gives advice on what to do if you are waiting for help. To read the rest of the column, log on to www.centerforhealthreporting.org/article/months-after-applying-legions-stuck-waiting-medi-cal.
Les H Cohen
Mutual 15
The recent Leisure World Woman’s Club meeting was well organized and a great way to enjoy good company in Leisure World. Members were enthusiastic and friendly.
The entertainment from the 60s was delightful. Doris Day’s “Que Sera Sera” was a highlight, with everyone cheerfully singing along.
It brought back many memories.
Lisa A. Dickson
Mutual 1
I read LW Executive Director Randy Ankeny’s article in our newspaper (May 29) concerning the general attitude of Leisure World “stockholders.” We have lived here for 16 years. My husband and myself are very active, both in volunteer activities and social clubs. We wake up in the morning always with something to do for the day. We try to do what we can for our friends and neighbors and are lucky to have been helped when we need it.
Mr. Ankeny hit the nail on the head in his article. I thank you for writing it, and the few people around here who fill their days with complaints should reread it and start filling their time with some attempts at the “golden rule.”
Marjorie Dodero
Mutual 9
The Leisure World Orchestra enjoyed its end-of-season luncheon at the new Downtown Café in Clubhouse 5 on May 28. There were 21 people in attendance. People mentioned that the café is clean and convenient, and the vending machines are easy to operate.
They were pleased with the quality of the food items and the reasonable prices. Everyone pitched in to clean up the café at the end of the luncheon.
Steve NicholsLW Orchestra President

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.

Carol Franz and Edmund Loritz thank everyone who attended a gathering in Clubhouse 3 to remember Brian Marineau May 31. All were very kind and thoughtful.
Dorothy Geisler of Mutual 1 sends kudos to the people who socialize at the Hospitality Center on Thursdays. More than half of them bring their own cups instead of using foam ones. The Monday and Friday groups are half and half. Let’s try for fewer Styrofoam cups to save the environment.
Mary M. Romero of Mutual 15 sends kudos to LW woodshop volunteers who repaired two broken wooden dining chairs. She thought she was going to have to toss them in the trash and buy a new set. The woodworkers were friendly and helpful.

Les Cohen’s Outside the Wall Column

by Les H. Cohen, Mutual 15
Legislative Advocate Emeritus/ OC Ombudsman

Last week, I attended the California Ombudsman Spring Conference/Ombudsman Advocacy Day in Sacramento, representing the Council on Aging-OC.
I learned that the Assembly Budget Subcommittee unanimously restored $3.8 million for ombudsman funding in the assembly version of the budget.
The senate version did not include the funding, so the item is now before the two-house budget conference committee.
The conference committee is co-chaired by Sen. Mike Leno (D-San Francisco) and Assembly member Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley). The purpose of the conference committee is for members in both houses to align budget issues that Senate and the Assembly approved different versions of.
The conference report will become the foundation for final action before sending the budget to the Governor. The deadline to do that is June 15.
In 2008, Gov. Schwarzenegger slashed funding for ombudsman in half. Federal and state mandates under the Older Americans Act implemented ombudsmen to resolve seniors’ problems related to living within a long term care system.
On a sad note, former Assemblyman and friend John Vasconcellos died May 24. He was a leader in policy-making for public education, human sevices and public safety.
He was know throughout California and nationwide for his political skills and vision. He served his state with distinction and will be missed by many, including me. John authored my first and many subsequent bills pertaining to California state colleges.
He had my respect and admiration and taught me to become a better lobbyist.

The Open Forum

Members of the Open Forum will continue its series of lectures and discussions on China’s early history and society when the group meets at 10 a.m., June 17, in Clubhouse 3, Room 2.
The club will make a detailed study of the teachings and philosophy of Buddhism and its impact on Chinese civilization.
The series continues through 2014.
Members are taking a look at their cultural, religious and philosophical ways and beliefs.
The Forum meets at 10 a.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of the month in Clubhouse 3, Room 2.
For more information, call Mark Barnett, president of the Forum, at 430-2435.
– Mark Barnett