Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month: The City of Los Angeles

Posted on 10/15/2014 by | AARP California | Comments

California   The Los Angeles coastal area was first settled by the Tongva  and Chumash Native American tribes thousands of years ago. In 1542, Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo, a Portuguese-born explorer, claimed the area of southern California for the Spanish Empire. Gaspar de Portolà and Franciscan missionary Juan Crespí, reached the present site of Los Angeles on August 2, 1769. In 1771, Franciscan friar Junípero Serra directed the building of the Mission San Gabriel Arcángel, the first mission in the area. On September …

Are You Ready to ShakeOut?

Posted on 10/14/2014 by | AARP California | Comments

California With 37 million people living and working in California, a major earthquake could cause unprecedented devastation. What we do now, before a big earthquake, will determine what our lives will be like afterwards.  With earthquakes an inevitable part of California’s future, we must act quickly to ensure that disasters do not become catastrophes. The Great California ShakeOut in October 2013 involved over 9.6 million Californians through a broad-based outreach program, media partnerships, and public advocacy by hundreds of partners. The …

¿Puedes enfrentar las 3 situaciones de tránsito más difíciles?

Posted on 10/13/2014 by | AARP California | Comments

California | Español Por Julie E. Lee Reconozcámoslo: conducir es un desafío, porque en la mayoría de los casos es imprevisible. Una noche podría cruzársete un venado por tu camino o un ciclista que atraviesa la calle. La luz trasera se te puede quemar o puedes encontrar un desvío difícil en tu ruta diaria. Sin embargo, hay muchos desafíos previsibles en nuestras carreteras para los cuales podemos planificar. Hace poco, AARP Driver Safety encuestó a sus principales voluntarios para averiguar lo que los …

New Rules about Home and Community Based (HCB) Settings

Posted on 10/9/2014 by | AARP California | Comments

Advocacy | California Right now the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), the California Department of Aging (CDA) and the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) are creating a plan that will make BIG changes to how services are provided to people with disabilities, the elderly, and families. Without your input, these changes may not be strong enough to make lives better! New federal rules say that community settings (including assisted living and group homes & day and work programs) must give people choice, privacy, …

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month: Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo

Posted on 10/8/2014 by | AARP California | Comments

California   Very few people have had as much impact in shaping California as Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo. Vallejo was born in Monterey in 1807, when that city was the capital of Alta California in the Viceroy of New Spain. As a young man, Vallejo worked as a clerk for English merchant William Hartnell, learning English, French, and Latin. Vallejo was serving as personal secretary to the Governor of California, Luis Arguello in 1821, when news of Mexico’s independence from Spain reached …

Movies for Grownups Film Showcase Comes to L.A. LIVE

Posted on 10/2/2014 by | AARP California | Comments

California | Events Great films, talented actors, gifted directors – AARP’s Movies for Grownups Film Showcase has it all! From November 6-9, the second annual Movies for Grownups Film Showcase will spotlight films with performances and storylines that speak to the 50+ moviegoer. All 11 of the screenings will be followed by an audience Q&A with talent from the film. Don’t miss your chance to see some of the year’s best films selected with a “grown-up” audience in mind! Plus, participate in Q&As …