— STATEMENT OF AARP CALIFORNIA STATE DIRECTOR NANCY MCPHERSON: On behalf of AARP’s nearly 3.3 million California members, I want to thank the members of California’s Republican and Democratic Congressional delegations for their leadership in taking a stand to oppose the American Health Care Act. While it’s true that health care costs are continuing to rise, the AHCA would have actually increased prices further, while providing less coverage and giving billions of dollars in tax breaks to pharmaceutical and insurance companies. …

— Sacramento, Calif.  – Today, in a ceremony at the State Capitol, AARP California Executive Council Member Rita Saenz presented California State Senate President pro Tem Kevin de León a plaque recognizing him an AARP “Super Saver” for 2016.  The Super Saver award is bestowed upon a select number of elected leaders across the nation – regardless of party affiliation — who have fought to make it possible for more Americans to save for their future. Senator de León was honored …

— FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 16, 2017 CONTACT:  AARP Media Relations, 202-434-2560, media@aarp.org, @AARP Media Washington, DC – A new AARP survey shows that an overwhelming percentage (84 percent) of American private sector workers “strongly or somewhat agree” that officials should back legislation to enable workers “to save their own money for retirement.” The survey of nearly 4,000 workers aged 18 to 64 included a significant oversampling of African Americans, Latinos/as and Asian Americans.  The survey finds strong backing across all …

— FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                              CONTACT:  Hilda Marella Delgado Monday, March 6, 2017                                                (626) 429-7072, hdelgado@aarp.org Pasadena, Calif.– After the U.S. House of Representatives recently fast-tracked a measure that aims to prevent states from creating their own workplace savings programs, AARP and State Treasurer John Chiang today held a press conference urging the U.S. Senate to defeat the legislation and thereby protect the ability of millions of California workers to save for a secure retirement through the California Secure Choice Retirement Savings …

— About 7.5 million Californians whose employers do not offer a retirement savings plan will soon have a way to save for retirement through payroll deductions. Signed into law in September by Gov. Jerry Brown (D), the Secure Choice program requires employers with five or more employees either to sponsor a retirement savings plan or to automatically enroll their workers in a new state-created plan. The employer mandate will be phased in over a three-year period. AARP California backed the legislation …

— To celebrate new funding for the Los Angeles County public transit system and to encourage people to use it, AARP in Los Angeles is providing free, specially designed Metro TAP fare cards with a $1.75 credit to pay for the first ride. AARP is teaming up with the county transit agency, Metro, to support safe, affordable transportation options for the community. The reloadable plastic cards will feature designs created by local artists and AARP members Yolanda Gonzalez and Synthia Saint …

— In celebration of Black History Month AARP is recognizing Black Americans who have achieved phenomenal “firsts.” In this spirit, AARP in Los Angeles is sharing their stories here on our blog, as well as inviting followers on social media to share their own stories. What better what to wrap up our month-long celebration than by shining a light on a woman who just made Hollywood history? At age 51, acclaimed actress and Southern California resident, Viola Davis became the first Black …

— FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 22, 2017 CONTACT: Hilda Marella-Delgado Communications Director (626) 429-7072, hdelgado@aarp.org Pasadena, Calif. — We are disappointed with the court’s ruling, today. This is an early set-back to enjoining California law aimed at preventing age discrimination in the entertainment industry. Age bias is a national problem, and is particularly visible in industries such as advertising and entertainment. In the past decade, we’ve seen progress in Hollywood’s representation of people over 50 on screen, but there is still …

— To celebrate Black History Month and “Firsts After 50,” we’re highlighting trailblazing Californians like Emmett Ashford (1914- 1980), who in 1966 became the first Black American umpire in Major League Baseball at age 52. Ashford’s story came to our attention when his daughter, Adrienne Bratton, shared a comment about him our Facebook page on a post about another famous Jefferson High School graduate and Angeleno — Ralph Bunche, the first Black American to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. After graduating from …

—   This past Election Day, AARP was proud to celebrate the passage of “The Los Angeles County Transportation Plan”, or Measure M. This ballot initiative is poised to deliver over $120 billion dollars’ worth of transit improvement projects that will relieve traffic across the region, fix sidewalks and potholes, and improve our quality of life. (Read more here.) Now that the campaign is over, we’re hard at work at assembling an action plan to ensure that Measure M benefits AARP …