— 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 …

—   This is a true victim’s account of an online Romance Scam. My name is Jane Doe. I am not dead but I almost died last year. I was a victim of a “romance scam” by a man I met on e-Harmony and who scammed me out of over $1 million last spring.  I am going to tell you what happened and who I am today as a result of this financial reversal. I am 63 years old and live …

—   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. This week we’re looking toward history to remember Dr. Ralph Bunche (1904 – 1971), the first Black American to win the Nobel Peace prize. In addition, years before Dr. Bunche received this highly esteemed international …

— For her Dedication and Commitment to Community Service, Davis will be Awarded the Most Prestigious AARP Volunteer Award. Los Angeles, CA – Ghislaine (Ges) M. Davis has been selected by AARP, the nonprofit organization for people 50 and older, to receive the  2016 AARP California Andrus Award for Community Service — the Association’s most prestigious and visible state volunteer award for community service. The award will be formally presented to Ms. Davis at a ceremony on January 17, 2017, with …

— By Elizabeth Blish Hughes When immigrants from Southeast Asia come into the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide office in Sunnyvale looking for help preparing their returns, they often turn to Elaine Tran. A self-described “boat person” who arrived in the United States from Vietnam in 1979, Tran said the taxpayers who look for her “are more comfortable speaking their own languages. “When I explain, they understand more clearly,” said Tran, 56, who speaks three Asian languages—Vietnamese, Mandarin and Cantonese—in addition to English. …

— This past Election Day, AARP was proud to celebrate the passage of “The Los Angeles County Transportation Plan”, or Measure M. (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 members across the County’s 88 cities. One of our partner community-based organizations, “Investing in Place”, recently posted a helpful article that discusses great ways to get involved with  Measure M. Check it out here. …

— En español, Don’t fall prey of these 7 hoaxes by Sid Kirchheimer T’is the season for shopping, salutations and various seasonal scams as perennial as poinsettias. Among the most common: 1. Shopping setups During the holidays, scammers, working like type A elves, try to steal money and personal information from unsuspecting shoppers. One popular scheme: rogue websites that appear on your search engine results when you type in the names of hot-selling gifts or even terms such as “discount toys.” …

—         AARP California is proud to celebrate the successful passage of “The Los Angeles County Traffic Improvement Plan”, or Measure M, with residents of all ages across the County’s 88 cities. While this level of involvement with a local ballot initiative is unprecedented for AARP in California, State Director Nancy McPherson said the level of engagement throughout the campaign was due to Measure M falling directly in line with the organization’s core mission of enhancing the quality …