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By Gil Asakawa Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have often been virtually invisible in Hollywood, but it’s getting better. Most people probably will recognize actors such as John Cho or Lucy Liu, and AAPI actors are much more common today on TV. But Asian American are still seldom in lead movie roles, and each year there are controversies over Hollywood studios casting white actors to play Asian roles, a practice known as “whitewashing.” Older movie fans can probably remember the …

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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Supervisor Hilda Solis, Chair of the County of Los Angeles Board of Supervisors, held a joint press conference on May 18 to  announce details of  “Purposeful Aging: An Age Friendly Initiative,” an endeavor that seeks to establish the Los Angeles region as one of the most age-friendly  in the world, and ensure a better future for residents of all ages. A cornerstone of this initiative is the joint admission of both the City and …

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  By Gil Asakawa Norman Mineta has a talent that’s perfectly suited for politics: He has an amazing memory for peoples’ names, faces and the last time he met them, even if that was years ago. But that’s not the only reason he’s been a successful lawmaker at various levels including the President’s Cabinet. Mineta was born in 1931 in San Jose, California but during World War II was incarcerated with his family at Heart Mountain, Wyoming in a concentration …

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By John Chiang California State Treasurer We’ve heard over and over again the concerns for Social Security and the challenges facing retirement pension funds. And who is not aware that the global economy has undergone a seismic shift? This is our new reality. These are our challenges. There are workers today who are threatened with not only being left behind but who will almost surely suffer the slight of poverty and being forced to rely on government and charitable handouts …

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 Annual Award Recognizes Those Who Make a Powerful Difference in their Community AARP is now accepting nominations for its 2016 California Andrus Award for Community Service, which honors 50+  Californians who are sharing their experience, talent, and skills to enrich the lives of their community members. Named AARP founder, Ethel Percy Andrus (pictured above), a long-time educator, a pioneer in aging advocacy, and the first woman high school principal in California, the AARP Andrus Award for Community Service is an …

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California lawmakers are considering whether to increase exemptions for bankruptcy debtors to allow individuals and families a better chance of keeping their homes and to give small-business owners a stronger chance of recovery. The legislation (SB 308) aims to ensure fairness in bankruptcy by enabling debtors to retain more assets than currently allowed. Under the current low exemptions, older people are at particular risk of having to give up their homes and apply for public assistance, according to state Sen. …

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To keep your heart healthy you need to listen to it. This Saturday, April 23, join AARP Los Angeles us at the KJLH Women’s Health Forum, where we will be hosting Life Reimagined Checkups, free sessions designed to align your life with your dreams.   KJLH will be kicking off the Women’s Health Expo with a live radio broadcast hosted by Adai Lamar, with AARP’s Dionne Polite as a special guest, from 8am-10am. AARP will have a booth on the …

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Local Event one of Dozens Scheduled Nationwide to Provide Secure Document Destruction  As part of its ongoing efforts to help consumers avoid falling victim to identity theft, AARP CA is joining with the Loma Verde Recreation Center to bring “Shred Fest 2016” – an event to provide free shredding of personal documents and other sensitive records to the Chula Vista community on Saturday, April 30th from 12 noon to 4 p.m. at the Loma Verde Recreation Center, 1420 Loma Lane, …

As we move toward the end of National Volunteer Appreciation Week 2016, AARP CA continues to highlight some of our outstanding and dedicated volunteers. AARP CA is honored to have an amazing group of gifted and selfless volunteers who are eager to dedicate their time and skills to help others in their communities. Among this incredible group of volunteers is Ken Allen. Before Ken began volunteering with AARP, he spent 41 years as a sports broadcaster for the American Forces …

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Local Event one of Dozens Scheduled Nationwide to Provide Secure Document Destruction As part of its ongoing efforts to help consumers avoid falling victim to identity theft, AARP CA is joining with the District Office of Councilman Curren Price and the California Attorney General’s Office to bring “Shred Fest 2016” – an event to provide free shredding of personal documents and other sensitive records to Los Angeles community on Saturday, April 30th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 4301 …