— By Laura Mecoy Michael Achkar thought he had the perfect solution when he built a small house for his father in the backyard of his Capitola home. Then Achkar encountered one of the many challenges Californians face as the state seeks to expand housing: Connecting the separate unit to a water supply would cost more than $24,000 for fees and the installation of a new meter—requirements of his local water district, which has serious supply issues. Because of the high …

— Anita McInnis, First Quarter, 2017 Fraud Watch Network’s Fraud Fighter Anita McInnis, from Bellflower in Los Angeles, became an AARP member 18 years ago “I just knew this was a good organization and joining it would be a good thing for me at this new stage of my life.” Anita was then 55 years old. She decided to become a volunteer when she got a postcard asking her if she wanted to protect her healthcare. “That’s when I became involved …

— This fall Northern California saw some of the deadliest, most destructive wildfires in the state’s history, including wind-driven, ferocious blazes in Sonoma, Napa, Humboldt and Mendocino counties. Dozens were killed, and hundreds injured, including older and disabled adults who couldn’t escape in time. To help prevent fatalities in the future, AARP is working with local authorities to determine the best ways to use AARP resources to assist with disaster preparedness and relief, especially for people 50 and older. AARP will …

— Español. Celebrate the holidays by tracing the history of Chocolate, the food of the gods, from a drink reserved for Mayan and Aztec nobility, to a drink for European aristocrats, to the simple chocolate bar of today. Enjoy a tasting of Aztec hot chocolate and champurrado. Guest speaker chef and historian: Maite Gomez-Rejon When: Thursday, December 7th at 7 p.m. Where: La Plaza de Cultura y Artes. 501 N. Main St., Los Angeles, CA 90012 Chocolate is the product of …

— Saturday, November 18th from 6:30 – 9 PM | 800 North Alameda Street, Los Angeles, California 90012 Reserve your FREE spot today by calling 1-877-926-8300 or click HERE. On Saturday, November 18th, join AARP in Los Angeles at Union Station for a special black-tie (optional) Transportation Gala commemorating the voters who passed Measure M, the transportation ballot initiative that will deliver on $120 billion worth of improvement projects to advance the quality of life in the Greater Los Angeles area. …

— Español Dating back centuries, Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a celebration to honor the ancestors of families of Mexican and Central American heritage. Rather than mourning the dead, the festival focuses on remembering their lives. AARP in Los Angeles is hosting a free Día de los Muertos event from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 29, at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, 501 N. Main St. “AARP is thrilled to join LA Plaza …

— Local governments throughout California are forming community-owned agencies that operate Community Choice Energy (CCE) programs to deliver cleaner, competitively priced electricity to their customers through the existing utility. Each CCE is governed locally, partnering with the current utility to deliver electricity over existing lines, maintain the lines, send bills, respond to power outages and provide customer service. The only change that customers may see is an additional line on their bill with the name of their new CCE and their …

— November marks the one-year anniversary of the passage of Measure M, the transportation ballot initiative that will deliver on $120 billion worth of improvement projects to relieve traffic, fix sidewalks and potholes and help improve the quality of life in the Greater Los Angeles area. To commemorate this important milestone, AARP in Los Angeles invites you to celebrate with us at one or all of these upcoming local events: Receive a fun giveaway at each event if you pre-register online …

— Join AARP on Sunday, September 17th from 10AM-3PM at #VivaCalleSJ in San Jose, California. Viva Calle is a FREE event that opens over 7 miles of car free streets to bring people to walk, bike, skate, play and explore the city like never before. It is not a race, there is no start or finish line, and you don’t need a bike to participate – you can walk if you want! AARP will be located at the Mexican Heritage Plaza …

— By Rita Beamish Patricia A. Gonzalez-Portillo loves her California life, her friends and her home in Long Beach. But at 51, working as a national director for a nonprofit and married to a video-industry entrepreneur, she knows that finances ultimately will force them to leave and retire in Texas. Gonzalez-Portillo would rather stay, but Alan, her 15-year-old son, is bound for college in a couple of years. With a mortgage, the boy’s tuition at a private high school and other …