An exciting idea has reached Humboldt County and it is called The Village. If a small, quaint town comes to mind, it is not that kind of Village. The story of this Village began when AARP did a survey a few years ago which asked Seniors over 50 years of age what they would want in an assisted living home or a nursing home. To their surprise 86% of the surveys came back with comments stating that they did not want to live in either one. What they did want was to remain in their own homes as they grew older and to be able to get the help they needed in order to remain there happily and healthy. The kinds of help most thought they would need was mostly for doing small things like changing a light bulb or raking their yard in the fall. Others needed transportation to go to the doctor and some wanted to know someone would check on them after an earthquake or other disorienting event. (more)
A shocking surprise awaits many Americans when they retire. There are two laws which may rob them of half or more of their Social Security benefits. The Government Pension Offset (GPO) was passed by Congress in 1977 after much publicity about the few retirees who were receiving large pensions and large survivor benefits because they had held high paying jobs as public agency administrators. But the GPO causes all public workers whose spouses were vested in Social Security to lose an amount equal to 2/3 of their pension, which is deducted from the Social Security survivor benefit they expected to receive. For many widowed retirees, what remains is a very small Social Security benefit or none at all. (more)
Contact Diana Berliner at dberlliner [at] humboldtdemocrats [dot] org if you have questions about GPP or WEP or about contacting your representatives.
Proposition 40 is actually a referendum, which means its purpose is to get rid of something. In this case, what the originators want to get rid of are the maps that were developed by the redistricting commission. The originators of prop 40 are worried that some of the legislators they like won’t be elected with the new configuration. (more)