By Cheryl Brown, Shirley Krohn and Dr. Marty Lynch | California Black Media Partners
As senior citizens we want to commend Governor Gavin Newsom for making us a central part of his “California for all” agenda.
He recognizes California’s population is aging rapidly. According to the California Department of Finance, in just ten years, our state’s population will have nearly doubled with as many older adults as in 2010. This shift will be felt by all of us -- young and old alike, while impacting our economy, our families and our communities. His plan prepares us to meet the needs of this growing population.
From a senior citizen’s perspective, the attempt to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom is particularly misguided and even dangerous. For the first time in California’s history, we have a governor who has prioritized the needs of our aging population. In June of 2019, Gov. Newsom signed Executive Order N-14-19, calling for the creation and development of the California Master Plan for Aging, providing a roadmap for coordinated, system-wide change that equitably uplifts older adults, people with disabilities, and their family caregivers. In this time of urgent need, the Master Plan is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to boldly advance solutions over the next 10 years.