May 1998

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Wed., May 6, 1:30­3:00 p.m.

Board meeting at the office. All welcome and invited!

Wed., May 6, 7:00 p.m.

Health Care for All. Potrero Branch Library, 1616 20 St. between Connecticut and

Arkansas. Info, 415/695-7891.

Mon., May 11

Environmental Lobbying Day in Sacramento. For info call the Sierra Club.

Wed., May 13, 7:30 p.m.

SF Green Community, GreenTalk with Barbara George. New College Cultural Center. $.

Thurs., May 14, 10:00a.m.­noon

SAN. Unitarian Church, Geary and Franklin

Tues., May 19, 12:30­3:30 p.m.

General Meeting. Examination of the June ballot: Analysis of City and State propo-

sitions. First Unitarian Church, Geary and Franklin.

Sat., May 23

Northern California Regional Gray Panthers Meeting, Sacramento. Call the office.

Sat., May 23, 10:45 a.m.

OWL. June ballot: League of Women Voters. 870 Market St. Info, 415/989-4422

Thurs., May 28, 6:30 p.m.

N2N. Women's Building, 18th near Valencia

Sun., May 31, 1:00­4:00 p.m.

Make Space for Kids! Part of an international day to Stand for Children. Coleman

Advocates and others. Yerba Buena Gardens, 3rd and Mission

Early Alzheimer's Disease:

Hope and Help

Alzheimer's disease (AD) is often associ-

ated with severe memory lossbut in
the beginning of the illness, people experience only mild forgetfulness and confusion.
Important: Only physicians can diagnose this illness! Don't you or your family or acquaintances make this decision because you forget where you've put your keys or Aunt Jessie's phone number!

Family Caregiver Alliance and the Alzheimer's Association are offering a new support group in san Francisco for people with early stage AD and a separate, concurrent group for their family members. Discussion will focus on challenges as well as capabilities in coping with the disease, and adjusting to the changes so that "life goes on." Participants must be aware that they have AD and be willing and able to discuss their experiences. A pre-enrollment interview is required. Information: 415/434-3388.

Gray Panthers Endorse:

These are the propositions on the June bal-

lot on which the SF Gray Panthers have
taken a position. For a full discussion of the ballot propositions come to our May meeting.

Prop. BIncrease supervisors' salaries to $37,000. Yes

Prop. ERepeal rent control from 2­4 unit buildings. No


Prop. 226Bilingual Education (Unz prop). No

Prop. 227Require each union member to approve in writing each year the union's political action. No

As a nonprofit organization the Gray Panthers does not endorse candidates. This primary for candidates has a new feature. It is an "open primary": no matter your party affiliation, you can vote for any candidate from any party. Use your franchise!

GRAY PANTHERS of San Francisco


Working together to make the world

a place in which the young

can look forward to growing old

MAY 1998


Tuesday, May 19, 1998 12:30 p.m. Social Time

1:00 p.m. Ballot discussion. Pros and Cons of ballot propositions and the positions

we've taken.

First Unitarian Church 2:00 p.m. Business meeting

Geary and Franklin

April Meeting

Once more into the fray, noble health

crusaders. Don't give up on a univer-
sal health system. That's the message delivered by Don Bechler, chairman of Health Care for All Californians, to our April membership meeting. Specifically this year's campaign is in support of Senate Bill 2123 in Sacramento. Cal Care (SB 2123) is a universal health care bill that was designed by Health Care for All Californians.
In addition to universal coverage it includes free choice of physician or HMO, statewide standards of quality care, alternative therapies, cost-control through a global budget such as Canada uses, a local ombudsman, long-term care after two years' residence in state.

What can we do right now? Write Senator John Burton asking him to support and work hard for SB 2123.

Senator John Burton

601 Van Ness Ave. #2030

San Francisco, CA 94102

Keep Universal Health Care out front!

Artists' Corner

Our own Helen Ludwig was featured in an

article with pictures in The Independent of March 31, 1998.
Remember Valerie Jacobs, once our very effective office manager? She is having a show of her work through May 10 at the Triton Museum of Art. That's the good news. The bad news is that it is on 1505 Warburton Ave. in San Jose. Plan a day-away tripfor seniors, $6.00 round trip on Caltrain.

And then there's Libby Brahms of South San Francisco. This Gray Panther didn't start writing her poetry until she was 70! After publishing just one chapbook, she won second place in a national contest and then received a grant from the GrayPanthers for her second, The Old Don't Look It, published by Poetry Press of Pleasant Hill. At age 85, Brahms is still writing plus she teaches exercise classes and nutrition to seniors.

Out of sight should never be out of mind. Let Ilse Sternberger know you miss her and and wish her well. Physical problems have forced her to move closer to her granddaughter for more personal aid and comfort. Ilse's new address is 460 Main St., #325, Red Bluff, CA 96080. Her phone is 1-530-528-1966. We miss you, Ilse!

"Your Friendly Guide to City Services in San Francisco" compiled by DPW, makes the City accessible and user-friendly. Order one and give your feedback. 415/554-6770.

The Newsletter of the San Francisco Gray Panthers is published each month, and distributed free of charge to members and friends of this nonprofit organization.

Editorial Board: Rebecca Hirshleifer, Mitzi Raas; Publisher, Astrid M. Spector; Art Director, Fannie Biderman; Proof, Lurilla Harris; Circulation: Harold Greenblatt and Mary Francis Smith. Printed by Graffik Natwicks; Webpage design: Barry Simpkins

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