“My goal for Alameda County is to promote successful aging and provide opportunities to push for crucial services needed for our senior community.”
My mission is to promote successful aging by pushing for critical services needed for Alameda County seniors. I made a commitment to focus on advocacy, safety, and community engagement for seniors in the early days of my political career, and have maintained that focus ever since. In 1986, I founded the United Seniors of Oakland and Alameda County (USOAC), dedicated to empowering older adults to improve their quality of life on their terms. In 2012, I led a successful effort to create and pass the county’s first Safe Drug Disposal Ordinance in partnership with the Alameda County Medication Education Safety Coalition (MEDS), the first of its kind in the nation. Since then, many counties have adopted a similar model, including: San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Marin, Santa Cruz, Santa Barbara, and Los Angeles counties. In 2018, USOAC celebrated the 15th annual Healthy Living Festival (HLF), one of the largest free health resource fairs for seniors. There, seniors are encouraged to mobilize and lobby political leaders to champion new investments in aging services. It is my honor to have established this lasting, local tradition for seniors, and we look forward to many years to come.