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December 12, 2003

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PALO ALTO – Assemblyman Joe Simitian (D-Palo Alto), Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Elder Abuse, will be the guest speaker at next week’s Commission on Aging in San Mateo County.

The San Mateo County Commission on Aging, which reports to the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, invited Simitian to its monthly meeting to address a variety of issues of interest to seniors, including elder abuse, conservatorship, affordable housing, and home care.

In his role as Chair of the Assembly’s Select Committee on Elder Abuse, Simitian recently held two public hearings on financial and physical elder abuse. “The stories we heard at those hearings were enough to break your heart,” Simitian said, adding that “It’s time we in the Legislature work with seniors to strengthen the laws designed to protect them. I’m looking forward to getting more input from the Commission so we can craft a package of bills that will address these concerns.”

Commissioner Marv Goldman voiced his support for Simitian’s efforts, “We’ve enjoyed working with Joe in the past on legislation of importance to seniors. It’s exciting to see him take it to the next level with the Select Committee on Elder Abuse. I’m looking forward to a frank discussion on the fifteenth about how the State can do an even better job protecting our seniors.”

The hearing, which is free and open to the public, takes place on December 15 from 9:00am to 10:30am. It will be held in the Council Chambers at Redwood City City Hall, 1017 Middlefield Road, Redwood City.

Public comment will be accepted at the beginning of the meeting. Assistive listening devices will be available.