AG-Mandated Community Advisory Board Announces 12 Members


South Bay Keiro Nursing Home in Gardena became KeiAi South Bay Healthcare Center earlier this year. (J.K. YAMAMOTO/Rafu Shimpo)

South Bay Keiro Nursing Home in Gardena became KeiAi South Bay Healthcare Center earlier this year. (J.K. YAMAMOTO/Rafu Shimpo)


By GWEN MURANAKA, Rafu English Editor-in-Chief

Representatives serving on the Community Advisory Board (CAB), a 12-member body mandated by the California Attorney General’s Office in conjunction with the sale of the former Keiro facilities, were announced on Aug. 22.

No issue has divided the Japanese American community in recent years as much as the sale of the Keiro facilities, but chairman Bruce Ishimatsu stressed that the CAB is an independent body whose mission is to ensure that the new operators of the four facilities comply with the conditions stipulated by the attorney general.

Ishimatsu is a practicing business litigation attorney and has served as president of the Japanese American Bar Association. His mother has been a resident at the Boyle Heights facility since 2014.

When the Attorney General’s Office approved the sale it imposed 13 conditions on Pacifica Companies, the new owners of Keiro’s facilities. The conditions will be in effect for five years and include but are not limited to accepting the “old-tier” rent amounts that were accepted at Keiro Retirement Home, providing Japanese foods and traditional Japanese activities, and observing Japanese holidays.