Advocacy & Legislation

Older Americans Act requires that the Area Agency on Aging serve as the advocate and focal point for older individuals within the community by monitoring, evaluating, and commenting upon all policies, programs, hearings, levies, and community actions which will affect older individuals.

The Seniors Council embraces this mandate, and actively participates in local, state, and national education and advocacy efforts on behalf of older adults.

We hope you find the informational material contained in this section of our website to be useful in learning more about the challenges facing older adults. Check back regularly to see what issues the Seniors Council is currently addressing, and to find noteworthy reports from ourselves, our partners, and cutting edge researchers.

And if you find issues and information that you find compelling, please contact your local elected officials, including City Council members, County Supervisors, and/or State Assembly member or Senator, to state your views.

The California Senior Legislature (CSL)

Established by state law, the mission of the California Senior Legislature is to help preserve and enhance the quality of life for older Californians and their families.

The CSL was established in 1981. It is comprised of 40 Senior Senators and 100 Senior Assembly Members. This legislative body meets each October to discuss, debate, and vote on legislative proposals.

Santa Cruz County has both an Assemblyman, Chuck Molnar, and a Senator, George Winslow, appointed to represent our region in the CSL.

Local CSL members for Santa Cruz and San Benito Counties:

Senior Senator: Chuck Molnar, email

Senior Assemblymember: Mickie Solorio Luna, email

Contact information:

California Senior Legislature
1020 N Street, Room 513
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916-552-8056
Fax: 916-552-8013