By Mia Nakaji Monnier and Nao Nakanishi
Rafu Staff Writers
Mediation talks began on Thursday to discuss Keiro Senior HealthCare’s pending sale of its facilities. The talks are being mediated by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), which became involved in the matter after several Keiro residents (whose names have not been released to The Rafu Shimpo) filed complaints with the department.
DFEH enforces California civil rights laws by investigating claims of discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodation.
Involved in the talks are representatives and legal counsel from Keiro (including CEO Shawn Miyake), Pacifica, the Ad Hoc Committee to Save Keiro, the Attorney General’s Office, and DFEH.
While Attorney General Kamala Harris has stated that she cannot legally reverse her decision to allow Keiro to sell, the mediation process may push back the sale’s closing date.
According to Ad Hoc Committee member Jon Kaji, Thursday’s talks began at 11 a.m. and continued until 9:30 p.m. The details of the discussion are confidential. However, Kaji described the conversation as “very intense.”