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AM Alert: Social Security’s 80th birthday celebrated

In this Aug. 14, 1935, file photo, President Franklin Roosevelt signs the Social Security Act in Washington, D.C..
In this Aug. 14, 1935, file photo, President Franklin Roosevelt signs the Social Security Act in Washington, D.C.. AP

On August 14, 1935, 80 years ago today, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed into law the Social Security Act. Providing benefits for retirement and unemployment, the act today pays out to over 64 million people, according to the Social Security Administration.

The California Alliance for Retired Americans, along with other labor and advocacy groups, will gather at 5th and I Streets in Sacramento to mark the occasion. They will hand out fliers urging people to lobby members of Congress to protect the law and not cut or privatize the program.

The organization is hosting similar events around the state and the country, including in San Francisco, Modesto, San Diego, and Los Angeles.

The groups also marked the 50th anniversary of the Medicare program this year. The act establishing Medicare got President Lyndon B. Johnson’s signature July 30, 1965.

REPUBLICANS IN BAY AREA: The Silicon Valley Association of Republican Women will host 2016 U.S. Senate candidate Tom Del Beccaro and Duf Sundheim, who has an exploratory committee in the same race, at their annual Stars and Stripes Gala in San Jose. Both men are past chairmen of the California Republican Party. Assemblywoman Catherine Baker, R-Dublin, also is scheduled to attend.

CSUS AT PRESS CLUB: Robert Nelsen, the president of Sacramento State University as of last month, will speak at a Sacramento Press Club lunch at 11:30 a.m. today.

Nelsen is expected to talk about his plans to increase Sacramento State’s impact locally, including introducing more student internships.

Andrew Holzman: 916-326-5545, @andrewlholzman

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