Making Democracy Work
The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization
encouraging informed and active participation in government.
It influences public policy through education and advocacy.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS NOW FOR BAY AREA LEAGUE DAY 2014
This year's League Day will be on Saturday, February 1, 2014
from 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM at the MetroCenter Auditorium, 101 Eighth Street in Oakland. This year's topic is A NEW VISION FOR BAY AREA OPEN SPACE.
Open space is more than just a beautiful landscape or a place to hike. Within the more than a million acres protected permanently from development in the Bay Area, a new vision of the value of open space is emerging. An Ecosystem Survey being conducted by the Santa Clara and Sonoma open space districts is developing data on the cost-benefit value of investing in nature. Connectivity between open lands allows for greater used by the public and wildlife. Some open lands are being used as a baseline to study the effects of climate change. Habitat conservation plans are being developed to enhance the provision of water supply by preserving and enhancing watersheds and improving flood protection.
A flyer with basic information and a mail-in registration is now available HERE. On line registration will be available after Dec. 2 at <http://www.lwvbayarea.org>
LWVC STUDY: THE INITIATIVE AND REFERENDUM PROCESS
The new LWVC study of The Initiative and Referendum Process in California is now well underway. For more information, please see our Current Issues Page here
CONSENSUS REPORTS ON THE PRIVATIZATION STUDY
Reports on the second major LWV study were due at the national office on May 1. This was a very important and significant study, given the current trend for various governmental offices, especially given their shortage of revenues, to transfer traditional public services to the private sector. Although LWVWCCC was unable to participate in this study, our neighbor leagues, Oakland and Berkelely/Albany/Emeryville have make their consensus report available to us. A link is available on our Current Issues page,here
WANTED: A LWV MEMBER AS ALTERNATE REPRESENTIVE ON COUNTY COMMISSION
Contra Costa County Hazardous Materials Commission is seeking applicants to fill the position of League of Women Voters Alternate Seat. There is currently a regular member but no alternate for meetings that the regular member may not be able to attend. The commission sets policy for hazardous materials and hazardous waste. There are two meetings per month, but most are attended by the regular LWV representative. If you are interested in policies with respect to hazardous materials and want to see the operation of a government agency, please see the announcement of the position by clicking here
and the description of what is involved by the regular LWV representative (currently from the Diablo Valley League), by clicking here
NEWSLETTERS FROM NATIONAL AND CALIFORNIA LWV
The National Newsletter comes out every week. Read the current and past issues here
. If you wish, you can also subscribe and have it emailed to you.
The state newsletter is not available for reading on the web site, but you can subscribe and have it emailed to you.
To subscribe, click here.
TAKE THE CALIFORNIA BUDGET CHALLENGE
As a beginning step toward better understanding
what is involved in balancing the California
budget, LWV members are encouraged to take the
California Budget Challenge, a questionnaire that calculates the budgetary consequences of your
judgment about how much service the state should
provide and how large taxes should be to pay for
them. The program was developed by Next 10, an independent, nonpartisan organization whose
purpose is helping Californians to improve the
state's future. For two examples (one on spending,
one on taxation) of what you are asked when you
take the challenge, click here. To go directly to the Challenge, click here The Next 10 web site and the LWV of California web page on the budget provide additional information on the state budget for those who
want more detail than that given in the Challenge