Making Democracy Work

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.

2014 ANNUAL MEETING IS COMING UP

Date: Saturday, July 19, 2014 Time: 11:30 am--2:00 pm
Place: La Revolucion Restaurant
3190 Klose Way, Richmond, CA 94806

RSVP: j3carp@yahoo.com, or 510-932-5354 by July 16th

Cost $30 per person

Keynote Address by: The Honorable Robert (Bob) Campbell

Pre-pay online at-- http://LWVWCC.eventbrite.com ...or pay on arrival

The election for several board positions and nominating committee positions will be held. To see the Nominating Committee's report, click here

LEAGUE of WOMEN VOTERS OF CALIFORNIA TAKES POSITIONS ON INITIATIVES

The LWVC supports BOTH statewide propositions on the June ballot:
Prop 41 authorizes $600 million in bonds for affordable multifamily supportive housing for low-income and homeless veterans. All Californians should have safe, adequate housing.
Prop 42 makes access to public meetings and public records a constitutional requirement for local governments. It's a common-sense measure that helps us hold our elected officials accountable.

For information on these positions as well as other issues, see:
<http://www.EasyVoterGuide.org> -- Multilingual resources for new and busy voters. The Easy Voter Guide and other materials are available online in English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Korean.
<http://www.CAvotes.org -- The League's Education Fund Web site. Here you will find the beloved Pros & Cons and much more. Like the LWVCEF on Facebook.
<http://www.SmartVoter.org> -- Smart Voter will provide comprehensive ballot coverage of all federal, state and local contests. Like Smartvoter.org on Facebook.

INFORMATION ON UPCOMING ELECTION

Vote-by-mail ballots were mailed beginning the week of April 7, 2014 to those registered voters in the Acalanes Union High School District, the Lafayette School District and the West Contra Costa Healthcare District for the May 6, 2014 All Mail Ballot Special Election.

Registered voters in these districts who have not received a ballot by April 15, 2014 may call the Elections Office at (925) 335-7800 to request a replacement ballot.

Voters are encouraged to vote and return the ballot upon receipt. The ballot must be received in the Elections Office by Election Day, May 6, 2014.

Invitation from League of Women Voters of the Bay Area

Dear League Member,

For nearly 40 years, LWV Bay Area has published the Bay Area Monitor to promote awareness about critical yet frequently overlooked issues that affect this region. Focusing primarily on transportation, air quality, water, land use, open space, and various environmental concerns, the Monitor showcases replicable strategies for enhancing sustainability, conserving resources, advancing equity, increasing efficiency, and safeguarding public health across the region.

We believe the Monitor is a valuable resource, but we still meet League members who have never heard of the publication. We'd like to change that, which is why we're reaching out to you in an effort to raise the publication's online visibility. Six times a year, LWV Bay Area sends e-mail announcements to online readers of the Monitor, alerting them that a new edition has been posted on <http://www.bayareamonitor.org>.

So what we'd like to ask is: Would you like to start receiving these announcements? If so, please visit our subscription page, enter your name and e-mail address, and click the "Subscribe" box. Your information will not be used for any other purpose, and you can opt out at any time. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us at (510) 839-1608 or editor@bayareamonitor.org.

Sincerely, Marion Taylor, President, LWV Bay Area

(If you have trouble accessing the subscription page link above, please visit <http://www.bayareamonitor.org> and click the "Subscribe" tab at the top of the page.)

VIDEOS AVAILABLE FOR BAY AREA LEAGUE DAY 2014

This year's League Day was on Saturday, February 1, 2014. The topic was 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.

IF YOU MISSED LEAGUE DAY, do not dispair, for videos of the presentations and panel discussions are now available on YouTube, along with videos of past year League Days and other LWVBA functions, here.

Also, a flyer with program and speaker information is available HERE.

In the future, all videos of LWVBA programs are expected to be stored on the LWVBA web site in the section, Bay Area League Day Reports and Document Library, for which the link is here

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

nextten.org

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 pages.

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