Making Democracy Work

February 2018 Newsletter

The February 2018 Voter has been mailed to members who have chosen to receive a hard copy.

County League Day

Saturday, February 24

9:30 a.m. - 12:00 Noon

Woodside Road United Methodist Church

Woodside Road & Alameda de Las Pulgas

Redwood City 94061

9:30 a.m. Registration, coffee, and refreshments

10:00 a.m. Join us to hear about the state of transportation in San Mateo County. A SamTrans speaker will address the Get Us Moving Outreach, the general state of transit, and funding needs in the County.

11:00 a.m. County-wide League Business Meeting. The business meeting will set the League's priorities for 2018-2019. Please being your handbooks with the county positions. We will review, discuss, and adopt our county- wide positions and priorities.

Bay Area League Day: Winds of Change

Saturday, February 3

Laney College, 900 Fallon St., Oakland 94607

9:30 a.m. Registration/Networking/Continental Breakfast

10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

$35 registration before February 2 (includes lunch) $40 registration at the door (with lunch)

Register online. Or mail a check to LWV Bay Area by January 27. Use the check form

Get US Moving - San Mateo County Town Hall Meetings

Get Us Moving is a collaborative effort between community organizations, SamTrans, the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, and partner agencies and groups to develop a San Mateo County Transportation Funding Plan.

Attend one of the Get Us Moving San Mateo County town hall meetings to express your views about the County's critical transportation needs. If you haven't done it yet, you can still participate by taking the short survey.

Town Hall Meetings:

Pacifica: Thurs. February 1, 6:00 p.m. Auditorium, Pacifica Community Center, 540 Crespi Drive, Pacifica

South San Francisco: Thurs. February 22, 6:30 p.m. Council Chambers, Municipal Services Building, 33 Arroyo Dr., South San Francisco

Menlo Park: Thurs. February 15, 6:30 p.m. Ballroom, Menlo Park Senior Center, 110 Terminal Ave., Menlo Park

California Schools and Local Communities Funding Act of 2018

The California Schools and Local Communities Funding Act of 2018 is an initiative that will restore over $11 billion per year to California's schools, community colleges, health clinics, and other vital local services.

Join the League of Women Voters California, PICO California, California Calls, Advancement Project California, Evolve California and a growing coalition of organizations to fund California schools by closing the Corporate Property Tax Loophole in Proposition 13 while continuing to guarantee protections for homeowners, residential renters, agricultural land, and small businesses.

We can no longer afford to keep giving billions of dollars in tax breaks to millionaires, billionaires and big corporations. Closing California's commercial property tax loophole restores $11 billion for schools, community colleges and other vital community services, including emergency responder services, parks, libraries, health clinics, trauma centers, affordable housing, homeless services, and roads.

For more information and to sign up to help.

June 2018 Ballot Measures

The LWVC board took final positions on the measures scheduled for the June ballot.

Greenhouse Gas Reduction Reserve Fund (ACA 1): This measure would add a requirement that two thirds of legislators approve the first appropriation of any money collected from the sale by CARB of Cap-and-Trade allowances. At a time that we need efficient and effective investments in climate change solutions, this requirement could lead to deadlocks, inefficiency, and poor decisions. The LWVC opposes this measure.

Motor Vehicle Fees and Taxes (ACA 5:) If passed, this measure would raise excise taxes on gasoline and diesel fuel, provides for regular increases to those taxes based on inflation, establishes a new fee on zero-emission vehicles, and raises vehicle registration fees. The new revenue from these taxes would be used for transportation-related purposes -- repairing streets and bridges, addressing deferred maintenance on highways and local roads, improving public transit, and investing in needed transportation infrastructure to benefit all Californians. The League supports measures to ensure adequate revenue to support needed services, including safe roads and good public transportation. The LWVC supports this measure.

Effective Date of Initiatives (ACA 17): Currently, an initiative that is approved takes effect the day after the election unless the measure provides otherwise. Election results are not officially certified until five weeks after the election. While most election results are clear shortly after election day, that is not always the case. Prop cc would provide that an initiative would take effect 5 days after the Secretary of State certifies the election results. This is a common-sense measure, ensuring clarity about what is + and is not + California law. The LWVC supports this measure.

California Drought, Water, Parks, Climate, Coastal Protection, and Outdoor Access for All Act (SB 5): This measure would authorize California to issue general obligation bonds, with the money used to finance state and local parks, water conservation measures, water reliability to disadvantaged communities, and flood protection projects. California parks provide open space and recreation, improving health and community well-being. The water projects funded by this bond are forward thinking, and are a key part of our state response to climate change. The LWVC supports this measure.

See the article on page 6 of the February 2018 Voter.

Other Articles

Don't miss these other articles in the February 2018 Voter.

President's Message, p. 2

Board Highlights, p. 3

Volunteer and Help the League (counting votes), p. 3

Action Report, pages 3-4

Floods, Drought, Rising Seas, Oh My!, meeting March 30, p. 4

Event Coordinating--Volunteer with Us!, p. 5

Civil Discourse: Conversation Agreements, p. 7

Calendar, p. 7