Making Democracy Work

July 2017 Newsletter

The July 2017 Voter is available and was mailed to members who have chosen to receive a hard copy.

Program Planning Meeting

Monday, July 10, 2017

7-9 pm

League Office

444 Peninsula Avenue, Suite 1

San Mateo CA 94401

Let Your Voice Be Heard!

July is the time of the year when we begin planning our monthly programs. To have an effective slate of programs, we need to hear from our members. Susie Raye will lead a program planning meeting and we want your input on program topics and speakers.

Topics suggested at the annual meeting include immigration, civil discourse, local transportation issues, and Proposition 13 reform.

We also need your feedback on locations and times for meetings that meet the needs of our members and the public. The Silicon Valley Foundation is a great venue for our afternoon meetings, and we will continue to use it. However, for the people who cannot come on a weekday afternoon, we want to explore other alternatives.

If you cannot attend the meeting, please email your ideas to Susie Raye at Let us hear what you are passionate about!

For directions, see the calendar.

President's Message

Ann Kuchins, newly elected president, spoke at the annual meeting about her vision for the League during the coming year. Her address is reprinted on page 2 of the July 2017 Voter.

Yearly Report, 2016-2017

At the June 10 annual meeting Kathee Tyson gave her final report as president and described the accomplishments of the League during the past year. Her address is reprinted on page 6 of the July Voter.

Observer Corps: Observing Your Government in Action

If you joined the League of Women Voters to make a difference and to work to better understand and to influence public policy, then join the Observer Corps! The observer corps is one way to help ensure citizens are aware of the life impacting policy decisions made by local government while promoting government transparency and accountability. The League has been a champion of government transparency since its founding in 1920. Government transparency is one of the League's core principles and a vital part of its mission. Efforts in this area reinforce the League's reputation of fairness, nonpartisanship, and trust.

If you're looking for a way to make a positive difference, join the Observer Corps! Observers keep elected and appointed officials on notice; they let them know someone is watching how decisions are being made. Experience has shown the importance of the League being present to watch--and to take action when necessary!

Read more about the work of the observer corps and see how you can participate. See page 5 of the July Voter.

Voter Service

At the LWV California state convention in June, delegates heard from California Secretary of State Alex Padilla about the future of voting in our state.

Contrary to other states' efforts to limit the opportunity to vote, California is expanding it. The > enacted in 2016 will make voting more convenient and accessible. Beginning in 2018, all registered voters in participating counties will receive their ballot in the mail. The voter will have three choices for how to vote.

  • Vote by Mail: mail your ballot.
  • Drop Box: drop off the ballot at any California Voter's Choice Actsecure Drop Box, no postage required.
  • Vote Center: go to any vote center in your county to vote in person.

Vote centers will be open for 10 days (including weekends) before the election. Here you can drop off your ballot; vote with an accessible voting machine; get help and voting materials in multiple languages; or register to vote or update your registration.

Read the full article on page 3 of the July Voter.

Learn more about the California Voter's Choice Act

Meet-up With State Senator Scott Wiener

Save the date: Saturday, September 23 ,11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Colman Community Center, 1520 Hillside Blvd., Colma

Meet State Senator Scott Wiener, 11th District, to learn more about his legislative priorities, to ask questions, and to share concerns.

Senator Wiener's district includes San Francisco, Daly City, Broadmoor, and part of South San Francisco.

Other articles

Be sure to see other articles and photos from recent events in the July 2017 Voter.

Board Highlights, p.3

Membership Renewals, p. 3

Newsletter (Voter) Preference, p. 3

Welcome to our new members, p. 4

Woodlake Association Election, p. 5

LWV California Convention Wrap-up, p. 7

In Memoriam, Del Silverman, p. 7