The May 2017 Voter is available and was mailed to members who have chosen to receive a hard copy.
1 - 3 pm
Silicon Valley Community Foundation
1300 South El Camino, San Mateo CA 94402
Speaker: Colleen Kredell, Next 10 Director of Research
The Leagues of Women Voters of San Mateo County have selected housing and transportation issues as our areas of interest for the last several years. Housing has become an even more critical issue as rents and purchase prices have skyrocketed upward and no one seems to have an answer on how to resolve our housing crisis. Maybe what we need is a well-researched analysis of the environmental and economic impacts of housing and transportation to provide guidelines.
Join us to hear from Colleen Kredell, about Next 10's new report, Right Type, Right Place - Assessing the Environmental and Economic Impacts of Infill Residential Development through 2030. Next 10 commissioned the Center for Law, Energy, and the Environment (CLEE) at the UC Berkeley School of Law and the Terner Center for Housing Innovation at UC Berkeley to analyze the environmental and economic impacts of housing production as a means of reaching the goals of SB32 greenhouse gas reduction.
The report looks at three housing development scenarios for the state through 2030:
For directions, see the calendar.
See the flyer with details and make your reservation.
The Annual Meeting Kit, will be mailed soon to all members. It includes the agenda and business to be acted on at the meeting.
See the Annual Meeting page for more information and to make a reservation online.
See her full message on page 2 of the May 2017 Voter.
The Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) examines the proposed Draft Plan Bay Area 2040 and four alternatives and the range of potential environmental impacts that could come for implementation of Plan Bay Area 2040. It was released on April 17, 2017.
The Draft Transportation-Air Quality Conformity Analysis for the Draft Plan Bay Area 2040 and Amended 2017 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) is an analysis that determines whether transportation investments are consistent with goals to improve air quality. It is scheduled for release on May 1.
The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) are soliciting comments on the documents now and are providing several ways for the public to provide input including open house events throughout the region and public hearings.
You can share your ideas on Draft Plan Bay Area 2040 at an open house on Thursday, May 4, 6:30 + 8:30 p. m. at Sequoia High School Multi-Purpose Room, 1201 Brewster Avenue, Redwood City. Displays and staff will be available at this event.
Visit the site regularly to stay well informed about what is going on in the state and the League's views.
The LWVUS is asking members to contact their representatives to discuss the termination of the Election Assistance Commission (NO!), protection of Medicare under the AHCA, and the Ozone Standards Implementation Act. This act weakens the Clean Air Act without a single improvement and undermines Americans' 46-year right to healthy air based on medical science as well as delaying life-saving standards already years overdue. Congress will be picking at these issues for a while, so reminders about how voters feel will be needed beyond the recess.
Some states are discussing whether to hold a constitutional convention to require a balanced federal budget. The League is opposed to this. Because the agenda cannot be limited, any issue might come up and there are no checks and balances.
The League also opposes a mandated balanced budget as it limits the federal government's responses to critical infrastructure needs and responses in moments of crisis.
The Observer Corp program is one way for our League to ensure "sunshine" or government transparency regulations are followed in the communities we serve. The Observer Corp is a structured way for individuals to exercise their right to know, and it provides a valuable service to the community. It helps ensure that citizens are aware of the decisions that impact their lives, and it promotes government transparency and accountability.
Read the full article on pages 4 & 5 of the May 2017 Voter and find out how you can get involved.
The questions provided by the LWVC dealt with funding of elections, public higher education, and water resources.
For this interview our Leagues asked about health care and the effects if the ACA is dismantled.
Read the responses on pages 5 & 6 of the May 2017 Voter.
Read his responses on pages 6-8 of the May 2017 Voter.
Board Highlights, p.2
Welcome to our new members, p. 3
Membership Renewals, p. 4