League of Women Voters of Santa Monica
League of Women Voters of Santa Monica

April 2013  
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The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.
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The League of Women Voters of Santa Monica in both its values and practices, affirms its belief and commitment to diversity and pluralism, which means there shall be no barriers to participation in any activity of the LWV on the basis of gender, race, creed, age, sexual orientation, national origin or disability.

April 2013

It is spring, moving into summer and as sure as the change of the seasons, this season brings changes to the League with Conventions and other Annual Business Meetings as we prepare to start a new League year with new officers and programs.


Our LWVSM annual meeting is June 1, 11:00A.M. in the Main Library Multi-purpose room, second floor. Those of you who are current members will have the full meeting kit in the mail in early May and will be eligible to vote in the morning business meeting.
If you did not get a "First Call to Annual Meeting" notice earlier, you forgot to renew your membership.  Use the on-line form atwww.lwvsantamonica.org/join.html 
 and renew now to be included in this mailing.  Others are welcome to join us for lunch and the after lunch program.  The topic is Santa Monica's Cradle to Career initiative and segue into the Bloomberg Mayor's Challenge and related million dollar grant.  Presenters will be Julie Rusk, Assistant Director, Community and Cultural Affairs, Sandra Lyon , Superintendent of Education for SMMUSD and Jonathan Mooney, Consultant for the project.  Feel  free to invite friends and associates for the lunchtime session.  Flyers and RSVP forms are on line @ http://www.lwvsantamonica.org/calendar 

March 30th was our County Convention. (A note of explanation:  Many Leagues represent counties or even larger areas.  Because of the size of L.A. County we have eleven Leagues-and that is not enough.  These form an Inter-League Organization that works with the County level of government.)  The speaker was Supervisor Don Knabe who reminded us just how big L.A. county really is, the largest county in the nation.  If we were a separate state we would be somewhere between Ohio and Michigan!  The population is just over 10 million.  Each supervisor represents over two million people-more than many small states that have governors, legislatures, and the full array of government services.  There are over 100,000 county employees, including those who staff the largest jail system in the country.  There are 2.5 million, more than the population of some states, who do not currently have health insurance.  There will still be a million next year after ACA goes into effect.


The numbers were stunning at every level.  Current federal cuts to Section 8 housing will most probably make current housing unaffordable to 1,800 families.  All of these numbers affect Santa Monica.  We currently have 1,300 households receiving federal housing vouchers and will receive a proportional share if the cuts.  Many of us are not familiar with all the county does and the services provided.  Many of these are pass-through services mandated and funded by the state or federal governments with no local way to match need and funding.


 Next will be State Convention in San Jose, May 17-19. LWVSM will have three representatives, Ann Williams, Joanne Leavitt, and Barbara Inatsugu.  This will be a busy three days of business meetings, workshops and caucuses.  Among the outstanding speakers scheduled are Ann Ravel, Chair of the California Fair Political Practices Commission and Chris Hoene, Executive Director of The California Budget Project.  Convention always brings new ideas and inspiration.  A Convention report will be available at our Annual Meeting and on-line after.

We often forget to share with our readers what our advocates are working on at the state and national levels. 

LWVUS is putting the major emphasis on Campaign Finance/Money in Politics and Voters' Rights issues along with the Keystone XL pipeline and updated gun control measures.

LWVC is currently either supporting or opposing 60 some bills ranging from Campaign Finance and Voter Registration to Fracking, Affordable Housing and Foster Children.  All are in areas where we have adopted positions.

Highlights of advocacy are mentioned on our Facebook page.  Please "Like" us, and, for more information, like the state and national pages also.



In California, during the five weeks leading up to the registration deadline, more than one million voters submitted online registration applications or updates. More than 60% of users were under the age of 35.  These registrants voted at a higher ratio than those registered earlier.  What would happen if we had same day registration?  Should we be moving in that direction?

League of Women Voters of Santa Monica
P. O. Box 1265
Santa Monica, CA 90406
Phone: 310-692-1494


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