League of Women Voters of Santa Monica
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June 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.

June 2013

 The Annual Meeting of the League of Women Voters of Santa Monica was Saturday, June 1.  Among the business conducted was the election of new officers and directors.  those elected were President, Ann Williams; Vice President Program, Barbara Inatsugu; and Directors: Joanne Leavitt, Madeleine Moore, Thea Brodkin, Anita Kemp, Rosa Serratore and Frank Gruber.  Judy Hopkins will continue as Treasurer and Karen Carrey as Secretary.  Vice President Administration is still open. 


After a break for lunch there was a most informative presentation of the city wide Cradle to Career initiative by Sandra Lyon, Superintendent of Schools for Santa Monica-Malibu and Julie Rusk, Assistant Director, Community and Cultural Affairs for the city. 

  Sandra Lyon Speaking at the LWVSM Annual Meeting  

This was followed by an lively discussion that would have continued all afternoon if people had not other obligations.  More information on c2c is available here and updated information will be linked to during the fall.   


Monthly board meetings are posted on our website at http://www.lwvsantamonica.org/calendar or you can call 310-692-1494 or email league@lwvsantamonica.org for time and location. Board meetings are always open to any member who wishes to attend.     

Popovers in Pasadena
Save the date, July 27, for our ever popular County League Day at the Pasadena Women"s City Club.  Lunch time speaker is Dr.Raphael Shonenshein, Executive Director of the Pat Brown Institute.  Morning workshops on the upcoming LWVUS Agriculture Study, on state educational policies and the updated Smart Voter.  More to come soon.  All members are welcome to attend. See the flyer here.

We are calling your attention to these areas as they will be issues of focus during the coming two years.  Issues for Education and Advocacy will be:

Money in Politics: http://ca.lwv.org/issues/money-and-politics

Education Pre-K thru 12: http://ca.lwv.org/issues/education

Health Care: http://ca.lwv.org/issues/health-care

Water: http://ca.lwv.org/position/california-water-resources


In addition the delegates adopted a new three year study of Post Secondary Public Education in California.   The full scope of the study has not yet been adopted, look for more information in the fall. 


The update of the LWVUS Agriculture positions will be a project for fall and winter.  The scope reads:
"The Agriculture Update will focus narrowly on: 1) current technology issues in agriculture including genetically modified organisms (GMOs), herbicides, pesticides, agriculture water pollution, aquifer depletion, antibiotics in livestock, and accurate food labeling; and 2) current agriculture finance issues including consolidation in agriculture industries, crop subsidies and the federal agricultural regulatory process."  Anyone interested should contact VP Program, Barbara Inatsugu.

Related, on June 19th at 7:00p.m. the Main Library will be showing "A Place at the Table" in the MLK Jr. auditorium.  The discription says:  :
 Fifty million people in the US - including one in four children - don't always know where their next meal is coming from. This 2012 documentary examines the issue of hunger in America; shows how it poses serious economic, social and cultural implications for our nation; and reveals how it could be solved if the American public decides that making healthy food available and affordable is in the best interest of us all. (84 min.)  Free.

While the California Legislature is in session this will be a part of all newsletters and some stand alone updates.  Like us on Facebook for more frequent alerts.

Thanks to your support the money in politics package of bills passed out of the senate.  We will have action alerts soon as the package comes to the assembly. 

Stay alert for other calls to action as the budget moves out of conference committee and to a vote during the next weeks. 

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


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