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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.
 

September 2013

August is usually slow on the public front, but we did host one important event.  A Sunday afternoon meet and greet with Ted Lieu, our state senator since redistricting.  Senator Lieu covered many areas of joint concern, especially SB 2 and SB 3, campaign finance bills authored by Sen. Lieu and sponsored by the League.  Thanks to Neil and Karen Carrey for hosting this event. 

LWVSM President Ann Williams Speaking to State Senator Ted Lieu  

 

We also had a very productive retreat July 28th at our president's home, outlining the goals and programs for the next year.  

 

LWVSM Retreat  

 

This is September. 

 

Not really the end of summer in Santa Monica, but the start of a new League year.  It always seems like this should be the time of resolutions, of starting over.  We are starting with:

 

Trailblazer, A Biography of Jerry Brown on Thursday,
September 19th at 7:00p.m.

The author, Chuck McFadden, traces Brown's life and the events that have made him a third term governor at the age of 72.   McFadden is an experienced public speaker and media host and covered Sacramento as an Associated Press reporter.   

 
A book sale and signing will follow the presentation.

This event is co-sponsored by Santa Monica Public Libraries and is at the historic Ocean Park Library at the corner of Ocean Park and Main.The flyer is available here.

Assembly member Richard Bloom is our guest speaker for the Fall Membership Luncheon on October 5 at 10:30a.m. 



This is the end of Assemblyman Bloom's first year in Sacramento and he will be sharing some of his thoughts and experiences.

This is a membership luncheon.  It is potluck for members, there is no charge; a wonderful opportunity to invite potential members with time for informal conversation over lunch.  Share the attached flyer with your potential members or guests.  Each one ask one, this is the way we grow.
 
Location available upon RSVP. 

  

PRESIDENT'S CORNER

It's been a busy summer for the League of Women Voters - here in Santa Monica and throughout the nation.  One of the things you support when you pay your dues is the League's advocacy regarding legislation, advocacy based on consensus and study. 

 

Here in our city, our League of Women Voters of Santa Monica spoke up for a set of gun safety bills currently before the California Assembly  which the League of Women Voters of California has analyzed and supports.  The League of Women Voters of Santa Monica and Women Against Gun Violence urged the City of Santa Monica to support this legislation, and at Mayor Pam O'Connor's request, the City Council voted unanimously to support the bills on July 13. 

Our County League was busy too.  On August 27, Lola Unger, Vice President, Action and Advocacy of the League of Women Voters of Los Angeles County spoke up before the Los Angeles County Supervisors asking that they request that Congress act on the immediate passage of legislation to update Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act. The motion passed three to one.
            
And at the national level, League of Women Voters U.S. President Elisabeth MacNamara is leading the fight to get congress to support immigration reform
        

So you see, even when you're enjoying your well-earned vacation, the League of Women Voters is hard at work for you!

 

Hope to see you all at our Membership Meeting on October 5, when State Assemblymember Richard Bloom can fill us in on the latest news from Sacramento.

AGRICULTURE STUDY UPDATE
 

We, as a nation wide League, are preparing for a study of federal agricultural policy.  Some of us think a more precise, if unofficial, name would be"The Politics of Food."  What is "Sustainable", what is the difference in selective breading and GMO products, what is and isn't "Organic?"  Food stamps, now know as SNAP and the federal "surplus" products available to food banks, schools and shelters are all a part of Agricultural Policy.  What should be the national positions that inform our advocacy on these issues? If you would like to be a part of this study committee contact Barbara Inatsugu or league@lwvsantaamonica.org.

ACTION!
California
Take Action to regulate fracking in California: Help pass SB 4 to put strong regulations in place on California fracking.  Top of the home page at www.ca.lwv.org. 
 
National
Tell Congress to Fix the Voting Rights Act
We have had a tremendous response from Leaguers telling their members of Congress to work quickly to repair and restore the Voting Rights Act (VRA). Please continue to take action on this important issue and encourage your friends to do the same. 

MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL TIME

If you are a member of LWVSM, you have, or will soon have, a renewal notice via USPS.  Please renew now.  We spend time and treasure reminding long time members.You can renew on-line at www.lwvsantamonica.org/join.html if that is easier for you.  If you are not a member, this is the ideal time to join, the beginning of a new League year.  Go to the same page and either print out the form and mail it in or join via Paypal.  Then join us at our membership luncheon on October 5.

 

DID YOU KNOW?
Sustainable Food is the focus of three events in September.
Thursday the 12th at 6:30 is a talk by Frances Moore Lappe, author of the well known Diet for a Small Planet.  Her most recent book is EcoMind: Changing the Way We Think to Create the World We Want.  This ties in with our upcoming study of federal Agricultural Policy.

Then there are Sustainable Food Workshops at Pico Farmers Market the 14th, 9 AM to Noon and Downtown the 21st, Noon to 3 PM as a part of the Buy Local Expo.

For more information please visit www.sustainablesm.org
 

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

 

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