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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.

October 2013

October already.  There is a bit of a fall nip in the air, the ginkgo tree is spreading bits of gold across the lawn and patio and we actually had a bit of rain last week.  New energy and activity.

Our fall membership lunch was a great success.  Assembly member Bloom shared experiences, successes and lessons from his first legislative session.  As with all LWVSM events, good food and conversation shared by all.  Our thanks to Frank Gruber for hosting and sharing his lovely view. 


The League of Women Voters Supports the Affordable Care Act


"The League of Women Voters of the United States believes that a basic level of quality health care at an affordable cost should be available to all U.S. residents."  That's our position, based on a two-year study undertaken at the national level in the early 1990's.


Since then, the League has "lobbied hard for passage of comprehensive health care reform and celebrated success when the Affordable Care Act (ACA) passed Congress  was signed into law by President Obama and upheld by the Supreme Court,"  according to Betsy Lawson of the national League.


Lawson points out that benefits under the ACA that we already enjoy include coverage of children who have pre-existing conditions, coverage of adult children on their parents' policies up to the age of 26, and annual check-ups and mammograms for Medicare participants. 


"As of October 1, many uninsured Americans began to sign up for Health Care Exchanges and we are one step closer to health care for all," says Lawson.


Now that California has its own health exchange under the ACA, Covered California,   the League of Women Voters of Santa Monica (LWVSM) is working with the Westside Family Health Center (WFHC) to make sure our citizens have the information they need to sign up for affordable health care.


On Saturday, November 9 from 9 to 11a.m., WFHC and LWVSM will present an informational meeting and enrollment opportunity at the Thelma Terry Room at Virginia Avenue Park in English and Spanish.  We encourage you to attend, and to get the word out to groups to which you may belong  about this important event.


The LWVUS study of agricultural policy continues and is ever more timely as the importance of the many ways this affects our food supply manifest.  The Los Angeles County Inter-League Organization is hosting a panel on this topic November 9th at Pickwick Garden's in Burbank.  Lunch is included and gives an opportunity to share ideas with other Leagues.  All members are invited. Call 310-692-1494 or email  league@lwvsantamonica.org for carpooling.  

This past week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission (FEC). The case challenges aggregate contribution limits that are imposed on individual donors to candidates and political committees in order to prevent corruption and the appearance of corruption. The League has joined an amicus brief in this case. See the full press release

If you are a member of LWVSM, you have received 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.  Our next public event is November 9th (see President's Corner above) or visit our board meeting Nov. 6.  Call or email pres@lwvsantamonica.org for time and location. 



Our office received the following message from Human Services at the city of Santa Monica.  This is important to share with our members for many reasons.  We have strong positions on many things that lead up to that tragic 15 minutes. Like many Santa Monica residents, members had friends and family impacted by these events.  And we always have those "what if" thoughts.   


"Continuing to respond to the tragic June 7 shooting that claimed 6 lives and the two unrelated shootings that followed, the City of Santa Monica, in collaboration with Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health and the office of Supervisor Zev Yaraslovsky, is offering a certification course for the Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) adult public education program.


Participants will learn warning signs and risk factors to train people to be alert to the "red flags going up" and then know how to offer help. It is not intended for persons who are already mental health professionals. 


For more information, contact UPatel@dmh.lacounty.gov and click for our Fact Sheet



The training is being funded by Mental Health Services Act/LA County Department of Mental Health."


Please click here to RSVP."


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


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