League of Women Voters of Santa Monica

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Our Mission
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.
Diversity Policy
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.

December 2013

As the old year winds down and the days grow shorter it seems there is just not enough time. However we hope you will find a few minutes to note Ann's request and drop us a line.

This is also the season of giving and, as you plan your end of year giving, please remember us.  The donate button is on the left and our ability to bring exciting programs to the community has only two limits--the funding we have available and the membership or people power.  Membership is growing and we need to grow the funds to go with it.  More was in last week's "Giving Tuesday" request.

Every addition is appreciated.



The end of the year is fast approaching, and, like many organizations you respect and support, we're asking for money.  The end of the year is fundraising season as we try to beat the "tax-deductible" deadline of January 1. 


If you're like me, you want to help, but you also want to know what you're getting for your money.


You know we'll provide you with voter education and non-partisan, non-biased information as the 2014 elections approach; you also know we'll offer in-depth studies and informational meetings. In the next few months, look for a wide-ranging study of national agricultural policies and a presentation and training session about tax support for non-profits.


But what if you want more?  That's where you come in.


Local Leagues have the opportunity to intensify their study and advocacy regarding issues of particular importance in their communities.  For example, the League of Women Voters of the Claremont Area has played a leading role in its community with its long-term study and the educational presentations and informational materials about the area's water future.


And citizens of Whittier can thank the League of Women Voters of Whittier for keeping them informed about oil drilling in their community


What about Santa Monica?  What do you think our most pressing issues are?  Let us know, so we can make our plans with your political passions in mind.  Just go to http://www.lwvsantamonica.org/contact.html  and send us your thoughts.  I guarantee - we'll listen.


And don't forget to have a happy holiday season and a fabulous New Year!


Ann Williams


From our LWVUS President

As the IRS proposed new regulations regarding the funding of 501(c)4 organizations she said "New IRS regulations covering non-profit organizations are one of the most important reforms that can be taken under current law to overcome the effects of Citizens United," Elisabeth MacNamara, our national president said in a statement.
You can read the full blog post here.




Campaign Finance Disclosure Legislation

Important, League sponsored legislation will be coming up in Sacramento soon after the legislature reconvenes in January.
Our local legislators support these bills but can always use a quick "Thank you" message reflecting community support.  Stay tuned for more info next year!



If you are a member of LWVSM, this is the time of the year we renew our memberships.  Many have and we thank you for your promptness!  If you have not and can't remember where the form is, you can just click on the join button to the left and either print out the form or pay with Paypal. If you can't remember, email treas@lwvsantamonica.org to check. If you are not a member, this is the ideal time to join, the beginning of a new League year, the start of our 80th Birthday celebrations. Go to the same page, same instructions.  




For the fourth year in a row, the Santa Monica Public Library has earned top marks from
Library Journal's national rating of public libraries - the only Southern California library to earn the prestigious five-star rating.

Visit www.smpl.org for more information on this and library services. 


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


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