League of Women Voters of Santa Monica

January 2014 

January 2014
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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.
Most people don't know how to vote when they see judges on their ballot. Do you?

The most frequent calls our League gets around election time is about judges on the ballot.  While we never tell them who to vote for, we like to refer them to more information.  That is why we like this new source.

Today, the independence of courts is threatened by powerful special interests seeking to tip the scales of justice in their favor. They try to weaken the courts by misleading voters, and that isn't too hard when voters don't know about how independent courts uphold the rule of law.

Ensure equal justice for all by making sure you know how and why you're voting!    


It's a new year, and I hope you're feeling energized and ready to participate in the many League activities we have planned for our 80th year.

I'd like to highlight a special, national study of Agricultural Policy spearheaded by the League of Women Voters of the United States this year.  In 1988, the League adopted a position supporting sustainable agricultural practices and research and development at the federal level.


Now, along with League chapters around the country, we'll be delving into issues like the economic health of the food system, animal management, food safety and food labeling, as we come to a consensus that will inform League advocacy at the federal level.  We hope you join us as we learn about and debate these important issues.  If you'd like to join our study committee, you can contact us at http://www.lwvsantamonica.org/contact.html 

From our LWVUS President

League Commends Administration's Latest Step Against Climate Change


The League issued a statement in support of the publication of a new EPA proposal limiting the amount of carbon pollution from power plants in the Federal Register. The proposed regulation will reduce the deadly effects that carbon pollution has on the health of our children and our environment. The public will have 60 days to comment on this historic regulation.


A call to any and all who care about civic life and civic learning.   The regional California Task Force on K-12 Civic Learning draft agenda, flyer, and a way to RSVP has just been added. This Task Force was established by California Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye and California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson. LWVC President Jennifer Waggoner represents us on the Taskforce.  Input from League members and friends is requested.



Last call for membership!  Our count goes in to the national office January 31.  We need your payment by that time to be part of the official count. 




As a part of the Cradle to Career Initiative a new website has been launched! This is a listing of service providers for young people and their families, sorted by age, location, etc.  Please share with families you know, after school programs, church groups, anyone who works with children and families.

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


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