League of Women Voters of Santa Monica

September 2014 

September 9, 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.
Election time gets closer

Even in Santa Monica we can see the changing of the seasons.  The ginkgo tree outside the window is turning gold and election day is eight weeks from today.

Before we move fully into election mode, one last reminder that our fall membership luncheon, the start of our program year, is this Saturday, September 13, at 11:30.  Our guest speaker is Maria Carpenter, Director of Libraries for the city speaking about, the community room of the new Pico Library in Virginia Avenue Park at the corner of Pico and Cloverfield.  A flyer with more details is here.

The event is free and open to anyone interested in joining the League.  RSVPs are not necessary but lunch is pot luck so a response is appreciated to coordinate food, chairs, handouts, etc.  Email league@lwvsantamonica.org

Another non-election event is Happy Hour tomorrow, September 10, in the Patio at Spitfire Grill, across the street from Santa Monica Airport at 3300 Airport Ave.  Lots to talk about and the location seemed appropriate.  We will meet about 5:30 but feel free to join a little late. 

Be A League Helper


Labor Day is in the rearview mirror, and we're in the thick of election season - already!


As always, the League of Women Voters of Santa Monica is busy fulfilling our mission to educate voters to make informed choices at the ballot box. It take a lot of effort to get the word out, and this is an ideal time to be a League helper.


Here are some ways you can become a super-volunteer!

  • Register voters: We'll be registering voters at a variety of locations in the coming weeks. Contact vs@lwvsantamonica.org if you'd like to help
  • Lend a hand with mock elections at SAMOHI: Count votes and inspire students to participate in our political process. Contact samo@lwvsantamonica.org for details.
  • Come to one of our candidates forums. This is a great way to learn our process and get informed yourself. Contact program@lwvsantamonica.org - this is also a good contact email if you have a question for one of our local candidates you'd like considered by the forum planners.
  • Distribute League election-related publications within our community. Also, suggest groups that might want our ballot measure pros and cons presentations. Contact vs@lwvsantamonica.org 

These are just a few of the ways you can be a helper during election season. We'll be letting you know throughout the year about the many ways you can become actively involved under the heading "Be A Helper" in each month's voter.


Being a volunteer is a great way to make friends, enjoy intellectual stimulation and help your community - the greatest perks of being a League member!


September 17, candidate forum for State Superintendent of Public Instruction at County Education Offices in Downey. See flyer for details.

September 22, City Council Candidates Forum with Santa Monica Next at Main Library Auditorium.  All details here

October 1, Candidate Forum for School Board and SMC Board of Trustees at SMMUSD Admin Offices Board Room, 1651 16th St.  Board of Trustees at 6:00p.m., School Board at 7:45pm.

October 12, 3-5pm. Vino and Propositions.  A presentation of the Pros and Cons of State, County and Local ballot measures followed by wine and nibbles.  RSVP to league@lwvsantamonica.org for private home address.

October 20 and 27, live CityTV forums with City Council Candidates, 7-9p.m.  More on this and other CityTV programming in upcoming weeks.

Your Vote Counts!

The much awaited pros and cons on state ballot measures, voter registration information and much more information on state wide measures is available at  http://www.cavotes.org Check it out! 


All of the questions that are used in the various forums come from our members and readers as well as those in the audience at forums.  We are now collecting questions for the City Council, the SMMUSD Board of Education and SMC Board of Trustees.  Send your questions to: program@lwvsantamonica.org

We thank you!

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


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