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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.
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.

October 7, 2014 


Election day is exactly four weeks from today, vote by mail ballots are on their way to permanent users, and our mail boxes are beginning to fill.  One of the most frequent requests the League gets is "Can you tell me how to vote on ...?  While League never endorses a candidate or party, we do support ballot measures that relate to issues we have studied and reached consensus about.

At the state level, LWVC is supporting Propositions 2 and 47.  We are neutral on Propostion 1 and have no position on the issues in Propositions 45, 46, and 48.  For more on why we have taken these positions check our website. You may also print a one page summary to share with family and friends.

At the county level the League is supporting Proposition P, a parcel tax to maintain funding for recreational facilities, parks and institutions such as the Hollywood Bowl and the Music Center.

At the local level LWVSM is opposing Measure D and supporting FS, H, HH and LC.  A one page summary with brief notes as to why is available here.  You can also read the letter to the editor by our president, Ann Williams, that gives more details. 

Again, we encourage you to share.  the two can be printed back to back and cover all issues. 

One of the missions of our Education Fund is to prepare a balanced analysis of each ballot measure.  The traditional Pros and Cons publication covering the six state measures are now available on line. Hard copies, including information on the county issues will be available at all of our events.

The Easy Voter Guide for new and busy voters also covers the six measures and is available in several languages.  We will have copies available in both Spanish and English.  Again, contact us if you can use these.

LWVSM has prepared a Pros and Cons publication of the five local measures on your ballot.  This is available at our events and on our website.

A public presentation of all the ballot measures including county measure P will be Sunday afternoon, October 12.  Check the flyer for more information.

Brief statements from all local candidates are now on line at  www.smvote.org/candidates/  CityTV and LWVSM have a long term working relationship around local elections, so check frequently with SMVote and Channel 16 for more election information.

The October 1 forums for SMC Board of Trustees and SMMUSD School Board was taped by CityTV for replay. Check the Channel 16 program for times.

A lively and fast moving forum featuring all of the city council candidates was held at the main library on September 22.  This forum, co-sponsored by LWV Santa Monica and Santa Monica next is now available for viewing on Youtube.

Due to technical difficulties some of the closing statements didn't transfer, but complete statements are available here

EdSource.org has two forums for the State Superintendent of Public Instruction available on line.  Same two candidates, two very different formats.  Watch both if you are still undecided.

A LWVC co-sponsored debate between the candidates for Secretary of State will be held in Berkeley Oct. 9 but live streamed.  Full information is available at the CA Votes Website.  


These are events currently scheduled.

Keep watching for updates and check our website or like us on Facebook for the latest information. 

Other events in chronological order:

October 17, League moderated town hall meeting for state senate candidates Ben Allen and Sandra Fluke sponsored by the YWCA, 2019 Fourteenth Street, at 7:30p.m.  Flyer here.

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

The following events are not League sponsored, moderated or advised, but events we think will be of interest to our members and friends.

October 8, Candidate Forum for City Council Candidates sponsored by Northeast Neighbors.: Wednesday, Oct. 8 from 7 to 9 p.m.  Martin Luther King Auditorium, Santa Monica Public Library,

October 19, Candidate Forum sponsored by and at the Church in Ocean Park with the Committee for Racial Justice.  4:00p.m., SMC Board of Trustees; 5:00p.m., SMMUSD Board of Education; 6:30p.m.,Santa Monica City Council.  Moderated by Dr. Karen Gunn

October 26, Candidates for the 33rd District U.S. Congressional seat being vacated by Henry Waxman. Sinai Temple at 6:30pm.  Moderated by Rabbi David Wolpe. Attendance is free but RSVP is required. Please see our calendar for more information.


October 29, Candidates for 3rd District, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, various sponsors, at Valley Beth Shalom at 7:00p.m., arrive by  6:30p.m.  Registration and more information here. When registering indicate you learned of the event from LWVSM. 


Santa Monica Mirror is sponsoring three forums, covering both regional and local races.  Full information is here.

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


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