League of Women Voters of Santa Monica

October 2014 

October 14, 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
The last chance to register or update your registration for the November 4 election is October 20th, less than a week away. The easy way is at registertovote.ca.gov, or you can pick up a form at any library, post office or DMV office.
Vote by mail ballots have already been mailed to those on the permanent participation list.  If you are not, and want to vote by mail, just tear of the card that is the back cover of your sample ballot, sign it and put it in the mail.  These must be mailed on or before October 28th.  Earlier is safer.

As our mailboxes fill and the TV commercials grow more frequent it is sometimes difficult to filter the information.  We hope that some of the information below is helpful in your attempt to become better informed.
What a busy election season it's been! We've co-sponsored two candidates forums, are partnering with CityTV to produce two more, along with a slew of forums and interviews to be broadcast from now until November 4. See the schedule here.
And readers of this newsletter know of all the many other ways we're getting our community's voters ready for election day. 


I'd like to suggest another way you can play a part in keeping our democracy thriving. Join me on November 4 at a polling place - as a pollworker! Already, a contingent of our student members from Santa Monica High School are signing up to work at the polls in their neighborhoods.


You can go to the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder's website and get all the information you need to become a pollworker.


And if you'd like to do even more, you can take the money you'll earn and donate it to the League - that's my plan!


Whether you work at the polls, go there to vote, or vote by mail, the important thing is to participate. Remember, elections are won by those who vote.



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 17, (yes, two the same night) Candidates for Third District board of Supervisors, sponsored by the Pat Brown Institute, Los Angeles City LWV, and KABC 7.  Broad Stage, registration required.  Arrive early, doors are locked at 5:30p.m. 

October 20 and 27,  Live CityTV forums with City Council Candidates, 7-9p.m.  Live on Channel 16 and to be rebroadcast.

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

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.



Your Vote Counts!

The LWVC Education Fund website http://www.cavotes.org has much information including the Pros and Cons of all the state ballot measures and interviews with many state wide candidates, and more. Check it out! 


Videos of two forums for candidates for Superintendent of Public Instruction are available at EdSource.org 

The Secretary of State forum at Berkeley last week is available on the Berkeley YouTube site.  

The  LWV Santa Monica/CityTV viewing schedule is now available. 
This is your link to candidate forums for the school board and college board, discussions of local ballot measures, city council candidate statements on the issues and replays of the live online forums on October 20 and 27.   


As you can see we've been busy, and we appreciate all our members have done to make our election related activities possible.


But there is life after elections, even if it may not feel that way now.


We're hosting several events this year that would be enhanced if they were held in our members' homes. People seem to enjoy going to a home more than to a restaurant or a community room, however nice those places can be.


So if you'd like to open up your home for a stimulating, enjoyable get-together (with lots of help with set-up, food and clean-up) please let me know at Pres@lwvsantamonica.org 



Election season is not just our busiest time of the year, but also our most expensive.  As much as we use electronic and social media, there is also the need many have for hard copies of information and printing and paper are no longer cheap. 

If you have appreciated the information going out this election season, have attended one of our forums or watch a rerun on line, checked out the Pros and Cons on paper or on line, if you want to say "Thank You", a donation is appreciated.  You can click on the red button  to your left or, if you prefer, mail a check to the address below.  All donations are appreciated. 

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


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