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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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October 21, 2014 


The last day to register to vote was yesterday, sample ballots and vote by mail ballots have been distributed, and some of you may have already voted.

Mail boxes are filling up with beautiful flyers that would assure us that every candidate was a gift from the gods and TV commercials seem to take more time than programs.  As we stare at the sample ballot we often have more questions than answers.

This week's update is from our Education Fund with a focus on background information to help you make a more comfortable and informed decision when you vote.

One of the missions of our Education Fund is to prepare a balanced analysis of each ballot measure.  The traditional
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. These interviews are in cooperation with Free Air Time from cable TV across California.

Voters Edge has all the information you have learned to trust Smart Voter for plus an ability to follow the money from a new collaboration with Maplight.  
Videos of two forums for candidates for Superintendent of Public Instruction are available at EdSource.org  This is becoming one of the most tightly contested races this year.

The Secretary of State forum at Berkeley is available on the Berkeley YouTube site.  This is another very interesting race,

The Candidate Forum for the Third Supervisoral District that was held last Friday evening is now available from
LWVSM and long time partner CityTV are taking programming in new directions this year.  Vote 2014 Election Programming can be seen on CityTV Cable Channel 16 and digital broadcast channel 20.2. CityTV is streamed on-line at citytv.org. Individual videos can be seen at smvote.org, the City of Santa Monica's election website. In addition, Vote 2014 programming airs 24/7 on Time Warner Cable Channel 99.  A full listing of all programming is available here.  


All LWVSM sponsored or moderated public forums are finished.  These are the still to come ones we know about.

If you missed watching the live interactive forum on CityTV last night, you have another chance next Monday, October 27, at 7:00p.m.  All that information is just above.  We hear some people are even having viewing parties!

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.  The last two are this week. 

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This is both our most busy and our most expensive season.  Why we try to do as much as possible by electronic and social media, there is still a desire and need for old fashioned hard copies--and they grow more expensive every cycle.

If you like and value what you have been reading here, if you have attended a forum or presentation or received printed information, say "Thank You" with  a donation.  The button takes you to our Paypal page or you can send a check to the address below.

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


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