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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 28, 2014 


Only one more week to go.  The stack of expensive, full color, glossy card stock advertising grows higher, ten a day sometimes.  Great sympathy to all the postal workers that deliver this.

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 where we have studied and reached agreement.

At the state level, LWVC is supporting Propositions 2 and 47.  We are neutral on Proposition 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.  You can see the pros and cons 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. 

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.

The Easy Voter Guide for new and busy voters also covers the six measures and is available in several languages. 

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.


Brief statements from all local candidates are now on line at www.smvote.org/candidates/   Also available are replays of the two live interactive programs broadcast the past two Monday nights.  Channel 99 is now carrying constant replays of election information and will continue to do so all week.  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. This is included in the rotation.

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 availablhere

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.


Only two non-League forums left on our list.

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. 

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If you have appreciated these weekly updates of election related information since mid-September, consider a donation to the League.  This season is not only our busiest of the year, but also our most expensive.  While we do as much as possible with electronic and social media there is a continuing need for some hard copies, ink on paper.  This grows more expensive every year.  You can give via Paypal (you don't need an account, just a credit or debit card) at the red button or mail a check to the address below.  Our bottom line says "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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