League of Women Voters of Santa Monica

November 2014 

November 11, 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.
Today is Veteran's Day, once called Armistice Day, to celebrate that day almost 100 years ago that ended "The War to End All Wars."  Don't we wish!  A field of poppies in memory of Flander's Field.

Wars of a different sort, thankfully much less bloody, ended last week here in Santa Monica.  Local elections are over for another two years and it is time to come together and work together to help resolve issues we all care about--the lingering drought, the lack of affordability be it housing or local shopping or early education or a college education, transportation and many others.  Some of these issues will be addressed in League programs in the winter and spring.

A first step is getting together to share nibbles and a glass of wine on November 19th.  All newly elected along with those continuing to serve have been invited along with our members and their guests. Details below.

Not a League event, but one we are invited to participate in is a forum on Water and Climate Change Nov. 16, 12:30p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium.  Full details on the wonderful program are available on our calendar page

I think we can agree it was a good election. People felt passionately about candidates and issues, fought hard, and ultimately the voters of Santa Monica made their choices. No one got everything they wanted, but most voters probably got some of what they wanted - that's the way democracy works.


And now, on to more political and community events with the League of Women Voters of Santa Monica. This month, we hope you'll join us as we celebrate the end of election season with new and sitting elected officials on Wednesday, November 19 (see below for details). And on January 19, we plan to participate once again in the Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration and community fair hosted by Soka Gakkai. In February, we'll host a luncheon with the Mayor - keep reading our weekly newsletters for information on that event. And on March 26, we'll host our popular Women Who Shape Santa Monica awards once again at the Ocean House.


These are just some highlights - we'll be active in many other ways, conducting legislative interviews, planning state and local programming, coordinating informational forums and preparing for an in-depth study of California's post-secondary educational institutions.


We'd love for you to get involved. If any of these activities appeal to you, just email us here. We'll be happy to find ways for you to get involved.


And enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday!


Ann K. Williams



wine-cork-banner.jpg Welcoming the newly elected!

For the second time, LWV Santa Monica will host a party welcoming the newly elected, thanking those who continue to serve and celebrating the end of a very busy election season.

Meet us on November 19 at 7p.m. for wine and nibbles at the Real Office Center (ROC), 604 Arizona Avenue, 3rd Floor lounge and patio. Street parking and parking at the Main Library parking lot are available, or be sustainable and walk, bike or come by bus. You can R.S.V.P. at pres@lwvsantamonica.org .


Do you have a knack for public relations and fundraising? Are social connections more your thing? How about coordinating advocacy - seeing to it that our members are kept up-to-date about legislation the League supports or opposes? Or do you love to host gatherings at your home? These are just a few of the ways you can be a helper in the League. Just email the League at this site and we'll find a volunteer job that matches your talents and interests. We hope you'll become one of our special active members
Three Santa Monica Talks meetings are scheduled this month: Nov. 13 at Tongva Park, Nov. 18 in the East Wing of the Civic Center and Nov. 20 at ROC -- all at 6:15p.m.  Full information here

A Town Hall for the Public Review of the Draft Zoning Ordinance is scheduled for Nov. 19 at the Lincoln Middle School Auditorium. More here.  

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


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