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Our Mission
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.

February 17, 2015  


O.K.  It was yesterday, but this is being written over President's Day weekend.  I often wonder about the compromise that brought us this long weekend.  Were we more likely to take a minute and think about Washington or Lincoln when they each had their own day, not always on a Monday?

We continue our celebration of the 95th birthday of the League, also this past weekend, and will off and on all year.  This week we offer a quick quiz about a few ways we are continuing to "finish the fight" in the words of our first president, Carrie Chapman Catt.

Then Saturday, February 28th, is Lunch with the Mayor, Kevin McKeown.  We have a new mayor, a new council, and, soon, a new city manager.  Mayor McKeown will share his thoughts on what lies ahead. For your convenience you may now make reservations on line and pay in advance via Paypal.
Nominating Committee Meeting

LWVSM is starting the process of nominating officers and board members for the 2015-16 League year.  If there is someone you would like to nominate, and it can be you, contact our nominating committee chair Hannah Heineman.

If joining the board sounds like too big a step, there are many off board positions available, jobs that can be tailored to fit your time commitment. The LWVC study this term is Public Higher Education:  Access and Affordability.  Background readings are becoming available and we need a committee of 3-5 to understand this material and present it to our membership next winter.  If you are interested, contact our V.P. Program, Barbara Inatsugu.

The LWVUS focus on The Structures of Democracy includes two studies, one on Money in Politics and one on the process of Amending the Constitution.  Reading lists are now on line and we are ready to form committees.  This process will finish in February of 2016.  Again, if you are interested, contact Barbara.

There are other opportunities for involvement from helping plan an event to working with our website or making reminder phone calls.  Just let Ann Williams know where you think you would fit.
February 28, 11:30.a.m.  
Lunch with the Mayor with our new mayor, Kevin McKeown.  See flyer for details and RSVP information

March 7, 11:00a.m. 

First meeting around the LWVC Study of Public Higher Education in California with a focus on access and affordability, this one from the student viewpoint.  SMC Main Campus.  Save the date, more to come.

March 9, 6:00p.m.  
Film screening and celebration of Women's History Month, The Annex, Pico Library  
March 23, 6:30p.m.  Board Meeting   
March 26, 7:00p.m. 
Women Who Shape Santa Monica again in the beautiful penthouse at Ocean House.
March 28, 10:00a.m.
County Inter League Convention Carson Center in Carson. 
April 25  
Save the date. Water issues statewide and locally 
Santa Monica's Office of Sustainability & the Environment along with American Cinematheque and Sustainable Works present:
Thursday, February 19th

PUMP is an inspiring, eye-opening documentary that tells the story of America's addiction to oil, from Standard Oil's illegal tactics to the monopoly oil companies enjoy today. The film explains clearly and simply how we can end this monopoly - and finally win choice at the pump.

More information and reservations are available here. 

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


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