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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.

April 7, 2015  

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Water is much on everyone's mind with last weeks proclamation by the governor, a snow pack that is only 5% of the normal average and reminders from every direction that we need to make cutbacks not withstanding having just experienced the warmest March on record.

The League tradition is to be informed.  On Saturday, April 25, 2:00-4:00p.m. we will make a step in that direction.  Roberta Borgonovo, chairperson of the LWVC Water Committee will join Luis Cetina, a Principal Government and Regional Affairs Representativefrom the Metropolitan Water District in the Multi-Purpose room of the main library, 601 Santa Monica, to bring us up to date on current activities.

With California's changing population, climate and economic base, water policy is growing in importance.  The Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) has recently established the PPIC Water Policy Center.  Three papers are published initially and you can subscribe to be informed as others are released. 

On a no less serious but maybe a bit more fun note, for the past several years the League has offered members the California Budget Challenge from Next 10, giving individuals an opportunity t try their hand at balancing the state budget.  This year they are offering another challenge. the California Water Challenge, giving you a chance to balance water restrictions, fines, agricultural vs. urban uses, etc.  And, yes, the link will lead you close enough to the budget challenge to link up if you want to try that also. 

League Opposes Attempt to Block Potential Tool to Address Carbon Pollution
The League joined a fact sheet sent to U.S. Senators opposing an amendment proposed by Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) that would block a potential tool to address carbon pollution. Amendment #928 was proposed and accepted during the vote-a-rama surrounding debate on the U.S. Senate's proposed federal budget.

WATER: Balancing Supplies Against Competing Demands

Voters are likely to be faced with more large water expenditures in the coming years. Making informed decisions on these investments in managing California's water resources is difficult given unclear answers to key questions such as: 

April 25, 2:00p.m.   
Water issues statewide and regionally
Multi-purpose room, Main Library, 601 Santa Monica.  Parking entrance from 7th St. No charge
April 27, 6:30p.m.   
Board Meeting  Board meetings are open to all members. check for location. 
May 15-17 
LWVC State Convention in San Diego
Much more information at the Convention blog
June 1, 6:30p.m. 
Board Meeting
June 20, 10:00a.m. 
Annual Meeting, Seasons 52   
Details and speaker to follow
Local drought related information including proposed rates, water saving tips and available rebates are available on the city's website.  These were posted before the latest requirements from the governor's office.

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


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