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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.
 

July 14, 2015  

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Studies are the heart of League work.  Without studies we have no positions from which to take action.  No positions which we can use to support oppose state or national legislation, take a position on a local ballot measure or speak out on a proposal before the city council or neighborhood group.  It all starts with a study.

At the LWVUS Convention in 2014 a discussion of Citizens United lead to a decision to review Key Structures of Democracy.  As a part of this we have two studies due this winter.

The first one is the Constitutional Amendment Study.  The study questions are currently available on line and are accompanied by brief pro and con statements to encourage discussion.  Background materials are available here and more will be posted in the coming weeks.  This study must be completed before our November board meeting, so is a fall project.

The second part of Key Structures under review regards Money in Politics.  Background on this study and suggested reading is available here.  This study will lead to an update of the League position on campaign finance.  Is financing a political campaign protected speech under the First Amendment?  For those interested in following this a Google Group is up and running.  More material to follow.

A Webinar with background and orientation to both studies is scheduled for noon PDT, Wednesday, July 29th.  Register now if you are interested in participating in either study.

Information on state and local studies will be here in coming weeks.  Becoming a part of a study group is a great short-term way to learn more about how League works.  Contact Ann Williams if you are interested.  
  LWVC NEWS
Make It Fair

The LWVC is pleased to be a member of this group working to modify Proposition 13 to correct some unfair tax breaks that have been available to commercial and industrial properties.  This has been a long standing interest and goal of the League.

The successful webinar LWVC hosted last week was recorded and is available here. If you would like to be more involved in the campaign locally email us.  Use the same contact if you would like to have someone speak about the effort
UPCOMING EVENTS
July 18, 10:00a.m.   SOLD OUT
Popovers in Pasadena   Pasadena Women's City Club 
The traditional Summer County League Day 
Guest speaker, Supervisor Sheila Kuehl
Check the flyer and reserve early. This will be a sellout!

July 26, 10:00a.m. 
Board Retreat 
Call or email for more information

August 23, 12:00 noon  
New Member Orientation Brunch
For new or prospective members
RSVP and directions @ Pres

September 19, 11:00a.m.
Fall Membership Luncheon
Guest Speaker: City Manager Rick Cole
Location to be determined
This is a special opportunity to bring a prospective member and introduce them to the League. 
DID YOU KNOW?
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Outdoor Movies

Summer means family movies under the stars. Cinema on the Street (Promenade) is July 17th with Willie Wonka. July 22 the Police Dept. sponsors a showing of Ghostbusters at Virginia Avenue Park. This time you are invited to bring a blanket and picnic. Free summer family fun!

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

 

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