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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.

July 21, 2015  

rainbow in the blue sky after the rain

What an unusual few days we have had.  Actual, measurable rain.  In Santa Monica.  In July.  Does anyone actually remember this happening before?

Rain, at any time, is a promise, but it feels so much more now when it is so needed.  We know a quarter of an inch or so is not going to end the drought, but it feels like a promise of more to come. 

The rainbow is usually a promise of the sunshine to follow the storm, of better days/times ahead.  That can be more rainy days, more filled rain barrels, followed by more rainbows.

The promise of things to come is much of what the summer League work is about.  Your local board is meeting this coming weekend to plan the year ahead.  We know some of the areas--we have four studies that will have consensus meetings, we will continue our focus on climate change and what can be acted on at the local level, and we will continue and more actively encourage civil discourse in local discussions.  Where else would you, as a League member, like to see us focus our energy and activities?  Any ideas can be sent to the board here

League Calls on EPA to Set Strong National Ambient Air Quality Standard for Ozone

The League joined coalition partners in urging the Environmental Protection Agency to stay true to science and set a primary National Ambient Air Quality Standard for ozone of 60 ppb.


League Urges Congress to Renew EITC and CTC

The League joined coalition partners on a letter to Congress urging the renewal of critical provisions of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and refundable Child Tax Credit (CTC) before they expire. The EITC and CTC are among the nation's strongest tools to help working families escape poverty and achieve greater self-sufficiency.


Tell Congress to Stand with the American People and Restore the VRA

Two years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a key part of the VRA leading to a full frontal attack on the voting rights of American citizens. Despite public outcry since the Supreme Court's decision, Congress has ignored widespread voter discrimination and the will of the American people. Every day that Congress fails to repair the VRA, Americans are in danger of increased barriers at the polls.Raise your voice and tell your Representative that now is the time to restore the VRA!  


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 as well as meet our new city manager in a small group setting.  

Jazz on the Lawn...

Returns to Stewart Street Park on August 2 with programs  each Sunday afternoon from 5-7p.m. during August.  Rotating food and dessert trucks will be there.  Dance, picnic, or just relax but plan to be there.


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


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