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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.

August 4, 2015  


It's August already.  School starts in a couple of weeks.  Remember when that didn't happen until after Labor Day?  Let's focus on enjoying the rest of the summer, while making plans for a busy and active fall.

This is a good place to tell you that your newsletter is taking a one week summer break, no updates on August 11. We will be back on schedule on the 18th.

There are two upcoming opportunities for prospective members to learn more about the League.  We are assuming if your are in the Santa Monica area and have asked to receive this newsletter you are a prospective member.  On August 22 there will be a noon brunch for new, nearly new and about to be new members.  This is in a private home so you will be given the address and directions when you RSVP.

The second opportunity is our Fall Membership Luncheon on September 19th.  This is a no charge annual event when we encourage our members to bring a friend and introduce them to the League.  This year we are very happy to have our new City Manager, Rick Cole, as our guest speaker.  Save the date and invite a friend.

There will be lots of opportunities for each individual to be involved, either long term and short term, during the fall and winter.  We have been talking about studies and other opportunities are evolving.  See the President's Corner below and watch for new opportunities. 
Looking Toward Fall

Summer may be vacation time for many, but at the League we're always busy. Last week we held our annual Board retreat. It was a chance for our newer Board members to learn a bit more about our mission and for all of us to map out the year to come. So what's in the works?


This month, we'll be holding a new members brunch. I urge you all to come learn about voter education, advocacy and studies, issues forums and making democracy work. It'll be a great opportunity to meet like-minded League members and find out how you can participate in our important work.


Then, in September, we'll be holding our membership luncheon  at which our new city manager, Rick Cole, will speak. Another great opportunity to network with active Santa Monicans and learn more about our organization and our city.


After these events, we're off and running, as we embark on four (yes, four!) studies. In fall and early winter, we'll participate in two national studies, one on Amending the United States Constitution, and one on Campaign Finance Legislation. We'll be informing you of the consensus meetings as they are scheduled, and we certainly hope you can join us.


Later in the year, we'll continue our participation in a State study on Access to Higher Public Education and undertake a local study on Community Choice Aggregation, a proposed way for customers to choose cleaner energy.


If you'd like, you can join the study committees for these studies - just email me  and I'll put you in touch with the study leaders.


See you soon at a League event!


Ann Williams
50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act on August 6th

Thursday, August 6th marks the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act (VRA). This landmark piece of legislation was crafted to prevent discrimination in voting and signed by President Johnson. Despite public outcry since the Supreme Court's decision that overturned a key part of the VRA, Congress has ignored widespread voter discrimination and the will of the American people. Please continue to raise your voice and tell Congress that now is the time to restore the VRA
August 23, 12:00 noon  
New Member Orientation Brunch
For new, nearly new, and prospective members
RSVP and directions @ Pres

August 29, 9:30a.m. 
What is being done to prevent HUMAN TRAFFICKING and what you can do to help
Sponsored by LWVLA 
Full information on flyer    
September 19, 11:00a.m.
Fall Membership Luncheon
Guest Speaker: City Manager Rick Cole
Private home, directions with RSVP to Pres
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.  

August 8, 15, 22 - CERT classes - Community Emergency Response Team -- 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM.  CERT is a community-based group of volunteers that have completed a federally recognized training course taught by local Public Safety Personnel and First Responders. The training includes ways to assist family, friends, neighbors, and your community in case of small or large scale disasters. CERT   training is free, open to anyone who lives or works in Santa Monica, is over the age of 18, files an application, and passes the background fingerprinting. For more information, contact OEM@smgov.net


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


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