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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.
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.

September 8, 2015  

Many Hands Holding the Red Words Join Today in the Sky
Yesterday was Labor Day.  In most parts of the country the traditional end of summer, time to put away the white shoes. Not in Santa Monica, official autumn is still a couple of weeks away and our warmest days may be yet to come. Yet the holiday retains its true meaning for League. Many of the worker's rights, voter's rights issues celebrated yesterday are still our issues. Another reason to join us.

One September transition does not change.  All memberships in the League of Women Voters of Santa Monica expire in September of each year,  If you are a continuing member your renewal notice is in the mail.  If you are a new member, someone who has joined since May 2015, those were grace months and your renewal is not due until September 2016.

If you are receiving this and you are not a member, why not?  If you have opened this, you are interested in what we are doing. You don't have to be a member to attend many of our activities, but this next year those who are not members in good standing are going to be left out of four important meetings: coming to consensus on four important studies. Only members will be able to participate in this process.  You will hear more about each of these in the coming weeks.  But why wait. Just click on the join us button to the left and join now!   
Guest Speaker City Manager, Rick Cole

If you didn't check on the link and join now, then bring your check (We can also take plastic) to our annual Fall Membership Luncheon, Saturday, September 19th at 11:00a.m.  We are fortunate to have Rick Cole, our new City Manager, as our guest speaker.  This is no charge, pot luck, a wonderful opportunity to bring a friend and introduce them to the League.  Again, we are meeting in a private home and you will receive the address and directions in response to your reservation. This is an excellent opportunity to hear Cole in an informal, small group setting. Here is a flyer you can share with a friend.

Please help us make sure that the legislature passes two crucial climate change bills!

SB 32 (Pavley) and SB 350 (de León and Leno) will be voted on by the full Assembly this week. It's time to urge your Assembly member to vote YES on these critically important bills. Even if you are comfortable with the way you think they will vote, your note is reassurance as they face a powerful oil lobby.

The oil industry is pushing hard to block this breakthrough legislation, spending millions on advertising and lobbying hard to oppose the passage of these bills. We must counter their efforts and ensure that California remains a leader in addressing climate change. This is the message we need to send.
  • SB 32 will set an enforceable limit on climate pollution that continues the reductions required by California's landmark AB 32of 2006. It will require a greenhouse gas (GHG) emission level of 80 percent below the 1990 level by 2050.
  • SB 350 will set three goals for 2030 that cut GHG emissions: 50 percent of our electricity from renewable energy sources, 50 percent reduction in oil use in the transportation sector, and a doubling of energy efficiency in buildings.
The impact of climate change is becoming ever more apparent; please take action on this critical issue facing our planet.

Read more about climate change action.

We have Climate Change Action notices on our LWVSM Facebook page . Visit there, "like" and "share."  
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.
RSVP to Ann Williams for address and directions.

September 26, 10:00a.m. 
County Fall League Day--Voter Outreach 
Westminster Presbyterian Church in Pasadena
Ideas for reaching non-voters and getting out the vote.
More information and a reservation form are here.

September 28, 6:30p.m. 
Regular Board Meeting 
All members are welcome
Call or email for location 
October 24
Save the date 
Consensus meeting on Constitutional Amendments
Time and location to be determined.    
November 14, 1:00p.m. 
Save the date 
Consensus meeting on Money in Politics
Location to be determined 
Last Call

Thursday night is the last Pier Concert until next summer.  A sure sign the seasons are changing. 


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


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