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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.

December 15, 2015  


One thought from last week has stayed with me and become a part of conversations over the past week.  All of the seven major world religions have multiple celebrations this time of the year, 29 in all over 10 weeks, and many of them relate to the fading and return of the light. There seems to be something within us, something universal, that longs for the return of the light.

We have just finished Hanukkah, Sunday will light the last candle on the Advent wreath, candle light vigils for Riverside and other victims of gun violence are everywhere, driving neighborhood streets is a special treat as houses are decorated with lights. Even as we move away from real wood fires that spew particulates into the air, we still try to replicate the fireplace and the warmth of camp fire. It's a wonderful time of the year.

This seems to be an appropriate message for the League. While our candle are more often symbolic than actual, casting light on difficult situations is our mission; helping both voters and elected leaders make informed decisions. We have an open invitation to all to join us and add your one candle to the light.

To carry the metaphor forward, you missed a wonderful evening and enlightening discussion last Friday evening at our Holiday event. Because we did not have a great crowd, we could actually have an  old fashioned "fireside chat" with Senator Allen.  He shared much good information about both election day and campaign finance reforms, issues the League will be working with him on during the coming legislative session. 

Have you considered a gift of a League membership, maybe for a young person just turned eighteen or someone retiring and ready to give of their time to the community?


League calendar is quite for the rest of the year. Let your light shine where ever you are. 

January 25, 2016, 6:30p.m. 
Regular board meeting
All members are welcome
Call or email for location

January 30, 2016, 9:30a.m.
L. A. County Winter League Day
Sportsman's Lodge Event Center
Plans for the 2016 Election cycle
Flyer for more details and reservations

March 5, 2016, 10:00a.m.
Public Higher Education in California
Where We Are Today
Location TBD
Save the Date

March 24, 2016, 7:00p.m.
Save the date, mark your calendar!
Women Who Shape Santa Monica 
Our Event-of-the-Year

April 9, 2016, 10:00a.m. 
Higher Education Consensus Meeting
Location TBD
Save the date 
Did you know?
candy-cane-sm.jpg Santa Claus is coming to town
Santa Claus will help Firefighters & Police Officers with the annual CandyCane Drive, Saturday December 19, 2015.
Santa and his friends will make the following stops throughout the community.
10:30-11:00 a.m. Douglas Park, California Av/25th St.
11:15-11:45 a.m. Christine Reed Park, California Av/Lincoln Blvd.
12:00-12:30 p.m. Third Street Promenade/Wilshire Blvd.
1:45-2:15 p.m. Virginia Av Park, 2200 Virginia Av.
2:30-3:00 p.m. Marine Park, Marine/17th St.
3:15-3:45 p.m. Clover Park, Ocean Park Blvd/25th St.

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