Voting Rights Are Being Restored

  • On Tuesday, July 19, 2016, a federal judge ruled that voters in Wisconsin who do not meet the ID requirements imposed by a stringent new state law cannot be turned away from the polls.

  • And then on Wednesday a federal appeals court ordered changes to a similarly strict voter ID law in Texas after finding that that state’s new law discriminates against persons of color, Hispanics and low-income voters. 

These twin victories mean that millions of voters in Wisconsin and Texas will now have the opportunity to fully participate on Election Day this November.

And they show what’s possible when thousands of League supporters like you join our fight against voting restrictions all over the country.  

TRANSPORTATION/LAND USE/HOUSING COMMITTEE

Having no guest speakers in April and May, the Transportation/Land Use/Housing Committee focused on keeping up to date on the issues it has been following: the potential MTC/ABAG merger; how progress on SMART will affect the Bettini Transit Center in downtown San Rafael; a dispute between Marin and Sonoma over whether federal funding will be used to continue the work on the Novato Narrows in Sonoma or send the SMART train to Larkspur in Marin. In June we be heard from Joanne Webster, President and CEO of the San Rafael Chamber of Commerce, on these and other issues the city is facing. 

We also encourage you to visit the website of one of our partners, the Marin Environmental Housing Collaborative, at www.marinmehc.org. and go to its “enewsletters” section to read the excellent articles it has been publishing recently as part of its public information campaign on a variety of affordable-housing issues facing the Marin community. 

Judy Binsacca, T/LU/H 

Chernock and Batman to Lead League

At our annual meeting on June 6, 2016, the League of Women Voters of Marin County elected V-Anne Chernock, President, and Ann Batman, First Vice-President of the Board for the next two years. 

V-Anne has served on the League Board for the past year.  She retired in 2010 from a long career in construction management, serving as Director of modernization bond programs for the Tamalpais Union High School District (2001 – 2006) and the College of Marin (2006 – 2010).  She is also Chair of the Citizens’ Oversight Committee for the Transportation Authority of Marin, and Chair of the Board of Lutheran Social Services of Northern California, based in Concord. 

Ann is a longtime community leader in Marin and has held several leadership positions for the League of Women Voters over the years.  In 2015, she was honored by the League for her years of service.  Ann was recently appointed to the new Board of Directors of the Marin History Museum.

Other League members elected to officer positions for 2016-2018 are Laurie Nardone and Julie Monson, co-Secretaries, and Regina Bianucci Rus, Treasurer.  Judy Binsacca and John Eels, long-time Board members, were elected to new two-year terms; Michael Chernock, Chair of the League’s new Membership Relations Committee, was elected to his first new term on the Board.

Continuing Board members are Elaine Biagini, Steven Gach, Marcia Hagen, Linda Jackson, Anne Layzer and retiring First Vice President Suki Sennett. 

The Board bid a fond farewell to retiring Board members Linda Deer, Scott McKown and Sondra Wuthnow, who will serve on the Nominating Committee and other leadership positions going forward.  

Bay Area Monitor now available online

The June/July issue of the Bay Area Monitor is now available. Launched in 1975, the Bay Area Monitor is published six times a year by the League of Women Voters of the Bay Area Education Fund, and covers transportation, air quality, water, open space, and land use issues in the nine-county San Francisco Bay area. 

Articles in this issue include:

LWVMC Board Brief – May 2016

Action and Major Discussion Items

  • Continued plans for the upcoming Annual Meeting to be held on June 6 at The Club at McInnis Park; and the Grand Jury Recognition Reception set for June 23 at the San Rafael Community Center.
  • There was a report from the LWVMC delegate to the LWVBA Convention held in San Jose on May 7.
  • Final approval and motion by the Board to approve/create the Membership Relations Committee.
  • The Governance Committee recommended an addition to the “Board Policies and Procedures” wording contained in the “Requests for Action-Local Ballot Measures” document. After discussion, a motion to adopt the addition to the wording passed unanimously.

Committee Reports

Committee reports included: governance and voter service with a report on the candidate forums that the LWVMC has presented to date; legislative report of some information regarding national impact of voter ID laws ; TLUH reported on the committee’s continued discussion of the proposed ABAG and MTC merger; communications committee; and justice committee.

Submitted by Sondra Wuthnow, Secretary

LWVMC @ LWVUS Convention

LWVMC members Linda Jackson, V-Anne Chernock and Michael Chernock will represent Marin at the LWVUS national convention in Washington, D.C. during the middle week of June.  This convention will consider the League's national program for the next two years, which retains all existing positions and launches a League-wide campaign focusing on voter protection and mobilization, election reform, money in politics, constitutional amendments, and redistricting.

Convention delegates will also be asked to concur with two new proposed positions: 

  • From Colorado, to add behavioral health to services offered to all U.S. residents
  • From the LWVUS Redistricting Task Force, to support fair and effective representation at all levels of government through a process of redistricting

Finally, delegates will have an opportunity to vote on five proposed changes to the LWVUS bylaws:

  • To allow individuals to join the League as a State member-at-large
  • To change the membership year from starting in January to starting in May
  • To remove citizenship from the requirement for League membership
  • To add an age requirement (at least 18 years of age) to League membership
  • To remove associate membership category from membership categories

Results of the convention will be reported back to the League at the Fall kickoff meeting.

VOTE WITH THE LEAGUE

YES ON STATE PROPOSITION 50

This proposition would amend the state Constitution to give the California Legislature clear authority to suspend  members of the Senate or Assembly without pay.  lwvc.org for further information and League positions.

YES ON BAY AREA MEASURE AA

Gives the San Francisco Bay Area Restoration Authority the power to authorize a $12 per year parcel tax.  It will raise approximately $25 million for clean water, pollution prevention and habitat restoration. For more information: .yesonaaforthebay.com/moreinfo

YES ON COLLEGE OF MARIN MEASURE B

Authorizes the  sale of $265,000,000 in general  obligation bonds by Marin  Community College District. These funds may only be used update/maintain College of Marin campuses.  For more information http://www.b4com.org/

June 2016 Candidate Forums on line

We will be adding candidate forums for contested elections for local offices as they become available. The link to the forums will be found by the offices listed on the June 7, 2016 Primary page. You will find the link to the June 7, 2016 primary page under the "Voting/Elections" drop down menu.