LAFCO to consider action on Countywide Water Study Feb 11, 2016

Interested parties –

Marin LAFCO will be returning to an open public hearing this Thursday, February 11th to consider taking the last two actions tied to its countywide water study.  This involves a recommendation to (a) accept a final report from staff and (b) adopt a resolution making required determinations per State law; the latter including statements on growth and population projections, infrastructure needs and deficiencies, financial standing, and governance accountability.  Markedly, and upon completion, the countywide water study will be the source document subsequently used by Marin LAFCO in updating agency spheres of influence, informing future boundary changes, and – if ultimately deemed appropriate – initiating certain reorganizations.    

The meeting will start at 7pm in the San Rafael City Council Chambers.   The accompanying agenda report and referenced documents  are available for viewing by clicking on the below link.

Should you wish to submit a comment on this item you may do so in writing by email at Emails received prior to 5pm on the 11th will be copied to the Commissioners and made available to the attending public. 


Justice Committee - Human Trafficking in the News

As the Super Bowl closes its doors and heads out to Houston 2017, we can celebrate the anti-human trafficking enforcement efforts undertaken around the Bay Area in the weeks before the Broncos beat the Panthers. 

On the local front, the Marin County Coalition to End Human Trafficking held its quarterly meeting at the Marin County Civic Center on Monday, February 1.  Attendees included representatives from law enforcement, the District Attorney’s office, the League of Women Voters, and several organizations focused on survivor services.  

The coalition adopted bylaws, heard reports from committees, and set the date for the coalition’s next meeting – Monday, May 2, 10:00 a.m.

Media outlets reported the following:

January 29:  Four Santa Cruz massage businesses were cited for prostitution during an undercover sting.

February 2:  San Rafael police cited more than 10 Bay Area men for soliciting prostitutes in a hotel sting, two weeks after a similar prostitution crackdown yielded seven other cases.

February 3:  A Sacramento woman was arrested on suspicion of trafficking a 17-year old girl in Milpitas.

February 4:  A Millbrae woman was arrested on suspicion of illegal prostitution and using her home as a brothel.

February 5:  A Pittsburg man faces trial for pimping, human trafficking, false imprisonment, spousal battery and making a criminal threat against two women.

Interested individuals may attend the coalition meetings as guests of members; if you are interested in attending, please contact V-Anne Chernock (

The FEBRUARY/March VOTER is now available!

The VOTER includes news and committee reports: 

  • Justice Committee to focus on gun safety/gun violence.

  • Transportation/Land Use and Housing Committee January meeting hears report on Metropolitan Transportation Commission and Association of Bay Area Governments proposed merger.

  • Education Committee - Higher education "Fast Facts 2015" to help you to prepare the higher education  consensus meeting March 7, 2016.

  • New legislation affecting elections.

  • Web page views stats for LWVMC November 2015 Candidate Forums.

Healthcare Committee on Alzheimer's Disease: January 19th 9:30am

Reminder, all are welcome…..

The LWVMC Healthcare Committee will meet at the League Office at 9:30 AM. We will be looking at problems in Marin caused by Alzheimer's disease. Marin is now an aging community. What is the impact of Alzheimer’s in Marin County? What should Marin County be doing? Who should be held responsible for planning and implementing a coordinated countywide response to this quiet, growing problem? Is it time for the United States to develop a greatly expanded nationwide research response as we did for HIV/AIDS? Do older people with this illness have fewer advocates and less public appeal? Have these patients become somewhat invisible?



January Board Briefs

The LWVBA regular Board of Directors meeting was held on January 13, 2016.

The focus of the meeting was committee reports and planning for upcoming meetings and events:  Nominating committee has convened and is beginning its work; Membership committee reported that the membership numbers totals are increasing and approaching 150 members; Communications committee reported that the new LWVMC website is up and running; TLUH committee reported on the ongoing work of the potential merger between MTC-ABAG; Justice committee is continuing its work on human trafficking and immigration issues in Marin.

College of Marin Action speaker

MONDAY, JANUARY 4, 2016: The League of Women Voters Marin will launch the new year with a special Action Meeting presentation from Dr. David Wain Coon, president of the Marin Community College District, and Board Trustee Wanden Treanor, reporting on the latest facilities planning efforts underway at the college. (see events)