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

authorize 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.

Plan Bay Area 2040 community meetings

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission asked the League of Women Voters  for help in publicizing their upcoming round of Plan Bay Area 2040 open houses, where they will discuss different scenarios for accommodating growth in the region. This represents an important way for residents to participate in regional policy making.

Here is more information from the League of Women Voters of the Bay Area.

Brief for April Board of Directors Meeting

Action and Major Discussion Items

Recorded/Ratifed various interim Board motions that had occurred via electronic communications since last Board meeting:

  • Motion to support the College of Marin bond Measure B.
  • Motion to co-sponsor forum, “Saving the Bay From Climate Change” sponsored by sustainable Marin and sustainable San Rafael on April 25, 2016.
  • Motion to be a community supporter for the HeForShe Champions for Change Event Celebration on April 14, 2016.
  • Motion to partner with Marin Environmental Housing collaborative re website materials and postings of meeting notices.

Designated/approved 3 voting delegates to the upcoming LWVUS National Convention in Washington, D.C., June 16-19, 2016.

Budget for 2016-2017 was presented and approved/adopted.

Reviewed and discussed the current policy/procedures on joining a coalition, requests for sponsorship of events, endorsing ballot measures, and joining other organizations.  Decided by consensus to refer the issue to the Governance Committee for specific guidelines regarding current policy/procedures on “Working with Other Groups/Non-League.” 

Committee Reports

Included the Nominating Committee Report; Events plans; Governance and Voter Services; Membership Relations Committee; Communications Committee; Legislative Reports for the LWVUS and LWVC; and Justice Committee. 

Submitted by Sondra Wuthnow, Secretary

LWVMC supports the REST program

The Marin Organizing Committee (MOC) invites the community to participate in the REST (Rotating Emergency Shelter Team) signature campaign. MOC plans to submit 6,000 signed signature cards to the Board of Supervisors in May. These efforts are intended to remind and persuade the Board of Supervisors of the need for a permanent, year-round structure for the REST program. 

Eight years ago, REST started as a temporary emergency measure for the winter, which included dinner and an overnight stay. Churches in Marin have taken turns hosting dinner and overnight shelter for 25-40 people each night. The men are housed at local churches, while the women stay at the Canal neighborhood’s Health and Human Services building. There has been a consistent and heavy need for the program. Now it’s time to move from these temporary shelters to a permanent facility in Marin. 

REST NEEDS YOUR HELP NOW! Please complete the linked coupon and mail to:

 

St Anselm's Church
P.O. Box 1061
97 Shady Lane
Ross, CA  94957

 

International Relations is back

 

The IR Committee met in late January to discuss how to move forward. Everyone agreed that after 40 years in operation it would be too bad if the committee dissolved. An organizing committee was appointed to develop a plan: Ann Batman, Marcia Hagen, Linda Jackson, Barbara Rowe and Jeff Lockwood. Here is the new plan. We will continue to have IR meetings with speakers and discussion on current international topics. They will be held quarterly on the last Monday of the month at 11:30.  The meeting information will be published on our Events Page.

LWVMC Board Briefs - March 2016

Action and discussion items included:

  • College of Marin upcoming bond issue for the June 2016 ballot measure: After discussion, the Directors decided to endorse the ballot measure with certain clarifications and revision of the ballot measure "in favor" argument wording. 
  • The Board voted to support the May 12, 2016 non-endorsement forum for candidates for Board of Supervisors at the San Rafael Community Center. The event will be sponsored by Sustainable San Rafael, Novato, and San Anselmo.
  • Planning continued for upcoming monthly Action meetings and certain special events which included: the Grand Jury reception recognizing outgoing members of the Marin County Civil Grand Jury to be held June 23; the LWVMC gala to be held at the Spinnaker restaurant on April 14; the Fall Kickoff event; and the League annual meeting on June 6.

Committee reports were presented. The Membership Relations Committee, a newly formed committee of the LWMVC, is now up and running and moving forward on dealing with important membership relations issues. Also, the Voter Service committee has planned 4 candidate forums for Board of Supervisors and one for judges.  These forums will be held in public venues with live audience and will be aired on community television (Comcast Channel 27 and U-Verse Channel 99) and streamed on our website.

Voter's Edge and SmartVoter formally begin their partnership

SmartVoter (your local ballot) resources are now hosted on the robust Voter's Edge (V.E.) website. V.E. gives Leagues more flexibility by adding in-depth information on measures and candidates. In fact, V.E. has the capacity to list information far beyond what the Marin County Elections Dept. provides. Local Leagues have the capability of adding multiple candidate questions, video links and news articles in a more comprehensive way. 

A bonus to candidates is V.E.'s ability to refresh twice per hour.  This allows a candidate's updated information to be live as soon as the information is approved. Voter's Edge will retain the SmartVoter election archives as a public resource.

For an preview, check out the May 3rd Larkspur-Corte Madera School District Measure A Parcel Tax Extension measure.