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 PO 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.

Reps. Huffman & Lee Host Forum on Racial Justice February 28

Please join Jared Huffman and special guest Barbara Lee, Representative from California's 13th Congressional District, for a community forum on racial justice. 

WHEN: Sunday, February 28, 2016, 2 pm - 3:30 pm
WHERE: Cornerstone Community Church, 626 Drake Avenue, Marin City, CA 94965 

The forum will be an opportunity to engage in a community conversation about how to better promote racial equity in the North Bay and beyond. The program is free and open to the public. 

If you'd like to attend, please RSVP at MarinCityRacialJusticeForum.eventbrite.com. If you have questions, please contact Representative Jared Huffman's San Rafael District Office at (415) 258-9657. 

State Senator Mike McGuire to hold Town Hall

What: Marin County Town Hall hosted by Senator Mike McGuire
When: Thursday, March 10 • 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Novato High School – Performing Arts Center • 625 Arthur Street in Novato 

The Agenda:

  1. Welcome & introductions: Senator Mike McGuire & Pat Eklund, Mayor of Novato
  2. County of Marin update: Supervisor Judy Arnold
  3. Novato Unified School District Superintendent: Jim Hogeboom
  4. Sheriff's Office briefing, latest on Marin area activity: Sheriff Bob Doyle
  5. Latest on State Parks activity: Danita Rodriquez, Superintendent, Bay Area District
  6. Briefing on highway activity: Caltrans District Director Bijan Sartipi
  7. State of California update: Senator Mike McGuire
  8. Questions & answers: Senator Mike McGuire

Keeping track of who is running for what in Marin

To keep track of who will appear on the June 7, 2016 primary ballot use this link. For all the seats in the local offices open the names appear of those who "Took Papers" required to be filed before their name appears on the ballot. Those names that filed the papers and will appear on the ballot will be updated in the schedule until the filing period ends.