November Elections - Voter Reference CALENDAR

September 28: Voter Information Guide/Sample Ballot booklets mailed

October 9: Vote-by-mail ballots mailed and voting begins in Elections Department weekdays 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

October 23: Last day to mail voter registration form

October 24-November 7: Register and vote in the Elections Department

November 7, Election Day: Polls open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Elections Department open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. for registering and voting by mail. 

November 10, Vote-by-mail ballot envelopes must be received at the Elections Department.

Immigration issues in Marin Highlight Fall Kickoff


Here are snippets of immigration situation in Marin, as offered by Public Defender Jose Varela, San Rafael Police Chief Diana Bishop, Canal Alliance Director Omar Carrera and West Marin advocate Maria Niggle:

  • Everyone in the United States who is not Native American (indigenous) comes from an immigrant family.
  • Fifty years ago there was no border between the United States and Mexico.  Residents walked freely between countries as neighbors, co-workers, friends, family.
  • Today more Mexicans are leaving the United States than are coming in – because the Mexican economy is improving.
  • Immigrants come to the United States for jobs - and jobs are plentiful here in Marin County.
  • Fear in the local immigrant communities is pervasive and contagious.  West Marin maintains a telephone hotline to alert residents of impending ICE raids.  Residents in the Canal report being afraid to leave their homes. 
  • Crops are dying in American fields today because farm workers are not coming out to work.
  • Children have been taught what to do when (not if) their parents are taken away during the day and don’t pick them up after school.  Worse:  children are being taken out of school.
  • Congressman Jared Huffman has established an Advance Authorization Form for immigrants to give his office permission to act on behalf of a detained immigrant.
  • In San Rafael, police are well trained to be advocates of safety for all residents, without regard to immigrant status.

Fall Election Candidate Forums


All moderated by LWVMC;
all open to the public

Marin Community Service District
Tues. October 3
7-8:30 pm
St. Andrew Pres. Church
101 Donahue, Marin City

Novato City Council
Thurs. October 5
6-7:30 pm
Novato SD Board Room
7th and Grant, Novato

Sausalito City Council
Thurs. October 11
7-9 pm
Spinnaker Restaurant
100 Spinnaker Dr, Sausalito

It is Membership Renewal Time

It’s time once again to renew your annual membership in the League for 2017-2018 (September 1, 2017 through August 30, 2018).

Each member has been sent renewal instructions correspondence August 1. That mailing was followed by an email to your member address on file with us. The email contains a link to your member record where you can pay your membership renewal dues online.

In the event you did not receive the mailing, email or have other membership questions please contact us at:

We hope you’ll continue to support the League as we move into our ninth decade of civic activity in Marin County, reaching toward our 100th anniversary as a National League (in 2020).

At the July 12 Board Meeting

In spite of vacation absences and busy schedules, the League Board had another productive meeting. Here's some of what we accomplished:

Acknowledged Veda Florez' resignation from the League Board and from the Bay Area League's Inter-League Network as LWVMC representative.  Veda continues her League service as a Board member on the Bay Area League.


  • Suki Sennett to the Bylaws/Policies and Procedures Committee
  • Kevin Hagerty to the Transportation Authority of Marin's Citizens' Oversight and Expenditure Plan Advisory Committees, replacing Pamela Gach, who, with Steve, has moved to San Diego.
  • Regina Bianucci Rus as League Observer for the Novato Unified School District Board of Trustees
  • KC Casey as League Observer (one of many) for the Novato City Council


  • New Novato Cohort (next meeting is July 28; contact V-Anne for more information)
  • Member mentoring program (contact Michael)
  • Membership renewal process
  • Changes to voter service subcommittee
  • Directions to the Board from members' meeting on July  10

League Honors Outgoing Civil Grand Jury Members

Last Thursday (June 29) the League welcomed a dozen outgoing members of the 2016-17 Civil Grand Jury and heard stimulating summaries about their eight reports for this year. Outgoing Foreperson Jay Hamilton-Roth (left) opened the discussion with an amazing summary of lessons learned during the jury's year of serviceConversations among League members and jurors, coupled with champagne and appetizers, ate up the remaining hour of the event.

The very next day, eight intrepid League members who also happen to live in Novato met at the Novato Administrative office to launch a discussion about the possibility of pursuing League action in Marin's northernmost city.  The discussion was robust and broad, including some of our favorite program topics:  housing, transportation, education, healthcare and justice.  The self-named "cohort" plans to meet again on the fourth Friday of every month at noon to further craft education, advocacy and action for Novato League members.

Board initiates start of 2017-18 year

On, June 14, the new 2017-18 League Board met to start organizing itself for a new year.  Here's some of what was accomplished:


  • Ann Wakeley to the Board
  • Michael Chernock to the Executive Committee
  • Julie Monson and Michael Chernock to the Nominating Committee
  • Annie Layzer to the Marin County Election Advisory Committee
  • Kay Noguchi as alternate to the TAM Citizens Oversight Committee 
  • Julie MonsonScott McKownKay Noguchi, Sondra Wuthnow and Elaine Biagini to the Education Foundation Board as Class "B" Trustees

Approved formation of a six-month ad hoc Bylaws Committee, which will also review League policies and procedures:

  • Linda Deer
  • Scott McKown
  • Julie Monson
  • Sondra Wuthnow
  • Michael Chernock
  • DeeDee Butori
  • Beverly Savitt

Approved formation of a Climate Change Committee (whose next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, September 6 at 9:45 a.m.)

Introduced several new initiatives that will be fleshed out in the coming months:

  • Observer Corps
  • Novato Cohort
  • "Third Monday"
  • Interactions with Sonoma and San Francisco Leagues