2018 Annual Meeting of Members

The 2018 Annual Meeting of the League of Women Voters of Marin County will be held on Monday, June 4, 2018 at the McInnis Park Golf Clubhouse, 350 Smith Ranch Road, San Rafael, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. League members and guests are all invited! (Register Here)

The annual meeting is an important one - it's mandated in our League bylaws.  This year's agenda will include:

  • Election of two new officers, five directors, and a nominating committee for 2018-2019
  • Adoption of budget, including dues for the next year(s)
  • Adoption of significant revisions to bylaws and local league positions
  • Adoption of local program for the ensuing year
  • Other business as needed

The Member Annual Meeting Kit is being mailed to Members and should be brought to the meeting.  Be sure to review the full kit before the meeting.

This year we'll also hear from...

...our Education Foundation about the results of our "Lift for English Learners" fundraiser

...special guest Brooke Deterline, CEO of Courageous Leadership, bringing us a message of courage

...and we'll again enjoy a fine lunch; cost is $35.

Reservations are required for lunch; 
sign up online or call the League office for assistance.

If you wish to come only for the meeting, please RSVP anyway so we know how many chairs to set up.

The League of Women Voters of Marin County Education Foundation announces a new fundraising campaign.

A Lift for English Learners

Thanks to a landmark partnership with Marin Transit started in 2015, all College of Marin students now have unlimited access to Marin Transit with the purchase of a special sticker for their COM student card.  

The Marin League of Women Voters' Education Foundation is raising money to buy this special sticker for low-income immigrant students enrolled in free noncredit English as a Second Language (ESL) classes.  

We invite all League members and friends to donate to "A Lift for English Learners."  Your tax-deductible donation of $25, $50, $100 or more will help COM's low-income immigrant students with educational and economic opportunities. 

Please give with a donation significant to you.

The Education Foundation has set aside $3,000 to match (dollar-for-dollar) all donations received before June 6, 2018.  Don't wait - donate!


LWVMC Candidate Forums

The District Attorney's race will have a live forum at the San Rafael City Council Chambers on Friday, April 13.  You won't want to miss this - but if you must, the event will be live-streamed and available on video. [UPDATE: see link to video and broadcast schedule at top right of this page.]

The District 5 Supervisor forum (Judy Arnold and Toni Shoyer) has been confirmed for Friday, May 4 in studio. Video will be available.

No other candidate forums have been scheduled at this time.

LWVMC Supports Corte Madera June 2018 Sales Tax Measure

The League of Women Voters of Marin County takes a position in support of Measure F, the Town of Corte Madera sales tax extension. Our support is based on the following factors: 

  • The evidence of meaningful citizen involvement in oversight of sales tax funded activityreflected in the minutes of the Sales Tax Citizens’ Oversight Committee
  • The identification of exposure and estimation of the Town’s anticipated capital costs associatedwith sea level rise as well as providing for the maintenance of existing flood protection infrastructure
  • The attention to and planning for funding of unfunded actuarial liability exposure in pensionobligations (CalPers) and other post-employment benefits (California Employers’ Retiree BenefitTrust)
  • The established “Sales Tax Override” fund to account for the use of the sales tax generated revenue stream
  • Transparency reflected in an up to date and well-maintained Town web site

LWVMC supports DIxie School District Parcel Tax Measure

The League of Women Voters of Marin County takes a position in support of the Dixie School District’s 2018 parcel tax measure appearing on the May 6, 2018 mail in ballot.

We recognize the severe impact on educational services that will occur should the parcel tax fail. 

In taking our position we considered the fact that this measure includes the following variation from the expiring parcel tax being: a one time initial increase in the annual tax and an annual inflator of 3%.

Professional personnel and related costs are required to achieve the “specific purposes” stated in the measure. We are mindful of the fact the cost of past and future professional resources is increasingly impacted by unfunded pension obligations and post employment health benefits. We also understand Marin School Districts are acutely aware of this issue and have expressed their concern in Sacramento.

We urge the Administration and Board keep the public informed of these costs, setting forth where there are local opportunities to manage them and to what extent identified measures to control cost have been or are planned to be taken. 

LWVMC supports Kentfield School District Parcel Tax Measure

The League of Women Voters of Marin County takes a position in support of the Kentfield School District’s 2018 Measure Parcel Tax proposal to appearing on the March 6, 2018 mail in ballot.

We recognize the severe impact on educational services that will occur should the parcel tax fail.  Our taking a neutral position on the failed November 2016 measure we cited two critical factors that have been adjusted in the current measure:

  • the annual inflator factor,
  • the accessibility to the public of the annual reports of revenue and expense allocation required by past and proposed measure wording; and,

The reduction in initial tax increase and the compounding factor have been modified and access to reports of revenue and expense allocation are readily available on the District’s website.

Once again, we officially take position in support of the passage of the Measure.

Opportunities to Build an Even Healthier Marin

 Marin County Public Health Officer, Matt Willis spoke to League Members at Monday's monthly membership meeting. Marin ranks high in the nation in overall health. However there are clearly issues to be addressed to maintain the high ranking.

To that end, Dr. Willis' talk covered issues related to vaccinations, opiod use, cannabis and health equity.

A pdf version (large file 16mb) of his powerpoint presentation can be downloaded here.


Helen Hutchison President LWVC

Helen Hutchison

Big News! After almost 40 years, the LWVC is seizing the moment to close the corporate loophole in Proposition 13 that keeps too many companies from paying their fair share.

Since 2015, the League has been a part of the Make It Fair coalition—which today (December 16th) filed an initiative to do just that. The League campaigned against Prop 13 in 1978, and we’re excited to continue our leadership and help pass this critical reform.

Californians deserve world-class schools and universities, quality healthcare, safe neighborhoods, and affordable homes. That is what our taxes should pay for. It’s past time to close this loophole and stop letting big business rob our schools and local communities, impoverish future generations, and endanger California’s economic future. The California Schools and Local Communities Funding Act of 2018 is the responsible, fair, and long-overdue tax system to ensure California can thrive now and in the future.

The California Schools and Local Communities Funding Act of 2018 will create a “split roll”; non-residential, non-agricultural commercial property will be reassessed on a regular basis. This will lead to an estimated increase in property tax of over $11 billion per year—revenue that will go directly to schools and local governments.

The LWVMC is a  partner in this fight! 

Join the LWVC Make It Fair listserv.
Make a plan to start gathering signatures in January. Recruit volunteers and set a goal!