The Census shapes California's Future

The Voters FIRST Act gave this power to California citizens ensuring that new and fair political boundaries are drawn without special interests, politics and political influence.

Every ten years, after the federal census, California must re-establish the boundaries of its Congressional, State Senate, State Assembly, and State Board of Equalization districts to reflect new population data and shifting populations.

California citizens who are eligible may submit an online application to the California State Auditor’s Office during the initial 60-day application period from June 10, 2019, to August 9, 2019.

Learn more and how you can apply to participate.

Rosie Rios, 43rd Treasurer of the United States speaks at League Event

Listen to the talk delivered to our members and guests at our April 18th Gala Event. The evening speaker was Rosie Rios, 43rd US Treasurer under President Obama. 

Her presentation, “Inspirations & Aspirations, Using History to Influence our Future”, comes at a time when more women than ever are using the power of their voices to influence our future; however, there are still many barriers of stereotypes and un-conscious biases to overcome. 


Our Education/Libraries Committee recently learned that the Fresno League has developed a position on charter schools that they plan to submit to the con-vention delegation for consideration and concur-rence. Since this proposed position was not available during the Program Planning period, it will come for-ward as a non-recommended item and will require 3/5 approval for adoption.

The position grew out of a study that the Fresno League conducted on charter schools in the Fresno School District during 2016-2017. The study noted a number of concerns, including ”insufficient transpar-ency and accountability, significantly low achieve-ment in a number of instances, financial data that did not yield complete information, and state regulations that appear not to be uniformly enforced.”

The Fresno League’s recommendations to address these concerns are reflected in the proposed charter school position. Among these, the position states that Education Code regulations on the authorization and oversight of charter schools to be clear and enforced and that reporting requirements related to financial and academic data should be the same for charter schools as for other public schools. Additionally, the position calls for authorization and oversight of char-ter schools by local districts in the communities where the schools and their students reside.

In preparation for the convention, we will be discuss-ing the Fresno League’s charter school concurrence position at our next Education/Libraries Committee meeting on May 16 at 9:45 in the League office. You are welcome to join us.

Concurrence Position Full Report


On April 18, the Marin League of Women Voters hosted its Annual Gala Dinner at the Spinnaker Restaurant in Sausalito. This year’s event was sponsored by 16 organizations and individuals including six new sponsors whose support was most appreciated. Under sunny blue skies guests celebrated the Gala mingling with friends on the deck. Later, we were treated to a spectacular full moon rising over the Bay.

The highlight of the evening was our speaker, Rosie Rios, 43rd US Treasurer under President Obama.

Thank you for joining us. We hope to see you next year! LWV 100 YEARS STRONG!

Ed Foundation: "Lift for English Learners 2019" campaign

The LWV Marin Education Foundation Trustees invite League members and friends to support to the “Lift” drive to provide Marin Transit access for College of Marin students enrolled in non-credit English as a Second Language (ESL) classes. The Education Foundation will again match donations, one-to-one, up to $3,000.  Our grant will fund a Marin Transit Card for 600 English as a Second Language (ESL) students for each semester.

Following last year’s drive we share the following from David Wain Coon, President, College of Marin:

Please express our gratitude to the members of LWV for your continued support of College of Marin.  The support of the transportation program for ESL students truly makes a difference. 

You may contribute online at “A Lift for English Learners 2019” or mail your check made out to LWV Education Foundation to Education Foundation, 4340 Redwood Highway, Ste F-333, San Rafael, CA  94903.

January Board Report

  • Appointed Doug Cooper and Sue Ream to the Nominating Committee

  • Announced LWVC Convention - May 30-June 2

  • Reviewed plans for 2019 Gala

  • Membership count -200

  • Heard committee reports 

  • Interviews with Board of Supervisors will be in February

November Board Report

  • Appointed Robin Diederich and Larry Reed to the Finance Committee

  • Reinstated Ann Wakeley as co-vice president

  • Established a planning committee to organize LWV 100 yr. celebration

  • Membership count -200

  • Heard committee reports 

  • Climate Change Committee will reconvene in January  

A "how to" for youth voters

Despite their potential impact in the electoral process, young adults (age 18-29) vote at a far lower rate than any other age group in the United States. The U.S. Census Bureau found that 72% of eligible voters aged 65 or older cast a ballot in the 2012 presidential election, while only 45% of eligible voters aged 18-29 did the same.

Check out the following resource: In the hopes of making the voting process as easy as possible for our nation’s youth the team at created a series of guides for the upcoming election season. One of them specifically dives into the voter registration laws for each state: