Our Marin League leaders – President V-Anne Chernock and Board members Veda Florez, Laurie Nardone and Michael Chernock – attended the California League’s biennial convention in Sacramento this month and came away with many amazing stories and ideas about strengthening the League here and across the state.
California President Helen Hutchison commented in her opening remarks that the League has never experienced a time when we disagree with Washington on 100% of issues. To that end, one of the state League’s new issues for emphasis 2017-2019 will be response to changing federal policies and budget actions that have an impact on California in areas such as health care, immigration, the environment, and tax return.
Other issues for emphasis adopted at the convention were:
- Making democracy work in California, with a focus on election reform, voting rights, expanding the electorate, and money in politics
- Natural resources, including climate change, water, and land use/CEQA
While much of the convention’s activities were focused on League business – adopting a budget and electing the new State Board – we had opportunity to attend interesting workshops, visit our state legislators’ offices, and network with sister leagues across the state. We who attended will be incorporating what we learned into our own activities going forward into a new year.