Volume 82, No. 3, October 2020

October 2020
1—Sign up for Voter Hotline by today
 8—Thursday with the League
 9—Natural Resources*
14—Board Meeting
20/21—Voter Hotline training
23—November Voter articles due

*Committee meetings. These and other meetings will be virtual via conferencing software during the COVID-19 outbreak. See “The Grapevine” in this issue for details, and check with your committee chairs on how meetings will be held.

November 2020
 5—Thursday with the League
11—Board Meeting
20—December Voter articles due
Thursday with the League

Hot Topics ... Cold Facts?
How Will You Vote This Year?
Feeling confused, befuddled, perplexed, flummoxed, nonplussed, stupefied? Never fear—the League is here! Our talented team of Pro & Con presenters will be providing unbiased information about each of the twelve state measures and L.A. County Measure J.

President’s Message
As the days move us inexorably toward the November presidential election, all the polls promise an extremely competitive race. In this presidential election it is especially important for voters to have their voices heard and for every vote to be counted. Each of us has a right to exercise and a responsibility to fulfill.
Voter’s Toolkit

Voting by mail? Here’s when and how. Want to save trees? Sign up for your E-Sample Ballot. Changing addresses? There’s still time to update. Navigating the new L.A. County Vote Centers? No problem! What if you miss some deadlines? We can fix that!
How to Vote in Person

You want to vote at the polls, physically, in person. Maybe you need to do so, or maybe you just want to do so. Whatever the reason, we have your back. Here’s exactly what to do and when. Reduce the pressure and keep your ballot—and your health—safe!

The Notorious RBG

We bid a very sad and fond farewell to a historic, multidimensional, and tireless force for good, not only in our nation’s system of jurisprudence but also in our history of civil rights and liberties. RIP RBG. A look at her life, lessons, and legacy.

Register at www.lwv-pa.org. It’s free!

October 8, 2020
Thursday with the League
9:45 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Hot Topics … Cold Facts:
How Will You Vote This Year?
October’s Thursday with the League will feature LWV-PA’s talented Pro & Con speakers, who will cover everything you need to know about the November 3 ballot measures. Come prepared to ask questions and mark your ballot!

Duarte City Council
October 5, 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Alhambra City Council
October 6, 7:00–9:00 p.m.
Alhambra USD
October 8, 7:00–9:00 p.m.
South Pasadena USD
October 12, 6:30–8:30 p.m.
La Cañada USD
October 13, 6:30–8:30 p.m.


See articles in this issue and “Voter Information & Election News” at www.lwv-pa.org!

October 19—Last day to register, and last day to submit temporary change of address
October 24—Some Vote Centers open for early voting
October 27— Last day to submit a permanent change of address
October 30—All Vote Centers are open

November 3

November 5
Thursday with the League
10:00 a.m. via Zoom
Affordable Housing Basics
Working on Voter Engagement

A handy list of organizations that work for voting rights for the Black and youth communities, including contact information.

Chasing the “Latino” Vote

What's in a name? Who are Latinos/Latinx/Hispanics? A examination of diversity, and divergent views.
September TWTL Recap

Our September Thursday with the League focused on voting rights, specifically “Voting While Black,” with discussions and presentations by three area activists. Here’s a recap, plus a link to the video of the event.
Know Your Town
Would you like to help the League develop a comprehensive handbook of local elected and appointed officials? Who represents you in local government, school districts, municipal departments? Get to know your town while helping the League identify resources and responsible parties.
School Board Observers’ Reports

From Monrovia to Alhambra, brief overviews of the past summer’s school board meetings and their concerns in this pandemic era.


News from your League committees. You are always welcome to join or just virtually sit in. Committees are now connecting via Zoom and other online video conferencing services; check with your committee chair for meeting status and to learn more about this easy way to join with others virtually. Committee membership is both rewarding and fun, and it does the good work for which the League is known.

September Units

Unit meetings take place in smaller virtual settings to empower, encourage, inform, and uplift. Come join the Units each month except for June, July, August, and December. Contact Unit Chairs for meeting details.

Board Meeting Summary
September 2020

The LWV-PA Board met virtually via video conference on September 9. Get an overview of this month’s key League business, activities, and decisions!

Book Corner: Hidden Figures

The book that spawned the film tells the story of the Black women who performed the computations that advanced aeronautics from World War II warplanes to the orbital calculations that guide human spaceflight—despite enduring the oppression of Jim Crow and its racist aftermath.
Affordable Housing Basics
Details of November’s planned Thursday with the League, which will focus on affordable housing with speakers from different perspectives of government, development, and supportive services.

Voter Hotline Volunteers Needed
Hotline Number: (626) 798-0965
The Voter Hotline will be operational from October 24 to November 2, 2:00–7:00 p.m. Phone coverage on November 3, Election Day, will be from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Volunteers will receive virtual training. The training is designed to ensure that volunteers are sufficiently skilled at navigating several websites to accurately answer voters’ questions. Volunteers must have access to internet connectivity and a desktop, laptop, or smartphone to navigate the various websites easily and reliably. Available Zoom training dates are:
Monday, October 19, 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, October 20, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Tuesday, October 20, 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Volunteers need attend only one training session and will work from home using phones provided by the League. Please email voterservices@lwv-pa.org by Thursday, October 1, to volunteer. Subject: Voter Hotline. Volunteers will then be asked to sign up for a training date and select their shifts. 
Welcome 2020 LWV-PA New Members!
Through August 2020
Dr. Joanne Als
Adele Andrade-Stadler
Deborah Aschheim
Jananne Cannon
Susan Dembowski
Leni Fleming
Wayne Flicker
Jennifer Fox
Theresa Fuentes 
Angie Gomez
Vanessa Gutierrez
Janet Howell
Sheron Johnston
Veronica Jones
Mary Krach
Lisa Laumann
Jenifer Hall Lee
Beatriz Martinez 
Rosalie Harris Niemann
Veena Fox Parekh
Susie & Jim Pickett
Ashleigh Rader
Rachel Ruane
Barbara Ryder-Levinson
Sheila Stephens
Anneliese Trejo
Josephine Wilson
Housing Needs Your Help!

The Social Justice Committee's Housing Subcommittee has beed hard at work for three years.
We need new bodies!

If you are interested in looking for solutions to California's housing crisis, please join us!
Contact Anita Mackey at anita@pixelriot.com or (203) 685-2315

Voter Editor – Chris Moose
Web Coordinators – Laurie Barlow, Peter Zavala
e-Voter Coordinator – Gayle Oswald
p-Voter Coordinator – Dawn Dawson
The LWV-PA Voter is an electronic newsletter. The ten issues per year are free to members. Non-members may subscribe to the e-Voter for $20 a year by calling 626-798-0965 or emailing office@lwv-pa.org.

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