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August 2016


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LWV Events

Tue, Sep 13
Oak Hammock Candidate Forum
7 pm to 9 pm

Thu, Sep 22
LWVAC Fall Luncheon
Gainesville Golf & Country Club
11:30 am

Tue, Sep 27
Education Team Meeting
Santa Fe College Downtown
Campus Board Room
11:30 am 

Save The Date
Wed, Oct 5  
Natural Resources Committee Meeting
 Ideas Room (DB 120) CIED building Downown  Santa Fe College
     5:30 pm

Sun, Oct 9
LWVAC General Election
Candidate Forum
Downtown Library Hqtrs.
Meeting Room A, 4th Floor
1:15 - 4:30 pm
Mon, Oct 17
Satirical Skit: Political Folly
Oak Hammock
 Oak Room

 7 pm
Meet and greet social to follow


Community  Events 
 of Interest

Sat, Aug 27
  Friends of Susan B. Anthony Luncheon
Gateway Grand Best Western
 4200 NW 97th Blvd
11 am- 1:30 pm

Leadership Team
Pres: Sue Legg
VP: Janet Allen    
Secretary:Arlene Brummer 
Treasurer:  Karen Seabury
Elected Directors:
Diane Dimperio
Barbara Glass
Gail Sasnett-Stauffer
Wes Wheeler   

Oak Hammock Unit:
The Village Unit:
Colby Lowe

Katy Burnett

Citizenship Ceremonies: Mary White

Barbara Glass

Dues Treasurer & Roster Manager:
Carole Fernandez

Jean Robinson

Billie Staff

Health Care:
Diane Dimperio

Hot Topics:
Mitzi Austin &
Harvey Goldstein

Katy Burnett

Local Issues:
Sue Hatch
Kathy Kidder &
Mary Monahan

Natural Resources:
Julia Reiskind

Social & Criminal Justice: Bennett Brummer

Speakers Bureau:
Donna Waller

Unit Coordinator:
Rosalie Bandyopadhyay

Voter Service:   
Gail Sasnett-Stauffer  
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VOTER GUIDE is available!
By Sue Legg Sue Legg
I am happy to report that our complete Voter Guide to the August 30th Primary Election is posted on our website. I encourage all to visit these sites: Voter Guide - Primary and General Election 2016 and BeReadytoVote
A wealth of information is just a click away!
As in years past, the Alachua County League of Women Voters' Voter Service Team invited local candidates to provide information about their views on three topics. The questions were developed by League members.  Candidate responses will be posted as they are submitted.  Each response was limited to 150 words and is printed exactly as submitted.  The League is non-partisan and does not endorse any candidates. We offer this Voter Guide as a service to the voting public. 
Amendment 4 to the Florida Constitution will be on the August 30 primary ballot. Info on Florida Constitutional Amendment 4 
Four additional amendments will be on the General Election ballot in November. Information on the other four amendments are found here.  

            U.S. Senate Voting Guide 
            Judicial Voting Guide
            Local offices - Alachua County 

Noteworthy August 30, 2016
     Primary Election Dates  
Early voting at designated sites                               Aug 19-27
Latest safe date to mail a vote-by-mail ballot            Aug 25
Precinct polls will be open 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM          Aug 30
Visit  votealachua.com for more information. 
Primary Election: The League supports Amendment 4 on Solar Power!!!
By Pamela Goodman
     President, LWVF
If you agree with the League of Women Voters of Florida that clean solar energy makes SENSE in Florida, I urge you to stand up for solar in Florida next month and vote YES on Amendment 4 in AUGUST, (and NO in NO-vember).
Developing solar power is important for Florida's economy because it creates local jobs, protects against rising power bills, reduces our reliance on dirty energy and keeps our energy dollars at home.
Amendment 4,  unlike the utility-funded solar amendment (Amendment 1) that will be on the ballot in November , is decidedly pro-solar. Amendment 4 will exempt renewable energy devices, including rooftop solar, from several burdensome taxes for a 20-year period. These added costs could destroy the economics of going solar.
By voting YES in AUGUST on Amendment 4, you will make it easier for families and businesses to take advantage of the sun's abundant energy, not harder.
Currently, Florida sends billions of dollars out of state for fuels like coal and natural gas. By taking advantage of free clean energy from the sun, we can keep this money in Florida and support local jobs and businesses. 
Thank you for joining us as we fight for clean energy in Florida!

LWVAC Fall Luncheon
By Sue Legg
Mark your calendar: Thursday, September 22; 11:30 am, Gainesville Golf & Country Club

Our guest speaker will be Jim Stevenson, former chief naturalist for Florida State Parks and senior biologist (retired) for the Environmental Protection Agency. His topic: Protecting our Florida State Parks.

Jim reminds us why we love our state parks. They are Florida's finest natural areas and geological features. Our parks offer:
  • Peace, quiet, serenity and scenic beauty.
  • Compatible recreation including camping, swimming, canoeing, picnicking, and hiking.
  • A safe place for families to enjoy the outdoors.
  • Beaches and dunes with no condos.
  • Majestic old trees that won't be cut for lumber.
  • Wildlife easily seen and photographed because parks are safe and not hunted.
  • Wildflowers and native grasses that aren't eaten and trampled by cattle.
  • Natural scenery unblemished by cell towers, billboards and fences. 
  • Well-designed and clean restrooms and shelters.
  • Courteous and helpful park rangers.
  • Examples of original natural Florida and our most important historic places.
State parks belong to the people of Florida, but they are under threat of commercialization. Grassroots organizations have been formed for Myakka River State Park and Paynes Prairie State Preserve. Audubon Chapters, Native Plant Societies, Sierra Clubs, Garden Clubs, the Florida Wildflower Foundation, the Florida Trail Association, the League of Women Voters, and other organizations have joined the fight to save our parks.

Watch for your invitation. Come to the luncheon to hear how you can help protect our parks. NOW, you can sign up and pay online. VISIT our website: http://www.lwv-alachua.org/content/lwvac-annual-luncheon-gainesville-country-club. Then CLICK on TICKETS. VOILA'

League Brings Candidates Together
More than 100 people attended a forum Sunday July 31st organized by the League of Women Voters of Alachua County or LWV.
For more detail
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Candidates running for each of the six elected positions answered questions from League members.
Some said they don't like to vote in the primaries without attending a forum.
"I don't see how you can do a true vote unless you meet your candidates. Just to vote to be voting. I normally vote for the person rather than the party," said Gainesville resident Carrie Parker-Warren."
Warren has been to many forums before and this year's forum turnout is greater than what they remember from years before.
The League president said that's because this year's primary election is falling on the same year as general elections.
"We aren't really surprised. This is a presidential year and in  presidential years the turnouts in forums and elections are usually high," said president Sue Legg.
Natural Resources Committee Meeting
By Julia Reiskind 
The first meeting of the Natural Resources Committee will be October 5th at 5:30 pm in the Ideas Room (DB 120) in the CIED building, which is south of SFC.  Turn east on NW 3rd Ave. from NW 6th St. and immediately south on NW 5th Terr. (not sure this is signed) and go to nearly the end.  The CIED building will be on your left.  There is lots of parking.    
Watch for cyclists on the 6th Street rail trail when you turn east on NW 3rd St.
We will decide a more specific program for the year at this meeting.

LWVAC Social & Criminal Justice Committee
By Bennett Brummer
The Social & Criminal Justice Committee has established a working group. The current participants include Alachua Schools' System of Care; GPD; Alachua County Dept of Court Services; Meridian Health, Dr. Nancy Hardt; Diane Pearson of DJJ, and Cheryl Twombly, of DCF and the Alachua County Children's Services Advisory Board.
At the state level, we have formed a LWVF Juvenile Justice Steering Committee. This committee has representation from Alachua, Collier, Escambia, Miami-Dade, Orange, Palm Beach, and Pinellas Counties.
Both our Social & Criminal Justice Committee and the LWVF Juvenile Justice Steering Committee will study how successfully various counties have implemented the state statute relating to civil citations. This includes assessing the integration of related services, programs and alternatives. A few counties appear be doing better than Alachua. The state steering committee also decided to prioritize the issue of direct files  transfer of juveniles to adult court by prosecutors without judicial approval. We believe that we can achieve significant synergies between the LWVF and LWVAC social, juvenile, and criminal justice efforts.


Voter Registration at The Village:
July 19th 
By Rosalie Bandyopadhyay
Once again, the Leadership did a great job in organizing the event.  They had analyzed the last round we did in January and made improvements to the layout of the room.

There was a steady stream of residents (and one employee and the granddaughter of one of the residents!) that started a half hour early! 
In addition to helping residents check their status via computer, 26 new registrations or change of addresses were completed along with two changes of registration to enable voting in the Primary.  We also answered a lot of questions and checked that everyone had valid IDs.
Because so many of the residents don't use computers, we provided paper forms from Supervisor Of Elections: Twenty people filled those out and Janet Jamieson is delivering them to SOE along with the registration forms.
The leadership had not originally planned to do another drive in the fall, but this was so successful and obviously so needed that they are thinking of doing one in late Sept.  I'll keep you posted.  They are taking August "off".
The Village Leadership organizers were: Carole Fitterman, Janet Jamieson, Colby Lowe, with additional support from LWVAC volunteers from The Village: Helen Howard, Joe Huber and Betty Odum; and Carole Fernandez and Angie Choate.
Education Team Meeting
By Jean Robinson 
The Education Team will meet at 11:30 am on September 27, 2016 at the Santa Fe College Downtown Campus Board Room  The Speaker will be Professor David Miller.  He will discuss a five-year study of new charter schools in Florida.
Last call for End-of-Campaign Comedy!
By Mary White 
Some Leaguers are interested in getting together for the Capital Steps performance at the Performing Arts Center on Nov. 7th at 7:30 p.m.  Anyone interested should get tickets and join us!

Friends of Susan B. Anthony: Women's Equality Day

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The Friends of Susan B. Anthony (FOSBA) will be celeb rating Women's Equality Day in Gainesville on Saturday, August 27, 2016 at its annual luncheon at 11:00 am to 1:30 pm at the Gateway Grand Best Western: 4200 NW 97th Blvd; Gainesville, FL 32608. The featured speaker will be Dean Laura Rosenbury of the University of Florida Levin College of Law, whose expertise is in family law and gender issues.
This event celebrates the 168th anniversary of the women's rights convention in Seneca Falls, New York in 1848 and the 96th anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (woman suffrage) in 1920.
This year FOSBA will recognize co-honorees Nancy Griffin and JoAnn Wilkes of the Santa Fe College Displaced Homemaker Program with the 2016 FOSBA  Award.
The doors to the dining room open at 11:00 a.m. Lunch is at 11:30 a.m.   Luncheon tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for under 18 years of age. Tickets must be purchased in advance by August 22, 2016 and will not be available at the door.
When you purchase a ticket, your name will be on a list when you arrive so you will not have to present a ticket. Your name tag is your ticket.
Take a look at fosba.com to make a reservation.
Print the 2016 reservation form, fill in and send in a check, or click here to order on line, then click  "Tickets" and pay.  

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