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November 2019
President's Message from Carol Watts
How is open government working today?

At our October Lunch with League, we were honored to hear Bert Robinson, senior editor of the Bay Area News Group (which includes the Mercury News) talk about his efforts to get information from local government departments so the public can know what our government is doing for us.  

Our League, along with Mr. Robinson, participated in the Sunshine task force several years ago which gave us a voice (or two) in helping to shape the local laws. He said the Sunshine laws recommended by the task force were mostly enacted by the city council  . ..... read more HERE
Lunch With League
November 21, 2019, 11:30 am
Palermo's Restaurant
791 Auzerais Ave, San Jose, CA 95126

Our November speaker is Kathy Robinson, Director of Development for Charities Housing. Charities Housing is a local non-profit housing development corporation that develops, owns and manages permanent housing for families and individuals at the lowest end of the affordability spectrum. She will discuss Charities Housing’s experience in providing homes for lower income residents in Santa Clara County and their newest efforts to provide housing for the homeless. Learn more and register HERE .
League Calendar
Nov 4 -- Board Meeting
Nov 7 -- Climate Change Meeting
Nov 11 -- Action Committee Meeting
Nov 20 -- Voter Articles Due
Nov 21 -- Lunch With League
Nov 26 -- New Citizen Ceremony

Click HERE f or information on all Member Calendar dates.
Click HERE for information on all League Public Events
Annual Donor Drive Update from Karen Nelson
It’s that time of year when so many of you support our important work. Your donations help us:
  • Encourage informed and active participation in our democracy.
  • Increase understanding of key public policy issues.
  • Advocate for community programs and public policy through education and public comment.
Your generous tax-deductible donation of any amount will make a difference. Donate HERE with a credit card or use PayPal.
OR, send a c heck directly to P.O Box 5374, San Jose CA, 95150.  Your check allows us to keep your full donation rather "sharing" a percentage with PayPal .
Voter Service News from Sara Nicolson
Do you ever wonder how it all gets done? The house gets bought, decorated, maintained. The children are born, nurtured and off to college. The groceries selected, meals made and our bodies nourished. What about our democracy? How does that get done?
The basis of a democracy or a democratic republic is citizen participation. For over the first 100 years of the United States history, only white male property owners over the age of 25 were  ..... r ead more HERE
Our League in ACTION! from Gloria Chun Hoo
The committee's look at the implications of a Strong Mayor system for the City of San Jose will be formalized as a full League local study. By moving this to a League study process, more in-depth research, review of data and analysis, interviews and discussion, will take place. Based on the study results, and review of the findings with League members, we will arrive at a League position that can be used to take action.
Two long-time League members Trixie Johnson, a former League president ..... read more HERE.
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Insights and Perspectives
In our first show of the month, Rosaleen Zisch interviews Carol Stephenson, Community Defense Advocate for Sacred Heart Community Services on their rapid response network. This show will air the weeks of: Nov 4 and 18,

Gloria Chun Hoo speaks with Mike Gonzalez, Division of Equity and Social Justice Program Mgr and Kevin Gaytan, Community Worker at the Office of Cultural Competency on Santa Clara: County of Dreamers. The show will air the weeks of Nov 11 and Dec 9.

In our third show this month Gloria interviews Tim Richie, President & CEO The Tech Interactive on What’s New at The Tech? The show will air the weeks of Nov 25 and December 23.

Insights and Perspectives is shown on CreaTV and is broadcast on Comcast channel 30, Sunday at 4:30pm, Monday at 7:30pm, and Wednesday on channel 27 at 5:30pm. Or, v iew our archived Insights and Perspectives programs online HERE .
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Member Information
Thank You to our generous donors: Janet Hagquist, Sandy Serpa, and Alice and Rod Thorn

Welcome new member: Robert Sisco

Did you change your personal contact information? Contact Sandy Remmers HERE to update our files.

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