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June 2019
Mary Collins
President's Message from Mary Collins
This month we are debuting our new Voter format which we hope gives us a greater opportunity to share our important work with you. This new look includes the same information that you are used to but in a new easier to read format. We hope you enjoy this new look. Thanks to Patricia Reardon and Elizabeth Bogatin-Starr for spearheading this project.

This month I want to highlight two upcoming meetings for our League: the LWVC convention and our Annual Meeting.
We are sending four members to the State convention (May 31-June 2), Carol Watts, Sandy Mory, Sara Nicolson and Erin O’Dogherty. They will be sharing insights from this gathering with us in the future. On June 8 we are having our local Annual Meeting. Here we establish our goals and priorities for the coming year, as well as electing officers and directors and establishing a budget. Our special guest Vilcia Rodrigues will share the efforts the City of San Jose is taking to ensure a successful census this coming year. We can also learn about areas/efforts that can involve each of us.

May 21 was the 100 th anniversary of the House of Representatives passage of the 19 th amendment. This coming June 4 celebrates the passage by the Senate. This landmark was the culmination of years of efforts to open the right to vote to women, something to celebrate. However, we know this did not guarantee suffrage for all. The struggle for full enfranchisement still continues and is the basis for our work today.

I hope to see you at our Annual meeting so that I can personally thank you for all your support and your efforts over the last years. If you can’t make the meeting, thank you.
League Annual Meeting
Saturday, June 8th, 9:00am
Rose Garden Branch Library
1580 Naglee Ave
San Jose, CA 95126

Join us for this year's Annual Meeting. Our speaker will be Vilcia Rodriguez, the City of San Jose 2020 Census Project Manager, who will address how the Census helps strengthen our Democracy.

Register and download your Meeting Kit HERE.
League Calendar
May 30-June 2 -- LWVC Statewide Convention
June 8 -- Annual Meeting
June 17 -- Action Committee Meeting
June 20 -- New Citizen Ceremony

Click HERE f or additional important League dates.
Voter Service News from Cheryl Fuelleman
According to Alex Padilla, California Secretary of State, on April 9, 2019, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to adopt the  Voter’s Choice Act  for the 2020 elections. Under this modern election model, every registered voter in the county will automatically receive their ballot by mail and have options for how to return their ballot, by mail, to any ballot drop box in the county, or at any voter center in the county convenient to them. Santa Clara becomes the tenth county to adopt ...... . read more HERE
Our League in ACTION! from Gloria Chun Hoo
League members working in small teams are meeting with City of San Jose Council members to hear their perspectives on three important topics: Housing, Climate Change and Coyote Valley. Meetings have already occurred with City Council members Pam Foley (D9), Lan Diet (D4) and Maya Esparza (D7) .
These interviews are providing the League with information about how our decision-makers feel about some of the most critical issues facing the City and how to deal with them. Notes and learnings . ... read more HERE.
Schools and Communities First!
We are looking for volunteers to train to be League advocates for Schools and Communities First.
The League of Women Voters of California is one of the proponents of the first commercial property tax reform measure to qualify for the ballot since the passage of Prop 13 in 1978. The League is now part of a powerful and growing statewide coalition of over 280 organizations working to ensure that this measure wins in November 2020 -- and we need YOU to help in that campaign! .... read more HERE.
Insights and Perspectives
This month the League interviews Nick Kuwada, Manager of the Santa Clara County US Census project. Program airs June 3 and 17. Our second program features Jessica Vollmer from Working Partnerships USA, regarding 2020 ballot measure to tax large corporate commercial and industrial businesses at fair market value. This program airs on June 10 and 24.

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 program s online HERE .
The League Needs YOU!
T he League's work relies on members like you who volunteer to put our goals and plans into action .

Please volunteer now for these important activities:
  • June 20 -- New Citizen Ceremony Voter Registration, contact Sara Nicolson
  • Training for Schools and Communities First, contact Gloria Chun Hoo
  • June, July, and August -- Interviews with our City Council Members, contact Gloria Chun Hoo
  • County Council Secretary, contact Mary Collins
  • June -- 2020 Citizens Redistricting Committee, apply HERE
  • Voter Co-Editor, contact Liz Bogatin Star
Member Information
Welcome new members: Marlys Mitrovich, Sylvia Christopher and Roberta Dunlop

Thank you for donating to the League : Connie Hunter, Curtis A. Jones. Holly McMahon, Susan Skorey and Rosaleen Zisch

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

Quick Links

League Members Website (PW: votesforwomen)
Links to Elected Officials
Join the League of Women Voters of San Jose/Santa Clara HERE
Donate to the League of Women Voters of San Jose/Santa Clara HERE