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February 2020
President's Message from Carol Watts
We are right in the middle of one of the busiest times for our organization: just before an election.  
  • Our Voter Service team headed by Sara Nicolson is working hard to get more and more people registered to vote.  
  • Sandy Mory and her volunteers are producing candidates forums so attendees can hear the candidates answer their questions and learn about the new voting procedures and the 2020 Census.  
  • Martha Beattie is producing Pros & Cons events on ballot issues and the expanded voting procedures and the census.

While these events are wonderful resources for those of us who attend, we know we don’t reach a large number of voters. Where can everyone go to find our ... read more HERE
Lunch With League
February 20, 2020, 11:30 am
Palermo's Restaurant
791 Auzerais Ave, San Jose, CA 95126

 Our February speaker is Ryan Skolnick, a community organizer for the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United. He will be speaking on Medicare for All and What It Means For You. Ryan has worked on single-payer advocacy since 2013, vocally advocating for HR 676, the prior version of Medicare for All in the House of Representatives, and SB 562, a single-payer bill introduced in 2017 in the state of California. He also helped write Initiative 1600, a ballot measure in Washington State that would have implemented a Medicare for All-type system in the state.

Register for Lunch With League HERE.
City of San Jose Proclaims February 14th as League of Women Voters Day!
The San Jose City Council will proclaim Feb. 14 as League of Women Voters Day. The council will present us with a proclamation at their Feb. 11 city council meeting at 1:30 pm. Join us to accept this important recognition our organization's work over the last 100 years. Please join us when we accept this proclamation -- it will be fun!  Sign up HERE . We'll send you more information about meeting up for this great event. 
Annual Program Planning Meeting  
February 15, 2020, 9:00 am -12:00 pm
West Valley Branch Library Community Room
1243 San Tomas Aquino Road, San Jose, CA

A day after the League's 100 th birthday, our League will gather for our annual Program Planning Meeting. At this meeting we will set priorities for local, regional and national action. Don't miss this once a year opportunity to be heard. Please attend and invite guests. Program Planning is a great opportunity to introduce interested individuals to the League. RSVP HERE to save your seat.

To volunteer to help, make comments, or ask questions, contac t Roma Dawson HERE. H elp us plan our future and reach consensus on our priorities for 2020.    Want to know more about our session? Click HERE to see more detail.
Bay Area League Day: Looking Back, Moving Forward
February 29, 2020, 9:30 am - 2:30 pm
Dominican Center
43326 Mission Boulevard, Fremont CA

Celebrate the 100 th Anniversary of the League of Women Voters by attending League Day 2020. The day begins “looking back” with stories of extraordinary women that overcame discrimination and entrenched stereotypes to contribute to California's political history. Authors Susie and Steve Swatt will share stories from their acclaimed book, Paving the Way: Women's Struggle for Political Equality in California.

The day honors the LWVUS request to focus on the future direction of our work.   Three panels will touch on social justice and empowerment themes which are as relevant today as in 1920. 

 $35 fee includes light breakfast and lunch. Register for Bay Area League Day HERE. Contact Roma Dawson to volunteer to help with Bay Area League Day HERE.
League Calendar
February 2 -- ROV Begins Ballot Mailing
February 3 -- Board Meeting
February 6 -- Climate Change Meeting
February 6 -- Nominating Committee
February 14 -- League 100th Anniversary
February 15 -- Program Planning Meeting
February 17 -- Action Committee Meeting
February 20 -- Lunch With League
February 20 -- Voter Articles Due
February 21 -- Nominating Committee Meeting
February 29 -- Bay Area League Day

Click HERE f or information on all Member Calendar dates.
Click HERE for information on all League Public Events
Action Committee Update from Gloria Chun Hoo  
Action Committee in January met and reviewed extensive reports on local governance structures in Seattle, Charlotte, NC, Austin, TX, and Portland, Oregon. 

The committee also heard from two leaders in the local San Jose campaign, Ben Field and SJSU professor Garrick Percival, on the proposed Fair Elections Initiative, which is currently gathering signatures for November 2020 elections. This will be discussed further by the committee.  

A key activity for the Action Committee is work to schedule and meet with eight California Assembly members and Senators representing .... read more HERE
Voter Service Committee Update from Sara Nicolson
The March primaries are quickly approaching and the voter service team has been busy with hosting Candidate Forums, writing Pros and Cons, registering new voters, and informing the voting public on the changes to how we vote will change this year in Santa Clara county.

LWVSJSC AND LWVSW held a successful Candidate Forum for State Senate District 15 on Saturday, January 18. We had a respectable turnout even with the Women’s March the same Day. Many thanks to .... read more HERE
Climate Change Committee Update from Rita Norton
Greenwaste Facility Tours, Micro Grids, Youth Outreach, and MORE!
We encourage you to join with the Climate Change/Natural Resources committee to support the most important environmental missions in our League history. Please contact Rita Norton HERE to get involved.

Our League is following the state of the recycling industry and issues of how waste contaminates our environment. We have scheduled a tour of the local recycling center Greenwaste on March 12th, 2020, which will be educational and useful for our research. Join us! Sign up for the Recycling Tour HERE

We are also studying Micro Grids and will be participating in San Jose's upcoming Pathways to ... read more HERE
Census 2020 Outreach Update   from Sandy Mory
On January 11th, over 30 League members from across Santa Clara County participated in the 2020 Census Ambassador Training Workshop.  Ray Mueller, US Census Bureau Partner Specialist, provided an update on the 2020 Census and how League members may get involved. There are over 70 League members across our county prepared to give the Why/Who/When/How to participate in 2020 Census overview at community events.  Our league was represented by Carol Watts, Sara Nicolson, Curtis Jones. Sandy Remmers, Robin Hayr, Sandy Mory and Pam Johnson. Martha Beattie also attended several trainings during the fall. 

We encourage all members to become acquainted with Census material. Spread the word on social media and amongst your friends that EVERYONE COUNTS! Find out more information on the 2020 Census HERE .
Subscribe to the League eList NOW!
How do you get the latest news from the League in between the monthly Voter? Subscribe to our San Jose/Santa Clara elist. These informative email blasts will keep you up to date with the latest local, state, and national League news and calls to action. Our elist blasts are timely and will keep you on top of all the breaking news. Subscribe to the elist by sending an email HERE.

Are you a subscriber to the elist and want to send important news to other League members? It's easy! Just click HERE to send your email. Don't forget to add this email address to your directory for quick access. leagueofwomenvoterssanjosesantaclara@yahoogroups.com
Insights and Perspectives
Tune in to see Gloria interview Camille Fontanilla: Executive Director, Somos Mayfair. This show will air on the weeks of Feb 3 & 17

On our second show, Rosaleen Zisch will interview Shivaun Nurre, the Independent Police Auditor, City of San Jose
Air Dates are the weeks of Feb 10 & 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 programs online HERE .
S chools and Communities First

Help ensure schools and local communities have a reliable source of new revenue in California and let’s get the League of Women Voters sponsored ballot measure onto the November 2020 elections! Help gather signatures and become a spokesperson and advocate for the Schools and Communities campaign! Contact Gloria Chun Hoo HERE  to sign up.

Training materials available.
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:

Member Information
Thank You to our generous donors:   Louise Detwiler and Trixie Johnson

Welcome new members:  Brenda Rodriguez

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

Quick Links

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