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October 2019
President's Message from Carol Watts
In the last month or two, I’ve had to reach beyond my comfort zone and learn more about subjects I knew little about in order to sign letters to public officials on issues our League cares about. As you can imagine, the climate crisis and the environment often top this list.

Our League has recently written letters on the subjects of:
     “Reach Codes”
     High Speed Rail
     Green Stormwater Infrastructure

You can read these and all of our letters to community leaders HERE.

I also attended a small, productive, meeting of San Jose city staff members and some local environmental activists on the subject of reach codes before the city council voted on the issue. 
These activists, including our Karen Nelson . ..... read more HERE
Lunch With League
October 17, 2019, 11:30 am
Palermo's Restaurant
791 Auzerais Ave, San Jose, CA 95126

Our October speaker is Bert Robinson. Bert is the Senior Editor for the Bay Area News Group, which includes the Mercury News, East Bay Times, and a couple dozen community weeklies in the South Bay and East Bay. He will discuss Sunshine Laws and how they affect public visibility into San Jose’s government. Learn more and register HERE .
Schools and Communities First
October 5, 2019, 1:00 pm
Crittenden Middle School
1701 Rock Street - Room 703
Mountain View, CA

League of Women Voters of California-sponsored ballot initiative, has been refiled and the new version is seeking voter signatures. League members interested in why the re- filing was done, and how the measure is doing, may want to attend an informational session on Saturday, Oct. 5 between 1-3 pm in Mountain View. Leanne Weatherly-Rzepiela is our coordinator for the SCF campaign Learn more and register HERE .
League Calendar
Oct 3 -- Climate Committee
Oct 5 -- Schools and Communities First Session
Oct 7 -- Board Meeting
Oct 17 -- Lunch With League
Oct 20 -- Voter Articles Due
Oct 21 -- Action Meeting

Click HERE f or information on all Member Calendar dates.
Click HERE for information on all League Public Events
Voter Service News from Sara Nicolson
Engage, Educate, Inspire
September 24, National Voter Registration Day, is a relatively new holiday in our nation’s history. Established just seven years ago, the League of Women Voters has taken this opportunity to kick off a yearlong effort to engage, educate and inspire eligible citizens to:
1) register to vote
2) get the facts, and
3) VOTE at election time
This past month we had 13 teams of 2-3 people hosting voter registration tables in San Jose, Morgan Hill and Milpitas. Approximately 50-60 people registered with a
..... r ead more HERE
Our League in ACTION! from Gloria Chun Hoo
Looking at the new Governance Model of Strong Mayor for San Jose
At its September meeting, members of the Action Committee heard a detailed report from Trudy LaFrance on how the cities of San Francisco and San Diego govern with a "strong mayor" and the different levels of independent power a mayor wields in different areas. In those cities, the mayor appoints department heads that have different powers. Both are charter cities and ..... read more HERE.
Fighting Climate Change From Rita Norton
Momentum picked up in Sept for climate change activities.
Our League was pleased to comment and urge approval of Green Stormwater Infrastructure Plan. The 88-page Plan itself is to be applauded for its long-term 30-year vision, to move the city from a purely gray storm water collection system to an integrated green plan that not only focuses on .... read more on our Climate Chang e page HERE
News ... News ... Read All About It!
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
Gloria Chun Hoo starts our October CreaTV interviews with Larry Hancock, General Director Opera San Jose. This show will air on October 7 & 21.

On our second show Gloria speaks with Ann Dunkin, CIO of Santa Clara County on Election Security. The show will air on October 14 & 28.

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 .
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 donor: Paula Radzinski

Welcome new members: Kathy White and Kathi Bayne

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

Quick Links

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