Program Planning and Member Survey Outcomes

Program Planning Outcomes

League of Women Voters Los Altos-Mountain View met virtually on January 30, 2021 to discuss what local issues we want to work on and to emphasize during the upcoming year, 2021-2022, and what three issues we would recommend to LWVC to prioritize for 2021-2023.

League program is the education and advocacy platform that we adopt to move forward our mission of promoting an active and informed citizenry.  Program planning is the tool for focusing and prioritizing our work to ensure that League’s human and financial resources are engaged where they have the most impact. Each year members are urged to attend this event to learn more about the League and offer their thoughts and suggestions about our priorities for the upcoming year.

Locally, we decided to focus our efforts on Voter Services, Affordable Housing, and Civil Discourse Events Around Community Issues. These priorities were approved by the board at our February 1st board meeting and will be presented to the membership at our Annual Meeting for adoption as our 2021-2022 program.

In addition to LWVC’s primary priority, Making Democracy Work in California, League members recommended that LWVC focus on Housing and Homelessness, Climate Change and Criminal Justice. Our League’s recommendations will be forwarded to LWVC by March 1, 2021 and voted on by delegates at the June, 2021 convention.

LWVC requested a local volunteer to work on each area of emphasis that we recommended and to designate the type of work: legislative action, education or toolkits. Our results:

  • Climate Change: Donna Davies, focus on legislative action.
  • Affordable Housing and Homelessness: Sue Russell, focus on legislative action.
  • Criminal Justice: no representative.

Member Survey Outcomes

75 members responded to our survey about what local issues we should prioritize for the upcoming 2021-2022 year. This represented a 36% response rate of our 208 members.  The following graph represents the survey outcomes.  Please note, as Voter Service work is our core mission, we did not include it as an option.

Program Planning on January 30th

Join us for our virtual Program Planning on January 30th, 10:00am-12:00pm

League program is the education and advocacy platform that we adopt to move forward our mission of promoting an active and informed citizenry.  Program planning is the tool for focusing and prioritizing our work to ensure that League’s human and financial resources are engaged where they have the most impact. We will discuss our local priorities and make recommendations to LWV California. 

All  members are welcome to attend to learn more about the League and offer their thoughts and suggestions. Join us on January 30th. Come at 9:30 to sign in and chat, program begins at 10:00.

Register to attend Program Planning

League of Women Voters of the United States Calls for Immediate Removal of President Donald Trump

1/8/2021

WASHINGTON – Thursday night, the League of Women Voters board of directors met and voted unanimously to call for the immediate removal of Donald J. Trump from the office of the President of the United States of America via any legal means, including and in order of preference: impeachment with disqualification, the invocation of the 25th amendment, or resignation. Today, the League of Women Voters board of directors issued the following statement: 

“Donald Trump must be immediately removed as President of the United States of America and banned from running for federal office ever again. 

“The sitting president was the instigator of Wednesday’s domestic terrorist attack on the U.S. Capitol that left five Americans dead and many more injured. He commanded an army of insurrectionists to forcefully overturn our free and fair elections in an effort to maintain power. These are the actions of a tyrannical despot, and they are in direct opposition to American democracy. President Trump continues to present a clear threat to national security as well as the safety and security of the American public.

“For violating his oath to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States, Donald Trump must immediately resign or be removed from office by any measure possible in accordance with the law. Removing President Trump from the office of the president and swearing in Vice President Mike Pence to fulfill the duration of this presidential term will ensure our Constitution is maintained and upheld. 

“The League of Women Voters calls on both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate to immediately impeach President Trump with disqualification and remove him from office. Should Congress fail to impeach him, we call on Vice President Mike Pence and the Cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment and remove President Trump from office immediately.”

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CONTACT: Sarah Courtney | 202-263-1332 | [email protected]

Contact your senator about impeachment:

Send an action letter through LWV or by phone at (202) 224-3121.


Vote with the League 2020

The League of Women Voters takes positions on issues and will support or oppose ballot measures that align with our League positions. Once we have studied an issue and taken a position, we take action and advocate for or against particular policies or laws related to that issue. If we do not have a studied position on an issue, we will not make a recommendation.

After careful study and analysis, the League of Women Voters of California and the League of Women Voters of the Bay Area offer these recommendations:

League of Women Voters California recommends:

NeutralProp 14: STEM CELL RESEARCH
SupportPROP 15: SCHOOLS & COMMUNITIES FIRST
SupportPROP 16: OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL
SupportPROP 17: RESTORE VOTING RIGHTS
SupportPROP 18: VOTING RIGHTS FOR 17-YEAR OLDS
OpposePROP 19: PROPERTY TAX BREAKS
OpposePROP 20: ROLLBACK ON CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORMS
NeutralPROP 21: LOCAL GOVERNMENTS & RENT CONTROL
No PositionPROP 22: RIDESHARE AND DELIVERY DRIVERS
NeutralPROP 23: KIDNEY DIALYSIS CLINICS
OpposePROP 24: CONSUMER DATA PRIVACY
SupportPROP 25: END CASH MONEY BAIL

League of Women Voters Bay Area

Support Prop RR: PRESERVE CALTRAIN SERVICE

Are you ready for the election?

Here are some steps that you can take to be prepared.

Be Informed:

LWV Election Events 

Attend LWV candidate forums and hear where the candidates stand on the pertinent issues. Do you have questions about our state and local ballot initiatives? Attend one of the LWV Ballot Initiative Pros and Cons or question answering sessions and get unbiased information and analysis.

Voter’s Edge

Look up your personalized ballot to find in-depth information about your candidates and ballot initiatives. Learn who are the endorsers and also see where the funding comes from. Start checking mid-September but check back as we will continue to add candidates’ information as it becomes available.

Easy Voter Guides

Nonpartisan information about why to vote, how to vote and synopses of statewide ballot initiatives. It is available in five languages.

Encourage your friends and family to stay safe and vote by mail. 

 

 

Racial Equality

LWVUS President’s Message

LWV’s Commitment

We Resolve First:
That the League advocates against systemic racism in the justice system and, at a minimum, for preventing excessive force and brutality by law enforcement.

We also call for prompt actions by all League members to advocate within every level of government to eradicate systemic racism, and the harm that it causes;

We Resolve Second:
That the League help our elected officials and all Americans recognize these truths to be self-evident; that Black, Indigenous and all people of color (BIPOC) deserve equal protection under the law; and that we demand solutions for the terrible wrongs done, so that regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, disability, and gender identity or sexual orientation we may truly become a nation “indivisible, with liberty and justice for all”.

League of Women Voters National Convention (June 27th, 2020)

Pre-registering Students at Los Altos High School

On September 17th,  Constitution Day, members of our Voter Services team went into classrooms at Los Altos High School helping to pre-register students to vote.  The 232nd anniversary of the signing of the Constitution was a good day to discuss with students the importance of voting and how every vote matters.

We went into 19 US History and US History AP classes and talked to 516 students about how a citizen’s vote is their voice in government and voting helps elect representatives who will work on the issues you care about. Volunteers helped students complete voter registration forms and we left with 246 completed forms and delivered them to the Registrar of Voters in San Jose.* * Students who completed the forms will be automatically registered to vote when they turn 18 and will receive a ballot in the mail for the next election. Teachers complemented our presentation, which included the history of the right to vote, evaluating ballot information, and the importance of civic engagement. 

The traditionally low youth voter turnout was demonstrated by having 20% of the class stand up, representing the 1 in 5 youth voters who voted in the 2014 midterm elections. Youth voter turnout increased almost 50%  with the student led Never Again MSD movement after the Parkland shooting which motivated young people to register and vote. LWV members engaged the students by sharing personal stories about growing up in a society with no representative government, choosing a political party preference for a first election, and the importance of choosing school boards. 

Constitution Day was a great success for our Voter Services team and the culmination of a year’s long effort that started with Claire Noonan and Claudia Hevel reaching out to the MVLA Superintendent about going into the classrooms to pre-register students and later collaborating with the teachers of the LAHS  History Department to make it happen.  The process has given us new ideas to take into the classroom next year.  We appreciate the support and collaboration with the MVLA School District and LAHS administrators and staff.  

** Some students took forms home to fill in missing information and others had already pre-registered, were too young (under 16) to pre-register, were not citizens, or chose not to participate.