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									                                         League of Women Voters of Southwest Santa Clara Valley
May, 2010                                                          
P.O. Box 2865, Saratoga, CA 95070-0865                                                 (408) 867-VOTE (8683)

President, Ann Roberts
First VP-Administration, Dale Hill
                                         Candidates Forums
Program VP, Shirley Hill

                                         District Attorney & Sheriff Candidates’ Forum
Membership VP, Jane Ellis
Secretary, Joan Sarlo
Treasurer, Marge Gorrell

                                         May 12th, Wednesday, 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Action, Michelle Shimada                 Cupertino Community Hall
Bay Area Representative, Meg
Education, Fred Armstrong
                                         10350 Torre Ave.
Observers, Patty Weber
Natural Resources, Nancy Hobbs
                                         “Between the library and City Hall”, Cupertino 95014
Public Relations, Nora Mason             All candidates for these closely watched offices are expected to
Voter Editor, Cherri Nelson
Voter Service Coordinator                attend. Each will deliver introductory remarks and then respond to
& Voter Registration, Josie Geisen
                                         questions from the public.
Clip ‘n Come, Margaret Rezowalli
Communications, Jeanne Roths
Cmmunications Assistant,
                                         Judges Candidates’ Forum
  Raquel Durand
Finance Drive, Dick Kelkenberg           May 15th, Saturday, 9:30 – 11:30 AM
Fund Raising Co-Chair,
  Sharon Kelkenberg                      Campbell Community Center, Roosevelt Room
Fund Raising Co-Chair, Zina Lou Dyer
Great Decisions Co-Chair, Anne Stewart   1 W Campbell Avenue, Campbelll 95008
Great Decisions Co-Chair, Al Stewart
Assistant, Sharon Kelkenberg
Health Care, Barbara Lea
                                         There are three seats on the Superior Court and there are two
Hospitality, Janis Maurry                candidates for each seat. The terms are for six years.
Assistant, Marge Lester
Housing, Margaret Bard

                                         Pros and Cons, Five Ballot Measures
Immigration, Patty Weber
League Phone, Carol Petersen
Membership Assistant, Rita Osman
Database, Linda King
Nominating Committee
                                         May 8, Saturday, 2:30 – 3:30 PM
Chair, Marge Bunyard                     Willow Glen Library, 1157 Minnesota Ave.
Member, Barbara Lea
Member, Barclay Slade
                                         San Jose, 95125
Program Assistant, Hana Itani
Publications, Sharon Snyder
Telephone Tree, Shirley Hill
                                         May 12th, Wednesday, 7:00 PM
Voter Service Assistants
Candidate Forums, Terry Cabrinha
                                         Campbell Library,
Pros & Cons, Doris Sanders
Web Page Co-Chair, Barbara Lea
                                         (co-sponsored with AAUW)
Web Page Co-Chair, Sharon Snyder
                                         May 13th, Thursday, 7:30 PM
                                         Saratoga Library, 13650 Saratoga Ave.
                                         Saratoga 95070
May, 2010                                                   League of Women Voters of Southwest Santa Clara Valley

President's Letter                                          Board Bytes
If you live in Los Gatos, Monte Sereno, Campbell            Board Meeting of April 7, 2010
or Saratoga you have probably already seen your
local paper with the great cover story on the League.       • Voter Services – Voter registration is currently
Originally, the Los Gatos paper ran a story about our         taking place at various venues. Scheduled forums
candidates’ forum for Santa Clara County District             are noted in your Voter.
One, which ran just before the forum. The paper             • Instant Runoff Voting (IRV) – This issue is under
then sent reporters and a photographer to the forum           discussion at the League County Council.
where they gathered information for the cover story.
The reporter, Judy Peterson, interviewed Margaret           • Proposition 15 – The League is working with
Rezowalli, Cathy Johnson, Fred Armstrong and me.              many other groups campaigning for the passage of
We can thank Nora Mason for arranging all this.               Proposition 15. This proposition creates a voluntary
Bravo, Nora!!                                                 system for Secretary of State candidates to qualify
                                                              for public campaign grants with strict enforcement
You will find an article in this Voter about the League’s     and accountability.
stand on Propositions 15 and 16. The Voter Service
chairs are preparing Pros and Cons sessions to inform       • Water District Ground Water Issue – The water
the electorate on the issues, but will not discuss the        district is seeking support from the Leagues in
League’s position because our Pros and Cons events            our county on the issue of ground water taxation.
are committed to presenting an unbiased view of the           Even if you do not own a well, the ground water
issues. That doesn’t mean that the League does not            tax would be applied to the entire county. More
take a position. Remember, the League only takes              information will follow.
positions on issues after careful study and it has          Joan Sarlo, Secretary
definite positions on both of these propositions. In
fact, the League is a co-sponsor of Proposition 15.
Read about this proposition and as an informed              Letter (cont.)
member of our organization, encourage your family
and friends to look at the League position on these         Sonali Batra, was in India. She decided to have the
issues and then vote.                                       fliers printed in India since it would be in color and
                                                            would be cheaper having them printed there than
Many members of the League were happy that the              here. She would then bring them home on the plane.
Health Care plan passed through the legislature             We have heard about all the air travel problems
and was signed into law. One member who was                 associated with the volcano in Iceland. Our fliers
especially happy was Barbara Lea. She has been              were still in India when this message was written. In
Health Care chair for several years and has served          the meantime, Cherri Nelson and Sharon Kelkenberg
on the state Health Care Committee. Barbara has             are deciding how to get a flier printed here in time
kept us up to date on what was happening and we             for the mailing of this Voter. It’s nice to have such
appreciate her efforts. That’s not all Barbara does for     resilient members.
the League. She takes care of the League website, is
on the nominating committee, helps edit the Voter,          The fundraiser party should be fun. Invite your
works on Voter Service and will, in general, help           friends to come and enjoy wine, food and music
out whenever needed. It’s great to have a member            in a beautiful setting. One thing I enjoy about the
who not only does their own job well, but also helps        party is that people we don’t often see attend this
out in other areas. Members like Barbara keep our           function. It’s a good chance to see old friends and
League strong.                                              catch up on what’s happening in their lives. It’s also
                                                            a good chance to meet new people.
Plans for the League fundraiser at the Summer Winds
Nursery are well under way. The committee has               In addition, mark your calendar to save June 10 to
been meeting and is quite enthusiastic about the            hear a great speaker, Thad Kousser, on the California
party. You will find a flier in this Voter. There is an     constitution, the problems and how to solve them.
interesting story behind this beautiful flier that the      Thad is a visiting fellow at Stanford’s Bill Lane Center
committee collaborated on and designed together.            for the American West and the Hoover Institution.
This was done by email because one of the members,          Ann Roberts, President

League of Women Voters of Southwest Santa Clara Valley                                                  May, 2010

Come One, Come All to California Dreamin’ Green
On Sunday, May 23 from 6:30 – 8:30 PM our League            Programs which include candidates forums, Pros
will hold a garden party at Summer Winds Nursery            and Cons on ballot measures, and the Smart Voter
to benefit the Education Fund. There will be door           website. The nursery has a large variety of indoor
prizes, raffles and a silent auction of art work and        plants, garden plants, furniture and decorations as
vacations. Live music by Las Muchachas, tasty hors          well as bird feeders and seeds. Also, they will be
d’oeuvres, desserts, wine and other beverages will          happy to create custom arrangements and planters
be part of the fun. (See flier insert for details.)         for you.
The nursery will provide a beautiful setting with           To reserve a space for yourself, friends and/or
demonstrations on the use of native and drought             neighbors, please send a tax deductible check
resistant plants, the control of pests with plants rather   for $25. Make check payable to Voter Education
than insecticides, and how to attract birds, bees and       Fund of LWV SWSCV. Include Name(s) for name
butterflies to your garden. Lois Munson, landscape          tags and your phone number. Then mail to Voter
designer will show how artifacts and hardscape as           Education Fund, c/o of Dale Hill. Dale’s address is:
well as plants can be used in yards and gardens.            150 Robin Way, Los Gatos, CA 95032
Bring your gardening questions and talk one on one
                                                            For questions: Call Sharon Kelkenberg at 408 867
with nursery staff.
                                                            0588 or Zina Lou Dyer at 408 356 2445
Summer Winds will donate 20% of all purchases               Sharon Kelkenberg, Fundraising Co-chair
and orders made that day to our Voter Education

Cupertino-Sunnyvale and SW League’s Candidate Forums
The Southwest and Cupertino-Sunnyvale League of             candidates for each seat. The candidates offer a range
Women Voters are cooperating to sponsor Candidate           of backgrounds—and perspectives—in criminal,
Forums in our corner of the County. Please try to           civil, and family law practice. Two years ago the
support these events. ( See cover for details.)             Saturday morning Judges’ Forum was well attended
                                                            with lively exchanges between the candidates and
District Attorney & Sheriff Candidates’ Forum
                                                            the public.
All candidates for these closely-watched races expect
to attend. Each will deliver introductory remarks and       Did you know? Superior Court Judges’ terms are for
then respond to questions from the public.                  6 years, with elections staggered every two years.
                                                            They can be either appointed by the Governor or
Judges Candidates’ Forum – May 15                           elected. The contested seats in this race are open
Candidates for three seats on the Superior Court will       for election because the judges who hold them are
state their qualifications and respond to questions         retiring close to the end of their terms.
from the public. In this forum there are two attorney
                                                            Expectations for November
Be a Smart Voter!                                           “The Primary Election Has Occurred: What
During an election year, what is the one web site that      Can We Expect for November?”
provides candidates with their own web pages, links
                                                            Come hear Thad Kousser, visiting fellow at Standford’s
to the candidates' official web sites, information on
                                                            Bill Lane center for the American West, and the
candidate forums and pro's & con's, links to articles
                                                            Hoover Institution.
on candidates and ballot measures by the media, as
well as information on ballot measures? Why, Smart          June 10th, 7:30 PM , Campbell Community Center,
Voter of course! It is the League's online source of        Roosevelt Room
nonpartisan election information. You can also find
polling locations, candidates and ballot measures on                      New Member
your personal ballot. So, be an informed voter and                The League Welcomes New Member
be a Smart Voter! Remember, elections are coming
up on May 4 and June 8!                                                  h Helen Athey g
Michelle Shimada, Action Chair & Smart Voter Liason          She is a national league member and we will get
                                                                to meet her at our annual meeting May 1.

May, 2010                                                    League of Women Voters of Southwest Santa Clara Valley

Ten Things Every American
Should Know About Health Care Reform
from Representative Mike Honda’s Office                      6. Seniors on Medicare will pay less for their prescrip-
1. Once reform is fully implemented, over 95% of               tion drugs because the legislation closes the “donut
  Americans will have health insurance coverage, in-           hole” gap in existing coverage.
  cluding 32 million who are currently uninsured.            7. By reducing health care costs for employers, reform
2. Health insurance companies will no longer be allowed        will create or save more than 2.5 million jobs over
   to deny people coverage because of preexisting              the next decade.
   conditions — or to drop coverage when people              8. Medicaid will be expanded to offer health insurance
   become sick.                                                coverage to an additional 16 million low-income
3. Just like members of Congress, individuals and              people.
  small businesses who can't afford to purchase              9. Instead of losing coverage after they leave home
  insurance on their own will be able to pool together         or graduate from college, young adults will be
  and choose from a variety of competing plans with            able to remain on their families' insurance plans
  lower premiums.                                              until age 26.
4. Reform will cut the federal budget deficit by $138        10. Community health centers would receive an
  billion over the next ten years, and a whopping              additional $11 billion, doubling the number of
  $1.2 trillion in the following ten years.                    patients who can be treated regardless of their
5. Health care will be more affordable for families            insurance or ability to pay.
  and small businesses thanks to new tax credits,            submitted by Barbara Lea
  subsidies, and other assistance — paid for largely         References available upon request.
  by taxing insurance companies, drug companies,
  and the very wealthiest Americans.

The League of Women Voters Recommends…
This article is taken from the California League web site:   Oppose Proposition 16             This proposition imposes a new two-thirds voter
Support Proposition 15:                                      approval requirement for local public electricity
California Fair Elections Act                                Providers. Proposition 16 would amend the state
Huge amounts of money are raised in California               Constitution to require a city or special district that
politics, giving special interests unfair influence and      provides electricity to obtain the approval of two-thirds
access, shutting out the rest of us. Proposition 15          of the voters before expanding its service territory
takes an important step toward getting politicians           or providing new service to its customers if public
out of the fundraising game. It is a pilot project           funds are involved. Two-thirds approval by the voters
to make voluntary public financing available to              would also be required for a local government to buy
Secretary of State candidates in 2014 and 2018. Only         power at wholesale prices to sell to residents through
candidates showing broad support and agreeing to             a Community Choice Aggregation program. The
strict reporting and spending limits would receive           LWVC opposes this supermajority vote requirement
funding. Violators would face fines, possible jail           that would allow a minority to prevent decisions on
time, and prohibitions from running for office in            electric supply favored by a majority of the people
the future. The pilot program would be funded                to be served. PG&E, the largest for-profit utility in
primarily by fees on lobbyists, lobbying firms and           the state, is the sole sponsor of Prop 16 and would
lobbyist employers, with no taxpayer dollars going to        benefit from this measure’s stifling of competition.
candidates. Proposition 15 will allow elected officials      The impact would be fewer choices and thus higher
to focus on the public’s interest, instead of returning      rates for consumers, and fewer opportunities for local
political favors to their campaign donors.                   agencies to offer renewable green power.

League of Women Voters of Southwest Santa Clara Valley                                                    May, 2010

Landmark Federal Case Upholds Ranked Choice Voting
Election method also known as Instant Runoff Voting
by Blair Bobier, Deputy Director of the Political Reform    Reform Program. “The city has saved millions of
Program at New America Foundation a nonprofit,              dollars by eliminating the high-cost and low-turnout
nonpartisan public policy institute that invests in new     runoff elections which used to take place in December.
thinkers and new ideas to address the next generation of    Many more voters now have a say in who their
challenges facing the United States.                        elected officials are.”
In a landmark opinion issued late on Friday, Federal        “This is a landmark decision,” said Gautam Dutta,
District Court Judge Richard Seeborg upheld the             Political Reform Program Deputy Director and author
constitutionality of San Francisco's Ranked Choice          of the Amicus Brief submitted by New America
Voting method, the first time a federal court has           for this lawsuit. “Although the Supreme Courts
weighed in on the subject of Instant Runoff Voting          of Minnesota and Massachusetts have upheld the
(IRV). Judge Seeborg decisively rejected a legal            constitutionality of Instant Runoff Voting, this is
challenge which claimed the city's voting method            the first time a federal court has directly addressed
was defective because it limited voters to ranking          the issue. The opinion is a ringing endorsement of
three candidates in any one race.                           IRV,” said Dutta.
“Judge Seeborg's opinion confirms what we have been         Ranked Choice Voting has been used for San
saying all along. IRV is clearly constitutional and also    Francisco municipal elections since 2004. This year, the
superior in many ways to plurality elections,” said Blair   cities of Oakland, Berkeley and San Leandro will begin
Bobier, a lawyer who is Deputy Director of the New          using Ranked Choice Voting for their local elections.
America Foundation's Political Reform Program.
                                                            Two bills, SB 1346 and AB 2732, which would allow the
Judge Seeborg's opinion quoted approvingly from a           use of Ranked Choice Voting for special elections are
Massachusetts Supreme Court decision which said             currently pending in the California Legislature.
that Ranked Choice Voting “seeks more accurately
to reflect voter sentiment and to provide for the           Further analysis of the court's decision can be found
representation of minority groups....”                      on the Political Reform Blog. The entire decision can
                                                            be found here.
“San Francisco has been well-served by Ranked Choice
Voting,” said Steven Hill, Director of the Political        submitted by Karlina Ott

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                                         h Calendar g
              May 1       Saturday         Annual Meeting, 9:30 – 2:00 PM, The Terraces
                                           800 Blossom Hill, Los Gatos
              May 8       Saturday         Pros & Cons, Five Ballot Measures
              May 12      Wednesday        Pros & Cons, Five Ballot Measures
              May 12      Wednesday        District Attorney & Sheriff Candidates Forum
              May 13      Thursday         Pros & Cons, Five Ballot Measures
                                           See cover for details on events from May 8 –13

              May 13      Thursday         12 Noon, Clip n Come, bring salad/food
                                           and clipping to share at Renate & Bill Lytle's
                                           home, 15860 Poppy Lane #8, Los Gatos, CA
                                           Please let hostess know if you will be coming.

              May 15      Saturday         Judges Candidates' Forum
                                           See cover and page 3 for more information

              May 23      Sunday           6:30 – 8:30 PM, California Dreamin' Green
                                           fundraiser, Summer Winds Nursery
                                           1491 S. DeAnza Blvd., Cupertino, CA
                                           See page 3 and flier insert for details.

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