LEAGUE OF WOMAN VOTERS
We had a particularly daunting task have worried. Intrepid League mem-
November this election season—to explain all bers took them and fanned out across
13 ballot propositions to the inter- Burbank and Glendale, blanketing
2006 ested voters of Glendale and the libraries and Glendale Commu-
Calendar Burbank. I was nervous about this
prospect, but as usual, our members
came through with aplomb.
nity College with voter materials.
Our second task required even more
commitment from our League mem-
Thursday Our first task was to distribute non- bers. Many groups around the com-
partisan voter guides. There are two. munities wanted live presentations on
The first is the Gen- the ballot measures.
eral Election Info We gave live presen-
Local Campaign publication, also tations to Glendale
Finance Study known as the Pros League Community College,
See flyer and Cons. These are members Delta Kappa Gamma,
published by the State The Glendale Com-
League. But, the Los
fanned out mission on the Status
Angeles County across of Women (they had
LWVGB Holiday Party
League adds a “wrap- Burbank food), the Glendale
around” with infor- and Chapter of the Cali-
Look for your invitation in mation about the Su- fornia Foundation of
the mail perior Court judges. Glendale the Blind, the Break-
We ordered 3000 of blanketing fast Club, and the
Thursday them. [the area] Burbank JayCees.
Jan. 19 The second publica- with voter And because this is
State Program Planning tion is the Easy Voter materials show biz territory, we
Meeting Guide, which is also did television.
geared toward first We presented a live
Sunday time voters and non-native English pro con presentation on Burbank’s
Jan. 27 speakers. The Easy Voter Guide City Channel, which has been repeat-
Project is a collaboration of the ing at various hours, often in the dead
League Forum on
League of Women Voters Education of night.
Fund, the California State Library
at Loyola Law School and the California Secretary of Special thanks goes to League
Look for information State’s office. Plus, it’s free. We or- members Tom Carson, Gwen
coming soon about this dered thousands of them in English, Cochran, Mary Dickson, Joan
exciting event Spanish, and Korean. Hardie, Dionisia Rodriguez, Anna
Rundle and Georganne Thomsen,
I had them all delivered to my living
who made the live presentations.
room, and wondered as I stared at the
boxes how on earth we were going
to get them all distributed. I need not
For program information and location directions, call the LEAGUE at (818) 247-2407. Or visit our website
LWVUS Immigration Study
Studies, Reports, News News
THE LWVUS IMMIGRATION Study Com-
mittee has posted a resource list and brief
bios of the Immigration Study Committee on
the LWVUS web site. The resource list,
Immigration 101: the Basics, lists background
information on immigration. Subsequent
resource lists will include materials on specific
immigration issues. Contact Immigration
Study Committee Chair, Carolie Mullan with
Who Doesn’t Vote?
THE PUBLIC Local Study
Policy Insti- OUR LOCAL STUDY OF CAMPAIGN finance at the
tute of municipal level continued with a meeting on
California October 9th. Our discussion focused on initial
recently step in our study, to research the role of
released a campaign finance in our two communities in
report, order to determine if there are particular issues
Californians or areas which might be addressed by changes
& the Future, in local election laws. We discussed possible
which should areas of concern such as the aggregate cost of
be required municipal election campaigns, the source of
reading for all campaign contributions, and whether women
League members. It analyzes the current faced particular challenges in fund raising.
California electorate and the characteristics of The Committee members took on particular
the adult population who are not voters. In research assignments, including gathering
reaching out to our communities, we must information regarding campaign expenditures
remember how many Californians are not in recent elections in each city as well as
helping make the decisions that affect their interviewing current and past officeholders
everyday lives. Simply talking to others like about the experiences and perceptions in this
ourselves will not promote the mission of the area.
League —to encourage active participation in
government—or be effective in building our The Committee is putting together plans for a
own membership. meeting of our League members on Thursday,
November 16th. See the enclosed flyer and
The PPIC report is available on-line at mark your calendars to attend!
We would still like to have more of our
members join us for this very interesting local
study. If you would like to participate, please
contact the committee chair, Tom Carson, at
818-840-0417 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS
Join us for a discussion of
7 to 8:30 pm
Glendale Fire Station 21
421 Oak Street
(across the street from the
Among the speakers is Shirley Spencer of the
Pasadena Area League who will talk about their
exciting campaign finance ordinance which is on
the November ballot.
Voter Service New Technology for Voter
Service Coming Soon!
THE LWVC IS CURRENTLY in the
EVERY TWO YEARS, local Leagues
process of setting up a relationship with
participate in the program planning
the Open Media Network
process to give direction to the issues
(www.omn.org)—a nonprofit whose
the League in California will emphasize
purpose is to make high quality audio
through advocacy, community educa-
and video material available to the
tion, or study in the next biennium.
public at no charge via the Internet. As
Watch for the Program Planning Kit
part of our work with the Center For
2007-2009 that you will receive soon. It
Governmental Studies and the Califor-
will contain instructions, suggestions for
nia Channel, video interviews with all
candidates for statewide office and 90-
second video spots on each of the 13
state ballot measures have been pro- Watch for the
duced and will be placed on the OMN
within the next week. Interested viewers
will be able to download the material to Planning Kit
a computer or iPod using a free reader. 2007-2009
The videos can be viewed immediately that you will
or copied to a DVD for use at another
site. Links to the OMN site will be
placed on the Smart Voter and Easy
Voter Web sites.
The LWVC is very excited about this your program planning meeting, back-
new technology, which will be useful ground material about current LWVC
even in non-election years. Suppose that positions, and a report form. In addition
your local League has held and video- to the information about the concurrence
taped a great public forum on some procedure included in recent kits, this
topic of current interest. That material one will outline the newly-adopted
can be converted to digital format and policies concerning the study and
placed on the OMN for access by consensus process. The kit will also be
anyone anywhere in California—or even posted on the members-only LWVC
the country! Web site.
Details on exactly how to download the We will soon establish a program
videos will be sent to local Leagues planning list-serve for interested mem-
within the next couple of weeks. Keep bers to discuss League issues and share
an eye out for the next communication their League’s program ideas. The
and start thinking of how your local discussion will enrich our process by
League can take advantage of this great helping Leagues know what others are
opportunity. thinking and build networks that may
lead to more productive consideration of
Sharon Wallace, Voter Service Director,
program at Convention 2007.
Program planning reports will be due
February 15, 2007.
Groups Call for Redistricting Reform
N THE EVE OF CONGRESSIONAL elections he new report carefully examines the ballot
likely to be skewed by gerrymandering, the initiatives defeated last year in California and
Campaign Legal Center, the Center for Excel- Ohio. Both drew strong, well-funded opposition
lence in Government and the League of Women Voters and suffered from being tied to other complex propos-
today released a report that calls for a national redis- als and from being seen as partisan power-grabs.
tricting reform movement and offers guidance for
The report recognizes that national redistricting reform
state-level redistricting reform efforts. “Building A
will be a daunting task and urges careful attention to
National Redistricting Reform Movement” reports on
content, timing, resources, research and message
the deliberations and conclusions of a diverse group of
development, and coalition building and public out-
individuals from nonpartisan organizations at a confer-
reach. The next step in the groups’ efforts will be to
ence held earlier this year in Salt Lake City .
bring together a broad coalition to build public support
The report builds on broad principles for reforming for redistricting reform efforts.
congressional and legislative redistricting set out in the
The report is available online at www.lwv.org
2005 report, “The Shape of Representative Democ-
racy.” It also looks at lessons learned from unsuccess-
he redistricting reform conference was orga
ful redistricting reform attempts in 2005 and suggests nized by the Campaign Legal Center, the Center
strategies to pursue and pitfalls to avoid in future for Democracy & Citizenship at the Council for
reform efforts. Excellence in Government and the League of Women
Voters with generous support from the Rockefeller
he sponsors of the report timed its release just a
Brothers Fund, Carnegie Corporation of New York, the
week before the mid-term election to underscore
JEHT Foundation, and the Joyce Foundation.
the distorting effects of the gerrymandering of
so many congressional districts after the 2000 census.
It is a reminder of how drawing district lines to insure
safe districts – often done on a bipartisan basis to serve
incumbents in both parties – is likely to insulate the U.
S. House of Representatives from fundamental demo-
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