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Date & Time        Place        Description
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
7 am - 8 pm
Your polling place location will be printed on the sample ballot you receive from your county elections official prior to an election.

You may also contact your local county elections office for polling place information at 925-335-7800.
Election Day -- 10th Congressional District Consolidated Election.

Please attend our District 10 Candidates Forum on 10/26 (listed above), and please vote!

Dates to remember for the 10th Congressional District Consolidated Election:

10/5: First day to vote by mail. Last day to register AND receive a sample ballot by mail.
10/26: District 10 Candidates Forum
10/27: Last day to request a vote by mail ballot
11/3: Election Day
Thursday, November 5, 2009
7 pm - ?
Christ the King Church, Parish Hall
199 Brandon Road
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523



(Corner of Gregory Lane and Brandon Road)
Impact of State Budget Cuts on Foster Care.

Please come to learn about the impact of state budget cuts on our county's foster care system and how the CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) program helps this vulnerable population.

~ Guest Speaker: Charles Mead, Executive Director of CASA of Contra Costa County.

Co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters Diablo Valley and the Social Justice Group at the Christ the King Church and the Social Justice Alliance of the Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County.

Come and learn about the challenges!

Thursday, November 12, 2009
10 am - 12 noon
50 Scenic Drive
Orinda, CA 94563
LaMorinda Orientation.

Please come and learn what your membership in the LWV of Diablo Valley offers you. Meet and share your interests and questions about the League activities with others who live in your area of Contra Costa County.

You will receive a Diablo Valley League Member Handbook.

Coffee, tea, pastries, and fruit will be served. Please RSVP to Joyce Kingery 386-0067 or Marti Buxton 254-1020.
Saturday, November 14, 2009
10 am - 12 noon
Pleasant Hill City Hall
Council Chambers
100 Gregory Lane
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
Fixing the Broken Budget Process.

The current budget process is a dysfunctional system that is causing critical damage to our state and our ability to hope for a prosperous future. Attend this program and learn how informed citizens can mend the budget process.

The State of California needs an effective process for developing its annual budget and ensuring that there are sufficient revenues to meet the responsibilities of the state. This program will explore the obstacles and dysfunctional systems that are causing the current problems and explain initiatives in favor of positive change.

Please Attend!

Guest Speakers:

~ Lenny Goldberg, Executive Director, California Tax Reform Association, will speak on the budget crisis, corporate giveaways, and revenues to fix California.

Mr. Goldberg, who has advocated for responsible changes in California tax policy for more than twenty years, will explain the principle components of the current budget crises, how corporate giveaways got approved during the recent budget crisis, and possible sources of revenues to fix California. He will discuss current initative efforts to abolish corporate giveaways, which are costing the state billions of dollars per year with no documented benefit and no established end date.

~ Ellis Goldberg, Co-founder, Democracy in California and California Majority Rule Campaign, will explain a current initiative to reestablish majority rule in the budget process by requiring a simple majority rather than a 2/3 vote for budget and revenue measures in the legislature.

Mr. Goldberg is co-founder of the Committee for Democracy, a grassroots organization that is preparing the initiative for the November, 2011 ballot.

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Saturday, December 5, 2009
9 am - 10 am
Martha Goralka
223 West 4th Street
Antioch, CA 94509


Please RSVP to:

Linda Soliven
Phone: (925) 776-2342
Email: bonsaigirl43@att.net
Delta Area League Meeting -- League and Prospective Members Welcome.

We will discuss the pending legislation on water, the strategies for the January 23 Delta Water Plans Forum and make commitments to assist on Forum day.

We will review Forum contacts, where to post, and what we can do in the coming weeks to raise awareness regarding the Forum and it's issues.

We will need volunteers to greet, question-card collect & sort, plus provide refreshment coordination, membership tabling, signage placement, carpooling offers, and more.

What this legislation truly is about has many concerns. We need to inform our community members so that they can better understand the issues, make smart decisions, and take intelligent action.

Please come! Bagels, cream cheese, fruit, coffee and tea provided. Please RSVP so that we can ensure enough refreshments.

Sunday, December 13, 2009
12 noon - 2 pm
Dollar Club House
Rossmoor (Walnut Creek), CA 94595
Annual Holiday Party - Open to all League Members.

Please come! This is our chance to get to know one another better, ask questions, tell jokes, and have fun. Bring a dish to share - an appetizer, entree, salad, or dessert. The Board will supply the drinks. Guests are welcome, especially your spouses and friends.

In the spirit of the holidays, many members donate to Winter Nights Shelter, which is operated by the Interfaith Council of Contra Costa. Gwen Watson, the Executive Director, will tell us why this valuable program is worthy of our generosity.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009
 
  January VOTER Newsletter Deadline.
Saturday, January 9, 2010
9 am - 10 am
Martha Goralka
223 West 4th Street
Antioch, CA 94509


Please RSVP to:

Linda Soliven
Phone: (925) 776-2342
Email: bonsaigirl43@att.net
Delta Area Meeting -- for Old, New, Prospective Members.

We will continue our discussions re: the pending legislation on water, the strategies for the January 23 "Our Delta Water" Forum and make commitments to assist on Forum day.

We will review progress on Forum contacts, postings, and what we can do in the coming weeks to raise awareness regarding the Forum and it's issues.

We will need volunteers to greet, question-card collect & sort, plus provide refreshment coordination, membership tabling, signage placement, carpooling offers, and more.

What this legislation truly is about has many concerns. We need to inform our community members so that they can better understand the issues, make smart decisions, and take intelligent action.

Please come! Please RSVP so to ensure enough refreshments.

Monday, January 11, 2010
11 am or 12 Noon (see details)
11 am:
March from Embassy Suites (to State Capitol)
100 Capitol Mall
Sacramento, CA 95814


12 Noon:
North Steps of State Capitol
1301 10th Street
Sacramento, CA 95814


Contact Pat Snyder if you are interested in carpooling
925-962-0379 or Patsnydr@aol.com

Rally for SB 810 + California Universal Health Care Act.

January brings the resumption of legislative activity for this two year bill.

SB 810 (Leno) must be voted on by the Senate Appropriations Committee before January 22nd and by the full Senate by January 29th. We must make sure that all of our State Senators understand the importance of passing single payer health care in California.

SB 810 will provide high quality, affordable, guaranteed health care to all Californians, AND save the State billions of dollars in health care costs. At a time when growing State Budget deficits, and millions of Californians are without jobs and healthcare, we must take the important step of passing REAL health care for all. The League of Women Voters of California holds a strong support position on this legislation, and is one of the 23 members of the State Strategy group working for passage.

On Monday, January 11, join other supporters for a Rally in Sacramento sponsored by the California Health Professions Student Association (CaHPSA)

Monday, January 11, 2010
7 pm - 9 pm
LWVDV Office
500 St. Mary's Road #14
Lafayette, CA 94549
Board Meeting - League Members Only.
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
10 am - 12 noon
50 Scenic Drive
Orinda, CA 94563


Click on above address for a yahoo map.

Please RSVP to Joyce Kingery: 386-0067.
Lamorinda Area Meeting -- for Old, New, Prospective Members.

Learn what activities the LWV of Diablo Valley is planning for 2010, in conjunction with the elections and the many important initiatives.

Enjoy meeting your neighbors and sharing your interests and questions about your community.

Please come! Coffee/Tea/Pastries and Fruit will be served. Please RSVP to ensure enough refreshments.

Friday, January 15, 2010
 
  February VOTER Newsletter Deadline.
Saturday, January 23, 2010
10 am - 1 pm
Antioch Historical Society Hall
1500 W. 4th St.
Antioch, CA 94509


Click on address above for yahoo map.
"Our Delta Water" Forum -- Free and Open to All.

The Leagues of Women Voters of Diablo Valley and San Joaquin County present:

OUR DELTA WATER...HOW CAN WE:

1. restore the Delta and maintain a healthy ecology?
2. keep the Delta accessible for all to enjoy?
3. provide necessary water for farmers?
4. have quality water in the quantities we need?

Who will benefit? Who will pay? Why you need to be in on the decision making?

Controversy abounds over how to use this precious natural resource that suffers from present drought conditions.

As Voters, we need to be informed and direct our government agencies and legislators to work out solutions for ourselves and our future!

Come listen! Ultimately YOU the VOTER and TAXPAYER will direct decisions that will impact the quality of life of our Delta and economy of our state for the next century.

A moderated panel of experts will include:

~ Dr. Gregory Gartrell, Assistant Manager of the Contra Costa Water District.
~ Susanna Schlendorf, 15th Assembly District Director for Joan Buchanan
~ Kari Fisher, Counsel,the Farm Bureau
~ Karla Nemeth, Liaison, CA Natural Resources Agency and Bay-Delta Conservation Plan.
~ David Nesmith, Environmental Water Caucus, environment advocate.
~ Dr. Lawrence Kolb, former Assistant Director for the Water Quality Board (retired).
~ Mary N. Piepho, Contra Costa County Supervisor, District III

Come listen and ask questions. Beverages and a snack provided.

Saturday, January 30, 2010
9 am - 2 pm
Metro Center
101 Eighth Street
Oakland, CA 94607


Click on address above for yahoo map.

The price of this year's Bay Area League Day is 25 (15 without lunch) before January 21, or 30 (20 without lunch) after that. A light breakfast will be served to all who attend.

Please register:

1. online through January 21 via PayPal at http://www.lwvbayarea.org.

or

2. by mailing your check and completed registration form (included in your January VOTER issue).

For more details, call (510) 839-1608 or send an e-mail to editor@bayareamonitor.org.
Big Steps, Little Steps to Addressing Climate Change -- Open to All, $$.

The League of Women Voters of the Bay Area Presents:

Bay Area League Day 2010: Big Steps, Little Steps to Addressing Climate Change,

A program about reducing greenhouse gas emissions and confronting climate change.

Featuring keynote speaker Mary D. Nichols, Chair, California Air Resources Board

With additional experts in the morning session addressing:

Regional Transportation Requirements of Senate Bill 375
(Steve Heminger, Executive Director, Metropolitan Transportation Commission)

State Land Use and Smart Growth Policies
(Julia Lave Johnston, Deputy Director for Planning Policy, Governor's Office of Planning and Research)

Environmentalist Visions for the Bay Area in 2035
(Jeremy Madsen, Executive Director, Greenbelt Alliance)

Regional Air Quality Requirements of Senate Bill 375
(Speaker from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District)

State Housing Requirements of Senate Bill 375
(Cathy Creswell, Deputy Director of Housing Policy Development, California HCD)

And an afternoon session showcasing success stories of confronting climate change around the region:
~City of Berkeley (Tom Bates, Mayor)
~County of Sonoma (Rod Dole, Tax Auditor and Controller)
~City of San Jose (Laurel Prevetti, Planner, and Ashwini Kantak, Assistant to the City Manager)
~City of San Francisco (Calla Ostrander, Climate Change Coordinator)

Saturday, January 30, 2010
1 pm - 3 pm
3223 Crow Canyon Road #110
San Ramon, CA 94583


Click on address above for yahoo map.

Please RSVP to Gayle Jones Larson:

925-735-3734
gjlarson2468@gmail.com
San Ramon Area Meeting -- for Old, New, Prospective Members.

Learn about League activities and member resources.

Learn how to register voters the League way, one of the most important services the League provides.

Discuss what issues we feel are important in our communities.

Please come! Refreshments provided. Please RSVP.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010
6:30 pm - 8 pm
LWVDV Office
500 St Mary's Rd #14
Lafayette, CA 94549


RSVP to Ashley Coates:
president@lwvdv.org or 925-283-3638
Pizza and Program Planning -- for Old, New, Prospective Members.

Want to influence what LWVUS and LWVDV focus on in the next year? Attend this meeting!

Beverages and dessert provided. Optional pizza and salad for $5.00.

If you cannot attend, please email or call in your suggestions to:

~ Ashley Coates: president@lwvdv.org or 925-283-3638
~ Jan Howe: bobhinsram@sbcglobal.net or 925-837-8972

(Deadlines: Feb 8 for US suggestions and March 8 for Diablo Valley suggestions.)

We want to hear from you!

Sunday, February 21, 2010
2 pm - 4 pm
The new Lafayette Library
3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd.
Lafayette, CA 94549


Click on address above for yahoo map.
Plenty of underground parking.
Close to Lafayette Bart Station.
Women Pioneers in Contra Costa County - Free and Open to All.

Hear about the fascinating women pioneers in Contra Costa County: What risks did they take? How did they meet the challenges? Come learn from history. The following speakers shall cover:

~ Catherine Accardi: Women of Walnut Creek, including the Penniman family
~ Karen Terhune, Traci Parent: Women of the Black Diamond Mines area
~ Beverly Lane: Women of San Ramon Valley

These four speakers are contributors to Arcadia Publishing's 'Images of America' series and will have their books for sale after their talks.

Refreshments provided.

A docent tour of the new library/learning center will be given at the end of the program.

Sponsored by:

~ LWV of West Contra Costa County
~ Contra Costa County Interbranch Council of AAUW
~ Contra Costa Commission for Women

Thursday, March 18, 2010
7 pm - 9 pm
Lafayette Public Library
952 Moraga Rd.
Lafayette, CA 94549


Easy access to/from Lafayette Bart Station.

Click on address above for yahoo map.
Health Reform Updates and Alternatives -- Free and Open to All.

Our key speakers are:

~ Dr. Debbie LeVeen, health policy expert; Professor Emerita, San Francisco State University
~ Andrew Maguire Executive Director of Health Care for All - California (HCA - C).

Sponsored by LWV's West Contra Costa County team and:

~ California Alliance for Retired Americans (CARA): http://www.californiaalliance.org/

~ California Nurses Association (CNA): http://www.calnurses.org/

~ Contra Costa Chapter for Health Care for All - California (HCA - C): http://healthcareforall.org/index.php?option=com_sobi2&sobi2Task=sobi2Details&catid=2&sobi2Id=23&Itemid=157

~ Interfaith Council for Contra Costa County: http://www.interfaithcouncilofccc.net/index.htm

~ California School Employees Association (CSEA): http://pub.csea.com/cseaHome/AboutCSEA/tabid/73/Default.aspx

Saturday, March 20, 2010
1 pm - 3 pm
Pittsburg High School Theater
250 School St.
Pittsburg, CA 94565
Education Funding and the State Budget "Crisis" -- Free and Open to All.

Come and learn how community members can hold the state legislators accountable for the current crisis in Education.

Our DV League is presenting a follow-up event to its 2009 events on education funding issues and the ongoing budget crisis.

Speakers include our two LWVDV members:

~ Barbara Wilson, Superintendent of the Pittsburg School District
~ Nancy Vandell, Education Advocate, Legislation Team, California State PTA

Our moderator will be LWVDV Voter Editor, Anita Johnson, a local teacher herself.

These excellent speakers will be joined by a representative compliment of stakeholders as panelists for this important update.

Find out how how you can be effective in working to solve this problem. Please join us!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
California State University
East Bay's Concord Campus

For directions, click on:

http://www.concord.csueastbay.edu/map.html

Be sure to park in the staff/faculty parking lot.
California Politics: Fractured! -- Free and Open to the Public.

A Dialogue between Senator Mark DeSaulnier & Dr. David Baggins, head of the CSUEB Political Science Dept.

This event, crafted by the new partnership between LWVDV and CSUEB/ Scholar-OLLI, could be deemed a local version of the "Clash of the Titans."

The speakers, one an academic and the other an elected official, hold strong points of view on what needs to be done to get us back to effective government. Both have years of experience with the political world. Both thrive on spirited discourse. There are so many questions they can answer for us.

http://www.scholarolli.com
kathleen.bryant@csueastbay.edu

Thursday, May 13, 2010-Sunday, May 16, 2010
 
Holiday Inn Capitol Plaza
300 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
LWV of California Leadership Council 2010 & Workshops - (workshops open to members and non-members).

Find more information by visiting http://www.ca.lwv.org, or, click on this link:

http://ca.lwv.org/lwvc/aboutlwvc/council/2010/index.html

Friday, May 21, 2010
7 pm
Mt. Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church
55 Eckley Lane
Walnut Creek, CA 94549


http://www.mduuc.org

Click on address above for a yahoo map.
Campaign Finance Reform, Prop 15, and Fair Elections.

The League of Women Voters of Diablo Valley presents:

Senator Loni Hancock on "Campaign Finance Reform, Prop 15, and Fair Elections"

Additional information about other propositions on the June 8 ballot will be presented, including League and other organization's recommendations.

Please call our LWVDV office (925) 283-2235 for more information.

Saturday, May 22, 2010
10 am - 1 pm
Hillside Clubhouse, Rossmoor
Walnut Creek, CA 94595

Registration starts at 9:45 am
LWV of Diablo Valley Annual Meeting -- for Old, New, Prospective Members.

Please Come to our Annual Meeting!

Agenda:

9:45 am: Registration
10:00 am: Business meeting (we need you to make our quorum)
11:00 am: Speaker: Tomi Van de Brooke, a trustee of the Contra Costa Community College Governing Board and Chief of Staff for Supervisor Mary Piepho.
12:00 Lunch

More information will be mailed to every member.
If you do not receive the packet by May 5, please call our office (283-2235) to request one.

Saturday, May 29, 2010
10:30 am - 1 pm
Castro Valley Public Library
3600 Norbridge Avenue
Castro Valley, CA 94546
LWVBA (Bay Area) Convention.

LWVBA will adopt positions and priorities for 2010-2012, elect officers, hear reports from local League and hear a speaker from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.

To learn more about LWV of the Bay Area (LWVBA), go to http://www.lwvba.ca.lwvnet.org

Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Check with your Polling Place
Your Polling Place Election Day: VOTE WITH THE LEAGUE ON JUNE 8!.

To find out more about the League's positions, please read our May VOTER Newsletter posted at http://www.lwvdv.org.

Thursday, June 10, 2010
7 pm - 9 pm
LWVDV Office
500 St. Mary's Road #14
Lafayette, CA 94549
Board Meeting - League Members Only.
Friday, June 11, 2010-Tuesday, June 15, 2010
 
Marriott Atlanta Marquis LWVUS Convention.

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF THE UNITED STATES 49TH NATIONAL CONVENTION JUNE 11-15, 2010

MAKING DEMOCRACY WORK: A HISTORY OF CHANGE. A FUTURE OF HOPE.

The LWVUS invites all members to join fellow Leaguers from 50 states, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Hong Kong to celebrate 90 remarkable years of League achievements and chart the course for the next biennium of League programs.

All League members are invited to attend Convention, but Presidents of local, state and ILO Leagues appoint their allotted delegates. Non-voting members can be part of the excitement as the Convention delegate body debates and adopts the 2010-2012 National Program, the LWVUS Budget for the next fiscal year, and amendments to the LWVUS Bylaws. Delegates will also be choosing the LWVUS Board officers, directors and nominating committee for the next biennium.

Convention 2010 site, the Marriott Atlanta Marquis, is located in the downtown area known as Atlanta's heartbeat. It's where you can experience the world's largest aquarium, relax in Centennial Olympic Park, tour CNN Worldwide , and enjoy myriad dining, cultural and shopping experiences. Nearby are the President Jimmy Carter Library and Museum and the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site and Visitors Center. For detailed information on this fabulous metropolis, visit the website http://www.Atlanta.net and click on 50 Things to do in Atlanta. Do plan to arrive early or stay a few extra days to explore the many attractions the Atlanta area has to offer. The Marriott Atlanta Marquis recently completed a $120 million renovation including a new Ballroom and meeting rooms on the Atrium level which will accommodate all of the LWVUS Convention events. Guests enter the hotel and a soaring 50 story atrium, and can check-in at the front desk or at a self-serve interactive kiosk which produces your room key with a swipe of a credit card. Hotel restaurants include a Starbucks Café, SEAR for breakfast, lunch and dinner and the M-Shop Deli. The hotel has an indoor/outdoor pool and a Health Club and Spa. A 2 minute walk on a indoor covered pathway leads to Peachtree Center, with over 60 restaurants and shops. For more information please call 404-521-0000 or visit http://www.Atlantamarquis.com

Monday, June 14, 2010
7 pm - 9 pm
LWVDV Office
500 St. Mary's Road #14
Lafayette, CA 94549


Click on above address for yahoo map.
Board Meeting - League Members Only.
Saturday, July 10, 2010
9 am - 1 pm
Brandman University (Once Chapman University)
2950 Buskirk Ave, Suite 200 (2nd Floor)
Walnut Creek, CA 94597


Click on above address for yahoo map.

RSVP: Jan Howe, President- in- rotation for June + July 2010
(925) 837-8972, bobhinsram@sbcglobal.net
Diablo Valley League 2010 Annual Retreat-- Open to All LWVDV Members.

Expected Attendees: New and outgoing Board, item chairs, and area reps

Self-provided brown bag lunch

Monday, August 9, 2010
7 pm - 9 pm
500 St. Mary's Road #14
Lafayette, CA 94549
Board Meeting - League Members Only.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010-Thursday, August 26, 2010
 
To sign up, either call the LWVDV office at 283-2235 or send an email to joyce.kingery@gmail.com. Televised Candidate Roundtables - Volunteer Opportunities.

Do you like to interact with the candidates for local office behind and before the cameras? We have just that opportunity for both new and experienced members of the Diablo Valley League.

To sign up, either call the LWVDV office at 283-2235 or send an email to joyce.kingery@gmail.com. Either the office staff or Joyce will contact you with details of the opportunities available, such as timers and helpers in the studio on the day of filming. Once we have the schedule, it is fun to sign-up for a time when your local city council or school board will be taping.

Televised candidate roundtables are among the most effective ways to provide citizens with the information they need to be well-informed voters. Co-sponsors include the Diablo Valley League, Contra Costa Times, CCTV, Contra Costa Council and Scholar-Olli. We have submitted an application to the Lesher Foundation. We are hoping they will support this effort as they have done in the past.

These programs will be broadcast throughout the month of October as well as being available on the web. You will enjoy helping to produce these programs and be proud to watch the broadcasts which reach 350,000 homes in Contra Costa County.

Thursday, August 26, 2010
7 pm
Lafayette Library
3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd.
Lafayette, CA 94549
Movie: "One Woman, One Vote", in Honor of Women's Equality Day -- Free and Open to All.

The LWV of DV presents:

"One Woman, One Vote"

An outstanding documentary film on the struggle for women's right to vote. Celebrating the 90th Anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment!

In honor of Women's Equality Day

This excellent film includes original photographs and film footage of the 70 year struggle for women's suffrage. We have deep gratitude for the women and men who made our right to vote possible. The National American Woman Suffrage Association became the League of Women Voters after the passage of the Amendment.

The XIX Amendment states the following:

The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

To view the official flyer for this event, please click on this link: http://i948.photobucket.com/albums/ad323/lwvdv/OneWomanOneVoteFlyer-Lafayette.jpg

Saturday, August 28, 2010
9:30 am - 2:30 pm
San Leandro Library
300 Estudillo Avenue
San Leandro, CA 94577


Register online. See description for details. Or, go to http://www.lwvc.org/lwvonly.
LWVC Regional Workshops in San Leandro - Open to All Members.

Regional Workshops

An upcoming day of workshops provides many opportunities for curious, active members. Participants have choices of topics:

Advocacy - When, Where & How Does League Do It, using local and state examples
Redistricting - What League members can do to assure that the new process works
Technology - a short presentation about http://www.CAvotes.org and plans for revamping the Members Only Website

Political, Yes; Partisan, NO! Walking the Fine Line

The registration fee is $25 which includes lunch and $15 if people want to bring their own lunch. There will be more information online shortly, and people will be able to register there or send a check to the Eden Area League, using a flyer they can print out. Go to http://www.lwvc.org/lwvonly for more information.

Sunday, August 29, 2010
4 pm - 6 pm
Steeltown Coffee & Tea
695 Railroad Ave.
Pittsburg, CA 94565


(Inside Mechanics Bank. This new, independent, beautiful cafe offers coffee, tea and pastries.)

For questions or suggestions, please contact Ana Spinola at aspinola@sbcglobal.net, 925-768-0177 or Linda Soliven at bonsaigirl43@att.net, 925-776-2342
Movie: "One Woman, One Vote", in Honor of Women's Equality Day -- Free and Open to All.

The LWV of DV presents:

"One Woman, One Vote"

An outstanding documentary film on the struggle for women's right to vote. Celebrating the 90th Anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment!

In honor of Women's Equality Day

This excellent film includes original photographs and film footage of the 70 year struggle for women's suffrage. We have deep gratitude for the women and men who made our right to vote possible. The National American Woman Suffrage Association became the League of Women Voters after the passage of the Amendment.

The XIX Amendment states the following:

The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

Come grab a cup of coffee or tea and join us!

To view the official flyer for this event, please click on this link: http://i948.photobucket.com/albums/ad323/lwvdv/WomensEqualityDayFlyer20100829.jpg

Saturday, September 11, 2010
9 am - 11 am
LWVDV Office
500 St. Mary's Rd.
Lafayette, CA 94549



Kay James:
kay.james@comcast.net
925-376-0727
Training Workshop for Pros and Cons -- All Members Welcome.

We are anticipating a great number of requests to our League for Pros and Cons presentations, so we will need lots of volunteers for this important voter service that we offer to our local communities.

The California State League anticipates getting out the Pros and Cons information sheets and the In Depth studies for the ballot initiatives on the November, 2010 election by Monday, September 6. Therefore, Kay James would like to hold a training session for all those interested in doing pros and cons presentations on Saturday, September 11, 2010 from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00, at the LWVDV office ("boardroom"), 500 St Mary's Rd, Lafayette.

In the event that the state League, for some reason, cannot get the information out on time, Kay will change the date of the training session to the following Saturday, September 18. However, I would notify everyone planning to attend the workshop if that should happen. Please let me know as soon as possible if you plan to be a presenter, or if you think you might be interested:

Kay James. kay.james@comcast.net or (925) 376-0727.

Monday, September 13, 2010
7 pm - 9 pm
Lafayette Community Center
500 St. Mary's Road #14
Lafayette, CA 94549


Office Phone: 925-283-2235
Board Meeting - League Members Only, All Members are Welcome!.
Friday, September 17, 2010
11 am (2 pm ET)
A webinar is a seminar
delivered via the web

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.
See description.
National Webinar*: Voter Service Best Practices, and Building the League -- Open to All Members!.

Nonpartisan, balanced and proud of it! If you are interested in learning or participating in a refresher which will share best practices in Voter Service work done with respect to League principles, please join us. If you also want ideas on how to run successful voter service events while building the League, this webinar will help you maximize these opportunities to grow the League as you help your community.

Please register for this session at http://lwv.na4.acrobat.com/e27453417/event/registration.html

  • *a webinar is a seminar delivered via the web. You can listen/view it using your web browser. When you register you will get instructions.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
 
Co-Sponsorship CANCELLED Scholar-Olli Event Co-Sponsorship CANCELLED.

Please note:

The LWVDV has withdrawn co-sponsorship of the Scholar-Olli event on Sept 21 because one of the speakers is running for office. Our nonpartisan policy of never supporting or opposing parties or candidates means we avoid sponsoring meetings that do not invite all candidates for a particular race.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010
7 pm
Las Trampas Room
Hillside Club House
Rossmoor, Walnut Creek, CA

(Use entrance at Tice Valley
Blvd. and Rossmoor Parkway)
Health Care Reform 2010 -- Free Event, All are Welcome, Wheelchair Accessible.

Health Care Reform 2010: What's In the Federal Bill for Seniors, Women, Others?

Herb Schultz, Regional Director, U.S. Dept. Health and Human Services

Ellen Shaffer, Executive Director, Center for Policy Analysis

A lively presentation of the significant benefits and changes in the new bill with accurate, up to date information by health care policy experts.

How is the state of California implementing and improving the bill? What changes will we see this year, and in the next 5 years? Join us to find out!

Saturday, September 25, 2010
9:30 am - 2:30 pm
Sacramento

Register online.
See description.
LWVC Regional Workshops in Sacramento - Open to All Members.

Regional Workshops

An upcoming day of workshops provides many opportunities for curious, active members. Participants have choices of topics:

Advocacy - When, Where & How Does League Do It, using local and state examples
Redistricting - What League members can do to assure that the new process works
Technology - a short presentation about http://www.CAvotes.org and plans for revamping the Members Only Website

Political, Yes; Partisan, NO! Walking the Fine Line

The registration fee is $25 which includes lunch and $15 if people want to bring their own lunch. There will be more information online shortly, and people will be able to register there or send a check to the Eden Area League, using a flyer they can print out. Go to http://www.lwvc.org/lwvonly for more information.

Saturday, October 2, 2010
8:30 am - Noon
Delta College
Stockton, CA
PAYING FOR WATER: Who pays? How much? Why?.

Sponsored by the San Joaquin County League. Our Diablo Valley League may be co-sponsoring (in discussion).

If you are interested in helping, attending, and possibly carpooling, please check back for more details! More information to come!

Monday, October 11, 2010
7 pm - 9 pm
500 St. Mary's Road #14
Lafayette, CA 94549
Board Meeting - League Members Only.
Monday, October 18, 2010
5 pm - 11 pm
Local Safeway Stores
and Other Locations

Questions or suggestions?
Call Lee Lawrence:
925-878-1162
Last Chance Voter Registration - Please Volunteer!.

LAST CHANCE VOTER REGISTRATION:

Monday, October 18 is the last day to register to vote before the November 2, 2010 election. We will be staffing voter registration tables at local Safeways and other locations from 5 pm to 11 pm. Please save time that evening to participate.

At least two League members will be at every table during the hours covered. We will try to partner new members with experienced League members.

We will also have an "early bird" table at the Lafayette Safeway from 5 am to 10 am.

Please save the date in your calendars. We will be calling you this month to see what times would work best for you, and we will try to post you in your own region.

This is an important event for all League members, usually with significant publicity for our League and the great work we do. In 2008 we were able to register over 800 voters that final day.

If you have questions or suggestions, please contact Lee Lawrence at 925-878-1162.

Other information and links:

Please visit our website's 'Voting, Next Election' page for more information on how / where to vote.

Please visit our website's 'November Ballot Recommendations' page to read up on the League's positions (from LWVC) and to help you decide on how you wish to vote.

Monday, November 1, 2010
 
THANK YOU for helping
your local League!
Deadline to Renew SAFEWAY eScrip -- Free to All! Please Renew or Sign Up!.

SAFEWAY eScrip: Renew by November 1 (or sign up)!

Earn money for LWVDV at no extra cost to you when you shop at Safeway and use your Safeway Club Card.

To Renew:
Go to http://www.eScrip.com
Click on "YES RENEW"!
Enter either your phone
number, email, or Club Card #

To Sign up:
Go to http://www.eScrip.com
Click on "1-Sign Up"
Enter your Club Card #

THANK YOU! We appreciate your participation in this easy-to-use program to help our League!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010
 
By absentee ballot, or,
go to your polling place.
November 2, 2010 General Election.

Vote with the League on November 2!

Saturday, November 13, 2010
9 am - 1 pm
Brandman University
Walnut Creek Campus
2950 Buskirk Ave, Suite 200
Walnut Creek, CA 94597


Click on the above link for a yahoo map.
LWVDV Planning Meeting -- All Board and Off-Board Members Welcome.

Now that the election is over, we can focus on activities related to the other part of our mission:

getting involved in our communities' governance.

We want to plan activities that help our members become involved citizens, around issues of interest, or general "good government".

Questions? Want to carpool? call Joyce Kingery + President in Rotation 386-0067

Sunday, December 12, 2010
Noon - 2 pm
Dollar Clubhouse in Rossmoor
Rossmoor (Walnut Creek), CA 94595

Questions?
Call Barb Owens: 925-945-6172
Annual Holiday Party -- Open to All Members and Guests.

Announcing Our Annual Holiday Party!
This gives members a chance to congratulate ourselves on past achievements, get to know our fellow members better, and enjoy excellent home cooking in a beautiful festive setting. Please bring a dish to share - appetizer, entree, salad, or dessert. Guests welcome.

Saturday, January 8, 2011
9 am - 1 pm
Brandman University
Walnut Creek Campus
2950 Buskirk Ave. Suite 208
Walnut Creek, CA
Program Meeting -- All Members are Encouraged to Attend!.

THE LWVDV is YOU

What Should We Do Next?

Planning Meeting

What prompted you to join LWVDV? Have you had a chance to participate in any activities? What kind of meetings would you like? A book club? More activities in local area?

Please come and share your ideas!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011
7 pm - 8:30 pm
Cal State East Bay
Concord Campus,
Oak Room
4700 Ygnacio Valley Rd.
Concord, CA 94521


For directions, click on:
http://www.concord.
csueastbay.edu/map.html

for directions and a
campus map.
"Health Care Reform + PPACA 2010 (Affordable Care Act) and Medicare: What's new? What did you Lose? What did you Gain?.

Speakers:

~ Herb Schultz, Region 9 + Director Western USA + Medicare/CMS, formerly health policy consultant to the Schwartzneggar administration
~ Dr. Debbie Leveen, health policy expert formerly w/ San Francisco State University

Moderator:

~ Dr. Lee Lawrence, Communications Director for the League of Women Voters Diablo Valley

Learn what every health care consumer should know about health reform and its effects on Medicare, Medicaid, mandated insurance coverage, etc. Ask those pressing questions about how the presidential special commission on the deficit chaired by Alan Simpson and Ernst Bowles will affect health care access in the US for decades to come. Don't allow new health care options to baffle you and those you care about.

If you have no idea what your insurance premiums for Part A, B, or D will be as the Medicare/Medicaid rules shift and reform measures roll-out, you need to be there. If you don't have health coverage or a job with health benefits, have chronic conditions or depend children, parents, or grandparents, can't afford COBRA premiums -- you need to attend this important presentation and get your questions answered.

CSUEB Scholar-Olli and the League of Women Voters Diablo Valley are here to educate you on the future of health care in America.

Saturday, January 29, 2011
9 am - 2pm
MetroCenter
101 8th St.
Oakland, CA 94601


Click on link above
for yahoo map.

See Details to right
regarding registration
and fees.
Bay Area League Day 2011 - "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Taking it to the Next Level".

Presented by the League of Women Voters of the Bay Area

Featuring keynote speaker Dan Reicher, Director of Energy and Climate Initiatives at Google

And three panel discussions addressing:

What Government Is Doing

California Energy Commission Programming Arthur H. Rosenfeld, Former California Energy Commissioner

Port Sustainability (Deconstruction, Cold Ironing, and Asphalt Reuse) Richard Sinkoff, Manager of Environmental Planning, Port of Oakland

Municipal Waste Reduction Programming John Stufflebean, Environmental Services Department Director, City of San Jose

What Science Is Doing

Water Recycling Lori Steere, Water Recycling Program, East Bay Municipal Utilities District

Hydrogen and Other Alternative Fuels for Transit Jaimie Levin, Director of Alternative Fuels Policy, AC Transit

Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Bay Area Air Quality Management District

What We Can Do

Community Service, Recycling, and Secondary School Students Nate Ivy, Service Learning Waste Reduction Program of Alameda County

Analyzing and Upgrading Home Energy Use Karen Kho, StopWaste.Org (Waste Management and Source Reduction/Recycling for Alameda County)

The price of this year's Bay Area League Day is $30 ($20 without lunch) in advance or $35 ($25 without lunch) at the door.

A light breakfast will be served to all who attend. To register, please either:

a) print and complete the registration form, as directed (from the January 2011 VOTER Newsletter on on our lwvdv.org web site, page 3)

or: b)register online through January 24 via PayPal at http://www.lwvbayarea.org.

For more details, call (510)839-1608 or send an email to editor@bayareamonitor.org.

Saturday, February 5, 2011
9 am - 11:30 am
LWV of Diablo Valley Office
500 St. Mary's Road
Lafayette, CA 94549


Click on link above
for yahoo map.

Refreshments Provided.
Please RSVP to 925-283-2235
Our Annual Program Planning/Position Review Meeting -- LWVDV is YOU.

Longtime Leaguers have participated in this process in the past and will reflect on present League positions which need updating or revision. You can tell LWVDV, LWVC, and LWVUS if these are outdated or incomplete. This is also a chance for new members (or non-voting prospective members) to learn about League process and to bring fresh ideas or hot topics for examination. All of us can work toward re-focusing on areas we have missed, highlighting areas that are emerging, and selecting the ones we need to study for the future relevance (and vitality) of the League. You need to be there. We can't meet our mission to promote informed voters without it.

We are consulted on pending legislation, ballot initiatives, etc. We are respected for the positions we have developed over years of study and the program planning concensus process. This is not just the task of your League Board or the activists. We don't function top down. League is grassroots. It is community + locally and across the state.

Products of the Program Planning process form templates against which laws or initiatives can be measured. If we don't have a local, state, or national position, we can't gauge pending legislation. League can't take a position on a measure without a complete process of study, discussion, and concensus. League is voiceless on bills if it crafted no position for a guideline, it didn't study the issue, or it can't reach concensus to support or oppose it. No participation, no work, no product. You lose and the League loses.

Call 283-2235 so we can know how many will attend.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011
2 pm - 3 pm
Cal State East Bay
Concord Campus,
Oak Room
4700 Ygnacio Valley Rd.
Concord, CA 94521


Free for League and Schollar-Olli Members
$5 for non-members

Please register (see details at
right)

For directions, click on:
http://www.concord.
csueastbay.edu/map.html

for directions and a
campus map.
Immigration Reform: Can We Ever Get It Right?.

Presented by the League of Women Voters Diablo Valley and CSUEB Scholar-Olli.

Professor Richard Boswell, Immigration Law Expert
UC Hastings School of Law, San Francisco

Are we stuck in a time warp? Immigration reform keeps coming up, but nothing new comes of it. Voters and individual states are frustrated. Federal laws trump all others. Or do they? We talk. Spend money on enforcement or walls on parts of the border. We talk. We consider the Dream Act for a while. It doesn't pass. We talk. We point fingers at each other, study the history of immigration, argue on TV and in the print media. And we talk some more. When are we going to do something about immigration reform besides talk about it?

What can we do? Who will help? How will they help? What are your ideas on this? Should we go anywhere with it? How long will it take? How much will it cost? Who has answers?

Answers to these questions and more will be fielded by Professor Boswell. Join us!

Open to the public. Free to League and Scholar-Olli members. $5 non-members.

Register at http://www.scholarolli.com. Contact 925-602-6776 Kathleen Bryant, Program Director

Tuesday, February 22, 2011
1pm - 2pm
LWVDV Office
500 St. Mary's Road #14
Lafayette, CA 94549
Nominating Committee Meeting - League Members Only.
Thursday, March 3, 2011
10 am - 10:45 am
Webinar (online training)

To register, copy this
entire link and paste
to your web browser:

https://www1.gotomeeting.com/
register/158347089
Redistricting California -- Train and Join the LWV Observer Corps and Media Watch.

Never been an observer for the League? Learn about the League Observer Corps and our exciting Media Watch project during a 45-minute training webinar on March 3, 2011 at 10:00 a.m.

OBSERVE and REPORT on the activities of California's first Citizens Redistricting Commission. Or, set up a local observer corps and media watch to observe your local redistricting meetings.

  • The commission will hold meetings over the next 7 months all around the state
  • Observe meetings in person or streamed live on the internet
  • The LWVC redistricting team will help you get started. Learn what the observers do and how to submit reports online. Information about joining the webinar will be sent in your registration confirmation.

WATCH and REPORT on what the media is covering and what they are not! Find out easy ways to keep track of what the media is reporting and where.
  • Is there information in your local media?
  • Are they following state proceedings?
  • Have they announced local plans for redistricting?
  • Are they covering the state redistricting commission? The League presenters will tell you where and how to keep up with the latest schedules and information about state redistricting on http://www.cavotes.org. For more information, contact redistricting@lwvc.org.
Saturday, March 12, 2011
11am - 3pm
Crow Canyon Country Club
711 Silver Lake Drive
Danville, CA 94526


Click on the above link
for a yahoo map.

Registration required
(see description -->).
Remember the Ladies! -- A Historical Drama on CA Womens' Right to Vote (LWVDV and AAUW members only).

The Danville-Alamo AAUW (American Association of University Women) cordially invites LWVDV members to attend:

Remember the Ladies!

The battle cry of California's suffragists will be heard again when members of the Museum of San Ramon Valley re-enact women achieving the right to vote in California 100 years ago. The local 45-minute historical drama will be held during AAUW's general membership luncheon meeting, and LWVDV members are invited to attend.

Registration and social hour begin at 11 am. Meeting and luncheon start at noon followed at 1:30 with the "Remember the Ladies" performance. Cost of luncheon is $26 in advance ($30 after March 4 deadline).

Meal includes choice of entrees: Sunburst Chicken Salad or Chicken and Prawn Chinese Salad, iced tea, coffee, rolls, and dessert.

Show your colors! Attendees are invited to wear red, white, and blue.

To reserve, send a check for $26 ($30 after March 4 deadline). made payable to Danville-Alamo AAUW, 606 Bridgewater Cir, Danville CA 94526.

Designate preferred salad entree. For questions, contact Karen at 891-4632 or Pat at 831-8518.

To carpool with other LWVDV members, call the LWVDV office. Leave your name, phone number, city, and say that you want to carpool to the AAUW meeting on March 12. Indicate whether you are willing to drive or need a ride.

Monday, March 14, 2011
7 pm - 9 pm
LWVDV Office
500 St. Mary's Road #14
Lafayette, CA 94549
Board Meeting - League Members Only.
Monday, March 21, 2011
11am - 12 Noon
LWVDV Office
500 St. Mary's Road #14
Lafayette, CA 94549
Action Committee Meeting - League Members Only.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
10 am - 12 noon
The Elderberry Room
Lafayette Community Center
500 St. Mary's Road
Lafayette, CA 94549


(Just the opposite side of
the building from the
League office)

Click on the above link
for a yahoo map.
Advocacy And Action --an Overview of League Advocacy Activities -- Free and All are Welcome.

Where does the League Stand on key issues, such as education, campaign finance, immigration, health reform, criminal justice, housing, transportation, voting rights, death penalty, gun control, water, children and families, our social safety net, and revenues? How can you get involved in forming League positions and in effective advocacy with our elected officials? Who are our Item Chairs and how can you work with them? What is on the docket for legislation in California and nationally this year?

Call the League for more information or if you need a ride: 925-283-2235.

Please bring a friend who might like to get to know the League. This will be a very good overview of League's advocacy activities.

If you are unable to attend and still wish to support our advocacy and action efforts, visit our new 'Donate Online' website page.

Thursday, March 24, 2011
6 pm - 8 pm
Los Medanos Community College, Pittsburg
Community Room, Library
2700 East Leland Road
Pittsburg, CA 94509
FREE State Budget Workshop at Los Medanos Community College.

Assemblymember Susan A. Bonilla cordially invites you to attend an Interactive Budget Workshop (Take the Next 10* California Budget Challenge).

To RSVP or for additional information, please call (925) 521-1511, or, visit Asm. Susan Bonilla's web page at

http://asmdc.org/members/a11/district-events/item/2621-how-would-you-balance-the-state-budget

  • Next 10 is an independent, non-partisan organization that educates, engages and empowers Californians to improve the state's future.
Monday, April 11, 2011
11:30 am - 1 pm
EBMUD Conference Room
375 Eleventh St.
Oakland, CA 94607


(near 12th St. Bart Station)
LWVUS and LWVC on Climate Change.

Climate Change - views from both National and State LWVs.

Guest speakers: Sarah Diefendorf and Linda Craig

Monday, April 11, 2011
7 pm - 9 pm
LWVDV Office
500 St. Mary's Road #14
Lafayette, CA 94549
Board Meeting - League Members Only.
Saturday, April 16, 2011
 
  Water Myths & Misconseptions Survey is Due!.

Please be sure to fill out and return the Water Myths & Misconseptions Survey no later than April 16!

For more information, please refer to:

a) The April 2011 Voter newsletter, page 4

or
b) the website

Saturday, May 7, 2011
9 am - 12 Noon
Concord Senior Center
2727 Parkside Circle
Concord, CA 94519


Click on the above
link for a yahoo map.

To register, see the
description, last
paragraph.
Initial Vision Scenario of the Bay Area -- Free and All are Welcome.

COME REVIEW OUR FUTURE COMMUNITIES. PLAN BAY AREA. HELP BUILD THE FUTURE. PLEASE COME! IT IS OUR TURN TO SEE AND BE HEARD!

GET USED TO IT - HIGHER DENSITIES, MORE TRANSIT SERVICES, CONVENIENT VILLAGE ATMOSPHERE, WALKING TO SHOPS, CAFES, TRAINS, BICYCLING TO SCHOOLS, STORES, WORK

QUESTIONS:
1. Does the growth distribution work for our county and jurisdictions? If not, where should our growth go?
2. What resources do we need in our county and cities to support growth?
3. How might regional transportation dollars aid jurisdictions to take on growth and/or preserve open space and agricultural lands?

To help residents understand some of the challenges and trade-offs in selecting housing and transportation solutions, visit the online tool at http://www.youchoosebayarea.org

To register, go to http://www.onebayarea.org/workshops and click on the word 'register' under the date and location you wish to attend (there are more than one). Or, call 510-817-5831.

Saturday, May 7, 2011
10 - 11:30 am
Bella Vista Ave. and
Inglewood St.
Bay Point, CA 94565
Habitat for Humanity Tour: El Rincon at Bay Point.

This is the first of three events planned for Affordable Housing Week in May.

Sponsored by Habitat for Humanity East Bay.

For more information, call 510-251-6304, or email dsmolker@habitateb.org.

For other Affordable Housing Week events, go to http://www.ebho.org.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011
7 - 9 pm
Antioch Church Family
55 East 18th St.
Antioch, CA 94509


Click on the above
link for a yahoo map.
Affordable Housing Week: "Learn How to Hold Banks Accountable".

This is the second of three events planned for Affordable Housing Week in May.

Sponsored by CC Interfaith Supporting Community Organizations (CCISCO).

For more information, call 925-313-0206, or email adam@ccisco.org

For other Affordable Housing Week events, go to http://www.ebho.org.

Thursday, May 12, 2011
5:30 - 7:30 pm
Centre Concord
5298 Clayton Rd.
Concord, CA 94521


Click on the above
link for a yahoo map.
Take a "Virtual Tour" of Affordable Homes.

This is the last of three events planned for Affordable Housing Week in May.

Sponsored by East Bay Housing Organizations and Pyatok Architects.

For more information, call 510-663-3830, or email Gloria@EBHO.org

For other Affordable Housing Week events, go to http://www.ebho.org.

Friday, May 13, 2011-Sunday, May 15, 2011
 
Ventura Beach, CA LWVCA Convention.

The League of Women Voters of California Convention occurs every two years, offering fun events, top-notch guest speakers, instructive workshops, caucus discussions of hot topics, exciting items for sale in the marketplace, and networking opportunities for everyone. Convention allows you to see how our hands-on work leads to real change in our organization, and in our state.

This year the convention is in Ventura (on the beach!)

Optional pre-convention events are on Thursday, May 12 and convention activities held from Friday, May 13 through Sunday, May 15, 2011.

As our delegate you will indicate the issues on which you believe the state League and all local and regional Leagues in California should focus their time, talent, money, and reputation for the next two years. In addition to voting on state issues for emphasis and studies, you also will pass the budget, elect the board, pass resolutions, and give advice to the board.

If you would like to know more about being a delegate, contact Ashley Coates, 283-3638 ashleyaoc@comcast.net, by April 20.

Saturday, May 21, 2011
8:45 am - 12 noon
Creekside Clubhouse
Rossmoor
Walnut Creek, CA

Cost: 3.00 meeting only

or 12.50 with breakfast
LWVDV Annual Meeting.

  • 8:45 am.....Registration
  • 9 am.........Breakfast
  • 9:30 am.....Business Meeting: Vote on budget, officers, next year's plan
  • 10.45 am....Program (see below)

Please plan to attend, and help us meet our quorum!

Cost: $3.00 meeting only, or $12.50 with breakfast

Annual Meeting Program:

Redistricting: the League Makes History

How should the different district lines in Central and East Contra Costa County be redrawn? What would you do if you were on the Commission?

Speaker(s) will be Suzanne Stassevitch from the Board of the League of Women Voters of California, who will speak on "Redistricting: the League Helps Make History." She led the League's initiative for a Citizens Redistricting Commission which is currently redrawing the assembly, state senate, and congressional districts in California. Also invited is Michelle Romero, Redistricting Fellow at the Greenlining Institute, a non profit with a grant from the James Irvine Foundation to monitor Voting Rights Act compliance and engage minority communities in the redistricting process.

Annual Meeting Kits have been mailed to every member. Please send in the form and your check to RSVP. If you didn't receive your kit, call Ashley Coates 283-2235. If you need a ride, call the office 283-2235.

Monday, May 23, 2011
 
  Last Chance Voter Registration for the June 7 Special Election!.

May 23 is the last day to register to VOTE for the June 7 Special Election! Be sure to do this if you are not registered or have moved, and be sure to remind your friends and family!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011
 
  June 7 Special Election (applies to certain cities and local measures).

Parts of Contra Costa County shall conduct a Special Election on Tuesday June 7. For more information about which cities and local measures are involved in this election, please go to:

The County Elections Site: www.cocovote.us
Our SmartVoter Site: http://www.smartvoter.org

Reminder: May 23 is the last day to register to VOTE! Be sure to do this if you are not registered or have moved, and be sure to remind your friends and family!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011
4 pm - 6 pm
Cal State East Bay
Concord Campus,
Oak Room
4700 Ygnacio Valley Rd.
Concord, CA 94521


For directions, click on:
http://www.concord.
csueastbay.edu/map.html
California Water Issues -- Continued Study (Open to the Public).

WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE, BUT WHO GETS THAT DROP TO DRINK?

The League of Women Voters Diablo Valley again partners with Cal State University East Bay to add to your information on California water issues.

Dr. Michael Lee of their Hayward campus faculty for Geography and Environmental Studies will present the first in a series of courses, dialogues, and panels on California liquid gold -- water.

Please join us! This presentation is open to the public. Its intent is to strengthen the knowledge of voters, concerned residents, and others who need more data on California water issues.

About Dr. Michael Lee

Dr. Lee is expert in consulting on water resource efforts around the world. He helps prepare CSUEB graduates for employment in the areas of urban, open space, transportation, or recreational planning, environmental impact assessment, and habitat restoration. The CSUEB program offers undergrads and masters candidates the interdisciplinary tools they will need to help local government, states, or countries plan their water resources to serve their populations. Dr. Lee recently finished seven years with Study Abroad as the CSUE representative to and former Chair for the Cal State University Academic council on International Programs.

Saturday, June 18, 2011
9:30 am
Antioch Library
501 West 18th Street
Antioch, CA 94509


Click on above link for a yahoo map.

For the official flyer, click on the link near the top center of this page.
Redistricting in Contra Costa County Meeting in Antioch -- Free and Open to All.

As a result of the 2010 census and law requirements our supervisor, assembly, senate, and congressional districts must be redrawn so the districts at each level have approximately equal population. Initial maps for each level are now available for public comment and input. Come to the following meeting sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Diablo Valley to:

~ See the maps drawn by the state Citizens Redistricting Commission and by the Board of Supervisors for Contra Costa County.

~ Learn what criteria they have used to draw these initial maps.

~ Learn how you can provide public input into the process. Where do you think the lines should be drawn?

~ How can you let the Redistricting Commission and the Board of Supervisors know your views?

~ Learn the timeline for public hearings and the issuing of final maps.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011
2 pm - 3 pm
Hampton Inn & Suites
1201 California Avenue
Pittsburg, CA 94565


Click on the above for a yahoo map.

For the official flyer, click on the link near the top center of this page.

RSVP w/ Pittsburg Chamber of Commerce: 925-432-7301
Highway 4 Meeting: Updates on Widening -- Free and Open to All.

The Pittsburg Chamber of Commerce invites all to attend a public meeting to update us on the Highway 4 widening project.

Speakers:

Joe Sbranti: Pittsburg City Manager CalTrans Representative Ebart Representative

Please RSVP to the Pittsburg Chamber Office: 925-432-7301.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011
7 pm
Lafayette Community Center
Sequoia Room
500 St. Mary's Road
Lafayette, CA 94549


Click on above link for a yahoo map.

For the official flyer, click on the link near the top center of this page.
Redistricting in Contra Costa County Meeting in Lafayette -- Free and Open to All.

As a result of the 2010 census and law requirements our supervisor, assembly, senate, and congressional districts must be redrawn so the districts at each level have approximately equal population. Initial maps for each level are now available for public comment and input. Come to the following meeting sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Diablo Valley to:

~ See the maps drawn by the state Citizens Redistricting Commission and by the Board of Supervisors for Contra Costa County.

~ Learn what criteria they have used to draw these initial maps.

~ Learn how you can provide public input into the process. Where do you think the lines should be drawn?

~ How can you let the Redistricting Commission and the Board of Supervisors know your views?

~ Learn the timeline for public hearings and the issuing of final maps.

Thursday, June 23, 2011
7 pm
Concord Public Library
2900 Salvio Street
Concord, CA 94519


Click on above link for a yahoo map.

For the official flyer, click on the link near the top center of this page.
Redistricting in Contra Costa County Meeting in Concord -- Free and Open to All.

As a result of the 2010 census and law requirements our supervisor, assembly, senate, and congressional districts must be redrawn so the districts at each level have approximately equal population. Initial maps for each level are now available for public comment and input. Come to the following meeting sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Diablo Valley to:

~ See the maps drawn by the state Citizens Redistricting Commission and by the Board of Supervisors for Contra Costa County.

~ Learn what criteria they have used to draw these initial maps.

~ Learn how you can provide public input into the process. Where do you think the lines should be drawn?

~ How can you let the Redistricting Commission and the Board of Supervisors know your views?

~ Learn the timeline for public hearings and the issuing of final maps.

Thursday, June 30, 2011
12 Noon
Pittsburg Senior Center
300 Presidio Lane
Pittsburg, CA 94565


Click on above link for a yahoo map.

For the official flyer, click on the link near the top center of this page.
Redistricting in Contra Costa County Meeting in Pittsburg -- Free and Open to All.

As a result of the 2010 census and law requirements our supervisor, assembly, senate, and congressional districts must be redrawn so the districts at each level have approximately equal population. Initial maps for each level are now available for public comment and input. Come to the following meeting sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Diablo Valley to:

~ See the maps drawn by the state Citizens Redistricting Commission and by the Board of Supervisors for Contra Costa County.

~ Learn what criteria they have used to draw these initial maps.

~ Learn how you can provide public input into the process. Where do you think the lines should be drawn?

~ How can you let the Redistricting Commission and the Board of Supervisors know your views?

~ Learn the timeline for public hearings and the issuing of final maps.

Saturday, July 9, 2011
9:30 am - 2:30 pm
Lafayette Community Center
Elderberry Room
500 St. Mary's Road
Lafayette, CA 94549
League Leaders Planning Retreat. -- All League Leaders Requested to Come!.

League Leaders will plan for the upcoming league year.

(Replaces July 12 board meeting.)

Tuesday, October 4, 2011
7 pm
Walnut Creek City Hall
1666 North Main St.
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
LWVDV Honored at Walnut Creek City Council
100th Anniversary of Women's Right To Vote in CA.

All members and the general public are welcome.
Thursday, October 6, 2011
7-9 pm
Fountain Room
San Ramon Community Center
12501 Alcosta Blvd.
San Ramon, CA 94583
San Ramon City Council and Mayoral Candidates Forum.
The City Council Candidates Forum will be at 7:00, followed by the Mayoral Candidates Forum at 8:00.

Smart VoterVisit the SmartVoter website for information on San Ramon Mayor and Saturday, October 15, 2011
2-5 pm

Fellowship Hall
Mt. Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church
55 Eckley Lane
Walnut Creek, CA 94549
Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Women's Right to Vote in CA and
Meet Our Elected Officials.

Celebrate this wonderful anniversary with us!
  • Join our short suffragists' march
  • Learn about local suffragists
  • Meet your elected officials

Enjoy wine, cheese, finger food, and singing. Wear yellow, white, and/or purple, if you can. A $10 donation is requested.

We have a flyer available to share or email to your friends.

This event is co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Diablo Valley and the Social Justice Council of the Mt. Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church

Tuesday, October 18, 2011
10 am
Holy Trinity Serbian Church
1700 School Street
Moraga, CA 94556
Initiative/Referendum Update Study Kick-off.
Helen Hutchison from the LWV of California will speak at the AAUW of Lamorinda meeting about the League's upcoming update study of the Initiative and Referendum Process in California.

All interested members and the general public are welcome.

Thursday, October 20, 2011
4-5:30 pm
County Office of Education
77 Santa Barbara Road
Pleasant Hill, CA

(on Oak Park Boulevard next to the Central Library)
LWVUS Education Study.
The Education Study scope is broad and includes the following areas under the role of the federal government in public education (pre-K through grade 12): the history, funding and equity issues which are addressed under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, and the common core standards/assessments which are required for many federal grant programs but are national, not federal. The culminating position will address only those issues delineated in the scope.

All of the materials needed for the Study are on the national website.