Making Democracy Work

May 2018 Newsletter

The May 2018 Voter was mailed to members who have chosen to receive a hard copy.

General Meeting: Census 2020

Tuesday May 15, 2018

1-3 pm

Silicon Valley Community Foundation

1300 South El Camino Real, San Mateo, CA 94402

Speaker: Perla Ni, CommunityConnect Labs

The job of the Census is to count the entire United States population every ten years. The data collected determines the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives and is used to distribute billions in federal funds to local communities.

Counting everyone in our community is vital whether you are a citizen or not as this will determine funding for many federal programs in San Mateo County.

San Mateo County is working with CommunityConnect Labs to expand the list of addresses for Census 2020. The county is hiring local community members to canvas neighborhoods looking for addresses to add to the Census Master Address File. Later, the Census will be hiring numerators to knock on doors to take the census.

Join us to learn more about Census 2020 and how you can be part of this important process.

This meeting is open to the public.

For information: email Susie Raye, Program Director or leave a message on the League phone, 650-342-5853.

President's Message

President Ann Kuchins reviews the League's work on the Voting Rights Act and encourages attendance at the May 15 meeting to learn more about the census.

Read the entire message and details on page 2 of the May 2018 Voter.

Ann Kuchins proposes a volunteer corps of members willing to be contacted on short notice to work on League projects. See her article on pages 6 & 7 of the May 2018 Voter.

See the calendar for information about events.

Brown Bag Lunch with the League

Wednesday, May 9 12 noon - 1:00 pm

League Office, 444 Peninsula Avenue, Suite 1, San Mateo CA 94401

Topic: Pros & Cons of the June Ballot Measures

Join us for the monthly informal discussion of timely issues.

The Pros & Cons are in the mail to members and available at local libraries or online.

Pros and Cons and Voter's Choice Act 101 Presentations

The League of Women Voters North and Central San Mateo County will present the Pros & Cons for the ballot measures and information regarding the Voter's Choice Act at several locations throughout the County. See page 4 of the May Voter for a list of locations and dates. Or see the calendar

Annual Meeting: Saturday, June 2

Don't miss the League's annual business meeting.

Saturday, June 2

9:30 am - 12 noon

Community Learning Center, 520 Tamarack Lane, South San Francisco 94080

9:30 Brunch Meet & Greet

10:00 Speaker: Caitlin Paul, Generation Citizen Update

11:00 Break

11:10 Business Meeting

Look for the Annual Meeting Kit in the mail and be sure to bring it to the meeting.

Get Us Moving (GUM) San Mateo County

Transportation Funding Priorities in San Mateo County

Get Us Moving is a collaborative effort between community organizations, SamTrans, the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, and partner agencies and groups to develop a San Mateo County Transportation Funding Plan.

Early this year, San Mateo County residents received a survey asking about transportation needs and over 14,000 people responded either by mail or online.

Now it is time to move forward, based on the survey results, and develop the funding priority plan. You can help again and express your views about how transportation needs should be prioritized.

Take the new survey.

Attend a town hall meeting:

North County: Thursday, May 3, 7 pm, Doelger Senior Center, 101 Lake Merced Blvd., Daly City

Central County: Thursday, May 17, 6:30 pm, Lane Room, Burlingame Library, 480 Primrose Rd., Burlingame

Coastside: Thursday, May 24, 6:30 pm, Ted Adcock Community Center, 535 Kelly Ave., Half Moon Bay

South County: Thursday, May 31, 7 pm, Fair Oaks Community Center, 2600 Middlefield Rd., Redwood City

See the article on page 7 of the May Voter.

Action Report

Action Director Diana Stephens reports on recent action by the LWVUS and the LWV California.

The League supports four measures on the June ballot and opposes one. Find information on the propositions on the LWVC website.

Schools and Communities First Initiative

The deadline for collecting signatures has been postponed with the goal of qualifying the initiative for the November 2010 ballot.

See the full action report on page 4 of the May Voter.

Local Jurisdictions Consider District Elections

Many local cities, school districts and other government jurisdictions in California have received a legal threat alleging that their at-large election systems violate the California Voting Rights Act. The letters threaten legal action if the jurisdictions do not voluntarily adopt district elections.

Proponents of district elections argue that this system impairs minority groups' ability to elect their preferred candidates, and campaigns for smaller areas are less expensive and encourage greater participation.

Two cities in our League's area, South San Francisco and Half Moon Bay, are the latest to receive these letters and their city councils are considering the shift to by-district elections. Establishing these elections requires that officials draw electoral maps dividing the city into districts of approximately equal populations. Council members must live in the district and would be elected by the voters in that district.

See the full article on page 5 of the May 2018 Voter.

The Observer Corps + Building Communities Together

The Observer Corps has completed its review of the City of Burlingame and its report is on pages 4-5 of the May Voter. The Observer Corps will be doing similar observations of other governmental agencies.

The reviews focus on access and transparency, and assess the following:

  • How successfully the public can engage, connect with their local government
  • The current strengths and obstacles in successfully communicating with the City to find the right department, obtain information, and solve a problem
  • Best practices that can be shared with other public agencies
  • How the public can help by understanding their role and becoming informed meaningful contributors

For information or to join the Observer Corps, leave a message on the League phone, 650-342-5853. Or see the article on pages 4-5 of the May Voter.

Other Articles

Don't miss these other articles in the May 2018 Voter.

Board Highlights, p. 3

Ballot Measures on the June 2018 Ballot and the Voter's Choice Act, p. 3

Welcome to Our New Member, p. 5

Calendar, p. 7