Making Democracy Work

September 2017 Newsletter

The September 2017 Voter was mailed to members who have chosen to receive a hard copy.

Voter's Choice Act

Elections are changing in San Mateo County in 2018

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

7:00 - 8:45 pm

San Mateo Senior Center

2645 Alameda de Las Pulgas, San Mateo CA 94403

Join the LWV North & Central San Mateo County to:

  • Find out about the new Voter's Choice Act
  • Discuss ways to give feedback on the county's plans
  • Help get the word out to your community

The California Voter's Choice Act (SB 450) became law in 2016 and will make voting more convenient and accessible. San Mateo joins three other counties (Napa, Nevada, and Sacramento) in pilot programs that begin with the 2018 Primary.

All voters will be sent a mail-in ballot and neighborhood polling places will be replaced by regional Vote Centers. Community groups, including the League, need to help educate voters about the changes.

Speakers for the meeting are members of the Voter's Choice California steering committee:

  • Dora Rose, Senior Director of Civic Engagement, League of Women Voters of California
  • Jonathan Stein, Staff Attorney and Program Manager, Voting Rights Program, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus
  • Fred Nisen, Supervising Attorney, Disability Rights California

See the meeting flyer.

To register

This meeting is open to the public.

For directions, see the calendar.

President's Message

President Ann Kuchins gives an overview of events planned for the coming year. Read her complete message on page 2 of the September 2017 Voter.

Brown Bag Lunch with the League. Let's Talk

Wednesday, September 13

12:00 noon - 1:00 pm

League Office

444 Peninsula Avenue, Suite 1

San Mateo, CA 94401

Join us as for our first brown bag lunch discussion series at the League office. This is an opportunity for members to discuss selected issues of the day. Issues to consider at our first meeting are:

  • Free speech: What are the challenges that we face today?
  • Healthcare and how California is dealing with it

The meeting will begin promptly at noon but people are welcome to stay past 1 pm if there is interest.

The pilot program continues on October 11 and November 8. We will then evaluate the series and decide whether to continue.

This is an informal drop-in event. It is not required but it will help plan if you let us know you are coming. email or call and leave a message at 650-342-5853.

See p. 4 of the September Voter for directions to the office.

Voter Service

In November 2017 there are no statewide ballot measures but there are elections for city councils and school district boards in some local jurisdictions. The League will provide assistance for several candidate forums.

To prepare volunteers to help at the forums a training is scheduled for

Saturday, September 9, 10:30 am

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

Read more on p. 5 of the September Voter.

See the calendar for the current list of forums.

National Voter Registration Day: Tuesday, September 26

National Voter Registration Day was first observed in 2012 to celebrate our democracy. It is held on the fourth Tuesday of September and is endorsed by the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) and supported by the National Association of State Election Directors (NASED).

To commemorate this day, our League will register voters at the Hillsdale Mall on

Tuesday, September 26, 12:00 noon to 7:00 pm

Join us for one, two, or more hours to register voters and engage the public in our shared responsibility as Americans.

To volunteer, email or call 650-342-5853.

Meet-up With State Senator Scott Wiener

Saturday, September 23, 2017

11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Colma Community Center

1520 Hillside Blvd., Colma

Meet State Senator Scott Wiener, 11th District

Senator Wiener's district includes San Francisco, Daly City, Daly City, Broadmoor, and part of South San Francisco)

This is your opportunity to learn first hand about your state senator's legislative priorities, to ask him your questions, and to share your concerns.

See the flyer to RSVP

Board of Supervisors Votes to Study Transportation Tax for Possible Ballot Measure in 2018

At its August 8 board meeting, the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors and the San Mateo County Transit District agreed to use Measure K funds to conduct a study on whether San Mateo voters would be open to a half-cent raise in sales tax for transit to specifically alleviate traffic. The board approved $350,000 to be added to the transit district's $650,000 education campaign whose goal is a 2018 ballot measure.

Read the article on p. 6 of the September Voter including links to The Daily Journal article and video of the meeting.

Other articles

Be sure to see other articles and photos from recent events in the September 2017 Voter.

Board Highlights, p.3

Observe Your Government in Action, Join the Observer Corp, p. 4

Woodlake Association Election - Volunteers Needed, p. 5

Welcome to our new members, p. 7

Kudos to the City of South San Francisco, p. 8

LWVC Action! (information about bills on which the LWVC is taking action), p. 8-9

Make It Fair Campaign. Reform Proposition 13, town hall meeting, p. 9

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The League of Women Voters of North & Central San Mateo County is now on Twitter! Our handle is @lwvncsmc.

On our Twitter feed, you'll find news about upcoming LWV events, retweets from sister LWV chapters around the state and nationally, and links to news articles and posts about issues of importance to LWV members.

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