Making Democracy Work

Working for Democracy through Informed Voters

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging the informed and active participation of citizens in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy.
February is our annual League Birthday and traditional program review. As I've mentioned over the past several months, this year we review U.S. policy programs, which are far-reaching, detailed and extensive. The entire program platform is published in Impact on Issues which is available here.

Quite honestly, LWVNOC has wrestled with the best way to conduct program planning and review for several years. We have met on a Saturday and devoted half a day to committee presentations and member discussion. Attendance at such meetings was quite small. We have convened early before a Lunch with League and devoted about two hours to targeted discussion; attendance was much better, but discussion was rushed.

This year, LWVUS has notified us that local Leagues and ILOs should consider comprehensive program planning meetings optional. Leagues may also choose to incorporate program planning in a regularly scheduled board meeting, with board members providing input. With that new flexibility, we are going to target our member discussion, looking at current focus areas. Click here for a look at the work we do.

LWVNOC is requesting that members review and be prepared to discuss the following at our February Lunch with League: LWVUS program on Representative Government, which includes Voting Rights, The Election Process, Citizen Rights, and Congress, and the Presidency. The first three are identified as focus areas for LWVUS this term. Please also review and be prepared to discuss Natural Resources, paying particular attention to Environmental Protection and Pollution Control. Of course, we will allocate time for discussion of other program areas of interest as requested by members in attendance. The LWVNOC Board will incorporate any other required program planning into our regular board meeting.

We look forward to seeing many of you this month at our birthday and program discussion. Your thoughts and voices are an important part of what makes our League strong. Join us!

-Jan Wagner, President, League of Women Voters North Orange County

SAVE THESE DATES

Voter Service Workshop - February 20

A Voter Service Workshop will be held Saturday, February 20, 2016, 9:30am - 2:00pm at St. Joseph's Conference Center, Orange, CA. The workshop will be conducted by Mony Flores-Bauer, and topics to be addressed will be:

Partnering with other organizations
Resources
Mobilizing members for impact
Please join us for this exciting day to prepare for the 2016 Elections. Space is limited - RSVP to Vickie Chenevey (Voter Service, LWV Orange Coast and LWV ILO Orange County) at vchenevey@yahoo.com or call 714-475-9772
(Mony Flores-Bauer served as Co-Director of Voter Service)

California Higher Educatiion Study - March 12,19

The Higher Ed Study will focus on the accessibility of quality public higher education, the funding sources and allocations, and student debt and affordability.

Annual Meeting - May 19

Speakers are Raph Sonenshein and Barbara Stone.