League of Women Voters: Pros and Cons on the CA Ballot Propositions

Presentation to be held on Tuesday, October 23.


A non-partisan presentation on the Pros and Cons on the CA Ballot Propositions will be held by the League of Women Voters on Tuesday, Oct 23 from 7:00-9:00pm at the Fellowship Hall of Orinda Community Church. The church is located at 10 Irwin Way, Orinda.

The Public is invited to attend and have questions answered about the Propositions, the financing behind them and how much has come from outside California to support or oppose certain initiatives. 

The League of Women Voters was founded by Carrie Chapman Catt in 1920 during the convention of the National American Woman Suffrage Association.

The convention was held just six months before the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, giving women the right to vote after a 72-year struggle.

The League began as a "mighty political experiment" designed to help 20 million women carry out their new responsibilities as voters. It encouraged them to use their new power to participate in shaping public policy.

From the beginning, the League has been an activist, grassroots organization whose leaders believed that citizens should play a critical role in advocacy. It was then, and is now, a nonpartisan organization.

League founders believed that maintaining a nonpartisan stance would protect the fledgling organization from becoming mired in the party politics of the day. However, League members were encouraged to be political themselves, by educating citizens about, and lobbying for, government and social reform legislation.

This holds true today. The League is proud to be nonpartisan, neither supporting nor opposing candidates or political parties at any level of government, but always working on vital issues of concern to members and the public.

The League has a long, rich history, that continues with each passing year.

To learn more about the League of Women Voters visit their website.

Andrew October 21, 2012 at 10:19 PM
Let's face it, the LWV has outlived its usefulness. They are overly biased in their recommendations and totally lack any objectivity. I wish the LWV would stop with their recommendations and let us voters review the ballot measures and candidates ourselves.
Jose October 22, 2012 at 04:25 AM
My wife and I already voted on all of this, a couple of days ago! What's next? Is this the Pepsi generation? The reel-to-reel tape generation? Or the "who's hotter", instant results Harvard Facebook generation? Catch up, would you. We already voted. Who won already? Should I invest in inflation hedges (Democrats won)? Or should I invest in inflation hedges and a bomb shelter (Repubs/Tea Party won)? Give me some news I can use!!!
Jose October 22, 2012 at 04:37 AM
On a related subject, today was a good day for a bbq. The weather was pleasant, and it did not rain. I know this because it is was a long, long time ago if you own an iphone or a computer attached to the internet pipes. Perhaps we should discuss what a nice day it was.
Jim Jackl October 22, 2012 at 03:00 PM
If the League of Women's Voters has outlived its usefulness those who feel that way should avoid seeing or reading about the League's recommendations. That's how I deal with my feelings about Fox "News."
Beau Hunk October 22, 2012 at 03:08 PM
Don't forget that their real name is the League of Liberal Women Voters.
Andrew October 22, 2012 at 03:25 PM
I love seeing the president of the California LWV lecturing me about Prop 32 and how bad it is...LWV should just publish the text of the candidates and the propositions and encourage people to vote instead of giving us their "impartial" and go the way of the pay phone.
HeresWhereMyNameGoes October 22, 2012 at 03:56 PM
I know. Free speech is just awful, isn't it?
c5 October 22, 2012 at 04:39 PM
the lwv has every right to communicate their views, but in no way are they impartial or unbiased. to the extent they portray themselves as such, they are doing the voters a disservice. they are in effect another pac.
Carolyn Phinney October 22, 2012 at 04:59 PM
The League of Women Voters is an amazing organization that provides fantastic public education to voters. Their www.SmartVoter.org is a huge benefit for voters who want to be informed. Their discussion of issues, fora for candidates, and everything else these women do is amazing. As woman, I find your attack on this women's educational organization Neanderthal. Given that you are the brother of Matt Moran, who is the Incumbent running for School Board, I would wonder how enlightened your brother is about women and women's political efforts. Go back into your cave.
Eastofthehills October 22, 2012 at 06:03 PM
what!!!? They allow women to vote!!? My ten wives will vote me out of office as head of the family!! Isn't the United States a 3rd world country where we oppress women? I mean I thought that's what the woman's advocacy group told us on the quad in college...
HeresWhereMyNameGoes October 22, 2012 at 06:34 PM
The MS Tea Party is opposed to women voting. Maybe you should alert them.
Chris Nicholson October 22, 2012 at 06:50 PM
@Carolyn: As a human, I find your manufactured claims of offense to be tiring. As an American, I find your suggestion that the electorate should be segmented by gender to be outmoded. As a man, I find your hurling of stereotypical gender-biased insults (neaderthal; "go back to cave") to be chauvinistic. If the LWV is not biased, why is it that I rarely see an endorsement or opinion that varies materially from the views of public sector unions? In a blind computer model, I'll bet that a CTA or SEIU endorsement in a general election would be a better predictor of how the LWV will lean than a survey of actual women voters.
lisa October 22, 2012 at 11:34 PM
Nothing like getting a lecture and opinions by a MAN on women's issues. Typical.
Chris Nicholson October 23, 2012 at 12:13 AM
@lisa: Which "women's issues" are you speaking of? Which Propositions on the ballot this year are "women's issues?" Other than matters having to do with body parts men don't have, isn't it a bit offensive and retro to bucketize political issues by gender? Frankly, although I lack a womb (and associated bits), I care about, for example, cervical cancer since (i) I am a human being and (ii) I very much love my mother, my wife and my daughter. Perhaps you should consider some critical introspection as to why, exactly, my prior comments bother you. Is it because you are a woman or because you are a liberal?
Jim Collins October 23, 2012 at 03:52 PM
Andrew, You seem to align with your brother Matt who is running for Orinda school board. When he told the League of Women voters representative after the school board candidate round table how great they were and thanked them for doing a good job was he just saying that to appeal to voters the same way he flipped to supporting Prop 30 when it appeared it may help him in the upcoming election? It would be helpful to know what he really believes on the issues not just what will help him during an election.
HeresWhereMyNameGoes October 23, 2012 at 03:57 PM
I think there are two "Andrew"s on this chat board. I'm not sure this Andrew is the Andrew you're thinking of.
HeresWhereMyNameGoes October 23, 2012 at 04:08 PM
You care about cervical cancer? Why? You don't think your mother, wife, and daughter are smart enough to manage their health? If they don't care enough about themselves to manage their risk for cervical cancer it is seems foolish for you to waste time caring about cervical cancer. If they do care enough about themselves to manage their risk for developing cervical cancer it seems like a duplication of efforts for you to also care about cervical cancer.
Andrew October 24, 2012 at 10:44 PM
Must be about several thousand Andrews in this area. Try getting your identities right....sound like "The Oxbow Incident" to me. Opps, sorry about hanging the wrong folks.
Andrew October 24, 2012 at 10:48 PM
BTW, I am against Prop 30 and 38 and any proposition for increasing taxes regardless of how lofty the recipient. School districts should try living within their means. Talk about an educational Vietnam....let's just keep throwing money at schools, maybe this will placate the bellowing hordes of union members at the Bastille walls.
Eileen October 25, 2012 at 07:31 AM
Ignore the FoxNewsbots and RightWingNewsRadioDroids, and switch your brains to the "ON" position and engage. The LWV is, as ever, presenting fact-filled and partisan-noise-free information on its website for those voters seeking edification re: the candidates' positions and propositions. The fact that it the LWV's positions are generated by women, for the consideration of any voter concerned with "women's issues," may be an anathema to some, but are, nonetheless informed and a-political.
Don't Tell Me What To Do October 25, 2012 at 07:35 AM
Chris Nicholson October 25, 2012 at 02:28 PM
I am not the droid you are looking for. As I asked up-thread, if the LWV is not biased, why is it that I rarely see an endorsement or opinion that varies materially from the views of public sector unions? Maybe public sector unions are always correct in their positions. But, if that is true, then the LWV's hard work seems superfluous, no? It seems to me that the LWV is "fair and balances" a la FoxNews. I am speaking of their advocacy role, not their voter information role which admittedly seem facially neutral. But, at the margin, I am skeptical when the same humans are responsible for presenting the "neutral view" on one night and and the "advocacy view" on the next.
Andrew October 25, 2012 at 07:33 PM
Eileen - are you kidding ? you missed your calling doing stand-up comedy in Vegas.


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