Making Democracy Work

Past

Date & Time        Place        Description
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
7-8pm
Campbell Community Center
Roosevelt Room (#80)
1 West Campbell Ave., Campbell, CA 95008
18th Congressional District Candidates Forum.
Meet the candidates: Anna Eshoo and Christine Russell

Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a moderated Q&A.

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

For questions, email: lwv.swscv@gmail.com

Sponsored by The League of Women Voters of Southwest Santa Clara Valley.

Monday, October 8, 2018
7-8pm
Cupertino Community Hall
10350 Torre Ave.
Cupertino, CA 94014
Santa Clara County Sheriff Candidate Forum.
Meet and hear from candidates for Sheriff (for the November Election)

  • What are their ideas for law enforcement.
  • How will they protect the County?
  • Why are they running for office?

The event is open to the public, on a first come basis.

Video of Forum

Presented by the League of Women Voters of Santa Clara County

Saturday, September 29, 2018
1-5pm
Ladera Community Church, UCC
Peabody Hall
3300 Alpine Road
Portola Valley, CA 94028
Civil Discourse Workshop on Immigration.
The Leagues of Women Voters of Santa Clara County and San Mateo County are sponsoring a four-hour civil discourse workshop around Immigration.

We Will Learn:

  • Facts and perspectives about immigration in our country today
  • How to conduct Civil Public Dialogues that inform, engage and resolve
  • How to facilitate & participate in the process

This workshop will include interactive exercises, role playing, and is based on a topic that impacts us all.

For more information and registration: click here

Saturday, September 22, 2018
10am-12:30pm
Saratoga Library - Community Room
13650 Saratoga Ave.
Saratoga, CA 95070
Free Screening of the Documentary, "Dark Money".
"DARK MONEY" examines the influence of untraceable corporate money on our elections and elected officials. The film follows an intrepid Montana journalist as he works to expose the impact of the US Supreme Court's Citizens United decision. Directed/produced by Kimberly Reed (PRODIGAL SONS) and produced by Katy Chevigny (E-TEAM)

Screening followed by audience Q&A with film subject, Ann Ravel, former Chair of the Federal Election Commission.

Dark Money Trailer

This event is free and open to the public.

Saturday, June 16, 2018
3-4:30pm
Sunnyvale Public Library, Program Room
665 W. Olive Ave.
Sunnyvale, CA 94086
How should we Elect the President? Electoral College or Popular Vote.
The American people do not elect their President. A process known as the Electoral College does. As a result, a President can be elected who did not win the popular vote- as was the case with George W Bush and Donald Trump.

Why did our founding fathers choose the Electoral College rather than trust the people to elect the President directly?

Find out from Professor Jack Rakove of Stanford University as he takes us through their concerns, how the electoral college process works, what it would take to eliminate it and a current effort to work around it.

Sponsored by the League of Women Voters and the American Association of University Women (AAUW).

Saturday, April 21, 2018
1-3pm
Campbell Library Community Room
77 Harrison Avenue
Campbell, CA 95008
Rising Water Rates: Paying for What?.
A panel of industry experts will address the current state of rising water rates. The program will present viewpoints from representatives of the San Jose Water Company, the California Public Utilities Commission, and Raftelis a registered municipal adviser for public utilities.

Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Southwest Santa Clara Valley, in conjunction with the Campbell Library

Saturday, March 10, 2018
3-4:30pm
Saratoga Public Library
13650 Saratoga Ave,
Saratoga, CA 95070
Spotting Fake News.
Former journalist and academic, John H. McManus, will present information on how to vet the news for reliability.

Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Southwest Santa Clara Valley in conjunction with the Saratoga Library, the program will educate the attendee on simple ways for identifying the authenticity of a news story, as well as cover the latest Web technologies which help distinguish fact from fiction.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017
7-8:30pm
Saratoga Library
13650 Saratoga Avenue
Saratoga, CA 95070
Can We Get Rid of the Electoral College?.
Pulitzer Prize winning author, Professor Jack N. Rakove, will provide a historical context of the Electoral College and present information on how it has affected politics in our country. The program will explore what it would take to do away with the Electoral College and have the U.S. presidency determined by national popular vote.

Admission is free and open to the public.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017
6-8:30pm
Quinlan Community Center
Cupertino Room
10185 N. Stelling Road
Cupertino, CA 95014
An Impartial Judiciary: A Cornerstone of Democracy.
Our Constitution designed a government based on three equal branches: the Executive, Legislative, and Judiciary. The news often covers the first two branches and rarely discusses the Judiciary beyond court decisions. This educational forum will explore the meaning of judicial impartiality and independence, as well as some of the rules that govern how judges work.

Panelists:

  • Judge Carol A. Corrigan, California Supreme Court Associate Justice
  • Judge Rise J. Pichon, Santa Clara County Superior Court
  • Attorney John Steele, Expert on Canons of Judicial Conduct

Reception 6:00-6:45

Forum 7:00-8:30

Free and open to the public, but please reserve your spot: http://bit.ly/ImpartialJudiciary.

Sponsored by the Leagues of Women Voters of Santa Clara County

Wednesday, October 18, 2017
7:30pm
Congregation Beth Am
26790 Arastradero Rd.
Los Altos Hills, CA 94022
Immigration Conversation.
Raj Matha, primary news anchor at NBC-owned KNTV in the San Francisco Bay Area, will moderate a conversation with Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, and Evelyn Rengal-Medina, Executive Director of the Restaurant Opportunities Center of the Bay Area at ROC-United.

Ali Noorani is the author of the new book: There Goes The Neighborhood: How Communities Overcome Prejudice and Meet the Challenge of American Immigration.

Since its founding in 1982, the National Immigration Forum has advocated for the value of immigrants and immigration to the nation. The Forum is one of the few organizations in this field to work across a broad political spectrum both nationally and locally.

The Restaurant Opportunities United (ROC-United) engages workers, employers and consumers to improve the wages and working conditions in the restaurant industry.

Please submit questions to: lwvpaoffice@gmail.com and include "Immigration" in the subject line. We will also take questions from the audience that evening.

RSVP on Eventbrite.

Saturday, September 23, 2017
3-4:30pm
Saratoga Public Library
13650 Saratoga Avenue
Saratoga, CA 95070
Keeping Abreast of Federal Legislation and Understanding How You Can Impact It.
Featured speakers are:
Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren, United States House Representative for the 19th District of California.

Jennifer Waggoner, former president of the League of Women Voters of California.

- Find out how to locate new bills being proposed and tracking their status over time.
- Understand the process of how a bill gets written and gains support.
- Learn the most effective way to change or abolish a bill or current legislation.

Admission is free and open to the public.

Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Southwest Santa Clara Valley and the Saratoga Public Library

Saturday, March 11, 2017
9:30am-4pm
SEiU Local 521
2302 Zanker Rd
San Jose, CA 95131
League Leadership Academy. Learn to tell powerful stories and deliver persuasive messages to move your audiences to action! See League Leadership Academy for more information and to register your attendance. For League leaders and our community partners. Maximum 50 people.
Saturday, March 1, 2014
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Martin Luther King Jr. Library
Main Meeting Room
150 E San Fernando St,
San Jose, CA 95112
BAY DELTA CONSERVATION PLAN FORUM.. Free and open to the public

Join the Leagues of Santa Clara County to learn about the proposed Bay Delta Conservation Plan, various perspectives about it, how it will be implemented, how much it will cost, who will pay and potential impact to the cost and supply of water. Confirmed speakers include:

  • Deirdre Des Jardins, Sierra Club of California Water Committee, California Water Research Institute

  • Joan Maher, Deputy Operating Officer for Water Supply, Santa Clara Valley Water District

  • Doug Obegi, Staff Attorney, Water Program, Natural Resources Defense Council

  • Richard Roos-Collins, Principal, Water and Power Law Group

  • Curt Schmutte, Civil Engineer, Water Resources and Environmental Engineering Consultant

For more information contact: Cathy Lazarus.
Saturday, December 7, 2013
10:30 am - 2 pm
Woman's Club of Palo Alto
475 Homer Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94301
LWVPA - Celebrating 75 Years in Palo Alto. The Status of Women: Past/Present/Future, with the Woman's Club of Palo Alto An energetic group has been working behind the scenes on a program you and your guest will want to attend. A panel of three women will speak on "The Status of Women - Past, Present, Future" followed by an elegant box lunch and a keynote speaker. Panel:. The Status of Women: Past/Present/Future, with the Woman's Club of Palo Alto An energetic group has been working behind the scenes on a program you and your guest will want to attend. A panel of three women will speak on "The Status of Women - Past, Present, Future" followed by an elegant box lunch and a keynote speaker. Panel:
  • Carol Christ, former President of Smith College and now on the faculty at UC Berkeley
  • Judge LaDoris H. Cordell (Retired) and the Independent Police Auditor for the City of San Jose
  • Myra Strober, Stanford Professor of Education and founding director of the Clayman Institute for Gender Research

For reservations complete and return the reservation form.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
All Day
SC Co Office of Education
1290 Park Ridder Drive
San Jose, CA 95131
Education Symposium. Closing the Achievement Gap
Saturday, September 14, 2013
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Campbell Community Center, Rm C35
1 West Campbell Avenue
Campbell, CA 95008
Hydraulic Fracturing. Refreshments, "Gasland" Film, and Group Discussion.
Saturday, June 1, 2013
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Michael's at Shoreline
2960 N Shoreline BLVD
Mountain View, CA 94043
The High Cost of Budget Cuts & Santa Clara County's Future.
Lunch followed by a presentation by District 5 Supervisor Joe Simitian. Checkin 11:30; Doors open 11:45.
Advance registration required. Details and registration information here.
Thursday, May 16, 2013
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Hayes Mansion
200 Edenvale Avenue
San Jose, CA 95136
LWVC Conventions:Pre-Convention Activities.
Events will include a Smart Voter workshop and dinner in the evening. Details and registration information here.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Los Gatos Town Council Chambers
110 E. Main Street
Los Gatos, CA 95030
SW SCV April Meeting. Life after Redevelopment and the Impact on Affordable Housing. Speaker: Shiloh Ballard of the Sillicon Valley Leadership Group
Saturday, February 2, 2013
9 am - 2 pm
First Unitarian Church
685 14th Street
Oakland, CA 94612
Bay Area League Day. WATER: California's Gold 2013.
For details and registration information, see the LWV Bay Area page.
Thursday, August 23, 2012
7 - 9 pm
Garden Court Hotel
520 Cowper Street
Palo Alto, CA 94301
Summer Social. Barbara Babcock, Professor Emerita, Stanford Law School, author of Woman Lawyer, The Trials of Clara Foltz, will speak about Clara Foltz and suffrage in California
Thursday, May 24, 2012
7:00 - 9:00 pm
Mountain View City Hall
Council Chambers
500 Castro ST
Mountain View, CA 94041
Candidate Forum.
This forum includes candidates for Superior Court, County of Santa Clara Office 5 and Office 7.
Thursday, May 24, 2012
7:00 pm
Cupertino Library
10350 Torre Ave.
Cupertino, CA 95014
Pros & Cons Meeting.
Presentation & discussion of the issues for the June Election by the Cupertino/Sunnyvale League.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
7:00-8:00 p.m.
Campbell Community Center
Roosevelt Room
1 West Campbell Ave.
Campbell, CA 95008
Candidate Forum. ** CANCELLED DUE TO SCHEDULING CONFLICT ** State Assembly District 28
Friday, May 18, 2012
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Cupertino Community Hall
10350 Torre AVE
Cupertino, CA 95014
Candidate Forum.
This forum covers the following races:
  • State Senate District 13
  • State Senate District 15
  • State Assembly District 24
  • State Assembly District 28

This forum will focus on education and particularly on education funding at the state level.

Sponsored by: APAPA (Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association), De Anza College Institute of Civic and Community Engagement, League of Women Voters Cupertino-Sunnyvale, League of Women Voters Los Altos-Mountain View Area, Parents for Great Education, Santa Clara County Office of Education, Sunnyvale School District

Thursday, May 17, 2012
2:30 PM
St. Thomas Episcopal Church
231 Sunset Ave. (at McKinley)
Sunnyvale, CA 94086
Pros & Cons Meeting.
Presentation & discussion of the issues for the June Election by the Cupertino/Sunnyvale League.
Monday, May 14, 2012
7:30 PM
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship/Congregational Community Church
1112 Bernardo Ave.
Sunnyvale, CA 94087
Pros & Cons Meeting.
Presentation & discussion of the issues for the June Election by the Cupertino/Sunnyvale League.
Sunday, May 13, 2012
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Footthills Congregational Church
Parish Hall
461 Orange Ave.
Los Altos, CA 94022
2012 PRIMARY ELECTION PROS & CONS.
Join us for an informative election discussion about:
  • Important election changes

  • Redistricting

  • Propositions 28 and 29

This event is sponsored by League of Women Voters of the Los Altos-Mountain View Area.
Thursday, May 10, 2012
7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Los Gatos Town Council Chambers
110 E. Main Street
Los Gatos, CA 95030
Candidate Forum. US Congressional District 18
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
7:00 PM
2635 Homestead Road,
Santa Clara, CA 95051
Pros & Cons Meeting.
Presentation & discussion of the issues for the June Election by the Cupertino/Sunnyvale League.
Monday, May 7, 2012
7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Campbell Community Center
Roosevelt Room
1 West Campbell Ave
Campbell, CA 95008
Candidate Forum. State Senators, District 15
Thursday, April 26, 2012
7-9 pm
Lucie Stern Community Center
1305 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, CA 94301
Election 2012 - The Rules Have Changed. California's first Open Primary election is on June 5. Learn how the June and November Ballots will be different for the Open Primary and learn about the newly redrawn Legislative and Congressional Districts. Co-sponsored with the Palo Alto Weekly, Palo Alto Online, Palo Alto branch of the AAUW, and the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce.

Speakers include Lianne Campodonico, League of Women Voters of California Director for Voter Service and Joyce Travow, member of the League of Women Voters of California committee on the study of the initiative and referendum.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012
7-8 pm
19655 Allendale Avenue
Saratoga, CA 95070


Saratoga Senior Center,
Allendale off Fruitvale across from Post Office
Candidate Forum. County Board of Supervisors, District 5
Saturday, April 14, 2012
10:00 am
1 West Campbell Ave.
Campbell, CA 95008

Come in on Winchester side to park.

Campbell Community Center, Room C-35.
Candidate Forum. Judicial Candidates, Superior Court Judges, Santa Clara County.
Saturday, February 25, 2012
9:30 am
Martin Luther King, Jr. Library,
San Jose, CA
LWV Northern California Regional Conference.
Monday, February 13, 2012
7:00 pm
Campbell Community Center Privatization Program.
Saturday, February 4, 2012
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
First Unitarian Church
685 14th Street,
Oakland, CA
Bay Area League Day. See details at http://www.lwvbayarea.org
Friday, January 27, 2012
1:30 pm
Dale Hill's home,
150 Robin Way,
Los Gatos,
(408) 356-7679
Privatization Study Meeting.
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
7:30 pm
Campbell Heritage Theater Silicon Valley Reads. See detail in LWVSWSCV Voter for January 2012 or http://siliconvalleyreads.org
Thursday, January 12, 2012
9:30 am - 2:00 pm
Saratoga Federated Church,
20390 Park Pl.,
Saratoga
Program Planning Meeting. Church phone: (408) 741-5586
Monday, January 9, 2012
1:30 pm
Dale Hill's home,
150 Robin Way, Los Gatos
(408) 356-7679
Privatization Study Meeting.
Saturday, January 7, 2012
2:00 - 4:00 pm
Unitarian Universalist Church,
505 E. Charleston Rd.
Palo Alto
DISCLOSE Act Kickoff Campaign Meeting. Refer to: http://www.lwvpaloalto.org/Calendar.html or http://www.YesFairElections.org
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
7:15pm
Campbell Community Center, Orchard City Banquet Room Education Study, Second Consensus Meeting.
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
7pm
  Whose Job Is It Anyway?. San Jose LWV & The Santa Clara County Office of Education. See page 4 for details.