Making Democracy Work

Political Responsibility through Informed and Active Participation

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.

PIEDMONT HARVEST FESTIVAL

Hope you had the chance to visit us at the LWVP booth at the Harvest Festival and survived the scorching temperatures. The lucky winner of the candy jar guessing game is Jinae Oh. Congratulations, Jinae. We registered voters, found prospective new members and sold several LWVP materials.

Pictured here: Board members Cathie Geddeis, Nancy Beninati, Marlene Sakol

MEASURE H1 ENDORSED BY LWVP

After careful consideration including a presentation to the LWVP board and our review of the Voter Forum on September 20th, a vote was taken and passed to officially support Measure H1, the Piedmont School Improvement/Modernization Bond.

NEXT VOTER FORUM Thursday, October 6th

Thursday, October 6th 7pm - 9pm at Piedmont City Council Chambers

This second Voter Forum will be held on Thursday, October 6th, will include county ballot measures, selected state measures and a candidates forum for seats on the board of AC Transit and BART.

The Forum will also be televised (Comcast Channel 27) and streamed live on KCOM. http://www.ci.piedmont.ca.us/video/index.shtml

Audience members and remote viewers will have the opportunity to pose questions to the speakers by emailing your questions to lwvpiedmont@gmail.com during the live broadcast.

If you missed the first forum, KCOM will be replaying the Voter Forum in its entirety 3 times a day on KCOM Channel 27 and you can restream the video by going to the KCOM page on the Piedmont City website.

GET INVOLVED - Be a Piedmont Poll Worker this November

Did you know that you could be a poll worker on Election Day, November 8, 2016? Be a part of this historic election, learn how the system works and get paid! There are openings for Clerks, Judges and Inspectors. If this is your first time, you may want to start as a Clerk. If the 12-hour day sounds daunting, sign up for a half-day assignment. You will be required to attend a training session before the big day. To learn more go to http://www.acgov.org/rov/pollworkers/index.htm, or call the Registrar of Voters at 510-272-6971.

Appreciating Diversity Film Series - 3-1/2 Minutes 10 Bullets

Two Free Screenings:

Wednesday, September 28th at Ellen Driscoll Playhouse 6:30pm Reception, 7:00pm Screening, 8:30pm Discussion

Sunday, October 2nd at THe New Parkway Theater 3:00pm Screening, 4:30pm Community Discussion

A film by Marc Silver, this documentary reveals what happened when two disparate lives intersected, and were forever changed. On Black Friday 2012, at a Florida gas station, tow cars were parked next to each other for only moments, but the interaction between them was devastating. A white middle-aged male and a black teenager exchanged angry words over the volume of music in the boy's car. A gun entered the exchange, and one of them was left dead.

Through intimate interviews and remarkable footage including polie interrogations and the trial, we watch the search for justice in today's America. WINNER: Sundance Jury Prize for Social Impact

PIEDMONT THEN AND NOW - A Series of Piedmont Walks

NEW WALK ANNOUNCED!

The next Piedmont Then and Now Walk will take place on Friday, Oct. 21 and Saturday, Oct. 29. This walk will focus on some of the mansions on Sea View, Hampton and Glen Alpine that were built during the boom years between 1912 and 1920's. We will point out homes designed by prominent architects for movers and shakers of the day. The walk also will feature a closeup view of privately-owned Tyson Lake and a look at the construction project on Hampton Field. The walk is approximately 2 miles long and has one fairly steep uphill grade.

The Then and Now Walks are sponsored by the Piedmont League and the Piedmont Historical Society. Space is limited. Deadline to sign up for the Oct. 21 walk is Tuesday, Oct. 18. Deadline for Oct. 29 walk is Wednesday, Oct. 26. Email marjb@sbcglobal.net

The walk series is gaining popularity with each new walk. We had to turn away several people on the last fun walk featuring stairs and pathways. So, reserve your spot early.

CITY COUNCIL MEETING July 5th

The next City Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 5 (due to Monday, 4th of July holiday) beginning at 7:30 p.m. Regular agenda, Item 10, is election of an interim Vice Mayor to serve until the results of the November 8, 2016 are certified in mid-December.

Our current Vice Mayor, Jeff Wieler, became Interim Mayor when Mayor Fujioka resigned effective June 21. Although the charter does not say the Council has to appoint an Interim Vice Mayor, the City Administration recommends appointing one. Our new position on Local Elections was presented to Council at their last regular meeting by LWVP member and former mayor, Al Peters, who was a member of our local study committee looking into how our mayors and vice mayors are chosen.

Attending this meeting provides an opportunity to speak on the subject of selecting a Vice Mayor, which is the key to a person eventually becoming Mayor. Although these are only "Interim" (6-month) positions right now, it is assumed that our Interim Mayor, Jeff Wieler, will become Mayor for two years when the Council reorganizes in December, and that (if tradition is followed) the person who got the highest number of votes 4 years ago, (and if re-elected in November) will start a two-year term as Vice Mayor at that time.

Tuesday is an opportunity to encourage the Council to spell out for the public their Vice Mayoral selection process.

ANN CHANDLER RECOGNIZED BY COUNCIL

Ann Chandler receiving Proclomation of appreciation from Mayor Margaret Fujioka

Ann Chandler was recognized by Piedmont City Council for faithfully presenting Agenda Insight on KCOM for the past fifteen years, providing residents of Piedmont with a detailed summary of the matters before the City Council at each meeting. Council's Proclamation further praised Ann's "assiduous preparation for each Agenda Insight broadcast by studying the reports prepared for the Council and community, sometimes peppering staff with questions, in an effort to present an accurate and thoughtful report to Piedmonters."

Council members took the opportunity not only to thank Ann for her service to Piedmont, but also to recognize the important role that the League of Women Voters plays in our community.

To cap it all off, Mayor Fujioka declared June 20, 2016, as ANN CHANDLER DAY!

Congratulations and thank you, Ann.

2016 Civics in Action Award Recipient Heather Wilson

Cathie Geddeis, Healther Wilson, Katy Foulkes

Heather Wilson took time out of her very busy day on June 8th to attend our League's annual new board member luncheon. She came over right after her Chemistry final and later dashed off to her graduation ceremonies at Millennium High School. Each year, LWVP presents the League of Women Voters Civics in Action award to a Piedmont high school student who shows dedication and interest in the areas of civics and politics.

Heather impressed our board members with her commitment to helping women in need in her community. She volunteers at the Berkeley Food and Housing Project, an organization providing support centered on alleviating homelessness. There, she led a drive to collect donated feminine hygiene products to be available to women clients.

Heather is also Vice President of the Alameda County Junior Commission. The Junior Commission is a project established by the Alameda County Commission on the Status of Women to develop leadership ability, to build high self-esteem, to show how government works and to demonstrate how young women can become empowered by advocating on policy related issues. Heather organized a benefit concert featuring all-women bands to raise money for the program.

Even with all of her ambitious activities, Heather maintains a calm demeanor, is well spoken with a quiet confidence and charming personality. It is no surprise that she has her next two years at Berkeley City College meticulously mapped out to be followed by a transfer to the University of California system.

Heather received the Civics in Action plaque at the Senior Awards Night on May 25th and received a well-deserved $500 check of appreciation at the luncheon, along with our very best wishes for her continued success.

REVISED PIEDMONT MAPS FOR SALE

The League's pocket map of Piedmont has been updated. It shows not only streets, public buildings and recreation sites, but also the secret paths that cut between streets in Piedmont, so useful for pedestrians. No newcomer, nanny, or house guest should be without one.

It is available at City Hall along with the 2010 edition of the League of Women Voter's booklet "Piedmont Our Town."

Maps maps and booklets are sold individually for $3 each, or two for $5. Cash is accepted, or checks payable to League of Women Voters of Piedmont.