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The Piedmont League Celebrating 70 years in 2017

HOLIDAY LUNCHEON with Senator Loni Hancock - December 2nd

Outgoing State Senator Loni Hancock will be guest speaker at the Piedmont League of Women Voters Holiday Luncheon on Friday, Dec. 2, 2016. The event will be held at the Veterans Hall, 401 Highland Ave., Piedmont, and is open to the public. Doors open at 11:15 a.m. Sen. Hancock will speak at 11:30 a.m. followed by a catered lunch at 12:30 p.m.

Sen. Hancock will provide keen insight into what the election results mean for California and the Bay Area and what she foresees for the future. She also will give a personal perspective of her nearly 14 years in the Legislature, first as an Assembly member from 2002 to 2008 and as State Senator (District 9) from 2008 to 2016, representing nearly 1 million residents of 15 Bay Area cities. Throughout her legislative career, Sen. Hancock has focused on education, the environment and economic equity. Go to http://sd09.senate.ca.gov/biography to view Senator Hancock's impressive biography.

Cost of the luncheon is $25.00 per person in advance and $30.00 at the door. For reservations, click below to pay by credit card, or send your check payable to LWVPiedmont to Ward Lindenmayer, 40 Highland Avenue, Piedmont, CA 94611.


Appreciating Diversity Film Series - ALIVE INSIDE

Alive Inside

What happens when elders with dementia listen to the music of their youth? THEY WAKE UP!

Two Free Screenings:

December 7th at Ellen Driscoll Playhouse 6:30pm Reception, 7:00pm Screening, 8:15pm Special Guest & Discussion

December 10th at The New Parkway Theater 474 - 24th Street, Oakland 3pm Screening, 4:15pm Special Guest & Discussion

ALIVE INSIDE is a joyous cinematic exploration of music's capacity to reawaken our souls and uncover the deepest parts of our humanity. Filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett chronicles the astonishing experiences of individuals around the country who have been revitalized through the simple experience of listening to music. His camera reveals the uniquely human connection we find in music and how its healing power can triumph where prescription medication falls short.

This stirring documentary follows numerous visionaries in healthcare including social worker Dan Cohen, founder of the nonprofit organization Music & Memory, as he fights against a broken healthcare system to demonstrate music's ability to combat memory loss and restore a deep sense of self to those suffering from it. Rossato-Bennett visits family members who have witnessed the miraculous effects of personalized music on their loved ones. ALIVE won the Audience Award at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.

The Appreciating Diversity Film Series is sponsored by the Piedmont Appreciating Diversity Committee, Piedmont Adult Education, Piedmont League of Women Voters, and the City of Piedmont.

SOUP LUNCHEON & PROGRAM REVIEW

SAVE THE DATE - January 18, 2017, at 11:00 a.m.

Location in Piedmont home to be announced soon!

In League, Program is the issues that we choose for concerted study, education and action at local, state and national levels. Program can include both education and advocacy work.

The Program Planning process is part of what makes the League a grassroots organization; each League member has the opportunity to influence the selection of issues where the local, state, and national League will focus time, talent and money. It takes the enthusiasm and interest of our members to keep our program vital. You'd never skip voting in an election; you shouldn't skip the League's equivalent. THE PROGRAM PLANNING PROCESS IS YOUR VOICE!

This is an excellent time to become familiar with the issues that our state league supports and have conversations about those issues. This meeting is an especially informative opportunity for new members and potential members to learn more about the League and get to know other members.

A delicious soup and salad lunch will be provided by LWVP board members.

BAY AREA LEAGUE DAY 2017 ANNOUNCED

HOT TOPIC: FOCUS ON HOUSING
Focus on Housing

Saturday, January 28, 2017 8:30am - 3:00pm Camden Community Center, 3369 Union Avenue, San Jose

For detailed information and tickets, click here

Keynote Speaker: Tony Thurmond, Assemblymember, District 15 Four Panel discussions on the current housing situation in the Bay Area:

- Measuring the Affordability Gap & Its Impact
- The Relationship Between Housing Production & Affordability, & Displacement in the SF Bay Area
- State, Regional & Local Roles in Addressing Affordability
- The Agenda Moving Forward

The Bay Area Inter-League (LWVBA) is an Inter-League Organization (ILO), a recognized level of LWVUS. The LWVBA is comprised of all the local Leagues in the nine counties that touch San Francisco Bay. Currently, this means 4,000 members in 21 local Leagues.

PIEDMONT THEN AND NOW - A Series of Piedmont Walks

Look for these popular walks to continue in the Spring. The Then and Now Walks are sponsored by the Piedmont League and the Piedmont Historical Society.

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.

SECOND VOTER FORUM Held 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.

ACTION - 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.