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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.

The Piedmont League Celebrating 70 years in 2017

BAY AREA WOMENS MARCH, Saturday, January 21st

Women's March Bay Area-Oakland

Saturday, January 21 10am - 3pm Oakland's Madison Park is the beginning site: at Madison and 9th

Staging point for LWVOakland and other League branches is Laney parking lot, 7th and Fallon, just a few blocks away from BART and Madison Park. Please come to the 7th and Fallon parking lot starting at 10am. We will leave this site to walk over to Madison Park at 10:45. The LWVO banner will be prominent at the parking lot and the LWVAlameda who have secured this location will have a van/car with balloons there as well. The LWVPiedmont are looking to have members/supporters joining our great League contingent, and more to follow.

The March route is as follows--we will begin at 11 marching up Oak Street to Grand Avenue along Lake Merritt, then marching down Broadway to end at Frank Ogawa Plaza.

There from 12:30 on will be a rally with speakers art and music, concluding at 3 pm.
The League of Women Voters Oakland will have a table at the Plaza starting from 9:30 on, in case somehow you miss coming together or come later---the table will be a good rallying point as well.
Go to Womens March Bay Area for map of route and other details about the march in general

Contact: If you need more info or discussion before or during the march, cell phone/Kathleen Cha: 510/463-7394

Background: The Women's March is a national movement to unify and empower everyone who stands for human rights, civil liberties, and social justice for all. Washington DC plus over 280 cities will be participating, including the three Bay Area cities of Oakland, San Francisco and San Jose. "We welcome you to join us as we unite locally and nationally."

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.

ACTION ITEM - Sign the LWVUS Petition on Voters Rights

The League is gearing up to take a stand in Congress, statehouses and courtrooms nationwide to ensure no voters are left behind. Stand with the League in our fight to ensure our elections are always free, fair, and accessible.

Click here to sign the petition: I stand with the League to ensure that elections are always free, fair and accessible. I will work with the League to stop voter suppression tactics that threaten our democracy and the right to vote.

Join over 10,000 people who have already signed the petition!

SOUP LUNCHEON & PROGRAM REVIEW

SAVE THE DATE - January 18, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Location: Katy Foulkes' house, 325 Ramona, Piedmont

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.

HOLIDAY LUNCHEON with Senator Loni Hancock - December 2nd

Delaine Eastin, Loni Hancock, Katy Foulkes
Outgoing State Senator Loni Hancock was our guest speaker at the Piedmont League of Women Voters Holiday Luncheon on Friday, Dec. 2, 2016.

Delaine Eastin, former State Superintendent of Public Instruction, introduced Loni as a "tigress about the environment" and a "warrior for good government." After terming out (just a few days prior) Loni came to our group passionate about state of our country and seemingly with much regret that with term limits is leaving the state legislature. She emphasized that this is an uncertain and unstable time in our nation. Loni had great praise for the LWV and said that groups like ours need to be even better organized and be louder than ever before. In fact, she called on the League to do a study on the movement to change the electoral college.

Senator Hancock spoke for an impassioned 45 minutes on the issues that she felt were the most important during her 15 year tenure in state and local politics, some accomplishments, and what we can do now. Her emphasis was on the corrections system and the state of our democracy.

Speakers were followed by a festive and delicious lunch catered by Ann's Catering and supplemented by volunteer league bakers. Great thanks are due Marj Blackwell for securing Senator Hancock as our speaker as well as chairing the luncheon committee, and arranging all the party rentals, caterer and table decorations. Wow! Marj in turn thanks all of her helpers: Claudia Harrison, Marlene Sakol, Betsy Andersen, Joannie Semitekol, Tracy Kirkpatrick, Linda McClain.

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.

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.