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Educational public forums on many issues that affect our community

LWVA HOLIDAY PARTY DECEMBER 7

Our Annual LWVA Holiday Party Is Coming on Sunday, December 7, from 5:00pm - 8:00 pm.

All members and guests are welcome.

Please bring something to share.

Please call 510-869-4969 for details or to RSVP.

Recent events

THE 'NEXT BIG ONE': IS ALAMEDA READY? A Public Forum November 13, 2014

IS ALAMEDA READY for the next big earthquake, storm, or emergency?

Learn how the City of Alameda, Alameda County, and other agencies plan and prepare for emergencies. Find out how to connect your household and family with these efforts and plans to be ready for the next quake or storm.

With Captain Sharon Oliver of the the Alameda Fire Department , Paul Hess from Alameda County, John McCahan of the Alameda Red Cross, and other emergency preparedness experts.

Thursday, November 13 at the Alameda Free Library, 7:00 - 9:00 PM.

Details are in the flyer.

LWV Voters to Register up to 350 Alameda High School Students October 17

The League of Women VotersŪ of Alameda (LWVA) and the Alameda County Registrar of Voters (ROV) are conducting an all-day voter preregistration and voter education event for up to 350 Alameda High School (AHS) students on Friday, October 17, from 7:45 AM to 3:00 PM in the library's computer lab.

Students in all 10 social studies classes--up to 350 students--will attend the preregistration and voter education sessions, making this the largest joint high school preregistration event conducted in Alameda by the ROV and LWVA since they began offering joint high school preregistration programs in 2011.

LWV of Alameda Press Release

LWVA to Offer Four General Election Forums at Mastick: October 2, 8, 9, and 16

LWVA will offer three pre-election candidate forums--on October 8, 9, and 16--plus an evening of ballot initiative Pros and Cons--on Thursday, October 2, 2014.

All four evening forums will be at the Mastick Senior Center Social Hall, 1155 Santa Clara Avenue in Alameda.

  • THU, OCT 2, 7-9 PM: Ballot Measure Pros and Cons. Includes state and local measures, including Measure BB and Measure I (the AUSD facilities bond issue)

  • WED, OCT 8, 7-9 PM: Assembly District 18 and City of Alameda Health Care District Board Candidates

  • THU, OCT 9, 7-9 PM: Alameda City Council and Mayoral Candidates

  • THU, OCT 16, 7-9 PM: AUSD Board of Trustees and Alameda County Superintendent of Schools Candidates

The PDF flyer for the forums is here.

The press release for all four 2014 General Election forums is here.

The last day to register to vote (or to re-register if you moved or changed your status) is Monday, October 20, 2014.

Contact Voter Service Chair Dorothy Fullerton (VoterService@LWVAlameda.org) if you're interested in volunteering for voter education activities, including voter registration.

The State of the City with City Manager John Russo

Alameda City Manager John Russo will discuss "The State of the City" at the League of Women Voters of Alameda's next free public forum on Thursday, September 11, from 7:00 - 8:30 pm.

Russo will offer updates on Alameda Point, Crab Cove/Neptune Pointe zoning, Alameda's budget, transportation, sea level rise, Alameda Landing, and more...

Bring your questions to Cardinal Point Retirement Community, 2400 Mariner Square Drive, on the estuary across from Pasta Pelican Restaurant.

The event flyer is here.

The press release is here.

MONEY AND POLITIC$ in ALAMEDA: TIME for CHANGE?

MONEY & POLITIC$ in ALAMEDA: TIME for CHANGE?

Does too much money corrupt local elections?
Is it time for local campaign finance reform in Alameda?
What reforms are possible following recent United States Supreme Court decisions?


This is the League of Women VotersŪ of Alameda's (LWVA's) second public forum on "Money and Politic$ in Alameda."

WHEN: 7:00 to 9:00 pm, Thursday, June 26

WHERE: Community Center of Harbor Bay Isle at 3195 Mecartney Road, on Bay Farm Island, next to Temple Israel. The community center is behind the service station and the CVS Pharmacy at the Harbor Bay Landing Shopping Center in Alameda.

PANELISTS: The panelists for this free forum are:

PLEASE JOIN US to discuss the adequacy of our current system of local campaign finance, the reporting of contributions, and how to ensure continued public trust in local government and in the local electoral process.

ORGANIZED BY: LWVA Action Committee

This is a free community event.

View the 'Money in Politic$ Forum flyer

View the Money in Politic$ Forum 2 Press Release

FORUM - ALAMEDA HOSPITAL AFTER AFFILIATION: WHAT'S NEXT?

What's Next for Alameda Hospital After Affiliation with Alameda Health Service?

What Will the Affiliation (Joining) )with Alameda Health Services Do?

What Will Affiliation Mean for Alameda Residents?

PANEL DISCUSSION Thursday, May 22, 7 - 9 PM @ Alameda Hospital in the Dal Cielo Conference Room (second floor).

PANELISTS:

-Alameda Health System CEO Wright Lassiter, III

-City of Alameda Health Care District Board President J. Michael McCormick.

-Health Care District Board Second Vice-President Jordan Battani.

-Alameda Hospital CEO Deborah J. (Debi) Stebbins.

Find out about the future of Alameda Hospital after the hospital's affiliation (joining) with Alameda Health Systems (AHS): how will affiliation affect Alameda Hospital services?

Read or download the flyer for the May 22 forum

Read the press release for the May 22 forum

Read the 2013 Alameda Hospital press release announcing the Health Care District Board's vote to affiliate here.

Alameda Hospital and the Alameda Chamber of Commerce are cosponsoring this free public forum.

There is ample free parking in the hospital parking lot (enter from Willow Street).


PRIMARY ELECTION FORUM TUESDAY, MAY 13, 7 PM at MASTICK SENIOR CENTER -- CANDIDATES FORUM AND BALLOT MEASURE PROS & CONS

Join the League of Women VotersŪ of Alameda on Tuesday, May 13 for a
Candidates Forum and Ballot Measure Pros and Cons Presentations.

California's Primary Election is Tuesday, June 3, 2014.

WHERE: Mastick Senior Center Social Hall, 1155 Santa Clara Avenue in Alameda.

WHEN: 7:00 - 8:30 PM.

Hear the State Assembly District 18 candidates
-- Democratic incumbent Rob Bonta and Republican challenger David Erlich.

Hear 'Pros and Cons' Ballot Measure Presentations about:

State Proposition 41, the Veterans Housing and Homeless Prevention Bond Act of 2014.

State Proposition 42, a public records and open meetings measure that would amend California's constitution "to require local governments to comply with state public-access laws."

Alameda County Measure AA, the "Healthcare Safety Net Reauthorization -- Alameda County," would extend but not increase" the existing half-cent sales and use tax for essential health services, to provide trauma and emergency medical services and primary, preventative care...'

The flyer for the May 13 forum is here.

Additional forum and election information is in the forum's April 21, 2014 press release.

WHERE TO FIND MORE VOTER INFORMATION

Additional voter information is available from the nonpartisan League of Women Voters' Smart VoterŪ web site, the California Secretary of State, and the Alameda County Registrar of Voters.

'SPEED DATE' YOUR REPS at MEET YOUR PUBLIC OFFICIALS APRIL 23

SPEED DATE YOUR LOCAL REPRESENTATIVES Meet Your Public Officials (MYPO), our annual public reception and fundraiser, on Wednesday, April 23, at the Alameda Elks Lodge from 5:30 - 7:30 PM.

The League of Women Voters of Alameda presents MYPO, a chance to mingle and speak informally with local elected and appointed officials in a relaxed social atmosphere.

NEW FOR 2014: SPEED DATING from 6:00 - 7:15 PM.

How many elected officials can YOU speed date in 75 minutes? How many issues you can cover in 2-5 minutes with your representatives?

(Sorry--you can't take them home with you..)

Enjoy appetizers from top local restaurants and wine (cash bar) along with our raffle and silent auction.

Support the League's year-round work by having fun at MYPO: help us provide nonpartisan voter information and resources: Candidate Forums, Ballot Measure Pro-and-Con panels, youth outreach, and other educational programs in our community.

Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Alameda. Membership in the LWVA is open to all men and women.

The Alameda Elks Lodge Rathskellar is at 2255 Santa Clara Avenue, next to City Hall. (The Rathskellar is in the basement.) The accessible parking lot. entrance, and elevator are behind the lodge. The Alameda Elks Lodge is "the liveliest lodge in Elkdom."

Invite your family, friends, and neighbors to enjoy good food and drink with those who represent us. Suggested donation is $10.

The MYPO Event Flyer is here.

The MYPO 2014 Speed Dating Press Release is here.

For more information, call us at 869-4969, or contact:

- Alice Wilson-Fried (510-593-9572; alicefried@gmail.com) or
- Ruth Dixon-Mueller (510-865-2439; events@LWVAlameda.org)


The State of the Alameda Unified School District 2014

AUSD Board of Education President Margie Sherratt and Superintendent Kirsten Vital of the Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) will present The State of the Alameda Unified School District at the Community Center of Harbor Bay Isle on Thursday, March 27, from 7:00 - 9:00 pm.

All are welcome at this free event.

President Sherratt and Superintendent Vital will outline AUSD's current accomplishments and challenges, from rising student test scores and graduation rates to complex district finances and facilities in need of upgrades. They will discuss the current Facilities Master Plan, the potential 2014 facilities renovation bond measure, the new Common Core State Standards, the state's new school financing system (the Local Control Funding Formula), and other topics.

A question-and-answer session will follow their presentation.

The accessible Community Center of Harbor Bay Isle at 3195 Mecartney Road is on Bay Farm Island, next to Temple Israel and behind the service station and CVS Pharmacy at the Harbor Bay Landing Shopping Center. Parking is available.

The event flyer is here.

The event press release is here.

HUMAN TRAFFICKING: Modern-day slavery in Alameda County

Human trafficking in Alameda County is modern-day worker and sexual exploitation taking place today in our own community.

Our featured speaker will be Special Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey E. Tsai of the California Attorney General's San Francisco Office.

The League of Women Voters of Alameda's (LWVA's) free public forum on human trafficking will be at the Alameda Free Library from 7:00 - 9:00 pm on Thursday, February 27, 2014.

Please join us in the Stafford Community Meeting Room at the main branch of the Alameda Free Library at 1550 Oak Street (at Lincoln Avenue) in Alameda.

Please enter the from the rear parking lot (off of Times Way) for this after-hours event. Parking is available behind the library and along Lincoln Avenue.

Our list of resources on local, national, and worldwide human trafficking is here.

The event flyer for the February 27 forum is here.

The National Human Trafficking Resource Center has state by state information on human trafficking in the USA.

Please read the LWVA's recent My Word commentary on Human Trafficking that appeared in the 2-20-2014 Alameda Sun and the 2-22-14 Alameda Journal.

A PDF version of the LWVA's op-ed is available here.

You can also view Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley's recent op-ed piece about prosecuting human traffickers.

The press release for the forum includes a list of resource links on human trafficking.


HOW DOES CALIFORNIA'S NEW HEALTH CARE EXCHANGE WORK?

What is Covered California--California's brand-new Health Insurance Exchange--anyway?

How does it work?

How do individuals, families, and businesses sign up for it?

Learn about California's state-run health care exchange from Angela Blanchette, Covered California's Regional Manager for Outreach and Media Relations in the San Francisco Bay Area , at a free community forum offered by the League of Women VotersŪ of Alameda (LWVA).

WHEN: Wednesday, November 20, 7 - 9 PM

WHERE: Alameda Hospital, 2070 Clinton Avenue, in the Dal Cielo Conference Room on the second floor.

Alameda Hospital and the Alameda Chamber of Commerce are cosponsoring this free public forum.

There is ample free parking in the hospital parking lot (enter from Willow Street).

Click here to see the Covered California health benefit packages that are available in various parts of California. (Click on Alameda / Region 6 to see the plans available in Alameda County.)

The LWVA Health Care Committee has compiled a downloadable list of health care information websites for Californians regarding the Affordable Care Act and Covered California, California's state-run health care exchange. View the list here.

The press release for the event contains additional health care exchange resources for California and Alameda County residents.

MONEY IN POLITIC$: TIME FOR LOCAL CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM?

MONEY IN POLITIC$: TIME for LOCAL CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM?

Does money corrupt local elections?
Is it time for local campaign finance reform in Alameda?


Campaign finance expert Robert Stern is the keynote speaker at the League of Women VotersŪ of Alameda (LWVA) public forum October 24 on 'Money and Politic$ in Alameda.'

Also on the Thursday evening panel are "Whitney Barazoto, Executive Director of the City of Oakland Public Ethics Commission, and Robert Gammon, Co-editor of the weekly East Bay Express.

This is a free community event.

WHEN: Thursday, October 24, 2013, from 7:00 - 9:00 PM

WHERE: Community Center of Harbor Bay Isle at 3195 Mecartney Road (on Bay Farm Island, next to Temple Israel at 3195 Mecartney Road, behind the service station and CVS Pharmacy at the Harbor Bay Landing Shopping Center. in Alameda).

View the 'Money in Politic$ Forum flyer

View the 'Money in Politic$ Forum Press Release

The LWVA's Panelists on Local Campaign Finance Reform

Robert Stern co-authored the California Political Reform Act of 1974 (Proposition 9), which was overwhelmingly adopted by California voters. Newly elected Governor Jerry Brown appointed him the first general counsel of the California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC), where Stern remained for eight years before leaving to help form the non-partisan Center for Governmental Studies in Los Angeles, which closed its doors in 2011. He is a widely recognized authority on elections and government ethics. Sacramento Bee columnist Peter Schrag has called him "the godfather of modern political reform in California."

Whitney Barazoto was appointed Executive Director of the City of Oakland's Public Ethics Commission in April 2012. She previously served as Project Manager at the Commission on California State Government Organization and Economy ("Little Hoover Commission"). Barazato has worked for Contra Costa County, the California State Legislature, and the California Fair Political Practices Commission.

Robert Gammon is co-editor of the East Bay Express, which he joined in 2004 after working for the Oakland Tribune for six years. He writes two blogs (Full Disclosure and Seven Days) as well as feature and cover stories.

PLANNING ALAMEDA POINT: SEA LEVEL RISE AND REDEVELOPMENT

THE ALAMEDA POINT DRAFT EIR:
WILL CLIMATE CHANGE SINK REDEVELOPMENT?


The Draft Environmental Impact Report (Draft EIR) for Alameda Point was released September 4. The public comment period closes on Monday, October 21.

(Section 4i, "Hydrology and Water Quality," addresses tidal surges, flooding, tsunamis, and sea level rise. The Draft EIR is downloadable in sections as PDF files.)

WHEN: Thursday, September 26, 2013, from 7:00 - 9:00 PM

WHERE: Mastick Senior Center Social Hall at 1155 Santa Clara Avenue in Alameda.

View the Alameda Point Forum flyer

View BCDC's inundation maps to see how rising sea levels could affect Alameda
(click on the Central Bay East Shore map)

View the Alameda Point Forum press release

The LWVA's free public forum on Alameda Point features:

- Jennifer Ott, Chief Operating Officer for Alameda Point with the City of Alameda.
- Randy Rentschler, Director of Legislation and Public Affairs for the
Metropolitan Transportation Commission

The Mastick Senior Center is an accessible, ADA-compliant facility. Free parking is available: the parking lot entrance s on Santa Clara Avenue between Bay Street and St. Charles Street.

PANEL DISCUSSION JULY 25: ALAMEDA HOSPITAL

What's New at Alameda Hospital? How Will 'Obamacare' Affect It?

What Will the Proposed "Affiliation" with Alameda Health Services Do?

What Will Affiliation Mean for Alameda Residents?

PANEL DISCUSSION Thursday, July 25, 7 - 9 PM @ Alameda Hospital in the Dal Cielo Conference Room (second floor).

PANELISTS:

-City of Alameda Health Care District Board President J. Michael McCormick.

-Health Care District Board Second Vice-President Jordan Battani.

-Alameda Hospital CEO Deborah J. (Debi) Stebbins.

Find out about the state--and future--of Alameda Hospital, especially the hospital's proposed affiliation (joining) with Alameda Health Systems (AHS): how will affiliation affect Alameda Hospital services?

Read the Alameda Hospital press release here.

Attend community meetings about the affiliation.

Alameda Hospital and the Alameda Chamber of Commerce are cosponsoring this free public forum.

There is ample free parking in the hospital parking lot (enter from Willow Street).

PUBLIC FORUM MAY 23: ALAMEDA POINT, CITY HALL UPDATES with ALAMEDA CITY MANAGER JOHN RUSSO

City Manager John Russo will offer updates on Alameda Point, city hall, and the "State of the City" during the League of Women Voters of Alameda's (LWVA's) free public forum on Thursday, May 23, from 7:00 - 8:30 pm.

The forum is in Conference Room A (on the second floor) at Alameda Hospital, an accessible facility at 2070 Clinton Avenue (at Willow Street).

City Manager Russo will review the City of Alameda's recent achievements (Alameda Landing plus other progress at Alameda Point, adopting a two-year budgeting cycle, adopting a state-compliant Housing Element, etc.).

Russo will discuss challenges facing Alameda: rising pension and benefit costs, low sales tax revenues, funding development at Alameda Point, and more...

A time for questions and a discussion will follow his presentation; Russo encourages questions and feedback from the community. The public is welcome.

The Alameda Chamber of Commerce is cosponsoring this free public forum.

There is ample free parking in the hospital parking lot (enter from Willow).

More event information is here.

MEET YOUR PUBLIC OFFICIALS - THURSDAY, APRIL 25, 2013

MYPO: Thursday, April 25 at the Alameda Elks Lodge from 5:30 - 7:30 PM

The League of Women Voters of Alameda Meet Your Public Officials (MYPO) reception and fundraiser is Thursday, April 25, 2013, from 5:30 - 7:30 PM. Alamedans can mingle and speak informally with local elected and appointed officials in a relaxed social atmosphere at this annual event.

Appetizers from local restaurants and wine (cash bar) will be available, along with a raffle and silent auction.

MYPO is a fun, rewarding way to support the League's year-round work of providing nonpartisan voter information and resources: Candidate Forums, Ballot Measure Pro-and-Con panels, youth outreach, and other educational programs in our community.

The Alameda Chamber of Commerce is cosponsoring this event as part of its civic partnership with the League of Women Voters of Alameda.

The Alameda Elks Lodge Rathskellar is at 2255 Santa Clara Avenue, next to City Hall. (The Rathskellar is in the basement.) The accessible parking lot. entrance, and elevator are behind the lodge. The Alameda Elks Lodge is "the liveliest lodge in Elkdom."

Please invite your family, friends, and neighbors to enjoy good food and drink in the company of those who represent us. Suggested donation is $10.

The MYPO Event Flyer is here.

For more information contact:

- Alice Fried (510-593-9572; alicefried@comcast.net) or
- Ruth Dixon-Mueller (510-865-2439; dixonmueller@yahoo.com)

PREVIOUS LWVA PUBLIC EVENTS

The League of Women Voters of Alameda has offered community events for over 30 years. You can see descriptions of some of them on the pages below.

Click here to view our Public Events from 2012

Click here to view our Other Past Public Events