Making Democracy Work

Past

Date & Time        Place        Description
Saturday, September 26, 2009
11:30am-1:30pm
DeLaveaga Golf Lodge Restaurant
401 Upper Park Road
Santa Cruz, CA 95065
Lunch with the League. Program Topic: "What's Really Happening in Santa Cruz County Classrooms as a Result of Deep Budget Cuts?"

Speaker: Teresa Rouse, Assistant Superintendent, Educational Services Division, Santa Cruz County Office of Education

Saturday, October 31, 2009
11:30am-1:30pm
DeLaveaga Golf Lodge Restaurant
401 Upper Park Road
Santa Cruz, CA 95065
Lunch with the League. Program topic: "Redistricting 101--How Reform is Going to Work"

Speaker: Trudy Schafer, Senior Director of Program for the Leagaue of Women Voters of California

Saturday, November 21, 2009
11:30am-1:30pm
DeLaveaga Golf Lodge Restaurant
401 Upper Park Road
Santa Cruz, CA 95065
Lunch with the League. Program topic: "Challenging State Government Status Quo; Democracy on Your Doorstep"

Speaker: Zabrae Valentine, Deputy Director of California Forward

Friday, December 11, 2009
5:30-7:30pm
The Museum of Art & History
705 Front Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
League of Women Voters Holiday Party. A League membership celebration.

Speaker: Supervisor Ellen Pirie, Santa Cruz County 2nd District

Tuesday, January 26, 2010
1-3pm
Sandy Warren's home National Program Planning. Every two years state and local Leagues participate in the LWVUS program planning process by making recommendations concerning program issues.

To prepare for the meeting, please review Impact on Issues 2008-2010, which is available on the LWVUS website.

Saturday, February 27, 2010
11:30-2pm
Marie Callender's Restaurant, 3400 Clares Street, Capitola, CA 95010 LWV 90th Anniversary Celebration. Join us at "Hats Off to the League" in celebration of the 90th Anniversary of the League of Women Voters.

Cynthia Mathews, Santa Cruz City Council Member and former Mayor, will speak on "The Woman Who Marched with the Suffragists."

Thursday, March 25, 2010
1-3pm
Central Branch Library
Upstairs Meeting Room
224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Funding Alternative Transportation. Fred Keeley, Santa Cruz County Treasurer and former California Assembly member, will update us on potential funding for innovative transportation in our community and the state, including the latest information on the local Rail Line Purchase. What can our community do to insure financing for a variety of transportation methods?
Saturday, April 3, 2010
12-2pm
Quaker Meeting Hall
225 Rooney Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95065
Proposition 15 Campaign Kickoff. Join fellow League members and folks from many other local organizations to kickoff the campaign to help pass the California Fair Elections Act to provide elections that money can't buy.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
7pm
Santa Cruz City PD Community Room
155 Center Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
$100 A Day. A documentary film, co-sponsored by CA State Senator Joe Simitian, the ACLU and the League of Women Voters. The film is about a man unjustly sent to prison, his struggle to be freed and his attempt to receive his rightful compensation. A panel discussion with Senator Simitian, Rick Walker (the subject of the film) and Gwen Essegian (the film maker) will follow the film.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
1-3pm
Sandy Warren's Home Local League Program Planning. Local League members will review our current local positions which can be found on our website, http://www.lwvscc.org and select areas of emphasis for the 2010-2011 year. This is an excellent opportunity for new members to learn more about the LWV of Santa Cruz County.
Saturday, May 1, 2010
11am-12pm
Gigi's Bakery & Cafe
500-A River Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Pros & Cons of the Ballot Measures. The League's Voter Service Committee will present the Pros & Cons of the five state propositions on the June 8, 2010 primary election ballot. Copies of the League's Easy Voter Guide will be available.
Saturday, May 15, 2010
9am-1pm
The Circle Church
111 Errett Circle
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Yard Sale Fundraiser. Our League will have a booth at this community yard sale. Donate your books, knick knacks, small toys and gently used clothing to benefit our local League. If you have items to donate or wish to volunteer, call Morgan Rankin at 426-6412.
Thursday, May 20, 2010
1:30-3:30pm
Santa Cruz Public Library Central Branch
224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Climate Change: A World View and Personal Action. Speaker Michele Whizin has trained with former U.S. Vice President Al Gore and the Climate Project. She currently teaches health science, biology and physiology at Santa Cruz High School. Her presentation will focus on what is happening in the world with legislation, business action, and individual action to combat the problem of climate change.
Saturday, June 12, 2010
10am-12pm
Marie Callender's Restaurant
3400 Clares Street
Capitola, CA 95010
Annual Meeting of the LWV of Santa Cruz County. The League's Annual Meeting includes a buffet brunch, voting on next year's program and budget, election of the 2010-2011 local League Board, and our Donation Drawing fundraiser with great prizes.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
7-8pm
Cabrillo College
Music Recital Hall
Visual and Performing Arts Complex
6500 Soquel Drive
Aptos, CA 95003
Candidates Forum for 15th State Senate District. All four candidates running in the Special August 17 General Election for the 15th State Senate District will participate in this forum co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters and the Santa Cruz Weekly newspaper. The candidates are: Republican Sam Blakeslee, Independent Jim Fitzgerald, Libertarian Mark Hinkle, and Democrat John Laird. Alex Starr, President of the LWV Fremont, Newark, Union City will be the moderator. Questions you wish to see asked of the candidates may be e-mailed to forum@santacruzweekly.com.

Postscript: Watch a video of the Forum here: http://www.kionrightnow.com/Global/story.asp?S=12919872 For a list of participating organizations and individuals, click here: Forum Credits

Monday, September 27, 2010
7-8:30pm
First Congregational Church, 900 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 Mad as Hell Doctors Visit Santa Cruz. The Mad as Hell Doctors, a group of physicians on tour, will present a lively program in support of single-payer health care. The event is co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Santa Cruz County and the Santa Cruz Chapter of Healthcare for All, a California single-payer advocacy group.

Assemblymember Bill Monning will make welcoming remarks at what promises to be an entertaining and informative program, including well-known local physicians, music, and a short video.

Thursday, October 14, 2010
1-3pm
Aptos Branch Library, 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos, CA 95003 Pros & Cons of the November 2 Ballot Measures. League members will present unbiased information on the nine statewide propositions on the November 2 ballot. Copies of the Easy Voter Guide will be available. Free and open to the public.
Saturday, November 6, 2010
11:30am-2:00pm
Museum of Art and History, First Floor Auditorium, 705 Front Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 Lunch with the League. Program Topic: Santa Cruz City Climate Action Plan. Ross Clark, Climate Action Coordinator for the City of Santa Cruz will outline what actions the City and the public can take to meet requirements and goals to reduce Green House Gas emissions. The public is invited. Box lunches available by reservation. The cost is $14.
Thursday, January 20, 2011
1-3pm
The Warren's Home State League Program Planning 2011-2013. This is your opportunity to review State League positions, recommend changes or updates as well as to suggest new studies for 2011-2013. Follow this link http://ca.lwv.org/lwvonly/progplan/index.html and select Program Planning Kit to learn how the LWVC program begins with our grass roots planning.
Saturday, February 12, 2011
11:00am-2pm
University Inn & Conference Center, Sierra Room; 611 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 Centennial Celebration of California Women's Right to Vote. Luncheon, silent auction, and special guest speaker Robert P.J. Cooney, Jr., author of "Winning the Vote: The Triumph of the American Women Suffrage Movement." For more information call (831) 662-8845 or open this: Centennial Celebration flier If you would like to bring an item to the luncheon to contribute to the Valentine Silent Auction, click here for suggestions: Valentine Silent Auction.
Thursday, March 3, 2011
1-3pm
Sandy Warren's home Local League Program Planning. Each year our members review our League's local positions on the issues we have previously studied to determine whether we need to update a position, study a new issue, focus attention on certain issues by sponsoring public meetings, or take some form of action based on League positions. If you have suggestions for next year's League program, please email your suggestions to league@lwvscc.org, or leave a message on the League telephone at 426-VOTE(8683) or call one of the League Board members.
Saturday, March 26, 2011
11:30am-2pm
Bruno's BBQ
King's Village Center
230-G Mount Hermon Road
Scotts Valley, CA 95066
The State of the Santa Cruz Public Library System. Teresa Landers, Director of Santa Cruz Public Libraries, will be the speaker at this "Hot Topics" luncheon. The public is invited to hear Ms. Landers discuss the latest efforts to meet our communities' library needs and the future of libraries in these high tech times. The event will include a used paperback book exchange. Bring your gently used paperback books and trade for a free new supply.
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Anytime
On the web. Desalination vs. Alternatives: A Subject for Debate. Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Santa Cruz County and recorded by Community Television of Santa Cruz County on April 14, 2011, the debate focuses on the issues surrounding the proposed seawater desalination project and the differing views on how best to balance water supply and demand. A video of the debate, which runs one hour sixteen minutes, may be viewed anytime.
Thursday, April 14, 2011
7-8:30pm
First Congregational Church Sanctuary
900 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Desalination vs. Alternatives: A Subject for Debate. Santa Cruz City officials and representatives from Santa Cruz Desal Alternatives will debate building a seawater desalination plant and how best to balance water supply and demand.

Participants in favor of a seawater desalination plant include former Mayor Mike Rotkin and Toby Goddard, City Water Department Conservation Manager. Participants advocating alternatives to a desalination plant include Rick Longinotti, Co-founder of Santa Cruz Desal Alternatives and James Bentley, retired Superintendent of Water Plant and Production for the City of Santa Cruz.

The format will provide time for questions from the audience. Kirsten Liske, Vice President of Ecology Action will be the moderator.

The debate will be recorded by Community Television of Santa Cruz County and cable-cast on later dates. If you have questions, contact the League of Women Voters at league@lwvscc.org. Click here for a Debate flyer

Saturday, May 21, 2011
11:30am-2pm
Beachcliff Clubhouse; 863 Via Palo Alto, Aptos, CA 95003 Annual Meeting of the LWV of Santa Cruz County. "Leap into spring with the League" is the theme of the 46th Annual Meeting and salad bar luncheon with guest speaker, Jackie Jacobberger, Past President of the LWV of California on the topic of California's Fiscal Woes: Can We Finance Our Future?

League members should print out the Annual Meeting Kit with proposals and nominations to be voted on during the business portion of the meeting.

Friday, September 16, 2011
11:30am-2pm
Santa Cruz County Office of Education
400 Encinal Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Confronting Issues and Creating Solutions for Schools in the 21st Century. Buffet lunch and educational presentation by Michael Watkins, Santa Cruz County Superintendent of Schools.

Download a flyer to share with your friends.

Friday, October 14, 2011
1-3pm
Sandy Warren's home Core Standards and Assessments. For League members only. First of two consensus meetings for the LWVUS study: Role of the Federal Government in Public Education. To prepare to participate in the discussion, members are encouraged to read the background papers available online.
Saturday, October 22, 2011
3pm
Watsonville Civic Plaza Community Room, 275 Main Street, Watsonville, CA 95076 Campaign for a Healthy California. Help us kickoff the campaign to bring Universal Single-payer Health Care to California. Sponsored by the California Nurses Association and Health Care for All and co-sponsored by our local LWV of Santa Cruz County.

Featured speakers: James Haslam, Executive Director of the Vermont Workers' Center; Andrew McGuire, Executive Director of California One Care and Donna Smith, National Nurses United and featured in the movie, "Sicko." Santa Cruz County Treasurer Fred Keeley will moderate.

View a video PSA on the web.

Friday, October 28, 2011
1-3pm
Sandy Warren's home Equity Issues and Funding. For League members only. Second and final consensus meeting for the LWVUS study: Role of the Federal Government in Public Education. To prepare to participate in the discussion, members are encouraged to read the background papers available online.
Saturday, November 19, 2011
11:30am-2pm
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Santa Cruz County, 6401 Freedom Boulevard, Aptos, CA 95003 The State of Santa Cruz County's Financial Condition. The public is invited to a buffet lunch with guest speaker Mary Jo Walker, Auditor-Controller for the County of Santa Cruz. Ms. Walker will discuss the County's financial condition including its revenue and spending patterns, recent cost cutting measures, such as staff reductions and pension reform, and the status of redevelopment agencies and State revenue realignment.
Thursday, January 12, 2012
1-3pm
Sandy Warren's Home League National Program Planning. Every two years state and local Leagues participate in the LWVUS program planning process at the grassroots level. League members propose issues to focus on and develop recommendations for delegates to consider at the next LWVUS convention.
Sunday, February 12, 2012
11:30-2pm
Scotts Valley Hilton Hotel
6001 La Madrona Drive
Scotts Valley, CA 95066
Valentine Luncheon & Silent Auction Fundraiser. Open Your Hearts and Minds to Prison Realignment will be the topic of a presentation by guest speaker Susan Mauriello, Santa Cruz County Administrative Officer. We welcome new or gently used items for the silent auction. For questions, send an email to league@lwvscc.org.
Thursday, March 15, 2012
1-3pm
Beach Cliff Clubhouse
863 Via Palo Alto
Aptos, CA 95003
Local League Program Planning Meeting. Each year our members review our League's local positions on the issues we have previously studied to determine whether we need to update a position, study a new issue, focus attention on certain issues by sponsoring public meetings, or take some form of action based on League positions. If you have suggestions for next year's League program, please email your suggestions to league@lwvscc.org, or leave a message on the League telephone at 426-VOTE(8683).
Thursday, April 26, 2012
11:30am-2pm
Community Foundation Santa Cruz County
7807 Soquel Drive
Aptos, CA 95003
Status of Health Care in Santa Cruz County. Giang Nguyen, RN, MSN, County Health Services Agency Director and Rhama Khalsa, Ph.D., retired HSA Director, will be our guest speakers. Their presentation will focus on the next steps in health reform--Low Income Health Program, key assets in Santa Cruz County, and the current challenges in health locally. The public is invited.
Thursday, May 10, 2012
10:00am-noon
Aptos Branch Library
7695 Soquel Drive
Aptos, CA 95003
Pros and Cons of Statewide Ballot Measures. Free and open to the public. The League will present the Pros and Cons of the following two statewide propositions on the June 5 Primary Election Ballot: one, reforming the current limits on legislators' terms in office and two, levying an additional tax on cigarettes for cancer research.

In addition, the League will explain the new Top-Two Open Primary System in California.

Saturday, June 2, 2012
11:30am-2:00pm
Bruno's Barbeque Restaurant,
King's Village Shopping Center
230-G Mount Hermon Road
Scotts Valley, CA 95066
47th Annual Meeting of the LWV of Santa Cruz County. For current and prospective League members. Print out the Annual Meeting Kit and Proposed Bylaws and bring them to the Annual Meeting on June 2.

For added fun, bring a few of your favorite books and participate in our free Book Exchange. For more information, contact the League at (831)426-VOTE(8683) or email league@lwvscc.org.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012
11:30am-1:30pm
Center Street Grill
1001 Center Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Lunch with the League: Affordable Care Act in Practice in Santa Cruz County. Featured speaker Giang Nguyen, County Health Services Agency Director, will discuss how the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will affect health care in our community.
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
 
  National Voter Registration Day. The League will be registering people to vote at the Watsonville campus of Cabrillo College, the Food Court at the Capitola Mall, the Farmers Market in Felton, and in front of O'Neills on Pacific Avenue.

Watch this video for more information: http://youtu.be/0lE9okKMstE

Thursday, October 4, 2012
11am-12:30pm
Aptos Public Library
7695 Soquel Drive
Aptos, CA 95003
Pros & Cons of the Ballot Measures. You are invited to participate in a discussion of the pros and cons of the November 6 ballot measures. The program is free and open to the public.
Thursday, November 15, 2012
11:30am-2:00pm
Hoffman's Bistro and Patisserie, 1102 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz How to Fix the Ballot Initiative. Mark Paul, co-author of "California Crackup: How Reform Broke the Golden State and How We Can Fix It", will speak on the problems surrounding the ballot initiative. His talk addresses the vicious cycle created when public distrust of lawmakers leads voters to make policy decisions via the ballot initiative.
Thursday, January 24, 2013
1-3pm
Sandy Warren's home Initiative and Referendum Study, Part 1. Our local League will discuss and come to a consensus on how and whether the state League's position on the Initiative and Referendum process should be updated.

To prepare for the meeting, please review the current position on LWV of California. Click on the Initiative and Referendum Study link at the top of the page and then scroll down to the Study Materials section. At this first meeting, we will consider these study questions: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, and 10.

Sunday, February 10, 2013
11:30am-2pm
The Hilton Scotts Valley, 6001 La Madrona Drive, Scotts Valley, CA 95066 Annual Valentine Luncheon. Join us at our annual luncheon as UCSC Chancellor George Blumenthal updates us on the state of the University.

Add to the fun by participating in our silent auction fundraiser. Suggested donations include baked goods, gift certificates, books, art, jewelry, plants, scarves and designer purses, and gift baskets. You can print and use this auction bid sheet to describe your donation, one sheet for each donation. Auction bid sheets will also be available at the luncheon.

Click here to view the event flyer.

Thursday, February 28, 2013
1-3pm
Home of Sandy Warren Initiative and Referendum Study, Part 2. Our local League will continue the discussion on how and whether the state League's position on the Initiative and Referendum process should be updated.

To prepare for the meeting, please review the current position on LWV of California. Click on the Initiative and Referendum Study link at the top of the page and then scroll down to the Study Materials section. At this second meeting, we will consider these study questions: 6, 11, 12, 13, and 14.

Thursday, March 14, 2013
1-3pm
Home of Irene Thomas State League Program Planning 2013-2015. Who decides what topics our State League will study, what policy positions need updating, and what new positions should be considered? You do! The planning process gives us the opportunity to think about the work of the League on the state level. Consider where there is the most need and where the League will be most effective.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
1-3pm
Home of Judy Brock Local League Program Planning. Each year our members review our League's local positions on the issues we have previously studied to determine whether we need to update a position, study a new issue, focus attention on certain issues by sponsoring public meetings, or take some form of action based on League positions. If you have suggestions for next year's League program, please email your suggestions to league@lwvscc.org, or leave a message on the League telephone at 426-VOTE(8683).
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
12-2pm
Santa Cruz Regional 911 Center: 495 Upper Park Road;
De Laveaga Lodge Restaurant: 401 Upper Park Road, De Laveaga Park, Santa Cruz, CA 95065
Tour of Emergency Communication Center. Join League members to learn how dispatchers receive calls and then how they contact the appropriate agency for the emergency. We will listen to several example calls for service, including a dispatcher delivering a baby over the phone, and then to actual calls handled by the dispatchers.

After our tour, we will lunch at The De Laveaga Lodge Restaurant. Please RSVP to Peggy Marketello for the tour and the lunch by phone 423-0782 or by email pm4art@aol.com.

Saturday, June 1, 2013
11:30am-2pm
Clubhouse restaurant at the Seascape Golf Course, 610 Clubhouse Drive, Aptos, CA 95003 48th Annual Meeting of the LWV of Santa Cruz County. League members and the public are invited to the League's Annual Meeting with keynote speaker Gary A. Patton on the topic: UCSC Expansion--Community Benefit or Burden?

Admission and buffet lunch $18/person. To reserve, send check by May 25 payable to LWVSCC to Marcia Minnihan, 110 Valencia Avenue, Aptos, 95003. For more information, contact the League at (831)426-VOTE(8683).

Download the event flyer to share with friends.

Members should download the 4-page Annual Meeting Agenda Kit and bring it to the meeting.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013
 
  National Voter Registration Day. The League will be registering new voters, and the voters who have moved or changed their names since they last voted, at the following locations:

10am-2pm at Cabrillo College Watsonville Center, Bldg A, 318 Union Street, Watsonville

3-7pm at Ben Lomond Market, 9440 Mill Street, Ben Lomond

3-7pm at Safeway, 2203 Mission Street, Santa Cruz

The Santa Cruz County Elections Department will be registering voters in front of the County Building, 701 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz, from 4pm to 7pm. For more information, contact the Santa Cruz County Elections Department at (831) 454-2060 or go to their website at http://www.votescount.com.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013
12-2pm
Scotts Valley Hilton, 6001 La Madrona Drive, Scotts Valley Lunch with the League: Community Safety. The public is invited to attend.

Deputy Police Chief Steve Clark from the Santa Cruz Police Department will explain the benefits of Predictive Policing and how it is being used by our local department.

Chief Deputy Sheriff Jim Hart from the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Department will address their approach to Prison Realignment and its impact on our local community.

Admission and buffet lunch $25. To reserve, send check by September 20, payable to LWVSCC, P.O. Box 1745, Capitola, CA 95010. For information, contact the League at (831) 426-VOTE (8683) or by email league@lwvscc.org.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013
12-2pm
Scotts Valley Branch Library
251 Kings Village Road
Scotts Valley, CA 95066
Lunch with the League: Library System Plans. Learn about our Public Library System's current and future plans with guest speaker Fifth District Supervisor Bruce McPherson. Free and open to the public. Bring a bag lunch at 12:00 p.m., program starts at 12:30 p.m. RSVP by email to League@lwvscc.org or phone (831)426-8683. Share the event flyers with friends.
Tuesday, January 7, 2014
1-3pm
Home of Judy Brock Local and National Program Planning. Each year our members meet to determine whether we need to update a League position, study a new issue, focus attention on certain issues by sponsoring public meetings, or take some form of action based on League positions. If you have suggestions for next year's program, at either the local or national level, please email your suggestions to league@lwvscc.org, or leave a message on the League telephone at 426-VOTE(8683) and come to the meeting on January 7.
Sunday, February 9, 2014
12:30-2:30pm
Hilton Santa Cruz/Scotts Valley
6001 La Madrona Drive, Scotts Valley, CA 95066
Luncheon & Silent Auction Fundraiser. Join us at our annual fundraising luncheon with guest speakers from the Regional Transportation Commission providing a visual presentation of the Monterey Bay Sanctuary Scenic Trail Network Master Plan and local train service.

The cost of the lunch is $27 prepaid or $35 at-the-door. RSVP by February 3 with check payble to LWVSCC, P.O. Box 1745, Capitola, CA 95010 or call (831)426-8683 for more information.

Add to the fun by participating in our silent auction. Donations for our silent auction will be gratefully accepted at the event. New and gently used items are welcome. Suggested donations include baked goods, gift certificates, books, art, jewelry, plants, scarves and designer purses, gift baskets, etc. Auction bid sheets will be available at the luncheon. Print out the event flyer to share with friends.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014
12-2pm
Community Foundation Santa Cruz County at the Jack & Peggy Baskin Center for Philanthropy, 7807 Soquel Dr., Aptos 95003 Homeless Services in Santa Cruz. Guest speaker Monica Martinez, Executive Director of the Homeless Services Center, will describe the Center's many services as well as the 180/180 Program designed to help our most vulnerable, chronically homeless neighbors. Bring a bag lunch. The League will provide cookies and water. The public is invited. RSVP to league@lwvscc.org or call (831)426-8683. Please download this invitation flyer to share with friends.
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
12-2pm
Community Foundation Santa Cruz County at the Jack & Peggy Baskin Center for Philanthropy 7807 Soquel Dr., Aptos 95003 Water Supply and Demand in Soquel Creek Water District. Kim Adamson, General Manager of the Soquel Creek Water District will discuss problems and issues to be resolved in balancing water supply and demand in the district. What are the prospects for achieving solutions? The meeting is free and open to the public. Bring your own bag lunch. Download this flyer to share with your friends.
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
11am-1pm
Community Foundation Santa Cruz County at the Jack & Peggy Baskin Center for Philanthropy 7807 Soquel Dr., Aptos 95003 Voters Service Training Workshop. Jackie Jacobberger, LWVC Management Training Advisor, will lead a workshop on presenting the Pros & Cons of ballot measures and how to run a candidates' forum. Reservations required by Friday, May 2 by calling (831)426-8683 or email: league@lwvscc.org. To cover expenses, a $5.00 registration fee will be charged at the door. Bring a sack lunch. The League will provide coffee, tea and water. Hope to see you on Tuesday, May 6 at 11:00 a.m.
Thursday, May 22, 2014
7-9pm
Mid County Senior Center
829 Bay Ave., Capitola 95010
(behind Woodworm Party Store)
County Sheriff-Coroner Candidates' Forum. Chief Deputy Jim Hart and retired Sheriff's lieutenants Bob Pursley and Roger Wildey are running to replace retiring Chief Phil Wowak as Santa Cruz County's Sheriff-Coroner. In addition to opening and closing statements, the three candidates will answer written questions from the audience and local journalists. This free public forum is made possible by contributions to the League of Women Voters Education Fund. Download this forum flyer to share with friends. Postscript: View a video of the May 22, 2014 League-sponsored forum for County Sheriff-Coroner candidates here.
Sunday, June 1, 2014
12:30-2:30pm
Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County at the Jack & Peggy Baskin Center for Philanthropy, 7807 Soquel Dr., Aptos 95003 LWVSCC Annual Meeting. Attend our League's Annual Luncheon Meeting where Helen Hutchison, LWVC VP for Program and Advocacy will be the featured speaker on the topic: "The Inner Workings of League Advocacy." We will elect new officers and directors, adopt a budget and a list of program topics for the coming year. Please print out this Annual Meeting Kit and bring it with you to the meeting.

Cost: $20 per person, includes admission and salad buffet lunch catered by Seascape Catering. RSVP by May 24. Send a check payable to LWVSCC to P.O. Box 1745 Capitola, CA 95010-1745.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014
11:30am-1:00pm
County Health Services Agency
1400 Emeline Avenue
Conference Rooms 206/207
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
County Plans Strategic Efforts to Address Substance Abuse. Who suffers from substance abuse? We all do! Learn how substance abuse impacts all aspects of our community, what is being done to address the problem, and how you can be part of the solution. Speakers Bill Manov, Ph.D., director of Santa Cruz County's Drug and Alcohol Program, and Brenda Armstrong, the program's manager, will discuss the County Health Services Agency's strategic planning efforts related to prevention, intervention, and treatment of substance abuse, continuing the community conversation cultivated by the agency over the past several months.

Free and open to the public. Bring your own bag lunch. Please reserve your place by calling (831)426-VOTE(8683) or email us at league@lwvscc.org. Print out flyer for the event to share with friends.

For a map of Santa Cruz County's Health and Human Services Agency Campus, click the following link and look for 1400 Emeline Avenue on the left: http://www.santacruzhealth.org/pdf/EmelineMap.pdf

Tuesday, September 30, 2014
6:30-9pm
San Lorenzo Valley Elementary School's Multi-Purpose Room,
7155 Highway 9, Felton, CA 95018
Doors open at 6:00pm.
Back-to-Back Candidates Forums. The forum for six candidates running for San Lorenzo Valley Water District Board starts at 6:30pm. The forum for two candidates running for the 29th State Assembly District starts at 8:20pm. Candidates will answer questions submitted by the audience.

Organized by the Valley Women's Club, the forums are co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Santa Cruz County, which will moderate the forums, and Community Television, which will film the event and televise it several times before the election.

The forums are free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. No posters or signs will be allowed at the forums. For information call VWC President, Lynn McKibbin at 338-7074 or lynnmckibbin

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
12-2pm
Scotts Valley Branch Library
251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley 95066
Pros & Cons of CA State Ballot Measures. Voter Service Co-Chairs Sue Becker and Dottie Fry will present the pros and cons of the state ballot measures on the November 4 ballot. Become an informed voter. Bring a bag lunch and join us in learning about these propositions. Copies of the League's Easy Voter Guide will be available at the meeting. Free and open to the public.
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
1-3pm
Judy Brock's home State League Program Planning 2015-2017. Who decides what topics our State League will study, what policy positions need updating, and what new positions should be considered? You do! The planning process gives us the opportunity to think about the work of the League on the state level. Consider where there is the most need and where the League will be most effective.
Sunday, February 22, 2015
12-2pm
Seacliff Inn
Banquet Room
7500 Old Dominion Court
Aptos, CA 95003
50th Anniversary Celebration. The LWV of Santa Cruz County will celebrate its 50th Anniversary at this luncheon fundraiser with keynote speaker: The Honorable John Laird, California Secretary of Natural Resources.

Cost: $30 per plate. Prepaid reservations due by February 12. Make checks payable to: LWVSCC and mail to League of Women Voters, P.O. Box 1745, Capitola, CA 95010-1745. Please indicate choice of entrée on check: Cheese Tortellini, Chicken Seacliff, or Salmon Celestino. Download a flyer. Watch the video of Secretary Laird's presentation at the event.

VIDEO OF SECRETARY LAIRD'S TALK NOW ONLINE To watch the video of the keynote address by John Laird, California Secretary of Natural Resources, at our League's 50th Anniversary Celebration, February 22, 2015, click here.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015
1-3pm
Home of John & Sandy Warren Local Program Planning. Each year our members meet to review our League's local positions on the issues we have previously studied to determine whether we need to update a position, study a new issue, focus attention on certain issues by sponsoring public meetings, or take some form of action based on League positions. If you have suggestions for next year's League program, please email your suggestions in advance of the meeting to league@lwvscc.org, or leave a message on the League telephone at 426-VOTE(8683).
Thursday, April 9, 2015
12-2pm
Public Library
Meeting Room
224 Church St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
The Current and Future State of Water Supply in Santa Cruz. Rosemary Menard, Santa Cruz City Water Director, will provide an update on the current state of the City's water supply and share information on the progress being made by the City Council-appointed Water Supply Advisory Committee to evaluate potential solutions to the City's water supply challenges. Free and open to the public. Bring a bag lunch if you wish. Download a pair of invitation flyers to share with friends. For more information, contact league@lwvscc.org.
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
7-9pm
Harbor High School Little Theater in Fine Arts (FA) Bldg.
300 La Fonda Avenue,
Santa Cruz, CA 95062

Printable map to the event.
Responding to Drug and Alcohol Disorders in Our Community. A League-sponsored public forum with a panel of experts to discuss what is needed to reduce the impact of these disorders on individuals and our community. Moderated by Attorney Ashley Wheelock. Speakers include: Jim Hart, Santa Cruz County Sheriff; Vanessa de la Cruz, M.D. and Erik Riera (Bill Manov filled in for Riera), County Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services; Rod Libbey and Jessica Stone, Janus of Santa Cruz. Download a poster or flyer to share.
View the video of the League's Drug and Alcohol Forum here.
Saturday, June 6, 2015
10am-12pm
Seascape Golf Clubhouse
610 Clubhouse Drive,
Aptos, CA 95003
Annual Meeting of the LWV of Santa Cruz County. League members and the public are cordially invited to attend our League's Annual Meeting and celebrate our local League's 50th Anniversary. Keynote speaker: Robley Levy, former 2nd District Santa Cruz County Supervisor and founding president of our League.

Hot breakfast buffet @ $20 per person. RSVP by May 28 by mailing your check payable to LWVSCC, P.O. Box 1745, Capitola, CA 95010.

Please download the Annual Meeting Kit and bring a copy with you to the meeting. If you have questions, email league@lwvscc.org or call (831)426-VOTE(8683).

Tuesday, September 15, 2015
12-2pm
Downtown Branch of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries Meeting Room (second floor)
224 Church Street, Santa Cruz CA 95060
RE-ENERGIZING THE VOTE. Gail Pellerin, Santa Cruz County Clerk/Registrar of Voters, will be the guest speaker on re-energizing voter participation and automatic voter registration at the Downtown Branch of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries meeting room. Bring a brown bag lunch and invite a friend. Water and cookies served. No reservations required. The event is free and open to the public. Download an event flyer to share with friends.
Wednesday, November 4, 2015
11:30am-1:00pm
Scotts Valley Branch Library
251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley, CA 95066
Electoral Reform: Beyond Red vs Blue. Guest speaker: Paula Lee, LWV Sacramento will discuss alternative electoral systems. Learn about proportional representation, instant runoff voting, and the national popular vote for president.

Bring your own lunch. Free and open to the public. Print an invitation flyer to share with friends.

Sunday, January 10, 2016
2-3pm
Seymour Marine Discovery Center
100 Shaffer Road, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Changing Climate and the California Coast. Free public educational forum on climate change and its potential impacts on the California coast. Co-sponsored by the LWV of Santa Cruz County and the Seymour Marine Discovery Center. Featured speakers: Dr. Gary Griggs, Director of the Institute of Marine Sciences, UCSC and Dr. Michael Orbach, Professor Emeritus of Marine Affairs and Policy, Duke University.
Download an invitation flyer to share with friends.
Sunday, February 21, 2016
11:30am-2pm
Seacliff Inn Banquet Room
7500 Old Dominion Court, Aptos, CA 95003
LWV Anniversary Luncheon - Public Invited. Keynote speaker: Assembly Member Mark Stone. Topic: How recent legislative reforms in Sacramento have shifted conventional political wisdom and power bases in dramatic and unpredictable ways.
Menu choices: Celestine Salmon, Roast Pork Loin, Cheese Tortellini, or Vegan. Cost $30 per person. Make checks payable to LWVSCC. RSVP by Monday, February 8, 2016. Mail check, menu choice and names of attendees to LWVSCC, P.O. Box 1745, Capitola, CA 95010. For more information, call 831-325-4140. Download a reservation flyer/form here.
Thursday, March 3, 2016
1-3pm
Sandy Warren's home. RSVP for address & directions. Email: league@lwvscc.org or call 831-325-4140. Local League Program Planning. Each year our members meet to review our League's local positions on the issues we have previously studied to determine whether we need to update a position, study a new issue, focus attention on certain issues by sponsoring public meetings, or take some form of action based on League positions. If you have suggestions for next year's League program, please email your suggestions in advance of the meeting to league@lwvscc.org, or leave a message on the League telephone at 831-325-4140.
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
12-1:30pm
Community Foundation Santa Cruz County
7807 Soquel Dr., Aptos, CA 95003
Affordable Housing in Santa Cruz County. Julie Conway, County Housing Manager, will talk about the affordable housing shortage and what the County is doing to address the problem at a lunchtime meeting sponsored by the League of Women Voters. Conway will describe changes to the County's affordable housing guidelines and how the County is coping with loss of the redevelopment agency. Free and open to the public. Bring your own lunch. Information at 831-325-4140. Print out a flyer to share.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
6:30-8pm
Peace United Church of Christ
Fellowship Hall
900 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Equal Pay for Women. A celebration of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act signed into law in 2009. Co-sponsored by LWVSCC and the Women Lawyers of Santa Cruz County. Featured speakers: Santa Cruz Attorneys Syda Kosofsky Cogliati and Ashley Wheelock. Light refreshments at 6:30pm; program starts at 7:00pm. Free and open to the public. Attorneys can receive Continuing Legal Education credit for attending this event. Share the flyer. Reservations required; call (831) 325-4140 or email league@lwvscc.org.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
11:30am-1:30pm
Community Foundation Santa Cruz County
7807 Soquel Dr., Aptos, CA 95003
Money in Politics. Learn about efforts to help California voters "follow the money" to see who funds political activity in our state. Guest speakers: Helen Hutchison, President of LWV of California and Helen Grieco, Northern California Organizer with Common Cause.

Lunch options: Erik's Deli Box Lunch for $15, bring your own lunch, or just come for the program at noon. To reserve a Box Lunch, select from the menu options on this downloadable flyer form and return the completed form with your payment by Thursday, May 12. Make checks payable to LWVSCC and mail to Dorothy Fry, 387 Belle Monti Ave., Aptos, CA 95003. For questions, call (831) 425-4140 or email league@lwvscc.org.

Sunday, June 5, 2016
10am-12pm
Seascape Golf Club
610 Clubhouse Dr., Aptos, CA 95003
LWVSCC Annual Meeting & Brunch. League members and the public are cordially invited to attend our League's Annual Meeting and brunch. Featured speakers are Capitola Vice Mayor Stephanie Harlan and Santa Cruz Mayor Cynthia Mathews on the topic: Women in Politics. Hot breakfast buffet @ $20 per person. RSVP by May 28 by mailing your check payable to LWVSCC, P.O. Box 1745, Capitola, CA 95010. Share this Invitation Flyer with friends. For a more complete description with driving directions, click Annual Meeting Announcement.

Here's a link to the four-page Annual Meeting Kit. Please bring it to the Annual Meeting. For more information, call (831)325-4140 or email league@lwvscc.org.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Polls are open 7am-8pm
Use Voter's Edge California to find your polling place. California Presidential Primary Election.
Voter's Edge CaliforniaGet ready to vote on June 7 with Voter's Edge California! Enter your address, view your ballot, save your choices, and be ready to vote on Election Day.

If you have problems or questions about voter registration or polling place, contact the County Elections Dept. at 831-454-2060.
Thursday, September 22, 2016
7-9pm
Live Oak Senior Center
1777 Capitola Road
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Pros & Cons on Sales Tax to Fund Local Transportation Projects. This November Santa Cruz County voters will decide whether or not to pass Measure D, the "Safety, Pothole Repair, Traffic Relief, Transit Improvement Measure." You'll hear from representatives on both sides of the issue and have an opportunity to ask questions about the measure.

Measure D proposes a 30-year half-cent sales tax that would raise an estimated $500 million for local transportation improvements. It would fund neighborhood projects such as local road repair, Highway 1 improvements including the addition of lanes in parts of Aptos and Soquel, transit for seniors and disabled people, the coastal rail trail, railroad maintenance, and an analysis of rail as a transit option.

Casey Beyer of "Get Santa Cruz County Moving" will speak in favor of the measure. Rick Longinotti of "The Campaign for Sensible Transportation" will speak against the measure.

This free public event is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Santa Cruz County.

Look for more details in the September issue of the League's Santa Cruz VOTER newsletter on this website. Download a flyer to share with friends.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016
6:30-8:30pm
Live Oak Senior Center
1777 Capitola Road
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Pros & Cons of State Ballot Measures. This November, California's state ballot includes 17 propositions on everything from plastic bags to the death penalty. The League's presentation of the Pros & Cons of the ballot measures can help you prepare for the November 8 election. This free public event is co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters and the American Association of University Women. Download a flyer to share with friends.
Thursday, October 13, 2016
7:15pm
Del Mar Theatre
Pacific Avenue
Downtown Santa Cruz
Silent film: Mothers of Men. Showing of "Mothers of Men," a restored feature-length silent film shot in Santa Cruz in 1917, just three years before the 19th Amendment was ratified, granting women the right to vote. The showing will include live musical accompaniment by the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra. Tickets ($10.50) can be purchased at https://www.landmarktheatres.com/santa-cruz/del-mar-theatre/private-screenings. Seating begins at 6:45pm, and the program begins at 7:15pm. Download a flyer to share with friends.
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Polls are open 7am-8pm
Use Voter's Edge California to find your polling place. Presidential General Election.

Voter's Edge CaliforniaGet ready to vote on November 8 with Voter's Edge California! Enter your address, view your ballot, save your choices, and be ready to vote on Election Day.

If you have problems or questions about voter registration or polling place, contact the County Elections Department at 831-454-2060.
Friday, December 9, 2016
10:30am-12:30pm
IHOP
1549 41st Ave.
Capitola, CA 95010
LWVSCC Consensus Meeting on Transportation Position. League members are cordially invited and encouraged to attend our "mini-study" consensus meeting to consider amending our local League's Transportation Position as it pertains to local transportation funding. You may order brunch individually when you arrive. Here's the agenda with the consensus question.

Featured speaker to present the Pros & Cons of various local funding sources: Karena Pushnik, Sr. Transportation Planner, Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017
1-3pm
Sandy Warren's home. State League Program Planning. As League members, this is our chance to help choose what we want California's and the League's future to be. Join us on Tuesday, January 31, when we'll be discussing League policy and positions at the state level.

Where should the League focus its energy over the next two years? What are the issues of concern to us here in Santa Cruz County? Where is there a need for legislative activity and other advocacy, both in Sacramento and in our county? Advocacy is a key League activity year-round. For example, we supported or opposed 11 of the 17 statewide ballot measures in November, but in addition, 19 bills we supported--from climate change to voting rights--were signed into law, this year alone.

What will we do to participate in the LWVUS Campaign to Make Democracy Work? Should we focus on community education? Was there an issue on the ballot this year on which you wished the League had been able to take a stand--so that we should have a new or updated study? This is your opportunity to make your voice heard. Join us!

Thursday, March 2, 2017
1-3pm
Sandy & John Warren's home
RSVP for address & directions to league@lwvscc.org or call 831-325-4140.
Local League Program Planning.
Each year our members meet to review our League's local positions on the issues we have previously studied to determine whether we need to update a position, study a new issue, focus attention on certain issues by sponsoring public meetings, or take some form of action based on League positions. If you have suggestions for next year's League program, please email your suggestions in advance of the meeting to league@lwvscc.org, or leave a message on the League telephone at 831-325-4140.
Saturday, March 18, 2017
1:30-3:00pm
Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History Auditorium
705 Front St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Download a flyer to share with friends.
Living on a changing coastline: adapting to predicted sea level rise in Santa Cruz County.
In coming years, rising sea levels and more intense ocean waves will press our coastline inland, threatening homes, roads, businesses, infrastructure, and our beloved beaches. How will Santa Cruz County adapt to rising sea levels? How can our local communities best prepare and respond?

Ross Clark, Santa Cruz climate action coordinator and director of the Central Coast Wetlands Group at Moss Landing Marine Labs will speak about adaptation to climate change and sea level rise. Sponsored by the League of Women Voters, the talk is free and the public is invited.

Thursday, April 20, 2017
11:30am-1pm
Encompass Community Services
380 Encinal St. Ste. #200
Santa Cruz, CA 95060


Free and open to the public. Bring your own lunch.
Understanding Substance Use Disorders. Treating and preventing this chronic disorder brings positive changes to our community.

Nicole Keadle, program coordinator for the Community Corrections Partnership Speakers' Bureau through Sobriety Works, will discuss how the Talk About It campaign fosters an informed and compassionate county-wide response to substance use disorders. Speakers' bureau participants will share how their journeys to recovery from substance use disorders have changed their lives.

Download a flyer to share with friends. Printable information sheets are on the Videos page
Saturday, June 10, 2017
10am-12pm
Seascape Golf Club
610 Clubhouse Drive
Aptos, CA 95003


Event Poster
Event Flyer
LWVSCC Annual Meeting and Brunch.
League members and the public are invited to attend the League's annual meeting with guest speaker: Susan Nemitz, Santa Cruz Public Libraries Director on the topic: Santa Cruz Public Libraries in the 21st Century
Hot breakfast buffet: $20 per person.
RSVP with payment by Wednessday, May 31 to: LWVSCC, P.O. Box 1745, Capitola, CA 95010
Please print this Annual Meeting Kit and bring it with you to the meeting.
Sunday, October 1, 2017
12-4pm
Garfield Park Community Church
111 Errett Circle, Santa Cruz 95060
TALK ABOUT IT: Community Solutions for Prescription Drug Misuse. This free, interactive, family event will focus on responding to the opioid epidemic through prevention and positive solutions at community and individual levels. Learn about what our county has been doing to prevent opioid use disorders, alternative pain management techniques, how to safely store medication, and more. There will be participatory activities for all ages, young to old.

This free, public event is organized by Community Prevention Partners' (CPP) Prescription Drug Education Workgroup and co-sponsored by LWVSCC.

Saturday, October 7, 2017
2-5pm
Santa Cruz Police Department Community Room
155 Center Street, Santa Cruz
MODERN-DAY SLAVERY: Human Trafficking in Our Backyard. Every year thousands of children, women, and men end up in the hands of traffickers who exploit them for forced labor or sexual slavery. Learn about human trafficking in our community: how it happens, who is affected, what is being done about it.

This free, public event is co-sponsored by the Santa Cruz Branch of the American Association of University Women, the League of Women Voters of Santa Cruz County and the Coalition to End Human Trafficking in Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties.

Silent auction during event will benefit Monarch Services, a local organization that aids victims of human trafficking, domestic violence, and sexual abuse.

Saturday, November 4, 2017
1:30-3pm
Resource Center for Nonviolence
Community Room
612 Ocean St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
JUVENILE JUSTICE: Balancing the Scales. This moderated panel discussion, will address issues related to juvenile justice in Santa Cruz County: how best practices have changed in the last 20 years, how to decrease ethnic disparity and increase equity through policy changes, and youth and gang violence prevention efforts.

Speakers will include moderator Sarah Emmert, director of community organizing at United Way of Santa Cruz County; Julie Barr, Youth Violence Prevention Task Force coordinator; and Fernando Giraldo, Santa Cruz County Probation Chief.

This free, public event is sponsored by LWV and United Way of Santa Cruz County. Download and print a flyer of the event.