April 2014 Newsletter



April 2014

The “Women Who Could Be President” Gala: an unforgettable night at The City Club of San Francisco, celebrating four

awe-inspiring women!

Below, the four Honorees – Sandy Close, Susan Sutherland, Denise Bradley-Tyson, and Katie Albright – celebrate alongside Mistress of Ceremonies Cheryl Jennings and Former President of Peru Alejandro Toledo and First Lady Eliane Karp. 

Click here to check out many more Gala photos on LWVSF’s Facebook Page!

Photo Credit: Kathryn MacDonald

Left to right: Sandy Close, Susan Sutherland, Former President of Peru Alejandro Toledo, First Lady Eliane Karp, Cheryl Jennings, Denise Bradley-Tyson, and Katie Albright

Thank you to those who made this fabulous evening possible and to all who joined in the celebration! A special thank you to Kathryn MacDonald for taking all of the fantastic photographs. A few highlights from the evening:

  • The evening kicked off with cocktails and harp music by the acclaimed Michelle Sell.
  • Cheryl Jennings, the Mistress of Ceremonies, a former Honoree and award winning journalist, presented the four awards.
  • The audience was lucky enough to hear words from former President of Peru, Alejandro Toledo, and First Lady Eliane Karp. They focused on the crucial need to be active, engaged participants in our democracy, a message close to the League’s heart! 

Legislative Interviews

Every year, Leagues all over California interview their state legislators and share their report with the California League, their local members, and the public. This is an opportunity for legislators to share their priorities with League members and to learn about League positions and priorities.

Local League members can learn more about how some state legislative actions are going to affect their communities. The LWVC, in turn, learns more about the legislators and more about local Leagues and their legislative interests, and gains information useful in planning statewide activities.

This year, the interviews focused on money in politics, financing education, and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). We also gave the representatives the opportunity to share their own priorities for the upcoming year.

Please visit our website for the full interviews!

Bevan Dufty to Speak at the LWV Daytime Unit

Bevan Dufty, the Director of Housing Opportunity Partnerships and Engagement (HOPE), is in charge of addressing the challenges of homelessness in San Francisco.  A member of the  Board of Supervisors for eight years, he will be joining our roundtable on Thursday, April 24.

In February a Teacher on Special Assignment (TSA) spoke to the group about the civics/social studies/history curriculum in the San Francisco schools.   Future meetings will feature speakers on topics of interest to the group.  Join us in our lively discussions on the 24th at 12:30 at 1450 Post, between Gough and Octavia.  We will meet in the 11th floor library.  If you wish to bring a brown bag lunch the library will be open at 12:00. Parking is available in the building.  Questions? Call Heather Sterner at 415 775-4747

It’s Volunteer Appreciation Week!

April 6-12 is National Volunteer Week, and we would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our wonderful volunteers. This organization is powered by your time, passion, and hard work, and we couldn’t serve the San Francisco community without you! Together we are building a more informed, engaged, and fair community.

Be Informed: Updates on the League’s Agriculture Study

The League is conducting an Agriculture Study, which focuses on: 

(1) Current technology issues in agriculture (i.e. GMOs, herbicides, pesticides, water pollution,etc.)

(2) Current financial issues in agriculture (i.e. consolidation of industries, crop subsidies, and regulatory process)

The following resources on the U.S. league-wide study are now available for your review. We hope you will take advantage of this chance to stay informed and updated on this important issue.

Consensus questions annotated with appropriate sections of the LWVUS materials:


LWV San Joaquin County on the Economic Issues question. At the bottom of the page of this link you will see background papers prepared by this League. Look for the titles beginning with “LWVSJC Committee Summary”: 


LWV Portland held an excellent panel about a variety of Ag issues in advance of their consensus meeting.  This is helpful information about GMOS from the first speaker. You can find the link to the UTube video on their home page in the announcement about the program, about mid page:


LWV St. Louis has a PDF of PPT slides that have some helpful information about GMOS:


P.S. Click here to check out all the program planning recommendations for 2014-2015!

We’re Looking for Volunteers!

The League of Women Voters of San Francisco is looking for volunteers! Email us at lwvsf@lwvsf.org to learn how you can participate in our advocacy, communications, development, or membership committees. There are also many short-term volunteering opportunities, especially with

the upcoming elections! 

These opportunities include helping with our Pros and Cons Guide,

helping ensure all candidate information is uploaded to the Smart Voter Website, and

helping to run registration drives.

We Want to Hear From You! Take the League Survey

Please click here to take a short survey to provide us feedback about the League by April 30th. It will give us a chance to get to know what you’re interested in so that we can be sure that such opportunities are made available to you.

Story Bank: Why I Joined the League

Nicole Williams, a new LWVSF member, lets us in on her motivations for joining the League. Thank you for sharing your story, Nicole; we’re lucky to have you!

“There are many issues I want to spend my life addressing–violence against women, pay equity, public education, equal access, welfare and poverty, mass incarceration, structural racism and sexism, military reform, homophobia and heterosexism, freedom of information, the role of the media, and the list goes on. 

Caring about so many intersecting social issues means that It is not uncommon for me to feel overwhelmed by the magnitude of the problems we face in this country and the many paths there are to tackling them. Two years out of graduate school, I was feeling particularly disconnected from the social justice work I had embraced during my 6 years of higher education in journalism, social work and women’s studies. Then, I received an email about volunteering for the League of Women Voters. It hit me. 

The one thing that has and will always connect the complex and evolving set of issues I care about is the political process. I have voted in every election since I turned 18, not only out of respect for our foremothers who risked their lives and livelihood for our right to be full citizens, but because I believe deeply in my ability and that of others to affect change through voting. 

One of my favorite authors, Audre Lorde, wrote: “Your silence will not protect you.” Democracy depends on our voices. When wading through the multitude of information and misinformation put out during local, state and national elections, the League has always been a touchstone for me. Its willingness to stand against the pressures of lobbyists and provide visible and vocal leadership through its voting resources, endorsements, campaigns and participation in political forums mirrors my own commitment to never shutting up when something needs to be said nor sitting down when something needs to be done. 

I can’t wait to get started as a volunteer and support an organization that has been a guiding light for me and many others.”

Welcome New Members

LWVSF is thrilled to welcome the following new members! We look forward to meeting you and sharing with you all that LWVSF has to offer.

Katie Albright

Page Bass

Mary Carrruth

Leah Cerri

Suzanne El Gamal

Sara Kunitake

Carolyn Lee
Randi Pace
Barbara Taylor
Sara Tosdal
Jake Schatz

Nicole Williams

Considering joining the League? Click here to learn more!

Upcoming Events  

LWVSF Advocacy Committee Meeting
When: April 9, 6:00 – 7:00pm
Where: The LWVSF office at 582 Market Street, Suite 615
Earth Day SF
A day to connect & activate people with the ideas and actions to preserve & protect the planet & and its inhabitants!
When: April 19
Where: The UN Plaza / Civic Center
Save the Date!
The Bay Area League of Women Voters Convention 
When: May 3
Where: Sausalito, CA


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