December 2014 Newsletter


December 2014


League of Women Voters San Francisco

Annual Giving Campaign

Annual Giving

The League of Women Voters of San Francisco is proud to have the support of so many of our members and community allies. In 2014, we educated voters before each election, publishing Pros and Cons Guides, producing Candidate Statements and Pro/Con Discussions with SFGOVTV, and organizing Speaker’s Bureau presentations which educated hundreds of San Franciscans. All of this work is done at the grassroots level by volunteers who continue the League’s legacy of non-partisan educational programs and advocacy.

We hope you’ll consider donating today in support of all our important community services!

If you would like to donate click here.

Fundraising Opportunity

We are inviting volunteers to participate in the Annual Giving campaign as Lead Fundraisers. A Lead Fundraiser leads their own, personal fundraising campaign to support programs for the League.To make it fun and exciting, we have decided to make it a competition between all the Lead Fundraisers, and whoever raises the most money for the League receives the title of League Fundraiser of the Year, a ticket to our annual Women Who Could Be President Gala on March 19, 2015, and recognition in the Gala Program.

We have many tools lined up to help you get started, so no prior fundraising experience is necessary!

We hope you’ll sign up to participate.

If you would like to participate as a Lead Fundraiser, email or call (415) 989-8683.

You’re Invited: LWVSF Membership Holiday Party!

League leaders enjoying the holiday celebration at the 2013 Holiday Party.

Members are invited to join us for our annual Holiday Celebration. Come enjoy treats, great company, and a fun group activity!

This year, we will incorporate a conversation mapping activity in our celebrations that will help us learn about ourselves as a League. It’s a fantastic opportunity to socialize, get to know fellow members, and have some holiday fun!

Space is limited. Please RSVP by Friday, December 5th to or (415) 989-8683.

When: Sunday, December 7, 3:30 – 5:00pm

Where: Location details will be provided upon RSVP

Use Your Voice: Advocate!

Tell the FEC What to do About Citizens United

The Federal Election Commission (FEC), the federal agency in charge of our nation’s campaign finance laws, wants to hear your opinion on steps they should take “to address corruption in the political process.” The FEC can do something to stop the secret money polluting our elections and end coordinated expenditures by outside groups. Take action now to tell the FEC to act and enforce the law.

League Encouraged by U.S. Senate Vote on Keystone XL Pipeline

The U.S. Senate voted on November 18th to defeat S. 2280, a bill that would have approved the Keystone XL Pipeline. It was a close, 59-41 vote, that the League called “a decision that puts the health and safety of Americans ahead of blind reliance on fossil fuels.”

Welcome New Board Members!

Lisa Conn – At-Large Board Member

Originally from Laguna Beach, California, Lisa moved to the Bay Area to join as their National Organizing Director to harness the problem-solving spirit of the tech community and innovate political advocacy. Inspired by her grandmother – a Civil Rights era activist in Virginia – Lisa’s work in electoral politics and political advocacy is deeply rooted in community and grassroots organizing. Lisa seeks to activate those around her, and is passionate about empowering and training a new generation of leaders to achieve social impact by bridging the gap between technology and government.

Leah Edwards – Candidate Programs Chair

Leah is a recent graduate from the University of Arizona, and received a B.A. in Political Science and a B.S. degree in Environmental and Water Resource Economics. She began volunteering on political campaigns at age 18, and is passionate about policy and civic engagement. Originally from Tucson, Arizona, she currently works at an investment management firm in San Francisco. In college, Leah was involved in many sustainability initiatives as a chairperson for Students for Sustainability and through her internship with the NASA Space Grant Consortium. In her spare time, Leah enjoys traveling, and has worked as an intern at the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh and volunteered at the Maya Mountain Research Farm in rural Belize.

Story Bank 

Jarlene Choy

After attending a League event and learning about rampant voter discrimination in 21st century California and meeting many passionate and knowledgeable long-time League members, I felt compelled to join the League. I wanted not only to further educate myself about the political process and learn from these strong and inspiring women leaders, but also help increase civic awareness and engagement in my local community. Having worked for several years with under-privileged youth and women, I firmly believe in the power of empowering others with the knowledge and skills to become more informed decision-makers, voters and stronger voices in their communities. As a Chinese-American I also hope to increase Asian-American participation in the political process.

Furthermore my experiences working in China have deepened my appreciation of how a nation’s history and culture shapes its society and public policy, and just how much political privilege I enjoy as an American. I remember when my local Chinese colleague told me, “I have limited career mobility and opportunities, but you are lucky, because you’re American. You can leave [rural] China whenever you want.” Her words remind me of the responsibility I have to educate myself and others about the importance of civic engagement.

I respect and admire the League’s long history of, and commitment to, providing the public with unbiased and non-partisan information. I am grateful for this opportunity to serve on the Board as the Advocacy Co-Chair. I still have much to learn and am thankful for all the dedicated Board and League members who continue to teach me so much.

Check out Jarlene’s and other member’s stories here.

Welcome New Members

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

Leah Edwards

Michael Norelli

Considering joining the League? Click here to learn more!

We’re Looking for Volunteers!

  • Annual Giving Campaign – lead your own personal fundraising campaign. More information is available above, or by contacting the office at
  • Membership Committee – we are looking for volunteers to help organize and attend membership drives at local schools and community events.
  • Communications Committee – Volunteers are needed to “Follow a Topic” in the news and current events and produce articles for the website.

For more information on the volunteer opportunities listed above and more, email or call (415) 989-8683. You can also visit our website at

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Upcoming Events  

Membership Holiday Party

All members are invited!

When: Sunday, December 7, 3:30 – 5:00pm 

Where: Location details will be provided upon RSVP

Membership Committee Meeting

When: Monday, December 8, 5:30 – 6:30pm

Where: The LWVSF office at 582 Market Street, Suite 615


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