Civics lessons (March forth on March 4th)

Posted on March 2, 2010 in LWVSF News | comments

Welcome to the new activists! Pundits have been opining for years that the X, then Y, generation has no fire. Campuses have been quiet except on binge drinking night(s) and for the occasional sports e...

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A government health system. Fine. California’s SB 810.

Posted on February 26, 2010 in LWVSF News | comments

It may be Congress will pass healthcare reform legislation sooner rather than not at all. I remain sceptical that it will happen, or that the resulting legislation will actually make meaningful health...

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California death spiral (Healthcare reform needed more than ever)

Posted on February 22, 2010 in LWVSF News | comments

One of the saddest news pieces I have read in a very long time was about 911 emergency services in Tracy (a commuter’s distance from San Francisco). The citizens of Tracy must pay a fee for 911 ...

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Yes! Fair Elections in California. February 21 Event.

Posted on February 20, 2010 in LWVSF News | comments

More than 100 people participated in the local campaign kickoff for Prop 15 last Sunday, February 21. People are galvanized by the deadlock at all levels of government. The rallying cry: Getting lobby...

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A debt worth incurring.

Posted on February 17, 2010 in LWVSF News | comments

This month the San Francisco School Board approved funding for additional instruction and services related to gay and lesbian issues. The school district is facing a $113 million shortfall over the ne...

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2009 Lobbying of Members of Congress: $3,470,000,000 (That’s Three Billion.)

Posted on February 14, 2010 in LWVSF News | comments

The Center for Responsive Politics reports corporations and other interest groups spent a total of $3.47 billion to lobby members of Congress. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce led the top ten lobbying cli...

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Happy Anniversay, League of Women Voters!

Posted on February 11, 2010 in LWVSF News | comments

Ninety years ago, Carrie Chapman Catt first proposed a League of Women Voters to “finish the fight” and work to end all discrimination against women. And so the League of Women Voters was ...

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Saving Jobs by Laying Off Workers. And Rehiring them.

Posted on February 9, 2010 in LWVSF News | comments

City Hall is open to creative measures to balance the City’s $522 million 2010 – 2011 budget deficit. One plan being discussed (not approved) is to lay off people who are paid for working ...

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That “Encouraging” Unemployment Rate.

Posted on February 6, 2010 in LWVSF News | comments

Just a reminder: The unemployment rate that gets all the press isn’t a true measure of unemployment. It does not include people who want to work but have stopped looking. These people are referr...

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Healthcare Bill Limps Along

Posted on January 31, 2010 in LWVSF News | comments

The top priority of the Obama Administration when it took office last year was to pass healthcare reform, but that effort has been stymied by opposition from both Republicans and some Democrats. Now t...

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