March 2015

Be Bold! Educate, Advocate, and Act!

Let's Celebrate: The League Turns 95!

In celebration of our 95th Birthday, LWVC produced this funny meme on how we are perceived by our communities. What do you think- are they right?

On February 14th, the League celebrated its 95th birthday!

Check out 6 ways the League of Women Voters has impacted your life: . 

Find out more ways to get involved:  and get to know some of our members:!

The Ballot Simplification Committee: Qualified Candidate Needed

We are looking for a qualified candidate to take over Adele Fasick's role as League Representative on the Ballot Simplification Committee. This is an exciting opportunity that can effect real change! This is a chance for a LWVSF member to become involved in an important task which also provides an inside view of propositions before they reach the ballot. This committee summarizes each proposition in language to insure clarity and fairness.  The committee meets in February for a June election and in the first two weeks of August for a November election. 

The Ballot Simplification Committee consists of five voting members, two of whom are appointed by the Mayor and three by the Board of Supervisors. Each member is appointed for a two-year term. All members must be registered voters in San Francisco, understand ballot issues, and possess writing skills and training.

More information is available at:

If you are interested in applying,
please email lwvsf@lwvsf or call 415-989-8683


Women Who Could Be President Gala

This year’s event will be held on Thursday, March 19, 2015, 6:00 – 8:30pm at the historic City Club of San Francisco. We will be honoring four local women visionaries: Patricia Bovan, Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, Yvette Hollingsworth and Judy Huret. Come mingle with fellow League members, community leaders, and our honorees while supporting the League’s important work in our community. Make sure not to miss this important community event!
We are pleased to introduce the first-ever recipient of the Spirit of the League Award-- Adele Fasick. Adele has contributed years of service to the League of Women Voters of San Francisco, most recently as the League representative on the San Francisco Ballot Simplification Committee. The League of Women Voters of San Francisco will be honoring Adele Fasick with the Spirit of the League Award on March 19th at the Women Who Could Be President Gala.

Come support Adele and celebrate her incredible contributions to the League and the San Francisco community at this year's Gala!
Click here to purchase tickets today >>

More information is available at


Daytime Unit

Voter Services committee members will be meeting with the Daytime Unit to discuss upcoming program goals. All members are welcome to join!

For more information and to RSVP, please email or call 415-989-8683

Where: Location information provided upon RSVP.
When: Saturday, March 28. Time TBA.


2015 California Convention

The League of Women Voters of San Francisco is a proud sponsor of the upcoming statewide convention!
This is a chance for all our members to network, share their skills, and discuss the future of the League. The public is also welcome to participate in workshops, attend guest speakers' presentations, and to observe our plenary.
Where: Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter at 910 Broadway Circle, San Diego, CA 92101
When: Friday, May 15 - Sunday, May 17
To register, become a sponsor, or for more information, click here.

We’re Looking for Board Members!

The League is currently seeking community leaders for the following positions:
Advocacy Co-Chair. Fundraising Chair. Education Chair. Secretary. Grants Chair. Gala Co-Chair.

The Commitment
  • A two-year commitment to serve on the Board.
  • Sustain the League by recruiting members, soliciting funds, and building community relationships.
  • Lead a committee project.
  • Share approximately 2-4 hours of your time per week.
  • Attendance at monthly Board meetings and committee meetings.

A commitment to serving and engaging our diverse community is the foundation for all our work. Board members represent a wide variety of backgrounds. We are seeking leaders who bring experience/enthusiasm in finance, development, civic engagement, membership, PR/communications, event planning, project management, and public policy. We are also seeking people who can help us build strong partnerships with a diverse array of organizations.

What You Get
  • The opportunity to build leadership skills and to lead highly visible projects.
  • A chance to engage with community leaders and elected officials.
  • Board experience with a venerable and respected organization.
  • A platform to make a real difference in the political future of San Francisco.

For more information, please contact Nati Oron, Program Manager, at or (415) 989-8683. We hope to hear from you soon! 

March Story Bank:
Martha Benioff

I was born in the League of Women Voters of Pasadena. This was long ago, when wives stayed home (and one worker could earn enough to support a family), so when my parents married, my mother gave up her job, and since she was an active person with an interest in government, she found the League right away.
When my father retired, we moved to Mendocino. There was no League there, but my mother soon met some other former members and they formed the Mendocino Member-at-Large Unit (now the LWV Mendocino County).

So, of course, when I settled in San Francisco, I joined the League of Women Voters of San Francisco.

I don't think it ever occurred to me that it was possible not to join the League, any more than it occurred to me that it was possible not to vote.

I've always been interested in process and keeping things running, and the League has a lot of process, and takes a lot of work to keep itself running. I've been on the Board, the Budget Committee, the Action Committee. I've been co-President. I've written Pros&Cons, worked on SmartVoter, vetted questions at forums--including the infamous election of November 2000 when we conducted 44 candidate forums, one of which involved more than 20 candidates. I've wrestled with several generations of office software. I've sat through innumerable meetings and written volumes of emails.

It's been a challenge and a delight to work with all the intelligent, enthusiastic, insanely knowledgeable League members I've met over the years--if I started naming them, I'd go way over the word limits!

I like to think that I am, as the League's mission statement says, encouraging informed and active participation in government. Sometimes when election turnout sinks toward the single digits and some of the people who do vote are proudly ignorant, it gets frustrating.

Fortunately in every circumstance there's a League member who knows the right thing to say; in this case it's our founder Carrie Chapman Catt, who said, "The only cure for the ills of Democracy is more Democracy."
Check out Martha's and other member's stories here.
Board Highlights

Your Board has been hard at work in February! Check out what's been happening below:

February 17th Board Meeting
  • New Board Member: Ashley James joined our board as the Pro/Con Guide Co-Chair.
  • Nominating: Ashley Raveche stepped down from Nominating and was replaced by Juliet Carnoy.
  • Advocacy Committee: The Advocacy Committee reported on the Program Planning event, where members voted on prioritizing three areas: 1. Voter Registration 2. Sunshine Task Force 3. Affordable Housing. The board approved the decision to support the recommendation to LWVC for studies on compassionate choice and minimum wage. No vote was taken on LWVSF priorities for the upcoming year.
  • Development Committee: Invitations have been sent out for the Women Who Could Be President Gala, which will be held on Thursday March 19, 2015 6:00 – 8:30 pm.   
  • Legislative Interviews: LWVSF will be conducting the League’s annual Legislative Interviews with our local representatives.
  • Voter Services: The committee is working on producing a guide of non-partisan information on candidates running for judiciary offices. The committee is also trying to organize a voter registration event in partnership with the National Coalition of 100 Black Women.
How Much Do You Know About San Francisco Voting and Elections?

At the League of Women Voters San Francisco we are always digging for more facts and data about voting and elections in the city by the Bay. We love testing ourselves and our knowledge about our city!
Join us in a little lively competition and take this fun quiz!

Find out how much you know about San Francisco voting and elections here:

Join LWVSF in Bringing Awareness to Human Trafficking

The League of Women Voters of San Francisco has been invited to join the San Francisco Collaborative Against Human Trafficking, a non partisan organization bringing awareness to human trafficking. Visit our website for opportunities to join in this effort by serving on the planning committee for the San Francisco annual human trafficking awareness month.

The Bay Area Monitor

The Bay Area Monitor  is a publication of the LWV Bay Area that covers regional issues on the environment, transportation, climate change and other topics.

The Monitor can be accessed electronically at:

Welcome New Members! 
LWVSF is pleased to welcome the following new members! We look forward to meeting you and sharing with you all that LWVSF has to offer.
Jessian Choy
Liz Flynn

Considering joining the League? Click here to learn more!
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We look forward to seeing you at the above 2015 events and more! 


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