October 2014 Newsletter


October 2014


League of Women Voters San Francisco

You’re Invited to the

2014 Candidate Meet & Greet

Thursday, October 23, 2014 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Nissan Infiniti San Francisco – 1395 Van Ness Ave (at Bush St)

All local candidates for Board of Supervisors and State Assembly, current elected officials, and past elected officials have been invited – here’s your chance to meet them!

  • Meet Face to Face with Local SF Candidates and Current Officials
  • Get Informed About the Issues on the November Ballot
  • Network with Fellow Activists and Celebrate Political Awareness

And don’t miss this year’s silent auction with generously donated prizes from our sponsors! Complimentary food will be provided. Cash bar available. Street parking only.

Join us for the 2014 Candidate Meet & Greet, Thursday, October 23 from 6:30PM to 9:00PM!

Ticket Prices:

$15 – Student / Limited Income – Includes admission into the Meet and Greet only.

$25 – General Admission – Includes admission into the Meet and Greet and (1) drink ticket.

$50 – VIP – Includes admission into the Meet and Greet, (2) two drink tickets, and a swag bag!

$100 – League Supporter – Includes admission into the Meet and Greet, (2) two drink tickets, and a swag bag. Also, includes League of Women Voters San Francisco membership (good for one year)!

Reserve Your Spot Today >>

Election Day 2014: Be Prepared

Don’t forget to register to vote! The deadline to vote in the November Election is October 20th! Don’t miss out, there are many important races and propositions on the November ballot.

Candidate Statements & Pro/Con Discussions

The LWVSF is proud to partner with SFGOVTV in educating voters before each election. Together we produce Candidate Statements and Pro/Con Discussions. Candidate Statements provide voters with an opportunity to hear each candidate’s platform and understand their priorities. Pro/Con Discussions give voters an opportunity to hear the proponents and opponents arguments for the local ballot measures. Get to know your candidates and propositions at https://www.youtube.com/user/leagueofwomenvotersf.

All candidates were invited to participate in the Candidate Statements, videos are available for all candidates who participated and represent the candidate’s positions. They do not reflect the opinions of the League of Women Voters of San Francisco. LWVSF never endorses or opposes candidates. 

Candidate Forums

Photo Credit: Kathryn MacDonald

Before each election, the League organizes Candidate Forums to educate voters regarding each candidate’s platform. 

For the November election, LWVSF organized four Candidate Forums- Board of Supervisors, District 6, Board of Supervisors District 10, Community College Board, and State Assembly District 17. All forums can be viewed online. Photos from these events can also be viewed on our Facebook page.

LWVSF President, Cynthia Foster, opening at the

State Assembly District 17 Forum.

Photo Credit: Kathryn MacDonald

Pro/Con Guide

The LWVSF’s Pro/Con Guide provides non-partisan analysis of San Francisco ballot measures. The Guide is a compilation of publicly-filed ballot arguments, news articles, interviews with various advocates, and online research; they do not represent the opinions of the League of Women Voters of San Francisco or the Voter Services Committee. The Guide is available in English, Spanish, and Chinese at http://www.l


The League of Women Voters of California Education Fund


The LWVCEF provides valuable resources for getting informed about the state-wide ballot measures. Voters can read up on the proponent and opponent arguments of the state-wide ballot measures in LWVCEF’s Pro/Con Guide (http://cavotes.org/vote/pros-cons-pdf) and get more general information about the election in their Easy Voter Guide- http://www.easyvoterguide.org/.

National Voter Registration Day

We were proud to participate in National Voter Registration Day this year by partnering with a student organization at San Francisco State University. Together we registered voters in celebration of this important day!

Secretary of State Candidate Forum

with Alex Padilla and Pete Peterson

Moderated by John Myers, KQED

Thursday October 9, 2014, from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm (doors open at 6 pm)

University of California Berkeley’s Chevron Auditorium, located in the International House

2299 Piedmont Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94720


  • ​Live in person by registering for a seat here
  • Livestreamed here. For updates on the Livestream before the event please check here

However you watch, you can participate by tweeting your questions to the candidates!

Story Bank 

Whitney Watts:

For as long as I can remember, I have always craved knowledge, wanted to understand the world around me, and found a way to be a part of positive change. Some of my favorite courses in my undergraduate degree touched on social change and social inequities on both a national and international scale. I had always been interested in political issues but my International Affairs degree really opened my eyes to the world around me. After some very enlightening courses, I realized that there is still a lot of work to be done – not just on a national or international level, but here in our backyards. I did my graduate work in Education and Sociology and completed a certificate in teaching with the intention of having education be a center part of the work that I do. Specifically, moving to San Francisco from Atlanta, Georgia four years ago, I wanted to make sure to give back and be a part of the local community. I began by registering to vote, making sure to stay up-to-date on local issues, and, of course, voting! The first time I voted in California, I almost cried with enthusiasm. You would be so shocked and surprised by the amount of voting barriers one faces in Georgia – short hours, lack of information about ballot measures, far commutes to voting sites, identification barriers, and more. San Francisco made it so convenient and easy to vote that I vowed to vote in every election. And, when a friend asked me to join the League of Women Voters of San Francisco – of course I said yes! It is a cause that I believe in wholeheartedly. I am so grateful that I found the LWVSF and that I am able to volunteer my time and energy serving on the Board as Co-Chair of the Communications Committee. 

Check out Whitney’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.

Debra Holcomb

Considering joining the League? Click here to learn more!

We’re Looking for Volunteers!

  • Membership Comittee – 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. 
  • The Meet & Greet, on October 23, is an opportunity for the public to meet with local candidates running for office. Volunteers are needed for publicity, community outreach and event planning.

For more information on the volunteer opportunities listed above and more, email lwvsf@lwvsf.org or call (415) 989-8683.

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Upcoming Events  

Advocacy Committee Meeting

When: Wednesday, October 8, 6:00 – 7:00pm

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

Meet & Greet 

When: Thursday, October 23, 6:00-8:30pm

Where: Nissan/Infiniti San Francisco- 1395 Van Ness Avenue (@Bush)

The Meet & Greet is an opportunity for the public to meet with local candidates running for office.

Purchase tickets here.


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