January 2014


Setting LWVSF Priorities
Update from the January 2014 Program Planning Meeting

Members at our Program Planning meeting recommended that our League address the issues of income inequality, voting rights, civic education in local schools and climate change.

Here's what happens next: 

  • The board will review the recommendations for issues to address in the upcoming year.
  • The board will bring its recommendations to members during the annual meeting in June.
  • Members will vote on the recommendations at the annual meeting.

TAKE ACTION: Are you interested in getting involved in these issues? Let us know! Our advocacy works depends on member participation --- we really can't do it without you. Contact our office at lwvsf@lwvsf.org or 415-989-8683.  


Other Key Recommendations -- At the Program Planning meeting, LWVSF members also voted for our League to make recommendations to the League of Women Voters of the United States (LWVUS). Members voted to recommend extending the LWVUS Agriculture Update study for one year. Members also voted to recommend that LWVUS accept the LWV New Jersey position on human trafficking. 

 State of the Union Address Touches All of League's Priorities

An excerpt from the blog posting of LWV President Elisabeth MacNamara


In [Wednesday's] annual State of the Union (SOTU) address, President Obama laid out his priorities for the coming year. His words addressed a range of critical issues affecting the country – including a number of the League’s priority issues. Here’s the rundown of what he said on our issues and how it aligns with League positions:




Legislative Interviews


Legislative interviews are still in progress! If you're interested in attending an interview, contact the office at lwvsf@lwvsf.org or 415-989-8683.  

2014 Bay Area League Day:

A New Vision for Bay Area Open Space


Open space is more than just a beautiful landscape or a place to hike. Within the more than one million acres protected permanently from development in the Bay Area, a new vision of the value of open space is emerging. An ecosystem survey being conducted by the Santa Clara and Sonoma open space districts is developing data on the cost-benefit value of investing in nature. Connectivity between open lands allows for greater use by the public and wildlife. Some open lands are being used as a baseline to study the effects of climate change. Habitat conservation plans are being developed to enhance the provision of water supply by preserving and enhancing watersheds and improving flood protection. Join us for our annual Bay Area League Day as we consider all of this and more in the following program:


Keynote Address

Wendy Pulling, Director of Conservation Programs, The Nature Conservancy - San Francisco


Panel 1: Progress in Preserving Open Space

Jeremy Madsen, Executive Director, Greenbelt Alliance

Sam Schuchat, Executive Director, California State Coastal Conservancy

Beverly Lane, Board Member, East Bay Regional Park District


Panel 2: Economic Benefits of Open Space

Andrea Mackenzie, General Manager, Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority

Karen Gaffney, Conservation Planning Program Manager, Sonoma County Ag. Preservation and Open Space District


Panel 3: Future Challenges

Matt Brennan, Senior Engineering Hydrologist, ESA PWA

Nat Seavy PhD, Pacific Coast & Central Valley Research Director, Point Blue Conservation Science

Jenn Fox, Executive Director, Bay Area Open Space Council


Join Bay Area League Day:

Saturday, February 1, 2014, 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM

Registration and refreshments from 9:30 AM to 10:00 AM

MetroCenter Auditorium, 101 Eighth Street, Oakland, CA 94607




League of Women Voters of San Francisco Annual Gala
Thursday, March 20, 2014, 6 p.m.

The City Club of San Francisco
155 Sansome Street, San Francisco, CA 94104
Mistress of Ceremonies:
Cheryl Jennings, News Anchor, KGO-Channel 7
Registration Details Coming Soon

Welcome New Members!


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


Kelly Montgomery

Larissa Jones

Upcoming Events


Bay Area League Day
February 1, 2014 | 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
MetroCenter Auditorium
101 Eighth Street, Oakland, CA 94607
2014 Women Who Could Be President Gala
March 20, 2014 | 6:00 p.m.
The City Club of San Francisco
155 Sansome Street, San Francisco, CA 94104





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