March 2013


Mark your calendar for our Annual "Women Who Could Be President" Gala!

Thursday, May 2, 2013 | 6:00-8:00 p.m. | San Francisco City Club


League Spotlight on Initiative and Referendum


This month, after diligently engaging with the study material, San Francisco members participated in consensus meetings for the statewide Initiative and Referendum Study, underway since the summer of 2011. But the fun is not over yet!


First, be sure to join members from across the state at the League of Women Voters of California Convention (see below for more information), where the Study Committee will host a caucus on the results of the consensus process, including the possibility of updating our position.


Secondly, LWVSF is proud to announce ourpartnership with the San Francisco Library in the Book Club in a Box program, featuring California Crackup: How Reform Broke the Golden State, and How We Can Fix It, by Mark Paul and Joe Matthews. This book, utilized by the I&R Study Committee in their research, contains a wealth of proposals for reform ripe for discussion by your book group! Simply head to the Main SF Library and request the box, which contains 10 copies of the text as well as a binder with additional information about the author, discussion questions, reviews, interviews and more.


Finally, mark your calendars for Thursday, May 9th from 6:00-7:30 p.m. when LWVSF will present to the public a panel on direct democracy featuring California Crackup co-author Joe Matthews, University of California Hastings College of the Law Professor Michael Salerno, and the statewide I&R Study Leader Helen Hutchison. This event, to be held in the Koret Auditorium at the San Francisco Public Library, promises to be an exciting and stimulating evening, and there will be an opportunity for questions from the audience as well. It is not to be missed!

myLeague: Leading the Charge for Change

May 17th - 19th | San Jose, California



The purpose of the convention is to be inspired and empowered to increase active and informed participation in civic life. Come meet passionate people from across the state who are making democracy work! Our theme is myLeague: Leading The Charge for Change. There is a range of activities to suit any schedule or budget, from investing in a full three-day registration for $375 or treating yourself to a special pre-convention $40 workshop; check out your options. The hotel’s special room rate of $119 per night is good through April 15th. There is a special link on the blog or you can call the hotel and ask. Don’t get caught without a room by waiting until the last minute; rooms may sell out before that date! Read more about speakers, workshops, special activities on our Convention blog. Join our San Francisco delegation to make sure our local League remains at the forefront of both voter education strategies and League advocacy work. We look forward to seeing you there!

League Prepares to Launch New Approach to Online Voter Information

Introducing SmartVoter - the Next Generation


Big changes are coming soon to the Internet near you!  Building on last fall’s successful test of Smart Voter’s new “Next Generation” web technology, the state League is poised to launch a brand new way of engaging and informing California voters online later this year.  Detailed plans are currently being finalized and are expected to be announced at the state League Convention in San Jose on May 16-19.


The new approach is expected to incorporate the most current techniques from both online journalism and interactive web technology to create a completely new experience for the 24 million Californians who will be eligible to vote in 2014.  Regular updates and news stories based on some of the best coverage and analysis of election-related subjects in the Golden State will be featured at the completely-redesigned Smart Voter® website, along with the award-winning personal ballot lookup that California voters have used for more than fifteen years.  Visitors will be able to enjoy a robust range of streaming videos, audio clips, interactive graphics and carefully-selected stories about upcoming election issues and contests, ballot measures and changes to the voting process.


Importantly, the new Smart Voter® will allow the League at all levels to partner more extensively with other leading civic groups and news media outlets around the state, and to provide information tools and content that can be easily shared on the websites, mobile apps and social media of those organizations to greatly expand our impact.  The Next Generation design will make all of this valuable information just as easy to explore on the touch screens of smartphones and tablet computers as the biggest flat panel monitor.


By spearheading these capabilities to expand and innovate in how we will provide voter service, the leadership of Smart Voter® hopes to ensure that local Leagues throughout California will have the tools to be a vital source for voters well into the 21st century.  A campaign to raise additional support to complete this important transition to the League’s future in online voter information is currently underway.  Right now, thanks to a $25,000 challenge offered by a group of longtime Smart Voter® supporters, every new or increased donation to Smart Voter for the Next Generation project by June 30, 2013 will be matched until the challenge goal is met. Checks should be sent to LWVC Education Fund, 1107 9th Street, Suite 300, Sacramento CA 95814-3608, with a notation that you wish to designate your gift to Smart Voter. We appreciate your support!


Spring Wine and Cheese Member Gathering

April 11, 2013 | 6:00-7:30 p.m.


Join new League members as well as old friends at our Spring Wine and Cheese Member Gathering! This event will also be your opportunity to learn about cutting-edge election ideas and updates. Our featured guests will be Kate Quick, the President of Alameda League as well as Katherine Gavzy, the President of the Oakland League! This is an incredible chance for SF members to network with and learn from our Bay Area League neighbors – over tasty snacks and a glass of wine! Please RSVP by calling the League office at (415) 989-8683 or e-mailing Location is available upon RSVP. We look forward to seeing you there!

LWVSF Introduces New Program Manager


Bidding Michelle Farewell

It is with mixed emotions that we announce our excellent Program Manager, Michelle Seivers, will be leaving LWVSF and returning to her hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. From all of us at LWVSF, we thank Michelle for her loyal service and wish her the very best in the future - please keep in touch!


Welcoming Natalya

Our new Program Manager, Natalya DeRobertis-Theye, begins her new role following a 1.5-year stint on the Board as Communications Co-Chair, as well as experience serving on the statewide Initiative and Referendum Study Committee. Welcome, Natalya!

Upcoming Events


Thursday, April 11, 2013 | 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Spring Wine and Cheese Member Gathering

Location: please call the office at (415) 989-8683


Thursday, May 2, 2013 | 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Women Who Could Be President Annual Gala

Location: the historic San Francisco City Club


Thursday, May 9, 2013 | 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Initiative and Referendum Panel

Location: the Koret Auditorium at the Main San Francisco Library


Friday, May 17th - Sunday, May 19th

myLeague: Leading the Charge for Change State Convention

Location: Hayes Mansion, San Jose, California


Saturday, June 8, 2013

Annual Meeting

Location: TBD





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