Santa Clara County Rolls Out Voters Choice
Santa Clara County is implementing Voters Choice, the new voting process that will make voting easy and convenient for all registered voters.
Santa Clara county joins 14 other California counties in adopting this system. When implemented, this new convenient process will affect over 50% of voters in the state. Voters Choice will expand the opportunity for mail-in voting, extend the number of days that voters will be able to vote in person and give voters more convenient locations to vote in person.
Watch our recent CreaTV interview with Shannon Bushey, Santa Clara County Register of Voters and hear more about how Voters Choice will affect you.
The League in ACTION!
League members are active in outreach and planning activities in a number of important areas.
Should the City of San Jose change its form of governance -- from the current Council-City Manager system to a "strong mayor" system? The League is studying the impacts of this change and how it would affect our community.
We are actively supporting the upcoming Schools and Communities First Initiative and will be participating in public education programs over the next year.
The Natural Resources/Climate Change Committee continues to monitor progress around San Jose Clean Energy, noting the efforts to move more San Jose residents to elect "Total Green," for 100% carbon-free, and 100% renewable energy.
Our Climate Change Committee is involved in reviewing and commenting on the City of San Jose’s Green Stormwater Infrastructure proposals and upcoming efforts to reduce carbon emissions via San Jose's new Reach Goals. We are also closely watching the exciting ongoing rollout of San Jose Clean Energy. Read more about our Climate Committee HERE.
As always, the League is deeply committed to protecting the Coyote Valley. We are excited to review and comment on Assemblyman Ash Kalra’s legislation to preserve the Coyote Valley and protect our region’s open space. Learn more about this legislation HERE.
Please consider working with us on these important issues. Contact us to learn more about our work HERE.
Charities Housing to Speak at Lunch With League
Our November speaker is Kathy Robinson, Director of Development for Charities Housing. Charities Housing a local non- profit housing development corporation that develops, owns and manages permanent housing for families and individuals at the lowest end of the affordability spectrum. She will discuss Charities Housing’s experience in providing homes for lower-income residents in Santa Clara County.
Lunch With League is a monthly public event focused on timely and informative topics that encourage our audiences to become better-informed citizens. The League of Women Voters invites you to join us at Lunch With League.
Read more and register HERE.
Message From the President
How is open government working today?
At our October Lunch with League, we
were honored to hear Bert Robinson,
senior editor of the Bay Area News Group
(which includes the Mercury News) talk
about his efforts to get information from
local government departments so the
public can know what our government is
doing for us.
Our League, along with Mr. Robinson, participated in the Sunshine task force several years ago which gave us a voice (or two) in helping to shape the local laws. He said the Sunshine laws recommended by the task force were mostly enacted by the city council and are working well. One area that could improve is the ability to get city police reports. A new state law SB1421 (Skinner) should improve access to some of this data. Mr. Robinson has requested city police records pursuant to this law, but so far, this effort has been unsuccessful after ... read more HERE.
Carol Watts, President