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November 2020

Finally! This election, which began in January of 2019 with the first announcement by a presidential candidate, has now been called by the media.

Thank you all for voting!!!! You may check that your vote was counted. If not, the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters will tell you why and you may be able to correct the issue. We applaud the wonderful job they have been doing to provide us an accurate voting process.


We were so pleased to help prepare people to cast an informed vote. Please see our special thank you below to the many League volunteers who worked on Candidates Forums, Pros & Cons events, and getting people registered to vote. A huge thanks to all of you!!!


Our local League recommended a YES vote on Measure G (Increasing the powers of the Independent Police Auditor plus other changes to the City Charter) and Measure T (Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority Parcel Tax). We are very pleased that both of them passed overwhelmingly.

The League of Women Voters of the Bay Area urged a YES vote on Measure RR (CalTrain Sales Tax) which also passed.


After every election, all levels of League organizations know how important it is to continue to hold elected representatives accountable in support of issues that reflect our values.

We are continuing to watch our city councils and other governance bodies to identify opportunities when the League needs to speak up about an issue or public process that aligns with our mission and priorities.

A League committee has started a timely study to review our position on the San Jose City Charter sections related to form of government, representation and compensation. The League’s position was originally adopted in 1972 and most recently updated in 1986. San Jose has changed significantly in the past 34 years and the study will examine whether the current form of government and representation is best for efficiency in the delivery of services, cost effectiveness, transparency, public engagement, flexibility and creative solutions. Watch for periodic updates on the committee’s progress.


Come join us to celebrate our annual Holiday Party on Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 5pm. As much as we would like to be together in person, it is still not a safe time to gather. Our holiday party committee has come up with some fun ways to virtually celebrate the holiday season – hope to see you there.

As we move towards our traditional holiday season in this unusual Covid world, please stay safe and healthy.

Carol Watts


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