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January 24: LWV of Butte County Annual Potluck & Program 

What will Voting Look Like in 2020 ? 

Our County Elections Officer, Candace Grubbs reflects on voter turn-out and voting technologies used in recent 2018 elections, shares with us what’s on the horizon.We learned about voter registration, provisional ballots, and potential voter service centers. 
We are also proud to announce the winner of the LWVBC Mita Markland Award for Outstanding Community Service. Linda MacMichael.  

What Will the 2020 Election Look Like

January 19: Women's March - Chico, CA 

Women's March January 2019


September Meeting 

Fall Coffee and  panel presentation concentrated on practical solutions to the lack of affordable housing in our community, including housing the homeless, what constitutes low-income affordable housing, and what is and will be available into the future.
Invited speakers included Robert Trausch from the Chico Housing Action Team, Charles Withuhn from Simplicity Village, Jennifer Griggs from the Butte County Continuum of Care, Ed Mayer from the Butte County Housing Authority and Ron Reed, a local attorney.


June 28-July1:

LWVUS 2018 Convention, Chicago, IL 
Delegates from LWV Butte County were Debra Barger, Elaina McReynolds and Jane Wanderer.

Convention Collage


June 14:

Reminiscing about Candidate Forums following Voter Service Director Rose Kelley's Departure. Butte County benefited greatly from her efforts and LWVBC wishes her well in South Dakota.

Voter Services Director

May 9: League Members Working at  Forum

League Forum Workers

May 9: Butte County Supervisors, District 2 and 3

Su[ervisors District 2 and 3

May 9: Butte County Assessor Forum

Assessor Butte County

April 30: U.S. Representative District 1, Forum

1 District Congressional Candidates

March 14: Sunshine Week Public Informational Forum

News Editors

  • David Little, Editor of Chico Enterprise Record and the Oroville Mercury Register
  • Mark Plenke, CSUC Journalism Professor and Orion Advisor
  • Tim Crews, Owner and Editor of Valley Mirror
  • Robert Speer, prior CN&R  Editor and Journalist


TOPIC: Transparency in government; what are we really seeing? What is the Freedom of Information Act?Newspapers Foundation of Democracy

WHAT: March 11 to 17 is the American Society of News Editors and Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press's sponsored Sunshine Week that celebrates a free press. In furtherance of its public service mission, the League of Women Voters of Butte County is offering its Spring Lunch and Learn to the public at large to recognize and promote the importance of a free press in our community. Supporting reporting: use it or lose it.





February 17: Training - Communicate Effectively with Legislators


At the end of a successful afternoon of presentation and hands-on learning smart phone aps and other techniques to let their legislators hear their voices, San Jose AAUW's public policy chair and our speaker, Peg Carlson-Bowen (center), is surrounded by our local AAUW-LWVBC workshop support team. Carol Holzgrafe, Debra Barger, Helen Gesick, Marcelene Brown, Katy Azevedo and Jane Wanderer.



Communicate with your Legislators Event Flyer

January 30: Emergency Preparedness

Emergency Preparedness

The League of Women Voters of Butte County invites citizens and representatives of organizations to an informational forum on being prepared for a catastrophic emergency or evacuation in Chico similar to the 2017 Santa Rosa Fire Evacuation and the Oroville Evacuation.

The event will be in the Fellowship Hall of the First Baptist Church, 850 Palmetto in Chico on Tuesday, January 30 at 7:00pm. A potluck dinner will be available at 6:00.

Each of the panelists will discuss their agency or department role during an emergency or disaster. The four panelists who will address the public:

  • Lt. James Bell, Butte County Sheriff's office
  • Capt. Aaron Lowe, Chico Fire Department
  • Cindi Dunsmoor, Butte County Emergency Service Manager
  • Bob Kiuttu, Enloe Hospital's Emergency Preparedness Manager

Topics will include:

  • What citizens can do to prepare for evacuation or a disaster
  • How the public will be made aware of the scope of the emergency
  • How citizens may help with an evacuation
  • What to take to a shelter
  • What is needed to shelter in place
  • What to do if separated from family members
  • Physical items to have prepared in case of evacuations (important documents, personal items, medications, etc.)

LWV Butte County on Action News Now

Linda Watkins-Bennett interview with Debra Barger

January 20: Women's March - Chico

Women's March




November 4: A Collaborative Training - What Kind of Talk Does Democracy Need?

LWV Butte County Nov 4, 2017 Civil Discourse

Making a commitment to be part of the solution, community and League members, in collaboration with the Office of Civic Engagement at CSU, Chico, gathered to conduct civil, community-building conversations. Discussion was facilitated by Martha Cox, First Vice President of the League of Women Voters of California Education Fund.






October 26: Government Appointees Panel

Panel to Discuss Gov't Appointed Positions

September 26: National Voter Registration Day

Voter Registration at CSUC

League of Women Voters of Butte County members Linda MacMichael and Mahalley Allen share information on registration and voting with an interested Chico State student.

September 16: The Economic Impacts of the Oroville Dam, Past-Present-Future

The League of Women Voters of Butte County invites Butte County citizens and organizations to an informational forum on the intent, design, building, maintenance, safety, management, licensing, recreation, and business importance of the Oroville Dam.

Southside Oroville Community Center
2959 Lower Wyandotte Road

Oroville Dam, CA

Matt Murray, Department of Water Resources View Mr. Murray's Presentation
Brian Ring, BC Assistant Chief Administrator View Mr. Ring's Presentation
Sandy Linville, Oroville Strong!
Robert Bateman, Roplast Industries
Paul Gosselin, BC Water and Resource Department
Bruce Spangler, Explore Butte County
Kevin Zeitler, Oroville Recreation Advisory Committee

League President Speaks Regarding The Observation of Proposed Property-Based Improvement District Vote

League of Women Voters of Butte County President Debra Barger Addresses City Council. 

Letter from President, Margaret Swick

Dear League Members,

We won! We are just back from the League of Women Voters of California Convention in Sacramento. The Convention was splendid and the thrilling news is that we won two top honors for our Voter Service work!!

2017 Effective Community Engagement Award

The awards we received are:

Effective Community Engagement Award

We were recognized for creating partnerships with Chico State and local Chambers of Commerce to expand voter service efforts among community members and university students. 



2017 High Visibility Award




High Visibility Award

We were recognized for creating partnerships with local TV channels for voter service events, which provided mentoring opportunities for students who are considering a career in broadcasting. 



Our work during the 2016 election season was outstanding. 21 candidate forums, 13 pro & con programs and more...Wow! Voter Service Director Rose Kelley did exceptional work and deserves every accolade. Thanks to each of you who give your time, commitment---heart & soul--to our voter service work. These awards are for you! The awards will be framed and placed on our office wall with our Mita Markland Awards, Member of the Year Awards and photo gallery.

And, it was so exciting to see Carol Burr elected to the State Board. The League of Women Voters of Butte County is doing exceptional work. What a vibrant, committed group of Leaguers!

It is time to welcome your new president and board. I will continue to work on special League projects because League work is a lifelong commitment and there is much to do.

Thanks for all your support over the last two years. It has been an honor to lead this fine organization.


Letter to Editor: Chico Enterprise Record

Annual Meeting Reports

League of Women Voters of Butte County

Annual Meeting and Elections for Board of Directors.

All members and prospective members are encouraged to attend the annual meeting. This is a very important meeting. We are going to:

...and more!


And, as a special treat, we will have a guest speaker. Twelve year old Madison Cunningham is a 7th grade student with Core Butte Charter. She recently competed in the 2017 Butte County National History Day competition. The theme was `Taking a Stand in History'. Madison researched the suffragette Alice Paul and created an exhibit about Alice Paul's life and work. Madison won in the Junior Division and has progressed to the State of California History competition on May 6th. Madison just may be on her way to the National competition soon!

30 Years of Memories at Gloria Steinem Lecture

30 Years of Memories with Linda Lunsford & Gloria Steinem

February Program

Electoral College / White House News Comic Strip

Electoral College Panel Discussion February 22, 2017, 6pm First Baptist Church, 850 Palmetto, Chico

Moderator: Mahalley Allen, PhD., League Member and Department Chair of Political Science, CSUChico

Panelists: Diana Dwyre, PhD, Political Science Professor, CSUChico Cynthia Bynoe, Political Science Instructor, Butte College Robert Main, PhD, CSUChico Professor Emeritus

Pizza & Salad dinner will be served. Donation for dinner encouraged and the public is welcome. RSVP at: lwvbutte@gmail.com

January Program

Action News Now Presentation - January 2017Train Transportation of Crude Oil through the North State How risky is it? Members Dave Garcia & Linda Furr interviewed about January 26, 2017 program. Dave will show two short videos examining crude oil transportation in the North State and enlighten us about the issues. Crude oil trains travel through the Feather River Canyon. What are the risks to Butte County? What is the risk to the State water supply?

Butte County Battalion Chief, Russ Fowler will also be present to answer audience safety questions during the question and answer portion of the program.


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