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LWVBC General Meeting: June 30, 2020

General Meeting


Census Panel- Counting Everyone in 2020: February 13

Census 2020 Panel

Panelists will include: Mahalley Allen, Political Science Department Chair at Chico State; Debra Lucero, Butte County Supervisor; and Megan Smith, Chair of the Butte County Complete Count Committee.  Also present as moderators will be Katie Salcido and Jacki Walker, Partnership Specialists for the U.S. Census Bureau.


Voter Registration: January 28

 The League of Women Voters of Butte County visited every county library branch on Tuesday, January 28 to do voter registration and outreach. Shown here in Gridley are Roxanne Ferry, Pam Sachs and Marvey Mueller.

Voter Registration


Candidate Forum: January 15

Supervisor Forum 1/15/2020


2019 Fall Speaker Series: Climate Change

A full house at the Gateway Museum last night learned about our local climate change liabilities and a sensible approach to deal with the dangers. 

LWVBC member Marvey Mueller introduced the team and opened the four-part speaker series which will continue once a month through December. (Next dates: Oct. 17, Nov. 14 & Dec. 5) More information and  detailed coverage of all 4 presentations. Click Here.


Climate Change Speaker Series


June: LWV Convention

Convention 2019

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