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How Does The League Select Issues for Emphasis?

In League, Program means the issues that we choose for concerted study, education and action at local, state and national levels. Program can include both education and action.

The Program Planning process is part of what makes the League a grassroots organization; each League member has the opportunity to influence the selection of issues where the local, state, and national League will focus time, talent and money.

Every two years, members of local Leagues engage in Program Planning. Based on the results of this, the Board of Directors makes recommendations to the biennial convention delegates about the program to be adopted for the coming two year period.

Our two top LWVDV priorities for 2017-2018 are Affordable Housing and Immigration.

  • Affordable Housing  The LWVDV Affordable Housing Task Force will follow local government decisions on providing more housing in their communities. Task Force members are also participating in programs to assist the homeless.
  •  Immigration We will plan to educate ourselves and the public, primarily through our Third Saturday meetings.

We will also continue our monitoring and advocacy in LWVDV’s areas of emphasis:

  •  Government:  Our Observer Corps continues to monitor city councils and school boards in central and eastern Contra Costa County, particularly with respect to the Brown Act. We respond to action alerts, particularly supporting the modernization of our election system through automatic voter registration, voting centers and drop off locations.  
  •  Natural Resources:  Our focus continues to be onGlobal Warming/Climate Change, and on communicating with local entities. We will monitor plans of cities and the County Board of Supervisors. Of particular concern are sea level rise, refineries (transportation and pollution), and sea water in the Delta.
  •  Social Policy:  We address issues of affordable housing, economic inequality/poverty, minimum wage, economic mobility, sentencing/reentry, and heath care access.
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