Committees from Oakland

The Action Committee is where our League decides how to take "action" to make democracy work best in Oakland. We follow important civic issues and entities in Oakland, such as the new Police Commission. When appropriate, we speak out, addressing the City Council or meeting with the Mayor and City Administrator to inform them of the League's position and to inquire about how the League can have an impact. We follow and inform our members about pending legislation that supports League values and which we believe will make a positive difference in our city.

This committee meets between December and March.

Amy Lyons, Chair
Louise Rothman-Riemer
Davis Riemer
Louise Rothman-Riemer, Chair
Sandy Venning

The Communications Committee was formed in 2016 to provide consistent, more innovative forms of outreach regarding League work in Oakland.

The Development Committee's purpose is to raise funds to help LWVO fund its major election projects:  

We follow the Oakland Unified School District, making sure they attend to the needs of all students, encouraging their success and focusing on balancing the budget. Specific projects include:

Our goal is to promote a civically informed and engaged Oakland. We work hard to recruit new members and to make the League more reflective of Oakland.  We bolster member retention and renewal through member social events and gatherings, as well as by leveraging members' interests, skills, and desired participation level. We share League membership information, voter education and voter registration materials and staff the LWVO table at Oakland events. Help us spread the word about the LWVO! 

This committee meets as needed.

Helen Neville, Chair
Annmarie Hallin
Michael Coleman
Julie Waldman
Sandy Venning
Bonnie Hamlin, Office Volunteer Coordinator

The Speaker Series Committee (formerly Programs) connects with Oakland individuals and organizations and calendars speaking engagements for monthly LWVO Speaker Series events. We actively lift up the work of Oakland organizations, often bringing panels together for discussion on different issues affecting the city of Oakland. Speaker Series events are followed up with Hot Topics discussion event for members and the public. Past topics include:

Voter Service coordinates voter education and registration for the league, and is especially active during election season. 

CANDIDATE FORUMS - LWVO does not endorse or oppose candidates. But it does sponsor candidate forums, moderated public events where candidates for office come to explain their positions on important issues and respond to questions from the audience. It’s a great opportunity to learn about the people who want to represent you. In 2018 we held 16 forums, covering offices from Mayor to City Council to Auditor to Peralta Trustee.