Issues of Interest

Issues of Interest

LWVSLO Recommended Program for July 2020 - June 2021

A proposed program for 2020 – 2021 will be included in the Annual Meeting packet to be voted on by our entire membership at our Annual Meeting on May 30, 2020. 

The local issues that emerged from the program planning meeting in January are:


  • Land Use
  • Water
  • Homelessness
  • Civil Discourse
  • Voter Outreach
  • Education
  • Membership Engagement and Motivation


LWVSLO Program for July 2019 - June 2020

The Board recommends that we:

  1. Retain all existing position statements.
  2. Conduct no new local study.
  3. Focus on building our League – our membership and our members’ skills – to handle the challenges of the 2020 election cycle.

The Board recommends the following areas for emphasis and action:

Training: Training in Voter Service and Civil Discourse activities.  Training for the various roles in candidate forums, for Pros & Cons presentations, for the Democracy Concierge program, for handling the issues and disruptions that arise at candidate forums.  Incorporate Civil Discourse training into training for Voter Service.  Leadership training for Board positions to encourage members to join the Board.

Member Engagement: Use all the tools we have to communicate with our members.  Emails, alerts, phone contacts, Action Alerts from state and national, the VOTER, and encourage use of our website.  Ensure members are aware of events, activities, and opportunities for volunteering through a widely publicized League calendar and phone tree.

Expand the Mentor Program for new members; through personal contact, encourage new members to feel comfortable and get involved.  Small group discussions and café format dialogues to bring members with similar interests together.  Invite members to attend Board meetings to learn how the League works.

Community Visibility & Outreach: Reach out to other community organizations and demographics to explain the League and League programs.  Outreach to men and younger populations, including a quasi-internship program.  Do presentations on the League (a Speakers Bureau) to show who we are and why the community needs us – fact-based information in a civil environment where issues are discussed calmly and respectfully – that’s the League “brand”.  Issue-based programming, public information forums, on topics of importance to the community.

The Board recommends that we inform and educate our members on the following state and national issues:

  1. Abolition of the Electoral College and replacement with a popular vote.
  2. Campaign finance reform and money in politics.
  3. Equal Rights Amendment – in time for the 100th Anniversary of women’s right to vote.