South San Mateo County

South San Mateo County

Atherton • East Palo Alto • Menlo Park • Portola Valley 
Redwood City • Woodside

LWVUS - Celebrating our 99th Birthday!

Be Informed   •  Be Active  •  Be Democracy in Action


The League of Women Voters encourages informed and active participation in government. We work to increase the understanding of major public policy issues and work to influence public policy through education and advocacy.  The League's primary community efforts include:

  • registering voters
  • moderating local candidate forums and debates
  • conducting state proposition presentations
  • providing voters with Election Voter Guides

We never support or oppose candidates or political parties.

Join or Renew by the September 1, 2019 Deadline! 


2019/2020 Membership Drive - Join or Renew Today!

Be Democracy in Action! - Join LWVSSMC Today!

Spotlight Event

LWV South San Mateo County Annual Kick-Off Event

Saturday, September 21, 2019
9:00am to 12:00pm

Lida Urbanek's Home
75 Tuscaloosa Avenue, Atherton
See map: Google Maps 

Our Annual Kick-Off Event launches our 2019/2020 community activites calendar which includes presentations on local, state, and national issues, candidate forums, voter outreach, and much more!

2020 Census - Everybody Counts!

Speaker: Melissa Vergara -- Fellow, Office of Community Affairs

Melissa Vergara will be presenting the county’s 2020 Census efforts to ensure a complete and accurate count. LWVSSMC is working closely with San Mateo County to ensure that the 2020 Census is a success.

Coffee and President’s Welcome  - 9:00am - 9:45am
Speaker - 9:45 - 10:45am
Business Meeting - 11:00 - Noon


Spotlight News

Local League

Informative Breakfast Meeting
with East Palo Alto Mayor, Lisa Gauthier

Breakfast with East Palo Alto Mayor, Lisa Gauthier

On Saturday August 17, 2019 LWVSSMC hosted a
Breakfast with EPA Mayor Lisa Gauthier.
Mayor Gauthier described her lifelong ties to the
community. She indicated that the biggest overall
issue EPA faces is that it has only 2.5 square
miles of real estate which makes every decision
Mayor Gauthier then graciously handled questions
and discussions of East Palo Alto’s challenges with 
housing, development and cultural diversity.
She finished by encouraging audience members to
be open to change and a diverse community, and to work together to continue to make East Palo Alto a wonderful place to live.


LWVSSMC 2019/2020 Focus Issues


  • Housing/Transportation
  • Voter Outreach


  • 2020 Census
  • Climate Change Adaptation as it impacts San Mateo County with a focus on Sea Level rise and increased Fire Risk


LWV California

2020 Citizens Redistricting Commission - New Commissioners Needed!
**** Deadline Extended to August 19, 2019 *****

Every ten years, after the federal census, California must re-establish the boundaries of its Congressional, State Senate, State Assembly, and State Board of Equalization districts to reflect new population data and shifting populations. The Voters FIRST Act gave this power to California citizens ensuring that new and fair political boundaries are drawn without special interests, politics and political influence. Apply before August 19!

What can you do to help?

This is your chance to become a part of creating fair and transparent district boundaries that serve the best interests of California. If you believe politics are better when all sides work together and you have a passion for civic engagement, apply to become one of 14 new 2020 commissioners by 8/19. 

Shape California's Future!


Interested in Climate Change?
Join the LWV California Climate Change Task Force

As a Task Force member you can get involved at any level. 

  • Receive emails about climate change activities across California. 
  • Be part of a google group to communicate directly.
  • Watch webinars and/or get involved in conference calls.
  • Join a state-wide climate action team
  • Or the sky's the limit!

Interested in Sea Level rising? Join the LWVC Sea Level Rising Task Force.

To get up-to-speed check out LWVC web pages.

·         Climate Change where you'll see news
·         Climate Change Task Force where you can get ideas, watch the archived webinars, see resources, and learn what is happening around California
·         Legislation to see what we're supporting, opposing or following



LWV Wins Redistricting Litigation in Battleground States

Last week, a federal district court in Ohio ruled in favor of the League of Women Voters of Ohio, invalidating the 2011 redistricting maps. Read more about this win in the LWV press release - fair congressional district maps. The week prior, another federal district court ruled in favor of LWV Michigan by invalidating the congressional and state legislative redistricting plans in Michigan. Ultimately, both cases were egregious attempts to disenfranchise voters, but LWV is winning in court 5:1, and this is all due to the amazing work Leagues are doing across the country.


Voters Protected Against Illegal Voter Purge in Texas

The League of Women Voters of Texas and other civil rights groups reached a settlement with Texas state officials last month to end the discriminatory purging of the state’s voter rolls. The settled lawsuit was raised in opposition to a purge effort in January that was based on a flawed list of possible non-U.S. citizens. The purge included thousands of naturalized citizens who were eligible to vote. Read press release - Texas purge ended.

Upcoming Events

Event Date: 
Sep 18 2019 - 5:00pm
Event location: 

Ladera Commuity Church

Dr. Michele Barry on The Climate's Impact on Megacities Event

Event Date: 
Sep 21 2019 - 1:00pm
Event location: 

Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church

Our country is having trouble making important decisionsand solving problems in the United States. 
Americans find it harder and harder to even talk with one another.