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, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.  We never support or oppose candidates or political parties.

Spotlight News

Local League

An Interview with California State Senator Jerry Hill

Recently, Shirley DesMarais, LWVSSMC President and a number of other LWVSSMC members met with California State Senator Jerry Hill to ask him a few quesitons regarding current issues facing California.

Read a recap of the interview

LWV of California

Early Legislative Victory -
SB126, Charter School Transparency

After earning bipartisan support in the Senate and Assembly, Governor Gavin Newsom signed SB 126, requiring charter school governing boards to comply with the same accountability and transparency laws that traditional school district governing boards already follow.

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LWV of U.S.

Partisan Gerrymandering at the Supreme Court

Last week activists from across the nation gathered in front of the Supreme Court, as the Justices heard a set of three redistricting cases that could result in ending partisan gerrymandering across the nation. 

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Our Next Event

LWVSSMC Annual Meeting

Wednesday, May 29, 2019
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Old Spaghetti Factory
2107 Broadway, Redwood City
Dinner - $30.00

Please join us at the LWV of South San Mateo County 65th Annual Meeting and Dinner.
We gather each year at this time to converse, dine, educate ourselves, elect new officers and directors, and celebrate outgoing board members.

Speaker: Carol Jensen

Why We Should Abolish the Electoral College.....
and How To Do It


The electoral college was originally established in the constitution as a compromise between election of the President by a vote in Congress and election of the President by a popular vote of qualified citizens. The college played a key role in the presidential elections of 2000 and 2016. 

Carol Jensen spent over 20 years in TV journalism anchoring the local news; with 13 years in Sacramento and over 6 years in Portland, Oregon, where she won numerous awards including a regional Emmy award for specialty reporting. Her journalism roots have fueled her interest in politics and the impact it has on local communities and the people and families that live there.

Read More about the event or click here to Purchase Dinner Tickets


Upcoming Events

Event Date: 
May 1 2019 - 6:30pm
Event location: 

University AME Zion Church

The League of Women Voters of Palo Alto and University AME Zion Church present a book talk with Stanford Psychologist, Jennifer Eberhardt, author of Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See,

Event Date: 
May 2 2019 - 5:00pm
Event location: 

Devil’s Canyon Brewery

The Housing Leadership Council is working on a jam-packed week - May 3rd to May 10th - filled with enlightening panels, fun and informative social events, grand openings, and plenty of opportunities for networking