2nd Saturday Programs are on Summer Break!
We have entered into our summer schedule and there will be no programs on the second Saturday of the month until October 13th. In September, however, we will host another Candidate Forum Series. Stay tuned for details!
Our Annual Meeting in May turned into a Vote Loud, Speakeasy party. Please read our Annual Report below.
2017-2018 Annual Report
May is typically the month we set aside for our Annual Meeting, but this year, amidst a busy election cycle, we opted out of a general meeting and instead, to inform members about the state of the League of Women Voters of Western Nevada County through this issue of The Voter. Here’s a rundown of our accomplishments this year:
LWVWNC hosted five candidate forums for local and state candidates during the month of April. Our forums were broadcast on our local television station, NCTV, and on KVMR radio, and both the audio and visual recordings were made available on demand via our website.
Our forums were well attended, well executed, well supported by our volunteers, and appreciated by the candidates and the community. These would not have been possible without the leadership of our outgoing Voters Services chair, Ben Avansino, and the efforts of many other League volunteers. Thanks to Ben and everyone! We also provided moderators for candidate forums held by other organizations.
Voters Choice Act
We worked with our partners in the Future of Nevada County Elections Coalition, the state LWV, and the Nevada County Elections Office to promote and educate our community on the new way to vote in Nevada County, known as Voters Choice. This project was an excellent opportunity for us to network with other organizations such as FREED Center for Independent Living, Sierra Fund, Tahoe Truckee Family Resource Center, and the Nevada County Elections Office. We believe the Voters Choice system will encourage more people to cast ballots, and we will continue to work on promoting this to our community.
Our Second Saturday Programs at Peace Lutheran Church in Grass Valley covered the topics of “Money in Politics,” “Sexual Harassment in Politics,” “Political Parties 101,” “Revisiting the State of Parks and Recreation” after last year’s LWVWNC study, “Taking A Knee,” “The Grand Jury,” “Ballot Propositions Pros and Cons,” and a special program at Sierra College on “Fake News.” It was a great series of programs; much praise is due to Fran Cole and Mary Sivila for their tireless work on behalf of our programs.
Schools and Communities First Campaign
As part of a statewide coalition, the LWV of California has encouraged local Leagues to participate in collecting signatures to bring the California Schools and Local Communities Funding Act to our ballots in 2020. We heard the call, and thanks to Stephen Munkelt, Stephanie Mandel, and Jeannie Tofanelli, we’ve collected signatures from our Nevada County community. The California Schools and Local Communities Funding Act will restore over $11 billion per year to California’s schools, community colleges, health clinics, and other vital local services.
A new LWVWNC website
Our new website is more comprehensive and easier to use.
NID meetings now broadcast
In a combined effort with the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) and the Nevada County Federation of Neighborhood Associations, we lobbied the NID Board of Directors to implement a broadcast of their board meetings, now available to view on their website. From their home page, go to the page called Meetings and Minutes, then click Board Meeting Archives.
Volunteers greeted the community at our booth at every Thursday Night Market in Grass Valley as well as at Nevada City’s Hot Summer Nights. We signed up new members, registered voters, and generally had a good time with our community. We’ll be looking for more volunteers to help us with our booth this summer as well!
Observed regular meetings of the NID Board and the Nevada County Supervisors
Thanks to our volunteers in the Observer Corp, we have an ear to the ground at these important public meetings. Thanks to JoAnn Marie and Bob Brandstrom for their commitment to these meetings. (We could use some more folks to sit in on the Grass Valley and Nevada City City Council Meetings, as well as school board meetings!)