- 2015 Civic Contribution Award Nomination deadline
- December 1
- Download our Award Nomination form
- Board Meeting
- December 5, 1 P.M.
- 2249 Graham Road, Bayside
- Holiday Party
- December 5, 2 P.M.
- 2249 Graham Road, Bayside
- Bill of Rights Day
- December 15
- Commemorates the ratification of the Bill of Rights on this date in 1791
The League of Women Voters
of Humboldt County
Our Mission: The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.
WATCH: Meet Your Newly Elected Officials Videos
Last June the League hosted a Meet Your Elected Officials event featuring two elected officials. This event has been recorded and links to the videos are below: District Attorney Maggie Fleming
County Clerk, Recorder and Registrar of Voters Kelly Sanders
MEMBERSHIP MEETING: Updating PositionsIn order to take action on issues in the community the League must first study the topic and then, by consensus, pass a position statement. Each year the League looks at one or two of our positions to see if they need updating. This year we are updating our positions on Juvenile and Adult Detention Facilities & Programs and The Grand Jury. The Adult and Juvenile positions were separated this year, so we will have three positions to consider. On October 22 all LWVHC members are invited to attend a membership meeting to review and update our positions. The proposed revisions are on the LWVHC website (Link) in three documents:
- Juvenile Detention Facilities and Programs
- Adult Detention Facilities and Programs
- The Grand Jury (link coming soon)
The documents list the old position, the revisions and the new position, in that order. Please review the documents before the meeting and join us on October 22, at 5:30 pm (at the A1AA building corner of 7th and F). Refreshments will be served and we plan to finish by 7:30 pm. If you cannot attend please send us your comments by email and we will include them in the discussion.
2016 State of the Community LuncheonIt's time to nominate another group/individual for their Civic Contribution Award. Each year, at the State of the Community Luncheon, the League of Women Voters of Humboldt County honors individuals and/or groups for contributing to our community. We are now accepting nominations for those you feel deserve this special recognition for their contributions on April 22, 2016. Please nominate a person or organization you feel should be considered for this honor and why. Download the form here.
It's Time to Renew!
League dues are due, and we've made it easy to renew your support of the League.
Meet Your Newly Elected Officials
Catch it Online
Meet Your Newly Elected Officials night was a great success and packed full of interesting information. Ryan Burns of the Lost Coast Outpost interviewed Maggie Fleming, District Attorney and Kelly Sanders, Clerk, Recorder, and Registrar of Voters.
Maggie Fleming discussed many different topics of interest to the audience. Maggie discussed how the reorganized department will use vertical prosecution as an effective means to handle cases. A team follows a case from start to sentencing, providing a consistent contact for victims, witnesses, and the accused. She also discussed various reasons why a case may be delayed, factors considered when discussing a plea bargain, and the plan to spend the funds promised to the department through Measure Z.
Kelly Sanders described the functions of the County Clerk-Recorder, granting marriage licenses and fictitious business name licenses, making campaign contribution reports, and assisting registered voters to name just a few.
Kelly's response to a question from the audience about how to improve voter turnout was to educate the voter population, and she commended the League for its efforts.
It is estimated that there are 104,000 people eligible to vote but only 76,000 are registered. She also explained the Motor-Voter law and SB 450 Vote by Mail proposal. Sanders also discussed the voting machines, the Election Transparency Project that verifies all ballots are scanned properly, and the logistical planning around an election.
The session was taped, so be sure to look for the interviews on the Public Access station for a very informative program.
June 30 marks the end of our fiscal year and the beginning of a new League year. This is an ideal time to thank everyone who has served on your board for the 2014-15 year.
This has been an amazingly energetic and active board, and I have enjoyed working with all these dedicated Leaguers. I want to give a particular hearty thank you to those board members who are leaving the board at this time. Thank you to my Co-President, Amanda Windsor, who has effectively facilitated many board meetings, has handled all the technology aspects of the President's job, and has added fresh, new ideas to our jobs and to the League.
Thank you to Treasurer Mona Daly whose financial wizardry has put our records into such great shape and helped us all understand our financials. Thank you to Laura Hennings who has been active in Community Education, and took a leap into the other arm of the League and became our Action Chair. As this VOTER goes to print, Laura will be conducting our Legislative Interview with Senator McGuire and will report on that in the VOTER in the fall. And finally, thank you to Judy Bennett, who was appointed to the board late in the year, but has been very active, taking over Community Education when Laura became our Action Chair.
Judy has put together our special community event to meet our newly elected District Attorney, Maggie Fleming, and County Clerk, Kelly Sanders.
Since the League encourages members to be involved, participate and even run for office, we are pleased that both Maggie and Kelly have taken the League's message very seriously. We are happy to be able to have an informed discussion, and to inform the public, with them as elected officials.
I hope everyone was able to attend on June 23. Read all about this event on Page 4 of the June-July VOTER. A big thank you to Lilach Assayag for all her energy and efficiency in arranging this event.
We actually have a date for our September Membership Event so you can put it on your calendars right now—Saturday, September 26, 2015 . We haven't decided whether it will be a brunch or a lunch, but we will let you know that when we remind you in the August/September VOTER.
Your board will be meeting for a retreat on August 22, 2015 so there will be plenty of news about the 2015-2016 League year at the end of the summer.
And now I hope you will all welcome Kathy Johanson as Co-President for the coming year. I am looking forward to working with her as she uses her technology skills to continue dragging me into the 21st century!
I hope you all are enjoying a delightful summer!
~LWVHC Co-President Byrd Lochtie