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[11/10/2017] Follow the Money: Local Government Financing in Humboldt County

Join the League of Women Voters of Humboldt County for a lively discussion on the complex web of Humboldt County finances, presented by a panel of experts: Greg Sparks, Eureka City Manager; Chris Shaver, Assistant County Administrative Officer; and Marcella Clem, Executive Director of the Humboldt County Association of Governments.

United Congregational Christian Church 900 Hodgson (Hodgson and J Streets) Eureka

Thursday, November, 16th 6:30-8:00 PM

Light refreshments will be served.

[11/3/2017] HSU event: Electoral College vs. Popular Vote

The HSU Library and Politics Department host Dr. Charlie Biles regarding The Electoral College vs. The Popular Vote.

HSU Event Electoral College VS Popular Vote

[11/2/2017] Latest News from the League - November VOTER

To view the November VOTER, please click here. Members are also asked to view the insert with the 2018 State of the Community Luncheon nomination form available here.

[10/26/2017] Join your fellow members for an informative membership meeting local finance

Did you ever wonder what our position on Local Finance means in the real world? Where does the money come from that funds our local infrastructure and services? Who decides how it is spent, and where? Join your fellow members for an informative presentation from local experts, including Eureka City Manager Greg Sparks, on Thursday, November 16th from 6:30-8:30. United Congregational Christian Church, 900 Hodgson (Hodgson and J Streets) in Eureka. Light refreshments will be available.

[10/25/2017] Prepare for the upcoming election!

On Election Day, Tuesday November 7, voters across the country will head to the polls to cast their ballots in thousands of state and local elections. Voting allows us to make an impact on critical issues and policies. Please encourage the people in your life to vote in this year's important elections, and to find the information they need at Now is the time to think about how and when you'll vote, and encourage your friends and family to do the same. http://votersedge.org/ca/page/smartvoter

[10/20/2017] In lieu of a candidate forum, LWVHC invites candidate responses

Read and review College of the Redwoods Board of Trustees candidate responses to voter questions on our Forums page.

[10/19/2017] LWVHC invites you to view the presentation "Facts Matter".

Presented on August 15th. This presentation with Richard Kimball is now available on Access Humboldt.
https://archive.org/details/AH-lwvhc_richard_kimball_presents_vote_smart

[10/4/2017] Logic and Accuracy Testing for the November 7, 2017 Consolidated Districts Election

Humboldt County Office of Elections announced today that logic and accuracy testing of the voting equipment will be held on October 16, 2017, at 8:00 a.m.

Prior to each election, the Humboldt County Office of Elections tests ballots and equipment to ensure that all ballot types are read correctly and all ballot counting equipment is fully functional and tallying votes accurately. A specific Logic and Accuracy Observer Panel is convened pursuant to the California Secretary of State's approved logic and accuracy procedures to certify the validity and outcome of the testing.

Interested parties can observe the testing of the machines for accuracy in the tabulation of votes at the Humboldt County Office of Elections, 2426 6th Street, Eureka, California. For more information call the Office of Elections at 707-445-7481.

[10/1/2017] Latest News from the League - October VOTER

To view the October VOTER, please click here. Members are also asked to view the insert with the 2018 State of the Community Luncheon nomination form available here.

[9/22/2017] National Registration Day!

The League of Women Voters of Humboldt County will be registering voters at Humboldt State and College of the Redwoods (Eureka and Del Norte campuses) on Tuesday, September 26th. If you are 18 you can register. If you have moved, update your address to ensure you receive timely voting materials. This is an opportunity for everyone to have a say in our future government. Our democracy and your future depend upon you voting. For more information, please click here.

[9/6/2017] Getting ready to renew your driver's license? LWVC could use your help!

This is an urgent appeal to California League members.

For a number of years, the LWVC has actively worked to make voter registration at the DMV as simple and accessible as possible and in accord with the requirements of the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA, or Motor Voter).

We are a plaintiff in litigation to ensure that the DMV complies with the NVRA requirement that they offer an integrated process of voter registration to those renewing their licenses, whether in person or via mail. The court has ordered that we must show that at least one of our members falls into the category of those harmed by the DMV's current process in order for us to remain a plaintiff in this important public interest suit.

We are looking for League members who:

renewed their driver's license by mail, or are going to renew in the next 8 months and wanted/want or needed/need to register to vote or update their voter registration before next year's elections -- i.e., either moved, or changed party preferences, or changed vote-by-mail preference. It doesn't matter if you actually did the registration or not -- just that you wanted to (or will want to).

If you or another League member you know meet both of these criteria, please contact us at advocacy@lwvc.org or 916-442-7215. Thank you!

[9/5/2017] Stand with California's Community College Students!

Community colleges are a crucial gateway to higher paying jobs, but too many California students face an unnecessary roadblock to academic and career success. Currently, standardized tests assess 75 percent of community college students as "unprepared"--making them less likely to finish their education. But new research shows that these students are more prepared than the tests indicate. By being forced to take unnecessary remedial non-credit courses, community college students waste time and money.

Urge your Senator to stand with students and vote YES on AB 705: the Student Success Act. AB 705 will require community colleges to consider high school transcripts instead of standardized test scores to decide if students must take remedial courses--helping more students secure certificates or degrees or successfully transfer to a four-year institution.

Research indicates previous school performance is a much better indicator of preparedness than standardized testing. AB 705 is a commonsense reform that:

Prevents students from being unfairly tracked into remedial programs. Makes it more likely that a student will enter and complete transfer-level coursework. Ensures community colleges maintain local flexibility while requiring they use high school performance as a criteria for placement in English and mathematics courses. Our current system is profoundly unfair, with more Black and Latino students being placed in multiple remedial classes and 50-60 percent of the racial achievement gaps in college completion driven by initial placement into English and math.

Take action: Tell your Senator to support AB 705 to streamline the acceptance process for college-level courses at community colleges and give every student a fair chance to graduate.

[8/29/2017] Latest News from the League - September VOTER

To view the September VOTER, please click here. Members are also asked to view the insert with the 2018 State of the Community Luncheon nomination form available here.

[8/28/2017] Join us for the annual Membership Brunch!

Our Membership Brunch is Sept. 30th. Speakers, Chris Hartley, Superintendent of Humboldt County Office of Education and Erick Eschker, Professor of Economics, Humboldt State University. These two speakers will give us a taste of our two topics, education and finance. The event will be held at the Kate Buchanan Room at HSU, 10 AM. Event cost is $5/member. First guest is free and additional guests are $5. Please RSVP by September 23rd to: Becky Simpson (SIMPSONL@SUDDENLINK.NET)

[8/20/2017] LWVUS tranformational objectives

This is a critical time in our democracy, and a time of opportunity for the League of Women Voters. Today, the organization is exploring a transformation that will support our work and make a lasting impact on our democracy. At Council 2017, League leaders explored why we have these transformational objectives, how we will work together to achieve them, and how we will all define and own the steps forward. View the journey here

[8/18/2017] Tell Jim Wood to vote YES on SB10!

SB 10 seeks to fix the broken bail system that penalizes the poor and does little to protect the public. LWVC urges members to contact our Assembly Member to vote YES on SB 10, the Bail: Pretrial Release bill. Click here to read more LWVC

[8/16/2017] LWVC Update

Click here to read the update

[8/15/2017] Do you know what bills LWVC is working on?

Review the bills we oppose and/or support in our Bill Status Report: http://bit.ly/lwvcbills17

[8/14/2017] LWVUS statement on Charlottesville

In the wake of the events of this past weekend, we wanted to call to your attention the statement LWVUS put out yesterday morning. In addition, as questions have come in from Leagues about participation in "Indivisible" events/marches that are being planned, we wanted to provide a link to the criteria established earlier this year for League participation in political marches, protests and events as a resource.

LWV Statement: http://lwv.org/press-releases/lwv-statement-charlottesville

Criteria for League participation in 2017 Marches & Events: http://forum.lwv.org/document/criteria-league-participation-2017-marches-events

Leagues are encouraged to evaluate the "Indivisible" events (and any others) being planned in their communities in the aftermath of Charlottesville using the criteria. If criteria are met, these events would fall into LEVEL 2 of engagement: LWVUS will not coordinate but will welcome state and local participation.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact us.

[8/11/2017] Join us for Vote Smart presentation!

Remember to come to the League's presentation of Vote Smart on Tuesday (August 15th) at 5:30 PM at the Sequoia Conference Center. Please invite your friends to this FREE, non partisan event.

[6/5/2017] Latest News from the League - June VOTER

To view the June VOTER, please click here.

[5/17/2017] View the second Humboldt County General Plan Update panel discussion

To access the link please click here or check your listings for view times on Access Humboldt, CH 12.

[5/2/2017] Latest News from the League - May VOTER

To view the May VOTER, please click here.

[4/3/2017] Volunteers needed to staff Avenue of the Giants Marathon aide station

The League of Women Voters is confirmed to staff the Avenue of the Giants Marathon aide station again on May 7. It's a great way to get out into the beautiful redwoods and we are SO appreciated by the runners. Call Kay Escarda or email, kayescarda@gmail.com to volunteer or for more information.

[4/3/2017] View Humboldt County General Plan Update panel discussion

To access the link please click here or check your listings for view times on Access Humboldt, CH 12.

[4/1/2017] Latest News from the League - April VOTER

To view the April VOTER, please click here.

[3/13/2017] Join us for the 26th annual State of the Community Luncheon!

On Friday, April 7, 2017, the League of Women Voters of Humboldt County will honor educator, social worker and community volunteer Marianne Pennekamp for her many years of efforts on behalf of local causes in the areas of mental health and children's services. The organization chosen for recognition is Access Humboldt. The luncheon will be held at the Adorni Center in Eureka. Seating begins at 11:30 am. Tickets must be purchased prior to the event before April 4. This event is sold out!

[2/28/2017] Latest News from the League - March VOTER

To view the March VOTER, please click here.

[1/31/2017] Latest News from the League - February VOTER

To view the February VOTER, please click here.

[1/18/2017] Attention LWVHC Members: Join us this Sunday!

Join us for tea, snacks and an interactive meeting. Come be part of this important process so we can all make our voices heard! January 22 from 2 - 4 PM at the Area One Agency on Aging Building at 434 7th Street in Eureka.

We'll be taking a look at League of Women Voters of California (LWVC) positions, seeing what action has been taken in the recent past, and determining what recommendations we wish to make to the State Board for action and advocacy over the next two years. The process used in formulating positions and in taking action at the grassroots level makes the League unique and sets the League apart from other organizations. The fact that we are members not only of a local League, but of a state League and of the League of Women Voters of the United States as well, makes us a powerful force.

Contact Anne Hartline at annehartline10@gmail.com with questions.

[12/31/2016] Latest News from the League - January VOTER

To view the January VOTER, please click here.

[11/16/2016] Do you know someone who has made a significant community contribution?

The League of Women Voters of Humboldt County will host the annual State of the Community Luncheon on April 7, 2017. Each year the League honors local individuals and/or groups for their civic contributions. To nominate a person or organization click here.

[11/14/2016] Intersection of Mental Illness & the Criminal Justice System now available

To view the presentation online, use this following link: https://archive.org/details/intersection_of_mental_illness_and_criminal_justice_system

Or to view on AH Channel 12, please review the following air dates and times:

Play Date / Time

11/14/16 Mon 8:30 pm

11/15/16 Tue 6:30 am

11/15/16 Tue 9:00 pm

11/16/16 Wed 2:30 am

11/16/16 Wed 7:00 pm

11/17/16 Thu 12:30 pm

11/19/16 Sat 12:00 pm

[11/3/2016] League of Women Voters recommends YES vote on Measure V

Upon consideration of the League's positions derived from careful study, the League of Women Voters of Humboldt County (LWVHC)supports Measure V on the November 8th ballot. To view the full press release click here.

[11/1/2016] Get Ready for the Election!

Please join us for Ballots and Brews at Arts Alive! on Saturday. For more information click here: http://lwvhc.org/files/LWV_Ballots_and_Brews.pdf

If you're searching for 2016 LWVC Ballot Recommendations click here: http://lwvhc.org/files/the_league_recommends_flyer_2016.pdf

[10/31/2016] Latest News from the League - November VOTER

To view the November VOTER, please click here.

Thank you for your interest in the League of Women Voters of Humboldt County!

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[10/28/2016] State and Local Ballot Measure Information

The League of Women Voters of Humboldt County provides presentations with local and state ballot measure information here. Video is also available for Arcata City Council and Eureka, Ward 4 Candidate Forums.

[10/10/2016] Pros and Cons for the 2016 Humboldt County Ballot Measures

The public is invited to join The League of Women Voters of Humboldt County for a free presentation on local ballot measures. More details on our calendar here.

[10/3/2016] Latest News from the League - October VOTER

To view the October VOTER, please click here.

Thank you for your interest in the League of Women Voters of Humboldt County!

Follow us on Facebook for event updates and other LWVHC news.

Rollin Richmond LWVHC President

[9/22/2016] League of Women Voters Candidate Forums

Candidate Forums broadcast on KEET-TV Channel 13 have been announced for Eureka City Council Ward 4, Arcata City Council and Measure V. For dates and times, please check the calendar.

The forums will be broadcast live and recorded for later viewing on Access Humboldt local channels and archived for online viewing. Viewers may phone in their questions for candidates beginning at 6:45 p.m. on the evening of the broadcast or e-mail them to sgreene@keet-tv.org.

[9/7/2016] Take action on climate change - two key bills are on Gov. Brown's desk!

Climate change history is being made in California! Please join me in thanking Governor Brown for his leadership and asking him to sign two important bills to protect our environment.

The month of August was exciting--but demanding--for advocates of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The League of Women Voters of California joined with a large and diverse coalition to press the Legislature to pass SB 32 and AB 197, and those efforts were rewarded when both bills were approved and sent to the Governor for his signature.

Together, the two bills expand state GHG reduction policies into the future and add a focus on equity in carrying them out.

SB 32 will extend the landmark Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32) of 2006, by setting a target reduction of GHG pollution to 40 percent below 1990 levels by the year 2030.

Its companion bill, AB 197, requires more transparency and accountability of the California Air Resources Board. It calls for priority consideration of disadvantaged communities and those most affected by air pollution, and includes the social costs of carbon as a factor for evaluating the cost-effectiveness of GHG reduction measures.

Let's make sure Governor Brown knows how important these measures are to League members and all his constituents around the state!

Please take action today and urge the Governor to sign SB 32 and AB 197.

Helen Hutchison President, LWVC

[8/31/2016] Latest News from the League - September VOTER

To view the September VOTER, please click here.

Thank you for your interest in the League of Women Voters of Humboldt County!

Follow us on Facebook for event updates and other LWVHC news.

Rollin Richmond LWVHC President

[6/18/2016] LWVUS 2016 Convention Summary

http://forum.lwv.org/.../art.../proposed-2016-2018-lwvus-program

At the LWVUS Convention, delegates:

Adopted the national program for 2016-2018, Campaign for Making Democracy Work, as proposed

Adopted a bylaws amendment that removed the citizenship requirement for League membership

Adopted a modified bylaws amendment that, instead of removing the age requirement for League membership as proposed, reduced the age requirement to 16 years old

Adopted the proposed LWVUS budget

Elected a new president and board of directors

Approved six resolutions: two on gun safety, one on statehood for the District of Columbia, and three on climate change

[5/6/2016] YES Vote on Proposition 50

The League of Women Voters of California recommends a "Yes" vote on Proposition SO, Suspension of Legislators, a constitutional amendment appearing on the June 7 ballot. Proposition SO would give the Legislature, by a two-thirds vote, clear authority to discipline Senators or Assembly Members by suspending them without pay. Lawmakers should be able to hold their own colleagues accountable if they breach the public's trust. This commonsense measure was placed on the ballot with strong bipartisan support. The requirement for a two-thirds vote of the Legislature ensures this authority would not be misused for partisan purposes. Vote with the League! Vote "Yes" on Proposition SO. Sincerely, Kathy Johanson Co-President League of Women Voters of Humboldt

[4/21/2016] Candidate Forum - Volunteers Needed!

There are two League of Women Voters Humboldt County sponsored KEET forums coming up in front of the June election. Both local supervisor races will be represented.

Monday, May 9, 7:00 +8:00 p.m. District 3: Mike Wilson, Uri Driscoll Wednesday, May 11, 7:00 +8:00 p.m. District 2: Estelle Fennell, incumbent; Glen (Bud) Rogers

The forums will be broadcast live and may be simulcast on public radio stations, recorded for later viewing on Access Humboldt local channels and archived for online viewing. Viewers may phone in their questions for candidates beginning at 6:45 p.m. on the evening of the broadcast or e-mail them to sgreene@keet-tv.org.

We're looking for interested Voter Service volunteers to answer phones, sort questions or keep time on these two occasions beginning at 6:30 p.m. Please call Carol Masterson at 768-3118 or email her at buffy7@suddenlink.net if you are able to participate.

We will also be doing a radio forum on KIDE-FM on June 21 for Hoopa's Tribal Council candidates and are looking for volunteers. This involves leaving the Arcata area about 3:00 in order to get something to eat in Willow Creek before the 6:00 broadcast. Interested? Contact Carol Masterson at the phone and email listed above.

Thank you for your interest and commitment to the League!

[3/9/2016] Events Coming Soon!

Here is some news about two important back-to-back League events coming up next week.

First, join us at the Wharfinger Building on Wednesday, March 16 from 5 + 7 PM for our first Community Participation Fair. Numerous local agencies and boards will be on hand to discuss volunteer opportunities, answer your questions, hear your concerns, discuss their purpose and goals, and get to know your interests. A free, light meal will be available to all. Bring your friends, family, co-workers, and neighbors to this fun community-building event!

We have exciting election seasons coming up this Spring and Fall. It's time to gear up to do what we do best -- educate voters! Please join us at a Voter Service/Voter Registration Training on Thursday, March 17, 2016 at the League office from 5:30 + 7:30 PM. The agenda includes:

  • A light dinner;
  • A review of what is involved in volunteering at a candidate's forum, including training as moderator, question sorter, and timer;
  • A review of important deadlines for the June election;
  • Training for registering voters around the county
  • Formation of a cadre of dedicated Leaguers to head off to local colleges and high school campuses this spring to get those young people registered and ready to vote!

Please join us for this important membership meeting!