Making Democracy Work

President's Message

President's Message Spring 2017

Welcome to the League of Women Voters San Jose/Santa Clara website. I am honored to be this year's president.

In these important times our League and the League of Women Voters US continue standing for individual rights and the continuance of a vibrant democracy for all Americans regardless of religion or national origin. We also act to ensure a high quality of life for all. To achieve this in our local area our League acts on issues of affordable housing, adequate transportation, and stewardship of our environment and climate matters.

In April, we continued to increase our League activities as the involvement of newer and longtime members grew.

In San Jose, we focused on supporting San Jose's Clean Energy Plan with outreach to individual council members. Your encouragement of your council member's support does make a difference in the eventual council vote.

Also coming in May is a recommendation from Santa Clara's affordable housing working committee to establish fees on development to provide more affordable and low income housing in the city. Roma Dawson represents our League on this committee. League members are observing committee and Santa Clara City Council meetings. In support of this effort our board has agreed to co-sponsor Affordable Housing Week, May 12-19.

A new effort is beginning in Santa Clara. Our League was invited to work with Asian Americans Advancing Justice on community education in Santa Clara on the potential change of at-large voting for city council positions. The City of Santa Clara initiated a Charter Review committee in response to a suit claiming the city is violating the California Voting Rights Act

Of course, we continue directly supporting registering voters. We registered voters at the recent Naturalization ceremonies. Outreach to high school and community colleges is being explored for kick- off in next year's election cycle.

Again, thank you for your support in making our League vital to keeping democracy strong in our community.

Mary Collins
League of Women Voters of San Jose/Santa Clara