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President's Message

President's Message Fall 2017

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

As we approach the holidays, I want to thank all of you who wrote to the Santa Clara Valley Water District opposing the Waterfix two tunnel proposal. Roberta Hollimon, our chair of the County Council of all five county Leagues, ably represented us and spoke to the League opposition to the plan. As a result of the many community comments and their own study, the District directors voted no on the two tunnel proposition while looking to plan methods for securing a safe water supply for our area.

In local action, two committees are at work reviewing San Jose land use issues. One, the Coyote Valley update study group, hosted a tour of the Coyote Valley October 21st to enable members to see first-hand this important area and to hear from Open Space Authority, Santa Clara Valley Water District, and agricultural interests

Second, the board authorized a new committee to evaluate our existing positions on land use and good government procedures to prepare a response to a new proposed development in Evergreen Valley. This calls for a change in the San Jose master plan by ballot. Watch for updates from us on this issue as we know more.

Our standing committee on Climate Change continues to monitor the new San Jose Clean Energy Plan rollout.

As all of us look forward to celebrating during this season of giving we encourage you to keep the League of Women Voters in mind. Day after day the League works tirelessly to preserve our democracy through outreach, education and action. Hopefully, you will be as generous as you can to enable us to continue and expand our work. As always we make a commitment to Making Democracy Work.

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Thank you for your support of our League.

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