Making Democracy Work

Past Events - 2007-2008

Date & Time        Place        Description
Saturday, July 21, 2007
9:30AM - 2PM
Womens City Club
160 N. Oakland Ave
Pasadena, CA 91101
Popovers in Pasadena. Summer League Day of the League of Women Voters of Los Angeles County. The focus will be on immigration with keynote speaker Dr. Elliott Barkan speaking on the topic "American Immigration -- Another Revolution or Political Ploy?"

Registration and map.

Saturday, August 11, 2007
1PM - 3PM
City Hall
200 North Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
The Great LA Health Care Rally. Be part of LA's largest-ever health reform rally. Join the League of Women Voters and the Coalition Campaign for SB 840, which would establish a single-payer, publicly funded health care system for the State of California.

Scheduled guests include Lily Tomlin, Lieutenant Governmor John Garamendi, State Senator Sheila Kuehl, and Dolores Huerta.

Sign up as a participant or sponsor.

Thursday, August 16, 2007
10AM - 12PM
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District
CDS/Professional Development Leadership Center
2802 4th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90405
School Finance Adequacy Community Engagement Training. The California School Boards Association (CSBA) and the Association of California School Administratrors (ACSA) invite you to join League members and participate in and evaluate a trial-run of a community engagement forum regarding school funding and education reform. This August 16 forum is a trial intended to be replicated in communities throughout the state. Gain a deeper understanding of education funding issues and help shape the content and delivery of community forums throughout California.

RSVP your attendance to Lisa Burlison, Administrative Coordinator, CSBA Policy Analysis at 916-669-3357.

Monday, August 20, 2007
10:30AM - 2PM
Los Angeles Trade Tech College - CAFETERIA
400 West Washington Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90015-4108
The Revolving Door III. Please join us for the third in our series of community forums on our current correctional system. Nearly all of the 2.1 million people incarcerated nationwide will eventually be released. Come and hear what legislation and proposals are in the works to alleviate this critical problem!

Join us in a discussion with: Congressman Adam Schiff, Co-Sponsor of The Second Chance Act; Brian Center, Los Angeles County Reentry Advisory Council; Kimberly Wong, Legislative/Policy Advisor to the Public Defender, Women's Re-entry Court; Community Assistance Agencies

Flyer and map. RSVP by calling 213-368-1616 or click here to email RSVP.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Pacific Design Center
8687 Melrose Ave; West Hollywood, CA 90069
Iron Ladies of Liberia. Independent Lens and ITVS sponsor

Film Screening of IRON LADIES OF LIBERIA by Daniel Junge, Siatta Scott-Johnson, Henry Ansbacher and Jonathan Stack

She's already overcome tremendous obstacles to become the first woman ever elected president in Africa-now all she has to do is turn around Liberia
-- a country devastated by unemployment, debt, corruption, and the legacy of civil war. Follow Ellen Johnson Sirleaf through her first year in office as she faces angry mobs, ambitious poll rivals, and high-ranking members of the international community. Her story is inspiring a new generation of leaders in Africa and around the world.

Free, reservations required. Coffee and Dessert Reception Starting at 7 PM Panel discussion to follow film on the current state of Liberia and the role of women in politics RSVP: View Flyer

Saturday, March 1, 2008
California State University Fullerton
Titan Student Union
800 N. State College Blvd.
Fullerton, CA 92831
Judicial Independence. A Community Forum

Judicial Independence: Is Our Democracy in Danger?

Saturday March 1, 2008 California State University Fullerton Titan Student Union 800 N. State College Blvd. Fullerton, CA 92831 8:30 Registration 9:15 Welcome 9:30 Greetings and Remarks: Janis R. Hirohama, Esq.,

President, League of Women Voters of California

9:45 Panel I "Challenges and Judicial Pressures"

Moderator: Dean John Eastman, Chapman University School of Law
Panelists: Justice Richard Aronson, CA Court of Appeal 4th District, Division 3
Judge Glenda Sanders, Orange County Superior Court
Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, UCI Bren School of Law
William Kopeny, Esq., Chair, State Bar Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation

11:30 Lunch: "The View from the Superior Court"

Justice Ming William Chin, California Supreme Court

1:15 Panel II "Options and Potential Solutions"

Moderator: Joseph Dunn, Esq., Former State Senator, CEO California Medical Association
Panelists: Presiding Justice Joan Dempsey Klein, CA Court of Appeal, 2nd District, Division 3
Presiding Judge, Nancy Wieben Stock, Orange County Superior Court
Judge Franz Miller, Orange County Superior Court
Joseph Chairez, immediate past President OC Bar Association
Michelle Reinglass, OC Lawyer, former President of the OC Bar Association

2:45- Final Remarks 3:00

Supported by OC ILO; LWV Education Fund; The Program on Constitutional & Legal Policy of the Open Society


Registration Form

Name_________________________________E-mail______________________Phone_______________ Address______________________________________________________________________________ City_________________________ State ____ ZIP_______

Send $35 Check or money order made payable to LWVNOC to 4547 Everest Circle, Cypress, CA 90630 Write "Judicial Independence Forum" in the Memo Phone: 714-828-8624

Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Omni Hotel, 251 S Olive St, Los Angeles Celebrating Leadership. LA League Fund Raiser Banquet, 6pm Reception, 7pm Banquet & Program. Honoring Ann Reiss Lane, Ed Avila, Marlene Canter, Kathay Feng
Thursday, March 6, 2008
Women's City Club, 160 N. Oakland Ave, Pasadena, 20 (Pasadena Area LWV) Women and Health Care Reform. A Public Forum Presented By The League of Women Voters Pasadena Area

View flyer

Thursday, March 13, 2008
Public Library, Torrance Civic Center, 3301 Torrance Blvd, (Tri-League of Women Voters, 701 13th Street, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266. The Initiative Process: Is This Any Way to Run a Government?. 6 pm dinner, 7 pm program, $10 Lasagna Supper. Robert Stern, Pres, Center for governmental Studies. Katy Geiss ( with any questions)
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Sizzler, 1401 No. Harbor Blvd, Fullerton, 12 (No Orange County LWV) Immigration: The Puzzle Not Solved. Janna Evans, Regional Lead for Community Outreach, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services.
Saturday, March 29, 2008
9:30AM - 2PM
Almansor Court
700 S. Almansor St.
Alhambra, CA 91801
LWV Los Angeles County Convention - The Role of a Stronger CEO. William Fujioka, the CEO of Los Angeles County, will speak on the role of the CEO in County Government.

Details. LWVLA members who wish to participate as delegates should contact the office.

Saturday, March 29, 2008
12:00 noon
  How happy are you with local media?. Join us for LOCAL MEDIA,DEMOCRACY & JUSTICE:A Southern California Regional Summit. 12 noon to 5:15 with reception to follow. View flyer
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Immanuel Presbyterian Church
3300 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90010
League Day - Homelessness and Affordable Housing. Keynote speaker at lunch will beLos Angeles Councilman Bill Rosendahl.

Representatives from the Mayor's office, the city Controller's Office, and Common Ground will participate in a panel discussion on homelessness and affordable housing.

Cost: $15

To RSVP call Nima at 213-368-1616.

Monday, April 14, 2008-Thursday, April 24, 2008
Various April Unit Meetings - Public Education in Los Angeles. What's up with Education in LA? Is the Los Angeles Unified School District improving or not? What are new models for education?

Join us at an April Unit Meeting to find out about governance and accountability at LAUSD and how it compares with other school districts. Learn about the roles of the School Board, the Superintendent, the Mayor, and local schools. Discuss whether "any child is left behind."

Find a Unit Meeting

Monday, May 12, 2008-Monday, June 2, 2008
Various May Unit Meetings - Public Pensions in the City of Los Angeles / Pros and Cons. Learn about the structure of the pension systems for civilian and public safety employees in the city of Los Angeles. What benefits do retirees receive and who pays for them?

Learn also about the two ballot measures - Propositions 98 and 99 - that will be on the June 3 ballot.

Find a unit meeting

Monday, May 19, 2008
All day
By mail or in person Registration Deadline. This is the last day to register to vote in the June 3, 2008, primary election. Registration Information
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Your local polling place. Polling place lookup Election Day - State Primary. Primary election for congressional and state legislative candidates, county officers, judges. Visit Smart Voter for more information.