Lobby for League Causes
League members advocate and lobby for League policy positions constantly. When there is no upcoming election, the League concentrates on following the proposals and decisions of local governments and agencies, boards and commissions, as well as state and national government activities. League observers who follow City Council or a particular city commission can alert the League Action Committee and Board when a proposal related to a League policy position is on the agenda. The Board decides what action to take- to draft a letter, prepare a statement or develop a more extensive public education, lobbying or publicity campaign to support or oppose the policy.
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Past elections actions:
Election 2014: The League lobbied in favor of several local and state issues. Read news posts
Learn more about what we are doing to protect our right to vote, require disclosure of campaign contributions, control climate change, and encourage civics education, or study our Berkeley Boards and Commissions.
During election periods Although the League never supports or opposes candidates or political parties, it does support and oppose ballot measures. If the League has previously studied an issue and adopted a policy position on that issue, the League evaluates whether the proposed ballot measure agrees with the League policy or goes against it. Sometimes several League policies apply. Based on the League policies, League members discuss and the Board decides whether to support or oppose the measure. The League may then join and work with a coalition of groups to fight for or against the ballot measure or proposition.
LWVBAE Successes in the November 2012 Election
The League was active and effective in the 2012 election, signing ballot arguments, working with coalitions and publicizing its views. In Berkeley, voters agreed with LWVBAE positions, voting yes on Measures M (Streets and Watershed Bond), R (Redistricting Charter Amendment), as well as P, the reconfirming of current taxes under the Gann Limit and Q, updating the Utility Users Tax. Voters voted with the League by rejecting Measures U (“Sunshine” Initiative) and V (“FACTS” Initiative).
In California, voters agreed with LWVC positions by passing Prop 30 (Brown tax measure) to raise money to balance the state budget and pay for needed services and opposing Props 31 and 32. Voters supported Prop 40, to preserve the Senate district maps drawn by the Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission. Only on Prop 34 did voters disagree with the League; a majority of voters wished to preserve the death penalty.