School Board on Oct 18 with Berkeley District 1

Your Vote CountsYou still have a chance to attend some forums, check out candidates and recent election forums on, come to the Conversation on Ballot Measures and read our local and state Pros & Cons before you vote.  A summary is available at 2014 Election Events.

California Assembly District 15 is an open race this year as Nancy Skinner is termed out.  The League covered the event in a big way with a debate forum between candidates Elizabeth Echols and Tony Thurmond on October 7 at 7:30 pm at Berkeley City College on Center Street–275 people attended.

Local Live & Recorded Election Events: The League has held live candidate events and has recorded candidate forums in all three of our cities this fall.  We registered voters at Berkeley high school and are explaining the ballot measures at our Pro-Con meetings and to nearly a dozen community groups..

Community organizations joined the League in sponsoring our candidate events this fall. They are the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce, the Berkeley NAACP, BOCA (Berkeley Congregations Organizing for Action), the Berkeley PTA Council, and the Berkeley AAUW,(American Association of University Women), the Thousand Oaks Neighborhood Association and Berkeley City College.  We will continue to add interested co-sponsors.  The Berkeley City College Civic Engagement Club and Political Science Department are sponsors.  Berkeleyside, a local on-line news source, is also co-sponsoring.

Albany School Board candidates  participated in a forum on Wednesday, October 1 from 7:00  to 9:00 pm in Albany City Council Chambers 1000 San Pablo Ave.  The forum was recorded and replays on the local public cable channels and is posted on the LWVBAE YouTube channel.

Speed Date Your Candidates: We tried out a new format that has been successful for other Leagues–it gives citizens a chance to ask their own questions of candidates face to face. Groups of citizens sit at tables around a large room. Candidates join each table to talk briefly about their views and to answer questions from those at the table. After about 12 minutes, a bell rings and candidates move on to the next table. Attendees meet all the candidates. We modified the event to form several tables of lively discussion when few people showed up at the first event.

Berkeley School Board Candidates participated in a recorded forum for Berkeley Community Media Channel 33 which you can now watch here or on

We had an event devoted just to school issues in the event sponsored jointly with Thousand Oaks Neighborhood Association on Thursday, October 16, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at Thousand Oaks Baptist Church, 1821 Catalina Avenue, in the Julia Morgan Room entered by the side door.

Berkeley City Council Districts 1 and 4 & School Board Candidates will attend a forum on Saturday, October 18, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at the West Branch of the Berkeley Public Library, 1125 University Ave.

Ballot Measures-Pro&Con: Want to understand what you are voting on on the state and local ballots? Join the League Conversations to ask your questions and hear explanations. Our September Conversation focused on the State Ballot Measures, but we’ll include local measures if attendees request them. The October Conversation will focus on Local Ballot Measures on Tuesday, October 21 from 12:00 Noon to 2:00 pm also at the Albany Library, 1247 Marin Ave. with state measures if requested.

Come and bring your friends to some of the dozen plus election events we’re organizing before the November 4 elections.

Our first election forum was in Emeryville, Thursday, Sept 18 at 6. Emeryville City Council and Emery School District candidates responded to League and audience questions. The forums were recorded and are being replayed on the local public cable channels. They are already posted on line on the Emeryville city channel  and are posted on  League member Barb Singleton did an outstanding job of connecting with the candidates for the League and on publicizing the events

Berkeley City Council Candidates for Districts 7 and 8 and school board candidates participated in our event Saturday, September 20,  at St. John’s Presbyterian Church. Lively discussions among school board and city council candidates and with League members ensued.


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