2015 Annual Luncheon

Senator Loni HancockSenator Loni Hancock spoke at the League of Women Voters Community Luncheon and was honored with our Spirit of the League Award Monday, September 21, 2015, at ‘Hs Lordships’, 199 Seawall Drive, Berkeley Marina

See the video of this occasion below.

We celebrated Senator Hancock’s remarkable career as she enters her last year as a legislator. Senator Hancock has been a frequent leader on League priority issues and a welcome ally of the League in many issue campaigns. This session Senator Hancock is tackling a long-needed reform to make our tax system much more equitable. With Senator Holly Mitchell, she is leading the campaign to reform Proposition 13, so that commercial property owners will pay their share of the costs of public services. The League strongly supports this campaign.

Her topic was “Working for Democracy: Reflections of an Activist.”

Senator Hancock has represented Berkeley, Albany and Emeryville in the California State Senate District 9 for seven years and in the Assembly for six years and, before that, as Berkeley City Council member and Mayor. Over her nearly forty years in local, state and federal government, she has championed campaign finance reform, environmental protection, public education, health care reform, and improvements to the state correction system.

Berkeley READS was the community organization honored with the Spirit of the League Award. Berkeley READS is an adult and family literacy program provided free by the Berkeley Public Library to individuals who wish to improve their reading skills. Since Berkeley READS began in 1987, its volunteers have worked with nearly 1,500 students and 300 families in small groups and in weekly one-on-one tutoring sessions.

Besides being the League’s annual fundraising event, the luncheon offers a chance to meet community leaders and colleagues from other leagues.

Books Inc. sold books relevant to Senator Hancock’s topic and other books of interest and shared its profits with the League.

 

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