Action Kick-off – July 6

We_Can_Do_sqCome join us to discuss actions our League has taken or is taking and issues we are pursuing.  Monday, July 6, 5:00-7:00 in the League office.  We’ll also discuss a proposed vision for LWVBAE action in the coming two years:

Build a strongly non-partisan, credible, balanced portfolio of actions, rooted in LWV positions, and based on quality information and data.  Craft a two-year plan of action which uses our talents and resources strategically.

Topic to be reported at the kick-off meeting include:

Significant Community Benefits beyond those already required for very tall buildings in downtown Berkeley.  LWVBAE drafted a letter to City Council, with a copy to Zoning Adjustments Board, urging benefits be legally enforceable, proportional to monetary value of the project, with long term oversight and penalties for non-compliance.

Citizen’s Redistricting Commission in Berkeley.  League and Council members Jesse Arreguin and Laurie Capitelli met to review and modify an independent Citizen’s Redistricting Commission proposal that LWVBAE supported before the 2014 election. This measure is now moving along in the Open Government Commission.  We plan to lobby to put it on the ballot in 2016. If passed, it would be implemented for the 2020 Census.

Public Funding of Elections in Berkeley, proposed by Maplight and supported by LWVBAE, is now before the Fair Campaign Practices Commission. Commissioners will discuss whether to include funding of ballot measures and which elected officials should be included.

Raising the Minimum Wage in Emeryville.  Thanks to changes  in  the  national League’s  interpretation  of  its policies and the work of Barb Singleton, we were able to lobby to support Emeryville’s successful effort to raise their minimum wage to $15 by 2020.

Community Choice Energy [Aggregation] for Alameda County.  A grant has been awarded by the City of Berkeley to the Ecology Center and the CCE subgroup of the Climate Action Coalition for an informational forum.  Also, the County of Alameda is funding a feasibility study for CCE in the county.

The Climate Change Team.   Our League successfully lobbied LWVC to support SB 32 (the Global Warming Solutions Act) and SB 350 (Golden State Standards for Energy).  Both bills are now in the state legislature. The Team is also following actions by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District and the CPUC.

Crude Oil by Rail.  As more and more trains are carrying crude oil through California, Leagues are looking for ways to take effective action.  Although railroads are governed by national legislation, LWVC policies on hazardous materials may cover some situations and local planning bodies can control expansion of some facilities.

Healthcare. Beyond the Affordable Care Act, the Healthcare Team has focused on building a statewide network of organizations supporting single payer for California, and explored extending healthcare to all immigrants in California.

Economic Inequality Team.  The growing gap between the very wealthy and the vast majority of Americans is an issue of concern and focus.  The team is relatively new and their direction is being shaped.

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