What Are We Campaigning For?

HelenHutchison - colorHelen Hutchison, the new President of the League of Women Voters of California, gave the keynote at our Fall Meeting to an appreciative audience of about 50 members.  We honored 2 of our 5 new 50 year members and a friend of the League Bob Compton.

Helen explained why we are campaigning for Yes on Propositions 2 and 47–and why we haven’t taken positions on other measures, for example, the water bonds, Prop. 1.

YES on Prop 2, the measure to strengthen the state Rainy Day Fund (reserve) process.

YES on Prop 47, the Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act that will change the lowest-level, nonviolent crimes such as simple drug possession and petty theft from felonies to misdemeanors, and dedicate the savings to crime prevention.

Prop 1, the Water Bond, has not won LWVC approval–we’re neutral. Prop 43, the water bond, as originally proposed was opposed by the League.  President Helen Hutchison will discuss the LWVC recommendation at the Fall Meeting.

Helen Hutchison has been following proposed state legislation and ballot propositions on behalf of the League for several years; there are only a handful of people within the League as familiar with what goes on in Sacramento as she is.  We are extremely fortunate to have her talk to us about the League’s advocacy efforts and the November ballot.


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