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What Are The League's Key Issues In California?

The program for 2013-2015 is:

  1. Issues for Education and Advocacy for 2013-2015
    1. Money in Politics: Continue the current focus on action in the California legislature. Provide opportunities for local Leagues to participate in both advocacy and community education projects.
    2. Education: Financing of education, from early childhood through high school; importance of maintaining the educational content and quality of all early childhood programs. Provide opportunities for local Leagues to participate in both advocacy and community education projects.
    3. In addition, as a second tier of focus: health care and water. These will be acted on as opportunities arise, and if they do not interfere with activities on the higher priority issues, and it appears that the LWVC can make an impact.
      1. Health Care: Community education about the Affordable Care Act, and continued education and advocacy on a single payer option for California
      2. Water: Community education and advocacy in preparation for the expected water bond measure on the 2014 ballot.
  2. Public Higher Education Study: The study committee is working on the materials and timeline of the state study and a Yahoo Group has been created for discussion which you're invited to join.

We also note that the LWVUS top-prioirty Legislative Priorities for 2015 are Money in Politics and the many facets of Voting Rights and Election Administration. The second-tier priorities are Climate and Environmental Protection, Immigration, and Health Care (including Reproductive Choice). As part of these priorities, we will continue to work actively on election reform in California as opportunities present themselves.

Why Are These The League's Key Issues in California?

In League, Program means the issues that we choose for concerted study, education and action at local, state and national levels. Program can include both education and action.

The Program Planning process is part of what makes the League a grassroots organization; each League member has the opportunity to influence the selection of issues where the local, state, and national League will focus time, talent and money.

Every two years, members of California Leagues engage in Program Planning for the state League. Based on the results of this, the LWVC Board of Directors makes recommendations to the biennial convention delegates about the program to be adopted for the coming two year period.