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The League supports preserving agricultural land as a limited resource. While this is not a current priority for action, when we have members willing to follow the issue, we are able to make our voice heard.

The League positions supports air quality standards to protect public health and welfare. While not a current action priority, when we have members willing to follow the issue, we can make our voice heard on the issue.

Support apportionment of congressional districts and elected legislative bodies at all levels of government based substantially on population.

Reduce the risk of war through support of arms control measures.

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Many communities in California have been underrepresented or undercounted in past Censuses. The 2020 Census will decide how billions of federal dollars are distributed in California. An undercount could impact funding for our schools, health services, child care, emergency services and many other programs.The 2020 Census will decide the number of California’s Congressional members and Electoral College votes. A complete count means more people in power who truly represent and advocate for our communities.

California’s budget is the next most critical document for our governance, second only to the State’s constitution. The budget is a comprehensive document as it is the financial plan for the State and impacts its operations. Since it is such a critical document, it is important for Californians to have at least a broad working knowledge of the budget as well as the process for drafting, enacting and implementing it.

The LWVC has a position supporting an orderly and simplified State Constitution. While not currently a priority for action, this position is used in conjunction with other positions when the League acts on both legislation and ballot measures.

The California State Assembly members are limited to three terms ( 6 years) since 1996. The State Senate members are limited to two terms (8 years) since 1998. These term limits are lifetime, not consecutive. The Governor can serve two terms of four years, with a limit of two terms. This constitutional limitation was passed in November 1990.

To promote a better understanding of California’s water issues and complexities, we offer background on California’s water resources, the demands on these resources, and the state’s current approach to water management.

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The League has a long history of supporting quality, affordable and accessible childcare. While not a current priority for action, when we have members willing to follow the issue, the League voice can be heard.

LWVC is committed to the principles that all children are entitled to safe, nurturing care and that caring for children is a societal as well as a family responsibility.

Well-being of all children

Protect the citizen’s right to know and facilitate citizen participation in government decision-making.

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Heat records are being broken, glaciers are melting, and the seas are rising. We have reached a point where no matter what we do, we cannot avoid a very different climate future. We must act now to prevent truly catastrophic consequences. But what can we do? The most powerful action is our knowledgeable vote.

The LWVC supports a strong statewide system of community colleges in order to provide all Californians access to a quality higher education. While not a current priority for action, when we have members willing to follow the issue, the League voice can be heard.

Support responsive legislative processes characterized by accountability, representativeness, decision making capability and effective performance.

The role of the criminal justice system is to prevent crime and promote public safety. Current research indicates successful systems focus on rehabilitation and support to prevent recidivism. However, some communities experience excessive force and surveillance by the police; other individuals waste away in prisons serving sentences far out of proportion to their offenses. 

Secure for the citizens of the District of Columbia the rights of self-government and full voting representation in both houses of Congress.

The League of Women Voters support abolition of the death penalty throughout the United States.

The LWVC has positions supporting Pre-K through 12 education, as well as Community College and Higher education. We work actively to educate ourselves and the community about innovations in education as well as financing for education.

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We advocate at the state and local level to promote representative outcomes through majority-win election methods, and for election procedures that encourage voter turnout - especially among underrepresented communities.

The League supports a state energy policy that ensures reliable energy resources and protection of the environment and public health and safety at reasonable customer rates. While this is not a priority for action, when we have members who are willing to monitor the issue, the League voice can be heard.

Preserve the physical, chemical and biological integrity of the ecosystem, with maximum protection of public health and the environment.

Equal Rights. Support ratification of the Equal Rights
Amendment and efforts to bring laws into compliance
with the goals of the ERA.

Education, Employment and Housing. Support equal
access to education, employment and housing.

Support federal policies that provide an equitable, quality public education for all children pre-K through grade 12.

Tax Policy. Support adequate and flexible funding of
federal government programs through an equitable tax
system that is progressive overall and that relies primarily
on a broad-based income tax.

Federal Deficit. Promote responsible deficit policies.

Funding of Entitlements. Support a federal role in
providing mandatory, universal, old-age, survivors,
disability and health insurance.

The League of Women Voters of California advocates about fracking (hydraulic fracturing) based on the public's right to know about hazardous materials potentially polluting drinking water.

Voter frustration with California government abounds. What will improve the performance of California government?

An integrated overall state planning effort should provide for the management of growth (LWVC--Land Use #2). To accomplish this requires clear assignment of responsibility, adequate financing, competent personnel, and coordination among the different agencies and levels of government (LWV--Principles). Provision should be made for the efficient, effective and equitable balance of responsibility and authority among the levels of government with accountability to the public (LWVC--Intergovernmental Relationships-In Brief).

The League of Women Voters works nationally and at the state and local level for regulation of guns. The proliferation of handguns and semi-automatic assault weapons is a major health and safety threat to all of us, both in California and nationally.

The LWVC supports comprehensive measures to provide maximum protection to human health and the environment from the adverse effects of hazardous materials. While not a priority for action, when we have members willing to monitor the issue, the League voice can be heard.

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We are dedicated to ensuring access to affordable, quality health care for all Californians. We believe that all Americans should have access to a basic level of care, including birth control and abortion coverage.

The League of Women Voters of California supports a comprehensive system of public higher education that serves the personal, professional, and occupational goals of all adult Californians and advances the social, economic, and civic needs of the state. To achieve these objectives, public higher education must prioritize access, affordability, equity, and excellence. These priorities require state funding, including student financial aid, that is stable, predictable, sustainable, and timely.

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The League supports equal opportunity in housing. Everyone deserves a safe place to live.

The LWV advocates for immigration reform based on study aimed at helping communities understand the implications of immigration at the local, state, and federal level.

Oppose major threats to basic constitutional rights.

The LWVC just completed an update study of the initiative and referendum process in California. As a result of the study, the League adopted an updated position.

The LWVC supports an efficient, effective and equitable balance of responsibility and authority among the levels of government, with accountability to the public.

The LWVC supports a juvenile justice/dependency system that works to prevent child abuse and neglect and juvenile delinquency -- and much more. While not a current priority for action, when we have members who monitor the issue, the League voice can be heard.

The LWVC supports land use planning that recognizes land as a resource as well as a commodity. While not a current priority for action, when we have members who monitor the issue, the League voice can be heard.

The LWVC supports measures that enable the judicial system of California to provide adequate access to legal services to all who need them. While not a current priority for action, when we have members who monitor the issue, the League voice can be heard.

The League of Women Voters supports equal rights for all under state and federal law. The League supports legislation to equalize the legal rights, obligations, and benefits available to same-gender couples with those available to heterosexual couples.

The League of Women Voters supports programs and policies to prevent or reduce poverty and to promote self-sufficiency for individuals and

Mental health services in California: How much do we provide? How do we get services to the people who need them? How do we determine what is needed? What is appropriate in what circumstances? While not a priority for action at this time, when we have members who follow the issue, the League voice can be heard.

Work to limit reliance on military force. Examine defense spending in the context of total national needs.

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Elections, and our political system overall, should prioritize ordinary voters, not big money, special interests.

Promote the management of natural resources as interrelated parts of life-supporting ecosystems.

Open government is a basic principle for the League. We believe that democratic government depends upon informed and active participation in government. For people to be both informed and to participate in a meaningful way, the government must protect the citizen’s right to know. This includes giving adequate notice of proposed actions, holding open meetings and making public records accessible.

Ensure transparency, accountability, positive community impact and preservation of the common good when considering the transfer of governmental services, assets and/or functions to the private sector.

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Help us make history and reclaim $12 billion for schools and local communities

Promote public understanding and participation in decision making as essential elements of responsible and responsive management of our natural resources.


Redistricting is a priority issue for education and advocacy at all levels of the League.

The League of Women Voters supports the constitutional right of privacy of the individual to make reproductive choices.

Promote resource conservation, stewardship and long range planning, with the responsibility for managing natural resources shared by all levels of government.

Promote the election of the President and Vice-President by direct-popular-vote. Support uniform national voting qualifications and procedures for presidential elections. Support efforts to provide voters with sufficient information about candidates.

The LWVUS believes alternatives to imprisonment should be explored and utilized, taking into consideration the circumstances and nature of the crime. The LWVUS opposes mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenses.

The League supports measures to ensure environmentally sound and efficient solid waste management, to reduce solid wastes, to encourage resource recovery, and to increase the demand for secondary materials. While not a current action priority, when we have members who monitor the issue, the League voice can be heard.

Local governments – cities, special districts and counties – are the entities closest to the people. They all have locally-elected governing boards and provide most of the direct services to citizens. In 1910, the Separation of Sources Act gave specific authority to local governments and the state to collect taxes,set rates and obligations. Today, they have very little control over their financial resources.
Read more about the relationship between state and local finances.

Sustainable communities recognize their interdependence with the global community and seek to meet current economic, environmental, and social demands through equitable and democratic means without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs

We believe California’s budget should invest in services and infrastructure for the future. We oppose arbitrary across-the-board budget cuts and believe that all options, including revenue increases, must be on the table in budget negotiations. The Governor and the Legislature have an obligation to protect California's people and our future.

Promote a dynamic balance of power between the executive and legislative branches within the framework set by the Constitution.

Support U.S. trade policies that reduce trade barriers, expand international trade and advance the achievement of humanitarian, environmental and social goals.

The LWVC supports a transportation system with an emphasis on public transportation and other alternatives to reduce vehicle miles traveled. While not a current priority for action, when we have members who follow the issue, the League voice can be heard.

Promote U.S. policies that meet long-term social and economic needs of developing countries.

Support a strong, effective United Nations to promote international peace and security and to address the social, economic and humanitarian needs of all people.

Promote the economic health of cities and improve the quality of urban life.

Support violence prevention programs in communities.

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The League of Women Voters has been fighting for voting rights for a hundred years. In California, we have spearheaded cutting-edge reforms to make voting more accessible, convenient, and fair.