Today the League of Women Voters of California launches the Trudy Schafer Fellowship for Public Policy. Named for our powerhouse lobbyist, the Schafer Fellowship will train and support emerging policy leaders—creating a new cohort of advocates to follow in Trudy’s footsteps to win change and reforms in Sacramento!
It is with mixed emotions we are announcing the retirement of Trudy Schafer later this year. Trudy has served as our LWVC Senior Director for Program and lobbyist for 25 transformative years. She is our voice in the Capitol and our most passionate advocate for the power of our grassroots membership to shape California’s future.
The 2017 California legislative session is a wrap, and thanks to supporters like you, we have new laws addressing many of the critical issues we face in California. Because so many of you took action, we’re celebrating major legislative victories:
The League of Women Voters of California opposes the WaterFix—twin tunnels the Department of Water Resources proposes to bore under the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to move water for urban and agricultural uses in other regions.
Better options exist to address California’s water needs. The Santa Clara Valley has the innovative capacity to develop those options.
Ohio might look to California for a solution to its gerrymandering problem. The Golden State has succeeded in removing politicians from the drawing of congressional district boundaries, something Ohio lawmakers have refused to do.
So, Californians end up with districts designed to reflect the common interests of their communities, unlike many Ohioans whose districts only reflect the re-election interests of politicians and their parties.
The League of Women Voters of California is pleased to support AB 249 (Mullin and Levine), the California Disclose Act, which provides comprehensive regulation of advertisement disclosure and of the reporting of earmarking of funds.
The League believes that the methods of financing political campaigns should:
The League of Women Voters urges support for SB 10, which seeks to fix California’s broken bail system. Currently 46,000 Californians are in county jails because they cannot make bail. While wealthy defendants can secure their own release, poor defendants cannot. Poor Californians are sitting in jail for weeks, months, even years awaiting trial, all the while at risk of losing their jobs, their homes and even their children.