Making Democracy Work

Calendar of Events

We sponsor meetings and events for the public and League members

Date & Time        Place        Description
Saturday, January 7, 2017
Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church
728 W Fremont Ave. Room 702
Sunnyvale, CA 94087
LWV's Public Policy Work: Getting Ideas on the Table.
Join us for a lively exchange of ideas on where to focus our efforts to affect desired change in government or public policy.

Note: Building 700 is on the south side (back) of the parking lot. See the Campus Map

More information: See flyer & article on local election results

Meeting handout: Ongoing Work & Opportunities on State Issues

Meeting Summary (updated 1/19/17)

Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Congregation Beth Am
Main Sanctuary
26790 Arastradero Rd.
Los Altos Hills, CA 94022
Can We Ever Get Rid of the Electoral College?.
Speaker Jack Rakove, Professor of History and Political Science, Stanford. Dr. Rakove won the Pulitzer Prize for his Original Meanings: Politics and Ideas in the Making of the Constitution. Professor Rakove is one of the leading American political scientists advocating for the election of US President by popular vote.

RSVP: here

Co-sponsored by Congregation Beth Am, LWV of Los Altos-Mountain View, AAUW Palo Alto Branch, Avenidas, and the Palo Alto Weekly.

Saturday, January 21, 2017
Cupertino Community Hall
10350 Torre Ave.
Cupertino, CA 95014
Post Truth Politics: A Panel Discussion.
Scheduled speakers:
Devin Fehely (reporter for KPIX 5 TV)
Larry Gerston (Prof. Emeritus San Jose State)

Join us for a conversation about the role the media played in the 2016 Presidential Election and what citizens can do to stay informed about the issues and avoid fake news.

For more information, see the flyer

Video of panel discussion

A similar panel discussion was recently held at U.C. Berkeley.

Saturday, January 28, 2017
9am - 3pm
Camden Community Center
Multipurpose Room
3369 Union Ave.
San Jose, CA 95124
Bay Area League Day 2017: Bay Area Housing Crisis.
Keynote address and four panels:
  • Measuring the Affordability Gap & its impact
  • Housing Production & Affordability and Displacement
  • State, Regional, & Local Roles in Addressing Affordability
  • Agenda Moving Forward

Cost: $35 pre-registered ($20 without lunch), $40 at door
For more Information and Registration: LWV Bay Area

See flyer

Saturday, February 11, 2017
Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church
728 W Fremont Ave. Room 203
Sunnyvale, CA 94087
LWV's Public Policy Work: Forging Ideas into Proposals.
Join us to explore more deeply some of the ideas from the 1/7 meeting and to discuss our League's input to county and state levels on setting priorities for LWV education and advocacy.

The meeting is in the Fireside room (203) in building 200. This on the other side of the main Sanctuary. See the Campus Map

Handouts: Please bring these to the meeting.

At the end of the meeting, we collected "votes" for various actions that were proposed. Here are the results of this vote

Here is a summary of the meeting

Saturday, March 11, 2017
SEiU Local 521
2302 Zanker Rd
San Jose, CA 95131
League Leadership Academy.
Learn to tell powerful stories and deliver persuasive messages to move your audiences to action! See League Leadership Academy for more information and to register your attendance. For League leaders and our community partners. Maximum 50 people.

event flyer

Sunday, March 12, 2017
Cupertino Community Hall
10350 Torre Ave.
Cupertino, CA 95014
Building Trust with Procedural Justice.
A panel discussion with:
Dennis R. Burns, Retired Police Chief , City of Palo Alto
David Honda, Police Chief, City of Watsonville
Phan Ngo, Chief, City of Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety
Barbara Marshman, Editorial Page Editor, San Jose Mercury News--Moderator

Procedural Justice is a national initiative that focuses on the way police and other legal authorities interact with the public. It is based on four principles: treating people with dignity and respect, giving citizens a voice during encounters, being neutral in decision-making, and conveying trustworthy motives.

Co-sponsored by the Commonwealth Club of Silicon Valley and the League of Women Voters Cupertino-Sunnyvale, Southwest-Santa Clara Valley, and San Jose-Santa Clara chapters

For more details and Registration see this page. Registration is NOT required.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017
7 - 9pm
Cubberley Theater
4120 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, CA 94306
How to Navigate Information in a World of Fake News and Alternative Facts.
A panel discussion with:
Matthew Gentzkow, Stanford Economist and co-author, Social Media and Fake News in the 2016 Election
Sarah McGrew, researcher at the Stanford Graduate School of Education and one of the co-authors of the recent report "EVALUATING INFORMATION: THE CORNERSTONE OF CIVIC ONLINE REASONING," which found that college students have trouble judging the credibility of online information
Daisuke Wakabayashi, Tech reporter of the New York Times, formerly with the Wall Street Journal

The moderator will be Dan Russell, search expert at Google.

Sponsored by the LWV of Palo Alto.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Mayer Theater
Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053
Behind Dark Money.
A talk by:

Jane Mayer, Staff Writer, The New Yorker; Author, Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right

For more information, tickets/registration, click here

driving instructions and parking

LWVCS members: You will get a special e-mail about this event.

Sponsored by the Commonwealth Club.