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Date & Time        Place        Description
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
7-8pm
Sunnyvale City Hall
456 W Olive Ave.
Sunnyvale, CA 94086
Candidate forum for Sunnyvale City Council.
A Candidate forum for the three candidates vying in the Special Election for a 4-month term in Council seat 4.

Candidates: John Cordes, Larry Klein, & Stephen Williams will be there to present their views and answer questions.

Written questions for the candidates may be submitted at the forum.

Video of Candidate forum

SUN article with a review of the Candidate forum

Flyer for July 19 forum

Article in SUN about forum (free publicity)

Tuesday, August 16, 2016
 
Your Voting Location Sunnyvale Special Election.
The main purpose of this election is to vote for a new City Council member, to replace Dave Whittum (who resigned on April 4th for personal/health reasons).

Election Results

Saturday, September 17, 2016
2-3pm
Fairbrae Swim & Racquet Club
696 Sheraton Dr.
Sunnyvale, CA 94087
Pros & Cons of State Ballot Propositions.
Hear plain-language explanations of each proposition and its likely effects, along with what supporters and opponents are saying.

Slides used in talk

Wednesday, September 21, 2016
7-9pm
Cupertino Community Hall
10350 Torre Ave.
Cupertino, CA 95014
Pros & Cons of State Ballot Propositions.
Hear plain-language explanations of each proposition and its likely effects, along with what supporters and opponents are saying.

Slides used in talk

Thursday, September 22, 2016
7pm
Cupertino Community Hall
10350 Torre Ave.
Cupertino, CA 95014
Candidate Forum for Cupertino School Districts boards of Education.
A Candidate Forum for candidates of the

Cupertino Union School District
and
Fremont Union High School District

boards of Education.

Video of CUSD Candidate Forum

Video of FUHSD Candidate Forum

Thursday, September 22, 2016
7:30-8:30pm
Congregation Beth David
19700 Prospect Rd.
Saratoga, CA 95070
Pros & Cons of State Ballot Propositions.
Hear plain-language explanations of each proposition and its likely effects, along with what supporters and opponents are saying.

Slides used in talk

Monday, September 26, 2016
7pm
Cupertino Community Hall
10350 Torre Ave.
Cupertino, CA 95014
Candidate Forum for Cupertino City Council members.
Meet the candidates and hear them respond to questions from the public.

Video of Candidate Forum

Tuesday, September 27, 2016
6:30-8:30pm
Sunnyvale Heritage Park Museum
570 E. Remington Dr.
Sunnyvale, CA 94087
Candidate Forum for Sunnyvale City Council members.
This is a non-partisan educational event on the topics of land use, transportation, and the environment. All candidates for council seats 4, 5, 6, and 7 have been invited.

Sponsored by the Sunnyvale Sustainable and Affordable Living Coalition

Wednesday, September 28, 2016
7pm
Cupertino Community Hall
10350 Torre Ave.
Cupertino, CA 95014
Local Ballot Measures Pros & Cons.
An explanation of Cupertino and County ballot measures

Video of Pros & Cons on County measures

Video of Pros & Cons on Cupertino measures

Slides used in talk

Thursday, September 29, 2016
7pm
Sunnyvale City Hall
City Council Chambers
456 W Olive Ave.
Sunnyvale, CA 94086
Candidate Forum for Sunnyvale City Council seats 5 & 7.
A Candidate Forum for City Council seats. There are four seats up for election and seats 5 & 7 will be covered in this Forum and the other two on the October 3 Forum

Video of Candidate forum for seat 5

Video of Candidate forum for seat 7

Monday, October 3, 2016
7pm
Sunnyvale City Hall
City Council Chambers
456 W Olive Ave.
Sunnyvale, CA 94086
Candidate Forum for Sunnyvale City Council seats 4 & 6.
A Candidate Forum for City Council seats. There are four seats up for election and seats 4 & 6 will be covered in this Forum and the other two on the September 29 Forum.

Video of Candidate Forum for seat 4

Video of Candidate Forum for seat 6

Wednesday, October 5, 2016
6-9pm
Cupertino Community Hall
10350 Torre Ave.
Cupertino, CA 95014
Candidate Forum for Cupertino City Council and School Districts boards of Education.
A Candidate Forum for candidates of the

Cupertino City Council
and
Cupertino Union School District
and
Fremont Union High School District

boards of Education.

Meet the candidates and hear them respond to questions from the public.

Sponsored by the Cupertino Chamber of Commerce

Wednesday, October 5, 2016
7pm
Sunnyvale Public Library
665 W. Olive Ave.
Sunnyvale, CA 94086
Local Ballot Measures Pros & Cons.
An explanation of Sunnyvale and County ballot measures

Video of Pros & Cons

Slides used in talk

Wednesday, October 5, 2016
8pm
Sunnyvale Public Library
665 W. Olive Ave.
Sunnyvale, CA 94086
Candidate Forum for State Assembly District 24 Candidates.
Meet the candidates and hear them respond to questions from the public.

Video of Candidate Forum

Monday, October 10, 2016
7-9pm
Sunnyvale Public Library
665 W. Olive Ave.
Sunnyvale, CA 94086
Pros & Cons of State Ballot Propositions.
Hear plain-language explanations of each proposition and its likely effects, along with what supporters and opponents are saying.

Slides used in talk

Thursday, October 13, 2016
6:30pm
Los Altos Public Library
13 S. San Antonio Rd.
Los Altos, CA 94024
Candidate Forum for County Board of Education, Area 1.
Meet the candidates and hear them respond to questions from the public.

This is followed by a Candidate Forum for Foothill-DeAnza Board of Trustees Candidates (at about 7:30pm)

Thursday, October 13, 2016
7-8:30pm
Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church
728 W Fremont Ave. Room 702
Sunnyvale, CA 94087
Pros & Cons of State Ballot Propositions.
Hear plain-language explanations of each proposition and its likely effects, along with what supporters and opponents are saying.

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

Slides used in talk

Thursday, October 13, 2016
7:30pm
Los Altos Public Library
13 S. San Antonio Rd.
Los Altos, CA 94024
Candidate Forum for Foothill-DeAnza Board of Trustees.
Meet the candidates and hear them respond to questions from the public.
Saturday, October 15, 2016
2-4pm
Fairbrae Swim & Racquet Club
696 Sheraton Dr.
Sunnyvale, CA 94087
County Ballot Measures A & B.
A discussion about Santa Clara County measures A & B (on the ballot).

Click here for more details.

Sponsored by Sunnyvale Democratic Club

Monday, October 17, 2016
7-9pm
Congregational Community Church
Chapel
1112 S. Bernardo Ave.
Sunnyvale, CA 94087
Pros & Cons of State Ballot Propositions.
Hear plain-language explanations of each proposition and its likely effects, along with what supporters and opponents are saying.

Slides used in talk

Wednesday, October 19, 2016
7pm
Sunnyvale Public Library
Fiction Room
665 W. Olive Ave.
Sunnyvale, CA 94086
Trusted Voter Resources.
Learn to navigate the web to find reliable information of the type you want for making your ballot choices.

Bring your own device to this workshop conducted by the League of Women Voters.

Thursday, October 20, 2016
3pm
St. Thomas Episcopal Church
231 Sunset Avenue
Sunnyvale, CA 94086
Pros & Cons of State Ballot Propositions.
Hear plain-language explanations of each proposition and its likely effects, along with what supporters and opponents are saying.

Slides used in talk

Monday, October 24, 2016
6-8pm
Lynbrook High School
1280 Johnson Ave.
San Jose, CA 95129
Candidate Forum for Fremont Union High School District Board of Education.
Meet the candidates and hear them respond to questions from the public.

Sponsored by the Murdock Neighborhood Association with assistance of the San Jose/Santa Clara LWV

Tuesday, November 8, 2016
 
Your Voting Location General Election.
Saturday, January 7, 2017
10am-12noon
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
7:00pm
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
3:00pm
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
10am-12noon
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
9:30am-4pm
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
2pm
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
7pm
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.