So They’re Registered


League Day
Thursday, September 14, 2017

The dismal rate of voter turnout in non-presidential elections is a major concern to the League. 84% of eligible voters in LA County are registered, compared to 75% in California. LA County voter turnout was 67% in the 2016 presidential election, but was only 14% for the June 2017 special congressional election (Becerra). We can get voters registered, but what new strategies can promote active participation in elections?

To kick off our 2017–2018 program year, we’ll hear from one of our favorite speakers, Dr. Raphael J. Sonenshein. We have asked him to speak about voting trends and causes of low voter turnout, as well as possibilities for improving voter turnout rates.

Dr. Sonenshein is the Executive Director of the Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs at CSU Los Angeles. He received his B.A. from Princeton, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Yale. In addition to his award-winning academic work, Dr. Sonenshein has chaired Los Angeles City government Commissions, and received numerous honors for excellence in teaching.

At the September League Day, we will also hear about committee activities, Constitution Day presentations, and National Voter Registration Day. It will be a great start for our year, and you’ll want to be there!

Note about meal costs at the Women’s City Club: The WCC has had to raise rates for meals and for membership, so you will notice that our meal costs are going up. We believe that the advantages of continuing to meet at the Women’s City Club are such that an increase in breakfast and lunch prices is necessary.

September 14, 2017
8:30 – noon
Women’s City Club
160 N. Oakland Ave., Pasadena
Enter parking lot from Madison,second parking lot south of Walnut.

8:00 a.m. – Registration
8:30 – Breakfast (optional)
9:00 – Program
10:00 – Committee Reports

Reservations are required. Program attendance has no charge. The served breakfast is optional at $25.00 per person. To register online go to, or phone 626-798-0965 by noon on Friday,September 8, 2017 (leave a message). Breakfast reservations not used must still be paid. If you must cancel, please call the League Office by noon on Monday, September 11.

Breakfast menu: Quiche Lorraine, Fruit, Pastry, Coffee, Orange Juice. You are very welcome if you are not a breakfast eater, but please make a reservation nevertheless, so we can plan the event logistics. We invite you to partake of coffee and tea even if you don’t eat.

RSVP on our event page:

Call to Action

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Does the news have your blood boiling? Do you have an itch to do something? You can use your voice, enjoy coffee and conversation at a “call-to-action” event Sept. 9 at the League of Women Voters Pasadena Area office, 65 S. Grand Ave., Pasadena. People can drop in between 9 a.m. and noon to write postcards, make phone calls and send emails to their elected representatives. No set topic; your choice. As many postcards as you want.

Free parking at the Western Justice Center lot. All materials will be provided such as stamped postcards and contact lists. No reservations needed for this free, drop-in event. Bring a friend. Organized by the League’s advocacy arm, the event supports the League’s mission to promote citizen participation and good government.

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Summer Ice Cream Social

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LWV members and friends were greeted with a warm welcome and a cooler than expected summer afternoon at our Annual Ice Cream Social Friend Raiser, which was held on Sunday, July 23 in the shaded patios of the Western Justice Center. What a Friend Raiser it was! We served crispy waffle cones filled with delicious Fosselman’s ice cream and sorbet, topped with fresh fruit and other tasty treats, to more than 150 guests. This year we added iced coffee to the drink table of limeade, iced tea, and refreshing cool water.

The Happiness Dixieland Band provided music with a variety of toe-tapping songs to enhance our time together. Our members are our greatest asset … and for me, the best part of the Ice Cream Social was getting a chance to talk with so many of our members. In addition to our members, who are definitely VIPs, we are fortunate that twenty-two area elected officials joined us, along with many others who serve on appointed boards and commissions. Guests enjoyed the chance to meet so many of their political representatives and vice versa.

This year guests had an opportunity to purchase some unique donated items—a win-win for our treasury and for the lucky winners of the Silent Auction items. Thanks to our auction donors Robert Cornell, Marty Giffen, Douglas Hoover, Sally Hoover, Dorothy Keane, Melissa Mackey, Marge Nichols, Pasadena Playhouse, Marty Ruane, Irma Strantz, Vicki Thompson, Edna Trigg, Vroman’s Bookstore, and Marilynne Wilander.

The happy winner of the Money Hat raffle was Jane Wallace. Money raised from the raffle tickets will be used to purchase pocket copies of the US Constitution for area high school students.

We are incredibly grateful to our sponsors. Between tickets sales and sponsors, and many generous donors of supplies, we raised more than our goal which will make a difference.Thanks to everyone who attended or was a sponsor for making this event a huge success!

– Sally Hoover

Make Democracy Work!


As our official business meeting for the year, the Annual Meeting on June 8 followed a formal agenda but with some additional special elements. The meeting was dedicated to Ray Bennett, our dedicated volunteer office manager, who we miss so much. A memory book was circulated for comments and presented to his daughter, Laura Bennett, who made moving comments about her dad — and who has joined our League.

Key elements of the Annual Meeting included:

– An Annual Meeting Kit, with the material for the meeting and also informative 2016 – 2017 Committee that reports biographical information on board members.
– Our membership is 317, and like many Leagues, we have had a surge of new members.
– We reviewed the past year’s budget and adopted the 2017–2018 budget.
– Dues barely cover our expenses, so fundraising is very important for program activities.
– We voted to add Arcadia, Bradbury, and Duarte to our service area, and this has been
authorized by the state and national Leagues.
– We received nominations and elected the new Board of Directors.
– We heard observations from our delegates to the California LWV convention.
– We spent an hour in table discussions for each committee, discussing plans and priorities for the 2017–2018 program year. These priorities will appear in the annual Members Yearbook mailed to all members in September.
– Our guest speaker offered observations on the rise of women’s activism.
– We recognized Fifty Year member Susan Caldwell.

Our guest speaker was Désirée Zamorano, who spoke on “The Rise of Activism in our Community”.  Ms. Zamorano taught in PUSD and now runs the Community Literacy Center at Occidental College as well as being part of the Teacher Education program at CSULB.  She is also an accomplished author and activist.  She shared her resources and thoughts, and discussed various grassroots political action groups, such as Indivisible and Huddle, that have appeared over the past several months. We will also form groups to plan actions for next year based on committee priorities discussed in January.

— Marge Nichols

Future of Wild and Urban California Forests

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The May 4 League Day program will examine the interaction between climate change and California’s wild and urban forests, both now and in a warmer future. There will be two speakers.

Nicole Molinari, USFS Provincial Ecologist from Santa Barbara, will speak about “Climate Change and the Future of the Wild California Forests.” California is experiencing an unprecedented “die-off” of more than 100 million Sierra Trees and this environmental disaster will have decades-long effects. How did the die-off occur, and what is its likely outcome? How do climate change and the forest affect each other? How is the forest likely to change in the future? What are the most important long-term USFS forest management challenges and opportunities? The speaker will address these issues.

Linda Eremita, Forestry Education Manager and Lead ISA Certified Arborist at TreePeople, will present “Preparing for a Warmer Future: Urban Tree Species Selection and Care.” She will discuss how trees react to warmer, dryer conditions and how to select climate-appropriate trees and care for them.
Tree canopy can lower temperatures in shaded areas by 3̊ to 4̊ F. and absorb CO2, benefiting both an individual homeowner and the community. We have all experienced the sense of relief that comes from moving from sunlight into dense shade on a hot sunny day.

Just as many homeowners today benefit from previous owners’ decisions to plant shade trees more than fifty years ago, our current tree planting can benefit future generations. To paraphrase an ancient Greek proverb, “Society grows great when the old plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.”

—George Null, Natural Resources Director