ICE CREAM SOCIAL

The annual Ice Cream Social returns to Memorial Park, Sierra Madre!

July 14, 2013, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

222 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., corner of Hermosa (west of Baldwin)

Join LWV-PA members, friends, and family in the cool shade of the pavilion for ice cream with delicious toppings, World War II era music by a veterans band, and children’s activities. Don’t forget to wear your hat for our fancy hat parade! Tickets reasonably priced – watch for information in the July Voter. Call Marilynne Kennedy 626-278-3314 to volunteer for setup, registration, serving, cleanup

June League Day

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Thursday June 6, 2013, 9:30 a.m.- noon

  • Your input on programs and advocacy for 2013-2014
  • Election of officers
  • Bylaw changes
  • Recognition of 50-year members
  • Anthony Portantino will give an insider’s view of the legislative process.

Women’s City Club
Pasadena, CA

An Insider’s View of the Legislative Process

Anthony Portantino, former Assembly representative for the Pasadena area, was the luncheon speaker at our June, 2013, Annual Meeting. He provided an eye-opening account of state Assembly processes, which reveal an intense environment that can obstruct open government principles for which the LWV stands. He described procedures that have made it difficult to know how the state legislature is operating and recommended four actions that are needed to ensure that information is available to the public:

1. Assembly representatives should have equal budgets adequate to run their offices, regardless of political affiliation. Offices should be chosen by lottery rather than as favors.

2. All bills should be in print and available to the public at least three days before they are voted on to allow public review and comment.

3. Whistleblower protection should be provided for all branches of state government, without exception, for the legislature.

4. The legislature should not be exempt from public documents requests, such as requests for legislative budgets.


—Marge Nichols

AQMD Pushes Lawn Mowers

Did you know that the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) is offering residents a “we pay 75% you pay 25%” deal to turn in our old gas-spewing cutters for sleek new non-polluting electric lawn mowers with batteries?

Or, did you know that despite forty years of superb efforts to clean up factory smoke, shipping ports, rail yards, trucking centers, and our own gas-guzzling family vans that clog freeways, the Los Angeles area still sinks to the bottom of the national list of most polluted cities?

On Friday, May 3, 2013, six LWV-PA members and supporters of the Natural Resources Committee were treated, along with other local groups, to a PowerPoint lunch and tour of the impressive South Coast AQMD complex in Diamond Bar. The event was hosted by SCAQMD Board member Michael Cacciotti (Councilmember for South Pasadena and LWV-PA member), senior staff member Stan Myles, and assisted by Rainbow Yeung.

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