LWV-PA Annual Meeting


June 5, 2014
Women’s City Club

Photos are here

Video of the meeting is here

At the January 2013 Program Planning session, members reviewed national and local positions and recommended adoption of existing positions. No new studies were recommended. Votes for local education and advocacy priorities were:
•    Increase voter participation, targeting underrepresented groups and youth: 26
•    Promote a Housing Commission for the City of Pasadena: 18
•    Activate an Observer Corps for public education: 12
•    Promote job creation, retention, and training: 12

To summarize our annual meeting: We elected new Board officers. We approved a budget. We approved existing local positions. We recognized and thanked committee members for their good work. We applauded Ray Bennett’s twenty years of exemplary volunteer service as our office manager. We heard an excellent speaker.
The unusual element in the annual meeting was the intense table discussions on specific activities to implement our priorities for education and advocacy:


Who’s Policing Law Enforcement?

Police Oversight

What is civilian oversight of Pasadena’s Police Department and the LA County Sheriff’s Department?

What: ACLU SoCal Public Forum
When: Tuesday, May 13th, 7 p.m.
Where: Neighborhood Church, 301 N. Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena
Contact: aclupasadena@yahoo.com or 213-434-4643 for more information
Flyer and more information is here.

For some time, ACLU and others have raised concerns about oversight of the Pasadena Police Department and the Los Angeles Couty Sheriff’s Department. Pasadena Public Safety Committee Chair Jacque Robinson will describe the current oversight of the Pasadena’s Police Department, and Miriam Krinsky, former Executive Director of the L.A. Citizens Commission on Jail Violence, will describe the recent modifications in the oversight of the Sheriff’s Department. Many United States jurisdictions have developed effective, affordable oversight of their law enforcement entities. Brian Buchner, President, National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement, will discuss various methods of civilian oversight that could serve as models for Pasadena.