LWV-PA Annual Meeting



Never was there a time that discussion on the key focus areas for the League more important! Our January League Day each year is an opportunity for members to assess our progress to date this year, review local positions and priorities for action, as well as national focus areas. This meeting will be held from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. Please plan to participate in the discussion of national program at 10:30, and review of local programs after lunch.

At 11:00 our speaker will be George Lewis, who worked for NBC News for 43 years with stories appearing on NBC Nightly News. Lewis has won three Emmys and now reports on the revolution in information technology. His topic, “Fake News in today’s political environment”, promises to be timely.

The January 11 League Day will be at the Women’s City Club, 150 N. Oakland Ave., Pasadena. Enter parking lot from Madison, second parking lot south of Walnut. Lunch choices are Tri Tip or Fruit Plate. Lunch is $25.00 and reservations must be paid if not used. Please register by Monday, January 8 on our website at LWVPA.org, or by calling our office at 626 798-0765. Please register even if you don’t want lunch so we can save a seat for you. Coffee will be available at 10:00.

RSVP on our event page: https://lwv-pa.org/events/

Seeking Solutions to Climate Change

Nov. 2, 2017
Women’s City Club

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Hurricane Harvey illustrated what a serious threat global warming is to a developed nation. Much warmer waters in the Gulf of Mexico, a result of the increasing greenhouse effect, strengthened Hurricane Harvey resulting in a tragedy in Texas. Hurricane Irma wreaked havoc on Florida and Hurricane Maria decimated the US territory of Puerto Rico, producing a human catastrophe which will take months to resolve. The energy released by a hurricane is estimated at the equivalent of a million atomic bombs of the Hiroshima type – per day. Extreme weather will only worsen as the planet warms. Human civilization is dependent on energy sources. Can we mitigate global warming and if so, how can we do so without creating social and economic chaos?

We have two excellent climate change related presentations for the November 2 League Day. Dr. John Odell is Professor Emeritus of International Relations at USC and a Senior Fellow of the Centre for International Governance Innovation. He received his B.A. from the University of Texas and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He will discuss Practical Remedies for Climate Change with an emphasis on economic implications.

Our second speaker is Bill Carnahan from the Los Angeles County Office of Sustainability. Mr. Carnahan is the interim Executive Director of Los Angeles County Community Choice Energy (LACCE). He will explain the Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) program. This program separates the purchase of energy sources from the transmission and billing functions administered by the utility company. Local jurisdictions will be able to control their energy sources by creating a local board which will choose the energy source and be able to move to renewable sources of energy more quickly. The CCA program will also have financial control of these purchases and with the profit will be able to invest in new renewable energy sources.

The Natural Resources Committee members believe that moving to renewable energy sources as soon as possible is a significant and necessary first step toward saving the environment in which we live. We look forward to an interesting and informative morning with great speakers. Please join us!

Make It Fair Town Hall on October 7


Prop 13 Reform – Make It Fair Town Hall on October 7

Featured Speakers: State Senator Holly Mitchell and Torie Osborn, Deputy to Supervisor Sheila Kuehl

October 7, 10AM – Noon
Los Angeles Trade Technical College
2215 S. Grand St., Los Angeles, CA 90007

Did you know that the land that Disney Headquarters sits on is assessed at $5.49/square foot, while the land for a house across the street is assessed at $39.12 per square foot? And that as long as Disney Corporation continues to own that land, that assessment will increase only by 2% per year?

People who voted for Proposition 13 probably never expected that large corporations would be the biggest beneficiaries. Non-residential commercial property now accounts for only about 28% of property tax revenue in the state of California. If commercial property was reassessed on a regular basis, that would mean more than $9 Billion per year in additional revenue for school districts and local governments.

The League of Women Voters of California is part of the Make It Fair Coalition, which is advocating for Proposition 13 reform by establishing a “split roll” requiring regular reassessment of commercial properties.

Come find out more about this effort by attending the Town Hall on October 7.

The Cost of Healthcare

PeterMendelHeaderOctober 5, 2017
Women’s City Club
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Our morning speaker will be Peter Mendel, PhD, a Senior Sociologist at the RAND Corporation, a nonprofit, nonpartisan policy research institute based in Santa Monica, California. Dr. Mendel is no stranger to healthcare topics. His research has focused on change and improvement in healthcare systems, from evaluations of national programs (such as the National ActionPlan to Prevent Healthcare-Associated Infections) to local initiatives (such as engaging low-income communities in Los Angeles to improve access and quality of depression care). He has also conducted international research comparing the experiences of leading hospitals in the United States and Europe on sustaining efforts to improve quality and safety. A common interest throughout his work is to understand how local providers of healthcare and related services respond to broader changes in policy, industry, and social trends, and how those responses affect both the quality and value of health services on which we rely, as well as the health and well-being of communities.