Seeking Solutions to Climate Change



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 Matt Skolnik from the Los Angeles County Office of Sustainability. Mr. Skolnik has been working on the Los Angeles Community Choice Energy (LACCE) project since 2015. 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!

League Day
Thursday, November 2, 2017
Women’s City Club
160 N. Oakland Ave. Pasadena

Enter parking lot from Madison,
second parking lot south of Walnut

8:30 a.m. ̶ Registration
9:00 ̶ Breakfast (optional)
9:30 ̶ 12:00 ̶ Program

Reservations are required. Program attendance has no charge. The served breakfast is optional at $25.00 per person. To register go to or phone 626-798-0965 by noon on Friday, October 27, 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, October 30.

Breakfast menu: Eggs, bacon, 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. Join us for coffee or tea even if you don’t eat.

RSVP on our event page:


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.

All League members are invited and encouraged to attend. If you are able to volunteer on the day of the event, please email Elizabeth Ralston:

The Cost of Healthcare

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Women’s City Club

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.


So They’re Registered


September 14, 2017
Women’s City Club

Video is here
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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!

Call to Action

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Call to Action Draws Full House
Sept. 9, 2017
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The specter of deporting 800,000 undocumented young people brought to the U.S. as children drew a full house to the Call to Action by the League of Women Voters Pasadena Sept. 9. More than 50 people wrote 177 postcards to elected representatives.

“We have to do something to help these wonderful young people who have demonstrated their belief in the American Dream,” was one message opposing the reversal of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals).

The League is opposed to deportation of non-criminal undocumented immigrants and supports SB 54 California Values Act, which is now before the Assembly. The act promotes reunification of immediate families, provides of student visas and ensures fair treatment under the law. Other issues on the table were climate change, voting rights, affordable housing and racism.

The League believes climate change is by far the greatest challenge to the balance of our ecosystem. LWV supports the 100 Percent Clean Energy Act — SB 100.

The League remains committed to fighting suppression tactics that threaten the right to vote.

LWV supports an affordable housing bill in California — SB2, Building Homes and Jobs Act. Also, SB3, Minimum Wage; In-home Supportive Services; Pid Sick Days.

As for racism, Chris Carson, president of the national LWV, says: “There is no place for hatred and violence in our democracy and all leaders must condemn acts of domestic terrorism.”