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A Voice for Citizens, A Force for Change

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government and influencing public policy through education and advocacy.
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Upcoming Events

  • Nov 8th 3:30-5:45 pm Wednesday
    Statistics and the School Level K-12: We've Come a Long Way
    San Diego State University, GMCS 333
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  • Nov 18th 1-3 pm Saturday
    General Meeting on Homelessness
    Pt Loma Harvey Library, 3701 Voltaire

  • Nov 29th 1:45-3:45 pm Wednesday
    Make Elections More Meaningful
    North University Community Library, 8820 Judicial Drive, San Diego
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City Government Positions

League of Women Voters-San Diego current issues of interest:

Link to Public Policy files

  • Get Out the Vote- The League co-sponsored many mock elections in high schools and educated voters through over 75 pro/con presentations on the ballot measures, the website, and candidate forums prior to the November 2016 election. We continue to meet with non voters to educate them on the voting process in a program called Sips & Civility and register voters at select community events.

  • Health Care - The LWV of California has advocated for a single payer health care system for more than a decade. LWVSD works to inform our members and the public on the issues surrounding a workable healthcare system.

  • Human Trafficking - Results of a recent study estimated the number of human trafficking victims per year ranged from 3,417 to 8,108 in San Diego County, and the average age of entry into sex trafficking is 15. To address this societal problem, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors established the San Diego Regional Human Trafficking and Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children Advisory Council and its nine subcommittees.

  • Violence against Women - Violence against women (VAW) is the most pervasive human rights violation on earth. VAW encompasses physical, sexual, and psychological violence occurring in the family (e.g., battering, sexual abuse of children, marital rape), in the general community (e.g., rape, sexual abuse, sexual harassment and intimidation at work, in educational institutions, trafficking, forced prostitution), and perpetrated or condoned by the country (e.g., military, war, torture).

  • Early Childhood Education - A coalition of agencies serving preschoolers is headed by the LWVSD and working to improve services and funding for quality education at the preschool level.

  • Climate Change - Global warming is changing our atmosphere and oceans, disrupting ecosystems on which we depend and climate patterns to which our communities have adapted. LWVSD supports the work of civic leaders developing ambitious Climate Action Plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to minimize regional impacts of climate change, which include issues of water supply, threats to our region's exceptional biodiversity, increased drought and wildfires, and accelerating coastal erosion. The Natural Resources Committee is studying coastal erosion due to climate change.

  • Water - Critical issues challenging our region include water sources, distribution, conservation, reuse and cost. The League's Powerpoint presentation shares statistics and visuals to help understand these issues. Members continue to follow the efforts of agencies responsible for water supply, quality, and cost, and to advocate for smart use and fair pricing.

  • Energy - LWV supports environmentally sound use of energy resources, with consideration of the entire cycle of energy production. LWV opposes fracking without vigorous oversight and full public disclosure. LWVSD and LWV of North County San Diego opposed the Pio Pico plant in Otay Mesa, opposes the Carlsbad Energy Center, and supports incentives for increasing local solar power generation.

  • San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant Shutdown - In 2014, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved a settlement agreement whereby customers pay about $3.3 billion of the cost of shutting down the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, with the plant's owners paying only about $1.4 billion. LWVSD supports the challenge to this agreement and CPUC's reconsideration.

  • Solid Waste - LWVSD works with other groups to promote the City's "Zero Waste" goals with improved recycling programs and less waste going to landfills. We stand with LWV North County San Diego in opposing development of the Gregory Canyon Landfill. Transit - LWV supports improvements to public transit as well as amenities that encourage walking and cycling, with the aims of reducing dependence on automobiles and promoting healthy neighborhoods. LWVSD endorses Community Plan Updates that provide for these improvements.

  • Land Use - LWV supports landuse planning that recognizes land as a resource as well as a commodity, and believes that citizens must have meaningful participation in land use planning and regulation. LWVSD members monitor proceedings of the City's Planning Commission and Council Committees.

  • Embarcadero - LWVSD has worked for many years to keep the Embarcadero a place for citizens and tourists to enjoy our harbor views.

  • Charter Review Committee - The LWVSD studied the City Charter along with the City Council's Charter Review Committee in 2015-16 which resulted in supporting much of the Charter Review Changes on both the June and November ballots. We now observe the Rules Committee which will continue to work on Charter changes.

  • Immigration and Deportation - The League's committee works on solving some of the problems of court backlog, representation in court, border patrol improvements, and deported veterans.

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