President’s Day and National Parks

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As we observe Presidents Day, the National Park Foundation remembers the leaders who helped shape our nation’s public lands. The lessons of conservation and protection passed down by these presidents have given us the beautiful parks that we know and love.

Abraham Lincoln was the first president to set aside land for public use — that land would eventually become Yosemite National Park. Woodrow Wilson presided over the creation of the National Park Service.

But the president most closely associated with national parks is probably Theodore Roosevelt. An avid hunter and outdoorsman, President Roosevelt protected roughly 230 million acres of public land, including five national parks during his presidency.

The National Park Service has memorialized President Roosevelt in many locations:

  • Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site in New York City
  • Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site in Buffalo, New York
  • Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota
  • Sagamore Hill National Historic Site on Long Island, New York
  • Theodore Roosevelt Island in the District of Columbia.

What’s more, visitors to Yellowstone National Park can enjoy the Roosevelt Lodge, named after our 26th president. And, of course, Theodore Roosevelt’s face appears on Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

Everyone who loves America’s national parks — nature lovers, sports enthusiasts, history buffs, hikers, campers, whatever — owe a debt to the presidents, public officials, and private citizens who made, and continue to make, our national parks the marvels they are.

Guest Contributor: National Parks Foundation

Today we turn 99 years old, and the truth is: we are just getting started!

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Ninety-nine years ago today, the League of Women Voters was founded with a mission to help 20 million American women carry out their new responsibilities as eligible voters. After all, the League was founded just months before the 19th Amendment was ratified.

View archival footage of the Women Suffrage movement in America

In 2018 our organization reached more voters than ever before. In court rooms from Arizona to Wisconsin to the United States Supreme Court, we are fighting to protect the rights of voters and defend our democracy. In Congress right now the League strongly supports major sweeping legislation in H.R. 1, the For the People Act, that will expand voting rights and improve our elections. 

In fact, the House of Representatives is holding its final committee hearing on the For the People Act this very morning, on our birthday! 

The For the People Act is a comprehensive democracy reform package that includes restoration of the Voting Rights Act, voter registration modernization, public financing of elections through small donor matching funds, ending partisan gerrymandering and more. The League worked behind the scenes to influence the language of this legislation, including a push to include Same Day Registration. 

As we celebrate 99 years of women’s suffrage, we will continue to carry on the legacy of that achievement by making sure ALL eligible voters can exercise their rights and championing the expansion of those rights in the For the People Act


LWVBA Board Meeting Feb. 11th

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Join us for our February 2019 Board Meeting at our office conference room in Oakland.

The Monday, February 11th meeting is held from 11:45 am – 1:30 pm. We meet monthly on the

second Monday of the month at 436 14th Street, Suite 1213, 7th Floor Conference Room

Oakland. At the February meeting, we plan to have a short debriefing from the Bay Area

League Day 2019, and set plans for our Biennial Council on April 27, 2019.

For more information call our office at 510.839.1608.

Join the LWVC Advocacy Team

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Are you a League member who wishes to become more active? Do you want to help inform others about Government, Social Policy and Natural Resources? Are you interested in influencing policy in Sacramento? The California League of Women Voters is looking for members like you to join the Advocacy Team. You will be trained and have mentors to help you develop the skills and expertise needed. The legislative calendar runs from January through September, with most of the action running from March to August.

There are several types of advocates:

Legislative Analysts who follow legislation, analyze bills and draft letters in support or opposition. This position is most flexible because you can decide how many bills to work on.

Position Directors provide leadership and coordination around one or more League Positions. You work with the Legislative Analysts to provide subject-area and technical expertise. You may work anywhere from 4-20 hours a week, at least 8 hours a week during the legislative session.

Area Directors manage the Advocacy Team’s work in each of the three issue areas. They have an overarching understanding of LWVC positions. They help build the team and ensure proper training and support. The ADs may volunteer from 4-20 hours per week, but at least 12 hours a week during the session.

If you are interested in influencing public policy in California this might be for you. For more information contact Dora Rose at and tell them Felice sent you!!

Felice Zensius

Co-Chair Action Committee


League Day 2019 Update

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After a site visit to Google Community Space, the planning team feels comfortable to deliver to you a successful educational, and interactive event. We are particularly pleased to host the League of Women Voters of the United States, Chief Operating Officer, Virginia Kase to the Bay Area. Ms. Kase will give our key address, participate in a leadership roundtable, and discuss how the local Leagues can become an ally in the 2020 census.

Be sure to buy your tickets to League Day 2019 by January 20th to take advantage of 5-lunch options. Google Community Space has a very long lead time for us to place our orders. Once you buy your ticket you will receive an instant thank you message. Within the next few weeks before the event will send you an email with lunch options, homework assignments and a reminder message to attend the event.

Help Wanted!

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A few finance wonks (or just local League Treasurers with a willingness to help!)
The LWVBA Budget Committee needs members to review our progress on our first two-year budget and make any necessary adjustment recommendations to the Board.
Meetings by phone, starting late January – should not need many.
Also needed, a League member with nonprofit accounting experience (in LWV or out) to review the books post-merger.
We can accommodate your schedule!
Please respond to Leslie Stewart at

BART Oversight Committee Needs You!

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LWV Bay Area has a position on the BART bond oversight committee to fill due to the resignation of one of our members on the oversight committee. This position is to fill in the remainder of the term left open by the resignation of one of our members on the oversight committee.This position was a result of the passage of Measure RR passed in 2016. The passage of the BART bond measure gave LWV Bay Area an opportunity to recommend League members to apply for a place on the bond oversight committee. Understanding League’s strong position on transparency in governance and willingness to apply it as a member of this committee is paramount. The two-year term without compensation makes the committee member eligible for a total of three two-year terms.
BART will provide orientation. BART staff will provide materials and support to answer questions. Members must attend at least 50% of the semi-annual meetings. All committee members are subject to all provisions of the Ralph M. Brown Act which mandates open meetings for local legislative bodies. All meetings are open to the public.
There are two forms provided by BART for applicants to fill out. Committee members are required to comply with disclosure and California conflict of interest laws.
The BART web site will include information about the Citizens’ Oversight Committee and the Committee Reports will be posted in this section. The URL for the oversight committee is:
So, if you are interested in becoming a League watchdog and furthering the League’s mission of transparency in government, please apply!!!
All applications shall be submitted to the Chair of the LWV Bay Area Transportation Committee at (fill in the internet address for transportation chair). Deadline is January 31, 2019
Thank you and Good Luck!

In Support of the Compact

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The League of Women Voters of the Bay Area strongly supports regional approaches to problem solving and actively participated in the development of Plan Bay Area. We are pleased to see the recommendations of the CASA Technical Committee come forward for your review. We support the CASA Draft Compact as an important step towards solving the affordable housing crisis – the worst in the country – that confronts the Bay Area.

CASA Letter

In Celebration of the 19th Amendment

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Today we celebrate the 98th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution which guarantees all American women the right to vote.
The struggle for women’s suffrage started in the 1800s, long before its passage in Congress, when Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott organized the first women’s rights convention. What followed would be a decades-long movement marked by protests, lobbying, and civil disobedience right up until the amendment’s ratification on August 18, 1920.
Shortly after the amendment’s passage, the League of Women Voters grew into the association responsible for organizing women across the country. Today, we are an important part of American culture. The League’s early work mirrors many issues we still fight for today, including women’s education and providing balanced information, along with being leaders in equity issues such as federal aid for child care programs, housing and transportation.
The 19th Amendment provided women with more than just the right to vote. In many ways, it has become the foundation supporting women as they determine their own futures and take part in the direction of policy that affects us all. Its importance cannot be overstated, and that’s why we remember its passage today.
But there is still work to be done. Join the Bay Area League of Women Voters at their flagship event on February 9, 2019 at Bay Area League Day where we examine equity in our day-long symposium entitled, “Equity in Action-Equity in Practice? Save the Date

2019 Bay Area League Day

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The Bay Area League announced its topic for their annual League Day event. “Region in Action – Equity in Practice?” and a greater look at issues that affect the Bay Area from Equity lense. Questions to be asked are,  have we reached equity in transportation, housing, voting, education, and other aspects of Bay Area life?

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