Making Democracy Work

A Voice For Citizens, A Force For Change

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging the informed and active participation of individuals in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy.
Opening Meeting 2015. Save the date, Saturday, September 19th, to hear Dr. Penny Borenstein present on the "Affordable Care Act in San Luis Obispo County." Meet old friends and new members! Details are on the Member information page.

At the June 2015 Annual Meeting, keynote speaker Sam Blakeslee explained a new state legislation information source here:

San Luis Obispo County Government Meetings for the week of August 31:

Every Tuesday watch or listen to the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors Meetings here:

95 years for the League of Women Voters.

This year, the League of Women Voters celebrates its 95th anniversary. Founded by suffragist Carrie Chapman Catt on February 14, 1920 + just six months prior to passage of the 19th Amendment + the League was charged with "finish[ing] the fight" to ensure that every eligible voter has free and fair access to the polls. Ever since, the League has been at the forefront of efforts to empower citizens to play an active role in our democracy.

In honor of 95 years of Making Democracy Work , here are 10 ways the League has helped strengthen our democracy and ensure equality throughout the past century. The League is one of our country's oldest and strongest nonpartisan civic organizations. Ninety-five years after the League was founded, we continue to hold fast to the belief that our nation is at its strongest when citizens are engaged with our democracy, from voting rights and voter education to campaign finance reform and environmental defense.

"There will never be a true democracy," said Chapman Catt, "until every in it, without regard to race, sex, color or creed has his or her own...voice in government."

Cheers to that + and to the next 95 years and counting.

League Studies Higher Education

LWV SLOCo's Opening Meeting key speakers focused on the accessibility and affordability of highter education.. Dr. Gil Stork is well known to the San Luis Obispo community. Dr. Stork was selected to lead Cuesta College, on November 2, 2011, but he was no stranger to Cuesta; he served Cuesta for 40 years.

Jeffrey D. Armstrong began his tenure as Cal Poly's ninth president on Feb. 1, 2011, with a determination to enhance the university's Learn by Doing teaching approach. As a first-generation college graduate, he is particularly passionate about nurturing a campus climate that embraces inclusivity and diversity.

Cindy Marie Absey has been appointed Chair of the Higher Education Study Committee for the 2015 program year. Ms. Absey invited participation from the faculty and students of Cal Poly and Cuesta. Read about the latest assessment of California's higher education performance. The League of Women Voters California want to know: what can we do to bring back California's former standards of excellence? Join the study committee to shape the future!

Our Latest Event!!!

LWVSLO Moderates Discussion about Homeless Center in SLO

Left to right are G. McIntosh, L. Weir, B. Thoma, and J. Spatafore

To a crowd that included "standing room only" attendees, the League of Women Voters of San Luis Obispo County moderated and co-hosted a public forum on a homeless center to be built at 40 Prado Road. Read more here:

The event was co-sponsored by the San Luis Obispo County Housing Trust Fund, United Way of San Luis Obispo County, and the Community Foundation San Luis Obispo County's Action for Healthy Communities. Funds for the videotaping were provided by the County Board of Supervisors' Community Project Grant funds. Read the full report.

"View the video complete with audience questions and answers."

What Have We Done Lately?

The Salon Series Committee, under the chairmanship of Ann Havlik, sponsored a Wine Tasting Welcome for new members of the League of Women Voters of San Luis Obispo County on September 4 at the Wolff Winery.

Left to right: new members Lanny Hernandez, Jaleah Byrnne, Eric Greening (talking with Maruerite Bader) Pati Tackett, and Barbara Hernandez study the wine list
Wolff Winery owner, Jean-Pierre Wolff accepts certificate from President Marilee Hyman

Left to right: Lois Hughes chats with Sara and Boyd Horne who donated cheese and snacks to accompany the fine wines.