Making Democracy Work

Citizen Education

The League provides information through candidate forums, and pros and cons, that highlight issues of interest to San Luis Obispo County voters.

Citizens Ask

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."

Special Districts Are the Smallest Unit of Democracy

What is a "Special District"? How many do we have in our county? What do they do? How are they funded? These questions and more were answered at a public forum on March 11, 2015, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Union Bank Conference Room, 995 Higuera Street, San Luis Obispo.

Dave Church, Executive Officer at the Local Agency For-mation Commission (LAFCO) and a featured speaker at the March 11 event explained, "Special Districts are indispensa-ble service providers. They provide a variety of important services to residents of San Luis Obispo County."

Mr. Church was joined by Neil Havlik, President of the Board of the Coastal San Luis Resource Conservation Dis-trict and former Natural Resources Manager for the City of San Luis Obispo, and Michael LeBrun, General Manager of the Nipomo Community Services District and a Regis-tered Professional Engineer.

Mr. LeBrun stressed that "Special Districts are the most `local' of local government. CSD's are basically autono-mous, locally owned, non-profit government agencies that provide services and charge fees for those services. The agency is accountable only to its customer/owners via their elected representatives."

Mr. Havlik pointed out that, while utility districts are the biggest and most powerful, "more often special districts undertake mundane tasks and projects that might otherwise be overlooked . . . . but they need to be done . . . and usually there are dedicated, hard-working individuals who step forward to do them." This informational forum was sponsored by the League of Women Voters of San Luis Obispo County and the Salon Series Committee.

Televised Educational Forums and Government Meetings

AGP Video's SLO-SPAN network televises government meetings throughout the year, as well as forums during election season. It is an invaluable outlet for keeping San Luis Obispo County and city government entities open and accessible to the public. League encourages individuals to watch these government meetings and forums to be a more fully informed citizen.

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. View the video complete with audience questions and answers.

On May 6, 2013, SLO-SPAN televised the LWVSLOC forum about 'fracking.' The programs are aired live and replayed on countywide cable television Charter Channel 2 and 21. The schedule of televised meetings may be found at

Eyes On California

The Official State of California Information Source

Immediate access to California state offices, the legislature, and agencies--all at your finger tips.

California Watch

Founded in 1977, CIR is the nation's oldest nonprofit investigative reporting organization + producing multimedia reporting that enables people to demand accountability from government, corporations and others in power.

California Budget Project

The California Budget Project engages in independent fiscal and policy analysis and public education with the goal of improving public policies affecting the economic and social well-being of low- and middle-income Californians.

California Forward

California Forward is a California political organization which, according to its website, wants to "transform our state government through citizen-driven solutions to provide better representation, smarter budgeting and fiscal management, and high quality public services so all Californians have the opportunity to be safe, healthy and prosperous in the global economy."

California Forward was created by California Common Cause, the Center for Governmental Studies, the New California Network and The Commonwealth Club of California's Voices of Reform Project at the urging of the California Endowment, the Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Fund, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, The James Irvine Foundation, and The David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

Effective Government

Are we Receiving the Best of Government?

The Center for Effective Government focuses on:

  • Citizen Health & Safety
  • Revenue & Spending
  • Open, Accountable Government

Checking the Facts with a nonpartisan, nonprofit "consumer advocate" for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. They monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases. is a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania.