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How Does The League Select Issues for Emphasis?

In League, Program means the issues that we choose for concerted study, education and action at local, state and national levels. Program can include both education and action.

The Program Planning process is part of what makes the League a grassroots organization; each League member has the opportunity to influence the selection of issues where the local, state, and national League will focus time, talent and money.

Every year, members of local Leagues engage in Program Planning. Based on the results of this, the Board of Directors makes recommendations to the national, state or regional level about the program to be adopted for the coming two year period at their biennial conventions, and to the local League membership for program items to be adopted at the annual business meeting.

Our top LWVDV priorities for 2019-20 are Healthcare, Affordable Housing, Wildfire Preparation and Response, and response to Action Alerts from all levels of League.

  • Healthcare: We have coordinated with Healthcare for All to provide information about single-payer healthcare legislation and other health access issues at many meetings throughout the past year. We have also participated in lobby days in Sacramento.  We will continue to monitor our state legislative activity as well as national LWV activity and provide current information and advocacy as the need arises.
  • Affordable Housing:  Affordable Housing work in the past year included support for requiring 25% of housing units to be affordable in each phase of development of the Concord Naval Weapons Station Reuse.  We will continue advocacy in our local communities with active development that includes affordable housing and consideration of the complex follow-up that is needed to ensure the affordable housing units get funded, non-profit contractors identified and long term maintenance is adequately established. 
  • Beginning in 2019, LWV Diablo Valley is exploring issues of government structure and coordination around Wildfire Prevention and Emergency ResponseSee more here.
  • Immigration; Gun Safety and Gun Violence Prevention; Re-districting of our local cities and school districts as well as redistricting at the state level; and Wildfire Prevention, Communication and Evacuation Planning are examples of alert-driven and community network-driven action, advocacy and public information activities where our timely response can be critical for successful governance solutions. 

We will also continue our monitoring and advocacy in LWVDV’s areas of emphasis:

  •  Government:  Our Observer Corps continues to monitor city councils and school boards in central and eastern Contra Costa County, particularly with respect to the Brown Act. We respond to action alerts, particularly supporting the modernization of our election system through automatic voter registration, voting centers and drop off locations.  
  •  Natural Resources:  Our focus continues to be onGlobal Warming/Climate Change, and on communicating with local entities. We will monitor plans of cities and the County Board of Supervisors. Of particular concern are sea level rise, refineries (transportation and pollution), and sea water in the Delta.
  •  Social Policy:  We address issues of affordable housing, economic inequality/poverty, minimum wage, economic mobility, sentencing/reentry, and heath care access.
Immigration policies should promote reunification of immediate families; meet economic, business and employment needs; and be responsive to those facing political persecution or humanitarian crises.
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LWV Diablo Valley Action Committee