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The League of Women Voters does not support or oppose any political party or candidate. It is a political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy.
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Our next general meeting topic - land use

Photo of a valley with some farming visible

Join us on April 28, 2018, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm, at the San Marcos Senior Center, 111 Richmar Ave., San Marcos for our next General Meeting. It will be a discussion of land use and the Safeguard our San Diego Countryside (SOS) Initiative.

The LWVNCSD Board voted to support the SOS Initiative, at their March meeting. Why? What's its purpose? Come to this forum and find out. See more about these issues in the April VOTER

LWVNCSD Natural Resources Director Liz Gabrych will give a brief description of land use regulations and the governmental agencies that are involved in that regulation.

Former County Supervisor Pam Slater-Price will describe formation of the current County of San Diego General Plan that was adopted in 2011.

Mark Jackson, one of the leaders who successfully fought the Lilac Hills initiative, will describe the pros of the SOS initiative.

LWVNCSD Member Pat Coony will describe the cons of the SOS initiative.

There will then be an open discussion, led by our President Anne Omsted to answer your questions. Don't miss this informative General Meeting! Light refreshments will be served. Hope to see you there!

ICYMI - The 49th District Candidate Forum

Your North County San Diego League moderated this forum on March 9, 2018. Thanks to the team for a great job. Lots of compliments, as usual.

Thanks to Terry Woods of North County Daily Star. See more on their website.

Candidate Forum for 49th Congressional Seat from Terry Woods on Vimeo.

Schools and Communities First


This issue is the League of Women Voters California primary interest in 2018. Why? What is it? Why now? Who is supporting it and who is opposing it and why? What happens if it passes? What happens if it doesn't pass? How do other states handle local commercial property assessments? How will businesses be affected if it passes?

This will be another initiative where many millions of dollars will be spent to support it and to oppose it. It has been called the most important initiative in California in the past twenty years. It is all about money and it is a fascinating look into how government raises money to provide services to communities.

Our League and most other California leagues are collecting signatures to get this initiative on the November ballot. Contact Don Omsted, our local coordinator, if you have questions.

An Opportunity to take action

The LWV North County board supports this action. A letter has been sent to the Board of Supervisors signed by both League presidents in San Diego County. Read more for insight on this issue.

San Diegans want a voice in our county budget process. We know this from the 1,300 San Diegans that attended evening budget hearings in 2016 and 2017, and the hundreds who spoke out about the needs of their communities.

We need your help to send a clear message to the Board of Supervisors.

Sign this petition and tell Chairwoman Gaspar and Supervisors to reinstate the evening budget hearing so all San Diegans have an opportunity to participate.

Typically, only daytime hearings have been held regarding our county budget. In 2016 and 2017 the Board of Supervisors moved in the right direction, in terms of community participation, and held evening budget hearings. This year, Chairwoman Gaspar and the Board of Supervisors decided to not schedule an evening hearing for the 2018 budget process.

Hearings held in the evening are important opportunities for working families, young people, those who care for the young or elderly, and others who cannot make it to a day hearing to bring their voice to the budget process.

Help send an urgent message to the Board of Supervisors. Sign this petition as soon as possible, and tell Chairwoman Gaspar and Supervisors to not take the evening budget hearing away.

Join the San Diego County Voter's Edge Team!

In 2018, would you like to:

  • Make a positive impact on society from home, in your spare time, without having to attend meetings?
  • Update your personal resume with some marketable skills that will impress prospective employers?
  • Promote civility in political discourse?
  • Reduce the role of money in determining election outcomes?
  • Provide voters with unbiased information about the candidates and measures on their ballots?

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You can accomplish all of the above by joining the San Diego County Voter's Edge Team.

Voter's Edge California is a website that allows voters to inform themselves before casting their ballots. It is a joint project of the League of Women Voter's Education Fund and MapLight, a not-for-profit organization that tracks where political donations are coming from.

Through Voter's Edge California, the League of Women Voters offers all San Diego County candidates on the ballot the same opportunity to tell voters about their qualifications and priorities, at no cost. This free publicity reduces the need for candidates to amass large war chests of campaign donations in order to introduce themselves to voters.

Voter's Edge also promotes civility in campaigning, by requiring participating candidates to refrain from making any mention of their competitors in their Voter's Edge statements. This encourages candidates to stay positive and focused on what they want to accomplish for the public if elected--not on the shortcomings of their competitors.

During the 2016 elections, Voter's Edge was promoted on local public television and radio as "the KPBS Voter's Guide." Local universities, libraries, and the San Diego County Registrar of Voters were also very supportive of our efforts.

Whether you would simply like to volunteer a few hours to contact candidates by phone, or if you would like extensive training in order to master all the bells and whistles of our data entry system and spreadsheets--a real resume-building opportunity!--Julie Ann Sih will be happy to put you to work for Voter's Edge.

Please click on this link to contact Julie Ann if you are interested or want more information.

Natural Resources News

San Dieguito River Park arial view

All are invited to lots of interesting & fun activities at the San Dieguito River Park this spring.

Here's one coming up this month:

Lagoon Day- April 21, 2018 from 8:30am-2:00pm

Check out their website for more information.

Tell students you know about this important opportunity

California Secretary of State Alex Padilla has recently rolled out this new program. Two ways make it happen -- Click on the banner to go to the SOS website and register online or copy and paste the link in an email and send to your favorite teen.

It's available to all citizens 16 and 17 years old. Be ready to vote.

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