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.
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.
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.
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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.
If you can't be active we welcome your financial support. Click on the button below.