Making Democracy Work

Past

Date & Time        Place        Description
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
12:00
Unitarian Universalist Church
490 Aquajito Road
Carmel, CA 93923


Open to the public.

Lunch at 12:00 pm
The 15 dollar lunch is at 12 p.m. and requires a reservation.
Contact LunchRes@lwvmryco.org or (831) 648-8683

Speaker at 12:30-1:30
The program, free and does not require a reservation.
Fracking the Monterey Shale: Learn the Facts. Our guest speakers will be Adam Scow and Pat Lerman presenting current plans of the oil and gas industry to massively expand fracking throughout California's Monterey Shale, a rock formation that stretches from the Bay Area to Los Angeles. This formation is estimated to contain billions of barrels of oil. They will examine the environmental and health risks of fracking in the context of our State and National energy portfolio and update us on the most recent actions in Sacramento regarding fracking.

Adam Scow is the California Campaign Director at Food & Water Watch (http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org) where he is responsible for developing strategy for local, state, and national campaigns. He has led numerous successful campaigns at the local and state level to protect California's water as a human right and public resource. He has served on the planning committee for the annual California Water Policy Conference and is a board member of San Francisco Tomorrow (http://sftomorrow.org). Previously, Mr. Scow researched federal farm policy and water transfers in Washington DC.

Pat Lerman is a founder and member of the Coordinating Committee of ACE, Aromas Cares for Our Environment. ACE began in July 2012 when oil explorers came to Aromas. Pat recently retired from the legal field, representing school employees.

Monday, September 23, 2013
4pm
Alisal Campus, Hartnell College, Room C212
1752 East Alisal Street
Salinas, CA 93905
Agriculture Study Kick-off Program. You are invited to attend the Kick-off Program for the Agriculture Study on Monday September 23rd with an informative seminar on Genetically Modified Food by Dr. Steve Triano at Hartnell College. A map of the Alisal Campus, where the Center for Advanced Technology is located, is attached. Parking fees have been waived for the event. If you have questions, please contact Arlene Guest at 595-1297. "Genetically Modified Food: Reality vs. Perception"

Speaker: Dr. Steve Triano Dr. Triano has been an agricultural genetics researcher in academia and industry since 1989. He earned a B.S. in Biology from CSU Chico, and Ph.D. in Genetics from UC Davis. His primary research has focused on plant breeding and genetics with other projects in post-harvest physiology, production systems, manufacturing systems (especially modified atmosphere packaging), nutrition, and control systems technology. Dr. Triano joined the Hartnell faculty in Spring 2007.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013
12:00-1:30
Unitarian Universalist Church
490 Aquajito Road
Carmel, CA 93923


Open to the public.

Lunch at 12:00 pm
The 15 dollar lunch is at 12 p.m. and requires a reservation.
Contact LunchRes@lwvmryco.org or (831) 648-8683

Speaker at 12:30-1:30
The program, free and does not require a reservation.
Measure M: A Better Vision for Fort Ord. Measure M is the initiative on the November ballot aimed at preserving 540 acres of oak woodlands located on the north and northwest sections of the former Fort Ord for open space and recreational use. The opposing Measure K, backed by development interests will remove more than 50,000 Monterey oak trees and hundreds of acres of beautiful open space to make room for 1,500 residential units, two hotels, a commercial center and a commercial horse racetrack. Our speakers are Jason Campbell, principal officer and spokesman for the Fort Ord Access Alliance and Margaret Davis, Friends of the Fort Ord Warhorse.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
12:00-1:30
Unitarian Universalist Church
490 Aquajito Road
Carmel, CA 93923


Open to the public.

Lunch at 12:00 pm
The 15 dollar lunch is at 12 p.m. and requires a reservation.
Contact LunchRes@lwvmryco.org or (831) 648-8683

Speaker at 12:30-1:30
The program, free and does not require a reservation.
It's Not Easy Being Green. This month's guest speaker will be Dr. Zahi K. Atallah. The LWVMC Agriculture Study (see details on page 9) will focus on current agricultural technology (Genetically Modified Organisms GMOs), herbicides, pesticides, water pollution, aquifer depletion, antibiotics, and accurate food labelling), and current agricultural finance (agricultural industries, crop subsidies, and the federal agricultural regulatory process). Dr. Atallah will address these issues.

Between 2003 and 2011, Dr. Atallah worked as a vegetable plant pathology scientist at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and University of California, Davis. His areas of expertise are population genetics, disease epidemiology and fungal molecular biology. He joined Hartnell College as Dean of Advanced Technology in January 2011, where he oversees the instruction and facilities at the Alisal campus.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014
12:00-1:30
Unitarian Universalist Church
490 Aquajito Road
Carmel, CA 93923


Open to the public.

Lunch at 12:00 pm
The 15 dollar lunch is at 12 p.m. and requires a reservation.
Contact LunchRes@lwvmryco.org or (831) 648-8683

Speaker at 12:30-1:30
The program, free and does not require a reservation.
Public Ownership of Water. Representatives from Public Water Now (PWN) (http://www.publicwaternow.org) and from California American Water (CalAm) (http://www.amwater.com/caaw) will address questions related to the proposed June 2014 initiative to buy the local assets of CalAm (force public ownership of the now-private water system). Speakers will address issues related to management, decision-making, water quality, rates, customer relations, and how well the Monterey Peninsula Water Management District might compare should they take over management of the water system.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
12:00-1:30
Unitarian Universalist Church
490 Aquajito Road
Carmel, CA 93923


Open to the public.

Lunch at 12:00 pm
The 15 dollar lunch is at 12 p.m. and requires a reservation.
Contact LunchRes@lwvmryco.org or (831) 648-8683

Speaker at 12:30-1:30
The program, free and does not require a reservation.
Homeless Women in Monterey County. Timothy Barrett; works to raise consciousness about poverty and homelessness on the Monterey Peninsula. His MPC Symposium in May 2013 drew over 300 people, achieving its purpose in "... provoking public interest in and awareness of creative solutions to issues of homelessness and hunger."

Kathy Wilden: worked for the past two years with The Reverend Dr. Michael Reid, St. Mary's by the Sea Episcopal Church, to organize the Fund for Homeless Women.

Letitia Bejarano

Wednesday, March 12, 2014
12-1:30 pm
Unitarian Universalist Church
490 Aguajito Road
Carmel, CA 93923


Open to the public.

Lunch at 12:00 pm
The 15 dollar lunch is at 12 p.m. and requires a reservation.
Contact LunchRes@lwvmryco.org or (831) 648-8683

Speaker at 12:30-1:30
The program, free and does not require a reservation.
Salinas Valley Water. Panel featuring Salinas Valley Water Coalition and Farm Bureau
Saturday, April 5, 2014
9-12
Nancy McInnis
55 Corral de Tierra Road
Corral de Tierra, CA 93908


(0.3 miles off Hwy 68).
Ag Study Consensus Mtg. All members welcome - Presentation and Consensus on LWVUS Ag. Study

More information

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
12:30-2 pm
Unitarian Universalist Church
490 Aquajito Road
Carmel, CA 93923


Open to the public.

Lunch at 12:00 pm
The 15 dollar lunch is at 12 p.m. and requires a reservation.
Contact LunchRes@lwvmryco.org or (831) 648-8683

Speaker at 12:30-1:30
The program, free and does not require a reservation.
Ferrini Ranch. Amy White, Executive Director, LandWatch
Monday, April 28, 2014
6:30pm
Prunedale Grange

17890 Moro Rd
Salinas, CA 93907
Candidate Forum. Become an Informed Voter -- bring your questions and your friends to listen to the District 2 Monterey County Supervisorial candidates on your ballot!

Candidates for Monterey County Supervisor District 2: Maria Bonilla Giuriato (invited) Ed Mitchell (confirmed) John Phillips (confirmed)

Friday, May 2, 2014
7pm
Community Church of the Monterey Peninsula
(same entrance as Rancho Canada Golf Club)

4590 Carmel Valley Rd
Carmel, CA 93923
Monterey County Sheriff Candidates' Forum. Candidates: Steve Bernal, Fred Garcia, Scott Miller, Michael Richards
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
7pm
Monterey College of Law
100 Colonel Durham Street
Seaside, CA 93955


Community Justice Center Auditorium
Superior Court Judge Candidate's Forum. Candidates running for Judge in Superior Court Office 3 (Andrew Liu and Steve Somers) and Superior Court Office 10 (Heidi Whilden and Luma Serrano Williams) will debate the issues in this forum moderated by the League. (Note: 10 Superior Court Judgeships are up for election this June, however eight seats are unopposed).
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
12pm-1:30pm
Unitarian Universalist Church
490 Aquajito Road
Carmel, CA 93923


Open to the public.

Lunch at 12:00 pm
The 15 dollar lunch is at 12 p.m. and requires a reservation.
Contact LunchRes@lwvmryco.org or (831) 648-8683

Speaker at 12:30-1:30
The program, free and does not require a reservation.
Water: So Many Questions and Efforts, So Few Answers. All new Peninsula water supply projects are scheduled around the Cease and Desist deadline of December 31, 2016, but all are highly likely to miss it. Many state, county, and city agencies have critical roles. Only one has been deeply involved in every issue, historically and currently, from project development and permitting to negotiations and financing. Our guest speaker David Stoldt, General Manager of the Monterey Peninsula Water Management District (MPWMD) since 2011, will describe the District's history and current role in water supply.
Friday, September 12, 2014
12pm
Will's Fargo Restaurant
16 W. Carmel Valley Road
Carmel Valley, CA 93924
Sheriff Candidate Forum. Lunch, beverage dessert, including tip is $20. Reservations are required: call Deb Monnastes at (831) 594-5591 by Wednesday, September 10th. Candidates for Monterey County Sheriff: Steve Bernal / Scott Miller (incumbent)
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
6pm
PG Community Center
515 Junipero Avenue
Pacific Grove, CA 93950
Pacific Grove Candidate Forum. 6:00 pm: Meet and greet; submit written questions for candidates 6:30 pm: Forum begins Candidates for Mayor: Bill Kampe (incumbent) / John M. Moore

Candidates for City Council Candidates: Brian Brooks / Shannon Cardwell / Ken Cuneo (incumbent) / Rudy Fischer (incumbent) / Robert Pacelli / Bill Peake

Wednesday, September 24, 2014
6;15 pm
Oldemeyer Center
986 Hilby Avenue
Seaside, CA 93955
The Monterey County Branch of NAACP, Seaside Voter Education Center, Sustainable Seaside, and the LWVMC will present Seaside Mayor, Seaside City Council, and Monterey County Sheriff Forums. 6:15 pm: Information tables; submit written questions for candidates 6:45 pm: Introductions 6:50 pm: Mayoral and City Council Forum 8:10 pm: Break 8:20 pm: Sheriff Forum Candidates for Seaside Mayor: Felix Bachofner / Ralph Rubio (incumbent) Candidates for Seaside City Council: Dennis Alexander / Jason Campbell / Alvin Edwards (incumbent) / Ronald Guth Candidates for County Sheriff: Steve Bernal / Scott Miller (incumbent)
Monday, September 29, 2014
6:30pm
Hilltop Park Center
871 Jessie Street
Monterey, CA 93940
The New Monterey Neighborhood Association and LWVMC will present Monterey Peninsula Airport Board and Monterey City Council Forums. 6:30 - 6:45 pm: Meet and greet; submit written questions for airport board candidates 6:45 - 7:30 pm: Airport Board candidate forum 7:30 - 7:40 pm: Break; submit written questions for city council candidates 7:40 - 8:50 pm: Council candidate forum Candidates for Monterey Peninsula Airport Board: Carl Miller (incumbent) / Matthew Nelson (incumbent) / Dan Presser Candidates for Monterey City Council: Timothy Barrett / Hansen Reed / Nancy Selfridge (incumbent) / Ed Smith
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
12pm-1:30pm
Unitarian Universalist Church
490 Aquajito Road
Carmel, CA 93923


Open to the public.

Lunch at 12:00 pm
The 15 dollar lunch is at 12 p.m. and requires a reservation.
Contact LunchRes@lwvmryco.org or (831) 648-8683

Speaker at 12:30-1:30
The program, free and does not require a reservation.
November Proposition & Measure Pros & Cons. This November's General Election ballot will have several State Propositions and Measures for voters to consider. The Pros and Cons of Propositions 1 and 2, 45 through 48, and of Measure Q (MST Sales Tax) will be presented at this month's meeting by various LWV Montery County Directors
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
6 pm
Greenfield City Hall (Council Chambers)
599 El Camino Real
Greenfield, CA
93927
Greenfield City Council and Mayor Forum. Voter forum - City Council and Mayor Candidates
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
12pm-1:30pm
Unitarian Universalist Church
490 Aquajito Road
Carmel, CA 93923


Open to the public.

Lunch at 12:00 pm
The 15 dollar lunch is at 12 p.m. and requires a reservation.
Contact LunchRes@lwvmryco.org or (831) 648-8683

Speaker at 12:30-1:30
The program, free and does not require a reservation.
Pesticides: Impacts on People and Pollinators. Community organizer Mark Weller, and local beekeeper Dale Hillard will be our speakers. Mark will address recent studies on pesticide use near schools as well as the relationship of pesticides to cancer risks in Monterey County. Dale will address the decline in bees and the effects of pesticides on pollinators.
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
12pm-1:30pm
Unitarian Universalist Church
490 Aquajito Road
Carmel, CA 93923


Open to the public.

Lunch at 12:00 pm
The 15 dollar lunch is at 12 p.m. and requires a reservation.
Contact LunchRes@lwvmryco.org or (831) 648-8683

Speaker at 12:30-1:30
The program, free and does not require a reservation.
Climate Change: From Science and Policy to Action in Monterey County. Speakers Heather Adamson, AICP and Robin Tokmakian, PhD, will cover how Climate Change manifests itself in our local area, how California state legislation is being implemented locally, and the difficulties in getting from policies to action. Heather Adamson will discuss the implementation of Assembly Bill 32 (California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006) and Senate Bill 375 (Sustainable Communities and Climate Protection Act of 2008) locally. Robin Tokmakian will discuss the science of Climate Change and also how the League of Women Voters takes action on it nationally.
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
12pm-1:30pm
Unitarian Universalist Church
490 Aquajito Road
Carmel, CA 93923


Open to the public.

Lunch at 12:00 pm
The 15 dollar lunch is at 12 p.m. and requires a reservation.
Contact LunchRes@lwvmryco.org or (831) 648-8683

Speaker at 12:30-1:30
The program, free and does not require a reservation.
Monterey Downs: Will It Benefit the Community?. Monterey Downs is a proposed 550 acre development with 1,000 homes and 500 apartments in the Parker Flats area of the former Fort Ord. The plan also calls for a 6,500 seat covered arena, a one-mile horse race track, 1,000 horse stalls, two 200-room hotels, and a major retail shopping area. About 50 events/shows per year are also planned.

Beth Palmer, Chief Operations Officer for Monterey Downs, a land use lawyer with an LLM in Real Property Development, specializing in land use planning and equine law.

Michael Salerno, founding member and spokesperson for Keep Fort Ord Wild, will focus on reasons for opposing the project.

Saturday, May 9, 2015
9:30am - noon
Ryan Ranch
5 Lower Ragsdale Road
Monterey, Ca 93940
Annual Meeting followed by Guest Speaker Royal Calkins. Annual Meeting

9:30am coffee and brunch buffet 10am to 12 noon

League Business, Guest Speaker Royal Calkins

Wednesday, September 9, 2015
12 noon
Unitarian Universalist Church, 490 Aguajito Road, Carmel CA 93923

Open to the public.

Lunch at 12:00 pm
The 17 dollar lunch is at 12 p.m. and requires a reservation.
Contact Lorita Fisher by Saturday, 9/5/15; phone 375-8301. email GLFisher@redshift.com

Speaker at 12:30-1:30
The program, free and does not require a reservation.
Lunch and Learn with the League. "The County Budget . . . Booorring! Not So Fast"

The Annual Budget for Monterey County is where important issues reflect policy direction, priorities, and problems. Our guest speaker, County Administrator Lew Bauman, will present the main issues, and County Supervisor Jane Parker will provide comment.

While routine budget matters may not hold your attention long, several concerns should: The General Fund is projected to be in serious deficit over the next three consecutive years. What's different now, since the County has not had this problem in nearly ten years?

Spending excesses are occurring in traditional County functions like Sheriff, Emergency Communications, and Parks. Are these trends or time-limited? Are policy options under consideration?

General Fund cost-pressures across all functions reflect the rising cost of PERS (Public Employees Retirement System). Will the County join other public agencies seeking reforms? How will it proceed? Do other local agencies share this concern?

Employee health insurance costs are rising across the County. Are significant layoffs being considered? Nothing is more alarming to employees than threatened layoffs.

Can County revenues cover projected deficits and avoid problems? What are the options?

Are other funds depressed? Are other functions under pressure or not? What is the overall budget picture?

Lew Bauman Bauman has been County Administrative Officer since January 2005. As CAO, he oversees the preparation, adoption, and administration of the County Budget (approximately $1 billion) and coordinates the activities of County departments to ensure effective operations.

Jane Parker Parker has served on the Board of Supervisors since January 2009. District 4 includes Marina, Seaside, Del Rey Oaks, Sand City, part of southwest Salinas, and adjacent unincorporated areas (e.g., former Fort Ord). She has a BA in International Economics from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, Monterey.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015
12 noon
Unitarian Universalist Church, 490 Aguajito Road, Carmel CA 93923 Lunch and Learn with the League. "Limiting Campaign Contributions"

Speaker: Zack Friend, Santa Cruz County Supervisor

Wednesday, November 11, 2015
12 noon
Unitarian Universalist Church, 490 Aguajito Road, Carmel CA 93923

Open to the public.

Lunch at 12:00 pm
The 17 dollar lunch is at 12 p.m. and requires a reservation.
Contact Lorita Fisher by Saturday, 11/7/15; phone 375-8301. email GLFisher@redshift.com

Speaker at 12:30-1:30
The program, free and does not require a reservation.
Lunch and Learn with the League. "Literacy in Monterey County"

November's Lunch & Learn meeting features four speakers from organizations involved in literacy.

Guest Speaker Cathy Andrews, Monterey County Free Libraries (MCFL) Literacy Program Coordinator, recruits, trains, and supports more than 90 Tutor-Learner pairs and volunteers who lead conversation groups.

Guest Speaker Donna Bessant worked in the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District for 30 years as a Librarian and an Administrator. In "retirement," Ms Bessant conducts "Monterey County Reads" (MCR) fluency assessments for participating children, trains volunteers and school staff, and works on program development.

Guest Speaker Tyler Crocker graduated from CSUMB with a BA in Global Studies. He implements the MCR program througout the County for the Panetta Institute for Public Policy.

Guest Speaker Len Foster spent 40 years in public health. He retired as Director of Health for Monterey County and was promptly asked to set up a new nonprofit organization to take over the Literacy Campaign launched several years previously by the Community Foundation for Monterey County.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016
12 noon
Unitarian Universalist Church, 490 Aguajito Road, Carmel CA 93923

Open to the public.

Lunch at 12:00 pm
The 17 dollar lunch is at 12 p.m. and requires a reservation.
Contact Lorita Fisher by Saturday, 1/9/16; phone 375-8301. email GLFisher@redshift.com

Speaker at 12:30-1:30
The program, free and does not require a reservation.
Lunch and Learn with the League. "Challenges and Successes in College: LWVC Study of Public Higher Education in California"

The League's first Lunch & Learn of 2016 will be presented by a panel of successful young adults who have overcome obstacles on the higher education path and are now helping others do the same. The current LWV of California study examines "... access to quality public higher education in California including funding, affordability, preparedness, equity, and opportunities and barriers to student success." (LWVCEF Study of Public Higher Education in California 2014-2016, p1). Panel members will share experiences of going through the California Community College and the California State University or University of California systems. They will share about their difficulties and how they were able to overcome them

Panel member, Jasmine Do is a graduate of Seaside High School. She graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Human Services from CSU Fullerton last year. The Upward Bound program at CSU Fullerton was extremely supportive of Jasmine. She has reciprocated by initiating the Monterey Peninsula College (MPC) Upward Bound Scholarship. Jasmine is currently working at MPC with the TRiO program while also a graduate student at San Jose State University.

Panel member, Curtis Harrison is also a graduate of Seaside High School. Basketball was a focus for Curtis along with his higher education. Curtis attended and played basketball at MPC and Sacramento State University. Curtis was injured his senior year at Sacramento State and finished the following year at Sonoma State. He earned his graduate degree in Communications at Sacramento State University. Curtis now works at MPC as Categorical Services Coordinator.

Panel member, Yuliana Vasquez, received her AA Degree from MPC. She then transferred to UC Santa Cruz to complete her BA in Sociology after just two additional years. She continued on to San Jose State University to earn her Master's Degree in Counseling. She is currently working with a new program at MPC called the Evans Project, doing advising with the ESL population and working with EOPS.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016
12 noon
Unitarian Universalist Church, 490 Aguajito Road, Carmel CA 93923

Open to the public.

Lunch at 12:00 pm
The 17 dollar lunch is at 12 p.m. and requires a reservation.
Contact Lorita Fisher by Saturday, 2/6/16; phone 375-8301. email GLFisher@redshift.com

Speaker at 12:30-1:30
The program, free and does not require a reservation.
Lunch and Learn with the League. "Hwy 68 / Pebble Beach Roundabout and County Transport Plan"

TAMC Guest Speakers: Mr. Todd Muck, Deputy Executive Director at the Transportation Agency for Monterey County (TAMC), and Ms Ariana Green, Transportation and Public Outreach Manager, TAMC will speak on two important local transportation issues

The Holman Highway 68 Roundabout will be the first roundabout on a state highway in Monterey County and will improve access to the Community Hospital, Pacific Grove, and Pebble Beach. Construction of the roundabout will begin in Spring 2016 and fnish in Spring 2017. As Public Outreach Manager for the project, Ms Green will provide a presentation on how the roundabout will work, what to expect during construction, and what the benefts will be once construction is fnished.

Mr. Muck will update us on what can be done locally to help fix our roads, provide service for those in need, and improve our economy. He will present the Draft Transportation Investment Plan currently under discussion.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016
12 noon
Unitarian Universalist Church, 490 Aguajito Road, Carmel CA 93923

Open to the public.

Lunch at 12:00 pm
The 17 dollar lunch is at 12 p.m. and requires a reservation.
Contact Lorita Fisher by Saturday, 3/5/16; phone 375-8301. email GLFisher@redshift.com

Speaker at 12:30-1:30
The program, free and does not require a reservation.
Lunch and Learn with the League. "Highway 68 Corridor Proposed Projects"

Guest Speaker: Mike Weaver

How many developments do you think are making headway along the Highway 68 corridor? Between Salinas and the Monterey Peninsula? Two? Three? Four? More? Guest Speaker Michael Weaver will provide background and opinions about the multiple efforts to change these roadways. He is the Highway 68 Coalition Chair, whose mission is to protect the rural character of the Toro area, including water quantity and quality, traffic, development, and "Scenic Highway" status.

Mr. Weaver is a longtime development watchdog and activist for land use decisions by the County Board of Supervisors. He is also: the Toro Area Land Use Advisory Committee Chair; has chaired and served on the Fort Ord Community Advisory Group and the Transportation Agency of Monterey County (TAMC) Citizen's Advisory Committee; is on a statewide citizens group promoting laws to support orderly growth, reduce sprawl, and protect farmland; and has participated in various citizen efforts for the County General Plan revisions and ballot measures to promote sensible development. Mr. Weaver has consistently followed transportation planning and been active in subsequent TAMC sales tax initiatives, mainly to oppose provisions that support excessive development. Mr. Weaver is a graduate of UC Santa Barbara (History and Economics), and lives with his wife in Corral de Tierra.

Having presented his findings to the LWVMC Natural Resources Committee, we highly recommended Mr. Weaver's research be presented to a wider audience. He will update us on plans to take advantage of the rural character of Highway 68, explain its appeal to developers, and advise us on caution needed to rein in excesses. His key issues will be based on facts learned from extensive research. This will be very informative, potentially useful to us all, and certain to be a conversation piece for the future.

George Riley, georgetriley@gmail.com

Sunday, March 20, 2016
2 - 4 (Short general mtg first. Forum to begin about 2:30)
Hacienda Carmel on Carmel Valley Road east of Rancho Canada across the bridge at the end of Via Mallorca Road Candidate Forum. Candidates for Monterey County Supervisor, District 5
Mary Adams
Dave Potter

For more information contact: Jeanne Turner, jturner215@comcast.net, 373-7671

Wednesday, March 23, 2016
5:30-8:00 (Meet and greet until 6)
Pacific Grove Community Center
515 Junipero Avenue
Candidate Forum. Candidates for 20th district Congress
Matt Bruner
Casey Lucius
Jimmy Panetta
(10 minute break, then)

Candidates for Monterey County Supervisor, District 5
Mary Adams
Dave Potter

For more information contact: Jeanne Turner, jturner215@comcast.net, 373-7671

Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Immediately following the Lunch & Learn
Unitarian Universalist Church, 490 Aguajito Road, Carmel CA 93923 LWVC Higher Education Study Questions Rating. See the April edition of the Voter for a list of the questions.

Contact: Diane Cotton, 521-7416, onceandroas@gmail.com

Wednesday, April 13, 2016
12 noon
Unitarian Universalist Church, 490 Aguajito Road, Carmel CA 93923

Open to the public.

Lunch at 12:00 pm
The 17 dollar lunch is at 12 p.m. and requires a reservation.
Contact Lisa Hoivik by Saturday, 4/9/16; phone 375-7765. email LHoivik@comcast.com

Speaker at 12:30-1:30
The program, free and does not require a reservation.
Lunch and Learn with the League. "Challenges of Affordable Housing"

Affordable Housing is a challenge for many communities, including Monterey County. What do we mean when we use the term "affordable housing"? Affordable for whom? What are the diffculties in development and building? Where does the funding come from? What are the ongoing challenges to operating and maintaining affordable housing?

Join us for a discussion on this important issue in our community. Guest Speakers are Mr. Paul Tran, Project Manager for CHISPA (Community Housing Improvement Systems and Planning Association) and Ms Carolina Sahagun, Senior Community Development Planner for the Monterey County Housing Authority Development Corp.

Kalah Bumba, 424-7976, kalahplans@aol.com

Thursday, April 28, 2016
7:00 p.m.
Oldemeyer Center, Seaside Candidate Forum. Candidates for Monterey County Supervisor, District 4
Currently, Alex Miller and Jane Parker have agreed to participate. Present by: Sustainable Seaside and the LWVMC.

For more information contact: Jeanne Turner, jturner215@comcast.net, 373-7671

Saturday, May 14, 2016
10am
Unitarian Universalist Church, 490 Aguajito Road, Carmel CA 93923

Registration and Coffee 10am
Meeting 10:15 to 11am
Contact Janet Brennan by Thursday May 7
Phone 659-2090, JanetB@montereybay.com
Bring your agenda
Speaker at 11 to noon
League of Women Voters of Monterey County Eighty-Ninth Annual Meeting. "Who's Watching City Hall: Local Media's Role in the age of Disruptive Technology"

Mr. Zeve, owner of the Monterey County Weekly since 1988, feels the Weekly is an important community publication with a goal to push for open, honest government in its reporting, and endorsement of responsible, ethical public offcials. In December 2015 the Weekly won the "Free Speech & Open Government Award" by the First Amendment Coalition. The Weekly's mission is to "inspire independent thinking and conscious action" and to highlight local arts and culture that are creative, inspirational and raise the caliber of the community.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016
11:00 a.m.
Community Foundation Santa Cruz County
7807 Soquel Drive, Aptos 95003
For more information contact: Sue Becker at suebecker108@sbcglobal.net (831325-4140
Dark Money In Politics. The speakers, Helen Hutchison, President LWV CA and Helen Grieco, Northern CA Common Cause Organizer, will explain ways tor Californians follow the money in politics.
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
12 noon
Unitarian Universalist Church, 490 Aguajito Road, Carmel CA 93923

Open to the public.

Lunch at 12:00 pm
The 17 dollar lunch is at 12 p.m. and requires a reservation.
Contact Lorita Fisher by Saturday, 9/10/16; phone 375-8301. email GLFisher@redshift.com

Speaker at 12:30-1:30
The program is free and does not require a reservation.
Lunch and Learn with the League. Pros & Cons Forum - Measure Z on November Ballot

"Protect Our Water: Ban Fracking & Limit Risky Oil Operations"

The Monterey Shale Formation underlies substantial portions of central California, including south Salinas River Basin in Monterey County. The Formation contains valuable heavy viscosity oil not recoverable by standard drilling methods. The most common method used locally is cyclic steam injection. More extreme oil methods include acidization and hydraulic fracturing, or a combination of these with cyclic steam injection. Protect Monterey County, a coalition of community volunteers, has placed a county-wide initiative, to ban fracking and limit oil drilling on the upcoming November ballot, Measure Z. Presenters (to be announced) will have equal time to speak, followed by a question and answer session with the audience."

Monday, October 10, 2016
5 pm
Mariposa Hall, 801 Lighthouse, Monterey LWVMC Board Meeting. Contact: Janet Brennan, 659-2090 JanetB@montereybay.com
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Lunch 12 noon Presentation 12:30 to 1:30
Unitarian Universalist Church 490 Aguajito Road, Carmel CA 93923

Reservations are a must for lunch!
Contact Lisa Hoivik by Saturday, October 8.
(phone 375-7765 or e-mail lhoivik@comcast.net)
Pay at the door for lunch: meeting/presentation is FREE
Lunch & Learn with the League. Pros & Cons of November State Ballot Measures

Dennis Mar and Marilyn Maxner will present arguments for and against the seventeen California State ballot measures. The points are a synthesis of views from the LWVC's "Easy Voter Guide," "Pros & Cons," and "In Depth," the California Secretary of State's "Of cial Voter Information Guide," from Ballotpedia, "The Encyclopedia of American Politics" (http://www.ballotpedia.org), and from various newspapers.

[Note: Local Measure Z (Protect Our Water: Ban Fracking) and Measure X (TAMC Sales Tax) will not be covered at this meeting.]

Contact: Dennis Mar, 372-9388 DennisRMar@yahoo.com

Wednesday, November 9, 2016
12:00
Unitarian Universalist Church
490 Aquajito Road
Carmel, CA 93923


Open to the public.

Lunch at 12:00 pm
The 17 dollar lunch requires a reservation.
Contact Lorita Fisher by Saturday, November 5. Phone 375-8301 or email GLFisher@redshift.com Pay at the door.

The program 12:30-1:30
The program, free and does not require a reservation.
The California Condors of Big Sur. An amazing new film shot on location in Big Sur will be presented by Director, Tim Huntington. The film documents ongoing recovery of the California condor, the work of the people working on the recovery program, and of course the birds themselves. The film explores the social structure and individual interactions of these wonderful creatures

VWS Executive Director Kelly Sorenson will join the discussion. Mr. Sorenson led the effort to establish the endangered California condor to central California. As a wildlife biologist focused on saving endangered species in the wild, he recognizes the importance of bringing back the condor from near extinction.

Thursday, November 10, 2016
12 noon
Mariposa Hall, 801 Lighthouse, Monterey, CA 93940 Natural Resources Committee Mtg. Contact: George Riley, 645-9914
Monday, January 9, 2017
5 pm
Mariposa Hall, 801 Lighthouse, Monterey LWVMC Board Meeting. Contact: Janet Brennan, 659-2090 JanetB@montereybay.com
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Lunch 12 noon Presentation 12:30 to 1:30
Unitarian Universalist Church, 490 Aguajito Road, Carmel CA 93923

Open to the public.

Lunch at 12:00 pm
The 17 dollar lunch is at 12 p.m. and requires a reservation.
Contact Lorita Fisher by Saturday, 1/7/17: phone 375-8301. email GLFisher@redshift.com

Speaker at 12:30-1:30
The program, free and does not require a reservation.
Lunch & Learn with the League. The Future of Water in Monterey County Water is still the dominant theme these days in Monterey County. From issues about its availability for development, to the threat to aquifers from oil extraction wastewater disposal, to the ongoing drought, to continual pressure to conserve, to the effects of climate change, to new State law requiring management of groundwater, to seawater intrusion of our aquifers, to our water supply dilemma, to agriculture and urban interests and conflicts, and beyond. What is the near and long term future of water? Are all issues interrelated? If so how can this wide range of concerns and challenges be understood? At our January luncheon, Gary Petersen, City of Salinas Public Works Director, and George Riley, LWVMC Natural Resources Committee Chair, will take a stab at explaining the big picture, concentrating on local implications, while leaving time to answer your most important questions.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Noon
Mariposa Hall, 801 Lighthouse, Monterey, CA 93940 LWVMC Program Planning Meeting. Contact: Janet Brennan, 659-2090 JanetB@montereybay.com
Thursday, January 26, 2017
Noon
Mariposa Hall, 801 Lighthouse, Monterey, CA 93940 Special Events Impact Committee Meeting. LWVMC formed a committee to consider what impacts other then economic that might be identified and studied. Initial data collection has included permit requirements by various jurisdictions. Contact: George Riley, 645-9914
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Lunch 12 noon Presentation 12:30 to 1:30
Unitarian Universalist Church, 490 Aguajito Road, Carmel CA 93923

Open to the public.

Lunch at 12:00 pm
The 17 dollar lunch is at 12 p.m. and requires a reservation.
Contact Lorita Fisher by Saturday, 2/4/17: phone 375-8301. email GLFisher@redshift.com

Speaker at 12:30-1:30
The program, free and does not require a reservation.
Lunch & Learn with the League. "Does the Rise of Robots Mean the End of Labor?," Dr. Rodrigo Nieto-Gomez is a Research Professor, National Security Affairs Department and at the Center for Homeland Defense and Security, Naval Postgraduate School. He will present fundamental issues regarding the rise of automation and robots, touching on potential effects of a global disruptive transformation on human labor, fiscal reform, education, welfare, social security, retirement, urban planning and transportation, immigration, security, defense and politics.
Thursday, February 9, 2017
Noon
Mariposa Hall, 801 Lighthouse, Monterey, CA 93940 Natural Resources Committee. Contact: George Riley, 645-9914
Monday, February 13, 2017
5pm
Mariposa Hall, 801 Lighthouse, Monterey, CA 93940 LWVMC Board Meeting. Contact: Janet Brennan, 659-2090 JanetB@montereybay.com
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Lunch 12 noon Presentation 12:30 to 1:30
Unitarian Universalist Church, 490 Aguajito Road, Carmel CA 93923

Open to the public.

Lunch at 12:00 pm
The 17 dollar lunch is at 12 p.m. and requires a reservation.
Contact Lorita Fisher by Saturday, 3/4/17: phone 375-8301. email GLFisher@redshift.com

Speaker at 12:30-1:30
The program, free and does not require a reservation.
Lunch & Learn with the League. "Update on FORA," Guest speaker: Gail Morton is an attorney and member of the Marina City Council and a FORA Board member.
Monday, April 10, 2017
5pm
Mariposa Hall, 801 Lighthouse, Monterey, CA 93940 LWVMC Board Meeting. Contact: Janet Brennan, 659-2090 JanetB@montereybay.com
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Lunch 12 noon Presentation 12:30 to 1:30
Unitarian Universalist Church, 490 Aguajito Road, Carmel CA 93923

Open to the public.

Lunch at 12:00 pm
The 17 dollar lunch is at 12 p.m. and requires a reservation.
Contact Lorita Fisher by Saturday, 4/8/17: phone 375-8301. email GLFisher@redshift.com

Speaker at 12:30-1:30
The program, free and does not require a reservation.
Lunch & Learn with the League. "Supervisor Mary Adams' First 100 Days"
Mary Adams, newly elected Monterey County Supervisor, will tell us about her experiences thus far in her frst term. As Representative 5th District, her constituents are the people of Carmel, Carmel Valley, Big Sur, Pacifc Grove, Pebble Beach, Monterey, Highway 68, and Las Palmas, but of course, her actions affect everyone in the County. And as we all know, these last three months have been very eventful with issues related to immigration and Mother Nature dominating the Supervisors' agenda.
Thursday, April 13, 2017
Noon
Mariposa Hall, 801 Lighthouse, Monterey, CA 93940 Natural Resources Committee. Contact: George Riley, 645-9914
Thursday, May 11, 2017
Noon
Mariposa Hall, 801 Lighthouse, Monterey, CA 93940 Natural Resources Committee. Contact: George Riley, 645-9914
Saturday, May 13, 2017
10am to 12 noon
Unitarian Universalist Church, 490 Aguajito Road, Carmel CA 93923
Registration and Coffee 10 am Meeting 10:15 to 11am (including Q&A session) 11:00 to noon
RSVP by May 10
Lisa Hoivik: LHoivik@comcast.net
LWVMC 90th Annual Meeting.. Speaker: Helen Hutchison, LWVCA President: "How the League of Women Voters is Responding to National Level Changes"
Changes to federal programs occurring at the national level signifcantly affect many National and State League positions. Helen will address how LWVC is responding to changes to federal policies and programs on health care, immigration, climate change, and environmental regulations, just to name a few.
Thursday, May 18, 2017
12:15pm
Mariposa Hall, 801 Lighthouse, Monterey, CA 93940 Special Events Impact Subcommittee Meeting. Contact: Kemay.Eoyang@gmail.com