Making Democracy Work


Calendar of Events

Events listed here are open to the public, unless otherwise noted. Please note that co-sponsorship of an event does not imply endorsement of any of the speakers, groups, or the points of view expressed.
Date & Time        Place        Description
Tuesday, August 22, 2017
7 pm
PCC Building, Raptor Room
3921 E. Bayshore Rd.
Palo Alto, CA 94303
LWVPA Board Meeting - All members are welcome.
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
6:30 pm
The Foster Gallery
940 Commercial St.
Palo Alto, CA 94303
LWVPA Annual Summer Social. Jane Woodward: "What Matters to Me and Why"

Join us at our Summer Social to meet the dynamic Jane Woodward, stroll through a beautiful art collection, and socialize with fellow League members and guests!

Ms. Woodward is a successful entrepreneur and civic leader who has contributed immensely to her community and the world. She is the founder and CEO of MAP Royalty, Inc. (MAP), a renewable energy and natural gas investment firm. She is also an Adjunct Professor in the Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University. Ms. Woodward co-founded Community Impact (now HandsOn Bay Area), a Bay Area public service volunteer organization, and serves on Stanford's Precourt Institute for Energy Advisory Council.

Inspired by the work of artist-explorer Tony Foster, Ms. Woodward created the Foster Gallery, a 14,000 square foot art venue designed to help people connect to the natural world.

Docent-led tours of the gallery will be held at both 6:30 and 7:00 pm. Please indicate your time preference in your RSVP. Self-guided tours will also be available. Light refreshments will be served.

RSVP by August 22nd to or 650-903-0600.

For League of Women Voters members and guests -- Invite a friend!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017
7:30 pm
Los Altos High School Theater
201 Almond Ave
Los Altos, CA 94022
Gerrymandering: "Political Geography and Minority Rule". Come and learn from Professor Jonathan Rodden, Stanford University, about controversial redistricting cases headed to the Supreme Court that may shape our elections for generations.

Sponsored by National Voter Corps and Midpeninsula ACLU, co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Palo Alto.

One of a series of lectures presented by the NVC about voting in America. For more information or to volunteer, visit

Saturday, September 9, 2017
10:30 am - noon
MidPen Media Center
900 San Antonio Road
Palo Alto, CA 94303
In Studio with Congresswoman Anna Eshoo: The View from Silicon Valley to D.C. Please join us for a lively discussion with Congresswoman Eshoo, followed by a Q & A period. Topics on the agenda include cybersecurity, net neutrality, the Pence-Kobach Election Commission, immigration, health care, gun control, and other timely subjects! Submit your questions ahead of time to:, or come prepared to ask one in person.

Anna G. Eshoo is the U.S. Representative for California's 18th congressional district. She is a member of the Democratic Party and has served in Congress since 1993.

Please RSVP by September 7th at or 650-903-0600. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. So RSVP early to be part of the LWVPA's televised event with Congresswoman Eshoo. Plenty of free parking in the lot or on the street.

Saturday, September 16, 2017
1:00 pm (Doors open 12:30)
Palo Alto City Hall
250 Hamilton Street
Palo Alto, CA 94301
Joe Simitian: Listening to Trump's America. What values motivated the Trump voter in 2016? Come to hear what Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian learned during the weeks he spent interviewing people across the Rust Belt.

Sponsored by the AAUW Palo Alto Branch, co-sponsored by LWVPA.


Saturday, September 23, 2017
3:00-4:30 pm
Saratoga Public Library
13650 Saratoga Avenue
Saratoga, CA 95070
Keeping Abreast of Federal Legislation and Understanding How You Can Impact It. Featured speakers are Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren, United States House Representative for the 19th District of California, and Jennifer Waggoner, former president of the League of Women Voters of California.
  • Find out how to locate new bills being proposed and track their status over time.
  • Understand the process of how a bill gets written and gains support.
  • Learn the most effective way to change or abolish a bill or current legislation.

This event is free and open to the public.

Sponsored by the Saratoga Public Library and the League of Women Voters of Southwest Santa Clara Valley; co-sponsored by the other LWVs of Santa Clara County.

Questions? Contact or 408-LWV (598)-1842.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017
7 pm
PCC Building, Raptor Room
3921 E. Bayshore Rd.
Palo Alto, CA 94303
LWVPA Board Meeting - All members are welcome.
Saturday, October 7, 2017
11 am - 5 pm
San Jose: TBD

San Francisco:
Civic Center Plaza, 355 McAllister Street,San Francisco, CA 94102
National Popular Vote Marches in San Jose & San Francisco. The National Popular Vote March for 2020, now part of the larger March for Democracy, will take place on Saturday, October 7, 2017, in Washington, D.C., and across the United States. The march supports passage of the Constitutionally legal National Popular Vote bill in enough states for citizens to directly elect the U.S. President, by way of an Interstate Compact, for the next presidential election in 2020. As of spring 2017, the bill has been enacted into law in 10 states plus the District of Columbia, for a combined total of 165 out a needed 270 electoral votes.

NONPARTISAN: The current National Popular Vote effort began in 2005 and is not about the 2016 presidential election or partisan politics in general. Instead, the National Popular Vote bill simply commits the Electoral College to cast its votes in accordance with the popular votes from throughout the country rather than by state.

In doing so, the bill eliminates the "winner-take-all" election scheme, which divides the country into "battleground" and "spectator" states and makes the spectator states' votes (along with their concerns and financial interests) politically irrelevant.

For information about the march in San Jose, see
For information about the march in San Francisco, see

Video overview of the National Popular Vote:

Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Congregation Beth Am
26790 Arastradero Rd.
Los Altos Hills, CA 94022
Immigration Forum. Ali Noorani, Exec. Director of National Immigration Forum and author of "Not in our Neighborhood: How Communities Overcome Prejudice and Meet the Challenge of American Immigration."

Ali is an innovative political strategist and coalition builder. Applying these skills to the contentious issue of immigration, since 2008 Ali has served as executive director of the National Immigration Forum, one of the nation's premiere advocacy organizations, promoting the value of immigrants and immigration.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017
TBD IMPARTIAL JUDICIARY. "Know Impartiality, Know Justice" - Learn how the courts remain fair and impartial.

Sponsored by the LWV of Southwest Santa Clara Valley.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017
7 pm
PCC Building, Raptor Room
3921 E. Bayshore Rd.
Palo Alto, CA 94303
LWVPA Board Meeting - All members are welcome.
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
7 pm
Saratoga Public Library
Community Room
13650 Saratoga Avenue
Saratoga, CA 95070
Can We Get Rid of the Electoral College?. Pulitzer-Prize winning Speaker Jack N. Rakove is a Professor of History & American Studies as well as Professor of Political Science, Stanford University. He is one of the leading American political scientists advocating for the election of U.S. Presidents by a popular vote.

Sponsored by the LWV of Southwest Santa Clara Valley, co-sponsored by Saratoga Public Library.

For Questions Contact: * 408.598.1842