Making Democracy Work


Calendar of Events

Events listed here are open to the public, unless otherwise noted.

** denotes events sponsored or co-sponsored by LWVPA. 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, April 24, 2018
7 - 9 pm
PCC Building, Raptor Room
3921 E. Bayshore Rd.
Palo Alto, CA 94303
** LWVPA Board Meeting - All members are welcome.
Saturday, April 28, 2018
10:00 am - 12:30 pm
San Pablo Library
Community Room
13751 San Pablo Avenue
San Pablo, CA 94806
2018 LWV Bay Area Biennial Convention.
Networking and Business Meeting.

All members invited.

$25 per League for all voting delegates
$10 per person for each non-voting delegate

Sunday, April 29, 2018
2 - 4 pm
Congregation Beth Am
26790 Arastradero Rd.
Los Altos Hills, CA 94022
** The Impact of the Immigration Crisis on Early Childhood Development.
A Community Event

Children of immigrant families are experiencing serious trauma because of the current immigration crisis. This directly affects the learning and overall development of children 0 to 5. Equal Start is thrilled be have assembled an expert panel of pediatricians, legal experts, educators and field workers who are working directly with the affected community. They will describe what is happening, the short- and long-term effects on the children, and what we can do to help.

This important forum is open to the community. It will be held on the Beth Am's lower campus (near the parking lots). Sign up here

Beth Am's Equal Start is recognized by the Bay Area Early Learning Community as a key supporter of early childhood education. Learn more at:

Friday, May 4, 2018
10 am - noon
Redwood City Main Library
Community Room
1044 Middlefield Road
Redwood City, CA 94063
"Making Democracy Work" - Two LWVUS Leaders. Join us for this rare opportunity to talk with two national League of Women Voters leaders. And learn how you can help defend democracy as we approach the League's 100th anniversary!

LWVUS Board member Kim Lauth and Chief Development Officer Kate Kennedy will tell us firsthand of National League's current campaign to Make Democracy Work--and then take your questions and hear your ideas.

Register at Eventbrite or RSVP to or Come Anyway!

Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of South San Mateo County.

Saturday, May 12, 2018
9 am - noon
Mitchell Park Community Center
El Palo Alto West Room
3700 Middlefield Rd.
Palo Alto, CA 94303
** LWVPA Annual Meeting. The business meeting, open to LWVPA members, will begin after a presentation on "Housing Strategies for Santa Clara County 3.0." Our speaker will be Don Weden, Former Principal Planner for Santa Clara County.

Members of the League of Women Voters of Palo Alto will vote on:

  • the LWVPA slate of 2018-19 Officers and Directors, as well as the 2019-10 Nominating Committee
  • the 2018-19 LWVPA budget
  • local program emphases for the coming year (2018-19).

Light brunch at 9. Program starts promptly at 9:30.
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
7 - 8:30 pm
Morrison & Foerster
755 Page Mill Road
Palo Alto, CA 94304
Missing Middle Housing: Solutions Everyone Can Afford. How do we make sure that the middle is not missing or forgotten in our local housing policies?

We have housing programs for low income residents and we have market rate housing that is now very expensive. But too often the middle gets left out, by making too much money to be eligible for most subsidized housing and not enough money to afford current rents and prices. The panel will discuss potential solutions, including two already underway in Palo Alto.


  • Sarah Chaffin, Mother and Founder of Support Teacher Housing
  • Stephen Levy, Chair, Palo Alto League of Women Voters Housing and Transportation Committee
  • Denise Pinkston, Co-chair Housing Production Committee of the Committee to House the Bay Area (CASA)
  • Lisa Ratner, member Palo Alto and Santa Clara County League of Women Voters Housing Committees
  • Elaine Uang, Architect, Board Member, Palo Alto Forward

Co-sponsored by: Palo Alto Forward, League of Women Voters Palo Alto, SV@Home and Bay Area Forward

RSVP here.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018
7 - 9 pm
Cupertino Community Hall
10350 Torre Avenue
Cupertino, CA 95014
** Candidates Forum for County Sheriff AND Pros & Cons.
From 7 to 8 pm, the Leagues of Women Voters of Santa Clara County will present a candidates forum for the office of County Sheriff.

And from 8 to 9 pm, there will be a one-hour presentation explaining the Pros and Cons of the June 5 Primary Election ballot measures.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018
7 - pm
PCC Building, Raptor Room
3921 E. Bayshore Rd.
Palo Alto, CA 94303
** LWVPA Board Meeting - All members are welcome.