LWV Palo Alto in ACTION
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The League of Women Voters advocates for its positions in many ways: gathering signatures for a needed ballot measure, showing up and speaking up for voting rights and other issues we support, giving testimony before government bodies, and demonstrating for or against possible legislation or ballot measures pertaining to our positions.
Local Advocacy: 2022-23
May 26: LWVPA sent an urgent letter to the President of the PAUSD Board of Education asking that the Board IMMEDIATELY place on the agenda a directive to educate parents and guardians about laws regarding the safe storage of firearms, which other school districts do. Read the letter here.
May 2022: Our League gathered 519 signatures on a petition for a $500 cap on donations to City Council candidates! The petition was presented to Council on May 16th. Click here for more information about this project. Thank you to all who signed our petition!
Local Advocacy: 2021-22
May 3: LWVPA wrote to the Palo Alto Unified School District Board objecting to its April 19 decision to disallow the public from addressing the Board remotely via telephone or Zoom, requiring instead that the public show up in person to speak. Read the letter here.
April 14: LWVPA wrote to the City Council urging the members to bring up for consideration a $500 campaign donation limit on future City Council elections. Read the letter here.
January 13, 2022: Action Alert
The Santa Clara County Civil Grand Jury report Affordable Housing: A Tale of Two Cities outlines the stark differences between Mountain View's and Palo Alto's approaches to addressing the regional housing shortage. Mountain View has far outpaced Palo Alto in political support, long-range and area planning, funding, and its process to approve affordable housing.
The report asks the Palo Alto City Council to review the findings and create a plan to meet the recommendations. Palo Altans have initiated a petition to support the recommendations. Will you join us and sign the petition? And please share it with other local friends!
December 3, 2021: LWVPA sent a resolution to the Palo Alto Unified School District Board urging them to notify parents and guardians annually of their legal obligations regarding the safe storage of firearms and to work with other local agencies and nonprofits to inform parents of those responsibilities. Read the letter here.
November 5: LWVPA wrote to the City Council in support of renter protection reforms described by staff (11/8/2021 Council meeting) and HRC recommendations to turn them into city ordinances. The League also recommended two additional rental housing preservation policies for staff study. Read the letter here.
November 4: As part of a coalition, LWVPA sent this letter to Council members in support of local campaign finance reform. The reasons for our support are summarized in this Resolution.
October 15: LWVPA wrote to the Santa Clara County Facilities and Fleet Department in support of the draft EIR for the '231 Grant' Educator Workforce Housing Project. The project would create 110 apartments for public school district employees from Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. Read the letter here.
September 27: LWVPA wrote to the City Council in support of the nonprofit Eden Housing/Mitchell Park apartments proposal. Read the letter here.
August 30: LWVPA wrote to the City Council thanking them for their work to enact a safe storage of firearms ordinance. Read the letter here.
August 6: LWVPA urged the City Council to pass a resolution supporting the Santa Clara County Community Plan to End Homelessness and also encouraged the Council to have staff establish a public-private partnership for a Supportive Interim Housing site in Palo Alto. Read the letter here.
August 5: LWVPA wrote to the City Council in urging approval of a Safe Parking Program permit for the Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto, to be operated by the experienced nonprofit Move Mountain View. Read the letter here.
June 9: LWVPA wrote to the City Council in support of the staff recommendation for alternative 3B in the North Ventura Coordinated Area Plan (NVCAP) study area or a bolder housing alternative. Read the letter here.
May 25, 2021: LWVPA wrote to the City Council urging them to make the adoption of an ordinance for the safe storage of firearms at home a priority, six months after having directed staff to draft such an ordinance. Read the letter here.
Local Advocacy: 2020-21
April 19: With input from Housing & Transportation team members, the League sent a letter to the City Council objecting to the method of selecting the members of the Housing Element Advisory Committee as a breach of open government norms. Read the letter here.
March 22: LWVPA wrote the City Council in support of the adoption of a resolution proposed to stop Asian hate in Palo Alto. Read the communication here.
February 22: LWVPA sent the City Council three recommendations to prevent the inequitable outcome of having extremely high gas rates fall on low- and moderate-income households unable to afford the switch to electricity. Read the letter here.
February 8: LWVPA wrote the City Council in support of two housing proposals which would increase affordable housing. They are for (1) more than 100 units of middle-income teacher housing on Grant Avenue and (2) 300 units on Fabian Way, with 20-25% affordable proposed.
December 14: LWVPA wrote the City Council in strong support of a city ordinance requiring safe storage of firearms in the home. Read the letter here.
September 2: Randy Tsuda, President and CEO of Alta Housing, discussed Housing in the Bay Area – How We Got Here and What Will Bring About Change.
August 31: Both AB 2541 and AB 3070, which you asked Assemblymember Marc Berman to support, passed the California Assembly and are now headed to Gov. Newsom for his signature. Both bills address the persistent problem of racial discrimination in our criminal legal system. Thank you!
August 18: LWVPA's Advocacy Chair, Lisa Ratner, represented the League at Congresswoman Anna Eshoo's press conference, held "to call on the Trump Administration to immediately end its campaign of sabotage against the U.S. Postal Service." Read Lisa's remarks are here.
August 12: LWVPA co-sponsored an Acterra Virtual Lecture on The Role of Agriculture in Climate Change, where Professor Pete Smith of Scotland's ClimateXChange presented his findings on livestock, diet and soil carbon sequestration.
May 13: LWVPA co-sponsored with Palo Alto Forward a panel during Affordable Housing Month on Missing Middle Housing. Presenters made a strong case for rewriting our current R-1 zoning, showing that different types of housing make a neighborhood and contribute to a low-carbon environment.
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