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Thursday pre-Convention workshops from 1-5pm
Taking Action in Your Community: An Intensive, Hands On Workshop about Advocacy in the local League environment
Want to get your local League involved in effective advocacy in your community? Would you like to go beyond the ‘same old, same old’ to strategies that bring your local League into the 21st century?
Join us for an intensive, hands on workshop that: walks you through steps to identify the issue, frame the effective message, form coalitions, get good media coverage and motivate members; and then, we get out of your way and let you work in small groups to actually use the material to create a model action plan. Plenty of reference material and handouts – BUT- most of your time will be applying what you’ve learned for use at home.
The Future of Voter Service: Learn How to Use Smart Voter’s “Next Generation” for Your League
This pre-Convention workshop will provide you with an enjoyable orientation to the power of the new Smart Voter “Next Generation” online technology. During the afternoon you will hear why our new approach to voter service is so important, observe in-depth examples and be provided the opportunity to explore how you can use the powerful Next Generation tools for your League. This workshop is aimed at local and state League leaders, staff and volunteers who are interested in new techniques for engaging voters and members, generating publicity and building community partnerships. You are encouraged to bring a tablet computer or smartphone if you have one, or a laptop if you don’t. But don’t worry if you don’t have any of this equipment – come anyway and have a fun time!
Friday workshops from 3:30-4:45pm
Kim Klein –How to Raise $25,000 in Six Weeks
In this fast paced workshop, Kim Klein details one of the most important ideas in fundraising today: bringing volunteers together for a short specific intensive campaign, and then letting them go for the rest of the year. In this workshop you will learn both the specifics of raising a large amount of money in a short time and the process of designing all of your fundraising in short bursts, as well as looking at a few case studies of organizations that have used this intensive strategy successfully.
Healthcare Reform for California and the Affordable Care Act (ACA)
California is a leader in implementing the Affordable Care Act (ACA). How does this fit with the LWVUS/LWVC goals? We will provide a plan for local Leagues to educate the public about the ACA, and then go beyond that to encourage linkages with other groups working for health care reform beyond the ACA, those which endorse single-payer “Improved Medicare for All.” The workshop will present two speakers, Deborah LeVeen speaking on the ACA and the insurance exchanges which become available this fall and Molly Tavella speaking on the need to go beyond the ACA to single-payer financing for health care, “Improved Medicare for All”. There will be handouts and links to more information available. Those interested in working on these goals in their local Leagues are invited to the caucus on healthcare reform action Friday evening, where we will discuss ways to educate members and voters, and kits with written materials, FAQs, and access to internet links, videos, slide shows and speakers will be available. An excellent documentary movie, “The Healthcare Movie,” comparing U.S. and Canadian healthcare systems will be available to local Leagues. Join us in working for the best possible health care for California.
Local Advocacy on State Issues
Your local League wants to do something about gun control or health care or money in politics or any of a number of other issues. What can you do? We’ll use money in politics to highlight how local Leagues can take on state issues, using examples of both community education and advocacy projects. We’ll also include some basics about how your local League can use the information from the LWVC on your website.
myLeague’s Web Site
Come hear how some other Leagues are successfully using their web site to get more people to attend their events, better inform the public on issues, and to increase membership and donations. Learn more about the new tools and resources available to make your web site a better focal point to communicate with the online world.
Video Pros & Cons: a Guide for Leagues
For the November 2012 elections, several local Leagues worked with Cal Channel to make ten videos on the statewide ballot measures, for wide pre-election distribution. The workshop will cover what went into making those videos, what we learned, and how future efforts might be improved.
Saturday workshops from 3:30-4:45pm
A Citizen’s Guide to the California State Budget
Does the state budget seem overwhelming? You hear conflicting reports on where the money comes from, how much there actually is, and/or how it is spent. Come learn how to find reliable information and how local Leagues can help educate the public. We’ll also talk about advocacy on budget issues—how LWVC decides what to take action on, and how local Leagues and individuals can also be strong advocates.
Community Outreach – Expanding the Mission and Galvanizing Civic Engagement
California’s demographics are changing. What can the League do to broaden our scope of services to reach the wider, growing community? We will discuss the One Nation grant and lessons learned from this pilot project. We will incorporate both the voter service and education aspects and discuss process for building larger collaborative efforts.
Discover the Future of Voter Service on the Web with Smart Voter’s “Next Generation”
This workshop will provide you with a fun introduction to the power of the new Smart Voter “Next Generation” web technology and how the LWVCEF is planning to use it to completely revamp the way we perform voter service online and engage the public to maximize our impact on voters throughout California.
This workshop is aimed at local and state League leaders, staff and volunteers who are interested in new techniques for engaging voters and League members, generating publicity and building partnerships with media and community organizations. (A more in-depth version of this workshop with hands-on training in using the Next Generation tools is available on Thursday afternoon.)
myLeague Charging into Social Media
This workshop is an introductory overview designed for those wishing to expand their knowledge and utilization of social media in League communications. Learn from other League communications specialists, including the LWVC Communications Committee. This workshop will include an overview of social media channels and tools (Facebook, Twitter, and more) all through hands-on learning. Bring your lap top or iPad. There will also be a myLeague networking corner at the hotel for sharing social media and Web site ideas.
Friday, May 17: 8:30-10:30pm
1. Early Years are Learning Years
Hosted by: Penny Adler, LWV San Diego
High quality Early Childhood Education offers one of the best returns of any public investment. It dramatically narrows the readiness gap before it becomes the achievement gap. Join us for an interactive session on the components of quality early education, transitional kindergarten & birth to 3rd grade efforts. Go on a visual tour of today’s classrooms and get the evidence and data that is spurring this national conversation, including the current budget challenges and other information that can strengthen your LWV voice to help close the achievement gap before it starts. Lets start the discussion regarding reinstating the State Education Committee.
2. Electing More Women and Representing More Voters
Hosted by: Paula Lee, LWV Sacramento
Representation of women in Ca. has been low, stagnant and is now declining. U.S. ranks #93 in democracies that elect women. Carrie Chapman Catt believed representation was the natural extension of suffrage for women and was a member of the Advisory Council of the Proportional Representation League from 1919 until the time of her death at 88. Are we caught in a bad romance settling for only 12%-18% representation after 100 years? How do we fulfill the promise of suffrage – women at the table helping shape public policy, serving in public office?
Let’s talk about next steps for independent redistricting commissions and proportional representation in Ca. Find out why a party receiving the most votes doesn’t win the most seats, how this creates a false majority and relates to the recent vote on background checks and talk of changes for Social Security. Professor Latner’s research will show you what 5 member Assembly district you would live in, how voters in that district can elect a candidate of their choice with 17% of the vote and how this could change public policy on the issues you care about. Compare to our current single member (one party) winner take all system. Special Guest Speaker: Michael Latner, Professor Political Science Cal Poly San Luis Obispo shares his thoughts and his paper “Mapping the Consequences of Electoral Reform” written after the adoption of “Top Two” in 2010 and published in the Ca. Journal of Politics and Policy.
3. Money in Politics – What Are We Doing and Where Are We Going?
Hosted by: Chris Carson and Helen Hutchison, LWVC
We’re all concerned about the role of money in politics. Come share ideas about what Leagues are doing and can do at all levels – local, regional, state and national
4. Putting a Price on Carbon Emissions
Hosted by: Regina Beatus, LWV BAE
Science shows that the need to curb carbon emissions is critical. But how to do it? Our caucus will explore two methods that put a price on carbon emissions, the cap-and-trade system – implemented in 2012 in California as mandated by AB 32 – and alternatively, a direct carbon tax.
5. Healthcare Reform and Local Leagues
Hosted by: Li-Hsia Wang, LWV BAE
Those interested in working on healthcare reform in their local Leagues are invited to this caucus, where we will discuss what is going on in Sacramento and various ways to educate members and voters. Kits with written materials, FAQs, and access to internet links, videos, slide shows, speakers and an excellent documentary movie will be available.
Saturday, May 18: 7:30-8:45am
1. CEQA: How to Comment on an Environmental Impact Report
Hosted by: Helen Hutchison and Janet Brennan, LWVC
League members are frequently called upon to review and comment on environmental impact reports (EIRs). This session is for the lay person who wants to provide comments on EIRs. Thirty minutes will be provided for questions and answers. The session will be conducted by Janet Brennan, a League member and environmental consultant.
2. Community College Update
Hosted by: Helene Lecar, LWV Los Altos/Mountain View
Our current Community College position, adopted in 2003, does not address major issues arising in the last decade–distance learning (MOOCs Massive Open On-line Courses), alignment of curriculum with K-12 and the university systems, retention and graduation rates, the proposed return of local control of finances to K-12 trustees (Does that include the CCs?) and the ongoing inability of the state to fund education adequately (Last year almost half a million CC students were turned away from the courses they needed). Is it time for an update? We will not be proposing any convention floor action this year, but rather consider what role the League should play in supporting the community college system as it wrestles with the uncertainties of the next decade.
3. What News Can You Trust?
Hosted by: Eleanor Yick, LWV Southwest Santa Clara Valley
As professional journalism recedes and “anything goes” on cable, talk radio and the Web, it’s becoming much more difficult to know what’s accurate. Former professor, journalist, author and founder of GradeTheNews.org, John McManus, will discuss how to become an information detective. His goal, like the League’s, is to contribute to and ensure a civic society.
Saturday, May 18: 8:30-10:30pm
1. Water: Myths and Misperceptions on the Bay Delta. Are we on track to achieve the co-equal goals of a reliable water supply and restoration of fisheries?
Hosted by: Roberta Borgonovo, LWVC Water Committee
Unless you are certain that you will never need another drop of California water, you might want to drop in on this caucus. Please join us for a discussion of pressing issues concerning California’s water supply. Presenters from local Leagues will give perspectives on the following subjects: groundwater in the Sacramento and San Joaquin Valley; Fracking; Colorado River; and the Bay-Delta. We will leave time to talk about other issues of concern. If you have concerns that are not listed here, we want to hear from you.
2. Fun Muppet “Instant Runoff” Election: Hand Counting Ranked-Choice Ballots
Hosted by: David Holtzman, LWV Los Angeles
At least 200 ballots have already been cast in the Ranked-Choice Voting (RCV), “instant runoff” election for Muppet Mayor. Beaker, Elmo, Ernie, Miss Piggy and Oscar all have high hopes of winning. You can cast a ballot too! Rank as many candidates as you like! Then see the counting of the ballots! Witness an instant runoff if no Muppet is the first choice of a majority of the voters! You know hand counting can be done, and you’ll feel even better about advocating RCV (“instant runoff voting”) when you see how easy it is! Hand counting ballots can be easy and fun!
3. Gun Control and Safe Communities
Hosted by: Patricia Kuhi, LWVC
Gun Control and Community Safety: What issues are the State Legislature and others considering? What bills does LWVC support? What are the LWVUS Gun Control Position and the LWVC Juvenile Justice Position in support for safe communities for children and families? Meet Suzi Bakker, one of LWVC’s consultants for gun control and Pat Kuhi, consultant for Safe Communities. Learn about David M. Kennedy’s book “Don’t Shoot:One Man, A Street Fellowship, and The End of Violence in Inner-City America” and the strategy expounded there being used in California Cities under the name “Ceasefire”. What you can do?
4. I Can Bank Online; Why Can’t I Vote Online?
Hosted by: Beverly Bean, LWV Monterey Peninsula
Is internet voting the wave of the future? Is it secure? Accurate? Recountable? Accessible? Transparent? Will internet voting save money or increase voter participation, especially by young people? Internet voting is currently being used in some states for voters with disabilities and for military civilians living abroad. Other states are considering it. Come and learn about internet voting and how it relates to the League’s position on election systems.
Sunday, May 19: 7:30-8:45am
1. Initiative and Referendum: The Study’s Over. Now what?
Hosted by: Helen Hutchison, LWVC
An introduction to the new LWVC Initiative and Referendum Process position, with ideas for community education and possible LWVC advocacy.
2. Exploring how technology might revolutionize the challenges of bureaucracy
Hosted by: Patrick Atwater, LWVC
Here’s a crazy idea: what if the deep potential of the internet lies in government? Not through some federal policy or DARPA scheme mind you but in how technology might transform what actually constitutes government – for instance the delivery of basic public goods like water, roads or schools.