August 16, 2020 (San Diego’s East County) – With pandemic relief stalled in Congress, economic uncertainties, healthcare concerns rising, racial justice protests across the nation, and climate change fueling wildfires and water shortages, candidates running for the 50th Congressional district debated these and other hot topics on August 13tth.
Ammar Campa-Najjar, 31, a Democrat from Jamul who formerly worked for the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and at the U.S. Labor Dept., faced off against Darrell Issa, 66. a Republican who formerly represented the 49th Congressional district in North County and south Riverside. The winner will fill the seat left vacant for months due to the resignation of Duncan Hunter who pled guilty to a federal charge of conspiracy to misuse campaign funds and has been sentenced to 11 months in prison. The district includes most of East County as well as portions of North County and Temecula in Riverside County.
The forum was moderated by Donna Bartlett-May the League of Women Voters and hosted by Community Action Service & Advocacy (CASA) in collaboration with the East Region Collaborative Network, East County Homeless Task Force, Ninth District PTA, and media partner East County Magazine.
May 1, 2015 (Sacramento)--Before the 2016 election most California drivers could be automatically registered to vote and receive their ballot in the mail all without having to lift a finger. Today, the Assembly Transportation Committee hears a bill to authorize the state to use the Department of Motor Vehicles database to register all drivers who are eligible to vote.
October 12, 2014 (San Diego)—The drone industry is emerging as a major employer in San Diego County. The technology offers applications for both domestic and military use – and while some hold promises of amazing opportunites, others have sparked controversy. Hear from speakers in the drone industry, an attorney specializing in drone law, and a peace activist raising ethical and privacy concerns at a luncheon sponsored by the League of Women Voters on Thursday, October 16 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Tom Ham’s Lighthouse restaurant, 2150 Harbor Island Drive in San Diego.
September 7, 2014 (San Diego) –The League of Women Voters invites the public to a “Meet the Candidates Reception and Forum” featuring candidates running in the November 4 election for state legislative offices in San Diego and East County, as well as San Diego City Council, Superior Court Judge, San Diego Unified and San Diego Community College districtsw. The event will be held on Wednesday, October 1st from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Hall of Champions in Balboa Park.
Candidates for the following offices are invited to participate:
State Senate, Districts 36, 38 and 40 (District 36 is an open seat; 38 and 40 are held by incumbent Senators Joel Anderson and Ben Hueso)
State Assembly, Districts 71, 77, 78 and 79 (currently held by incumbents Brian Jones, Brian Maienscheim, Toni Atkins, and Shirley Weber)
San Diego City Council, District 6 (open seat)
San Diego Community College, Districts A and E (currently held by incumbents Maria Nieto Senour and Peter Zschiesche
Superior Court Judge, Office 25 (open seat)
San Diego Unified School Board, District B (currently held by incumbent Kevin Beiser)
April 6, 2014 (San Diego) – The League of Women Voters of San Diego will hold a Meet the Candidates Reception on April 29, 2014 from 6 to 8 pm. The event will be held at the Hall of Champions in Balboa Park. There is no charge to attend.
July 29, 2013 (San Diego) – The League of Women Voters of San Diego County presents the annual County League Day on Friday, August 9, 2013 at the new County Operations Center in Kearny Mesa at 5510 Overland Avenue, San Diego.
The host is County Supervisor and League Member Dave Roberts. Lunch will be provided at the center and a tour of the art installations will be given.
November 3, 2012 (San Diego) – The League of Women Voters’ Lunch with League will feature Controller John Chiang as guest of honor on November 15 at Tom Ham’s Lighthouse Restaurant, 2150 Harbor Island Drive, San Diego from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Chiang, California’s chief fiscal officer, has fought to make finances more transparent and accountable to the public and to weed out waste, fraud and abuse of public money. He has also led efforts to reform the state’s public pension systems, helped local governments navigate difficult economic times, protected precious natural resources and launched financial and tax assistance seminars.
October 19, 2012 (San Diego) -- SmartVoter.org, the popular election website managed by the League of Women Voters, offers comprehensive easily accessible online election information for voters.
This website offers all candidates free space to post their own messages to voters. Voters just enter their address and they will see which races and propositions will be on their ballot. The candidates’ information will include biographical highlights, priorities, political philosophy, a photo, list of endorsers, position papers, and links to their websites.
Critics contend the Commission, which took over the debates from the nonpartisan League of Women Voters in 1986, is too beholden to corporate donors
October 2, 2012 (Washington D.C.) – In response to an organized email and letter-writing campaign, three of the ten corporations identified as sponsors of the Commission on Presidential Debates have withdrawn their sponsorship.
September 15, 2012 (La Mesa)--The League of Women Voters will sponsor and moderate a candidate forum for La Mesa City Council candidates in the 2012 election. The forum will be held on September 27 from 7 to 9 pm at the La Mesa City Council Chamber.
The League of Women Voters of San Diego (including East County) will be having its next "Lunch with the League" on Monday, September 17 at Tom Ham's Lighthouse Restaurant, 2150 Harbor Island Drive, Harbor Island, San Diego.
The program at the luncheon is "Voting with the League: Why is the League Supporting or Opposing Certain Propositions?" Propositions 30, 31, 32, 34, and 40.
August 31, 2012 (Santee) -- The League of Women Voters will be moderating a Candidates’ Forum on Tuesday, September 18 at the Santee City Hall, Room 7, from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. with refreshments served after the forum.
It will be held in the City's Event Hall, Building 7 of the City Complex at 10601 N. Magnolia in Santee.
May 20, 2012 (San Diego) -- The League of Women Voters, San Diego this week presented East County Magazine with its Media Award 2012. The honor was bestowed in recognition of ECM's coverage of developer's efforts to abolish community planning efforts.
Press conference Monday before Mayor delivers budget
April 15, 2012 (San Diego) -- A diverse community and labor coalition will rally at San Diego City Hall on Monday to highlight the need for greater community involvement and equity in the city’s budget.
October 30, 2010 (La Mesa) -- The East San Diego County League of Women Voters and the American Association of University Women are co-sponsoring a meeting with Augie Ghio, Fire Chief of San Miguel Fire Protection District.
The meeting will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 13, 2010, at the Helix Water District Boardroom, 7811 University Avenue, La Mesa.
September 29, 2010 (San Diego's East County)--The League of Women Voters of East San Diego County is hosting a series of forums about ballot measures, as well as candidates for the La Mesa and El Cajon City Councils, and the Grossmont High School District Board.
Are you voting in the November election on races for La Mesa Mayor and City Council?
Be an informed voter!
September 29, 2010 (La Mesa) -- Come to the League of Women Voters La Mesa Candidate Forum tonight, September 29, from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. at the La Mesa City Council Chambers, 8130 Allison Avenue, La Mesa CA 91942.
September 16, 2010 (San Diego) – Voters across the county are gearing up to face local, statewide and Congressional elections Nov. 2nd. Many issues relevant to San Diego County will be on the ballot, including Proposition 27, which, if passed, would eliminate the bipartisan citizens commission in charge of drawing state district lines.
May 25, 2010 (San Diego) -- The nonpartisan League of Women Voters of San Diego County has issued recommendations on several propositions on the June 8th statewide primary election ballot. They include Prop 15 (Fair Elections), Prop 16 (2/3 requirement for local public utility providers), Prop B (term limits for Supervisors), and Prop D (strong mayor form of government). Positions and rationales are as follows:
March 28, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) -- The League of Women Voters is celebrating its 90th birthday in 2010. Known for its voter education efforts, this non-partisan, government watchdog group has been an institution in East San Diego County for decades.
September 27, 2009 (San Diego) – Want to learn more about healthcare reform options? San Diego’s League of Women Voters presents a luncheon featuring keynote speaker Gerald Kominski, Ph.D., professor at UCLA School of Public Health and Associate Director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. Dr. Jeoffrey Gordon from California Physicians Alliance will also speak, summarizing the political climate for healthcare reform in Congress.
Ex-Senator Kuehl Leads New Effort to Win Healthcare for All Californians
By Miriam Raftery
September 27, 2009 (San Diego) –Speaking to the San Diego League of Women Voters last week, former state Senator Sheila Kuehl shared some startling facts:
California law used to require insurance companies to be nonprofits. Since that law changed, premiums have skyrocketed much faster than costs of medical care.
Iinsurers are routinely refusing to pay doctors for services—forcing doctors to spend $78 million a year suing insurance companies, according to the American Medical Association.
Insurers are canceling policies when people get sick, claiming applications were filled out wrong. Many are refusing to sell policies (or canceling existing ones) due to pre-existing conditions—even toe fungus or use of asthma inhalers years ago.
Kuehl authored two bills passed by the California Legislature which would have provided healthcare for all Californians—including dental, eyecare and medical coverage. But both were “terminated” with vetoes by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Now a statewide coalition has launched a campaign to win public support for a new single-payer healthcare bill in California. View the video.
June 26, 2009 (San Diego’s East County)—If you’re looking for a hot time in East County this weekend, you’ll have plenty of events to choose from. Tonight, Santee Lakes has the first of its summer movie showings, starting with Madascar 2 – Escape to Africa. Or groove to the sounds of Theo and the Zydeco Patrol at El Cajon’s free Concerts on the Green. But that's just the start...
June 22, 2009 (San Diego) --The League of Women Voters will host a luncheon program titled “How Green is My San Diego” with Tom Blair and Stephen Grealy from the City Environmental Systems and Waste Reduction Departments and Carolyn Chase from the Sierra Club in San Diego on June 30th.
Speakers will address what San Diego is doing to become a “green” city and what else could be done. The program will also feature vendors before and after the lunch, including discussions and displays.
February 20, 2009 (San Diego)--San Diego Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Terry Grier will answer questions in an open discussion with the League of Women voters of San Diego (LWVSD) and with members of the community, during "Lunch With League," a give and take forum moderated by LWVSD member Dr. Richard Schere, psychologist.