Making Democracy Work

Citizen Education

The League provides information through candidate forums, and pros and cons, that highlight issues of interest to the San Luis Obispo County voters.

Candidate Forums

The League of Women Voters of San Luis Obispo County sponsors and/or moderates public forums to introduce candidates and provide information on measures appearing on the ballot.

County District Attorney and District 2 Supervisor Candidates Speak to Voters As the June 3 primary election approaches, the League of Women Voters of San Luis Obispo County is conducting two candidate forums to give voters an opportunity to meet the candidates and ask them questions. See Calendar for time and place.

Check the Calendar, our News, or Elections to read about other scheduled events during this election season.

LWVSLO Sponsors Panel Discussion About Homeless Service Center

Efforts to build a Homeless Service Center in San Luis Obispo are gaining momentum. But, questions remain:
  • Who will it serve?
  • Where will it be?
  • What will it look like?
  • How will it be paid for?
  • What services will be provided?

On Friday, May 9, 2014 from 9:30 to 11:00 AM at the SLO Public Library, 995 Palm Street in SLO, a panel of experts will answer all of these questions and more. Check the Calendar, for easy mapquest directions.

Citizens Ask

Where's the $$$$?

Campaign Contributions Disclosed for County Races. The contests for District Attorney and the two supervisors seats has brought in significant amounts of cash. Who has $$$ and who gives $$$? Very interesting!

NAWJ Asks California Voters to Monitor Judges

What's going on in California? On Wednesday morning, January 15, the National Association of Women Judges (NAWJ) and retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor (the first woman to be appointed to the Supreme Court) enjoined Californians to monitor the selection of judges. The NAWJ has targeted California among eight other states in this special project. Why?

It's time to learn more. "Informed Voters - Fair Judges," is a non-partisan voter education project to increase public awareness about the judicial system, to inform voters that politics and special interest attacks have no place in the courts, and to give voters the tools they need to exercise an informed vote in favor of fair and impartial courts. Log on often to read the latest findings of the NAWJ study.

What if We Never Run Out of Oil?

Read this thoughtful story by Charles C. Mann, an Atlantic contributing editor, who has been writing for the magazine since 1984.

Fracking not a Problem in California?

Read what a panel of experts said what it means for California.

Dealing with Healthcare Costs: Other Options

Matthew Yglesias of Slate Magazine presents some other policy possibilities.

League of Women Voters of the United States Healthcare Position and History

In 1990, the National League of Women Voters undertook a two-year study of the funding and delivery of health care in the United States. Phase 1 studied the delivery and policy goals of the U.S. health care system; Phase 2 focused on health care financing and administration. The LWVUS announced its initial health care position in April 1992 and the final position in April 1993. This position still stands the test of time.

Televised Educational Forums and Government Meetings

AGP Video's SLO-SPAN network televises government meetings throughout the year, as well as forums during election season. It is an invaluable outlet for keeping San Luis Obispo County and city government entities open and accessible to the public. League encourages individuals to watch these government meetings and forums to be a more fully informed citizen.

On May 6, 2013, SLO-SPAN televised the LWVSLOC forum about 'fracking.' The programs are aired live and replayed on countywide cable television Charter Channel 2 and 21. The schedule of televised meetings may be found at www.slospan.org.

Eyes On California

The Official State of California Information Source

Immediate access to California state offices, the legislature, and agencies--all at your finger tips.

California Watch

Founded in 1977, CIR is the nation's oldest nonprofit investigative reporting organization + producing multimedia reporting that enables people to demand accountability from government, corporations and others in power.

California Budget Project

The California Budget Project engages in independent fiscal and policy analysis and public education with the goal of improving public policies affecting the economic and social well-being of low- and middle-income Californians.

California Forward

California Forward is a California political organization which, according to its website, wants to "transform our state government through citizen-driven solutions to provide better representation, smarter budgeting and fiscal management, and high quality public services so all Californians have the opportunity to be safe, healthy and prosperous in the global economy."

California Forward was created by California Common Cause, the Center for Governmental Studies, the New California Network and The Commonwealth Club of California's Voices of Reform Project at the urging of the California Endowment, the Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Fund, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, The James Irvine Foundation, and The David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

Effective Government

The First Amendment Coalition (FAC)

The First Amendment Coalition is a non-profit public interest organization dedicated to enhancing rights to freedom of speech and open government through information and educational services, strategic litigation, public advocacy and legislative oversight. Check the current issue of their newsletter. To learn more about First Amendment Coalition see their website.

Are we Receiving the Best of Government?

The Center for Effective Government focuses on:

  • Citizen Health & Safety
  • Revenue & Spending
  • Open, Accountable Government

Checking the Facts with FactCheck.org

FactCheck.org a nonpartisan, nonprofit "consumer advocate" for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. They monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases. FactCheck.org is a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania.