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The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy.


"If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito."

--Attributed to the Dalai Lama XIV

LWVMC has two big events planned for December -- one informative (12/09) and one a wonderful opportunity to meet & greet interesting people (12/15)! Check below for all the details.



LWV California: Position on Public Higher Education

Here it is:

  • for all of you, who worked so hard as study committee members;
  • for you, who attended the intense and lively consensus meetings offering your opinions that helped develop this and
  • for the others of you interested in what comes of local involvement in a State or National study.

The "Position in Brief" is just a very abbreviated summary. I would encourage you to go to the link below to read the specifics in the position. I think it reflects our local input very well. Note that, where it says "vertical position", we can use that portion to lobby locally.

Position in Brief: The League of Women Voters of California supports a comprehensive system of public higher education that serves the personal, professional, and occupational goals of all adult Californians and advances the social, economic, and civic needs of the state. To achieve these objectives, public higher education must prioritize access, affordability, equity, and excellence. These priorities require state funding, including student financial aid, that is stable, predictable, sustainable, and timely.

LUNCH & LEARN: San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District

AIR QUALITY is the topic of our next Lunch & Learn:

As always, we need to know if you plan to attend, so please RSVP by December 7th at:


Let's share some Holiday cheer! Stop by the Hansen's home between 6:00 and 8:00 PM, Thursday, December 15th -- or come at 6:00 and stay till 8:00. Bring your favorite delectable or beverage. This annual event always provides us time to enjoy League members, friends and families of League members, those interested in joining League and public officials. See you there -- with bells on!

Invite a friend by sharing this invitation: Holiday Social Invitation

Program Planning Meeting

Twenty-two members and guests took advantage Saturday, January 23rd, of the best opportunity to understand what League stands for -- is REALLY all about -- by partcipating in our Program Planning meeting held at the Multicultural Arts Center. Nine presenters gave us timely and interesting background information about our local and national positions: Merced County Library; Financial Operations of Merced City and County; Merced County Planning; Merced City Planning; International Relations; Natural Resources/Water and Environmental Protection, Pollution Control, Air Quality & Water; Representative Government/Voting Rights & Campaign Finance Reform-Money In Politics; Social Policy/Health Care.

This is always one of our most lively discussions covering the impressive number of local and national issues that can be addressed by our League because these positions have been adopted by League members after extensive and thorough study and consensus. A great opportunity that allows members -- newly joined and long time -- to share their perspectives on several positions.