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How We Decide to Take Action

The League of Women Voters takes action on an issue or advocates for a cause when there is an existing League position that supports the issue or speaks to the cause.

Positions result from a process of study. Any given study, whether it be national, state, or local, is thorough in its pursuit of facts and details. As the study progresses, a continuing discussion of pros and cons of each situation occurs. Prior to the results of the study being presented to the general membership, study committee members fashion consensus questions that are then addressed by the membership.

Additional discussion--pro and con--takes place as members (not part of the study committee) learn the scope of the study. After the members reach consensus, the board forms positions based on that consensus.

It is the "consensus statement" -- the statement resulting from the consensus questions -- that becomes a position. Firm action or advocacy can then be taken on the particular issue addressed by the position. Without a position, action/advocacy cannot be taken.

Newly Approved LWVC Position on Public Higher Education

This "Position in Brief" is a very abbreviated summary. Please 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. https://lwvc.org/our-work/positions/position-public-higher-education

LWV Merced County Positions on Issues

Local Positions The League of Women Voters of Merced County currently has four local positions:

Merced County Public Library

Financial Operations of the City and County

Merced County Planning (partially updated April 2014)

Merced City Planning

State Positions The League of Women Voters of California has adopted positions in the areas of Government, Natural Resources and Social Policy. Priorities for this biennium (2013-2015) are:

  • Money in Politics (Campaign Finance Reform)
  • State and Local Finances/State Budget/Education Financing

A second tier of focus will be recommendations for action on:
> Protection of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)
> Election reform and voting rights
> Fracking
> Water
> Consider Program Director recommendations for action on the highest priority bills in their program areas.
> Action as appropriate on core issues such as Redistricting, Initiative and Referendum Process and Reproductive Choices

For all LWVC positions, please click here: LWVC positions or: http://ca.lwv.org/issues/lwvc-positions