Making Democracy Work

About the League

Ann Fulweiler, LWV Placer County member



"Democracy itself is a process of change, and satisfaction and complacency are enemies of good government."


California Governor Edmund G. Brown, April 24, 1962.

We Explain Ballot Measures

LWV provides speakers to explain ballot measures throughout the community - at libraries, churches, clubs and homes.

You can email lwvplacer@yahoo.com or call (530)888-7161 to schedule a presentation to your group free of charge.

We Moderate Candidate Forums

LWVPC has moderated many candidate forums in Placer County for school districts, city councils, local ballot measures, and others.

After a brief introduction from the LWV moderator and opening statements from each candidate, the moderator asks questions submitted from the audience on index cards. Verbal questions from the audience are typically not allowed in order to avoid duplicate questions, possible personal attacks and opportunities for the questioner to make a speech rather than asking a question.

Every candidate answers every question in a rotating order and also makes a closing statement.

You can email lwvplacer@yahoo.com or call (530)888-7161 to schedule a Candidate Forum moderated by LWVPC free of charge.

Our Members

Our members thrive on learning about unbiased political information hard to find elsewhere. Research information from National and State LWV as well as our own analysis, gives us what we need to assist others in making clear and objective voting decisions.

Monthly member meetings offer local professional guest speakers with public policy information that impacts Placer County residents in a format that allows direct questions from the audience.

We are a group of people engaged in our communities and always welcoming new members.

June 2013 Annual Meeting in Auburn

Our Strategy

MISSION
Inform Placer County citizens to enable active participation in shaping better communities.

GOAL
Continually build knowledge of political processes and public policy to deliver unbiased, easy to access and reliable information to as many Placer County citizens as possible.

VALUES
- Respect individuals through trust, integrity and professionalism
- Empower grassroots in LWVPC and in our communities
- Practice collective decision making for the common good
- Strive for diversity in membership and citizens served

VISION
LWVPC becomes the primary source for Placer County citizens to obtain unbiased, reliable public policy information they need to make informed decisions.

EXTERNAL ENVIRONMENT ASSESSMENT
Placer County spans 100 miles of diverse geography and socioeconomic levels. The majority of the population is in the southwest end of the county, from Auburn to Roseville where LWVPC services focus, leaving the remainder of the county under served.

INTERNAL ORGANIZATION ASSESSMENT
Members are highly-motivated, naturally-aligned citizens, most of who reside in and around the Roseville/Rocklin and Auburn areas. Members are actively aware of politics and public policy, some having run for and some holding public office. The full capacity of this high powered membership has been underutilized to date.

Membership spiked to over 71 the year LWVPC began and has been approximately 50 since then. Member diversity does not match the diversity of Placer County voters, leaving non-white, younger, less affluent and those living in the eastern end of the county underrepresented in our membership.

BUDGET
LWVPC retains at least 50% of the amount of the yearly budget in reserve .
Approximate distribution of Expenses:
70% research and education on issues
23% delivery of information to public
7% operating expense
Approximate distribution of Income:
69% dues (95% allocated to national and state research)
31% polls (100% retained for LWVPC use)

COMMUNICATIONS
Our website is the hub for communication that is:
- Timely, compelling and focused on voters
- Pertaining to local aspects and is personal to our communities
- Consistent and repetitive across channels (social media, press, etc)
- Not wordy + information focused
- Not negative or scary
- Lacking internal jargon

ROADMAP
FY 2013/2014 Increase LWV-PC Visibility
- Lay the foundation for increased visibility
- Voter Service for June Election
- Adopt growth based budget

FY 2014/2015 Meet the Demand of New Visibility
- Engage Members in Program Planning, Speakers Bureau, Nominating Comm, other
- Establish professional archival process and strengthen parliamentary skills
- Discover how to reach more of Placer County.
- November Gubernatorial Pros & Cons
--- 3 people in Roseville/Rocklin area + 3 people in Auburn area
--- Congressional Debate
--- Online membership payments and credit card payments at meetings

FY 2015/2016 Expand Reach
Establish processes to deliver services to more of Placer County

Bylaws, Policies & Procedures

LWV State & National Advocacy

In addition to educational efforts, LWV at state and national levels in some cases after careful study, may influence legislation and advocate for or against particular public policies. Advocacy activities are conducted as a nonprofit 501(c)(4) corporation. Click for more info on advocacy at state or national level

Therefore, even though LWVPC does not participate in advocacy activities, you may see LWV-California or LWV-US favoring or opposing legislation.

In no case will any level of LWV support or oppose political parties, candidates for elected office, or any group that supports candidates.

In May 2013, local league delegates to the LWV California convention voted to emphasize the following areas for 2013-2015:

LWV National Priorities for 2013 are:
1. Money in Politics
2. Election Reform
3. Climate Change
4. Gun Safety
5. Immigration

Other LWV Organizations

History of the League of Women Voters