News from the League of Women Voters Los Altos Mountain View
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Contents of the February 2020 Voter:

Pros & Cons for the March Primary on February 20th

When:  Thursday, February 20th at 7:00pm
Where:  Mountain View Public Library, 1st Floor Program Room

Our local League's Pete Stahl will provide an unbiased analysis of the state and local ballot measures. He will also discuss the changes to voting under the new Voters Choice Act as well as the differences between voting for a presidential or statewide candidate. 

Unbiased analysis of:
   California’s Proposition 13
   Mountain View’s Measure D
   Mountain View Whisman Bond Measure T
   Foothill De Anza Bond Measure G
   Foothill De Anza Parcel Tax Measure H

Voting changes with Voter's Choice Act

I vote by mail - nothing changes.

  • All registered voters will receive a ballot in the mail starting the week of February 3rd.
  • Completed ballots can be mailed (no postage necessary) or put in a Ballot Drop Off box or taken to a Vote Center. Find Vote Centers and Ballot Drop Off Boxes

I have a question, problem or want to vote in person

Vote Centers will replace your neighborhood polling locations. Vote Centers will be staffed by employees (not volunteers) of the Registrar of Voters (ROV) and have increased services. 

  • Vote Centers offer more services, similar to the Registrar of Voters office
  • Vote Centers will start to open 10 days before the election
  • You can go to any Vote Center in the county to vote.

Reasons to go a Vote Center

  • I want to register or update my registration
  • I did not receive a ballot in the mail or lost it
  • I am a “No Party Preference” voter and want to vote for a presidential primary candidate
  • I need a ballot in a different language
  • I need disability or translation services
  • I want to vote in person
  • I want to drop off my ballot

 For more info on services:

Locations for Vote Centers in Mountain View, Los Altos and Los Altos Hills

The current list of Local Vote centers, which are open 9am-5pm daily before Election Day and 7am-8pm on March 3rd:

Open February 22nd and through election (all 11 days)

   Mountain View

   Los Altos Hills

Open later: February 29th and through the election

   Los Altos

   Mountain View

To find other Vote Center or Ballot Drop Off box in Santa Clara County:


Vote with our League

The League of Women Voters Los Altos Mountain View has taken the following positions:

Measure D - OPPOSE
Mountain View City Council measure to amend the current rent stabilization charter, Measure V/CSFRA.  To learn about our opposition to Measure D, read our Letter to the Community.

Measure T - SUPPORT
Mountain View Whisman School District bond measure for $259 million. To learn about why the funds are needed and how they will be used, visit the MVW district site.

Measure G - SUPPORT
Foothill De Anza Community College District bond measure for $898 million. To learn about why the funds are needed and how they will be used, visit the district site.

Measure H - SUPPORT
Foothill De Anza Community College District parcel tax measure for a five year $48 parcel tax. To learn about why the funds are needed and how they will be used, visit district site.

Measure O - SUPPORT
Cupertino Union School District parcel tax measure for a five year $125 parcel tax. To learn about why the funds are needed and how they will be used, visit CUSD.

Voter's Edge: Get the facts before you vote

Voters Edge for factual information about the candidates and ballot measures: Voters Edge 


Voter Service Highlights

New Citizen's Ceremony
We partnered with the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters and helped register over 400 new citizens to vote at the January Naturalization Ceremony.  Registering new citizens to vote is one of the  most rewarding activities of our league.

District 13 Candidate Forum on Early Childhood Education
The Beth Am Congregation and Community Equity Collaborative hosted a CA State Senate (District 13) Candidate Forum with a focus on what the state can do to support early childhood education and care.   The Candidate Forum was held at the Hillview Middle School in Menlo Park on February 9th.   

Members of local League of Women Voters from Palo Alto, South San Mateo County and Los Altos-Mountain View staffed information tables to promote voting and participation in the 2020 Census.    

Ted Lempert, CEO of Children Now, moderated the forum and called out the League members for their support in the community.    

Farmer's Market
Once a month we are at the Mountain View Farmers’ Market answering questions and informing voters about the upcoming primary election and the 2020 census. If you are interested in helping out, contact Karin Bricker.

Come Celebrate our Centennial 

Come join members of our sister Santa Clara County leagues on March 29th to celebrate our centennial birthday. Event is free but registration is required. 

When:    March 29th, 5:00-7:00pm
Where:   Board of Supervisors Council Chambers, 70 W. Hedding Street, San Jose


  • The excitement is building – few organizations make it 100 years.  We’ve accomplished a lot and there is so much more we can do. Come connect with people that care about good government and want to collaborate on this.
  • Special guest speakers start at 6pm, including Supervisor Cindy Chavez
  • We will also highlight LWV accomplishments, what you see us do in the community, and what you may not be aware we do at the state and national level. Be inspired!
  • Get your LWV League Commemorative photo taken!
  • Enjoy fun food, fun colleagues and celebrate our 100th Anniversary!
  • Please register to ensure we have adequate seating & food!
  • There is no charge for this event - just bring your birthday smile!
  • More information:

Los Altos seeking commission applicants

The Los Altos City Council invites Los Altos residents to apply for appointment to the following Commissions:

  • Complete Streets Commission: 4 Seats; (Four terms expiring in March 2020; four eligible incumbents)
  • Environmental Commission: 3 Seats; (Three terms expiring in March 2020; two eligible incumbents)
  • Public Arts Commission: 1 Seat; (One vacant)
  • Senior Commission: 3 Seats; (Three terms expiring in March 2020; three eligible incumbents)



Applicants must be residents of the City of Los Altos to be considered for an appointment. Submit applications to the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall, located at 1 North San Antonio Road or online. For more information, visit or call 650-947-2720

Online Application:  Commission and Committee Application | City of Los Altos California

Program Planning Outcomes 2020

The League of Women Voters Los Altos-Mountain View held its all-member Program Planning meeting on Saturday, February 1st at the home of Katie Campodonico. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss and recommend the issues we wish the LWVUS will prioritize over the next two years and the issues we wish to prioritize locally in the coming year.

Issues recommended to the LWVUS under the framework and campaign “Making Democracy Work” were Redistricting, Voting Rights, Improving Elections, and Campaign Finance/Money in Politics. We added Climate Change and support for LWV Illinois’ request for abolition of the electoral college for action focus.

Updates were given on the following local League activities.

1. Housing – Donna Yobs

2.  Education – Ellen Wheeler

3. Natural Resources - Climate Change Team – Gary Hedden

4. Voter Services – Karin Bricker

5. Los Altos Community Coalition – Cathy Lazarus

Voter Services, Housing, and Climate Change were chosen as the local priorities for 2020-2021.  These will be recommended to the League members at the Annual Meeting for confirmation.

Bay Area League Day – All members are invited

When:   Saturday, February 29, 9:30am – 2:30pm
Where:  Dominican Center, 43326 Mission Blvd, Fremont (map)

Looking Back, Moving Forward - Join Leagues from around the Bay Area in a symposium to discuss women's journey to gain the right to vote 100 years ago.

Keynote speakers: Susie and Steve Swatt, authors of “Paving the Way: Women’s Struggle for Political Equality in California”.  

For more information: 

To register:  Buy My Ticket

Upcoming League Events:

For details go to:

The Voter
The League of Women Voters of the Los Altos-Mountain View Area
P.O. Box 3492, Los Altos CA 94024
Phone (650) 429-8382

Production Editors: Lisa McLain and Sue Graham

President   Lisa McLain   Government   Katie Zoglin

VP Program
  Carol Kuiper 
  Natural Resources
  Gary Hedden

VP Action
  Merrian Nevin
  Social Policy
  Abby Longcor

  Martha McClatchie

  Voter Service   Karin Bricker
Treasurer   Natalie Elefant   Data Manager   Jennifer Brooks

at Large
Lucy Zemanek
  Membership   Sue Graham
      Tech Team   Max Beckman-
  Margaret Capriles

The League of Women Voters of the Los Altos-Mountain View Area delivers unbiased public policy information and encourages citizens to actively participate in their communities. The League does not support or oppose any political party or candidate, but it does take action on selected government issues in the public interest.

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