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Program Planning ****** Annual Event
  • Sat Jan 26, 2019 9:45am – 1:30pm
  • Home of Alice Loughry
  • 9:45 am Check-in
    10:00 am to 12:30 pm Program Planning
    12:30 pm to 1:30 pm Soup Social Lunch
  • RSVP to Carol at rkuiper@earthlink.net or 650-941-8190
All members are invited to Program Planning where members discuss what we want to focus on next year. Some have suggested that we work on the 2020 Census. Is there something we should study? Come have your say!

Turkey's Future under Edrogan
  • 01/09/2019 from 07:30 pm to 09:00 pm
  • Los Altos Youth Center, 1 N. San Antonio Road, Los Altos
  • Registration needed: No  
In 2017, a constitutional referendum in Turkey replaced a secular parliamentary system with a presidential one, giving the elected President Recep Tayip Erdogan total control of the executive powers. Turkey now finds itself heading towards autocracy. Frequent human rights abuses, coupled with an intense crackdown on the free press, cast doubt upon the functioning of democratic institutions in the country and jeopardize Turkey’s aspirations of future European Union membership. Relations with neighboring states have also been turbulent and the economy is flailing. Against this background, former Consul General to Istanbul, Scott Kilner, will share his insights as to what lies ahead for Turkey.

Scott Kilner's diplomatic career with the US Department of State spanned 32 years and included serving as Consul General to Istanbul. Before that, he served as Director of the US Embassy's Office of Interagency Provincial Affairs in Afghanistan, and spent four years in Vienna at the US Embassy as Deputy Chief of Mission. After joining the U.S. Foreign Service in 1981, he was posted to Istanbul, East Berlin, and the US Consulate in Adana, Turkey. He then served as Counselor for Economic Affairs in Paris. As Economic Counselor in Ankara, Turkey, Kilner focused on energy development and Turkish economic stabilization and reform. He earned his bachelor's degree from Stanford University and his Master's Degree from Johns Hopkins University.

The program is co-sponsored by the Peninsula Chapter of World Affairs and the Los Altos Public Library.  
Contact for more information: peninsula@worldaffairs.org 

League Transformation
What will the League look like in its next century? What can we do now to assure the continued relevance and visibility of the League of Women Voters? Helen Hutchison, LWVC President, will discuss the actions the League is taking, nationally and statewide, to meet the challenges of the future.
Over the past two years, in anticipation of the 100th anniversary of the League's founding, national and state leaders have engaged in a process of self-reflection, environmental scanning, hard discussions, and tough decisions related to the continued relevance and health of the League network. LWVUS has published a "Transformation Roadmap" that includes specific action steps to be implemented. It is a synthesis of many threads of work, including input from Leagues across the country, interviews with internal and external stakeholders, review of the larger nonprofit environment and the professional expertise of consulting firms. See http://www.lwvgt.org/files/LWV_Transformation_Roadmap_1.8.17_rev.pdf

Contact for more information: m.shovlin@comcast.net

Affordable Housing in Los Altos?
  • 01/31/2019 from 07:00 pm to 08:30 pm
  • Library, 13 S. San Antonio Rd., Los Altos
  • Registration needed: No  
Join us for a community meeting in Los Altos on affordable housing. A small group has been exploring the options for over two years and has formed the Los Altos Affordable Housing Working group. We will host a meeting Jan. 31 with two knowledgeable panelists, Randy Tsuda with Palo Alto Housing and Mitali Ganguly with Opticos. Randy will speak about his experiences in Palo Alto and Mountain View, and Mitali will speak about the "missing middle" component of affordable housing. We will also have Chris Jordan, Los Altos City Manager available for comment, and we will also have either Angela Laines or Tanya Hernandez available to answer questions about the Catholic Charities Home-Sharing Program.  
Contact for more information: patgaryh@gmail.com  
 
   


Upcoming Ongoing Committee, Team and Board Meetings

Board Meeting
  • Next Board meeting Tuesday, January 15, 7PM
  • Home of Lisa McLain
  • Email Sue Graham sgraham@batnet.com if questions.
Housing Committee Meeting
Our chapter's Housing Committee regular meeting is the second Thursday of the month.  The committee works locally in Mountain View and Los Altos to promote more Below Market Rate units and other city zoning and commercial development policies that increase affordable housing.
 
Voter Services Committee
  • Thursday Jan 24, 2019, 2 PM
We will be working on a training program for a Voter Registration Program. The purpose will be to train ourselves to be prepared for the 2020 Presidential election cycle. Contact me if you want additional information.
 
Contact if questions: Vicki at Vgilfix2@gmail.com

Book Club
  • Jaunuary 19, 2019  from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm (later due to Women's March)
  • Home of Emily Thurber
  • Registration needed: No  
Reading: Melting Pot or Civil War: A Son of Immigrants Makes the Case Against Open Borders by Reihan Salam.
All members are welcome. Bring a friend.  
Contact for more information: sgraham@batnet.com  
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