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Annual Meeting

Join us for brunch at our 56th Annual Business Meeting on June 3, 2018 at 9:00am-11:30am at The Depot Restaurant in Torrance, CA.

Keynote Speaker is Rob Beste, Public Works Director, City of Torrance: "Where Torrance Gets Is Water and Will There Be Enough?"

Make your reservations now! See flyer for details.

Optimize Your Brain Health

On 5/21/18 at 7:00pm, LWV of Beach Cities, Palos Verdes and Torrance Area with Beach Cities Health District presents "Optimize Your Brain Health". Featured speakers will be Dr. Sam Chan, former District Chief for the LA Department of Mental Health, and Alzheimers Researchers Dr. Dean Sherzai and Dr. Ayesha Sherzai. Held at the Joslyn Community Center, Manhattan Beach, CA.

View flyer for additional information.

Facebook Live Interviews - Learn With the League

LWVTA is proud to announce a series called 'Learn with the League".

This is a series of interviews that will take place live on Facebook every Thursday from 4:30 to 5:30 pm, starting 3/8/18.

Click and view introductory video: https://youtu.be/RqC5C1Bn1Hw.

Topics and guests include Rebecca Poirier City Clerk explaining how to throw your hat in the ring and run for office. Mark Waronek, who will tell us the pros and cons of a rotating mayorship that he experienced himself as an elected Councilperson in Lomita. We have the President of the LA County Commission on Women who will talk about what it is to serve on the county level and what the commission does, as well other local topics.

If you have an idea for a topic or guest, or maybe you would like to be the interviewer, please contact Athena at Athena@AthenaPaqutte.com.

Mark your calendar and join us on Thursdays and invite your friends to our Facebook to join us.

Voter Education Forum - May 2018

Come to this fast-paced informative evening on Thursday, May 10, 2018. Presented by the YWCA Harbor Area/South Bay, the LWV of Palos Verdes Peninsula/San Pedro and the LWV of Torrance Area.

Learn about the most up to date information on this year's Primary Election, basic and fundamental information on the election process, etc. View flyer.

Light refreshments will be served. Child care available. Spanish Translation available.

RSVP your attendance to rayme@ywcaharbor.org or 310-547-0831.

State Assembly and Senate Candidates - May 2018

State Assembly and State Senate Candidates Forum on 5/10/18 at Toyota Meeting Hall, Torrance CA -- doors open at 6:00pm.

For additional details, click here for flyer.

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Butcher-Solana Public Forum - 2/24/18

Now available for viewing on YouTube at: https://youtu.be/p9BkePEbnJI.

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Join us for an informational forum on the proposed Butcher-Solana development on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at the Nakano Theatre in Torrance, CA from 10am-12:30pm. Moderated by Pamela Thornton.

News from LWV California

League Studies

Introduction to the Study Process

Studies are part of League Program and, in League parlance, League Program includes all of the positions the League uses to affect public policy as well as the procedure for adopting these programs. Program is such an integral part of the League that, according to League Basics, the League publication formerly titled In League, "Program is the League's reason for being."

Program has three parts: 1) selection of an issue, 2) study of that issue, consensus and formulating a position, and 3) use of that position to influence public policy. All LWVUS positions are included in the League publication, Impact on Issues, 2012-2014: A Guide to Public Policy Positions.

This guide briefly covers how we got here, and, secondly, the perspective of participating in a national study at the local level. The purpose of a study, at any level, is to educate members so that they can be informed participants in consensus and provide the necessary data for formulating the ultimate position.

The meetings include presentations of related information and discussion and are open to the public. The taking of consensus is limited to LWV members only as this process is recorded and sent to the national study group to be used in the development of a formal LWV position.

Additional Information

Current National Study: The Agriculture Update has focused narrowly on: 1) current technology issues in agriculture including genetically modified organisms (GMOs), herbicides, pesticides, agriculture water pollution, aquifer depletion, antibiotics in livestock, and accurate food labeling; and 2) current agriculture finance issues including consolidation in agriculture industries, crop subsidies and the federal agricultural regulatory process. The process is now in the summary stage with the final recommendation for adoption expected at the LWVUS Convention in June.

Watch the following 3:46 minutes and learn about the FDA and food labeling. One company has turned it into a new business! U.S. FDA Food Labeling Regulations (English) (video 3:46 minutes) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJhZWXAndko (Preview) A brief video about the various components of U.S. FDA Food Labeling Regulations.

Current LWV California Studies: Higher Education Study This study is in the formative stage. Applications are now being accepted for the LWVCEF Higher Education Study Committee. You'll find the details, including an application, here

INTERESTED IN THE FUTURE OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE?

A committee is currently forming with the intention of proposing a new two-year study of AI. The LWV currently has no position. Contact Vi Iungerich, Co-President LWVPVP at violaiungerich@gmail.com or call her for more information at 310-541-5092.