All posts tagged: government

Jun 9 – Let City Council Know You Support Your Library

Dear Library Supporter, I hope you can attend the San Diego City Council meeting on Monday, June 9 at 2 p.m. to let City leaders know the importance of Library services. At this meeting, the Council will consider and possibly vote on the Mayor’s proposed budget. It is important our elected leaders understand that San Diegans value their libraries and expect strong public support for the library system. The Mayor’s Proposed Budget calls for funding additional hours at all libraries, and expands the number of libraries open on Sundays from eight to 12. The proposed budget also creates a new homework service to provide after-school tutoring at 18 libraries. These are important additions. However, the proposed budget calls for a $500,000 decrease in spending for library materials. A majority of Council members have called for a return of those funds in their budget revision memos to the Independent Budget Analyst (IBA). The IBA agrees encouraging the Council to reinstate $500,000 to the Library’s materials budget. We call on the Council to not reduce important funding …

Restoring Respect – 2nd Annual Conference on Restoring Civility to Civic Dialogue

The Fall 2012 political campaign was one of the nastiest, least civil in modern times (and we thought it couldn’t get worse than 2008!). Are we stuck with a permanent politics of incivility or is there something we, the people, can do it about it? Join our dialogue to return civility to our civic dialogue: Wednesday Morning, February 20, 2013 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM University of San Diego Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice Free to the Public Register Now! Keynote Speaker Eugene Robinson uses his twice-weekly column in The Washington Post to pick American society apart and then put it back together again in unexpected and revelatory new ways. To do this job of demolition and reassembly, Robinson relies on a large and varied tool kit: energy, curiosity, elegant writing and the wide-ranging experience of a life that took him from childhood in the segregated South to the heights of American Journalism. His remarkable story telling ability has won him wide acclaim, most notably as the winner of the 2009 Pulitzer …

Tax the Rich: An Animated Fairy Tale

Puerile propaganda or an informative cartoon? Take a look at this 8 minute cartoon and decide for yourself. Tax the rich: An animated fairy tale, is narrated by Ed Asner, with animation by award-winning artist Mike Konopacki, and written and directed by Fred Glass for the California Federation of Teachers.  The 8 minute video shows how we arrived at this moment of poorly funded public services and widening economic inequality. Things go downhill in a happy and prosperous land after the rich decide they don’t want to pay taxes anymore. They tell the people that there is no alternative, but the people aren’t so sure.  This land bears a startling resemblance to our land.  After you watch this video, click here to share with friends, and send an email to your elected officials to let them know they need to restore higher federal tax rates on the wealthy so that we may once more enjoy properly funded public services.

Ask Bilbray to do the Right Thing

Can you ask Brian Bilbray to do the right thing for San Diegans before he leaves office? Please call his office (202) 224-3121 and ask him to support the Senate passed bill that extends the middle class tax cuts. His office is not recording names, but is recording responses. Bilbray has not stated how he will vote. He knows that sequestration will be bad for jobs in San Diego. He also knows that increasing tax revenues from those who can afford to pay will lower the deficit. He gets to vote for this in the last few days of his tenure and before congress leaves for the holidays. It’s all part of the fiscal cliff emergency, of course.

Support for Constitutional Amendment to Overturn Citizens United Ruling

The San Diego City Council Rules Committee resolved 3-0 to support a constitutional amendment to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in the Citizens United campaign finance case. Marti Emerald introduced the resolution which states that the right of free speech “applies to people, not corporations.” At the council meeting to support the proposition were several Club members including Ruth Rollins, Nancy Witt, Mike Johnson, Vera Moldt, Carol Heasley and Susan Peinado. Dianne Lane, Ruth and Vera spoke to the council in support of the resolution. Councilwoman Emerald’s proposal is backed by the League of Women Voters, the San Diego chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, California Common Cause, Democratic legislators and San Diego Mayor-elect Bob Filner. Read more details of the meeting here.

Nov 15 – The 2012 Election’s Impact on State Finances – California State Controller John Chiang

California State Controller John Chiang will be speaking on “The 2012 Election’s Impact on State Finances”. This is a luncheon sponsored by the League of Women Voters. $25 with reservation; $30 after November 12 Please send check payable to LWVSD for $25.00 (before 11/12, and $30.00 after or at the door) and mail to LWVSD, 7710 Balboa Ave Ste 224A, San Diego, CA 92117 or go to and click on “donate” to pay via PayPal. Buffet lunch is provided. When Thursday November 15, 2012 11:30 AM – 1.30 PM Where Tom Ham’s Restaurant, 2150 Harbor Island Dr, San Diego, CA 92101 Please check last minute online reservations at Mr Chiang is widely believed to be a leading candidate for the Democratic nomination for Governor in 2014, but has indicated that he will run for State Treasurer instead if Governor Brown seeks a fourth term. San Diego area Democrats were very impressed with Mr Chiang’s speech at our most recent County Convention.