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Making Democracy Work

In this Issue:

Documentary Film Festival

Defending Democracy Speaker TODAY
Town Hall: Sheriff Oversight

LWVO News & Events
New Laws Affecting You
Update on Measure AA

Redistricting Not Yet Over

Volunteer Opportunity

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Monday, January 17

Our leaders have a historic opportunity to restore and protect our right to vote by passing the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. From the Civil War to the Jim Crow era, the filibuster has blocked popular bills to stop lynching, end poll taxes and fight workplace discrimination. Now it’s being used to block voting rights. The weaponization of the filibuster is racism cloaked in procedure and it must go. 

There’s no time to wait - we honor Dr. King with action. Join the League and its many partners as we Deliver For Voting Rights. Read how the League has been working to build a better, more just country.

Celebrating Dr. King through film

Over 30 films available January 14-17

Webinars occurring each day

Register HERE for Catalog

 

The World House Documentary Film Festival is a free, weekend-long virtual event celebrating the 2022 Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday. We encourage you to register to join webinars and to select videos from the long list of currently relevant documentaries. Register at the link above to see the catalog of films and instructions for joining the festival. All films will be available January 14-17. Webinars are scheduled for Friday, January 14, 5-7 pm; Saturday, January 15 - Monday, January 17, 10 am-5 pm. Drop in or stay for all. 

Defending Democracy Speaker Today

CA Voting Rights 

Carol Moon Goldberg,  LWVC President

Today, 4 pm

Register HERE for Zoom link

Join us for the first in our 2022 Defending Democracy Speaker Series. Hear Carol Moon Goldberg, LWV of California President, discuss the status of California's voting rights and election laws, where we're going and the work we have left. This event is free to the public. It is hosted by the Piedmont League and co-sponsored by the LWVO and Leagues around  the nation. Register at the button above for the Zoom link (enter your name and email address at the bottom of the registration page). Or watch at this YouTube channel, where  the event will appear once the program starts. Stay for the Q&A session. The program will be recorded. 
 

Next in the series is a discussion on ranked choice voting coming February 10 featuring Rob Richie, President/CEO of FairVote

Sheriff Office Oversight

Town Hall on Sheriff Oversight

Thursday, January 13, 5:30 pm

Click HERE to Register

East Bay Express called Santa Rita jail the “most dangerous place in Alameda County” because of the number of in-custody deaths.  Want to learn how to do something about it? New State legislation gives County Supervisors the option to appoint a citizen oversight commission armed with subpoena power to investigate questionable deaths and other matters relating to the Sheriff Office. Learn about ways to structure such a commission at the Board of Supervisors’  Town Hall.  Hear from a representative of the National Association of Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement.

LWVO News & Events

New Members Social

Tuesday, January 25, 6-7 pm

Click HERE to Join Virtual Meeting

Welcome to the League of Women Voters of Oakland! Here is a chance to learn more about us even if you can't volunteer, have already renewed, or have been a member for a while. Join our virtual zoom gathering for a brief orientation to the League and to meet other members. Learn Who We Are and What We Do in this important election year. Click on the above link at the date and time of the event.

Make a Difference: Join Our Leadership Team
Nominations are open for League members with commitment, time, and ability to help make democracy work for everyone in Oakland. We have both on- and off-Board vacancies with one- or two-year terms beginning in June 2022.  Nominate yourself or others—leaders spot leaders! For information, contact Phyllis White-Ayanruoh, Nominations Committee Chair, at nominating@lwvoakland.org.

Help LWVUS Set Priorities for 2022-2024

Program Planning

Saturday, February 5, 10 am-noon

Watch for the registration link for this opportunity to help LWVUS choose its education and advocacy priorities for the next two years. 
In the News
New Year Brings New Laws
The new year brings new laws affecting what your neighborhood looks like, how safe you feel, what recourse you have against discrimination, and how you take out your trash. Here are 1 minute videos from CalMatters explaining 11 of these new laws. Enjoy!
Update on Measure AA

Measure AA, the Children’s Initiative of 2018, was a City Charter amendment on the November 2018 ballot. It proposed a 30-year annual parcel tax of $198 a year on single-family homes, and $135 a year per unit for multi-unit residences, to fund programs from early childhood education through college readiness and more. The official ballot materials prepared by the City Attorney’s Office, and the City Auditor’s analysis, stated the measure was for a “special parcel tax” that needed a two-thirds vote to pass. A majority of Oakland voters, 62.47 percent, voted in favor of Measure AA. Although the measure fell short of two-thirds approval, the Oakland City Council declared that the measure had nonetheless passed. 

LWVO urged the City Council to reverse its certification on the ground that, where the voter information materials specified that a two-thirds vote would be required, it was impermissible to set a different standard for determining passage after the election. A coalition of property owners sued the City seeking to invalidate the certification of the measure when it received less than a two-thirds vote. As a result, the City suspended collection of the parcel tax – estimated to bring in $30 million per year - pending resolution of the legal dispute. 

The CA Court of Appeal ruled December 31, 2021, that a citizen initiative imposing a special parcel tax, such as Measure AA, requires only a majority vote. It held that Measure AA cannot be invalidated on the basis of the ballot materials’ voting-threshold statements because the statements did not concern the measure’s substantive features, were not alleged to be intentionally misleading, and cannot override the law governing the applicable voting threshold. We will continue to follow this matter and inform you of future developments. 
Redistricting: Not Yet Over!

Oakland Redistricting: The Oakland Redistricting Commission was unable to meet the Dec 31 deadline for drawing new city and school district lines. However, the Commission is continuing its work. At its last meeting January 5, the commissioners modified both draft maps that were still under consideration. Information on the commissioners' next meeting will be available HERE. You may submit email comments or attend the meeting and make a public comment on any agenda item, including the maps and proposed district lines.

BART Redistricting: The BART Board will address redistricting Thursday, January 13, at 9 am. You can access the meeting and agenda HERE. Download the agenda and immediately following the title page you will find instructions for logging into Zoom and how to make public comments during the meeting. Links to the Redistricting attachments are at page 5 of the agenda. Written comments received at BoardMeeting@bart.gov by 4 pm on the prior day will be distributed to the Board.

AC Transit Redistricting: Attend a virtual public workshop to learn about redistricting affecting Oakland Thursday, January 27, 6:30-8 pm. For details visit actransit.org/redistricting or call (510) 891-7201 for more information. Email your comments to districtsecretary@actransit.org.

Volunteer Opportunity: PEC
Apply By Friday, January 14
City Auditor Courtney Ruby will appoint a Commissioner to the Public Ethics Commission for the  2022-2025 term. Click here to learn  about the role of Commission members and to fill out an application. If you would like to be considered, please email your application to Dena Shupe by close of business Friday, January 14.
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