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America's nonpartisan voter information resource since 1920, the League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy.
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Cover Picture for Album: Women's January 2017 March
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Important Messages From the Napa Chapter and Beyond


Available through February 2017 to all new members. Please read on for additional information about this great special offer.

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Thanks to a generous donation by two members of the League of Women Voters of Napa County, Joanne and Pat Gifford, LWVNC is offering a reduced price for first-time membership. Regular dues are $75 a year, but the discounted rate will be $35 through the end of 2016. Students may join for $25 for one year. Full scholarships are available in exchange for volunteer hours. Reducing the membership fee, even for the first year, is a great way to encourage people to join. Through the Giffords' generous gift, it is hoped that the League's membership numbers will increase, so please tell your friends about this great opportunity. Ask them simply to fill out the membership form on the League's website,, and mail it to the LWVNC office at P.O. Box 10560, Napa, CA 94559. Applications will also be available at upcoming Candidate Forums and other events.

The Giffords have established this scholarship fund in memory of their beloved father (Joanne's) and husband (Pat's), Houghton Gifford, M.D. Dr. Gifford moved to Napa in 1958 and spent his 50-year career in medicine primarily in a private pathology practice. He was concurrently the first and longest-serving director of the Clinical Laboratory as well as Chief of Staff at Queen of the Valley Hospital. He also maintained a private law practice and served as a Napa County judge pro tem. He was a "Renaissance man," with such wide-ranging interests as astronomy, playing various musical instruments, politics, and marathon running.

by Helen Hutchison, LWVC President:

We have received a number of questions and comments about an initiative currently in circulation, #15-0068, Voters' Right to Know Act. This is a reminder that the League has no position on this measure. The League rarely takes a position on a ballot measure until that measure has qualified for the ballot. . . . The exceptions to this rule are almost always measures in which we have had a major role in proposing and drafting. This measure does not qualify as such an exception: while we were consulted, we had only a minor role in the language of the measure. While we generally support the provisions included in the measure--in fact, have supported bills containing many of them--there is a key provision that is missing. This is the removal of the ban on public financing that is currently in state law for all governments except charter cities. The League believes--strongly--that public financing of elections is one of the key ways that we will counterbalance the effects of money in politics. In order to experiment and innovate in local government, we need to repeal the current ban on public financing. We also believe that a repeal of the ban needs to be part of a package of reforms that it is unlikely to pass if it is the single issue in a ballot measure. The Voters Right to Know Act includes a number of the "easy" reforms + those most appealing to the electorate. We believe that those are the ones that would be the best package to pass the repeal of public financing. If and when this measure qualifies for the ballot, we will consider it as we do all measures which qualify.


The Make It Fair coalition has decided not to pursue an initiative for the November 2016 ballot. The Make It Fair Coalition was formed to work for reform of Proposition 13 by changing the unfair way in which commercial property is taxed in California.

The League's statement is on the website ( california-update).


To listen to our Chapter President's recent interview by Jeff Schechtman of Napa Broadcasting, please go to: