Making Democracy Work

Making Democracy Work

The League of Women Voters encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. The League does not support or oppose political parties or candidates.
League of Women Voters of Palo Alto

We look forward to seeing you at this year's Annual Meeting on Saturday, May 12, from 9:00 AM to noon, at the Mitchell Park Community Center, El Palo Alto West Room, 3700 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. This meeting is one of our most important of the year, where the membership will vote on:

  • the LWVPA slate of Officers, Directors, and Nominating Committee for 2018-19
  • the 2018-19 LWVPA budget
  • local program emphases for 2018-19.

The business meeting, open to LWVPA members, will begin after a presentation on "Housing Strategies for Santa Clara County 3.0" by Don Weden, Former Principal Planner for Santa Clara County. Mr. Weden advises that our county is entering the third major era of its growth and development--"Santa Clara County 3.0"--during which it is becoming a hybrid urban/suburban place. Projections indicate that our population is likely to grow by more than 300,000 people in little more than a decade, equal to two more Sunnyvales! Come on the 12th to learn more from our expert and engaging speaker about the challenges such changes pose as we pursue appropriate advocacy strategies.

The materials for the meeting are here:

Light brunch at 9. Program starts promptly at 9:30.



Take action NOW to protect the Census from political manipulation!

Sign this petition and stand with the League to oppose the inclusion of a question on citizenship status on the 2020 Census.


The League of Women Voters believes that an accurate population count is critical to making democracy work.

On March 4, 2018, LWVUS President Chris Carson wrote about the decision by the Secretary of Commerce to include a question pertaining to citizenship in the 2020 Census: "This decision is bad for the census, bad for our communities and bad for America.

The Census occurs once every ten years, so it is imperative to get the most accurate count.... The United States Constitution mandates an accurate count of all people living in the United States--not all citizens. For more than 200 years, the Census has collected information about the geographic distribution of our population so we can provide representation and invest in our communities equitably."

Also, on behalf of LWVPA President Bonnie Packer, our 1st VP, Aisha Piracha-Zakariya, wrote this April 4th letter, which appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, supporting the LWVUS's position, explaining why, and asking you to write to your Congressperson:

Representative Anna Eshoo -
Senator Kamala Harris -
Senator Diane Feinstein -

Sign the petition and contact your Congressperson NOW!