Making Democracy Work

Basic League Positions

The League takes positions on local, state, and national issues. We advocate based on these positions.

What is a position?

The League of Women Voters takes action on an issue only when we have a position addressing that particular issue. We develop a position on an issue through study of the issue by our members and reaching consensus.

Positions on Local Issues

Below are links to a summary of current positions of the League of Women Voters of Palo Alto.


  • Charter
  • Planning and Transportation Commission
  • Architectural Review Board
  • City Finance
  • Palo Alto Comprehensive Plan
  • Cooperative Working Relationships
  • Palo Alto Emergency Management Plan

  • Housing
  • Education
  • Community Social Services
  • Community College
  • Children at Risk

  • Palo Alto Land Use and Planning
  • Transportation
  • Foothills
  • Baylands
  • Watershed
  • Waste Water Treatment
  • Energy
  • Stanford Land Use

Positions on Santa Clara County Issues

The five Leagues in Santa Clara County have developed a set of positions on many subjects over the years using a study and consensus process.

At least four of the five Leagues in the county agreed to each position. these positions may be used by the Leagues of Women Voters of Santa Clara County with authorization of the LWV County Council to take stands on issues before Santa Clara County governmental organizations or on ballot measures.

For positions on issues pertaining to Santa Clara County see Leagues of Women Voters of Santa Clara County.

Positions on San Francisco Bay Area Issues

The League of Women Voters of the Bay Area includes all Local Leagues in the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area. Members of all Leagues in the Area have a chance to study and come to agreement on regional issues. The League of Women Voters of the Bay Area lists its positions here.

Positions on State Issues

Positions on National Issues

For all national positions, see the LWV Public Policy Positions

The League's Position on Gun Control

Statement of Position on Gun Control, as Adopted by 1990 Convention and amended by the 1994 and 1998 Conventions:

The League of Women Voters of the United States believes that the proliferation of handguns and semi-automatic assault weapons in the United States is a major health and safety threat to its citizens. The League supports strong federal measures to limit the accessibility and regulate the ownership of these weapons by private citizens. The League supports regulating firearms for consumer safety.

The League supports licensing procedures for gun ownership by private citizens to include a waiting period for background checks, personal identity verification, gun safety education and annual license renewal. The license fee should be adequate to bear the cost of education and verification.

The League supports a ban on "Saturday night specials," enforcement of strict penalties for the improper possession of and crimes committed with handguns and assault weapons, and allocation of resources to better regulate and monitor gun dealers.