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

For the LWVC key issues for 2017-2019, see Key Issues.

For a list, with links, of all LWVC positions see All Issues.

For a combined list, with links, of all positions at both the United States and California levels of League, see Positions.

Positions on National Issues

For an overview of LWVUS positions, see Summary of Public Policy Positions.

For LWVUS Program Priorities, see Our Priorities.