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Democratic governance depends upon informed and active participation of citizens. Still, too many Americans see common-good policies through clouded or dark, nationalistic lens that breed apathy and disinterest in the political process.

More than ever, the League of Women Voters of Alameda (LWVA) and Leagues across America are challenged to encourage and empower voters with facts — pros and cons, knowledge that can strengthen our democracy and move our communities as well as our country forward.

To be informed participants, the government must protect the citizen’s right to know — a basic League principle since its origin. While it never supports or opposes candidates for political office, since its inception, the League of Women Voters presents and discusses issues and policies that raise awareness, accountability and responsibility not only of elected officials but of citizens as well. Here in Alameda, LWVA will offer five educational forums at the Community Center at Harbor Bay Isle, 3195 Mecartney Road, Bay Farm Island to reach and support voters before Election Day:

Election Forum No. 1 
Monday, Sept. 19, 7 to 9 p.m.
Election Forum No. 2 
Thursday, Sept. 29, 7 to 9 p.m.
Election Forum No. 3 
Wednesday, Oct. 5, 7 to 9 p.m.
Election Forum No. 4 
Thursday, Oct. 13, 7 to 9 p.m.
Election Forum No. 5 
Monday, Oct. 17, 7 to 9 p.m.

The 2016 elections are shaping up to have an unprecedented impact on our democracy. No matter the issue or candidate that matter most to you, your vote is needed in November. It is time to get registered — to ask your family and friends to do the same. And get the facts before you vote.

Attend the LWVA forums and visit Voter’s Edge California at www.votersedge.org/ca, a comprehensive online guide to elections covering federal, state and local races and issues.

The future of Alameda as well as that of the country is determined by those who show up at the polls, informed and eager to cast their ballot. The LWVA is asking you to stand up and be counted, for it is the participation of voters in communities like ours throughout the country that makes our democracy work for all.

Alice Fried, LWVA President


We are writing a history of the news kiosk at the corner of Park Street and Santa Clara Avenue. We seek photos, documents, stories, remembrances and oral histories.

All documents and photos will be returned to owners. Please write your name and contact information on the back.

Contact Jimmy Sanchez or Stan Hallmark at the kiosk, or Craig McGarvey at cmcgarvey@mindspring.com. Many thanks!


Craig E McGarvey


I’m planning to vote “no” on Measure M1 (because our rent control law will need continual revisions, and a ballot initiative can’t be revised). But I was afraid I might accidentally vote “yes” instead. 

Council came to my rescue! They gathered five valid signatures, and placed Measure L1 on the ballot, crafted to legally have no effect other than “no” on M1. Now I have much less chance of making an error! I just have to remember to vote “yes” on No on M1. Or is it “no” on No on L1? Well, I’m sure the computers will figure it all out correctly.

I’m looking forward to my voter packet and reading the “Rebuttal to the Argument Against the Measure to Invalidate Measure L1.” This is what democracy is all about.


Travis Wilson