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Get Your Political Questions Answered at These Public Events

Got questions about candidates or certain ballot measures? The League of Women Voters is holding several events to answer your questions.

Election season is heating up as we approach the six-week mark until the Nov. 6 election. The League of Women Voters of South San Mateo County has scheduled a series of candidate forums and three pro/con information sessions about California’s propositions, with one in Menlo Park.

All are free public meetings. For more information or transportation help to any of these events, contact Ellen Hope at ellenjhope@aol.com or (650) 839-8647.

 

CANDIDATE FORUMS

These non-partisan forums allow citizens to meet the candidates become familiar with the issues in the upcoming election. Written questions will be accepted from the audience. Check out our candidates' guide for more details on each candidate in the following races. 

 

Menlo Park City Council

This forum is an opportunity for the public to hear and question the candidates for Menlo Park City Council.

Date/Time:  Thurs, 10/11, 7:00 – 9:00pm

Location: Menlo Park City Council Chambers, 701 Laurel Street at Ravenswood Ave, Menlo Park

 

Atherton City Council

This forum is an opportunity for the public to hear and question the candidates for Atherton City Council.

Co-sponsor: Atherton Civic Interest League (ACIL)

Date/Time:  Tues, 10/9, 7:00 – 9:00pm

Location: Jennings Pavilion in Holbrook-Palmer Park, Atherton

 

San Mateo County Board of Supervisors and S.M.C. Board of Education

This forum is an opportunity for the public to hear and question the candidates running for these positions.

Co-sponsor: LWV North/Central San Mateo County

Date/Time:  Thurs, 10/4, 7:00pm

Location: San Mateo Library, 55 W. 3rd Ave., San Mateo

 

 

State Senate, District 13 and Assembly District 24

This forum is an opportunity for the public to hear and question the candidates.

Date/Time:  Wed, 10/17, 6:30 – 9:30pm

Location: Menlo Park City Council Chambers, 701 Laurel Street at Ravenswood Ave, Menlo Park

 

 

PROS AND CONS

League members will discuss the pros and cons of the State ballot measures in this November election. California's propositions are often notoriously confusing. Come hear a straightforward, unbiased presentation by League members.

 

Redwood City, First Congregational Church, 160 Birch,

Date/Time:  Sun, 9/23, 2:00 – 4:00pm

 

Menlo Park, Menlo Park City Council Chambers, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park

Date/Time:  Sat, 10/6, 11:00am

Co-sponsor: Menlo Park Public Library

 

Portola Valley, The Sequoias, 501 Portola Road,

Date/Time:  Wed, 10/17, 7:00pm

 

The League is also hosting its fall kick-off meeting to discuss California’s budget.

The theme? How would YOU balance California's Budget?

Date/Time:  Sat., 9/22, 9:30am to noon

Speaker: Sarah Henry, Program Director for Next 10

Location: Lida Urbanek's Home, 75 Tuscaloosa, Atherton 

California has experienced large budget shortfalls for the last decade and today faces a $9.2 billion budget gap. Budget solutions affect us all. Take Next 10's Budget Challenge and decide how much should be spent, and on which programs, as well as where the money should come from.

SARAH HENRY, the Program Director for Next 10, will give us a presentation on the California State Budget. At the end of her presentation, we will be issued "clickers" for voting and will design our own Budget with our own priorities! It should be interesting to see how and where we differ from the current Budget.

Next 10 is an independent non-partisan organization to educate, engage and empower Californians in the interest of improving the future economy and quality of life in our state. Sarah Henry has been their Program Director for the past five years. The programs she oversees include efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, governance issues, and the Budget.

 

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IRVIN E. CHAMBERS October 09, 2012 at 01:54 PM
IS THERE ANYBODY ELSE RUNNING FOR MANLO PARK CITY COUNCIL. I DO NOT WHAT TO VOTE FOR SOME GREENY LIFT WINGER. THERE IS SO MUCH EXCREMENT OF THE MALE BOVINE AND NOT ENOUGH SHOVELS GOING WITH THESE PEOPLE.
Vanessa Castañeda (Editor) October 09, 2012 at 03:58 PM
Hi Irvin, I hear you. We have five City Council candidates in Menlo Park. You should check out our Politics Topic Page to see what they've been doing lately. (http://menlopark-atherton.patch.com/topics/Politics) If you just want to know who else is running, check out our Patch Candidate Guide. (http://menlopark-atherton.patch.com/articles/menlo-park-and-atherton-candidate-profile-guide) LMK if you find a candidate you like.

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