Making Democracy Work

Action and Advocacy

We are truly a grassroots organization...

The League of Women Voters takes action on an issue or advocates for a cause when there is an existing League position that supports the issue or speaks to the cause.

Positions result from a process of study. Any given study, whether it be National, State, or Local, is thorough in its pursuit of facts and details. As the study progresses, a continuing discussion of pros and cons of each situation occurs. Prior to the results of the study being presented to the general membership, study committee members fashion consensus questions that are then addressed by the membership.

Additional discussion, pro and con, takes place as members (not part of the study committee) learn the scope of the study. After the members reach consensus, the board forms positions based on that consensus.

It is the consensus statement -- the statement resulting from the consensus questions -- that becomes a position. Firm action or advocacy can then be taken on the particular issue addressed by the position. Without a position, action/advocacy cannot be taken.

Hot Local Topics

Background for some of the local issues are provided by our Voter Service Director, Patrick Coony at the following website:

2006-2007 Proposed Prioritized Issues and Local Studies

The prioritized issues for emphasis are:


  • Specific item: Escondido high school site, looking at a student affiliate club at Palomar College.
  • Chairman: Elizabeth Gabrych, assisted by June Rady.

  • Specific item: PPH site and impact of Prop. 63 funding on mental health services in north inland county.
  • Co-chairmen: Dorris Kingsbury & Pat Coony.

  • Specific item: Felicita Park ("Duck Pond") and Rancho Guejita, also what happened to Prop. 40 park bond monies.
  • Committee: Yolanda Fleet, Vivian Doering, May Fong Ho.

  • Specific item: HAARF, hotel, condo height, Rancho Guejita.
  • Chairman: Margaret Liles.

  • Specific item: Education about Brown Act, definition of "notice" in this electronic age.
  • Chairman: Elizabeth Gabrych.