LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS METRO PHOENIX
Meeting Date: February 8, 2018 at 9:30 am at the home of Judy Levine.
Members Present: Judy Levine (Host), Pat Bauer, Gerry Corey, Ethel DeMarr, Loree Janusz, Ruth Jones, Dale Kalika, Diana Love, Diane Mueller, Diana Nashban, Martha O’Connor, Joanne Pamperin, Doris Perlmutter, Pinny Sheoran, Alice Stambaugh, Anne Walsh, and Katie Wilke.
We extend our warm welcome to LWVAZ Co-President Robyn Prudhomme-Bauer, new member Kathleen Sankey and Guest Mary Ellen Roche.
Agenda 1 – The January 11, 2018 minutes were approved by consensus.
Agenda 2 – Update on Desert Edge (DDC) According to Pat Bauer, 5,000 signatures have been gathered for the Petition for a Public Vote. 30,000 signatures are required by the June 30 deadline. The City Council is looking at land near Taliesin West, where the project financing would come from the General Fund. Pat volunteered to be our Point Person for Desert Edge.
Agenda 3- Anne plans to attend the Scottsdale 101 course which is set to begin in March. The city provides this course free to Scottsdale residents. Diane, Alice and Judy attended in 2017. Graduates receive a thumb drive containing course highlights. As a note of reference, according to maps in the Scottsdale Independent, Lincoln Drive is the dividing line between North and South Scottsdale.
Agenda 4 – Dark Money Petition - Alice received an email from former Attorney General Goddard’s manager, Amanda. She expressed the critical need for more signatures. LWVAZ has pledged to complete 250 petitions for a total of 3750 signatures. The breakdown of the 5 State Leagues and the number of completed petitions pledged is suggested as follows: Metro Phoenix (65), Tucson (65), and the three other districts 50, 50 and 20. This is in addition to what’s already been handed out to volunteers. Metro Phoenix could be divided into 5-6 divisions, for example. The Scottsdale Team agreed to complete 10 more petitions (provided by Robyn at this meeting). We need 1-2 people to focus on gathering signatures at locations, such as schools, libraries, community colleges, political meetings, and aquatic centers. Cindy Hans, in the East Valley, is a paid petition manager. Pinney volunteered to be our team’s Petition Coordinator. She will post a schedule through email using Sign up Genius. Please return all Petitions by June 1.
Agenda 5 – New Business. Gerry met with Sandra Castro Solace, from the ACLU “People Power” activists’ branch focusing on “Get Back Your Right to Vote” campaign for felons. We may want to consider assisting with voter registration at their clinic.
Agenda 6 – What do we focus on in the future?
1.– Ranked Choice Voting – Diana Love commented on RCV saying that “the lowest vote rank counts.”
2. - Scottsdale City Council and School Board. LWV supports public education, transparency and accountability in Charter Schools. LWV does not support the expansion of ESA vouchers for private schools. Members could observe meetings and respond with public comment, verbal or written.
3. Dark Money – Members who have read the book Dark Money by Jane Mayer highly recommend it. Members also pointed to recent articles in the AZ Republic regarding the AZ Corporation Commission and some candidates’ and APS’S refusal to disclose their funding. Ethel and Alice proposed a Scottsdale Team Study on the linkages of Dark Money to many Scottsdale organizations, such as School Board, County Corporation Commission. City Council, Desert Edge (DDC) and Tourism, etc. Team members agreed and recommended observing respective meetings and inviting speakers from those organizations, such as the Chamber of Commerce and Experience Scottsdale.
4. ERA- Rep. Ugenti-Rita co-sponsored a bill to ratify the ERA. She likely received more public attention than her Democratic peers because she’s a Republican.
5. Voter Motivation - Dale expressed interest in motivating non-college educated millennials to go to the polls. LWV National owns Vote411.org. which provides voter registration and education on line.
Agenda 7 – Announcements - – LWV Legislative Day was held on February 7. Team members attending were Dale, Diana Love, Gerry, Kathleen Sankey (with her mother) Alice and Katie (with her LWV friend, Kathleen Hindle). Survey Monkey will be used for feedback from Legislative Day participants.
Pinney announced an event to be held at her home on February 24. She is expecting Rep. Ken Clark or former Phoenix Mayor and Attorney General Terry Goddard to speak about “Outlaw Dirty Money.” Fellow team member Solange Whitehead, a prospective candidate for City Council, is also invited to speak. Other invitees include candidates for City Mayor, School Board and the State Legislature as well as a representative from Protect Our Preserve. She requested an LWV member to be available to sign up new LWV members.
Agenda 8 – Future Meeting schedule Judy may have a scheduling conflict in April and May.
Anne offered her home as a substitute location for the April meeting.
Next Meeting is Thursday, March 8 at 9:30 am at Judy Levine’s home.
Minutes Prepared by: Katie Wilke Final 3-2-18