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April 30, Candidates Forum District 1


March 14, Sunshine Week Public Informational Forum

  • David Little, Editor of Chico Enterprise Record and the Oroville Mercury Register
  • Mark Plenke, CSUC Journalism Professor and Orion Adviser
  • Tim Crews, Owner and Editor of Valley Mirror
  • Robert Speer, prior CN&R Editor and Journalist

TOPIC: Transparency in government; what are we really seeing? What is the Freedom of Information Act?

WHAT: March 11 to 17 is the American Society of News Editors and Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press's sponsored Sunshine Week that celebrates a free press. In furtherance of its public service mission, the League of Women Voters of Butte County is offering its Spring Lunch and Learn to the public at large to recognize and promote the importance of a free press in our community. Supporting reporting: use it or lose it.

February 17, Training: Communicate Effectively with Legislators

At the end of a successful afternoon of presentation and hands-on learning smart phone aps and other techniques to let their legislators hear their voices, San Jose AAUW's public policy chair and our speaker, Peg Carlson-Bowen (center), is surrounded by our local AAUW-LWVBC workshop support team. Carol Holzgrafe, Debra Barger, Helen Gesick, Marcelene Brown, Katy Azevedo and Jane Wanderer.

January 30, Emergency Preparedness

The League of Women Voters of Butte County invites citizens and representatives of organizations to an informational forum on being prepared for a catastrophic emergency or evacuation in Chico similar to the 2017 Santa Rosa Fire Evacuation and the Oroville Evacuation.

The event will be in the Fellowship Hall of the First Baptist Church, 850 Palmetto in Chico on Tuesday, January 30 at 7:00pm. A potluck dinner will be available at 6:00.

Each of the panelists will discuss their agency or department role during an emergency or disaster. The four panelists who will address the public:

  • Lt. James Bell, Butte County Sheriff's office
  • Capt. Aaron Lowe, Chico Fire Department
  • Cindi Dunsmoor, Butte County Emergency Service Manager
  • Bob Kiuttu, Enloe Hospital's Emergency Preparedness Manager

Topics will include
  • What citizens can do to prepare for evacuation or a disaster
  • How the public will be made aware of the scope of the emergency
  • How citizens may help with an evacuation
  • What to take to take to a shelter
  • What is needed to shelter in place
  • What to do if separated from family members
  • Physical items to have prepared in case of evacuations (important documents, personal items, medications, etc.)

Linda Watkins-Bennett interview with Debra Barger

January 20, Women's March - Chico


November 4, A Collaborative Training: What Kind of Talk Does Democracy Need?

Making a commitment to be part of the solution, community and League members, in collaboration with the Office of Civic Engagement at CSU, Chico, gathered to conduct civil, community-building conversations. Discussion was facilitated by Martha Cox, First Vice President of the League of Women Voters of California Education Fund.

October 26, Panel: Government Appointees

September 26, National Voter Registration Day

League of Women Voters of Butte County members Linda MacMichael and Mahalley Allen share information on registration and voting with an interested Chico State student.

September 16, 9am - 1pm: The Economic Impacts of the Oroville Dam, Past-Present-Future

Southside Oroville Community Center
2959 Lower Wyandotte Road

The League of Women Voters of Butte County invites Butte County citizens and organizations to an informational forum on the intent, design, building, maintenance, safety, management, licensing, recreation, and business importance of the Oroville Dam

Matt Murray, Department of Water Resources View Mr. Murray's Presentation
Brian Ring, BC Assistant Chief Administrator View Mr. Ring's Presentation
Sandy Linville, Oroville Strong!
Robert Bateman, Roplast Industries
Paul Gosselin, BC Water and Resource Department
Bruce Spangler, Explore Butte County
Kevin Zeitler, Oroville Recreation Advisory Committee
View Chico Enterprise Record Coverage


League of Women Voters of Butte County, President speaks regarding the observation of proposed property-based improvement district vote

League of Women Voters "Debra Barger Addresses City Council"

Letter from President, Margaret Swick

Dear League Members,

We won! We are just back from the League of Women Voters of California Convention in Sacramento. The Convention was splendid and the thrilling news is that we won two top honors for our Voter Service work!!

The awards we received are:

1. Effective Community Engagement Award
We were recognized for creating partnerships with Chico State and local Chambers of Commerce to expand voter service efforts among community members and university students.

2. High Visibility Award
We were recognized for creating partnerships with local TV channels for voter service events, which provided mentoring opportunities for students who are considering a career in broadcasting.

Our work during the 2016 election season was outstanding. 21 candidate forums, 13 pro & con programs and more.. Wow! Voter Service Director Rose Kelley did exceptional work and deserves every accolade. Thanks to each of you who give your time, commitment---heart & soul--to our voter service work. These awards are for you! The awards will be framed and placed on our office wall with our Mita Markland Awards, Member of the Year Awards and photo gallery.

And, it was so exciting to see Carol Burr elected to the State Board. The League of Women Voters of Butte County is doing exceptional work. What a vibrant, committed group of Leaguer's!

It is time to welcome your new president and board. I will continue to work on special League projects because League work is a lifelong commitment and there is much to do.

Thanks for all your support over the last two years. It has been an honor to lead this fine organization.


Letter to Editor: Chico Enterprise Record

Annual Meeting Reports

May 2017 Annual Meeting: Tuesday, May 23- 6:00 to 8:00 pm

First Baptist Church 850 Palmetto Avenue Chico, CA

Annual Meeting and Elections for Board of Directors. All members and prospective members are encouraged to attend the annual meeting. This is a very important meeting. We are going to:

and more....
And, as a special treat, we will have a guest speaker. Twelve year old Madison Cunningham is a 7th grade student with Core Butte Charter. She recently competed in the 2017 Butte County National History Day competition. The theme was `Taking a Stand in History'. Madison researched the suffragette Alice Paul and created an exhibit about Alice Paul's life and work. Madison won in the Junior Division and has progressed to the State of California History competition on May 6th. Madison just may be on her way to the National competition soon!

30 Year Memories at Gloria Steinem Lecture

February Program

Electoral College Panel Discussion February 22, 2017, 6pm First Baptist Church, 850 Palmetto, Chico

Moderator: Mahalley Allen, PhD., League Member and Department Chair of Political Science, CSUChico

Panelists: Diana Dwyre, PhD, Political Science Professor, CSUChico Cynthia Bynoe, Political Science Instructor, Butte College Robert Main, PhD, CSUChico Professor Emeritus

Pizza & Salad dinner will be served. Donation for dinner encouraged and the public is welcome. RSVP at:

January Program

Train Transportation of Crude Oil through the North State How risky is it? Members Dave Garcia & Linda Furr interviewed about January 26, 2017 program. Dave will show two short videos examining crude oil transportation in the North State and enlighten us about the issues. Crude oil trains travel through the Feather River Canyon. What are the risks to Butte County? What is the risk to the State water supply?

Butte County Battalion Chief, Russ Fowler will also be present to answer audience safety questions during the question and answer portion of the program



Annual Awards

Left to Right: League of Women Voters of Butte County President Margaret Swick, on behalf of League members, presented Rose Kelley the Mita Markland Award for excellence at our annual Holiday gathering. Ms. Kelley organized over 17 Forums for the general election. Jane Wanderer, Past President, managed Voters Edge for Butte County and League chapters throughout California.She received the Member of the Year award. Their work directly promoted and enhanced Voter Service and Education during this election year.

Pros and Cons

Carolyn Dusenbury and Clair Greene present proposition pros and cons at the fall meeting.


Annual Awards

Carolyn Dusenbury(left) was presented the annual Member of the Year award. Jane Wanderer received the Mita Markland Award for Excellence at the annual Holiday gathering.