Drinks & Dialogue

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

The National Popular Vote Plan:  What is it? How does it Work?

Should the majority of voters pick the President?  Has the electoral college become a problem?  The National Popular Vote (NPV) plan guarantees election of the presidential candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.  

Join us on Tuesday, March 26 from 5:30-7:00 at Sangre de Cristo Electric Cooperative at 29780 US Hwy 24 N, Buena Vista for an evening with Sylvia Bernstein, the co-chair of the Colorado National Vote.  She will discuss how the national popular vote plan works, why it matters and the current status of the legislation both in Colorado and the nation.  Join us for this timely presentation. This is a wonderful opportunity to ask your questions and discuss the issues around this bipartisan plan to move away from the electoral college to a popular vote for president.  Free drinks and appetizers.

Chaffee County Housing

Have Local Needs Been Met?

The League of Women Voters of Chaffee County Invites the public to meet Becky Gray, Chaffee County Director of Housing

Monday, March 11, 2019

Sangre de Cristo Community Room
29780 US Hwy 24 N, Buena Vista

Social & Business Meeting:          11:00 – 11:45 a.m.

Program Speaker:                           12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Coffee & Tea provided

The League of Women Voters of Chaffee County will host a second meeting addressing housing concerns in Chaffee County on March 11 in BV’s Sangre De Cristo Community Room from 12:00 -1:00 p.m. Becky Gray, Chaffee County Director of Housing, will update community members on housing progress and issues facing the county. The public is welcome to attend. A social and business meeting precedes the program from 11:00-11:45.  Coffee and tea will be provided.  The first LWVCC meeting on Housing Issues and Policies was held May 14, 2018 and can be viewed at the LWVCC website. https://lwvchaffeecounty.org/affordable-housing-projects-and-policies/

Becky Gray, a Colorado native, graduated from Niwot High School in 1991. After spending time traveling the western U.S., she obtained a Bachelors degree from Rogers State University in Oklahoma and a Masters degree in Technical and Professional Writing, from Pittsburg State University, in Kansas. 

Ms. Gray began her career in affordable housing as a Research Assistant evaluating the effectiveness of grant-funded, mental health interventions with the homeless population in Tulsa, Oklahoma. After completing her formal education, she served as the Director of Research, Planning, and Grant Development for a non-profit in rural Kansas, providing shelter to families experiencing homelessness, access to and creation of affordable housing, public transportation, and early childhood education. Most recently, Ms. Gray served the City of Pittsburg, Kansas as Director of Housing and Community Development, which included operating a land bank, operating a housing authority, creating a rural housing incentive district, bringing tax credits to community redevelopment projects, and managing several loan programs for low-income residents. 

2019 LWVCC Geranium Sale

It’s that tine of year again – time for the League’s annual geranium sale!

All League members are asked to purchase several of these beautiful spring plants and sell them to friends, family and neighbors to benefit the LWVCC. This is one of only two fundraisers we hold during the year and the League depends on the income from these sales to fund our community education activities.

Geraniums are available in red, pink and salmon and are $15 each. All orders must be submitted by Tuesday, April 30.

Pick-up of the geraniums will be at the Buena Vista Library on Wednesday, May 8 between 1:00 and 4:30 p.m. or in Salida at the United Methodist Church, 228 E. 4th Street, between 2:00 and 5:00 p.m. 

Just in time for Mothers Day!

Geranium-Order-Form-2019

SoOrders can be submitted to gottev@mac.com or by leaving a message at 719-310-3635. So that she can stay up-to-date on the inventory of plants and let members know if we run out of any colors, please e-mail Evelyn Baker your orders or leave a message on her phone as they are placed. You can then mail your order form and payments. Checks should be made out to LWVCC and mailed to:

Evelyn Baker
P. O. Box 4504
Buena Vista, CO  81211

LWVCC presents Drinks & Dialogue on Money Matters: Education Funding Issues in Colorado and the Nation

The speakers are :
Dr Robert Slavin: Director of the Center for Research and Reform in Education at Johns Hopkins University and contributing education columnist  for the Huffington Post.

Tracie Rainey: Executive Director of the Colorado School Finance Project

David Blackburn: Salida School District Superintendent
and Janice Martin filled in for Lisa Yates: Buena Vista School Superintendent 

How Healthy are our Forests and What Can We Do?

The League of Women Voters of Chaffee County held a panel discussion about forest health in Chaffee County on December 10th at the United methodist Church in Salida.

High Speed Internet

League of Women Voters of Chaffee County hosted a discussion about High Speed Internet with guest speaker Wendell Pryor.

Voters: Meet Your Candidates


Local residents visit with local and state candidates.
The League of Women Voters of Chaffee County, Colorado hosted the popular Candi-Dating event on Sunday, October 7, 2018 from 3:30 to 5:30 PM at the McGinnis Middle School Gym in Buena Vista.

For individual videos of each candidate go here

Find out more about the candidates at Vote 411

Check your registration at GoVoteColorado.com

2019 GREAT DECISIONS TOPICS

Topic 1: “Refugees and Global Migration”
Topic 2: “The Middle East: Regional Disorder”
Topic 3: “Nuclear Negotiations: Back to the Future?”
Topic 4: “The Rise of Populism in Europe”
Topic 5: “Decoding U.S.- China Trade”
Topic 6: “Cyber Conflicts and Geopolitics”
Topic 7: “The United States and Mexico: Partnership Tested”
Topic 8: “State of the State Department and Diplomacy”

2019 GREAT DECISIONS topics have been announced, and the books will be ready to order on October 22. I will be taking orders for the books, beginning now.  They do not actually ship out until sometime in December.

If you would like a book, let me know, and I will get your name on the list.  After I actually place the order, I will know the final price, then I will ask for payment. I would like to have a final tally by October 26.
Contact Carol Sanford at 395-2417
caroljean1945@gmail.com (I would prefer an email)

The Discussions will start on January 24, and continue on the second and fourth Thursdays for a total of 8 sessions.  We meet at the BV library from 4:30 to 6:00
Looking forward to seeing you all there!

Affordable Housing Projects and Policies

The League of Women Voters of Chaffee County, Colorado hosted a forum on Affordable/Workforce Housing on May 14th, 2018 from noon until 1:00pm in the Poncha Springs Town Hall conference room. The panel discussed specific projects/policies/etc in their area of expertise.

The panel included:
Ken Matthews 
– moderator for the panel
– HPAC’s purpose and goals
Kimberly Parker
– Housing victim advocate alliance in Chaffee County
– Co-chair of Housing Policy Advisory Committee
– Candidate for County Commissioner
Read McCulloch
– Chaffee Housing Trust
– Two Rivers project and the mix of rentals & owners
– Salida Crossings project including deed restrictions for some of the units
Autumn Dever
– proposed UAACOG project in Poncha
– description of the project, services provided
Brian Berger
— Poncha Springs Town Administrator
— Projects in the area
Paige Judd
— Judd Salida project
Duane Cozart
— Salida Crossings

The presentations were followed by a short Q&A from the audience.

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Redistricting: Making Everyone’s Vote Count

Moving Colorado and the Country toward Non-partisan Redistricting

Chaffee County League of Women Voters hosted another Drinks and Dialogue Event on April 18 from 5:30 to 7:00 at the Sangre de Cristo Community Room, 29780 Hwy 25, Buena Vista, CO

“To the winner goes the spoils” is the traditional method of redistricting in many states, including Colorado. Whoever controls the state government creates the voting districts for state legislators and Congress. Many of those voting districts are then drawn to assist the party that is currently in power to stay in control of those seats.

Is this the best way to ensure that voters are well represented and reside in districts that make sense?

How partisan are voting districts in Colorado?

Come and learn about non-partisan proposals for redistricting in Colorado as well as national trends to create geographically sensible, non-partisan districts to more fairly represent voter preferences.
Follow the redistricting discussion progress documents here.

Two Colorado state League of Women Voters members, Toni Larson, President of the Colorado League of Women Voters and Jean Fredlund, Director and Chair of the League Redistricting Committee have been involved with a broad coalition of Colorado organizations to propose several bills to create non-partisan voting districts. They will speak and lead a discussion of these issues.

Complimentary drinks and appetizers will be provided.
Join us for a thought provoking evening.

Link to Video shown prior to the presentation