Next Meeting is Monday, Feb. 11 at 1:30 p.m.
Beaverton Community Center, 12350 SW 5th St.
Click here for the agenda. Minutes from Jan. 19 are here.
League of Women Voters of Washington County members broke into interest groups at the January meeting and discussed issues facing our county and next steps for our group.
Taking Action, Locally

At our last meeting, we discussed potential projects for the year. Are you interested in one of these topics?  We need more volunteers to ensure these projects move forward.

League member Amelia Nestler took her energetic and friendly dogs to her local park recently and thought to ask what biocides (pesticides) the Hillsboro Parks Department uses there. Amelia and member Debby Garman want to find out what biocides Hillsboro uses, how they're used and why. Who regulates biocide use? What are the risks to applicators, other humans, animals and pollinators? You can join Amelia and Debby in this interest group by emailing them. We are also encouraging the League Board in Oregon to study this issue statewide so the League can take a policy position.

Local Campaign Finance
Members Josie Koehne and Eric Schmidt were were shocked to find that almost a million dollars was collected and spent by the candidates for District Attorney in the May 2018 election. They are going to look at small-donor campaign finance reforms to see if there is a way to protect our elections in Washington County from deep-pocket special interests. Email them here if you want to join this group.

Local Kids Programs
Member Katie Riley knows that the children of Washington County are more likely to grow up to be happy, healthy, productive neighbors if they have quality programs available during their non school hours—preschool, child care, summer programs. Join her in exploring ways that we can make this happen. Email her here.

Criminal Justice 
Members Kathleen Hersh and Sylvia Butler are concerned about how the Washington County Criminal Justice System is working. Is it effective, fair and equitable? They decided that the whole system was too big a project and decided to focus on the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. This agency runs the jail and provides law enforcement for over 200,000 residents in the county, urban and rural. Email Kathleen and Sylvia to join this group. Here is their initial report.

Affordable Housing
Members Greg and Jonella Malinowski and Megan Rutherford took a look at the affordable housing crisis in Washington County and found that there are zoning barriers to building sufficient affordable housing. Join them in exploring how to close the gap. Email Megan here.

How to Help
What would you be doing as a volunteer in an interest group? You may be doing research online or in some archive. You may interviewing officials or advocates. You may attend or watch forums done by other groups. You may be writing reports. You may be setting up meetings or forums to share information. Each group will set their own agenda. Bring your passion and skills.

To give you an idea of what a forum is, here are recordings that the League in Portland has made of recent forums on Juvenile Justice and Immigration.  

We cannot accomplish our plans without wonderful volunteers!

There will be a special election on May 21. Many local positions on school and water boards are in need of residents to step up and serve!
The deadline to file to run for a seat is March 21.
Want to help the League cover the races in this election?
Find out more on our website here!
At the Legislature

Local League member Dr. Amelia Nestler wrote testimony for the League of Women Voters of Oregon in support of SB 27. Our drinking water program is underfunded, and small water systems pay a disproportionate amount of fees.
The lack of funding hinders emergency response and review of the latest science on emerging contaminants and treatment methods. SB 27 restructures the fee system more equitably while increasing funding to support a robust drinking water program.
Opposition is strong and wants funds to come from the already overtaxed general fund instead. Please spread the word to contact your representatives on the Senate Committee on Health Care in support of SB 27.

WashCo Board of Commissioners
League co-chair Kathleen Hersh attended the Jan. 29 Board of Commissioner's meeting representing the League. Here are her notes from that meeting. Interested in attending a public meeting and reporting back to us about what you heard? Email Kathleen.
Upcoming Events
Feb. 6th, 6-8 p.m., Hillsboro Air Quality Advisory Committee, Hillsboro Public Library, 2850 NE Brookwood Pkwy., Hillsboro. More info here.
Feb. 6th, 4-5 p.m., Online Webinar hosted by the League of Women Voters MA Committee for Environmental Action and Advocacy featuring a discussion on the UN IPCC Report and the US National Climate Assessment Report. Register for the free webinar here
February, various times and locations, Community Participation Organizations (CPOs) meet monthly around the county. Find your local neighborhood CPO here.
Feb. 9th, 10-11 a.m., Listening Session with state Rep. Sollman, Hillsboro Public Library, 2850 NE Brookwood Pkwy., Hillsboro.  
Feb. 11th, 1:30-2:30, LWVWashCo monthly meeting, Beaverton Community Center, 12350 SW 5th Ave., Beaverton. We will look at the state League's positions on this year's important topics and get an update on interest groups' work.
Feb. 11th, 12-1 p.m., Washington County Public Affairs Forum featuring Meals on Wheels, Coyotes Grill, 5301 W. Baseline Road, Hillsboro. As a League member, you can attend Forum meetings and ask questions as part of our group membership. The Forum meets every Monday September-June. View speakers list here.
Feb. 12th, 7-8:30 p.m., Multnomah County Bldg., 501 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland. Portland League presents Rights for Working Women: Fairness, Equality, Safety, more info here.
Feb. 19th, 7 p.m., Edwards Center, 4375 SW Edwards Pl., Aloha, Committee for Community Involvement for Washington County. More info here.
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