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Next meeting is Monday, April 8 at 1:30 p.m.
Beaverton Community Center, 12350 SW 5th St.
Click here for the agenda. Minutes from March 11 are here.
Advocating for Bees

Hillsboro is currently on track to consider a resolution supporting becoming a "Bee City" in June. Local League member Amelia Nestler submitted testimony in support of SB853 and HB3058.
These bills ban chlorpyrifos, a toxic nerve agent pesticide known to impact neural development in children, babies, and fetuses in addition to harming pollinators like bees. A national ban on chlorpyrifos was recommended by US EPA scientists, but was blocked by the current administration. These bills also restrict the use of neonicotinoids, a class of pesticides known to greatly harm pollinators that may also harm humans after chronic exposure.
Other groups supporting these bills include organizations representing farmworkers, some farmers, medical groups, the environment, and environmental justice advocates.

Experts traveled from across the nation and even internationally to testify in support of these bills in Oregon. Testimony against these bills came primarily from some farmers, particularly Christmas tree farmers, and seed growers.
If you are connected to other League members outside of Washington County, consider encouraging them to support the statewide study on  pesticides and other biocides in Oregon proposed by Dr. Nestler.
This will help improve our understanding of both the benefits and drawbacks of current pesticide use and the alternatives.
The decision of whether or not to commit to this study will be done at the League of Women Voters of Oregon state convention in May.
The registration deadline for the May 21 election is April 30! Check to make sure your registration is current before the deadline and encourage
others to do so. Small elections matter! Several bond funding measures, and positions on local parks, school, fire and water boards
will be on this May's ballot.
Vote 411 to Be an Informed Voter
Local members Megan Rutherford, Josie Koehne, Susan Mates, and Amelia Nestler recently submitted the candidates for local races, suggested questions, and ballot measures to the Vote411 system. Local candidates will receive an email with questions and have about two weeks to enter their responses, which will appear publicly online at Vote411.org for voters to read. Thank you ladies!
Ranked Choice in WashCo?

Norman Turrill, President of League of Women Voters of Oregon; Josie Koehne, Co-Chair Washington County League of Women Voters; Rob Harris of Harris Velázquez Gibbens, Attorneys at Law and LWV member; and Janice Karpenick, member of the Washington County Instant Runoff Voting Steering Committee met with Washington County commissioners Kathryn Harrington and Dick Schouten, a staff member, and two election officials at the Washington County elections office on March 27th.
The group presented officials a presentation and discussed Ranked Choice Voting with the officials, including how it may be implemented in Washington County,
Ranked-Choice Voting (RCV) is a method of voting favored by the League and other election reformers that allows voters to rank multiple candidates in order of preference (first, second, third, etc). 
Commissioner Schouten said that the commission may be reviewing the county charter for possible changes and could review ranked choice voting as an option for the county at that time.
The group gave them handouts and a League Election Methods Study to review and share with the three other commissioners.
For information on ranked choice voting, go to www.fairvote.org. If you would like to join this effort, email lwvoregonwashcounit@gmail.com.

Student Engagement
A small team from League of Women Voter of Washington County, two members of the Forest Grove Center for Community Involvement, and Pacific University Student Senate Representative Alssie Casayuran met with Stephanie Stokamer of Pacific University's Tom McCall Center for Civic Engagement March 20th to discuss ideas for a workshop designed to encourage students to become civically engaged on a topic they feel passionate about.
All present agreed that they wanted to see more integration with and support from the local community for Pacific University students.
The group decided to start planning for a Saturday morning or afternoon workshop in the early fall or winter term.
After an inspirational talk by a young activist from the community, there will be a brainstorming session to elicit topics of most interest to the group, followed by small group breakout sessions by topic area.
An experienced adult activist/subject matter expert will facilitate the small group discussions to help students focus and develop a manageable action plan.
Alssie will coordinate with Stephanie on planning and next steps. Another meeting at Pacific University is planned in late April. 
Email lwvoregonwashcounit@gmail.com if you're interested in joining this effort.
Email lwvoregonwashcounit@gmail.com to participate in any of these volunteer opportunities with the Washington County unit!
  • Join the affordable housing work group. If you care about the affordable housing problem in our region and want to work to educate others and push for solutions, this is the group for you! Other work groups include: pesticides, criminal justice reform and campaign finance.
  • Attend a local government council or board meeting and write up a summary of what happened for the League.
  • Attend an upcoming Farmer's Market in Hillsboro to get out the vote and educate voters about their ballot.
Upcoming Events
Be sure to stay tuned to the League's Action Alerts to support the League's efforts in Salem during this legislative session! 
April 4, 5:30-7:30, Affordable Housing Bond Community Conversation, Highland Park Middle School
7000 SW Wilson Ave, Beaverton. More info here.
April 4, 7 p.m., CPO 6 Presenting Aloha Tomorrow plan, 20665 SW Blanton St.
Community Participation Organizations (CPOs) meet monthly around the county. Find your local neighborhood CPO here.
Neighborhood Association Committees in Beaverton meet monthly. Find your committee here.
April 8, 1:30 p.m., LWV WashCo unit meeting, Beaverton Community Center, 12350 SW 5th St., Beaverton.
April 8, 12-1 p.m., Washington County Public Affairs Forum, Coyotes Grill, 5301 W. Baseline Road, Hillsboro, Tualatin Mayor Frank Bubenik.
April 10, 6-8 p.m., Tigard State of the City, free to attend, but RSVP required here.
April 10, 11 a.m., Leaders for Democracy Webinar hosted by national League of Women Voters, register here.
April 15, 12-1 p.m., Washington County Public Affairs Forum, Coyotes Grill, 5301 W. Baseline Road, Hillsboro, Metro President Lynn Peterson presents an affordable housing update.
April 17, 5-7 p.m., State of the County presentation, Conestoga Recreation and Aquatic Center, 9985 SW 125th Ave., Beaverton. More info here.
April 17, 6-8 p.m., What's the Deal with the Green New Deal? lecture by Robin Hahnel, Pacific University, Scott Hall 217, Forest Grove. More info here.
April 22, 12-1 p.m., Washington County Public Affairs Forum, Coyotes Grill, 5301 W. Baseline Road, Hillsboro, PCC Rock Creek President Chris Villa on the state of the campus.
April 26, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., panel discussion for Semana de la Raza, PCC Rock Creek, 17677 NW Springville Road, Bldg. 5, Rm. 122, more info here.
April 27, 1-3 p.m., Tualatin Hills Parks and Recreation board candidate forum, Elsie Stuhr Center, 5550 SW Hall Blvd. Meet the candidates for the THPRD Board of Directors. All candidates are invited. There will be time for networking and asking questions of candidates.
April 29, 12-1 p.m., Washington County Public Affairs Forum, Coyotes Grill, 5301 W. Baseline Road, Hillsboro, May Special Election candidates forum.
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