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Issue 6

Next meeting is Dec. 3, 2-3 p.m.
Beaverton Community Center, 12350 SW 5th St., Beaverton, Vose Room

Agenda here
There was no meeting in November.
Our unit has recently opened and is running a Twitter page!
You can follow us at:
Unit volunteer Jayne Cravens tweets reminders about upcoming League events, other events related to elections and voting in Washington County, resources about voter advocacy and more. 
So far we have 34 followers including both the Democratic and Republican parties of Washington County and Hillsboro Mayor Steve Callaway! 
Thursday's Redistricting Meeting is Important!

The subject of redrawing the voting districts in Oregon has been getting a lot of headlines lately thanks to a potential ballot initiative and the League holding public meeting's about its proposed changes around the state.
Here is an article from the Statesman Journal that talks about both efforts:
  • The League of Women Voters of Oregon and the national organization have positions on redistricting that call for a reform that would require an amendment to the Oregon Constitution to create an independent redistricting commission with strict criteria for drawing district boundaries.
  • The League supports redistricting reform that would make our system less susceptible to abuse and unrepresentative distortions. With an independent redistricting commission, we would take the process of redistricting out of the hands of partisan politicians and back into the hands of voters.
  • The goal of reforming our redistricting process is to change who draws the lines of our districts, increase transparency and public participation in the redistricting process, clarify the requirements of where district lines get drawn, and to close the loopholes in our current system by clarifying redistricting criteria and requirements.
  • Come join us to learn more about this important subject on Nov. 29th at 6:30 p.m. at PCC Willow Creek, 241 SW Edgeway Drive, Beaverton 97006. The Facebook event post for this meeting can be found and shared here
Washington County Commission
Unit co-chair Kathleen Hersh attended two recent County Commission meetings and has shared her notes with us here.
The 5-member commission will be experiencing a turnover come January with the election of new Chair Kathryn Harrington in November and new District 2 and District 4  commissioners Pam Treece and Jerry Willey, who were elected in May.
If you can attend these or other local government meetings representing the League, please let us know by signing up on the volunteer form below!

League Members Can Attend Forum as Members

Our unit joined the Washington County Public Affairs Forum to help bring even more resources to our local members. Through our paid organizational membership, you have access to all of the Forum's meetings and can ask questions of speakers.

The Forum's schedule can be found here and upcoming speakers include Rev. John Shuck on peace in Iraq and a presentation from the local Moms Demand Action group on gun violence.

The Forum meets every Monday (except holidays) from noon to 1 p.m. at Coyotes Bar & Grill, 5301 W. Baseline Road, Hillsboro. You can arrive as early as 11:30 a.m. to order from the menu and mingle, but no purchase is required.
Volunteer Opportunities

As a newer unit we have spent the last year building our membership and getting our name out there. In order to keep growing and affecting our community, we need volunteers to step up and help!

Our biggest need now that the election season is almost over is to become more engaged in our local governments; civic involvement is one of our cornerstones! There are city council, county commission and other area boards and committees that our members can attend (wearing our League pins!), and report back on so we stay informed and know when we can make an impact. Volunteer by signing up here!

Here are links to some of the local governing bodies' meeting schedules; let us know if you can attend even just a meeting every now and then:

Washington County Board of Commissioners
Beaverton City Council schedule.
Hillsboro City Council schedule.
Metro Council schedule.
Washington County Housing Advisory Committee schedule.
Washington County Planning Commission schedule.
Upcoming Civic Events
  • The county's Community Participation Organization program includes communities all over the region from the borders with Portland to western unincorporated areas that meet monthly about a range of issues affecting local neighborhoods. Find out when your area community meeting is here.
  • Dec. 3, 2 p.m., Beaverton Community Center, 12350 SW 5th St., monthly League of Women Voters of Washington County unit meeting.
  • Dec. 3, 12 p.m., Coyotes Grill, 5301 W. Baseline Road, WashCo Public Affairs Forum featuring Rev. John Shuck on peace in Iraq, info here.
  • Dec. 5, 6 p.m., Forest Grove Community Auditorium, 1915 Main St., Open House about severe rent burden in Forest Grove, info here.
  • Dec. 6, 2-4 p.m., The Beaverton Building, 12725 SW Millikan Way, and 6-8 p.m., Beaverton City Library, Rooms A & B, 12375 SW 5th St., Rent Burden in Beaverton, info here.
  • Dec. 10, 12 p.m., Coyotes Grill, 5301 W. Baseline Road, WashCo Public Affairs Forum featuring Moms Demand Action, info here.
  • Dec. 13, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Hillsboro Civic Center, 150 E. Main St., fair housing and community development fair, info here.
Resources from the League

If you haven't renewed your League membership, you may be missing getting the latest Legislative Report or quarterly Voter newsletter in your inbox.  It's a great way to stay plugged in to what's going on in Salem! Membership also helps fund all the great resources the League offers the community and gives you a vote when we make decisions.
To stay up on the latest with our Washington County unit, be sure to like our Facebook pagebookmark our website and follow us on Twitter!
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