Local Priorities for 2017-18
The League of Women Voters of the San Antonio Area has three Program priorities and two Voter Service priorities for the 2017-18 year. Committees have been established to focus on public education, transportation and water. Plans for Get Out the Vote and Running for Elected Office workshop are still being organized.
Committee members are needed. Those interested should email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The forum held June 12, “The Future of Public Education in Texas,” was the first product of the public education committee, led by Jean Aratingi and Marian Edson. NowCastSA’s video of the forum can be seen on NowCast’s YouTube channel at bit.ly/lwvforum
A crisis in funding public education in Texas became a critical issue when the 82nd Legislature in 2011 cut $5.3 billion from public education funding. Part of it was restored in 2013 and 2015, but previous levels have not been restored to keep up with the growing population and programs to meet special needs of many school-age children.
Education is vital to maintaining democracy. Funding of public schools and the source of funding are issues that need improvement to provide the opportunity for a quality and equitable education for all school-age children in the community for the future of our democracy.
A suggested emphasis on transportation in the city/county/area is the second priority issue that the League will be concentrating on. Traffic gridlock, lack of light rail or other mass transit options, ongoing housing development, street repairs, etc., are all issues that were discussed in the recent city election, and we plan on holding a panel discussion in the fall..
The Transportation chair is Elaine Talarski.
The third priority issue that the League will be working on is water. In spring of next year the program committee will look at the current situation regarding water issues in San Antonio. Water management and water quality are, and have been for a very long time, a real concern for San Antonio League members, who are knowledgeable and well-versed on the subject. We have worked with other Leagues in our area, including Comal Area, Hays County and Victoria, on conferences dealing with water issues, and they were very well attended. It’s time we revisited the subject.
The Water chairs are Evelyn Bonavita and Annalisa Peace.
Get Out the Vote
Get Out the Vote campaign will focus on those constituencies that are underrepresented in the electoral process and are most vulnerable to voting challenges. The campaign will ensure that all voters in San Antonio know their rights and responsibilities on Election Day and go to the polls informed and empowered.
Running for Office
The Running For Office workshop is to encourage those who are thinking of running for elected office by offering guidance and instructions.