Making Democracy Work

Civic Society

To Promote Civil Discourse on Civic Matters

What We Do?

The Civic Society is a support group of the League of Women Voters of Los Angeles, a 501 (c) (3) organization. We hold three salons each year for our Civic Society contributors who support the voter information, Youth Engagement Initiative, and other fine programs that the League engages in. We also thank the Civic Society contributors by inviting them to the League's annual "Celebrating Leadership" awards gala.

What are Salons?

The Civic Society Salons are held in private homes and include a light supper, with wine and dessert, and presentations by distinguished speakers on timely civic issues that are currently being discussed.

Previous speakers have been: LA Times columnist Tim Rutten, LA Harbor Commission President Cindy Misckowski,LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy, former LAPD Police Chief Bill Bratton, Dr. Raphael Sonenschein, Director of the Pat Brown Institute at CalState LA, Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, and many more.

Latest Salon


The most recent Civic Society Salon was held June 23, 2014. The speaker was Marcie Edwards, the newly appointed General Manager of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. She addressed the challenges facing the agency including grappling with the drought, conservation, renewable energy goals and keeping power flowing to 1.4 million ratepayers.

Past Salons


This Civic Society Salon was held February 24, 2014. The speaker was Bob Stern, dicussing "The State of Reform in 2014", reporting on the latest developments in campaign financing, the top-two primary and the initiative process. Bob headed the Center for Governmental Studies, the non-partisan think tank that helped shape California's election laws for nearly three decades. He is considered an authority on elections and government ethics and is a sought-after political consultant on election law.


This Civic Society Salon was held June 17, 2013. The speaker was Jim Newton, he discussed local election results and what lies ahead for Los Angeles in the next four years and beyond. Mr. Newton is a 20-year veteran of the Los Angeles Times and has worked as a reporter, editor and bureau chief. He currently serves as a member of the Times' editorial board, advises on editorial matters and is known for his insightful Op-Ed columns. He was also part of the Los Angeles Times' team coverage of the Los Angeles riots in 1992 and the earthquake of 1994, both of which were awarded Pulitzer Prizes.

Current Donors

The League would like to thank the Civic Society donors for their continuing support towards the Education Fund's programs.

Dotte Antelman
Jo Anne Aplet
Barbara Archibald
Nancy Arnheim
Helaine Blatt
Harriet Borson
Thea Brodkin
Carryl Carter
Renee Chanon
Jean F. Cohen
Caroline Cooperman
Marcia Edelman
Sydelle Freeman
Sharon Hauptman
Carrie Hidding
Catherine Kaiser
Marilyn & Robert Johnson
Judy Jordan
Ann Reiss Lane
Fran Lapides
Ruth & Barrie Logan
Penelope Mehra
Bonnie Nijst
Harriet Orkand
Francine Oschin
Joy Picus
Elizabeth Ralston
Mildred Ratner
Susan F. Rice
Lois Saffian
Gerald Sallus
Cecilia Schlesinger
Hermalee Schmidt
Bette & Don Simons
Martha Sklar
Bob Stern
Helene Terris
Sandra Trutt
Elinor Turner
Rosalind Tyson
Liza White
Stuart White

How to get Involved?

People who wish to get involved with the Civic Society and support the programs of the LWVLA with their tax-deductible gift can make donations at three levels.

$1,000 Individual level: 3 salons for 1 person; 1 dinner ticket

□ $1,500 Dual Level: 3 salons for 2 people; 2 dinner tickets

□ $3,000 Civic Society Sponsor Level: 3 salons for 3 people; 3 dinner tickets; recognition on letterhead and at salons as a sponsor

You may download and mail the completed contribution form to our office at 3303 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 310 Los Angeles, CA 90010-1700. Or join online.


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Your contribution to the League is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. The non-tax-deductible part is the fair market value of the tickets to the gala. You will receive an official letter with that information following the event.