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Advocacy - Issues We Take Action On

Pension Reform, Climate Change, and more....

LWVLA Encourages City Council to Pass Proposed Gun Storage Ordinance

Following the passage of a city ordinance last Tuesday that prohibited the possession of large-scale ammunition magazines, the League encouraged the City Council to support a related gun safety measure that specifically addresses gun storage. It is designed to prevent fatal accidents and reduce the possibility of children obtaining access to firearms by requiring gun owners to lock up or disabling handguns in the home.

The preliminary vote, which passed unanimously, instructed attorneys to prepare the ordinance, which will return to the City Council for a final vote.

League Urges Mayor Garcetti to Support Mitigation of Climate Change on National Level

Today we are already seeing the impact of climate change on people's daily lives. The City of Los Angeles is taking steps both to adapt to climate change and to reduce the degree of climate change (mitigation).

President Obama has appointed Mayor Eric Garcetti to a Presidential Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience. The League has urged Mayor Garcetti to take the message of mitigation to this Commission. Read the League's letter to the Mayor.


LWVLA Urges Ethics Commission to Support Ranked Choice Voting and Vote-by-mail

In response to a request from the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission for public feedback on the City's matching funds program, the League has urged the Commission to support Instant Runoff Voting for single winner elections. If enacted, IRV would act synergistically with Los Angeles' campaign finance laws, particularly the matching funds program, to promote fairer elections.

Read the League's letter to the Ethics Commission.

When does the League Advocate?

The League of Women Voters takes action on an issue or advocates for a cause when there is an existing League position that supports the issue or speaks to the cause.

Positions result from a process of study. Any given study, whether it be National, State, or Local, is thorough in its pursuit of facts and details. As the study progresses, a continuing discussion of pros and cons of each situation occurs. Prior to the results of the study being presented to the general membership, study committee members fashion consensus questions that are then addressed by the membership.

Additional discussion, pro and con, takes place as members (not part of the study committee) learn the scope of the study. After the members reach consensus, the board forms positions based on that consensus.

It is the consensus statement -- the statement resulting from the consensus questions -- that becomes a position. Firm action or advocacy can then be taken on the particular issue addressed by the position. Without a position, action/advocacy cannot be taken.

Learn about the League's positions at the City, State, County, and National Levels.

Summary of Local Action

The League of Women Voters of Los Angeles currently is active in the following areas:

  • Changes to Retirement Benefits for the Employees of the City of Los Angeles The cost of pension obligations is a major driver for the ongoing structural deficit that the faces the City of Los Angeles. Efforts to deal with this deficit have resulted in a significant reduction in city services. The League supports raising the retirement age, reducing the rate of accumulation of benefits, and more cost-sharing between the City and its employees. Find out what we advocate and how to take action. Read the League's study on retirement benefits.

  • Carbon Reduction and Climate Change The LWV of Los Angeles strives to raise community awareness about climate change and advocates actions by local agencies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Join the CRaCC committee which meets monthly to discuss strategy and promote initiatives to address climate change locally. Click here for more information or email Margie Engel at
    Read how you personally can take action against global warming, and how you can join others to take action.
    Read LWVLA's recent letter to Mayor Eric Garcetti.

  • Ranked Choice Voting The League supports ranked choice/instant runoff voting in municipal elections. Read the League's letter to the Ethics Commission urging its support for IRV.

  • Campaign Finance Reform The League supports measures before the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission to use City matching funds to reward a broader base of campaign donations. Read the League's letter to the Ethics Commission.

  • Los Angeles City Zoning The League has opposed the proposed Community Care Facilities Ordinance. If passed, this ordinance would restrict or eliminate many shared living arrangements, potentially forcing many vulnerable Angelenos into homelessness. Read our letter to Council members. For more information on the ordinance, visit the Stop CCFO website. The CCFO has been referred to committee.

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