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The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan organization encouraging the informed and active participation of citizens in government. It works to influence public policy through education and advocacy.

FEB 10 - Last day for Voter Registration or Change of Address for March 1, Presidential Primary

Massachusetts + March 1, 2016 (Registration or address change by Feb 10 + Absentee Ballots already available at most Town Clerk's Offices + you can vote NOW!!!!!)
To check your Voter Registration, or to Register, go to https://www.sec.state.ma.us/

TOWN ELECTION ON MAY 3, 2016

The Brookline town election will be held on May 3rd this year. The League has recently updated its manual on "How to Run for Brookline Office".

Click here to see the manual.

For other information about the town election please visit the Town Clerk's web site: http://www.brooklinema.gov/137/Elections-Voting

Day on the Hill - February 9th

Day on the Hill 2016: "Why This? Why Now? What Finally Moves Legislation"

On February 9th (snow day February 23) the Leagues from all over Massachusetts will once again convene at the Statehouse to lobby our legislators.

For more information:

https://lwvma.org/day-on-the-hill-2016-why-this-why-now-what-finally-moves-legislation/

Land Use in Brookline

The League of Women Voters has decided to focus attention on the important issue of land use in Brookline this year. This section will list relevant meetings, events and background information on this topic.

MEETINGS and EVENTS

Tuesday, February 2, 7:30 PM, Room 111, Town Hall:

Audi Brookline DAT Meeting: Presentation of Proposed Site, Floor and Landscaping Plans and Elevations. Public comment will be taken.

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Wednesday, February 3, 7 PM, Room 111, Town Hall:

Complete Streets Study Committee will hold a public hearing on the Brookline Complete Streets Policy drafted dated 1-11-2016. Committee members will present a summary of the Brookline Complete Streets Policy. Following the presentation members of the Complete Streets Study Committee will take public comment on the proposed draft policy under consideration. Draft policy is available for download at http://www.brooklinema.gov/transportation.

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LWVB Panel Discussion on Affordable Housing

Watch the video of Dec. 9 program on Affordable Housing on BIG (Brookline Interactive Group): http://brooklineinteractive.org/lvw12915

The following links provide an overview of the December 9th panel discussion about affordable housing along with the slide presentations:

Affordable Housing Overview

Affordable Housing Chapter 40-R

Affordable Housing Panel - Challenges and Opportunities

Pine Street Inn Presentation

Discussion of possible sites for a ninth elementary school LINK to Boston Globe article on this meeting: http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/regionals/west/2015/12/04/one-agrees-where-brookline-should-build-ninth-school/hlSkZT5ohVpG4Udn9fOJ2H/story.html
Civic Moxie Presentation Link: http://www.brooklinema.gov/documentcenter/view/8308

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Anthony Flint, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, speaking at the League's Opening Meeting can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/obIYdg8ZlL0

The following article about Opening Meeting by League member Diana McClure appeared in the Tab: http://brookline.wickedlocal.com/article/20151014/OPINION/151017920

The following opinion piece in the Tab by League members Janice Kahn and Betsy DeWitt explain why the League has chosen to focus on the issue of land use in Brookline this year: http://brookline.wickedlocal.com/article/20150923/NEWS/150928065/ And a more recent column entitled, "Affordable Housing Where Do We Go from Here" http://brookline.wickedlocal.com/article/20151201/OPINION/151209749/2011/OPINION

Second Friday - February 12th

League of Women Voters of Brookline 2nd Friday @ Panera's Coolidge Corner

The League's annual lobbying of our legislators at Day on the Hill will be the subject of the next 2nd Friday conversation.

Coffee & Conversation
Friday Feb.12, 9:30 AM
2nd Friday @ Panera's Coolidge Corner

LWV Education Webinars

The League of Women Voters of California has produced three webinars on Communications Training that may be of interest to many League members.

The three webinars are:

10/22 Nonprofit Marketing 101 (can be seen on their Youtube channel)

11/16 Monday 1pm EST - Communications Roles & Planning

12/2 Wednesday 1pm EST - Writing for the Web

Here is the link for more information: https://lwvc.org/new-information/2015/aug/communications-training

Election Reform in Massachusetts

Please read the article by League member Diana McClure published in the TAB:

http://brookline.wickedlocal.com/article/20140610/OPINION/140619886/2012/OPINION

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