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TABLE OF CONTENTS:
IN-LEAGUE at three (3) levels. Click immediately below for direct links...
Our "action" page for State and National positions here...
Direct link to Campaign Finance issue; link to LWVUS;
Direct link to website of LWVCT;
Direct link to LWV of Weston:
TOWN" is now online; for more in-between
notes as well as background, click
BUDGET PROCESS PAGE
2015 Annual Meeting and Betty Hill Forum - view "picture story" here!
#1 -THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF WESTON, CONNECTICUT:
The League of Women Voters is a three tier organization--local, state and national. The Weston League was formed in
1962. For more information about what the League of Women Voters in Weston does...firstname.lastname@example.org
LWV of Weston "FORUM ON DEMAND" - why we hold it and when...
"Forum on Demand" Nov. 19, 2011 (after storm) proved cathartic for the community - it got action...
CABLEVISION showed up with cameraman PLUS a reporter . Great ideas from our Weston citizens!
Picture story here.
2015 SPEAK UP
2014 SPEAK UP VIDEO HERE.
Maybe the best "Speak Up" yet ("Silver Tsunami")...
"The Town's Business Is Your Business: Direction from the people to their government."
For the twenty-second year in a row, the League of Women Voters of Weston brought you
its original...power-to-the-people, setting the agenda for the year to come - SPEAK UP!!!
WHAT WAS SO FUNNY 2013? ONLY THE POLICE CHIEF WAS NOT SMILING...
Well, it was Planning and Zoning that cracked everybody up...we won't spoil it for you...
Best viewed with Internet Explorer, which will automatically open Windows Media Player
and start play back without waiting for the download to complete.
1 hour 41 minutes 30 seconds
For cable and dsl users:
For dial-up modem users:
LWV of Weston
"SPEAK UP" 2012
and the Charter. And no complaints about the school
SPEAK UP 2012
VIDEO LINKS: 1
hour 44 minutes 25 seconds
LWV of Weston "SPEAK UP" - STANDING ROOM ONLY FOR 2011!
First 'Speak Up' that had to be re-scheduled because of snow...
The Town's Business Is Your Business: Direction From the People to Their Government
Total time: 1 hr 33 mins 50 secs
For Cable & DSL Users (245 MB): http://www.lwvweston.org/LWVSpeakup3-12-11CableVersion.wmv
For Dial-up Modem Users (36 MB): http://www.lwvweston.org/LWVSpeakup3-12-11ModemVersion.wmv
WATCH 'SPEAK UP 2010' NOW!!!
Our photo gallery and report click below...
Read FORUM coverage here!
Speak Up #19 over...find out who was on stage,the official count of crowd...
SPEAK UP 2010 VIDEO DIRECT LINKS BELOW
(Works best in Internet Explorer)
watching for Westonites interested in this year's budget
The Eighteenth Annual "Speak Up" quite a show!
Saturday morning, February 7, 2009, from 10:30am to 12 noon at Norfield Parish Hall was big!!!
"SPEAK UP 2009" Q&A SUMMARY HERE
WATCH 'SPEAK UP 2009" ONLINE NOW!!! LINK TO IT BELOW...
Speak Up was on Feb. 3,
2007 - CLICK HERE
"Speak Up 2007"news reports.
"OBSERVER CORPS" ON-LINE: Selectmen & 2018 on P&Z
BACKGROUND RESEARCH ABOUT ISSUES AND ACTION;
League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization,
encourages informed and active
participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences
public policy through education and advocacy.
CONVENTION 2010 IN ATLANTA, THE GUEST SPEAKER, THANKING
THE LEAGUE FOR
ITS SUPPORT IN
PASSING HEALTH CARE REFORM LEGISLATION, WAS THE SECRETARY OF H.H.S. SEBELIUS...
Remarks for Secretary Kathleen
League of Women Voters
June 15, 2010
Thank you, Janis, for that nice introduction. Kansas women have a long history of leadership on women’s rights. Some of you probably
know that the first local League of Women Voters chapter wasn’t in New York. And it wasn’t in Chicago or Washington, DC. It was in
We in Kansas are very proud of our role in the women’s suffrage movement. Kansas was also one of the first states where women could
vote in local elections, one of the first states to give women the vote statewide, and one of the first states to ratify the 19th Amendment.
But my favorite story about the 19th Amendment comes from the middle of 1920 when it had already been ratified by 35 states. That meant
they were one state short, and the feeling was that it would all come down to Tennessee...
A new way to check
out what League is up to! Or should we say Leagues,
LWVUS National Popular Vote Compact Study Update
culmination of work on the NPV study in CT was a subject of
at LWVCT Convention 2009.
While respecting the internal
"concensus"procedures, in the spirit of open govenment/open
League, a formal letter of satisfaction about virtual LWVUS Council AND dissatisfaction with the way
the most recent National Study was conducted (in part, below, a letter from LWVCT to LWVUS):
Click here for the list of questions exactly as they are presented in the...NPV Compact/Study Response Form.
Please note that when you have completed the Response Form, you will have an
opportunity to indicate the number of participants as well add comments (150 words maximum).
The deadline for responding is May 1, 2009.
Click here for all NPV Compact Study documents.
...link to "Impact on Issues; Civics Education Curriculum
Find here a link ("sign in") to e - Newsletter:***
LeaguE-Voice - on-line newspaper - when you visit the link, you can sign up to be on e-info list.
The League got started when women got the right to vote--in 1920. Click HERE for link to the whole story!
The "horses mouth" when it comes to non-partisan politics, joins coaltions on subjects such as Campaign Finance Reform...
click HERE to read more...LWVUS CONTINUES FIGHT FOR DEMOCRACY
Beginning with ethics.
NEW - Health Care in CT
E - Sources of Information
ALWAYS GOOD TO REMEMBER FINE VICTORIES!
Preservation effort still going strong - LWVCT in Coalition:
Testimony of Cheryl Dunson, Drinking Water Specialist - Victorious in 2004 Session with Endangered Lands Coalition!
CGA Public Health Committee
Public Hearing March 4, 2004
Support for SB 465
government actions more fundamental than ensuring a plentiful
drinking water supply for its citizens. As far
back as 1956, the League of Women Voters of Connecticut recognized that this most necessary of natural resources cannot be taken for
granted. We adopted a strong position in support of policies and programs that preserve and protect water resources and watershed
lands and based upon this longstanding position, the League urges your support for SB 465.
Franklin wisely noted “When the well’s dry, we know the worth
Recent experience with the frequency and
severity of droughts in our state and the Northeast region points to the need to maintain sources of supply. Potential terrorist actions
against our nation speak against “consolidating” water supplies; proverbially “putting our eggs in fewer baskets” would make our
supplies more vulnerable to attack. Unforeseen public health threats, for example the unexpected and virulent SAR (sudden acute
respiratory syndrome) outbreak, may require an increased need for water usage. The ability of our state to ensure water for its citizens
will depend in no small measure upon maintaining our multiple sources of supply that can be called upon in time of need. SB 465 will give
the Commissioner of Public Health the much-needed authority to assess the future water needs of the entire state, not just the water
company’s service area, before approving an abandonment of a surface water source and surrounding acreage.
of the reservoir forestlands in protecting the quality of our
is well recognized, equally important is
the role these forested areas play in the recharging of area groundwater supplies for citizens on wells. Reservoir lands are located in
areas originally conceived as “rural” and now rapidly are being developed.
water utility industry has changed over time, the public
water supply lands has not. We ask that the
Committee also take into account that these lands were acquired from Connecticut’s citizens under the pressure of eminent domain and
the cost of the land acquisitions were paid for in rates charged to water company customers. You can't blame a company for doing
business, but the laws that promote the sell-offs of our reservoir lands need to be changed. It is prudent and essential that the
Commissioner be given the ability to evaluate the long-term needs of our state when rendering a decision on abandoning a supply of
were formed for the purpose of selling water, not land. The
will not affect the companies’ ability to
profit from the sale of water. The League of Women Voters of Connecticut urges your support of the passage of legislation that will
permanently safeguard our State’s sources of drinking water and protect the forestlands that surround them. Please vote yes on
SB 465 “AAC Water Supply Abandonment.”
Cosponsors as of 3/5/04 of SB 465 “An Act Concerning Water Supply Abandonment”
Rep. Claudia M. Powers, 151st Dist.
of 3/5/04 of SB 371 “An Act Concerning Water Company Lands”
bill calls for a simple change to the rate rule to
award water company shareholders the majority of the benefits for conservation land sales that will protect pristine water company lands,
not for sales that allow for development.)
L. Stillman, 38th Dist.
Rep. Livvy R. Floren, 149th Dist.
Rep. Lile R. Gibbons, 150th Dist.
Rep. Christel H. Truglia, 145th Dist.
Sen. William H. Nickerson, 36th Dist.
Rep. Claudia M. Powers, 151st Dist.
Rep. Antonietta Boucher, 143rd Dist.
Rep. John Mazurek, 80th Dist.
Other environmental subjects :
Did you miss "Good Riddance Day" 2015? Fall dates: http://www.westonct.gov/media/file/hazardouswaste2015new.pdf
Westonites and others told power company how they feel about overhead proposal...
Link to Sewage Treatment Impact Committee...Item #1 on the November 15, 2001 Referendum provides for funding improvements
to septic fields and a tertiary treatment plant on the Schools campus...safe disposal of household hazardous waste--when April
comes, can "Good Riddance Day" at DPW be far behind?
SCHOOL VOUCHERS...Supreme Court decided last year in favor of Cleveland voucher program...For background, click HERE
CenterEdge Project HERE ...click on map of Connecticut to get more indepth information used in this study -LWVCT in coalition.
SHEFF v. O'NEILL - affordable housing - the latest twist!
2003 agreement; important implications for CT Budget - Office of Fiscal Analysis report HERE.
Affordable Housing land use appeal law changes pass in 2002 "short session" as P.A. 87: http://www.cga.ct.gov/
News of relatively recent use of previously existing law;
For background:July 3, 2000 study of Affordable Housing Land Use Appeals;
Weston's affordable housing challenge...at Conservation; at Planning and Zoning.
Commission...main CT site; e-mail and
voice-mail no longer to be sacro-sanct...the
public's right to know, free speech and how one Town dealt with these League matters: click HERE.
ISSUES TO MONITOR:
GUESS WHAT? Campaign
Finance Reform perversity in CT.... The CT
Research has published a staff paper regarding public funding of campaigns: Sources of Public Funding of Political
LEAGUE ISSUES...SAME OLD
STATE OF CONNECTICUT PLAN OF CONSERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT 2004-2009 approved in 2005!
C&D PLAN 2013-2018 UP FOR APPROVAL
WHAT WILL BE COMING OUT OF P&D IN 2013?
Smart Growth/ Property Tax Bill does not pass in 2004 Session but parts of it did in 2005...http://www.cga.ct.gov/olr/
Commission proposes tax changes
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) September 30, 2003 New Haven REGISTER- A commission on property tax reform is recommending
shifting almost $1 billion in education costs from the towns to the state.
Members of the states Blue Ribbon Commission on Property Tax Burdens and Smart Growth Initiatives unanimously adopted its
report Monday. The report recommends the tax shift to reduce reliance on the property tax, which fuels competition between
towns for tax growth, encourages sprawl and threatens the rural character of the state.
Separately, the commission recommended that cities and towns be reimbursed at 100 percent for property tax exemptions at a cost
of $250 million. The report further states that there will be little taxpayer support for tax reform unless there is a commitment to
more efficient delivery of services to cut the cost of government.
New Haven Mayor John DeStefano Jr., (who then ran for Governor), chairman of the commission, said he was "excited" that the
vote was unanimous. "I think the real job is not to let this get defined as Lets just raise more taxes, but to understand the real
issues are the quality of life, the air that we breathe and the character of our communities."
SSA 02-13,, AAC Blue Ribbon Commission on Property Tax Burdens and Smart Growth Incentives (effective
upon passage [which it did not]); "Responsible Growth" new bill in 2008 got through the State Senate but not
This act establishes a 17-member commission to evaluate smart growth incentives and disincentives passed. The
commission's final report, with findings and recommendations, must be filed by October 1, 2003...done; but not yet
fully implemented (2008).
SWRPA plus HVCEO = WCCOG (right above)
2015: OUR REGION HAS GROWN IN SIZE..and earlier report on regionalism:
STUDY FROM ELSEWHERE;
CLICK HERE FOR SUB-PAGE ON REGIONAL PLANS ...
OTHER LWV INTERESTS:
And for Hartford Courant series on the impacts to date of Sheff v. O'Neill, click HERE;
SOURCES OF INFORMATION:
FAVORITE PLACES OF THE LWV OF WESTON:
CT WEBSITE: http://www.ct.gov/
Shortcut to CT LEGISLATURE: http://www.cga.ct.gov/
Best place to understand in depth what is going on during a CT Legislative Session...Office of Legislative Research Internet
Discussions of regionalism - find link HERE.
Interested in N.Y.C. metropolitan area Regional Planning?
Weston Public Schools
Other places to visit: Link HERE - for those who want hands-on volunteering experience!
ConneCT - State of Connecticut Website contains, as was said above, links to everywhere you would want to go for Connecticut
governmental information--also, check out collection of e-photographs of the state...
Governor Malloy - link to Connecticut index page
Go directly to the Connecticut General Statutes..http://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/menu/Statutes.asp.
CT Office of Legislative Research: http://www.cga.ct.gov/olr/
CT ETHICS COMMISSION: http://www.ethics.state.ct.us/
CT Elections Enforcement Commission: http://www.ct.gov/seec/site/default.asp
CT Siting Council: http://www.ct.gov/csc/site/default.asp
Source for weather reporting: http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/graphicsversion/rbigmain.html
Congress close to home - the House of Representatives - Rep. Himes.
Patriot Act and League activity from the past.
U.S. Department of State, Official Web Site
The United Nations on-lineFor news media links most commonly employed:
Westport NEWS is at: http://www.westport-news.com
Connecticut POST is at: http://www.connpost.com/
The Hartford COURANT is at:ctnow.com
Cable News Network (CNN)
More unofficial information ABOUT WESTON, and please note that opinions appearing on this just mentioned Internet link and some
others (non-governmental) found on ABOUT WESTON are not the opinions of the LWV of Weston.