Making Democracy Work

Make Democracy Work!

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy.

Come with your questions for Merced City Police Chief Norm Andrade about the State of the Merced City Police Department. Chief Andrade will talk with us about his department pre-recession and currently and where it's headed, including conversation about community-based policing. Who knows where the conversation may lead; that depends on the questions YOU ask during our interactive program. RSVP by Wednesday, August 13th is required.

WHY LUNCH & LEARN

It's a chance to see others who are interested in the topic, not to mention friends, and to learn more about it. Usually there are between 20 and 30 of us. We have a good lunch too!

We don't go to hear a "speech"; the presentations are informal. There's likely to be some back and forth, also, between lunchers and speakers.

And yes, there's always something to learn. At the last meeting, on the County budget, it became clear how many small decisions have to be made along the way, out of the spotlight + ones that affect the final result but aren't the kind anyone takes a vote on. I guess they're procedural, but they can make a difference.

So try it out! Learn something new, have some interesting conversations, and then go your way. Wiser and well fed. --Diane Amussen