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Upcoming Events

Here are upcoming events you won’t want to miss.  VCWPC will be having information booths at these events. If you’d like to volunteer email us at: vcwpcouncil@gmail.com

3rd Annual March for Justice

January 19-20 marks the Global Women’s March that started in 2017, as a response to fight discrimination in all forms. Join other VCWPC members and social justice organizations this year in Ventura, as we come together once again to march for a brighter future. VCWPC will have an information booth and will be thrilled to have you part of the march. Parking will be difficult so plan on walking, biking, or carpooling if possible. For questions or opportunities to volunteer at our booth, please email: vcwpcouncil@gmail.com

 

2019 Roe vs Wade Anniversary:

Women Under Fire: The Attack on Healthcare

January 20, 2019 – 2:00 pm
Each January, the Ventura County Reproductive Rights Network (VCRRN) celebrates the anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision.

The current assault on healthcare threatens America’s women. What unfolds when stringent limits are placed on reproductive education and care? Join Cal Lutheran University professors Adina Nack and José Marichal with student Kleya Dhenin to explore:

What are the threats to access and affordability of reproductive care?

What happens to a society that severely restricts women’s healthcare and personal choices?

Event Location:
Temple Beth Torah

7620 Foothill Road
Ventura, CA 93023

January Executive Board Meeting

Our board meetings are open to any member interested in attending and getting more involved with the organization. This is a good way to find out what’s happening within the organization and where your skills can be useful. This month’s meeting will be Thursday, January 24th at 5:30pm. For more information on location for the meeting, please email us at: vcwpcouncil@gmail.com and type “board meeting” on the subject line. 

General Membership Meeting

& Election of Officers

February 16, 2019
11a – 1p
Pierpont Inn 
550 San Jon Road, Ventura 93001


Special Guest Fiona Ma
Newly elected CA State Treasurer

 

 

 
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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! We have much to be proud of and to look forward in this new year. To start, please note the date change of our Annual General Membership and Election of Officers meeting. The new date is now February 16, 2019 from 11a – 1p at the Pierpont Inn, in Ventura. Registration and further details will be sent out soon. Our featured guest speaker will be Newly elected CA State Treasurer Fiona Ma. Please mark your calendars and see you then!

 

Fiona Ma, Newly elected CA State Treasurer

 

 
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Celebrate with us!

We look forward to gathering with everyone this holiday season at our upcoming member Holiday Potluck. If you are not a member you can of course become a member online prior to the event or come to the event where you can sign up to be a member. As members we will also be voting to amend our bylaws. Please review the REV. PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO BYLAWS.


 
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League of Women Voters Ventura County Candidate Forums

The League of Women Voters of Ventura County is hosting several candidate town hall forums throughout this month. Attend these forums to find out more about the candidates who are running locally and be an informed voter! Visit their website for more information about the 2018 elections.

 
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A Gathering of Women

A GATHERING OF WOMEN SUPPORTING

Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin

(VCWPC endorsed candidate for re-election, District 44)

 
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Announcing November 2018 Endorsements

VCWPC PAC and Board members ratified the recommendations for November 2018 candidate endorsements. Below is the list of endorsed candidates. This was after VCWPC members attended two nights of town hall interviews with candidates for city council, school board, and community college board. The candidates who were invited to the town halls all submitted their application in on time and met the organization’s bottom line issues: Social Justice, Reproductive Health, Economic Justice, Educational Justice, and Environmental Justice. Members voted for their recommendations after hearing from the candidates who attended and those recommendations were then ratified by PAC and Board.  Congratulations to all and thank you members for being involved and part of the process!

2018 Endorsed Candidates

Eleni Kounalakis, Lt. Governor www.eleniforca.com
Katie Hill, US Congress CA-25 www.katiehillforcongress.com
Christy Smith, CA State Assembly, AD-38 www.christysmithforassembly.com
Julia Brownley*, US Congress CA-26 www.juliabrownley.com
S. Monique Limón*, CA Assembly, AD-37  www.limonforassembly.com
Jacqui Irwin*, CA Assembly, AD-44  www.JacquiIrwin.com
PAULA NATHAN County Brd Of Education, Area 2
JEANNETTE SANCHEZ-PALACIOS Community College Dist, Area 1 www.ElectJeannette.com
DIANNE MCKAY Community College Dist, Area 2 www.electdiannemckay.com
JENNY FITZGERALD Conejo Valley Unified School District
CINDY GOLDBERG Conejo Valley Unified School District
JANE E. BRUNTON-MUÑOZ Fillmore Unified School District
LIZ SOTO Moorpark Unified School District
MADHU BAJAJ Ventura Unified School District, Area 4 www.madhubajaj.com
KAREN SHER* Oxnard Union High School District
SUSAN SANTANGELO Camarillo City Council
LYNN EDMONDS Fillmore City Council
JENNY CROSSWHITE* Santa Paula City Council
GINGER GHERARDI* Santa Paula City Council
CARINA ARMENTA Simi Valley City Mayor www.carinaarmenta.com
RUTH LUEVANOS Simi Valley City Council
SOFIA RUBALCAVA San Buenaventura City Council, District 1
MARIE LAKIN San Buenaventura City Council, District 5 www.marielakin.org
LORRIE BROWN San Buenaventura City Council, District 6
CARMEN RAMIREZ* Oxnard City Council, District 2 www.carmen4oxnard.com
VIANEY LUCIA LOPEZ Oxnard City Council, District 6 Short Term www.vianeyforoxnard.com
MARY ANN ROONEY* Oxnard Harbor District www.maryannerooney.net

PREVIOUSLY ENDORSED CANDIDATES

2016

Hillary Rodham Clinton, US President www.hillaryclinton.com lost
Kamala Harris, US Senate kamalaharris.org, won
Julia Brownley *, US Congress CA-26 http://juliabrownley.com won
Hannah-Beth Jackson *, CA State Senate, SD-19  www.hannah-bethjackson.com won
S. Monique Limón, CA Assembly, AD-37  www.limonforassembly.com won
Christy Smith, CA Assembly, AD-38 www.christysmithforassembly.com lost
Jacqui Irwin *, CA Assembly, AD-44  www.JacquiIrwin.com won
Carla Castilla, Ventura Co. Board of Sup, Dist 3   www.CarlaCastilla.com lost
Peggy Buckles *, Conejo Valley Unified School District http://www.peggybucklesforschoolboard.com/ lost
Betsy Connolly *, Conejo Valley Unified School District http://www.electbetsyconnolly.com/ won
Vianey Lopez *, Hueneme Elementary School District https://lopezforhuenemeschooldistrict.com/ won
Tiffany Lopez, Oxnard City Clerk  http://lopezforclerk.com/ lost
Genevieve Flores-Haro, Oxnard City Council  http://genevievefloresharo.com/ lost
Laura Gallardo, Oxnard Harbor Commission  lygtlaloc7@yahoo.com lost
Ruby Durias, Oxnard School District Area 1  https://www.facebook.com/drrubyelect lost
Veronica Diaz, Oxnard School District, Area 4  V.D.F@outlook.com
Roseann Mikos *, Moorpark City Council  http://www.roseann-mikos.org/ won
Christina Urias *, Santa Paula Unified School District   http://www.vote-4-tina-urias.com/ won
Anne La Fianza, Thousand Oaks City Council  http://annelafianzafortocouncil.com/ lost
Lorrie Brown, Ventura City Council  http://www.lorriebrownforventura.com/ lost
Cheryl Heitmann *, Ventura City Council  http://re-electcherylheitmann.com/ won
Jeannette Sanchez-Palacios, Ventura City Council  http://www.jsp4ventura.com/ lost
Jackie Moran, Ventura Unified School District http://jackiemoran.net/ won
Sabrena Rodriguez, Ventura Unified School District http://www.sabrenarodriguez.com/home won

2014

Julia Brownley*, 26th Congressional District won
Lois Capps*, 24th Congressional District won
Jacqui Irwin,
44th District California State Assembly won
Mary Anne Rooney,
Oxnard Harbor District won
Carmen Ramirez,
Oxnard City Council won
Ginger Gherardi,
Santa Paula City Council won
Barbra Williamson,
Simi Valley City Council lost
Rachel Ulrich, Ventura County Board of Education, District 1 won
Pat Phelps,
Conejo Valley Unified School District Board won
Donna Branstrom
Hueneme Elementary School District Board
Darlene Bruno, Hueneme Elementary School District Board
Ana Del Rio Barba*,
Oxnard Elementary School District Board
Debra Cordes Oxnard Elementary School District Board
Veronica Robles Solis, Oxnard Elementary School District Board
Beatriz Herrera
Oxnard Union High School District Board
Karen Sher Oxnard Union High School District Board won
Socorro Lopez-Hanson, Oxnard Union High School District Board

2013

Lorrie Brown, Ventura City Council (Nov. 2013) lost

Jo Ann Olivares, Oxnard City Council (Apr. 2013) lost

2012

Julia Brownley 26th Congressional District won
Hannah-Beth Jackson 19th Senate District  won
Fran Pavley* 27th Senate District won
Betsy Connolly* Conejo Valley Unified won
Linda Taylor* Ojai Unified won
Christina Urias Santa Paula Unified won (previously elected to SP High School Board which is being replaced by the Unified School district) Vianey Lopez Port Hueneme School Board won
Sylvia Alejandra Lizama Oxnard Union HIgh School District lost (came in 3rd of 4 candidates – top 2 elected)
Roseann Mikos* Moorpark City Council won
Carmen Ramirez Oxnard Mayor  lost (came in 2nd of 4 candidates – will continue her term on City Council)
Barbra Willilamson* Simi Valley City Council lost (came in 3rd of 7 candidates – top 2 elected)
Jacqui Irwin* Thousand Oaks City Council won
Debbie Birenbaum Thousand Oaks City Council lost (came in 6th of 9 candidates – top 2 elected)
Kate O’Brien* Rancho Simi Recreation & Parks District won
Elaine Freeman* Rancho Simi Recreation & Parks District  won
Janna Orkney Calleguas Muni Water District Div 2 lost (came in 2nd of 4 candidates – will continue her term on Triunfo Sanitation Dist board) Christy Weir Ventura County Supervisor, Dist. 1 (lost in April primary – will continue her term on Ventura City Council)

2011

Christy Weir* Ventura City Council  won

Cheryl Heitmann Ventura City Council won    

 

* denotes incumbent

 
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2018 Candidate Application Process

Congratulations on your decision to run for public office!

The Ventura County Women’s Political Council, an independent, multi-partisan organization dedicated to supporting pro-choice women candidates running for elected office, is accepting applications for consideration of endorsement in the November 6, 2018 general election.

VCWPC has adopted a new endorsement process for qualified candidates that consists of a candidate application, participation in a Candidate Town Hall Meeting, and a PAC recommendation for endorsement to the VCWPC Board. The board will vote on final endorsements following the Town Hall Meeting.

If you would like to be considered for endorsement, email your completed application to vcwpcpac@gmail.com no later than August 25, 2018.  The application may also be mailed to PO Box 6603, Ventura, CA 93006, but we highly recommend you email it.

 

If you are a first-time candidate running and seeking the organization’s endorsement, please fill out our VCWPC Candidate Application, scan it, and email it back to:  VCWPCouncil@gmail.com.

If you are an incumbent and would like to be considered for re-endorsement in the November 2018 election, please email your completed VCWPC Incumbent Endorsement Application as soon as possible.

 

Application Deadline: August 25, 2018

Candidate Town Hall Meetings with Members August 29 and August 30, 2018 from 5pm – 9pm.  You will be invited to address members at the Town Hall Meeting on one of those dates.

VCWPC Board Meeting to Vote on Endorsements: Sept. 4, 2018

 
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2018 Garden Party Welcomes VCWPC Endorsed Candidate for Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis

Notice:  A brief General Meeting will be held at the beginning of this event for the purpose of ratifying the following proposed addition to the Bylaws.  This will allow an officer to take a leave of absence without resigning from her office on the Executive Board.  The proposed amendment is shown in red.

ARTICLE IV–OFFICERS
Section 1– Officers, Term, Vacancies, Removal.
e.  Leave of Absence.
     A leave of absence for a minimum of two months and a maximum of three months may be requested in writing by an officer to the Board of Directors for good cause.  The board of Directors shall decide if good cause exists for the requested leave of absence and rule in favor or against. 

 

 
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2018 Annual Membership Meeting and Special Program

Registration is Now Closed.

We are at capacity!

2018 Annual Membership Meeting and Special Program

 
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Annual Holiday Party

Advance Reservation Required

Members RSVP: vcwpcouncil@gmail.com

Non-members RSVP here

 
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