September 2011

Inside This Issue: Identify the Famous People and Their Connections to Kansas
(answers in next month’s VOTER) Calendar.............................................................................................. 1 Note from the President ............................................................. 1 League Day Schedule & Sign up ............................................... 2 Save the Dates ................................................................................ 3 Brown Bag Lunches ....................................................................... 3 Educational Policy Consensus Process .................................. 3 Public Education Events ............................................................... 3 Social Supper & Ravitch Lecture ............................................... 4 Public Forum on Redistricting .................................................... 5 Local Members Participate in State Training ........................ 5 League Testifies Before Legislative Committee .................. 6 Civility Project Talks With Lawrence Residents ................. 6 Observer Reports .......................................................................... 7 LWV-US Council Report ........................................................... 9 Highlights of the July Board Meeting ..................................... 10 Land Use Committee Reports ............................................... 11 Membership Form ....................................................................... 13

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Bulletin of the LWV of Lawrence-Douglas County, KS • Volume 59 No. 3 The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan political organization encouraging the informed and active participation of citizens in government and influencing public policy through education and advocacy.
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Local League: State League: Kay Hale


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The VOTER

League Calendar
Friday, September 16th Saturday, September 17th Saturday, September 24th Saturday, September 24th Thursday October 13th Saturday October 15th Saturday, October 22nd Saturday November 5 10:00 AM 10:00 AM 8:30 AM 3:30 PM 7:00 PM 7:00 PM 9:00 PM 7:00 PM 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM Naturalization Ceremony & Voter Registration. Dole Institute of Politics, 2350 Petefish Dr. LWV Public Forum: What is the Role of the Government in K-12 Public Education? Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont Fall League Day. Capital Plaza Hotel, 1717 Southwest Topeka Boulevard.Topeka Land Use Committee Meeting. Community Mercantile Meeting Room, 901 Iowa St. LWV-L/DC Board Meeting. First Methodist Church 946 Vermont St. All League members are welcome to attend. VOTER Article Submission Deadline. Please send submissions to lightwatcher@gmail.com. Land Use Committee Meeting. Community Mercantile Meeting Room, 901 Iowa St. Education Study Consensus Meeting. (Members only) Fire Station # 5, 1911 Stewart Ave. See Article on page 4.

A Note from President Kay Hale on Informed and Active Participation
Advocacy is a high priority at all levels of the League – local, state and national. Examples of the League taking action are reported in this issue of the VOTER. The LWVL-DC Land Use Committee advocates by writing letters to the Planning Commission. That sounds easy, but it is not! Committee members must analyze the Planning Commission agenda and reach a consensus as to what issues warrant our comment, if any. Land Use Committee meetings are held on Saturday evening. It takes real commitment to go to committee meetings at that time of day. The Committee Chair, Alan Black, and the committee members are to be thanked for their dedication to Land Use Committee and Betty Lichtwardt for her technical expertise. The Kansas State League advocates by presenting testimony to legislative bodies. For example, I testified for the State League at a public hearing on the topic of legislative redistricting. A story about the hearing is printed elsewhere in this newsletter.
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The League of Women Voters of the U.S is advocating for “Clean Air” in an exciting new way. League members are asking members of Congress to promise to protect the health of children and families from pollution. The “Clean Air Promise” is an issue campaign aimed at changing the debate over the Clean Air Act to one focused on protecting public health. In addition to advocacy, the League encourages political responsibility through becoming informed. Currently our local League is involved in a LWV-US study: “The Role of the Federal Government in K-12 Education.” Study materials are conveniently located on our website: www.lawrenceleague.com I urge you to review the materials and to participate in a community forum on this topic to be held September 17th. The forum is intended to prepare us to respond to consensus questions at a meeting on November 5th. Your local Board is also closely watching the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and its involvement with Kansas legislator s and government officials. To l e a r n m o r e a b o u t A L E C , g o t o t h e l i n k : http://www.prwatch.org/news/2011/07/10883/about-alec-exposed

Just for Fun: In celebration of Kansas’ Sesquicentennial, identify the Famous People pictured in this VOTER and their connections to Kansas. Answers in the October issue. League of Women Voters of Kansas FALL LEAGUE DAY 2011 Saturday, September 24, 2011, 8:30 AM – 2:30 PM Capitol Plaza, Hotel, 1717 SW Topeka Blvd., Topeka KS 66612
8:30 – Emerald Room 2 -- Donuts and Coffee or Tea 9:00 – Emerald Room 1 Kansas Taxes—Who Should

Pay (LWVK Study)
Panel of Experts / Questions and Answer 10:00 -- Break 10:15 – Emerald Room 1 -- Kansas Taxes—Who

Should Pay
Small Group : How would the elimination of

income tax affect Kansans 11:15 - Break
League Day – Sept 24, 2011


11:30 - Emerald Room 2 -- Luncheon
Luncheon Speaker-- Role of the Federal Govt

in Public Education? Dr. Diana Cubbage – Retired Superintendent

and Educ. Consultant 12:30– Emerald Room 1 -- Grow YOUR Dynamic League—
LWV Is Needed in These Times - Ks Leader

ship Coaching Team 2:30 – Adjournment
(LWVK Bd Meeting following)

Send Checks to LWVK, PO Box 2366, Topeka Ks. 66604

Payment Check(s) Amount $30 each x ___________________ League name ________________________________________________

PARTICIPANT 1.____________________________________________________________________ PARTICIPANT 1.____________________________________________________________________ PARTICIPANT 1.____________________________________________________________________ PARTICIPANT 1.____________________________________________________________________

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Important Events Save the Dates!
K-12 Education Policy

LWVL-DC is participating in the LWV-US consensus process on national K-12 education policy. Our local consensus meeting with be held from 10:00-3:00 on Saturday, November 5th. Format: alternating presentations and discussion. Location: Lawrence fire station at 19th and Iowa. A mixed salad lunch will be provided by Board members.

fully accessible: Use the ramp on Vermont St. and then take the elevator to the first floor in the new addition where the meeting room is located. We look forward to seeing you and please feel free to bring a friend. The League always welcomes potential new members.
- Bonnie Dunham

The Educational Policy Consensus Process Continues
LWV/LDC is continuing to participate in the LWVUS consensus process to develop new policy on the federal role in preK-12 policy. We are proceeding on three tracks: • • Information and “education on education” for LWVL-DC members and the general public; Developing an internal consensus by the study committee; and Developing an LWVL-DC consensus at meetings of the membership and the board.

Afternoon with the Legislators
December 17, 2011 from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. At the home of Rita Spradlin 3144 Campfire Drive, Lawrence, KS 

Brown-Bag Lunches Offer Learning and Socializing
Do you want to reconnect with League friends or meet new friends? Or do you want to educate yourself on issues of importance to our community? Brown-bag lunches offer an opportunity to do both. The first lunch is planned from 10:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wed., Oct. 12, at the recently renovated Carnegie Library, 9th and Vermont. Our guest speaker (beginning promptly at 11 a.m.) is Lawrence City Manager David Corliss who will speak on the city’s priorities, the 2012 budget, and how the city applies its funds to meet those priorities. There will also be time for questions. Afterward, at noon, there will be time to visit with friends or tour the Freedom Frontier National Heritage Exhibit which is housed in this building. Please bring your own brownbag lunch and the League will provide drinks and dessert. The former Carnegie Library is now
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The issues LWVUS has developed 13 very specific questions we are expected to respond to. These questions are directed to the following general issues: • • • use of national standardized tests of students to evaluate teachers and school districts and to help determine federal funding; expanded federal funding and mandates; and use of funding and mandates to influence fairness for underserved populations and to encourage pre-kindergarten education.

For a list of detailed questions and background materials, go to our website http://lawrenceleague.com/ The committee process The core committee currently includes David Burress (chair), Kay and Gary Hale, Marjorie Cole, and Marlene Merrill, but others have attended some sessions. New members and attendees are welcome at any point. The committee has had several meetings and expects to complete a draft committee consensus
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statement at its next meeting, to be held at 7-9 PM, Wednesday, September 21, at 912 Holiday Drive For fur ther information, contact David Burress at 749-1218 or burress.forward@adastrainstitute.org.

The membership will debate and adopt a membership consensus position.

The consensus meeting will be held at 10:00-3:00, Saturday, November 5, at the 19th and Iowa fire station. There will be two 2-hour sessions plus one hour for lunch. A potluck salad lunch will be provided by Board members. After the meeting, the membership position will be formalized by the committee and presented to the LWV/LDC Board for ratification at its November 10 meeting.


- Bonnie Dunham

Public Education Events
LWVL-DC is sponsoring one public education event and is encouraging attendance at another. 1. A public forum on education policy will be held at: 10:00-11:30 AM (coffee at 9:45) Saturday, September 17 Lawrence Public Library Topic: The Federal Role in Public Education K12Ctoo big, too small or just right? Panel discussion moderator is Shannon Kimball, USD 497 School Board member. The panelists are: Mark Tallman, Associate Executive Director, Kansas Association of School Boards Marlene Merrill, Former teacher and Director of Grants and Assessments; former USD 497 School Board member Kathy Cook, Executive Director, Kansas Families for Education. (Cosponsored by Lawrence Education Association.) 2. LWV/LDC is sponsoring a League social on October 18 to encourage attendance at the following Hall Center public lecture by education critic Diane Ravitch (details elsewhere in this Voter). The LWVL-DC consensus process The League membership consensus process will culminate in a membership meeting at which: • • The committee will provide background information The committee will present its proposed consensus statement

LWVL-DC Social Event: Supper and Ravitch Lecture Tuesday, October 18
6:30 PM: Join us for an informal supper at the Kansas Memorial Union. Meet in the 4th floor lounge (main floor off Jayhawk Boulevard). Food is available at the adjacent Hawk Shop. Park in the ramp north of the union or in the lot just across Jayhawk Boulevard. Sponsored by the LWV/LDV Educational Policy Committee. 7:30 PM: If you have time, stay for the Diane Ravitch Lecture, in Woodruff Auditorium, 5th floor of the Union. Diane Ravitch is a nationally acclaimed school reformer, most recently the author of: The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice are Undermining Education. Sponsored by the Hall Center Lecture Series http://www.news.ku.edu/2011/may/20/humanitieslectu reseries.shtml
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The Educational Policy Committee recommends this lecture as background information for our consensus process on national preK-12 education policy. Wednesday October 19 10:00-11:30 AM: Ravitch will also give a seminar at the Hall Center Conference Hall (http://www.hallcenter.ku.edu/~hallcenter/cgibin/i ndex.php/calendar/event/dianeravitchaconversationwit hdianeravitch).

that the public can visit the Topeka office and test different redistricting plans on a computer, using statistical data, and submit it for consideration. In addition to population equality, recommendations from the Redistricting Advisory Group state that the final redrawn plan should: • Not dilute minority voting strength. • Be compact and contiguous. • Preserve existing political subdivisions. • Recognize similarities of interest (legislative) and communities of interest (Congress). • Avoid contests between incumbents. President Kay Hale concluded the meeting by stating that the League’s goal for the process was “transparency” and she asked that the public be kept informed throughout. For further information, visit ballotpedia.org or the Kansas Legislative Research Department’s website at ksleglislature.org/klrd - Bonnie Dunham

LWVL-DC Holds Public Forum on Redistricting
There is good and bad news for 2012 redistricting, according to a guest speaker at the League-sponsored forum, held Aug. 6, at Lawrence Public Library. The bad news is that our community lost 12,000 people in the “adjustment” of the U.S. Census population count, according to Burdett Loomis, KU professor of political science. He adds that Kansas is the only state that removes students and military personnel from the local count and, if they choose, reassigns them to their “home” community. Counties with the big universities, such as KU and K-State, are the biggest losers and it essentially reduces our representation. Based on the adjusted census, the county’s representation remains unchanged from 2000. Loomis says that the good news is that “gerrymandering” is really not as big an issue as “league types” might suspect. In fact, he said that since Lawrence is divided into the 2nd and 3rd Congressional Districts, it could potentially mean more support for the university, both in Lawrence and KCK. Responding to a question from the audience, Loomis said that 13 states use “redistricting commissions.” But, he added that commissions do not necessary eliminate partisanship and some still tend to be political. Our other guest speaker, Corey Carnahan, research analyst for Kansas Legislative Research Dept., explained
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Local Members Participate in State Training
Four members of the local LWV attended Instate Training on Membership and Leadership Development, Aug. 26-27, in Manhattan, Kansas. President Kay Hale served as state coach for four League members from Johnson County. After assisting them in developing several plans of action, she will follow their progress via monthly conference calls. James Dunn participated in the training along with other members of the LWV Kansas State Board. Carrie Lindsey, who chairs the membership committee, and Bonnie Dunham, who handles publicity, trained along with two LWV members from Salina. Our State Coach Gwen Elliott will track progress of our local chapter. Our goals are increasing local membership, involving inactive members and restarting a series of brown-bag lunches.
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Funding for the training came from the LWVUS Ruth Shur Memorial Fund. LWVUS staff Carol Reimers and Sara Richman, along with National Coach Penney Van Vleet, led the two-day presentation. Kansas is among thirty-two states that will eventually receive the training, aimed at ending national membership decline. LWVUS research shows that the “League is highly respected . . . However, while there was great name recognition of the LWV, there was limited awareness about the value that the League membership offered to potential members.” Our success involves all members, so please watch for opportunities to mentor new members and to invite potential new members to special events. LWVL-DC President Kay Hale was among those presenting testimony before the Kansas Legislators Redistricting Committee hearing Sept. 2 at the Dole Institute for Politics. “For decades, the League of Women Voters has advocated for transparent and accountable redistricting. However, the drawing of the Legislative district boundaries and creating new districts continues to be among the least transparent process in American Democracy,” she said. Members of the redistricting committee are traveling the state to hear public comments. Committee CoChair Tim Owens said the group would make 15

community leaders. Kay called on the state committee to disclose committee timelines and asked that proposed maps be available for public comment prior to completion. “To reiterate, representative democracy depends on preserving the principle that voters freely choose their elected officials.” In general, the consensus of testimony favors reuniting Douglas County into a single Congressional district. Douglas County Commissioner Nancy Thellman said Republican, Democrats, conservatives and liberals had testified and overwhelmingly asked the committee to “please make us whole.” Sen. Anthony Hensley, ranking minority member on the Senate Committee, made a presentation that included agreeing with the LWV’s concern about a lack of transparency. He called the decision 10 years ago to divide Douglas County “absolutely unnecessary.” Once again, he said, the committee’s greatest need is to “balance the needs of urban and rural communities.” Population information, provided by the Kansas Legislative Research Dept., shows a census count of 2,688,418 in 2000 and 2,853,118 in 2010 (a 6.13% increase). Ideal district sizes are: 713,280 for Congress; 70,986 for State Senate; 22,716 for State House. The goal is to deviate as close to zero as possible from the ideal sizes. The Kansas Supreme Court automatically reviews the maps drawn by the House and Senate Committees. - Bonnie Dunham

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stops to present information about the redistricting process and to hear public comment before drawing any official maps. Co-Chair Mike O’Neal explained that the challenge is to equalize districts by adding population to the mostly rural 1st Congressional District where census figures declined, and to reduce the size of more urban districts where population growth occurred. About 70 attended the event, including other area legislators, state school board members, county commissioners and
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The Civility Project Talks with Lawrence Residents
This summer, the Consensus Consulting team met with Lawrence residents in a series of seven focus groups on civility. The focus groups add depth to findings from another 15 focus groups the team conducted in metro Kansas City, and will be reported out when the team presents its findings at the Dole Institute on September 27, 2011.
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The seven focus groups included Chamber of Commerce members, the League of Women Voters, school site committee members, a rural focus group, neighborhood leaders and senior citizens. Originally, the team had planned just one focus group with businesspersons, but when more than 75 individuals RSVP'd in response to the Chamber's invitation, we added another. "We were so impressed with the level of thinking we encountered in Lawrence, and in people's sincere interest in the topic of civility in public life," said Mary Jo Draper, a partner with Consensus Consulting. While many of the findings echoed what we heard in metro Kansas City, some aspects were quite distinct. To learn more, download the focus group report. The focus groups were part of an exploration into whether Lawrence might be the site of a pilot test of The Civility Project. With the help of local leaders, Consensus Consulting invited some 20 key community members to two meetings. After thoughtful consideration, the group determined that the pilot test wasn't feasible in Lawrence at this time. "The fact that almost everyone we contacted was willing to engage in the conversation  made a big impact on us,"  said Jennifer Wilding, a partner with Consensus Consulting. "We  appreciated their willingness to  engage with us and help us engage their citizens." 

Lawrence Public Library Board of Trustees Meeting
July 18, 2011
Present: Joan Golden Vice-chair, Fran Devlin Secretary/Treasurer, Chris Burger, Terry Leibold, Ursula Minor, and Kate Harding Pohl. Library Staff Present: Director Bruce Flanders, Kathleen Morgan, Library Foundation Executive Director, Ed Quick, the Friends of the Library Board and other Staff Absent: Chair Deborah Thompson. Guests: Steve Clark and Jane Huesemann, Gould Evans, Carleen Roberts, Executive Director of Douglas County Senior Services, Elinor Tourtellot, League of Women Voters. Director Bruce Flanders provided information on library trends as outlined by the
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Lawrence Public Library administrative team. He identified seven key trends: 1. Flexibility: have different formats and focus on content creation versus content consumption. 2. Expanded opportunities for self service: eliminate the traditional checkout desk, have more self service options, provide a general information desk, and streamline the checkout/ check-in process. 3. Retail model: have a coffee shop, provide displays for the collection, utilize roving reference staff, and reduce noise on the floor. 4. Community anchor: human scaled building in which the library has the customer in mind through comfortable and welcoming social areas, allage seating, and meeting rooms, displays of local history and museum collection, and a plaza area for community programs. 5. Expanded opportunities for learning and literacy: expand the children’s room, discovery zones, programming spaces dedicated to youth services, lifelong learning classes and programs for the public. 6. Implement green technologies: reduce operation/ utility costs, have comfortable and healthy spaces, and educational opportunities for green building. 7. Maximize customer convenience: after-hours access to meeting rooms and restrooms, popular reading collection, drive through service. Steve Clark from Gould Evans Architects presented the updated project schedule and reviewed previously discussed drawings that outline requested adjustments. While reviewing the interior and exterior drawing developments, Steve discussed the transparency and flexibility of the design. He stressed that it is important to neighbors of the library that the plaza be open with a gentle rise and have an accessible route. He added that the City wanted restrooms, event storage, and a kitchen area in the parking structure in support of community activities. Events would take place on the “hard” paved south side of the plaza next to the garage. This space could be used to show movies on the garage, for live bands, book sale, seating, etc. He explained that much of the design
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can still change. The Senior Center Director Charlee Roberts pointed out that the only windows in the Center's building are next to the parking. She requested that the seniors be kept in mind when the garage is being built. A motion passed to approve design images for public distribution and for the architects to move forward to the next design phase. Susan Brown, Marketing Director reviewed the three objectives of the marketing plan: (1) the development of a uniform professional image for the library including the logo and tagline. The tagline is "Your Spot", (2) a change in publication of library’s newsletter from monthly to weekly and (3) enhanced traditional and new media exposure. Library Foundation Executive Director Kathleen Morgan reported that the tax credits have been received and has spurred new donations. A donation of at least $1,000 is eligible for tax credit. She stated the Foundation would like to have a “sneak peek” event to offer a first look at the plans on July 24 at the library. The actual public campaign begins in the fall. Director Bruce Flanders discussed the closure of the SRS office and its impact on the library. When the closure was announced, local public libraries were listed as sites for people to use as a resource. The library will refer people to other professionals to get help. Meeting adjourned at 6:40 p.m. - Elinor Tourtellot

Hall, Library Foundation Executive Director Kathleen Morgan, and Staff. Absent: Chris Burger, Ed Quick, Friends of Library Board. Guests: Elinor Tourtellot, League of Women Voters. Director Bruce Flanders is developing partnerships with Steve Novak, the Director of the Watkins Museum of Community History, Saralyn Reece Hardy, the Director of the Spencer Museum of Art, to place displays in the renovated/expanded library facility. Flanders is planning a meeting in September with interested organizations including the Natural History Museum and university libraries. The best federal grant funding opportunities for the library are with the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), and specifically the "National Leadership Grants". Community partnerships with other libraries and museums would greatly increase the chances for obtaining grants with IMLS. Bruce, Kathleen Morgan, Judy Keller and the Administrative Team are working to develop a grant request for the Lawrence Memorial Hospital to develop a named health and wellness center in the expanded library. Kelly Fann, Technology and Network coordinator, is leaving to become the Director of the Tonganoxie Public Library. Interviews to fill this position will begin soon. The library website is being upgraded to have a more streamlined and uncluttered appearance, and to have navigational links that make the site easier to understand and use. Br uce has wor ked with staff and members of the local Kiwanis Club to develop an institutional membership for the library. Kiwanis Club is an appropriate service organization for a library affiliation as their members have proKansas Sesquicentennial Issue the First

Lawrence Public Library Board of Trustees Meeting
August 15, 2011
Board Members Present: Deborah Thompson Chair, Joan Golden Vice-chair, Fran Devlin Secretary/ Treasurer, Terry Leibold, Ursula Minor, and Kate Harding PohlLibrary Staff Present: Director Bruce Flanders, Adult Programs Librarian Rachel Smalter
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vided legwork for the library's home delivery service for over 30 years. The membership cost $80 annually. Foundation Director, Kathleen Morgan repor ted that the Library Foundation Board voted to move its endowed funds to the Douglas County Community Foundation (DCCF). DCCF currently is offering a special program that provides a 25% match (up to $10,000) for any new endowment funds invested with them. The Capital Campaign currently has received pledges totaling $621,000. The Foundation hopes to launch the community phase of the capital campaign in conjunction with the Friends October 6th book sale. The Lawrence Social Media Club "adopted" the capital campaign as its non-profit of the month in August. It will find ways to inform the community of the capital campaign. A Foundation fundraising event, "Librarians on the Big Screen: A Tribute to Nancy Pearl", is scheduled for November 2. Nancy Pearl is a regular commentator on books on NPR's “Morning Edition”. The cost of admission to the event will be $25 or $40 for a ticket and signed copy of Pearl's latest book, Book Lust. KU Libraries has agreed to serve as the event sponsor. To promote this fall fundraiser, the library is partnering with the Eldridge to offer a four part series featuring "Librarians on the Big Screen" on Friday nights in October, 7 p.m. at the Eldridge. Library patrons who show their library card will be eligible for happy hour specials from 5-7 p.m.. Rachel Smalter Hall, Adult Programs Librarian, reported that the library has partnered with Lawrence Magazine and local artist Jason Barr to distribute "John Brown Paper Doll & Disguise Kits" at our three "Civil War on the Western Frontier" events MidAugust. The fall author book signing lineup includes Tessa Gratton, Blood Magic; Candice Millard, River of Doubt and Destiny of the Republic; and Stanley Lombardo, aw a r d - w i n n i n g t r a n s l a t o r o f
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Homer's Iliad and Odyssey. Meeting adjourned at 5:30 p.m. - Elinor Tourtellot

LWV-US Council Report
Carol Jacobson attended the LWV-US Council andsubmitted the following report to the LWVL-DC Board.
The meeting took place June 17–20 and was called “The Big Picture: Anticipating the Future – The Difference is Leadership.” The goal for 2012 is “Be Visible and be Effective.” It was a three-day working meeting with the state representatives developing their state’s plan for advocacy and education through use of social media for the 2012 election. The target population is younger voters – college age and high school. Celinda Lake, President of Lake Research Partners provided a presentation on the Big Picture (economy, health care, the environment, and education) and Tammy Gordon, AARP Senior Advisor and Director of Social Communications and Strategy covered media, especially how to get out your message, and the ins and outs of social media. The business end of Council dealt with strategies for increasing Leagues effectiveness at the state level, increasing voter registration, increasing League membership, and fund raising. Some other hot issues were discussed, as well. The opening session was devoted to addressing television ads targeting Senators Claire McCaskill (D-MO) and Scott Brown (R-MASS) for their lack of support for Clean Air legislation. Both voted on April 6 for an amendment authored by Senator Jay Rockefeller (DWV) to suspend any action by the Environmental Protection Agency under the Clean Air Act regarding carbon dioxide or methane for two years, except in respect to auto emissions. The League has supported the enactment of clean air policy since the inception of EPA. It has used action alerts to all LWV members asking for support and sent delegations to Congress to lobby for clean air legislation. LWVUS would have targeted all senators who opposed the bill, but did not have the money. McCaskill and Brown were chosen because they were seen as backing away from their initial support of
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the EPA position on clean air, at a time when hardfought for legislation on many LWVUS positions is being eroded.
After National gave their rationale for the ads, delegates spoke in an open microphone session. The LWV Mass. president stated they were caught completely off guard and submitted several “directions to the board” requiring prior notice of such ads. Some state representatives expressed dismay at the new tactic. Others supported the action because the action was non-partisan and focused on the issue. New Mexico delegates said they do not name individuals, but send out voter information stating, “Your Senator voted against…” National apologized for the lack of notice to Massachusetts and Missouri and said they will develop a process and work closely with state presidents. They acknowledged the press results were mixed but air pollution issues were “in the news”. Benefits from the ads include visibility of the LWV as a supporter of clean air and contacts from other Senators and House of Representative members seeking to work more closely with the League in the future. The donors who funded the ads will be named along with other donors, as usual, in the year-end report.

TREASURER’S REPORT. Marjorie reported total income for May of $150 and expenses of $172.36. She also noted that we need contributions to the Education Fund, in which there is only $175.48. The first installment of the 2011-12 PMP will be due at the end of August. In the past we have had enough in the Ed Fund (from contributions) to cover half the LWVUS per-member-payment, but unless we receive donations to the Ed Fund of at least $150, we will have to pay the full amount of the first quarter PMP from our checking or money market account. Marjorie also reported that there has also been a satisfying response to the “gentle reminder” letter mailed by Mary Lou Wright to members (about 30) who had not yet paid 2011-2012 dues. As of July 1, balances in various accounts are as follows: Checking = $1946.12 Money Market = $4387.09 Stucky = $7849.00 Judiciary grant = $1288.58 Dues scholarship fund = $255.00 (subset of our checking account) PRESIDENT’S REPORT. Closure of Lawrence SRS Office. Kay repor ted on League actions in regard to the planned closure of the Lawrence SRS Office. With help from Carol and Carrie, Kay had written a letter to Governor Brownback asking him to rescind the decision to close the Lawrence SRS office, and received a form letter acknowledging receipt of our communication. The League had also organized a meeting of contact point agencies identified by SRS and plans to convene a community forum on July 23 at the Lawrence Public Library. Redistricting Report. Kay reported that a Special Redistricting Committee of the Legislature will hold a public hearing in Lawrence on September 2. Citizens are invited to testify. In preparation for this hearing, League has scheduled a public forum on aspects of the redistricting process on August 6 at the Library. Corey Carnahan, research analyst with the Kansas Legislative Research Department, and Burdett Loomis,
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Highlights of the July Board Meeting
PRESENT: Kay Hale (President), Marjorie Cole (Treasurer); Directors: David Burress, James Dunn, Bob Duver, Chris Lempa, Ruth Lichtwardt, Caleb Morse (Secretary pro-tem), Milton Scott. ABSENT: Bonnie Dunham, Melinda Henderson, Carol Jacobson, Carrie Lindsey. LWV L-DC MEMBERS PRESENT: Nancy Dunn, Gary Hale. The meeting took place on July 14 in Rm 203 of the First United Methodist Church, 946 Vermont St. Kay called the meeting to order at 7 pm.

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professor of political science at Kansas University, will speak at the forum. Civility Project. As previously reported, Kay had participated in a process to determine the readiness of Lawrence citizens for a Civility Project. She volunteered the League to sponsor a focus group. Several board members volunteered to attend. Judiciary Grant Funds Update. In response to our League’s request to repurpose the Judiciary grant funds, we were asked by LWVUS to provide a plan for how we would use our updated website to highlight League work on the grant “Quest for a More Diverse Judiciary.” Kay provided plan to feature some of the achievements of the grant project in Kansas and current news about the Kansas judiciary. ACTION ITEMS. Visioning the Future of Lawrence. Kay met with Hank Booth and Tom Kern about this Lawrence Chamber of Commerce initiative, which they are undertaking with training provided by the Kansas Leadership Center. The Chamber has expressed interested in collaborating with League on events geared toward this end. Caleb (Chris) moved to invite Kern to come talk at a future meeting; motion carried. Updates to LWV-L/DC Membership Directory. Kay asked about how to convey updates to the membership directory to members and still do a reasonable job of protecting their privacy. After some discussion, Caleb (Ruth) moved to update the roster, and (have Chris) post it on the website for a limited time and with access limited to members; James clarified that this should done printing an announcement in the next Voter; motion carried. Calendar update. Kay reported that our annual Afternoon with the Legislators is planned for December 17 at the home of Rita Spradlin. Rummage sale delayed. Ruth reported that the manager of Checkers has some concerns about rummage sales in the store parking lot and
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had nixed the sale League was planning for Labor Day weekend. Ruth is back to the drawing board on this, but the sale is now at least delayed until next spring. Committee Reports: Show and Tell: Transition to League Easy Web. Chris gave us a tour of the new website, which is ready to go live, and asked for contributions from some committees. Voter Services Committee. Caleb reported that the Voter Service Committee met at the Library on June 13 to discuss past and future activities. Federal Role in Public Education Study Committee. David reported on the committee’s activities thus far. They are meeting monthly to discuss the issues addressed by the consensus questions and are planning a forum on the issue for September 17 at the Library. The question essentially boils down to Should the role be bigger, smaller, or just the same? Marlene Merrill has joined the committee. ADJOURNMENT. The meeting adjourned at 9 pm.

July-August Land Use Committee Report
The Land Use Committee (LUC) met at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 23 in the community meeting room at the Merc. We discussed the July Planning Commission (PC) Agenda, and decided to send two letters. Our first letter was on PC Agenda Item 2, a proposed annexation and rezoning of 67 acres of county land from A (agricultural) zoning to the IG (General Industrial) District. The property is located immediately south of the Kansas Turnpike adjacent to a tract recently rezoned IG, east of the Turnpike K-10 Interchange. This agenda item had come up in May, but was deferred to July to await a County Commission decision on the annexation. We had not objected to the annexation, but reiterated several points made earlier in our letter sent to the PC in May: the IG District is a
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“kitchen sink” type of industrial zoning that could have a blighting effect on this highly visible location. It is designated as a “Minor Gateway” to Lawrence in our Transportation 2030―the transportation segment of Horizon 2020, our Comprehensive Plan. The timing of the rezoning is too early because there is no plan to provide urban infrastructure, and its development now would be substandard because of its dependence on county water and sewerage standards. We suggested that the zoning should be changed to UR (Urban Reserve) or IBP (Industrial-Business Park) which would give the opportunity for better planning. We also attached our May letter. OUTCOME: The PC approved the rezoning with a 7-1-1 vote. Our second letter was on Agenda Item No. 8, adoption of the Inverness Park District Plan into Chapter 14 (Specific Plans) of Horizon 2020. One recommendation of the plan was to allow the existing Remington Square Apartments property, located adjacent to Clinton Parkway, to be rezoned from its current RM15 zoning to an RM24 District to allow an additional number of apartments to be built in a 5acre vacant tract on the eastern portion of its lot. This apartment complex had been built up to the maximum number of dwellings permitted under its current zoning. We suggested that the developers could keep the RM15 zoning and utilize the newly adopted PD Overlay District to achieve this goal by rezoning the Remington Square lot to RM15-PD. The newly modified PD Overlay District superimposed on the existing zoning would have permitted the number of additional apartments requested while also providing better planning and open space. We also suggested that there should be more trails in the overall Inverness Park District Plan, including pedestrian routes to the nearby schools. OUTCOME: The PC incorporated our suggestion for utilizing the PD Overlay District for the Remington Square Apartment complex into the Inverness Park District Plan and approved the Inverness Park District Plan 7-1. Postscript to July LUC Activities: On July 10 the LUC sent an email to the City Commission (CC) with attached letters that had
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been sent to the PC in June on an ordinance that the CC was being asked to adopt at their July 12 meeting. The issue involved changes to Article 6―Density and Dimensional Standards―that had been included in the Planned Development Article 7 text amendment ordinance that was going before the CC for final adoption at this July meeting. We pointed out that Article 6 dealt with general standards that would affect all areas of the city that had RS districts adjacent to all other districts in terms of setbacks and height restrictions. The protections for RS districts that had originally been in Article 6 were being removed, and this had not been understood either by the PC or the public. OUTCOME: Before it was passed, the CC removed the section of the ordinance that had dealt with Article 6 and adopted only the text amendments to Article 7. Changes to Article 6 will now be dealt with separately and are being written by staff for the September PC meeting. The August meeting of LUC was held at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 20 at the Merc. One issue on the PC August Agenda, Item 3, was more complicated than usual in that the Inverness Park District Plan adopted by the Planning Commission on a 7 to1 vote in July, with our suggested change to require the Remington Square Apartments to be developed as a Planned Development, was declared by the planning staff in need of “clarification,” and was brought back to the PC in August for revisions. The “clarification” was actually an objection by the developer of Remington Square Apartments to the PD Overlay District on the basis of not wanting to create a “homeowners’ association” to maintain the open space. In response, the staff created an “Option 2" allowing the developer to also develop under conventional zoning, and added it to the adopted Inverness Park District Plan. We wrote two letters that explained why the developer’s maintenance arguments were invalid, and also suggested that the PC should adopt regulations governing conditioning conventional zoning if they were to continue using that practice to be able to control developments without using the PD Overlay District. OUTCOME: The PC reviewed the Plan and
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adopted the staff “clarification” changes on a vote of 5 - 4. We might add that at least one planning commissioner questioned the procedure. [Note: Unfortunately, we hadn’t checked to see if this change, which actually was a substantial change, had been properly published in the Journal-World so that the public had been given notice that this would be on the PC Agenda. It had not. It also was a non-public hearing, although one of our LUC members was allowed to speak on the issue. If this “clarification” process becomes accepted practice, everything the PC recommends could be subject to change without public notice and rehearing before it goes before the City Commission for final approval.] Our third letter sent to the PC in August was on the developer-initiated text amendment to allow artificial turf to be used as an alternative in landscaping. Currently it is not allowed. The issue originated in June because in two current cases, it was used in a hotel and apartment developments contrary to our regulations. The staff report made a compelling case for not allowing its use and we wrote a letter in June commending staff for their supporting documentation and

recommendation for denial. The PC deferred their decision until August, and we again responded with a letter supporting the Staff Report. OUTCOME: the PC denied the text amendment allowing the use of artificial turf. However, the City Commission, at its September 13th meeting, approved the use of artificial turf on a limited scale for special circumstances as an alternative landscaping material, and instructed staff to rewrite the text amendment. At the same meeting the City Commission also approved the Inverness Park District Plan with the two options included for the Remington Square Apartment addition for onebedroom residential units on its 5-acre vacant tract.

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