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The League of Women Voters takes action on an issue or advocates for a cause based on existing League position that supports the issue or speaks to the cause.

Positions result from a process of study. Any given study, whether it be National, State, or Local, is thorough in its pursuit of facts and details. As the study progresses, a continuing discussion of pros and cons of each situation occurs. Prior to the results of the study being presented to the general membership, study committee members fashion consensus questions that are then addressed by the membership.

Additional discussion, pro and con, takes place as members (not part of the study committee) learn the scope of the study. After the members reach consensus, the board forms positions based on that consensus.

It is the consensus statement -- the statement resulting from the consensus questions -- that becomes a position. Firm action or advocacy can then be taken on the particular issue addressed by the position.

Without a position, action/advocacy cannot be taken. In the absence of a local position, local Leagues can take action based on state positions or those of the national League.

Below are LWVHC Positions. See LWVC and LWVUS for additional positions.

Social Policy


Natural Resources


Social Policy

Funding for Services for Victims of Domestic Violence (2003)

Position Summary: Support of funding needed to provide adequate services to victims of domestic violence and elder abuse in Humboldt County.
  1. We encourage pursuing all methods for funding services for victims of domestic violence and elder abuse.

  2. We support developing a community environment that provides adequate funding for victims of domestic violence and elder abuse by encouraging:
    • Effective coordination and collaboration between agencies providing services to victims of domestic violence and elder abuse,
    • Community education and awareness of domestic violence and elder abuse, for all segments of the population, * Comprehensive training and education for all professionals and volunteers dealing with domestic violence and elder abuse.

Housing (1975, 1983, 2012)

Position Summary: Support of measures to encourage the cities and county to adopt regulations, programs and projects which will increase the affordable housing stock for all income groups.
  1. Support of decent, safe and sanitary low-cost housing for all low-income people in Humboldt County with individual needs to be considered in the planning, a choice of housing whenever possible, and more effective housing authorities. Priority should be given to:
    • Special needs for the elderly, handicapped and large families.
    • Complete use of available funds.
    • Professional resident manager.
    • Advertisement of vacancies on commissions as they occur.
    • Consideration of the qualifications of potential members of commissions.
    • A thorough orientation program for all members of commissions.
  2. Support implementation of a County Housing Element with priority given to:
    • Broader public education on housing.
    • Comprehensive planning for housing including new sites, existing stock and needs inventories.
    • Utilization of the Article 34 referendum of the California State Constitution (requirement for voter approval of low-income housing projects) if the need is determined.
    • Implementation of the State Housing Law regulations pertaining to limited-density owner-built rural dwellings providing that health and safety standards are not compromised.
    • Implementation of an alternative owner-built ordinance providing that health and safety standards are not compromised.
    • Investigation of the need for a Just Cause Eviction ordinance. Publicity of the availability of the Housing Condition Advisory Service provided by the County Building Department.
  3. Support implementation of housing regulations contained in Article 10, Title 25 of the California Administrative Code on State Housing Law which allow the owner to build under more flexible codes than the full uniform code for rehabilitation and reconstruction of existing homes in Community Service Districts provided that this contributes to increased health, fire and structural safety; does not increase unit density in the area; and a housing condition survey be required first.
  4. Support adoption of local ordinances allowing supplemental living units which conform to appropriate health, safety, and planning guidelines.
  5. Support establishment within cities of mixed zones to allow for variety of housing types and densities.
  6. Support education of the public regarding content, variety and availability of housing programs and opportunities, i.e. targeting areas of greatest need; sending out information with utility bills; using public service announcements, press releases, public meetings, Housing Advisory Boards and Area 1 Agency on Aging.
  7. Support of additional city and county public housing should be based on criteria such as needs assessment survey, waiting list for available public housing units, the percentage of low income families in the population, the vacancy rate, overcrowding and homelessness.
  8. Support of city and county housing projects involving private/public cooperation in their financing, administration and development with consideration given to factors such as the impact of the project on schools, suitability of the site, design quality, affordability for moderate as well as low income people, and provision for a variety of types of occupancy.
  9. Encourage cities to explore giving incentives to private developers to build more affordable housing. Some possible examples for city exploration are: city-provided infrastructure, consideration of smaller lot sizes, land write-downs and revolving or payback funds.

Public Health Services (1974, 2011)

Position Summary: Support of measures to provide efficient publicly-administered health care, including mental health services, as these are essential and should be available to each individual.
  1. Health care services should be obtainable by all.

  2. The rights and dignity of the individual should be safeguarded at all times.

  3. Social services are an important part of patient care.

  4. County health facilities should offer quality health care, consistent with community standard.

  5. Preventive medicine is essential and should be promoted in all phases of health care planning.

  6. Support of a mental health facility in Humboldt County.

Juvenile Detention Facilities and Programs (1978, 1984, 2006, 2016)

Position Summary: Support use of up-to-date juvenile detention facilities, provided revisions and renovations occur as required by law; alternative programs for juvenile misdemeanants; probation department's programs for foster and crisis homes.
  1. Facilities for mentally disturbed children should be provided; as well as flexible funding for the facility and its programs.
  2. Improve recreation programs and facilities within the juvenile hall.
  3. Continue substance abuse program, especially self-supporting aspect.
  4. Encourage media informational programs dealing with Probation Department's foster and crisis homes and support community members who take in delinquent youth.
  5. Encourage pretrial and post-trial alternatives.
  6. Encourage mediation/arbitration programs as a diversion from the court system for misdemeanants only.
  7. Support restitution when applicable.
  8. Maintain adequate fiscal support for all alternative programs and juvenile detention facilities.
  9. Encourage Probation Department to continue its diversion program and its support of community-based diversion options, valuable services to juveniles in the system.
  10. Support of science-based risk assessment tools.
  11. Continue adequate educational programs within the juvenile detention facilities.
  12. Encourage Probation Department to continue its diversion program and its support of community-based diversion options, valuable services to juveniles in system.

Child Care (1990, 2014)

Position Summary: Support of city and county policies and programs with incentives for the private sector for programs which meet the need for accessible, affordable, and quality care of minors.
  1. Support of local policy committed to the following principles: Caring for children is society's as well as family's responsibility; quality child care should be responsive to the diverse needs of children and their families and available to all socioeconomic groups.
  2. Support for a local administrative structure to implement child care policies, programs and services which meet the following criteria: Efficiently coordinates private and public programs; effects cooperation of responsible agencies; advocates for child care; and is responsive to public concerns.
  3. Support for diverse community efforts to meet identified local needs for child care services. Support measures that: Explore the needs and services available; provide community wide development, coordination and implementation of child care policies; designate a coordinator for child care services; provide incentives for private providers and employers through such means as fee waivers and simplification of the regulatory process; establish child care benefits and services for private and/or local government employees as a model employer; include child care elements in the General Plan.
  4. Affordability--Promote and support: State and Federal assistance for child care needs through reliable and diverse sources of funding; "flex" benefits (with a child care component) by public and private employers; measures to provide child care for all income levels, such as tax credits and grants.
  5. Availability/Accessibility--Support the use of public lands and facilities for child care programs. Support efforts to recruit licensed child care providers throughout the County.
  6. Quality--Support efforts to provide a variety of information and support services to child care providers, especially family day care providers. Support effective monitoring of child care programs. Encourage child care providers and staff to provide and maintain quality child care. Encourage family day care homes to become licensed. Advocate for and support increased wages and benefits for child care providers. Support provision of information for parents regarding child care services.

Foster Care (1991, 1999)

Position Summary: Support of services which prevent children from being placed in foster care, and which provide safe and supportive foster care when required.
  1. The primary goals of foster care in Humboldt County are the physical, emotional, and social protection, care, and growth of each child.
  2. Support coordination, cooperation and open communication among all agencies providing services to families and children.
  3. Support policies to reduce psychological disruption of the child.
  4. Support efforts to insure compatible matches of child and foster home by increasing the number of licensed foster homes available to children in need.
  5. Provide enough emergency placements for the number of children needing placement.
  6. Support family reunification when it is in the best interest of the child.
  7. Support separate staff positions for recruiting, training, and retaining foster parents.
  8. Support public education to inform citizens of the need for foster parents.
  9. Support a grievance procedure in which biological and foster parents can address concerns without fear of reprisal.
  10. Insure appropriate implementation of the home study component of the state licensing procedure.
  11. Augment state procedures for licensing foster parents with a training component which includes child development.
  12. Support respite care, by trained workers, for foster parents.
  13. Require biological parents to complete parenting training as part of their service agreement.
  14. Special recognition should be given to the needs of elderly foster parents.



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Natural Resources

Land Use Planning (1973, 1999, 2000, 2012)

Position Summary: Support of aesthetic and economic utilization of Humboldt County land resources which should be protected by thoughtful planning with full consideration of present and future needs.
  1. Planning for residential, commercial and industrial developments in urban and adjacent areas should include establishment of procedures for aesthetic review of new developments in the Humboldt Bay area, provide for natural open spaces, preserve ecologically valuable and scenic areas, and encourage preservation of historical sites and buildings.
  2. Extension, development and promotion of Humboldt Bay recreational activities with further development in all county beach areas being compatible with the natural terrain.
  3. Acquisition of more beach property by the county with the first priority being land still in its natural state; education of the public in the care of beaches; provision of more maintenance of county beach parks; enforcement of anti-littering ordinances; encouragement of public access (visual and physical) to Humboldt Bay and bay oriented activities, consistent with conservation of wild life.
  4. Prohibition of motorized vehicles from public beaches and provision of other areas for their uses. This prohibition shall not apply to vehicles which ingress and egress the beaches for the purposes of: Rescue, retrieval of gear by fisherman, legal commercial fishing, and legal salvage of materials by local "split makers" and driftwood gatherers who sell materials for income or to supplement income. The amount of material removed should be monitored to determine that its removal is not environmentally damaging. Off road vehicles should not be allowed in areas such as dunes, where their use will damage the environment or endanger pedestrians or equestrians also using the beaches.
  5. Preservation of agricultural land, whenever possible, as a land use priority.
  6. Coordinated interagency planning and action are critical to successful management and to the accomplishment of the following objectives:
    Rivers and streams should be left in their natural states whenever possible, with each case considered on its own merits. Total watershed management, including preservation and restoration, should be coordinated by qualified professionals so that economic interests, aesthetic issues, and health concerns can exist in harmony in our county and our future water supply can be provided adequately.
    Restoration is no substitute for adequate protection of existing healthy streams. We support restoration of degraded streams, provided existing healthy stream sections are protected. County general plan should include stream protection zones. Greenbelts and trails along urban stream corridors are desirable because they increase public awareness and appreciation of the importance of streams.
  7. Implementation of recreational zoning as shown on the general plan.

Resources and Development of Humboldt Bay (1968, 2000, 2013)

Position Summary: Support of the orderly development of Humboldt Bay and adjacent lands for industrial, shipping, commercial, recreational and intangible uses with full consideration of the conservation of the Humboldt Bay's natural resources and stewardship of the Humboldt Bay as a whole.
  1. A publicly elected centralized authority with full powers to function that oversees and enforces a master plan for Humboldt Bay.
  2. A long-term master plan for Humboldt Bay which includes completion, adoption and implementation.
    A. A periodic review of the plan with actively recruited public input.
    B. Development of the Humboldt Bay which conforms to the plan.
    C. The plan should be based on adequate scientific data and research.
    D. Encourage integration of city and county general plans in alignment with the adopted plan.

  • Protection through zoning and regulation for natural resources including fish and wildlife habitat areas of Humboldt Bay with adequate funding for monitoring and enforcement.
    A. Monitor and guard against pollution from all sources.
    B. Monitor and guard against introduction and spread of detrimental non-native species.
    C. Maintain and enhance greenbelts and other watershed areas to preserve the natural integrity of Humboldt Bay.

  • Encouragement of industrial, commercial and recreational development which does not hamper the enjoyment of Humboldt Bay's potential for other purposes and preserves the natural resources of Humboldt Bay.
    A. Include industrial and commercial coastal dependent development that enhances and complements Humboldt Bay and its resources.
    B. Promote activities which preserve, enhance or restore the natural resources of Humboldt Bay.
    C. Any importation of natural products should be from sustainably managed resources.
    D. Development and maintenance of an integrated transportation system for Humboldt Bay.

  • Recreational development on Humboldt Bay should include the following considerations:
    A. Appropriate public access for low-impact activities.
    B. High-impact activities only where appropriate and in designated areas.
    C. Public physical and visual access to Humboldt Bay for the enjoyment of both residents and visitors.

  • Public education that develops responsibility for appropriate uses of Humboldt Bay, including:
    A. Year-around environmental education.
    B. Pollution prevention measures.
    C. The inherent value of Humboldt Bay's resources.

  • Encourage all governmental entities to work cooperatively in the stewardship, management and development of Humboldt Bay.
  • Hazardous Wastes in Humboldt County (1985, 2011)

    Position Summary: Support of safe storage, management and disposal of hazardous wastes generated in Humboldt County, with special emphasis on reduction of wastes to be disposed of, increased awareness of hazardous materials use and disposal, and realization that all users of hazardous materials should share in the responsibility for costs of hazardous waste management
    1. All hazardous wastes in the county must be disposed of safely.
    2. All users of hazardous materials should share in the costs of the safe storage, management and disposal of hazardous wastes in the county.
    3. A transfer station should be supported in the county, for county wastes only, provided it meets stringent health, safety, environmental and land use standards.
    4. If a Class I Hazardous Waste Disposal Site becomes a requirement in Humboldt County, it should accept only hazardous waste generated in this county, and the site must meet the LWVUS Hazardous Waste Siting Criteria; additionally, it should not be near facilities frequented by large numbers of people.
    5. Responsibility should be designated locally to inventory hazardous wastes in this county, and to determine appropriate alternatives to land disposal, i.e. recycling and source reduction.
    6. Support thorough and comprehensive training for local existing emergency response personnel and a well trained and properly equipped local team capable of responding to hazardous waste emergencies throughout the county.
    7. Support measures to increase consumer awareness and education for people of all ages, regarding hazardous wastes in the home, community or county.
    8. Support the consumer's right to know what hazardous materials are used and what hazardous wastes are generated and/or transported within the county.


    Humboldt County Civil Grand Jury System

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    Library Facilities

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    Eureka City Government

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    Local Government Financing

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    The Role of Government in Economic Development

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    Transportation in Humboldt County

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    Eureka Redevelopment Agency Study

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