League of Women Voters celebrates 50th birthday

CARLSBAD — At a recent Carlsbad City Council meeting, the League of Women Voters of North County San Diego was recognized for its 50th anniversary and their commitment to its community.Councilmember Farrah Douglas read the Proclamation, highlighting the many accomplishments the organization has done over the years. Douglas called it an honor to read the Proclamation.

Mary Crowley, president of the League of Women Voters North County San Diego accepts the Proclamation. Photo by Christina Macone-Greene

“The league of women voters of North County San Diego is a nonpartisan political organization which encourages informed and active participation in government and influences public policy through education and advocacy,” Douglas said.

Douglas also pointed out that the organization has conducted voter registration drives, presented impartial pros and cons analyses of state and local ballot measures, and conducted candidate forums.

During its early years, its official name was the League of Women Voters of San Dieguito. But the name changed as it started to merge with its neighboring cities such as Cardiff, Carlsbad, Del Mar, Encinitas, Escondido, Fallbrook, Leucadia, Oceanside, Olivenhain, Pala, Pauma Valley, Rainbow, Ramona, Rancho Santa Fe, San Marcos, Solana Beach, Valley Center and Vista. The North County San Diego section currently has more than 250 members, some of which are men.

The league has no particular office where everyone meets, but rather, they are geographically located and subdivided into units.

“On behalf of the City Council, I do hereby recognize the League of Women Voters North County San Diego for its 50 years of dedication to providing outstanding services to the community and wish to extend our appreciation on behalf of all Carlsbad residents who have benefited from its service,” Douglas said.

Mary Crowley, president of the League of Women Voters North County San Diego was present to accept the Proclamation. “On behalf of all our members, I would like to thank you for this wonderful recognition,” she said. “The league is a grassroots organization which operates on the national, state, and county level; thank you for letting us celebrate our 50th anniversary on a local level.”

Crowley pointed out that two years ago, the City of Carlsbad was kind enough to give a Proclamation for its national organization 90th birthday. On this round, the city recognized the local anniversary of the Carlsbad unit. The national league is 92 years old.

“We are still doing the same things we did in 1920,” Crowley said. “We’re trying to get people out to vote and listen to the issues.” Crowley said it is very important for the group to have others recognize their league.

While it is political, it does not support parties or candidates. It’s all about being part of civic affairs and spurring attention to the political issues raised. Education and advocacy is part of its cornerstone.

Crowley wants people to know that the league enjoys getting their message out. And being invited to the city council chambers was true privilege.

“We are looking forward to continuing our relationship with Carlsbad for many years to come,” she said.

To learn more about the League of Women Voters of North County San Diego, Crowley invites those interested to visit lwvncsd.org.

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