Claremont Insider: LWV Soirée Set for Feb. 9th

Monday, February 4, 2008

LWV Soirée Set for Feb. 9th

Come to the Claremont League of Women Voters' annual gala fundraising auction Saturday, February 9th, at 5:30pm in the Alexander Hughes Community Center at 1700 Danbury Rd.

This year's theme is "Under the Tuscan Moon." According to the Daily Bulletin's Suzanne Sproul, you'll have a chance to sample the wares of aspiring Claremont celebrity chef Diann Ring. (You Insiders may want to hire tasters.)

The event costs $55 per person. You can call (909) 964-3187 to get more information.

Sproul's article quoted League development chair Carlynne McDonnell:

"Being in this organization is really part of a legacy. My mother was very active and believed in participation. I do, too, and I encourage people to be active in the electoral process. I believe very strongly in the idea of one voice, one vote, and that that concept matters," McDonnell said.

Naturally, McDonnell didn't bother to tell the Bulletin that the one voice, the one vote, that matters is the League's.

The artice also explained the League's self-image:

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization that aims to help educate the public and encourage citizens to participate in government on all levels. Contrary to its name, the nonprofit organization is open to women and men and has been very active in the Inland Valley. It provides unbiased information through its voters service/citizen education program. The group prides itself on its nonpartisan status, but its members do study issues and will debate for or against particular policies.

As we've explained before, we believe the League's actions belie Sproul's description. For instance, as to the League's being "very active in the Inland Valley," a glance at their recent newsletters shows the Claremont League's activities are confined pretty much to Claremont.

The League doesn't seem much interested in what affects other cities like Alta Loma, Chino, Chino Hills, Diamond Bar, Glendora, La Verne, Rancho Cucamonga, Upland, even though their website lists those places as being in their service area.

We won't even get into the partisanship nature of the Claremont LWV here, but we will note that truth in advertising laws may force the League to change its monthly newsletter name from the Voter to the Yenta.

LWV, Claremont: the names and slogan say it all:

[SELF-] SERVING THE PEOPLE OF Alta Loma, Chino, Chino Hills, CLAREMONT, Diamond Bar, Glendora, La Verne, Montclair, Ontario, Pomona, Rancho Cucamonga, San Dimas, Upland, California