Welcome to the League of Women Voters of Riverside

Serving the City of Riverside as We Make Democracy Work

  Mission Statement

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues and influences public policy through education and advocacy.


June 3, 2014 - Statewide Direct Primary Election

The Easy Voter Guide has been providing new voters and busy voters with nonpartisan information for statewide elections in California since 1994.

The guide is available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Korean.





Sponsored by Riverside's League of Women Voters, The Group, The Latino Network

Candidates: Paul Zellerbach (incumbent)

Mike Hestrin



7:00 - 8:30 pm

Stratton Community Center

2008 Martin Luther King BlvdRiverside 92507


The forum is free of charge

Bring Your Questions for the Candidates

Audience Participation is Encouraged




Sponsored by Women Wonder Writers in collaboration with California Baptist University's Sociology and Criminal Justice Programs


This forum will focus on issues affecting Riverside County youth

All candidates for offices in public safety, education and supervision have been invited


TUESDAY, MAY 13, 2014

5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

California Baptist University, Wallace Theater

8432 Magnolia Avenue 92504


The event is free of charge ~ Please register at EventBrite

Organizers welcome your questions.  Submit them to


Issues affecting our youth are broad-ranging and successful programs demand the collaboration of many county services. 

This forum offers a special opportunity to learn more about problems facing our youth, hear candidates' solutions and how they plan to partner with one another to ensure the most productive outcomes.


For more details see the event flyer and visit Women Wonder Writers


Any eligible Californian who has access to the Internet and a California drivers license or ID signature on file with the DMV can now register to vote on-line.

 Public Policy  


US Supreme Court:  Big Money Worth More Than Citizen's Voices


 Read the League's highly critical assessment of the Supreme Court's decision in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission.





What are the League's Key Issues in California for 2014?


Based on our positions we periodically review bills before the California State Legislature and make recommendations. Take a look at our current bill status report.


Fracking: The New Gold Rush

If you haven’t heard about it already, you will soon. California is sitting on one of the largest shale oil deposits estimated to hold more than 50% of the recoverable shale oil in the United States. Stretching from the Central Coast to the San Joaquin Valley, the Monterey Shale Formation may be the next frontier of oil exploration in the State.

That is, if the people of California are willing to let it be fracked. This jumble of subterranean rock, folded over and over by time, will not give up its treasure easily. In order to extract the oil, large amounts of fresh water coupled with toxic chemicals and acids will need to be pumped into the earth in order to break up the shale (fracking) and release the oil. The petroleum industry says it can be done safely, but the environmental community is not so sure.

Fracking is already happening in California and in the ocean off the coast of Santa Barbara with little to no oversight.

That’s why Senate Bill 4 (SB4) was passed by the Legislature and signed by Governor Brown in September 2013. This bill establishes a comprehensive statutory framework—probably the strongest in the country—for regulating hydraulic fracturing and acidization of oil and gas wells. While the LWVC supported SB4, it is far from perfect. We have expressed our concerns in our statement on the Bill and we are committed to monitoring its implementation as the State moves down this new path.

Voter Protection

Voting Rights Challenged - Join Us in the Fight!

Voting Rights Act Fix Introduced in Congress!

Representatives James Sensenbrenner (R-WI), John Conyers (D-MI), Bobby Scott (D-VA), John Lewis (D-GA), and Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) have introduced common sense legislation that would repair and restore the Voting Rights Act. This bipartisan effort to fix the damage done by the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Shelby v. Holder is necessary to restore and protect the rights of voters across the country.

 Please urge your elected officials to support this important legislation and encourage them to act swiftly to move toward final passage

Read the LWVUS press statement on the new bill

For more on local action please see the latest edition of our Voter newsletter.

 Read more about Riverside League's past advocacy efforts on our Public Policy page and visit LWV US and LWV California



                      Join us!  LWV California members at State Convention                        If you would rather donate to our League, it is greatly appreciated.       


About Us

The League's purpose is to encourage citizens to take part in their government. 

The League is interested in helping citizens become more informed and learn the many ways to influence government on state, national and local levels.

The League is a non-partisan organization that believes responsible government should be resposive to the will of the people, mindful that a democratic government depends on the informed and active participation of its citizens.

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News and Events

League of Women Voters of Northwest Riverside County holds Board Meetings from August through May on the third Monday of the month at 6:30 pm at the YWCA, 8172 Magnolia, Riverside CA.  Our next Board Meeting is Monday, April 21, 2014

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Join the League and you will...

  • be a member of the local, state and national League;
  • have the respect of your community;
  • foster dialogue on issues you care about;
  • ensure ALL votes are counted and ALL voices are heard;
  • preserve our constitutional rights;
  • stay informed via extensive League resources;
  • or simply know that your support adds to our grassroots strength and our financial resources, making democracy work!

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