January, 2019


Dr. Robert Gould, President of Physicians for Social Responsibility PSR) in the San Francisco Bay Area, will answer to that question  and describe the work of PSR and its relevance in our democracy.

Saturday, January 26, 2019
10:30  AM
Fremont Main Library
2400 Stevenson Blvd
FREMONT California 94538
See map: Google Maps

Dr. Robert Gould, pathologist at UCSF School of Medicine, will speak about the work of Physicians for Social Responsibility(PSR) and how it relates to our democracy. According to PSR doctors can do more than healing the sick and fighting disease. They can work politically for a peaceful world and help protect the public from threats of nuclear proliferation, climate change and environmental toxins.


Martha Kreeger



9:30 AM - 10:00 AM:
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM:
Networking and Continental Breakfast
Event including Break-Out sessions
$45 Ticket with lunch:
$30 Ticket without lunch:
NOTE: LWVFNUC will pay for your registration fee without lunch.

Learn about Diversity, Equity and Inclusion(DEI) in the Bay Area and how regional agencies, corporations and nonprofits strengthen their workforces by employing a diverse population. See how the League at all levels can strengthen the League by embracing DEI in our search for new members.

The event will be held at Google Community Space, 188 Embarcadero. The entrance to the Community Space is at 188 Steuart St, San Francisco. This is a short walk from the SF Ferry Bldg, bus and 2 blocks from the Embarcadero BART station. Parking is always a challenge in San Francisco. Be prepared to look for spaces nearby.

Contact Alex Starr  by Monday Feb. 4th to attend. Alex will include you in the League’s reservation.

New Member Dinner and Orientation
Evelyn LaTorre’s Home
Wednesday, February 13, 2019 @ 5:30-7:30pm

 Our local organization is made up of interesting and insightful people who make a difference in the community. They have fun while informing members about important, pertinent issues. Join us on February 13th if you are new, a long-time member or just curious about LWVFNUC. Over appetizers and soup, we will look at who makes up our membership and how we influence our community and nation. 

RSVP by February 1st via a call (510-651-6773), text (510-326-1986) or email (elatorre@aol.com) if you plan to come, or for more information.


Dear Fellow League Members,

Happy New Year! I hope your holiday celebrations were filled with joy and blessings.  

Our League had a wonderful Holiday Party in December and we combined it with Program Planning for the rest of the year as well as feedback on priorities to be voted on during the LWV-California convention.   It was clear during the Program Planning phase that certain areas were more urgent. Our feedback to LWV-California is that we wanted the State league to have areas of emphasis in Proposition 13 reform, climate change as well as criminal justice reform.   LWV-California Board will accumulate the feedback from all of the local California chapters and then formulate the areas of emphasis and action.

Locally, we wanted to focus more broadly on the LWV-US directive to emphasize diversity, equity and inclusion.  We wanted to hold programs to fulfill our mission to actively encourage civic participation by not just registering to voters, but to get out the vote. We felt affordable housing was still of urgent concern.  
I am always pleasantly amazed with the wide spectrum of concerns and interests of League members.   That’s why I have always valued the League, because, at our core, we are truly a grass roots organization where the efforts of individual members is amplified to speak as one voice.   

Wishing you a very Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year!

Syeda Inamdar

Program Planning Meeting

On Dec. 7 approximately thirty members of our League met for a potluck dinner, board meeting and program planning meeting at our President’s house, Syeda Inamdar.  Martha Kreeger and Miriam Keller led the discussion of what topics we would like to prioritize in the coming year, 2019-20.

After discussion each person put dots on topics on our newsprint.  The top priority was Schools and Communities first.  It is also called Prop. 13 Reform.  The second topic was Climate Change and the third was Criminal Justice Reform. 

Other topics that didn’t make the top three were: Housing, increase the amount of affordable housing; School funding, especially for facilities; Healthcare, especially mental healthcare; Gun violence prevention and the 2020 census.  We still need to provide the state League with the names of our members who would like to help our top priorities.  Please give your name to our president if you are interested.

Calling All Leaguers!  PUT ON YOUR THINKING CAPS

This year, the Programming Team would like to expand our repertoire of venues for public programs.  Most recently, we’ve been holding the majority of our meetings in the Fremont Main Library and the Fremont Congregational Church on Blacow Ave.  While these have been working out pretty well much of the time, we'd like to have additional options from which to choose when planning programs this year, and in the future.  So we’re reaching out to you, our members, and, to use a familiar phrase, asking you to “think outside the box.” 

Do you know of any venues that would accommodate a public program for 30 or more people?  Further, the venue would need adequate parking, restrooms, and ideally, allow us to serve light refreshments.  Don’t allow a possible rental fee to stifle your creativity—sometimes, fees are negotiable. 

A list of possible venues might include the following: 
  • a place of worship
  • a restaurant or cafe (they could provide refreshments for a fee)
  • a community room of a condo, apartment or mobile home park
  • an assisted living community
  • a school theatre
  • a community theatre
You can email your ideas to Andrea Schacter at schacter@comast.net, and someone from the programming team will follow up.

Chinese Roots: Sketches of Life in the Washington Township

by Alicia Reyes on January 17th, 2019

The archives of our historic towns are rich with the stories of immigrants who came before us. Chinese Roots brings to light one group — the early Chinese people whose presence is first recorded around the time of the Gold Rush.

Hidden histories have been unearthed from the accounts of vineyards, orchards, nurseries, farmlands, and the salt and sugar industries. The records are often mere entries in nursery ledgers, in the ranch records of labor hired for harvesting fruit, in the census records, or in the smiles of winery workers at a China Camp. Other records are wonderful robust personal accounts, written about growing up here in the Washington Township — hunting and fishing, high school sports and hijinks, and endless farm work. These small sketches and accounts create a rich picture of life in the Washington Township.


January 12 – March 10, 2019, at the Maurice Marks Center (2nd floor) and main floor exhibit case at the Fremont Main Library.


Monday, January 28, at 7 pm, Fremont Main Library

Conquering the Sierra; Putting America in Motion

Thousands of unknown Chinese workers played a vital role in building America’s first transcontinental railroad across a tremendous mountain range. Phil Sexton, park director for California State Parks, Sacramento, will talk about the construction of the railroad and its profound effects on both the nation and California.

Monday, February 11, at 7 pm, Fremont Main Library

Archaeology at Stanford’s Arboretum Chinese Houses

Christopher B. Lowman will speak about how an excavation at Stanford University reveals the lives of early Chinese immigrants and their relationships with other Bay Area communities and with China. Christopher is a graduate student at UCB and works on archeological excavations and museum research.

Saturday, February 23, 10:30 am, Fremont Main Library

Family Legacies — Legend and Verification

Jeanie Low, author of China Connection: Finding Ancestral Roots for Chinese in America, will speak about how to uncover family history through immigration, naturalization, mortuary, and other records.


Sponsored by the Chinese History Project of the Washington Township Museum of Local History, a committee focused on the history of the early Chinese; the Roeding Archives of the California Nursery Company; the Shinn archives managed by the Mission Peak Heritage Foundation; and the Fremont Main Library. The Fong family has kindly shared photos and information.

Remember Measure RR the BART Bond???

LWV Bay Area has 2 League positions on the BART bond oversight committee. Due to unforeseen resignations both positions are now vacant. Both positions will fill out the remainder of the terms left on the committee, approximately one year for each. Both positions were written into Bond Measure RR to be filled by League members. Recognizing the League’s emphasis on transparency in governance and relating progress of the bond’s implementation to the public, BART management asks that the League recommend replacements for our two vacancies. The two-year term without compensation makes the committee member eligible for a total of three two-year terms.

BART will provide materials and support to the candidates and orientation for the committee member. Members must attend at least one of the two semi-annual meetings each year. All committee members are subject to all Brown Act provisions and all meetings are open to the public.

There are two BART forms for applicants to fill out. Committee members are required to comply with disclosure and California conflict of interest laws.

All committee reports can be found on the BART Bond committee web site. More detailed information and links to the forms that applicants need to fill out can be found at:

If you are interested please contact Alex Starr, LWVBA Transportation Committee Chair at apstarr@ix.netcom.com.
Deadline is January 31, 2019.

Thank you and Good luck!!