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If the League Believes in Educating Voters, It Should Hold Candidate Debates

Dear Editor,

In her letter to the Lookout this week Natalya Zernitskaya, president of the League of Women Voters of Santa Monica, lists education as one of the League's core missions ("LETTERS -- Dispelling Common Misconceptions About the League of Women Voters," August 10).

She writes: "From the beginning, the League has been a non-partisan, activist, grassroots organization that believes that voters should play a more active role in Democracy.

"On the education side, which includes our Voter Service work, we register voters, provide fact-based pros & cons on ballot measures, put on debates and candidates’ forums, and more."

Now more than ever, the League needs to live up to its mission.

On June 9, The Lookout reported that the City will no longer produce or post free video-recorded candidate statements. They also will not hold Q&A sessions with candidates.

In addition, candidates will have to pay $1,700 if they want the City Clerk to distribute their candidate statements to voters ("Council to Consider Charging for Candidate Statements," June 9, 2020).

The League of women voter's needs to prove they are serious about voter education by organizing and holding on-line or in person debates or candidate forums with City Council and Rent Control Board candidates.

The debates can be posted on City TV, The Lookout, Face Book or other transmission means.

If the League does this, they will provide an invaluable service to Santa Monica voters. Then they can count on my full support and membership.

Thank you Madam President for your time and commitment to our nation.

Robert Kronovet
Santa Monica Rent Control Commissioner 2008-2012

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