What we do: JLSD supports bills that relate to women and children, foster youth and anti-human trafficking. To become law, each bill introduced by a legislative member must move through both houses – the Assembly and the Senate – and be voted to pass at each step (specific committees, fiscal committee, and the house floor). If passed by both houses, the California Governor can then either sign the bill into law, or veto the bill. JLSD’s Legislative Liaisons write letters of support to the author of the bill, as well as each committee that the bill passes through, asking for their vote of support.
We have a team of 16 JLSD members who volunteered to help us with support letters throughout the summer. We are currently working to support the following 17 bills:
||Make our tax code gender neutral, end a longstanding tax on feminine hygiene products and join 8 other states in fixing this
||If an offender rapes someone who is not able to give consent, whether because of disability, intoxication, or unconsciousness, bill wants to classify as a violent felony (rather than the current serious felony)
||Defines Human Trafficking as a violent felony
||Specific annual training plan developed for parents with foster youth based on needs of youth
||Closes a gap in AB 12 payments for minor dependents in post secondary education
||Allows Human Trafficking victims to be eligible for compensation
||Adds Human Trafficking to health education in school
||Develops a database for placing foster youth in the most appropriate location
||Gives matching grants for homeless programs
||Allows victims and law enforcement to sue child rapists to curb the demand for exploitation
||Aims to reduce child poverty by 50% over the next 20 years by adopting a framework for continued investment in programs and approaches that have been researched and proven to impact poverty in the most cost-effective ways.
||Require County Welfare Departments to coordinate with California State Universities and community colleges to improve access that foster youth have to campus support programs and resources
||Revise its model human trafficking notice to include the option of texting to a hotline.
||Exception: personal character admissible to use for cases against commercial sexual offense
||Health education provided to foster youth through case plan
||Require a hotel or motel that provides lodging services in the state to train its employees who are likely to interact or come into contact with victims of human trafficking in recognizing the signs of human trafficking and how to report those signs to the appropriate law enforcement agency.
||Adds victims of human trafficking to the list of people eligible for the Safe at Home program. The Safe at Home program provides a free post office box and mail forwarding service to eligible people. Safe at Home program participants can use their confidential address for numerous services: petition for a confidential legal name change, confidential voter registration, confidential driver’s license and vehicle registration.
If you are interested in supporting any of these bills – check out their status by looking up the bill number on http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/ . If you are interested in personally supporting any of these pieces of legislation, please reach out to the JLSD Legislative Liaisons for more information on how to lend your personal support (outside of the league).
Shauna Sliwkanich and Brandi Cropper
JLSD 2017-2018 Legislative Liaisons
Although the Junior League of San Diego’s 2016 – 2017 Year has come to close, we would like to, once again, formally recognize those individuals who were announced as annual award winners at the May General Membership meeting.
President’s Award – Virginia Chambers
Spirit Award – Lindsay Pfeffer
Leadership Award – Melissa Davies
Spirit of Volunteerism – JLSD Sustainer Barbara Kramer
Executive Management Team Star Recognition
- Membership Council
- Becky Coulter, Provisional Chair
- Kelly Johnson, Provisional Chair
- Tracy Mitchell, Membership Connections Chair
- Jennifer Kutzke, Membership Connections Transfer Coordinator
- Community Outreach Council
- Melina Flanders, Solutions Summit Chair
- Emily Pickering, TAY Outcomes Task Forces Chair
- Holly Nicoll, Impact Committee
- Erin Swift, TAY Outcomes Task Force Committee
- Fund Development
- Crystal Arnote, The Main Event Chair
- Ali Head, JBBB Chair
- Brianna Barbier, F&W Committee
- Hope Reilly, F&W Committee
- Finance Council
- Lisa Norris, F&W Treasurer
- Elle Masri, Finance Council Member at Large
- Angela Venuti, Marketing & PR for Fund Dev Chair
- Libby Lopez, Social Media Chair Elect
- Franceen Kakavoulis-Perera, Publications and Website
- Sheridan Malphurs, Training Council
- April Joy Galka, Training Council
Tracy Achten Jennifer Burton
Virginia Chambers Lisa Cobble
Nicole Crosby Natalie Hunter
Sarah Rechif Dayana Silva-James
Provisional Rising Stars:
Emilie Brooks Rachel Grover
Olivia Huie Sally Johnson
Hannah Kropf Allison Lojek
Katie Morel Darlene Robetcky
What is the Junior League’s Solution Summit? – Members of the Junior League of San Diego and community partners continuously working toward improving the lives of Transition-Age Foster Youth (TAY) in San Diego County.
Speakers: Dairrick Hodges, Judge Sharon Kalemkiarian, Veronica Castillo (Photo: Eric Gonzales Photography)
This year’s Solutions Summit, held at the San Diego Central Library on March 22 and 23, focused primarily on establishing potential solutions to solve TAY issues related to 3 issues: (1) pregnancy and prevention, (2) housing, and (3) sexual exploitation. The themes were determined by a steering committee and decided on by Just in Time’s LEAP Council, as this year’s Solutions Summit team hoped to add more of a TAY voice to the event.
Over 60 community partners, each with a TAY connection, participated in this year’s event and lent themselves to the following potential initiatives:
- Developing an app that helps with decision making to prevent human trafficking
- Creating a video series to teach TAY parenting skills and relationship norms
- Two new conferences for TAY and their supporters – one including resources related to housing, and the other focused on pregnancy prevention.
All potential outcomes will be reviewed by the Junior League to determine whether TAY Task Forces will be able to assist in implementing the initiatives.
Speaker: Councilwoman Lorie Zapf
JLSD’s Charter Day luncheon brings together League members of all generations and friends to celebrate the JLSD’s rich history of work serving the San Diego community.
Join us Sunday, March 12th at Paradise Point Resort and Spa’s Sunset Ballroom for the 88th JLSD Charter Day celebration luncheon.
Guest Speaker: Gayle Wilson, former JLSD President (1978-1979) and First Lady of California (1991-1999), a remarkable woman, community activist and a career volunteer.
Tickets: $40 includes lunch, complimentary parking, and no host bar. Boutique with JLSD items featured from 10:00am to 12:00pm, followed 12:00 to 2:00 pm by the luncheon and guest speaker.
It is fair to say that the JLSD ladies are the best and brightest, but do we all know how our government works?
JLSD’s State Public Affairs Delegates understand your pain, and are here to train our ladies to talk politics. Join “Legislation and Libations” on Saturday, March 4th from 10:00am – 2:00pm, at the JLSD house to train yourself to be politically savvy. Get a California Government 101 run-through, learn more about SPAC-authored (written) bills, and analyze a bill all over mimosas, just like the pros in DC do it!
Assemblyman Todd Gloria will be the keynote speaker. Training credit will be given to attendees. Sign up on the JLSD training website here.
The Junior League of San Diego’s Community Outreach Council hosted the 5th Annual Community Partners Breakfast on February 16th at the downtown Girl Scouts Headquarters. This collaboration of JLSD TAY advocates and community leaders enjoyed a buffet breakfast while discussing future plans for JLSD’s upcoming Solution Summit 22 – 23 March 2017 , and on-going efforts and outcomes by our TAY Task Forces.
Laura Tancredi-Baese, CEO of Home-Start, and Susie Terry, Project Specialist with the Foster Youth Services Coordinating Program and Homeless Education Services, San Diego County Office of Education, each spoke about TAY and how housing policies impact their success and growth.
Laura Tancredi-Baese of Home Start.
Angela Venuti, Fund Development Marketing Chair, Marketing Council
Angela is the wonderful JLSD volunteer responsible for securing the great media coverage for Jingle Bell Bachelor Bash. She is the communication glue between Marketing and Fund Development for all of our events and keeps everything on track. Our fundraising efforts would not be as successful without you and we can’t wait to see the coverage for Food and Wine in May. We know you’ll knock it out of the park! Way to go Angela!