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AAUW Public Policy Program

The Public Policy Program underscores AAUW's mission of advancing equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research and speaks to women's needs, aspirations, and concerns across the life span. The work of AAUW builds upon more than 130 years of responsible public participation, and the following principles provide a basis for AAUW members' actions at the local, state, national, and international levels. Implicit in each of our principles is support for government agencies administering programs, including adequate appropriations, effective and accountable administration, and provision for citizen participation. We advocate public discussion to ensure enlightened decisions on these principles. We work to increase the number of underrepresented populations, including women, in policy- and other decision-making positions. AAUW is committed to working in partnership with diverse allies and coalitions to break through educational and economic barriers for women and girls.

Candidate Forums

We regularly co-sponsor election forums for Petaluma City Council, Petaluma City Schools Trustees, and topical ballot initiatives. Please contact the AAUW Board if you have an upcoming ballot initiative that should be discussed in a public forum.

Two-Minute Activist 

Get involved in supporting AAUW policy by becoming a follower of the AAUW "Two Minute Activist"

 Resources for Branch Members:  State and National Websites

1.       State:  Click HERE for the AAUW CA Public Policy Priorities
2.       National:   Look HERE for National's Principles for Action and the biennial Public Policy Priorities. 

3.       Learn about and sign up HERE for AAUW Washington Update, a weekly (Friday) summary of action taken in Washington, by following directions on the website (sign up at the bottom of the homepage).

How to Contact Our Legislators

The link on each legislator’s name will take you to the official website for the individual. You will find a biography, the committees served on, and contact information. 

• Barack Obama (D)

U.S. Senators 
• Dianne Feinstein (D)
•  Barbara Boxer (D) 

U.S. Representative
• Jared Huffman (D)

• Jerry Brown (D) 

State Senate
• Lois Wolk  (D-3)

State Assembly 
• Marc Levine (D-10)

How to Contact the Petaluma City Council

• David Glass

Vice Mayor  
• Kathy Miller 

Council Members
• Chris Albertson
• Teresa Barrett
• Dave King
• Mike Healy
• Gabe Kearney

The Petaluma City Council consists of six Council Members and the Mayor. The Council Members are elected at large for a four-year term. Three Council Members are elected at the November General Municipal election in even-numbered years. This means that at least three Council Members are up for election every two years. The Mayor is directly elected to a four-year term during the General Municipal election in November.

Council and Mayoral elections are non-partisan and members are elected as at-large representatives for all of the citizens. Regular City Council Meetings are held on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month, with some exceptions made for holidays that fall on a regular meeting day, etc. Meetings usually include a 6:00 PM Closed Session and a 7:00 PM Open Session. Special Meetings are also called on an as-needed basis. All City Council meetings are open to the public with the exception of discussions which pertain to property acquisition, legal, or personnel issues. State law allows these to be handled privately under Closed Session and no other issues may be discussed in Closed Sessions. City Council agendas indicate whether or not there will be a closed session.

Contact Information: 

City Clerk: TBD
Deputy City Clerk: Allison Mattioli 
11 English Street 
Petaluma, CA 94954 
phone: 707.778.4360 
fax: 707.778.4554 





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