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LWVO Annual Meeting 2016

All LWVO Members are called to attend the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Membership of the League of Women Voters of Oakland!

Guests are welcome. Hear from the Public Ethics Commission about its strategies on Prevention, Enforcement and Collaboration.

All LWVO Members and guests were called to attend the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Membership of the League of Women Voters of Oakland.

LWVO's Annual Meeting and Dinner was held on June 9 from 5:30 - 8pm, at Z Cafe and Bar, Oakland. Our speaker was Whitney Barazoto, Executive Director of the Oakland Public Ethics Commission. Her talk is titled "Oakland's Public Ethics Commission : Enabled, Empowered and Getting Ready to Act."

At the Annual Meeting, the members:

  • Voted to adopt the 2016-2017 Local Program
  • Voted to adopt the 2016-2017 LWVO Budget
  • Voted to approve Directors and Officers for 2015-2017
  • Voted To Approve Nominating Committee Report

    Click here for minutes of this meeting!

    Whitney Barazoto, Executive Director, Public Ethics Commission"

    Bio for Whitney Barazoto
    Ms. Barazoto joined the City of Oakland Public Ethics Commission as Executive Director in April 2012, with over 15 years of public service experience focused on enhancing government integrity + from ethics to efficiency + at state and local levels. During her tenure in Oakland, Ms. Barazoto has spearheaded key projects such as the Commission's Toward Collaborative Transparency review and vision, the drafting of the City's newly adopted Government Ethics Act which expanded the Commission's authority to enforce ethics laws, and the creation of, a web application visualizing campaign finance data developed in partnership with the City's OpenOakland (Code for America) brigade. She also led the Commission's efforts to expand its staffing, resources, authority, and independence, now codified in the newly amended City Charter, as passed by voters on November 4, 2014. Before coming to Oakland, Ms. Barazoto was senior staff to the Commission on California State Government Organization and Economy (Little Hoover Commission) from 2008-2012, where she managed complex oversight reviews of California State policy, operations and management that produced recommendations to the Governor and Legislature. She previously served as Government Affairs Director for the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC), California's watchdog for activities related to campaign finance, conflicts of interest, lobbyist registration, and gifts to public officials. Prior to the FPPC, Ms. Barazoto worked as an aide in the California State Legislature, managed a county government program, and investigated theft and fraud in the private sector. She holds a B.A. in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of California, Berkeley and a J.D. from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.
    In October 2015, the Commission co-sponsored with LWVO a public forum on Money in Politics.