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Read the latest news and announcements for the League of Women Voters of San Luis Obispo County.

VOTER quarterly newsletter

Our League's VOTER newsletter is published quarterly. Read our current VOTER newsletter March 2018 Newsletter

Bishop Street Studios to Break Ground Spring 2018

Our League Board voted to support the Bishop Street Studios project that Transitions-Mental Health Association (TMHA)is proposing for the old "Sunny Acres" property off Johnson Avenue in San Luis Obispo in partnership with Housing Authority San Luis Obispo (HASLO).

Bishop Street Studios focuses on adaptive reuse and rehabilitation of the of the Historic Sunny Acres building, and will feature a community room, offices, and supportive services to persons with mental illness. The project received significant public funding from a variety of sources and received support from various local governments and community organizations. Our League wrote a Letter to the Editor in support of this project and spoke at the Board of Supervisors meeting.

The project will provide permanent supportive housing for 33 people with mental illness or recovery issues. It includes an on-site manager and on-site services. We based our support on the state position on Mental Health and our local Public Health position which included mental health services as part of an integrated and comprehensive public health system.

On September 20, Bishop Street Studios was awarded over $4.5 million dollars in 9% tax credits by the California Tax Credit Allocation Committee (TCAC) to help finance construction of the 34 unit affordable housing project. 100% of the units will be affordable to extremely-low, very-low, and low income households earning less than 60% of the Area Median Income (AMI).

We are excited that this project is scheduled to break ground Spring 2018!

March is Women's History Month

Every year we honor the women who fought for the right to vote and for equality under the law. We continue their work by fighting voter suppression, registering a record number of voters to participate in our democracy, and expanding access to the ballot box in 2018 and beyond. This year more than ever, women are in the forefront of political activism and social change. From the hundreds of women running for political office for the first time, to the Women's March, to the #MeToo movement, women are leading the way for social justice and making history.

This month, the League of Women Voters of San Luis Obispo County celebrates how far we've come while remembering how much yet needs to be done. We are registering new voters and augmenting civic education programs in our high schools. We are promoting civil participation in public life and respectful discourse at public meetings. This spring, we will assist the public to become well informed by moderating candidate forums and providing information on the measures on the June 5 primary ballot.

If you would like the league to provide a moderator for a candidates' forum, contact us at (805) 782-4040 or

Join us in the fight to make democracy work for everyone.