In the 2018-2019 League year, the Junior League of Pasadena created an Advocacy committee to support the local work of the California State Public Affairs Committee Delegates.
What is CalSPAC?
Since 1971, the Junior Leagues of California State Public Affairs Committee (CalSPAC) has represented the interests of its member Leagues and their community projects to policymakers at the national, state, and local levels. CalSPAC advocates for legislation favorable to its member Leagues’ projects and issues. Since 1992, CalSPAC has co-sponsored 13 pieces of legislation that have become law. Annually, CalSPAC traditionally evaluates numerous bills for their impact and alignment with CalSPAC’s position statements.
17 member Junior Leagues comprised of over 10,000 women who volunteer over 140,000 hours to 111 community projects, and give over $1 million dollars annually to their communities.
The following Junior Leagues of California advocate for community projects and focus areas through SPAC:
- Long Beach
- Los Angeles
- Oakland/East Bay
- Orange County
- Palo Alto – Mid Peninsula
- San Diego
- San Francisco
- San Joaquin County
- San Jose
- Santa Barbara
- Track legislation relevant to Junior League projects and issue areas
- Advocate for specific legislation relevant to Junior Leagues’ issues and projects
- Coordinate the exchange of information from community-based League projects to policy makers in Sacramento and Washington D.C.
- Attend quarterly conferences to discuss, debate, and vote on relevant proposed legislation; including training and networking opportunities
- Educate JLP members about legislation that affects League projects and efforts
- Contribute to the administration and development of the CalSPAC organization
There Ought To Be A Law Campaign:
- In your work in the community, have you ever thought, “there really ought to be a law about…”? If so, your SPAC delegates would love to hear from you.
- Every year, the State Public Affairs Committee (SPAC) delegates from 17 Junior Leagues in California meet to review all suggestions presented by members across the state. As a group, they decide which ideas to sponsor as a piece of original legislation in California and work with legislators to turn the idea into law.
- Your submission can include ideas for new laws, a change in an existing law, or an idea that could be researched for further legislation. Please focus your entry on one of the 5 issue areas (LINK TO POSITION STATEMENT TAB).
- JLP Members, click here for more information and to submit your proposed law!
For More Information about CalSPAC, please visit the official California State Public Affairs website.