October 2022 Program

AAUW and League of Women Voters Presented:

Examining the November 2022 California Ballot Initiatives

Thursday, October 20, 2022

Speakers:  Sue Brandy and Janet Hoy
Diablo Valley League of Women Voters, Pros & Cons Team

The evening’s program was led by local Diablo Valley League of Women Voters speakers, Janet Hoy and Sue Brandy. Through slides and commentary, the speakers walked us through the seven state ballot propositions on the November ballot. They encouraged us to study and try to understand the motivations behind each proposition, as well as learning the supporters and opponents of each. There were good questions and plenty of back-and-forth conversation that was clarified and moderated beautifully by the speakers. Participants were encouraged to consult www.VotersEdge.org for details on the propositions and candidates.

This year, more than ever, we need to prepare for this critical election before we cast our ballots. California is facing unprecedented challenges to our democracy, not to mention the public health and economic crises. As voters, we must consider critical issues such as systemic racism, homelessness, rebuilding a crumbling infrastructure, and a wide range of measures on this year’s ballot.


Sue Brandy has been a member of the League of Women Voters for about 7 years, currently as Co-Vice President with Janet Hoy. She has worked in several capacities with Voter Services and Action advocacy. This is her 5th election presenting Pros and Cons. Sue is a retired psychotherapist. As director of a non- profit, Sue managed and provided counseling services to families experiencing child abuse. Later, in private practice Sue continued to work with adults and children dealing with trauma, as well as with police and fire personnel involved in traumatic critical incidents.

Janet Hoy currently serves as the Co-Vice President for the League of Women Voters Diablo Valley. She has been involved with the League for 10 years working in education and advocacy primarily focused on elections but also getting involved in local issues in both North Carolina and California. Janet’s professional background was in the health insurance industry working for insurance companies in a variety of regional roles and working for a large integrated hospital system in San Diego.