Positions

Breaking the Cycle of Violence

LWVE supports programs to prevent violence and serve the victims of family violence. These programs should include: Educational programs that emphasize self-esteem, healthy sexuality, problem solving, positive expression of emotions, non-violent conflict resolution, and respect for others to prevent violent behavior. This would include support for: Government-sponsored parenting and early childhood classes. Local or state…

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Community Center

LWVE supports maintaining a Community Center in Edina which: Responds to the diverse interests and changing needs of all age groups. Includes broad citizen involvement in its governance. Employs a professional staff to ensure quality programs. Has access to multiple funding sources including financial support by both the city and school district.

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Education

Updated May 2019, June 2020 LWVE supports continuing a system of excellence in Edina’s public schools, pre-K through grade 12 and community education for all ages, which is characterized by: An adequate combination of both state and local revenues. Procedures which fit teaching methods and content to the students’ rate and style of learning, needs…

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Fiscal Priorities for the City

LWVE advocates a balanced, adequate and equitably funded city budget which emanates from: Long range financial planning. Financial information provided to all citizens. Meaningful citizen participation in setting priorities.

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Land Use / Environmental Quality

Adopted 1971; Updated 1973, 1992, 2020 LWVE advocates land use policies for the city which: Require consideration of environmental impact. Protect open lands and water resources in the City of Edina. We urge the city to exercise its powers to acquire land and regulate land use to protect water resources. Regulate development to facilitate efficient…

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Renewable Energy

Adopted May 2005; Updated May 2019, Survey and Report 2020 LWVE supports the use of renewable energy and energy conservation to improve environmental and public health, energy independence and security for the residents of Edina. LWVE supports renewable energy objectives for the City of Edina. Examples include: Participation in a renewable energy coalition; Consideration of…

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Senior Citizens

Updated May 2012, Updated June 2020 LWVE supports policies that are responsive to the senior citizen population in Edina, including: A Senior Center with the following attributes: ample on-site parking; easy accessibility by its members; programs for diverse interest and needs; intergenerational uses; adequate staffing by professionals; inclusive of all Edina seniors; adequate funding by…

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City of Edina Advisory Boards and Commissions

Adopted May 2006; Updated May 2018, Survey and Report done 2020 LWVE supports: Codified, uniform term limits for all appointed advisory boards and commissions; Appointments to advisory boards and commissions that reflect the demographics of the City of Edina; Accurate, consistent, accessible and timely publication of: The purpose of advisory boards and commissions, openings on…

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Use of Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs

Adopted 1997, Updated 2014 and 2020 LWVE supports the following as it relates to Alcohol, Tobacco, Other Drugs (ATOD), Vaping devices and E-cigarette use: Educational programs that support improved chemical health, including: Ongoing programs, especially in the middle and high school years. Regular continuing education for adult educators, coaches and school administrators. Alternatives to suspension…

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Transportation

Adopted 2013, Updated 2020 LWVE supports: A transit system in Edina A system of bikeways and walkways Regulation of development to facilitate efficient use of transportation systems Adequate transportation for seniors and people with disabilities that includes door-to-door service, paid professional drives, and low-cost fares. Publicly funded construction of publicly accessible charging stations for electric…

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Recycling

Adopted 1984; Updated April 2011, May 2018 LWVE supports a local recycling and composting program based on the four Rs: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, React, which includes: Active assistance for recycling and composting all materials, including food and yard waste. Adequate city staff for local recycling and composting programs. Household pickup of recyclable and compostable materials,…

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Public Facilities

LWVE supports public facilities in Edina which: Balance public interests and needs with fiscal responsibility. Respond to the diverse and changing needs of Edina. Allow for citizen involvement in their governance Private Access To and Use of Public Facilities Adopted May 2010 LWVE supports: A communications advisory body to advise the City Council and City…

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