Luncheon to focus on gun control, bullying, immigration

Topics Luncheons are held every three months and provide a starting place for conversations on issues that can be highly controversial. (File)

Topics Luncheons are held every three months and provide a starting place for conversations on issues that can be highly controversial. (File)

PALMDALE – “Hot Button” issues will be the focus of a “Topics Luncheon” this Thursday sponsored by the League of Women Voters Antelope Valley.

The Quarterly Topics Lunch discussion will start at 11:30 a.m., Thursday, April 25 at the Palmdale Hotel, located at 300 West Palmdale Boulevard in Palmdale.

“These luncheons provide a place to begin or continue a conversation on the issues,” Denise Latanzi, LWVAV president said.  “It can be the first step in finding that middle ground on issues that are highly controversial,” she concluded.

Each table will have a different topic and be moderated in order to ensure respectful and helpful discussion.

Topics for luncheon include:

  • Gun Control: A real possibility or an impossible hope?
  • Bullying:  What can we really do to combat intimidation in our schools?
  • Increasing Community Involvement in the AV: How can we increase the awareness of community happenings and the encouraging of greater involvement throughout the AV?
  • Immigration: Do we have common ground, can we engage areas of difference?

The cost of the Luncheon is $20, and can be prepaid at by credit card, or by cash or check at the door. Seating is limited.

To RSVP, visit the groups Facebook page or email

The League of Women Voters Antelope Valley (LWCAV) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that neither supports, nor endorses any particular candidate or party.

Anyone interested in becoming a member, or needing further information is encouraged to visit the website at

  18 comments for “Luncheon to focus on gun control, bullying, immigration

  1. dumbandblind
    May 18, 2013 at 11:43 pm

    Chaotic action is preferable to orderly inaction.

  2. Craig
    May 16, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    When Guns are Outlawed, it will be like living in Los Angeles, NYC or Chicago.

    Be careful what you wish for.

    • dumbandblind
      May 18, 2013 at 11:45 pm

      None of these ladies would know the value of having a gun until they are faced with what they fear most.

  3. Lori
    April 24, 2013 at 11:37 am

    By having this on a Thursday, in the middle of the day, you are leaving a lot of working women out of the discussion.

    • Denise Latanzi
      April 24, 2013 at 11:50 pm

      Lori, it’s a quarterly luncheon, so it’s in the middle of the day. Unfortunately, doing an evening topic dinner is cost prohibitive, as venues tend to charge a lot more in the evening to host a dinner.
      We do host events in the evening, and have several coming up, including opportunities for the public to come out and meet their new captains at both Sheriff stations, and a Summer Mixer, which is a pot luck and a lot of fun.

      Also, contrary to what was posted below, we have no position on Gun Control or Immigration. We chose to spotlight hot button topics, and provide a venue to have an honest conversation about the issue, and as is normal, people who represent all sides show up and have a civil conversation about it. We may not be able to solve all the worlds problems, but we get much closer to a local understanding when we can talk about issues as adults.

      • ...
        April 25, 2013 at 6:32 am

        No position on gun control? That’s not reflected in the name of discussion topic. That was a poor choice of words if you really intended it to be unbiased.

    • Rhonda
      April 25, 2013 at 11:30 am


      This is more of a social club for wannabe politicians and bored housewives who dont have to work but want to feel like they are “contributing” to society. Once you realize that, you understand where this is going. Most of the women who go to these meetings have no idea what its like to have to work two jobs and commute 63 miles one way each day. They are either retired, on welfare, own their own business or have the blessing of a husband with a really good job which is something most of us dont have.

      • Denise Latanzi
        April 26, 2013 at 7:43 pm

        Well, I have no idea who “Rhonda” is referring to, but she is obviously completely unfamiliar with LWVAV, our members, or our Board. First, half of our members, and half of our BOD are male. I work 60 hours week as the director of one of the valley’s largest nonprofit organizations. One of our board members is the CEO of a company she started. In addition, we have an engineer, the pastor of a large church, and even a retired but still very active hospital administrator. Our members are also mostly local professionals.
        We are no different from anyone else who lives here, except we all made a decision to do more than sit at a computer and anonymously insult people. I even managed to do it with a full time job, while raising 6 children.

        • Denise Latanzi
          April 26, 2013 at 8:02 pm

          And to the other ….. poster. We actually determine what we are going to call a table sort of based on what will provoke a reaction. We want people to have strong opinions, we want them to express them. . On BOTH sides, which is exactly what happened yesterday. I can tell you that they did not agree at that table, they didn’t even come to any sort of consensus, but they had a real, real conversation, and they did it with respect, and it stayed friendly.

          • Thankful
            April 26, 2013 at 11:31 pm

            Thank you Denise. I was going to say something and bit my tongue. You said it much more eloquently than I would have.
            It always seems that its the people who work the hardest and put themselves out there the farthest that people try to knock down the hardest. So, I want to say thank you to you for all that you do for our schools and other groups.

  4. nimby
    April 24, 2013 at 7:08 am

    Just think….if the Boston b om bers would have waited a few more months, Ken ya-in-Chief O bam a would have given them amnesty. How many more like the Boston b om bers are living here among us?

    • justbeingreal
      April 24, 2013 at 8:17 am


    • sikntired
      April 24, 2013 at 10:41 am

      More than we would like thanks to pathetic immigration policies.And how many living on the dole, as were this family?

  5. dumbandblind
    April 23, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    Well done is better than well said. ~Benjamin Franklin

  6. Realist
    April 23, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    “Topics for luncheon include:

    Gun Control: A real possibility or an impossible hope?”

    This heading already tells me that this event is going to have a major bias so I shouldn’t even bother showing up?

    Instead of “gun control”, how about we have some “thug control”? After all, it is the thugs, not law abiding citizens, that are out killing people left and right with guns that they don’t rightfully own.

    • sikntired
      April 23, 2013 at 9:08 pm

      Don’t confuse them with the facts, Real.They can’t handle them.

    • nimby
      April 24, 2013 at 7:17 am

      If you outlaw our guns, only outlaws will have guns.

    • Pixie
      April 24, 2013 at 11:01 am

      My immediate impression as well Realist.

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