The Libertarian Party of San Francisco has once again defended its lifetime record of recommending NO votes on ballot measures, even while expecting San Franciscans to vote YES on every proposal. We Libertarians have nothing to gain by recommending NO on the tax-and-spend measures that dominate San Francisco ballots, other than maybe saving some dollars in taxes and retaining what Liberty We the People still have. Can the YES endorsers claim the same? We retired our recommendations to the website's section "Elections & Campaigns." But here is a picture of our recommendations a voter posted on the LPSF Facebook Page.
There are factions in every political party, and the LP is no exception. Referring to the convention delegates, Johnson promised to represent “everyone in this room.” That promise, the fact that Johnson has received more media attention than any other recent LP presidential candidate, and dissatisfaction withe the major parties' candidates might propel all liberty-leaning voters of all political persuasions to get behind Johnson, push him up the polls so he has a chance to get into the national debates, and vote for him in November.
C Span covered the Libertarian Party convention, and clips are on the C Span website. There are numerous articles on the Web regarding the convention; among them is one in The Washington Post which describes the issues involving the candidates well.
Gary Johnson, along with other Libertarian presidential candidates, will be on the June 7 ballot as well as the November ballot.
The Libertarian Party of San Francisco lost a friend. Sergio Klor de Alva, an enthusiastic and affable 24-year old already a veteran of political campaigns of several local office holders, was killed in a car accident on April 26. Several of us at the LPSF had the pleasure of knowing Sergio, and were uniformly impressed not only by his efficiency but also by his friendliness.
At the time of his death, Sergio was the campaign coordinator of Joel Engardio’s Board of Supervisor’s campaign. Engardio had the sad task of advising those of us involved with Sergio’s campaign work of the tragedy. He said, “I’m devastated to announce that Sergio Klor de Alva, our campaign coordinator, was killed early Tuesday morning in a car accident. This is a tragic loss for me personally and for our campaign.”
Indeed, a loss for all who knew Sergio. Friendship crosses political and partisanship boundaries. Our heartfelt sympathy goes to his family.
We have written a lot on this website about the incremental loss of control over our lives that comes with the rise in regionalism, when unelected bureaucrats take over the duties of elected officials. Voters are now being asked to give up control over their pocketbooks as well. On June 7, voters will decide the fate of Measure AA, the Clean Water, Pollution Prevention, and Habitat Restoration Measure, a proposal by the bureaucrat-let San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority. This measure is first of its kind not only because it will appear on the ballot of all nine Bay Area counties, but also because it establishes the precedent of a regional agency composed of unelected officials having the power to tax and spend.
Around 100 organizations purporting to be “saving the Bay” in one way or another stand to receive the largess flowing from the parcel tax Measure AA would implement. Thus we see much support for the proposal. However, opposition is rising from groups concerned about the spread of regionalism, opposing the ever growing implementation of parcel taxes, arguing against loss of local control over environmental challenges. Here is a sample of the opposition:
o 46-second video clip posted by Save Marinwood, in which Association of Bay Area Governments Executive Director Ezra Rapport speaks on April 6, 2016 to the ABAG Regional Planning Committee of how going to voters for tax money is “just not realistic,” so the idea of Measure AA is to “raise money regionally.” https://youtu.be/saving ABAG
o Article by Linda Koelling, former Foster City Mayor, Big Bay Area Government Costs Voters Big Money, explaining how Measure AA is “the camel in the tent.” Article is on a new website developed by Nine County Coalition. http://nine-county-coalition.squarespace.com
Gerald Cauthen and Thomas Rubin are fountains of knowledge and experience, and we are grateful that they gave so freely of their time and talent as our panelists. At this event, they also proved to be resourceful when the projector we were provided refused to work! Even though they had prepared PowerPoint presentations, they promptly switched to analog and gave excellent talks without a single prop. Speakers can only do that when they really know their stuff!
The panelists covered solid material on the subject of local transit systems.