Meetings

The Libertarian Party of San Francisco meets for official business on the second Saturday of each month, from 3 to 5 p.m.  Most of these meetings are held at the San Francisco Main Library at 100 Larkin, just outside the Civic Center BART/Muni station on Market Street.  We announce the location of each meeting on the front page of our website and on our Announcements (you can subscribe to our Announcements List by clicking the link on the front page).

 

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A social hour follows from 5 to 6 p.m. at a local establishment (arrive before 5 to walk there with us).  Visitors are welcome to call or drop in and join us for the business meeting and/or the social hour.

Minutes, Meeting of March 14, 2015

Libertarian Party of San Francisco

Minutes for Monthly Meeting at the San Francisco Public Library on Saturday, March 14, 2015

 

Attendees: Phil Berg, Aubrey Freedman (Chair), Starchild, and Jason Williams (guest).

 

Activist Reports: Starchild gave a presentation at Free Exchange about singularity, attended the YAL debate at SF State, and spoke at a rally for Tibet.  His plans for the upcoming month are to be interviewed by Joel Engardio (Examiner columnist), attend a BACLC civil rights gathering in Oakland on March 18, debate at SF Debate at The Commonwealth Club on March 17 arguing for the skeptical view of climate change, and speak on a radio show (with Brian who he met at the YAL debate).  Aubrey’s only activism lately was promoting the Tax Day symposium in April.  

 

Announcements:

Sunday, March 15-2:00-6:00 PM-Sex Workers’ Picnic at Dolores Park.

Monday, March 16-7:00-9:00 PM-Golden Gate Liberty Revolution-Monthly Meeting-Moksha Life Center-405 Sansome Street.

Tuesday, March 17-7:00 PM-SF Debate on Climate Change at The Commonwealth Club -555 Post Street-cost is $5.

Tuesday, March 17-5:30-8:00 PM-Showing of the documentary Cowspiracy about the environmental effects of animal agriculture in the Koret Room in the SF Library Main Branch.

Wednesday, March 18-6:30 PM-BACLC (Bay Area Civil Liberties Coalition) meeting at Impact Hub in Oakland.

Saturday, April 4,-7:00-11:00 PM-Free Exchange-Jim Elwood’s in Parkmerced.

Saturday, April 25-JSA Convention-Santa Clara Marriott-2700 Mission College Blvd-Aubrey noted that he will be on vacation, but Les likes to attend this event so maybe he can drive (Starchild and Phil expressed an interest in attending).

 

Reminder:  Aubrey noted that any activist can organize an event.  The person just needs to post it on the Activist List or bring it up at a meeting so the LPSF is on board with the event.

 

Membership/Newsletter Report:  Aubrey reported membership is down by one member to 38 (22 lifetime members and 16 current paid up annual members).  For the monthly email newsletter, he reported having a lot of trouble with Yahoo in February locking him out of his account several times because of “suspicious activity” (sending spam).  He will send smaller batches of emails in the future.

 

Treasurer’s Report: Aubrey reported that the beginning balance was $3,517.13.  No checks were written in the past month.  There was one dues payment of $25.00 and a transfer of monthly donations from PayPal of $55.00.  The new balance is $3,597.13.  Aubrey noted that $350 is earmarked for Pride, but another $43.53 has not been transferred from PayPal yet, so the adjusted amount we have to work with is $3,290.66.    

 

Political Filing Report:  Aubrey noted that the rules for reporting are:  from $0.01-$24.99-no information is needed from the donor; from $25.00-$99.99-need name and street address of donor; and from $100.00 or more-need name, street address, occupation, and employer of donor.  Figures are cumulative throughout the year, so each donor’s contributions must be tracked separately.  Aubrey contacted all the recurring monthly donors and was happy to report that all donors understood the reason for filing the reports and collecting the intrusive information, and no donors decided to withdraw their support.

 

Pride 2015: Aubrey reported that all fees have been paid and all paperwork has been submitted to SF Pride, so everything is all set for the last week-end in June.

 

Tax Day 2015: We discussed the final details for the housing symposium at the Main Library on April 5.  There will be 60 chairs and 3 tables—2 for the panelists and Starchild, and one near the entrance for water and programs/brochures.  The question of amplified sound came up—Aubrey said he will contact Michael Hinson from the library to see if they have a mike available.  The question of taping the event for the record also came up, and it was suggested that we contact Steve Kemp from the anti-Plan Bay Area coalition to see if he would agree to tape it professionally for us (we will cover any expenses he incurs).  Starchild mentioned that he’s still working on trying to get noted housing activist Jennifer Friedenbach to appear as another one of our panelists. 

Agenda, Meeting of April 11, 2015

Libertarian Party of San Francisco Agenda:  Saturday, April 11, 2015

Meeting Location:  San Francisco Main Library – 4th Floor Conference Room

 

Welcome – Introductions 3:05-3:15

Activist Reports – Past & Future 3:16-3:40

Announcements 3:41-3:55

Membership/Newsletter Report 3:56-4:00

Website Report 4:01-4:05

Treasurer’s Report 4:06-4:10

Tax Day 2015 Report 4:11-4:25

Pride 2015 4:26-4:30

Focused Objective for the Next Few Months 4:31-5:00

 

Agenda, Meeting of March 14, 2015

Libertarian Party of San Francisco Agenda:  Saturday, March 14, 2015

Meeting Location:  San Francisco Main Library – 4th Floor Conference Room

 

Welcome – Introductions 3:05-3:15

Activist Reports – Past & Future 3:16-3:35

Announcements 3:36-3:50

Reminders (Organizing Events/Minutes) 3:51-3:55

Membership/Newsletter Report 3:56-4:00

Website Report 4:01-4:05

Treasurer’s Report 4:06-4:10

Political Filing Report 4:11-4:20

Pride 2015 4:21-4:25

Tax Day 2015 4:26-5:00

Minutes, Meeting of January 10, 2015

Libertarian Party of San Francisco

Minutes for Monthly Meeting at the San Francisco Public Library on Saturday, January 10, 2015

Attendees: Phil Berg, Marcy Berry (Vice Chair), Daniel Christmann (guest), Rich Churills (guest), Aubrey Freedman (Chair), Jon Larsen (guest), Les Mangus (Treasurer), Brandon Partridge (guest), Sam Sloan, Starchild, Sonja Trauss (guest), Channing-Celeste Wayne (guest), K C Wider (guest), Richard Winger, and Alton Yee (guest).

Activist Reports: None (many guests and late drop-ins; much of the first hour was taken up with introductions and announcements).  

Announcements:

Sunday, January 11, 2015-9:00 AM-4:00 PM-Starchild mentioned that GGLR has a table at the gun show at the Cow Palace this week-end and can always use extra helpers with outreach.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015-4:00 PM-Sonja noted there will be a Happy Hour hosted by SFBARF.

Thursday, January 15, 2015-9:00 AM-Top Two Hearing at the State Courthouse at 350 McAllister-Richard Winger stressed that a well-attended hearing could benefit the lawsuit against Prop 14, which was approved over 2 years ago.

Monday, January 19, 2015-7:00-9:00 PM-Golden Gate Liberty Revolution-Monthly Meeting-Moksha Life Center-405 Sansome Street.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015-6:00-8:00 PM-Planning Department meeting-Lick-Wilderming High School cafeteria-755 Ocean Avenue-Sonja urged folks to attend and advocate for the approval of the development of all 60,000 new housing units at the Balboa Reservoir (currently an unused, empty 17-acre lot).

Saturday, January 31, 2015-Starchild will speak at the San Diego LP annual conference in San Diego.

Saturday, January 31, 2015-Alton urged folks to register early for this year’s Freedomfest in Las Vegas in July to take advantage of the early registration discount.

Saturday, February 7, 2015-7:00-11:00 PM-Free Exchange-Jim Elwood’s in Parkmerced.

Friday, February 13, 2015-Alton mentioned that Students for Liberty will be hosting a conference in Washington D.C. with guest speakers Judge Napolitano and Ron Paul.

Election of Officers for 2015:  Daniel Christmann was encouraged to join the Executive Committee and tackle the position of Secretary.  He took out a membership on the spot and was elected Secretary unanimously.  There were no other members that wanted the other three officer positions, so all the current officers (Aubrey as Chair, Marcy as Vice Chair, and Les as Treasurer) were unanimously re-elected for yet another year in the same positions.

Membership Report:  Aubrey reported no change in membership.  The current figures are 17 regular + 22 life members for a total of 39.  He will put out his second monthly newsletter within a few days in the hope of drumming up new interest in the work of the LPSF and increasing membership.

Website Report:  Marcy continues to write new articles for the website regularly.  She also indicated that the LPSF welcomes guest-contributed articles to the website and gave assurance that the authors’ names would be listed.  She also reported that the number of hits the website receives was not only very impressive in November but also high in December (probably due to leftover interest from the November election).

Treasurer’s Report: Les reported that the beginning balance was $2,963.13.  No deposits were posted and two checks were cut—one to Aubrey for $200.00 for the gun show in September and the postcard mailing in October (for the November election) and one to Californians for Electoral Reform for $25.00.  The current balance is $2,738.13.  Les brought up that we need to file a report with the Secretary of State to register as a PAC, as was agreed upon at the last meeting.  Aubrey will fill out the required registration report with Les’ help and start filing the required reports with the Secretary of State.    

Pride 2015: Aubrey reported that it’s time to register for a spot at Pride, if we want to have a booth there again this year.  He had not seen the rates for the booth, but based on the last few years, he expected the cost to be around $300 for the booth spot and $50 for insurance.  We are OK on literature so no reason to budget additional for that this year.   Starchild noted that he didn’t think the cost of participating is worth that large expenditure and suggested that we set up our booth outside the fair to avoid the large cost or just walk around the fair and pass out literature.  He also suggested that we march in the parade rather than set up a booth because the exposure will be greater.  As we were running out of time to discuss the issue, Marcy suggested that we discuss the best way to participate in Pride this year on the Activist and Discussion lists.  Aubrey noted that he will post something on the lists.

Tax Day 2015: Confirmed panelists for our symposium on housing in SF are Randal O’Toole, (known as The Antiplanner); Sonja Trauss from SF Bay Area Renters Federation; and Joel Engardio, respected journalist (who has since the meeting changed his mind and will not be a panelist).  The symposium will be on Sunday, April 5 at the Main Library in the Latino/Hispanic Room B Lower Level meeting room from 1:30-3:30 PM.  Sonja talked about the need for lots of more housing units to be built in order to increase the supply and lower prices.  Her goal is to build 100,000 new units in The City with many 24-story buildings.  She advocated going to Planning Department meetings and giving public comment to encourage the approval of development projects.  Alton mentioned the role of rent control in adding to the housing problem and that will need to be tackled too. 

Agenda, Meeting of February 14, 2015

Libertarian Party of San Francisco Agenda:  Saturday, February 14, 2015

Meeting Location:  San Francisco Main Library – 4th Floor Conference Room

 

1.       Welcome – Introductions 3:05-3:15

2.       Activist Reports – Past & Future 3:16-3:40

3.       Announcements 3:41-4:00

4.       Membership Report 4:01-4:05

5.       Website Report 4:06-4:15

6.       Treasurer’s Report 4:16-4:25

7.       Pride 2015 4:26-4:30

8.       Tax Day 2015 4:31-5:00