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).
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 of the Libertarian Party of San Francisco for July 11, 2015
Meeting Location: San Franciso Main Library
Members present: Aubrey Freedman (Chair), Marcy Berry (Vice Chair), Les Mangus (Treasurer), Jawj Greenwald, Phil Berg, Starchild.
Guest: Richard Fast
Jawj just returned from Bali, after attending a conference sponsored by the International Society for Individual Liberty (ISIL). She reported that the conference had outstanding speakers and a diverse attendance from several countries. Several students present were sponsored by their countries’ libertarian organizations. Richard attended an Independent Institute event. He continues to promote communication among libertarian/Libertarian groups, not only in the U.S., but in neighboring countries. Marcy worked on producing supplies and staffing the libertarian Pride booth. Phil also staffed the Pride booth, and succeeded in convincing a booth visitor particularly disgruntled with the Libertarian Party to part in friendship. Les wrote letters to the editor regarding Greece’s unraveling, but none were published. He distributed copies of an article portraying Greece as a cautionary tale. Aubrey organized and staffed the LPSF Pride booth. Starchild continues working with liberty-minded groups. He has drafted a resolution to be issued by the Bay Area Civil Liberties Coalition, of which the LPSF is a member, opposing the City of Freemont’s intention to place surveillance cameras in the city’s perimeter.
Golden Gate Liberty Revolution monthly meeting July 20th. A guest speaker will share information on how to obtain information from government agencies.
Free Exchange meeting August 1st. Jim Elwood has returned from leading the ISIL Conference in Bali, and will resume hosting Free Exchange in August.
Hearing on Assembly Constitutional Amendment 4 (ACA 4), Jim Frazier (D—Solano County): Monday, July 13. This amendment lowers, from two-thirds to 55%, the voter approval threshold for a local government to impose, extend, or increase a special tax to fund "local transportation projects" under its jurisdiction. The LPSF recommends calling or emailing, preferably before 12:00 noon Monday 13th, your state representatives to oppose this change to Proposition 13.
Aubrey reported that total membership in the LPSF is currently 40, including 22 life members. We compared number of registered Libertarians in various Bay Area counties vs. number of current members in LP chapters. The LPSF did not compare well, in spite of herculean efforts by the LPSF Ex-Com to promote the LPSF. Aubrey continues to send out monthly newsletters to close to 200 email recipients, apprising them of the work LPSF does, which appears to have brought in a few memberships. We will discuss our membership situation further at the next LPSF business meeting.
Website and Social Media
Marcy reported that she continues her goal of posting a website/Facebook article each week and providing comments on others’ posts as time permits. She joined the LP California Facebook Group to see what is going on in other California counties and also try to promote communication between LPSF and other counties. Marcy reported that traffic on the LPSF website and Facebook remains static. Although a few more people are posting on the Facebook Group and liking posts, the reach of the posts is not growing. Richard suggested a Twitter account. Marcy noted that the LPSF has a Twitter account but no volunteers with time to use it. The same is true with Facebook and the LPSF Discussion List. Without volunteers willing to use social media, we will discuss additional means of promotion at future LPSF meetings.
Les reported a bank balance at the end of June of $3,941.23. Pending payments include reimbursement to Aubrey for his Pride booth expenses of $381.50, and reimbursement to Marcy for Facebook ad of $50. Money might be needed for November 2015 paid ballot arguments since new restrictions have made it more difficult to win free lottery arguments.
Libertarian Pride Booth
The libertarian Pride booth continues to be a worthwhile investment, since it is a big opportunity to make the Libertarian presence in San Francisco known to so many. The booth received $18 in donations, and 22 visitors left their contact information.
LPSF Resolution on the proposed Mission Moratorium
Aubrey has received the OK of LPSF members to proceed with sending out to the press the LPSF resolution he authored opposing the moratorium on market-rate housing construction in the Mission District. The proposed moratorium will most likely appear on the November 2015 ballot.
Ballot Measures – November 2015 Elections
We discussed the proposals that will most likely appear on the November ballot, and made tentative decisions on the ones LPSF would support or oppose. LPSF will, as usual, submit ballot arguments. If any LPSF volunteer would like to submit a draft ballot argument reflecting the LPSF’s support or opposition to any proposal, please post the draft on the LPSF Activist List.
A. Potential Ballot Measures – Initiative Process
1. Prohibition of Height Limit Increase and Zoning Changes to the San Francisco Wholesale Flower Market. Proposition was withdrawn by proponents, so no action by LPSF.
2. Requirements for Public Meetings of Local Policy Bodies. LPSF decision: General agreement with the greater transparency and public input proposed by this measure, but questions on cost and necessity of providing taxpayer-funded language interpreters. No plans for an argument at this time.
3. Short-term Residential Rentals. LPSF decision: Opposition to the increased restriction of limiting rentals to 75 days per year and expanding the number of entities that can be sued. Draft argument requested.
4. Mission Rock: This proposal is on the ballot per the requirement that waterfront development exceeding current height limits need voter approval. No plans for an argument at this time.
5. Mission District Housing Moratorium. LPSF decision: Opposition to interference with private developers wanting to meet housing demand. Marcy has volunteered to provide draft argument.
6. Disclosures Regarding Renewable Energy. LPSF decision: General agreement on the need to inform utilities customers on what constitutes “renewable” in City-provided utilities from “renewable sources,” but general opposition to a City-owned utility company. No plans for an argument at this time.
B. Potential Ballot Measures – For Submission by the Mayor, Four or More Members of the Board of Supervisors, or Other Eligible Agencies.
1. Establishing the Legacy Business Historic Preservation Fund (Campos, Avalos, Kim, Mar). LPSF decision: Opposition to government intervention in the private business market or protecting one type of business over another. Marcy has volunteered provide a draft argument.
2. Surplus Public Lands Ordinance (Kim, Avalos, Campos, Mar): This proposal appears to be an effort by City officials to reserve land owned by the City and its jurisdictions (School District, Community College, Parks Department, etc.) for construction of subsidized housing for middle, low, and no-income people. More study of this proposal is needed, and Aubrey will follow up.
3. Expenditure Lobbyists Ordinance: The Ethics Commission made this proposal to include registration requirements of people paid by lobbyists to influence government officials. No plans for an argument at this time.
Resolution in opposition to Surveillance cameras in the City of Fremont
Starchild explained the resolution he authored for publication by the Bay Area Civil Liberties Coalition, of which LPSF is a member. The city of Fremont, California, proposes to install surveillance cameras on the city’s perimeter to capture license plate numbers and potentially images of drivers of vehicles entering and leaving the city. Starchild will follow up regarding the final version of this resolution.
Minutes taken by Marcy Berry
Minutes written by Aubrey Freedman
Libertarian Party of San Francisco
Minutes for Monthly Meeting at the San Francisco Public Library on Saturday, June 13, 2015
Attendees: Marcy Berry (Vice Chair), Richard Fast (guest), Francoise Fielding, Aubrey Freedman (Chair), Jawj Greenwald, Les Mangus (Treasurer), and Starchild.
Activist Reports: Marcy attended a presentation by Charles Murray at the Commonwealth Club on May 18 and did a write-up on the event for our website. She also attended a coalition meeting of anti-regional government groups with Aubrey, and she watched all 9 hours of the Board of Supervisors meeting regarding the Moratorium in The Mission and did a write-up on that record-setting Board meeting for the website. Richard is on summer break from school in Louisiana (where he studies under renown Walter Block) and has been working with the East Bay Libertarian activists attending city council meetings in support of entrepreneurs having problems with local governments; he also contributed to the fund to pay for the Top Two legal fight expenses. Jawj returned to the Bar to act as pro bono legal counsel for an eviction trial, and during the trial the judge gave judicial notice of the US Constitution. Starchild has been busy circulating various statewide ballot measure initiatives (government agencies can’t overpay for drugs, a sunshine measure about public meetings, and another height limit measure) and donated a T-shirt for our Pride booth. He also attended a presentation about the free cities in Honduras. He will be attending the lawsuit hearing by the Erotic Services Union on August 7 in Oakland trying to decriminalize prostitution in California, and he will also be interviewed by Reason magazine on Monday, June 16 regarding the lawsuit. Aubrey will work at the gunshow tomorrow (Sunday, June 14) with GGLR and attend the SF Young Democrats housing forum on Tuesday, June 17 with Marcy in support of Sonja Trauss’ efforts; he has also been working on the preparations for Pride at the end of the month.
Sunday, June 14-9:00 AM-4:00 PM-GGLR tabling at the Gun Show at the Cow Palace in Daly City.
Monday, June 15-7:00-9:00 PM-Golden Gate Liberty Revolution-Monthly Meeting-Moksha Life Center-405 Sansome Street.
Tuesday, June 16-6:30 PM-SF Young Democrats-Housing Forum-Infusion Lounge-124 Ellis Street.
Top Two Expenses-Elizabeth Brierly and Sandra Kallander fund raising to help pay LPCA’s share of the legal battle costs.
Membership/Newsletter Report: Aubrey reported membership is up slightly by 2 to 41 (22 lifetime members and 19 current paid up annual members). He thinks the monthly newsletter is slowly helping to increase awareness of the LPSF’s efforts. He reported sending the newsletter to 219 people last month with 1 “Unsubscribe” request and 11 bounces. He dug deeper into the Department of Elections listing this time, which accounted for more bounces than usual.
Website Report: Marcy reported that the number of visitors is down over the same time last year. However, our Facebook Group page is getting more posts these days, so she thinks folks are moving to Facebook from our website. Current Facebook membership stands at 182. Richard recommended that we have less text in our website because it looks too overwhelming for a first-time visitor. Marcy said she would increase the fonts and use “Read More” to make our homepage more visually appealing with several articles on the front page. There was also an inquiry about where our old Market Street video disappeared to since it is no longer on our website. Marcy said it vanished during a website mishap and she hasn’t been able to get it back but will try to retrieve it, since it was quite popular.
Treasurer’s Report: Les reported that the beginning balance was $3,816.23 at 05/31/15. During the month he cut a check to Marcy for $32.00 for Tax Day expenses, and the PayPal addition to the account for monthly recurring donations was $57.00, bringing the ending balance to $3,841.23. He noted that Pride expenses of $350.00 are not paid yet.
State Convention Report: Starchild reported that new state officers were elected: Ted Brown for Chair, Brian Thiemer for Northern Vice Chair, Jonathan Jaech for Southern Vice Chair, Emily Tilford for Treasurer, and Keven Duewel for Secretary. There was some controversy over holding the convention in Las Vegas, rather than in California. The convention was a one-day event, for a change, and there was still a $50.00 floor fee. There was also some controversy over the by-laws report, and it was reported that it was submitted late (it was submitted by March 22), so there was no by-laws report to the convention floor. The convention ended early this year around 5:00 PM.
Pride 2015: Aubrey reported that more help is needed at our booth this year; otherwise everything is all set. A new banner for Outright Libertarians was ordered, and the cost was much less than expected (only $45.00, and Aubrey indicated that he will pay for the expedited cost of $13.45 because he was late in ordering it). There was some discussion if the Pink Pistols or SFBARF would march in the parade this year. Aubrey proposed that we authorize $50.00 for a Facebook ad to advertise our presence at Pride. The reasons given were that it would let folks know that we’re out there doing something, it would be good advertisement for our Facebook page, and this is a minor expenditure for our largest outreach event of the year. After discussion, we voted 5-1 for authorizing the $50.00 for the ad, with Starchild as the dissenting vote.
Resolution on Moratorium in Mission: Aubrey drafted a resolution for the LPSF to oppose David Campos’ proposed moratorium of all housing development in The Mission that is not 100% subsidized. There was no question about the LPSF opposing the moratorium, but Starchild felt that we should not be encouraging discussion about a bad measure, which might inadvertently aid it, so he felt we should wait and see if it qualifies for the ballot first before opposing it officially. Marcy countered that we should oppose it now so it doesn’t qualify for the November ballot. There was also mention that the presentation of the “Whereas” and “Therefore Be It Resolved That” was unusual. In the end, we voted 5-0 (with 1 abstention) to publicly post our opposition to the moratorium by the end of the month. Aubrey will post the draft to the Activist List, request review and comments, and send it out as a press release.
Ballot Measures – November Election: Aubrey reported that there are 6 measures listed on the Department of Elections website as potential initiatives for the November ballot at this time: Wholesale Flower Market (height limit), Mission Rock (development on the waterfront), Moratorium in the Mission, Short Term Rentals (Airbnb), Renewable Energy Truth in Advertising, and Public Meetings. The Mission Moratorium and Short Term Rentals measures look the most interesting for the LPSF at this point to oppose. We had a short discussion on the Public Meetings initiative during the meeting since Starchild was circulating a petition for signatures; pros and cons were noted on this one, so further discussion will be needed to determine our position.
Libertarian Party of San Francisco - Business Meeting of July 11, 2015, 3 - 5 pm, San Francisco Main Library, 4th Floor Conference Room.
Welcome – Introductions 3:05-3:15
Activist Reports – Past & Future 3:16-3:35
Membership/Newsletter Report 3:46-3:50
Website Report 3:51-3:55
Treasurer’s Report 3:56-4:00
Pride 2015 4:01-4:10
Resolution on Moratorium in Mission 4:11-4:15
Ballot Measures – November Election 4:16-5:00
Libertarian Party of San Francisco Agenda: Saturday, June 13, 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
Membership/Newsletter Report 3:51-3:55
Website Report 3:56-4:00
Treasurer’s Report 4:01-4:05
State Convention Report 4:06-4:15
Pride 2015 4:16-4:25
Resolution on Moratorium in Mission 4:26-4:45
Ballot Measures – November Election 4:46-5:00
Libertarian Party of San Francisco Agenda: Saturday, May 9, 2015
Meeting Location: San Francisco Main Library – 4th Floor Conference Room
Welcome – Introductions 3:05-3:15
Activist Reports – Past & Future 3:16-3:45
Membership/Newsletter Report 4:01-4:10
Website Report 4:11-4:20
Treasurer’s Report 4:21-4:25
Pride 2015 4:26-5:00