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.
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).
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.
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
Thank you to the regulars and visitors that attended the Libertarian Party of San Francisco January 10, 2015, election of officers and planning for 2015 meeting. We had a great mix of Libertarians, libertarians, and not either. Although only members of LPSF vote on official party business, we welcome in our planning discussions viewpoints from everyone present at our meetings. No one can ever accuse us of living in an echo chamber!
Our plans for 2015 include traditional events, such as participation at San Francisco’s Annual Pride Celebration and hosting LPSF’s annual Tax Day panel discussion. We will continue to work with Bay Area civil liberties and property rights groups to achieve common goals. This year we will make a special effort to understand the issues behind San Francisco’s housing challenges, offer some of our own viewpoints, and work with housing groups on shared objectives.
As always 2015 will see our efforts in dissecting proposed local legislation, especially those that threaten our liberties and raid our pocketbooks. We hope to get lucky and win some free spots on the Department of Elections official Voters’ Handbook, but are setting aside some donations just in case we need to pay for publishing our “For or Against Arguments.”
We also hope that our work, done entirely by volunteers, will earn us votes of confidence in the form of increased membership in the LPSF and donations. Everything we do that costs money -- this website, telephone, mailbox, outreach brochures, booths at festivals, voter arguments -- comes from membership dues and donations. LPSF membership dues are $25 per year, and donations are whatever you can spare. We accept PayPal as well as checks payable to The Libertarian Party of San Francisco sent to our mailbox at 520 Frederick Street, #17, San Francisco, CA 94117.
Our next business meeting is on February 14, 2015, 3:00 – 5:00 pm, San Francisco Main Library, 4th Floor Conference Room. As always, all are welcome to the meeting and/or the after-meeting social.
Libertarian Party of San Francisco
Minutes of the monthly meeting held December 13, 2014 at the San Francisco Main Library
Members Present: Marcy Berry (Vice-Chair), Aubrey Freedman (Chair), Jawj Greenwald, Leslie Mangus (Treasurer), Starchild
Visitor: Michael Burns
There was a post-election lull in our level of activism last month. Aubrey and Marcy overcame their social inhibitions to attend (LPSF long-time friend) Sarosh Kumana's Annual Holiday Party and mingle with some local politicos, and were surprised how much they enjoyed it. Les and Aubrey attended another enjoyable annual event, the JSA Convention, a Santa Clara gathering for high school students interested in politics and debate. Marcy wrote lots for the LPSF website.
(for more detailed and timely notice of events, see “Bay Area Events” section of the website, www.lpsf.org)
The Golden Gate Liberty Revolution's monthly meetup will be held 7-9 pm Monday December 15 at the Moksha Life Center, 405 Sansome St
Free Exchange meets 7-12 at Jim Elwood's home in Parkmerced on the 1st Saturday of each month (next date: Jan 3)
The LPSF annual election of officers will be held at the Saturday January 10 LPSF meeting in the 4th floor conference room of the Main Library.
OFFICERS' AND COMMITTEE REPORTS
Treasurer’s Report Les Mangus reported that, as of November 30, we had $2963.13 in the bank
Website Report. Marcy Berry continues to write at least one website article a week and encourages others to contribute. The site now has pictures. There was a surge of traffic in the lead-up to the November elections, with over 14000 visits to the site in October and over 13000 in November. The site is gaining popularity. Since it doesn't cost even one postage stamp to promote the LPSF on its website, it clearly provides a good return on investment.
Membership Committee. Aubrey Freedman reports no change in membership numbers this month, and succeeded in getting the state party to update its records of current paid-up members. He sent out an email newsletter to members and supporters in lieu of mailing individual letters, and will try to do so monthly in future to reach as many of SF's 2700 registered Libertarians as possible.
Donations/Government Filing Requirements. We discussed the level of donations and membership dues we receive and decided it was close to $2000 a year (so are expenses to cover activism and operations). We discussed the donation button on the LPSF Meetup Group website. Group Organizer Starchild would need to add the button.
Les Magnus raised an issue related to our campaign account. This was set up to comply with campaign laws to allow us to solicit and spend $1000 and over on candidate and ballot measure campaigns. However, we never raised or spent anything approaching $1000 specifically earmarked for campaigning, so we recently authorized him to close the campaign account. Since then, Les and Aubrey have sought clarification from the state agency that enforces laws about political parties as to whether the threshold of $1000 that obligates a political party to file reports of contributions includes various non-campaign donations (e.g. dues, payments for general operating expenses) that would push us over the threshold. Aubrey circulated an email response suggesting that ALL payments and contributions to a political party count (even though such laws may seldom be enforced). So after discussion, we voted (4 to 1) to comply. Aubrey, with Les' help, will look into what is required to register as a “campaign committee” and make required filings thereafter.
Tax Day Event.
We have a date (April 5th) and a venue (one of the Main Library meeting rooms) for our 2015 tax day event. But as of yet no speaker or topic. Suggestions were solicited and briefly discussed.
Libertarian Party of San Francisco Agenda: Saturday, January 10, 2015
Meeting Location: San Francisco Main Library – 4th Floor Conference Room
Welcome – Introductions 3:05-3:25
Activist Reports – Past & Future 3:26-3:45
Election of Officers 4:01-4:15
Membership Report 4:16-4:20
Website Report 4:21-4:25
Treasurer’s Report 4:26-4:30
Pride 2015 4:31-4:40
Tax Day 2015 4:41-5:00