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.
Meeting Location: San Francisco Main Library – 4th Floor Conference Room
- Welcome – Introductions 3:05-3:10
- Activist Reports 3:11-3:35
- Announcements 3:36-3:45
- Membership/Newsletter Report 3:46-3:50
- Treasurer’s Report (Bank & PayPal) 3:51-3:55
- Website Webmaster Update 3:56-4:05
- LPSF Officer Election Next Month 4:06-4:15
- Twitter Account Guidelines 4:16-4:25
- Tax Day 2017/4th Annual Panel Discussion 4:26-5:00
November 12, 2016, San Francisco Main Library, 4th Floor Conference Room
Written by Aubrey Freedman
Phil Berg, Philip Chi (guest), Aubrey Freedman (Chair), Les Mangus (Treasurer), Nick Smith, Starchild, Ivy Valory (guest), and Jason Williams.
Philip and Nick both attended and helped to make the Gary Johnson rally in Sacramento on Friday, November 4 a successful campaign event. It was held in a banquet hall and attendance looked to be around 1,000. Nick also helped canvas for Gary Johnson here in The City and helped with the graphics for submitting the LPSF ads that were run in The Guardsman (CCSF), the Golden Gate Xpress (SFSU), and West Portal Monthly. Ivy entertains a lot and discussed politics were her guests. Aubrey canvassed for Gary Johnson and Joel Engardio and attended the Anonymous “Guy Fawkes Mask” rally in The City on November 5. Starchild did an interview on KALW regarding the Prop 58 (English Proficiency and Bilingual Programs) and advocated a NO vote. He also created a new Twitter account for the LPSF, did a presentation at St. John’s High School, and also did a presentation for sex workers at a private school in Marin County (Dominican College) that accepts no taxpayer money. He also started a post-election petition on Change.org urging the Electoral College electors to vote their conscience and vote for neither of the major party candidates; he reported that the number of signatures jumped up to 5,000 within a day or two.
- Sunday, November 13-noon to 3:00 PM-Day of Healing & Reconciliation-Our own Marcy Berry will represent the Libertarian perspective-Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin-240 Channing Way in San Rafael-$10 suggested donation.
- Saturday, November 19-9:00 AM-5:00 PM-LPCA state executive committee meeting open to the public-Mudraker’s Café in Berkeley near the Ashby BART station (starting time later changed to 10AM).
Aubrey reported that membership is up by 3 to 46 (21 lifetime members and 25 current paid up annual members). (Nick joined the party during the meeting, so that now makes it 26 current + 21 lifetime = 47 members.) The state membership listing is still all messed up, and Aubrey plans to attend the state executive committee on November 19 and raise a fuss about the state database records. There was no newsletter in October due to extensive work on canvassing and the ballot measure write-ups for our website.
Les reported that our coffers are still in good shape: in our Bank of America account we have $4,742.61, and in our PayPal account we have $523.82, for a total of $5,266.43. He noted that expenses totaling $1,180.50 for election-related expenses (3 ads in local newspapers and Facebook advertising) have not been turned in yet for reimbursement, so when they are paid out, our balance will drop to $4,085.93.
Aubrey brought up the fact that Marcy has been taking care of the website for years and would like to pass it on to someone else. Nick volunteered for Webmaster duties, and Aubrey said that he will put Nick in contact with Marcy so he can find out exactly what is involved.
Twitter Account Guidelines:
Since our last meeting, Starchild set up a new Twitter account in the LPSF’s name. He “followed” about 100-110 and now he has about 15 “followers” on our account. The problem is now giving access to other people who may tweet un-Libertarian comments in the party’s name. One idea was people could tweet to Starchild and he could retweet their comments, but that would be a hassle. Another one was to set up a separate retweeting LPSF members’ account. Nothing firm was decided or voted on.
November Election Wrap-up:
Aubrey reported that Gary Johnson received 5,922 votes (2.09%) in San Francisco this time as opposed to 4,096 (1.13%) four years ago. No surprise that Clinton got 84.32% of the vote this time as opposed to Obama’s 83.40% in 2012. Interestingly, despite all the hoopla over the Presidential campaign this year, even though total registration for San Francisco County only increased slightly this year to 514,502 from 502,841 in 2012, the percentage of folks who voted dropped way down from 72.56% in 2012 to 55.88% this time. There were several states where Johnson did hit the 5% threshold: New Mexico-9.3%, North Dakota-6.3%, Alaska-5.9%, Oklahoma-5.7%, Montana-5.6%, South Dakota-5.6%, Wyoming-5.3%, Maine-5.1%, and Colorado-5.0%. Local Libertarians from San Mateo County Harland Harrison and Lois Garcia, who both ran for the Sequoia Healthcare District, did not get elected but pulled in respectable numbers at 15.5% and 15.2% respectively. Brian Thiemer who ran for the Fairfield City Council garnered a decent 16%, and Baron Bruno (who was a write-in candidate in California Assembly District 62) got 5.1% of the vote. There were, as expected, huge differences on the state ballot measures between how San Francisco County voted and how the rest of the state voted, but the only measures where the end results were different were Prop 61 (state prescription drug purchases) where SF approved by 52.4% but the state only approved by 46.2%, Prop 62 (repeal death penalty) which was approved by 70.5% in SF but only 46.2% by the state overall, and Prop 66 (reduce time limits for death penalty appeals) which was only approved by 31.7% in San Francisco but got 50.9% statewide. Local ballot measures went pretty much as expected with all taxes, bonds, and set-asides being approved by the voters except Prop H (public advocate) which only received a 46.92% approval vote and Prop K (sales tax increase) which only received a 34.95% YES vote.
Agenda: Saturday, November 12, 2016
Meeting Location: San Francisco Main Library – 4th Floor Conference Room
1. Welcome – Introductions 3:05-3:10
2. Activist Reports 3:11-3:35
3. Announcements 3:36-3:45
4. Membership/Newsletter Report 3:46-3:50
5. Treasurer’s Report (Bank & PayPal) 3:51-3:55
6. Website Webmaster 3:56-4:00
7. Twitter Account Guidelines 4:01-4:15
8. November Election Wrap-up 4:16-5:00
Written by Francoise Fielding
1. Welcome – Introductions
Members present: Aubrey Freedman (Chair), Les Mangus (Treasurer), Françoise Fielding (recording), Marianne Haas (who is sick and tired of the candidates from the two major parties and of hearing that Gary Johnson doesn’t stand a chance),
Guests: Amanda Cavalieri (who may be moving here from Colorado and wants to meet people to help her navigate new surroundings), Nick Smith (who hasn’t been political until recently, but says this campaign is something new and has gotten him involved) Late arrivals: Starchild (4 pm), Leo Miretsky (4:10 pm), Phil Berg (4:50 pm), Angelo Valle (4:55 pm)
2. Activist Reports
Marianne has been talking to people and telling them there is a third alternative: Gary Johnson. She has started buying all American made clothing. Les talks to people about voting Libertarian and how bad Republicans are. Nick distributed 60 Gary Johnson door-hangers. He also organized a Johnson/Weld watch party last month. Aubrey put out the newsletter and has been writing up the Libertarian position and reasoning on all the City propositions for our website. This coming Thursday, Delta Sigma Theta sorority is having a community event. Aubrey will be going to represent the “against Prop A” position since we are the official opponents on the ballot.
• 10th Annual Wine and Liberty Celebration, Sunday Oct. 9th from 1-4 pm at Westover Vineyards Winery- 34329 Palomares Rd, Castro Valley (hosted by Libertarian Party of Alameda)
• Rally for Gary Johnson campaign, Sunday Oct. 9th from 10-4:30 pm in Union Square. There will also be pro-Johnson events in Fremont and San José.
• Golden Gate Liberty Revolution, Monday Oct. 17th from 7-9 pm. Monthly meeting at the Patriot House- 2 Embarcadero Center. This used to be the Ron Paul meet-up that gathered at the Moksha Life Center.
4. Membership/Newsletter Report
The LPCA’s records are still messed up. Aubrey is working with them to get things up to date. Marianne’s membership form is lost so we will help her fill out another. We have 20 Lifetime members (unchanged) and 23 Regular members (down 1 from last month). Aubrey got the newsletter out to 285 people.
5. Treasurer’s Report (Bank & PayPal) We have $4,208.49 in the bank (up $300 from our last report of Aug. 31st). We should be getting money back ($746) from the ballot argument we submitted that didn’t get printed We wrote a letter to Dennis Herrera about the matter but have not heard back yet.
6. CER Renewal
For several years we have sent in $25 for a membership in Californians for Electoral Reform. This year we decided against it based on the idea that voting is generally voting to spend other people’s money which is against our principles. Also the envelope requesting renewal of our membership had a return address with the word “Socialism” in it which we didn’t care for.
7. Gary Johnson Campaign
There are three rallies tomorrow in the Bay area (see above) Various members have been putting out Gary Johnson door- hangers. Aubrey says that George Phillies says some people are doing stickers on people’s doors and that that might be easier. Françoise suggested that those stickers had better come off easily or we will be antagonizing a lot of people. Aubrey says we could do a Gary Johnson door-hanger/sticker event and go out to dinner afterwards. There hasn’t been a lot of organization for this kind of thing. There is an excellent article on our website about why voting for Gary Johnson is not wasting your vote.
8. November Election Campaign (Ballot Measures)
Aubrey has almost finished writing up the ballot measures for the website and the pre-election postcard and advertising we always do. At the last meeting we allocated $2,000 for this. We always place ads in The Golden Gate Xpress (San Francisco State) for about $220 and the Guardsman (CCSF) about ½ page for $150. Occasionally we put an ad in El Reportero for about $300.
This time we decided not to put our recommendations on the ballot propositions but to use instead a comparison of the Democratic, Libertarian and Republican positions showing where there is an overlap of the two major parties with the Libertarians and giving the links to our website and Facebook page. We looked at prices for ads in the Chronicle, the Examiner and the San Francisco Business Times but they are out of our price range. Other possibilities include: Castro Courier: Castro, Upper Market, Corona Heights, Eureka Valley, Duboce Triangle (94114, 94102*) Central City Extra: Civic Center, South of Market*, Tenderloin (94102, 94103, 94109) El Tecolote: Mission District (English/Spanish), Excelsior, Bernal Heights*, Noe Valley, Potrero Hill (94102, 94107, 94110, 94112, 94114) HATCH Beat: Hayes Valley, Alamo Square, NoPa, Haight Ashbury, Lower Haight and Cole Valley (94117 and 94102) Ingleside-Excelsior Light: Ingleside Terrace, Westwood Park, Ingleside, Oceanview, Merced Heights, Crocker Amazon, Excelsior and Sunnyside (94127, 94112*, 94132*) Marina Times: The Marina, Cow Hollow, Pacific Heights, Fort Mason, The Presidio, Russian Hill, and North Beach (94123, 94109, 94133) New Fillmore: Paciﬁc Heights, the Fillmore and Japantown (94115, 94109*, 94123*) Noe Valley Voice: Noe Valley area (94131, 94114, 94110*) Potrero View: Potrero Hill, Dogpatch, Mission Bay and SOMA (94107) Richmond Review: Presidio & Masonic Avenues to the Paciﬁc Ocean, Golden Gate Park to the Presidio, Sea Cliff (94118, 94121) San Francisco Bay View: Bayview District, Hunters Point, Visitacion Valley, Potrero Hill, OMI (94124, 94134*, 94107*, 94135, 94132, 94112) Sunset Beacon: Stanyan and Arguello Streets to the Paciﬁc Ocean, Golden Gate Park to Sloat Boulevard (94122, 94116) Westside Observer: West Portal, St. Francis Wood, Twin Peaks, Westwood Park, Forest Hill, Parkside, Ingleside Terrace, Glen Park, Lakeside, Miraloma Park, Park Merced, Lake Merced, and the Outer Sunset (94127, 94131, 94132) West Portal Monthly: St. Francis Wood, Forest Hill, Lakeside, Diamond Heights, Ingleside Terrace, Parkside, Taraval and Miraloma Park. (94127, 94112*, 94116*, 94131*, 94132*)
Also http://www.theepochtimes.com and http://sfist.com
Amanda suggested that “Meetup” groups can have a sponsor. So we could sponsor an appropriate meet-up. http://www.meetup.com/cities/us/ca/san_francisco/ Amanda also suggested contacting http://lincolnlabs.com and telling them that we want to share a message and asking them what they suggest. There was talk of using Twitter. It seems the LPSF has a Twitter account though we don’t know who owns it. We decided to do a combination of newspapers and meet-up groups.
We could put out a call for donations for this specific purpose.
Meeting Location:San Francisco Main Library – 4th Floor Conference Room
1. Welcome – Introductions 3:05-3:10
2. Activist Reports 3:11-3:35
3. Announcements 3:36-3:50
4. Membership/Newsletter Report 3:51-3:55
5. Treasurer’s Report (Bank & PayPal) 3:56-4:00
6. CER Renewal 4:01-4:05
7. Gary Johnson Campaign 4:06-4:30
8. November Election Campaign (Ballot Measures) 4:31-5:00