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.
Members present: Aubrey Freedman (Chair), Leslie Mangus (Treasurer), Francoise Fielding (recording), Starchild (arrived 3:50 pm) and Phil Berg (arrived 4:10 pm)
1. Welcome – Introductions
We skipped this because there were no guests.
2. Activist Reports – Past & Future
Leslie reported that he voted Libertarian. Aubrey reported that he sent out the newsletter, was a delegate to the Libertarian National Convention and did an interview with KTSF (Channel 26) a few weeks ago explaining the Libertarian position against Props A, C and AA.
Plan Bay Area 2040 is back again. Proponents are doing a hearing/open house this Tuesday June 14th from 6:30- 8:30 pm at the Hotel Whitcomb, 1231 Market St. Aubrey is going and bringing flyers to pass out.
Golden Gate Liberty Revolution is having its monthly meeting on Monday June 20th from 7-9 pm at the Moshka Life Center, 405 Sansome St
This year the State party will have a booth at the CA State Fair from July 8-24 in Sacramento. They are looking for volunteers.
Randall O’Toole, one of the speakers last year at our annual tax event, is going to be in SF next month for a day and a half (July 12-13) at an event called Free Market Road (sponsored by an Austrian group). Aubrey thought we could go out for dinner with him while he is here. Randall is very interested in free market housing and he is trying to get a Fair Housing lawsuit started against government restrictions on housing (which hurts minorities). So far he has not been able to get any groups interested in it. He will also be working on that while he is here. Aubrey will post details of his visit on the lpsf-activists list. There will be no Free Exchange in July but on October 1st, Walter Block, the noted economist, will be the speaker.
4. Membership/Newsletter Report
As of this month we have 20 lifetime and 20 regular members. We are down 1 from last month. Aubrey sent out 245 newsletters. He got 2 coments, no new subscribers and 2 unsubscribe requests. Aubrey said that when he gets new email addresses from guests who attend our meetings he adds them to the list.
5. Treasurer’s Report (Bank & PayPal)
As of June 10th, we had $5,659.11 in our bank and Paypal accounts. Today Leslie wrote a check to Aubrey for the post card mailing and an ad in the Golden Gate Xpress in the amount of $696, and to Marcy for Facebook LPSF Panel Discussion and June Elections ads in the amount of $177. That takes us down to $4,786.11. Pride is in in 2 weeks. Aubrey will submit his expenses immediately afterwards and asked Leslie to write the check and transfer the money from our Paypal account by June 30th so there is one less political schedule to file.
6. LP National Convention Report
Aubrey reported that the convention was very contentious. Gary Johnson wanted Weld to be his VP. It took two rounds for Johnson to get to 50%. Things were even more divisive with respect to the vice-presidential election. One of the candidates for Chair of the Party took all his clothes except his underpants off when he gave his speech. We got good media attention so a number of people were upset that this had happened and that it would get reported. Our position on the death penalty (we oppose the administration of the death penalty by the State) was added to the Platform without a rationale. Our platform used to include our principle, the rationale and the incremental steps we recommended. For the first time you didn’t have to pay for the main events if you were a delegate. Starchild reported that he did 10 interviews. The after-parties were not as abundant as in previous years. Starchild played Cards against Humanity for the first time. (Apparently someone has done a libertarian expansion set although that was not played at this event). Starchild also reported that he was elected to the LNC. His main issues are more transparency and accountability. Starchild got a scholarship to YIMNBY (Yes in My Neighborhood) so he is going to Boulder this weekend.
7. June Primary Election Wrap-up
All the propositions on the ballot in San Francisco passed. So did the State proposition. The registration for the election was low (about 468,000). Voter turnout in San Francisco was 48%. The Libertarian turnout was 27%. Democrats turned out well: 56%. The Greens were at 35% and the Republicans at 43%. Of the people who voted libertarian, 725 registered Libertarians voted. There were also 405 voters who voted Libertarian from Decline to State. Clinton received 55% of the vote in San Francisco and Sanders 44% . Statewide the ratio was 55% to 43%. Sanders got the extreme Northern part of the State (from Santa Rosa on up) and as well as the coastal San Luis Obispo area and then the extreme Eastern part of the State. Gary Johnson got 51-52% of the Libertarian vote even though the convention had already taken place and he was already the Libertarian nominee. Kamala Harris got 70% of the vote in SF for Barbara Boxer’s Senate seat with Loretta Sanchez in 2nd place. Richard Winger says this might help in the “top 2” fight. Gail Lightfoot got 2%. The race between Jane Kim and Scott Weiner was close but Weiner emerged the winner. Four counties in the Bay Area did not vote for proposition AA in the numbers required but it will still be binding on them.
8. Pride (June 25-26) Pride is coming up in 2 weeks. Aubrey ordered the wheel. We discussed possible prizes. They include buttons (if this option is chosen, Starchild has offered to host a button-making session at his house- date undetermined- and Françoise has offered to pick up the button making machine from Marcy if she decides not to attend). Another option suggested by Starchild is fortune cookies with freedom–related messages inside. Starchild has a list of messages we can use. He will find out if this can be done in time for Pride.
Aubrey suggested we also need something to help people identify our booth from far away. Several ideas for banners were suggested including a “tranny” Statue of Liberty with a large Adam’s apple, an image of a road with a gate and tracks around the gate to show how people get around government, and a picture of road-kill in the middle of the road with a yellow stripe over it to show the shoddiness of government work. Aubrey is reluctant to have a banner with an image on it because of his experience with the Bradley/Chelsea Manning banner. Also suggested was a banner with “Stonewall: Freedom for All”. There was some disagreement about whether this would be a clear message for various reasons. Phil said he would ask his best friend’s daughter if she can design the above-mentioned Statue of Liberty and will write a pamphlet about why Stonewall was a great Liberty movement. Starchild also suggested we have a video running. We would need to buy or rent a generator for this. Starchild says buying one is relatively cheap (about $300). We also discussed the use of an over the door shoe organizer with clear panels to display pamphlets at the booth since the tables will be overloaded. Francoise will research this and send the links to Aubrey. We need volunteers for the booth.
9. November Election Ballot Measures Preview
We didn’t get to this because when the meeting ended it was already 5:15 pm. Aubrey mentioned there will be a lot of propositions on the ballot including a sugar sweetened beverage tax, affordable housing measures, a measure extending the CCSF parcel tax and a proposition allowing 16 and 17 year olds to vote in municipal elections.
Minutes for Monthly Meeting at the San Francisco Public Library on Saturday, May 14, 2016
Written by Aubrey Freedman
Attendees: Phil Berg, Marco Delaroche (guest), Aubrey Freedman (Chair), Les Mangus (Treasurer), Jim Napier (guest), and Bill Shireman (guest).
Les has still been writing letters to the editor of the Chronicle but has not had any success lately in getting them published. Most recently he wrote letters regarding the teachers unions and extending taxes. Bill helped organize a successful conference in Dallas, Texas for 120 executives regarding a market-based environmental agenda. Jim posts on Facebook when he is moved on political issues. Aubrey went to the Examiner office with Marcy, and they did an interview with two staff members on all the ballot measures. He is also working on the campaign of Joel Engardio, a moderate Democrat looking to replace Norman Yee as District 7 Supervisor.
Monday, May 16, 7:00-9:00 PM - Golden Gate Liberty Revolution Monthly Meeting, Moksha Life Center, 405 Sansome Street, San Francisco.
Tuesday, May 17, anytime between 10AM and 11PM - Mixer/Fundraiser for John McAfee (LP Presidential candidate), downtown SF (no exact location yet).
Friday, May 27 9AM-Monday, May 30 noon - LP National Convention, Rosen Centre Hotel & Resort in Orlando, Florida.
Saturday, June 4, 7:00-11:00 PM - Free Exchange, Jim Elwood’s in Parkmerced.
Transportation Panel Discussion Report:
Aubrey reported that our “Tax Day” event was moderately successful this year on Sunday, April 10. Transportation experts Tom Rubin and Gerald Cauthen have been in the field for years and were convincing critics of the current government-run transportation system, especially projects like the Central Subway and light rail. Both felt that government has a role in facilitating the movement of people, but both agreed that the current emphasis on removing people’s transportation choices was not a good thing. Attendance was lighter than last year’s event, probably due to neither panelist being as good a draw as Randal O’Toole last year, but the meeting room at the Noe Valley Library was smaller than the room at the Main Library last year, so the turnout looked respectable. Starchild was the moderator. The event got off to a late start due to technical difficulties with the overhead projector, and we gave up trying to get it going after a while, and the discussion proceeded without the audio visual successfully because the panelists really knew their stuff. The audience was well engaged and the panel discussion could easily have gone on longer.
Aubrey reported that membership is up by 2 to 41 (20 lifetime members and 21 current paid up annual members). There were no expired memberships since last month, and 2 new members popped up on the state membership listing. He will send letters of welcome to the new members and include them on the newsletter mailing list. He is behind on the newsletter this month and still has not sent it out but is working on it.
Les reported that our coffers are in good shape: in our Bank of America account we have $6,106, and in our PayPal account we have $265, for a total of $6,371. He reported that through the period January 1-May 13 our net income was $1,881 due to generous donations received and no checks written.
June Election Ballot Measures:
Aubrey suggested that we increase our budget for the upcoming June election from $750 to $1,000 since our coffers are healthy and what else is the money for. Starchild’s postcard of ballot measure recommendations is completed and is set to run as an ad in the SF State University newspaper Golden Gate Xpress on May 18 for a cost of $220.50 (same rate as last year). Aubrey tried to get our ad in the Guardsman, the school newspaper for CCSF, but he missed the deadline so that one is out this time. Marcy has requested funding for running a Facebook ad luring folks to our website for our recommendations and to increase our visibility. Aubrey researched running an ad in the Westside Observer (a more fiscally conservative paper in the West Portal district), and he showed the dimensions and costs of running different size ads, and the consensus was that the 6x5 ad for $300 would be the best use of our money. The postcard mailing of Starchild’s postcard is in process (estimated at 1,142 names @ .43 = $491), and Aubrey said he can adjust the size of the mailing to squeeze it into the budget, depending if we can get our ad into the Westside Observer or not (not sure about the deadlines). There was consensus that any combination of these advertising efforts is fine as long as we don’t exceed the $1,000 budget.
Pride June 25-26, 2016:
Aubrey stressed that we need helpers to help out at the booth again this year. In previous years the registration and insurance ran about $350-$400, but they changed their pricing structure, and our cost was only $205 this year. Starchild had come up with the suggestion several months back of having a spinning prize wheel of the unlikelihood of landing on a slot where you didn’t break a law, so Aubrey priced them out from two websites that Marcy found. The one website had various models available priced from $59-$303 and the other one had them from $85-$345. Looking at the various models, Aubrey felt that for around $100 he could find a suitable one for our needs for this Pride, which could also be used at other outreach events in the future. The group agreed $100 would be allocated for a new spinning prize wheel, and Aubrey will order one.
WALL Event in August:
Aubrey reported that WALL (War & Law League) is having Dr. Helen Caldicott speak at the Main Library on Saturday, August 13 on “Nuclear Weapons: Can They Be Abolished?” and inquired if there was any interest in the LPSF helping to sponsor the event. There were several objections raised to participating in this event, mainly that the US government would get rid of its nuclear armaments but how could you really ensure that other countries’ governments would do the same. One person thought it was a good idea to get our name out there hosting worthwhile and interesting events but did not feel particularly passionate about this topic. The LPSF will not be participating in this event.
A late guest (with the last name of Parker) to our meeting wanted to address the group. Since all the essential business had basically been covered, Aubrey let her have the floor. She was the mother of a student at SF State University and was extremely upset about an incident that happened at the university recently where the Mayor of Jerusalem was disrupted by Palestinian protesters during a speech and the campus police did nothing. She was also furious at the college President Les Wong for not doing anything and insisted that he’s on the side of the protesters. She sought help from the LPSF in helping to educate the administration on this obvious infringement of free speech and civil behavior. We suggested that she try the local YAL group on campus and also the organization FIRE for assistance.
2. Activist Reports – Past & Future 3:11-3:30
3. Announcements 3:31-3:50
4. Membership/Newsletter Report 3:51-3:55
5. Treasurer’s Report (Bank & PayPal) 3:56-4:00
6. LP National Convention Report 4:01-4:15
7. June Primary Election Wrap-up 4:16-4:30
8. Pride (June 25-26) 4:31-4:50
9. November Election Ballot Measures Preview 4:51-5:00
Present: Aubrey Freedman (Chair), Jawj Greenwald, Zhuo “Joe” Miao, Starchild, Alex Tran, and Dylan Webster. I’m not inclined to list Phil (since he arrived 10 minutes before the end).
Activist Reports: We reported what we’d done to strike blows for freedom since the last meeting. Dylan has attended LP meetings before, in particular LP Sacramento County, which has a pretty active chapter. Alex is a freshman at UC Berkeley and has been working with the Berkeley College Republicans. She has been working on starting a YAL chapter at the university, and they had a “Free Speech Ball” event which was pretty successful. She has also worked on helping to get Ben Shapiro (whose speaking engagement at CSULA sparked a major protest) to speak at the campus on April 11. Aubrey reported he put out the monthly newsletter and tabled at the YAL debate at SFSU earlier this month.
Announcements: There is a “We Are Breitbart” meet-up coming up on March 16 (which was subsequently cancelled). The Golden Gate Liberty Revolution monthly meeting is March 21. The annual California LP State Convention will be held at the Hilton LAX Airport from April 1 through April 3. Jim Elwood’s Free Exchange meets April 2 (speaker: Alex Gladstein of the Human Rights Foundation). The JSA semi-annual convention event will be held at the Santa Clara Marriott Hotel, as always, on Saturday, April 23, and Aubrey can give a ride to anyone who wants to come along to help out at the tabling hosted by Lawrence Samuels of the Monterey County LP. There will a forum on police accountability featuring SFPD Chief Greg Suhr and Public Defender Jeff Adachi hosted by the Raoul Wallenberg Jewish Democratic Club on May 3. The annual National LP Convention will be held in Orlando, Florida during the Memorial Day Weekend of May 27-30.
Membership/Newsletter: Aubrey reported that the LPSF has 20 current annual members and 20 life members. He emailed his monthly newsletter to 240 people.
Treasurer’s Report: Aubrey reported that we now have $4,931.93 in the bank and $622.25 in our PayPal account.
Transportation Event. All arrangements have been made for our Sunday, April 10 panel discussion on regional transportation issues. It will be held 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. at the Noe Valley Public Library. The speakers will be Tom Rubin (a Libertarian-leaning transportation expert) and Gerry Cauthen (a “Save Muni” supporter of public transportation, but not an uncritical one). It will be taped for YouTube. We reviewed Marcy Berry’s flyers for the event and heard Aubrey’s report on his publicity efforts, aimed at groups involved in the fight against regional Bay Area transportation and development initiatives. We voted to allot $200 to publicize this and other events on our San Francisco LP Facebook page.
Pride Booth. Aubrey reported that we are officially registered for this year’s Pride booth on June 25-26. He was pleased to find that the process was simpler this year because it could be done online and was also cheaper ($205 this year vs. $380 last year, due to a new fee structure that favors small non-profits). As usual, we are hitchhiking on the coattails of Outright Libertarians, and have been invited to march with the Pink Pistols. Aubrey will print more of our best-selling pink Pride leaflet. We discussed a possible new spin-the-wheel game activity to highlight issues.
Ballot Measures. We reviewed the six final voter measures that will appear on the June ballot. We decided that we would take an opposing position on four of them: (Regional) Proposition AA: San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority Clean and Healthy Bay Parcel Tax, creating a $12 per year parcel tax for Bay cleanup and restoration
Prop A: Public Health and Safety Bond, authorizing a $350 million general obligation bond for health and safety construction
Prop C: Affordable Housing Requirements, authorizing the Board of Supervisors to set (likely increase) inclusionary housing requirements for development
Prop E: Paid Sick Leave, requiring all city employers to provide 9 days of sick leave for employers of 10 or more employees and 5 days of sick leave for employers of 9 or less employees. (SF’s Paid Leave Ordinance has already been superseded by the state’s version in many ways, so this measure will mirror the state’s version and add in additional mandates and rules for employers.
We decided not to submit ballot arguments on two other measures: 1) one creating a $3 million per annum set aside for the next 30 years for additional spending on parks, recreation and open space, and 2) one requiring the Office of Citizen Complaints to investigate all police shootings.
We will submit ballot arguments (limited to 300 words) by the March 17th deadline, drafted by Aubrey (Props AA and C), Jawj (Prop A), and Starchild (Prop E). Unless for each of our submissions we win the lottery that allows one argument per measure to be published for free as the “official” argument pro or con, we will solicit funds to pay for the estimated $800 cost of any paid argument.
Meeting Location: San Francisco Main Library – 4th Floor Conference Room
1. Welcome – Introductions 3:05-3:10
2. Activist Reports – Past & Future 3:11-3:30
3. Announcements 3:31-3:50
4. Transportation Panel Discussion Report 3:51-4:00
5. Membership/Newsletter Report 4:01-4:10
6. Treasurer’s Report (Bank & PayPal) 4:11-4:15
7. June Election Ballot Measures 4:16-4:30
8. Pride June 2016 4:31-4:45
9. WALL Event in August 4:46-5:00