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, June 14, 2014
Attendees: Phil Berg, Marcy Berry (Vice Chair), Bill Bowen (guest), Chris Bowman (guest), Francoise Fielding, Aubrey Freedman (Chair), Jawj Greenwald, Nitin Garg (guest), Les Mangus (Treasurer), Dan Pickell, Starchild, and Nicholas Sturtevant (guest).
Activist Reports: Marcy walked precincts for John Dennis’ campaign, made buttons for our Pride booth, and worked on our website. Jawj helped a fellow-cat lover with legal advice who was on trial for animal abuse for housing 93 cats in her house. Nitin joined in a walk from Los Angeles to Sacramento as part of “Rise 99.” Bill Bowen helped to organize and push the “Restore Transportation Balance” initiative to keep out Sunday, evening, and holiday parking meters and also freeze parking rates for 5 years. Nicholas just returned to the Bay Area and is restarting the Marin LP. Francoise hosted a button-making party at her apartment for Pride. Phil attended a JCC presentation by Tim Geitner and complained to the JCC afterwards about the lack of content and interaction with the audience. Aubrey worked on the John Dennis campaign by precinct walking and gave public comment at an ABAG hearing about PCA’s.
Monday, June 16, 2014-7-9 PM-Monthly meeting of Golden Gate Liberty Revolution at Moksha Life Center-405 Sansome Street.
Tuesday, June 17, 2014-6:00-9:00 PM-Lawrence McQuillan from the Independent Institute-Club Lounge-The Infinity Towers-333 Main Street, San Francisco (call Kyle Palermo at 510-632-1366 ext. 149 for availability).
Thursday, June 19-Loren Spivack “Free Market Warrior”-Silicon Valley Taxpayers Association-Harry’s Hofbrau Banquet Room-390 Saratoga Avenue, San Jose.
Saturday, July 5, 2014-6-11 PM-Monthly social of Free Exchange at Jim Elwood’s in Parkmerced. (Francoise noted that Jim will skip the social this month).
June 3 Election Report: Aubrey reported Prop A (Bond for Earthquake Safety that the LPSF opposed) won easily with a 79% YES vote, but 25,491 voters did vote NO. Prop B (Voters will need to approve height increases along the waterfront, which the LPSF neither supported nor opposed) passed with a 59/41 YES vote. John Dennis came in second against Pelosi with an 11.9% (to Pelosi’s 73.5%). In state contests, Leland Yee still managed to garner a 12.2% in SF and 9.5% statewide, and Laura Wells (Green Party candidate who was at our Prop 13 Tax Symposium) got 8.9% in SF and 5.7% statewide. Jonathan Jaech (the only Libertarian statewide candidate) received 95,387 votes statewide (2.4%) and 2,977 votes in SF (2.5%). Kashkari beat out Donnelly for the number 2 spot for Governor by receiving 19% to Donnelly’s 14%, but interestingly in SF Donnelly got more votes (3.5% for Kashkari and 4.3% for Donnelly), which prompted Phil to point out that the Republicans are smarter in SF than statewide.
Restore Transportation Balance Initiative: Bill Bowen pointed out the main reasons to support this measure: while 79% of the residents in SF own cars, SFMTA is governed by MUNI riders and bicyclists, and motorists currently have no representation on the Board; first responders are finding it harder to get to emergencies; no new parking garages have been built in SF in 20 years; the current war on autos is especially hard on seniors, the disabled, and families with children; and businesses have complained about loss of customers due to loss of parking spaces. While this initiative is only a declaration of policy, if it passes, the same coalition will come back in 2016 with another initiative that has more “teeth” in it. Chris Bowman joined us later in the meeting having just returned from getting signatures at the West Portal Street Fair, and he announced that signature traffic was very brisk that day with many folks lined up to sign the petition. They thanked the LPSF for endorsing the measure and solicited our help in obtaining more signatures before the July 7 deadline and left us with more petition sheets.
Treasurer’s Report: Les reported that we have $3,080.51 in our coffers. Marcy pointed out that Aubrey has not submitted the Pride expenses yet, so that amount will drop by $400.00 when Aubrey submits the expenses after Pride.
$2K Motion for General Operating Account: Marcy’s motion from two meetings ago was that the LPSF always maintain no less than $2,000.00 in our regular checking account for the basic operating expenses of mailbox, voice mail, outreach literature, and the operation of our website (domain and hosting). Starchild again argued against keeping so much money in our account and countered with a motion to drop the amount to $1,500.00 rather than $2,000.00. We voted on his motion and it was voted down 4 to 1. Then we voted on the original motion to always maintain at least $2,000.00 in our account, and the vote was 4 to 2 in favor of always maintaining the $2,000.00 balance.
Membership Report: Aubrey reported that membership is about the same—16 regular paid-up and current members and 22 lifetime members for a total of 38 members.
Website Report: In addition to continuing to write articles for the website, Marcy has written a summary of core Libertarian beliefs under “Issues” in our website. The website is all ready to go with a special page for elections and campaigns for the upcoming election in November.
Tax Day Event 2015: Aubrey booked a meeting room for a speaker at the Main Branch of the Public Library for April 5, 2015, but the library doesn’t take reservations that early in advance, so he will have to wait until October to try and book the room again. He asked for help to form a committee to plan the event.
Pride 2014: Aubrey reported that everything is set for our Pride booth at the end of the month, except more helpers are needed to man the booth. Dan mentioned that the Pink Pistols march in the parade is still on, but there have been no dates set yet for the safety monitor trainings.
November Election: Aubrey quickly briefed us on the following ballot measures (so far):
1. Laura’s Law-involuntary treatment of the mentally ill.
2. Union Iron Works Historic District Housing, Waterfront Parks, Jobs & Preservation Initiative-could be another implementation of Plan Bay Area & deals with height limits.
3. Regulate Illegal Use of Housing for Tourists—cut out AirBnB and VRBO.
4. Minimum Wage Act of 2014.
5. Athletic Fields in Golden Gate Park Remain Natural Grass.
6. Conflict of Interest Prevention Initiative-no outside employment for the Board of Supervisors.
7. Policy Regarding Transportation Balance Priorities (LPSF already endorsed this one).
Aubrey suggested that different members write separate arguments for as many of the ballot measures that we’re interested in so that we have lots of arguments to submit to the Department of Elections on August 14. Les expressed interest in the AirBnB and the minimum wage ballot measures. Marcy was interested in the conflict of interest measure since she has already written about this one on our website.
Libertarian Party of San Francisco Agenda: Saturday, July 12, 2014
Meeting Location: San Francisco Main Library – 4th Floor Conference Room
Welcome – Introductions 3:05-3:15
Activist Reports – Past & Future 3:16-3:30
Membership Report 3:46-3:50
Website Report 3:51-3:55
Pride 2014 Report 3:56-4:05
Treasurer’s & Campaign Committee Reports 4:06-4:10
November Election Ballot Measures 4:11-5:00
Libertarian Party of San Francisco Agenda: Saturday, June 14, 2014
Meeting Location: San Francisco Main Library – 4th Floor Conference Room
Welcome – Introductions 3:05-3:10
Activist Reports – Past & Future 3:11-3:25
June 3 Election Report 3:36-3:40
Restore Transportation Balance Initiative (Christopher Bowman) 3:41-3:50
Treasurer’s & Campaign Committee Reports 3:51-3:55
$2K Motion (General Operating Account) 3:56-4:15
Membership Report 4:16-4:20
Website Report 4:21-4:25
Tax Day 2015 4:26-4:30
Pride 2014 4:31-4:40
November Election 4:41-5:00
Libertarian Party of San Francisco
Minutes for Monthly Meeting at the San Francisco Public Library on Saturday, May 10, 2014
Attendees: Phil Berg, Marcy Berry (Vice Chair), Michael Denny, Francoise Fielding, Aubrey Freedman (Chair), Dan Pickell, Starchild, and William Earen.
Activist Reports: Marcy helped out at the Prop 13 Tax Symposium by printing up program guides and attending the event; she also attended a GGLR meeting. Phil objected to a Second Amendment comment at a meeting he attended; he called the speaker on citing “facts” that offensive use of firearms occurs four times more often than their defensive use. Starchild attended a taping of the League of Women Voters for the June elections and presented the LPSF case against Prop A (bond for earthquake safety and preparedness) and also attended an LP National Party Platform Committee meeting in Indianapolis to ensure that the Libertarian message is kept radical enough and not watered down with marketing. He also attended a meeting of the Rothbard Circle and reported there were about a dozen attendees. Michael Denny has been trying to work on a business deal with “screaming Libertarians.” Aubrey has been working on the John Dennis campaign for Congress by precinct walking.
Tuesday, May 20, 2014-7-9 PM-Monthly meeting of Golden Gate Liberty Revolution at Moksha Life Center-405 Sansome Street. (Aubrey noted that the meetings have been moved to Tuesdays from Mondays.)
Wednesday, June 4, 2014-12:30-3:00 PM-ABAG PCA Meeting-Joseph Bort MetroCenter Auditorium-101 Eighth Street, Oakland
Thursday, June 5-Restore The Fourth will present the “Shame on Feinstein” letter to Diane Feinstein.
Saturday, June 7, 2014-6-11 PM-Monthly social of Free Exchange at Jim Elwood’s in Parkmerced. (Aubrey noted that most of the socials are now starting at 6 PM rather than 7PM).
Membership Report: Aubrey reported that membership was flat—17 regular paid-up and current members and 22 lifetime members for a total of 39 members. He said that he will soon get a new updated diskette from the Department of Elections and send out membership letters to newly registered Libertarians.
Website Report: Marcy has put up on the website a webpage especially for the upcoming June election. The LPSF recommendations on both the local and state propositions are listed and described briefly. She updated us with the latest numbers of active subscribers to our lists: LPSF Facebook-151 (pretty good number for us); Activist List-34 (quite low); Announce List-121; Meet-up-235; and Discussion List-103.
Prop 13 Tax Symposium 2014 & Tax Day Event for 2015: Attendance was disappointingly low (14.5 attendees), but the panelists and audience members were all engrossed in the discussion and the time did not lag. Starchild was the MC and our panelists were Laura Wells, the Green Party candidate for State Controller, and Trish Cypher, a knowledgeable expert on Plan Bay Area and regional government. There was a newly acquired respect for the Green Party due to strong opposition to bonds voiced by Laura and one of her Green colleagues. One regret that was noted was that we did not tape the event and make a YouTube out of it. We will make it a point to tape next year’s event. Jawj has volunteered to spearhead that project, and we plan that to be an indoor speaking event with hopefully a major speaker who will attract a larger audience. Starchild still wants to do an outdoor event in a park, which will attract more of the general population, and he is in charge of that project.
Pride 2014: The event is on for the week-end of June 28 & 29. Helpers are still needed to man our booth, even for short shifts. Francoise has graciously offered to host a button-making party on Election Night, June 3 at 6:30 PM. Aubrey will have our usual variety of LP brochures on display at our booth. Starchild mentioned the very good but pricey pro-freedom brochure put out by the Heritage Foundation, and Aubrey said he will try to purchase a small quantity to add interest to our booth. Dan mentioned that the Pink Pistols will again be marching in the parade and will need safety monitors to take the training, even if they can’t participate in the parade. There was also a mention of possibly getting Terry Floyd from the East Bay LP to join us at Pride and bring his Bitcoin ATM machine, which would be a nice gimmick for us this year.
June Election: There was a brief discussion about whether we should recommend any other candidates for the upcoming election other than the Libertarian candidate for Attorney General (Jonathan Jaech) or John Dennis (Ron Paul Republican running against Nancy Pelosi). The general consensus was that the LPSF is best not backing any candidates that are not primarily libertarian. The backfiring that resulted from past LPSF support of Ed Jew was cited as a good reason to steer clear of non-libertarians.
WALL Speaker Sponsorship: The coalition of WALL, the LPSF, and GGLR invited Ron Paul to speak at the bi-annual meeting of WALL, but since Ron Paul has not responded to the invitation, WALL is now inviting Dennis Kucinich to be the speaker. The LPSF will not be bearing any costs to have Kucinich as the speaker but has offered to help publicize the event for WALL.
Treasurer’s Report/Budget/$2K Motion: In Les’ absence due to recent surgery, Marcy reported the balance as $2,928.41. Aubrey reported that he has not submitted the Pride expenses yet (budgeted and collected from donations of $400), so our coffers will be $2,528.41 after Pride. He presented a rough budget of annual revenues and expenses: Revenues of $225 (memberships) + $663 (donations) = $888. Expenses of $30 (website back-up) + $98 (website hosting & domain) + $240 (mail box) + $153 (voice mail) + $50 (Meet-up) + $200 (brochures/literature) + $250 (emergency for “rainy day”) = $1,021. It was noted that we expect the mail box cost to drop since Aubrey will find another mail box that is more convenient to access and cheaper after the current mail box expires in October. But it was also noted that the donations revenue is based on PayPal monthly donations that can stop at any time (and most of it is from one large donor), so that $663 figure is iffy. Marcy’s motion from last month’s meeting was that we not allow our book balance (less any earmarked projects) to ever drop below $2,000, but anything above that amount would be available to use on outreach activities as authorized by the LPSF. Starchild felt that $1,500 was a more reasonable figure, and we should not be sitting on a large amount of money when we could be using more of it to promote freedom. A vote on Marcy’s motion was shelved until the next meeting when more members are present to vote on it.
Gun Show September 13 & 14: Aubrey suggested that the LPSF have a table at the September gun show since the gun crowd is receptive to the Libertarian message, the table we had at last year’s gun show was successful as a joint effort with the GGLR, and it’s been a year since we had our own table there. William mentioned that the GGLR is always fund raising when it does outreach and the LPSF should get in the habit of asking for donations during outreach efforts. There was no opposition to the proposal of the LPSF having a table at the September gun show (again as a joint effort but this time it will be 2 tables with the GGLR, 1 table with the LPSF, and 1 table with the John Birch Society—all next to each other). However we decided that Aubrey will put out a call for donations for the gun show, but since our book balance (less Pride’s $400 budget) is well above $2K and the cost of the table is only $110, the LPSF will definitely participate in the gun show in September.