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 Agenda: Saturday, September 13, 2014
Meeting Location: San Francisco Main Library – 1st Floor (Mary Stong) Conference Room
Welcome – Introductions 3:05-3:15
Activist Reports – Past & Future 3:16-3:30
Website Report 3:46-3:55
Treasurer’s & Campaign Committee Reports 3:56-4:00
November Election Campaign 4:01-5:00
Minutes of the Libertarian Party of San Francisco, August 9, 2014
Members Present: Aubrey Freedman (Chair), Marcy Berry (Vice Chair), Les Mangus (Treasurer), Phil Berg, Starchild.
Guests: Joe Reisinger and Vicki Reisinger
Activist Reports: Aubrey obtained a CD from the Department of Elections containing information on registered Libertarians, and sent out 85 letters informing newly-registered Libertarians of the LPSF and its work; he read all the ballot propositions for the November elections in order to present a summary at the LPSF meeting; he attended the Yolo County Libertarian Party Leadership Conference on July 19. Marcy also attended the Yolo County conference; she sent a letter to the San Francisco Supervisors challenging them on their proposal to form a Joint Power Authority to implement eminent domain in the seizure of underwater mortgages in San Francisco; she started posting on the LPSF website articles relating to the proposals on the November elections; she wrote to Libertarian Party Chair Nicholas Sarwark regarding the challenge “libertarian” Republicans are posing to the LP by confusing their brand of libertarianism with Libertarian principles – Mr. Sarwark responded immediately, indicating he is aware of the challenge, and plans to respond after the November elections. Starchild is working on a letter that liberty-leaning organizations could use to obtain supporting signatures on issues espoused by other organizations in exchange for assurances of liberty-leaning behavior.
Announcements: Golden Gate Liberty Revolution Monthly Meeting August 18, Moksha Life Center, 7:00 pm. The Commonwealth Club presentation of Steve Forbes in “Fighting Threats to Our Money,” August 20, 6:00 pm. Jim Elwood’s Free Exchange, September 6, Parkmerced. Gun Show, September 13-14, Cow Palace. For more details on upcoming events see “Bay Area Events” at www.lpsf.org
Membership Reports: Has not changed since last month.
Website Reports: Marcy advised of a schedule to place November elections information on the website. She reported that although the campaign contribution button has been up on the website for several months now, no campaign contributions have come in.
Treasurer’s report: Bank balance in operating account is $3,273.77, $400 of which is allocated to reimburse Aubrey for his Pride 2014 expenses, leaving $2,873.77 available. Balance in Campaign Committee account is $149.
Board of Supervisors Eminent Domain Proposal: Marcy reported that none of the Supervisors responded to the LPSF email sent to them. There has been no further publicized development on this proposal.
Gun Show: Aubrey announced that Golden Gate Liberty Revolution will host a display table in conjunction with the Birch Society. Volunteers to staff the table are needed. Aubrey will volunteer on Saturday. Marcy indicated she would be available if more volunteers are needed on Sunday.
November Elections Ballot Measures: Aubrey presented a summary of all the measures, there was discussion on all of them, and members present voted Yes, No, or No Recommendation, as follows. Most “NO” were unanimous, with the exceptions as noted below. Pier 70 “YES” was qualified, since there was consensus that some development should take place in the area; however, this development is on government land (Port Authority) and development nowadays comes burdened with government regulation. “YES” on Policy Regarding Transportation Priorities reflected LPSF being one of the endorsers.
A – San Francisco Transportation and Road Improvement Bond: NO
B – Adjusting Transportation Funding for Population Growth Charter Amendment: NO
C – Children’s Fund; Public Education and Enrichment Fund Charter Amendment: Children and Families Council; Rainy Day Reserve: NO
D – Retiree Health Benefits for Former Redevelopment Agency and Successor Agency Employees Charter Amendment: NO
E – Tax on Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Ordinance: NO
F- Pier 70 [Development of residential buildings requiring voter-approved height limit and adjoining parks] Ordinance: YES
G – Additional Transfer Tax on Residential Property Sold Within 5 Years of Purchase Ordinance: NO
H – Golden Gate Park Athletic Fields Ordinance: YES (3 yes; 2 abstain)
I – Renovation of Playgrounds, Walking Trails, and Athletic Fields Ordinance: NO (3 no; 2 no recommendation).
J – Minimum Wage Increase Ordinance: NO
K – Affordable Housing Declaration of Policy: NO
L – Policy Regarding Transportation Priorities: YES
Ballot Arguments: Several LPSF members have written ballot arguments, which Aubrey will bring to the Department of Elections by the due date of Thursday, August 14, noon. If time permits, additional arguments will be written. Ballot argument writers are as follow:
A – Aubrey
B – Aubrey if time permits
C – Starchild
D – Les if time permits
E – Francoise
F. No argument
G – Phil if time permits
H – No argument
I – Starchild if time permits
J – Les
K – Aubrey
L – No argument (other coalition members might submit an argument in favor)
Campaign Treasurer Les reported that if no money is involved, the LPSF can sign its ballot arguments “Libertarian Party of San Francisco,” rather than “San Francisco Libertarian Campaign Committee.” Therefore, it was decided to sign the arguments as the LPSF. Starchild indicated his preference for placing his own name on ballot arguments he writes in addition to that of LPSF, which is fine with LPSF. He suggested that the more signers on arguments the better; it was decided that this suggestion would be considered for future elections, since it was too late to deal with that issue for the November elections.
Libertarian Party of San Francisco Agenda: Saturday, August 9, 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
Treasurer’s & Campaign Committee Reports 3:56-4:00
Eminent Domain Resolution/Ordinance Update 4:01-4:05
Gun Show September 13-14 4:06-4:10
November Election Ballot Measures 4:11-5:00
Libertarian Party of San Francisco
Minutes of the monthly meeting held July 12, 2014 at the San Francisco Main Library
Members Present: Phil Berg, Marcy Berry (Vice-Chair), Cody Ebberson, Francoise Fielding, Aubrey Freedman (Chair), Jawj Greenwald, Nemo Hoti, Leslie Mangus (Treasurer), Starchild.
1. Introductions. We welcomed two new members: Cody Ebberson, a long-time libertarian activist who moved here from Seattle 3 years ago and has finally become settled enough in his medical imaging management start-up to have time to get involved with the SFLP; and Nemo Hoti from the former Yugoslavia, whose libertarian principles were forged in the white heat of the Kosovo conflict and who is about to transfer from City College to Stanford.
2. Activism Reports. We went around the table saying what we'd each done to advance the cause of freedom this month. Several of us staffed our booth for Pride weekend. Aubrey was there full time both days, Marcy cited age-related decline as an excuse for taking one afternoon off, while Francoise and Jawj each put in a modest half day. Francoise also drafted a ballot argument against Laura's Law (unlikely to be submitted, now that the law looks likely to be passed by the Board of Supervisors without being put to the voters). Jawj and Aubrey collected signatures for the "Traffic Balance" car-friendly ballot initiative we are co-sponsoring (Jawj getting quickly ejected from the Metropolitan Transport Authority's parking fine payment office in the process, Aubrey having better luck at a Stern Grove concert). Les kept up his barrage of letters to the editors. Marcy got involved against the Board of Supervisors move to invoke eminent domain powers to appropriate private mortgages for homeowners relief (see below), and studied the likely November ballot measures. Aubrey also kept on top of ballot measures (see below) and monitored a State water board issue. Nemo gave a talk to a local gay youth group on anti-communism and liberalism. Cody, as well as re-joining the local party, made contributions to the BITCOIN cause through the national party and shared Ron Paul You Tube videos on Facebook. Phil furthered his political education by reading Game of Thrones, and came to the aid of a free-spirited damsel in distress. She was dancing ecstatically across 18th and Castro Streets with boom box and pink boa in hand when five cops, including members of private police, descended to threaten her with arrest. Phil screamed at them to respect free speech until a "good cop" came on the scene and got the woman to agree to dance on the sidewalk.
(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 July 21 at the Moksha Life Center, 405 Sansome St. It will also have a table at the Cow Palace Gun show 9am-4pm Saturday and Sunday, September 13-14, where Libertarians are welcome.
The Independent Institute on July 24 will have a reception (6 p.m.) and talk (7 p.m.) by Stephen Halbrook entitled "Are there lessons for us today from Nazi gun control?" at 100 Swan Way, Oakland.
Free Exchange meets 7-11pm at Jim Elwood's home in Park Merced on the 1st Saturday of each month. The speaker for August 2 has not yet been announced.
Starchild urged us to submit letters to the newly installed Civil Grand Jury suggesting topics they might investigate.
4. Membership Report. Aubrey reported that we have 18 paid-up current SFLP members, in addition to the perennial 22 life members, who may or may not still be alive. He will soon get a new list of registered SF libertarians from the Department of Elections.
5. Website Report. Marcy will post the text of questions and policy concerns related to the eminent domain mortgage issue raised below.
6. Pride 2014 Report. We had a very successful Pride weekend. Traffic at our new booth location was brisk. The booth looked grand with its new white backdrop (for which we agreed to reimburse Marcy). The dots on the political quiz chart seemed to drift a bit more towards the libertarian quadrant. Twelve people requested further info on our group, and we raised $24.26.
7. Treasurer's and Campaign Committee Reports. Les reported that we have $3,210.51 in the bank and $155 in the campaign committee fund. About $400 of this will reimburse Aubrey's Pride outlay.
8. November Election Ballot Measures. With two weeks to go until ballot measures for the November election are finalized, Aubrey reported on the current prospects. The transportation policy initiative we co-sponsored (to redress the anti-car bias of current "transit first" policies) gathered well over the required number of signatures, but two others did not (a minimum wage proposal, and one for regulating use of homes for tourism). Laura's Law to authorize compulsory treatment for mental illness will be enacted without going before the voters. The supervisor-sponsored measures likely to appear include:
"Build Housing Now" measure that is likely to develop into a second housing trust fund and calls for a "re-envisioning" plan for public housing
"City Housing Balance Requirement" that would require 30% of all new housing be "affordable"
$500 million transportation improvement bond measure
Vehicle license fee increase from .65% to 2%
Measure authorizing astroturf for city playgrounds (designed to counter an initiative measure requiring natural grass)
Surtax on transfer of residential property that will apply to resales within 5 years and also increase transfer taxes in general
Measure changing height limits for a waterfront redevelopment project (known as the Union Ironworks project near Illinois at 20-22nd Streets )
Members are encouraged to select issues that interest them and to write ballot arguments for our August 9 meeting. The submission deadline is noon on August 14. The ballot argument process has been revised so that only one argument can be submitted per organization, but we can increase our chances in the lottery to appear as the official argument by submitting additional arguments as individuals. Aubrey will update members on the Activists' list as the measures are finalized. [He has done so as of the time of writing – see attached memo –ed.]
9. Eminent Domain. It was agreed (5 For, 1 Against) that Marcy could circulate and invite comments on a list of pointed questions that she intends to raise before the Board of Supervisors. They were drafted in opposition to the City's scheme to use eminent domain powers through some regional Joint Powers Authority to take over securitized mortgages in order to provide homeowner relief.
10. National Convention. Starchild reported on the National LP convention held June 26-29 in Columbus Ohio. It had lively platform debates and an atypically fun party. He even managed to sell some of our surplus LP posters.
11. Bay Area Civil Liberties Coalition. It was unanimously agreed that we should join the Bay Area Civil Liberties Coalition, currently concerned with threats to 4th Amendment rights.
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.