Meetings

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).

 

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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.

Minutes of Meeting, March 12, 2016 (written mostly by Jawj Greenwald with additional notes by Aubrey Freedman) Libertarian Party of San Francisco Minutes of Meeting of March 12, 2016 San Francisco Main Library, 4th Floor Conference Room, San Francisco

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.
Libertarian Party of San Francisco Agenda:  Saturday, May 14, 2016
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
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.       WALL Event in August 4:46-5:00
Libertarian Party of San Francisco Minutes: Saturday, April 9, 2016
Meeting Location:  San Francisco Main Library – 3rd Floor Conference Room

Minutes submitted by Francoise Fielding

1. Welcome – Introductions

Members present: Aubrey Freedman (Chair), Françoise Fielding (recording), Jason Williams (left at 3:40 pm to go to his job).

Guests: Miao Zhu (arrived 3:45 pm), Leo Miretsky (arrived at 4:25 pm)

2. Activist Reports – Past & Future

Jason would like to run for government someday but he is busy with work and school so hasn’t taken any steps yet.

Miao Zhu is thinking of suing the San Mateo police for misconduct. He doesn’t think he can get a lawyer to help with his case. Right now he is working on trying to get the records and is having a hard time. There is a 6 months statute of limitations for filing under state law. Under federal law the period is 2 years.  He is also interested in craft brewing but has no specific plans yet. He feels he knows all the technology behind it because he works in a power plant and it is the same kind of machinery but he doesn’t know the food or beverage industry.

Françoise went to Free Exchange at Jim Elwood’s Saturday April 2 to hear Alex Gladstein, Chief Strategy Officer at the Human Rights Foundation, talk about North Korea. The Human Rights foundation is apparently the only human rights foundation with a liberal (as classically defined) orientation. Alex talked about a very interesting project they have smuggling old USB thumb drives filled with western and South Korean movies and TV shows into North Korea. The idea behind “Flash Drives for Freedom,” is to bypass Pyongyang’s state-run media and give North Koreans a glimpse of what the rest of the world has to offer. While few North Koreans have computers, many have video players and smartphones that can read USB files.

Françoise also went to the Commonwealth Club’s program on Income Inequality featuring Yaron Brook, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Ayn Rand Institute, and Alan Auerbach, Ph.D., Professor of Economics and Law, and Director of the Burch Center for Tax Policy and Public Finance, University of California, Berkeley. Among the issues discussed were whether tax hikes and raising the minimum wage are the solutions to saving the American Dream or whether they are “a war on success”. The discussion was not especially enlightening to those of us who are familiar with the arguments but it was encouraging that the lecture was well attended and that there was a fair amount of clapping for the positions espoused by Yaron Brook.

Aubrey, as usual, has been quite busy. The LPSF has gotten calls to attend various endorsement meetings since we wrote the official rebuttals on some of the propositions. Aubrey went to the Republican meeting. The Noe Valley Democrats are meeting next Thursday and the Raoul Wallenberg Jewish Democratic Club will be meeting and next Sunday.  Aubrey has also been busy publishing the Newsletter and working on the upcoming Transportation Panel. He is also planning on attending the JSA convention in 2 weeks.

3. Announcements

• The “Golden Gate Liberty  Revolution” Gun show at The Cow Palace is taking place today and tomorrow from 9 am to 4 pm.

• Young Americans for Liberty is showing a movie “Can We Take a Joke” on April 13th at the University of San Francisco (2130 Fulton) in Cowell Hall 106 at 5:30 pm

• The monthly  “Golden Gate Liberty Revolution” meeting will take place at the Moksha Life Center (405 Sansome St) on Monday, April 18th from 7 to 9 pm.

• The Raoul Wallenberg Jewish Democratic Club will host a Forum on Police Accountability (SFPD Chief Greg Suhr, Jeff Adachi, Michael Krasny) at Congregation Sherith Israel (22 California St) on Tuesday May 3rd at 7 pm.

• The Free Exchange Speaker at Jim Elwood’s (Parkmerced) on Saturday May 7th from 7pm to 11 pm will be Alexander McCorbin from International Students for Liberty.

• The Libertarian National Convention will take place at the Rosen Center Hotel and Resort in Orlando, Florida from May 27th at 9 am to Monday May 30th at noon.

4. LP California State Convention Report

Aubrey reported on the State Convention which took place last week-end. He said the highlight of the Convention was the keynote speaker Lily Tang Williams who grew up In China under Mao Tse Tung. She was very entertaining and had pictures. Tim Moen was a firefighter who almost lost his life and then had an epiphany about what he wanted to do: spread the Libertarian message. He is now the leader of the Libertarian Party of Canada. John Moore who is in his first term representing the 8th Assembly District of Nevada became Libertarian. He started his term as a Republican. In CA two Libertarians, Gail Lightfoot and Mark Matthew Herd, are running for the US Senate. Two Libertarians are also running for the State Senate and four for the State Assembly (among them is John Inks who has been Mayor of Mountain View)

Party business: Platform issue - We are in favor of ride-sharing. Starchild will be an alternate to the State Party. The State Party will have a booth at the CA State Fair. The turnout was about 75 people-not outstanding attendance.

Breakout sessions: Anti-war activist Angela Keaton gave a presentation. There was an interesting panel on the anti-vaccine movement. State requirements make vaccination mandatory for children unless they are home-schooled. There is talk of making vaccination mandatory for adults as well. Norma Jean, a sex worker activist, talked about human trafficking. She says the numbers they talk about are not even possible. A gentleman from Los Angeles who represented Holly Mitchell (CA Senator) who is pushing SV 443 (against civil forfeiture) asked for our party’s endorsement on the measure. The vote in favor was really fast.

5. Membership/Newsletter Report

Membership: Our numbers are pretty flat. 20 life members (no change). We have 39 regular paid members (we lost one).

Newsletter: Aubrey had writer’s block. He sent out 168 newsletters. There were no “bounced” newsletters and no “unsubscribes”. There were 4 comments.  Aubrey says he is still sending more out. He has added a paragraph on “Liberty Gains and Losses”

6. Treasurer’s Report

Les is still in tax season mode so he didn’t give a report.  Aubrey says that last month we had $5,554.18 between our bank account and Paypal. This month we got a check from the State Party for our share of membership fees for $200. Between that, recurring donations (4), and  Aubrey and Sam Sloane having renewed their memberships, $489 came in.  Les is not cutting checks now but we have $200 earmarked for Marcy for advertising our Transportation Panel on Facebook and $400 committed for Pride. That leaves us with $5,443. We are in good condition.  

7. June Election Ballot Measures

We submitted arguments in opposition to Propositions A (City of SF Bond Issue:  Public Health and Safety), B (Charter Amendment: Park, Recreation and Open Space Fund), C (Charter Amendment: Affordable Housing Requirements) and Measure AA (San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority “Clean and Healthy Bay” Parcel Tax).  Of the 4 Propositions we submitted arguments against, we won the lottery for 3: A, B, and AA so we didn’t have to spend any money. For the June 6th election there are 6 Propositions on the ballot for San Francisco and 1 for the State.  Aubrey will write our recommendations on all those proposals for our website.

We have not taken a vote on Proposition D: “Initiative Ordinance: Office of Citizen Complaints Investigations” requiring that the OCC investigate any shooting or injury involving the police even if no complaint is filed.  Since Aubrey and Françoise were the only members present, it was decided to put this up for a vote on the Activist List.

Aubrey suggests that since we are in good condition financially we should do a campaign on the ballot measures. He thinks it would be a good idea to run ads in the Golden Gate Express at SF State and The Guardsman at CCSF (about $400) and another postcard mailing (about $350) for a total of $750.

Aubrey says that when he went to speak to a Republican group they said that because of interest in the Presidential Elections registrations are going way up for both Republicans and Democrats. Republican registration hovers around 8%.  1/3 of voters are “Decline to state”.

In the November election there will be 20 State measures on the ballot. The City will no doubt also have plenty.

We are making the rounds to speak about our positions to groups that have invited us.   Aubrey is working with groups on Measure AA  (San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority “Clean and Healthy Bay” ParcelTax) because it is regional and there are a bunch of groups worked up with respect to it.

There is a lady from “The Coalition for San Francisco Neighborhoods” who wants to organize with other groups to oppose Proposition B. Aubrey will pass her name along to Starchild.

8. Transportation Panel Discussion (April 10)

We have our panelists.  Aubrey got a projector from work and visited the Library. Marcy has been promoting this event heavily. At the last minute, it was noted that the article on the LPSF website that Marcy wrote on the event mentioned only Thomas Rubin, even though a previous article mentioned Gerald Cauthen.  Marcy promptly edited the article to correct that oversight. Aubrey is still sending emails. We have about 30 responses. The room can accommodate 40-50 people. 

It’s our 3rd year putting on these panels. (Previously we used to do tax protests near BART). Our first panel was on Proposition 13 and last year's was on the housing crisis.  Aubrey thinks it would be interesting to do one on homelessness next year.

There being no more issues to be discussed, the meeting was adjourned at 4:45 pm.
Libertarian Party of San Francisco Agenda:  Saturday, April 9, 2016
Meeting Location:  San Francisco Main Library – 3rd 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.       LP California State Convention Report 3:51-4:10
5.       Membership/Newsletter Report 4:11-4:15
6.       Treasurer’s Report 4:16-4:20
7.       June Election Ballot Measures 4:21-4:40
8.       Transportation Panel Discussion (April 10) 4:41-5:00
Libertarian Party of San Francisco Agenda:  Saturday, March 12, 2016

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 3:31-3:40
4.LP California State Convention April 1-3 3:41-3:50
5.Membership/Newsletter Report 3:51-3:55
6.Treasurer’s Report 3:56-4:00
7.Transportation Panel Discussion (Sunday, April 10) 4:01-4:15
8.Pride (June 25-26, 2016) 4:16-4:20
9.Ballot Measure Arguments (Due March 17) 4:21-5:00