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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Libertarian Party of San Francisco Minutes: Saturday, July 9, 2016

Attending: Aubrey Freedman (Chair), Leslie Mangus (Treasurer), Françoise Fielding (Recording), Edward Morris, Mike Denny, Phil Berg, Starchild (arrived 4 pm), Angelo Valli, Tatsiana (Guest of Michael Denny)

1.       Welcome – Introductions

Ed Morris joined the party (July 7th) because he saw that Gary Johnson is in favor of term limits, in particular a single 6 year term for the President. He is 91 years old and has been very active for 30 years in trying to get term limits for public officials. He was asked to get the Iranian hostages released. He has appeared on television shows and written books. He has also been a Regent of the University of California and Alumni President of UCLA and Berkeley alumni.

Angelo Valli (18 years old) came because he saw our booth at Pride.

Tatsiana (Michael Denny’s guest) is from Belarus. There is a liberty movement there but they don’t participate in elections. She was working for an organization that published comics about Alexander Lukashenko. They were raided and the comics confiscated.

2.       Activist Reports – Past & Future

Françoise helped set up the booth at Pride on Saturday.

Leslie sets up our books (accounting).

Angelo talks to people a lot. He is only 18 but has always been interested in History. He studied Economics at Archbishop Riordan High School in San Francisco and finds he has to use the Internet a lot to get the information he needs because he doesn’t get it from friends or teachers. He tries to “piss off” complacent people on Facebook.

Phil commissioned a poster for Pride from his best friend’s daughter. She did a great poster of a transgender Statue of Liberty with a Gay Pride torch and a tablet in her hand that says Rothbard.

Mike worked the Pride booth and is always talking about Liberty. On July 4th he, Tatiana and Françoise attended a Libertarian event which was more about learning from other Libertarians than spreading the word.

Ed has done nothing recently but was previously the Chair of Business Executives for Peace. He organized protest marches with Joan Baez against the war in Vietnam.

Aubrey worked Pride and sent out the Newsletter. He attended a Plan Bay Area event a few weeks ago. He distributed anti-Plan Bay Area flyers outside and then attended the meeting and spoke to two of the “experts”.

3.       Announcements

The 2016 Free Market Road Show- ‘The American Dream” and “The Self-organizing & Sharing Society- The Infinity Club Lounge- 333 Main St (between Folsom and Harrison)- Tuesday, July 12- 5:30-8 PM

Golden Gate Liberty Revolution- Monthly Meeting- Moksha Life Center- 405 Sansome Street- Monday, July 18- 7-9 PM

LPCA- Booth at California State Fair- 1600 Exposition Blvd. in Sacramento- July 8-24 (need volunteers)

Free Exchange- Most likely will be a pure social this time- Jim Elwoods’s in Park Merced- Saturday, August 6-7-11:00 PM

Joel Engardio (a liberty-minded Democrat) is a candidate for Supervisor. His campaign is having a picnic tomorrow at 2 PM near Lowell High School at the Rolph Nicol Playground, 1101 Eucalyptus Drive.

PRI’s Young Leader Circle is looking for young people from 21-40 years old. There will be an event at Maritime Wine Tasting Studio- 222 Columbus Avenue- on July 13th.

4.       Membership/Newsletter Report

Aubrey just got the Newsletter out. He says for some reason this time it took him forever.

We have 20 lifetime members and 22 regular members so we are up 2 members.

5.       Treasurer’s Report

As of June 30th we have $5,567.41 in the bank.

Our income as of that date is $1,076.80 which is more than our income in all of last year.

6.       Pride 2016 Report

Michael Whitty stooped by our booth. He is interested in the cannabis movement. He would like to organize a joint event between the cannabis movement and Libertarians for the Fall. Aubrey will give his contact information to Starchild.

The Wheel worked well. Some of the things that are against the law in San Francisco are: sitting on the sidewalk, storing your bicycle in a garage, burning wood in your fireplace from November through February, having moldy leftovers in your refrigerator, giving away free toys in a restaurant, kids selling lemonade without a permit, not separating your trash, giving relatives a rabbit, walking four or more dogs without a permit. It is  not against the law yet in San Francisco to lead a tour without a permit or walk down the street without a government ID.

Michael Denny thought that this year there were more people in the libertarian quadrant in the World’s Smallest Political Quiz. Aubrey thought that was true as of Saturday night but by Sunday night he thought the numbers were the same as in previous years.

7.       November Election Ballot Measures

There may be as many as 39 ballot measures in November but right now it is hard to tell exactly what they will be. A good number of them have been submitted but are still awaiting signatures. Regular measures have to be finalized by August 2nd, and Declarations by August 5th. Arguments are due August 18th. Our next meeting is August 13th.

Aubrey suggested concentrating on the measures that are likely to make it.

Charter Amendment- Sixteen and Seventeen-Year-Old Voting for Municipal Elections There was some disagreement about this with some people suggesting this is one we should stay out of. Angelo is against this measure based on his knowledge of people in this age group. Starchild is for it and will draft an argument in favor.

San Francisco Community College District November 8, 2016 Parcel Tax Election In 2012 they wanted a $79 parcel tax for 8 years. Now they are back wanting an increase to $99 for 15 years starting in 2017. We opposed this measure in 2012 and will continue to oppose it. Leslie will work on this argument.

Initiative Ordinance: Tax on Sugar-Sweetened Beverages: would place a tax of one cent per ounce on sugar-sweetened beverages. The distributors of sugar-sweetened beverages in San Francisco would be responsible for paying the tax. The measure is likely to pass but we oppose it. Phil will work on this argument.

Initiative Ordinance - Promotion of Safe and Open Sidewalks Provides for a 24 hour notice before removing a tent encampment on a sidewalk and the obligation to provide housing in a navigation center.

This was not discussed because at 5 PM people had to leave and the meeting ended.  
Libertarian Party of San Francisco Agenda:  Saturday, July 9, 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. Membership/Newsletter Report 3:51-3:55
5. Treasurer’s Report (Bank & PayPal) 3:56-4:00
6. Pride 2016 Report 4:01-4:15
7. November Election Ballot Measures 4:16-4:45
8. Pride Poster Promotion (Phil) 4:46-5:00
Libertarian Party of San Francisco Minutes of Meeting Saturday, June 11, 2016

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.

3. Announcements

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.
Libertarian Party of San Francisco
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).

Activist Reports:

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. 

Announcements:

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.

 Membership/Newsletter Report:

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.

Treasurer’s Report:

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.

 Upset Visitor:

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.
1. Welcome – Introductions 3:05-3:10

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