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.
Because of scheduling problems at our usual meeting place, the San Francisco Main Library, the LPSF monthly business meeting of September 10, 2016 will start at 4:00 pm, not at the usual 3:00 pm. It will adjourn at 5:30 pm, not at the usual 5:00 pm. We will try to change the time for the September 10 meeting on all our announcements, but please mark your calendars, in case we miss an announcement venue.
The meeting began late at 3:16. Members in attendance were: Phil Berg, Les Mangus, Aubrey Freedman, Starchild, Michael Denny, and Ryan Porte. Ryan Porte requested that he be added to the LPSF Activist List.
Guests: Nick Smith, Philip Chi, and Don Orndell.
Membership and Newsletter: Still 20 Lifetime members, 23 Regular members paid and current. 250 people are receiving our newsletter.
Treasurer’s Report: $6,119.05 in the bank, up around $200.
Discussion about website tools: We agreed to provide Marcy with an editing tool that would cost about $45 per year, and to provide Marcy with some support in implementing any additional necessary tools. $500 or less was authorized to spend on service provider for fixing website image uploading and template problems (service quoted at $150), plus any additional unexpected problems provider might find.
Ballot Arguments for November 8, 2016: Many ballot measures we previously considered for opposition were pre-empted by members of the Board of Supervisors, mostly Aaron Peskin. So Supervisors will be the official opposition on the pre-empted measures. Other measures LPSF considered were:
1) Sugary Beverage Tax – Proposition V
- $.01 per oz tax
- Goes to General fund so only needs 51% to pass
- Tax paid by wholesaler
- Seems likely to pass, but noted by Ryan Porte that the tax in New York was eventually overruled as unconstitutional. Unclear about how it might connect to this measure.
2) Real Estate Transfer Tax – Proposition W
- Properties over $5 million
- Class Warfare
3) BART Bond – Proposition RR
- $3.5 billion ($7 billion overall)
- District Tax
- Alameda County is running the campaign
- Not accepting input from non-Alameda Country voters
- We decided to sign on to an existing opposition document rather than submit one of our own.
4) San Francisco Unified School District Bond – Proposition A
- $1.5 billion including interest
- 5 years ago the SFUSD said that was their LAST bond. And here’s another one.
- We agreed to submit an opposing argument for this measure.
5) 16 Year Old Vote – Proposition F
- After some discussion we decided to not submit an argument.
6) $19 million Tree Tax set-aside – Proposition E
- After some discussion decided not to submit an argument.
7) Acquisition and Rehabilitation of Affordable Housing – Proposition C
- Proposal is to utilize unused bond funds to fund loans to renovate concrete structure buildings used for “affordable housing” as well as acquire new buildings to be used for “affordable housing”.
- Agreed that unused bond money should be returned to the City treasury.
8) Non-citizens voting for School Board elections – Proposition N
- Agreed it was a “Feel Good” measure.
- It would have to be a Paid Argument
- Will decide eventual position and will put on our postcard. Will not submit an argument for the voters’ handbook.
9) Dignity Fund – Proposition I
- Set-aside from General Fund for Seniors and Disabled
- Starts at $38 million, then to $44 million and then to $72 million
- We agreed to submit an argument on this measure
10) Housing and Development Commission rule changes – Proposition M
- New bureaucracy to oversee the Housing and Community Division
- Transfer more appointments to the Supervisors
- Shares more power with the Mayor.
- Decided to not submit an argument
11) Issue of Vacancy Appointments by executive branch – Proposition D
- Normally the Mayor gets to appoint
- This would create a charter amendment to modify the policy so that a special election would have to be held if the appointee would be in the position for longer than 180 days.
- We agreed not to submit an argument
We divided up the required work on writing ballot arguments among those who volunteered:
Starchild – Sugary Drinks
Phil Berg – Dignity Fund Set-Aside
Mike Denny – Real Estate Transfer Tax
Aubrey Freedman – School District Bond
Ryan Porte – Acquisition and Rehabilitation of Affordable Housing (argument: return Bond money rather than redeploy for loans and new building acquisition).
Meeting was adjourned at 5:10PM although discussion continued unofficially for some time after.
Submitted by Michael Denny
Meeting Location: San Francisco Main Library – 4th Floor Conference Room
1. Welcome – Introductions 3:05-3:10
2. Membership/Newsletter Report 3:11-3:15
3. Treasurer’s Report (Bank & PayPal) 3:16-3:20
4. Website Update Report 2016 Report 3:21-3:30
5. November Election Ballot Measures 3:31-5:00
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”.
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.
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