Meeting of 12 December, 2015 | Libertarian Party of San Francisco

Meeting of 12 December, 2015

Aubrey Freedman
Libertarian Party of San Francisco Agenda:  Saturday, December 12, 2015
Meeting Location:  San Francisco Main Library – 4th Floor Conference Room

Welcome – Introductions 3:05-3:10
Activist Reports – Past & Future 3:11-3:30
Announcements 3:31-3:40
Membership/Newsletter Report 3:41-3:45
Treasurer’s Report 3:46-3:50
Transportation Panel Discussion (April 2016) 3:51-4:00
Officer Duties (for next year) 4:01-5:00
Minutes written by Aubrey Freedman

Libertarian Party of San Francisco Minutes for Monthly Meeting at the San Francisco Public Library on Saturday, December 12, 2015

Attendees: Phil Berg, Aubrey Freedman (Chair), Les Mangus (Treasurer), Leo Miretsky (guest), Starchild, and Richard Winger.

Activist Reports: Les has been posting to the Discussion List when he gets moved by a topic (most recently police and body cameras).  Leo speaks to his friends and posts to Facebook about Libertarian topics.  Aubrey sent out the monthly newsletter at the end of November and also worked on rounding up two speakers for the annual panel discussion in April.  Richard was going to attend a Top Two hearing in which the Socialist Party was suing the state because it is not considered a “qualified” party, but the Top Two supporters (Charles Munger and others) intervened and the hearing was cancelled. 


•Monday, December 21-7:00-9:00 PM-Golden Gate Liberty Revolution-Monthly Meeting-Moksha Life Center-405 Sansome Street.

•Saturday, January 2-7:00-11:00 PM-Free Exchange-Jim Elwood’s in Parkmerced.

•Wednesday, January 20-7:30 PM-Richard is hosting the monthly Genteman Book Club at his house-Debra Layton is the unconfirmed speaker this time (she is the author of Seductive Poison, which is about the Jim Jones/Guyana tragedy in the late 70’s).

•Aubrey mentioned that Niike, formerly a YAL activist at SFSU, is going to have some tabling events this semester.  Details to be forthcoming.

Membership/Newsletter Report:  Aubrey reported that membership is up by 1 to 40 (19 lifetime members and 21 current paid up annual members).  He reported that the state party is finally cleaning up the membership records, but there are still records that need updating.  He noted that the number of lifetime members is dropping (probably due to the cleaning up of records by the state party), while the number of annual dues-paying members is increasing.  For the November newsletter, he sent it out to 217 people.  He received 3 bounced email returns, 2 comments, 2 new subscribers, and no requests to unsubscribe from the November newsletter. 

Treasurer’s Report: Les reported that our coffers are in good shape at the moment:  in our Bank of America account we have $4,011.93, and in our PayPal we have $372.29, for a total of $4,384.22.  He reported that we received an unexpected one-time donation of $150.00 in our PayPal account in the past month.   

Transportation Panel Discussion in April: Aubrey is working on getting Tom Rubin from the liberty-leaning side and Jerry Cauthen from SaveMuni for the discussion on April 10.  In researching Tom Rubin’s credentials, he was pleasantly surprised how extensive Tom’s background in transportation is, and he thinks he will be perfect for the panel.  Aubrey visited the Noe Valley Library a few weeks ago and asked to take a look at the room we booked.  It will do pretty well, though the branch cannot loan out the projector for our use (edict from The Main Library Central Authority), so Aubrey will round up one for the discussion.

Officer Duties (for next year):  Les hopes to retire as LPSF Treasurer and from the ExCom. With Marcy no longer an activist after the January meeting and Aubrey not running for Chair or Vice Chair, many duties are up for grabs:  Webmaster, moderating the Activist and Discussion lists, LPSF Facebook Group and LPSF Facebook Page, responding to messages on Ring Central, responding to emails to the Chair (in a timely manner), membership recruitment, the monthly newsletter, ballot measure arguments coordination/submission, Pride, annual panel discussion, agendas for the meetings, political filings for the FPPC, the Announce List, library reservations, and picking up the mail.  Marcy has graciously offered to keep up the website as Webmaster until the LPSF finds a replacement.  Aubrey said that he is happy to continue doing many of the things he currently handles, like the newsletter, Pride, the annual panel discussion, the library reservations, and picking up the mail, but he does not want to run the meetings anymore.  Starchild offered to moderate the lists and handle the calls from Ring Central and the emails to the Chair (if no one comes forward as Chair). Aubrey also brought up that now might be a good time to consider changing the location and time of the monthly meetings to attract new members.  He is also hoping that someone comes forward to organize social events to attract new potential activists.

Special Authorization for Postcard Outreach:  Starchild made a special carry-over request from the November election for $50.00 for printing expenses to cover the postcard he designed for ongoing outreach over the next few months.  No objections noted—expenditure is authorized.