Meeting of 13 May, 2017

Libertarian Party of San Francisco Agenda: Saturday, May 13, 2017

Meeting Location: San Francisco Main Library – 4th Floor Conference Room

  1. Welcome – Introductions 3:05-3:10
  2. Activist Reports 3:11-3:30
  3. Announcements 3:31-3:40
  4. Membership/Newsletter Report 3:41-3:45
  5. Website Report 3:46-3:50
  6. Treasurer’s Report 3:51-3:55
  7. Change to Credit Union 3:56-4:05
  8. Pride 2017 (June 24-25) 4:06-4:15
  9. 4th Annual Panel Discussion (Sunday, June 11) 4:16-5:00

LPSF Meeting, 13 May 2017
San Francisco Public Library, 4th Floor conference room

Attendance
Les Mangus
Nick Smith
Aubrey Freedman
Leonid Miretsky
Alex A.
John D. Heeter
Phil Berg

Activist Reports
Les: Nothing to report

Nick: Went to the California Libertarian Convention in Santa Clara and wrote up an article about it, and attended the Phil Ting Next10 event with Aubrey and others.

John: Interested in Bitcoin / blockchain, especially applied to crowd funding businesses. Currently there is little regulation in this space, and hopefully it will stay that way.

Alex: New to the party and just starting to be politically active.

Leo: Spending time in online debate groups, discussing minarchism and anarcho-capitalism.

Aubrey: Put out the new newsletter this morning. Attended Phil Ting’s Next10 town hall event which was an exercise to balance the budget. In this interactive session, participants “voted” to increase spending and raise taxes (as expected) but there was at least a Libertarian/Conservative presence. Also did some tabling at the JSA convention and talked to high school students who are interested in politics-- after being briefly uninvited from the event.

Phil: Phil’s friend who has a child at a Berkeley school suggested that they actually implement “Equal work for equal pay” and sent a list of faculty above and below the mean salary, saying that everyone above the line should write a check to everyone below the line to settle the score. Apparently, it’s complicated.

Announcements
GGLR Meeting 4th monday of the month - May 22nd
https://www.meetup.com/RonPaulSF/events/239916307/

Membership / Newsletter
21 lifetime members, 22 monthly members
Overall party membership in California is just over 1,000 active members, which we hope will grow.
Newsletter will be sent to about 300 people, and will be posted.

Webmaster Report
Aubrey’s first article from the newsletter is up on the website. Also, the top banner has been replaced with an advertisement for our upcoming panel discussion event. Nick wrote a summary of the CA LP convention, posted on the website.

Nick: Thinking also of writing up an opinion piece about Net Neutrality, especially after hearing John Oliver and Jason Stapleton both get it wrong.

Treasurer’s Report
Bank of America: $5,481.21
Paypal: $295.95
Total: $5,777.16

Change to Credit Union
Aubrey sent a letter to the IRS to get our Federal ID number and is awaiting a response. This response letter to issue us a new ID number is the only thing now blocking us from opening an account at the credit union. Aubrey called the credit union yesterday to ask if there is anything we can do, but there’s nothing.

Pride (June 24th and 25th)
Going to ask Michael Acree to revise the pamphlet for Pride. We have our booth set up and are looking for volunteers. We will be at the Civic Center plaza.

Panel Discussion
Steve Frank and Starchild will speak as panelists on June 11, at 1:30 PM in the Latino/Hispanic community room, and Aubrey will probably be the moderator. Aubrey wrote about his difficulty finding someone to support the “pro” side in the newsletter. Marcy will advertise the event on Facebook, and has requested $500 for this, which the party has authorized. Marcy has also made a list of people to contact to spread the word about the event and is posting all over already.

Marcy will make a souvenir program for the event, and is asking for $60 to get these printed-- also authorized. This will help spread the party’s name and show our activism in the community.