Meeting of 8 October, 2016

Author: 
Francoise Fielding

Libertarian Party of San Francisco Agenda:  Saturday, October 8, 2016
Meeting Location:San Francisco Main Library – 4th Floor Conference Room

1. Welcome – Introductions 3:05-3:10
2. Activist Reports 3:11-3:35
3. Announcements 3:36-3:50
4. Membership/Newsletter Report 3:51-3:55
5. Treasurer’s Report (Bank & PayPal) 3:56-4:00
6. CER Renewal 4:01-4:05
7. Gary Johnson Campaign 4:06-4:30
8. November Election Campaign (Ballot Measures) 4:31-5:00

Minutes of the Libertarian Party of San Francisco, October 8, 2016, San Francisco Main Library, 4th Floor Conference Room
Written by Francoise Fielding

1. Welcome – Introductions

Members present: Aubrey Freedman (Chair), Les Mangus  (Treasurer), Françoise Fielding (recording), Marianne Haas  (who is sick and tired of the candidates from the two major parties and of hearing that Gary Johnson doesn’t stand a  chance),

Guests: Amanda Cavalieri (who may be moving here from  Colorado and wants to meet people to help her navigate new  surroundings), Nick Smith (who hasn’t been political until  recently, but says this campaign is something new and has  gotten him involved)    Late arrivals: Starchild (4 pm), Leo Miretsky (4:10 pm),  Phil Berg (4:50 pm), Angelo Valle (4:55 pm)

2. Activist Reports

 Marianne has been talking to people and telling them there is  a third alternative: Gary Johnson. She has started buying all  American made clothing. Les talks to people about voting  Libertarian and how bad Republicans are. Nick distributed 60  Gary Johnson door-hangers. He also organized a  Johnson/Weld watch party last month. Aubrey put out the  newsletter and has been writing up the Libertarian  position and reasoning on all the City propositions for our  website. This coming Thursday, Delta Sigma Theta sorority  is having a community event. Aubrey will be going to  represent the “against Prop A” position since we are the  official opponents on the ballot.  

3. Announcements

• 10th Annual Wine and Liberty Celebration, Sunday Oct. 9th from 1-4 pm at Westover Vineyards Winery- 34329 Palomares Rd, Castro Valley (hosted by Libertarian Party of Alameda)
• Rally for Gary Johnson campaign, Sunday Oct. 9th from 10-4:30 pm in Union Square. There will also be pro-Johnson events in Fremont and San José.
• Golden Gate Liberty Revolution, Monday Oct. 17th from 7-9 pm. Monthly meeting at the Patriot House- 2 Embarcadero Center. This used to be the Ron Paul meet-up that gathered at the Moksha Life Center.

4. Membership/Newsletter Report

The LPCA’s records are still messed up. Aubrey is working  with them to get things up to date.  Marianne’s membership form is lost so we will help her fill  out another. We have 20 Lifetime members (unchanged) and 23 Regular  members (down 1 from last month).  Aubrey got the newsletter out to 285 people.

5. Treasurer’s Report (Bank & PayPal)    We have $4,208.49 in the bank (up $300 from our last report  of Aug. 31st). We should be getting money back  ($746)  from the ballot argument we submitted that didn’t get printed  We wrote a letter to Dennis Herrera about the matter but have  not heard back yet.

6. CER Renewal

 For several years we have sent in $25 for a membership in  Californians for Electoral Reform. This year we decided  against it based on the idea that voting is generally voting to  spend other people’s money which is against our principles.  Also the envelope requesting renewal of our membership had  a return address with the word “Socialism” in it which we  didn’t care for.

7. Gary Johnson Campaign

There are three rallies tomorrow in the Bay area (see above)  Various members have been putting out Gary Johnson door- hangers. Aubrey says that George Phillies says some people  are doing stickers on people’s doors and that that might be  easier.  Françoise suggested that those stickers had better come off  easily or we will be antagonizing a lot of people.  Aubrey says we could do a Gary Johnson door-hanger/sticker event and go out to dinner afterwards. There hasn’t been a lot  of organization for this kind of thing.  There is an excellent article on our website about why voting  for Gary Johnson is not wasting your vote.

8. November Election Campaign (Ballot Measures)

 Aubrey has almost finished writing up the ballot measures for  the website and the pre-election postcard and advertising we  always do. At the last meeting we allocated $2,000 for this.  We always place ads in The Golden Gate Xpress (San  Francisco State)  for about $220 and the Guardsman (CCSF)  about ½ page for $150. Occasionally we put an ad in El  Reportero for about $300.

This time we decided not to put our recommendations on the  ballot propositions but to use instead a comparison of the Democratic, Libertarian and Republican positions showing where there is an overlap of the two major parties with the Libertarians and giving the links to our website and Facebook page. We looked at prices for ads in the Chronicle, the Examiner and the San Francisco Business Times but they are out of our price range. Other possibilities include: Castro Courier:  Castro, Upper Market, Corona Heights, Eureka Valley, Duboce Triangle (94114, 94102*) Central City Extra: Civic Center, South of Market*, Tenderloin (94102, 94103, 94109) El Tecolote: Mission District (English/Spanish), Excelsior, Bernal Heights*, Noe Valley, Potrero Hill (94102, 94107, 94110, 94112, 94114) HATCH Beat: Hayes Valley, Alamo Square, NoPa, Haight Ashbury, Lower Haight and Cole Valley (94117 and 94102) Ingleside-Excelsior Light: Ingleside Terrace, Westwood Park, Ingleside, Oceanview, Merced Heights, Crocker Amazon, Excelsior and Sunnyside (94127, 94112*, 94132*) Marina Times: The Marina, Cow Hollow, Pacific Heights, Fort Mason, The Presidio, Russian Hill, and North Beach (94123, 94109, 94133) New Fillmore: Pacific Heights, the Fillmore and Japantown (94115, 94109*, 94123*) Noe Valley Voice: Noe Valley area (94131, 94114, 94110*) Potrero View: Potrero Hill, Dogpatch, Mission Bay and SOMA (94107) Richmond Review: Presidio & Masonic Avenues to the Pacific Ocean, Golden Gate Park to the Presidio, Sea Cliff (94118, 94121) San Francisco Bay View: Bayview District, Hunters Point, Visitacion Valley, Potrero Hill, OMI (94124, 94134*, 94107*, 94135, 94132, 94112) Sunset Beacon: Stanyan and Arguello Streets to the Pacific Ocean, Golden Gate Park to Sloat Boulevard (94122, 94116) Westside Observer: West Portal, St. Francis Wood, Twin Peaks, Westwood Park, Forest Hill, Parkside, Ingleside Terrace, Glen Park, Lakeside, Miraloma Park, Park Merced, Lake Merced, and the Outer Sunset (94127, 94131, 94132) West Portal Monthly: St. Francis Wood, Forest Hill, Lakeside, Diamond Heights, Ingleside Terrace, Parkside, Taraval and Miraloma Park. (94127, 94112*, 94116*, 94131*, 94132*)

Also http://www.theepochtimes.com and http://sfist.com

Amanda suggested that “Meetup” groups can have a sponsor. So we could sponsor an appropriate meet-up. http://www.meetup.com/cities/us/ca/san_francisco/ Amanda also suggested contacting http://lincolnlabs.com and telling them that we want to share a message and asking them what they suggest. There was talk of using Twitter. It seems the LPSF has a Twitter account though we don’t know who owns it. We decided to do a combination of newspapers and meet-up groups.

We could put out a call for donations for this specific purpose.