Meeting of 12 March, 2016

Author: 
Aubrey Freedman

Libertarian Party of San Francisco Agenda:  Saturday, March 12, 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 3:31-3:40
4.LP California State Convention April 1-3 3:41-3:50
5.Membership/Newsletter Report 3:51-3:55
6.Treasurer’s Report 3:56-4:00
7.Transportation Panel Discussion (Sunday, April 10) 4:01-4:15
8.Pride (June 25-26, 2016) 4:16-4:20
9.Ballot Measure Arguments (Due March 17) 4:21-5:00

Minutes of Meeting, March 12, 2016 (written mostly by Jawj Greenwald with additional notes by Aubrey Freedman) Libertarian Party of San Francisco Minutes of Meeting of March 12, 2016 San Francisco Main Library, 4th Floor Conference Room, San Francisco

Present: Aubrey Freedman (Chair), Jawj Greenwald, Zhuo “Joe” Miao, Starchild, Alex Tran, and Dylan Webster.  I’m not inclined to list Phil (since he arrived 10 minutes before the end).

Activist Reports:  We reported what we’d done to strike blows for freedom since the last meeting.  Dylan has attended LP meetings before, in particular LP Sacramento County, which has a pretty active chapter.  Alex is a freshman at UC Berkeley and has been working with the Berkeley College Republicans.  She has been working on starting a YAL chapter at the university, and they had a “Free Speech Ball” event which was pretty successful.  She has also worked on helping to get Ben Shapiro (whose speaking engagement at CSULA sparked a major protest) to speak at the campus on April 11.  Aubrey reported he put out the monthly newsletter and tabled at the YAL debate at SFSU earlier this month.    

Announcements:  There is a “We Are Breitbart” meet-up coming up on March 16 (which was subsequently cancelled).  The Golden Gate Liberty Revolution monthly meeting is March 21. The annual California LP State Convention will be held at the Hilton LAX Airport from April 1 through April 3. Jim Elwood’s Free Exchange meets April 2 (speaker: Alex Gladstein of the Human Rights Foundation).  The JSA semi-annual convention event will be held at the Santa Clara Marriott Hotel, as always, on Saturday, April 23, and Aubrey can give a ride to anyone who wants to come along to help out at the tabling hosted by Lawrence Samuels of the Monterey County LP.  There will a forum on police accountability featuring SFPD Chief Greg Suhr and Public Defender Jeff Adachi hosted by the Raoul Wallenberg Jewish Democratic Club on May 3.  The annual National LP Convention will be held in Orlando, Florida during the Memorial Day Weekend of May 27-30.

Membership/Newsletter: Aubrey reported that the LPSF has 20 current annual members and 20 life members.  He emailed his monthly newsletter to 240 people.

Treasurer’s Report: Aubrey reported that we now have $4,931.93 in the bank and $622.25 in our PayPal account.

Transportation Event. All arrangements have been made for our Sunday, April 10 panel discussion on regional transportation issues.  It will be held 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. at the Noe Valley Public Library.  The speakers will be Tom Rubin (a Libertarian-leaning transportation expert) and Gerry Cauthen (a “Save Muni” supporter of public transportation, but not an uncritical one).  It will be taped for YouTube.  We reviewed Marcy Berry’s flyers for the event and heard Aubrey’s report on his publicity efforts, aimed at groups involved in the fight against regional Bay Area transportation and development initiatives.  We voted to allot $200 to publicize this and other events on our San Francisco LP Facebook page.  

Pride Booth.  Aubrey reported that we are officially registered for this year’s Pride booth on June 25-26.  He was pleased to find that the process was simpler this year because it could be done online and was also cheaper ($205 this year vs. $380 last year, due to a new fee structure that favors small non-profits).  As usual, we are hitchhiking on the coattails of Outright Libertarians, and have been invited to march with the Pink Pistols.  Aubrey will print more of our best-selling pink Pride leaflet. We discussed a possible new spin-the-wheel game activity to highlight issues.  

Ballot Measures.  We reviewed the six final voter measures that will appear on the June ballot.   We decided that we would take an opposing position on four of them:   (Regional) Proposition AA:  San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority Clean and Healthy Bay Parcel Tax, creating a $12 per year parcel tax for Bay cleanup and restoration  

Prop A: Public Health and Safety Bond, authorizing a $350 million general obligation bond for health and safety construction  

Prop C: Affordable Housing Requirements, authorizing the Board of Supervisors to set (likely increase) inclusionary housing requirements for development  

Prop E: Paid Sick Leave, requiring all city employers to provide 9 days of sick leave for employers of 10 or more employees and 5 days of sick leave for employers of 9 or less employees.  (SF’s Paid Leave Ordinance has already been superseded by the state’s version in many ways, so this measure will mirror the state’s version and add in additional mandates and rules for employers.    

We decided not to submit ballot arguments on two other measures: 1) one creating a $3 million per annum set aside for the next 30 years for additional spending on parks, recreation and open space, and 2) one requiring the Office of Citizen Complaints to investigate all police shootings.  

We will submit ballot arguments (limited to 300 words) by the March 17th deadline, drafted by Aubrey (Props AA and C), Jawj (Prop A), and Starchild (Prop E).  Unless for each of our submissions we win the lottery that allows one argument per measure to be published for free as the “official” argument pro or con, we will solicit funds to pay for the estimated $800 cost of any paid argument.