Meeting of 14 November, 2015

Author: 
Jawj Greenwald

Libertarian Party of San Francisco Agenda:  Saturday, November 14, 2015
Meeting Location:  San Francisco Main Library – 3rd 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. Membership/Newsletter Report 3:41-3:45
5. Treasurer’s Report 3:46-3:50
6. November Election Wrap-up 3:51-4:05
7. Tax Day 2016 4:06-4:20
8. Affordable Housing Bonus Program 4:21-4:40
9. Ballot Measure Arguments Policy (3rd attempt) 4:41-5:00

Minutes of Meeting, November 14, 2015
Written by Jawj Greenwald

Libertarian Party of San Francisco Minutes of Meeting of November 14, 2015. San Francisco Main Library, 4th Floor Conference Room, San Francisco.

Present: Marcy Berry (Vice Chair), Aubrey Freedman (Chair), Zack Goldfine, Jawj Greenwald, Mark Kruss, Les Mangus (Treasurer), Cliff Nelson, Kent Polkinghorne, Martine Siniawski, Starchild

Activist Reports:  We reported what we’d done to strike blows for freedom since the last meeting.  Following our November election campaign, we had a quieter month and turned to local neighborly concerns.  Marcy joined her Sunset District Neighborhood Watch and a “Resilient Sunset” emergency response group. She also recorded a reminder for a local podcast to remember the self-employed in discussion of effects of economic policy. Zack spoke at an “Enough is Enough” rally and is hosting an ethics summit in conjunction with his ‘Represent Us’ political action group.  Cliff talked to a colleague about Murrary Rothbard and lent him a tape to listen to on his commute.  Francoise is also active on her neighborhood emergency response team.  Aubrey connected with a local small property owner’s group, attending a meeting with 200 others.  He also gave public comment at a Rent Board meeting to discuss proposals to expand rent control rules governing leases.

Announcements:  The Golden Gate Liberty Revolution monthly meeting is November 16.  The Students for Liberty Northern California Conference is November 21. Jim Elwood’s Free Exchange meets November 21 (speaker John Chisholm), and December 5 (speaker Carol Ruth Silver).  For current and detailed listings of local libertarian events, see the LPSF website.

Membership/Newsletter: Aubrey reported that the LPSF has 19 current annual members and 20 life members.  He plans to expand his monthly newsletter emailing, in the hopes of eventually reaching a circulation of 500.  It continues to be well received.

Treasurer’s Report: Les reported that we now have $4,050.67 in the bank.  He has taken over management of the PayPal account, which currently brings in $169 per month.

November Election Wrapup:  Aubrey reviewed detailed Dept. of Elections results for the November Election.  Our election efforts included the ballot arguments (funded by special donations) and spending of $1300, used among other things for ads giving our endorsements in the student newspapers of City College and SF State, a Facebook ad (pay-as-you-go for each click), and two postcard mailings of 1900 cards (of which 4% were returned as undeliverable).  For this election there were just under 3000 registered libertarians.  This represents .66% of voters (compared to 16% for the Republicans), and is spread fairly evenly over the city, with a high of .81% in the Marina.   Transportation Event. We voted (For 5, Against 1) that as our 2016 “Tax Day” event we have a panel discussion on growth and transportation issues, as proposed by Aubrey and Marcy.   This has been tentatively scheduled for April 10th, from 1:30 to 3:30 in the Noe Valley Library.  Tom Rubin, a transportation expert with a Libertarian bent, has been asked, and Aubrey and Marcy will recruit a supporter of public transportation for a contrasting view.   Affordable Housing Bonus Program:  Marcy Berry distributed an outline of current proposals for an affordable housing initiative in San Francisco, and urged us to keep abreast of the various proposals as they emerge and to support those that do not rely on taxpayer subsidy.