Meetings

The Libertarian Party of San Francisco meets for official business on the second Saturday of each month, from 3 to 5 p.m.  Most of these meetings are held at the San Francisco Main Library at 100 Larkin, just outside the Civic Center BART/Muni station on Market Street, usually in the 4th floor conference room. We announce the location of each meeting on the front page of our website and on our Announcements (click here to subscribe to our announcements).

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A social hour follows from 5 to 6 p.m. at a local establishment (arrive before 5 to walk there with us).  Visitors are welcome to call or drop in and join us for the business meeting and/or the social hour.

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.

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

San Francisco Public LIbrary, 4th floor conference room
8 April 2017

Attendance
Aubrey Freedman (Chair)
Nick Smith (Secretary)
Rebecca Lau
Françoise Fielding
Jawj Greenwold (Treasurer)
Michael Denny
Phil Berg

Activist Reports
Rebecca: Attended 4 or 5 Libertarian events; speakers: Tom Palmer, Larry Reid on Free Speech, GGLR meetup speaking about Free State Project, Free Market Road Show

Nick: Also attended GGLR event to hear about the FSP and the Free Market Road Show

Aubrey: Finally wrote and sent a Newsletter, working on getting speakers for the panel discussion event we are planning. Also attended GGLR event with Matt speaking about FSP.

Jawj: Also went to the FSP event on Tuesday!

Mike: Introduced a group of French dinner party guests to Libertarianism, which they were excited to learn more about.

Announcements
Gun Show going on at Cow Palace this weekend. Aubrey will look into getting a table for LPSF at the next event, probably in about 3 months.
https://www.meetup.com/RonPaulSF/events/239017585/

Free Speech March in Berkeley next weekend
https://www.meetup.com/RonPaulSF/events/238455279/

GGLR Monthly Meeting
https://www.meetup.com/RonPaulSF/events/239058405/

JSA Semi-Annual Convention - Aubrey will be tabling

California Libertarian Party Annual State Convention
https://ca.lp.org/convention-2017/

This will be held in the Bay Area for the first time in years, in Santa Clara. The speakers are announced including David Friedman and Patrick Byrne.

Membership / Newsletter Report
21 lifetime members, 23 regular members - 44 total
Aubrey: Record keeping by the State party is still messed up, but they are working on it.
Newsletter sent out to 298 people, with only a few bounces and one unsubscribe.

Webmaster Update
Full access to site administration is transferred, credentials are changed.
Backup service is expiring and will renew on 8-May, ($30/yr).
Calendar module is fully working and auto-imports events from GGLR, ca.lp.org, lp.org, our meetup group.
Added some analytics, using a self hosted Free (as in freedom) software called Piwik..
AI: Nick to take a look at Yahoo! Announce list to fix timezone issue (event times in GMT)

Treasurer’s Report

Bank of America $4,612.11
Paypal $946.27
Total $5,558.38

Change to Credit Union
Starchild has previously told us about SF Fire Credit Union Mike banks with SF Federal Credit Union and highly recommends them. Either option seems good, the biggest deciding factor for us is convenience-- Jawj, our Secretary, lives in Oakland and wants something near the financial district.

Aubrey called the IRS yesterday and gave them all the information, needs to mail a letter into the IRS requesting this information-- this will take at least a month.

Vote to switch to SF Federal Credit Union
Aubrey makes the motion, Francoise seconds. The resolution passes with 5 votes for, 0 votes against.
In favor: Aubrey, Françoise, Mike, Jawj, Nick

4th Annual Panel Discussion
Topic: Sanctuary Cities

Opposing side speaker: Steve Frank -- he is a writer for California Political Review http://www.capoliticalreview.com/.

Pro side: Contacted David Campos, who seemed interested, but since has been unresponsive. Also reached out to Jeff Adachi, who replied he is not available. Matt Gonzalez, who has not replied at all. Then Aubrey tried Sandra Fewer, but she has not responded either. Marcy suggested to try Kevin DeLeon, but has no response. Also contacted Jane Kim, whose office declined. Most recently: Tim Redmond, editor of 48 Hills-- waiting for a response, but not for too much longer.

Aubrey was looking to use the main library as the location, hoping to have a room for about 50 people, but it is booked through the summer. Looking for other locations, Aubrey has looked at the Mechanics Institute, the Unitarian Church, and the Jewish Community Center.

Libertarian Party of San Francisco Agenda: Saturday, April 8, 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. Annual California State Convention April 28-30 3:41-3:50
  5. Membership/Newsletter Report 3:51-3:55
  6. Website Report 3:56-4:00
  7. Treasurer’s Report 4:01-4:05
  8. Change to Credit Union 4:06-4:20
  9. Tax Day 2017/4th Annual Panel Discussion 4:21-5:00

San Francisco Public LIbrary, 4th floor conference room
11 March, 2017

Attendance:
Aubrey Freedman (Chair)
Orest Bolohan
Jawj Greenwald (Treasurer)
Rebecca Lau
Leonid Miretsky
Nick Smith (Secretary)

Activist Reports:
Orest: Talking with coworkers. Considering what it would be like if we replaced elected positions (House, Senate, Etc) with random selection as is done with Jury duty. Benefits: more individual representation; career politicians are out of touch with what the people think. Discussing this with coworkers is not met with understanding.

Jawj: Finished writing her spiritual autobiography for Egyptian cat-goddess religion (Jawj is a minister / goddess). Shared her message of freedom with this group. “You have to strike blows for freedom in any way you can.”

Rebecca: Not much activism, went to Jim Elwood’s meetup last week and heard from some Nicaraguans who were forced off their land and cannot return to the country.

Leo: Internet activism; debate in Facebook groups against Communists.

Nick: Joining into the conversation on Google’s freespeech@ mailing list to keep the discussion civil and promote liberty.

Aubrey: Working on planning the panel discussion, newsletter and digging through some IRS forms.

Tom Palmer is speaking at Berkeley on Tuesday, March 14. 4:30, UC Berkeley Moffat Library rm 101. See the event information of Facebook.
https://www.facebook.com/events/706160679583900/

You can attend the CA LP Annual convention in Santa Clara as long as you are paid and have been a member for at least 90 days (or so).

Membership/Newsletter Report:
Still working on the newsletter, it will be coming out soon (articles will follow on the website periodically). Lifetime members: 21, dues-paying members: 26.

Treasurer’s Report:

Bank of America $4,612.11
Paypal account $744.53
Total balance $5,356.64

Website Report:
Lowlights: There was some downtime after Nick spent too long working on the website. Our quota was reached due to the increased traffic and the website was inaccessible for about 5 days. Nick contacted SiteGround and they restored access to the site on February 28 and raised our quota, so hopefully this won’t be an issue again. Nick will monitor this so it doesn’t happen again. Sorry!!

Highlights: Small visual refreshes; background image, menu layouts cleaned up a bit, more usable calendar added, plus a “Next meeting” notification right on the top of the page.

Change to Credit Union:
We want to move away from the big banks (we currently are a customer of Bank of America) and support the local economy. There is some paperwork involved. The main factor in our decision seems to be convenience. Jawj would like for us to choose something a downtown branch so that she can get to it easily. We are still waiting on an IRS letter for our Federal ID number before we can open an account. Aubrey will contact the IRS to get a new letter with our tax ID number which we now know since the old letter is lost. We plan to have a decision on which company to switch to or next meeting.

2017 4th Annual Panel Discussion (aka Tax Day):
Our topic will be “Sanctuary Cities”. Aubrey has been working to find panellists\ for each side and is finding it very difficult to get someone on the pro-side. To represent the opposition stance, we will have Steve Frank. This will not be a debate, but will be a discussion-- however, the Republican group which Aubrey reached out felt they would be ganged up on and don’t seem interested in participating. For the pro-side, Aubrey considered Jeff Adachi, public defender in San Francisco, but this was declined. As a second choice, Aubrey tried Matt Gonzalez in the Public Defender's office and has not heard back in over a week. We are also considering David Campos, who has been vocally in support of Sanctuary Cities. The event should take place in May at one of the smaller conference rooms in the main library (Civic Center).