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.  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.

Libertarian Party of San Francisco Agenda: Saturday, January 14, 2017

Meeting Location: San Francisco Main Library – 1st Floor Conference Room

1. Welcome – Introductions 3:05-3:10
2. Activist Reports 3:11-3:35
3. Announcements 3:36-3:45
4. Membership/Newsletter Report 3:46-3:50
5. Treasurer’s Report (Bank & PayPal) 3:51-3:55
6. Website Webmaster Update 3:56-4:00
7. Annual Election of Officers 4:01-4:20
8. Pride 2017 4:21-4:35
9. Tax Day 2017/4th Annual Panel Discussion 4:36-5:00
1. Welcome – Introductions
  • Francoise Fielding (recording)
  • Ivy Valory (she was here last time. She voted for Bernie Sanders in the primary but switched to Gary Johnson in the general election. She really likes libertarian ideas.
  • Nick Smith was involved in promoting Gary Johnson for the presidential election. He is now our webmaster.
  • Aubrey Freedman (Chair)
  • Phil Berg arrived at 3:40 pm
  • Leo Miretsky arrived at 3:55 pm
  • Marianne Haas

2. Activist Reports

Francoise and Aubrey went to a talk on climate change by Lord Christopher Monckton in Montara on Thursday. One of the things Aubrey found most interesting is the way the pro-climate change proponents manipulate charts, graphs and numbers to make their point.

 Ivy has a big family that loves politics. She has two sons. One is a libertarian The other is an attorney who got a big dose of of liberal thought in law school and he is more big government. He feels that Libertarians will never get electoral votes because Perot had 20% of the popular vote without getting any electoral votes.

Nick has taken on our website. Aubrey says he is very fast to respond to requests.

Aubrey finished the newsletter that we got today. He went to a “Healing Event” right after our last meeting. The idea is that this year’s election was so very divisive that some healing was needed. The event took place in a church but was not religious. Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians and Greens were invited. Our own Marcy Berry gave a great speech in which she said that our icon is the porcupine, which is peaceful but if you bother it you will get a needle. She pointed out that Obama said that the new administration should benefit from a presumption of good faith so our message was appropriate. The Republican representative also gave a good talk in which she told a story about a woman with a Trump sign who went to a Clinton rally with a story about a lost dog and everyone wanted to help. She said the same thing happened with a woman who went to a Trump rally with a Clinton poster and the same story. Again everyone wanted to help.

On the other hand, Democrat Mark Levine was just mad and upset and ranted about “needing to get out there”. The Green guy was just as bad, pushing his agenda, which was “Get money out of politics”. Both were inappropriate for this meeting. After the event 2 people came up to Marcy and Aubrey. One was a woman who said that after hearing Marcy talk she wants to vote Libertarian. Another was a man who pushes community service but on a voluntary basis. Aubrey wants to ask him to write article for our website.

Phil said he does his best activism in spaces like Lyft talking to people and trying to steer the conversation. Also recently while waiting for a flight he spoke to a Berkeley professor who had given a talk at Harvard about school choice. He talked about gold, which the professor didn’t know much about. He walked him through the history of money and how the Founders understood that money had to be an object of value in itself, which is why they prohibited fiat currency.

Leo reposts anti-statist items on Facebook.

Maryanne said that she got into it with the librarian who helped her get to our room and who blamed Libertarians for Trump’s victory. She pointed out that Libertarians had probably taken more votes away from Trump and the Greens from Clinton. She also decided to help Pence out with respect to his comment about the way we treat the most vulnerable. She wrote him a letter enumerating some things he could do that disabled people really need. She also wrote the National Institute on Disability because they work with agencies to promote rights. She discovered there is a “Disabled Caucus” in Congress and talked to Barbara Lee who is a member of the caucus. She also goes to parties and works with Republicans to promote liberty


3. Announcements

Lincoln Network Presents: Man vs Machine- sponsored by PRI at   Galvanize Tech School, 543 Howard St. on Monday December 12th  6:30 to 8:30 pm. Check with PRI for admission.

Dinner with Larry Sharpe who was a candidate this year for the LP Vice Presidential nomination. He posted on Facebook that he’d be in town this coming week. We thought we’d host a dinner for him on Wednesday but then he wrote back a cryptic message so maybe not. Ivy would be willing to host if it were a group of less than 10. Aubrey will let her know.

Golden Gate Liberty Revolution- Monthly Meeting at The Patriot House, 2 Embarcadero Center, Monday December 19th from 7-9pm. The location is not permanent so it could change. Check.

Next month’s LPSF meeting will be on the first floor. Aubrey will remind us.


4.  Membership/Newsletter Report

The Newsletter is ready. Aubrey expects to send it out to about 300 subscribers this month.

Aubrey went to the LPCA Executive Committee meeting last month and made a fuss about the state membership records which are all messed up. It is now a month later and they are still messed up. The Secretary should be keeping the membership records but he isn’t so the Treasurer, Gale, has been trying to do it. In any event, we have 21 life members and 26 regular members for a total of 47 like last month.


5. Treasurer’s Report (Bank & PayPal)

Les was not here today. Aubrey thinks our money situation is decent (about $4,000 after deducting the bill Aubrey submitted today for election expenses).


6. Website Webmaster Update

Nick is taking over from Marcy and is going to be doing the website from now on. Thank you to Nick.

Marcy used to write articles. Aubrey does 3 articles a month. He wants Nick to post them in staggered fashion so that new material will come out every week.

Aubrey is asking people to submit stuff with a libertarian angle so the website doesn’t get stale. Send it to Nick for posting at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Aubrey looks at bay area events and lets Nick know so Nick can post them. Anyone who has events to post should send them to Nick. The more advance notice the better.


7.  LPSF Officer Election Next Month

Next month is the election of officers. Anyone who is interested can run.

We have a problem with activism. We need people to run.

Aubrey is willing to be the Chair again next year but he will be leaving CA in a few years.

We also need a Vice-Chair (who does not have specific duties but helps the Chair), a Treasurer (although Aubrey thinks he can convince Les to continue), and a Secretary.

Please consider running.


8. Twitter Account Guidelines

We skipped this item because it was meant for Starchild and he was at a National LP meeting.


9. Tax Day 2017/4th Annual Panel Discussion

We have been doing a tax day event for many years.  In the last few years it has been a panel discussion, not necessarily on taxes.  It is time to think about next year’s event. The key is getting good speakers.

Phil suggested the topic “How Libertarians and Greens can get together for a Better World. Exploring Common Ground”. Topics that could be discussed are the environment, poverty, race relations, civil liberties.

Phil would be willing to present our side. Aubrey will get in touch with Barry Hermanson for the Greens.

Starchild will probably be willing to moderate.

We will advertise it as our 4th Annual Spring Conference.


Correction:

Aubrey checked the Dept. of Elections website and they had updated

some facts that Aubrey had announced at the last meeting.

Voting in SF at the last election went from 72% to 81% and not to 56%.

Also Gary Johnson got 8,883 votes this time (almost 9000).

Libertarian Party of San Francisco Agenda: Saturday, December 10, 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 3:36-3:45
  4. Membership/Newsletter Report 3:46-3:50
  5. Treasurer’s Report (Bank & PayPal) 3:51-3:55
  6. Website Webmaster Update 3:56-4:05
  7. LPSF Officer Election Next Month 4:06-4:15
  8. Twitter Account Guidelines 4:16-4:25
  9. Tax Day 2017/4th Annual Panel Discussion 4:26-5:00
Minutes of the Libertarian Party of San Francisco
November 12, 2016, San Francisco Main Library, 4th Floor Conference Room

Written by Aubrey Freedman

Attendees:
Phil Berg, Philip Chi (guest), Aubrey Freedman (Chair), Les Mangus (Treasurer), Nick Smith, Starchild, Ivy Valory (guest), and Jason Williams.

Activist Reports:
Philip and Nick both attended and helped to make the Gary Johnson rally in Sacramento on Friday, November 4 a successful campaign event. It was held in a banquet hall and attendance looked to be around 1,000. Nick also helped canvas for Gary Johnson here in The City and helped with the graphics for submitting the LPSF ads that were run in The Guardsman (CCSF), the Golden Gate Xpress (SFSU), and West Portal Monthly. Ivy entertains a lot and discussed politics were her guests. Aubrey canvassed for Gary Johnson and Joel Engardio and attended the Anonymous “Guy Fawkes Mask” rally in The City on November 5. Starchild did an interview on KALW regarding the Prop 58 (English Proficiency and Bilingual Programs) and advocated a NO vote. He also created a new Twitter account for the LPSF, did a presentation at St. John’s High School, and also did a presentation for sex workers at a private school in Marin County (Dominican College) that accepts no taxpayer money. He also started a post-election petition on Change.org urging the Electoral College electors to vote their conscience and vote for neither of the major party candidates; he reported that the number of signatures jumped up to 5,000 within a day or two.

Announcements:
  • Sunday, November 13-noon to 3:00 PM-Day of Healing & Reconciliation-Our own Marcy Berry will represent the Libertarian perspective-Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin-240 Channing Way in San Rafael-$10 suggested donation.
  • Saturday, November 19-9:00 AM-5:00 PM-LPCA state executive committee meeting open to the public-Mudraker’s Café in Berkeley near the Ashby BART station (starting time later changed to 10AM).

Membership/Newsletter Report:
Aubrey reported that membership is up by 3 to 46 (21 lifetime members and 25 current paid up annual members). (Nick joined the party during the meeting, so that now makes it 26 current + 21 lifetime = 47 members.) The state membership listing is still all messed up, and Aubrey plans to attend the state executive committee on November 19 and raise a fuss about the state database records. There was no newsletter in October due to extensive work on canvassing and the ballot measure write-ups for our website.

Treasurer’s Report:
Les reported that our coffers are still in good shape: in our Bank of America account we have $4,742.61, and in our PayPal account we have $523.82, for a total of $5,266.43. He noted that expenses totaling $1,180.50 for election-related expenses (3 ads in local newspapers and Facebook advertising) have not been turned in yet for reimbursement, so when they are paid out, our balance will drop to $4,085.93.

Website Webmaster:
Aubrey brought up the fact that Marcy has been taking care of the website for years and would like to pass it on to someone else. Nick volunteered for Webmaster duties, and Aubrey said that he will put Nick in contact with Marcy so he can find out exactly what is involved.

Twitter Account Guidelines:
Since our last meeting, Starchild set up a new Twitter account in the LPSF’s name. He “followed” about 100-110 and now he has about 15 “followers” on our account. The problem is now giving access to other people who may tweet un-Libertarian comments in the party’s name. One idea was people could tweet to Starchild and he could retweet their comments, but that would be a hassle. Another one was to set up a separate retweeting LPSF members’ account. Nothing firm was decided or voted on.

November Election Wrap-up:
Aubrey reported that Gary Johnson received 5,922 votes (2.09%) in San Francisco this time as opposed to 4,096 (1.13%) four years ago. No surprise that Clinton got 84.32% of the vote this time as opposed to Obama’s 83.40% in 2012. Interestingly, despite all the hoopla over the Presidential campaign this year, even though total registration for San Francisco County only increased slightly this year to 514,502 from 502,841 in 2012, the percentage of folks who voted dropped way down from 72.56% in 2012 to 55.88% this time. There were several states where Johnson did hit the 5% threshold: New Mexico-9.3%, North Dakota-6.3%, Alaska-5.9%, Oklahoma-5.7%, Montana-5.6%, South Dakota-5.6%, Wyoming-5.3%, Maine-5.1%, and Colorado-5.0%. Local Libertarians from San Mateo County Harland Harrison and Lois Garcia, who both ran for the Sequoia Healthcare District, did not get elected but pulled in respectable numbers at 15.5% and 15.2% respectively. Brian Thiemer who ran for the Fairfield City Council garnered a decent 16%, and Baron Bruno (who was a write-in candidate in California Assembly District 62) got 5.1% of the vote. There were, as expected, huge differences on the state ballot measures between how San Francisco County voted and how the rest of the state voted, but the only measures where the end results were different were Prop 61 (state prescription drug purchases) where SF approved by 52.4% but the state only approved by 46.2%, Prop 62 (repeal death penalty) which was approved by 70.5% in SF but only 46.2% by the state overall, and Prop 66 (reduce time limits for death penalty appeals) which was only approved by 31.7% in San Francisco but got 50.9% statewide. Local ballot measures went pretty much as expected with all taxes, bonds, and set-asides being approved by the voters except Prop H (public advocate) which only received a 46.92% approval vote and Prop K (sales tax increase) which only received a 34.95% YES vote.
Libertarian Party of San Francisco
Agenda:  Saturday, November 12, 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 3:36-3:45
4.       Membership/Newsletter Report 3:46-3:50
5.       Treasurer’s Report (Bank & PayPal) 3:51-3:55
6.       Website Webmaster 3:56-4:00
7.       Twitter Account Guidelines 4:01-4:15
8.       November Election Wrap-up 4:16-5:00