The annual San Francisco Pride Festival is probably The City's biggest event. Locals, tourists, kids, families, all colors and preferences have great fun watching the Parade and visiting the hundreds of Exhibitor Booths. As has been the case for the past decade, Outright Libertarians will host an Exibitor Booth. Outright's mission is to "serve as a two-way bridge between the Libertarian Party and those people with differing sexual orientations." Through activism and outreach, Outright introduces to the LGBT community Libertarian principles of individual rights, inclusiveness, equal rights, equal responsibilities. The Sunday Parade is along Market Street. The booths, food and drink, and entertainment stages are at Civic Center, for both Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 am to around 5:00
Libertarian Party of San Francisco News
Local Measure A - Garbage Collection and Disposal: Folks in San Francisco chose to stay with Recology, possibly because "If you love MUNI, you will love a City-owned Waste Management Center."
Local Measure B - Coit Tower Policy: A close call, but the Yes votes won.
We are always proud of Gail Lightfoot's efforts, since a third-party candidate wages an uphill battle against the established political machine. Under the new Top-Two rules, it will be difficult for a third-party candidate to participate in the General Elections at all.
This wasn't headline news, but should have been: In 2008, Deborah Vincent-James, former executive director of the Committee on Information Technology that qualified prospective city vendors, said in a court deposition that Ed Lee, then the city purchaser, told her to qualify a company called Government Computer Sales as a city contractor, after then-mayor Willie Brown had directed Lee to do an alternate evaluation process, according to a Feb. 14 article in the Chronicle.
The Libertarian Party of San Francisco at its Aug. 13. 2011 busines meeting made the following recommendations on the San Francisco ballot initiatives on the November ballot.
A School Bonds - Vote NO
B Road Repaving and Street Safety Bonds - Vote NO
C City Retirement and Health Care Benefits - Vote NO
D Retirement Benefits for City Employees - Vote YES
E Amending or Repealing Legislative Initiative Ordinances and Declarations of Policy - Vote NO
F Campaign Consultant Disclosures - Vote NO
G Sales Tax - Vote NO
H School District Student Assignment System - No Recommendation
Chair Initiatives Committee
Traditionally, folks do not turn out in good numbers to vote in municipal elctions, so all kinds of interesting proposals turn into City law to the surprise of many. Municipal elections are coming up on November 8, 2011. Have no doubt that whatever local measures pass into law will affect each and every one of us one way or another. Please make your voice heard -- vote. The Libertarian Party of San Francisco has made its recommendations -- all on the basis of aiming for smaller government responsive to the voters, less bureaucracy, and more individual freedoms.
Pride Week is over, and Libertarians were there. Over the years, Outright Libertarians have volunteered their time and resources to staff a vendor booth at Pride. Not only to outreach, but also to listen. How does a Libertarian respond to someone who says she would never vote Libertarian because she needs the protection from discrimination that government affords. Not an easy question, and the most sincre response we could offer was to suggest that if she would want to marry her partner, the government would simply say "no." How much time does a staff at the booth dedicate to a teen who realizes that what we are saying is not taught at his school -- all the time it takes to answer all his questions. How about the comment that Libertarians are "all white and rich?" Oh, that's an e
As in 1989-1990, when the Berlin Wall came down and former vassal states and imprisoned peoples in the U.S.S.R. were declaring their independence in rapid succession, it is clear that we are witnessing a momentous historical shift in the Middle East. Since the Soviet empire's collapse, this has been the region of the world most dominated by authoritarian regimes -- many of them, sadly, supported by the United States government.
Well, this item in the Examiner caused a few people to look at me strangely on BART when I burst out in hysterical laughter.
Ballots found floating in a pond at the Palace of Fine Arts! This is too rich for words. Where will elections materials turn up next, floating in the penguin exhibit at the zoo!?
There is some good news and some bad news coming out of City Hall. The good news is that the Board of Supervisors will be considering a proposal introduced by Supervisor Bevan Dufty to name the pedestrian plaza on 17th and Castro "Jane Warner Plaza" in honor of a Police Special Patrol Officer who served The Castro well and bravely. The bad news is the Board of Supervisors might be meeting in the near future to find a way to dismantle the Patrol Specials -- because they are cost effective to private clients who pay them? Go figure. It seems as if the effots to eliminate the Patrol Specials are from the perspective of a taxpayer, misguided at best and irresponsible at worst. From the perspective of a Libertarian, these efforts are additionally a blatant assau