Cronyism is alive and well in San Francisco. Fourteen months have passed since San Francisco voters passed Prop J, the establishment of a Legacy Business Historic Preservation Fund. This is a government-sponsored and financial grant (giveaway) program cooked up by then-Supervisor David Campos to “help” San Francisco businesses keep their doors open with the high cost of doing business in The City. We recently checked the San Francisco Office of Small Business website, which lists all the companies that have been approved for “Legacy” status, and already 64 businesses qualify for the grant program. The bureaucrats certainly wasted no time acting like Santa Claus.
Libertarian Party of San Francisco News
Three recent articles in the San Francisco Examiner point to a disturbing trend in The City. While it’s understood that the Bay Area leans left and the Examiner has gone completely leftist, nevertheless we see some new lows.
On the issue of San Francisco’s mind-boggling budget, we decided to dig a little deeper to see how San Francisco compares to other American cities. We were hardly shocked to find that San Francisco ranks as number two (Washington D.C.
While the final official vote counts are not all in yet, it’s still a bit of a disappointment for us Libertarians that our Presidential candidates did not fare as well as hoped in this zany election year. At the latest count though, the Johnson-Weld ticket pulled in 4,429,013 votes this time (3.29%). While drastically smaller than the 10% polling touted earlier in the year, still 4.4 million votes is nothing to sneeze at. While we know that some voters chose the Libertarian ticket because of how bad the major party candidates were and will probably vote major party the next time, hopefully a significant number will stick with the liberty movement and vote their conscience again in future elections. Meanwhile Johnson did pull
By Starchild, LPSF Outreach Director
UPDATED NOV. 22 – A hearing on this issue has been scheduled for the November 30th, 10:00 a.m. Budget & Finance Committee hearing, Room 250, SF City Hall (see http://sfbos.org/sites/default/files/bfc113016_agenda.pdf , item #12).
Presidential Campaign Rally
Friday, November 4, 2016 7:00 pm
Mirage Banquet Hall
2159 El Camino Avenue
- Julian Assange, founder and editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks spoke via live feed before the Green Party’s National Convention on August 6, and once again helped us understand the nature of government – there is a lot that is challenging. In particular, during this presidential election, choosing between the two main candidates, Assange says, is like choosing between cholera and gonorrhea.
- "The nearest thing to eternal life we will ever see on this earth is a government program," said Ronald Reagan. Once established, regardless of the changing world around it and regardless of how many times it changes its official name, a government program is like The Blob – you can’t kill it.
As elsewhere, here in San Francisco hundreds of programs obliviously forge ahead, clash with one another, and contribute to the City’s eye-popping $9.6 billion budget. We offer some observations which you might find of interest:
- Turning our attention to what is good often replenishes our strength to continue finding ways to counter what is bad. In this spirit, we offer 4 Good Things – 4 events representing ordinary people getting together with neighbors and friends to present solutions to challenges:
- Independence Day! A happy American ritual on July 4th since 1776, when the colonies walked out of the British Commonwealth. This year, another country is celebrating its own walking out, Britain! As it is good to remember why the colonies parted company with King George – a belief in a people’s right to self determination – it is good to understand the British exit from the European Union. Brexit the Movie is available for free on Youtube and Vimeo, and we hope you will watch it.