Agenda item: candidate interaction

Mr. Chair,

Two candidates for school board have expressed regret at being unable to
attend our forum, and an interest in attending our meeting on the 14th in
order to have a little face time with us. They are Richard van Loon and
Omar Khalif. I know we won't have a lot of time with voting on other
races, but five to ten minutes for each would be greatly appreciated.

I don't have time constraints from either one yet, but it would be ideal
if the membership could accomodate them at our mutual convenience, so as
neither to keep them waiting nor to make the membership feel that they
can't freely discuss the candidates in their presence.

Thanks,
Chris

This is an unfortunate situation. I'd personally like to hear from them, and I think talking with and recommending candidates is one of the important ways we can play a role in SF politics. On the other hand, if we let these two candidates come and speak to us at our meeting, it may effectively penalize others not given this option, who went out of their way to attend our candidates' night, which seems unfair. Also, I don't think candidates should be present when we debate recommendations unless the whole thing were set up that way with voting on the spot, and it could be somewhat awkward to have these two show up and then have to tell them to leave at a certain point. Overall, I'm not sure how this should be handled. It might be best if we could get them to come see us after the school board debate, and simply commit ourselves to staying long enough to accommodate that. Thoughts?

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Starchild wrote:

  This is an unfortunate situation.

I agree! Unfortunately, although I checked quite a few candidates'
calendars before picking a date, none of them were school board candidates
and so I missed the LWV event.

It might be best if we could get
them to come see us after the school board debate, and simply commit
ourselves to staying long enough to accommodate that. Thoughts?

That's a non-starter; the Mechanics' Institute closes at 9, and we're only
reserved until 8:30. If we stay past that, it'll cost us (which is to say
me) money.

So far, it's only school board candidates who want to see us on the 14th,
so there isn't really an unfair advantage going on.

~Chris