Ballot Initiative

Marcy - This is a curious statement to me. Did we not
just elect the new ex-com members to be 'in charge' at
the last meeting? I suppose if the 'ballot
committee's' scope is reduce to only the selection of
the initiative, that would be appropriate.
On the other hand, if you're proposing that all future
lpsf projects are by default 'rule by committee', I
urge you to reconsider this position.

It is my experience, the complete absence of
leadership results in mediocre results at best -
especially for non-profit organizations. I know the
LPSF has a history of 'roundtable-ism' which helps
everyone feel involved, but I seriously think this
type of culture reduces our effectiveness and
abilities to get things done. Isn't this one of the
reasons why government doesn't work? (Thankfully the
lpsf is an NGO) I really think we need someone
accountable for the success of the initiatives we
decide to concentrate on.

My recommendation would be for the ex-com to establish
a leader of this ballot committee that has the
interest and drive to make sure all the pieces pull
together successfully. Both Phil and Starchild have
taken initiative in this effort thus far so hopefully
one of them would sign up for this type of role. The
lead would then leverage their 'moving and shaking'
abilities to motivate activists and identify a few key
lieutenants to delegate out some of the work to. I
think this worked well when we did the TWA-800
fundraiser a few years ago, despite the fact it was
cancelled late in the game.

Another factor I believe if key to the success of this
initiative is the manner in which activists are
contacted and recruited. I read an article some time
ago regarding how to build a successful charity, and
the author claimed their income shot up five fold once
they started asking donors directly for contributions
rather than using blanket emails to solicit for
donations. I believe this is related to the human
nature element of 'someone else will do it'. Hopefully
the initial ballot committee members will keep this in
mind when recruiting for additional petitioners.

Anyway, I hope these ramblings are somewhat useful in
your pre-planning activities.

cheers,

David

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Thank you to David Rhodes for his input, vote for a specific
initiative, and commitment. The vote now stands:

ExCom people:

Marcy: curb rights
Phil: curb rights or marijuana rights
Mike A.: curb rights (thank you for his valuable input, and we
understnad that he cannot commit work/funds right now)
Jawj: (Thank you to Mike E. for giving me her e-mail; I hope to hear
from her soon).

Activists:

Mike Denny: No choice, but has committed work
Michael Edelstein: No choice (correct me if I am wrong, Mike), but
has committed work
David Rhodes: marijuana
Starchild: No choice, but has committed work (seems leaning towards
marijuana).

OK, Phil, looks like you are cornered. May we please have your vote
for ONE initiative so we can go on to the next step!

Thaks all,

Marcy

--- In lpsf-activists@yahoogroups.com, David Rhodes <dfrhodes@y...>
wrote:

--- "Amarcy D. Berry" <amarcyb@h...> wrote:
> No need for anyone to be "in charge" of the Ballot
> Committee (or any
> other project).

Marcy - This is a curious statement to me. Did we not
just elect the new ex-com members to be 'in charge' at
the last meeting? I suppose if the 'ballot
committee's' scope is reduce to only the selection of
the initiative, that would be appropriate.
On the other hand, if you're proposing that all future
lpsf projects are by default 'rule by committee', I
urge you to reconsider this position.

It is my experience, the complete absence of
leadership results in mediocre results at best -
especially for non-profit organizations. I know the
LPSF has a history of 'roundtable-ism' which helps
everyone feel involved, but I seriously think this
type of culture reduces our effectiveness and
abilities to get things done. Isn't this one of the
reasons why government doesn't work? (Thankfully the
lpsf is an NGO) I really think we need someone
accountable for the success of the initiatives we
decide to concentrate on.

My recommendation would be for the ex-com to establish
a leader of this ballot committee that has the
interest and drive to make sure all the pieces pull
together successfully. Both Phil and Starchild have
taken initiative in this effort thus far so hopefully
one of them would sign up for this type of role. The
lead would then leverage their 'moving and shaking'
abilities to motivate activists and identify a few key
lieutenants to delegate out some of the work to. I
think this worked well when we did the TWA-800
fundraiser a few years ago, despite the fact it was
cancelled late in the game.

Another factor I believe if key to the success of this
initiative is the manner in which activists are
contacted and recruited. I read an article some time
ago regarding how to build a successful charity, and
the author claimed their income shot up five fold once
they started asking donors directly for contributions
rather than using blanket emails to solicit for
donations. I believe this is related to the human
nature element of 'someone else will do it'. Hopefully
the initial ballot committee members will keep this in
mind when recruiting for additional petitioners.

Anyway, I hope these ramblings are somewhat useful in
your pre-planning activities.

cheers,

David

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Trapped, let me think outloud here...
Advantage to 520 intiative... a slam dunk for support, for signitures,
and probably for passage. Fun to do. No explaining. Gets a victory
under our belt. Establishes our liberal side in aliberal town.

Disadvantage of 520 proposition. Cnanges nothing real. The problem
lies with the State and Federal governments exceeding thier
constiutional bounds.( We could add that statement to the law.

Advamtage of the curb rights initiative. Has the potential to really
improve the city and if followed by the rest of the bay area,could
improve life throughout the bay area. Could lower the cost and improve
the speed of public transportation. Could even spur improvement in the
taxi and bus system by feeding passengers and diverting people from
the car culture. Just as Fed x did not destroy the post office, curb
rights would not destroy taxis or busses. Difficullty in doing it
would force us to rise to the challange. would require a real
outreach effort to gain support.

Disadvantage of Curb Rights. Deeply entrenched powerful opposition.
Difficult to explin to voters. Majority who use cars don't care, and
can't imagine any other way to live. I think this can all be
overcome, but I think we need more time. But then agin in 06 I want to
run against Pilosi, if I do well in the market and can mount a
decently financed campaign.
On a personal level I have health issues. Uncertainty about my heart,
and now difficulties with my bad eye. But hey if Sick Cheney can cause
so much trouble with a bad ticker than ehy can't I.
the other problem is, given where I live in SF, the existing system is
amzing. Busses cans, muni rail, bart, all redily available and I can
affors an occasional cab when in a hurry. But for most this is not the
case.

OK so I hold my nose, take the plunge and vote vor...

Curb rights.

I am scared and excited.

Phil

--- In lpsf-activists@yahoogroups.com, "Amarcy D. Berry"
<amarcyb@h...> wrote:

Thank you to David Rhodes for his input, vote for a specific
initiative, and commitment. The vote now stands:

ExCom people:

Marcy: curb rights
Phil: curb rights or marijuana rights
Mike A.: curb rights (thank you for his valuable input, and we
understnad that he cannot commit work/funds right now)
Jawj: (Thank you to Mike E. for giving me her e-mail; I hope to hear
from her soon).

Activists:

Mike Denny: No choice, but has committed work
Michael Edelstein: No choice (correct me if I am wrong, Mike), but
has committed work
David Rhodes: marijuana
Starchild: No choice, but has committed work (seems leaning towards
marijuana).

OK, Phil, looks like you are cornered. May we please have your vote
for ONE initiative so we can go on to the next step!

Thaks all,

Marcy

--- In lpsf-activists@yahoogroups.com, David Rhodes <dfrhodes@y...>
wrote:
>
> --- "Amarcy D. Berry" <amarcyb@h...> wrote:
> > No need for anyone to be "in charge" of the Ballot
> > Committee (or any
> > other project).
>
> Marcy - This is a curious statement to me. Did we not
> just elect the new ex-com members to be 'in charge' at
> the last meeting? I suppose if the 'ballot
> committee's' scope is reduce to only the selection of
> the initiative, that would be appropriate.
> On the other hand, if you're proposing that all future
> lpsf projects are by default 'rule by committee', I
> urge you to reconsider this position.
>
> It is my experience, the complete absence of
> leadership results in mediocre results at best -
> especially for non-profit organizations. I know the
> LPSF has a history of 'roundtable-ism' which helps
> everyone feel involved, but I seriously think this
> type of culture reduces our effectiveness and
> abilities to get things done. Isn't this one of the
> reasons why government doesn't work? (Thankfully the
> lpsf is an NGO) I really think we need someone
> accountable for the success of the initiatives we
> decide to concentrate on.
>
> My recommendation would be for the ex-com to establish
> a leader of this ballot committee that has the
> interest and drive to make sure all the pieces pull
> together successfully. Both Phil and Starchild have
> taken initiative in this effort thus far so hopefully
> one of them would sign up for this type of role. The
> lead would then leverage their 'moving and shaking'
> abilities to motivate activists and identify a few key
> lieutenants to delegate out some of the work to. I
> think this worked well when we did the TWA-800
> fundraiser a few years ago, despite the fact it was
> cancelled late in the game.
>
> Another factor I believe if key to the success of this
> initiative is the manner in which activists are
> contacted and recruited. I read an article some time
> ago regarding how to build a successful charity, and
> the author claimed their income shot up five fold once
> they started asking donors directly for contributions
> rather than using blanket emails to solicit for
> donations. I believe this is related to the human
> nature element of 'someone else will do it'. Hopefully
> the initial ballot committee members will keep this in
> mind when recruiting for additional petitioners.
>
> Anyway, I hope these ramblings are somewhat useful in
> your pre-planning activities.
>
> cheers,
>
> David

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