Ballot recommendations in newspapers

I have been mulling over some ideas.

It would be nice if we could get the Chron to print our ballot recommendations.
Sort of like the way they print the recommendations of the Demo clubs. I am not
sure how to accomplish this or even if it is doable, but it is worth a try. At
the meeting in September I will present a package that I would like to send to
the Chron and maybe the Examiner and maybe BAR.

If we can't get a free publishing, then maybe we could pay for it. I will have
to check on the cost of a paid announcement in the Chron. We could list our
recommendations and a very very short explanation of the reason and give our
address so people could get more info.

Les

I used to put out a press release when we had made our decisions in
time. Do that again, but then actually follow up with phone calls to
the appropriate desks...

~Chris
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Hi Les and All! Thanks, Les, for bringing this up again. We've discussed this in the past, but with the really left-leanings of the Chron lately so much so that none of your weekly letters are getting printed, I thought the chance of them printing our recommendations at less than zero. However, paying for a spot for our recommendations--that sounds like a more feasible idea. Coming from you--perhaps the most conservative of us all when it comes to spending money--I consider it an idea definitely worth pursuing. As always, let's see what kind of money we're talking about. Also, let's consider that we were pretty much ready to pay for one ballot argument for the November election if we didn't get 2+ free arguments, and since we didn't need to pay for one this time around, we kind of have close to $800 to "play with." Furthermore, if we ran some sort of ad in a newspaper, I think we could forego the traditional mailing of our postcards (we
just agreed at our last meeting that we would do our regular mailing again this election), so that would save $100 right there. Additionally I believe we could pull in some donations which would help offset the cost.

This is a golden opportunity for us to make a bigger name for the LPSF with the 4 ballot arguments and it being a Presidential election. Let's make the most of it. I also intend for us to do some serious canvassing and outreach between Labor Day and November 6. I'll do it myself if need be, but hopefully there will be extra helpers, just like with the ballot measures. Just yesterday when I was driving Starchild home after turning in the rebuttals, we were discussing the promising possibilities of getting our ideas out there with the extra notoriety that will come from the ballot measures. I'd also like to make up some sort of anti-Plan Bay Area literature to distribute at the same time, if we can do it at a reasonable cost. I just ordered the traditional Gary Johnson door hangers tonight, so that's a start.

Again, thanks Les for resurrecting this idea again and finding out additional information about it. Thanks to Chris for the press release and follow-up calls suggestion too.

Aubrey

Sample of an old press release is at <URL:
http://crism.maden.org/writing/lpsf/ballot02pr.html >.

~Chris
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