Minutes from the September Meeting, Finally

Hi All. Finally, here are the minutes from the last meeting. Please
review them for any mistakes or omissions, so I can edit them, and then
Nick will post them to our website in a few days.

Minutes for September 8, 2018 Meeting of the Libertarian Party of San
Francisco taken by Aubrey Freedman.

*Attendees*: Nick Smith (Chair), Jawj Greenwald (Treasurer), Aubrey
Freedman (Secretary), Floren (guest), Richard Knee (guest), Copeland
McKinley (guest), Lisa Remmer, Allen Sherzer (guest), Jon Sindell (guest),
and Starchild.

*Introductions:* Allen hails from Ann Arbor, Michigan and has been here in
the Bay Area for a few months. He was active in the 70’s and 80’s, but was
not very impressed with the LP in Ann Arbor. Copeland also hails from
Michigan and was never politically active before—he leans a little more on
the right side of libertarianism. Richard joined us to present on Prop B
and represents The Society of Professional Journalists (Northern California
Chapter) and San Franciscans for Sunshine.

*Chair’s Report:* Nick took a look at what we were paying for our Ring
Central voice mail service and suggested that we cancel the service to save
money. Over the last year there were only 12 messages, and only 4 were
important, so we essentially paid around $40 for each voice mail. Cancelling
the $170/year service was OK’d on the Activist List, and both Nick’s and
Starchild’s numbers are now listed as the LPSF’s official phone numbers,
where a caller has a better chance of talking to a real Libertarian rather
than a computer. Nick also looked at our domain name and suggested that we
go with Name.com rather than SiteGround to save a few shekels and for
easier use. No objection—motion passed. He’s been paying for the hosting
charge himself since the LPSF does not a have a credit card. The cost is
only $7/month, and Nick will put in for reimbursement at some point. Nick
is also involved on the LPCA Convention Committee, which is set for next
spring in Concord April 4-7. He asked for suggestions for speakers for the
convention, and the names of Dave Rubin and David Friedman were mentioned. He
said that they’re having a contest to come up with an invigorating theme
for the convention, so he encouraged folks to go to CA.LP.org/convention to
help come up with different ideas for next year’s theme. For
announcements, Nick noted that the LPSF will be tabling at the gun show at
the Cow Palace on the week-end of September 22-23, and it may be our last
time there due to SB 221, which would make it illegal to sell firearms and
ammunition at the Cow Palace if Governor Brown signs the bill. Also our
ally in liberty, GGLR, is hosting a talk by Jack Estill on F.A. Hayek’s *The
Use of Knowledge in Society* on September 24 at the Richmond District
Police Station Community Meeting Room. Regarding the WeDoBetter
organization, which seeks to have voluntary organizations, rather than
government bureaucracies, help solve social problems, Nick is now the team
leader for San Francisco County as part of the statewide effort to pass a
bill that would enable all California taxpayers to donate $200 to any
“qualified” (501(c)(3)) organization as a tax credit. Nick requested
helpers to help move this project forward and requested that anyone who has
personal connections to a charitable organization to help get them to
support WeDoBetter’s tax credit bill. Allen suggested we find out which
politicians sit on the pertinent committee and send letters of support to
them and also ask Senator Morrell to sponsor this latest effort since he
sponsored last year’s bill. Lastly Nick mentioned that there will be phone
banking effort this coming Thursday, September 13 to help garner more
support for John Dennis’ District 2 campaign for Supervisor.

*Vice Chair’s Report:* Rebecca was down in Southern California attending
an LPCA ExComm meeting, so Nick gave her report. She was proposing a
by-law change to remove the Program Committee from the by-laws since little
is being done with that committee these days, so it seems unnecessary. Rebecca
also attended a meetup on civility, where they talk about a topic in detail
each meeting. It’s a small meetup limited to only 5 people, and the topic
this time was “Third Parties Good or Bad for Democracy?” Rebecca has
expressed an interest in serving as Treasurer next year, and she noted that
we should think about changing from the current credit union because access
and their working hours are inconvenient.

*Treasurer’s Report: * Aubrey reported that we have $3,219.92 in the credit
union and what he estimates as $2,647.49 in PayPal for a total of $5,867.41..
During the month we received a dues-sharing check from LPCA for $50.00 and
we spent $1,024.00 on two paid arguments for the November election. He
estimated that monies received from the monthly PayPal recurring donors
totaled $220.86 after deducting the PayPal fees. During the meeting, Jawj
wrote 4 checks totaling $643.11 for the panel discussion expenses
($363.11), the annual mail box renewal ($150), and the upcoming gun show
tabling at the Cow Palace ($130). During the meeting we also received a
check for $100 from a donor that had been promised earlier to Nick and
Rebecca and Jon gave a donation of $20. Factoring in these 4 disbursements
and 2 deposits, the adjusted cash position between the credit union and
PayPal is now $5,344.30.

*Secretary’s Report:* Aubrey reported that membership is unchanged from
last month with 21 lifetime members and 30 regular, currently paid-up
members, for a total of 51. He again noted that more folks are taking the
two-year memberships these days as we now have seven members who have
renewed for 2 years. He also shared some statistics from Angela, the state
party’s secretary, as of 08/31/18 and this time he looked at the entire
state, not just Northern California: first in members is LA County with
169 members, then San Diego County with 110 members, third is Santa Clara
County with 99 members, the LPSF is in 4th place, and Ventura County rounds
out the top 5 at 44 members. (Later in the meeting guest Lisa Remmer
running for Congress mentioned that she joined the LPSF that morning, so
that would bring the total membership for the LPSF up one to 52 members.)

*Newsletter Report:* Nick reported that the that the August newsletter
went out earlier than it has been going out lately. It went out to 1,617
recipients and was opened by 22.5% (higher than the last few months) and
2.7% clicked on anything in the newsletter. He noted that a 1.9% click
rate is average for political content, so the 2.7% is pretty good for a
political newsletter. Aubrey encouraged folks to submit an article for the
newsletter/website if they feel moved by anything in the news (as long as
it’s liberty-oriented).

*Outreach Report:* Starchild has organized the first event of the SF
Liberty Coalition, which will be a caucus of various groups seeking more
freedom on a variety of issues. The intent is to get one-issue individuals
and groups to realize that there are other groups also being impacted
negatively by government overreach and working together can increase
liberty for all. It will be held on Wednesday, September 26 from 6-9 PM at
580 Howard Street, the site of ClickUp.com, which is giving SF Liberty
Coalition the free use of its space for the event. Alex Mills is helping
organize the event. To publicize the event, Starchild will be giving away
free tickets each month. He will also be making up flyers, and Nick will
be pitching it each month in the newsletter and website. Starchild is
looking to have several liberty-leaning organizations supporting the event,
and he was interested in having the LPSF be a supporting organization and
also giving SF Liberty Coalition some seed money for food and beverages,
but we did not pass any formal resolutions.

*We Do Better UCC Bill*: At our last meeting, Don Johnson spoke to the
LPSF via Nick’s cellphone explaining the purpose and goal of his group,
which is to encourage voluntary efforts, rather than government
bureaucracies, to help those less fortunate. As expected, the response was
positive to We Do Better, and we almost endorsed the organization’s efforts
at the end of that meeting, but we ran out of time. This time, Nick
briefly discussed We Do Better’s latest effort to get a state income tax
credit of $200 bill passed in California, similar to one that’s been in
effect in Arizona for several years, for taxpayers to donate to “qualified
charitable organizations” (501 (c)(3)’s). A motion was made to endorse We
Do Better’s efforts to secure the California Universal Charitable Credit,
and it passed unanimously.

*November State Ballot Measures:* Aubrey started running through them, and
once he mentioned that props 1-4 were all bond measures, Starchild
suggested that we skip the discussion on them since time was short today,
and since we almost never support bond measures, he recommended we just
recommend a NO vote on all 4 measures. Everyone agreed. Prop 5 (Prop 13
Transfer Protection also called Property Tax Fairness Initiative). This
one would allow those over 55 and disabled folks to transfer their Prop 13
tax savings to a new residence anywhere in California without having to pay
the higher property taxes that normally come with moving to another
property in the state due to constant rising prices. Less taxes for the
government—Libertarians love that. Unanimously supported this measure. Prop
6 (Gas Tax Repeal)—repeals the increases that came with SB1 almost a year
ago, and the voters would have to approve any future gas taxes or fee
increases. Very Libertarian, so we unanimously supported this measure. Prop
7 (Daylight Savings)—would allow the Legislature by a 2/3 vote to get rid
of daylight savings. Since this is not a “freedom” issue and is more a
matter of personal preference, we are staying out of the fray on this one
and decided on NO RECOMMENDATION. Prop 8 (Regulates Amounts Outpatient
Dialysis Clinics Charge for Dialysis)—would dictate what clinics can charge
and how much profit they can earn. Clearly an example of government price
control in the voluntary sector, and it might actually end up increasing
health care costs by driving clinics out of state. Everyone agreed this
was an easy recommendation for NO. Prop 9 (3 States Initiative)—effort to
split up the state into 3 states removed from the ballot by order of the
California Supreme Court. Prop 10 (Costa Hawkins Repeal)—would allow
jurisdictions to enact more severe rent control than we have now (rent
control could apply to single-family homes and no restriction as to when
the unit was built and no longer would housing providers be able to raise
the rent even after the unit is vacated). Clearly a further restriction on
property rights, so we all agreed to a NO vote. Prop 11 (Requires Private
Sector Emergency Ambulance Employees to Remain on Call During Work
Breaks)—This one got hairy. Having the word “requires” right in the title
of the ballot measure makes Libertarians’ hair stand on end, but Aubrey
pointed out that you have to look further on this one to figure out whether
the measure will lead to more or less freedom for ER companies and their
employees. The measure was prompted by a lawsuit by employees of a
security company suing their company for not letting them taking breaks
away from the job, and the court ruled in their favor. The courts may rule
that the same situation applies to ER companies, which would be very costly
for ER companies to accommodate emergency calls and comply with the court
decision. We ran out of time and this one was unresolved, so Aubrey said
he will research it more thoroughly and post about it on the Activist List,
so we can come finalize our recommendation—he leans to a YES on this
one. (Nick
announced that LPCA just decided to recommend a NO on this one.) Prop 12
(New Standards for Confinement of Farm Animals & Bans Sale of Noncomplying
Products)—would create new minimum requirements on farmers to provide more
space for egg-laying hens, pigs, and calves raised for veal and violations
would be a misdemeanor. Also didn’t have much time to spend on this one,
so Aubrey will post on the Activist List about this one too so we can
decide our stance. The fact that it’s banning certain products would make
Libertarians leery of recommending a YES vote, but Jon wanted to voice an
alternative viewpoint on this one, and Nick announced LPCA just decided on
a NO RECOMMENDATION for this one, so we’ll see what Aubrey comes up with
for the Activist List.

*Lisa Remmer-Running for Congress Against Pelosi: *Lisa is running in
Congressional District 12 and did survive the Top Two to make it to the
November ballot. She’s running as a Republican mainly to give folks a
choice other than Pelosi. She favors getting rid of as much regulation as
possible and supported Ron Paul and John Dennis in previous campaigns. On
the World’s Smallest Political Quiz, she falls in the Libertarian quadrant.
On national defense, she favors “carrying a big stick,” but with more
emphasis on the “defense” part and less foreign intervention. She doesn’t
favor open borders but prefers making it easier to immigrate to America.
She supports the use of tasers and also supports President Trump. Her main
issues are regulation, taxes, and unelected bureaucrats making the laws. She
got her Master’s degree from San Francisco State. In 2003, she was
teaching The Constitution to Vietnamese immigrants in citizenship classes. She
also worked for PanAm, went to Russia, and was a commercial pilot. Because
her race is a partisan race, the LPSF cannot *endorse* a non-Libertarian
per our by-laws, so we unanimously agreed to *recommend* a YES vote for
Lisa for Congress.

*Discussion on Prop B with Richard Knee:* Richard is a member of The
Society of Professional Journalists, (Northern California Chapter) and San
Franciscans for Sunshine, and he represents the official opponent of this
ballot measure, which purports to protect privacy but is vague in
nature. Richard
is mostly interested in protecting San Francisco’s “sunshine” law, which
the voters approved by a 58% to 42% majority back in 1999. While we were
leaning heavily in favor of Prop B earlier, Richard made a compelling case
for voting NO on Prop B. The main problem would be giving the Board of
Supervisors the authority to weaken the current transparency laws if an
anti-sunshine majority should take hold in the Board of Supervisors. He
pointed to Section 16.130, Subsection (i) in the proposed ballot measure as
particularly troubling which says, “The Board of Supervisors is authorized
by ordinance to amend voter-approved ordinances regarding privacy, open
meetings, or public records, provided that any such amendment is not
inconsistent with the purpose or intent of the voter-approved ordinance.” He
said the current supervisors aren’t too bad, sunshine-wise, but future
supervisors could take the authority given to them by Prop B, and hide the
“sunshine,” which would be bad for the public. He considers Mayor Breed as
poor on sunshine and even Supervisor Peskin, the author of Prop B, as not
so great on sunshine either as he deleted emails in the past that should be
part of the public record. Richard gave as an example of what
anti-sunshine can mean to the public: in 2011, regarding the development
project at Parkmerced, David Chui slipped in some wording at the last
minute before the vote, and the supervisors violated the Brown Act and the
sunshine law, and the task force was purged. It’s backroom deals like this
that Prop B may allow more of, not less. When asked if he would support
Prop B if Subsection (i) were deleted, he said “maybe,” but certainly with
it in the ballot measure, it’s clearly bad for the public. We discussed
the implications of Richard’s information, and though there was strong
support for the general idea of privacy from prying eyes, even Starchild
had to concede that Subsection (i) made the ballot measure iffy at best. The
LPSF voted unanimously to recommend a NO vote on B and thanked Richard for
his presentation.

*November Election Mailer:* Nick would like to do another mailer for the
upcoming election, but his proposal is to do it ourselves rather than using
Click2Mail, as we have always done in the past. It will save LPSF money,
and he we can use it as a membership drive by including a membership form
and a letter describing all the activities the LPSF is involved in, as well
as our ballot measure recommendations. The June mailer we sent out using
Click2Mail went out to 2,678 people at a cost of about $1,100, which comes
to 41 cents each. If we do it ourselves, including the paper for the
letters, envelopes, printing ink, and the postage, the cost comes to around
35 cents each. We also discussed if we should pay the annual postage fee
of $255.00 which could be used for future mailings during the next 12
months to reduce the postage cost. Nick emphasized that the project will
have to be done pretty much all in September to coincide with when the
Voters Handbooks are mailed out and early voting starts early in
October. Nick’s
proposal was well received, and the only question was how much money we
should budget for this project. We eventually settled on the amount of
$1,250.00.

*Upcoming Events*

11 September (Wednesday) - *Larry Elder at the Silicon Valley Liberty Forum*

IFES Portuguese Hall, 432 Stierlin Rd, Mountain View

https://www.liberty-forum.us/

12 September (Thursday) – *Jonathan Haidt: How Colleges Are Failing Kids*

7-9 PM at the Commonwealth Club – 110 The Embarcadero

While college campuses portray themselves as centers of academic
achievement and innovative endeavors, Jonathan Haidt, best-selling author
of *The Righteous Mind*, argues they are better characterized by their
anxiety-inducing and depressive nature. In addition to worsening mental
health, a culture of censorship and overwhelming sensitivity causes
professors and students to fear speaking honestly. Haidt believes this
toxic system is a product of excessive coddling reinforced by an arsenal of
trigger warnings and microaggressions. In his new book, *The Coddling of
the American Mind*, Haidt articulates the social trends that have come
together to produce this conflicting environment and its impact on
posterity. Contextualizing campus conflicts with intense political
polarization, ubiquitous social media and rising hate crimes, he
demonstrates why people have been subscribing to a system that aims to
protect its young people. Come listen to a discussion about the negative
ramifications of a well-intentioned movement.

13 September (Thursday) – *Phone Banking with John Dennis for D2 Supervisor*

6-8 PM – John Dennis for Supervisor office at Mission & 14th Street –
Please contact clint@johndennis.com to RSVP! This is a great opportunity
to not only help out a candidate that we have endorsed, but also to connect
with local Libertarians with a message that is very relevant to them. Unlike
some other phone banking, this is a very targeted message to a group that
may be very receptive. Pizza and drinks will be provided!

14 September (Friday) - *10th Annual Silicon Valley Mises Celebration*

Featuring Jeffrey Tucker and Edward Stringham

6:00pm, Corinthian Grand Ballroom, 196 N 3rd St, San Jose, CA 95112

http://www.bastiatsociety.org/18-cl-north-ca.php

14-15 September (Fri-Sat) - *Classical Liberals in Northern California
Conference*

Inspired by a similar effort in the Carolinas. The conference brings
together dynamic scholars, philanthropists, think-tank directors, business
leaders, and policy advocates to discuss issues affecting freedom in
California. For more information visit: ClassicalLiberals.org.

SJSU Student Union Theater, 211 S 9th St, San Jose, CA 95112

http://www.bastiatsociety.org/18-cl-north-ca.php

20 September (Thursday) - *Charter Cities, The Future of Urban Governance*

9AM – 5:30PM - Mission San Francisco – REGISTRATION REQUIRED

The Center for Innovative Governance Research is pleased to host an
exclusive event on the Future of Urban Governance. We will explore charter
cities, special economic zones, and urbanization. We’re expanding the
conversation, bringing together mega real estate projects, legal expertise,
and international governmental organizations, the practical tools to make
charter cities a reality. This is a zero price, off the record event. If
you are interested in attending, please contact Mark Lutter at
Mark@innovativegovernance@org with a brief description of who you are and
your interest in attending. Spaces are limited, so those who contact Mark
soon are more likely to be able to attend.

https://innovativegovernance.org/future-of-governance/

22-23 September (Saturday/Sunday) - *LPSF Tabling at the Gun Show!*

9AM-5PM at the Cow Palace, Daly City

Join the LPSF for a great outreach opportunity which will soon be
disappearing. Once SB 221 is signed into law, it will be illegal to sell
firearms and ammunition at Cow Palace, so the Gun Show will be no more.
Come table with us to help inform attendees on the issues that are directly
impacting them and spread the message of Libertarianism! It may be our last
chance. Contact chair@lpsf.org if you can join!

24 September (Monday) – *F.A. Hayek’s “The Use of Knowledge in Society” –
talk by Jack Estill*

7-9 PM at the Richmond District Police Station in the Community Room at 461
6th Avenue

This event is free and hosted by our friends at the Golden Gate Liberty
Revolution.

When most people think of entrepreneurs, they envision someone with both
brains and more than a little luck. They might say the entrepreneur must
have specialized knowledge that allows her to recognize something that
others want but have not yet realized. But, is this the case? Hayek’s *The
Use of Knowledge in Society* provides a more accurate picture of the
knowledge that markets use and the system that captures information that is
not available, in his words, “to any single mind.” But, isn’t all
knowledge and development the result of advances in scientific knowledge? What
else could possibly have changed the world so dramatically over the last
two hundred and fifty years? What is missing here? To understand, it is
worth analyzing this piece while discovering the entrepreneur’s secret.

RSVP on the LPSF Meetup group – meetup.com/the-LPSF

26 September (Wednesday) - *Free San Francisco! Town Hall Caucus Event*

*Join for the first of SF Liberty Coalition's monthly Town Hall Caucuses!*

6-9pm - Clickup - 580 Howard Street

San Francisco Liberty Coalition is a monthly event series supported by a
loose network of local groups that are working to promote liberty in some
area or areas of public policy (any group fighting for civil liberties,
economic freedom, or both, across the board or on a specific issue or
issues).

27 September (Thursday) -*Democracy and Political Ignorance: Why Smaller
Government is Smarter.*

12-1pm, UC Berkeley, School of Law, Berkeley

Sponsored by the Berkeley Federalist Society. Talk by Ilya Somin, blogger
for the Volokh Conspiracy on reason.com.

http://reason.com/volokh/2018/08/28/my-upcoming-speaking-engagements

27 September (Thursday) - “*None of Our Business” LPSF Happy Hour*

7-10pm, Thirsty Bear Brewing Co, 661 Howard St

Unable to make it to our regular monthly meetings? Just want to kick back
and mingle with liberty-minded individuals? We are kicking off a monthly
"None of our Business" happy hour social, where we can take a break from
party business and talk life, politics or whatever is on your mind. Come
out for a drink and get to know us!

RSVP on the LPSF Meetup Group – meetup.com/the-LPSF
<https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/meetup.com/the-LPSF>

29 September (Saturday) – *2018 Silicon Valley Candidate Forum*

12-5 PM – Mission Bay Conference Center at 1675 Owens Street – William J.
Rutter Center, UCSF

A discussion on “The Role of Government in The New Economy.” A number of
candidates for California statewide (and Bay Area) public office will speak
on issues of high importance to the technology industry, such as: Automation,
artificial intelligence, and the displacement of jobs//Data privacy and
security//Workers’ rights and classification//California’s growing cannabis
industry//Regulation of the gig economy//The Gas Tax and infrastructure
funding. This non-partisan event will feature individual presentations
from each candidate. Candidates may choose the format of their
presentations.
svcforum.com <https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/svcforum.com>

Thanks!
Aubrey