The Rules Committee of the Board of Supervisors -- made up of Supervisors Michela Alioto-Piers, Ross Mirkarimi, and Aaron Peskin -- will meet this Wednesday morning, March 2, at 10:00 a.m. If all goes well, when it's over I'll be the newest member of the city's Skateboard Task Force.
I've just found out however that there is apparently another applicant for the one open seat, someone I don't know named David Miles. David does not have a recommendation from the committee as I do, and task force chair Ted Loewenberg told me that he personally does not support him. Apparently David is a passionate advocate for inline skating -- which doesn't necessarily sound so bad to me, but he ended up yelling at Ted on the phone over this issue (Ted was defending the group's focus on skateboarding). Although I'm an inline skater myself and I'll be filling the inline skating slot on the task force if appointed, I generally support prioritizing the reform of skateboarding laws, as I think there is more official hostility toward skateboarders.
Despite this apparent advantage I have going in, it's possible that the Supervisors might appreciate this opportunity to pass over the nomination of an outspoken Libertarian who has opposed their ballot measures -- particularly Aaron Peskin, who may recall some of my strong rhetoric at Board meetings during his effort to confiscate Brian O'Flynn's land in North Beach via eminent domain. And I don't know what other support David may have.
So I would appreciate any of you who can turn out to show your support when they vote on who to appoint. Politicians usually listen to numbers.
Additionally, it should be somewhat interesting to see what questions I am asked when they have me on the hot seat. 8) And the first item on the Rules Committee agenda is of some separate interest as well -- they will be hearing a proposal from Supervisor McGoldrick to put the Patriot Act on some kind of legislative watch list.
Finally, of course, if I am picked it would be the first appointment of an LPSF member to public office in San Francisco. Registered Libertarians like the late Kathleen Harrington have served on city bodies before, but to my knowledge no one who was actually active in the party has done so. And this fair town badly needs some pro-freedom voices at City Hall!
You can see the agenda for the meeting here: http://www.sfgov.org/site/bdsupvrs_page.asp?id=7266 Reviewing the nominees for the open seat on the Skateboard Task Force is item #6.
Yours in liberty,
<<< Starchild >>>
Outreach Director, Libertarian Party of San Francisco