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2018 California Libertarian candidates: U.S. Senate

The California Libertarian Activist invites Libertarian candidates in California to provide statements about their candidacy for our members and subscribers. In 2018, the LP of California has one candidate for U.S. Senate, who provides the following statement.*


Derrick Michael Reid

Derrick Michael Reid, 2018 Libertarian candidate for U.S. Senate in California

I am a Californian for all Californians, a moderate and a problem solver, seeking to unite multipartisan factions for solving major problems, primarily including immigration, imprisonment, and corruption. Second-class people live in the shadows. Prisons are overpopulated. Political and monetary corruption permeates government functions. With 50 million hungry, 100 million unemployed, and 20 trillion in debt, the two major pandering political machines have failed the nation and have concentrated totalitarian power in D.C.

As an Engineer, Lawyer, and Military, Market, and Geopolitical Analyst, system analysis offers a comprehensive solution set to many problems facing California and the country. Many problems flow from insufficient negative feedback controls. I seek to bring together in compromise opposing factions to find common ground solutions and promote domestic tranquility. Other problems particular to California include indebtedness, poverty, homelessness, taxation, infrastructure, and pollution, which can be addressed in the federal context for solving like problems nationwide. The problems are enumerable and the rancor is undignified.

Economic stagnation is viewed by corporate revenues and labor participation. The prospects of higher interest rates could implode the bond market, and with it, the equity markets and the economy. Integrated solutions are ready when collapse occurs. Congress should have at least one senator who knows how to recover quickly, with a debt jubilee, a monetary reset, and government reforms to restore real money, honest markets, the Constitution, and the Republic for long term prosperity with maximum liberty.

Campaign web site: www.DerrickMReid.com


* Candidate statements have not been edited.

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LP San Francisco activists invite petitioners to stop Top Two, slash gas taxes

by Aubrey Freedman

In December, members and activists of the the LP of San Francisco started to gather signatures for two initiatives circulating statewide to qualify for the November 2018 election.  The initiatives each need at least 585,407 valid signatures to appear before the voters, and their deadlines are coming up this spring.

The proposed Measure 1816, spearheaded by Tom Palzer and endorsed by the LP of California,  would repeal the top-two election system that has been in place in California since 2011, and would return us to the semi-closed primary system.

Under the old system, each qualified state political party had a chance to put forth their own, partisan candidate in the general election.  Under the current top-two system, only the two highest vote-getters, regardless of party affiliation, are advanced to the November election.

Not one single alternative-party candidate has ever advanced on to the general election in the six years that we’ve had Top Two, except for rare occasions when only one major party member was running.  When Barbara Boxer finally retired from the senate last year, in the general election, the voters were treated to the so-called choice of only two Democratic candidates — Kamala Harris and Loretta Sanchez — with similar views.  Is it any surprise that a full 16 percent of the voters left that office blank on their ballots? Clearly, that wasn’t much of a choice.

Even though Democrats soundly control California state politics, even they are supporting the repeal of Top Two and a return to the previous system, because they have been forced to spend nearly $200 million in contests featuring two Democrats.  A return to the old system will give more choices to all voters in the November election, and it will encourage more candidates of all political persuasions to run for state offices again.

Libertarians support more choice in voting, as in all areas.

The filing deadline for Measure 1816 is April 23.

Proposed Measure 1830 would amend the California constitution to require that the gas tax increases that went into effect on Nov. 1 be approved by the voters, or repealed.  No need to say much about this one.  With the second highest gas tax burden in the nation before the recent increases of 12 cents per gallon of regular gas and 20 cents per gallon of diesel (as well as other new fees), our state legislators have squandered millions of dollars and insisted new taxes were needed just to pave the roads.  (Never mind infrastructure improvements such as fixing interchanges—they say that RM3, the $3 increase in tolls for all San Francisco Bay bridges [except the Golden Gate Bridge], scheduled for the November 2018 ballot, will go toward those infrastructure needs.)   Mismanagement of the taxes collected specifically for the roads should not constitute a compelling reason to reward the politicians with more money to waste.  How do other states manage to maintain their roads with lower taxes?

The filing deadline for Measure 1830 is May 21.

Interestingly enough, the other good initiative (Proposed Measure 1800) which failed to qualify, would have repealed the recent gas tax increases, but it did not contain the added feature of Measure 1830, which insists the voters approve the current tax increases and any future increases before going into effect.  Thus, this measure would have repealed the recent tax increases, but the politicians could have gone right back to the drawing board and enacted new taxes again without voter approval (and knowing them, they surely would have).  On the other hand, the voters could have approved the new and higher taxes if 1830 had made it onto the ballot, but we’re counting on the California voters outside the Bay Area to use their noodle and overwhelmingly vote YES on 1830, and NO on all gas tax increases.

If you would like to help gather signatures for either of these initiatives, please e-mail us at Chair@LPSF.org.  These initiatives will need paid circulators to secure the huge number of signatures needed, but your volunteering to collect even a handful of signatures from your family and friends would be a big help.

More choices on the ballot and lower taxes would benefit everyone, statewide.


Aubrey Freedman is chair of the Libertarian Party of San Francisco.

To find your own county’s petition-drive coordinator for Measure 1816, visit the web site of the Foundation to Stop Top 2: StopTop2.com/e-mail-county-coordinator

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Raise your campaign’s first $10,000 in 7 days

Tremendous resources are available to activists, candidates, and campaign volunteers of the LP of California, as an affiliate of the national Libertarian Party. Many of the tools are easily accessible at the web site LPAction.org, managed by Andy Burns, the LNC’s state affiliate development specialist.

Here we feature LP communicator Michael Cloud’s advice for quickly raising funds — arguably the fuel that powers the engine of the party, as the political wing of the individual-liberty movement.


Raising your first $10,000 in 7 days

by Michael Cloud

“In politics, it’s no go without dough.” —Evry’s Law

Some Libertarians succeed by re-inventing the wheel. Most Libertarians fail by re-inventing the flat tire. Here’s the simplest, easiest, fastest way to raise the first $10,000500 for your next campaign in only seven days.

Why is the first $10,000 so important? That $10,000 is your campaign’s seed corn. Political start-up capital. Yeast to make the bread rise. The first seven days of a fitness program, the first seven days of a diet, or the first seven days of developing a new skill, set the pace for all that follows. A strong beginning fans the flames of faith. A weak start breathes life into self-doubt. “You don’t have to recover from a good start,” said John Wareham.

Can it really be done in only seven days? Some candidates raised the first $10,000 in seven hours. Others in a day. Many in three days. A few took the whole week. Nobody needed more than seven days.

Steps to success

You’ll be doing one-on-one personal fund-raising for your campaign. The steps are elegant and simple and easy:

  • Who do you ask for money?
  • How much do you ask for?
  • Where do you ask for the money?
  • When do you ask for the money?
  • How do you ask for it? Exactly what do you say?

Who do you ask for money?

Before you read this section, get some blank paper and a pen.  Ready?

First, we’ll make a preliminary list of the people you know who know you. If you’re well-known in your community, many people you don’t know may recognize you. Leave them off your list. If you stay up on what’s going on in your community, you will recognize many people who don’t know you. Leave them off your list. To qualify for your preliminary list, the person must know you and you must know the person.

Don’t consider whether they can or can’t afford to give, whether they will or won’t give, whether they should or shouldn’t give. This is just a preliminary list.

  1. Write down the names of your immediate blood relatives. One name per line, list your father and mother, your brothers and sisters. What about grandmothers and grandfathers? Aunts and uncles you stay in touch with?
  2. If you’re married, write the name of your spouse, mother-in-law, father-in-law … and any of your spouse’s immediate blood relatives.
  3. Write down the names of your personal friends.
  4. List the people you socialize with. Who do you go to dinner with? Have over for parties? Go camping with? Play bridge with? What other social activities do you engage in? Who with?
  5. What organizations (other than the LP) are you involved in? Rotary Club? Lions? Chamber of Commerce? church? charity? a support group? Mensa? the Society for Creative Anachronism? square dancing? ballroom dancing? university boosters? health club? What else? Who do you usually sit next to, talk with, and spend time with at the gatherings or meetings? Write their names down.
  6. Write the names of the coworkers that you spend time at work with. (Don’t list or ask people who report to you at work. It borders on harassment.)
  7. If you’re a member of one of the professions, own a business, are self-employed, or in sales, who are your regular, repeat, favorite clients? They could be doing business with someone else in your field, but they are loyal to you. They know you, trust you, like you and believe you. List their names.
  8. Who do you spend money with? Who do you do business with? Who is your doctor? your dentist? chiropractor? car mechanic? Who owns the used book or music store you frequent? Who owns the small boutique or men’s store you patronize? Who is your insurance agent? Who’s your pet’s veterinarian? Who styles your hair? Who owns the dry cleaner where you spend $500 a year? Who’s your real estate agent? car salesperson? printer? coffee house proprietor? health food store owner?
    Who else do you spend money with? If they know you and you know them, if you’ve done repeat business with them, especially if you’ve sent them business … list their names. (Your checkbook, credit card billing, cell-phone contact list, appointment calendar, holiday card list, and receipts are gold mines for this chunk.)
  9. Who else do you personally know who personally knows you? List their names.

Congratulations! You’ve put together your basic, preliminary list. Other names may occur later. Write them down as they occur. As the Arabs say, “The palest ink is more reliable than the strongest memory.”

Second, list the phone numbers and addresses next to the names on your list.

Third, put a check mark next to the name of everyone on your list whom you’ve personally talked with for at least 30 minutes during the last 12 months. This is your list of prospective donors.

Raise your campaign’s first $10,000 in 7 days

Michael Cloud

How much money do you ask for?

These people are not motivated to give because of the Libertarian Party, the Libertarian philosophy, your unanswerable arguments for your positions, the benefits of living in a better society, or even because they despise the incumbent.

They are giving to you because of you and your personal relationship with them. Your family, from love, duty, and family ties. Your friends and co-workers, out of friendship, obligation, and personal ties. So, too, with the people you socialize with. Your clients and customers, out of goodwill and loyalty. And the people you spend money with and do business with will do it from goodwill and out of a sense of reciprocation. You scratched my back, now I’ll scratch yours. They want to return the favor. The only reason these people are motivated to give is because of you and their relationship with you. They know you and like you and trust you and believe you. The strength of your relationship and their income determines how much you can ask for.

  • Family and friends: Ask each one to give 1 percent of your estimate of the person’s annual income.
  • People you socialize with, co-workers, and clients: If you estimate they make under $35,000 a year, ask for $75. Over $35,000, ask for $150.
  • People you spend money with or do business with: If they provide a service, 10 percent of what you spent with them; If they sell goods, 10 percent of their estimated gross profit. List the appropriate amount next to each name on your list. You can always accept less than you ask for, but you’ll rarely be offered more.

Where do you ask?

The easiest thing to ignore is a letter — closely followed by fax and e-mail. So you won’t use these.

The next easiest thing to ignore is a phone call. There are answering machines, call-interrupt services, people in the home or office interrupting or waiting for the person you’re trying to talk with. Contacting anyone on your list by phone will be a last resort.

The hardest thing to lie to, ignore, put off, let down, refuse, or get rid of is a living, breathing person looking you in the eye. One on one, in person, is how you’ll be asking for almost all of your contributions.

Also remember that you can’t immediately collect a check through the mail or over the phone. You can, in person.

If you live within 60 miles of the person on your list, go to his office or home. (Telephone the others.)

When do you ask?

Pick a time when you can spend an uninterrupted seven minutes with the person. Don’t make a formal appointment. Don’t make a big deal about it. If you’re around other people, take the person aside with, “C’mere, I have some good news. You’re one of the first people I’ve told.”

How do you ask for the money?

With family, friends, co-workers and people you socialize with, here’s the basic format:

  1. For family: “Mom, I’ve got great news. I’m running for city council. Imagine…your son…the boy you raised…running for public office. Isn’t that terrific? I wanted you to be among the first to know.” “Mom, will you put $1,000 into your son’s campaign?” For friends: “David, I’ve got great news. I’m running for state legislature. Imagine…your golfing buddy, your regular golfing partner for 3 years…running for public office. Isn’t that terrific? I wanted you to be among the first to know.” “David, will you put $200 into your golfing sidekick’s campaign?”
  2. Always end by asking for the contribution.
  3. After you ask for the money, shut up. Even if the other person says nothing for what seems like an eternity, let the silence hang heavy until the other person fills it with words. Rule of thumb: Whoever talks next will be leaving money with the other person.
  4. If the person says “Yes,” ask him to get the checkbook so that the check “can be filled out as the law requires.” Tell him, “Please make the check payable to [appropriate campaign committee name].” Get the check, thank the person, and leave.
  5. Usually the person will be concerned about the amount you asked for, the campaign, or why you’re running for office. Get him talking.
  6. If they have objections to helping or helping now, say, “Ohh? Tell me about it.” Keep them talking with a noncritical “Ohh?” Or “Uhh-huh….” And “really…?” And, “tell me more.” Let them talk. Let them express their feelings and thoughts.
  7. Then say, “I see…but I am your [relationship] and I’d really like your help. If $750 is too much, how much would you be willing to put into the [your name] for [office] campaign?”
  8. If they name a reasonable amount — 50 percent or more of what you asked for — get the check filled out, get the check, thank them, and leave.
  9. If they still have objections or concerns, repeat steps 6, 7, and 8.
  10. In many cases you will need to ask for the money three times. If they do not give, or they claim they cannot give, thank them for being your [relationship], thank them for letting you share your great news, and say goodbye.
  11. That evening, send them a thank-you card letting them know you appreciate their being your [relationship], thank them for considering donating, and ask them if they wouldn’t reconsider donating. Ask them to mail you a donation, and be sure to enclose a stamped reply envelope and donation card.

Before you approach people you spend money with or do business with, review your last 12 months. Use the same format as above, through step 6. Change step 7 to incorporate reciprocation: “I see…But John, in the last 12 months, I spent $2,147 with you, and in the next 12 months I’ll probably spend another $2,147 with you. I’d like to know you appreciate me and my business…and the best way for me to know that is with your $175 donation to my campaign. Will you do it?” Other reciprocation sentences:

  • “I support your business…I’d like you to support my run for office.”
  • “I put money into your business…I’d like you to put money into my effort here.”
  • “I help your business….” Out of all the people you could do business with, you’ve remained loyal to this businessperson. How many thousands of dollars are your repeat business, customer loyalty, and ongoing support bringing his business over the lifetime of your patronage? Isn’t that worth something?

How do you schedule it?

You know your hours and commitments better than I do. Set aside two hours each weekday and four hours each weekend day, for seven days. Work it around your schedule.

Money is the fuel

Money is the fuel that runs your Libertarian campaign. It won’t make you a good driver or guarantee you reach your destination. But without it, you’re stalled and stuck.


Michael Cloud is the author of Unlocking More Secrets of Libertarian Persuasion; a three-time LP presidential campaign organizer; and a professional speechwriter and political strategist. He created and delivered nationwide his acclaimed “The Art of Libertarian Persuasion” seminars, and in 2000 was honored with the LP’s Thomas Paine Communication Award.

 

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Raise your campaign’s first $10,000 in 7 days

Tremendous resources are available to activists, candidates, and campaign volunteers of the LP of California, as an affiliate of the national Libertarian Party. Many of the tools are easily accessible at the web site LPAction.org, managed by Andy Burns, the LNC’s state affiliate development specialist.

Here we feature LP communicator Michael Cloud’s advice for quickly raising funds — arguably the fuel that powers the engine of the party, as the political wing of the individual-liberty movement.


Raising your first $10,000 in 7 days

by Michael Cloud

“In politics, it’s no go without dough.” —Evry’s Law

Some Libertarians succeed by re-inventing the wheel. Most Libertarians fail by re-inventing the flat tire. Here’s the simplest, easiest, fastest way to raise the first $10,000500 for your next campaign in only seven days.

Why is the first $10,000 so important? That $10,000 is your campaign’s seed corn. Political start-up capital. Yeast to make the bread rise. The first seven days of a fitness program, the first seven days of a diet, or the first seven days of developing a new skill, set the pace for all that follows. A strong beginning fans the flames of faith. A weak start breathes life into self-doubt. “You don’t have to recover from a good start,” said John Wareham.

Can it really be done in only seven days? Some candidates raised the first $10,000 in seven hours. Others in a day. Many in three days. A few took the whole week. Nobody needed more than seven days.

Steps to success

You’ll be doing one-on-one personal fund-raising for your campaign. The steps are elegant and simple and easy:

  • Who do you ask for money?
  • How much do you ask for?
  • Where do you ask for the money?
  • When do you ask for the money?
  • How do you ask for it? Exactly what do you say?

Who do you ask for money?

Before you read this section, get some blank paper and a pen.  Ready?

First, we’ll make a preliminary list of the people you know who know you. If you’re well-known in your community, many people you don’t know may recognize you. Leave them off your list. If you stay up on what’s going on in your community, you will recognize many people who don’t know you. Leave them off your list. To qualify for your preliminary list, the person must know you and you must know the person.

Don’t consider whether they can or can’t afford to give, whether they will or won’t give, whether they should or shouldn’t give. This is just a preliminary list.

  1. Write down the names of your immediate blood relatives. One name per line, list your father and mother, your brothers and sisters. What about grandmothers and grandfathers? Aunts and uncles you stay in touch with?
  2. If you’re married, write the name of your spouse, mother-in-law, father-in-law … and any of your spouse’s immediate blood relatives.
  3. Write down the names of your personal friends.
  4. List the people you socialize with. Who do you go to dinner with? Have over for parties? Go camping with? Play bridge with? What other social activities do you engage in? Who with?
  5. What organizations (other than the LP) are you involved in? Rotary Club? Lions? Chamber of Commerce? church? charity? a support group? Mensa? the Society for Creative Anachronism? square dancing? ballroom dancing? university boosters? health club? What else? Who do you usually sit next to, talk with, and spend time with at the gatherings or meetings? Write their names down.
  6. Write the names of the coworkers that you spend time at work with. (Don’t list or ask people who report to you at work. It borders on harassment.)
  7. If you’re a member of one of the professions, own a business, are self-employed, or in sales, who are your regular, repeat, favorite clients? They could be doing business with someone else in your field, but they are loyal to you. They know you, trust you, like you and believe you. List their names.
  8. Who do you spend money with? Who do you do business with? Who is your doctor? your dentist? chiropractor? car mechanic? Who owns the used book or music store you frequent? Who owns the small boutique or men’s store you patronize? Who is your insurance agent? Who’s your pet’s veterinarian? Who styles your hair? Who owns the dry cleaner where you spend $500 a year? Who’s your real estate agent? car salesperson? printer? coffee house proprietor? health food store owner?
    Who else do you spend money with? If they know you and you know them, if you’ve done repeat business with them, especially if you’ve sent them business … list their names. (Your checkbook, credit card billing, cell-phone contact list, appointment calendar, holiday card list, and receipts are gold mines for this chunk.)
  9. Who else do you personally know who personally knows you? List their names.

Congratulations! You’ve put together your basic, preliminary list. Other names may occur later. Write them down as they occur. As the Arabs say, “The palest ink is more reliable than the strongest memory.”

Second, list the phone numbers and addresses next to the names on your list.

Third, put a check mark next to the name of everyone on your list whom you’ve personally talked with for at least 30 minutes during the last 12 months. This is your list of prospective donors.

Raise your campaign’s first $10,000 in 7 days

Michael Cloud

How much money do you ask for?

These people are not motivated to give because of the Libertarian Party, the Libertarian philosophy, your unanswerable arguments for your positions, the benefits of living in a better society, or even because they despise the incumbent.

They are giving to you because of you and your personal relationship with them. Your family, from love, duty, and family ties. Your friends and co-workers, out of friendship, obligation, and personal ties. So, too, with the people you socialize with. Your clients and customers, out of goodwill and loyalty. And the people you spend money with and do business with will do it from goodwill and out of a sense of reciprocation. You scratched my back, now I’ll scratch yours. They want to return the favor. The only reason these people are motivated to give is because of you and their relationship with you. They know you and like you and trust you and believe you. The strength of your relationship and their income determines how much you can ask for.

  • Family and friends: Ask each one to give 1 percent of your estimate of the person’s annual income.
  • People you socialize with, co-workers, and clients: If you estimate they make under $35,000 a year, ask for $75. Over $35,000, ask for $150.
  • People you spend money with or do business with: If they provide a service, 10 percent of what you spent with them; If they sell goods, 10 percent of their estimated gross profit. List the appropriate amount next to each name on your list. You can always accept less than you ask for, but you’ll rarely be offered more.

Where do you ask?

The easiest thing to ignore is a letter — closely followed by fax and e-mail. So you won’t use these.

The next easiest thing to ignore is a phone call. There are answering machines, call-interrupt services, people in the home or office interrupting or waiting for the person you’re trying to talk with. Contacting anyone on your list by phone will be a last resort.

The hardest thing to lie to, ignore, put off, let down, refuse, or get rid of is a living, breathing person looking you in the eye. One on one, in person, is how you’ll be asking for almost all of your contributions.

Also remember that you can’t immediately collect a check through the mail or over the phone. You can, in person.

If you live within 60 miles of the person on your list, go to his office or home. (Telephone the others.)

When do you ask?

Pick a time when you can spend an uninterrupted seven minutes with the person. Don’t make a formal appointment. Don’t make a big deal about it. If you’re around other people, take the person aside with, “C’mere, I have some good news. You’re one of the first people I’ve told.”

How do you ask for the money?

With family, friends, co-workers and people you socialize with, here’s the basic format:

  1. For family: “Mom, I’ve got great news. I’m running for city council. Imagine…your son…the boy you raised…running for public office. Isn’t that terrific? I wanted you to be among the first to know.” “Mom, will you put $1,000 into your son’s campaign?” For friends: “David, I’ve got great news. I’m running for state legislature. Imagine…your golfing buddy, your regular golfing partner for 3 years…running for public office. Isn’t that terrific? I wanted you to be among the first to know.” “David, will you put $200 into your golfing sidekick’s campaign?”
  2. Always end by asking for the contribution.
  3. After you ask for the money, shut up. Even if the other person says nothing for what seems like an eternity, let the silence hang heavy until the other person fills it with words. Rule of thumb: Whoever talks next will be leaving money with the other person.
  4. If the person says “Yes,” ask him to get the checkbook so that the check “can be filled out as the law requires.” Tell him, “Please make the check payable to [appropriate campaign committee name].” Get the check, thank the person, and leave.
  5. Usually the person will be concerned about the amount you asked for, the campaign, or why you’re running for office. Get him talking.
  6. If they have objections to helping or helping now, say, “Ohh? Tell me about it.” Keep them talking with a noncritical “Ohh?” Or “Uhh-huh….” And “really…?” And, “tell me more.” Let them talk. Let them express their feelings and thoughts.
  7. Then say, “I see…but I am your [relationship] and I’d really like your help. If $750 is too much, how much would you be willing to put into the [your name] for [office] campaign?”
  8. If they name a reasonable amount — 50 percent or more of what you asked for — get the check filled out, get the check, thank them, and leave.
  9. If they still have objections or concerns, repeat steps 6, 7, and 8.
  10. In many cases you will need to ask for the money three times. If they do not give, or they claim they cannot give, thank them for being your [relationship], thank them for letting you share your great news, and say goodbye.
  11. That evening, send them a thank-you card letting them know you appreciate their being your [relationship], thank them for considering donating, and ask them if they wouldn’t reconsider donating. Ask them to mail you a donation, and be sure to enclose a stamped reply envelope and donation card.

Before you approach people you spend money with or do business with, review your last 12 months. Use the same format as above, through step 6. Change step 7 to incorporate reciprocation: “I see…But John, in the last 12 months, I spent $2,147 with you, and in the next 12 months I’ll probably spend another $2,147 with you. I’d like to know you appreciate me and my business…and the best way for me to know that is with your $175 donation to my campaign. Will you do it?” Other reciprocation sentences:

  • “I support your business…I’d like you to support my run for office.”
  • “I put money into your business…I’d like you to put money into my effort here.”
  • “I help your business….” Out of all the people you could do business with, you’ve remained loyal to this businessperson. How many thousands of dollars are your repeat business, customer loyalty, and ongoing support bringing his business over the lifetime of your patronage? Isn’t that worth something?

How do you schedule it?

You know your hours and commitments better than I do. Set aside two hours each weekday and four hours each weekend day, for seven days. Work it around your schedule.

Money is the fuel

Money is the fuel that runs your Libertarian campaign. It won’t make you a good driver or guarantee you reach your destination. But without it, you’re stalled and stuck.


Michael Cloud is the author of Unlocking More Secrets of Libertarian Persuasion; a three-time LP presidential campaign organizer; and a professional speechwriter and political strategist. He created and delivered nationwide his acclaimed “The Art of Libertarian Persuasion” seminars, and in 2000 was honored with the LP’s Thomas Paine Communication Award.

 

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2018 California Libertarian candidates: Governor

The California Libertarian Activist invites Libertarian candidates in California to provide statements about their candidacy for our members and subscribers.


Governor

In 2018, the LP of California has two Libertarian candidates for governor: Zoltan Istvan and Nikolas Wildstar, who provided the following statements.*

Zoltan Istvan

Zoltan Istvan is often considered the world’s leading transhumanist and a top Libertarian futurist. Zoltan began his futurist career by publishing The Transhumanist Wageran award-winning, #1 bestseller in Science Fiction and Philosophy. The libertarian-minded novel has been compared to Ayn Rand’s work many times in major media and was a Top 5 Amazon book. During the 2016 elections, Zoltan interviewed with Gary Johnson to potentially be his preferred Vice Presidential running mate. Zoltan is also a well known technology journalist and a former filmmaker for the National Geographic Channel. As a successful entrepreneur, The New Yorker cited Zoltan made a “small real estate fortune.” Zoltan also has executive experience via his former position as a director at a major wildlife nonprofit, WildAid. In total, Zoltan’s public work has received hundreds of millions of views, much of it through his political activism. He ran for California Governor for the Libertarian Party in 2018. Zoltan has spoken at the World Bank, the World Economic Forum, Microsoft, and been the opening Keynote at the Financial Times Camp Alphaville. He is a graduate of Columbia University, and lives in San Francisco with his physician wife and two young daughters. In a 5000-word feature on Zoltan, The New York Times wrote Zoltan is “polite and charismatic” and has a “plausibly Presidential aura.”


Campaign web site: www.ZoltanIstvan.com

Nickolas Wildstar

2018 California Libertarian candidates: Governor

Hello!

I am Libertarian candidate Nickolas Wildstar and I’m running for governor because California is in need of a leader that will genuinely work towards the betterment of the state with only the public’s best interests in mind.

As I got involved in fighting for human rights I’ve marched along protesters and activists of the community who were mothers and fathers, veterans and servicemen, hard workers and those seeking to work hard, I learned many things, but the one thing I learned that they all had in common was that they were fed up with how politicians were running the state.

Forever increasing taxes and not having a choice in the matters that affects our community the most has began to take its toll on people and they’re starting to look at government as more of a problem than a solution.

As the first Libertarian to be elected Governor I’ll be able to fix this by making drastic cuts to taxes, restoring personal choice and reducing the size of government to let the people of California have more liberty and freedom over how they live their lives!

Thank you and may the light of liberty shine on each and everyone of you.


Campaign web site: Wildstar2018.com

 

* Candidates’ statements have not been edited.

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2018 California Libertarian candidates: Governor

The California Libertarian Activist invites Libertarian candidates in California to provide statements about their candidacy for our members and subscribers.


Governor

In 2018, the LP of California has two Libertarian candidates for governor: Zoltan Istvan and Nikolas Wildstar, who provided the following statements.*

Zoltan Istvan

Zoltan Istvan is often considered the world’s leading transhumanist and a top Libertarian futurist. Zoltan began his futurist career by publishing The Transhumanist Wageran award-winning, #1 bestseller in Science Fiction and Philosophy. The libertarian-minded novel has been compared to Ayn Rand’s work many times in major media and was a Top 5 Amazon book. During the 2016 elections, Zoltan interviewed with Gary Johnson to potentially be his preferred Vice Presidential running mate. Zoltan is also a well known technology journalist and a former filmmaker for the National Geographic Channel. As a successful entrepreneur, The New Yorker cited Zoltan made a “small real estate fortune.” Zoltan also has executive experience via his former position as a director at a major wildlife nonprofit, WildAid. In total, Zoltan’s public work has received hundreds of millions of views, much of it through his political activism. He ran for California Governor for the Libertarian Party in 2018. Zoltan has spoken at the World Bank, the World Economic Forum, Microsoft, and been the opening Keynote at the Financial Times Camp Alphaville. He is a graduate of Columbia University, and lives in San Francisco with his physician wife and two young daughters. In a 5000-word feature on Zoltan, The New York Times wrote Zoltan is “polite and charismatic” and has a “plausibly Presidential aura.”


Campaign web site: www.ZoltanIstvan.com

Nickolas Wildstar

2018 California Libertarian candidates: Governor

Hello!

I am Libertarian candidate Nickolas Wildstar and I’m running for governor because California is in need of a leader that will genuinely work towards the betterment of the state with only the public’s best interests in mind.

As I got involved in fighting for human rights I’ve marched along protesters and activists of the community who were mothers and fathers, veterans and servicemen, hard workers and those seeking to work hard, I learned many things, but the one thing I learned that they all had in common was that they were fed up with how politicians were running the state.

Forever increasing taxes and not having a choice in the matters that affects our community the most has began to take its toll on people and they’re starting to look at government as more of a problem than a solution.

As the first Libertarian to be elected Governor I’ll be able to fix this by making drastic cuts to taxes, restoring personal choice and reducing the size of government to let the people of California have more liberty and freedom over how they live their lives!

Thank you and may the light of liberty shine on each and everyone of you.


Campaign web site: Wildstar2018.com

 

* Candidates’ statements have not been edited.

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California Libertarian Activist Vol. III Issue 1 (04-29-2017)





Calif. Libertarian Activist Vol III Issue 1 – APRIL 29, 2017

  Volume
III, Issue 1
April
29, 2017  


The official publication for activists of the
Libertarian Party of California











































IN THIS ISSUE:


CONVENTION 2017

California

Libertarians kick off annual convention in
Silicon Valley

California Libertarian Activist Vol. III Issue 1 (04-29-2017)

The 2017 convention of the Libertarian Party of
California (LPC) was kicked off energetically on
Friday evening with an opening reception in
Silicon Valley, land of entrepreneurship and
innovation, at the Santa Clara Marriott Hotel.

Following a mixer, delegates and guests were
given a warm welcome by LPC Chair Ted
Brown
.

Alex Appleby, chair of the San Joaquin
County LP, introduced featured speaker Steve Bacon, CEO of Rockstar Empire. Bacon
moved the crowd with his very personal story
of achieving success and control over his life
despite an upbringing beset with economic and
familial disadvantages. Only recently had
Bacon and his wife discovered the Libertarian
Party — somewhat accidentally — and they found
that the LP platform jibes with their views,
90 percent of the time.

Bacon implored LP members to publicize
ourselves better, to reach the myriad people
who, like him, would embrace our mission of
lifting the heavy burden of government
taxation and overregulation off their
shoulders, if they only knew of the
Libertarian Party. We are, after all, the one
party who would free every individual to
pursue his or her own highest and best
purpose.

Following Bacon’s speech, Brown invited three
Libertarian gubernatorial candidates to
introduce their campaigns to the attendees:
journalist Zoltan Istvan, political
activist and rap artist Nickolas Wildstar,
and consumer finance and I.T. professional Robert Griffis.

The convention runs through Sunday, April 30.

Individuals who have been an LPC member for
at least 90 days at any time in the past may
be credentialed as delegates. Registration
packages are still available for purchase at
the door.

Richard Fields of Pacific Legal
Foundation is the keynote speaker for the call
to order on Saturday morning.





The Saturday night banquet,
which will feature Patrick Byrne,
CEO of Overstock.com, Chris Rufer,
businessman and founder of the Foundation
for Harmony and Prosperity, and emcee Baron Bruno, realtor and 2016 Libertarian
candidate for California state assembly.

In parallel to business is a speaker,
workshop, and panelist track, featuring: Aaron Starr, former LPC chair and founder of
Moving Oxnard Forward; LNC Vice Chair Arvin Vohra leading a “Who’s Driving?” workshop for handling media interviews; Charles Olson on “Who is Yertle?”; David
Friedman
, SCU professor of law and
author of The Machinery of Freedom; Dave Schrader on Marketing 101; Edward
Hasbrouck
on freedom of movement;
Antiwar.com founder Eric Garris; Janine DeRose, executive director of the LP of
Sacramento County; Keith McHenry; Maggie McNeil, the “honest courtesan”; Matt
Kibbe
, president of Free the People; as well as elected Libertarian officials Jeff
Hewitt
, Mayor of Calimesa; Kent Fowler, Feather River Recreation &
Park District director, and Susan Marie Weber, Palm Desert city councilmember.

Convention web page: Ca.LP.org/convention-2017
Convention agenda: Ca.LP.org/agenda
More about the speakers: Ca.LP.org/speakers


CONVENTION 2017

Delegate duty: Tips for a fun, productive convention
experience

by Elizabeth C. Brierly

Many of you joined the Libertarian Party only
after having been inspired by the 2016
Johnson–Weld presidential campaign, and have
stayed because you feel right at home in this
group who shares your values. Some of you have
even been elected as your county’s chair! 
I can relate: when I first checked out the LP of
Santa Clara County in person, I’d already been
voting libertarian. But being right there,
surrounded by like-minded individuals at our
local eatery, got me fired up.

Santa Clara County was holding its annual
election the week I finally found time to
investigate in person. Being a fan of both Ayn
Rand and Harry Browne, I’d already been voting
Libertarian, so I felt right at home.

Like a kid in a candy store, I couldn’t help
but get involved right away. I attended every
local discussion group and central committee
meetings; protested at the post office on April
15; and served as campaign manager for an
all–out race for state assembly against a
Democrat who had a war chest of a
quarter-million bucks.

Participating in California and national LP
conventions is a great joy—since joining, I
haven’t missed a one. What a blast to surround
oneself with people who reflect the rational,
moral, and practical elements of one’s values.
But the business of the convention and its pace
can be confusing, so for first-time delegates to
LPC’s convention this month, I’ve jotted down a
few handy tips.

Do…

…go! Trust me: you will not be bored.

…throw a paperback copy of Robert’s Rules of
Order in your purse, backpack, or laptop bag,
so you can bone up on pertinent meeting
protocol during the convention. This tool
really does help large conventions run
smoothly and stay on track.

…take plenty of business or calling cards for
networking. You never know when you’ll meet a
potential client or vendor — or an activist
with complementary skills to yours, and an
equal passion for the Libertarian plan you’ve
been hatching.

…visit convention registration and delegate
credentialing early.  Check in with
credentialing if departing before the business
session concludes for the day. This will
ensure the accuracy of the delegate count,
which can influence whether the business of
the party can be effected quickly and smoothly
— or at all.

…review LPC’s platform (Ca.LP.org/platform), program, bylaws (Ca.LP.org/bylaws-and-minutes),
and of course, the convention rules — at least
so that you know the difference. Proposals may
be put forth affecting them at almost any
time, so it helps to be familiar with them.

…visit hospitality suites! See what creative
projects, decorating, discourse, costuming,
and poetry your fellow innovators are up to.

Don’t…

…be afraid to ask questions about the
proceedings. Also, the microphone is your
friend; if you use it, the secretary will be
your friend, too!

…be surprised if a passionate delegate asks
to suspend the rules to take up whatever this
year’s controversial issue is, or if a rousing
debate ensues.

…watch what you say. Let loose, for a change!
(Libertarians are ever so polite and
diplomatic, always holding back how they
really feel. So sad!)

…forget to explore the exhibit area, to
learn what our nonpartisan allies in the
liberty movement are doing to shrink big
government and maximize individual freedom,
and where you might develop coalitions around
the hot issues in your region.

Most of all, enjoy yourself. Be proud of your
part in the Libertarian community and all we’re
working toward and fighting for. You’re in for a
treat. •

Elizabeth C. Brierly is editor of the California

Libertarian Activist and a life member of
the Libertarian Party.

A version of this article was
originally published in the Feb. 2006 issue of California Freedom.


Monthly meeting of the LP of
San Mateo County

WHEN: Tuesday, May 23, 6:30 – 9:00
P.M. 

WHERE: IHOP, 510 El Camino Real in
Belmont

WHAT: Dinner and conversation
begins at 6:30 P.M., followed by an executive
committee meeting. Agenda:

• Welcome new members and visitors
• Future plans: 2018 elections, candidates
• Authorize expenditures
• Fill vacant offices

All friends of liberty are welcome
to participate in general discussions.

FOR MORE INFO: Contact LPSM Chair
Harland Harrison at Harrison@LPSM.org


ELECTIONS

California Libertarian candidates’ election results

The Libertarian Party of California thanks all
of our candidates for their commitment to
spreading the message of liberty, and in those
victorious cases, for their commitment to the
actual work of shrinking the size of government,
once in the trenches of elective office. Both
are challenging jobs, and these individuals
deserve our gratitude and admiration.

Here are our Libertarian candidates’ vote
counts for our two most recent election days.

April 4, 2017

OFFICE CANDIDATE VOTES PERCENT
U.S. House District 34 Angela McArdle
319 

0.8%

November 8, 2016

OFFICE CANDIDATE VOTES PERCENT
President
of the U.S.
Gary Johnson 478,500 3.4%
State Senate 33  Honor “Mimi”
Robson 
31,868 21.2%
State
Assembly 1 
Donn Coenen  34,939 25.3%
State
Assembly 2 
Kenneth Anton  30,918 26.2%
State
Assembly 51
Mike Everling 11,739 13.6%
State Assembly 62  Baron Bruno 5,377 5.1%
Fairfield
City Council
Brian Thiemer  6,795 16.0%
Oxnard City
Council
Aaron Starr  12,796 14.8%
Palm Desert
City Council
* Susan Marie Weber
(re-elected)
6,504 21.1%
East Bay Regional Park
District, Ward 2 
John Roberts  3,469 5.4%
Purissima
Hills Water District Board 
* Brian Holtz
(re-elected) 
Unopposed
Ramona School Board  John Rajcic  5,230 28.5%
Sequoia
Health Care District
Lois Garcia 13,469 15.2%
Sequoia Health Care District Harland
Harrison
13,670 15.4%
Tehachapi-Cummings Water District * Jonathan Hall
(re-elected) 
7,126 65.0%
Vista Fire Protection District * Wallace
Stewart 
Unopposed

Read more about Angela McArdle, Brian
Thiemer
, Aaron Starr, and John Roberts elsewhere in this issue of the California Libertarian Activist.


Lois Garcia

Jonathan Hall*
Harland
Harrison

Brian Holtz*
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Sequoia
Healthcare District
Tehachapi-Cummings Water District Sequoia
Healthcare District
Purissima
Water District


Aaron Starr

Wallace Stewart*
Brian
Thiemer

Susan
Marie Weber*
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Oxnard City
Council
StarrForOxnard.com
Vista Fire
Control
District Board
(San Diego County)
Fairfield City Council
ValueToThe
People.com
Palm Desert
City Council
SusanMarie
Weber.com

Honor Robson
Donn Coenen
Ken Anton Mike Everling Baron Bruno
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State Senate,
District 33

HonorRobson.com

State Assembly,
District 1

Ca.LP.org/
donn-coenen
-state-assembly
-1st-district

State
Assembly,
District 2

KenAnton.org

State Assembly,
District 51

EverlingFor
Assembly51.com

State Assembly,
District 62

BrunoFor
Assembly.com

*Election
winner



ELECTION 2016

Roberts

committed to advocacy for east bay parks

California Libertarian Activist Vol. III Issue 1 (04-29-2017)

John

Roberts, 2016 Libertarian
candidate for East Bay Regional
Park District, Ward 2

Following

election day and his 5.4 percent result in,
John Roberts posted this message for
supporters at his campaign web site:

I ran as a candidate for the East Bay Regional
Park District (EBRPD) – Ward 2, on November 8,
2016.  The result means my future endeavors
making our parks a better place will not take
place while on the board, anytime in the next
four years.  That said, I will continue to
invest time and to advocate for outdoor
recreation. 

If you have any questions or comments, please
do not hesitate to contact me at JohnAndrewRoberts@hotmail.com.

Thank you!

Campaign web site: JohnRobertsDemocracy.com


ELECTION

2016

Thiemer

confident his Fairfield City Council campaign
sent message

California Libertarian Activist Vol. III Issue 1 (04-29-2017)

Brian Thiemer

Following election day and his 16.0 percent result in
his race for Fairfield City Council, Brian
Thiemer posted this message for supporters
at his campaign web site:

Dear friends, family and fellow
Fairfieldians,





The election results are in, and I placed
fourth for one of two seats. Although I was not
victorious, I do feel successful. Over 7,500
votes were cast for me, representing 16 percent
of the votes submitted. That sends a message
that there is a significant portion of the
population that desires maximum freedom and
minimum waste from their local government, and
is a force to be reckoned with in future
elections.

I am proud of the campaign I ran, and am
eternally grateful for the support that all of
you have provided in my quest to make Fairfield
a great place to live, work and prosper. I will
continue to fight for value and liberty in our
community now, and in the future.

For liberty,
Brian

Web site: ValueToThePeople.com


Next

meeting of the LP of Placer County

WHEN: Thursday, May 11, 7:00 – 9:00 P.M.

WHERE: Whole Foods’ outdoor seating
area, 1001 Galleria Blvd. in Roseville

Join us as we enjoy food and beverages at a
market founded by a Libertarian, good
conversation. This month’s meeting tip: Ask how
many new young Libertarians we registered in our
spring semester voter outreach effort!

Meetings are held every two weeks. To receive
meeting notices, send e-mail to LP Placer County
chair Steven Wood at PlacerCoLP@GMail.com.


GOVERNMENT OVERREACH

Starr
files lawsuit against Oxnard, cites Prop. 218

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Aaron Starr speaking during public
comment at an Oxnard City Council
meeting in 2016

Aaron
Starr, a former LPC chair, ran a tremendous
campaign in 2016 as a Libertarian candidate
for Oxnard City Council.  The
race was so close that on Nov. 30, the
Ventura County Star was still reporting on the vote count
in progress. Although he didn’t win his
council race, Starr presses on with his
concurrent campaign to overturn the city’s
sewer-utility rate increase. The following
update is excerpted from Starr’s April 7
letter to supporters.

 

We have
to follow the law … and so does Oxnard City
Hall!

While
combing through thousands of city documents,
we uncovered an unlawful scheme that diverts
$7 million per year of your  money from the utilities into the City’s general
fund coffers.

Those
funds are supposed to be used for operations
and maintenance — not to back-fill deficits in
the general fund due to poor management.

We
started off speaking discreetly with city
management, pointing out this problem to have
it corrected.

When that
failed to get traction, we brought up the
issue in a more public manner, backing up our
position with legal citations from court
cases. The City pushed back — insisting that
their scheme was perfectly legal.

We knew
better. We presented a legal opinion from the subject matter experts: the authors of
Proposition 218 at the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers
Association.

It did
not sway them. City Hall was committed to
continuing their malfeasance.

It’s a rude awakening to
learn that your city is overcharging you
for utilities … and then diverting $7
million of your money each year for
other purposes … all in violation of
the law.

That’s
why I asked whether it was time to sue the
City of Oxnard to make them follow the law.

Your
collective response was intense. The rage
expressed toward City Hall was justified.  

It’s a
rude awakening to learn that your city is
overcharging you for utilities … and then
diverting $7 million of your money each year
for other purposes … all in violation of the
law.

And
they’re doing this while planning to raise
your utility rates … again.

Overwhelmingly, you told me that they should be held
accountable.

So …
During Tuesday night’s city council meeting
[April 4] we served the City of Oxnard with a
lawsuit.

We are
asking the court to order the City of Oxnard
to cease its ongoing violation of the law and
compel the return of in excess of $22 million
to the utility funds. They have actually
skimmed much more than that over the years,
but a three-year statute of limitations bars
us from recovering more. It appears the City
has been violating the law (and all of us) for
many years.

Fortunately, we are prepared. I hired a highly respected
boutique law firm in California — one that
specializes in defending ratepayers from local
governments that refuse to abide by Prop. 218.

For me,
this is more than a legal fight. It’s about
holding our government to no less of a
standard than we would of ourselves.

Aaron Starr will be a featured speaker at the
LPC convention on Sunday, April 30, at
3:30 P.M.


Website: MovingOxnardForward.org






ELECTION 2017

McArdle uses Tenth Amendment as campaign theme in U.S.
House race

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Angela McArdle, 2017 Libertarian
candidate for U.S. House, District
34

by Elizabeth C. Brierly

Libertarian Angela McArdle ran in a field of 24
nonincumbent candidates (20 Democrats, one
Republican, a Green, and an independent) in a
special election for U.S. Congress in
California’s 34th District, which includes
most of downtown Los Angeles. The so-called
primary election was held on April 4, and
the top two vote-getters, both Democrats, are
advancing to the run-off, this June 6.

Democrat Xavier Becerra, who
last held the seat, resigned on Jan. 24 to
become attorney general of California.

As an
active volunteer with two charities and as a
professional paralegal, McArdle was driven
to run for Congress because she’s “seen
firsthand how our government has harmed good
people while rewarding the bad.”

McArdle’s campaign platform,
with its explicit Tenth Amendment theme,
highlighted the power that states have,
against overreach by the federal government.
She had pledged, if elected, to slash the U.S.
military’s “war chest,” balance the federal
budget, eliminate needless bureaucracies,
promote free trade, fully legalize cannabis
and hemp, repeal the U.S.A. PATRIOT Act and
NDAA, and eliminate all laws criminalizing
drug use.

McArdle
reflected
to the California
Libertarian Activist
on her short but
energetic campaign,
“I could
not have run this race without my campaign
team,” which included strategist Boomer
Shannon
, strategist and
web
developer
Michael Smith, web
developer Victoria Farrow, all based
locally, along with Colorado-based
graphic designer Eric Mulder
,
and, McArdle emphasized, “especially the [Marc
Allan] Feldman Foundation and their
volunteers.”

However, the first-time candidate was surprised by
how little support she received from
the registered Libertarians in the district.
“The active libertarians in southern
California gave me lots of support through
volunteering, campaign contributions, and
general encouragement, but it seems very few
Libertarians went
to the polls,” she observed. “I think lots of
people check the Libertarian box on their
voter registration form, without actually
knowing what a libertarian is. So general
educating of voters and consistent branding of
that word are vital to our candidates’
plain-old vote totals.”

McArdle’s advice to other
candidates: “Listen to your constituents
about local issues, even if you are
running for federal office. I am now
being sought out by neighborhood
councils to help with a multitude of
local issues.”


When asked what she learned from her first
experience on the campaign trail, McArdle said
she would advise other California Libertarians
running for federal office to “listen to your
constituents about local issues, even if you
are running for federal office. I didn’t win
the election, or place very high (eighteenth
of the 24 candidates),” she acknowledged, “but
I am now being sought out by neighborhood
councils to help with a multitude of local
issues, and I’ve been asked to join my
neighborhood council. So I’d consider that a
success.”

Will she run again?

“Yes; actually, I plan to run for the same
office next time, with a stronger, highly
planned-out campaign, ” she said. “And the other
goals I had set for the 2017 campaign will be
even easier to achieve, the second time around.
Those being: earn media coverage for the LP, and
of course, do my very best to win the election.”

Campaign web site: AngelaMcArdleForCongress.com


Plan your run for office

Inspired by these
California Libertarian candidates?
Get started now on your 2018 or 2020
campaign for elective office!

The combination of Libertarian races
being run from the presidential race all
the way down the ticket — in every
election, consistently — is what lays
the groundwork for Libertarian
principles to reach both voters and
policymakers.

To find out about running, either fill
out the form at Ca.LP.org/run-for-office,
or contact Ted Brown via e-mail at TBrown@Ca.LP.org.

If you’re not ready to serve as a
candidate, but would like to learn how
it’s done, step by step, volunteer for
an upcoming Libertarian campaign in your
area. Connect with them through your
local LP; see the county contact list in this issue.

Whatever role suits you best in our
battle for individual freedom, thank you
for being a part of the Libertarian
movement.


AFFILIATE NEWS

LP of Contra Costa joins public outreach committee

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Contra Costa County LP
member Sandra Kallander promoting
Johnson for President in 2016 at an
east bay area BART station

by Kevin Moore





The Contra Costa
County LP was thrilled to have our best
results ever in the recent elections. We had
excellent turnout at events to promote
candidates at all levels: Gary Johnson for
president, and state and even local
candidates. We held outreach events at BART
stations, through neighborhood outreach, and
on election day at sites in the county.

This year, we’ve
improved our communication and outreach
methods, and will be participating in a public
outreach committee sponsored by the Contra
Costa County Election committee. We’ll also be
connecting with local organizations to gather
support for future candidates. We’re working
hard to prepare for the 2018 election season
and get the word out about the Libertarian
Party!

Kevin Moore is chair
of the LP of Contra Costa County.

Contra Costa
Libertarian monthly meet-up

WHEN: Thursday, May 4, 2016, 7:00
– 9:00 P.M.

WHERE: Mimi’s Café: 1613
Willow Pass Road, in Concord

MORE INFO: MeetUp.com/lp-ccc

Meetings are normally held on the
first Thursday of each month.






Monthly

meeting of the LP of Alameda County

WHEN: Thursday, May 11, 7:15 to 9:00
P.M.

WHERE: Englander Sports Pub and
Restaurant, 1010 Parrott Street, in San
Leandro

DETAILS: Monthly meetings are on the
second Thursday of each month. The agenda
includes local party business (usually an hour
or less), monthly news and planning, and fun.

This month’s agenda includes three key items:

1. an extensive update to the LPAC Bylaws;
2. LPAC activities for 2017; and
3. the process for developing and approving
resolutions.

FOR INFO: Contact
Chair Jim Eyer, at Jim@JimEyer.net.
Please also check the web site for
updates: LPAC.us/events/#MonthlyMeeting


POLITICS

The power of leverage

by Mark W.A. Hinkle

Did you ever stop and think, “Why did I join the
Libertarian Party?”

I
joined the LP back in the mid-seventies. I
was young and idealistic, and thought,
“Well, why not join the Libertarian Party? I
share their views. What else do I need to
know?”

Well, over the years, I’ve learned a bit about
alternative parties down through the history
of the United States. Aside from the
principles and idealism involved in joining
a third party, there were and are some sound
practical reasons as well.

One of the main reasons to join an alternative
political party is leverage.

In
the corporate world, if you want to change
the vision, the culture, or the direction of
a large organization, you’ll spend years
climbing the corporate ladder, then, after a
lot of work and with some luck, you might
find yourself in a position to lead the
company in a new direction, or create a
different corporate culture, etc.

Or, you could use leverage from the outside to
accomplish the same objective, by creating a
competing organization offering a new
vision, a new culture, or a new direction.
Then, competition in the marketplace will
make the existing organization change its
tune or it will lose market share and
perhaps even go out of business. (Unless
bailed out by congress or the president.)

The same is true in the political world.
Changing the Republican Party or the
Democratic Party from within has got to be
an overwhelming task. So overwhelming that
the only change that has occurred there is
to make them less flexible than ever before.

Both the Republicans and Democrats are losing
voters by the hundreds of thousands. Does
that give them pause? Do they think they
need to change? No: they are too
bureaucratic and too entrenched to change
from within. In case you haven’t noticed,
Libertarian Party registrations have been
growing.

Only outside competition
from a third party will compel the
Republicans and Democrats to change.

Only outside competition, from — you guessed it —
a third party, will compel them to change.
When they lose an election, then and only
then, do they reflect on what went wrong,
and how they could be successful the next
time.

For more than 20 years, I have been addressing
high school seniors in their civics class. I
often ask them if they’ve heard of the Free
Soil Party? Most have not.

That alternative party’s slogan was, “Free Soil,
Free Speech, Free Labor, and Free Men.”


This party was a huge influence on two key
issues of the day with their anti-slavery
and pro-homesteading. They elected only 14
members to the U.S. house and only two U.S.
senators. Yet their two key issues were
adopted in 1854 — by the newly formed
Republican Party. Everyone knows about the
slavery issue, but few know that the Free
Soil Party was instrumental in the eventual
passage of the Homestead Act. So, everyone
west of the Mississippi now lives in the
United States, thanks to a political party
that most people have never even heard of.

That’s leverage!

Large
organizations, political or not, have no
incentive to change, unless outside forces
come into play.

The
Libertarian Party is that force.

If
there is to be “Less Government, More
Freedom,” it won’t come from the R’s and
D’s.

If
economic prosperity is to return, it won’t
come from the R’s and D’s.

If
the United States is to be a bastion of
peace and freedom for the world, it won’t
come from the R’s and D’s.

If
our government is going to respect our
individual rights to work as we please,
eat what we please, and travel where we
please, it won’t come from the R’s and
D’s.

Only
the Libertarian Party can and does provide
the leverage to move the R’s and D’s
towards freedom.

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Mark W.A. Hinkle

In
December, we celebrated 45 years since
our founding. Let us remember not only
our principles that guide us, but also
let us remember that only alternative
parties bring about real change in
politics. •

Mark W.A. Hinkle is vice chair of the LP of
Santa Clara County, a former LPC
chair, and a small business owner. He
also served as LNC chair from 2010 to
2012.


A version of this
article was originally published in
the Dec. 2011 issue of
LP News.


PUBLICITY

Plumas County LP goes old school, with coverage in
local paper

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This
Plumas County LP meeting
announcement, including photo of
Libertarian
Assembly candidate
Donn Coenen, appeared in the Oct. 5
issue of the
Feather River
Bulletin
, under the heading,
“Meetings of Note.”


Everyone knows the newspaper industry ain’t
what it used to be, but many folks still swear
by their ritual of the morning paper with their
coffee.

Shamelessly exploiting this fact, Gary
Bryant
, chair of the Plumas County LP,
makes sure to submit event announcements and
letters to the editor, to promote the LP.

During election season, he promoted our state
assembly candidate, Donn Coenen, simply
by submitting in advance a notice that Coenen
would be appearing at the recurring county
meeting, along with a photograph of Coenen.

While the usual advice for letters to the
editor is to keep them to one concise point —
especially with big-city newspapers — a breezy,
more varied letter that Bryant submitted last
fall was published with virtually no edits,
managing to serve several purposes.  He
managed to promote LP candidates, the couny LP’s
outreach to the community, the Nolan chart (the
World’s Smallest Political Quiz), and the first
amendment, as well as roundly refuting the
wasted vote argument. When the letter appeared
in print, its headline was, “Vote your
conscience.”

An excerpt of Bryant’s letter appears, below. •

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Excerpted from the Feather River Bulletin (and affiliated
papers), Sept. 28, 2016 issue:


Like to thank all who came by
our booth at Plumas [County] Fair.
It never ceases to amaze me that if
folks would vote their conscience,
we would win. A total of 36 took the
World’s Smallest Political Quiz
[with these] results:


    1. Libertarian: 21
    2. Centrist: 9
    3. Liberal:
      4
    4. Conservative:
      2

     

Thanks to
all who came by to visit, took the
quiz, and argued, and for the
support, appreciation. I’d also like
to thank the person who mentioned us
in the paper even though it was
unflattering (first amendment
right). I
requested
to have our booth next to the State
of Jefferson (SOJ) booth. Was trying
to reach out to all in that booth as
well as the folks who came by. Our
location was awesome and hope to
have it again. Candidate for State
Assembly Donn Coenen and I have
concerns about SOJ which we have
very little influence. We don’t want
to have any type of conservative
tyranny on our civil liberties.
     George

Soros, Warren Buffet, celebs, and
all other groups have been funding
mainly Demo-

crats and Republicans.
David Koch (Koch Brothers) was
our

1980 VP candidate (Ed Clark for president). Funded
lots of $$$, which did help, but got
us only 921,128 votes (1 percent).
     Gov.

Gary Johnson broke that record in
2012.  David Koch is a
classical liberal (Libertarian), not
an ultra-conservative. Yes: he left

the

Libertarian Party in ’84 due to
issue on taxes. He became and has
supported R’s, but also supported D’s like
Chuck Schumer to a lesser amount.
Google “Koch Brothers supporting
D’s.” Hope this helps to clear up
any misunderstanding.
     Since

we are not State of Jefferson,
Hillary Clinton will win California.
Why not vote your conscience by
voting for Gary Johnson for
President and Donn Coenen for State
Assembly? Make your vote count! I’m
living proof. In 2010, I ran for
state assembly against incumbent Dan
Logue. Got over 9 percent. Highest
percentage vs. an R and D that year.
     Our

next meeting is on Wednesday, Oct.
12, 6 P.M. at Neighbors Bar-B-Que,
Cromberg. For info call
530-575-7932.


–Gary
Bryant, Chair
Plumas Libertarians


San Diego Libertarian Party
welcomes all

Committee Meeting

WHEN: Second Thursday of every month,
7:00 &Ndash; 9:00 P.M.

WHERE: For venue, please contact Jerry
Dixon, Executive Chair: Phone (830) 530-1776;
e-mail
Jerry@AccountingSolutionsInc.com
,
or click on the Events link at our Facebook
page: Facebook.com/SanDiegoLP.

Supper Club

WHEN: Fourth Wednesday of every month,
6:30 P.M.

WHERE: Giovanni’s Restaurant, 9353
Clairemont Mesa Blvd., in San Diego

DETAILS: We have guest speakers, video
presentations, debates, and sometimes, we just
socialize.

FOR INFO: Contact Jerry Dixon,
Executive Chair: Phone (830) 530-1776; e-mail

Jerry@AccountingSolutionsInc.com
,
or visit Facebook.com/SanDiegoLP.


California Libertarian Activist Vol. III Issue 1 (04-29-2017)

LP ACTION

Fundraising 101

by Wes Benedict
















Tremendous resources are available to
activists, candidates, and campaign volunteers
at the LP of California, as an affiliate of
the Libertarian National Committee. Many of
the tools are easily accessible at the web
site
LPAction.org, managed by Andy
Burns, the LNC’s state affiliate development
specialist.

In this issue, we feature LNC
Executive Director Wes Benedict’s guide to
raising

funds, arguably the fuel that powers the
engine of the LP as the political wing of
the liberty movement.





A Beginner’s
Guide to Fundraising

  • Most
    important is to get something done. Keep
    it simple. Don’t worry about being
    perfect.
  • Try to
    raise funds for a specific project, but
    “just please donate” also works.
  • Know your
    state regulations, such as the
    contribution limit, and what information
    you may have to report (name, address,
    date, amount, occupation, employer).
  • Make

    sure your treasurer is prepared for the
    workload of processing contributions.

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Wes Benedict, executive director
of the national Libertarian Party

Five ways to
raise funds

1. E-mail and web site

  • As a state
    or local party, send e-mail 4 to 12
    times per year, focused specifically on
    fundraising (not just part of a
    newsletter).
  • For
    candidates, send e-mail as often as you
    can, but especially when candidate
    announces, when you have news that will
    inspire donations, and as often as
    possible during the last two months
    before election day (when people donate
    the most).
  • Accept
    credit cards by PayPal, Piryx,
    Click&Pledge or any service. Don’t
    stress over the fees.
  • Post a donation form that people can print
    out and mail or fax in.

2. Direct-mail fundraising
letters

  • For
    affiliates, send 2 to 6 fundraising
    letters per year specifically for
    fundraising (not just part of a
    newsletter).
  • For
    candidates, as often as you can afford
    and as will yield a net profit.
  • Include a
    reply form and self-addressed return
    envelope.
  • Keep it simple. Get it
    done. Print it at home and use First
    Class stamps until you’re an expert.
  • Special tip: Mail to
    people who have donated to the
    national or state party within the
    last 12 months.Otherwise you will
    probably lose money on the mailing.

3. Events

  • Events are
    an expensive, labor-intensive way to
    fundraise. For affiliates, don’t
    organize an event just for fundraising.
    But if you’re having an event anyway, go
    ahead and raise funds at the event.
  • For
    candidates, events are more likely to
    yield results if well organized, well
    promoted, and well executed.
  • When a
    candidate is a featured speaker at
    another organization’s event where the
    leadership strongly supports the
    candidate’s campaign, fundraising may be
    possible. Ask leaders if they will make
    an appeal to their members to donate. It
    may also be appropriate for the
    candidate to ask for donations and
    volunteers during his/her presentation.
  • Have a
    donation form, pen, and envelope for
    every person there.
  • At
    some point, formally ask the entire
    group to fill out the form and donate.

4. On the phone

  • Call people
    and ask them to donate, preferably by
    credit card over the phone.
  • It’s okay if your sales pitch is very short.

5. One-on-one meetings in
person

  • This is how
    you raise large donations from your best
    prospects.
  • Getting
    someone to meet with you is the hardest
    part. If you get a meeting, it might
    last 30 minutes, and about 15 minutes
    into it, you’ve already explained what
    you’re raising funds for, and you have
    asked for a donation.
  • How many
    thousands should you ask for? Depends on
    your project and the donor’s ability.

Miscellaneous
tips

  • Copy what other organizations or state or
    county Libertarian Party affiliates are
    doing, who are successfully raising money.
    Before acting on someone’s advice, find out
    how much they are actually raising per year.
  • Monthly-pledge programs are a great way to
    bring in a predictable flow of funds. Many
    on-line services will provide monthly-pledge
    credit-card processing.
  • E-mails and letters should be from one
    person to one other person, e.g.,
    “Dear John, I would like you to help me by
    donating to the Libertarian Party.” Notes
    from the chair are probably best. (Don’t
    stress out about mail-merging, if that’s
    difficult. It’s OK to say “Dear
    Libertarian.”)
  • You can find a fundraising package
    template in your word processor, including a
    letter, response form, carrier envelope, and
    return envelope. Use our sample letters to
    quickly put together a fundraising package:
    LPAction.org/sample-letter.
  • Bruce Eberle, chairman of the direct-mail
    fundraising firm Eberle Associates, says
    that one of the most common flaws in direct
    mail is overuse of graphics. I say, put a
    logo on the envelope and on page 1 of the
    letter, if it’s convenient for you.
    Otherwise, no graphics at all!
  • You’re not a beggar—you’re a hero! Jerold
    Panas, author of Asking: A 59-Minute
    Guide to Everything Board Members,
    Volunteers, and Staff Must Know to Secure
    a Gift
    , writes: “Congratulations.
    You’re among the greatest and the most
    privileged. You’re about to undertake what
    George Bernard Shaw called, ‘The joy of
    being used for a purpose recognized by all
    as a mighty one.’ … Your task is vital
    because without your help your organization
    couldn’t exist.” People like to donate. They
    know you’re not perfect. They appreciate
    your effort. Give them the joy of helping
    you! (I highly recommend that book for
    one-one-one in-person fundraising.)
  • Be honest and careful with predictions.
    One of the reasons I’ve raised money
    successfully, year after year, is that I’m
    optimistic, yet honest and realistic. I’m in
    this for the long haul, and I don’t want to
    make promises I can’t keep. The LP has been
    around for 45 years. Our best donors have
    been around for many years; they are
    sophisticated, and they know what’s what.
  • Fundraising letters are newsletters, too!
    I learned from Richard Viguerie, a
    direct-mail guru, that fundraising letters
    aren’t just for raising money. They are also
    newsletters, advertising, and much more.
    Even if a recipient doesn’t donate, and even
    if your letter just breaks even, that letter
    still benefits the party in many ways.
  • Premiums such as T-shirts, books, and
    coffee mugs help boost revenue, but don’t
    make them your primary focus for raising
    funds. Shipping costs and unsold items cut
    into profits. Also, consider the labor to
    manage the materials, and space to store
    them.•

Wes Benedict is the executive director of the
national Libertarian Party, author of
Introduction to the Libertarian Party: For Democrats,
Republicans, Libertarians, Independents, and
Everyone Else, and former executive director
of LP Texas.

Web site: LPAction.org


Libertarian Party
of Santa Clara County announcements

Outreach at Berryessa Art
& Wine Festival on May 13

California Libertarian Activist Vol. III Issue 1 (04-29-2017)

The LP of SCC is planning an
outreach booth at this year’s 40th annual
Berryessa Art & Wine Festival in San Jose.

The festival is presented by the Berryessa
Business Association and the Bay Area Community
Development Services. With art, beer, wine,
food, and entertainment, this should be a fine
opportunity for us to share Libertarian
solutions with hundreds of San Jose residents
while they’re at their most…relaxed!

WHEN: Saturday, May 13, 2017, 10
A.M. to 5 P.M.

WHERE: Berryessa Community Center and
Penitencia Creek Park, 3050 Berryessa Road, in
San Jose

PARTICIPATE: To volunteer at the LPSCC
booth, contact Jennifer Imhoff-Dousharm at
408-940-5717 or via
e-mail, at

Publicity@SCCLP.org.

FUTURE EVENTS: With the warmer weather, comes the chance for
outreach booths at many
other events like this
one.  If you know of events in your area where we could
have a booth, e-mail Activities Committee
Chair Kennita Watson, at
Activities@SCCLP.org.

 


OUTREACH

Libertarian Youth Caucus teams with LP for outreach to JSA
students in S.F. Bay area

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Spencer Lindquist (at left), a
YLC rep and high school junior,
introduces JSA members to
Libertarian principles; April 22

LP activists from at least three counties
collaborated again at the semiannual Junior
State of America convention in Santa Clara on
April 22.

The mission of the Junior State of America
and the Junior Statesmen Foundation (JSA) is
to strengthen American democracy by educating
and preparing high school students for
life-long involvement and responsible
leadership in a democratic society.

Twice a year, Monterey County LP chair
Lawrence Samuels spearheads a trek to Santa
Clara, where they are joined by activists from
other LP affiliates in the bay area, to meet
JSA members — high school students learning
and practicing every aspect of political
process.  At the political fair segment
of the convention, they can meet
representatives from several political parties
and learn what distinguishes the LP from the
dominant and alternative parties. They come
away with party literature, books, and buttons
emblazoned with avant-garde liberty messages.

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Aubrey Freedman, chair of the LP
of San Francisco, helps tally a
JSA student’s World’s Smallest
Political Quiz on April 22

 “We have been doing the
political fair for at least 15 years,” said
Samuels, “and it’s gratifying to continually
see new volunteers turn out for the even.
One of our new volunteers this year was
Anirban ‘Ani’ Das, a member of the Santa
Clara LP, who is
originally from India and has a Ph.D. in
physics. He seemed
overjoyed to be
there talking with students about
libertarianism.”

Joe Dehn, chair of LP of
Santa Clara County, was also pleased with
the effort. “I thought the LP booth at the
political fair went pretty well.  The
LP’s presence was enhanced this time by the
participation of two local organizers for
the Libertarian Youth Caucus (LYC),
who had a chance to
explain the LP to people from their own age
group.” 

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Former elected Libertarian John
Inks (center) explains the
Self-Government chart to two JSA
political fair attendees; at right
is new LPSCC volunteer Anirban
“Ani” Das.

The LYC team was
Olivia Clark and Spencer Lindquist
. They had procured a
table adjacent to that of the LP, creating a
new synergy.

Former Mountain View City Councilman John Inks, a
rare, termed-out Libertarian elected official,
had some newfound free time so he volunteered
at the event. Inks remarked that “it was
inspiring to see the local Libertarian Youth
Caucus high school students with their own
table at the JSA convention.”

Dehn expressed his
gratitude to the volunteers: “Thanks to
Lawrence Samuels for organizing our
attendance, the members from several Bay
Area counties who volunteered to help, and
the LYC organizers for their ongoing efforts
to bring the LP’s message to young people in
our area!”

After packing up the booth, about eight of
the volunteers continued the discussion over
dinner at Pizza California in San Jose, owned
by a libertarian.

MORE INFO: To participate at the LP booth
at the semiannual JSA political fairs, contact
Lawrence Samuels via e-mail at LawSam1951@Hotmail.com. •


Libertarian

Party mixer in El Dorado County

We are hosting a mixer with free pizza, for
anyone who is interested in learning about the
Libertarian Party. We will be discussing the
local county issues and platform.

SPEAKERS:
Tyler Kuskie, chairman of the El
Dorado County Libertarian Party
Timothy Morgan, CEO of Giver Marketing

WHEN: Friday, May 19, 6:00 – 9:00 P.M.

WHERE:  3941 Park Drive, #100, in
El Dorado Hills

MORE INFO: Check the web site at EDCLP.org/events,
or contact county chair Tyler Kuskie via e-mail at
TMKuskie@GMail.com.


Get
connected with the LP in your area

COUNTY REPRESENTATIVE E-MAIL
ADDRESS
WEB SITE
Alameda Jim Eyer Chair@LPAC.us LPAC.us
Contra Costa Kevin Moore Kevin@PlentyMoore.com Meetup.com/lp-ccc
El Dorado Tyler Kuskie TMKuskie@GMail.com
EDCLP.org
Fresno Paula Barefoot PEBarefoot@GMail.com
Humboldt Tammy Newcomb PrivacyLawAdvocate
LDA@GMail.com
www.FredTyg
.freeservers
.com/LPHC.html
Kern Jonathan Hall Aedardran@GMail.com
Kings Kenneth Brent
Olsen
*
Los Angeles José Castañeda LPCLAVC@AOL.com LPLAC.org
Marin * Facebook.com/
Marin
LibertarianParty
Mendocino Ken Anton ELKAnton@Yahoo.com Facebook.com/
Mendocino
County
LibertarianParty
Monterey James King TheJamesKing@
Yahoo.com
www.Monterey
CountyLP.org
Nevada Donn Coenen DRCoenenNCLP@
GMail.com
Orange Brian Kelly * LPOC.org
Placer Steven Wood PlacerCoLP@GMail.com
Plumas Gary Bryant GBryantNCLP@
GMail.com
Riverside Jeff Hewitt JHewitt@Ca.LP.org RCLP.org
Sacramento Jarrett Tilford Office@LPSac.org www.LPSac.org
San Bernardino Boomer Shannon Boomer@Ca.LP.org SBCLP.org
San Diego Jerry Dixon Chair@SDLP.org www.FaceBook
.com/SanDiegoLP
San Francisco Aubrey Freedman Chair@LPSF.org www.LPSF.org
San Joaquin Alex Appleby IAmAlexAppleby
@GMail.com
San Luis Obispo Gail Lightfoot GLightfoot@Ca.LP.org
San Mateo Harland
Harrison
Harrison@LPSM.org www.LPSM.org
Santa Clara Joe Dehn Chair@SCCLP.org SCCLP.org
Solano Brian Thiemer LPSolanoCounty@GMail.com Facebook.com/
SolanoCounty
Libertarians
Ventura Charles “Chuck”
Hamm
ChuckHamm@GMail.com www.LPVC.org
Yolo Stephen
Blakeman
SDouglasBlakeman
@GMail.com
Facebook.com/
LibertarianParty
YoloCounty

* If your county, or county’s
representative, is not listed above, contact
your regional vice chair:

    Jonathan Jaech,
Southern Vice Chair:
Jonathan@Jaech.net
    Brian Thiemer,
Northern Vice Chair:
BThiemer@Ca.LP.org


LP of Sacramento County


LP Sacramento Quarterly
Business Meeting & Officer Elections

This year is flying by, and there is so much
positive activity here in Sacramento after the
Libertarian Party received so much attention
during the presidential election. We are growing
faster and building stronger, and we’d love to
find new ways to engage our community. Please
join in and help us create even more growth and
activity this year!
This year, we are forming a platform committee.
If you are interested in participating, this is
the meeting to attend.

WHEN: Monday, May 8, 2017, 5:30 –
6:30 P.M.

WHERE: Bank of the West building, 500
Capitol Mall, Suite 2050, board room, in
Sacramento
Parking: Street parking may be available.
You may also park in the 500 Capitol Mall
(Bank of the West) parking garage (entrance
off N Street), and we will provide
validation.

R.S.V.P.: Facebook.com/events/230694100670489

JOIN: If you aren’t already a member
of LP Sacramento, please join at LPSac.org/membership.

Sacramento Libertarian Supper
Club

This July, Lawrence Samuels, author of In
Defense of Chaos: The Chaology of Politics,
Economics, and Human Action
, and chairman
of the Monterey County LP, will share the story
of his extensive research into the political
spectrum–and the revisionist history he
encountered along the way. His findings led him
to write his next book, The Phony
Left–Right Dichotomy
.

WHEN: Saturday, July 15, 2017, 5:30 –
9:00 P.M.

WHERE: Blue Prynt Restaurant &
Bar, 815 11th Street, in Sacramento

For more info and to R.S.V.P.: E-mail
Barbara Engelhardt at LPSupperClub@aol.com

Join us for a fun evening of socializing and
learning. Invite your friends…see you there!

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Gatherings of Los Angeles
County LP affiliates

South Bay Libertarians
monthly dinner/meeting (Region 66)

WHEN: Thursday, May 18, 6:30 P.M.

WHERE: Raffaello Ristorante, 400 South
Pacific Avenue, in San Pedro

FOR INFO: Check the web site at Meetup.com/LALibertarians.

Central L.A. mixer/meeting
(Region 64)

WHEN: Wednesday, May 24, 7:30 P.M.

WHERE: Gill’s Indian Restaurant, 838
South Grand Ave, in downtown L.A.

FOR INFO: Check the Meetup page at Meetup.com/LALibertarians.

Southeast Libertarian
mixer/supper club

WHEN: Thursday, May 4, 7:30 P.M.

WHERE: Mimi’s Café, 8455 Firestone
Blvd., in Downey

FOR INFO: Check the Meetup page at Meetup.com/LALibertarians.


AFFILIATE NEWS


San Francisco LP sponsors panel discussion on
sanctuary cities

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by Aubrey Freedman

The LP of San Francisco is planning its
annual political panel discussion (originally
conceived and run for several years as an
income-tax-day symposium). 

This event is always open to the public, and
this year the topic will be the controversial
choice of some cities to flout federal
immigration policies and declare themselves
“sanctuary cities.”

While this discussion is not styled as a
debate, there will be lively speakers on both
the pro and con sides of this timely
issue.  It’s sure to be a provocative
event, and will provide activists the
opportunity for outreach to those in the
community who otherwise wouldn’t attend a
Libertarian Party event.

Request to be added to the notification list
by e-mailing LPSF chair Aubrey Freedman at Chair@LPSF.org.

Aubrey Freedman is the chair of the LP of
San Francisco.

LP of San Francisco central
committee meeting

WHEN:  Saturday, May 13 at 3:00 –
5:00 P.M.

WHERE: San Francisco Public Library,
fourth floor

FOR INFO: Visit LPSF.org
or contact LPSF chair Aubrey Freedman at Chair@LPSF.org.


Join us.


Yes: I’d like to support the Libertarian
Party of California as a dues-paying member!


Visit: Ca.LP.org/membership
and follow the instructions to join (or
renew),
or print out the form, below, and mail it to
us at
770 L Street, Suite 950, Sacramento, CA
95814-3361.


Yes: I’d like to volunteer!


Visit: Ca.LP.org/volunteer


Yes: I’ll chip in to help your efforts!
I’m not ready to be a card-carrying
member, but I like what your elected officials
and candidates are doing to increase my
freedom and lower my taxes.


Visit: Ca.LP.org/donate

California Libertarian Activist Vol. III Issue 1 (04-29-2017)




The California Libertarian Activist serves
Libertarians in California and beyond, and is
published by the Libertarian Party of California
(an affiliate of the Libertarian National Committee).


Chair:

Ted Brown

Editor:

Elizabeth C. Brierly

Communications

Director:
Jennifer Imhoff-Dousharm

Contributors: 
Ted Brown, Gary Bryant, Joe Dehn, Aubrey Freedman,
Harland Harrison, Mark W.A. Hinkle, Jennifer
Imhoff-Dousharm, Kevin Moore, Lawrence Samuels, Steven

Wood

Send affiliate and campaign updates and
announcements via e-mail to Editor@Ca.LP.org.

Executive Committee:

Officers:  Ted Brown (Chair),
Brian Thiemer (N. Vice Chair), Jonathan Jaech (S. Vice
Chair), Honor “Mimi” Robson (Secretary), Gale Morgan
(Treasurer)

At-large reps:  Alex Appleby,
Dave Bowers, Baron Bruno, Bill Hajdu, Jeff Hewitt,
Wendy Hewitt, Boomer Shannon, Eric Vaughnes, Susan
Marie Weber, Jason Wu

Alternate at-large reps: 
Starchild, Gail Lightfoot


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California Libertarian Activist, Volume II, issue 3 (11/6/2016)

 

 

  Volume II, Issue 3 November 6, 2016  




The official publication for activists of the Libertarian Party of California

IN THIS ISSUE:


ELECTION 2016

Libertarians offer chance for smaller government in San Mateo County ‘healthcare’ district

by Elizabeth C. Brierly

Lois Garcia and Harland Harrison of San Mateo County have teamed up with Jack Hickey, an elected Libertarian on the board of directors of Sequoia Healthcare District (SHD),
in a bid to fulfill Hickey’s goal of closing this local hospital district without a hospital, yet which continues to rake in funds from taxpayers.  The two Libertarians are
challenging two incumbents for two open seats on the five-member board.*

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Slate mailer for Harrison–Garcia campaign sent to district voters three times

Hickey, a retired research scientist, has crusaded for 14 years to
put an end to this local version of government bloat.
His platform of pursuing a Grand Jury recommendation
that the District, which sold Sequoia Hospital in 1996, should cease collection of property taxes until voters approve the district’s newly assumed purpose, got him elected
in 2002 and re-elected every cycle. And he put his money where his mouth is: he has contributed $13,000 and lent another $7,000 to the campaign, which enabled three mailings to
district residents and placement of 200 signs with the slogan, No Hospital? – No Taxes!.

“We need to validate the district,” Hickey told the Almanac newspaper, which ran a story on the campaign on Oct. 12. If his slate is elected, the plan is not to reflexively
declare the district closed, but to put the question to voters.  The process for a ballot measure involves petitioning the Local Agency Formation Commission, which director
Hickey has not been able to effect without majority support.

“If I get [Garcia or Harrison] elected,” Hickey told the Almanac,
“then I’ll have somebody to second my motions (to the district board) and we can have a discussion.”

In an editorial on Sept. 16, the San Mateo Daily Journal agreed wholeheartedly with Hickey’s goal of
taking the matter to voters, writing that, “Time and again, we have proposed
that…[Hickey] take the argument to the people through an initiative process to see if voters actually want the
district dissolved.”  Apparently oblivious to the mechanics of the
process, the Journal proceeded to endorse both incumbents — the very people impeding the newspaper’s
own proposal.

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Lois Garcia, Libertarian candidate for Sequoia Healthcare District

Garcia greatly respects Hickey’s work on the SHD board.  “There was a time when the District decided to
tear down Sequoia Hospital, after having spent millions of
dollars to build it,” she wrote on her campaign web site.  “If not for one dissenting board member, Jack Hickey,
who brought the issue to the voters with a petition referendum,
Redwood City would not have the hospital that we have today.”

Garcia sees the district as having a duty to serve the community with integrity.

“They need a strong board of directors that won’t be swayed by ties to the healthcare
industry,” she explains on her campaign web site.  “I want to join Jack Hickey as a voice of the people on the board.”  She says that if elected, she would work to place a measure
on the ballot to let the district’s residents decide its future.

Professionally, Garcia is an information security specialist.  Active in local politics and community service for over a decade, this is her first time running for office.

Harrison has pledged that if elected, he will work diligently to cut property taxes by 50 percent and to
require government financial transparency.

Garcia, too, is concerned about transparency in government, observing in her ballot statement that, “the current board majority…rejected a suggestion to make meeting
recordings available to the public, even though it is the public who provide the means for the board to exist.”

Harrison wrote candidly in a blog post that he wants to close SHD.  “The board has sold the hospital, but has gone right on collecting the taxes!  They got $11,000,000
last year.  Diverting the millions of dollars intended to subsidize Sequoia Hospital is bad enough, but the Board also contrived a profit-sharing agreement as part of the transfer….
So SHD has gone from subsidizing a hospital [in order] to lower the cost of hospital care, to extracting its own profit from the high cost of hospital care.”

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The campaign video statement of Harland Harrison for Sequoia Healthcare District was produced by the MidPen Media Center based in Palo Alto.

In addition to maintaining their campaign web sites and blogs, Garcia and Harrison also recorded video statements that are running on local cable public access television and YouTube,
courtesy of a local nonprofit that offers video production services to local candidates and ballot-measure proponents and opponents.

Along with the local Libertarian Party’s endorsement, the pair has won the endorsement of
Silicon Valley Taxpayers Association.  Harrison’s reaction to the good news?
“Why not?  We plan to cut the district’s tax by 100 percent, after all.”

Campaign web sites:

* For more background on Sequoia Healthcare District,
see Hickey’s and Garcia’s article, “In-depth review of Sequoia Healthcare District closure opportunity,” in this issue.

LP of San Mateo County ballot recommendations for Nov. 8

For additional recommendations by the LP of San Mateo County for the Nov. 8 ballot, visit the party’s web site at:
LPSM.org


Election 2016

Anton for Assembly wins newspaper endorsement, Republican attention

California Libertarian Activist, Volume II, issue 3 (11/6/2016)


Ken Anton for California State Assembly, District 2

by Sandra Kallander

“People are naturally kinder than the government.”

You know you’ve arrived at the correct web site the moment it loads, because that headline is the first thing you see after
“Ken Anton: Libertarian for California State Assembly (District 2).”  Scroll down, and you find links labeled, “End Cronyism/Corporate Welfare,”
“Spend Wisely,” and “Protect Our Freedoms.”

Ken Anton’s district is sparsely populated, and as a consequence, geographically large.  It stretches over 300 miles, from the
Oregon border to Santa Rosa, and from the Pacific Ocean to parts of the Shasta–Trinity National Forest, serving more than 465,000
people in five counties.

District 2 has attracted both liberal and conservative refugees from the heavily populated areas of California.  With mountains,
forests, and wilderness spaces, most residents must be independent, ready for emergencies and to defend themselves, or they rely on neighbors
and a team of volunteer firefighters; government-provided services are often quite distant and limited.

Anton has pledged to fully restore the right of self-defense, and says that he “will support (if not author myself) any bill to
streamline or remove some of the approximately 1,500 gun laws already on the books that affect fellow Californians.”

To aid the many residents who would be self-employed, he would also end government’s involvement in professional licensing, with
his pledge to “end state-protected cartels by removing all restrictions on practicing in any profession.”

Some residents are involved in growing cannabis in what is known as “the Emerald Triangle.”  Without endorsing Prop. 64, the Adult
Use of Marijuana Act (which the LP of California executive committee chose not to support), Anton proposes to “establish the Emerald
Triangle as an appellation region, similar to a wine growing region.” He says the designation
“would put a premium on our top-quality brand and attract thousands of jobs — it could potentially be a multi-billion-dollar
business. Our district needs that agriculture for economic growth.”

Anton also defends Proposition 13, the state’s 1978 constitutional amendment enacted by voters to help people keep their homes
when real-estate valuations and property taxes are driven up by the sales activity of their neighbors.  Despite the fact that Prop. 13
helped prevent catastrophic state budget issues when the last real-estate bubble burst, it is under constant attack by the legislature and others.

Running a race in multiple jurisdictions, over such a far-flung area, has its challenges.  And hazards: on October 26, the Anton
campaign announced that they had filed a complaint with the California Secretary of State Investigative Services in Sacramento,
regarding the Trinity County Elections Office’s failure to print Anton’s candidate statement in the Trinity County voter guide.
The Trinity County Clerk denied receiving it, but the U.S. Postal Service concluded that it had indeed been delivered.

Anton is facing an incumbent — famously difficult to oust.  Assemblymember Jim Wood (D) of Healdsburg and Anton were unopposed
for the “top two” spots in the open primary.

But Anton has advantages, too. Being willing to run in a “can’t win” race has meant there’s no Republican challenger.
Both the Sonoma County and Trinity County Republican Parties feature Anton prominently on their web sites, along with Donald Trump —
although without actually saying they endorse either candidate.

“Every vote against an incumbent Democrat gets us closer to breaking their cash-and-carry stranglehold on our lives.”

Anderson Valley Advertiser

Another advantage may come from the “social media” effect.  As polling for Gary Johnson for President seems to
indicate, people who don’t rely on older media (TV and newspapers) give greater support for the Libertarian candidate.
These tend to include millennials, active-duty military, and people in remote areas (e.g., Alaska, New Mexico, Utah, Nevada).
Anton is making use of Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google+ in his campaign.

Anton won the endorsement of the Anderson Valley Advertiser, a widely circulated and avant-garde weekly newspaper based in Boonville.
“Every vote against an incumbent Democrat gets us closer to breaking their cash-and-carry stranglehold on our lives,”
the newspaper beseeched, reporting also a rumor that “Anton’s a nice guy.” •

Campaign sites: KenAnton.org and Facebook.com/KenAntonforAssembly


ELECTION 2016

Roberts offers Libertarian solutions to East Bay Regional Park District voters

by Elizabeth C. Brierly

California Libertarian Activist, Volume II, issue 3 (11/6/2016)


John Roberts, Libertarian candidate for East Bay Regional Park District, Ward 2

With degrees in Economics and Finance, a career in banking-industry risk management for the FDIC, and impressive certifications in his field, why is Park District Director a
political office that John Roberts would seek?

As a mountain biker, father of three, trail volunteer, and Libertarian, Roberts has a special appreciation for the role of parks as a place to express and exercise one’s
freedom, and he’s concerned about what he sees as excessive restrictions on their use.  So he is challenging three other candidates for the Ward 2 seat being vacated at East
Bay Regional Park District (EPRPD).

On his campaign web site, Roberts observes that while EBRPD’s mission includes balancing preservation with public usage, “management has expanded the footprint of parks on the
preservation side, but been lopsided [against] the usage side.  Many park visitors are not represented fairly unless they conform to an existing recreational agenda. …EBRPD outbids and
crowds out private parties during land acquisitions using our tax money, and then denies some of us of something we love.”

Sure enough, his opponent Audree Jones-Taylor indicates on her campaign web site her goal of being an “advocate for protecting the remaining hillside and ridgelines.”  And the first
item on the priorities list of opponent Kent Ficketts, who holds a master’s degree in Conservation of Natural Resources and Environmental Management, is “continue to protect and expand”
the regional parks and trails system.

Roberts laments the municipal code’s insistence on requiring government-issued permits for, among other things, “pre-advertised assemblies.”  Let alone the organized group bike
rides that he’d like to see become more feasible and popular, he asks, “how did we forget that the right to peaceably assemble is a constitutional right?”

“Park visitors should get a sense of ownership of our parks,” Roberts told a Lamorinda Weekly reporter for his Oct. 19 article profiling the candidates, “not a sense of dread
from its many rules and restrictive policies.”

“More freedom for park users is paramount, and for this it will be necessary to simplify and reduce the amount of rules.”

Roberts told the California Libertarian Activist (CLA), “More freedom for park users is paramount, and for this it will be necessary to simplify and reduce the amount of rules.”
He explained that currently, for example, “You cannot use vaporizers unless they are FDA-approved medicines; you cannot put up a rope swing; mountain bikers can ride only on dirt trails
wider than eight feet (with rare exceptions); remote-controlled craft are outlawed in all 65 parks.”  He believes that lifting such restrictions on behavior will incentivize residents to
take more advantage of the parklands they’re involuntarily funding through taxation.

“At least two of the other candidates favor protecting natural resources, instead of increasing public access.”  Roberts added, “In particular, they supported the current board’s
vote to close the Chabot Gun Club this year — after 50+ years of safe operation and despite popular opposition to its closure — at a cost of millions of dollars.”

One specific solution he supports is to “pilot a certification program for responsible users to earn additional freedom in the parks, by conforming to a functioning patrol role.
That would include dog walkers, mountain bikers, and equestrians.”

Roberts believes district taxpayers would find his professional experience invaluable.  He conducts continuous bank monitoring, participates in examinations,
and covers risk areas such as operations, audit, and regulatory reporting.  “I earn a fixed salary, yet I make recommendations that can adversely affect the salary prospects of bankers who make
millions; I do this to protect our deposits from bankers taking undue risks.”

To that end, Roberts signed on to several key pledges crafted by the Libertarian National Committee for consideration by candidates for local office, including a pledge to require
government financial transparency.

Sharing Roberts’s concern about transparency is opponent Dee Rosario, who proposes board meetings be held in the evening and commits to regular personal meetings with constituents.
But their common ground disappears when it comes to fiscal matters. Rosario told Lamorinda Weekly that he wants “to see the park district become…the largest land owner in the East Bay.”

“I believe it is the duty of elected officials to be completely transparent.”

“The EBRPD 2016 budget is 84 percent funded by property taxes,” Roberts observed on his web site, “and the rest is primarily funded through charges for services. Parcel taxes assessed
on Alameda and Contra Costa residents keep the parks going. …we are paying for our parks.  It is for this reason that management of EBRPD should be subject to complete transparency for all
taxpayers to see how their funds are put to work…. I believe it is the duty of elected officials to be completely transparent.”

He told the Weekly that he “favors an independent body to oversee fiscal performance and he endorses a bottom-up approach to district management operations,” so he proposes, for example,
that park supervisors’ performance evaluations be based in part on their cooperation with park users and the community.  He’s a strong believer in suggestion boxes, too, citing their active and effective use by the Oakland Main Library as a model for EBRPD.

Roberts has also pledged to immediately end police militarization. In an interview with the “San Leandro Talk” blog, Roberts was asked his opinion about the militarization of the East
Bay Parks police. “Militarization is for battlefields, not parks,” he responded.  “While I fully support police facilities and responsible training, military equipment should be bought and
stored by the National Guard, not park rangers.  I consider militarization spending by any park management to be a waste of taxpayer funds….”

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Castle Rock Regional Recreation Area, part of East Bay Regional Park District

As for campaigning, Roberts says, “I practice what I preach as a Libertarian.  Not only do I plan to keep government small to increase freedom, I am also keeping my campaign budget small.
This means a smarter campaign with a focus on Facebook, e-mail, and word of mouth.  I have yet to print a lawn sign, flyer, or mailer.  It helps to keep the environment clean and it makes
sense when running for a ‘park’ position.”  Candidate forums cost nothing, and Roberts has participated in several.  He told CLA that the forums “allowed us to polish our platforms,
see and discuss common ground, and identify where we clearly diverged.”  While he is circumspect in appreciating that “the more candidates, the more of a choice the voting public will have,”
having so many has had its drawbacks: “[At] the final debate…I could have spoken for 12 hours straight, but with four candidates and a limited timeframe, I had to stay very much on point.”

There’s no doubt he been able to do that, armed with the three-pronged platform he devised.  “My ‘CAT’ platform stands for Community, Accessibility, and Transparency,” Robert wrote.  “Community involvement makes for the best parks, and helps the essence of democracy flourish.
Accessibility provides park visitors fair treatment despite socioeconomic, race, handicap, or recreational diversity.
Transparency means the public should be informed of all park decisions because we all fund its function through our tax dollars.” He has written a position paper for each of the planks, which are posted to his campaign web site.

Roberts lives with his wife and three children in Piedmont.  Ward 2 represents most of Oakland, Piedmont, Canyon, Moraga, Orinda, Orinda Village, Rheem Valley, Lafayette, Rossmoor, and part of Walnut Creek.  Parks in this ward include: portion of
Briones, Anthony Chabot, Claremont Canyon, Huckleberry, Leona Open Space, a small portion of Las Trampas, Redwood, Roberts, Sibley, and Temescal. •

Campaign web site: JohnRobertsDemocracy.com


ELECTION 2016

More Libertarian races in California: State legislature

In California’s “top two” open primary election on June 7, along with Ken Anton running for Assembly District 2, four other Libertarian
candidates for state legislature placed second in their races. So five incumbents from the state legislature must each share the November
ballot with a Libertarian alternative.

Running for State Assembly are Libertarians Mike Everling of Los Angeles (District 51), whose campaign we featured in our Oct. 6 issue,* against incumbent Jimmy Gomez (D).
Donn Coenen of Nevada City (District 1) is challenging incumbent Brian Dahle (R).

Real estate agent Baron Bruno of Venice (also profiled in our Oct. 6 issue) ran as a write-in candidate in a
three-way race for Assembly District 62, against incumbent Autumn Burke (D), and emerged tied with another write-in candidate, Marco
Antonio “Tony” Leal (R).  All three candidates have been graduated to the November run-off, so this will actually be a “top three” race.

Honor “Mimi” Robson of Long Beach, a structural engineer, is running for State Senate District 33 against incumbent Ricardo
Lara (D-Bell Gardens).  Robson’s campaign was also covered in more detail in our Oct. 6 issue.

Please consider volunteering or contributing to these Libertarian campaigns (campaign site addresses are shown below).

Honor Robson
Donn Coenen
Mike Everling
Baron Bruno
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State Senate,
District 33 HonorRobson.com
State Assembly,
District 1 Ca.LP.org/
donn-coenen
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State Assembly,
District 51 EverlingFor
Assembly51.com
State Assembly,
District 62 BrunoFor
Assembly.com

 

More Libertarian races in California: Local level

In addition to our candidates at the state level, the LP of California has candidates running for office at the local level,
where we can and do exert a measurable effect on public policy.

In this issue, we feature the campaigns of John Roberts for East Bay Regional Park District, Ward 2, and Lois Garcia and Harland
Harrison
, running as a slate for Sequoia Healthcare District’s two open board seats.  Also running are the following three Libertarian candidates.

Aaron Starr, whose campaign we profiled in the Oct. 6 issue, is a CPA and controller of a large
manufacturing firm in Oxnard, where he is running for city council,
an office he first sought in 2014.  He is also a former chair of the LP of California.

Brian Thiemer, the northern vice chair of the LP of California, is on his second run for
Fairfield City Council.  He was also featured in our last issue.

Susan Marie Weber, an elected Libertarian city councilmember in Palm Desert since 2012 who served as mayor in 2015,
is running for re-election there.  Weber is also owner of a small business management consulting firm,
and teaches college-level accounting.

Aaron Starr Brian Thiemer Susan Marie Weber
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Oxnard City Council
StarrForOxnard.com
Fairfield City Council
ValueToThePeople.com
Palm Desert
City Council
SusanMarieWeber.com

Please consider volunteering or contributing to these Libertarian campaigns.

For updates on Libertarian candidates running for office in California this election season,
visit our Candidates web page, at Ca.LP.org/candidates.

A big “thank you” goes to all our Libertarian candidates.  The California Libertarian Activist wishes you good luck and high
vote totals, on November 8!

* Back issues of the California Libertarian Activist are available at Ca.LP.org/news.

Run for office

Inspired by these California Libertarian candidates?
Get started now on your 2018 campaign for elective office!

The combination of Libertarian races being run from the presidential race all the way down the ticket — in every election, consistently —
is what lays the groundwork for Libertarian principles to reach both voters and policymakers.

To find out about running, either fill out the form at Ca.LP.org/run-for-office,
or contact Ted Brown via e-mail at TBrown@Ca.LP.org.

If you’re not ready to serve as a candidate, but would like to learn how it’s done, step by step, volunteer for an upcoming
Libertarian campaign in your area. Connect with them through your local LP; see the
county contact list in this issue.

Whatever role suits you best in our battle for individual freedom,
thank you for being a part of the Libertarian movement.


FROM THE CHAIR

Free of guilt or reservation

by Ted Brown, Chair

California Libertarian Activist, Volume II, issue 3 (11/6/2016)

Ted Brown

The difference between the Republican and Democratic parties is that, if the Democrats proposed burning down the White House,
the Republicans would immediately counter with a measure to phase it in over three years.

— Malcolm Wallop (R),
U.S. Senator from Wyoming, 1977–1995

In just two days, Election Day will be upon us — and what
an election season it has been!  I’ve been a Libertarian Party activist since 1979, and have never seen
the kind of attention and support that our presidential candidate, Gov. Gary Johnson, has gotten.

Sadly, Gary was denied a place in the presidential debates, but given how the debates are run by Democratic and
Republican Party insiders, did anyone really expect him to be let in?
Donald Trump is not the “anti-establishment” candidate — that title belongs to Libertarian Party candidates.
Trump may have tried to shake up the establishment with bizarre and dangerous rants, but the sensible
Libertarian program of economic freedom, personal freedom, and a non-interventionist foreign policy is what
would really shake the establishment to its core.

Millennials, aged 18 to 34, get it.  They are Gov. Johnson’s strongest support group.  Active-duty military personnel
get it.  They are giving him more votes and contributions than they are giving Trump or Clinton. And of
course, Libertarians know that voting for the “lesser of two evils” has led to the moribund megagovernment
we’re now saddled with — and to the nomination of two of the worst major-party presidential candidates in
American history.

I’m proud to support Gary Johnson without guilt or reservation, without my reason being that “the other guy is
way worse.”  And, for Californians who worry that an unbalanced narcissist could be hovering over the nuclear
button, remember that Hillary Clinton will likely carry California by 20 points or more, and be awarded every
one of our 55 electoral votes.  So, a vote for Gary Johnson is indeed a vote for Gary Johnson — not a
“spoiler”
vote.  Voting Libertarian will show the pundits that a lot of Californians are backing the sane, decent,
honest candidate.

We saw an enthusiastic response from volunteers wishing to serve as presidential electors for the Johnson–Weld
ticket.  Fifty-five electors and seven alternates are ready to go at a moment’s notice to Sacramento, to vote
for Johnson and Weld, should lightning strike us with Gov. Johnson’s winning California’s popular vote on
November 8.


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Gov. Gary Johnson and Gov. Bill Weld, the 2016 Libertarian presidential and vice-presidential ticket (campaign web site:
JohnsonWeld2016.com).

Of course, it takes money to garner Libertarian votes. Please visit the Johnson-Weld campaign web site and
make your most generous contribution: JohnsonWeld.com.

In other news, the Libertarian Party of California has taken positions on the statewide ballot propositions
on the November ballot, which you can review on our web site, here:
Ca.LP.org/measures, as well as in this newsletter.

You probably could have predicted most of our positions, given how the party opposes bonded indebtedness,
taxes, and government-imposed regulation of all types. But there has been some controversy about the party’s
opposition to Proposition 64, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act.  As you may know, the Libertarian Party has
been the foremost advocate for ending the War on Drugs for over 44 years, and over the last decade, the
general public has finally started agreeing with us.

So why oppose Prop. 64, as the LPC executive committee unanimously voted to do? There are passionate
advocates on both sides of the issue, and a lot of “for” people have told us that we either misunderstand
the proposal or are too “pure” and are letting the perfect be the enemy of the good.  I won’t fault anyone
for voting “yes” on 64.  There are some very good aspects. For example, personal use will be legalized and
those convicted of pot offenses can petition to have their records cleared.  But overall, this measure was
written by and financed by people who really don’t favor legal pot all that much, but knew the time has
come, and wanted to make sure to impose on the marijuana industry a truly rigorous, 62-page regulatory
scheme. The measure would also create a few new crimes that would result in jail time. Please read
Prop. 64 carefully before making your decision.

Membership is growing in both the national and California LP, and I welcome any new members who are
reading this. For those of you whose membership has lapsed, please renew at:
Ca.LP.org/membership

Finally, the Executive Committee will hold its next meeting on November 19 (see sidebar for details).
This is the first “excom” meeting in the Bay Area in
recent memory.  We’ll be planning our post-election season goals
and activities.  Members of the public are invited. •

LP of California Executive Committee meeting

WHEN: Saturday, November 19, 2016, from 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

WHERE: Mudrakers Café, 2801 Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley

The LPC Executive Committee holds in-person meetings quarterly
at varying locations.


AFFILIATE NEWS

Mendocino LP undertakes changes to constitution and bylaws

On October 15, the Mendocino County Libertarian Party (MCLP) met in Ukiah to prepare a new constitution and bylaws.
The new constitution and bylaws will be voted on at the next meeting, on Saturday, November 12.  (See sidebar for details.)

Upon approval of the constitution and bylaws, nominations for officers will be accepted at that meeting.
All interested Libertarians are encouraged to attend. •

Next meeting of the LP of Mendocino County

WHEN: Saturday, November 12, 1:00 P.M.

WHERE: Dolphin Isle Marina in Fort Bragg

DETAILS: Please check the Facebook page in case of any last-minute updates or changes, at

Facebook.com/MendocinoCountyLibertarianParty


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Recommendations on statewide ballot measures

The Libertarian Party of California has taken the following positions on the statewide propositions on the November 8 ballot:

PROPOSITION LP OF CALIF. RECOMMENDATION DESCRIPTION
51 NO School bonds
52 NO State fees on hospitals
53 YES Voting on revenue bonds
54 YES Legislative transparency
55 NO Income tax hike extension
56 NO Cigarette tax increase
57 YES Parole for non-violent felons
58 NO Changes in bilingual education methods
59 No position taken Advisory vote on Citizens United repeal
60 NO Condoms required for adult film actors
61 NO State prescription drug purchases
62 YES End the Death Penalty in California
63 NO Extensive new gun control measures
64 NO Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA)
(While the Libertarian Party has been a strong supporter of ending marijuana prohibition
for over 40 years, this proposition would do more harm than good, damaging medical availability, and
creating additional criminal offenses and regulations.)
65 NO Directs grocery bag money to wildlife fund
66 NO Makes death penalty easier
67 NO Grocery stores can’t provide plastic bags (referendum)

These recommendations are also posted on the LPC web site, at Ca.LP.org/measures.


ELECTION 2016

The importance of your vote for Liberty

by Judge Jim Gray (Ret.)

California Libertarian Activist, Volume II, issue 3 (11/6/2016)


Judge Jim Gray

I have focused in my columns upon how Liberty in so many circumstances more positively and
effectively addresses and resolves issues and problems in our world than does Big Government.
And this has been shown to be true in many areas, including justice, the tax code, education, health care,
security, immigration, international relations, and many more.

I have asserted that Libertarian Gary Johnson is the only presidential candidate who would consistently
employ Liberty in Washington, just as he did as the two-term governor of New Mexico.  In fact, this directly led to his campaign
slogan:
Good government is easy: Watch!

Well, the presidential election is now upon us, but Governor Johnson will not win it outright.  (He could still win, if the
election is sent to the House of Representatives under the Twelfth Amendment.)  Why won’t he win it, outright? Because even though
he is on the ballots of all 50 states and D.C., he was not included in the presidential debates — the Super Bowl of presidential
politics.  He was not included because the debates are completely controlled by the so-called [nonpartisan] Commission on
Presidential Debates, which, in turn, is completely controlled by high-ranking Democrats and Republicans.

Libertarian Gary Johnson is the only presidential candidate who would consistently
employ Liberty in Washington.

Nevertheless, I still entreat you to vote for Governor Johnson!  Why?  Because instead of voting for either of the truly scary
candidates from the two main parties, your vote will be seen as one for a public servant of integrity who stands for financial
responsibility, social inclusiveness, and Liberty.  (If you vote for the “lesser of two evils,” you still get evil!)

Furthermore, your vote will really count.  For example, a vote for Trump in states like California or New York is a wasted
vote, because Clinton will easily win those states.  In fact, a vote for Clinton in those states would also be a wasted vote,
because she will still win them even without you.  The same thing is true in reverse for Trump, in states like Texas.

But if Johnson receives just five percent of the vote nationwide, the Libertarians will receive public funding in the next
presidential election, just like the two main parties (that is, if the Libertarians choose to accept that funding — by no means
a foregone conclusion).  This will have the important consequence of tending to bring both the Republicans and Democrats back from
some of the radical positions they now are taking, and more toward the center — because they will want to re-attract those votes.
So in every state that is a lock for either Clinton or Trump, the only meaningful vote is for Governor Gary Johnson.  Please consider
this reality.

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Object to the status quo, stand up for Liberty and integrity, and please pass this message on to as many of your voting
friends as you can.  Every vote is important, and time is short! •

James P. “Jim” Gray is a retired superior court judge, author of A Voter’s Handbook: Effective
Solutions to America’s Problems (2001), and was
vice-presidential running mate in 2012 to Gov. Johnson, whose exclusion from the televised
debates led to the pair’s role as co-plaintiffs in
an ongoing lawsuit against the bipartisan Commission on Presidential Debates.
Judge Gray now serves as honorary chairman of Our America Initiative
(OurAmericaInitiative.com)
His column is available on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

This column was originally published as installment no. 90
of the author’s weekly column, 2 Paragraphs 4 Liberty.
Reprinted with permission.


Last chance to be a part of the historic
Johnson–Weld 2016 campaign!

Actions you can take:

  • Wear a Johnson 2016 T-shirt everywhere you go
  • Wave a Johnson-Weld sign for 45 minutes at a busy intersection
  • Reach voters through the easy phone-banking app — from the comfort of your own home

 

Find out more:
Visit
JohnsonWeld.com

or check in with the campaign’s California directors via e-mail at

California@ Johnson Weld.com
.
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Jonathan Jaech,
California
Campaign Director
Robert Imhoff,
California
Volunteer Director

 


San Diego Libertarian Party welcomes all

Committee Meeting

WHEN: Second Thursday of every month, 7:00 P.M.

WHERE: 7840 El Cajon Blvd., Suite 500, La Mesa 91942

Supper Club

WHEN: Fourth Wednesday of every month, 6:00 P.M.

WHERE: Giovanni’s Restaurant, 9353 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San Diego 92123

DETAILS: We have guest speakers, video presentations, debates, and sometimes, we just socialize.

FOR INFO: Contact Jerry Dixon, Executive Chair: Phone (830) 530-1776; e-mail
Jerry@AccountingSolutionsInc.com
, or visit Facebook.com/SanDiegoLP.


OUTREACH

SJSU sorority welcomes Libertarian rep at candidate forum

by Ed Wimmers

I found it satisfying and even refreshing to represent the Libertarian Party at the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority (DST)
candidate forum, held at San
Jose State University on Sept. 27.  DST is a national sorority which describes its membership as
“predominantly black, college-educated women.”

A variety of candidates participated: one congressional candidate, one state senate candidate, three
assembly candidates, two candidates for
city council, four for school boards, one for a water board, and one political party representative: me.
The organizers went out of their way to
include me, even though I was a last-minute addition to the program; they welcomed me, were gracious, and did a
great job.

The moderator made sure everyone had a chance to speak, but even so, given that there were so many candidates,
my time was limited.  So in my
opening statement, I stuck to two main points:

  • The Libertarian Party’s positions are based on the non-aggression principle.
  • We favor cooperation over coercion.

During the question period, not surprisingly, I was asked about Gov. Gary Johnson’s infamous “Aleppo moment,” so
I pivoted and emphasized that
Libertarians believe that the U.S. government should not be messing around in other countries. Considering that the
audience
was primarily female, I also squeezed in the notable fact that the first woman in history to receive a vote from the U.S.
electoral college was Libertarian Tonie Nathan, our 1972 vice-presidential candidate. I also made sure to direct the audience also to our web sites.

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Emblem of the Delta Sigma Theta sorority: “Serve, Lead, Empower”

For my final remarks, I observed that most of the discussion had been about government attempting to solve problems,
with no talk of stopping
the government from taking actions which cause problems.  I mentioned that all Libertarian Party presidential candidates,
including Gary Johnson, have
sought to end our foreign wars and the war on drugs.

There were many positive aspects of the forum.  It was refreshing to chat with a few citizen-candidates running out of concern for their
communities rather than their own political career (e.g., Kimberly Meek for school trustee, Tom Cruz for water board).  One of the few Republicans did
talk about limited government.

However, the brightest spot was when Pattie Cortese, running for re-election to the East Side Union High School
District board of trustees,
talked about “restorative justice.” I understood from her remarks the principle that the criminal should make the victim
whole, rather than that the
criminal should merely be punished.  Wikipedia is not always reliable, but at the time I’m writing this, it explains
restorative justice this way:
“The approach is based on a theory of justice that considers crime and wrongdoing to be an offense
against an individual or community, rather than the State.”  That is a positively libertarian notion, and we might
want to explore the restorative
justice movement for potential synergy with our principles, platform, and campaigns.

Finally, in case I’d had any doubt about having taken time to be there that day, two of the sorors — as
the sisters of Delta Sigma Theta
call themselves — approached me after the event.  One said she needs to look into the Libertarian Party more, and the other said she strongly agreed
with us. •

Ed Wimmers is a former chair, and current activities chair, of the Libertarian Party of Santa Clara County.



Libertarian Party activities in Contra Costa County

Promote the LP on Election Day

WHEN: Election Day! Tuesday, November 8, 2016

WHERE: To be determined

DETAILS: We’re planning a variety of activities for Election Day, in three separate time slots:
7–11 A.M., 11 A.M.–4 P.M., and 4–8 P.M. Please sign up if you’re available to help promote the Libertarian Party!

Locations and activities throughout the county are still being planned, and will be based on the number
of volunteers who respond.

Please remember that all electioneering activities must
be kept more than 100 feet away from any polling place. Check our Meetup page for more information and updates:
Meetup.com/lp-ccc

Go Gary Johnson and our local Libertarian candidates!

Central committee meeting

WHEN: Thursday, December 1, 2016, 7:00 – 9:00 P.M.

WHERE: Mimi’s Café: 1613 Willow Pass Road, Concord 94520

MORE INFO: MeetUp.com/lp-ccc

Meetings are normally held on the first Thursday of each month.


OUTREACH

LP to meet students at JSA political fair in S.F. Bay area

by Lawrence Samuels

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Political buttons — some more “colorful”
than others — are a big draw at the LP’s table at JSA political fairs

It’s time for our semiannual participation in the Junior State of America convention in Santa Clara.

The mission of the Junior State of America and the Junior Statesmen
Foundation (JSA) is to strengthen American democracy by educating and preparing
high school students for life-long involvement and responsible leadership in a democratic society.

Twice a year, Libertarians from Monterey County journey to Santa Clara, where they are joined by
activists from other LP affiliates in the bay area, to meet JSA members — bright young students learning
and practicing every aspect of political process.  We share
Libertarian Party principles, literature, buttons, and books with them.

Afterward we’ll go out to eat at Pizza California, owned by a libertarian.

WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016, afternoon (exact time to be announced)

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Lawrence Samuels

WHERE:

  • Marriott Hotel: 2700 Mission College Blvd. Santa Clara (Great America Parkway exit off Hwy. 101)
  • Pizza California: 1708 Oakland Rd. Suite 500, San Jose (Brokaw Rd. exit off Hwy. 880 or Hwy. 101)

MORE INFO: For updates on event timing and other details,
contact Lawrence Samuels via e-mail at LawSam1951@Hotmail.com. •

Lawrence Samuels is vice chair of the LP of Monterey County, author of  In Defense of Chaos: The
Chaology of Politics, Economics, and Human Action, vice chair of the Seaside Taxpayers Association, and a Realtor.

 

Libertarian Party of Monterey County announcements

Election Night Party!

Because 2016 has been such a crazy election year, we’ve got to have an election-evening party, or we’ll go berserk!
Join us for pizza and beer as we watch election returns on a big TV screen.

WHEN: Tuesday, November 8, 2016, starting at 6:00 P.M.

WHERE: Private home, near the mouth of Carmel Valley (R.S.V.P. for address)

DETAILS:

  • Prof. David Henderson will provide lots of pizza. Others will provide beer and munchies.
  • Sponsored by the local Libertarian Party, the Seaside Taxpayers Association, and various activists from the No on Measures E, X, and Y campaigns.

R.S.V.P.: We need to know how many crates of pizza to buy! Contact Lawrence Samuels
via e-mail at LawSam1951@Hotmail.com, or phone (831) 238-5058.

Ballot measure recommendations

Need last-minute guidance on local ballot measures?

Review our recommendations, posted on the Monterey County LP web site, at
MontereyCountyLP.org.

 


AFFILIATE NEWS

Wine and Liberty 2016 celebrates the dawn of Libertarian awareness

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Robert Imhoff-Dousharm and his daughter support Gary Johnson for President at the Westover Winery

The East Bay LP Wine and Liberty fundraiser drew candidates and attendees from all over the Bay Area to the beautiful
Palomares Valley on Sunday, Oct. 9, to enjoy food, wine, and friendship as we count down the days to another election.
As always, the top-ticket race is already decided by the parties and their media colleagues, so the only reason left to vote on November 8 is to try to push back against the
organized gangsters who are, once again, attempting to tax us into permanent servitude.

Alameda County voters are faced with two bond measure proposals which, should both pass, will saddle taxpayers with $580 million to
promote affordable housing (Measure A1) and $3.5 billion to repair, upgrade and maintain BART (Measure RR). A third
measure, C1, will extend a “temporary”
$8-per-month parcel tax to subsidize Alameda–Contra Costa (“AC”) Transit for another 20 years, rather than allowing it to sunset,
as was promised to the voters when it was first approved.

In addition, there are no fewer than 17 statewide initiatives to address, each with their own agenda to meet. If you are on the
fence about any of them, check out the Libertarian Party of California’s
recommendations in this issue

(or on the LPC website at Ca.LP.org/measures).

The LPC Executive Committee voted to endorse only four of them, and opposes the other thirteen.

Alameda County is fortunate to have our own Libertarian candidate to support for the East Bay Regional Park District, Ward 2,
Piedmont’s John Roberts.  John shows a lot of passion for government transparency and has done the research to make a strong case for his
candidacy.

Libertarians in Fairfield can vote for our LPC Northern Vice Chair, Brian Thiemer, seeking a seat on the City Council.
This is Thiemer’s second city council campaign, and voters have had a chance to become familiar with his name and positions, thanks to his regular
op-ed columns in the local newspaper, the Fairfield Reporter.

Once again, several east bay Libertarian activists are volunteering as poll workers, to do our best to make
sure the election is conducted fairly. Please remember to vote on November 8! •

Reprinted with permission from Libertarian Lifeline.

Next regular meeting of the LP of Alameda County

WHEN: Thursday, November 10, 2016, 7:15 – 9:00 P.M.

WHERE: Tai San Chinese Restaurant: 2811 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley 94705

For more details: Visit
LPAC.us/events,
or contact chair Jim Eyer via e-mail at
Chair@LPAC.us
or by phone at (510) 482-3521.

Meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month. The agenda includes local party business (usually an hour or less), news, planning, and fun.


AFFILIATE NEWS

Johnson–Weld 2016 office springs up in Roseville

Exciting news here at the Placer County LP: Ken Gillespie has opened a Johnson–Weld campaign office in Roseville.
A big “thank you” to Christine Bish of Newpoint Realty Services for furnishing the office space and materials. The office is located at 1098 Melody Lane
Suite 101, Roseville, 95678.

With our voter outreach efforts in full swing during the last few days before the election,
the volunteers may be out and about during any given hour. So if you’d like to stop by for materials or to volunteer, it’s
highly recommended to contact Ken ahead of time, at (909) 532-0453.

We hope to see you for pizza at our first post-election meeting, on Wed., November 9 (see sidebar for details).

Next meeting of the LP of Placer County

WHEN: Wed., November 9, 7:00 – 9:00 P.M.

WHERE: Round Table Pizza: 8755-A Sierra College Blvd. (at Douglas Blvd, opposite Safeway), Roseville, 95661

Meetings are held on one or more Wednesday evenings each month. To receive meeting notices,
send e-mail to LP Placer County chair Steven Wood at
PlacerCoLP@GMail.com.


Get connected with the LP in your area

COUNTY REPRESENTATIVE E-MAIL ADDRESS WEB SITE
Alameda Jim Eyer Chair@LPAC.us LPAC.us
Contra Costa Cory Nott CoryNott@Yahoo.com MeetUp.com/lp-ccc
El Dorado Tyler Kuskie TKuskie@EDCLP.org EDCLP.org
Fresno Paula Barefoot PEBarefoot@GMail.com
Humboldt Tammy Newcomb PrivacyLawAdvocate
LDA@GMail.com
www.FredTyg
.freeservers
.com/LPHC.html
Kern Jonathan Hall Aedardran@GMail.com
Kings Kenneth Brent Olsen *
Los Angeles José Castañeda LPCLAVC@AOL.com LPLAC.org
Mendocino Ken Anton ELKAnton@Yahoo.com
Monterey James King TheJamesKing@
Yahoo.com
www.Monterey
CountyLP.org
Nevada Donn Coenen DRCoenenNCLP@
GMail.com
Orange Brian Kelly * LPOC.org
Placer Steven Wood PlacerCoLP@GMail.com
Plumas Gary Bryant GBryantNCLP@
GMail.com
Riverside Jeff Hewitt JHewitt@Ca.LP.org RCLP.org
Sacramento Jarrett Tilford Office@LPSac.org www.LPSac.org
San Bernardino Boomer Shannon Boomer@Ca.LP.org SBCLP.org
San Diego Jerry Dixon Chair@SDLP.org www.FaceBook
.com/SanDiegoLP
San Francisco Aubrey Freedman Chair@LPSF.org www.LPSF.org
San Joaquin Alex Appleby IAmAlexAppleby
@GMail.com
San Luis Obispo Gail Lightfoot GLightfoot@Ca.LP.org
San Mateo Harland Harrison Harrison@LPSM.org www.LPSM.org
Santa Clara Joe Dehn Chair@SCCLP.org SCCLP.org
Solano Brian Thiemer LPSolanoCounty@GMail.com Facebook.com/
SolanoCounty
Libertarians
Ventura Paul Githens LPVentura.Co@GMail.com www.LPVC.org
Yolo Stephen Blakeman SDouglasBlakeman
@GMail.com
Facebook.com/
LibertarianParty
YoloCounty

* If your county, or county’s representative, is not listed above, contact your regional vice chair:
    Jonathan Jaech, Southern Vice Chair:
Jonathan@Jaech.net
    Brian Thiemer, Northern Vice Chair:
BThiemer@Ca.LP.org


AFFILIATE NEWS

LP of San Joaquin County hosts candidates of all stripes

San Joaquin County Libertarians (SJC LP) recently hosted Stockton School Board candidate
Doug Vigil, U.S. House District 9 candidate Tony Amador (R), SJC Board of Supervisors
candidate Tom Patti, Stockton City Councilman Dan Wright, and Stockton Mayor Anthony Silva,
following his controversial arrest this summer.

The San Joaquin County Libertarian Party officially endorses Doug Vigil for Stockton School board.

Every other candidate we’ve hosted is in a category that we cannot endorse, based on the bylaws of the LP of California, and our
status as an affiliate of the state party. A candidate must be registered as a Libertarian or “no party preference” (NPP), if in a
nonpartisan race, or must be running as a Libertarian for any partisan race, in order to eligible for LP endorsement. Therefore,
the SJC LP takes no position on the above candidates and elected officials. Individual San Joaquin LP members may have made their
own evaluations of these politicians and welcome the discussion. •


LP of Sacramento County announcements

Election-night watch party

Join us for a fun and social evening as we watch the election results!
We will be following the national election and the local Libertarian races in California.

Pizza will be provided! Admission is free. A cash bar and gelato stand will also be available.

WHEN: Tuesday, November 8, 2016, 6 – 9:30 P.M.

WHERE: Hot Italian, 1627 16th Street, Sacramento 95814

R.S.V.P.:
Facebook.com/SacramentoLP
or

LPSac.org/electionnight

For more information: E-mail us at Office@LPSac.org

Invite your friends…see you there!

Ballot measure recommendations

Need last-minute guidance on local ballot measures?  Review the recommendations posted
on the Sacramento LP web site:

LPSac.org/2016-voter-guide

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PUBLICITY

Santa Clara LP making the most of ‘top two’

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Kennita Watson, the Libertarian challenger in the 2016 open primary for U.S. Congress, District 17
(KennitaWatson2016.org)

The LP of Santa Clara County took advantage in October of the general election season to reiterate publicly its opposition to open primaries and
career politicians.

The party issued a press release following its central committee’s passage of a motion which affirmed the party’s opposition
to the re-election of 16-year incumbent
U.S. Congressman Mike Honda (D) in the so-called general election — and which recommended that voters do not cast their ballots for him.

This November’s general election is nothing more than a run-off between Honda and one other Democrat, Ro Khanna, who actually surpassed incumbent
Honda in the Prop. 14 open primary and was ranked the highest vote-getter.

The following is an excerpt from the press release, which was sent to key local media:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Libertarians remain opposed to incumbent U.S. Congressman Honda for District 17 in November election

Party endorses water district candidate but finds that no local ballot measures merit their support

The Libertarian Party of Santa Clara County (LPSCC) voted during its central committee meeting on October 22 to reaffirm its
opposition to the re-election of 16-year incumbent U.S. Congressman Mike Honda (D).

Libertarian Kennita Watson of Sunnyvale, a retired quality engineer, sought to replace Honda in the District 17 seat,
and was endorsed by the LPSCC.

“I had hoped to offer voters a true alternative this November,” explained Watson, “with my platform recognizing their
individual freedom and choices.” However, the restrictions imposed by 2010’s Proposition 14 (the “Top Two Candidates
Open Primary Act”) prevented Watson from challenging Honda directly in the Nov. 8 election.

“This outcome of severely limited choices in District 17 isn’t surprising, but it is ironic,” said Joe Dehn, chair of
the LPSCC.

Prop. 14’s purpose included the statement, “to protect and preserve the right of every Californian to vote for the
candidate of his or her choice.”

Dehn explained, “It’s clear that voters want more and better choices, but as a result of this system, voters of District 17
have no real choice. With only two candidates—both Democrats—on their ballots, many citizens find themselves, in fact, barred
from choosing the candidate they feel would better represent their values in the legislature.”

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Mark W.A. Hinkle for Santa Clara Valley Water District

The press release also announced
the party’s endorsement former national and state Libertarian Party chair Mark W.A. Hinkle, a small-business owner and
LP of California executive committee member, for his recently
launched write-in campaign for Santa Clara Valley Water District, District 1.

In addition, it listed the positions it had taken on more than 15 local ballot measures, recommending “no” votes on numerous bonds,
tax increases, and rent-control measures, among others. Those recommendations are listed
at the LPSCC’s web site:
SCCLP.org/elections. •


Gatherings of Los Angeles County LP affiliates


OUTREACH

Walking neighborhood for Johnson, making friends

by Steve Haug

2016 is the best year since I have been a Libertarian to get people to take a look at our party.  Trump’s and Clinton’s
combined “yuck” factor presents a wonderful opportunity.  As one of these two will most likely be president for four years,
that gives us even more time to take full advantage of voters’ disgust.  A lot of
people don’t know there are alternative parties, so we need to improve our visibility while the dominant parties are unpopular.

The one thing I decided I could do was to pass out Gary Johnson for President flyers. I decided to take morning walks.
This gives me the opportunity to talk to some neighbors out walking, or as they are heading out the door for work.
Smiling and saying “good morning” to everyone has been key. Then when they see the Johnson flyer at their door, they
know it was a nice, friendly person who put it there. Anything we can do to make that first encounter a positive one is good.

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Bumper stickers, buttons, brochures, door hangers, yard signs, T-shirts, and other campaign
materials, and soon-to-be memorabilia, are on clearance at
Shop.JohnsonWeld.com.

People walking their dogs present a great opportunity to strike up a conversation. Pet the dog; say something nice about the dog;
and work the Libertarian Party into the conversation.  When I encounter people heading out the door for work, I just say, “Hi! I’m passing out
some information about the Libertarian Party candidate for president.  Would you like a copy?”  If they are not in a rush, you can ask if they
have heard of the party.  If they say they haven’t, I take no more than 15 seconds to give a short summary.  Respect their time.

I look at passing out flyers as your one chance to make a good impression. I was thinking about wearing
a party T-shirt, but decided not to, as it’s redundant.  I have a bunch of T-shirts that indicate I’m a regular blood donor. That
might help make a good impression on people.  Maybe they will look at me as someone who helps others and that will help get my message received
in a better light. When walking the neighborhood, I never walk across someone’s front yard — even if it’s nothing but dirt — just to show respect
for their property. I always stay on the sidewalk, even if it takes longer.

Sometimes a gate prevents access to the front door. I never open a gate to get to the front door.  I just slide the flyer
under the gate. Never put a flyer in a mail slot.  I think there is some government regulation against that (surprise, surprise).
When I put a flyer at the front door, I always make sure it’s face up, centered, and aligned square to the door.
That flyer is my one chance to make an
impression, so I try to make it a good one.

Most people just say, “thank you,” when I hand them a flyer. Out of 5,000 flyers I’ve distributed, I had only two people
politely decline.

Anything we can do to make that first encounter a positive one is good.

Some people have said they had no idea there existed more than two parties. One guy thanked me for letting him know there
is an alternative to the “lesser of two evils.” Another said that this would be his first time voting and he hadn’t decided, yet,
whom to vote for.

When the opportunity presents itself to explain party differences, be prepared. I have had some Democrats tell me that other
parties should be included in the debates.  One couple told me that their son is a Libertarian.  One morning as I was walking to the
next house, a lady in a pick-up truck stopped and rolled down her window.  She asked if I was the one who was passing out the flyers for Johnson.
I said I was, and she thanked me for what I was doing.
She added that she and her husband were going to vote Libertarian this time and were glad
to know that someone was spreading the word.

It’s stuff like that that makes your day.

I live in Hillary country, and there have been no yard signs or bumper stickers for her in the area that I’ve covered.  That’s
not entirely true: I did see one bumper sticker, but it was upside down with an X across it in wide red tape.  That didn’t look too positive, to me.

I did see two yard signs for Trump.  My yard sign is for Gary. I did catch one person stopping in front of my house; and
get out of their car to take a picture of the sign.

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Steve Haug

Update:

California Libertarian Activist checked in with Haug at press time.  He reported that he had completed his original target area
and would soon be finishing two precincts that he had partially covered.
“Total distribution will probably be about 5,300,” he said.

“I had picked my target area quite deliberately, all within west San Jose,
thinking I could get some results for the area and see whether there was a spike in votes for Johnson —
and by how much — compared to the adjacent area.  It’s important to get feedback on the results of our efforts,” he explained,
adding that if he doesn’t find the respective precincts’ results show an obvious difference, he hopes to be more precise
in the next election cycle, so that he can do some precinct-specific analysis.

The bottom line?  “I’m confident that the flyers got more votes for Johnson than not,” Haug said,
“and I know they got the Libertarian Party’s name out there.” •

Steve Haug is a life member of the Libertarian Party, owner of an I.T. support consultancy to both businesses and individuals, and
treasurer of Silicon Valley Taxpayers Association.


AFFILIATE NEWS

San Francisco LP working hard through election day

California Libertarian Activist, Volume II, issue 3 (11/6/2016)

by Aubrey Freedman

The LP of San Francisco is busy running ads in local media,
and canvassing in the neighborhoods for Gary Johnson during these final days before election day.

We got our ballot recommendations up on our web site for all 25 of our local ballot measures.

For a change, we actually have a few “yes” recommendations! No,  San Francisco isn’t becoming more
Libertarian — sometimes, the statists just get it right for the wrong reasons. •

Aubrey Freedman is the chair of the LP of San Francisco.


AFFILIATE NEWS

Visitors spend time with LP reps at
art and wine festivals

by Ed Wimmers

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Photo: Joe Dehn


LPSCC’s activities chair, Ed Wimmmers, speaking with an LP booth visitor

Attendees of two art and wine festivals had the chance to learn more about the Libertarian
Party on September weekends when the Santa Clara County party ran outreach tables there.  We worked the downtown Mountain View event on Sept. 11–12, and

then on Sept. 17–18, the festival held at Central Park in the city of
Santa Clara.

Mountain View’s was a well-attended festival, and many people had a chance to find out about the LP and the Gary Johnson campaign.
Foot traffic was lighter at the Santa Clara event, as our booth
location was out of the way — location assignments were random — but we had cordial relations with those
manning the adjacent Hillary campaign booth, even helping them relocate when they wanted a shadier spot.

But we discovered an advantage in being out of the way: we could talk a little longer with
the people who stopped to learn about the LP.  There were a couple of visitors of note: David Friedman,
the economist, Santa Clara University law professor, and author of The Machinery of Freedom, and Patrick
Peterson
, founder of the Jefferson Club and organizer of the annual Ludwig von Mises Birthday Celebration
held locally each fall.

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Photo: Joe Dehn


Melisse Lusin and her daughter Zoe Holtz staffing LPSCC table

As we distributed Gary Johnson yard signs and Libertarian buttons to passers-by, we found
through informal polling that in contrast to years past, most people had heard of the Libertarian Party
and Gov. Johnson — even if they did not know much about us. Because of the heightened awareness, we focused
on providing campaign literature rather than administering the World’s Smallest Political Quiz.  There were
about 15–20 people who wanted a button, yard sign, or door hanger. It was a boon having Spanish- and
Vietnamese-language literature, which several visitors appreciated.

Thanks to our all volunteers who helped staff the festival booth: Don Cormier, Robert and
Jennifer Imhoff, respectively the volunteer director and communications director for Johnson Weld 2016 in
California, John Low, and Sam Grove.  Special thanks to our volunteers who joined me in working the booth
for the full weekend: Kennita Watson and Jonathan Ullman. •

Want to see more Libertarian outreach in Santa Clara County?

To help plan outreach or social activities with the LP of Santa Clara County, contact Ed Wimmers, Activities Committee chair, via e-mail at:

Activities@SCCLP.org


ELECTION 2016

In-depth review of Sequoia Healthcare District closure opportunity

by Lois Garcia and Jack Hickey

Two San Mateo County hospital districts have long since fulfilled their mission to collect taxes for support of hospitals, and, like something
from a horror film, refuse to die, even though they no longer own any hospitals.

These districts siphon off a percentage of taxes which would otherwise go to the county, school districts, fire districts….

These districts, now calling themselves “healthcare districts,” continue to collect property taxes from 58 percent of the county.
Don’t look for it on your property tax bill; it’s buried in the one-percent ad valorem tax.
These districts siphon off a percentage of taxes which would otherwise go to the county, school districts, fire districts, etc., as they do in other parts of the county.

They should be dissolved.

Assets and revenue

The two districts have combined assets totaling more than S100 million.
This includes a profit-sharing agreement (dubbed “EBIDA” after the accounting measure, “earnings before interest, depreciation, and amortization”) with Sequoia Hospital,
made in return for the district’s $75,000,000 contribution to a major hospital
renovation.  The Sequoia Healthcare District (SHD) chooses not to include the
EBIDA as an asset in its financial statement.

Jack Hickey, a director on the SHD board since 2002, estimates the value of the profit-sharing
agreement to be at least $20,000,000.

Originally brokered by director Kathleen “Katie” Kane, an incumbent running for re-election, the EBIDA was estimated by
Goldman Sachs to have a payback schedule as follows:

2012: $5.2 million

2008: $5.2 million
2009: $5.8 million
2010: $6.1 million
2011: $5.7 million
2013: $3.9 million
2014: $3.9 million
2015: $4.0 million
2016: $4.3 million
2017: $4.6 million
2018–2047: $270 million (lump sum)
TOTAL: $319 MILLION

To date, returns have totaled only $15 million, as compared with the projected $44.1 million.

The districts receive more than $16,000,000 per year in property taxes.

District boundaries

Boundaries were drawn based on communities existing in 1946–47.

Sequoia Healthcare District includes Portola Valley,
Woodside, Atherton, Redwood City, San Carlos, portions of Menlo Park, Foster City, and a small portion of San Mateo.
Peninsula Healthcare District includes Hillsborough, Burlingame, Millbrae, most of San Mateo, portions of San Bruno,
South San Francisco, and Foster City.

Excluded areas of eastern Menlo Park and East Palo Alto are home to 43,852 residents with a
Community Need Index (CNI) score of 4.0.  They are the neediest, and collaterally receive considerable benefit from
Sequoia programs funded by district taxpayers.

District grants buy constituencies

Without community hospitals to support, both districts now redistribute the tax money and other revenues they collect
to charities and programs of their own choosing, with no taxpayer input. Charitable giving by a self-serving philanthropic
organization was not the intention of the voters who approved taxing themselves for a hospital district.  Recipients of their
grants run the gamut from organizations previously funded solely by voluntary contributions, such as St. Anthony de Padua Dining
Room, to the San Mateo County Medical Center, which has countywide responsibilities and funding.

Recipients of unauthorized beneficence from SHD also include the Society of St. Vincent de Paul,
Catholic Charities, El Centro de Libertad, Planned Parenthood, Sequoia YMCA, Jewish Family and Children’s
Services, Latino Commission, and Senior Focus.

We do not need an elected board of directors to make our charitable contributions.

We do not need an elected board of directors to make our charitable contributions. The sheer number of beneficiaries involved
has established a formidable support group and automatic endorsements, which perpetuates these unnecessary districts. The
districts are dues-paying members of the Association of California Healthcare Districts (ACHD), at $20,000 per year. The
ACHD engages in organizational activities for political purposes.

San Mateo Civil Grand Jury

The only citizen oversight for the Sequoia Healthcare District is the San Mateo County Civil Grand Jury. The civil grand jury
is an independent investigative body created by the California State Constitution. Composed of 19 citizens, the jury serves as a
“watchdog for citizens of the county.” The grand jury’s purpose is to be the “conscience of the community.”

  • In 2000–2001, the grand jury recommended that the district reduce property taxes for district taxpayers. This
    recommendation was not followed.
  • In 2001–2002, the grand jury recommended that the district correct “misinformation previously disseminated to the
    public.”
  • In 2004–2005, the grand jury investigated over 20 different districts in San Mateo County. Only the activities of
    the Sequoia Healthcare District warranted their own special report. That report recommended that Sequoia immediately pursue merging
    with Peninsula Healthcare District. This merger would have saved our communities the duplicate overhead cost of two distinct districts,
    with their two sets of salaries and two sets of benefits. This recommendation was not followed.
  • In 2008–2009, the grand jury again recommended that the district decline a share of its property-tax revenue, and
    enhance community input and involvement. This recommendation was not followed.
  • In 2012, the Grand Jury released a report, San Mateo County Special Districts: Who Is Really In Charge of the Taxpayer’s
    Money? The Mosquito District Embezzlement: Is it the Tip of the Iceberg?
    , which noted that districts wield considerable influence
    on the community, with little oversight.

Taking care of themselves

The district spends $250,000 to support its CEO, who manages
one full-time and two part-time employees.

The board contributed $2,900 to the Brittan Acres PTA
two months prior to a parcel-tax vote.  That PTA made a monetary
contribution to the “Yes on S” campaign of $999 —
carefully avoiding the filing threshold for “late contributions.”

In December 2013, directors Faro, Kane, and Griffin voted to increase benefits for
“sitting” directors.  Six months later, the board had second thoughts and decided
that they had erred.  These three directors kept $5,400 in benefits collected in
error.

Expansion, consolidation, or dissolution

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Jack Hickey, an SHD director and former chair of the LP of San Mateo County

In 2007, the San Mateo County Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCo) adopted a resolution
which included the following for the two healthcare districts: “transitional sphere of influence with the potential for:
expansion to include excluded areas, dissolution and consolidation.”

The districts should do one of the following:

  1. Expansion: Annex the entire county. This would require politically unlikely concessions of property-tax revenue.
  2. Consolidation: Consolidate the Sequoia and Peninsula Healthcare Districts. This would eliminate almost half of
    the administrative waste, but doesn’t solve the problem of excluded areas.
  3. Dissolution: Eliminate the district, and distribute 100 percent of its assets and future
    ad valorem taxes to the remaining agencies.

Director Hickey has proposed enabling legislation which would provide voters
with two alternatives to the status quo:

  • Expand the districts countywide; fund currently excluded areas
    from a portion of the existing one-percent general property taxes; that is,
    no new taxes, or
  • Dissolve both districts; distribute their assets, and their share
    in the one-percent general property tax, to the other,
    functioning agencies who share in that one-percent general tax.

After November 8, the prospect of smaller government and lower taxes for San Mateo County residents — and
the fate of Sequoia Healthcare District — may become clearer. •

Campaign web site: xSHCD.com

Harland Harrison contributed to this article. See additional information on his and Lois Garcia’s campaigns in this issue’s article,
Libertarians offer chance for smaller government in San Mateo County ‘healthcare’ district.”


 

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Contributors: Ken Anton, Alex Appleby, Ted Brown, Joe Dehn, Jerry Dixon, Terry Floyd, Aubrey Freedman, Lois Garcia, James P. Gray,
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  Volume II, Issue 3 November 6, 2016  


Masthead image - with text, The California Libertarian Activist, the official newsletter for activists of the Libertarian Party of California, text www.Ca.LP.org, blue and grey with stylized Lady Liberty silhouette

The official publication for activists of the Libertarian Party of California

IN THIS ISSUE:


ELECTION 2016

Libertarians offer chance for smaller government in San Mateo County ‘healthcare’ district

by Elizabeth C. Brierly

Lois Garcia and Harland Harrison of San Mateo County have teamed up with Jack Hickey, an elected Libertarian on the board of directors of Sequoia Healthcare District (SHD),
in a bid to fulfill Hickey’s goal of closing this local hospital district without a hospital, yet which continues to rake in funds from taxpayers.  The two Libertarians are
challenging two incumbents for two open seats on the five-member board.*


Slate mailer for Harrison–Garcia campaign sent to district voters three times

Hickey, a retired research scientist, has crusaded for 14 years to
put an end to this local version of government bloat.
His platform of pursuing a Grand Jury recommendation
that the District, which sold Sequoia Hospital in 1996, should cease collection of property taxes until voters approve the district’s newly assumed purpose, got him elected
in 2002 and re-elected every cycle. And he put his money where his mouth is: he has contributed $13,000 and lent another $7,000 to the campaign, which enabled three mailings to
district residents and placement of 200 signs with the slogan, No Hospital? – No Taxes!.

“We need to validate the district,” Hickey told the Almanac newspaper, which ran a story on the campaign on Oct. 12. If his slate is elected, the plan is not to reflexively
declare the district closed, but to put the question to voters.  The process for a ballot measure involves petitioning the Local Agency Formation Commission, which director
Hickey has not been able to effect without majority support.

“If I get [Garcia or Harrison] elected,” Hickey told the Almanac,
“then I’ll have somebody to second my motions (to the district board) and we can have a discussion.”

In an editorial on Sept. 16, the San Mateo Daily Journal agreed wholeheartedly with Hickey’s goal of
taking the matter to voters, writing that, “Time and again, we have proposed
that…[Hickey] take the argument to the people through an initiative process to see if voters actually want the
district dissolved.”  Apparently oblivious to the mechanics of the
process, the Journal proceeded to endorse both incumbents — the very people impeding the newspaper’s
own proposal.

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Lois Garcia, Libertarian candidate for Sequoia Healthcare District

Garcia greatly respects Hickey’s work on the SHD board.  “There was a time when the District decided to
tear down Sequoia Hospital, after having spent millions of
dollars to build it,” she wrote on her campaign web site.  “If not for one dissenting board member, Jack Hickey,
who brought the issue to the voters with a petition referendum,
Redwood City would not have the hospital that we have today.”

Garcia sees the district as having a duty to serve the community with integrity.

“They need a strong board of directors that won’t be swayed by ties to the healthcare
industry,” she explains on her campaign web site.  “I want to join Jack Hickey as a voice of the people on the board.”  She says that if elected, she would work to place a measure
on the ballot to let the district’s residents decide its future.

Professionally, Garcia is an information security specialist.  Active in local politics and community service for over a decade, this is her first time running for office.

Harrison has pledged that if elected, he will work diligently to cut property taxes by 50 percent and to
require government financial transparency.

Garcia, too, is concerned about transparency in government, observing in her ballot statement that, “the current board majority…rejected a suggestion to make meeting
recordings available to the public, even though it is the public who provide the means for the board to exist.”

Harrison wrote candidly in a blog post that he wants to close SHD.  “The board has sold the hospital, but has gone right on collecting the taxes!  They got $11,000,000
last year.  Diverting the millions of dollars intended to subsidize Sequoia Hospital is bad enough, but the Board also contrived a profit-sharing agreement as part of the transfer….
So SHD has gone from subsidizing a hospital [in order] to lower the cost of hospital care, to extracting its own profit from the high cost of hospital care.”

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The campaign video statement of Harland Harrison for Sequoia Healthcare District was produced by the MidPen Media Center based in Palo Alto.

In addition to maintaining their campaign web sites and blogs, Garcia and Harrison also recorded video statements that are running on local cable public access television and YouTube,
courtesy of a local nonprofit that offers video production services to local candidates and ballot-measure proponents and opponents.

Along with the local Libertarian Party’s endorsement, the pair has won the endorsement of
Silicon Valley Taxpayers Association.  Harrison’s reaction to the good news?
“Why not?  We plan to cut the district’s tax by 100 percent, after all.”

Campaign web sites:

* For more background on Sequoia Healthcare District,
see Hickey’s and Garcia’s article, “In-depth review of Sequoia Healthcare District closure opportunity,” in this issue.

LP of San Mateo County ballot recommendations for Nov. 8

For additional recommendations by the LP of San Mateo County for the Nov. 8 ballot, visit the party’s web site at:
LPSM.org


Election 2016

Anton for Assembly wins newspaper endorsement, Republican attention

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Ken Anton for California State Assembly, District 2

by Sandra Kallander

“People are naturally kinder than the government.”

You know you’ve arrived at the correct web site the moment it loads, because that headline is the first thing you see after
“Ken Anton: Libertarian for California State Assembly (District 2).”  Scroll down, and you find links labeled, “End Cronyism/Corporate Welfare,”
“Spend Wisely,” and “Protect Our Freedoms.”

Ken Anton’s district is sparsely populated, and as a consequence, geographically large.  It stretches over 300 miles, from the
Oregon border to Santa Rosa, and from the Pacific Ocean to parts of the Shasta–Trinity National Forest, serving more than 465,000
people in five counties.

District 2 has attracted both liberal and conservative refugees from the heavily populated areas of California.  With mountains,
forests, and wilderness spaces, most residents must be independent, ready for emergencies and to defend themselves, or they rely on neighbors
and a team of volunteer firefighters; government-provided services are often quite distant and limited.

Anton has pledged to fully restore the right of self-defense, and says that he “will support (if not author myself) any bill to
streamline or remove some of the approximately 1,500 gun laws already on the books that affect fellow Californians.”

To aid the many residents who would be self-employed, he would also end government’s involvement in professional licensing, with
his pledge to “end state-protected cartels by removing all restrictions on practicing in any profession.”

Some residents are involved in growing cannabis in what is known as “the Emerald Triangle.”  Without endorsing Prop. 64, the Adult
Use of Marijuana Act (which the LP of California executive committee chose not to support), Anton proposes to “establish the Emerald
Triangle as an appellation region, similar to a wine growing region.” He says the designation
“would put a premium on our top-quality brand and attract thousands of jobs — it could potentially be a multi-billion-dollar
business. Our district needs that agriculture for economic growth.”

Anton also defends Proposition 13, the state’s 1978 constitutional amendment enacted by voters to help people keep their homes
when real-estate valuations and property taxes are driven up by the sales activity of their neighbors.  Despite the fact that Prop. 13
helped prevent catastrophic state budget issues when the last real-estate bubble burst, it is under constant attack by the legislature and others.

Running a race in multiple jurisdictions, over such a far-flung area, has its challenges.  And hazards: on October 26, the Anton
campaign announced that they had filed a complaint with the California Secretary of State Investigative Services in Sacramento,
regarding the Trinity County Elections Office’s failure to print Anton’s candidate statement in the Trinity County voter guide.
The Trinity County Clerk denied receiving it, but the U.S. Postal Service concluded that it had indeed been delivered.

Anton is facing an incumbent — famously difficult to oust.  Assemblymember Jim Wood (D) of Healdsburg and Anton were unopposed
for the “top two” spots in the open primary.

But Anton has advantages, too. Being willing to run in a “can’t win” race has meant there’s no Republican challenger.
Both the Sonoma County and Trinity County Republican Parties feature Anton prominently on their web sites, along with Donald Trump —
although without actually saying they endorse either candidate.

“Every vote against an incumbent Democrat gets us closer to breaking their cash-and-carry stranglehold on our lives.”

Anderson Valley Advertiser

Another advantage may come from the “social media” effect.  As polling for Gary Johnson for President seems to
indicate, people who don’t rely on older media (TV and newspapers) give greater support for the Libertarian candidate.
These tend to include millennials, active-duty military, and people in remote areas (e.g., Alaska, New Mexico, Utah, Nevada).
Anton is making use of Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google+ in his campaign.

Anton won the endorsement of the Anderson Valley Advertiser, a widely circulated and avant-garde weekly newspaper based in Boonville.
“Every vote against an incumbent Democrat gets us closer to breaking their cash-and-carry stranglehold on our lives,”
the newspaper beseeched, reporting also a rumor that “Anton’s a nice guy.” •

Campaign sites: KenAnton.org and Facebook.com/KenAntonforAssembly


ELECTION 2016

Roberts offers Libertarian solutions to East Bay Regional Park District voters

by Elizabeth C. Brierly

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John Roberts, Libertarian candidate for East Bay Regional Park District, Ward 2

With degrees in Economics and Finance, a career in banking-industry risk management for the FDIC, and impressive certifications in his field, why is Park District Director a
political office that John Roberts would seek?

As a mountain biker, father of three, trail volunteer, and Libertarian, Roberts has a special appreciation for the role of parks as a place to express and exercise one’s
freedom, and he’s concerned about what he sees as excessive restrictions on their use.  So he is challenging three other candidates for the Ward 2 seat being vacated at East
Bay Regional Park District (EPRPD).

On his campaign web site, Roberts observes that while EBRPD’s mission includes balancing preservation with public usage, “management has expanded the footprint of parks on the
preservation side, but been lopsided [against] the usage side.  Many park visitors are not represented fairly unless they conform to an existing recreational agenda. …EBRPD outbids and
crowds out private parties during land acquisitions using our tax money, and then denies some of us of something we love.”

Sure enough, his opponent Audree Jones-Taylor indicates on her campaign web site her goal of being an “advocate for protecting the remaining hillside and ridgelines.”  And the first
item on the priorities list of opponent Kent Ficketts, who holds a master’s degree in Conservation of Natural Resources and Environmental Management, is “continue to protect and expand”
the regional parks and trails system.

Roberts laments the municipal code’s insistence on requiring government-issued permits for, among other things, “pre-advertised assemblies.”  Let alone the organized group bike
rides that he’d like to see become more feasible and popular, he asks, “how did we forget that the right to peaceably assemble is a constitutional right?”

“Park visitors should get a sense of ownership of our parks,” Roberts told a Lamorinda Weekly reporter for his Oct. 19 article profiling the candidates, “not a sense of dread
from its many rules and restrictive policies.”

“More freedom for park users is paramount, and for this it will be necessary to simplify and reduce the amount of rules.”

Roberts told the California Libertarian Activist (CLA), “More freedom for park users is paramount, and for this it will be necessary to simplify and reduce the amount of rules.”
He explained that currently, for example, “You cannot use vaporizers unless they are FDA-approved medicines; you cannot put up a rope swing; mountain bikers can ride only on dirt trails
wider than eight feet (with rare exceptions); remote-controlled craft are outlawed in all 65 parks.”  He believes that lifting such restrictions on behavior will incentivize residents to
take more advantage of the parklands they’re involuntarily funding through taxation.

“At least two of the other candidates favor protecting natural resources, instead of increasing public access.”  Roberts added, “In particular, they supported the current board’s
vote to close the Chabot Gun Club this year — after 50+ years of safe operation and despite popular opposition to its closure — at a cost of millions of dollars.”

One specific solution he supports is to “pilot a certification program for responsible users to earn additional freedom in the parks, by conforming to a functioning patrol role.
That would include dog walkers, mountain bikers, and equestrians.”

Roberts believes district taxpayers would find his professional experience invaluable.  He conducts continuous bank monitoring, participates in examinations,
and covers risk areas such as operations, audit, and regulatory reporting.  “I earn a fixed salary, yet I make recommendations that can adversely affect the salary prospects of bankers who make
millions; I do this to protect our deposits from bankers taking undue risks.”

To that end, Roberts signed on to several key pledges crafted by the Libertarian National Committee for consideration by candidates for local office, including a pledge to require
government financial transparency.

Sharing Roberts’s concern about transparency is opponent Dee Rosario, who proposes board meetings be held in the evening and commits to regular personal meetings with constituents.
But their common ground disappears when it comes to fiscal matters. Rosario told Lamorinda Weekly that he wants “to see the park district become…the largest land owner in the East Bay.”

“I believe it is the duty of elected officials to be completely transparent.”

“The EBRPD 2016 budget is 84 percent funded by property taxes,” Roberts observed on his web site, “and the rest is primarily funded through charges for services. Parcel taxes assessed
on Alameda and Contra Costa residents keep the parks going. …we are paying for our parks.  It is for this reason that management of EBRPD should be subject to complete transparency for all
taxpayers to see how their funds are put to work…. I believe it is the duty of elected officials to be completely transparent.”

He told the Weekly that he “favors an independent body to oversee fiscal performance and he endorses a bottom-up approach to district management operations,” so he proposes, for example,
that park supervisors’ performance evaluations be based in part on their cooperation with park users and the community.  He’s a strong believer in suggestion boxes, too, citing their active and effective use by the Oakland Main Library as a model for EBRPD.

Roberts has also pledged to immediately end police militarization. In an interview with the “San Leandro Talk” blog, Roberts was asked his opinion about the militarization of the East
Bay Parks police. “Militarization is for battlefields, not parks,” he responded.  “While I fully support police facilities and responsible training, military equipment should be bought and
stored by the National Guard, not park rangers.  I consider militarization spending by any park management to be a waste of taxpayer funds….”

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Castle Rock Regional Recreation Area, part of East Bay Regional Park District

As for campaigning, Roberts says, “I practice what I preach as a Libertarian.  Not only do I plan to keep government small to increase freedom, I am also keeping my campaign budget small.
This means a smarter campaign with a focus on Facebook, e-mail, and word of mouth.  I have yet to print a lawn sign, flyer, or mailer.  It helps to keep the environment clean and it makes
sense when running for a ‘park’ position.”  Candidate forums cost nothing, and Roberts has participated in several.  He told CLA that the forums “allowed us to polish our platforms,
see and discuss common ground, and identify where we clearly diverged.”  While he is circumspect in appreciating that “the more candidates, the more of a choice the voting public will have,”
having so many has had its drawbacks: “[At] the final debate…I could have spoken for 12 hours straight, but with four candidates and a limited timeframe, I had to stay very much on point.”

There’s no doubt he been able to do that, armed with the three-pronged platform he devised.  “My ‘CAT’ platform stands for Community, Accessibility, and Transparency,” Robert wrote.  “Community involvement makes for the best parks, and helps the essence of democracy flourish.
Accessibility provides park visitors fair treatment despite socioeconomic, race, handicap, or recreational diversity.
Transparency means the public should be informed of all park decisions because we all fund its function through our tax dollars.” He has written a position paper for each of the planks, which are posted to his campaign web site.

Roberts lives with his wife and three children in Piedmont.  Ward 2 represents most of Oakland, Piedmont, Canyon, Moraga, Orinda, Orinda Village, Rheem Valley, Lafayette, Rossmoor, and part of Walnut Creek.  Parks in this ward include: portion of
Briones, Anthony Chabot, Claremont Canyon, Huckleberry, Leona Open Space, a small portion of Las Trampas, Redwood, Roberts, Sibley, and Temescal. •

Campaign web site: JohnRobertsDemocracy.com


ELECTION 2016

More Libertarian races in California: State legislature

In California’s “top two” open primary election on June 7, along with Ken Anton running for Assembly District 2, four other Libertarian
candidates for state legislature placed second in their races. So five incumbents from the state legislature must each share the November
ballot with a Libertarian alternative.

Running for State Assembly are Libertarians Mike Everling of Los Angeles (District 51), whose campaign we featured in our Oct. 6 issue,* against incumbent Jimmy Gomez (D).
Donn Coenen of Nevada City (District 1) is challenging incumbent Brian Dahle (R).

Real estate agent Baron Bruno of Venice (also profiled in our Oct. 6 issue) ran as a write-in candidate in a
three-way race for Assembly District 62, against incumbent Autumn Burke (D), and emerged tied with another write-in candidate, Marco
Antonio “Tony” Leal (R).  All three candidates have been graduated to the November run-off, so this will actually be a “top three” race.

Honor “Mimi” Robson of Long Beach, a structural engineer, is running for State Senate District 33 against incumbent Ricardo
Lara (D-Bell Gardens).  Robson’s campaign was also covered in more detail in our Oct. 6 issue.

Please consider volunteering or contributing to these Libertarian campaigns (campaign site addresses are shown below).

Honor Robson
Donn Coenen
Mike Everling
Baron Bruno
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More Libertarian races in California: Local level

In addition to our candidates at the state level, the LP of California has candidates running for office at the local level,
where we can and do exert a measurable effect on public policy.

In this issue, we feature the campaigns of John Roberts for East Bay Regional Park District, Ward 2, and Lois Garcia and Harland
Harrison
, running as a slate for Sequoia Healthcare District’s two open board seats.  Also running are the following three Libertarian candidates.

Aaron Starr, whose campaign we profiled in the Oct. 6 issue, is a CPA and controller of a large
manufacturing firm in Oxnard, where he is running for city council,
an office he first sought in 2014.  He is also a former chair of the LP of California.

Brian Thiemer, the northern vice chair of the LP of California, is on his second run for
Fairfield City Council.  He was also featured in our last issue.

Susan Marie Weber, an elected Libertarian city councilmember in Palm Desert since 2012 who served as mayor in 2015,
is running for re-election there.  Weber is also owner of a small business management consulting firm,
and teaches college-level accounting.

Aaron Starr Brian Thiemer Susan Marie Weber
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Fairfield City Council
ValueToThePeople.com
Palm Desert
City Council
SusanMarieWeber.com

Please consider volunteering or contributing to these Libertarian campaigns.

For updates on Libertarian candidates running for office in California this election season,
visit our Candidates web page, at Ca.LP.org/candidates.

A big “thank you” goes to all our Libertarian candidates.  The California Libertarian Activist wishes you good luck and high
vote totals, on November 8!

* Back issues of the California Libertarian Activist are available at Ca.LP.org/news.

Run for office

Inspired by these California Libertarian candidates?
Get started now on your 2018 campaign for elective office!

The combination of Libertarian races being run from the presidential race all the way down the ticket — in every election, consistently —
is what lays the groundwork for Libertarian principles to reach both voters and policymakers.

To find out about running, either fill out the form at Ca.LP.org/run-for-office,
or contact Ted Brown via e-mail at TBrown@Ca.LP.org.

If you’re not ready to serve as a candidate, but would like to learn how it’s done, step by step, volunteer for an upcoming
Libertarian campaign in your area. Connect with them through your local LP; see the
county contact list in this issue.

Whatever role suits you best in our battle for individual freedom,
thank you for being a part of the Libertarian movement.


FROM THE CHAIR

Free of guilt or reservation

by Ted Brown, Chair

California Libertarian Activist, Volume II, issue 3 (11/6/2016)

Ted Brown

The difference between the Republican and Democratic parties is that, if the Democrats proposed burning down the White House,
the Republicans would immediately counter with a measure to phase it in over three years.

— Malcolm Wallop (R),
U.S. Senator from Wyoming, 1977–1995

In just two days, Election Day will be upon us — and what
an election season it has been!  I’ve been a Libertarian Party activist since 1979, and have never seen
the kind of attention and support that our presidential candidate, Gov. Gary Johnson, has gotten.

Sadly, Gary was denied a place in the presidential debates, but given how the debates are run by Democratic and
Republican Party insiders, did anyone really expect him to be let in?
Donald Trump is not the “anti-establishment” candidate — that title belongs to Libertarian Party candidates.
Trump may have tried to shake up the establishment with bizarre and dangerous rants, but the sensible
Libertarian program of economic freedom, personal freedom, and a non-interventionist foreign policy is what
would really shake the establishment to its core.

Millennials, aged 18 to 34, get it.  They are Gov. Johnson’s strongest support group.  Active-duty military personnel
get it.  They are giving him more votes and contributions than they are giving Trump or Clinton. And of
course, Libertarians know that voting for the “lesser of two evils” has led to the moribund megagovernment
we’re now saddled with — and to the nomination of two of the worst major-party presidential candidates in
American history.

I’m proud to support Gary Johnson without guilt or reservation, without my reason being that “the other guy is
way worse.”  And, for Californians who worry that an unbalanced narcissist could be hovering over the nuclear
button, remember that Hillary Clinton will likely carry California by 20 points or more, and be awarded every
one of our 55 electoral votes.  So, a vote for Gary Johnson is indeed a vote for Gary Johnson — not a
“spoiler”
vote.  Voting Libertarian will show the pundits that a lot of Californians are backing the sane, decent,
honest candidate.

We saw an enthusiastic response from volunteers wishing to serve as presidential electors for the Johnson–Weld
ticket.  Fifty-five electors and seven alternates are ready to go at a moment’s notice to Sacramento, to vote
for Johnson and Weld, should lightning strike us with Gov. Johnson’s winning California’s popular vote on
November 8.


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Gov. Gary Johnson and Gov. Bill Weld, the 2016 Libertarian presidential and vice-presidential ticket (campaign web site:
JohnsonWeld2016.com).

Of course, it takes money to garner Libertarian votes. Please visit the Johnson-Weld campaign web site and
make your most generous contribution: JohnsonWeld.com.

In other news, the Libertarian Party of California has taken positions on the statewide ballot propositions
on the November ballot, which you can review on our web site, here:
Ca.LP.org/measures, as well as in this newsletter.

You probably could have predicted most of our positions, given how the party opposes bonded indebtedness,
taxes, and government-imposed regulation of all types. But there has been some controversy about the party’s
opposition to Proposition 64, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act.  As you may know, the Libertarian Party has
been the foremost advocate for ending the War on Drugs for over 44 years, and over the last decade, the
general public has finally started agreeing with us.

So why oppose Prop. 64, as the LPC executive committee unanimously voted to do? There are passionate
advocates on both sides of the issue, and a lot of “for” people have told us that we either misunderstand
the proposal or are too “pure” and are letting the perfect be the enemy of the good.  I won’t fault anyone
for voting “yes” on 64.  There are some very good aspects. For example, personal use will be legalized and
those convicted of pot offenses can petition to have their records cleared.  But overall, this measure was
written by and financed by people who really don’t favor legal pot all that much, but knew the time has
come, and wanted to make sure to impose on the marijuana industry a truly rigorous, 62-page regulatory
scheme. The measure would also create a few new crimes that would result in jail time. Please read
Prop. 64 carefully before making your decision.

Membership is growing in both the national and California LP, and I welcome any new members who are
reading this. For those of you whose membership has lapsed, please renew at:
Ca.LP.org/membership

Finally, the Executive Committee will hold its next meeting on November 19 (see sidebar for details).
This is the first “excom” meeting in the Bay Area in
recent memory.  We’ll be planning our post-election season goals
and activities.  Members of the public are invited. •

LP of California Executive Committee meeting

WHEN: Saturday, November 19, 2016, from 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

WHERE: Mudrakers Café, 2801 Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley

The LPC Executive Committee holds in-person meetings quarterly
at varying locations.


AFFILIATE NEWS

Mendocino LP undertakes changes to constitution and bylaws

On October 15, the Mendocino County Libertarian Party (MCLP) met in Ukiah to prepare a new constitution and bylaws.
The new constitution and bylaws will be voted on at the next meeting, on Saturday, November 12.  (See sidebar for details.)

Upon approval of the constitution and bylaws, nominations for officers will be accepted at that meeting.
All interested Libertarians are encouraged to attend. •

Next meeting of the LP of Mendocino County

WHEN: Saturday, November 12, 1:00 P.M.

WHERE: Dolphin Isle Marina in Fort Bragg

DETAILS: Please check the Facebook page in case of any last-minute updates or changes, at

Facebook.com/MendocinoCountyLibertarianParty


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Recommendations on statewide ballot measures

The Libertarian Party of California has taken the following positions on the statewide propositions on the November 8 ballot:

PROPOSITION LP OF CALIF. RECOMMENDATION DESCRIPTION
51 NO School bonds
52 NO State fees on hospitals
53 YES Voting on revenue bonds
54 YES Legislative transparency
55 NO Income tax hike extension
56 NO Cigarette tax increase
57 YES Parole for non-violent felons
58 NO Changes in bilingual education methods
59 No position taken Advisory vote on Citizens United repeal
60 NO Condoms required for adult film actors
61 NO State prescription drug purchases
62 YES End the Death Penalty in California
63 NO Extensive new gun control measures
64 NO Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA)
(While the Libertarian Party has been a strong supporter of ending marijuana prohibition
for over 40 years, this proposition would do more harm than good, damaging medical availability, and
creating additional criminal offenses and regulations.)
65 NO Directs grocery bag money to wildlife fund
66 NO Makes death penalty easier
67 NO Grocery stores can’t provide plastic bags (referendum)

These recommendations are also posted on the LPC web site, at Ca.LP.org/measures.


ELECTION 2016

The importance of your vote for Liberty

by Judge Jim Gray (Ret.)

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Judge Jim Gray

I have focused in my columns upon how Liberty in so many circumstances more positively and
effectively addresses and resolves issues and problems in our world than does Big Government.
And this has been shown to be true in many areas, including justice, the tax code, education, health care,
security, immigration, international relations, and many more.

I have asserted that Libertarian Gary Johnson is the only presidential candidate who would consistently
employ Liberty in Washington, just as he did as the two-term governor of New Mexico.  In fact, this directly led to his campaign
slogan:
Good government is easy: Watch!

Well, the presidential election is now upon us, but Governor Johnson will not win it outright.  (He could still win, if the
election is sent to the House of Representatives under the Twelfth Amendment.)  Why won’t he win it, outright? Because even though
he is on the ballots of all 50 states and D.C., he was not included in the presidential debates — the Super Bowl of presidential
politics.  He was not included because the debates are completely controlled by the so-called [nonpartisan] Commission on
Presidential Debates, which, in turn, is completely controlled by high-ranking Democrats and Republicans.

Libertarian Gary Johnson is the only presidential candidate who would consistently
employ Liberty in Washington.

Nevertheless, I still entreat you to vote for Governor Johnson!  Why?  Because instead of voting for either of the truly scary
candidates from the two main parties, your vote will be seen as one for a public servant of integrity who stands for financial
responsibility, social inclusiveness, and Liberty.  (If you vote for the “lesser of two evils,” you still get evil!)

Furthermore, your vote will really count.  For example, a vote for Trump in states like California or New York is a wasted
vote, because Clinton will easily win those states.  In fact, a vote for Clinton in those states would also be a wasted vote,
because she will still win them even without you.  The same thing is true in reverse for Trump, in states like Texas.

But if Johnson receives just five percent of the vote nationwide, the Libertarians will receive public funding in the next
presidential election, just like the two main parties (that is, if the Libertarians choose to accept that funding — by no means
a foregone conclusion).  This will have the important consequence of tending to bring both the Republicans and Democrats back from
some of the radical positions they now are taking, and more toward the center — because they will want to re-attract those votes.
So in every state that is a lock for either Clinton or Trump, the only meaningful vote is for Governor Gary Johnson.  Please consider
this reality.

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Object to the status quo, stand up for Liberty and integrity, and please pass this message on to as many of your voting
friends as you can.  Every vote is important, and time is short! •

James P. “Jim” Gray is a retired superior court judge, author of A Voter’s Handbook: Effective
Solutions to America’s Problems (2001), and was
vice-presidential running mate in 2012 to Gov. Johnson, whose exclusion from the televised
debates led to the pair’s role as co-plaintiffs in
an ongoing lawsuit against the bipartisan Commission on Presidential Debates.
Judge Gray now serves as honorary chairman of Our America Initiative
(OurAmericaInitiative.com)
His column is available on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

This column was originally published as installment no. 90
of the author’s weekly column, 2 Paragraphs 4 Liberty.
Reprinted with permission.


Last chance to be a part of the historic
Johnson–Weld 2016 campaign!

Actions you can take:

  • Wear a Johnson 2016 T-shirt everywhere you go
  • Wave a Johnson-Weld sign for 45 minutes at a busy intersection
  • Reach voters through the easy phone-banking app — from the comfort of your own home

 

Find out more:
Visit
JohnsonWeld.com

or check in with the campaign’s California directors via e-mail at

California@ Johnson Weld.com
.
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Jonathan Jaech,
California
Campaign Director
Robert Imhoff,
California
Volunteer Director

 


San Diego Libertarian Party welcomes all

Committee Meeting

WHEN: Second Thursday of every month, 7:00 P.M.

WHERE: 7840 El Cajon Blvd., Suite 500, La Mesa 91942

Supper Club

WHEN: Fourth Wednesday of every month, 6:00 P.M.

WHERE: Giovanni’s Restaurant, 9353 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San Diego 92123

DETAILS: We have guest speakers, video presentations, debates, and sometimes, we just socialize.

FOR INFO: Contact Jerry Dixon, Executive Chair: Phone (830) 530-1776; e-mail
Jerry@AccountingSolutionsInc.com
, or visit Facebook.com/SanDiegoLP.


OUTREACH

SJSU sorority welcomes Libertarian rep at candidate forum

by Ed Wimmers

I found it satisfying and even refreshing to represent the Libertarian Party at the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority (DST)
candidate forum, held at San
Jose State University on Sept. 27.  DST is a national sorority which describes its membership as
“predominantly black, college-educated women.”

A variety of candidates participated: one congressional candidate, one state senate candidate, three
assembly candidates, two candidates for
city council, four for school boards, one for a water board, and one political party representative: me.
The organizers went out of their way to
include me, even though I was a last-minute addition to the program; they welcomed me, were gracious, and did a
great job.

The moderator made sure everyone had a chance to speak, but even so, given that there were so many candidates,
my time was limited.  So in my
opening statement, I stuck to two main points:

  • The Libertarian Party’s positions are based on the non-aggression principle.
  • We favor cooperation over coercion.

During the question period, not surprisingly, I was asked about Gov. Gary Johnson’s infamous “Aleppo moment,” so
I pivoted and emphasized that
Libertarians believe that the U.S. government should not be messing around in other countries. Considering that the
audience
was primarily female, I also squeezed in the notable fact that the first woman in history to receive a vote from the U.S.
electoral college was Libertarian Tonie Nathan, our 1972 vice-presidential candidate. I also made sure to direct the audience also to our web sites.

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Emblem of the Delta Sigma Theta sorority: “Serve, Lead, Empower”

For my final remarks, I observed that most of the discussion had been about government attempting to solve problems,
with no talk of stopping
the government from taking actions which cause problems.  I mentioned that all Libertarian Party presidential candidates,
including Gary Johnson, have
sought to end our foreign wars and the war on drugs.

There were many positive aspects of the forum.  It was refreshing to chat with a few citizen-candidates running out of concern for their
communities rather than their own political career (e.g., Kimberly Meek for school trustee, Tom Cruz for water board).  One of the few Republicans did
talk about limited government.

However, the brightest spot was when Pattie Cortese, running for re-election to the East Side Union High School
District board of trustees,
talked about “restorative justice.” I understood from her remarks the principle that the criminal should make the victim
whole, rather than that the
criminal should merely be punished.  Wikipedia is not always reliable, but at the time I’m writing this, it explains
restorative justice this way:
“The approach is based on a theory of justice that considers crime and wrongdoing to be an offense
against an individual or community, rather than the State.”  That is a positively libertarian notion, and we might
want to explore the restorative
justice movement for potential synergy with our principles, platform, and campaigns.

Finally, in case I’d had any doubt about having taken time to be there that day, two of the sorors — as
the sisters of Delta Sigma Theta
call themselves — approached me after the event.  One said she needs to look into the Libertarian Party more, and the other said she strongly agreed
with us. •

Ed Wimmers is a former chair, and current activities chair, of the Libertarian Party of Santa Clara County.



Libertarian Party activities in Contra Costa County

Promote the LP on Election Day

WHEN: Election Day! Tuesday, November 8, 2016

WHERE: To be determined

DETAILS: We’re planning a variety of activities for Election Day, in three separate time slots:
7–11 A.M., 11 A.M.–4 P.M., and 4–8 P.M. Please sign up if you’re available to help promote the Libertarian Party!

Locations and activities throughout the county are still being planned, and will be based on the number
of volunteers who respond.

Please remember that all electioneering activities must
be kept more than 100 feet away from any polling place. Check our Meetup page for more information and updates:
Meetup.com/lp-ccc

Go Gary Johnson and our local Libertarian candidates!

Central committee meeting

WHEN: Thursday, December 1, 2016, 7:00 – 9:00 P.M.

WHERE: Mimi’s Café: 1613 Willow Pass Road, Concord 94520

MORE INFO: MeetUp.com/lp-ccc

Meetings are normally held on the first Thursday of each month.


OUTREACH

LP to meet students at JSA political fair in S.F. Bay area

by Lawrence Samuels

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Political buttons — some more “colorful”
than others — are a big draw at the LP’s table at JSA political fairs

It’s time for our semiannual participation in the Junior State of America convention in Santa Clara.

The mission of the Junior State of America and the Junior Statesmen
Foundation (JSA) is to strengthen American democracy by educating and preparing
high school students for life-long involvement and responsible leadership in a democratic society.

Twice a year, Libertarians from Monterey County journey to Santa Clara, where they are joined by
activists from other LP affiliates in the bay area, to meet JSA members — bright young students learning
and practicing every aspect of political process.  We share
Libertarian Party principles, literature, buttons, and books with them.

Afterward we’ll go out to eat at Pizza California, owned by a libertarian.

WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016, afternoon (exact time to be announced)

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Lawrence Samuels

WHERE:

  • Marriott Hotel: 2700 Mission College Blvd. Santa Clara (Great America Parkway exit off Hwy. 101)
  • Pizza California: 1708 Oakland Rd. Suite 500, San Jose (Brokaw Rd. exit off Hwy. 880 or Hwy. 101)

MORE INFO: For updates on event timing and other details,
contact Lawrence Samuels via e-mail at LawSam1951@Hotmail.com. •

Lawrence Samuels is vice chair of the LP of Monterey County, author of  In Defense of Chaos: The
Chaology of Politics, Economics, and Human Action, vice chair of the Seaside Taxpayers Association, and a Realtor.

 

Libertarian Party of Monterey County announcements

Election Night Party!

Because 2016 has been such a crazy election year, we’ve got to have an election-evening party, or we’ll go berserk!
Join us for pizza and beer as we watch election returns on a big TV screen.

WHEN: Tuesday, November 8, 2016, starting at 6:00 P.M.

WHERE: Private home, near the mouth of Carmel Valley (R.S.V.P. for address)

DETAILS:

  • Prof. David Henderson will provide lots of pizza. Others will provide beer and munchies.
  • Sponsored by the local Libertarian Party, the Seaside Taxpayers Association, and various activists from the No on Measures E, X, and Y campaigns.

R.S.V.P.: We need to know how many crates of pizza to buy! Contact Lawrence Samuels
via e-mail at LawSam1951@Hotmail.com, or phone (831) 238-5058.

Ballot measure recommendations

Need last-minute guidance on local ballot measures?

Review our recommendations, posted on the Monterey County LP web site, at
MontereyCountyLP.org.

 


AFFILIATE NEWS

Wine and Liberty 2016 celebrates the dawn of Libertarian awareness

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Robert Imhoff-Dousharm and his daughter support Gary Johnson for President at the Westover Winery

The East Bay LP Wine and Liberty fundraiser drew candidates and attendees from all over the Bay Area to the beautiful
Palomares Valley on Sunday, Oct. 9, to enjoy food, wine, and friendship as we count down the days to another election.
As always, the top-ticket race is already decided by the parties and their media colleagues, so the only reason left to vote on November 8 is to try to push back against the
organized gangsters who are, once again, attempting to tax us into permanent servitude.

Alameda County voters are faced with two bond measure proposals which, should both pass, will saddle taxpayers with $580 million to
promote affordable housing (Measure A1) and $3.5 billion to repair, upgrade and maintain BART (Measure RR). A third
measure, C1, will extend a “temporary”
$8-per-month parcel tax to subsidize Alameda–Contra Costa (“AC”) Transit for another 20 years, rather than allowing it to sunset,
as was promised to the voters when it was first approved.

In addition, there are no fewer than 17 statewide initiatives to address, each with their own agenda to meet. If you are on the
fence about any of them, check out the Libertarian Party of California’s
recommendations in this issue

(or on the LPC website at Ca.LP.org/measures).

The LPC Executive Committee voted to endorse only four of them, and opposes the other thirteen.

Alameda County is fortunate to have our own Libertarian candidate to support for the East Bay Regional Park District, Ward 2,
Piedmont’s John Roberts.  John shows a lot of passion for government transparency and has done the research to make a strong case for his
candidacy.

Libertarians in Fairfield can vote for our LPC Northern Vice Chair, Brian Thiemer, seeking a seat on the City Council.
This is Thiemer’s second city council campaign, and voters have had a chance to become familiar with his name and positions, thanks to his regular
op-ed columns in the local newspaper, the Fairfield Reporter.

Once again, several east bay Libertarian activists are volunteering as poll workers, to do our best to make
sure the election is conducted fairly. Please remember to vote on November 8! •

Reprinted with permission from Libertarian Lifeline.

Next regular meeting of the LP of Alameda County

WHEN: Thursday, November 10, 2016, 7:15 – 9:00 P.M.

WHERE: Tai San Chinese Restaurant: 2811 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley 94705

For more details: Visit
LPAC.us/events,
or contact chair Jim Eyer via e-mail at
Chair@LPAC.us
or by phone at (510) 482-3521.

Meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month. The agenda includes local party business (usually an hour or less), news, planning, and fun.


AFFILIATE NEWS

Johnson–Weld 2016 office springs up in Roseville

Exciting news here at the Placer County LP: Ken Gillespie has opened a Johnson–Weld campaign office in Roseville.
A big “thank you” to Christine Bish of Newpoint Realty Services for furnishing the office space and materials. The office is located at 1098 Melody Lane
Suite 101, Roseville, 95678.

With our voter outreach efforts in full swing during the last few days before the election,
the volunteers may be out and about during any given hour. So if you’d like to stop by for materials or to volunteer, it’s
highly recommended to contact Ken ahead of time, at (909) 532-0453.

We hope to see you for pizza at our first post-election meeting, on Wed., November 9 (see sidebar for details).

Next meeting of the LP of Placer County

WHEN: Wed., November 9, 7:00 – 9:00 P.M.

WHERE: Round Table Pizza: 8755-A Sierra College Blvd. (at Douglas Blvd, opposite Safeway), Roseville, 95661

Meetings are held on one or more Wednesday evenings each month. To receive meeting notices,
send e-mail to LP Placer County chair Steven Wood at
PlacerCoLP@GMail.com.


Get connected with the LP in your area

COUNTY REPRESENTATIVE E-MAIL ADDRESS WEB SITE
Alameda Jim Eyer Chair@LPAC.us LPAC.us
Contra Costa Cory Nott CoryNott@Yahoo.com MeetUp.com/lp-ccc
El Dorado Tyler Kuskie TKuskie@EDCLP.org EDCLP.org
Fresno Paula Barefoot PEBarefoot@GMail.com
Humboldt Tammy Newcomb PrivacyLawAdvocate
LDA@GMail.com
www.FredTyg
.freeservers
.com/LPHC.html
Kern Jonathan Hall Aedardran@GMail.com
Kings Kenneth Brent Olsen *
Los Angeles José Castañeda LPCLAVC@AOL.com LPLAC.org
Mendocino Ken Anton ELKAnton@Yahoo.com
Monterey James King TheJamesKing@
Yahoo.com
www.Monterey
CountyLP.org
Nevada Donn Coenen DRCoenenNCLP@
GMail.com
Orange Brian Kelly * LPOC.org
Placer Steven Wood PlacerCoLP@GMail.com
Plumas Gary Bryant GBryantNCLP@
GMail.com
Riverside Jeff Hewitt JHewitt@Ca.LP.org RCLP.org
Sacramento Jarrett Tilford Office@LPSac.org www.LPSac.org
San Bernardino Boomer Shannon Boomer@Ca.LP.org SBCLP.org
San Diego Jerry Dixon Chair@SDLP.org www.FaceBook
.com/SanDiegoLP
San Francisco Aubrey Freedman Chair@LPSF.org www.LPSF.org
San Joaquin Alex Appleby IAmAlexAppleby
@GMail.com
San Luis Obispo Gail Lightfoot GLightfoot@Ca.LP.org
San Mateo Harland Harrison Harrison@LPSM.org www.LPSM.org
Santa Clara Joe Dehn Chair@SCCLP.org SCCLP.org
Solano Brian Thiemer LPSolanoCounty@GMail.com Facebook.com/
SolanoCounty
Libertarians
Ventura Paul Githens LPVentura.Co@GMail.com www.LPVC.org
Yolo Stephen Blakeman SDouglasBlakeman
@GMail.com
Facebook.com/
LibertarianParty
YoloCounty

* If your county, or county’s representative, is not listed above, contact your regional vice chair:
    Jonathan Jaech, Southern Vice Chair:
Jonathan@Jaech.net
    Brian Thiemer, Northern Vice Chair:
BThiemer@Ca.LP.org


AFFILIATE NEWS

LP of San Joaquin County hosts candidates of all stripes

San Joaquin County Libertarians (SJC LP) recently hosted Stockton School Board candidate
Doug Vigil, U.S. House District 9 candidate Tony Amador (R), SJC Board of Supervisors
candidate Tom Patti, Stockton City Councilman Dan Wright, and Stockton Mayor Anthony Silva,
following his controversial arrest this summer.

The San Joaquin County Libertarian Party officially endorses Doug Vigil for Stockton School board.

Every other candidate we’ve hosted is in a category that we cannot endorse, based on the bylaws of the LP of California, and our
status as an affiliate of the state party. A candidate must be registered as a Libertarian or “no party preference” (NPP), if in a
nonpartisan race, or must be running as a Libertarian for any partisan race, in order to eligible for LP endorsement. Therefore,
the SJC LP takes no position on the above candidates and elected officials. Individual San Joaquin LP members may have made their
own evaluations of these politicians and welcome the discussion. •


LP of Sacramento County announcements

Election-night watch party

Join us for a fun and social evening as we watch the election results!
We will be following the national election and the local Libertarian races in California.

Pizza will be provided! Admission is free. A cash bar and gelato stand will also be available.

WHEN: Tuesday, November 8, 2016, 6 – 9:30 P.M.

WHERE: Hot Italian, 1627 16th Street, Sacramento 95814

R.S.V.P.:
Facebook.com/SacramentoLP
or

LPSac.org/electionnight

For more information: E-mail us at Office@LPSac.org

Invite your friends…see you there!

Ballot measure recommendations

Need last-minute guidance on local ballot measures?  Review the recommendations posted
on the Sacramento LP web site:

LPSac.org/2016-voter-guide

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PUBLICITY

Santa Clara LP making the most of ‘top two’

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Kennita Watson, the Libertarian challenger in the 2016 open primary for U.S. Congress, District 17
(KennitaWatson2016.org)

The LP of Santa Clara County took advantage in October of the general election season to reiterate publicly its opposition to open primaries and
career politicians.

The party issued a press release following its central committee’s passage of a motion which affirmed the party’s opposition
to the re-election of 16-year incumbent
U.S. Congressman Mike Honda (D) in the so-called general election — and which recommended that voters do not cast their ballots for him.

This November’s general election is nothing more than a run-off between Honda and one other Democrat, Ro Khanna, who actually surpassed incumbent
Honda in the Prop. 14 open primary and was ranked the highest vote-getter.

The following is an excerpt from the press release, which was sent to key local media:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Libertarians remain opposed to incumbent U.S. Congressman Honda for District 17 in November election

Party endorses water district candidate but finds that no local ballot measures merit their support

The Libertarian Party of Santa Clara County (LPSCC) voted during its central committee meeting on October 22 to reaffirm its
opposition to the re-election of 16-year incumbent U.S. Congressman Mike Honda (D).

Libertarian Kennita Watson of Sunnyvale, a retired quality engineer, sought to replace Honda in the District 17 seat,
and was endorsed by the LPSCC.

“I had hoped to offer voters a true alternative this November,” explained Watson, “with my platform recognizing their
individual freedom and choices.” However, the restrictions imposed by 2010’s Proposition 14 (the “Top Two Candidates
Open Primary Act”) prevented Watson from challenging Honda directly in the Nov. 8 election.

“This outcome of severely limited choices in District 17 isn’t surprising, but it is ironic,” said Joe Dehn, chair of
the LPSCC.

Prop. 14’s purpose included the statement, “to protect and preserve the right of every Californian to vote for the
candidate of his or her choice.”

Dehn explained, “It’s clear that voters want more and better choices, but as a result of this system, voters of District 17
have no real choice. With only two candidates—both Democrats—on their ballots, many citizens find themselves, in fact, barred
from choosing the candidate they feel would better represent their values in the legislature.”

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Mark W.A. Hinkle for Santa Clara Valley Water District

The press release also announced
the party’s endorsement former national and state Libertarian Party chair Mark W.A. Hinkle, a small-business owner and
LP of California executive committee member, for his recently
launched write-in campaign for Santa Clara Valley Water District, District 1.

In addition, it listed the positions it had taken on more than 15 local ballot measures, recommending “no” votes on numerous bonds,
tax increases, and rent-control measures, among others. Those recommendations are listed
at the LPSCC’s web site:
SCCLP.org/elections. •


Gatherings of Los Angeles County LP affiliates


OUTREACH

Walking neighborhood for Johnson, making friends

by Steve Haug

2016 is the best year since I have been a Libertarian to get people to take a look at our party.  Trump’s and Clinton’s
combined “yuck” factor presents a wonderful opportunity.  As one of these two will most likely be president for four years,
that gives us even more time to take full advantage of voters’ disgust.  A lot of
people don’t know there are alternative parties, so we need to improve our visibility while the dominant parties are unpopular.

The one thing I decided I could do was to pass out Gary Johnson for President flyers. I decided to take morning walks.
This gives me the opportunity to talk to some neighbors out walking, or as they are heading out the door for work.
Smiling and saying “good morning” to everyone has been key. Then when they see the Johnson flyer at their door, they
know it was a nice, friendly person who put it there. Anything we can do to make that first encounter a positive one is good.

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Bumper stickers, buttons, brochures, door hangers, yard signs, T-shirts, and other campaign
materials, and soon-to-be memorabilia, are on clearance at
Shop.JohnsonWeld.com.

People walking their dogs present a great opportunity to strike up a conversation. Pet the dog; say something nice about the dog;
and work the Libertarian Party into the conversation.  When I encounter people heading out the door for work, I just say, “Hi! I’m passing out
some information about the Libertarian Party candidate for president.  Would you like a copy?”  If they are not in a rush, you can ask if they
have heard of the party.  If they say they haven’t, I take no more than 15 seconds to give a short summary.  Respect their time.

I look at passing out flyers as your one chance to make a good impression. I was thinking about wearing
a party T-shirt, but decided not to, as it’s redundant.  I have a bunch of T-shirts that indicate I’m a regular blood donor. That
might help make a good impression on people.  Maybe they will look at me as someone who helps others and that will help get my message received
in a better light. When walking the neighborhood, I never walk across someone’s front yard — even if it’s nothing but dirt — just to show respect
for their property. I always stay on the sidewalk, even if it takes longer.

Sometimes a gate prevents access to the front door. I never open a gate to get to the front door.  I just slide the flyer
under the gate. Never put a flyer in a mail slot.  I think there is some government regulation against that (surprise, surprise).
When I put a flyer at the front door, I always make sure it’s face up, centered, and aligned square to the door.
That flyer is my one chance to make an
impression, so I try to make it a good one.

Most people just say, “thank you,” when I hand them a flyer. Out of 5,000 flyers I’ve distributed, I had only two people
politely decline.

Anything we can do to make that first encounter a positive one is good.

Some people have said they had no idea there existed more than two parties. One guy thanked me for letting him know there
is an alternative to the “lesser of two evils.” Another said that this would be his first time voting and he hadn’t decided, yet,
whom to vote for.

When the opportunity presents itself to explain party differences, be prepared. I have had some Democrats tell me that other
parties should be included in the debates.  One couple told me that their son is a Libertarian.  One morning as I was walking to the
next house, a lady in a pick-up truck stopped and rolled down her window.  She asked if I was the one who was passing out the flyers for Johnson.
I said I was, and she thanked me for what I was doing.
She added that she and her husband were going to vote Libertarian this time and were glad
to know that someone was spreading the word.

It’s stuff like that that makes your day.

I live in Hillary country, and there have been no yard signs or bumper stickers for her in the area that I’ve covered.  That’s
not entirely true: I did see one bumper sticker, but it was upside down with an X across it in wide red tape.  That didn’t look too positive, to me.

I did see two yard signs for Trump.  My yard sign is for Gary. I did catch one person stopping in front of my house; and
get out of their car to take a picture of the sign.

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Steve Haug

Update:

California Libertarian Activist checked in with Haug at press time.  He reported that he had completed his original target area
and would soon be finishing two precincts that he had partially covered.
“Total distribution will probably be about 5,300,” he said.

“I had picked my target area quite deliberately, all within west San Jose,
thinking I could get some results for the area and see whether there was a spike in votes for Johnson —
and by how much — compared to the adjacent area.  It’s important to get feedback on the results of our efforts,” he explained,
adding that if he doesn’t find the respective precincts’ results show an obvious difference, he hopes to be more precise
in the next election cycle, so that he can do some precinct-specific analysis.

The bottom line?  “I’m confident that the flyers got more votes for Johnson than not,” Haug said,
“and I know they got the Libertarian Party’s name out there.” •

Steve Haug is a life member of the Libertarian Party, owner of an I.T. support consultancy to both businesses and individuals, and
treasurer of Silicon Valley Taxpayers Association.


AFFILIATE NEWS

San Francisco LP working hard through election day

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by Aubrey Freedman

The LP of San Francisco is busy running ads in local media,
and canvassing in the neighborhoods for Gary Johnson during these final days before election day.

We got our ballot recommendations up on our web site for all 25 of our local ballot measures.

For a change, we actually have a few “yes” recommendations! No,  San Francisco isn’t becoming more
Libertarian — sometimes, the statists just get it right for the wrong reasons. •

Aubrey Freedman is the chair of the LP of San Francisco.


AFFILIATE NEWS

Visitors spend time with LP reps at
art and wine festivals

by Ed Wimmers

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Photo: Joe Dehn


LPSCC’s activities chair, Ed Wimmmers, speaking with an LP booth visitor

Attendees of two art and wine festivals had the chance to learn more about the Libertarian
Party on September weekends when the Santa Clara County party ran outreach tables there.  We worked the downtown Mountain View event on Sept. 11–12, and

then on Sept. 17–18, the festival held at Central Park in the city of
Santa Clara.

Mountain View’s was a well-attended festival, and many people had a chance to find out about the LP and the Gary Johnson campaign.
Foot traffic was lighter at the Santa Clara event, as our booth
location was out of the way — location assignments were random — but we had cordial relations with those
manning the adjacent Hillary campaign booth, even helping them relocate when they wanted a shadier spot.

But we discovered an advantage in being out of the way: we could talk a little longer with
the people who stopped to learn about the LP.  There were a couple of visitors of note: David Friedman,
the economist, Santa Clara University law professor, and author of The Machinery of Freedom, and Patrick
Peterson
, founder of the Jefferson Club and organizer of the annual Ludwig von Mises Birthday Celebration
held locally each fall.

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Photo: Joe Dehn


Melisse Lusin and her daughter Zoe Holtz staffing LPSCC table

As we distributed Gary Johnson yard signs and Libertarian buttons to passers-by, we found
through informal polling that in contrast to years past, most people had heard of the Libertarian Party
and Gov. Johnson — even if they did not know much about us. Because of the heightened awareness, we focused
on providing campaign literature rather than administering the World’s Smallest Political Quiz.  There were
about 15–20 people who wanted a button, yard sign, or door hanger. It was a boon having Spanish- and
Vietnamese-language literature, which several visitors appreciated.

Thanks to our all volunteers who helped staff the festival booth: Don Cormier, Robert and
Jennifer Imhoff, respectively the volunteer director and communications director for Johnson Weld 2016 in
California, John Low, and Sam Grove.  Special thanks to our volunteers who joined me in working the booth
for the full weekend: Kennita Watson and Jonathan Ullman. •

Want to see more Libertarian outreach in Santa Clara County?

To help plan outreach or social activities with the LP of Santa Clara County, contact Ed Wimmers, Activities Committee chair, via e-mail at:

Activities@SCCLP.org


ELECTION 2016

In-depth review of Sequoia Healthcare District closure opportunity

by Lois Garcia and Jack Hickey

Two San Mateo County hospital districts have long since fulfilled their mission to collect taxes for support of hospitals, and, like something
from a horror film, refuse to die, even though they no longer own any hospitals.

These districts siphon off a percentage of taxes which would otherwise go to the county, school districts, fire districts….

These districts, now calling themselves “healthcare districts,” continue to collect property taxes from 58 percent of the county.
Don’t look for it on your property tax bill; it’s buried in the one-percent ad valorem tax.
These districts siphon off a percentage of taxes which would otherwise go to the county, school districts, fire districts, etc., as they do in other parts of the county.

They should be dissolved.

Assets and revenue

The two districts have combined assets totaling more than S100 million.
This includes a profit-sharing agreement (dubbed “EBIDA” after the accounting measure, “earnings before interest, depreciation, and amortization”) with Sequoia Hospital,
made in return for the district’s $75,000,000 contribution to a major hospital
renovation.  The Sequoia Healthcare District (SHD) chooses not to include the
EBIDA as an asset in its financial statement.

Jack Hickey, a director on the SHD board since 2002, estimates the value of the profit-sharing
agreement to be at least $20,000,000.

Originally brokered by director Kathleen “Katie” Kane, an incumbent running for re-election, the EBIDA was estimated by
Goldman Sachs to have a payback schedule as follows:

2012: $5.2 million

2008: $5.2 million
2009: $5.8 million
2010: $6.1 million
2011: $5.7 million
2013: $3.9 million
2014: $3.9 million
2015: $4.0 million
2016: $4.3 million
2017: $4.6 million
2018–2047: $270 million (lump sum)
TOTAL: $319 MILLION

To date, returns have totaled only $15 million, as compared with the projected $44.1 million.

The districts receive more than $16,000,000 per year in property taxes.

District boundaries

Boundaries were drawn based on communities existing in 1946–47.

Sequoia Healthcare District includes Portola Valley,
Woodside, Atherton, Redwood City, San Carlos, portions of Menlo Park, Foster City, and a small portion of San Mateo.
Peninsula Healthcare District includes Hillsborough, Burlingame, Millbrae, most of San Mateo, portions of San Bruno,
South San Francisco, and Foster City.

Excluded areas of eastern Menlo Park and East Palo Alto are home to 43,852 residents with a
Community Need Index (CNI) score of 4.0.  They are the neediest, and collaterally receive considerable benefit from
Sequoia programs funded by district taxpayers.

District grants buy constituencies

Without community hospitals to support, both districts now redistribute the tax money and other revenues they collect
to charities and programs of their own choosing, with no taxpayer input. Charitable giving by a self-serving philanthropic
organization was not the intention of the voters who approved taxing themselves for a hospital district.  Recipients of their
grants run the gamut from organizations previously funded solely by voluntary contributions, such as St. Anthony de Padua Dining
Room, to the San Mateo County Medical Center, which has countywide responsibilities and funding.

Recipients of unauthorized beneficence from SHD also include the Society of St. Vincent de Paul,
Catholic Charities, El Centro de Libertad, Planned Parenthood, Sequoia YMCA, Jewish Family and Children’s
Services, Latino Commission, and Senior Focus.

We do not need an elected board of directors to make our charitable contributions.

We do not need an elected board of directors to make our charitable contributions. The sheer number of beneficiaries involved
has established a formidable support group and automatic endorsements, which perpetuates these unnecessary districts. The
districts are dues-paying members of the Association of California Healthcare Districts (ACHD), at $20,000 per year. The
ACHD engages in organizational activities for political purposes.

San Mateo Civil Grand Jury

The only citizen oversight for the Sequoia Healthcare District is the San Mateo County Civil Grand Jury. The civil grand jury
is an independent investigative body created by the California State Constitution. Composed of 19 citizens, the jury serves as a
“watchdog for citizens of the county.” The grand jury’s purpose is to be the “conscience of the community.”

  • In 2000–2001, the grand jury recommended that the district reduce property taxes for district taxpayers. This
    recommendation was not followed.
  • In 2001–2002, the grand jury recommended that the district correct “misinformation previously disseminated to the
    public.”
  • In 2004–2005, the grand jury investigated over 20 different districts in San Mateo County. Only the activities of
    the Sequoia Healthcare District warranted their own special report. That report recommended that Sequoia immediately pursue merging
    with Peninsula Healthcare District. This merger would have saved our communities the duplicate overhead cost of two distinct districts,
    with their two sets of salaries and two sets of benefits. This recommendation was not followed.
  • In 2008–2009, the grand jury again recommended that the district decline a share of its property-tax revenue, and
    enhance community input and involvement. This recommendation was not followed.
  • In 2012, the Grand Jury released a report, San Mateo County Special Districts: Who Is Really In Charge of the Taxpayer’s
    Money? The Mosquito District Embezzlement: Is it the Tip of the Iceberg?
    , which noted that districts wield considerable influence
    on the community, with little oversight.

Taking care of themselves

The district spends $250,000 to support its CEO, who manages
one full-time and two part-time employees.

The board contributed $2,900 to the Brittan Acres PTA
two months prior to a parcel-tax vote.  That PTA made a monetary
contribution to the “Yes on S” campaign of $999 —
carefully avoiding the filing threshold for “late contributions.”

In December 2013, directors Faro, Kane, and Griffin voted to increase benefits for
“sitting” directors.  Six months later, the board had second thoughts and decided
that they had erred.  These three directors kept $5,400 in benefits collected in
error.

Expansion, consolidation, or dissolution

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Jack Hickey, an SHD director and former chair of the LP of San Mateo County

In 2007, the San Mateo County Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCo) adopted a resolution
which included the following for the two healthcare districts: “transitional sphere of influence with the potential for:
expansion to include excluded areas, dissolution and consolidation.”

The districts should do one of the following:

  1. Expansion: Annex the entire county. This would require politically unlikely concessions of property-tax revenue.
  2. Consolidation: Consolidate the Sequoia and Peninsula Healthcare Districts. This would eliminate almost half of
    the administrative waste, but doesn’t solve the problem of excluded areas.
  3. Dissolution: Eliminate the district, and distribute 100 percent of its assets and future
    ad valorem taxes to the remaining agencies.

Director Hickey has proposed enabling legislation which would provide voters
with two alternatives to the status quo:

  • Expand the districts countywide; fund currently excluded areas
    from a portion of the existing one-percent general property taxes; that is,
    no new taxes, or
  • Dissolve both districts; distribute their assets, and their share
    in the one-percent general property tax, to the other,
    functioning agencies who share in that one-percent general tax.

After November 8, the prospect of smaller government and lower taxes for San Mateo County residents — and
the fate of Sequoia Healthcare District — may become clearer. •

Campaign web site: xSHCD.com

Harland Harrison contributed to this article. See additional information on his and Lois Garcia’s campaigns in this issue’s article,
Libertarians offer chance for smaller government in San Mateo County ‘healthcare’ district.”


 

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The California Libertarian Activist serves Libertarians
in California and beyond, and is published by the Libertarian Party of California
(an affiliate of the Libertarian National Committee).


Chair:

Ted Brown


Executive Director:

Janine Kloss


Editor:

Elizabeth C. Brierly

Contributors: Ken Anton, Alex Appleby, Ted Brown, Joe Dehn, Jerry Dixon, Terry Floyd, Aubrey Freedman, Lois Garcia, James P. Gray,
Harland Harrison, Jack Hickey, Sandra Kallander, Lawrence Samuels, Emily Tilford, Ed Wimmers, Steven Wood

Send affiliate and campaign updates and announcements via e-mail to Editor@Ca.LP.org.

 

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Officers:  Ted Brown (Chair), Brian Thiemer (N. Vice Chair), Jonathan Jaech (S. Vice Chair), Kevin Duewel (Secretary), Gale Morgan (Treasurer)

At-large reps: 
Alex Appleby, Dave Bowers, Bill Hajdu, Jeff Hewitt, Wendy Hewitt, Mark Hinkle, Boomer Shannon, Eric Vaughnes, Susan Marie Weber, Jason Wu

Alternate at-large reps: 
Starchild, Gail Lightfoot

 

 


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