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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

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


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

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


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

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

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.

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


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

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

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. •

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

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.

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


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.” 

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



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

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

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


The
Libertarian Party of California
 |  Less Government, More Freedom


(916) 446-1776  |
 Ca.LP.org 
|
 Office@Ca.LP.org

825 S. Myrtle Avenue, Monrovia,
CA  91016


 

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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.*

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


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.

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


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

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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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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.

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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

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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

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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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:

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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

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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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District 33 HonorRobson.com
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District 1 Ca.LP.org/
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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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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.)

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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

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

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

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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California Libertarian Activist, Volume II, issue 2 (10/6/2016)

  Volume II, Issue 2 October 6, 2016  



The official newsletter for activists of the Libertarian Party of California






IN THIS ISSUE:


ELECTION 2016

Thiemer offers value to Fairfield residents

California Libertarian Activist, Volume II, issue 2 (10/6/2016)


Brian Thiemer for Fairfield City Council

In making the decision to run for Fairfield City Council, Libertarian candidate Brian Thiemer was inspired by the words of
Roberto Clemente: “Any time you have an opportunity to make a difference in this
world and you don’t, then you are wasting your time on Earth.”

“I want to make a difference in our community,” Thiemer told the California Libertarian Activist.

There are two incumbents and two challengers in his race, for a total of four candidates vying for two
council seats. Thiemer sees his campaign standing out on three key issues:

  • His opposition to a city wide tax increase/renewal;
  • He has received no contributions from public-sector labor unions; and
  • He is the only prospective councilperson residing southeast of Highway 80.

This year, the city of Fairfield is pushing a “vital” and “temporary” tax increase. Thiemer believes that with a campaign focused explicitly on liberty, such as his, more Fairfield residents will join Libertarians in standing against “this never-ending siphoning of money, time, and liberty.” He explains, “Our representatives in government need to understand that we will not fall for a needless wealth transfer just because they put the word ‘temporary’ in front of it.”

Thiemer likes to ask Fairfield residents whether the city is doing an exceptional job of serving its customers: the residents and small businesses of Fairfield. If councilmembers want their answer to be “yes,” Thiemer says, “They should always be asking two questions: ‘Why are we doing this?’ and ‘How might we achieve the same goals more efficiently?’

There’s also a geographic aspect to his campaign. “I believe all of Fairfield deserves representation; currently there is not one councilmember that lives southeast of highway 80. I would be the only councilmember from the 94533 ZIP code.

Thiemer, who also serves as the northern vice chair of LP California, has a secondary purpose in running for city council: planting seeds of liberty. “This campaign is not only aimed at making my own community better,” Thiemer explained, “but to demonstrate that the larger campaign for liberty is achievable. Social-media memes and Internet petitions can only go so far. In order to expand liberty in our cities, counties, and state, we liberty lovers need to study our school boards, city councils, and county supervisors–then start getting involved.”

A lifelong Californian, Thiemer earned a bachelor’s degree in finance and an MBA in Operations Management from Cal State East Bay, and now works in the field of business and supply-chain analysis.
His professional background has informed his vision of smaller government.
As he points out on his campaign web site, “there is no reason that the ideas and concepts used to improve private entities can not be used to improve public entities.”

To that end, should he be elected, Thiemer has pledged to require government financial transparency and to never expand government, as well as to refuse to enforce civil asset forfeiture (or “policing for profit”).

Campaign web site: ValueToThePeople.com


Election 2016

Starr deploys two campaigns at once in Oxnard

California Libertarian Activist, Volume II, issue 2 (10/6/2016)


Aaron Starr addressing the Oxnard
City Council (March 29)

Aaron Starr is running for the Oxnard, California, City Council — and promoting a ballot measure that would roll
back a considerable increase in sewer taxes — at the same time. The city council had enacted the tax hike in January
without voter approval. In his candidate’s ballot statement, Starr characterizes the 87-percent increase as “outrageous.”

The synergistic campaigns have garnered lots of press, most notably numerous front-page stories in the Ventura
County Star
, as well as the on-line Citizens Journal. Starr founded an organization called Moving Oxnard Forward,
and in March, filed initiative language with the city clerk, with the expectation that they would provide him the Title and
Summary, which are required before signatures can legally be gathered to put a measure on the ballot. Instead, the City filed a
lawsuit to stop his effort, alleging that Starr’s proposed initiative is unlawful, in part, because it impairs an essential government service.

Starr countersued the City for the paperwork needed to gather the signatures, serving them with a lawsuit during a televised city council meeting.

Not to be outdone, Starr countersued the City for the paperwork needed to gather the signatures, serving them with
a lawsuit during a televised city council meeting. Ten days later, Starr won his countersuit and the judge ordered the
City to comply with the law. Starr later scheduled a “contempt of court” hearing — which could have resulted in elected
officials being fined and sentenced to jail — before the City relented and complied with the judge’s order.

The organized signature-gathering was completed with the help of 61 volunteers in only 16 days, collecting almost
triple the number of required signatures to qualify for the ballot. Currently, the tax-reduction measure has been placed on the November ballot as Measure M. The City’s lawsuit against Starr is still active, with Starr going through the discovery
process and the City continuing to resist. The court battle has paused while everyone waits to see whether the voters will
approve the measure.

The City Attorney recently drafted an “impartial analysis” of Measure M that arguably violates the California
Elections Code requirement that the analysis be impartial, as it tells voters “that it is possible that the Measure
will not take effect even if approved by the voters,” and reminds them that the “City held community workshops to inform
residents of the possible new rates” before enacting them.

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With several web presences, including
MovingOxnardForward.org
, a Moving Oxnard Forward
Facebook page, and his city council campaign’s Facebook page, both Starr and Measure M have a high profile on line.

But the contest is not limited to the press and the Internet. At press time, Starr has raised over $70,000,
placed yard-signs for his city council campaign at the homes of over 120 supporters, and participated in two
candidate forums, with more to follow. He has ten opponents vying for the two open positions.

Starr’s background as a CPA and financial controller for one of Oxnard’s largest employers, an equipment
manufacturer, lends credibility to his campaign goals of strengthening the city’s economic base and helping
local businesses thrive — bringing more jobs to the community — and of holding city officials
accountable to reduce waste and bureaucracy while focusing on the most essential services that benefit residents.

Active in the LP of California since the age of 16, Starr was campaign manager of fellow Libertarian Sandi Webb’s
successful Simi Valley City Council race in 1990 and her re-election campaign in 1994. Now, at 52, he is the
Region 4 alternate rep to the Libertarian National Committee (LNC), a former chair of LP California, and a past
treasurer of the LNC.

Campaign web site: StarrForOxnard.com


California Libertarian Activist, Volume II, issue 2 (10/6/2016)

ELECTION 2016

Recommendations on statewide ballot measures

At the August 6 meeting of its Executive Committee, the Libertarian Party of California
considered the statewide propositions on the November 8 ballot, and took the following positions:

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 LP California web site, at Ca.LP.org/measures.


ELECTION 2016

Robson challenges state senator in two-way race

by Elizabeth C. Brierly

California Libertarian Activist, Volume II, issue 2 (10/6/2016)


State senate candidate Honor Robson, District 33


When asked by California LP state chair Ted Brown to mount a write-in campaign in the primary against unchallenged
incumbent state senator, Ricardo Lara (D), Honor “Mimi” Robson seized the opportunity. She’s now in a two-way race
in the 33rd district, having survived the state’s top-two primary — a system she had long opposed.

Robson’s career as a structural engineer, restoring buildings damaged by fire and other disasters, to comply
with new earthquake-safety, disabled access, and “green” standards, has exposed her to some of the biggest issues
facing California. Costly regulations imposed on the buildings of homeowners, small-business owners, and others
are driving large employers such as Toyota out of state. These standards create the perverse incentive to skirt
the government’s demands, which Robson believes defeats the otherwise well-intentioned purpose of such regulations.

Robson told the Long Beach Post, which featured her campaign in June, that her first priority would be to
reduce or eliminate many of California’s 200-plus regulatory agencies and commissions that are “strangling local
businesses and hurting our local economy…. [Their] regulations…have the force of law, without any legislative
oversight.”

A client’s situation illustrates her motivation behind her pledge to nullify bureaucratic regulations. A
long-standing, family-run restaurant was damaged by a fire. While their insurance policy covered the cost of
rebuilding, upgrading to comply with today’s stringent building codes and other standards was not covered.

So instead of family savings going to cover their lost income and living expenses during reconstruction, it
would have to go toward the upgrades. The hardship from the loss would have been far easier for the family to bear
had it not been for the terrible cost of complying with bureaucratic regulations imposed on them.

“It doesn’t cost anything to just reduce regulations,” Robson pointed out. In striking contrast to her opponent,
she would apply that principle also to health care.

“In 2014, [Lara] proposed extending full MediCal coverage to all — regardless of citizenship,” she
explained.
“That bill died, so instead he proposed the Health for All Act (SB 1005), which asks the federal government for an
exception so we can extend Obamacare (Covered California) to even those lacking legal status. The governor signed it
into law, but the feds aren’t likely to say ‘OK’ to that, so Lara’s bill is symbolic at best.”

Her free-market solution? “Already in other states, pharmacies can establish clinics which charge anywhere
from $4 and $40 for an office visit — with no insurance. Anyone can afford that, regardless of legal status, and
it’s not costing the state anything. In Calif., you must have one M.D. supervising every four nurse-practitioners, a
regulation other states don’t impose. That’s what makes it cost so much here,” explained Robson. “Just change that one
regulation.”

Robson’s campaign manager, Joanne Beverly, announced in a press release Robson’s appearance at a Huntington
Park city council meeting in July, where she proposed that very solution for health care for the poor. Robson has
found residents there receptive to her views on the economy and prosperity, with the unemployment rate 11.8 percent,
and half the city’s population being immigrants.

Robson vows also to “never expand big government.” She’s appalled by California’s neglect of infrastructure,
especially when contrasted with exorbitant spending on frivolous projects. The 1970s drought should have been a
call to action, she contends. “We have an ocean we could be using for desalination,” she pointed out. “The water
pipes in Los Angeles are so old that one breakage can lose hundreds of millions of gallons per hour. The American
Society of Civil Engineers gave us deplorable grades, because we just aren’t doing anything for our infrastructure,
yet we’re spending money on ‘green’ summits, and on high-speed rail (HSR) — an easy target, because it’s so
ridiculous — and huge,” she lamented, adding, “It is never going to be built; no one’s ever going to ride on
it; and it hasn’t even had one piece of track laid — but it has already cost a billion dollars.”

Robson opposes adding to the state’s burgeoning debt and vows to never raise taxes.

Robson opposes adding to the state’s burgeoning debt and vows to never raise taxes. “What I’d propose is, if
we have this money, let’s shift it to something that will bring business and help the free market, and pay for
itself in the end. [Taxpayer-funded infrastructure] may not be a completely Libertarian idea, but I
would never propose or vote for increasing taxes to fund it.”

“We’re told we have a ‘balanced budget’ thanks to [Gov.] Jerry Brown and all the tax increases of 2012.
Except: we’re $400 billion in debt because of the bond issues and unfunded pensions. Look at all the bonds and sales
taxes on our November ballots — we need to not do that.

As for Robson’s prospects of winning the seat, she said that while she’s a long shot — Lara had
raised more than $1.5 million before he realized he wouldn’t be running unopposed — the more she meets
constituents, the more confident she has become.

“Lara voted for every one of those gun bills — even the ones that Jerry Brown vetoed, the really
ridiculous ones,” she said. “At one of the meetings I attended, I found there’s a large contingent of Pink Pistols
members, for whom Lara’s openly gay status is no advantage.”

Religious freedom groups have “recently given [Lara] a lot of negative attention over his SB1146
[“Discrimination: postsecondary education”], so he gutted the bill and plans to reintroduce it next year [if] he is
re-elected…. I heard that the only reason he did that was that he’s not running unopposed.”


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In 2012, Lara’s alternative-party opponent also ran a write-in campaign with no other challenger, but did no
campaigning, yet won 20 percent of the vote.

This year, Robson is turning up the heat.

Campaign web site: HonorRobson.com

A version of this article also appears in the Oct. 2016 issue of LP News.


ELECTION 2016

Baron Bruno takes action

by Sandra Kallander


California Libertarian Activist, Volume II, issue 2 (10/6/2016)


Baron Bruno for State Assembly, District 62

First-time candidate Baron Bruno, of Marina Del Rey, is running a serious and professional Libertarian campaign for
State Assembly.
He’s building on his experiences in business, including commercial real estate sales, using the same philosophy he
uses there: treating people with respect,
keeping his word, collaborating, working hard and getting things done, solving problems.

Driven by a sense of urgency since the World Trade Center attack and the loss of 658 of his co-workers at Cantor Fitzgerald,
Bruno
answered the call when Ted Brown, Chair of the LPC, asked him to run in District 62, an area stretching from Venice Beach to
El Segundo, including LAX. He says we’re heading in the wrong direction, and the bombing reordered his priorities. His campaign
website opposes
“big government,” in favor of “Choice, Respect, Accountability, Empathy, & Love.” In person, he emphasizes the “Love.”

The district lies between Santa Monica and Manhattan Beach, the heart of the California youth and health culture,
famously tender-hearted, and home to many who work in entertainment, gaming, technology, and related services, so there Bruno
finds public
support not only for “love,” but for ending the state mandate to add fluoride to the drinking water. He’s no shrinking violet
about freedom, either:
his education platform calls for complete educational freedom, including an end to the mandate that children attend school or
that taxpayers be required to fund it. He lists numerous ways in which we should be able to exercise educational freedom.

Bruno derides hypocrisy, such as applying a double standard to pensions and health care for state and federal workers and
officials, versus the mandates and limited options offered others; he would insist lawmakers live by the same rules they would
impose on
the rest of us. He also favors ending the disparity between the drinking age and the age at which soldiers
serve their country — if they’re old
enough to go to war, they’re old enough to be responsible for what they drink.

Initially, when Bruno filed to run as a write-in candidate, the only person running was the freshman incumbent, Democrat Autumn
Burke, daughter of a politically influential former congresswoman. But things didn’t go according to plan. After Bruno filed,
so did a
Republican, at the last minute.

According to the Sacramento Bee, “The write-in candidates Baron Bruno, a Libertarian from Marina del Rey, and Republican
Marco Antonio ‘Tony’ Leal, a Republican from Los Angeles, each received exactly [32] votes in last month’s primary election in the 62nd
Assembly District, final results show.”

One vote could have made the difference, here.

When the two challengers tied for second with 32 write-in votes each, they became members of the only three-way statewide race
since top-two contests began being mandated under California law in 2010. One vote could have made the difference, here.

The Republican is not running an active campaign, while Bruno has a nonstop schedule of fundraising and speaking engagements,
a staff that includes help from media & marketing manager Bren LaRoque, who is keeping track of the campaign finance paperwork,
and campaign manager C. Douglas Conlan, who literally wrote the book, The Guide to Winning Elections (2013).

Bruno isn’t one to daydream his way into office; he has raised over $40,000 so far (including his own contributions),
and acquired T-shirts for volunteers and thousands of handouts for participation in such events as the 32nd annual Abbott
Kinney Festival in Venice on Sept. 25, which typically draws more upwards of 100,000 adults and families.


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In August, he attended the benefit that Drew Carey hosted for Gary Johnson, and earned Johnson’s endorsement and support.
The Johnson campaign is sharing its 420 southern California volunteers with the Bruno campaign, planning many joint campaign
events, delivering on the Johnson–Weld promise made at the Libertarian National Convention, to help out the
LP’s down-ticket candidates’ races. In late September, Bruno met with Johnson’s vice-presidential running mate,
Gov. Bill Weld, securing his endorsement as well.

Campaign web site: BrunoForAssembly.com


ELECTION 2016

Everling answers the call in Assembly race

by Sandra Kallander

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Mike Everling for State Assembly, District 51

It’s just before the June 2016 primary. All it might require is one vote — his own — and
despite California’s “top two” open primary, Libertarian Mike Everling’s name could be appearing
on the ballot in November, as a candidate for State Assembly in District 51.

So said Ted Brown, Chair of LP California, when he called Everling to ask him to run. It appeared as
though the incumbent, Jimmy Gomez (D), would be unopposed, unless someone was to step in with a
last-minute write-in campaign. Everling went to the county registrar to fill out the form, and then
started the process of collecting the petition signatures to become an official write-in candidate.

The first time Everling had answered Brown’s call was in 1989, when Brown asked the brand-new LP
member to run for an assembly seat in his then neighborhood. Fast forward, and Everling has now
run for Assembly three times and for U.S. Congress twice, but this latest run is the first time
since the passage of “top two” — allowing only two candidates to face off in November — that he would attempt
to do so in his current, redrawn district. District 51 encompasses a swath of Los Angeles County from
Eagle Rock to east L.A. and downtown, and from Echo Park toward West Hollywood.

Everling needed 40 valid petition signatures to become an official write-in candidate. He collected
about half of them himself, starting with registered voters living in his own neighborhood.
Volunteers gathered the remainder of the 44 signatures collected, so he was in the running.

In the primary, all he had to do was vote for himself, and as one of only two options, inevitably
place either first or second. Everling received seven write-in votes — counting his own — and made the cut.

Other Libertarian activists, skilled in creating web presences, went to work on a campaign site,
organized by Boomer Shannon, membership chair and at-large representative to the LPC Executive
Committee (coming soon). Dave Peters, another LP activist volunteered his services to Everling and
other candidates as treasurer, the position which deals with the regulatory “red tape” of campaign financing.

Thanks to their efforts, Libertarians and all the other voters in the district will actually
see two names on the November ballot, and have a choice to make.

Thanks to their efforts, Libertarians and all the other voters in the district will actually
see two names on the November ballot, and have a choice to make. Everling stands ready to appear
in candidate fora, and to answer press inquiries, representing the Libertarian Party, and its core
values of self-ownership, property rights, and nonaggression.

Everling has made a campaign pledge to work diligently to reduce the size, scope, cost, and
authority of state government. He proposes ending regulatory and legal barriers that perpetuate
homelessness and joblessness, and taking measures that would create opportunity for those
seeking work, especially in neighborhoods negatively impacted by large concentrations of unemployed
and homeless people, a problem common in his district.

Should he be elected, Everling will vote to remove government barriers to work opportunities,
such as state wage controls and other mandates that make it illegal for a worker
to accept an entry-level job — even if they want to and the job meets their needs —
if it falls below a certain wage or does not include mandated “fringe” benefits. He will also
promote rehabilitation and resources, rather than incarceration, for those with mental-health
and substance-abuse needs.

Campaign web site:

EverlingForAssembly51.com


ELECTION 2016

More Libertarian races in California: State legislature

In California’s “top two” open primary election on June 7, alongside Baron Bruno, Mike Everling, and Honor Robson, two 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 Donn Coenen of Nevada City (District 1)
against incumbent Brian Dahle (R), and Ken Anton of Elk (District 2)
against incumbent Jim Wood (D).

Donn Coenen
Ken Anton
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State Assembly, District 1
Ca.LP.org/donn-coenen-state-assembly-1st-district
State Assembly, District 2
KenAnton.org

More Libertarian races in California: Local level

The LP of California also has members running for these offices at the local level, where we can and do exert
a measurable effect on public policy.

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.

Lois Garcia and Harland Harrison are running as a slate for two seats on the Sequoia
Healthcare District (SHD) board, to fulfill fellow San Mateo Libertarian and SHD director
Jack Hickey‘s 14-year mission to close the obsolete district, which no longer owns or operates Sequoia Hospital.
(See Hickey’s web site for more information: xSHCD.com.)

John Roberts, a financial professional from Piedmont, is running for East Bay Regional Park District’s Ward 2, with a goal, in part, of informing the public
of all park decisions “because we all fund its function through our tax dollars.”

Lois Garcia

Harland Harrison
John Roberts Susan Marie Weber
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Sequoia Healthcare District

ElectLoisGarcia.com
Sequoia Healthcare District
CloseSHD.com
East Bay Regional Park District,
Ward 2
JohnRoberts
Democracy.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.

You, too, can 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 a
current 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.


ELECTION 2016

You can still make a difference to Johnson–Weld 2016

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Brochures, door hangers, bumper stickers, yard signs, T-shirts, and other campaign
materials are available at:
LPStore.org

Sheer disgust at the dominant parties’ nominees, coupled with the credibility of the
LP presidential ticket of Govs. Johnson and Weld, means that 2016 is bringing Libertarian activists
opportunities the likes of which the LP has never before seen.

If you have not already volunteered for the campaign and found something interesting to do, do not miss this opportunity!
Sign up today: JohnsonWeld.com/volunteer

The Johnson–Weld team has inspired thousands of supporters and volunteers in California. As a group, these supporters are highly sympathetic to libertarian ideas and far more willing to engage in activism, now and in the future, than are members of the general public. Not only that, the campaign team has invested in tools to leverage the power of our activist base. The impact of these tools will depend largely on the extent to which our members and sympathizers make use of them.

As an example, one of the tools is an application that enables activists all across the country to participate in phone-banking, on behalf of the campaign, conveniently and securely, at their choice of time and place. All the volunteer needs is a computer with an Internet connection, a phone of any kind, and very basic telephone skills. Training takes only a few minutes, and spreading the word is fun. There are also tools for contacting local activists for events and recruiting, and for walking neighborhoods to contact likely voters.

Although election day is fast approaching, there is still time to connect with volunteers and supporters in your
local area, and make a difference. If there is no Libertarian group in your area, you can form one by inviting local
volunteers, with only a little effort. Forming local teams will make a difference in this campaign, and will grow our
organization and skillset for the future.

Volunteers are standing by to help you connect. See the sidebar (below) for how to get hooked in. Volunteer today!

Be a part of the historic
Johnson–Weld 2016 campaign!

Actions you can take:

 
  • Distribute door-hangers in your neighborhood
  • Wear a Johnson 2016 T-shirt to a rally
  • Reach voters through the phone-banking app

 

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


COMMUNICATING LIBERTY

Don’t waste your vote! (especially in California)

by Joe Dehn


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Presidential candidate comparison chart
(downloadable flyer)

Readers who find that the author’s points resonate with them, whether for moral or practical reasons —
or both — are encouraged to make those points when communicating with voters about this year’s presidential election.
The candidate comparison guide pictured may also be a handy outreach tool. —Editor

Here it comes again, as it does every election: people are warning you not to “waste your vote by casting your ballot
for the Libertarian candidate.” They tell you that your vote won’t make a difference, or try to scare you into voting for
“the lesser of two evils” and tell you that if you don’t do as they say you will “really be voting for” the other candidate
(who is, in their opinion, a worse evil).

This advice is completely backwards. As more and more people are realizing, both Trump and Clinton are horrible choices
for president. Some of the reasons they are horrible are the same, and some are unique to each candidate, but they both add up
to bad. Even if your vote could somehow help one of them, we will all lose if either of them is elected. On top of that,
your vote here in California can’t possibly make a difference in which one of them ends up in the White House. The Democrat
always wins the popular vote in California, and will get all of California’s electoral votes as a result — unless
the election is a landslide in the other direction nationally,
in which case the election will have been decided before the polls even close here.

But there is an even more important reason why their advice is wrong. If you give in to their bullying, not only won’t
you be making any real difference, but you will be giving up the chance to do something useful with your vote. They never mention
that, of course.

First, by casting your vote for Gary Johnson, you are increasing the chance that he could actually win — no matter how
unlikely that prospect may seem right now. How are you going to feel if Gary Johnson loses California by one vote? Or even your
county? Or even if he comes in third when he could have come in second? Or if he misses any significant milestone you think he
might reach (e.g., 15 percent), by one vote? Yes, it’s pretty unlikely that your one vote will be the one that makes the
difference, but the chance that your vote in California will make a difference in whether Trump or Clinton wins is even
lower. And if even the people who see Gary Johnson as the best candidate don’t vote for him, then of course he
“can’t win.” Don’t give in to this self-fulfilling prophecy, which serves only to support the establishment parties.

Your vote for Gary Johnson also sends a message that you are not satisfied with the two better-known candidates. That they
are not acceptable to you. Both Trump and Clinton are, according to the polls, disliked by a majority of the voting
population. Don’t let that message get lost on Election Day!

Your vote for Gary Johnson…lets everybody see that support for Libertarian ideas is growing. This is very important
for the long-term future of our country.

Your vote for Gary Johnson also lets everybody see that support for Libertarian ideas is growing. This is very important
for the long-term future of our country. This will make voters more interested in finding out about our ideas, and maybe even
convince some of the politicians in other parties to start supporting our ideas on particular issues. You can’t accomplish either of those things by voting for any other candidate this year, or by staying home and not voting.

Your vote for Gary Johnson will also make it a lot easier for future Libertarian candidates to be taken seriously. Whoever
runs as our candidate for president in 2020, the media will be using Gary’s vote total as a measure of how seriously to take
him or her.

Finally, and perhaps of most importance to the prospects for our liberty over the next four years if Gary doesn’t win, your
vote can help deny whoever does win the appearance of a “mandate.” If either Trump or Clinton gets a majority of the popular
vote, even by just a few percent, he or she will claim that “the voters have spoken,” and take that as support for whatever crazy liberty-destroying ideas they propose. But if the vote totals are something like
45 percent to 40 percent, with Gary at 15 percent, the winner won’t be able to say that. He or she will have a harder time convincing the general
public, the media, and especially the congress to go along with those proposals. Every vote for Gary Johnson, now, will make
it easier to limit the damage that our country will suffer, for years to come.

You have only one vote. You would be foolish to give up the opportunity to use it in a positive way, especially here
in California where there is no plausible scenario in which casting your vote for either Clinton or Trump will make any
difference at all. That would be the real “waste” of your vote.

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Joe Dehn

Don’t waste your vote — cast it for Gary Johnson!

Joe Dehn is chair of the LP of Santa Clara County. He served seven terms on the Libertarian National Committee, and he also created the Libertarian Party’s very first web site.

Reprinted with the author’s permission. Originally published in the September 2016 issue of Santa Clara Libertarian Update.


Election 2016

Tactical outreach at Johnson–Weld booth in Silicon Valley

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Photo: Joe Dehn


Robert Imhoff (rear, right) explaining the Johnson campaign to a booth visitor,
while his daughter hands a Johnson 2016 water bottle to another, at the PokéStop booth (Aug. 20)

Volunteer Robert Imhoff of the
Johnson–Weld 2016 campaign spearheaded deployment of an
outreach booth on the afternoon of Aug. 20, strategically situated in downtown San Jose,
the “capital of Silicon Valley.” He chose the location and time to take advantage of the
Pokémon Go video-game phenomenon, in which players are drawn to real-world locations,
using their mobile devices, to locate, capture, battle, and train virtual creatures called Pokémon.

The San Jose “Pokéstop” campaign team, which included Santa Clara County
LP chair Joe Dehn, met 20 passersby already planning to vote for Gov. Johnson. They also:

  • distributed 10 Johnson–Weld 2016 yard signs and 250 campaign flyers;
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    Photo: Jennifer Imhoff


    Joe Dehn and Robert Imhoff at the
    PokéStop booth in
    San Jose (Aug. 20)

  • registered three new voters, and
  • gave away 200 Gary Johnson-labeled water bottles.

Dehn posted photos of the event at the LP chapter’s Facebook page,
Facebook.com/lpsantaclaracounty.

Imhoff now serves as the campaign’s California state volunteer director.

His wife, Jennifer Imhoff, is the campaign’s communications director for California.
She is organizing a
Johnson–Weld phone-banking
event in San Jose on Sunday, October 22, from 11 to 4 o’clock.

Jennifer advises, “Bring a phone and laptop or tablet if you have one. We will provide the rest.
We will also be distributing campaign materials and swag!”

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Photo: Joe Dehn


Jennifer Imhoff at the Pokéstop booth in San Jose (Aug. 20)

To volunteer, contact her by e-mail at

JenniferImhoff@JohnsonWeld.com
,
or by phone at (408) 660-5340.

Don’t live or work in the SJ area?
Find events in your own area by plugging in your ZIP code at

JohnsonWeld.com/supporter_events
.


AFFILIATE NEWS

Rail commuters learn about Johnson and the LP in Contra Costa

Contra Costa County Libertarians (CCCLP) and friends are building relationships with concerned voters and volunteers,
while working to raise
name recognition for Gary Johnson’s presidential campaign, in the San Francisco east bay area.

Member Kevin Moore had earlier taken upon himself to organize a Johnson rally-viewing meet-up at a pub in Walnut Creek,
which was also posted
on the JohnsonWeld.com events page. This attracted a couple of new gung-ho-for-Gary activists, inspiring CCCLP to
purchase handouts and signs.
And the next thing you know, they were waving “Gary Johnson for President” signs at Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) stations.

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Event organizer Sandra Kallander handing out Johnson-Weld leaflets at
BART (Sept. 28)

To organize this required obtaining a permit from BART for “expressive activity.” This proved to be surprisingly easy: instead of individual
permits for each station and date, a conversation with the permit administrator resulted in one permit for all six stations, seven days a week, 3 to 7 P.M.,
from Sept. 26 through election day. Although she is treasurer of CCCLP, Sandra Kallander acted in her capacity as an individual to obtain the permit,
and started scheduling events, based on availability of volunteers.

The first station was Concord on Monday, Sept. 26, followed by North Concord on Tuesday (both in triple-digit temperatures). These were not
publicized, so that any wrinkles could be ironed out, and so materials and permit copies could be provided to the volunteers who were willing to become
“captains” (bring materials to subsequent events and communicate the permit rules).

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Johnson supporter Pearl Nicolas promoting the campaign at the Pleasant Hill BART station (Sept. 28)

With five volunteer captains now enrolled, including a recently discovered Libertarian candidate for the East
Bay Regional Parks District board, John Roberts, the next two events were announced on Meetup.com and JohnsonWeld.com, at the last minute.
(The Contra Costa Libertarian Meetup group has 147 members, of which, fewer than 10 usually attend the monthly meetings.)

Despite short notice, the Pleasant Hill BART event on Sept. 28 produced two more volunteers, and the Sept. 29th event at Walnut Creek BART had
two more RSVPs from additional volunteers. This level of growth already enables the coalition to cover multiple stations
simultaneously.

Johnson supporter Pearl Nicolas, the Walnut Creek captain, has already posted two upcoming dates, and
Moore, along with fellow member Randy Marsh, will announce more dates for Concord and North Concord, shortly.
Plans call for candidate Roberts to schedule a couple of events in
Lafayette and/or Orinda because
they’re in his Ward 2. Each of the six stations should be covered twice or more by mid-October.

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Kurt Schultz speaking to a BART rider, and Steve Dufour waving a Johnson for President sign
(Sept. 28)

After three events in one week, they’re being rewarded with thumbs-up from a handful of transit riders per
train, as well as some interest and the
inevitable smirk, now and then. The majority of riders are not paying attention, yet. The demographics vary
between the six stations, with Walnut
Creek, Lafayette, and Orinda anticipated to connect with a more influential audience.

CCCLP will be out again starting at 4:30 P.M. on Thursday, Oct. 6 at Lafayette BART, and on Tuesday, Oct. 11 at Concord BART, to wave signs and hand out flyers.
Check the Meetup page at
MeetUp.com/lp-ccc
 for details.

Don’t live in the east bay? Find events in your own area by plugging in your ZIP code at

JohnsonWeld.com/supporter_events
.

Next regular meeting of the LP of Contra Costa County

WHEN: Thursday, October 6, 2016, 7:00 – 9:00 P.M.

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

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


AFFILIATE NEWS

This weekend! Wine and Liberty in Alameda County

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It’s here: the east bay LP “Wine and Liberty” gathering at Westover Vineyards in Castro Valley.

The Contra Costa County LP
again joins the Alameda County LP to cohost the tenth annual
afternoon of leisurely wine tasting, conversation, recreation, and hors d’oeuvres on the patio and in the tasting room
of this charming family-owned winery.

Jim Eyer, chair of the Alameda LP, says that all are welcome — Libertarian or not.
“Wine and Liberty has always been a relaxing and fun way to meet and interact with Libertarians, and to find out about ways to
get involved with your local LP organization. This Sunday, we will share ideas,
visit old friends and make new ones, and keep things lighthearted.”

All Wine and Liberty proceeds will benefit local Libertarian and election outreach programs.

WHEN: Sunday, October 9, 2016, from one to four o’clock in the afternoon

WHERE: Westover Vineyards, 34329 Palomares Road, Castro Valley 94552 *

DETAILS:

  • Wine and port tasting (over 21 only)
  • Meet the winemaker
  • Fundraiser raffle!
  • Light hors d’oeuvres and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Ping pong and pool tables available for play

CONTRIBUTION:
     $30 per person — Includes wine tasting ($20 per student over 21)
     $20 per person — No wine tasting
     $15 per person — Student or under 18

Come join the fun. “Be free! Drink wine!”

* See all the details, including an important note about directions, at
LPAC.us/events
, or download the flyer at
Events.LPAC.us/LPAC_WineAndLiberty_2016.pdf
.

R.S.V.P. BY FRIDAY, OCT. 7:
Contact Jim Eyer at Chair@LPAC.us or (510) 482-3521,
or purchase your tickets on line, at
SquareUp.com/store/bitcoin-express
.

Next regular meeting of the LP of Alameda County

WHEN: Thursday, October 13, 2016, 7:15 – 9:30 P.M.

WHERE: NEW LOCATION!  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.


AFFILIATE NEWS

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In it to win it, in Ventura County

by Susan Aquino

“The way we see it, Gary Johnson is out there every day, working his heart out for us, never wavering in his optimism
that it could happen. The least we can do is do the best we can at our local level.”

With that motivation, the Libertarian Party of Ventura County ordered a large number of Johnson–Weld 2016
campaign materials to distribute locally. We held two volunteer planning meetings for Gary Johnson, and have created a
dedicated Facebook page and a dedicated Meetup site for his campaign in Ventura County.

The youth in our county held two corner sign-waves/rallies in Thousand Oaks, and one in Ventura. Other volunteers
recently ran tables at a gun show and at two farmers’ markets, one in Ojai and one in Ventura. So far, four volunteers
have placed door-hangers throughout their neighborhoods. A volunteer’s letter to the editor was published in our weekly
paper, and an article about our local campaign, written by the daily paper’s news staff, was published on line in late
September.

In mid-September, we tabled at Moorpark College’s Constitution Day event, and we are organizing booths at two
street fairs: Moorpark Country Days on Oct 8, and Thousand Oaks Street Fair, sponsored by the Rotary Club, on Oct 16.

To reach an even wider audience of voters, we purchased the Ventura County LP voter registration data on disk.
We will use that for a phone bank, for which we plan to also take advantage of Nation Builder through the Johnson–Weld
campaign web site.

We procured two large Gary Johnson banners for a member to place on his highway frontage-road property, which
sees thousands of cars per day. As Gary says, “we are in it to win it.” Meantime, we also invested in a longer “freeway”
banner, and we’re hatching plans for where to place the latest batch of Johnson yard signs we put on order.

Ventura County Libertarians encourage all to get involved.
Contact chair Paul Githens at LPVentura.Co@GMail.com, or
check our web site for updates: www.LPVC.org.

Susan Aquino is the treasurer of the LP of Ventura County.


AFFILIATE NEWS

Placer County LP focuses on students

Students are an important demographic and a natural constituency for the Libertarian Party,
with its principle of smaller government,
given the tremendous fiscal burden that young people are facing — considering the national debt,
the monetary inflation of the Federal Reserve system, and
so many cities’ considerable public-employee pension obligations. For years,
the Placer County LP has been honing their student-outreach programs
at both the college and high school level.

On Sept. 19, Libertarian activists in Placer County participated, as they do every year,
in the Constitution Day event held at Sierra College’s Rocklin campus.
With representatives also from FairTax (Americans for Fair Taxation), Sons and Daughters of the
American Revolution, and State of Jefferson,
Placer LP chair Steven Wood said the event was “a spectacular educational event for the students.”
He expressed “a big thank you” to LP Placer County member Robert Page, Sierra College economics instructor
Michael Mace, Dianne Foster of Calif.
Federation of Republican Women, along with the financial sponsors and the
many others who worked hard to make the event a success. Wood also reported that the LP partnered with the industrious Young Americans for Liberty chapter on campus,
who “signed up several dozen students for liberty before noon!”

With many high school seniors being on the brink of voting in their first election,
the Placer team has also been deploying to high schools for “voter outreach” days, which will run through October.

Community outreach chair Sam Toll is among the LP Placer reps who’s been presenting to
students this fall, covering Del Oro High School on Sept. 29, and Rocklin on Sept. 15 and 16.
At the latter, Toll reported, of the 390 students who registered to vote, 50.8 percent
eschewed the dominant parties, with 15.6 percent registering Libertarian,
and 33.8 percent without indicating any party preference.
Of the less than half who did register with one of the older two parties,
64.6 percent chose the Republican Party, and 35.4 chose to register Democratic.

Wood gives Toll a “special mention, along with Dennis Schlumpf, Richard Simms, and Stephen Parker,
for their continued support, traveling many miles just to speak the five minutes allotted
at each high school.”

Still on the student-outreach docket are Whitney High School on Oct. 5, Chana on Oct. 12,
North Tahoe on Oct. 19 and 20, Oakmont on Oct. 21, Adelante on Oct. 27,
and Colfax on Oct. 28.

Wood invites other Libertarians in Placer County to help represent the LP;
to participate, send him e-mail at PlacerCoLP@GMail.com.

Next two meetings of the LP of Placer County

WHEN: Wed., October 12, and Wed., October 26, 7:00 – 9:00 P.M.

WHERE: Whole Foods Market’s outdoor seating area, 1001 Galleria Blvd., Roseville 95678

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



Candidate Donn Coenen to speak at Plumas County LP meeting

The Plumas County Libertarian Party welcomes Donn Coenen,
Libertarian candidate for State Assembly District 1, as guest speaker at its October meeting.

WHEN: Wednesday, October 12, 6:00 P.M.

WHERE: Neighbors Bar-B-Que, 58421 Highway 70, Cromberg, Ca. 96103

DETAILS: Open to the public. For info and reservations, call (530) 575-7932.


AFFILIATE NEWS

David vs. Goliath over S.F. ballot arguments

by Aubrey Freedman

California Libertarian Activist, Volume II, issue 2 (10/6/2016)

The LP of San Francisco (LPSF) is busy with the aftermath of ballot measure argument submissions, and has been getting calls to represent the Libertarian viewpoint to groups throughout the city.

On yet another school-bond measure, we won the lottery for the one free, prominently printed argument, and we signed on with taxpayer groups to the argument against a Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) bond, which will be printed in the voter handbooks of three Bay Area counties.

LPSF also submitted supplementary, paid arguments. One opposes a penalty for purchasing “sugary beverages.” To fight a “mansion tax,” designed to increase class warfare, we were aided by a generous contribution from the owner of a local property management company. These two LPSF arguments will appear in the voter handbook,
following the official opponents’ arguments.

A third paid argument is up in the air. There’s a parcel-tax increase and extension on the ballot, to fund a dysfunctional community college. LPSF is embroiled in a David-versus-Goliath battle with the Department of Elections, to get its opposition to the parcel tax printed in the voter handbook. A progressive county supervisor, using a special privilege granted politicians over ordinary citizens, pre-empted the official opponents’ argument, so LPSF didn’t submit an argument against the tax.

But in the end, the supervisor submitted no argument, so the voter handbook will have no official opposing argument. LPSF quickly submitted a paid argument against the tax, only to receive a call three days later with the news that the ballot measure was now a “district” measure, for which no paid arguments are possible.

Needless to say, we won’t throw in the towel and allow a so-called temporary tax to be approved by the voters without a fair hearing of the other side. E-mail has been flying fast and furious, and so far, the statists have the upper hand, but LPSF activists insist, “Not without a fight!”

If there are any lawyers out there who could help LPSF in this battle, please e-mail me at Chair@LPSF.org. Stay tuned!

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


COMMUNICATING LIBERTY

Writing ballot arguments for fun and profit

by Mark W.A. Hinkle

Publicity can be costly. But ballot arguments can provide the Libertarian Party virtually free publicity,
reaching the voters of every district with a proposed parcel tax, bond measure, sales tax, transient occupancy
tax (hotel tax),
or other special tax. Here are a few guidelines to help you tap into this avenue.

  1. Your local elections office, registrar of voters, county or city clerk has all the details you will
    need
    to participate. There is no cost, and usually, there’s no competition either (i.e., arguments submitted
    by other groups).
  2. The tax-and-spenders who are putting these measures on our ballots have unlimited time to craft the
    language of
    their new, exorbitant taxes and bonds, but our deadlines for countering them are early and the submission
    windows are short.
    Prepare in advance; monitor activity at your elections office — and do not delay.
  3. You can use generic anti-tax arguments, or be more specific to the district, agency, type of tax, or
    terms of the bond.
    Specific arguments are usually more effective in defeating a tax, but any argument is infinitely better than
    no argument.
  4. A rich resource for data to support arguments against both parcel taxes and bond measures for schools
    in California is
    Education Data Partnership (a.k.a. “Ed-Data,”
    at Ed-Data.org).
  5. Ballot arguments are subject to word limits. In Santa Clara County, for example, your “argument against” is
    limited to
    300 words, and the “rebuttal to the argument in favor” can be only 250 words. Hint: Set up a web page with
    anything else you need
    to convey — perhaps on your LP chapter’s web site — and include that “for more information” at
    the end of
    both your ballot argument and rebuttal.
  6. Read the rules carefully for all the nuances. When you have a lot to say, this is crucial. For example,
    “the city” would be two words, but “San Jose” might count as only one.
  7. Ballot arguments can provide the Libertarian Party virtually free publicity.

  8. Who should sign the argument? There’s strength in numbers, so build a coalition — either with other groups, such as your
    local taxpayer association, or individuals — or both — ideally those within the district, whether a resident, homeowner, parent, or
    business owner. While Libertarians know very well that keeping taxes down everywhere will help everyone, where possible,
    it’s good to avoid the chance to be called “carpetbaggers.” Again, know the rules for your jurisdiction. In Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties, up to five individuals or
    organizational reps may sign the argument against, and the same, or a different set of people, may sign the rebuttal to the
    argument in favor.
  9. Be prepared for the media to call, because they will call. They love sound-bites, so memorize your most
    relevant Libertarian points — and keep them short, easy to remember, and to the point. While you should explain the
    damage caused by tax increases and decades-long interest burdens, don’t just be anti-tax.
    Voters want to hear our Libertarian solutions to the problems of education and infrastructure.
    If you will be acting as a spokesperson, read Game-Changing Libertarian Communications, by Political Director Carla Howell
    of the Libertarian National Committee. This guide offers solid tips and techniques for us activists (available for download at
    LP.org/guide).
    Then watch for that media coverage to turn up in the press or on line. Keep a digital scrapbook of the coverage and share it
    with your team.
  10. Finally, what’s more gratifying than seeing Libertarian ideas in the media? Seeing them in the election results, of course.
    As soon as the results are in on Election Day, you’ll want to evaluate which exorbitant taxes and bonds were successfully defeated.
    Keep track of the dollars you have saved voters, and use those data in future publicity efforts. Important: Use that indirect
    feedback to adjust your arguments, next election. Continue to adjust and improve; the process will get easier and easier.
    Eventually, you will have built an arsenal of effective arguments to apply again and again — until one day
    when all the Libertarian elected officials have made such irresponsible and costly ballot measures a thing of the past.

California Libertarian Activist, Volume II, issue 2 (10/6/2016)


Mark W.A. Hinkle

Mark W.A. Hinkle is an at-large member of the LP of California executive committee, a
former LNC chair, and president of
Silicon Valley Taxpayers Association. He welcomes your questions about writing ballot arguments;
contact him via e-mail at
MHinkle@Ca.LP.org, or by phone at (408) 779-7922.


AFFILIATE NEWS

Reaching out to voters in Monterey County

There are some 24 ballot measures in Monterey County and its cities, mostly tax increases. LP of Monterey
County (LPMC) vice chair Lawrence Samuels, author of In Defense of Chaos and a
past northern vice chair for LP California, has championed LPMC’s mission that every bad ballot measure be
called out as such, in every voter handbook.

In particular, LPMC appears as the primary opponent of the county’s “Commercial Cannabis Tax” (Measure Y),
which would impose not one, but two taxes on certain commercial marijuana businesses, including a 10-percent tax on gross
revenue. According to the measure’s official ballot language, the taxes would “potentially [generate] millions of dollars
annually to help fund County services.”

The LPMC team’s ballot arguments were crafted to appeal to conservative and liberal voters, alike, making
the case that because the county government has “nearly $1 billion in assets,” the anticipated
“new revenue stream will likely pay for higher government salaries, bloated pensions, and outrageously
generous pensions that few receive in the private sector.”

They point out that not only are these revenues unneeded, but there would be unintended, negative consequences:

“Sales and property taxes already provide ample funding for the policing of marijuana
cultivation, processing, and dispensing in Monterey County…. This tax will increase the likelihood of
illegal cannabis farming, causing many growers to cultivate their crop in public parklands,
[threatening] wildlife, the environment and human life.”

They didn’t overlook altruists’ concerns, either: “The [governmentalists] want to over-regulate and
over-control the operations of a farming enterprise that has become important in helping people
with cancers and other illnesses.”

Samuels was joined in signing the arguments by LPMC’s chair, James King, and secretary, Jane Heider,
as well as new member Brandon Kelsey of the city of Marina.

Reaching farmers and shoppers

California Libertarian Activist, Volume II, issue 2 (10/6/2016)

Photo: Lawrence Samuels


Jane Heider, secretary for LP Monterey County, promoting Johnson for President and the LP
at the Monterey Farmer’s Market (Aug. 23)

Meantime, LPMC also reaches voters and others on a more personal level,
when tabling every Tuesday at the Farmer’s Market. Monterey Libertarians are invited to come
enjoy the fresh air while helping promote fresh Libertarian solutions to shoppers and farmers alike.

WHEN: Every Tuesday, year round

Opens at 4 o’clock, but LPMC arrives early to get the best spot! Now closing at 7 P.M. for the “winter.”

WHERE: Old Monterey Marketplace, Alvarado Street between Del Monte and Pearl, Monterey

FOR MORE DETAILS: Contact James King, LPMC chair, by phone at (831) 659-2121 or via e-mail at
TheJamesKing@Yahoo.com


2016 PROGRAM

LP of California Program addresses health care

Second in a series

California Libertarian Activist, Volume II, issue 2 (10/6/2016)

This year, LP California published a new party program, which differs from our platform in that it addresses a few
specific issues that the party will focus on for the current year:

  1. Economic Growth Creates Abundance
  2. Quality, Accessible, Affordable Health Care
  3. Education
  4. Making our Communities Safe (featured in the last issue)

On Sept. 21,
Grace-Marie Turner, president of the Galen Institute, wrote in Forbes Magazine
that “as many as 20 million Americans soon will be getting a letter from the Internal Revenue
Service ‘suggesting’ they sign up for ObamaCare insurance.”

According to Turner, “at President Obama’s direction,
the IRS is ‘reaching out’ to people who paid the tax penalty for not buying mandatory health insurance or
who claimed an exemption….” Apparently, 45 percent of Americans who opted out in 2014 are
under 35 and healthy — and the insurance pools have told the IRS their
participation is desperately needed if the socialistic system is to be kept afloat.



Although tax filers’ data are meant to be secure, and Affordable Care Act (ACA) use of them should be
limited to determining whether people are eligible for ACA subsidies, the IRS allegedly will be using them for pressuring
citizens to register for ObamaCare.

Libertarians believe that people’s choice of health care should not involve the taxing authority nor violate their privacy.
Three U.S. House leaders seem to agree: according to Turner, they wrote to IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, saying that,
“The ACA has caused great disruption in the individual health insurance market…. We do not believe it to
be an appropriate tax administration activity, or a good use of scarce taxpayer resources,
to use protected return data to direct taxpayers on their personal coverage decisions.”

In this installment,
we present the health-care segment of the LP California Program, followed by a related “Libertarian Solution.”

Quality, Accessible, Affordable Health Care

To ensure that all citizens can access adequate, affordable health care, we must increase the supply of health care,
remove barriers to a free market and encourage competition. The Libertarian Party of California believes that enabling
people to become more self-sufficient and secure will allow quality, accessible, affordable health care to be more
available to our families, children and seniors.

When people purchase their own independent health plan covering the services they need and allowing for fewer out of
pocket visits to their doctor, they are more secure and less dependent on others. When individuals have more control
over their own health care and are less dependent upon a third party, they become empowered to be assertive consumers
of health care. There is likely to be greater interest in price information and demand for price transparency from consumers
as their cost-sharing responsibilities increase. This results in more competition that keeps health care affordable and of
high quality.

Therefore, the Libertarian Party of California supports the following measures to make quality, affordable health care
accessible to all citizens:

  • Health insurance premiums, co-payments, deductibles and all medical expenses shall be deducted directly
    from income without having to meet any standard deduction.
  • A Medical Savings Account shall be established to be used for medical purposes in which up to 10% of
    income shall be deductible but without limitation on contributions.
  • Barriers to price transparency shall be removed to empower consumers and to encourage efficiency of care
    and competitive pricing.

The Libertarian Party also supports the following measures to increase the supply of quality affordable health
care by increasing the numbers of medical professionals, facilities and medical non-profit and for-profit organizations:

  • Eliminate or greatly simplify all state medical regulations and licensing standards which impede the
    supply of health care. Replace the state monopoly on regulation and licensing with an open market for testing and
    review of products and services to ensure more accurate, timely and cost-effective ratings and controls on quality.
  • Provide tax credits, exclusions and above-the-line deductions (without “percentage of income” limits)
    for medical education, educational savings accounts, charitable contributions to medical schools, facilities, service
    providers, medical research and construction of medical facilities.
    Streamline permit processes and zoning variances for construction of medical facilities and schools.
  • Reclaim our Tenth Amendment right to control pharmaceuticals distributed within the state. Reduce the
    function of the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to be a merely advisory body rather than a licensing authority.
    Allow drugs which have been proven to be safe to be marketed even if not yet proven effective. Allow patients access to
    unapproved drugs upon informed consent.

To read the full program, visit:
Ca.LP.org/about/program-3

The current LP California platform is available by visiting:

Ca.LP.org/platform


LIBERTARIAN SOLUTION

Expand marketplace of health care practitioners

by Michael H. Wilson

California Libertarian Activist, Volume II, issue 2 (10/6/2016)

Historically, occupational licensing laws and other regulations have deprived midwives, denturists, chiropractors, and others of
an opportunity to practice. This deprives patients of a choice and denies workers their right to practice in their professions.

Occupational licensing laws are some of the last Jim Crow–era laws, serving to protect professions from competition,
rather than protecting the interests of patients.

Republicans running for office…will attack their Democratic opponents’ support of Obamacare, but will offer no concrete
solutions to expand health freedom. One of the ways that Libertarian candidates can distinguish themselves from their
Republican rivals is by proposing to reduce government authority over who may or may not practice medicine.

Repeal occupational licensing laws that restrict advance nurse practitioners:
Seventeen states and Washington, D.C., allow advance nurse practitioners to set up their own practices
independent of doctors. In the other states, they are required to be supervised by a doctor or
work in collaboration with one. Repealing the laws in the states that restrict
advance nurse practitioners will give the patients more choices and save tax dollars.

Occupational licensing laws are some of the last Jim Crow–era laws, serving to
protect professions from competition, rather than protecting the interests of patients.

Repeal occupational licensing laws that restrict direct entry midwives: Nurse midwives are recognized in all
states, but direct-entry midwives, who did not study nursing, are prohibited from practicing in many states. Direct-entry
midwives may have learned this craft through an apprenticeship or by attending a college that trains midwives. Twelve states
prohibit direct-entry midwives, and in the others, the right to practice varies. Studies have shown midwives to be as good as doctors —
if not better — and less expensive. Midwives would be especially beneficial to Native American and African-American infants,
whose mortality rates are significantly higher than those of white infants.

Almost 50 percent of births nationwide are paid for by Medicaid, so expanding the opportunities for midwives would
save significant tax dollars and result in healthier children. Economist John C. Goodman explains, in his book
Priceless: Curing the Healthcare Crisis, that although the nurses and midwives at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas,
Texas, deliver high-quality care at a lower cost, “the infant mortality rate is only half the national average.”

Abolish or privatize the state medical boards: The state medical boards are controlled by the professions.
They do little or nothing to protect patients and are a classic example of what is known as “regulatory capture.”

Repeal the Certificate of Need laws: [The majority of] states have some form of Certificate of Need laws.
In many states, Certificate of Need regulations are being used to slow or halt the development of lower-cost alternatives,
such as retail health clinics. Retail health clinics offer a low cost alternative to people needing immediate care, instead of going to an emergency room. One study suggests that retail clinics save about 80 percent of the costs of an emergency-room visit. In jurisdictions where they are allowed, retail health clinics have grown significantly since 2006.

Abolish the FDA: There is no reason that the functions performed by the FDA cannot be carried out by a
private organization, such as Consumers Union. Prescription medicine was supposedly originated to protect patients, but in
reality it does more to keep costs high and protect the profits of the pharmaceutical industry. We should abolish the need for a prescription. If nothing else, we should let pharmacists prescribe medicine as they did in the past.

If the government didn’t manage the health-care industry for quality, who would? One good example is the National
Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). Founded in 1990, this nonprofit has a large influence in the health-care industry.
Organizations using the NCQA seal must pass a demanding review and report yearly.

These common-sense solutions would provide people with more choices, cut costs, improve health-care quality,
and save tax dollars. They would also create jobs for many qualified practitioners, and greatly increase access to needed
health-care services.

Reprinted with permission from LP News, Volume 43 Issue 4 (December 2013).


Correction:  The theme of the 2016 Libertarian National Convention was #LegalizeFreedom, not #LegalizeLiberty as was
indicated in the Aug. 12 issue (“Icebreaking for introverts: How to talk with voters and other prospective Libertarians”).    
—Editor


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or print out the form, below, and mail it to us at
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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: 
Susan Aquino, Ted Brown, Joe Dehn, Aubrey Freedman, Mark W.A. Hinkle, Robert Imhoff,
Jonathan Jaech, Sandra Kallander, Michael H. Wilson

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), 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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Message from the Chair 9-12-16 – 55 Electors Needed for Johnson/Weld Ticket – Will You Be One Of Them?

The Johnson/Weld ticket is receiving unprecedented levels of media coverage and public interest. I will talk about that in a moment. But right now, we need 55 California Libertarians to sign up to be electors for Johnson and Weld in California.
California has 55 electoral votes. Whichever presidential candidate wins the popular vote in California will receive all 55 electoral votes (out of 538 total). That means that if Libertarian candidate Gov. Gary Johnson carries the Golden State, his 55 electors get to go to Sacramento in December to cast their ballots for the Johnson/Weld ticket.
Would you like to be one of California’s 55 electors? Well, now is the time to put in your request.
We are looking for office holders, party officers, party activists, and party contributors to be our electors. The necessary qualifications are:
· Registered Libertarian voter in California
· Dues-paying member of the Libertarian Party of California
· Pledge to vote for Gary Johnson and Bill Weld in the Electoral College vote
The Libertarian Party of California Executive Committee will soon select the 55 electors. Please send me an e-mail (tbrown@ca.lp.org) if you want to be considered.
We are also suggesting a contribution of $55.00 or more to the Libertarian Party of California to aid state party activities in this busy election season. But, remember that a contribution is not required to be considered as an elector. If you decide to contribute, please send me an e-mail to make a pledge, or go to:

Donate

Now for the great news about the Johnson/Weld campaign. This week the ticket qualified in Rhode Island, meaning they are on the ballot in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. This hasn’t happened since 1996, and we can be proud of the ballot access efforts of the Libertarian National Committee. Thanks, LNC!
As you probably know, the immediate goal is for Gary Johnson to qualify for the presidential debates. The first debate is on September 26, so Gary’s polling numbers need to get up to the arbitrary figure of 15% set by the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) by that date, unless the members have a change of heart.
Regarding debate inclusion, there are so many polls that it’s hard to know which, if any, are accurate. The CPD has chosen 5 polling organizations to use for averaging purposes. So far, those polls put Gary in the 10% range, certainly within striking distance. The campaign has started to run radio ads across the country to boost support.
In fact, Gary Johnson is polling at 15% or more in 15 states. Most people polled want Gary Johnson to be in the debates. The key is for them to tell pollsters that they are supporting Johnson. They can always change their minds after the debate. We have to get to that 15% threshold.
For more information on the Johnson/Weld campaign, go to:
http://www.johnsonweld.com

There are also five California Libertarians on the ballot for the state legislature in the November election. They are looking for support as well. Please check them out:
Honor “Mimi” Robson for State Senator, 33rd District (Long Beach area);
http://www.honorrobson.com
Baron Bruno for State Assembly, 62nd District (Venice, Marina del Rey, LAX):
http://brunoforassembly.com
Ken Anton for State Assembly, 2nd District (North Coast):
http://kenanton.org
Donn Coenen for State Assembly, 1st District (rural northeast California):
Mike Everling for State Assembly, 51st District (parts of Los Angeles);
To join the Libertarian Party of California as a dues-paying member, please go to:

Join

For liberty,
Ted Brown
Chair, Libertarian Party of California
tbrown@ca.lp.org

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Message from the Chair 8-19-16 – November Ballot Proposition & News

The State Executive Committee met on August 6, and one of the agenda items was to take positions on the November ballot propositions.
Proposition 51 – NO – School bonds
Proposition 52 – NO – State fees on hospitals
Proposition 53 – YES – Voting on revenue bonds
Proposition 54 – YES – Legislative transparency
Proposition 55 – NO – Income tax hike extension
Proposition 56 – NO – Cigarette tax increase
Proposition 57 – YES – Parole for non-violent felons
Proposition 58 – NO – Changes in bilingual education methods
Proposition 59 – No Position – Advisory vote on Citizens United repeal
Proposition 60 – NO – Condoms required for adult film actors
Proposition 61 – NO – State prescription drug purchases
Proposition 62 – YES – End the Death Penalty in California
Proposition 63 – NO – Extensive new gun control measures
Proposition 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 does more harm than good, damaging medical availability, and creating additional criminal offenses and regulations.)
Proposition 65 – NO – Directs grocery bag money to wildlife fund
Proposition 66 – NO – Makes death penalty easier
Proposition 67 – NO – Grocery stores can’t provide plastic bags (referendum)
Aside from Proposition 63, the Legislature recently passed and Gov. Brown signed several new gun control laws that violate the right to keep and bear arms for self-defense. Libertarians are very supportive of the 2nd Amendment. A group has filed six separate referenda to allow voters to overturn these laws. They have a large volunteer signature-gathering effort, but have a September 29 deadline to collect the required number of signatures.
The petitions are now widely available at various gun stores, shooting ranges, and other businesses. Please go to this site to find out where you can go and sign the petitions (and perhaps pick up some copies to circulate in your town):

LOCATE PETITIONS

NEWLY ELECTED LIBERTARIAN: We have a newly elected Libertarian in California. Wallace Stewart filed as a candidate for the Vista Fire Protection District board in San Diego County. There are three open seats, and only three candidates filed. Thus, all three were declared elected and the actual election was cancelled. Congratulations, Wallace!
If you aren’t currently a member of the Libertarian Party of California, now is the time to join or to renew your membership. Please go to:

Join

For liberty,
Ted Brown
Chair, Libertarian Party of California
tbrown@ca.lp.org

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measures

The State Executive Committee met on August 6, and one of the agenda items was to take positions on the November ballot propositions.

Proposition 51 – NO – School bonds
Proposition 52 – NO – State fees on hospitals
Proposition 53 – YES – Voting on revenue bonds
Proposition 54 – YES – Legislative transparency
Proposition 55 – NO – Income tax hike extension
Proposition 56 – NO – Cigarette tax increase
Proposition 57 – YES – Parole for non-violent felons
Proposition 58 – NO – Changes in bilingual education methods
Proposition 59 – No Position – Advisory vote on Citizens United repeal
Proposition 60 – NO – Condoms required for adult film actors
Proposition 61 – NO – State prescription drug purchases
Proposition 62 – YES – End the Death Penalty in California
Proposition 63 – NO – Extensive new gun control measures
Proposition 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 does more harm than good, damaging medical availability, and creating additional criminal offenses and regulations.)
Proposition 65 – NO – Directs grocery bag money to wildlife fund
Proposition 66 – NO – Makes death penalty easier
Proposition 67 – NO – Grocery stores can’t provide plastic bags (referendum)

Aside from Proposition 63, the Legislature recently passed and Gov. Brown signed several new gun control laws that violate the right to keep and bear arms for self-defense. Libertarians are very supportive of the 2nd Amendment. A group has filed six separate referenda to allow voters to overturn these laws. They have a large volunteer signature-gathering effort, but have a September 29 deadline to collect the required number of signatures.

The petitions are now widely available at various gun stores, shooting ranges, and other businesses. Please go to this site to find out where you can go and sign the petitions (and perhaps pick up some copies to circulate in your town):

LOCATE PETITIONS

NEWLY ELECTED LIBERTARIAN: We have a newly elected Libertarian in California. Wallace Stewart filed as a candidate for the Vista Fire Protection District board in San Diego County. There are three open seats, and only three candidates filed. Thus, all three were declared elected and the actual election was cancelled. Congratulations, Wallace!

If you aren’t currently a member of the Libertarian Party of California, now is the time to join or to renew your membership. Please go to:

Join

For liberty,
Ted Brown
Chair, Libertarian Party of California
tbrown@ca.lp.org

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