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Message from the Chair – 11/11/18

Over the last year we have all put a lot of time and energy into the Midterm Elections, and I know that on Wednesday many Libertarians were discouraged, but we shouldn’t be. I have spent the last few days reflecting on this and realize we actually have a lot to be proud of! Nationwide we have 16 newly-elected Libertarians and had 833 Libertarians run effective campaigns. Here in California, even with our top-two “jungle primaries,” we had five partisan candidates on the November Ballot for State Assembly.

We have proven that a Libertarian CAN progress past the primary in a contested race; I was the first third-party candidate to make it to the General Election, beating a Democrat and a Green Party Candidate to go head to head against the Democrat incumbent. This prompted my opponent to face off with me in a candidate panel, which traditionally wouldn’t have happened. If I can do it, so can others!

We had four additional candidates, Brandon Nelson in the 4th District, Justin Quigley in the 21stDistrict, Christopher Stare in the 51st District, and Autumn Browne in the 69th District, that ran as write-in candidates against incumbents that were running unopposed and they all progressed to the General Election as well.

All of our State Assembly candidates did exceptionally well with most garnering close to 30% of the vote, which is higher than most Libertarians throughout the county. Brandon Nelson was able to get approximately 40% in two different counties in his district. And this was with campaigns that had limited financial support; our candidates raised and spent a collective total of about $40,000, and collectively our opponents raised about $3.9 million and spent about $2 million.

We have also proven that Libertarians running in non-partisan races can do amazing things! Jeff Hewitt is currently within 600 votes of winning the Riverside County Supervisor, 5th District election, with 40,000 votes still to be counted. He was able to raise close to a half million dollars and ran an outstanding campaign.

In addition, between September 7 and October 22 the number of registered Libertarians increased by 5.5% which means we’ve grown 6.5% since January! The Libertarian Party is the only party to increase in registered voters this year, but the number of No Party Preference voters has increased 14.4%, up to 5,419,607 voters. This tells me the #WalkAway movement is working, and many of those leaving the two major parties are finding a home in the Libertarian Party.

So what does this mean? It means we have an amazing opportunity to grow the party in California! It also means that we need to use that growth to raise money to support our candidates. If we had the funding to truly go up against the incumbent candidates who knows what could have happened last Tuesday.

So my first priority is to reach out to the registered Libertarians in the state to increase our donors! In the next few days I will be sending an email to over 50,000 registered Libertarians, and from there I hope to raise the money necessary to be able to reach out to all 150,000 as well as the 5.4 million No Party Preference voters.

I’ll also be working closely with the Convention Committee to get the best speakers that will resonate with people that don’t yet know they are Libertarians. My goal is to have people come to hear what we have to say and leave as registered Libertarians and members of the Libertarian Party of California. To do that we need to focus on our message; people need to know what LIBERTY means and how our party intends to bring liberty to all of the people in California.

My next priority will be to start working with the candidates that will be running in 2020. We need to identify races where we have a good chance of winning and focus our volunteers and money on those so we get the wins! Many of these may be non-partisan local races, such as city and county councils and boards, but will also include partisan state senate and assembly races.

I am going to need everyone’s  help in making these things happen. If you’re not already involved in the state or county organizations, please think about giving us a bit of your time. We have several committees with openings for volunteers at both the state and local levels. If you would like to get involved please don’t hesitate to contact me directly, and I will work with you to find the right fit for your efforts. If you are unable to volunteer, please think about helping us with funding, either to the state party or the candidate support committee. As little as $5 or $10 a month will go a long way in getting us to the place we need to be; a place where we’re taken seriously as a viable political party.

Also, be sure to attend our 2019 Convention in Concord California. The Convention will be held April 5-7, 2019 and there are still discounted packages available until the end of the year. You can find out more at https://ca.lp.org/convention/.

That’s all for now, but I will be keeping you updated on the progress as we approach the Convention.

In Liberty,

Mimi Robson,

Libertarian Party of California

chair@ca.lp.org

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Message from the Chair – 10/4/18

The November General Election is right around the corner and many of you will be receiving your Vote-By-Mail ballots in the next few days. In preparation of the election the Libertarian Party of California discussed the 11 Ballot Initiatives at our last Executive Committee meeting and below is the Party’s recommendations on each of the Propositions:

Proposition 1: Veterans and Affordable Housing Bond Act of 2018 NO

Authorizes Bonds to Fund Specified Housing Assistance Programs. Legislative Statute

Housing Programs and Veterans’ Loans Bond; authorizes $4 billion of state general obligations bond to fund existing housing programs.

The Libertarian Party of California recommends a “No” vote on Proposition 1.

Although they say this will provide affordable housing with no tax increase, it will cost the state $170 million per year over 35 years in annual interest payments which will need to come from somewhere. We are still paying for the 2006 ballot initiative, Proposition 1C, which said it would build affordable housing, yet housing is no more affordable today than it was 12 years ago. This initiative will be just another bond measure that will add to the state’s increasing and unsustainable, unfunded liabilities.

Proposition 2: No Place like Home Act of 2018- NO

Authorizes Bonds to Fund Existing Housing Program for Individuals with Mental Illness. Legislative Statute

Use Millionaire’s Tax Revenue for Homelessness Prevention Housing Bonds; authorizes $2 billion in revenue bonds for homelessness prevention housing for persons in need of mental health services.

The Libertarian Party of California recommends a “No” vote on Proposition 2. Although it’s stated that there would be no fiscal impact as $120 million per year would be directed from the 1% millionaire’s tax, the end result would be that the Proposition 63 revenues that had been dedicated to county mental health services would be redirected to debt servicing of this bond. Further, although revenue from the Proposition 63 tax increase can currently pay for this liability, if the economy shifts then it will mean cutting these services and the $120 million a year will need to come out of the general fund.

Proposition 3: Water Supply and Water Quality Act of 2018- NO

Authorizes Bonds to Fund Projects for Water Supply and Quality, Watershed, Fish, Wildlife, Water Conveyance, and Groundwater Sustainability and Storage. Initiative Statute

California Water Infrastructure and Watershed Conservation Bond Initiative; authorizes $8.877 billion in general obligation bonds for water infrastructure, groundwater supplies and storage, surface water storage and dam repairs, watershed and fisheries improvements, and habitat protection and restoration.

The Libertarian Party of California recommends a “No” vote on Proposition 3. Since 2006 there has been $20.478 billion in bonds approved for water infrastructure and according to the State Treasurer in August 2018 there are still $7.1 billion in bonds that haven’t been issued. There have been no notable improvements in that time period with money still available, and there is no reason that the State of California should be saddled with another $8.877 billion in unfunded liabilities. Further, although part of the funds from this bond will go toward groundwater storage and water recycling, about half the money is earmarked for low priority uses like watershed land improvements, fish and wildlife habitat and flood protection.

Proposition 4: Children’s Hospital Bond Act of 2018- NO

Authorizes Bonds Funding Construction at Hospitals Providing Children’s Health Care. Initiative Statute

Children’s Hospital Bond Act; authorizes $1.5 billion, to be repaid by the state’s General Funds, for the construction, renovation and equipping of children’s hospitals in California.

The Libertarian Party of California recommends a “No” vote on Proposition 4.

Although the operators of 13 pediatric hospitals in California contend they need infrastructure investment to keep up with the demand for specialized procedures they offer to children with life-threatening conditions, this measure will add another $1.5 billion to the state’s unstainable debt and would add an addition $80 million in interest to be paid over the next 35 years. In addition, although the children’s hospitals and medical facilities that would benefit from this money are non-profit of the combined net income of the 13 hospitals was $276 million with over $4.6 billion in net assets which could easily be used for the necessary improvements.

Proposition 5: People’s Initiative to Protect Proposition 13 Savings- YES

Changes Requirements for Certain Property Owners to Transfer their Property Tax Base to Replacement Property. Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute

Property Tax Transfer Initiative; allows homebuyers who are age 55 or older or severely disabled to transfer their tax assessments, with a possible adjustment, from their prior home to their new home, no matter (a) the new home’s market value; (b) the new home’s location in the state; or (c) the buyer’s number of moves.

The Libertarian Party of California recommends a “Yes” vote on Proposition 5. Proposition 13 was originally passed so that homeowners that bought property at a lower price weren’t suddenly saddled with increased taxes as the property appreciated in value. Since then Proposition 60 was passed in 1986 which allows homeowners 55 and older to move to another property, as their needs change, at that same lower tax rates that Proposition 13 created, so long as the move is to a property of lesser or equal value, was in the same county and was limited to a one time more. Proposition 5 will expand the ability to people 55 or older or severely disabled to be able to take advantage of this benefit regardless of where they move within the state. This means many homeowners will finally be able to access the equity in their homes to purchase a replacement property, and maintain the low tax assessment they have enjoyed previously.

Proposition 6: Voter Approval for Increases in Gas and Car Tax-YES

Eliminates Certain Road Repair and Transportation Funding. Requires Certain Fuel Taxes and Vehicle Fees be Approved by The Electorate. Initiative Constitutional Amendment

Voter Approval for Future Gas and Vehicle Taxes and 2017 Tax Repeal Initiative; repeals fuel tax increases and vehicle fees that were enacted in 2017.

The Libertarian Party of California recommends a “Yes” vote on Proposition 6.

Proposition 6 would repeal all gas and fuel taxes enacted by the California legislature since January 1, 2017, and would require voter approval for any fuel tax or vehicle fee increases in the future. California needs to learn to spend its money more wisely and if any future tax increases need to be approved by the voters they may find it easier to just tighten their fiscal belt.

Proposition 7: Daylight Savings Time Act-NO POSITION

Conforms California Daylight Saving Time to Federal Law. Allows Legislature to Change Daylight Saving Time Period. Legislative Statute

Permanent Daylight Saving Time Measure; allows the California State Legislature to establish permanent, year-round daylight saving time (DST) in California by a two-thirds vote if federal law is changed to allow for permanent DST.

The Libertarian Party of California voted to take no position on this matter leaving it up to each individual to decide for themselves.

The arguments in favor of approving this initiative are that although permanent Daylight Saving Time would desynchronize California from certain states, it would place it in sync with Arizona. In addition it’s argued that changing the time wastes energy and jeopardizes public health as research has shown an increase in strokes, heart attacks and accidents following the time changes.

The arguments in opposition of this initiative are that it would desynchronize California from certain states and mean that the time differences between different states would vary during the year. They also argue that Californians would wake up in the dark during the winter.

Proposition 8: Fair Pricing for Dialysis Act- NO

Regulates Amounts Outpatient Kidney Dialysis Clinics Charge for Dialysis Treatment. Initiative Statute

Limits on Dialysis Clinics’ Revenue and Required Refunds Initiative; supports requiring dialysis clinics to issue refunds to patients of patients’ payers for revenue above 115 percent of the costs of direct patient care and healthcare improvements.

The Libertarian Party of California recommend a “No” vote on Proposition 8. While seemingly good intentioned, price controls in Proposition 8 will cause many dialysis facilities to operate at a loss which will likely mean that clinics will close reducing access to dialysis care. In addition, if dialysis firms earn revenues exceeding 115 percent of qualifying costs in any year, it will be required to rebate the excess to private providers, not government programs. The high cost of health care is already due to government interventions and this proposition will ultimately lead to higher costs.

Proposition 10: Affordable Housing Act- NO

Expands Local Governments’ Authority to Enact Rent Control on Residential Property. Initiative Statute

Local Rent Control Initiative; Repeals state law that currently restricts the scope of rent-control policies that cities and other local jurisdictions may impose and allows policies that would limit rental rates that residential-property owners may charge new tenants, new construction and single-family homes.

The Libertarian Party of California recommends a “No” vote on Proposition 10. Rent Control deters the development of new rental units and instead incentivizes developers to build condos which are out of reach for most moderate to low income Californians.And although rent control offers savings to current renters, it also reduces landlords’ incentives to maintain their properties. In many areas with strict rent regulations, these restrictions can contribute to neighborhood decline.

Proposition 11: Emergency Ambulance Employee Safety and Preparedness Act- NO

Requires Private-Sector Emergency Ambulance Employees to Remain On-Call During Work Breaks. Eliminates Certain Employer Liability. Initiative Statute

Ambulance Employees Paid On-Call Breaks, Training, and Mental Health Services Initiative; Allows private ambulance providers to require workers to remain on-call during breaks, paid at their regular rate.

The Libertarian Party of California recommends a “No” vote on Proposition 11.

EMTs have traditionally been on-call during their breaks because it’s cost prohibitive to have another full ambulance crew come on duty to cover them during a break if an emergency call comes in. But in 2016 the California Supreme Court ruled that the state law intended to protect general workers break periods also applied to EMTs. The private ambulance industry can’t make this work without substantial cost increases which present problems for the emergency response systems. If this initiative had simply corrected the problem caused by the 2016 court ruling, that would have left this up to the free market, however rather than just fixing a problem it also includes requiring private companies to offer more benefits and training which imposes an unjust burden on private employers.

Proposition 12: Prevention of Cruelty to Farm Animals Act- no position

Establishes New Standards for Confinement of Specified Farm Animals; Bans Sale of Noncomplying Products. Initiative Statute.

Farm Animal Confinement Initiative; bans the sale of meat and eggs from calves raised for veal, breeding pigs, and egg-laying hens confined in areas below a specific number of square feet.

The Libertarian Party of California voted to take no position on this matter leaving it up to each individual to decide for themselves.

The arguments in favor of approving this initiative argue that Proposition 2 which passed in 2008 was written to vaguely and didn’t specify the amount of room an animal requires to lie down and move, and that this vagueness has allowed farmed animal producers to cram animals into cruel spaces. They therefore believe that this proposition will remedy that by giving specific space requirements for certain farmed animals.

The arguments in opposition to this initiative claim that this is yet another poorly written law and only protects certain farmed animals (veal calves, breeding pigs and egg-laying hens). The opponents further argue that these regulations will cause many farmers to go out of business, possibly creating a shortage of chickens and eggs and raising prices.

Also, remember that we have several Libertarians on the upcoming ballot, so please be sure to vote for them if you are in their districts. Our endorsed candidates are:

Brandon Nelson, 4th Assembly District (Lake and Napa Counties, and portions of Yolo, Colusa, Sonoma, and Solano Counties) nelson4assembly.com

Justin Quigley, 21st Assembly District (Merced County and portions of Stanislaus County) facebook.com/QuigleyforAssembly

Christopher Stare, 51st Assembly District (Los Angeles County; City Terrace, East Los Angeles and areas east of Downtown LA) chris@votestare.com

Autumn Browne, 69th Assembly District (Orange County; Anaheim, Garden Grove, Orange and Santa Ana) autumnbrowne.com/

Honor “Mimi” Robson, 70th Assembly District (Los Angeles County; Long Beach, San Pedro and Catalina Island) honorrobson.com/

And we have many others running in local, non-partisan races. Here are a few, but be sure to check your ballots!

Jeff Hewitt, 5th District Riverside County Supervisor votehewitt.com/

Nickolas Wildstar, 3rd District Fullerton City Council wildstar2018.com

John Ink, Mountain View City Council electinks.com

Yours in Liberty,

Mimi Robson

Chair, Libertarian Party of California

chair@ca.lp.org

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Message from the Chair – 10/4/18

The November General Election is right around the corner and many of you will be receiving your Vote-By-Mail ballots in the next few days. In preparation of the election the Libertarian Party of California discussed the 11 Ballot Initiatives at our last Executive Committee meeting and below is the Party’s recommendations on each of the Propositions:

Proposition 1: Veterans and Affordable Housing Bond Act of 2018 NO

Authorizes Bonds to Fund Specified Housing Assistance Programs. Legislative Statute

Housing Programs and Veterans’ Loans Bond; authorizes $4 billion of state general obligations bond to fund existing housing programs.

The Libertarian Party of California recommends a “No” vote on Proposition 1.

Although they say this will provide affordable housing with no tax increase, it will cost the state $170 million per year over 35 years in annual interest payments which will need to come from somewhere. We are still paying for the 2006 ballot initiative, Proposition 1C, which said it would build affordable housing, yet housing is no more affordable today than it was 12 years ago. This initiative will be just another bond measure that will add to the state’s increasing and unsustainable, unfunded liabilities.

Proposition 2: No Place like Home Act of 2018- NO

Authorizes Bonds to Fund Existing Housing Program for Individuals with Mental Illness. Legislative Statute

Use Millionaire’s Tax Revenue for Homelessness Prevention Housing Bonds; authorizes $2 billion in revenue bonds for homelessness prevention housing for persons in need of mental health services.

The Libertarian Party of California recommends a “No” vote on Proposition 2. Although it’s stated that there would be no fiscal impact as $120 million per year would be directed from the 1% millionaire’s tax, the end result would be that the Proposition 63 revenues that had been dedicated to county mental health services would be redirected to debt servicing of this bond. Further, although revenue from the Proposition 63 tax increase can currently pay for this liability, if the economy shifts then it will mean cutting these services and the $120 million a year will need to come out of the general fund.

Proposition 3: Water Supply and Water Quality Act of 2018- NO

Authorizes Bonds to Fund Projects for Water Supply and Quality, Watershed, Fish, Wildlife, Water Conveyance, and Groundwater Sustainability and Storage. Initiative Statute

California Water Infrastructure and Watershed Conservation Bond Initiative; authorizes $8.877 billion in general obligation bonds for water infrastructure, groundwater supplies and storage, surface water storage and dam repairs, watershed and fisheries improvements, and habitat protection and restoration.

The Libertarian Party of California recommends a “No” vote on Proposition 3. Since 2006 there has been $20.478 billion in bonds approved for water infrastructure and according to the State Treasurer in August 2018 there are still $7.1 billion in bonds that haven’t been issued. There have been no notable improvements in that time period with money still available, and there is no reason that the State of California should be saddled with another $8.877 billion in unfunded liabilities. Further, although part of the funds from this bond will go toward groundwater storage and water recycling, about half the money is earmarked for low priority uses like watershed land improvements, fish and wildlife habitat and flood protection.

Proposition 4: Children’s Hospital Bond Act of 2018- NO

Authorizes Bonds Funding Construction at Hospitals Providing Children’s Health Care. Initiative Statute

Children’s Hospital Bond Act; authorizes $1.5 billion, to be repaid by the state’s General Funds, for the construction, renovation and equipping of children’s hospitals in California.

The Libertarian Party of California recommends a “No” vote on Proposition 4.

Although the operators of 13 pediatric hospitals in California contend they need infrastructure investment to keep up with the demand for specialized procedures they offer to children with life-threatening conditions, this measure will add another $1.5 billion to the state’s unstainable debt and would add an addition $80 million in interest to be paid over the next 35 years. In addition, although the children’s hospitals and medical facilities that would benefit from this money are non-profit of the combined net income of the 13 hospitals was $276 million with over $4.6 billion in net assets which could easily be used for the necessary improvements.

Proposition 5: People’s Initiative to Protect Proposition 13 Savings- YES

Changes Requirements for Certain Property Owners to Transfer their Property Tax Base to Replacement Property. Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute

Property Tax Transfer Initiative; allows homebuyers who are age 55 or older or severely disabled to transfer their tax assessments, with a possible adjustment, from their prior home to their new home, no matter (a) the new home’s market value; (b) the new home’s location in the state; or (c) the buyer’s number of moves.

The Libertarian Party of California recommends a “Yes” vote on Proposition 5. Proposition 13 was originally passed so that homeowners that bought property at a lower price weren’t suddenly saddled with increased taxes as the property appreciated in value. Since then Proposition 60 was passed in 1986 which allows homeowners 55 and older to move to another property, as their needs change, at that same lower tax rates that Proposition 13 created, so long as the move is to a property of lesser or equal value, was in the same county and was limited to a one time more. Proposition 5 will expand the ability to people 55 or older or severely disabled to be able to take advantage of this benefit regardless of where they move within the state. This means many homeowners will finally be able to access the equity in their homes to purchase a replacement property, and maintain the low tax assessment they have enjoyed previously.

Proposition 6: Voter Approval for Increases in Gas and Car Tax-YES

Eliminates Certain Road Repair and Transportation Funding. Requires Certain Fuel Taxes and Vehicle Fees be Approved by The Electorate. Initiative Constitutional Amendment

Voter Approval for Future Gas and Vehicle Taxes and 2017 Tax Repeal Initiative; repeals fuel tax increases and vehicle fees that were enacted in 2017.

The Libertarian Party of California recommends a “Yes” vote on Proposition 6.

Proposition 6 would repeal all gas and fuel taxes enacted by the California legislature since January 1, 2017, and would require voter approval for any fuel tax or vehicle fee increases in the future. California needs to learn to spend its money more wisely and if any future tax increases need to be approved by the voters they may find it easier to just tighten their fiscal belt.

Proposition 7: Daylight Savings Time Act-NO POSITION

Conforms California Daylight Saving Time to Federal Law. Allows Legislature to Change Daylight Saving Time Period. Legislative Statute

Permanent Daylight Saving Time Measure; allows the California State Legislature to establish permanent, year-round daylight saving time (DST) in California by a two-thirds vote if federal law is changed to allow for permanent DST.

The Libertarian Party of California voted to take no position on this matter leaving it up to each individual to decide for themselves.

The arguments in favor of approving this initiative are that although permanent Daylight Saving Time would desynchronize California from certain states, it would place it in sync with Arizona. In addition it’s argued that changing the time wastes energy and jeopardizes public health as research has shown an increase in strokes, heart attacks and accidents following the time changes.

The arguments in opposition of this initiative are that it would desynchronize California from certain states and mean that the time differences between different states would vary during the year. They also argue that Californians would wake up in the dark during the winter.

Proposition 8: Fair Pricing for Dialysis Act- NO

Regulates Amounts Outpatient Kidney Dialysis Clinics Charge for Dialysis Treatment. Initiative Statute

Limits on Dialysis Clinics’ Revenue and Required Refunds Initiative; supports requiring dialysis clinics to issue refunds to patients of patients’ payers for revenue above 115 percent of the costs of direct patient care and healthcare improvements.

The Libertarian Party of California recommend a “No” vote on Proposition 8. While seemingly good intentioned, price controls in Proposition 8 will cause many dialysis facilities to operate at a loss which will likely mean that clinics will close reducing access to dialysis care. In addition, if dialysis firms earn revenues exceeding 115 percent of qualifying costs in any year, it will be required to rebate the excess to private providers, not government programs. The high cost of health care is already due to government interventions and this proposition will ultimately lead to higher costs.

Proposition 10: Affordable Housing Act- NO

Expands Local Governments’ Authority to Enact Rent Control on Residential Property. Initiative Statute

Local Rent Control Initiative; Repeals state law that currently restricts the scope of rent-control policies that cities and other local jurisdictions may impose and allows policies that would limit rental rates that residential-property owners may charge new tenants, new construction and single-family homes.

The Libertarian Party of California recommends a “No” vote on Proposition 10. Rent Control deters the development of new rental units and instead incentivizes developers to build condos which are out of reach for most moderate to low income Californians.And although rent control offers savings to current renters, it also reduces landlords’ incentives to maintain their properties. In many areas with strict rent regulations, these restrictions can contribute to neighborhood decline.

Proposition 11: Emergency Ambulance Employee Safety and Preparedness Act- NO

Requires Private-Sector Emergency Ambulance Employees to Remain On-Call During Work Breaks. Eliminates Certain Employer Liability. Initiative Statute

Ambulance Employees Paid On-Call Breaks, Training, and Mental Health Services Initiative; Allows private ambulance providers to require workers to remain on-call during breaks, paid at their regular rate.

The Libertarian Party of California recommends a “No” vote on Proposition 11.

EMTs have traditionally been on-call during their breaks because it’s cost prohibitive to have another full ambulance crew come on duty to cover them during a break if an emergency call comes in. But in 2016 the California Supreme Court ruled that the state law intended to protect general workers break periods also applied to EMTs. The private ambulance industry can’t make this work without substantial cost increases which present problems for the emergency response systems. If this initiative had simply corrected the problem caused by the 2016 court ruling, that would have left this up to the free market, however rather than just fixing a problem it also includes requiring private companies to offer more benefits and training which imposes an unjust burden on private employers.

Proposition 12: Prevention of Cruelty to Farm Animals Act- no position

Establishes New Standards for Confinement of Specified Farm Animals; Bans Sale of Noncomplying Products. Initiative Statute.

Farm Animal Confinement Initiative; bans the sale of meat and eggs from calves raised for veal, breeding pigs, and egg-laying hens confined in areas below a specific number of square feet.

The Libertarian Party of California voted to take no position on this matter leaving it up to each individual to decide for themselves.

The arguments in favor of approving this initiative argue that Proposition 2 which passed in 2008 was written to vaguely and didn’t specify the amount of room an animal requires to lie down and move, and that this vagueness has allowed farmed animal producers to cram animals into cruel spaces. They therefore believe that this proposition will remedy that by giving specific space requirements for certain farmed animals.

The arguments in opposition to this initiative claim that this is yet another poorly written law and only protects certain farmed animals (veal calves, breeding pigs and egg-laying hens). The opponents further argue that these regulations will cause many farmers to go out of business, possibly creating a shortage of chickens and eggs and raising prices.

Also, remember that we have several Libertarians on the upcoming ballot, so please be sure to vote for them if you are in their districts. Our endorsed candidates are:

Brandon Nelson, 4th Assembly District (Lake and Napa Counties, and portions of Yolo, Colusa, Sonoma, and Solano Counties) nelson4assembly.com

Justin Quigley, 21st Assembly District (Merced County and portions of Stanislaus County) facebook.com/QuigleyforAssembly

Christopher Stare, 51st Assembly District (Los Angeles County; City Terrace, East Los Angeles and areas east of Downtown LA) chris@votestare.com

Autumn Browne, 69th Assembly District (Orange County; Anaheim, Garden Grove, Orange and Santa Ana) autumnbrowne.com/

Honor “Mimi” Robson, 70th Assembly District (Los Angeles County; Long Beach, San Pedro and Catalina Island) honorrobson.com/

And we have many others running in local, non-partisan races. Here are a few, but be sure to check your ballots!

Jeff Hewitt, 5th District Riverside County Supervisor votehewitt.com/

Nickolas Wildstar, 3rd District Fullerton City Council wildstar2018.com

John Ink, Mountain View City Council electinks.com

Yours in Liberty,

Mimi Robson

Chair, Libertarian Party of California

chair@ca.lp.org

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Message from the Chair – 9/29/18

The 2019 Convention planning is well underway and is shaping up to be another great gathering.The 2019 Convention will be April 5-7 and held at the Concord Crowne Plaza; 45 John Glen Drive, Concord, CA 94520.

AND this year we want YOU to pick the theme for the event! This is your opportunity to set the tone for the convention by helping us bring the speakers and events that you really want to be a part of.

The Themes so far are:

  • Let Freedom Ring!
  • Give Peace and Prosperity a Chance!
  • The Last Straw!
  • Harambe
  • Ancapistan
  • For the love of God, less taxes!
  • A Path to Liberty!
  • Libertarian is the Future!
  • NAP Time!
  • End the Liberty Drought!

Voting will be ending soon! The last day to vote or add your own theme is Wednesday, October 3rd, and you can vote as many times as you wish for only $10 per vote. Just go to https://ca.lp.org/convention/ to make your voice heard.

And while you’re there, be sure to take advantage of our special Early Bird Pricing which will only be available until the end of October. April is still a few months away, but you’ll be glad you signed up now, since those who wait will be charged more.  The convention should be the gala event of the season, where you can hear interesting speakers, meet with fellow Libertarians, help conduct party business as a convention delegate, and enjoy special activities based on the theme you helped decide on!

This will be an event you don’t want to miss, so why not save money in the process? I look forward to seeing you all there!

Yours in Liberty,

Mimi Robson

Chair, Libertarian Party of California

chair@ca.lp.org

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Message from the Chair – 9/29/18

The 2019 Convention planning is well underway and is shaping up to be another great gathering.The 2019 Convention will be April 5-7 and held at the Concord Crowne Plaza; 45 John Glen Drive, Concord, CA 94520.

AND this year we want YOU to pick the theme for the event! This is your opportunity to set the tone for the convention by helping us bring the speakers and events that you really want to be a part of.

The Themes so far are:

  • Let Freedom Ring!
  • Give Peace and Prosperity a Chance!
  • The Last Straw!
  • Harambe
  • Ancapistan
  • For the love of God, less taxes!
  • A Path to Liberty!
  • Libertarian is the Future!
  • NAP Time!
  • End the Liberty Drought!

Voting will be ending soon! The last day to vote or add your own theme is Wednesday, October 3rd, and you can vote as many times as you wish for only $10 per vote. Just go to https://ca.lp.org/convention/ to make your voice heard.

And while you’re there, be sure to take advantage of our special Early Bird Pricing which will only be available until the end of October. April is still a few months away, but you’ll be glad you signed up now, since those who wait will be charged more.  The convention should be the gala event of the season, where you can hear interesting speakers, meet with fellow Libertarians, help conduct party business as a convention delegate, and enjoy special activities based on the theme you helped decide on!

This will be an event you don’t want to miss, so why not save money in the process? I look forward to seeing you all there!

Yours in Liberty,

Mimi Robson

Chair, Libertarian Party of California

chair@ca.lp.org

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Message from the Chair – 9/4/18

With the November General Election fast approaching, there are a lot of exciting things happening in the Libertarian Party of California that I want everyone to be aware of.  Since the beginning of the year the number of registered Libertarian’s voters has increased by 1.2% while the registered Republicans have decreased by 1.2% and the registered Democrats have decreased by 0.5%.  And the Libertarian party is ONLY party that has experienced growth this year out of ALL the parties!  So now is the time we really need to support our candidates.

We have five Libertarians that will be on the November ballot of State Assembly seats: Brandon Nelson in the 4th Assembly District, Justin Quigley in the 21st Assembly District, Chris Stare in the 51st Assembly District, Autumn Browne in the 69th Assembly District, and I’ll be on the ballot for the 70th Assembly District.  We also have candidates for other local races throughout the state, and Jeff Hewitt came in a very close second in his race for Riverside County Supervisor in the June Primary and is running the most exciting and promising race for a Libertarian in the county!

So now is the time we all need to help these candidates get our message out to the voters and win!  The Libertarian Party of California Candidate Support Committee has already helped each of the Assembly candidates get there Candidate Statement on the sample ballots so their message will go out to all the registered voters in those counties; but there’s a lot more we need to do, so please consider donating generously.  You can make a donation here.

In other news, the Executive Committee will be holding their 3rd Quarter meeting in Orange County, where we will be filling the two vacant At-Large seats, electing members to several of our working committees and taking positions on the November Ballot initiatives.  If you’re interested in getting more involved in the State Party, or just curious how we hold these meetings, all members are welcome to come!  The meeting will be on Saturday, September 8th and will start at 10:00 a.m. and be held at Mimi’s Café in Fountain Valley:

18461 Brookhurst Street
Fountain Valley, California 92708

Following the Executive Committee Meeting there will be a Meet and Greet with our Candidates, which will feature most of the candidates listed above and more!  It will be just a few blocks away from the ExCom meeting at the Claim Jumper Restaurant in Fountain Valley:

18050 Brookhurst Street
Fountain Valley, California 92708

This should be a really great event with opportunities to bid on amazing auction items, and you’ll feel good knowing that all the money raised will go directly to candidate support!  You can purchase your tickets here.

And finally, we have started planning our 2019 Convention which will be held in Concord California at the Crowne Plaza Hotel and early bird packages as well as discounted room pricing are available now!  In addition we’ve decided to do something fun; we are letting the members decide on what the theme of the Convention will be.  You can buy your tickets and vote on the theme you like best, or add your own at the 2019 convention page.

That’s all for now, but I will be announcing more in the very near future, so please stay tuned.

Yours in Liberty,

Mimi Robson

Chair, Libertarian Party of California

chair@ca.lp.org

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Message from the Chair – 9/4/18

With the November General Election fast approaching, there are a lot of exciting things happening in the Libertarian Party of California that I want everyone to be aware of.  Since the beginning of the year the number of registered Libertarian’s voters has increased by 1.2% while the registered Republicans have decreased by 1.2% and the registered Democrats have decreased by 0.5%.  And the Libertarian party is ONLY party that has experienced growth this year out of ALL the parties!  So now is the time we really need to support our candidates.

We have five Libertarians that will be on the November ballot of State Assembly seats: Brandon Nelson in the 4th Assembly District, Justin Quigley in the 21st Assembly District, Chris Stare in the 51st Assembly District, Autumn Browne in the 69th Assembly District, and I’ll be on the ballot for the 70th Assembly District.  We also have candidates for other local races throughout the state, and Jeff Hewitt came in a very close second in his race for Riverside County Supervisor in the June Primary and is running the most exciting and promising race for a Libertarian in the county!

So now is the time we all need to help these candidates get our message out to the voters and win!  The Libertarian Party of California Candidate Support Committee has already helped each of the Assembly candidates get there Candidate Statement on the sample ballots so their message will go out to all the registered voters in those counties; but there’s a lot more we need to do, so please consider donating generously.  You can make a donation here.

In other news, the Executive Committee will be holding their 3rd Quarter meeting in Orange County, where we will be filling the two vacant At-Large seats, electing members to several of our working committees and taking positions on the November Ballot initiatives.  If you’re interested in getting more involved in the State Party, or just curious how we hold these meetings, all members are welcome to come!  The meeting will be on Saturday, September 8th and will start at 10:00 a.m. and be held at Mimi’s Café in Fountain Valley:

18461 Brookhurst Street
Fountain Valley, California 92708

Following the Executive Committee Meeting there will be a Meet and Greet with our Candidates, which will feature most of the candidates listed above and more!  It will be just a few blocks away from the ExCom meeting at the Claim Jumper Restaurant in Fountain Valley:

18050 Brookhurst Street
Fountain Valley, California 92708

This should be a really great event with opportunities to bid on amazing auction items, and you’ll feel good knowing that all the money raised will go directly to candidate support!  You can purchase your tickets here.

And finally, we have started planning our 2019 Convention which will be held in Concord California at the Crowne Plaza Hotel and early bird packages as well as discounted room pricing are available now!  In addition we’ve decided to do something fun; we are letting the members decide on what the theme of the Convention will be.  You can buy your tickets and vote on the theme you like best, or add your own at the 2019 convention page.

That’s all for now, but I will be announcing more in the very near future, so please stay tuned.

Yours in Liberty,

Mimi Robson

Chair, Libertarian Party of California

chair@ca.lp.org

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2018 California Libertarian candidates: U.S. Senate

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


Derrick Michael Reid

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

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

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

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

Campaign web site: www.DerrickMReid.com


* Candidate statements have not been edited.

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

by Aubrey Freedman

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

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

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

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

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

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

The filing deadline for Measure 1816 is April 23.

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

The filing deadline for Measure 1830 is May 21.

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

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

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


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

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

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