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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Video: Wayne Root Speaks at LPCA Convention

2008 LP Vice Presidential Candidate Wayne Root opened and closed his LPCA convention lunchtime banquet remarks on Sunday with this message:  "What this Party is missing, what it needs is a chief salesman, a chief spokesman, a chief rainmaker, and that's why I've announced I'm running for national chairman of the Libertarian Party."

Video and more excerpts after the jump:

LPCA Convention Slideshow

Monday, February 15, 2010

LPCA Convention Hears Warning of Prop 14's "Top-Two Primary"

A dark shadow was cast on this weekend's California Libertarian convention by Prop 14, the "top-two primary" initiative on the June ballot.  Keynote speaker and Ballot Access News editor Richard Winger called it the greatest threat to independent and third-party politics in America in the last 50 years.  He warned that it would make it effectively impossible for independents and third parties to challenge the incumbent parties in November elections.

Keynote co-speaker Christina Tobin said that opposing Prop 14 will be the core theme of her campaign for Secretary of State.  Tobin previewed her speech in a posting at FreeAndEqual.org, and her SoS campaign had already been endorsed by the LPCA Executive Committee.

Kevin Takenaga's Chair's report included the following:

Sunday, February 14, 2010

LPCA Convention - Day 2

9:25 Called to order.  Attorney General candidate Tim Hannan spoke.  Says that the purpose of government is to "protect us from violence and fraud, and otherwise leave us alone."

9:33 Discussion of whether the 2nd LNC rep should be considered 1st alternate. No, because LPCA might again be part of a two-rep region.

9:39 62 delegates credentialed.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

LPCA Convention - Day 1

8:45 Lt. Governor candidate and Pierce College economics professor Dr. Pam Brown speaks at breakfast

10:00 Convened with 54 delegates

Friday, February 5, 2010

Libertarian Trustee Opposes $4.3M In Tax Money for Clinic

Excerpts below from a Feb. 4 article in the San Mateo County Journal by Bill Silverfarb. Former LPSM Chair Jack Hickey, an elected trustee of the Sequoia Health Care District, is running in the June election for county supervisor.

The Sequoia Healthcare District pledged $4.3 million to help build a new clinic in the North Fair Oaks area of unincorporated Redwood City yesterday. The district board voted 3-1 to approve the grant request from the county-operated San Mateo Medical Center. Board members Don Horsley, Kim Griffin and Katie Kane approved the grant request while Jack Hickey voted against it. Boardmember Art Faro was not in attendance.

The Sequoia Healthcare District still collects $5M/yr in taxes, despite having sold in 1996 the Redwood City hospital which the district was created to build and operate in the 1940s. Since then, two civil grand juries, the Palo Alto Daily News, and district board member Jack Hickey have all argued that the board should be dissolved and its funds returned to county taxpayers.

A Feb. 1 article in the San Mateo Daily News said "Hickey, a Libertarian activist and member of the Sequoia Healthcare District Board, contributed $6,000 to his own campaign and recently said he plans to raise slightly more than that for a countywide mailer."

Thursday, February 4, 2010

San Mateo Libertarians Oppose School Tax

From a Feb 3 article in the San Mateo County Daily Journal by Heather Murtagh:

Burlingame voters are asked to renew two taxes totaling $180 — Measure A, a $76 yearly parcel tax for eight years passed in 2003, and Measure S, a $104 annual parcel tax for six years that started in 2005 — for 10 years under Measure B. If passed, the measure would begin in July 2011 and continue generating $1.4 million annually for the district.

Opponents argue schools account for over half the state’s budget and their administrators should be able to live within those means. Parcel tax revenue is close to 7.5 percent of the district’s annual budget, said Marc Friedman, a former district trustee who is now treasurer of the Committee to Protect Great Burlingame Schools, which supports Measure B.

Jack Hickey, who signed the argument against the measure, wrote public schools consume over half the state’s budget and continue to ask for more. “We couldn’t stop Sacramento from raising sales and income taxes last year — but we can finally put an end to one long-standing ‘temporary’ parcel tax,” reads the letter signed by Hickey and Harland Harrison, chair of the Libertarian Party of San Mateo County.

Libertarian Supervisor Opposes Subsidized Rural Water Service

Libertarian Tom Tryon is serving his seventh consecutive term on the Calaveras County Board of Supervisors since first being elected in 1984. From an Feb. 3 article by Dana Nichols in the Stockton Record:

Ed Pattison, the water resources manager for Calaveras County Water District, reminded the supervisors that the cost to build water infrastructure and the struggle for Calaveras County to preserve water rights has powerful influences on the General Plan. That's why the water element calls for "looking to steer growth toward city centers." Pattison acknowledged that planning to concentrate people in towns will displease private-property rights advocates who hope to carve ranch land into ranchettes.

Pattison seemed to have some support for his views. Supervisor Tom Tryon said growth in community centers should be required to have municipal water, sewer connections and streets built up to standards. And he urged his colleagues in local government to send the message that property owners should not expect agencies to provide services such as water lines to rural housing tracts whose wells go dry.

"If you want to exercise your rights to rural sprawl, you're on your own," Tryon said.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Libertarian Supervisor Skeptical of Carbon Emissions Lawsuit

Libertarian Tom Tryon is serving his seventh consecutive term on the Calaveras County Board of Supervisors since first being elected in 1984. From an Jan. 28 article by Walt Cook in the Calaveras Union Democrat:

An environmental group filed lawsuits Wednesday against the California Department of Forestry that contend the agency failed to properly analyze carbon emissions stemming from 15 logging plans proposed by Sierra Pacific Industries. State law requires industries to analyze any projects that could add carbon dioxide to the atmosphere and, thus, potentially contribute to climate change.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Libertarian Councilman Links MJ Dispensary To Community Concerns

The Mountain View City Council includes Libertarian Party member John Inks and economist Tom Means, a fellow at the libertarian Independent Institute. From a Jan. 27 article by Daniel DeBolt in the Mountain View Voice:

In 2005, Mountain View native Jonathan Lustig came to the City Council with a seemingly radical proposal: Let him open a medical marijuana dispensary somewhere in the city. With that the issue seemed to die, but recent shifts in policy at the federal and state level have led to a resurgence in requests to open medical marijuana dispensaries in Mountain View. So many requests are coming in, in fact, that the city manager is putting the topic of regulating such operations on the council's to-do list this spring.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Michael Seebeck Running For LPCA Rep To LNC

After a lot of consulting, consideration, and discussion with both family and colleagues within the Party, I am announcing my candidacy for LNC Regional Representative for Region 2, serving California.

These past two years have seen the LNC in turmoil and the LPCA in growth, and the next 3 years are OUR time. It is time to restore strong and principled leadership to the LNC and to continue that growth in California. As the largest state affiliate and the only single-state region, California’s role on the LNC is unique. We’ve seen their turmoil and its impacts on our state, and it is past time to end it and move forward with doing the jobs we have pledged our time, our money, our sweat, our tears, and even our blood—using the political process to advocate, create, and move towards a libertarian society. Great progress has been made, but it is time to build on that and grow nationally, and to continue our growth in California. THIS IS OUR TIME! We need to make the most of it. Voters are angry, and we MUST tap into that for our success, at all levels.

What do I bring to the LNC?

Friday, January 8, 2010

Nearly 100 LPCA Candidates Seeking Signatures For 2010 Ballot Access

Infromation below is from Ted Brown, LPCA Candidate Recruitment Chair.  Even though the LPCA is ballot-qualified, the government charges our candidates as much as $1,500 to get on the ballot.  That cost is reduced by around $10 for every registered Libertarian who signs a petition for an LP candidate seeking to represent them. Please join the Signature Circle to put LP candidates on your ballot.

Libertarians have declared their candidacies for each of the statewide offices that will be voted upon in the 2010 election. The announced candidates are:

For Governor - Dale F. Ogden of San Pedro; insurance consultant and actuary
For Lt. Governor - Pamela Brown of Northridge; Ph. D. professor of economics
For Secretary of State - Christina Tobin of Mill Valley; open elections activist
For Attorney General - Timothy Hannan of Santa Rosa; attorney at law, private practice
For Controller - Andrew Favor of Laguna Niguel; certified public accountant
For Treasurer - Edward Teyssier of San Diego; business owner and attorney
For Insurance Commissioner - Richard Bronstein of Encino; life/health insurance agent

For U. S. Senator - Gail Lightfoot of Arroyo Grande; retired nurse and veteran candidate

We have a total of almost 100 candidates who have signed up around the state. This includes all the statewide offices, 37 of the 53 congressional races, 10 of the 20 state senate races, and 39 of the 80 state assembly races. Many have run before, but many more have signed up for the first time. We had a lot of volunteers who contacted the party’s office this year, likely due to anger over current governmental policies — at both the federal and state level. Hopefully all of our candidates will succeed in qualifying for the ballot, since they need to go out and collect signatures from registered Libertarians to do so.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Watch Steven Greenhut Discuss Plunder! on CSPAN

Steven Greenhut of the Pacific Research Institute joined the Libertarian Party of California in 2008. This is C-SPAN's description of their Jan. 3 broadcast of his Dec. 10 book-signing in Orange, CA:

Steven Greenhut talked about his book Plunder!: How Public Employee Unions Are Raiding Treasuries, Controlling Our Lives and Bankrupting the Nation (The Forum Press; November 23, 2009). He took a critical look at government workers and the unions that represent them. Mr. Greenhut argued that government employees, who receive salaries, benefits, and a level of job security that far outpace workers in the private sector, have become a huge drain on state and federal coffers. He responded to questions from members of the audience.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

LPUS Lists 20 Elected California Libertarians

The LPUS has updated its list of Libertarians in elected office.  It includes the following 20 Californians. Four of them have pro-rated budget authority of at least $5 million.

Tom Tryon - Calaveras County Board of Supervisors, District 4, California - $37M
John Inks - Mountain View City Council, California - $24M
Norm Westwell - Ocean View School District Board, California - $15M
Jack Hickey - Sequoia Healthcare District Board, California - $5M
Frank Manske - Mount Diablo Healthcare District Board, California
Timothy Healey - Fair Oaks Water District Board, District 1, California
Jim Gardner - San Gorgonio Memorial Health Care District Board, California
Brian Holtz - Purissima Hills Water District Board, California
James Guadagni - Liberty Elementary School Governing Board, California
Jim Hill - Oceano Community Services District Board, California
Jonathan D Hall - Tehachapi Cummings Water District Board, California
Julie Dawson - Manton Joint Union School District Board, California
Kate O'Brien - Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District Board, California
Laurel Kieny - Esparto Community Services District Board, California
Linda Strom - Lakeside Community Planning District, California
Phillip Binley - Bolinas Fire Protection District Board, California
Phillip Leavitt - Carlotta Community Services District Board, California
Robert Dickson - Timber Cove Fire Protection District Board, California
Rodger Musso - Black Oak Mine Unified School District Governing Board, Seat 2, California
Vern Dahl - Oceano Community Services District Board, California