In what has become a twice-a-year tradition, local Libertarian Party members again had a table at the Junior State of America regional convention this month. This event, which has been held in Santa Clara for many years, brings together high school students interested in politics and government.
LP members spoke with many students, who as usual found the libertarian viewpoint to be one of the more interesting ones presented at the event. Students had the opportunity to take the “World’s Smallest Political Quiz” and see where they stand on the Nolan Chart. And many found the selection of free buttons irresistible!
The petition to repeal the increased tax on gasoline is now available for circulation. The measure, an initiative constitutional amendment sponsored by Reform California, actually does more than just repeal this increase. It also requires that future gasoline and related tax/fee increases be approved by a vote of the people. This project has been endorsed by the Libertarian Party of California.
Citizens of any political party can help get this measure on the ballot by circulating and signing the petition. A copy of the form is available for download at on the LP of Santa Clara County web site.
Detailed instructions are included in the file. The form has room for up to two signatures, so you can have another member of your household sign too. Or you can just sign it yourself, and then mail it back.
The central committee of the Libertarian Party of Santa Clara County today endorsed four candidates who will be running in the June 2018 Primary.
Kennita Watson, who ran for US House District 17 in 2016, will be running again for the same seat.
Robert Imhoff will be running for State Assembly District 25.
And two candidates will be running for City Council in San Jose – Jennifer Imhoff in District 5, and Chris Le in District 7.
Libertarian activists provided a visual display of the LP’s place in American history as they marched through San Jose on the morning of Independence Day.
Participating for the first time in the annual “Rose White and Blue Parade”, the Libertarians carried signs and flags intended to remind the watching public of the “1970s Era of Social Change” — one of the historical periods suggested by parade organizers as appropriate themes for this year’s parade. At the same time they linked this period to the formation of the Libertarian Party itself. The LP was founded in 1971.
The banner introducing the LP was followed by several Gadsden flags — the “don’t tread on me” flag that has been a symbol of opposition to tyranny from the days of the American Revolution and which continues to be popular among Libertarians to this day. Other signs and flags relating to issues with which the LP has been identified since its founding followed.
The political fair at the recent convention of Junior State of America, held Saturday 22 April in Santa Clara, had a sizeable Libertarian presence. Activists from several Bay Area counties came together to provide a display of literature and buttons and to explain Libertarian ideas to the delegates — students from high schools in Northern California interested in politics and government.
This year the Libertarian representatives included two organizers of the Libertarian Youth Caucus — high-school students themselves who were able to make use of this opportunity to reach out to future voters in their own age group.
The Libertarian Party of California held its annual convention this past weekend in Santa Clara, electing new officers for a two-year term, along with additional members of the LPC Executive Committee.
(Delegate Ed Wimmers from San Jose and former State Chair Aaron Starr line up to cast ballots, with local members of the Libertarian Youth Caucus acting as tellers.)
The new Executive Committee, including several members elected at the 2016 convention to a two-year term, is as follows:
Chair: Ted Brown
Northern Vice Chair: Kenneth Brent Olsen
Southern Vice Chair: Jonathan Jaech
Secretary: Mimi Robson
Treasurer: Steve Haugh
At Large Members:
Susan Marie Weber
(Executive Committee members for the coming year.)
Two of the members of the new Executive Committee, Treasurer Steve Haug and At Large member Robert Imhoff, are from Santa Clara County. The convention also elected two Alternates, one of whom is from Santa Clara County.
(Newly-elected LPC Treasurer Steve Haug addresses the convention.)
Local LP activists joined other concerned citizens in opposing a “ban” on the flag of Vietnam before the city council this evening.
Chris Le, LP of Santa Clara County Membership Chair:
Robert Imhoff, LP of Santa Clara County Treasurer:
At its annual meeting on 21 January 2017 in San Jose, the Central Committee of the Libertarian Party of Santa Clara County elected the following officers for the coming year:
Chair – Joe Dehn
Vice Chair – Mark Hinkle
Secretary – Jennifer Imhoff-Dousharm
Treasurer – Robert Imhoff-Dousharm
Activities Chair – Kennita Watson
Campaigns Chair – John Inks
Fundraising Chair – Jennifer Imhoff-Dousharm
Membership Chair – Chris Le
The officers make up the party’s Executive Committee, which is responsible for conducting party business between meetings of the Central Committee.
The Central Committee also elected the following three members to serve as the Judicial Committee, which serves as an appeals body for party business:
[resolution adopted by the county central committee, 21 January 2017]
As it is not a proper function of government to be taking sides in matters of expression or conscience, the city of San Jose should stay neutral with respect to the display of symbols on the property that it controls, including flag poles. The simplest way to avoid problems of this type is for the city not to be involved at all in the display of symbols that have nothing to do with its own operation; for example, to display on city-owned flag poles only its own flag, or those of the state of California or the United States. But if it is going to allow the display of flags representing other entities, it should allow the display of flags of any similar entities. For example if it is going to allow the display of the flags of other nation-states, it should allow the display of the flag of any nation-state.
Accordingly, the Libertarian Party of Santa Clara County opposes the resolution currently before the San Jose City Council to “ban” the flag of one particular nation-state from city-owned flag poles. The city should either allow any foreign flag to be displayed, or get out of the business of displaying foreign flags at all.
I attended the September 27, 2016 Candidates Forum organized by the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority at San Jose State University. Delta Sigma Theta is a national sorority (most of whose members are African American women). First let me say Delta Sigma Theta did a great job. They were gracious and welcoming to me. They also went out of their way to include me even though I was a last minute addition to the program.
There were a variety of candidates: one Congressional candidate, one State Senate candidate, three State Assembly candidates, two city council candidates, four school board candidates, one water board candidate, and one party representative (me).
Given that there were so many candidates, my time was limited (but the moderator did a great job making sure everyone got a chance to speak). My main points in my opening statement were that the Libertarian Party’s positions were based on the Non-aggression principle and we favored cooperation over coercion. During the questions, I gave the websites and when asked about Gary’s Aleppo moment, I made the point the US government should not be messing around in other countries. I also got in that the first woman to receive an electoral college vote was Libertarian Tonie Nathan. For my final remarks, I pointed out that most of what was talked about was government attempting to solve problems but that there was no discussion of stopping the government from doing things that were causing problems. I mentioned that all our presidential candidates, including Gary Johnson, wanted an end to our foreign wars and the war on drugs.
Even though the bulk of the discussion was about expanding government, there were many positive aspects. It was refreshing to chat with a few citizen-candidates running out of concern for their communities rather than a political career (eg, Kimberly Meek for school trustee and Tom Cruz for water board). One of the few Republicans talked about limited government. However, the brightest spot was when Pattie Cortese (running for school trustee) talked about restorative justice. The idea behind restorative justice (as I understand it) is that the criminal should make the victim whole rather that a focus on punishment. I know Wikipedia is not always reliable but it states: “The approach is based on a theory of justice that considers crime and wrongdoing to be an offence against an individual or community, rather than the State”. That is a positively libertarian notion and we might want to look further into the restorative justice movement.
Finally, it was very satisfying when two of the sorors (as the sisters of Delta Sigma Theta call themselves) came up to me after the event. One said she strongly agreed with us and the other said she needs to look into us more.