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Board of Supervisors meeting – Come get on TV for a good cause!
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors meets every Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. at City Hall (corner of Polk and Grove) in Room 250, the main chamber on the second floor (from the Polk street entrance, just walk straight back across the rotunda and up the big stairway, and it's the room directly behind the top of the stairs on the 2nd floor). ======================================================== Among the items on the agenda for this week's meeting – ( : • (Item 1) Overtime expenditures (Norman Yee) - This sounds pretty good – would require the Controller to include in mid-year financial reports to the Board of Supervisors and Mayor information regarding the overtime expenditures of the Airport, Department of Emergency Management, Fire Department, Police Department, Department of Public Health, Public Utilities Commission, Public Works, Recreation and Park Department, and Sheriff's Department. One only wonders about overtime spending for other agencies not listed, like the Municipal Transportation Agency (i.e. Muni). • (Item 10) Resolution extending the city government's contract with JC Decaux for public toilets, which evidently expired in October, through Feb. 14, 2018. This monopoly contract lets the company plaster its ads on the toilets and on the "pedimounts" or newsrack boxes, which the city government put in at the expense of freestanding boxes owned by media companies. Contra the First Amendment, print publications wanting to have their papers or magazines available at those locations were forced to pay to rent space in the pedimounts. Now with reduced demand thanks to the growth of online media, the green boxes are mostly empty. • (Item 18) Supervisor Jane Kim proposes to authorize spending up to $11.2 million on funding to subsidize free enrollment at SF City College through June 2019. • (Item 23) Supervisors Aaron Peskin and Mark Farrell want to require buildings sold or transferred after September 1, 2017, to comply with fire alarm system upgrade requirements for sleeping areas. • (Item 24) Supervisor Kim seeks to create a "Transit Center Special Sign District" wherein businesses in a downtown area south of Market would face further restrictions on what signs they can display. (Item 33) A medical cannabis dispensary is seeking permission to open at 2161 Irving Street. Local NIMBYs of the Mid-Sunset Neighborhood Association are attempting to infringe upon the owners' property rights by blocking it. • (Item 37) Supervisor Malia Cohen wants to authorize the city government to borrow up to $76 million to acquire and "rehabilitate" a 92-unit rental housing building at 171 Loehr Street and 1250 Sunnyvale Ave., working out to a cost of over $825,000 per unit. No doubt it will be called "affordable" housing, but it's hardly affordable for the taxpaying public footing the bill. • (Item 38) A cannabis regulatory measure sponsored by Mayor Ed Lee and Supervisor Jeff Sheehy. Not sure whether it's good or bad on balance, but it appears to address everything but the kitchen sink. Sheehy has been one of the supes speaking out strongly in support of cannabis businesses in the city in the face of NIMBY attacks, but caution advised. (un-numbered item) This one sounds bad. A measure proposed by the Public Utilities Commission authorizing its general manger to enter into agreements with terms in excess of 10 years, or costing more than $10 million "for power and related products and services required to supply San Francisco’s community choice aggregation program, CleanPowerSF." • (un-numbered item) From the Planning Department, courtesy of its water-carrier Supervisor Hillary Ronen, a bid to "prohibit non-retail professional services uses" and "limit lot mergers" within the Mission Street Neighborhood Commercial Transit District, but allowing arts activities and catering uses. More of the usual anti-freedom micro-management that goes by the term "planning". • (un-numbered item) From the Civil Service Commission, an adjustment of "prevailing wage rates" for various workers. Of course they don't say in plain English what this would mean or how much it would cost, but it sounds like something that could cost plenty. ======================================================== If you've never been inside SF City Hall, you should come just for the architecture. It's one of the most beautiful and impressive buildings in the city. Sadly, and more relevantly from a libertarian perspective, it's also a place where a lot of harm is caused, and where our influence on the legislative process is desperately needed! Virtually every Board meeting has lots of opportunities for public comment – I believe the Supervisors are required to take public comment on any item that they debate or intend to vote on, and there's also time for general comments on any other matter under their jurisdiction but not on the agenda. For each comment, you usually get up to two minutes. In addition to speaking, you can also bring printed material of size 8.5" x 11" or smaller to put on the overhead projector during your comments. All the Board meetings, including all the public comments, are video-recorded and broadcast on Channel 26, also online at Here's a clip of some public comments from the most recent Board meeting on Sept. 4, 2017, in which you can see yours truly take the Supervisors to task and suggest they respond directly on the record to questions from the public! (I'm the 5th speaker, at around 4:01:40): Note the 2nd and 4th speakers use the overhead projector option; the 4th speaker spins a top on a map. :-) There are definitely some characters (check out the 7th speaker). Some people have used public comment time to sing, or do other performance art! You could probably even use your time to read a passage from a pro-freedom book, e.g. George Orwell's "1984", as long as you somehow relate it to city policy, e.g. "This is what the city government's policy of putting cameras on Muni buses reminds me of..." Anyway, this Meetup, which will recur every Tuesday when the Board is in session, is your chance to be a minor TV star for a good cause! (I've actually had somebody come up to me on the street and say they recognized me from public comment at a Board meeting!) The Supervisors may or may not listen to you, but your libertarian views will be on the record, and numerous people both in the chambers, live on TV, and later online, will see you. (Note that you're not obliged to give your name or any other personal info unless you want to, and you don't even have to give any public comment unless you feel like it – being there for moral support of those who do, while educating yourself about local politics, is okay too. You could educate others too, by sitting there in the audience and liveblogging on Twitter or something!) If you plan to come, text me at (415) 625-FREE so you can connect with any other Libertarians showing up that day. Depending what's on the agenda and how long the meeting goes, or how long we feel like staying – Board meetings can last only an hour or two, or up to 7 hours or more – we may go out for dinner or drinks afterward!

San Francisco City Hall

Board of Supervisors chambers, Room 250 · San Francisco, CA

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Are you concerned that we're losing our civil liberties? That the authorities are not respecting people's basic human rights? Are you sick of high taxes and fees and out-of-control government spending?

The Libertarian Party, the leading alternative political party in the United States, is based on a live-and-let-live approach to public policy that combines the tolerant social values of the left and the fiscally responsible values of the right.

We believe that you should be able to do what you want with your own time, money, body and property, so long as you do not initiate force or fraud against others.

This Meetup is here to help you meet other Libertarians and freedom lovers in the San Francisco area and provide opportunities to work together to help make San Francisco – and the world – a freer place!

Thank you for checking us out, and we look forward to meeting you!

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