Could Matt Gonzalez finally become the mayor of San Francisco?

Matt Gonzalez was a City Supervisor in San Francisco as a Green from 2000 to 2005, and was also elected the Board of Supervisors President (he is no longer a member of the Green Party, after having run as Ralph Nader’s vice presidential candidate in his 2008 independent campaign).  In 2003, he narrowly lost the city’s election for mayor to Gavin Newsom.  Newsom will become Lt. Governor of California in January, so the current Board of Supervisors is considering a replacement.  Gonzalez’s name has come up.

More than a half-dozen names of a possible successor have surfaced, among them Chiu, Campos, state Sen. Mark Leno, Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, City Attorney Dennis Herrera, San Francisco Public Utilities Chief Ed Harrington and former Supervisors Matt Gonzalez and Aaron Peskin.

Supervisors set no deadline for making a selection but might move within weeks. Next week, the board clerk will present supervisors with a proposed process for nominating and selecting a successor mayor.

31 thoughts on “Could Matt Gonzalez finally become the mayor of San Francisco?

  1. Richard Winger

    He probably sealed his doom earlier this year, when he endorsed the Republican nominee for US House (the Republican is anti-war) in San Francisco. That Republican only got 17% of the vote.

    Also, Matt came out in favor of San Francisco prop. B, to require city employees to pay more into their own pension. He even made robo-calls for it. But it lost decisively.

  2. Lucy Chronicles

    Gonzalez is communist openly, not just Green. I and several others witnessed him discuss how influential the works of Stalin and other communists were, read as a boy in Texas. He may be making more in his law practice and not wish to accept the office if he is so offered. But the man is smart, extremely calculated and has money behind him from grass roots to wealthy East bay communists let alone the mother of his children down on the peninsula.

    It will be interesting to see where and how he will resurface in politics in the coming years. Just beware of his background and ultimate influences which dictate most everything the man does – highly calculated as it may be.

  3. Starchild

    I respect Matt’s honesty and integrity. He seems to me like the kind of person who could yet grow into becoming libertarian. We could do a lot worse for mayor of San Francisco. Sadly, I think Richard is probably right that politically speaking, his recent departures from the orthodoxy of the SF political establishment with his support for John Dennis and pension reform have made him an unlikely choice by the kingmakers on the Board of Supervisors. But that’s their shame, not his.

  4. MP James Ogle

    The Central California Mini-state Parliament Circuit #6
    Fresno, Inyo, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Mono, Monterey, San Benito, Stanislaus, Tulare, and Tuolumne Counties
    http://www.usparliament.org/ss11-6.htm

    100 Members of Mini-state Parliament (MMPs)
    8/6/2007 to 8/5/2011

    Prime Ministers: Chelene Nightingale [Constitution], Nathan Johnson [American Independent] and Don Grundmann [Constitution]
    Secretaries: Tie: Mike Bogatirev [Environmentalist], Jane Heider [Libertarian], Laura Booth [Free Parliamentary], and Cory Nott [Libertarian]
    President: Gail Lightfoot [Libertarian]
    Vice President: Ron Paul [Republican]

    Parties with One Seat – 24 Members of Mini-State Parliament (MMPs)
    Ron Paul [Republican], John Buchanan [Citizen Candidate], Vanessa Morley [Defender of the Republic], Darryl W. Perry [Boston Tea], Don J. Grundmann [Constitution], Ron Coolidge [Non-pot-smoking Christians], Michael Savage [Old Testament], Jared Casias [Nonpolitical], Dr. Loveless [National Barking Spider Resurgence], Lori Bobko [None], Lloyd Llewellyn [Flying Saucer], Alex Bogatirev [Fungus], Herb [affiliated], Kyle Buchoff [Alpha-Strike Squared], Colipse Dekrin [Bong], Kayla Maiorana [Buddha], Robert Bruce [Four-twenty], Heather McLeskey [Hemp], Kristine Goodwin [Hempess], Andrew Lamb [Huffle Puffel], Joseph Love [NE14AJ] Sonne Reyna [One World], Lucian Myron [Polyglot], David Frey [Socialist]

    Pot Party – 16 MMPs
    Jason Sherry [Pot/Anarchist], Cecelia Barajas, Jorge Gonzalez, Elizabeth Torrez, Edlyn Alanis, Michael Bailey, Mario Castellaros, David Coronado, Lucille Fowler, Mike Schoennoehl, Matt Skipwith, Richie Childers, Andrea Cruz, Kristine Danska, Josh Francis and Memo Gonzales

    Libertarian Party – 9 MMPs
    Gail Lightfoot, Brandon Smith, Cory Nott, James Freedner, Marie Huynh, Lazarus, Kevin Takenaga, Daniel Imperato and Loretta Nall [Libertarian/Marijuana]

    Green Party – 8 MMPs
    Oliver Bates, Shasta McDowell, Gwen Green, Kephas Haines, Dan Homer, Carolyn L. Miller, Rachel Kupperman and Kim Corbin

    Marijuana Party – 7 MMPs
    Kevin Cruz, Eric Myrtle, Kevin Fitzgerald, Michael Gruber, Ben Sanders, Curtis Rivers, Eldridge Shelton

    Info Not Avail. – 4 MMPs
    Richard Chereton, Laura, Don Barletta, James Carl

    Peace and Freedom Party – 3 MMPs
    Norma Harrison, Christine Woyatzky and Susan Cruz

    Environmentalist Party – 3 MMPs
    Anthony W. Robinson, Patrick Seats, Maria LeBlanc [Environmentalist Marijuana]

    All of the Above – 2 MMPs
    Rob Pace and George Raptis

    Chronic Party – 2 MMPs
    Anthony Morris and Damian Wallace

    Democratic Party – 2 MMPs
    Dale Rutledge and Ron Slack

    Discordian Party – 2 MMPs
    Chad Van Schoelandt and Joshua Norton

    Goodness of Ganja Party – 2 MMPs
    Erik Langslet and Pat Conlan

    Independents – 2 MMPs
    Bob Friedman and Mathew Hellinger

    Musician Party – 2 MMPs
    Kyle Good and JR Damon [Musician/Skateboard]

    Free Parliamentary – 2 MMPs
    James Ogle and Laura Booth

    WWE – 2 MMPs
    John Cena and Umaga

    Total – 100 MMPs (Updated on 9/9/2009)

  5. tiradefaction

    Anyway, I think it would have been awesome if he won in 2003, but he seems to have lost his flare, so I’m not sure how effective of a mayor he’d be now.

  6. MP James Ogle [Free Parliamentary]

    #7
    There sure are plenty of egotistical single winner district power grabbers in San Francisco.

    What is “flare”? Something we can use on Normandy Beach at 4 am (0400), June 6th, 1944?

    The proportionalists are being decimated, we are in confusion, disarray, and our numbers are being rapidly diminished.

    At current pace, our glorious victory “Battle of the Bulge” is 150,000 years in the future.

    You may have plenty of “flare(s)”, but if you’re not a team player anyway, how can our army effectively advance past the concrete bunker at hand, the two-party system?

    I’ll bet you consider “flare” something used…like at a debate? Silly tiradefaction!
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  7. Aaron Hamlin

    Though I don’t live in San Francisco, I would be excited to see Matt Gonzalez as mayor. He’s unapologetically on the left, but he’s also an independent thinker.

    His endorsement of the Republican over Pelosi was well reasoned. Pelosi pushes the wars while her opponent John Dennis did not. This was an easy call.

    In his argument to require city employees to pay more into their own pension, it was absolutely necessary. The current method was simply unsustainable. Matt pushed to give San Francisco the highest minimum wage in the country, so it’s not like he goes out of his way to skimp workers on their income. He made a reasoned decision even when it was unpopular. Those are the kinds of people you want in office.

  8. Carey Campbell

    Just back from the Green Party Convention in my beloved Freiburg, Germany where I studied 30 years ago…

    It was a delight, and joy to see old friends, those of the “greater Green Family”.

    How quickly the years have flown. 30 years ago I also attended the very first Green Party Convention in Karlsruhe with the beautiful and charismatic Green Party founder Petra Kelly.

    Our family thanks the German Green Party, and so many Greens for their kindess this weekend in the “Green City” Freiburg.

    If you read this, and have not visited Freiburg, go now. The Christmas Markets are just starting. Beautiful. Glorious. And Freiburg has a Green Party Mayor. A terrific fellow.

    jet lag prevents posting the many photos, and videos tonight……here are the stories on the internet..In English…

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5jb898_cByBgQSklcYCWRa7Glghbg?docId=CNG.00686f4ad896bf682a75eaefa3baeb5f.d71

    and

    http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,,6252024,00.html

    and
    http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5iZbozYssOGSEgB15KfpRA71UCD-w?docId=CNG.f193bfe068a4a5724570104b03f20f98.d31

    Greens kick off Covention in high spirits…

    Yes, indeed….

  9. tiradefaction

    @8

    Great points, and I’d think he’d make a great mayor too.

    But the bigger question is, does he want to be mayor?

  10. MP James Ogle [Free Parliamentary]

    @10 tiradefaction

    It certainly sounds like you’re pushing the single winner district of mayor. What are you interests in SF elections, are you a resident of SF?

    Have you heard about multi-winner districts?

    Perhaps you should be asking; Would Matt Gonzalez still be a single winner district power grabbing egotist? Or is he interested in working as a team, one of eleven?

    As in, one of the eleven SF Supervisors.

    You must be a game player like MP Winger [Libertarian] and Starchild [Libertarian] who would rather play games with peoples’ egos rather than work under a perfect tool like a voting system of votes cast as proof.

    Well let me just inform you, it’s highly unlikely that single winner district IRV elections are ever going to help Dennis [Republican], MP Starchild [Libertarian] or any non-Democratic Party member ever win an election in SF.

    Under pure PR, if a name wins 1/12th plus one of the votes cast from the city as a whole, they would win one of the eleven seats.

    But what you have there, is eleven single winner districts under IRV, thus making the threshold 50% of the votes, plus one vote within each of the eleven districts.

    Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi [Green] was pretty much of a fluke. He’s a single winner district power grabber who succeeded.

    You are walking into a trap set by those in the concrete bunker over looking Normandy Beach, which is known as the two-party system.

    You’re helping the bunker win, by encouraging that kind of thinking on Matt Gonzalez.

    You’re asking that he should be an elitist snob, who should think he himself is so much better than everyone in SF, that he should be interested in being mayor.

    It sounds like it’s some sort of ill advised agenda that you’re promoting, and I’m curious as to why you’re doing that?
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  11. MP James Ogle [Free Parliamentary]

    #9

    Carey Campbell,
    Cool article/photos of the German Green Party.

    If you know of any US of America Greens who wish to participate in a pure proportional representation (PR) voter registration drive, email or contact me with their name.

    I am for working togther with people based on votes cast as proof. But many people are not, they’d prefer to dictate and only talk to reporters while shunning an all aprty system with independents.

    Hey, how about a “Paul/Henry [Republican/Green] Coalition”?
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  12. tiradefaction

    @11

    Perhaps you should be asking; “Where can I find a good psychiatrist” You certainly need one.

  13. MP James Ogle [Free Parliamentary]

    @13

    Here’s a question for you, “tiradefaction”; “What is the Internet good for?”

    For me it’s a place to exchange conversation about concepts and ideas.

    A place to report my records of votes cast as proof.

    A place to have a debate, or to find agreement.

    A place to expose single winner power grabbing egotists and their supporters for what they are, as I prefer those who work together in larger more democratically legitimate teams, with votes cast as proof.

    I’m fulfilling my passions, and the satisfaction level is guaranteed to be much higher than my opponents.

    I love converting people to my way of thinking, because plurality elections and single winner districts are bogus.

    It’s too bad that you support the status quo in SF which is not a proportional representation system.

    Your emotional head games simply help perpetuate the enemies of a more perfect, true democracy. Those same enemies which keep the elitist oppressors, the opponents of raising the satisfaction level from the current maximum of 50% plus eleven votes (not including the post of mayor) to … 83.33% (11/12ths) plus eleven votes. The latter being the guaranteed clear majority…for the good of the all.
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  14. Timothy Yung

    As a paleo-con I hope he gets elected. He may be a liberal but at least he is an independent thinker. Hopefully he will continue talking with John Dennis.

  15. tiradefaction

    @15

    A place for debate? Yet you cling onto a lot of easily observed argumentative fallacies (such as the famous “strawman” argument)

    “Your emotional head games simply help perpetuate the enemies of a more perfect, true democracy.”

    Seek help dude…

  16. MMP James Ogle [Free Parliamentary]

    @18 tiradefaction…

    Tiradefaction; You are so intuitive. How did you know I needed a good psychiatrist? And how did you know I need help?

    Well I went to several psychiatrists and they all tried to give me pills. I didn’t like that, so I still need help.

    So then I went to a doctor and she said what I really need is good lovin’.

    But since I can’t get that, I propose a game of chess. Mano e mano. You and me.

    Name the place and the time.

    And meanwhile, if you want to help anonymously, you may self appoint your name to the San Francisco Mini-state parliament;
    http://www.usparliament.org/ss11-2.htm

    We need to get this done. What they’re doing on the SF Board of Supervisors just isn’t right. They should consider the opposite gender #1 for the job of mayor.

    You and I can change the world if we work together. You can self appoint your name on any open position you wish on The USA Parliament, Inc. And there are many openings.

    MP Winger [Libertarian] and MP Starchild [Libertarian] need our help in San Francisco.
    They don’t know what they’re doing, and they’re wasting valuable time.

    We might have only a few more minutes remaining on “Normandy Beach”; it’s 0600 hours, the bodies and body parts are piling up by the minute, and “Battle of the Bulge” is 150,000 years in the future at current pace.

    Thank you very much for your interest.
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  17. tiradefaction

    “And meanwhile, if you want to help anonymously, you may self appoint your name to the San Francisco Mini-state parliament;”

    Sorry,I prefer my representatives elected, rather than appointed. Call me old fashion like that…

    “They should consider the opposite gender #1 for the job of mayor.”

    Ok, what does this have to do with anything? If you’re assuming I support the “appointment” process, which you seem to strawman me as so, you’re wrong. I think a special election is the more appropriate response.

    “You and I can change the world if we work together.”

    Ok, and what exactly is your fantasy parliament going to change? I asked you this a while back over email, but you just kept blasting out long incoherent tirades (ha ha ha) , so I’m going to give you another chance. Please explain it to me, in precise, simple terms, without going on a long winded speech that makes you seem to have a tenuous grasp on your sanity.

  18. MMP James Ogle [Free Parliamentary]

    @20 Tiradefaction

    In a conversation with tiradefaction,
    I wrote;
    “And meanwhile, if you want to help anonymously, you may self appoint your name to the San Francisco Mini-state parliament;”

    You wrote;
    Sorry,I prefer my representatives elected, rather than appointed. Call me old fashion like that…

    My reply;
    Well, The USA Parliament, Inc.’s system has an appointment system for the first 100 members for mini-states and super-states which don’t have 100 elected members.

    Then, once we achieve 100, we call for nominations and hold an election with all the names. Only 100 are elected.

    It would be possible to hold an election with less than 100 names. However, since all of our elections have only taken place after 100 self appointments are made, it is difficult to alter from precedent, because we already have four 100 member parliaments, each with four-year terms, which allows for one, 100-member parliament to be elected every year in four year cycles.

    So our plate is full, and one election per year is the preferred system until we get more participants.

    The national parliament, our first one elected, is timed with national US presidential elections.

    We started out with six-month and then one year cycles, but we’re now timed with the US Constitution in four year cycles on the national level.

    The state is timed with California state elections. On even years, between the national elections.

    The two mini-state elections on the two odd years remaining. Next year, 2011, is the Central California Mini-state Parliament election (ss11-6) and in 2013 it’s the Nor Cal Mini-state Parliament Election (ss11-1).

    That’s because we’ve attained 100 members in those two mini-states.

    We’re building up to more 100-member parliament elections such as the San Francisco Mini-state Parliament, but since I’m pretty much educating and training people by myself, it’s best to do just one each year, and I’m not trying to hold elections in mini-states and super-states with fewer than 100 members who have self-appointed.

    People in those areas are disappointed, but I’ve felt it’s best not to overreach.

    If we reached 100 names, and there was more interest, then maybe we’d increase the number of 100-member parliaments holding elections at one time.

    I wrote;
    “They should consider the opposite gender #1 for the job of mayor.”

    You wrote;
    Ok, what does this have to do with anything?

    My reply;
    Because calling for the opposite gender #1 is the ultimate form of being non-egotist. … being humble.

    By doing that, you’re asking the voter not to vote for you, but for your opposite. However, the voter would then be able to rank your name as #2. And actually, the voter is free to rank any gender they wish. What I do is *suggest* they vote the opposite gender #1.

    This system helps screen out egotistical maniacs, and also guarantees gender balance, if 2/3rds of the voters alternate genders, then the results is mathematically guaranteed to be the top male and top female (or visa versa).

    You wrote;
    If you’re assuming I support the “appointment” process, which you seem to strawman me as so, you’re wrong.

    My reply;
    OK, I’m open to suggestions. We do have elected positions in The USA Parliament, Inc…elected full Cabinet Ministers for example.

    We have a system for electing new members, it’s called the “parliamentary go-ahead”, where all the executives agree to allow new nominees to the Cabinet to be “automatically ranked #1”.

    I can elect your name as a Cabinet member, or else I can contact other executives to get a 3/5ths vote to elect your name, depending on whether the parliamentary go-ahead has been implemented by 3/5ths of the executives.

    Electing new people to an elected position is actually preferred, and I would be happy to elect a Tiradefaction [Info. Not Avail.] as a full Cabinet Minister on the mini-state, super-state or national level, with your approval.

    Our system is like Burger King, “have it YOUR way!”

    You write;
    I think a special election is the more appropriate response.

    My reply;
    OK, maybe we’re confusing the “real” SF election with mayor and the SF Mini-state Parliament and The USA Parliament, Inc. elections.

    In regards to the former, it was announced in the SF Chronicle that there will be an election for mayor from among the eleven members of the Board of Supervisors.

    I wrote;
    “You and I can change the world if we work together.”

    You replied;
    Ok, and what exactly is your fantasy parliament going to change?

    My reply;
    We help people update their voter registration forms. It’s sort of like changing the world, one voter at a time. Each of our ballots sports both the federal voter registration form AND it supports the 100+ names being elected on the Central California Mini-state Parliament.

    The accomplishments are four-fold. 1) We help people update their voter registration on a federal voter registration form which is good in every state and which is superior to the CA state form, 2) We show people how to use ranked voting system (Sainte-Lague parliament seat distribution system) to elect a 100-member team, 3) We’re able to elect a 100-member team, 100 consecutively ranked names, with unlimited consecutively ranked names as back-ups, and 4) We’re able to identify and elect team players and voter registration trends for new parties/categories.

    For example, say we had a Boston Tea Party and a Constitution Party spokesperson speak at our July 4th event…we’d probably get new voter registrations switching, voting, joining the team…all kinds of scenarios.

    You wrote;
    I asked you this a while back over email, but you just kept blasting out long incoherent tirades (ha ha ha) , so I’m going to give you another chance.

    My reply;
    Hmmm…second chances are good. New beginnings are good too. Let’s do start at all over. The USA Parliament, Inc. starts fresh on 1/1/2011, but we can always start sooner.

    I look forward to working closely with and everyone and you, on this.

    You wrote;
    Please explain it to me, in precise, simple terms, without going on a long winded speech that makes you seem to have a tenuous grasp on your sanity

    My reply;
    I will be happy to answer any questions you have about The USA Parliament, Inc.
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  19. tiradefaction

    Alright, so how many people have registered through your system? Is the parliament purely a simulation? Also, don’t you think you should use fictional names for your fictional MPs, rather than using real names without permission?

  20. MMP James Ogle [Free Parliamentary]

    @22 Tiradefaction wrote;
    “Alright, so how many people have registered through your system?”

    There is a finite number, and I’ve kept copies of many of them in the files as proof….I would guess somewhere between 300 to 500 voters registered and around 4000 to 9500 participants over 22 years. This is difficult to gauge, and a lot of counting to give you exact numbers. I prefer to invest my time on future projects, rather than spend time looking backwards at this time.

    In addition, there has also been many other effected by the information alone, where there are no written records.
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    To change the subject, I just got off the phone (a surprise call from him) with the main founder of the Environmentalist Party, MP Mike Bogatirev [Environmentalist] and he says he agrees with what we’re doing and he wishes to be elected Health Minister of the Central California Mini-state Parliament.

    I’ve repeatedly told him about IPR, I think he’d like it if/when he sees it.

    We are planning a BBQ in Monterey County, maybe the city of Monterey or Big Sur.

    Sadly, one of his friends just recently died from cancer and he has become more interested in health issues. He particularly liked the prospects of being Health Minister.

    We also have David Henderson [Libertarian] nominated as Economics Minister by Secretary Jane Heider [Libertarian], and he is a professor of economics at the Monterey Navel Post graduate school.

    I Bogatirev about Henderson and Trotskyist, the latter being of the socially conservative and fiscally socialistic Catholic Trotskyist Party, and we hope to have him self appointed or elected as well.

    Back to your question, we have registered many voters and we’re filed many forms on the state and national level. Not enough to actually get anything done, but our members and friends have also run for political office in many elections.

    You wrote;
    Is the parliament purely a simulation?

    My answer;
    No. We often file the paper work with the state of California and the FEC. The Environmentalist Party for example, is current with all FEC filings. Original filings with the FEC occurred in 1995, and they are current.

    The state of California deletes all information files as actual political parties every election cycle, and we’ve regularly filed there as Pot Party, Environmentalist Party, Free Parliamentary Party and probably others.

    The USA Parliament., Inc. is a legitimate non-profit corporation registered with the state of California’s secretary of state office since 1988, and the state of California Attorney General Office since around 2008.

    The USA Parliament, Inc. is current in all required filings.

    You write;
    Also, don’t you think you should use fictional names for your fictional MPs, rather than using real names without permission?

    My reply;
    If there are any names who do not wish to be in The USA Parliament, Inc., please do inform me. I am in charge of the web page, and I’ll happily remove their name.

    However, we do need help with the web pages, and they are all being updated over the next few weeks by a professional; CA-PAR elected Communication Loris Scagliarini [Info. Not Avail.], but we need to find more help with the web page so we can create hyper-links with all the many names and diverse groups involved.
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  21. MMP James Ogle [Free Parliamentary]

    @22

    Generally, around 10% of our participants also register to vote for the first time or update their current status with the state’s records, but that changes from year to year depending on our outreach efforts. So if 350 people vote on our ballot in one of our better years, then maybe 35 of them registered to vote as an option as well.

    That’s from my experience thus far.
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  22. psych

    You are so intuitive. How did you know I needed a good psychiatrist? And how did you know I need help?

    Well I went to several psychiatrists and they all tried to give me pills. I didn’t like that, so I still need help.

    You should give the pills another try, even if you don’t like them. May be the best idea.

  23. tiradefaction

    Joggle, or whatever, does every response of yours have to be so long winded?

    And could you stop spamming this site with your fantasy parliament? If anyone wants to see updates on it, they can go to your website.

  24. MMP James Ogle [Free Parliamentary]

    @25 & 26

    My reply;
    In short…no, no and no.

    Thank you very much for your continued interest.

    Please feel free to ask anymore questions. I certainly do like writing about pure proportional representation (PR).
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  25. MMP James Ogle [Free Parliamentary]

    The USA Parliament, Inc. has affected lots of people, in San Francisco too.

    I forgot to add…not to mention literally thousands of stickers, and I don’t know how many dozens of t-shirts and flags too.

    I used to supply head shops with Pot Party stickers in Santa Cruz, Berkeley, Monterey…test marketing and so forth.

    Once I gave a nice big flag to some people marching to LA from Monterey for pot legalization…next time I saw them they said they got mugged and someone pushed them from behind and stole the flag.

    I’d go to a festival with a big booth like the Davis Whole Earth festival…the Pot Party stickers would sell like crazy, or I’d speak on the stage.

    Or the Monterey County Fairgrouds…sell the stickers down at Fisherman’s Wharf where I worked, or at art fairs all over California like Palm Springs, San Diego…I’d get a guy to stick them around town in Denver, or mail them to people when they were requested.

    It’s been a bigger operation than registering voters mind you, it was sort of a propaganda campaign.

    Have you heard about the “US Marijuana Party”? Maybe they got the idea from the Pot Party. Maybe the Canadian Party did? We started in 1997, maybe the Million Marijuana March in 2001 heard about us and caused them to start up?

    Was on cable in 1998 when I ran for city council with the Pot Party. So maybe I didn’t register that many people sometimes, some of those times were spent on propaganda.

    The Pot Party was big, their stickers would outsell the Libertarian Party stickers about fifty to one. Maybe not that high, but pretty high.

    I even had three foot diameter stickers, I’d stick around town. People would pull them off though.

    We’d have parades in Nor Cal…Chico, and I’d supply flags, stickers…we weren’t the only group…many different groups working together. But I’d always get speakers, and have flags…I did silk screening and all the art for large linen silk screen pot leafs. We’d havde other bflags too, like US flags, and BoB Marley flags and so forth. Sometimes we’d work with Anarchists, Greens, Communinists…but the Pot Party was always in the majority.

    We organized protests and helped get the enforcement laws reduced in Butte County, and the corrupt county DA lost in court in 2003. I’m not saying I did it all, but my friends and I did a lot.

    Sometimes, I’d be the last person in the parade, sort of backing everyone else up, sending out press releases or setting up the voting booth with ballots, and ballot box, etc.

    Once I spoke for about 30 minutes and was on public cable TV over and over back in 2001 in Butte County at the 4/20 festival. Did that one for several years.

    That county is a very cool county where I lived for nine years.

    I finally switched from the Pot Party to the Free Parliamentary Party for good, I donno, maybe a few years ago. And I quit smoking pot about a year ago. I was a registered MdMj patient for a few of years.

    But surprisingly, I came in first in 2009, in the Nor Cal Mini-state Parliament Election. MMP James Barbee [Free Marijuana] came in second. So there may still be interest in the Pot Party. The names are still listed in order on the web page;
    http://www.usparliament.org/ss11-1.htm

    Sometimes I’ll call a Sacramento am talk show, and talk about it on air.

    So maybe actual recorded votes are in the 5000 to 6000 range, not sure…but I actually was able to reach a lot more people that didn’t vote, or that didn’t register to vote either. And we worked with Democratic and Republicans too. My best friend was a Democratic Obama supporter. He never joined the parliament, but I told him all about it.

    In my system, we also work with non voters as equals as well, because some people don’t like to vote. A lot of the Pot Party is made up of renegade types…homeless, criminal types, social outcasts…mountain men…people the regular establishment doesn’t count…I just felt like I’d fill you in on the skinny.

    –James
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  26. Eddie

    If Matt Gonzalez would have won back in the race against Newsom, the ripple effects could have been immense.

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