Shirley Johnson’s August Newsletter

 

Dear SF Bicycle Coalition Member,

Thanks for reading my newsletter. I intend to keep you updated on San Francisco Bicycle Coalition (SFBC) governance and other items of interest. Views in this communication are my own and do not represent the views of the SFBC.

In this newsletter:

  1. Next SFBC board meeting is Tuesday, August 30
  2. Unfortunately no ranked choice voting for 2016 board election
  3. Applications for SFBC board candidates due September 6
  4. Save SF Bike campaign kick-off event September 7
  5. Board candidates: apply for endorsement by Save SF Bike
  6. Members for More Representative Elections meeting September 9
  7. SFBC board contact information and 2016 meeting calendar
  8. Share this newsletter

1. Next SFBC board meeting is Tuesday, August 30
The next SFBC board meeting is 6:30pm, Tuesday, August 30 at the SFBC office, 1720 Market Street at Valencia Street. Members are invited to attend, no RSVP needed. Read the agenda here. Of particular interest:
(1) the Board Development Committee will be describing the upcoming board election process, and
(2) the board will be voting on implementing ranked choice voting for the 2017 board election.

2. Unfortunately no ranked choice voting for 2016 board election
Ranked choice voting (RCV) results in better representative of voters than SFBC’s current voting method and RCV avoids the problem of last year’s board election in which three candidates did not receive the required majority of votes to be duly elected. The board received approximately 20 emails requesting RCV for the 2016 election and six members made comment at the July 26 board meeting in support of RCV.

At the board meeting on July 26, the Board Development Committee recommended against RCV for the 2016 board election. Immediately after the member comment period, members were told to leave the room so the board could go into closed session. Further discussion about RCV, while not on the agenda, occurred in closed session. Without voting on the matter, the board decided not to implement RCV this year. I am disappointed that there was no vote on such an important issue and I am also uncomfortable that the RCV discussion was in closed session. I will continue to encourage non-confidential items to be in open session for better transparency.

3. Applications for SFBC board candidates due September 6
If you are running for the SFBC board, your application is due by 5pm on September 6. Important information for candidates can be found here. I’d be happy to talk with you about board service. Please reply to this email.

4. Save SF Bike campaign kick-off event September 7
Join Save SF Bike for a member celebration and board election kick-off event from 6:30 to 8:30pm on Wednesday, September 7 at Zeitgeist, 199 Valencia Street! Formed in 2015 to uphold SFBC members’ right to vote for their Board of Directors, Save SF Bike remains committed to a democratic and representative SFBC. Learn more about the Save SF Bike platform and connect with board candidates who support preserving member voting rights at this upcoming social hour! For more information, please visit savesfbike.org.

5. Board candidates: apply for endorsement by Save SF Bike
The SFBC board plans to endorse or recommend some board candidates, despite this potentially leading to an unfair advantage. As a response to board endorsement, Save SF Bike has decided to endorse candidates to try to level the playing field. Endorsements may improve your chance to get elected, so I’d encourage you to apply for endorsement by Save SF Bike by completing the short application form here.

6. Members for More Representative Elections meeting September 9
Members for More Representative Elections (MMRE), led by long-term member and former board member Peggy da Silva, will meet at 6pm on Friday, September 9 at the Park Police Station, 1899 Waller Street. MMRE is dedicated to improving SFBC elections to make them more representative. Recommendations from MMRE, none of which have been adopted but all of which I support, include:
(1) Implement ranked choice voting for SFBC board elections
(2) Eliminate board endorsement of board candidates
(3) Fill board vacancies with the next highest vote-getter from the previous board election
All are invited to join MMRE for its next meeting. Agenda items include member outreach activities and a board candidates/election party on October 20. Contact Peggy at silvap@sonic.net for more information.

7. SFBC board contact information and 2016 meeting calendar
You can contact the board at board@sfbike.org. Below are dates for the SFBC board meetings remaining in 2016, all starting at 6:30pm at the SFBC office, 1720 Market Street at Valencia Street:
Tuesday, August 30
Tuesday, September 27
Tuesday, October 25
Tuesday, November 29
No December meeting

8. Share this newsletter
Please feel free to forward this newsletter to others. Anyone can join my email list. I am always happy to hear from members and I am interested in your input.

Happy pedaling,
Shirley Johnson
SFBC board member