Shirley Johnson’s September 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, September 27
  2. Clarification of board candidate nomination procedure
  3. Resolution approved for ranked choice voting in 2017
  4. Come to ‘Party with a Purpose 2’ on October 20
  5. Save SF Bike endorses Jeremy Pollock and Jiro Yamamoto for SFBC board
  6. SFBC board contact information and 2016 meeting calendar
  7. Share this newsletter

1. Next SFBC board meeting is Tuesday, September 27
The next SFBC board meeting is 6:30pm, Tuesday, September 27 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 will vote to change the bylaws so that board candidates no longer need a majority of votes to get elected, and (2) the board will vote whether to approve a process for board endorsement of board candidates.

2. Clarification of board candidate nomination procedure
As per the bylaws, any member may nominate himself or herself or any other member to run for the board. The nomination deadline is November 4. Voting will take place November 17 through December 4. Communications about the nomination procedure originally stated that all board candidates must complete a questionnaire and submit a resume by September 6, but communications have since clarified that the questionnaire and resume are optional.

3. Resolution approved for ranked choice voting in 2017
At the August board meeting, board member Mary Kay Chin proposed the following resolution to implement ranked choice voting in 2017:
The Board instructs staff to incorporate multi-winner Rank Choice Voting (RCV) as the voting method to be used for the 2017 Board of Directors’ election. Staff’s annual work plan for 2017 will include RCV implementation, barring any unforeseen reductions in staff capacity or organizational finances.

The resolution was revised by another board member as follows:
The Board Development Committee will take input received from this year’s board election process, input from the strategic planning process, and a review of staff budget and bylaw implications as they move toward refining the voting process with an eye toward implementing ranked choice voting for board elections in 2017.

The board unanimously approved the revised resolution. While the revised resolution is much weaker, I voted for this resolution as a baby step in the right direction. RCV results in better representation 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 according to the bylaws.

4. Come to ‘Party with a Purpose 2’ on October 20
Members for More Representative Elections (MMRE), led by long-time member and former board member Peggy da Silva, is hosting ‘Party with a Purpose 2’ at 6:00-8:30pm on Thursday, October 20 at Sports Basement in the Grotto, 1590 Bryant Street, San Francisco.

MMRE has been working all year to make changes in the way the SFBC engages members and elects the Board of Directors. It’s election season and MMRE is having a party! All SFBC board candidates are invited as featured guests. There will be a game show to learn which candidates are really on the side of more representative elections. Ask questions! Plan your ballot for the SFBC board! Great snacks and beverages will be shared. You can RSVP here. For more information, contact Peggy da Silva at silvap@sonic.net.

5. Save SF Bike endorses Jeremy Pollock and Jiro Yamamoto for SFBC board
Formed in 2015 to uphold SFBC members’ right to vote for the Board of Directors, Save SF Bike remains committed to a democratic and representative San Francisco Bicycle Coalition. In response to the board’s plan to endorse its preferred candidates, Save SF Bike is also endorsing candidates. To date, Save SF Bike has endorsed Jeremy Pollock and Jiro Yamamoto for the SFBC board. If you are considering running for the SFBC board and you support Save SF Bike’s platform, you may apply for Save SF Bike endorsement by completing the short application form here.

6. 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, September 27
Tuesday, October 25
Tuesday, November 29
No December meeting

7. 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