Document:California Press Release 14 February 2001 Libertarians Gather for State Convention

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14547 Titus Street, Suite 214
Panorama City, CA 91402
For release: February 15, 2001
For additional information:
Juan Ros, Executive Director
Phone: (818) 782-8400

Libertarians to gather in San Jose for state convention this weekend

SAN JOSE -- Libertarians from all over California will descend upon San Jose this weekend to debate the state party platform and bylaws, elect new state officers, and listen to an impressive roster of speakers and Libertarian luminaries at the state party’s annual convention, to be held at the Doubletree Hotel San Jose starting Friday, February 16, and running through Monday, February 19.

"This is the biggest event of the year for California Libertarians," declared outgoing state chair Mark Hinkle. "We are looking forward to gathering in San Jose and promoting the Libertarian principles of individual liberty, personal responsibility, and limited government. It should be quite a weekend!"

The convention kicks off with meetings of the state Platform and Bylaws Committees on Friday afternoon. Those committees will debate and propose changes to the party's state platform and bylaws. A Welcoming Reception will be held for delegates and attendees Friday night.

Saturday begins with a Breakfast featuring Libertarian Irv Rubin of the Jewish Defense League. Saturday afternoon's roster of speakers includes 1972 Libertarian presidential candidate John Hospers and Libertarian National Treasurer Mark Tuniewicz. Mary Ruwart, author of "Healing our World," will be the featured speaker at the annual Gala Banquet on Saturday night.

Sunday's lineup includes Libertarian National Chairman Jim Lark, writer Tibor Machan, and Dr. Gordon LaBedz, who helped found the Surfrider Foundation.

The convention concludes Monday with the 20th Annual Samuel Adams Society Awards Luncheon. Guest speaker at that luncheon will be "Ballot Access News" editor Richard Winger.

Throughout the weekend, delegates chosen by local party affiliates will conduct party business during General Sessions. On Sunday delegates will elect a new slate of state officers. Current chair Mark Hinkle of Morgan Hill has served as chair since 1997 and is not seeking re-election.

For more information or to schedule an interview, contact Juan Ros, (818) 782-8400.