The California State LP Executive Committee has announced its plans for the State Convention this year. It is scheduled for the long Memorial Day weekend from Thursday May 28 to Sunday May 31 and will be held at the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. The California Convention is a gathering of Libertarians from all over the state. Speakers are presented, workshops are offered, the state Bylaws and Platform are reviewed and updated, and state officer elections are held. This year is especially important as we will be voting for State Chair.
The location of the state convention normally rotates between Northern and Southern California. This year it was to be held in Southern California with San Bernardino and close-by Woodland Hills as two of the possible sites. Why an out of state location was selected is not clear and there has certainly been a degree of contention on that point. The answer may be that the State LP decided to join forces with three other organizations for this event—the LPEX, the LSLA and the Nevada State Libertarian Party—either in an effort to share expenses or in an attempt to attract more attendees.
The LPEX, or Libertarian Political Expo is an organization that formed to specifically address the difficulties of getting Libertarians elected to office. The LSLA, or Libertarian State Leadership Alliance, is sponsored by the national Libertarian Party. Its goal is to support and offer training to current State Chairs throughout the country. The LSLA holds a training seminar each year, usually coupled with a state convention. This year, it appears it will be held jointly with two state conventions, ours and Nevada’s. With four meeting agendas going on at once, there is sure to be no down-time at this uber-convention. Add that to the distractions of a casino environment and I am a little concerned it will be easy to miss important business at our own convention!
Members were recently mailed a postcard regarding this event. Others may watch the State website at www.ca.lp.org for more information. If you will have been a member for three months by the date of the convention, you are eligible to become a voting delegate. Please contact us if you want to attend the convention as a delegate so that we may inform the State office. However, you do not have to be a delegate to attend the convention and all interested members and friends are encouraged to come for an exciting time.