Did We Take It Back?
Money vs. Mission
Program Council Ignored
Sunday Salon Replaced Wrongly
the Unpaid Staff Org?
Voice of the Poor unwanted?
a Supporter !
Letter against KPFA Democratization
"Why Did the Staff not Prevent the 10-Year Corporate Raid?"
A Chronology of the attempted takeover of Pacifica
9/06 to 8/18/07
to be Voided?
next Local Station Board Meeting is
November 6th, 10
am -1 pm on the new budget
2 -4 pm - regular
This is the last meeting of the current Board
Unfortunately there is little time for regular business such as
revival of the Program Council,
which we hoped would be a major accomplishment of this pro-democratic
Come and help support this Board!
Look for the draft agenda before the meeting
as late as Saturday morning)
KPFA website is broken,
there was no new info on the LSB pages.
This was hard to determine, since the information
there is always late
scroll down to Recent Items
You can also read the previous meeting minutes there
comment begins early in the meeting.
Public commenters are usually given either 2 or 3 minutes
Please come and express
Or come any time during the meeting
Hear audios of some previous meetings here
Here is the text of the resolution
passed on reactivating the Program Council,
great victory for democratic governance, made possible by our slim
a) One of the "specific powers & duties" of the Pacifica
Foundation Local Station Boards (LSBs), according to Article 7,
Part G of the Foundation's by-laws, is: "To
work with station management to ensure that station programming
fulfills the purposes of the Foundation and is responsive to the
diverse needs of the listeners (demographic) and communities (geographic)
served by the station, and that station policies and procedures
for making programming decisions and for program evaluation are
working in a fair, collaborative and respectful manner to provide
b) Any properly functioning media outlet should regularly
evaluate its existing programming and consider proposals for new
programs and special broadcasts;
c) KPFA for decades relied on a Program Council (PC) to help fulfill
these functions; the KPFA Local Station Board (LSB), in April, 2004,
adopted a resolution affirming the composition and powers of the
PC; and that body functioned effectively as recently as 2007;Therefore
be it resolved that:
1) KPFA shall immediately reconstitute its PC;
2) The PC shall consist of the following as voting members:
- the station's Program Director or, if that position
someone else appointed by the station's
- 1 representative from the Training, Music, News,
and Public Affairs Departments, elected by the
paid staff in each department;
-4 representatives of the unpaid staff, plus two alternates,
elected by the Unpaid Staff
- 3 members of the LSB, elected by the LSB;
- 3 community representatives, elected by the LSB.
3) The members shall serve 2 year terms, except those elected by
a KPFA unit that has it's own bylaws which specify a shorter term.
4) The program director is the chair/facilitator of the PC. If the
position is vacant, then the body may select a chair/facilitator
from among the membership. A simple majority of PC members shall
constitute a quorum.
5) The PC shall observe confidentiality procedures, but must release,
promptly and post publicly, minutes recording all decisions of the
6) The Program Council’s duties
- regularly evaluate each individual program and present
the results of its evaluations to the relevant
department head and programmer(s), with the goal of helping the
programmer(s) improve her/his/their
- solicit and evaluate proposals for new programs;
- solicit and evaluate proposals for special programming;
- regularly evaluate KPFA's overall program grid.
7) In the event that the Program Director or General Manager rejects
a recommendation of the PC, the PC may appeal the decision to the
8) The LSB may overrule the decision of the Program Director or
General Manager to reject a recommendation from the PC.
9) In carrying out its bylaws-mandated evaluations
of the incumbent Program Director and General Manager, the LSB shall
consider, among other issues, how well said managers have worked
with the PC and complied with the terms of this resolution.
motion approved at the KPFA LSB Meeting held on August 14, 2010.]
The last LSB on air Report
to the Listener
at 9:00 pm
Tune in from 9-10pm after the on air candidate forum
for a special edition of the Local Station Board show moderated
by LSB member Sasha Futran with special guests James Owen and Scott
Sanders from Chicago Media Action about the importance of elected
boards for public media institutions.
last LSB on air Report to
of Wednesday 9/1
at 11:00 pm
can be heard on the archives at
Sasha Futran was the host
The Local Station
Board's Report to the Listener
have been on an occasional basis
These programs are not usually publicized much in advance.
You can hear some past
programs at http://kpfa.org/archive/show/complete/25738
or go to the date & time,
or show it replaced, in the Archives
The new Community Advisory Board
Advisory Board meeting is
November ?? , 2010 - 11:00am -1:00pm
The October meeting was at the same time
as the LSB meeting -
again making it difficult for those who wished to attend
New members may still be needed!
meets at KPFA, 1929 Martin Luther King Jr.Way
The meeting is also open to the
public & is wheelchair accessible.
The CAB is a body mandated for public radio
stations to provide input
to help them provide programming which fills community
This is a new feature at KPFA & well
worth checking out
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Pacifica National Board
its last quarterly in-person meeting
in Berkeley July 16-18, 2010
at the Hotel
Durant, 2600 Durant Avenue at Bowditch
There was 1/2 hour Public Comment period each day.
Listen to the archives at http://kpftx.org
Meeting Schedule to
aid your listening
The Open Meeting begins at
9am Pacific Time, July 16
[ For Executive (closed)
Sessions, see below]
Open Session AGENDA
I. Call to Order and Opening Business.
PNB Chair George Reiter.
a. Roll Call / Establish Quorum. Recording Secretary
Richard Uzzell. Establish excused absences and timekeeper. (3 Min.)
For Attendance. X Present; Ab Absent; Exc Excused Absence; AL Arrived
KPFA - Berk., Ca.: Shahram Aghamir, Tracy Rosenberg, Andrea Turner,
KPFK - L.A., Ca.: Shawn O'Brien, Leslie Radford, Summer Reese, Ricco
KPFT – Houston, Tx.: Bill Crosier, Alberto Luera, George Reiter,
WBAI - N.Y., N.Y.: Nia Bediako, Kathy Davis, Jennifer Jaeger, Alex
WPFW – Wash. D.C.: Alonso Brown, Campbell Johnson , Kimory
Orendoff, Marcel Reid
AFFILIATES: Jim Bennett, Efia Nwangaza
STAFF & COUNSEL: Arlene Engelhardt, ED, LaVarn Williams, CFO,
Ricardo deAnda, Int. Gen. Counsel
b. Approve Agenda for Friday Morning.
c. Acknowledgements (5 min)
d. Convene as Committee of the whole.
1. Finance Workshop. [Tony Pohl] (110min)
2. Topics Workshop. [All Members] (50 min)
e. Adjourn for Lunch - 12:00 noon.
**1:00- 4:00pm Executive (=closed) Session
*4:30 - 6:00pm Dinner
II. Reconvene Open Session – 6:00 pm.- 9:00pm
a. Take Roll. (3 min)
b. Approve Open Session Agenda for remainder of meeting.
c. Approval of Minutes. (3 min)
d. Acknowledgements. (5 min)
e. Chairs Report (3 min)
III. Executive Director’s Report. (30 min)
IV. Reports from GMs and Archive Manager
WBAI (10 min)
WPFW (10 min)
KPFT (10 min)
KPFK (10 min)
Archives (10 min)
KPFA (45 min)
IVa KPFA LSB Chair (15 min)
V. Committees and Working Groups Reports and Motions.
a. Promotions Task Force (20 min)
b. Affiliates Task force (3 min)
c. Audit Committee (3min)
d. Coordinating Committee (5 min)
e. Elections Committee (3 min)
f. Finance Committee (3 min)
g. Governance Committee (3 min)
h. Personnel Committee (3 min)
i. Programming Committee(see below for motions) (25 min)
j. Sexism and Racism (3 min)
k. Technology (3 min)
Adjourn for Evening 9:30 PM
Saturday, July 17th
Convene Open Meeting 9:00 am -11:30pm I. CFO
Report (30 min)
II. NES Report (10 min)
III. Unfinished Business (see below for motions)
IV New Business (see below for motions)
11:30-12:00am Public Comment
Adjourn for Lunch 12:00 pm
Reconvene 1:00pm - 4pm
Time Certain for Affiliates Participation 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Affiliates Coordinator Report (10 min)
Adjourn for Evening 4:30 PM
4:30- 7:00pm Station Tour - Carpool to KPFA - 1929 MLK @ Berkeley
7:00 -10:00pm Evening BBQ/Mixer
- public invited
Carpool to Arlene Engelhardt's Residence
729 Arlington Way @ Tunbridge Lane
Sunday July 18th
[Board to decide if extra Exec Session is needed , 9:00-11:00 am]
Convene Open Meeting 11:00 am - 1:30pm
1:30-2:00pm Public Comment
Adjourn 2:00 PM
(Closed)) Session begins at !.00 pm (PT), July 16
I. Call to Order and Opening Business. PNB Chair George Reiter.
a. Roll Call / Establish Quorum. Recording Secretary
Richard Uzzell. Establish excused absences and timekeeper. (3 min.)
b. Agenda Approval.
c. Approval of Minutes. II. ED Report: Compensation
for Archive Staff (30 min)
III Approval of Auditor Contract (15 min)
IV Al Jazeera Contract(?) (30 min)
V Promotions Task Force Recommendations (30 min)
VI GC Legal Issues (60 min)
VII Report Out (5 min)
VIII Adjourn 4:30 pm
Executive Session Agenda July 18 (if
MOTIONS – truncated
Governance Committee Motion.
At the request of the Chair of the PNB, and upon presentation of specific
policies or directives that the chair declares an LSB is refusing
to follow and declaration by the Chair that reasonable attempts to
obtain compliance have failed, the PNB, after hearing from the directors
of a station that is said to be refusing to implement PNB policy or
directives, shall be entitled, by a majority vote of the remaining
directors, to deny voting rights to the directors from that station
until such time as the policy or directives are followed. These voting
rights shall be reinstated upon certification by the chair that the
policies or directives are being followed, or by a vote of the PNB
when presented with a request from the affected LSB to do so, stating
that they are now in compliance. Such vote shall be taken as a first
order of business in any meeting to which the request is made. [Passed
without objection by committee, subsequently amended]
Two Substitute Motions and an amendment to Governance Motion.1. Radford
substitute motion. In the instance that an LSB does not undertake
an action mandated by the PNB, the PNB may undertake the following
progressive steps to resolution:
a. The PNB should form a committee to investigate the situation .
. . . . . the PNB may issue a letter to the LSB requesting compliance,
with a reasonable deadline . . . . .
b. . . . . .the PNB may authorize that LSB's director delegation to
mediate any impediments to reaching compliance, and . . . may impose
a deadline . .
c. If the mediation is unsuccessful,
the directors from the noncompliant LSB may be authorized to complete
the PNB directive . . . . . .
2. Young substitute motion. The Pacifica National Board may pass a
resolution of non-recognition declaring a Local Station Board to not
be a part of Pacifica Foundation’s governance and its acts to
be void, including the election of Directors that may occur at the
time of this finding, and denying to that Local Station Board the
use of Pacifica resources . . . . . . .
3. Wanzala amendment.
Upon receipt of a complaint or appeal by Local Station Board (“LSB”)
members and/or by directors representing the station in question,
that an LSB is refusing to implement PNB policy or directives, and
that reasonable efforts by the complainant LSB members to obtain compliance
have failed, the PNB, after hearing from the LSB members and/or from
the directors of the station in question shall make a determination
as to whether the LSB’s refusal to follow the PNB directive
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
If during the period of suspension the delegates from the LSB in question
do not pledge to reverse their vote and come into compliance, the
PNB shall take a vote as to whether to implement Article Four, Section
9. (Removal of Delegates).
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . .
c. Crosier motion. That Pacifica management should provide monthly
written reports to the PNB containing: (15 Min.)
1. Income statements showing comparison of actuals to budget
for all units (showing most recent month plus year-to-date figures)
2. Cash in bank for all units (this could be a balance sheet)
3. Central Services paid, and related transactions between
NO and the other units
4. Report of recent fund drives at stations, including pledge
total, actual cash taken in, number of days, and goal
5. Report on unpaid obligations to creditors . . .
And that, Pacifica management should provide periodic (at least
quarterly) cash flow forecasts based on realistic projections to the
* Bediako motion to amend to add #6: Provide a listing of the
most recent bank reconciliations reviewed for every bank account of
d. Johnson motion about Off Air Fundraising Strategy (10 min)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Be it hereby RESOLVED, that the PNB supports the implementation of
similar “off air” revenue strategy by all station LSBs
in collaboration with their respective station managements and we
hereby urge the station managements to actively engage in good faith
with their respective LSBs,
the Executive Director, National Office and National Finance Committee
to make recommendations on specific events that may be applicable
at various stations in the network;
Be it hereby RESOLVED, that the PNB will use its best efforts to advocate
for and encourage all LSBs to participate in implementing similar
revenue strategies in collaboration with their respective station
managements in a cost effective manner.
e. Radford motion to create a Pacifica Five-Year Governance Plan.
Resolved that, within two months of the ratification of this motion,
each standing committee and task force shall provide for approval
by the Pacifica National Board a five-year committee plan that advances
the Pacifica Mission and provides security and progress for the Foundation,
and that these plans together shall become the Pacifica Five-Year
And that each committee shall include in their plan annual milestones,
and shall report on the accomplishment of the milestones at each January
in-person Pacifica National Board meeting.
And that each committee subsequent to the first shall provide for
PNB approval revisions to the committee plan no later than the March
PNB meeting, to be incorporated into the Pacifica Five-Year Governance
f. Davis motion that PNB committees not double up on meeting dates.
Once a committee has been scheduled that date will be allowed to stand
uncontested by additional committees." (5 min)
g. Bediako Motion to Rescind Motion on LSB Security adopted at April
6 Meeting. (10 min)
The Motion on LSB Security adopted at April 6 Meeting
as Passed April 6, 2010.
1. Pacifica shall have a zero tolerance policy for violence or threats
of violence at its LSB meetings.
2. The Chairs of each LSB are hereby specifically empowered, at their
discretion, to remove from a duly called meeting of the LSB any person
who engages in violence, or threats of violence, against another person
during the meeting.
3. Members of an LSB who engage in violence, or threats of violence,
against another person during a duly called meeting of the LSB shall
be subject to immediate removal from the meeting at the discretion
of the Chair, and shall also be subject to suspension from membership
on the LSB by majority vote of the other LSB members present and voting
at a subsequently called meeting of the LSB. Any member suspended
by his LSB for violating this non-violence policy shall be denied
access to any meetings of the LSB, and to facilities of the Foundation.
4. The Chairs of each LSB are hereby specifically empowered to remove
from a duly called meeting of the LSB any member who has been suspended
from membership on the LSB for engaging in violence, or threats of
violence, against another person during a meeting of the LSB.
5. The Executive Director and respective station managers are hereby
authorized to hire and appoint a Sergeant at Arms, at the request
of a Chair of an LSB, to enforce the removal directives of the Chair,
as set out herein.
6. The Executive Director shall distribute this Zero Tolerance on
Violence policy to each and every member of an LSB.
7. The Chair of each LSB shall distribute copies of this Policy to
LSB members as the first order of business at the LSB's next scheduled
Motion to Amend Motion on LSB Security adopted at April 6, 2010 PNB
Section 3 shall be amended to read: (10 min)
Members of an LSB who engage in violence, or threats of violence,
against another person during a duly called meeting of the LSB shall
be subject to immediate removal from the meeting at the discretion
of the Chair, and shall also be subject to suspension from membership
on the LSB . . . . . . . . .
h Uzzell motion to amend the Affiliate Structure motion passed April
24, 2010. (20 min)
Radford Motion to rescind the staff registry motion. (10 min)
i Steinberg moved that (10 min)
Whereas a request was made by mail on May 3, 2010 to the iGM of WBAI
by a Director of the Pacifica National Board to present a contact
list of WBAI staff so that they may be contacted in relation to the
work of a committee of the WBAI Local Station Board,
Whereas as of this date, May 14, 2010, the requested list still has
not been provided, nor any explanation as to why it has not been provided,
Be it resolved that the Pacifica National Board
directs the Executive Director to order WBAI management to produce
the requested list immediately. (10 min)
IV. New Business
a. Bediako Motion on local station board membership hardship
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Resolved, that the Pacifica National Board strongly
urges all LSBs that do not have a hardship waiver process to rapidly
create such a process with adequate time to publicize it so that listeners
have time to apply before the membership record date of June 30 .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
b. Wanzala Motion re Pacifica Election Supervisors
The controversy surrounding the appointment of the Local Election
Supervisor for KPFK revolved around the question:
Do the bylaws allowa paid or unpaid staff member to resign and then
apply for the LES jobor does there have to be
a three month period between when they resign and when they actually
cease to be staff? Apparently, the latter view
has been the past practice, based on the theory that the Pacifica
bylaws state that in order to *attain* staff status
one has to work 30 hours in the last three months.
Conversely, this theory holds, one also has to wait three months from
the time one resigns as an unpaid staff member
to stop being unpaid staff. However, if you are *paid* staff, no such
restrictions apply and you can quit one day and then
begin work as a LES or NES the next day. It should be noted that there
is in fact no three month waiting period in the bylaws,
this hassimply been deemed by some to have been the 'intent' of those
who wrote the bylaws.
Those supporting the view that unpaid staff should not be allowed
to resign and then work as a LES have stressed
that the intent of the bylaws has been to create a 'firewall' between
the NES' and the boards, staff, management etc.
so that they can run a fair and unbiased election. The problem with
this view is that it means that anyone
with actual experience and knowledge about Pacifica (e.g. former unpaid
staff members) would be automatically ineligible
while favoring people with no exposure to, or experience with Pacifica.
It also ignores the reality that
several Pacifica election supervisors (indeed the better ones) have
been staff members prior to becoming election supervisors.
In other words, the firewall theory is unrealistic, can lead to less
than optimally run elections, and is prejudicial to unpaid staff.
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Be it therefore resolved that, any Pacifica staff
member, paid or unpaid, is eligible to be considered for the position
of National or
Local Election Supervisor as long as they resign their position and
status as a staff member in writing before taking the position if
is offered to them.
Program Committee Motions:
1. The programming committee voted 8-1 to recommend the
following motion to the PNB: (10 min)
"The PNB supports the ED putting into place the means of moving
quickly to broadcast simultaneously on all five stations and as many
affiliates as are willing to carry them, events of national interest
consistent with our mission. Additional resources as needed should
be put into stations that require them to make this possible. If an
important event falls outside the signal areas of the five Pacifica
stations, whenever possible, Pacifica will ask of its affiliates for
Committee members had the following concerns about this motion, which
we agreed to convey to the PNB:
A. Who would choose the programming? Who makes these decisions?
B. Must-carry problem/ autonomy of stations
C. Funding issue. Where will these funds come from and where will
they go to? And who decides?
D. This does not appear to be a good way to develop a national news
E. The broadcast team - does it vary broadcast to broadcast? Who decides
who does the broadcast?
2. The programming Committee recommended the following policy to for
PNB approval, and also that producers should sign off on this policy
and receive a copy:
POLICY REGARDING THE PUBLIC AIRING OF GRIEVANCES: (15 min)
Pacifica Policy Statement on Criticizing the Foundation and/or Members
Its Management or Staff on Our Own Airwaves
Pacifica recognizes that there will always be differences of opinion
as to how our foundation should be run, as well as clashes between
individual staff members or between members of staff and management.
We firmly believe . . . . . that Pacifica management should commit
itself to hearing and evaluating all such criticism, no matter how
unfavorable. However, as a practical matter, such criticism, if delivered
publicly, on our own airwaves, by a member of Pacifica's own staff,
can only serve to damage Pacifica's public image and the reputation
of its staff.
Therefore, it is the express position of management that criticism
of the foundation and/or its personnel should not be broadcast over
our airwaves as a firststep, but only as a last resort. If a staff
member has a personal grievance, or is aware of a danger to a station
or to Pacifica itself that he or she feels is not being addressed
properly, that staff member is encouraged to discuss the matter with
management first through the normal channels provided for addressing
such matters. Management has an open-door policy in this respect.
On the other hand, if after exhausting the normal grievance channels,
a staff member still feels that he or she is not receiving justice,
or that a perceived problem at the foundation is still not being properly
addressed, then that staff member may, regrettably, have no other
choice but to "go public" with the issue on Pacifica's own
In such an eventuality, that staff member will have been transformed
from a "critic" into a"whistleblower," and will
be entitled to all the respect (and protection) such a designation
However, we believe that the privilege of whistle blowing carries
with it the responsibility of fairness. Therefore, if a staff member
has finally reached the point at which he or she feels there is no
other option than to use his or her program as a platform from which
to criticize Pacifica, or its management, or its personnel, or to
air internal Pacifica matters in a way that might negatively impact
the reputation or public image of the foundation or its personnel,
IT IS SUGGESTED THAT both the station manager and the foundation's
Executive Director be notified of that planned broadcastat least 24
hours in advance.
This is A SUGGESTION not for the purpose of censorship BUT TO PROTECT
THE STAFF MEMBER FROM MISTAKENLY AIRING THE FOLLOWING:
(1) Potentially libelous statements, which could put the foundation
(2) Confidential employee information, which Pacifica is forbidden
by law to broadcast.
(3) Privileged or proprietary information -- including but not limited
to details about vendor contracts, financial matters, legal issues,
pending or ongoing lawsuits, or future programs and/or events whose
premature disclosure might put the foundation at a competitive disadvantage.
(4) SPEECH THAT VIOLATES FCC REGULATIONS.
ANY BROADCAST OF MATERIAL INCLUDED IN THE ABOVE 4 CLAUSES WILL SUBJECT
THE STAFF INVOLVED TO DISCIPLINARY ACTION.
IN THE INTEREST OF FAIRNESS AND TRANSPARANCY THE MANAGEMENT RESERVES
THE RIGHT FOR EQUAL TIME TO RESPOND.
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
# # #
Saturday November 6 Local Station Board
was the first of the last 2 meetings of this board, before the
seating of the new board.
We can expect the Board to attempt
to pass progressive policies & appointments.
One item may be appointments to the Program
Council The meeting was taken
up with * many comments from numerous people,
alarmed by false reports of a purge, in spite of information given
since to the contrary
* .plus lengthy budget considerations,including a new version
supposed to eliminate most of the cutbacks
Audios can be heard at http://www.kpftx.org/archive.php#kpfa101016
- scroll down to Pacifica National Board
KPFA Local Station Board
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Part 1 has most of the "anti-purge"
comments from CL followers,
opposing comments - most opposing comments are at the end
of Part 1
& beginning of Part 2
The pro-democratic majority had no majority at this meeting, with
3 members absent.
work was done on the new Program Council.
The schedule for the next meeting does not appear to have time
from September 11 Local Station Board
For contents: http://lsb.kpfa.org
scroll down to Recent
September KPFA LSB Meeting Agenda
Opening tasks ; CAB report
(scroll down to date)
CAB report, Treasurer's report
Audios from August 14 Local Station Board
down to Recent
August 2010 KPFA LSB Minutes
down to date)
Audios from the July 10 Local Station Board
from brian no-capitals shiratsuki, with (mostly) his content summaries
There was proposal
for a Program Council & a long discussion of it;
it will be carried over to the next meeting.
The CL opposed it, even one who was formerly on it & another
supported it in his campaign last year, as all candidates said
Chandra's proposal for management (to report
significant changes to
to be reported to & approved by the LSB - see #4 -
discussion revealing the differences between CL's idea
of the role of the LSB in governance - very little - including
- and the democratic side.
chart for slate affiliations
PUBLIC COMMENTS. five new CAB members.
2 - http://pacificana.org/public/files/KPFA/Media/2010/20100710-1221-KpfaLsb.mp3
treasurer pius's report. fund drive within delegate balloting
engaging with treasurer a low priority of KPFA management. recess.
3 - http://pacificana.org/public/files/KPFA/Media/2010/20100710-1321-KpfaLsb.mp3
PNB report continued. associate station report. programming
report, Program Council proposal. .
4 - http://pacificana.org/public/files/KPFA/Media/2010/20100710-1421-KpfaLsb.mp3
Program Council continued - motion postponed.
personnel committee - eleven GM candidates to interview come august.
business, other motions.
June 5th meeting in San Mateo did not take place
because there was no quorum.
None of the Concerned Listeners attended the meeting,
and 3 ICR members were absent (Akhlaghi, Futran,
The CL has never wanted to attend meetings
in outlying communities;
this was instituted by ICR and PR members. The
CL did not want
monthly meetings either; now it seems 2 months have gone by without
Audios from the April 10 LSB meeting
The last Local Station Board meeting, Saturday April 10, featured
* the new iGM Ahmad Anderson introducing himself and his goals
* The treasurer's assesssment of KPFA finances
* Formation of a GM Search Committee
* Election of new officers for the LSB
* Committees begin to form including the Programming Committee/
PROGRAM COUNCIL ! Members from the public will be sought afterwards.
* Community Advisory Board members will be sought!
Many people, mostly on the CL side, did not speak on mike, which
with hearing parts of the meeting!
The next LSB meeting will skip May and be June 5th
AUDIOS - contents by brian s (lowercase) & myself
1 - http://pacificana.org/public/files/KPFA/Media/2010/20100410-1117-KpfaLsb.mp3
Absent: ICR: Sasha F., Sureya S.,
CL: Diane Enriquez, Warren Mar
first GM (albeit interim) report in some time - Ahmad Anderson
2 - http://pacificana.org/public/files/KPFA/Media/2010/20100410-1205-KpfaLsb.mp3
more iGM (including questions); next LSB meeting 5 june
3 - http://pacificana.org/public/files/KPFA/Media/2010/20100410-1305-KpfaLsb.mp3
third election, two new officers: chairman fest, (replaces Sasha
vice chairman drake [CL] (replaces Anthony F.)
General Manager Hiring Committee preliminary appointments.
4 - http://pacificana.org/public/files/KPFA/Media/2010/20100410-1405-KpfaLsb.mp3
public comments (2)
treasurer's report: KPFA could exhaust operating cash this summer
5 - http://pacificana.org/public/files/KPFA/Media/2010/20100410-1505-KpfaLsb.mp3
Preliminary committee appointments
PNB members report - the PNB meets in-person this month at the
sportsmen's lodge in burbank [go to kpftx.org for the audios]
CAB drops to the two vukani mawethu appointments; will implement
PNB directive [to add members]
delegates underwhelmed by whistle-blower / ethics / 100% listener
On the committees: A start was made towards committee
This was a hopeful sign since most committees under the CL majority
rule had gone inactive. Brian E-T and perhaps others tried to
put this off saying various
policies needed to be instituted first, but this was not accepted.
[See Tracy's comments about 1/3 of the way through.]
Committee assignments will be finalized at the next meeting, which
will be Saturday June 10.
The committees are:
* Governance. It was suggested that this be the 4 officers. Oversee
committees, LSB self evaluations.
* Personnel. The * General Manager Hiring Subcommittee is under
* Committee of Inclusion (COI). This will include the local member
Pacifica National Committee on Racism-Sexism-Discrimination
* Fundraising. Among other things, will contact members to renew.
* Programming Committee. Will send members to the Program Council
and help restart it, after it was destroyed by the previous management.
Will define its relationship to the Program Director. VERY HOPEFUL
* Outreach. Townhalls and other contact with listeners.
The committees will be constituted at the next meeting, and will
Members of the public will be invited to join the committees (perhaps
with 2 exceptions which require confidentiality).
The committees need listener members - can you join? Stay tuned!
for March 7th meeting
Here are the audios from the LSB meeting Sunday March 7th.
Brian Shiratsuki (of LA?) records the meetings.
Jim Curtis of the northbay takes videos.
Les Radke said he was putting up a segment, of one of the fights
which took place at that meeting, on YouTube..
(I don't see it there yet.)
Brian's links, with his comments (no capitals!),
plus some of mine:
actually, when i returned from lunch break someone reported siegel
phelps to step outside, but i haven't heard that part once yet
represents five members suing siegel for fraud, and served papers
the first file is mostly agreeing to an agenda;
CL still wants an officer
election where all members may vote.
second includes the treasurer report;
linear extrapolation projects $750K pledges in 23 days against
budgeted goal of $850K in 18 days; KPFA is already in the hole
for 320K this
Also the report of the PNB delegates.
It ends with an incident of a member of the public and Warren
Mar of the CL
hitting each other, Sureya Sayadi of the ICR protesting the event,
and the chair
declaring a 10 minute break which carries over to segment 3.
During that break Dan Siegel asked Richard Phelps to "step
outside" as noted above.
the 3d segment:
completion of the PNB report
the board spent some time debating brian e-t's motion supporting
confidential news sources, in response to a PNB motion by rosenberg
to [seeking the source of the biased News story of 3/5 on the
since it represents a leak from the LSB Executive Session of 1/11].
the fourth file [begins with a continuation of
discussion and the vote on Brian's motion and]
includes public comment.
[Recommended! - Mara]
The KPFA community
was invited to a signature gathering event.
for Local Station Board candidates to
gather signatures for their
applications in support of their nomination
as well as a chance for
the community to become familiar with the candidates.
Wednesday July 14, 5:00 - 8:00 PM
2035 Ashby Ave., Berkeley
a half block from the Ashby BART, between Adeline
will be great company, a great art show, & refreshments!
THERE IS STILL TIME until 6:00 pm July 19th
TO BECOME A LOCAL STATION BOARD CANDIDATE.
GET INFORMATION AND ELECTION MATERIALS
or call 510-250-2471.
Current Gallery Show: http://www.expressionsgallery.org
"Art and Labor", a celebration of the 75th anniversary
of the WPA
in collaboration with Labor Fest brings into focus the varied
demonstrations, working conditions, struggles, and efforts to
and working conditions support our society and our people.
Work presented includes work by local and international artists
and some historical work and presentations.
special event was a great rededication to true community progressive
BACK KPFA - IMAGES FROM 1999'
SUNDAY, JANUARY 24th, from 2-5 pm
-- a special event for KPFA only --
was a great chance to network with us/we who were there
in 1999-2000 ! )
The exhibit ‘Taking Back KPFA Images from 1999', currently on
view at the Expressions Gallery until February 5, 2010, is a significant
exhibit of art, prints,
photos, original posters, t-shirts, mugs
and other memorabilia from 1999, commemorating the successful
and historical resistance, by the staff and listener community,
the lockout at KPFA and the struggle to save the Pacifica Network.
This battle saved KPFA and Pacifica and expanded the meaning of
free speech community radio.
On Sunday, January 24, 2010, from 2:00- 5:00 pm, there will be
a special event for the KPFA community.
You will have the opportunity to view, purchase, and bid on items
on display from 1999, commemorating the 10th anniversary of the
struggle, which took place in the station, on the streets, at
the board meetings, in the legislature, and in the courts.
There will be silent auctions, with
part of the proceeds donated to KPFA; refreshments,
and short presentations from Barbara Lubin,
Carol Spooner and Dennis Bernstein.
The KPFA exhibit is part of a larger show titled ‘Past,
Present, and Future’.
The gallery is contributing 10% to KPFA
of all sold art work, by the 30 other artists included in the
Expressions Gallery, 2035 Ashby Ave. @ Adeline, Berkeley
(1/4 block from the Ashby BART)
Gallery hours: Wed-Sat noon
– 5:00 pm, Sun noon - 3:00 pm
Site is wheelchair accessible * http://expressionsgallery.org
-- Chandra Hauptman
will post a link to the video of this event when available.
Meantime, check this site for more information on this:
, Media page
Defend Labor Rights At KPFA
Stop Union Busting
Defend Flashpoints Staff
3, 2010 Wed 7:00 PM
522 Valencia St./16th St. San Francisco,
has flagrantly violated the CWA 9415 union contract at radio station
KPFA by cutting the hours of Flashpoints staff
without regard to the union contract. Nora
Barrows-Friedman had her hours cut 50% despite
the fact that she has more seniority than
many other employees. In fact Assistant Manager
Amelia Gonzalez admitted that they had
ignored the contract in layoffs and were consulting
the union after the fact. Is this how
management operates at KPFA?
Panelists will also discuss how KPFA and Pacifica can again become
an activist news and
information portal for the community in these
Labor Video Project www.laborvideo.org laborvideo.blip.tv
Peace and Freedom Party San Francisco
For Information call (415)282-1908
KPFA Flashpoints Producers Speak-Out
to Protest Attacks On Show 12/17/2009
To Stop Union Busting:
The Pacifica National Board meeting of 1/29-31-2010
audios are on http://kpftx.org
I have remoived the agenda
but left the motions
Governance Committee Motions:-
Motion on Recalcitrant LSBs from the Governance
by substitute motions put forward by Leslie Radford and Susan
Motion: (George Reiter) "At the request of the Chair of
the PNB, and upon presentation of specific policies or directives
that the chair declares an LSB is refusing to follow, the PNB,
after hearing from thedirectors of a station that is said to
be refusing to implement PNB
policy or directives, shall be entitled, by a majority vote
of the remaining directors, to deny voting rights to the directors
from that station until such time as the policy or directives
These voting rights shall be reinstated upon certification by
the chair that the policies or directives are being followed,
or by a vote of the PNB when presented with a request from the
affected LSB to do so, stating that they are now in compliance.
Such vote shall be taken
as a first order of business in any meeting to which the request
(Passed without objection)
I believe I will add: "and declaration by the Chair that
reasonable attempts to obtain compliance
have failed", after "follow," in the third line,
before I introduce it.
"In the instance that an LSB does not undertake an action
mandated by the PNB, the PNB may
undertake the following progressive steps to resolution:
1) The PNB should form a committee to investigate
the situation, and if the situation is found to be
that the LSB is operating outside
of the Mission and Bylaws of Pacifica, the PNB may issue
letter to the LSB
requesting compliance, with a reasonable deadline, which may
the same as
the deadline attached to the action, if desired.
2) If the LSB does not meet that deadline, the
PNB may authorize tha LSB's director delegation to
mediate any impediments
to reaching compliance, and the PNB may impose a deadline
complete the mediation
3) If the mediation is unsuccessful, the directors
from the noncompliant LSB may be authorized to
complete the PNB directive
on behalf of their LSB to bring about compliance."
MOTION: Non-recognition of a Local Station Board.
The Pacifica National Board may pass a resolution
declaring a Local Station Board to not be a part of Pacifica
and its acts to be void, including the election of Directors
that may occur at the time
of this finding, and denying to that Local Station Board the
use of Pacifica resources and
access to Pacifica private information.
A determination of non-recognition can only be made by:
(A) 55% vote of all Directors;
(B) a written finding that the seating of Delegates to that
board is not proper;
and (C) following written notice of this finding to Local Station
whose seating is deemed valid by the Pacifica National Board
and a fifteen-day
opportunity to cure the improper seating.
The non-recognition will be terminated upon the vote of 55%
that the proper seating has been accomplished.
Comments: This is my effort
to wrap a resolution around Ricardo's
musings. I have also suggested
written grounds, procedure and vote
(55% to declare or release
the declaration of non-recognition) . Note
that Directors are not
seated when they are the subject of the
resolution of non-recognition
but are not removed pursuant to this
subsequent to their valid seating (except
as provided in the bylaws).
Community Advisory Boards
The Pacifica Foundation is a current Corporation for Public
The Communications Act of 1934, 47 U.S.C. 396, et seq., dictates
Community Advisory Boards ("CABs") for Public Broadcasting
for a more
detailed discussion). "Each station is encouraged to fashion
its own maximum
involvement of the community beyond the minimum requirements.
It is the CPB's
position that only through enthusiastic and vigorous efforts
can the intent of the
Congress, as reflected in the law, be fully realized."
Resolution re Pacifica Community Advisory Boards: -
Be it resolved that the LSB's as committees of the Pacifica
shall form Community Advisory Boards ("CABs") pursuant
to this resolution.
LSBs should consult the CPB guidelines for further guidance
on related matters not directly
addressed in this resolution:
The station management shall produce a document stating programming
goals for the station and submit it to the CAB for review no
than May of each year. The CAB shall also conduct a community
The CAB will prepare a report, based on the CNA, advising the
governing body of the station on whether the programming and
policies of the station are meeting the specialized educational
cultural needs of the communities served by the station and
the station is meeting its programming goals. This report and
CNA shall be presented to the LSB no later than October of each
The LSB and CAB should coordinate their schedules to ensure
CAB members, or designated representatives from that body, may
present this report to the LSB, and discuss its findings, during
regularly scheduled or special meeting of the LSB.
Each LSB may delegate other responsibilities to the advisory
assist the governing board or station personnel. However, the
states: "In no case shall the [community advisory board]
authority to exercise any control over the daily management
operation of the station."
General Managers, as non-voting members of the LSBs, may work
the LSBs on the implementation of this resolution. In addition,
General Manager will act as the liason between the CAB and the
station and will make available such resources to the CAB as
reasonably necessary in order for the CAB to carry out its duties.
All compliance documentation submitted to the CPB shall be made
available for inspection at each station and at the Pacifica
office. The CAB's schedule of meetings, meeting minutes, and
names and short biographies of the CAB members shall be posted
The CAB of each station shall comprise minimum of 4 members
maximum of 24 members. Nominations to the CAB are invited from
community groups, educational and cultural institutions, past
and present CAB
members, LSBs and individual candidates.
Individuals may also self-nominate.
The LSB makes its appointments to the CAB from the group of
using the single transferable vote ("STV") preferential
voting system, for a term of three years.
CAB members may serve no more than two (2) consecutive three-year
CAB members need not be members of the Pacifica Foundation.
LSB members may not serve on the CAB.
This policy will go into effect in February 2010 and the LSB's
ensure that new CABs are in place by May of 2010 All current
members may remain on the board while new members are added
this new Pacifica policy. Current CAB members shall be subject
same term limit restrictions as new members. Stations are encouraged
to develop materials on their websites to educate community
about the purpose and role of the CABs. See for example:
(see http://www.wgbh.org/about/cab_factsheet.cfm for CAB nomination
Motion: National Events and Outreach
I propose that we put in place the means of moving quickly to
broadcast network wide progressive events of national interest,
as the rally for single payer health care in DC last July, and
national protests of the war in Afghanistan that is coming up
March. I am thinking of live broadcasts, simultaneously on all
stations and as many affiliates as are willing to carry them.
two hours in duration, live speeches, commentary and background.
These events typically involve at least several progressive
organizations, who can be asked and expected to promote the
broadcasts to their membership, many of whom will not have heard
Pacifica. The signals on the affiliates will also bring an awareness
of Pacifica to audiences we can't reach otherwise who can access
regular programming on the internet if they choose. The location
could be anywhere we have the facilities to broadcast from,
would expect DC to be a primary source, and we should put the
resources in there to make this routinely possible . George
Motion on Funding Disclosure
Passed 5-4 no abstentions.
All programmers, program providers, collectives, and/or independent
production companies who have a program at any station of the
Network and which receive outside (i.e. non-Pacifica) funding
source in excess of $5000 per year for the production of their
will be asked to disclose to the GM of their respective station
source of that funding, the amounts of money received or promised,
and any contractual or grant agreements related to that funding
that current year.
The GM shall forthwith report that information to the Pacifica
Director who shall hold such information in trust as a public
Any programmer, program provider, program collective and/or
production company whose program is syndicated or shared by
one Pacifica station and who receives outside funding from any
excess of $5000 per year for the production of their program
will be asked to
disclose to the Pacifica ED the source of that funding, the
money received or promised and any contractual or grant agreements
related to that funding for that current year. The ED shall
information in trust as a public record.
In the case of a programmer whose outside funding is in excess
$25,000 for the current year, such disclosure should be for
a period of
not less than three years prior to the date of the passage of
motion by the Pacifica National Board, provided they have been
programmer or program provider for that period.
Any waiver to this requirement must have the written consent
of the GM
of the respective station, and the ratification of that consent
respective LSB, such as in the case of a purchased or syndicated
where compliance is not practical, or the written consent of
the ED and
the ratification of that consent by the PNB when appropriate
in the case
of a program aired on more than one Pacifica station.
Motion by Ross (on behalf of KPFK LSB) to ensure
processes enshrined in National Programming Policy passed
by the KPFK
Local Station Board without objection: We urge the PNB to ensure
compliance with the letter and spirit of the collaborative process
between governance and management throughout the network 'in
development of any new regular program or long-term series that
produced nationally;" and further, which mandates that
proposals "shall be brought to the PNB Programming Committee
review to assure that both network and local needs are met."
Motion by Radford (on behalf of KPFK LSB)
to initiate discussion on
re-structuring and the recruitment and training of volunteer
programmers passed by the KPFK Local Station Board
4/21/09: In light of the current financial crisis and the Pacifica
networks' identify as community radio, and to conform specifically
with Article 5.0 (New Voices) of the National Program Policy
in 2006, the KPFK LSB submits the following motion to the PNB:
accordance with Article 5.0 of the National Program Policy,
calls on stations to train current a new volunteers in order
new voices to the air, every station shall initiate discussions
regarding the role of paid producers and volunteer staff and
programs to recruit and train community volunteer programmers.
substitute wording was agreed on by the KPFK LSB:
groups be created at every station to initiate discussions on
especially the role of paid producers and volunteer staff and
training for programming by communi volunteers.
by KPFK LSB 9-19-09 8-7-?
Motion by Wanzala: Resolved that LSBs,
GMs and PDs present the
reports requested in the motion passed by the PNB on April 27,
regarding the bylaws provision of collaborative programming
making no later than August 30, 2009.
Motion by Radford: I would like to request
50 minutes on the agenda
for this and subsequent in-person meetings and the 25 minutes
agenda of one meeting of the PNB per month for reports
committees we never formally hear from: the Local Station Boards.
Until the financial crunch, the PNB brought all the
LSB Chairs and
station managers to the in-person meetings. Since we stopped
practice, we only hear from the LSBs through their directors
there is a crisis. At our LSB meetings, the directors routinely
report back, and maybe that is happening at other stations.
is no open and regular conduit for communication from the LSBs
PNB. I think we should honor the work of the LSBs with time
receive and acknowledge their labor and ideas for Pacifica.
Create a Committee for Conflict Resolution within the
PNB - Ricco Ross (10 Min.)
See the Election 2009 page
results of the November election
Audios of all candidate
Complete list of candidate in person forums is
a few available
on audio, below the poster
members' slate affiliations (alphabetical order by first name)
alt = alternate
* = elected or reelected 2009
*Akio Tanaka Secretary
Independents for Community Radio
Concerned Listeners (CL)
ICR 10/10 replaced by Richard
Chandra Hauptman ICR
[Diane Enriquez - resigned] CL
1, now seated John
Matthew Hallinan CL
*Pamela Drake Vice
2 Richard Phelps
alt 3 Rahman Jamaal McCreadie
Donald Goldmacher CL
*Simon Pius, not elected
votes with ICR votes
*Anthony Fest Chair
*Renee Yang Geesler
Withers KFCF Rep (votes with CL)
Latest on air forums - 3d series !
For a complete schedule with archived audios
Third series of on air forums: Week
of October 5th - 10th
M - F evenings from
7 - 8 pm + Saturday am 9-10
On Air Forums are a good way to learn about the candidates.
answer important questions & dialog so you can compare them.
For their slate affiliations, see the alphabetical list above
FORUM (over 1 week)
listen on the archives:
:Monday October 5th 7-8pm
Jim Weber, Ann Hallatt, Stan Woods, Pamela Drake, Jaime Cader
Tuesday October 6th 7-8pm
Virginia Rodriguez, Henry Norr, Akio Tanaka
Wednesday October 7th 7-8pm
Lara Kiswani, Sasha Futran, Gerald Sanders
Thursday October 8th 7-8pm
Steve Zeltzer, Mark Hernandez, Richard Phelps, Shara Esbenshade,
Candidate order for dates not
yet archived.is tentative
Friday October 9th 7-8pm
- KPFA archives were down
Jack Kurzweil, John Van Eyck, Judith Gips, Dan Siegel, Andrea
Saturday October 10th in the morning, 9-10am
n/a - KPFA archives
Andrea Turner, Rahman Jamaal McCreadie, Jim Curtis, Conn
[Don Goldmacher?, Mike Smith?, Banafsheh Akhlaghi?]
series of ON AIR Candidate FORUMS
September 20th, 6:30 - 9:3o pm
& Sunday September 27th, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
BROADCAST LIVE ON KPFA (94.1
fm) - each hour 4 or 5 candidates
discussed important questions and listener
called in questions were addressed.
archived at the links below-
sets: One set at KPFA archives, by the hour (one exception)
- see with listings below
go to KPFA.org , click Election bar, to go to http://kpfaelection2009
This site has audios by the 1/2 hour, & lists the procedures
& some of the questions asked
2nd ON-AIR FORUM (over 2 Sundays)
Sunday September 20th
Hear on the KPFA
Akio Tanaka, Jim Weber, Stan Woods, Steve Zeltzer
Judith Gips, Dan Siegel, Rahman Jamaal
McCreadie, Jaime Cader
Jim Curtis, John Van Eyck, Ann Hallatt, Henry Norr
Sunday September 27th
Shara Esbenshade, Conn Hallinan, Sasha Futran, Virginia Rodriguez
Donald Goldmacher, Adam Hudson, Gerald Sanders
Pamela Drake, Richard
Phelps, Andrea Prichett, Jack Kurzweil
Did not participate either day: Banafsheh Akhlaghi, Lara
Kiswani, Mark Hernandez, Mike Smith,
Andrea Turner [dropped out: Evelyn Sanchez]
CANDIDATES' ON AIR FORUM of 8/22
you couldn't listen live or want to review it, you can hear these
sessions now at
Local Station Board Election First Candidate Forum 2009
at links below
Siegel CL (Concerned Listeners)
Mark Hernandez CL
Richard Phelps PR (People's Radio)
Akio Tanaka ICR (Independents for Community
[Banafshed Akhlaghi ICR] not
Renee Asteria Listen
to hour 1
Shara Esbenshade ICR
Rahman Jamal McCreadie ICR
Stan Woods PR
Donald Goldmacher CL
[Jack Kurzweil CL] 4-5 pm
moderator: Kris Welsh
to hour 2
Sasha Futran ICR
Con Hallinan CL
John Van Eyck CL
[Mary Prophet ICR] withdrew
to hour 3
Mike Smith CL
Jim Weber unaligned
Gerald Sanders PR
Judith Gips unaligned
to hour 4
Jack Kurzweil CL
Andrea Turner CL
Jaime Cader VFJ (Voices for Justice)
Henry Norr ICR
[Lara Kiswani ICR]
did not appear
ICR] did not appear
Gregg McVicar Listen
to hour 5
Adam Hudson ICR
Pamela Drake CL
Virginia Rodriguez CL
Steve Zeltzer VFJ
moderator: Gregg McVicar
to hour 6
the list of in person candidate events at
Visit People's Radio at this
The Petaluma Progressives
September 20th, 12-5pm
Petaluma Blvd South and D Street,
to the public
Featuring The San Francisco Mime
Troupe's 50th Anniversary performance
song & dance production, Too Big
about the greed exploits of Wall Street - at
Speakers on vital issues
of our time include:
Antonia Juhasz, author of The Tyranny of Oil, and other books;
Michael Parenti, author, one of the nation?s leading progressive
Peter Phillips, SSU Professor and
Director of Project Censored;
Cris Osequera, Director of Youth Green Jobs, Sonoma Co.;
George Bisharat, Hastings College of Law Professor;
Carl Patrick, of local social justice group IMPACT;
David Keller, Sonoma Co. environmental expert;
Raquel Gomez and Oscar Orozco, update on immigrant rights campaign;
Argelio Giron, MEChA National Coordinating Council member;
Chari Davidson on Prop. 8 and marriage equality.
singer/songwriter Steve Seskin, will entertain with songs and wit;
band will provide the heartbeat rhythms of reggae.
Tamales, rice, beans, other
goodies and drinks will be available for purchase.
Many social justice, environmental, labor, and community organizations
with informational booths are
the core of the Festival. They will continue the Festival's tradition
of a lively exchange of ideas and
the chance to network with progressives who are taking action in many
The event is produced by the Petaluma Progressives
and is sponsored by KPFA 94.1 FM (kpfa.org), the Peace & Justice
of Sonoma County, The Bohemian (bohemian.com) and the Committee for
Immigrant Rights (immigrantrightssonoma.org),
Sonoma County (peaceandjusticesonomaco.org)..
Fair Elections Forum
will be Sunday May 18,
2:00 to 6:00 pm,
again at the N. Berkeley Senior Center
This is a followup to the April 6th
Forum - see just below - where we will continue
to the Pacifica crisis and deciding how to implement them.
Please come if you attended the first forum; we will take off from
the work done in
the small groups.
Please also come if you missed the April 6th event! You can get information
further the work.
We will again have speakers, small groups, food, and this time, an
informal get together at the end.
FOLLOW UP TO APRIL
Crisis at KPFA
Sunday May 18th, 2007, 2:00–6:00 pm
Again at North Berkeley Senior Center
Hearst Avenue at Martin Luther King Way, across from KPFA.
close to Berkeley BART. AC Transit buses 15, 43, 51
* Recent elections corrupted
*Interim Management consolidates power &
extends regime; downgrades elected
station board, Program Council & volunteer
staff organization; gags staff forum and
stalls General Manager selection
* Pacifica finances falter, fundraising replaces
free speech & peace mission
*Other community radio programming & staff
issues (more on other side?
What happened to democracy, transparency & accountability?
IT TIME TO TAKE BACK KPFA (AGAIN)?
Come to this FORUM to hear and discuss
NEWS & VIEWS OF THE KPFA/PACIFICA CRISIS.
We had a great Forum on Sunday
April 6 – almost 100 people attended
Let’s continue working toward solutions!
If you attended
the first forum, help continue the work started in your group.
If you didn’t make it, come this time!
Joy Moore: The downgrading of the Program Council to
Adrienne Lauby: The derecognition of the Unpaid Staff Organization
Richard Phelps: Transparency vs. the use of “confidentiality”
within the network
Small group strategizing/proposals
for actions/Your questions and input
groups were/are: Programming, Governance (including Program Council),
Stay for food , drink, & socializing!
accepted * FOOD available * Wheelchair accessible
available at email@example.com
Event Sponsored and Endorsed by: KPFA Fair
Elections Committee, Coalition for a democratic Pacifica (CdP),
Radio, Voices for Justice, the Media Alliance, Peace & Freedom
Party of Alameda County, SF Green Party,
TUC Radio, May 1st Coalition of SF, Current and former KPFA Station
Board members: Tracy Rosenberg,
Sureya Sayadi, Akio Tanaka, Henry Norr, Richard Phelps, Stan Woods,
LaVarn Williams, Maria Gilardin,
Anthony Fest, Attila Nagy, Gerald Sanders
for a partial report including
AUDIOS of this event:
a Fair Elections Committee Forum
at KPFA & Pacifica
April 6 from 2:00 to 6:00 pm
North Berkeley Senior Center
1901 Hearst Avenue
at Martin Luther King Way, across from KPFA.
close to Berkeley
BART. AC Transit buses 15, 43, 51
* Recent elections corrupted & sabotaged
* Interim Management consolidates power & extends regime;
downgrades elected station board, Program Council & volunteer
organization; gags staff forum and stalls General Manager selection
* Pacifica finances falter, fundraising replaces free speech &
* Other community radio programming & staff issues (more issues
happened to democracy, transparency & accountability?
IS IT TIME TO TAKE BACK KPFA (AGAIN)?
to a FORUM to hear and discuss
News & Views of the KPFA/Pacifica Crisis
Listener & staff speakers and panel
LaVarn Williams, former
LSB/PNB member & Finance Committee Chair
Richard Phelps, LSB chair 10-05
to 12-06; former AM & FM announcer
Steve Zeltzer, KPFA Labor
Collective member; producer, Labor Video Project
Les Radke, Coalition for a democratic Pacifica; former Nat’l
Joe Wanzala, Local Station Board & Pacifica National
Maria Gilardin, TUC radio; former KPFA staff &
board member; Take Back KPFA
And other speakers from KPFA staff
group strategizing/proposals for actions/
Your questions and
accepted *FOOD available *Wheelchair accessible
More information available at
& here at peoplesradio.net
Event Sponsored and Endorsed by:
Fair Elections Committee, Coalition for a democratic Pacifica (CdP),
Voices for Justice, Media Alliance, Oakland Tenents'
Union, Peace & Freedom Party of
Alameda County, SF Green Party, TUC Radio,
May 1st Coalition of SF
Current and former KPFA Station Board members:
Tracy Rosenberg, Sureya Sayadi, Akio Tanaka, Henry Norr,
LaVarn Williams, Richard
Phelps, Stan Woods, Maria Gilardin, Attila Nagy,
Highlights of Pacifica/KPFA Crisis
• Former election supervisor Les Radke called
the recent board election the worst he’s
seen in bylaws and fair elections violations.
• Pacifica interim Executive Director (iED) Dan Siegel illegally
advised listeners not to vote
for one KPFA candidate slate; a popular programmer
used station facilities to lobby for the
pro-management slate; he and management ignored the
election supervisors’ remedies for
this violation; management blocked and censored timely
candidate information on the air
• The interim General Manager Lemlem Rijio decertified the Unpaid
Staff Organization, right
before the Board election, compromising the volunteer
staff voting list.
• Shared program decision making declared irrelevant: The Interim
Program Director (iPD)
Sasha Lilley reduced the Program Council (PC) to
advisory status, selected new programs
without PC evaluation and input; hired then summarily
fired a program host, ignoring the
PC and alternative suggestions.
• Pacifica’s New York station is unable to fulfill its
fund drives, is heavily and increasingly
in debt, and is drawing funds from KPFA and the other stations to
meet its expenses, potentially
threatening the entire foundation.
• Yet the iED blocked Directors from examining the books, violating
the Bylawsand state
law, although a previous protracted struggle had re-affirmed Directors’
• The KPFA General Manager Search Committee & Local Station
Board, after two years
of work found and recommended only a single available but eminently
but is now required by the interim Executive Director to begin a second
search – thereby
extending KPFA’s unpopular interim management
• The Gag Rule is back – the March 21 forum by staff,
community organizers and media
activists was prevented from being broadcast, at the last minute,
by management, which
also forbad them to speak about it.
• KPFA membership has declined as volunteer, community based
public affairs and art
programming and the Folio have been replaced by ”Healthy Station”
NPR model program
grid of “professional” sound and 65%music.
more details go to Current Issues pages)
This is just a sampling of recent problems
– which taken together
point to an ongoing attempt to circumvent the democratic governance
hard-won after the attempted 1990’s takeover by forces hostile
mission of progressive community radio.
The bylaws and democratic institutions of the network are all under
attack by the current administration, and power cliques at the stations
are not being controlled in the interests of democracy, transparency,
We need to stop this trend and reclaim our station and network again
as we did before. You can help!
below next announcement `````
program & AUDIOS
Crisis At KPFA & Pacifica Forum
The mission of this forum is to educate/inform KPFA/Pacifica listeners
about actions by KPFA
management, some staff and some board members that are undermining
the mission and possibly
the future existence of KPFA and Pacifica eight years after the "Movement
to Save KPFA." This
forum is not a debate. Selected speakers will present the situation
and people will meet in small
action groups to propose remedies.
2:00 FORUM overview
2:07-2:55 First Panel of Speakers:
Richard Phelps, Anthony Fest (KPFA newscaster),
LaVarn Williams, Les Radke
2:55-3:00 Short Break
3:00-3:50 Second Panel of Speakers:
Lisa Dettmer (KPFA co-host of Women's Magazine),
Steve Zeltzer, Maria Gilardin
3:50-4:05 Small Groups assemble
4:05-5:00 Small Group discussions
5:00-5:10 Small Group summations and preparation for report-back
5:10-5:20 Short Break
5:20 Reconvene as one body
5:22-5:40 Report-backs from each small group
5:40-6:25 Open mike for comments, announcements
6:25-6:30 Closing statement
6:30-6:59 Clean Up and Exit**Hear AUDIOS
of this Forum**
Aim: For participants who agree there’s a crisis at
KPFA and Pacifica to strategize and come
up with proposals for action
• Choose and participate in one of five groups as follows
(tables will have signs designating the groups):
2. Station Governance (incl. Program Council)
3. Network Governance
• Groups should be no larger than 20 so everyone gets a chance
to contribute. If your group is
more than 20, split up into two.
• Talk and strategize about your subject matter area and what
to do about them; questions about
what the speakers talked about and ideas they put forward may be discussed,
strategic ideas and
proposals to move forward; look at the following ways to focus on
4. Demands (petitioning, meeting with people, etc.)
5. Watchdogs (documenting, tracking, etc.)
6. Actions (next forum/debate, other actions)
• Each group will have an assigned facilitator whose role is
to draw people out and engage them in
dialogue. Each group will choose 1) a scribe who will write down proposals
on large paper to be
taped in front of room at re-group, 2) a time-keeper (each group will
determine how much time
each participant can speak at any one time; recommendation is no more
than 2-minutes per speaker
at a time), and 3) a presenter at the re-group to present the proposals
in a 3-minute sum-up
• The panelists will divide themselves among the small groups
• Time breakdown: 55-minutes open discussion, 10-minutes wrap
up and preparation for report
back to whole group
The People's Voice Town Hall:
A Forum for Self-Determination
This event took place as scheduled but KPFA
broadcast shortly before it occurred.
The event was recorded for later rebroadcast & the rebroadcasts
are now set for
at 7-8 pm for Part 1 (no advance announcement) & 4/18 at 7-8 pm
It was specified that the rebroadcast
would be edited. We fear that criticism of
KPFA's management & their supporters on the Local Station Board
(LSB) will be
out ("the Gag Rule").
You'll be able to hear these programs
on the KPFA Archives, if you can't
broadcast. Look for them by date and time
or under Full Circle at:
Community media event by KPFA staff, Media Alliance, & others,
Fruitvale, will be broadcast live on KPFA next Friday pm.
There will be some information on the unpaid staff situation at
KPFA, as well.
Friday March 21 ****
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
EastSide Arts Alliance
2277 International Boulevard, Oakland, CA
& on KPFA 94.1 FM :
Collaborative LIVE Broadcast
from 5-6pm and 7pm-10pm.
of community expression, new technology and
the future of the Pacifica network.
Hear from KPFA staff & others on their situation.
First Voice, KPFA's training and production collective, the
Block Report, Flashpoints, La Onda Bajita,
Apex Express, the KPFA
Unpaid Staff Organization (still de-recognized),
the San Francisco
BayView newspaper, Media Alliance and YOU!
Past Candidate Events
on audio, 2007 LSB election
air Candidate forums
-- Listen on the archives
s Schedule of candidates:
Monday October 8, 2007
8pm - 10pm
[not in order]
Monday October 15
John Van Eyck
10pm- 10:30 pm
Saturday November 3
10am - 11am
1. Attila Nagy
2. Sureya Sayadi
4. John Van Eyck
5. Warren Mar
6. Carl Bryant
10. Antonio Medrano
11am - 12pm
3. C.C Campbell Rock
7. Mara Rivera
8. David Heller
9. Gerald Sanders
11. Richard Phelps
[ 12. Susan Mc Donough]
Saturday November 10, 2007
10am - 11am
13. Joe Wanzala
14. Stan Woods
15. Steve Zeltzer (to call in)
16. Dianne Enriquez
17. Sherry Gendelman
18. Matthew Hallinan
11am - 12pm
20. Paul Robins
21. Chandra Hauptman
22. Bob English
23. Jim Weber
24. Steven Conley
November 4, 2007, 7 pm
Meet the Candidates Forum (see
We plan to table in front of and pass out flyers
Saturday November 10th & Sunday the 11th
a few highlights;
Friday 9th 4 pm --Antonia Juhasz - - Ending Wars for Oil
noon --Biggs, Danaher, Mark -- Building the /Green Economy
1 pm -- Amy Goodman--Bush & the Media
3 pm --Chris Daly & Ross Mirkarimi-- Sustainable San Francisco:
5 pm --Medea Benjamin-- the Peace Movement: New Strategy
People's Radio will have a table at
Please visit us there!
10th Annual Petaluma ProgressiveFestival
September 30 -- Noon
Petaluma Blvd. South & D Street, Petaluma
The Petaluma Progressive Festival marks its 10th anniversary
the return of the award-winning
Francisco Mime Troupe's play, Making a Killing.
Jim Hightower, national radio commentator and world-renowned
will top a program of music, speakers, and booths by social justice,
and community organizations.
* There will be a forum
on immigrant rights with Renee Saucedo, Organizer with La Raza
Arnoldo Garcia, National Network for Immigration & Refugee Rights;
and Davin Cardenas, Committee
for Immigrant Rights, Sonoma County.
* Other speakers include
Richard Heinberg, "Peak Oil" author/activist;
Ben Terry, Sonoma County
Clean Money campaign reform
activist Danny Medress;
and speakers on the
US Foreign Policy, Living Wage, Cop Watch, Universal Health Care,
There will be Norteño
and Cumbia dance music by "Groupo AL3"
plus the 30 voice youth
SPACE Freedom Choir.
The many tables of political and cultural
groups from throughout the Bay Area are the
core of the
Festival. They will continue the tradition of a chance to network and
connections with progressive activists.
Tamales and other food and beverages
will be available for purchase.
The event is free, wheel
chair accessible and there will be free secure valet bicycle parking.
benefit several nonprofit organizations.
From San Francisco and points south
- Take 101 North, get off at the Petaluma Blvd
South exit, and go straight for about
Walnut Park will be on your left, at the corner of D Street and
Petaluma Blvd., right in
From Santa Rosa and points north - Take 101 South, get
off at the Petaluma Blvd. North exit.
Turn right at the light and go about two miles, through downtown
Petaluma to D Street.
Walnut Park is at the corner of Petaluma Blvd and D St., on your
Parking - There is parking on the streets surrounding
the park, or at the public parking
facility on C Street, between 1st and
Sponsored by KPFA 94.1 FM, the Peace & Justice Center of Sonoma
and The Committee for Immigrant Rights, Sonoma
by the Petaluma Progressives
To reserve booth space, call 707.763.8134.
information at http://progressive