2015 United for Community Radio Candidates

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For more pictures and a statement about KPFA from each of these incredible people, click on the names.

 

Scott Olsen

Scott Olsen

Scott Olsen – Board member, Iraq Veterans Against the War, survivor of police raid on Occupy. Has worked in communications for over ten years– addressing both organizational and technical challenges.  Licensed amateur radio operator.

 

Janet Kobren

Janet Kobren

Janet Kobren – current LSB member, Pacifica National Board Director, PNB Secretary (Pacifica Foundation officer), 2010 Gaza Freedom Flotilla survivor

 

 

Jeremy Miller

Jeremy Miller

Jeremy Miller – Idriss Stelley Foundation program director, San Francisco No-Taser Task Force member, host of Heterotopia on Mutiny Radio, independent journalist with S.F. Bayview newspaper

 

Marilla Argüelles

Marilla Argüelles

Marilla Argüelles – former President of home care workers’ chapter, SEIU, Local 616, editor: “Extracts from Pelican Bay,” former KPFA Labor Collective member

 

 

G. Mario Fernandez

G. Mario Fernandez

(G.) Mario Fernandez – recent SF State political psychology graduate, former Napa Community College Student Body President, former Occupy Oakland volunteer

 

Sharon Adams

Sharon Adams

Sharon Adams – attorney; former V.P. of the National Lawyers Guild, S.F. Bay Area Chapter; instrumental in getting Berkeley to not hold people in city jails for civil ICE detentions.

 

DonMacleayMarch2015Don Macleay – 5 years working for the Sandinistas, 19-year school volunteer, Green Party activist, former union organizer and shop steward Oakland

 

Virginia Browning

Virginia Browning

Virginia Browning – current LSB member, health care researcher, down winder, and longtime KPFA activist

 

 

 

T.M. Scruggs

T.M. Scruggs

T. M. Scruggs – Executive Producer at TheRealNews.com; ethnomusicologist; Professor Emeritus, University of Iowa; volunteer for community radio stations in U.S., Nicaragua and Venezuela.

 

 

 

 

Anthony FestAnthony Fest (Staff) Producer/ host, KPFA “Weekend News.” Producer of “Project Censored Show,” “Afternoons w/Andres Soto,” & “Poor News Network.”  (Note: only staff members can vote for staff candidates.)

United For Community Radio also supports:

Richard Hart

Richard Hart

Richard Hart – former natural foods store owner, Berkeley progressive activist, longtime WBAI member

 

Tom Voorhees

Tom Voorhees

Tom Voorhees — 2014 Volunteer of the Year from the National Association of Community Broadcasters (NFCB) membership, National/International engineer for community stations, early KPFA engineering unpaid staff

 

Sabrina Jacobs

Sabrina Jacobs

Sabrina Jacobs (Staff) – Producer and host, “The Rude Awakening.” (Note: only staff members can vote for staff candidates.)

Despite Declining KPFA Membership, UCR Stays Strong and Steady

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United for Community Radio and all the candidates say “THANK YOU” to all our supporters!  UCR candidates Scott Olsen, Sharon Adams, and Janet Kobren were elected to the KPFA Local Station Board.

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tmT.M. Scruggs was the first runner-up and will replace Andrea Pritchett at the first meeting of the new KPFA Local Station Board, scheduled for January 23, at 11 a.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center.  This means that UCR will have 4 new representatives on the LSB.

United for Community Radio candidates won 3 seats, and so-called “Save KPFA” candidates won 6.  Although SK candidates won more seats, we at UCR believe that the election results show that UCR is moving in the right direction.  And we believe that UCR can obtain a majority of the LSB seats in the next election, currently scheduled for later in 2016.

 

UCR’s message is resonating with the KPFA members. 

UCR maintained its support, despite a large decrease in voter turnout and a decrease in overall KPFA membership. This is good news for UCR, as it means we have a chance to WIN the next election.

The number of listener-members of KPFA has been decreasing over the last 10 years:
YEAR—–Listener-Members
2005  —–  24,000
2006  —–  22,000
2010  —–  20,000
2012  —–  18,000
2015  —–  16,0000

 

Likewise, the number of voters has been decreasing, although not as much as the decrease in members; reflecting the fact that the people who continue to contribute to KPFA are massively committed to the well-being of the station.

Despite the decline in members and in voters, UCR has maintained a steady base of approximately 1000 votes.  This means that support for UCR is growing within the KPFA community!  This is great news for UCR and means that we are on the right track.   In contrast, SK has been losing voters as the membership has declined.

Election Year Total Voters SK Votes UCR Votes
2010 3,457 ~ 2,400 ~ 1,000
2012 3,257 ~ 2,200 ~ 1,000
2015 2,300 ~ 1,300 ~ 1,000

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Results: KPFA Election, 2015

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Three United for Community Radio candidates have been elected as listener representatives, Scott Olsen, Sharon Adams and Janet Kobren.  T.M. Scruggs and Don Macleay, who also ran with this slate, were first and second runner ups.  Anthony Fest, United for Community Radio candidate, was elected as a staff representative.

Radio tower simpleComplete results follow.

KPFA Listener Delegates
Margy Wilkinson
Scott Olsen
Leland Thompson
Sharon Adams
William Campisi
Sasha Futran
Janet Kobren
Barbara Whipperman
David Lynch

KPFA Staff Delegates
Tim Lynch
Anthony Fest
Sabrina Jacobs

For more details about the vote count, click here.

2016 KPFA LSB Listener members
Sharon Adams (United for Community Radio – UCR)
Craig Alderson (Save KPFA – SK)
William Campisi (SK)
Jose Luis Fuentes (SK)
Sasha Futran (SK)
Kate Gowen (SK)
Mark Hernandez (SK)
Janet Kobren (UCR)
David Lynch (SK)
Samsarah Morgan (UCR)
Scott Olsen (UCR)
T.M Scruggs* (UCR)
Ramses Teon-Nichols (UCR)
Leland Thompson (SK)
Carole Travis (SK)
Barbara Whipperman (SK)
Burton White (SK)
Margy Wilkinson (SK)
Rych Withers** (SK)
* T.M Scruggs will replace Andrea Pritchett when her term ends this December
** LSB seat but not a Delegate (see bylaws, Article 7, Section 8 at http://pacifica.org/indexed_bylaws/art7sec8.html)
2016 KPFA LSB Staff members
Brian Edwards-Tiekert (SK)
Anthony Fest (UCR)
Sabrina Jacobs (non-aligned)
Tim Lynch (SK)
Joy Moore (UCR)
Frank T. Sterling Jr. (UCR)
2016 KPFA LSB Totals:
Delegates
14 SK
9 UCR
1 Non-aligned
LSB members
15 SK
9 UCR
1 Non-aligned
2016 KPFA LSB Listener Election runners-up list
*1. T.M. Scruggs (UCR) who will immediately replace UCR’s termed-out Andrea Pritchett
2. Don Macleay (UCR)
3. Yuri Gottesman (SK)
4. Virginia Browning (UCR)
5. Marilla Argüelles (UCR)
6. Jeremy Miller (UCR)
7. Tom Voorhees (UCR)
8. Mario Fernandez (UCR)
9. Brian Oakchunas (SK)
10. Richard Hart (UCR)
2016 KPFA LSB Staff Election runners-up list
1. Lewis Sawyer (SK)
2. Ann Garrison (UCR)
3. Luis Medina (???)

If You Haven’t Received A Ballot

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From the KPFA Local Election Supervisor Nelsy Batista:

Thank you all for your participation in this years elections. If you have not received a ballot, yet, via mail, or via email, you may come into KPFA at 1929 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, to cast your vote on a voting system between the following dates and times until date of closing.

Wednesday, December 2nd-  10:00am-5:00pm

Thursday, December 3rd–  10:00am-5:00pm

Friday, December 4th–  10:00am-8:59pm

Please keep in mind that in order to be eligible to vote as a listener member, you would have had to have either contributed a minimum of $25, or volunteered 3 hours between August 18th, 2014 and August 17th, 2015.

Much Appreciated!

Nelsy Batista
Local Election Supervisor
510-629-1458

If you never received your ballot (of if you need a replacement ballot), you should immediately fill out the form by clicking here. 

And, also notify both Nelsy Batista at 510-629-1458, kpfa-les@pacifica.org and L. Joy Williams at 347-699-2914, nes@pacifica.org

If you’d like to let us know about your “voting situation”, please contact us at:  united4communityradio@yahoo.com or 510-705-2536.